Show Notes: Hot Colors, Warm Homes
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How Do You Steal An Entire House?
A thief made off with an entire house in Klamath Falls, Oregon, this week in a heist that would make Ocean’s Eleven blush.
On Tuesday, the homeowner called the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office to report that the home was missing, KOBI reports. Moving this log cabin couldn’t have been easy, either. It was on a foundation and definitely wasn’t a mobile home.
“[The owner] went to visit his part-time home and between the first time he saw it and a couple of months later, it was gone. I mean can you imagine?” Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah told The Washington Post.
Police spent two days searching and finally found the cabin on Thursday, at least a mile away from its foundation. Skrah said there was a legal dispute in which three people were claiming ownership of the home, and one of them had sold it to a fourth person.
“We think that somebody busted out the foundation, jacked it up, put a lowboy [trailer] underneath it and lowered it down on the lowboy and took it,” Skrah said.
The 1,200-square-foot cabin wasn’t occupied at the time it was swiped.
Deputies reportedly have a list of suspects, but they wouldn’t release any more details about the homeowner or the investigation. No charges have been filed.
Window Coverings – More Than A Design Element
Window coverings are more than just pretty fabric or blinds, they can add value to your home and are one the of best investments you can make.
Window coverings will help reduce your heating and cooling bills. They act as insulation by adding an additional layer of protection from the elements that effect your window. The best treatments for energy savings are cellular shades and fabrics that are specially designed to insulate.
Carpets, artwork and furniture can easily be damaged if left unprotected from damaging sun exposure. Some window coverings offer UV-ray protection that can save your art and upholstered furniture. There are many shades and screens available that offer sun protection and a view all at the same time.
Tips For Picking The Perfect Gray
Gray is an important home exterior color that works equally well on all home styles, historic to contemporary, and in every part of the country.
A versatile color, gray tones can range from cool, clear bluish gray to a true neutral gray through a warm French gray or even taupe. The best gray for your home exterior is the one that blends well with your roof and the other fixed features, such as your brick, stone or permanent design elements.
For most homes a classic gray that will never go out of style as a middle tone since it is neither too cool nor too warm.
Light, clear gray is fresh and airy; just be sure to look for any undertone of gray. What appears light gray on the swatch could
appear more light blue, lavender, or whatever the color of the undertone once it is applied to the home.
When going with a dark gray as the main color, look for a gray that is rich but soft. Deeper shades that have a harder edge are great as accent colors.
Favorite Gray Color Combinations
Whether warm, neutral, or cool, the colorcast or undertone of your gray needs to harmonize with your other exterior materials and finishes to create a cohesive look. When planning your color scheme, keep in mind that gray comes alive with dramatic accent colors. I recommend using
The boldest paint color for the front door to create a strong focal point on the home exterior. Use other accent colors to play a secondary role.
A true neutral gray combines with any other color to give you complete freedom with accent colors. These are a few of our favorites:
True red is traditional but you can add a twist by using berry, pomegranate or garnet.
A touch of brass, bronze or copper warms up gray; gold or orange adds a spark of color.
Both warm and cool greens look fresh against gray; from thyme to palm or forest, green naturally brings out the beauty of gray.
Tried and true blue – soft raindrop, bold blue paisley or admiral blue – keeps gray fresh and clean.
Go all neutral with gray on gray for a sophisticated scheme.
Breathe Clean, Healthy Air This Spring
We know cleanliness in our homes is a good thing. We use hand sanitizers, water filtration systems or buy bottled water and use “environmentally-friendly” cleaning products…but do we ever think of the air we breathe within our own walls?
We’ve learned to avoid second-hand smoke, the dangers of big-city smog and factory emissions, yet the air circulating inside our own homes can be four to five times unhealthier than outdoor air. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board rated indoor air pollutants as the third highest in its list of environmental risks. For example, one ounce of dust contains nearly 42,000 living dust mites. Each mite is expelling 20 fecal pellets every day into the air you breathe.
According to scientists, the average human drinks about two quarts of water per day, yet breathes about 15,000 quarts of air per day. If the air inside your home is unclean, serious and harmful health effects for you and your family can be triggered. Asthma, respiratory and heart disease, pneumonia and even lung cancers can occur as a result of breathing unhealthy air.
Luckily, there are a number of solutions to make the air you inhale safe again.
Air Duct Cleaning to remove contaminants; air duct sealing and air filtration to help keep your household air clean and healthy. Over time, air ducts become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen and other debris that can cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in people exposed to contaminants. If moisture is present in your air ducts, the potential for microbiological growth (e.g., mold) is increased and spores may be released into your living space every time your air-conditioner or furnace is running
Environmentally friendly products for cleaner air: Green Safety Ductwork is not only “green,” it improves the air quality in your home and can save you on your utility bills. A home with properly designed and sealed duct work can make your home more energy efficient and comfortable. The benefits of Green Safety Ductwork are:
- Eliminates hot and cold spots throughout your home
- Poisonous Gas-Free—proven to be free of carcinogen formaldehyde
- Reduces the potential for mold growth in your ductwork
- Can lower utility bills by as much as 30%
- Made with Environmentally friendly materials
We all need to “breathe easy” inside our homes. Arrange for an audit by a HVAC specialist. This audit is designed to inform and educate homeowners of the solutions for a cleaner, healthier living environment and includes the following:
- Test for carbon monoxide leaks at all gas appliances
- Complete room by room airflow analysis in order to identify hot and cold spots throughout the home
- Check for ductwork deficiencies such as breaks, leaks and hazards such as asbestos
- Ensure ductwork design is efficient and meets home’s health, safety and comfort requirements
- Test all existing HVAC equipment for proper operation, including fan for indoor air quality purposes
- Test current filtration effectiveness and operation
- Internally inspect ductwork with swab and visual test for debris and build up
- Inspect for fire hazards around all gas appliances
- Test humidity levels throughout home
- Test all smoke detectors for operation and safet
Garage Security: A Burglar Proof Door
To get real-world garage-security advice, I’ve spoken with cops, insurance adjusters, even burglars. But one of my most interesting security talks was with a firefighter who routinely busts through doors to do his job. When I asked him about garage security, he told me two interesting things:
Secure wood-panel service doors to keep your garage – and everything stored or parked inside of it – safe.
- Lots of garages still have old, wood-panel service doors. The panels are thin and easy to break through. And once a panel is broken, you can reach inside to unlock the door. The simplest solution is to screw a ½-in. plywood panel over the inside of the door as shown. Cut lengths of 2×4 and slip them into the brackets. Place one bar about 26 in. from the floor, the other about 52 in. from the floor.
- A good dead bolt and a strike plate secured with beefy screws make a door difficult to kick or ram in. But for the ultimate garage security, the firefighter recommends barring the door. Steel brackets sized to hold 2x4s are available for a few bucks apiece at home centers. One bar is great; two are even better. Screw plywood strips to the framing to form a mounting surface that’s flush with the inside of the door. Mount the brackets with screws or lag screws that are long enough to penetrate the framing by at least 1-1/2 in.
For the ultimate level of exterior door security, bar the door.
— Gary Wentz, Senior Editor
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