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Although it may not be appreciable on the surface, air quality is still something to be concerned with - especially living in New England. Oftentimes the quality of the air in your household may be unhealthy without you even knowing it. Various carcinogenic vapors and pollutants are tasteless, smell-less and invisible to the naked eye. One of the most pernicious of the airborne carcinogens that you will encounter, here in the Northeast, is called radon.

Radon gas is an omnipresent element, on our planet. It’s spreads from the very soil beneath your feet and lurks in the water that comes out of your sink - in trace amounts.

We're no longer living in the Dark Ages. Homes are being constructed using more contemporary and more efficient building materials, with every passing project. So when it comes to choosing a material to build your roof with, you have options manifold.

At the end of the day, you're not building a steeple or a log cabin. You're building your house - your shelter. And considering that this is New England, home to the mostMetal Roofing Advantages.png unfriendly climate in the world, your roof plays a substantial role in the protection of your shelter and more importantly your loved ones.

A roof is the cap on the structure which will ultimately protect your family from the proverbial storm. Therefore it must be impregnably durable, aesthetically assuring and efficiently weather resistant.

So you've perused the catalogs, you've done the shopping and now you're ready to have your new flooring installed. The next step is to choose the right contractor for the job.

Sure, this is certainly not the “fun” part of the renovation process. “Hooray! It's time to select the perfect tile setter!” - said no one ever. But finding the appropriate contractor for your tile/flooring installation project is just as critical as your cosmetic decisions.

After all, this person will be responsible for turning your vision into a reality. Anybody can look at a blueprint; it takes a professional to carefully translate that blueprint from paper to project.

If you are planning on building your next home, you are most likely dreading the contract you are going to be presented with. Deciphering the contract can be one of the most difficult aspects of any construction project. Even though there may be parts of a construction contract, thankfully, there are ways to ensure you know exactly what you are getting. After all, no one wants to get taken for a ride.

Designing-you-own-home.jpgYou have looked at what seems to be every last house in Maine and yet still haven’t found one with everything you want and need from a home. The logical next step is designing a house of your own that does have and fit it all.

Here are a few ideas to guide you on your way to having that home of your dreams:

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If you need a contractor to complete a major home project, it is crucial that you get the best one possible. Otherwise, not only could the result be unsafe, but it could also be expensive to fix in the long run. Find out some tips for getting a great person to complete the job for you.

No matter what construction project you are undertaking with your home, an experienced, reputable architect is an invaluable asset to the process. Whether you are building an entire house, adding a bonus room, or remodeling your existing home, an architect provides designs and works with your local contractor to ensure that your home turns out just as you wish.

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