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In the event of a hurricane in the Lowcountry, one of the most visible signs of storm protection is plywood covering your home’s windows and doors. While plywood isn’t a guaranteed source of protection, it can decrease the chances of the interior of your home being damaged during a hurricane.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at home-improvement-tips
How can you prepare your home for a hurricane? If you are in the process of new construction or renovations, you are in the perfect position to consider a variety of storm protection options. If this is not you, have no fear. There are still hurricane protection options available to keep your biggest investment safe from damage. Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at home-improvement-tips
The attractions of sunrooms and solariums are many. They provide not just additional living rooms but heightened and special spaces with great natural lighting and views as well as limitless entertainment and relaxation applications. Most houses provide ready opportunities for their addition—unused patios, screened-in porches, and more. They are close... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2018 at home-improvement-tips
When the British rocker Nick Lowe wrote the song “I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass,” he was probably just trying to capitalize on the in-your-face, snotty energy of early punk rock, but he struck a deep vein with the image. Few sights and sounds are as inherently violent and... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at home-improvement-tips
Building codes, including those that govern windows and their installation, are necessarily complex and multifaceted. At their root, codes and permits are all about safety—personal and societal safety. Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at home-improvement-tips
This is the story of the rise, the fall, and the return of the iconic, multi-purpose living space known as the screened-in porch. The popularity of the screened-in porch began its crest in the late 19th century—in the pre-HVAC era—when "sleeping porches” were a common feature of fine Victorian homes.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at home-improvement-tips
Unlike many “silent killer” home problems, broken window seals tend to announce themselves loud and unclear. You will know when a window seal has failed by its tell-tale sign: the buildup of condensation between the panes in double- and triple-pane windows—that vexing condensation that cannot be wiped off from the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at home-improvement-tips
The replacement window installation battle is often won or lost before the truck pulls up to the curb. It's all in the preparation and in the expertise of the installation professional. As you approach the challenge of replacement window installation, consider four critical questions. Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at home-improvement-tips
Windows are the eyes of your home. When selecting a window replacement option best suited for your living quarters, it is important to know what the options are and, most importantly, what the differences are. New windows can increase the value of your home, and quite often increase your energy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2017 at home-improvement-tips
Sunrooms are a wonderful addition to any home. They bring a sense of the outdoors inside, with their full glass walls and large windows creating a feeling of alfresco ambiance. Typically, sunrooms are constructed as either three-season or four-season rooms. Three-season rooms are usually not fully insulated or built to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at home-improvement-tips
While living in the Lowcountry is idyllic, the area is also prone to hurricanes and tropical storms. So, when we want to bring in the light and warmth of a sunroom, considering storm protection becomes a necessity. Your sunroom becomes especially vulnerable first and foremost because of the sheer multitude... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at home-improvement-tips
Have you ever been dazzled by grand-scale windows in places with tall, open ceilings? Was it the natural light streaming in? The feeling of spaciousness? Ambiance? Luxury? Could such a simple thing be yours? Do you know the benefits of having windows in rooms with tall open ceilings? With a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at home-improvement-tips
It is all in the details when it comes to historic buildings. Many people have lived in homes that have been built since the 1950s. Since such time they most likely have experienced a window replacement that included upgrading windows with higher impact ratings to handle potential storm damage. They... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at home-improvement-tips
A room’s lighting is the core of its ambiance. Natural light is a stunning enhancement of your home’s character. An addition of a skylight is a striking approach to achieving a golden glow. The ceiling is the most unused surface in your home, so why not fully utilize an often-forgotten... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at home-improvement-tips
What is in a door? In particular, the door to your home or business? It is more than just an entry. Your door can reflect your personal tastes as well as make your home or business more appealing to those passing by. Entry doors can create an inviting environment to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at home-improvement-tips
It is that time of year again. Hurricane season is nearly upon us and we have already had two named storms. June 1 - November 31 Hurricane Season Living in the Lowcountry means that hurricane season is a fact of life. Some years are quiet, allowing us all to breathe... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at home-improvement-tips
Historic buildings are filled with charm and a testament to times past. They also serve as contentious reminders of the debates that continue to rage between meeting current needs and maintaining an architectural heritage. Historic preservation is a conversation with our past about our future. - National Park Service The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at home-improvement-tips
Home renovation projects are exciting: new spaces to create and design, to meld into the aesthetic sense of your personal living quarters. Living in the Lowcountry, if your property doesn’t include a sunroom, it’s certainly a home renovation project to consider. Like any major renovation or construction project, there are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at home-improvement-tips
Many of us are lucky to live in an amazing place that allow for indoor and outdoor living most of the year. Especially in the Lowcountry, people enjoy all four seasons where the sights and sounds of nature are breathtaking and inspiring. Whether spring, summer, winter, or fall, the outside... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at home-improvement-tips
What do you do when you want to expand the interior of your home and maintain a functional outdoor entertaining space? You add a sunroom and a deck, of course! Now, you may already have a deck. If you do, then it’s time to explore converting part or all of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at home-improvement-tips
There are many reasons you may want to replace your doors. Sometimes it is an absolute necessity, particularly if your home has suffered damage from a natural disaster. Other times, you want to change the look of your home. Replacement doors can be any exterior door to your home or... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at home-improvement-tips
Energy efficiency is more than just a passing trend. People have been taking notice of rising energy costs reflected in their monthly heating and cooling costs. As consumers, they have begun exploring options to reduce these ever-rising costs. In response, businesses have begun developing more and more products to create... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at home-improvement-tips
I bet you’ve never heard of an EERO. But if you’ve ever had to exit a building through an alternative path you will have used an EERO. EERO stands for Emergency Escape and Rescue Opening. It allows for someone to escape or for emergency personnel to enter and assist anyone... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at home-improvement-tips
Hurricane season is still upon us. The most recent brush with Hurricane Hermine reminds us that even the lowest category hurricane, tropical storm, tropical depression, and tornado can still generate wind speeds and cause significant damage to our homes. If upgrading your windows with impact resistant windows is beyond your... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at home-improvement-tips
Since the mid-1990s, Charleston, South Carolina, has been recognized by multiple travel magazines as one of the top cities to visit in the US. With multiple accolades from Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure for most polite, most friendly, best food, and No. 1 city, people love to visit... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at home-improvement-tips