Siding Comparisons: Vinyl vs. Cedar Lap vs. Fiber Cement »

If you are considering re-siding your home, you have several good options to choose from. Here in the Pacific Northwest you’ll see homes with log siding, redwood siding, and steel siding. In addition, you are just as likely to see vinyl siding, cedar lap and fiber cement board siding. Rather than try and address all […]

Review: Tankless vs Traditional Hot Water Heaters | Pros and Cons »

Tankless hot water heaters provide instantaneous hot water because they heat the hot water as it is needed. Traditional hot water storage tanks hold and heat a pre-determined amount of water so that water is hot and ready to use whenever you need it.

Converting Your Home to LED Lighting: Is it Really Worth It? »

If you want to save energy at any cost, then LEDs are a great way to go green. If you are planning to stay in your home for 10 years, then there’s a good chance you will recoup the money you put into your LEDs. But if you are on a strict budget, then LEDs might just be too expensive for you to convert all your lights.

Review: Soapstone versus Granite and Quartz »

Soapstone can be an elegant and unique (at least here in the Pacific Northwest) surface to choose for your kitchen countertops, but you’ll either love it or hate it.

Ductless (Mini-Split) Heat Pumps for Your Home »

Since the housing market is still finding its bottom, many homeowners  looking for an upgrade or for more room are turning to renovations and additions in the face of flat or declining home values. This is especially true here in the Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA areas. Given that, I thought it would be good to […]