Prevent Dryer Fires

Cleaning out your dryer’s venting system is a quick weekend project and an important cleaning chore to help keep you and your family safe.

Every year, an average of 14,500 clothes dryers catch fire!  This isn’t due to a wiring issue–rather, it’s because lint collects in the dryers exhaust ducts.  Lint builds up very fast, is highly combustible and can spread a fire quickly.  Cleaning your dryer vent once a year can help prevent a fire.

The easiest way to clean the dryer vent fully is with a dryer vent cleaning brush.  Start from the outside of the house, where the vent is and work inward toward the dryer.  You will be amazed at what comes out of the dryer vent, so keep a trash bag or two nearby.

Also remember to turn off the dryer when you are not going to be at home.  Dryer fires spread so quickly, so it’s definitely better to be safe and not sorry!

After the vent has been thoroughly cleaned, you can take several steps to make sure that your dryer is operating safely year-round.  Always clean the dryer’s lint screen after every use. Vacuum behind the dryer as part of your regular housekeeping chores.  When you are behind the dryer, make sure the dryer vent duct hose is made from aluminum.  If you spot an older plastic dryer vent, be sure to replace it to reduce your risks of fires.

Need a new laundry room or update an old one?  Give Adams Design Construction a call – 608-241-9009 or visit our website http://www.adamsofmadison.com . We love making your home new again!

Double Hung Windows – the new replacement

We all know new windows can help with your energy bills, but when it comes time to replace them, what to choose?  There are several different types of windows. Traditionally, most windows were side-hinged windows, referred to as casements, and sliding sash windows. New opening mechanisms such as friction and pivot hinges are increasingly popular and available in double hung windows.

So,why choose double hung windows? Cleaning. Double hung windows are much easier to clean than windows based on a spiral or string system, because they won’t allow the sash to drop out when you are cleaning them. They also tilt in a way that uses a flush fitting tilt release which is more attractive than the older screwed in tilt release systems. This system works well for two story homes and enables you to clean your windows from the inside.

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You may find that choosing a quality window is difficult because of the overwhelming number of options. So where to start?  We suggest picking a window that comes with a solid warranty offered by a quality manufacturer.  Besides your budget, this is an important factor in your decision making, since your windows should last decades.  Also to consider is the material you choose: vinyl, wood, aluminum and composite materials are all available in our area. And after you’ve made your decision, we suggest hiring a professional to install them – nothing worse than spending your hard earned money on new windows and then not have them installed properly.

Remember, window materials, shapes, and sizes vary considerably, as does terminology, so you should read your manufacturer’s literature carefully. Replacement windows for older homes often need to be custom-built to your requirements, which is also something to consider.

Windows are a large investment and if you pick wisely you can save money over the long run by improving your energy efficiency. In order to save money in the future you may be wise to spend a little more on your windows now…

Need help choosing and installing your windows – we’re here to help. Give us a call, 608-241-9009, and we’d be happy to get started on updating the windows on your home.

The Struggle for More Space is Real

There is no shortage of reasons why you might be in need of more space.Home Expansion

  • Maybe the two kids you put in the same room just aren’t getting along the way you thought they would.
  • Sometimes the initial square footage is insufficient.
  • More commonly, families grow; you have more children, and acquire more “stuff.”

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The Basement Abode

Basement-RemodelingWhat’s in your basement, boxes, old furniture or just damp dark corners? If that’s what’s hiding in your basement then there is surely potential down there as well! So much more can be done with all that extra space, and winter is actually the perfect time to have it done. Who knows, if you treat it just like all the rooms upstairs it just might become your favorite place in the house. The biggest benefit; it will cost a lot less than adding on. Continue reading

Mother-in-Law Suites

These days mother-in-law apartments are almost anything but that. Father, son or daughter-in-law, grandparents or grandchildren, more and more extended families are sharing living quarters.

c0b53d12ba514247a8d3801c2f6d185bIt used to be that Mother-in-law apartments were considered just that, an entity close to, yet separate from the rest of the home. They were often built above the garage. Beside keeping costs down, (building on an existing foundation) and giving the tenant personal and private space, it can be a terrific way to generate some cash flow. Renting the space out to students could fund your own children’s education. Continue reading

Your Basement Needs a Change! (Part 2)

Basements can mean different things for different people.

Basement Joy

Adams Design Construction - Basement RemodelingWe’ve talked about this before; more living space for a growing family. The fire place you always wanted and a place to snuggle with a good book. Your own theater, wine cellar, wet bar. A home gym or craft area or children’s play space (ie, place to hide the toys). A sound studio or a man cave. What can be done in a finished basement is left to your imagination! Continue reading

Your Basement Needs a Change! (Part 1)

Adams Design Construction - Basement RemodelingLuxurious indoor swimming pools; dynamic theater screens with comfy lounge chair seating; a ground floor that easily absorbs the pounding of gym equipment; a fire place to bring romance back into your marriage; a wet bar with lots of built-in cupboard space for pre-game parties; with naturally cooler walls, a swanky wine cellar; with sound proofing, a home music studio.

Heck, even the idea of a place to send the teenagers to play their own music is enough to start sparks of ideas flying! Continue reading