With winter approaching we put together a list we hope will help you keep warm.
Windows & Window Treatments
1: Replacing existing windows with windows with the newest technology. Windows with Low-E coated glass, Low -conductive gas fills,and high performance frame options will all improve window energy efficiency. (Performance ratings and different options can be found at Energystar.gov.)
If your budget is tight you can make improvements to existing windows
2: Adding storm windows, interior peel and cling window film, weatherstripping and caulking can all reduce heat loss
3: Window treatments can also help reduce energy cost. Draperies drawn during cold weather hung as close to the window as possible and falling onto the sill or floor for maximum effectiveness. Velcro to the walls at sides and overlapped at the center can really help with heat loss.
When choosing a door you should consider its energy performance rating.
R-values on most steel & fiberglass-clad entry doors are around R-5
A door without a window offers more than 5 times the insulating value of a solid wood door of the same size.
1: Picking a high-efficiency roofing material can prevent heat run off that leads to higher heating cost.
2: Check for air leakes in the attic.
3: Check your attic insulation. You want to trap the heat so the thicker the better. 18" minimum with a high R-value.
1: Most siding materials on there own don't have much of an R-value which is why installing a new siding product with a high quality insulation can make a remarkable difference on energy savings.
2: When re-siding you can also remove the existing wall sheathing and install thicker wall insulation and re sheath with a more efficient product like the 4x8 Zip System sheathing with taped seams which forms a tight barrier against air leakage.
Advanced Framing for your new House or Addition
This is a framing technique that uses less wood and more insulation. Using advanced framing can lower material & labor cost and cut heating & cooling cost by up to 5% according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Other things to consider for improving your homes' energy efficiency
1: Replacing skylights
2: Fans through out your home to reduce air conditioning
3: Bathroom & Kitchen fixtures with Energy Star Ratings
4: Flooring: Different types of flooring and carpeting can also save on climate control cost
5: Higher efficiency Furnace & Hot Water System
After tearing down the old garage we are Building a new 24' x 30' Garage
Roof & sidewall sheathing installed. After soffit & facia trim we can start roofing & siding
Starting construction of 1 of 2 carports
We are now in the beginning stages of another Whitfield Street project. A total Interior Renovation of the William Faulkner House Circa 1850. This project is a bit larger and more detailed than the John Hale House. Originally built as a rare "Double House" and then converted to a single family around 1975.
The steps to Rehabilitate this home starts with Vision. Rick from Heritage and the homeowner went room to room to plan exactly what it will look like when finished. After making a list of what was needed and coming up with a timeline, and pulling permits it was time to get started.
To Rehabilitate a house means to make it useful and functional for contemporary living while preserving important historic and architectural features.
With a mix of demolition and deconstruction to preserve and save what we can like original historic fireplace mantels and trim the project is in its beginning stages.
We are uncovering much of the original Post & Beam Construction a traditional method of building using wooden joinery held together with pegs, typical of a home built in 1800's
The next step is to level the 160 year old floor and then laying a new subfloor which is the base for the new finished floor.
Removing the chimneys. They run through the roof, down 2 floors and into the basement.
With the floors leveled we can start the interior framing
While plumbing and electrical are being installed we moved outside to start a 2 bedroom addition
Progress of this project will be added weekly
We had to fabricate 10 separate pieces of molding on the new addition to match the existing building
If you have the opportunity to design your own kitchen, the best way is to design it into zones.
Washing, chopping, mixing, the Prep Zone is the main work area of the kitchen. It should be close to the sink, with plenty of counter space. Utensils, cutting boards, mixing bowls close by. And storage for small appliances, scales, and spices.
Have stove cooktop, oven, microwave in one location. All items needed for cooking and bakeing should be stored here. Pots, pans, utensils, cookbooks & ingredients.
Sink and dishwasher close together with cabinets for waste storage and household cleaners.
As the new year rolls around, many people are making resolutions that they are hoping to keep. However oftentimes (and I mean very often), these resolutions are not met. If you already broke your resolution, it’s OK. Keep trying, but do keep in mind to...
1. Make your resolution realistic.Many people make the mistake of choosing a resolution that is impossible to meet. Giving up chocolate forever? Never binge-watching Netflix again? You know you better than anyone else, and thus you know what you are capable of. Every change comes with pace, and trying to achieve something that will take a lot of time and self-control so quickly is not entirely reasonable.
2. Tell your friends.Support from others can help immensely when starting a change. Tell those you trust the most about your resolutions (as long as you are comfortable with doing so, of course) so they can support and help you along the way.
3. Want to keep it for longer than a week to a month?Make it a habit. This is the secret to long-term change. Start small and be consistent. Your New Year's resolution will soon be as easy as brushing your teeth.
4. Set deadlines.We humans are easily pleased by accomplishing goals, even the little ones. So set a small goal related to your resolution every week, and check it off when you accomplish it. Now that goal of yours doesn't seem that impossible anymore.
5. Realize who it is for in the end.There is a limit to what others can do for you. It is up to you to want the change.
6. Profit!And, of course, if all else fails, make your resolution insanely impossible so you don't feel bad for breaking it.
Thank you Jennifer Chang
Home flipping — buying and then selling a house or condo within 12 months — is on the rise and at a two-year high.
According to a RealtyTrac analysis, 6.6% of all single-family and condo sales in the first quarter of 2016 were flips. That’s up 20% from the previous quarter and 3% year over year. And the number of flippers grew by 8% from the first quarter of 2015.
But a lot could go wrong if your new to the game. The pros at Heritage can guide you in your project and provide as much or as little project management and contracting services as you desire.
The biggest mistake most flippers make is not knowing all the hidden costs and the time involved which will ultimately delay the sale.
Managing multiple contractors not knowing how reliable they are or there timetable can be frustrating. Heritage can
handle all phases from finding the deals out there to bringing the job to Fruition and making the profit you hoped for.
The TV shows make it look easy but anyone who has ever tried it knows its a lot harder than it seems.
Heritage can give you an accurate picture of the flipping opportunity. Only then can you determine whether it’s a sound financial move for you.
IRVINE, Calif. – Sept. 15, 2016 — ATTOM Data Solutions, the nation’s leading source for comprehensive housing data and the new parent company of RealtyTrac, today released its Q2 2016 U.S. Home Flipping Report, which shows a total of 51,434 U.S. single family home and condo sales were completed flips in the second quarter of 2016, up 14 percent from the previous quarter and up 3 percent from a year ago to the highest number of home flips since Q2 2010 — a six-year high.
Number of Investors Flipping Homes at Highest Level Since Q2 2007 — a Nine-Year High;
A total of 39,775 investors (including both individuals and institutions) completed at least one home flip in Q2 2016, the highest number of home flippers since Q2 2007 — a nine-year high.
Gross flipping profit increases to new all-time high Average days to flip at 10-year high
The return on investment, or the gross profit on the sale, is strong. Homes flipped in the first quarter saw an average gross profit of $58,520, a 10-year high. In some markets, flippers saw gross profits of 80% or more of the price they paid for homes:
Custom Pool Houses Showcase your Pool with a Custom Pool House that combines Beauty, Storage, and Convenience to match your garden or landscape.
Let us Design and Build a functional Fun Place where you can entertain Family and Friends
We can keep it simple or follow your homes architecture
Your Pool House can be a multi-purpose place with all kinds of possibilities
Everyone likes a level playing field, so we combed the internet for Vendor Neutral pricing on what it cost to replace your windows.
Replacement window cost (Vinyl,LowE,Argon) Quantity Low High
1 $239.31 $365.53
Window installation labor (Basic) 2.8 hrs. $182.92 $329.72
Material & supplies $20.00 $25.00
Totals - Cost to Install Replacement Windows - 1 window $442,21 $720.26
For a complete window installation. For a standard-size, double-hung, double-pane (energy efficient), vinyl window, expect to pay between $450 and $600, including installation.
Wood windows are more expensive. The cost of a wood replacement window can range between $800 and $1,000 per installation
What people on Angie's have reported paying or being Quoted
Local contractor $975.00 per window
Local contractor $600.00 per window
Home Depot $2000.00 per window
Home Depot $4,266.00 For 3 Anderson wood windows.
Anderson $15,000 For 13 Anderson renewal series 2 windows
Anderson $ 40,000.00 for 14 windows..
Anderson $2,500.00 per window
Anderson $23,000 for 14 windows
Castle windows $543.75 per window
HRC $7,600 for 8 windows
Anderson $12,500 for 8 windows
Anderson $7,150.00 for 5 window
Yelp (PowerHRG) $20,000.00 for 13 windows
Home Advisor Average Most spent between
Less than 5 windows $2,219 $1,244 - $3,198
Between 5 - 10 windows $4,917 $3,367 - $6,491
More than 10 windows $14,504 $8,532 - $20,605
All-new vinyl windows for an average 2,450-square-foot house run about $15,000, according to the “2015 Remodeling Impact Report” from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.
American Window Resource Window Replacement Cost Estimation: $438 per
Now everyone needs to make a living and we know how the internet is and the determining factors involved so we tried to pick legit sites and in every case we found we are below the going price for Replacement Windows.
If you need new windows it would probably be in your best interest to give us a call for a low pressure Quote. For detailed info on picking the right window visit our Window page.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Some projects will get you more for your dollar than others.Value surveys by Remodeling magazine and the National association of Realtors show the average return on home-improvement projects was up 6.7 percent over last year.
Listed below are some of the best long term Remodeling Investments you can make and the Percentage of the Project that you recoup, on average.
1. Insulating your attic 117%
By adding insulation to your attic, the benefits can be substantial. If you are doing a major home Renovation Project , now is the best time to do this project too.
Even if you get less than 100% of your money back you are still ahead of the game because of the enjoyment you get on the Home Improvements you make.
So it hasn't been one of our worst winters on record but driving around we still see a lot of snow in people's Gutters so we want you to be aware of possible Ice Dams.
WHAT IS AN ICE DAM?
An ice dam is a wall of ice that can form on the edge of your roof. Usually forming at the gutter from melting snow, preventing melting snow to drain as it should.
This wall can cause water to back up into the house causing damage to the roof, ceilings, and insulation.
But even if you don't have gutters the Ice Dams can still form on the cold edges of the roof or in less visible areas like behind skylights or in valleys. If you have a low pitched roof even a thin layer of ice can cause a problem. Sometime its a problem that doesn't show up right away.
There are things you can do to help.Check for proper attic insulation. Running electric heating wires along the eaves, and most importantly to remove the snow as soon as possible with a roof snow rake.
Some Ice melting compounds like rock salt, we feel can damage roof color,metal flashings and plant life below.
Shovels or picks can be used successfully but have to be used very carefully.
If you have an emergency, or before you have an emergency, Call Heritage Home Improvements Remodeling Contractors at (203) 689-5148