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Remodeling, renovations and custom homes.
Remodeling, renovations and custom homes.

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New Homes, New Trends
If you've toured a newly built model home recently, you may have noticed a few things missing: a formal living room or the once-popular two-story family-room. Today's new homes are a bit more practical and reflect the way people live: in their "Family Center" an oversized, open great room with a center island kitchen, a casual dining area and a family room.
Washington area residents generally prefer traditional homes, but local builders and architects say that even though exteriors remain mostly traditional, buyers increasingly are looking for more contemporary interiors with open floor plans.
Now that new home sales are making a comeback along with the rest of the housing market, builders are incorporating these new ideas into their home designs. Builders scaled back home sizes and features right after the housing crisis in order to be at a particular price point, but now it appears that they are bringing back larger homes in order to meet buyer demand.
Buyers are a little different now. They're looking at values more carefully. Builders now use every possible square foot as efficiently as possible, without any two-story spaces but with an open feeling from 9- and l0-foot high ceilings that are standard in many new homes.
The most notable trend in new home designs is the contemporary style open floor plan, ideally with an unobstructed view from the front of the house to the back. One option would include view of a porch or sunroom since people want to see outdoor space if they can.
One way to bring the outdoors inside is to build a covered outdoor corner room within the footprint of the home and accessible through glass doors to the family room or kitchen.
It's an efficient way to create an outdoor living area without adding an appendage to the house. company offers an integrated outdoor living space as an option on some of their models with glass openings to the space from the family room since that's where most people entertain and spend time with their families.
Even if the lot configuration doesn't allow for an outdoor room, most new home designs focus on creating an open primary living space rather than on formal rooms. Many times buyers want an open kitchen with space to spread out and entertain.  Even if you don't have space for a large kitchen, you can design one that's well laid out with an ample island and a walk-in pantry if possible.
A living room is a rare find in all but the largest new homes, but some still offer a separate dining room for buyers who want a more formal space for entertaining. When the recession hit many were predicting the end of the large home but after years of shrinking layouts, homes are getting larger once again!
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Roofing Excessive Energy Costs
There is a lot of talk about ventilation in a home's attic, here is why- Insufficient attic ventilation causes heating/cooling system to run excessively causing homeowner to spend more on their electric bills.
In warm weather, inadequate roofing ventilation will trap hot air in the attic, causing air conditioning systems to work harder, or leaving your home's interior hotter and less comfortable. Attic Ventilation: In both hot and cold weather, insufficient attic ventilation may cause moisture in the attic to become trapped and condense on the rafters. This condensed moisture can drip down onto the insulation and reduce its effectiveness. Excessive energy costs can result.
MOLD! Left unchecked, a home that has poorly ventilated attics can over time develop mold. We recently remediated a home that had no soffit ventilation or ridge vent, mold took over the attic, contributing to the problem was a leaky roof and a humidifier unit attached to the heating system.
The attic was literally dripping with water which made it's way to the ceiling drywall. Over several months the mold appeared on the  appeared in all the bedroom ceilings.
Just make sure you check you attic periodically, so this doesn't happen to you!
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Ocean City Bayshore Drive remodel
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Living room of beach house in Ocean City MD
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Wood siding, roofing etc. What you should know;
There is nothing like genuine wood. Organic, solid, stable and naturally resistant to the elements, it has been used on homes for hundreds of years. You can achieve amazing effects with the right mix and match of various types of profiled siding (horizontally and vertically), or even combine profiled siding with cedar shingles.
Wood has been a  favorite choice for siding options throughout the United States and Canada. It  can be vertical siding like board and batten, or horizontal siding like clapboards, shakes, and shingles, there are a few species and grades commonly used for all applications.
Bradley Construnction Inc  knows what species are readily available in our market. Before settling on a siding material, ask questions about rot resistance, splitting, checking, or cupping.
A good rule of thumb is to buy the best grade of siding you can afford. Look for clear grains whenever possible, and make certain that the wood acclimates on site, is properly sealed, and is thoroughly protected upon installation.
For example you have the most popular and typically more expensive, cedar. Also widely used, pine, fir and redwood.
A good wood siding should last for many, many years, but it must be properly maintained. Proper maintenance includes power washing, staining and sealing whenever the heat of the sun fades the finish.
Hope this helps!
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