Home Building Guide
  • 5 Bathroom Tile Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

    Most people don’t enjoy cleaning their bathrooms, even if they do feel a sense of accomplishment afterwards. And you may be especially averse to scrubbing bathroom tiles in order to remove the soap scum that seems to be glued to the surface. But if you want your bathroom to be clean, beautiful, and safe for family members and house guests, you really can’t avoid this unpleasant task forever. So here are just a few tips that will help you to... [Continue Reading]

    HVAC Maintenance Tips to Keep Home Allergens at Bay

    Many people suffer from indoor allergies. And when common culprits like dust, dander, mold, bacteria, and other particulates foul up the air in your home, you’ll know it thanks to the coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and other symptoms that accompany indoor air pollution. Of course, you have a fair measure of control over your indoor air quality. For example, you can remove known allergens by sending smokers outside, washing and grooming pets... [Continue Reading]

    5 Home Maintenance Expenses That Can Drain Your Wallet

    When you purchase a home, you try to calculate the costs as accurately as possible. This not only includes similar costs for rentals, although a mortgage replaces your rent and your utilities likely increase, but you also have to consider annual expenses like property tax and homeowner’s insurance. Luckily, these costs tend to be relatively static and easy to plan for. But you will also have to deal with maintenance costs. Some of them you can... [Continue Reading]

    How to Handle a Frozen AC System

    You might wonder how your AC unit can freeze when it’s busy pumping cold air into your home, but this issue is actually one of the most common concerns when it comes to air conditioners. And there are all kinds of things that can cause your evaporator coil to freeze. If dirt and debris are clogging your coils and restricting air flow, for example, you may end up with a frozen unit. This can also occur if you unit is running constantly, the blower... [Continue Reading]

    5 Digital Thermostat Programming Tips for Homeowners

    If you’ve been looking for a way to save a considerable amount of money on your annual energy costs, one thing that you might want to consider doing is investing in a digital thermostat. In fact, according to many energy experts, by making this one eco-friendly upgrade, you can save as much as 30-40 percent on your utility bills annually. Of course, in order to take full advantage of these kinds of savings, you need to do more than simply have... [Continue Reading]

    5 Home DIY Tips to Help Save Money

    When it comes to do-it-yourself projects or money-saving tips, there are a few things to keep in mind like estimating the costs. Look for inspiration through magazines, television shows and internet sears. By all means, have fun with it. If you are planning to do some repair work on your own, the chore may come across as just that – a chore. However, think of the sheer satisfaction achieved knowing you accomplished something with your own two... [Continue Reading]

    5 Easy and Effective Winterization Solutions for Your Home

    Although there are a lot of wonderful things that come with the winter season (including lots of snow and holiday cheer), if there’s one place where we prefer to remain warm and toasty at all times, it would have to be the inside of our homes. But sometimes, while trying to achieve that goal, it can be financially challenging. That’s because the more that we rely on our HVAC units, the bigger toll they take on our energy costs. Luckily,... [Continue Reading]

    5 Simple and Effective Ways to Reduce AC Reliance in Your Home

    Our collective reliance on air conditioning could be considered an addiction. It seems that as soon as air conditioning was invented, nothing else mattered. In the summertime, being able to control the climate was revolutionary. Now, however, this addiction is starting to manifest in the form of destructive global warming trends. This is why it may be time to cut back on the AC. When it comes down to it, there are many ways to reduce your reliance... [Continue Reading]

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    Real Estate Experts Look at Impact of North Mississippi
    Six years after the real estate bubble burst nationally, the recovery of the commercial and residential sectors in Memphis is slower than in other parts of the country. But they are recovering on their own new terms, say the incoming president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors, the president of the West Tennessee Home Builders Association and a mortgage lender.(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:29:50 GMT)

    Taller wood frame buildings raise fire risk, firefighter group says
    The fire at a housing complex under construction at 663 Princess St. in Kingston on Dec. 17, 2013 prompted concern about wood frame structures. Firefighters are concerned changes that allow Ontario builders to erect taller wood frame buildings will pose a greater safety risk, citing last year's fire at a Kingston, Ont.(Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:18:48 GMT)

    The Evolution of the Dining Room
    Some builders, architects, and real estate pros have said dining rooms are a thing of the past - a relic of older homes, like avocado green kitchens and two-story hallways. While eliminating the concept of a room devoted only to traditional dining may appeal to more home owners, many still want to purchase a house with a separate dining space.(Fri, 26 Sep 2014 01:21:02 GMT)

    New Avenue tackles housing affordability crisis with software
    An Emeryville entrepreneur is using online collaboration to gain efficiency, transparency and professional accountability in the home-building industry. The idea is make housing more affordable and easier to build.(Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:24:57 GMT)

    Thai firm eyes high-rise market in Myanmar
    BUILDING contractor Home Construction Co has signed a memorandum of understanding with Thailand's D&W Co to help the Thai firm expand in Myanmar, executives said. D&W is the exclusive producer of aluminium doors and windows under the Fletcher brand from New Zealand.(Thu, 25 Sep 2014 02:11:48 GMT)

    Md. defense contractor's owners charged
    The operators of western Maryland defense contractor Quantell Inc. face federal charges they embezzled about $285,000 from employee benefit plans at Quantell and a second firm they controlled. Shaun and Joanne Tucker couldn't be reached for comment on the charges announced Wednesday.(Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:23:00 GMT)

    New home sales jump to six-year high
    The Commerce Department says new home sales reached an annual rate of 504,000 in August, 33 percent higher than August of 2013. After falling for two straight months, nationwide sales of new homes jumped 18 percent in August to the highest level since May 2008.(Wed, 24 Sep 2014 18:26:34 GMT)

    Lakeview home meets owners' needs now and in old age ...
    For the past 28 years, Lillian O'Cain has worked as an occupational therapist, caring for psychiatric, spine, orthopedic and cancer patients. The fit wife and mother of two adult sons also helped in recent years to care for her mother, who suffered a stroke, and her husband's two sisters, both of whom died of cancer.(Wed, 24 Sep 2014 18:26:33 GMT)