Remodeling Tips and Reviews

Restoring Old metal

Restoring Old metal

Nothing is more green than conserving the old and restoring it. If you have an older home then it likely has old knobs, hinges, and latches on doors and windows. Many people opt to pull this old hardware off and replace it with some generic hardware made in china. But, there is a better way. Old painted hardware can be soaked in paint remover for a day and then...

Updating that old toilet with a more efficent one

Updating that old toilet with a more efficent one

You are remodeling your bathroom and you want to make the right choices about fixtures, tubs, sinks and the toilet. The wrong choice is to re-install that old 3 gallon per flush toilet that flushes poorly anyway and is always stopping up. The correct choice is to get a  low flow toilet  with dual flush. Why dual flush? You really only need to use a full flush...

Upgrading those old windows to LOE

If  you live in an older home you likely have single pane wooden or aluminum windows installed in your home. Old, thin, airy windows can contribute up to 30% of a homes heat loss. That can be thousands of dollars lost in energy cost every year as you try to keep your home at comfortable temperature. Switch to double or even triple pane window can significantly...

New Green Roof Options

New Green Roof Options

Installing a green roof is a real challenge.  Most products that maintain a roof system are not green and do not utilize green materials. From metal to shingles the options for the average home owner are slim pickings at best. But, Dow recently threw its weight behind the idea of solar energy shingles. They are not the first, but they are definitely the biggest...

Upgrading to a high effiency dual flush in an existing toilet

Upgrading to a high effiency dual flush in an existing toilet

I have a few 10 year old 1.6 gallon per flush kohler toilets in my house that I wanted to up the efficiency on. While there is always the old “brick in the tank” method I wanted to do something that was more intelligent and gave me options based on whether liquids or solids were being flushed. I opted for a kit at Amazon that does just that. It was...

Adding a cheap rain barrel to your home

I live in Texas and contrary to what many people believe I do think global warming is here and will become more obvious as we move forward. This is one of the hottest Summers I can remember on record. We have been in the hundreds since June popped up on the calender. Rain has been scarce, and my yard is parched and looking crunchy. So, how do we adjust to this...