High and Dry After Flood Damage

Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.

2 Tips For Ensuring Energy-Efficient Natural Lighting In Your Custom Home

Construction & Contractors Blog

If you have decided that you want to have your dream home built, you are probably busy working out all of the details of how you want the house designed, arranged, and decorated. Along with these details, the matter of ensuring there is plenty of natural light will inevitably come up. Below are a couple of tips to help you with planning for natural lighting while making sure that it is energy efficient.

1.  Map Out Larger Windows on the Sunny Sides of the House

As part of your efforts to ensure that your house has plenty of natural light, you may be looking at the design of the home and trying to decide where you should place the windows as well as the types of windows you should have installed. Whenever possible, you should use larger windows, such as bay and picture windows or large patio doors, on the sides that receive direct sunlight throughout the day. 

Along with allowing the sun to shine morning and late afternoon sun, also consider putting in skylights that allow direct sunlight to enter your sunroom, kitchen, or even bathrooms when the sun is highest in the sky. Not only will you be able to save money by having as many windows as possible in the right spots, but the rays of the sun during the winter months can help keep your home warmer, and thus, save you money on your heating bills.

2.  Select Energy-efficient Windows with Certain Features

While lots of large windows in your home will provide natural, free light, you may be concerned that they will allow too much cold or hot air to come into your house and drive up your energy bills. Fortunately, there are energy-efficient windows that have a couple of features to help counteract this problem.

For example, in the summer, you may worry that the intense rays of the sun will heat up your home. However, if you use tinted windows, the UV rays will be blocked, which will help keep the spaces cooler. The tinting will also keep your furniture safe from fading.

In the wintertime, having multi-paned windows that increase the insulation will help keep the cold, frigid air out. You can then benefit from the heat of the sun's rays without worrying about drafts that drive your heating bills up.

Having larger windows on the sunnier sides of the house with multi-paned, tinted glass can help you light your home naturally while saving money on heating and air conditioning bills. For further guidance on options for lighting your new house, speak with the custom home builder with whom will be working to create your ultimate dream house.

Contact a company like Integra Builders today in order to learn more.


6 November 2019