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Bow Windows – Gain Space and a Larger View With a Window Remodeling Idea

Winter can be a beautiful season, but its pleasures are often best enjoyed from the warm interior of our homes. That’s where beautiful bow windows come in. You can sit by the window, comfy and warm on cushions, hot cocoa in hand, all the while watching snowflakes fall or the cardinals and chickadees at the birdfeeder. So, if you have a room that seems to need “something” and you have been planning a renovation that involves replacement windows, consider some of the many benefits of installing a room expanding bow window.
Bow windows are perfect for living rooms, kitchens, sitting rooms, dining rooms, or even master bedrooms. Consisting of a series of four, five, or six identical windows, the bow window gently curves out from a wall, creating a kind of panoramic effect on the view outdoors while offering convenient and gracefully curved seating or floor space indoors. The addition of a bow window actually extends room size, but it also appears to bring the outdoors in without the expense of a sunroom. Your room will be awash with natural light.
And contrary to popular opinion, an expanse of glass in a stylish bow window does not make a room cold. In fact, new advances in glass and framing technologies actually make this energy efficient home remodel a smart idea.
Low-E (low-emissivity) is a thin layer of transparent metallic material that’s applied to window glass for insulating purposes. Renewal by Andersen windows, for example, have nine layers of metallic materials. This Low-E coating helps to prevent heat loss in your home by acting as reflective shield, pushing radiant heat that tries to pass through the glass back to the source it originates from. That means, come winter, the metallic coating holds warm air generated in your house inside, preventing it from escaping out through the glass. The result is a warm and cozy room-with an impressive view!
So while there is more “window” in your room, today’s window glass meets or exceeds all of the rigorous energy-efficiency standards as set out by federal regulations through the Energy Star ratings. If you have been following some of my previous articles, you will know that the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) energy performance label can help you determine how well your windows will perform in terms of their U-factor, SHGC, how they block out wind, and resist condensation.
Concerned about drafts? Air can rush in through gaps between the window frames and wall, as well as between the window frame and glass window panes. Today’s major window manufacturers have created some amazing new composites for window frames that boast great insulating properties, so multiple side-by-side windows won’t let in any drafts.
Wood and vinyl hybrids like Fibrex from Renewal Windows (made by Andersen) have half the Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (CTE) of regular vinyl and are much closer to a home’s wood framing. The CTE describes how the size of an object changes with a change in temperature.
You may ask why that matters. If a window frame reacts to changes in temperature differently than the wall where it is attached, then small gaps are created that increase over time and allow drafts in. Wood and vinyl composite window frames respond to changes in temperature very similar to the way your house does; they expand and contract together as the weather changes. That means no gaps or cracks will appear, so your windows stay airtight and foggy windows will be a thing of the past.
So let the cold winds blow! Between today’s composite window frames and Low-E glass technology, your house will stay comfortable all winter long, and you can significantly cut your energy bills while you’re enjoying the view.
As an added bonus, today’s composites offer the real look of wood, both inside and out, so the exterior of your home will also benefit from the addition of a beautiful bow window. Now, all you have to do to make the picture complete is get your landscape in order!

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Renovation Coach – A New Way to Evaluate a Property Before the Purchase

Buying property that needs work and doing that work is a good way to increase equity. Shop for location and then find a property in that location that can be changed to fit your needs. But how do you know if a property can be adapted to meet your needs at a budget you can afford?
There’s a fairly new type of professional called a renovation consultant, or a remodeling coach, that can assess the property for you. They can identify the creative possibilities and functional limitations of the property before you make a commitment to purchase.
Their assessment will help you:
Prioritize Your Needs: A renovation consultant will help you ascertain what needs to be done to the property to adapt it to what you really want.
Expose the Potential: By making design recommendations and looking beyond the obvious issues to find simple solutions that uncover the full potential of the property in a cost effective way, a renovation consultant can help you visualize and plan for the realization of the full potential.
Value Engineer the Project: A knowledgeable consultant will help you design and choose materials that add maximum bang for your buck.
Evaluate City Planning and Zoning Requirements: In most municipalities there are rules that could impact improvements that you might want to make. A thorough assessment of these is imperative.
Establish a Renovation Budget: It is important to establish a realistic budget and timeline for the renovations. This will ensure that the purchase price plus the cost of improvements does not exceed the average value of property for the neighborhood.
Develop a Timeline: A realistic timeline for the completion of the renovation will give you the information you need to plan where you are going to live, if the property will be uninhabitable during the renovation.
It is a relatively new idea but there is estimated to be about 100 across the county. They offer unbiased advice and is are good resource if you find yourself considering a “fixer upper”. Consultants usually charge a flat fee between $400 – $700 for this type of service.
If you decide to purchase the property a consultant can be retained to help with the renovation. They have expertise in design, product selection, scheduling and construction. By developing a game plan with a renovation consultant you will be better prepared and the renovation will flow more smoothly. They can be your eyes and ears on the job while you’re living your life.

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Top Tips to Get Your Home Remodeled

Home is where the heart is. It is a very true quotation. Home has a vital and substantial role to play in our life. A home is a place where you can relax after all day’s hectic schedule and share good time with your loved ones. As home makes us share a strong bonding with members of the family and completes our family, so it needs to be well planned to get it remodeled.
It seems to be quite boring to live in the same old home for years without making changes in it. So it needs to be remodeled with time to have a spicy and good look with some good decorations and accessories. While making up your mind for remodeling your dream home, you need to consider some good Home Remodeling Ideas from your friends, relatives and neighbors too. Home remodeling is the most effective way to increase the value and standard of your home. It needs to be well planned and organized, when it comes to remodeling.
While planning for remodeling, firstly plan out things that you want to renovate. Make a proper note and list of all the things that you want to change and repair. Another most important factor to consider is the budget involved for making renovations. The budget decides the level of remodeling, either to go for a major renovation or a minor update. Make a good plan of remodeling things accordingly, so as to fit in the budget.
Home Remodeling Ideas may include repainting a home, making an addition of greenhouse, a playroom or an office. If the budget is big, you may even go for some new construction or changing the structure of the existing rooms by knocking down walls and making it even bigger as per need. You may also consider refurnishing your furniture or making alterations with windows and skylights to make your home look good and attractive.
Home Remodeling Ideas are thus an inspiration from some seen structure or an event or come out as a need. There are numerous ideas, concepts and designs related to home remodeling that are good and practical for some, as one has the knowledge to analyze and scrutinize them.