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Snowmen are all around and there is a white veil over the roofs, the pavements, leaves, car windshields and any other surface on which snow can settle. Cold breeze sweeps over and you shiver even with all the winter gear on. Winters are definitely on and certainly enough, it is time to get some winter protection for the house. Be it a vacant home or an occupied one, getting your house geared up for winters is crucial to avoid damage inflicted by extreme temperatures. In case you are on a winter escapade to a warmer region and are going to leave the house empty in winters, you will need to know how to winterize a house. Presenting to you the same, ladies and gentlemen!
Winterize Your Home for Winter
Before we begin, let me tell you that this is not an overnight endeavor. You are going to need at least a week or two or perhaps even more depending on how extensive is the task. Make a ‘winterize your home checklist’ including what all you will need to work upon for winterizing your house. It can be anything from getting the heating system back in shape to covering the windows and doors from the draft and insulation. So let’s us get on with the job.
Insulation is one of the crucial things you will have to carry out before winters. For insulation of exterior outlets and switch plates, use an inexpensive foam sealing gasket. The hot water tank can be insulated using an insulating blanket available at a hardware store. For getting your fireplace in order, cut a piece of fiberglass insulation and then stuff it in the fireplace behind the glass doors. This will lead to blocking the cold air which is going to come down the chimney. Attic insulation will keep the heat inside the house and prevent the heat from leaving the house. Carefully check each designated attic insulation location and make sure it is properly fixed. An attic installation guide can help you out with this when you are pondering over how to winterize a house. Read the rest of this entry »
In the olden days, if you want to design your home or parts of your home, you need to hire and consult professional such as architect and engineers to create you a home design. But today, with the improvement of technology, you can create your own house design project without having an advance skill of an architect and engineer. To create or to plan a project for your house, there are many soft wares for home design that you can try. Some of them are CAD Pro Program, Chief Architecture Software Program, Google SketchUp 6 software programs, and 3D Home Architect Décor & Design software program. Each of the programs offers different features and different benefits with it.
Computer Aided Design (CAD) Pro is a drafting software program that can be used for designing a house professionally. CAD offers a full feature drafting software and presentation that enable any designers, whether you are an amateur or professional, to create a blueprint in a short time. Though many people assume that it’s difficult to be used but actually there are a lot of advantages provided by this program such as: you can view ad print your floor plans in a professional way and very quick, you can customize plan and project so you can suit it with your detailed needs. Even better, it also works excellently when you combine it with Windows Program.
Chief Architecture is a professional house design software program. Its unique feature lies on its itemized costs estimate reports that enable you to know how much costs are calculated when you build a house so you can estimate the budget you have to prepare before building your house. It also is completed with 1,000 page reference of useful tips so that the design process can be more effective. Read the rest of this entry »