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    Paul Davis offers tips to recognize and prevent ice dams on structures and damage mitigation – North Forty News - January 14, 2020 by admin

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    With recent severe, freezing, and wet weather, plus fluctuating indoor and outdoor temperatures, Paul Davis Restoration of Fort Collins, a leading provider of fire and water damage clean up and restoration services is providing consumers with the following tips for recognizing and removing ice dams from homes and businesses, and damage mitigation.

    Ice dams can form when a roof that is warmer than the eaves causes snow on the roof to melt, the water to flow down to the colder eaves, and re-freeze. As this cycle repeats, ice can back up or dam under shingles, allowing water to accumulate behind it. The water can leak through the roof and cause serious damage to walls, insulation, ceilings, and painted surfaces inside the home or office that may only get worse over time. However, there are some relatively simple steps one can take to prevent ice dams:

    Ice dams are caused by the interaction of many factors:

    Ice and snowmelt at 35F. Liquid water freezes at 32F. Minor temperature differentials can lead to major problems.Layered roof systems such as shakes or shingles do not keep outstanding water. They require a continuous, uninterrupted slope to shed water.

    Attics are warmer than the outside air because heat leaks from the heated portion of the structure up into the attic. Heavy snow cover effectively insulates the attic from cold outside air, allowing the temperature to rise even higher.When an ice dam forms and as layer after layer of meltwater refreezes, the ice dam can grow with liquid water pooling behind it under the snow. Soon, this water is deep enough to seep between shingles and into the attic or wall cavities. Ice dams are sometimes one to two feet thick. Secondary ice dams often form around vents and skylights.

    One of the best methods of protection against ice dams is a properly designed cold roof. Minimizing heat gain in the attic while maximizing attic ventilation with outside air is one of the best ways to reach this goal. Attics can gain heat in two main ways with conduction due to inadequate insulation; and convection caused by warm air leaking through gaps, usually around plumbing, wiring, ducts, and vents. Try to reduce the conductive heat gain by increasing the insulation levels in the structure.

    Convective heat gain can be minimized by meticulously caulking and sealing even the smallest penetrations through the ceiling, as well as carefully installing gaskets around attic entrances. Although some heat gain is inevitable, when the attic ventilation is adequate, the temperature will not reach levels that cause extensive melting. A cold roof is easy to achieve with properly designed new construction. Reaching the same goal in older homes may be both difficult and expensive.

    Proper insulation is the key attic spaces need to be kept cool so that the roof stays cold. Ideally, attics should have 12 of insulation.Seal areas where heat can escape into the attic. Likely spots include areas around chimneys, around electrical components such as junction boxes and ceiling fans, plumbing vents, and any other passages through the attic floor.Ventilation Less important than insulation but still a factor in preventing ice dams, proper ventilation will allow any heat that does enter the attic to exit the space and be replaced by cold outside air.There are a few ways to mitigate ice dams. However, it is recommended that you call a professional. On serious ice dams that are presenting leaks, technicians will break up the ice first, so that the necessary repair work can be performed immediately. In an ice-dammed area that has been leaking, repairing any water damage would come first. Shoring up the area with added flashing and ice and water shield underlayment is recommended before reapplying the shingles. Also, a heat cable system can be installed into the gutter and also clipped onto the shingles over the soffit. If an ice dam has already caused damage to the home or commercial building, it is critical to have the entire structure inspected by a restoration professional who is certified from The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, Restoration Certification (IICRC).

    Unfortunately, obvious damage may be just the tip of the iceberg. The worst effects of ice dams are often hidden, caused by moisture trapped inside walls or floors. This damage is seldom discovered until months after all the snow has melted. The property owner may rarely make the connection between the damage found and their ice dam of the previous winter. Besides the cost of restoration, hidden damage can make future ice damming more severe, waste energy, and even create serious health risks for building occupants. Visit the local office website

    For more than 50 years, Paul Davis Restoration Inc. has restored residential and commercial properties damaged by fire, water, mold, storms, and disasters. The experts at Paul Davis understand the complex process of recovering from property damage and provide complete services; there is no need for the expense and confusion of hiring multiple contractors. Paul Davis is a one-stop-shop for disaster damage and restoration. Paul Davis Restoration has more than 300 independently owned franchises in the United States and Canada. The professionals at Paul Davis are certified in emergency restoration, reconstruction, and remodeling. For more information, visit the website at

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    This Luxe In-Law Suite Has an Elevator That Works Like a Bank-Deposit Tube – Washingtonian - December 4, 2019 by admin

    The suites pneumatic elevator brings its residents directly up from the houses front entrance.

    An attic apartment, up all those steps, might seem a poor choice for an elderly resident. But with the addition of a clever elevator, Jonas Carnemark, owner of Carnemark Design & Build in Bethesda, created what his clients dubbed the Peninsula Suite in their 1920s Tudor in Forest Hills.

    The homeowners asked me if they could do something with their attic, but the steep staircase was an issue, says Carnemark. The solution: a three-foot-diameter pneumatic elevator installed in a corner by the foyer, with a stop on the second-floor landing and another in the attic suite. The pneumatic system works just like a bank-deposit tube, riding on a cushion of air, Carnemark says. Though the style isnt big enough for a wheelchair, it can fit up to two people at a time.


    $30,000$60,000A small pneumatic elevator fits two people but cant accommodate a wheelchair.

    $100,000+Expect to pay six figures for a larger elevator that reaches four floors and requires remodeling on each level.

    The configuration works well for the family, not only because the elevator will come in handy if the in-laws develop mobility issues down the road but also because it gives them a direct route from the front door up to their suite. In other words, it allows them to avoid intruding on the rest of the house.

    Their suite includes a living area with a coffee bar, a bedroom, and a spa-like bathroom whose shower doesnt have a thresholdfor any future accessibility needs, explains Carnemark.


    Dont skip on soundproofingYour in-laws may love their grandchildren, but they probably dont love being woken up by them in the middle of the night.

    Do accessibility rightFuture buyersand current elderly parentsdont want a space that looks institutional or built for disabilities.

    Create enough private space Without a sitting area and at least a spot to make coffee, an in-law suite is just a guest room.

    Build an outdoor spaceEven better than a sitting area: a private deck or patio.

    Or go all out A private backyard guesthouse may someday also add value as a rental unit.

    This article appears in theNovember 2019issue ofWashingtonian.

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    Michele Lerner ([emailprotected]) covers real estate, interior design, and personal finance.

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    Why was old newspaper used as insulation in this Fargo house? – INFORUM - November 25, 2019 by admin

    That led Craig Folkedahl, Thief River Falls, Minn., to write of his experiences.

    In the past, I have torn down several houses when the owners were planning to build new, Craig wrote.

    In the walls, I have found many different types of material that was used as insulation.

    The house I grew up in had only a sheet of tar paper between the studs for insulation. My sisters house had chicken feathers and straw. My wifes uncles had cord wood stacked between the studs.

    I remodeled a house previously owned by a gentleman who owned a lumber mill. That house was built with full-dimension two-by-fours stacked flat from the foundation to the roof with an approximate 2-inch space, and then another wall stacked flat from foundation to roof. A very heavy house.

    We used a chainsaw to cut window and door openings.

    Another house I tore down, Craig wrote, had rolled-up newspapers in the walls. The first owner was a doctor in the town. He built the house, so there was no connection to the local newspaper. He had also put several rolls of newspaper in the eaves of the house. A small amount of straw was in the attic.

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    Now lets go back to the original column about the old house in Fargo. A Neighbors reader said it was on 21st Street South, but no house number was given.

    Kathy Faeth, Fargo, would like to know the specific address. Shes curious because, she writes, My family lived on 21st Street and my dad (Bob Faeth) worked for The Forum until he died.

    Several of the guys from the composing room lived on that street.

    Since Neighbors doesnt have that address, its asking if you can help Kathy out.

    If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, ND 58107, fax it to 701-241-5487 or email

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    Attic Ventilation | HGTV - October 6, 2019 by admin

    The attic plays a key role in the durability of a house and the safety of the people living there. If you don't pay close attention to the attic's venting, moisture can propagate mold growth and cause the roof's wood to rot.

    What's the best way to ventilate an attic?

    The basic concept is to get the right amount of air circulating throughout, while preventing moist air from coming in. Proper ventilation creates an air current for the water vapor to ride on and exit the attic, which also helps to dry out any existing moisture.

    The best practice is to create a continuous ridge-and-soffit ventilation system, which creates a continuous flow of air upward from the eaves or soffits out through the ridge.

    Before you start, check with the local code official for any special requirements pertaining to attic venting in your area.

    Here's how to create a ventilating system:

    1. First, determine how large the vents need to be by calculating the "net free ventilating area" according to the following equation:

    2. Select the dimension and type of materials for the ridge and soffit vents according to your required net free ventilating area, as well as local codes.

    3. Keep in mind that at least 50 to 80 percent of this ventilating area must come from the ridge vent. For the example above, the ridge venting area would be 216 to 346 square inches.

    4. Framing a roof with this kind of ventilation is, for the most part, traditional with only a few differences.

    5. At the ridge, hold back the roof sheathing 1 1/2 inches on both sides, leaving a 3-inch gap running the length to cover the required net free area.

    6. To create the soffit vent, cut a notch into the roof rafters, called a "birds mouth," and allow them to over-hang the exterior wall far enough to create the space needed for the net free area.

    7. Cover the roof as usual and install the ridge vent last, as a cap, following the manufacturer's specifications.

    8. Finish off the soffit vent by attaching a J channel and sliding in a perforated vinyl or aluminum soffit material. This completes the construction.

    9. Seal any penetrations in the attic floor such as ceiling fans, recessed lights, plumbing vents, or HVAC ducts. Use a caulk or expanding foam to seal the openings.

    10. Insert baffles, which look like w-shaped polystyrene sheets, at the eaves by the soffit. These baffles keep insulation from blocking the venting area.

    11. Finally, insulate between the ceiling joists of the attic floor using insulation with an R value of 25 to 38.

    Many builders used to use gable vents or hood vents to create air flow, but these practices didn't circulate air around all surfaces of the roof assembly. Instead, they would localize air flow, leaving areas of the attic susceptible to mold growth.

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    Attic Conversion Cost: Compete Guide to Finishing Your … - October 5, 2019 by admin

    The average attic renovation cost is $50,000-65,000 to convert it into a living space, such as a bedroom, office, or bathroom. While finishing an attic is one of the more expensive home improvement projects, it also boasts one of the highest ROIs.

    According to the latest National Association of Realtors report, you may recoup up to 62% of your investment when you remodel an attic.

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    Attic remodel costCost of adding a bathroomReturn on investment (ROI)Building codes and permitsRemodeling checklistRoofingVentilationMold RemediationInsulationHeating and coolingWindowsStairwayElectric workFlooringPaint walls and ceiling

    Homeowners across the US report spending around $64,000 to turn their attic into a bedroom, or office with a bathroom.

    In terms of cost per square foot, you can expect to pay $192 per sq.ft. (materials and labor). Note that professional labor typically accounts for about 40% of the total. This means that you can save thousands of dollars, if you are able to DIY some of the work.

    To get a sense of how much this remodel can cost for your home, get 3-4 Free price quotes from local building contractors.

    As a rule of thumb, you should not invest more than 15% of your homes value into converting your attic into a living space.

    Typically, a complete rehab involves working with an unfinished attic space, and installing the following:

    Proper Insulation Ventilation Heating and Cooling Systems (HVAC) Interior walls, ceiling and trim (includes drywall and paint) Electric work Flooring Stairway for easy access from the floor below Windows for air flow, light and emergency egress Bathroom (includes plumbing work)

    Pro Tip: When planning your budget, its advisable to include an extra 10-15% for unforeseen expenses. Also, your contractor may need to pull special permits, which will also cost extra. It is best to discuss this with him before starting your project, so you are not slammed with bills you didnt expect.

    Building a bathroom transforms your attic into a fully functional room that you can use as a bedroom or office. The average cost to add a bathroom is $8,000-12,000. Depending on the size of the space and the scope of work involved, a budget bathroom addition can cost as little as $5,000-6,000. A luxury bathroom that makes use of high-end materials and finishes costs $25,000-40,000.

    In recent years, a bathroom has become one of the most desirable features in a loft conversion. The increased comfort level and usability of the space are well worth it in the eyes of most homeowners. An extra bathroom also gives a major boost to your overall home value.

    With this project, plumbing is one of the greatest expenses. The total cost of plumbing will depend on how far away the new bathroom is located from the existing water and sewer lines. A fast and easy plumbing job may cost $1,400-1,600, while more complex installs can be as high as $3,000+. Licensed plumbers charge $45-65 per hour, depending on local labor rates. To maximize savings, try to situate your attic bathroom above an existing bathroom or kitchen.

    As mentioned earlier, transforming your old, dusty attic into a bedroom or playroom with a bathroom is one of the most popular remodels that many homeowners love to undertake. The expected returns are around 53-65% depending on the local market, overall house value and the quality of renovation. This means that if you spent $60,000 to completely remodel your attic, you will recoup $32,000 39,000.

    A renovated attic that has a bathroom gets higher overall returns compared to one without a bathroom. Adding even a half bath can make a huge difference in the resale value.

    On top of financial gains, a converted attic also boasts a high enjoyment rating. House Logic reports that homeowners who turn their attics into bedrooms, office, play or guest rooms, give this project a joy score of 9.4/10.

    An attic room is a great way to add living space without having to extend the footprint of your home. For many people building an addition would be too costly, and often prohibited by zoning laws. Many attics are a hidden gem of an opportunity to gain extra usable space right inside the home.

    Even if you dont need an extra bedroom or guestroom, you can use this space as a man cave, entertainment/game room to host adult or kid parties, or a work-out room.

    Before starting the renovation, make sure that your attic meets all building code requirements necessary to turn it into a legal living space. Here is a list of basic requirements that most towns across the US enforce:

    Size of the attic: local codes require that at least 50% of the finished attic space should be 7 feet tall. Additionally, the area needs to be at least 7 feet wide and have at least 70 sq.ft. of total floor space.

    2 accessible emergency exists: having safe access is a must in an attic. The space will need to have a real stair case (not a ladder) and egress windows. Both will be used as an exit in case of an emergency. According to code, attic windows should constitute at least 8% of the total square footage, with 4% being the area that can open.

    Sound structural reinforcement: you need to ensure that your house structure can carry the extra load of a finished attic, which is significantly heavier than an unfinished space. Its best to hire a structural engineer to do an assessment of your homes foundation and framing and tell you which if any reinforcements are needed.

    Proper permits: you should ask your towns building inspector to come in and evaluate the space to figure out if an attic conversion complies will the local building codes and regulations. He needs to give his approval and issue all necessary permits before you can proceed with the renovation.

    Many homeowners are very tempted to skip the step of obtaining permits from the building inspector and just want to get started on the remodel. This is a really bad idea, because without the permits, you open yourself up to serious legal troubles if you ever try to sell your house.

    Moreover, if the inspector somehow finds out about the work being done in your home without a permit, he has the legal right to ask you to completely gut your finished project. A lot of people have lost thousands of dollars this way, so its best to err on the side of caution and do everything correctly.

    Depending on the current condition of the space, as well as the level of convenience you want to enjoy, you can undertake some or all of the updates listed below:

    Because the roof is effectively the ceiling of your attic, it is the Number 1 priority to make it watertight. Otherwise, you will be dealing with constant leaks and mold issues in your new room, which will render the space basically useless.

    It is recommended to conduct a thorough roof inspection to make sure that it is in good condition. Expect to pay $250-350 for a professional contractor to come and evaluate your roof.

    If the roofer finds leaks, he will typically charge $550-700 to repair an asphalt shingles roof.

    Be prepared for the scenario where your old roof may need to be replaced before any renovation work can continue. Installing new asphalt shingles on a 1,600 sq.ft. roof costs $4,500-6,000 depending on the roof complexity, quality of the shingles and amount of labor involved.

    A more durable, and leak free material than composite shingles is metal roofing. While it costs $7,500 to 11,000 for the same 1,600 sq.ft. roof, you gain the benefit of never having to worry about leaks and other roof related problems for the next 50 years.

    Quality ventilation is key to ensure that excess moisture and heat can escape from the attic. Roof, gable, soffit ventilation or some combination of these may be required.

    Expect to spend $350 -1,200 for most jobs. The price may be closer to $3,000 if you will need new soffits and a ridge vent.

    If your roof has been leaking for some time, it is likely that mold issues developed in your attic. It is critical to do mold remediation before moving on to the finishing phase of the remodel.

    On average, getting rid of mold costs $1,500-3,000. However, if you have severe mold problems, it can end up being $7,000-10,000 to take care of it.

    Good attic insulation is a must. Without it, the room will be too hot in the summers and too cold in the winters. Be sure to get the right type of insulation with an R-value that will keep the space properly insulated in the particular climate you live in.

    The most common type of insulation is blown-in fiberglass or cellulose. It costs $600-1,800 for 2,000 sq.ft. The low-end pricing is for a DIY job, whereas high-end is for professional labor.

    Getting the right insulation may be a challenge, since the thickness of insulation lowers your headroom, and may lead to none-compliance with building code. To get the highest R-value combined with the thinnest insulation, most pros recommend putting in rigid foam insulation (PolyIso) together with batt insulation.

    Insulation alone is not going to solve temperature control issues. To make it comfortable all year around, you will need to put in an HVAC system (includes a heat pump, AC unit and duct work). Depending on the size of the space, you may need to run one or two ducts, which will impact the total price.

    Plan to spend at least $6,000 for this project. Many homeowners like to add a separate heating and cooling zone just for the attic and install a separate thermostat. This is very convenient for creating the perfect climate control in this area, especially if its being used as a bedroom. The most budget friendly way to add some climate control is to put in a ceiling fan

    Before you can move on to finishing work, you need to air seal the attic. The complexity of what you have there (ducts, house or bathroom fans, recessed lighting, ceiling fixtures, chimney through the attic, etc), will determine the cost.

    Expect to spend $350-1,500 on this part of the remodel.

    Egress windows are required to turn your attic into a bedroom compliant with building codes. In addition to providing an emergency exit in case of fire, windows will add more light and ventilation to the space. Be aware that the structural limitations of the roof will affect the size and placement of your windows.

    Putting in the windows is one of the most complex and expensive parts of the remodel. You may need to hire an architect to help plan the most effective dormer design and placement. Your contractor will also need to pull permits for this job.

    Depending on the number and size of the windows, roof steepness, quality of the materials and finishes, you will pay $3,000-18,000. Use our Windows Cost Calculator to get a more accurate estimate.

    To add extra natural lighting and design flair, you can install skylights. While the skylight itself is not very expensive, labor may be. Here again, the roof structure will determine the complexity of work required. Budget $700-3,500 per skylight, including materials and installation.

    For the attic to be legally livable, there needs to be proper stairway access from the floor below.

    The most budget friendly option is a straight run staircase, but the downside is that it takes up the most space (around 40 sq.ft). Depending on the materials and finishes you choose (newel posts, hardware, etc), expect to spend $550-2,800.

    A more expensive, but space-saving stair design is the spiral. A wood or metal-wood staircase kit ranges in price from $2,000 to 6,000.

    Professional installation of a new staircase costs $580-1,300.

    The cost to install electric wiring, outlets and lighting to code will depend on the amount of work required. Licensed electricians charge $65-85/hr.

    On average, homeowners report spending $2,000-3,000 to complete all electric work. This estimate will be higher if you are planning to build a home theater, or any other set up that requires more advanced lighting.

    A good, soundproof floor is an important element of a finished attic. You dont want the people downstairs to hear annoying sounds of a squeaking floor coming from upstairs. The most popular and budget friendly options are laminate tile and carpet.

    Also, depending on the structure of your home and the added weight of the finished attic, you may need to reinforce the floor joists (this will help with sound proofing as well). Many unfinished attics have joists that are too far apart, and would not work for a living space.

    Putting in a new floor should be one of the last tasks in the entire attic renovation. It should be tackled only after you have completed all electrical and ventilation work. If you have visible joists on the floor, you will first need to build a subfloor before moving on to the finishing material. On average, installing a plywood subfloor in a 300 sq.ft. room costs $500-800.

    New flooring costs $3-7 per square foot depending on the size of the room, type of material and job complexity. Typically, you will pay $1,300-2,600 for carpet and $2,400-3,500 for laminate tile.

    One of the final steps is to finish the walls and ceiling. This includes putting in drywall, painting the walls and ceiling, installing trim and moldings, as well as other finishing touches.

    Depending on the size of the space and quality of finish you are looking for, your cost to finish drywall and paint the walls will be $900-2,800.

    Since the space is small, its best to use warm off-white tones or other very light colors on the walls. An all white room will instantly feel larger and airier. If you like bright colors, you can paint one of the small walls with a brighter hue, while keeping the rest of the space light.

    If you are after a country-style or rustic feel, consider natural wood or beadboard paneling for the ceiling instead of drywall and paint. The same paneling can also be used for the walls.

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    Power Home Remodeling Group – Wikipedia - October 5, 2019 by admin

    Power Home RemodelingPrivateIndustryExterior remodelingFounded1992; 27years ago(1992)Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.FounderJeff Kaliner, Adam KalinerHeadquarters

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    Power Home Remodeling is an American corporation headquartered in Chester, Pennsylvania that provides services predominantly related to energy and cost-saving exterior remodeling products such as replacement windows, roofing and vinyl siding.[1]

    Power Home Remodeling is a privately held company with 16 business locations serving Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington D.C., Wisconsin, Virginia, and Florida.[2]

    Power Home Remodeling was founded in 1992 and experienced rapid growth in the last 6 years under the tenure of Corey Schiller and Asher Raphael, the company's current co-CEOs.[3][4] In 2018, Qualified Remodeler listed Power as the largest residential re-roofer and the third largest home remodeling firm in the United States.[5][6] In the last nine years, Power has grown from $100 million to $700 million in annual revenue.[7]

    Power is ranked consistently as one of the best places to work, particularly for millennials, on the regional, state, and national levels with its CEOs being named in top rankings as well.[8] Most recently, Co-CEOs Corey Schiller and Asher Raphael were ranked on Glassdoors 2019 Top CEOs list for the fifth consecutive year solely based on employee reviews.[9] Power holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau [10] and has won numerous customer service awards, like the Angies List Super Service Award (472 time winner as of 2018) solely based on Powers customer reviews..[11]

    In 2018, Power partnered with a nationally-recognized window manufacturer, Pella, to launch an exclusive window line. The first window named the Symphony window is only offered by Power and is Pellas first product collaboration in their 93 years of business.

    Power Veterans Initiative (PVI) is an independent department within Power that is dedicated to helping veterans establish careers after the military.[12] Through one-on-one mentorship and a robust cultural support structure, PVI works to recruit and integrate veterans into Powers core business operations. As of 2019, 13% of all new hires at Power and 8% of its workforce (6% increase since 2016) are military veterans and veteran spouses.[13] In addition to expanding Power's veteran hires, PVI works with similar veteran empowerment driven programs across the country to educate veterans about the resources and opportunities available to them. While not a charitable endeavor, PVI's ultimate goal is to create communities in the civilian world that allow veterans to redefine the sense of purpose that [they] had in the military".[13] PVI is led by Michael Hansen, its founder and a US Marine who served in the Marine Corps Intelligence Community. Michael completed multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, receiving a combat promotion to Sergeant.[12] He has also been featured in the Washington Post and awarded Influencer of the Year for his work with veterans in the business sector. PVI operates on an independent budget of approximately $2.25 million - $2.5 million for staffing and support.[13]

    Powers Cultural Diversity & Inclusion Initiative was established in 2017 with the mission of creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace for Power employees. The Initiative includes an annual Cultural Diversity & Inclusion Summit in which the top performers and leaders of the business unite for a 2-day event featuring guest speakers, thought-provoking dialogue, and raising awareness of diversity and inclusion issues. In 2018, the Initiative launched a summer internship program for Chester-area high school students titled Power NextGen (PNG). PNG awards gifted students the opportunity to gain business skills and experience in a safe, educational, and uplifting environment. In 2018, Power also established a Volunteer Time Off (VTO) policy in an effort to empower employees to contribute their time and efforts towards local community causes.

    Since 2011, Power has worked to support Alexandra "Alex" Scott's legacy through its involvement with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), the charitable organization Alex founded prior to her death at age 8 from neuroblastoma (a brain cancer) with the goal to help cure childhood cancer.[14][15] Each year during the month of June, Power hosts company wide fundraising events that have raised over $3 million for ALSF in the last 8 years and holds educational panels with pediatric cancer warriors and their parents to humanized the battle these children and their families face.[14] Additionally, Power has tried to increase public awareness for ALSF and the dearth of public funding that goes toward pediatric cancer research with social media campaigns like the #istandwithalex challenge (2017) and the #everydollarcures (2018) and #smileforalexs (2019).[14][16][17][18] In 2019, Powers monthly fundraising goal of $750,000 was met in the first day of the campaign.

    In February 2018, Power caught the media's attention for its 'three billboards' campaign just outside of Cleveland, Ohio and for creating a national dialogue with the viral #phillywantslebron hashtag in an attempt to entice LeBron James to come over to the Philadelphia 76ers.[19]

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    Insulating Attic Access | HGTV - October 5, 2019 by admin

    If you've ever had to venture into an unconditioned attic during the dog days of summer, you know why builders, from an energy perspective, don't think of an attic as part of the home. The hot, sultry air creates a climate that's unfit to stand in for more than a couple minutes. An unconditioned attic is no better in the winter, as warm air from the home rises and condenses on the cold attic surfaces, creating the potential for mold growth.

    Since heat naturally travels from hot to cold areas, hot air will enter and leave a conditioned home through leaks and holes, the largest of which are usually in the attic. To slow heat transfer through a home, builders install a layer of insulation on the floor of unconditioned attics. However, there's a problem. You have to be able to access the attic, but an attic access puts a hole in the layer of insulation covering the attic floor.

    If the attic access is located in an unconditioned part of the home, such as a garage, insulation and air sealing may not be needed. More often, however, the attic access is located in a closet or hallway, where there's a direct pathway for air to move between the unconditioned and conditioned spaces of the home. Whether the attic access is an attic hatch, pull-down stairs, or a knee-wall door, you should install insulation with the proper R-value for your climate, based on the Department of Energy's recommendations. Also, to find out where your home might be losing energy, consider conducting an energy audit.

    Here's how to insulate attic hatches, pull-down stairs, and knee-wall doors:

    The attic hatch, or scuttle hole, is a removable panel in the dry-walled ceiling, located in a closet or hallway. To insulate an attic hatch, you need weather stripping, rigid foam board and fiberglass batt insulation. First, install foam weather stripping on the inside of the trim or directly onto the hatch. Cut out two pieces of rigid foam board that are 1/4-inch smaller than the hatch, so homeowners can slide the attic access panel open easily. Attach the two layers of foam board together, and apply them to the hatch. Install fiberglass batt insulation on top of the foam board. Make sure the R-value of the insulation on the hatch matches the R-value of the insulation in the rest of the attic.

    For insulation, create a lightweight box that fits over the stairs and can be moved to allow entry. You can construct the box from rigid foam board. It should rest squarely on top of the stairway frame. Adhere batt insulation to the top panel of the box. For air sealing, add caulk if the gap between the rough opening and frame is less than 1/2 inch; if the gap is larger, use nonexpanding foam in addition to the caulk. Add weather stripping or gasket material to the frame or attic access panel.

    Knee-wall doors provide access through the knee walls to the unconditioned parts of the attic. You can buy knee-wall doors that have built-in insulation and weather stripping. If the door doesn't have these, weather strip it to provide a tight seal, and make sure the latch pulls tightly against the frame. Attach the rigid foam insulation to the attic side of the door. When you insulate and seal the attic access, you help prevent heat transfer between the attic and the conditioned home, improving energy efficiency, which is reflected in lower heating and cooling costs for homeowners.

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    35+ Clever Use of Attic Room Design and Remodel Ideas - September 16, 2019 by admin

    Attic is often illustrated as a scary place thats often inhabited by ghosts. Its time to replace such a terrible concept with fascinating ideas of attic room designs.

    On the opposite of horror movies, attic rooms are usually decorated with eye-pleasing interiors. Thats why the idea is infinite.

    Some people use the attic rooms for storage, while some other prefer to use it for a spare room, or a room for their kids to play.

    In short, you can transform an attic room into anything based on your needs. It can even be an escape room!

    Here, weve provided a list of attic room design ideas that might inspire you. Were going to start with a few things that you should know before jumping into the ideas.

    Here we go!

    Fun Fact:

    In the past, attic rooms were thought about for less important area. More just recently, with the application of brand-new understanding and products, much better quality building of the attic is supplied, and issues of seclusion are fixed.

    You can transform an attic room into any kind of room that you like. To do so, there are simple step-by-step moves that you need to know. Lets have a look!

    The size of an attic room is precisely the length of the home. For an activity room, this size is too muchunless you want to build a private bowling area up there.

    Therefore, the first step is to measure correctly the size of the room, so you can determine where you install dividers and how big the intended room is.

    The most significant characteristic of an attic room is the inclined ceiling. Dont make it look outdated or boring!

    You can easily transform it with a modern or unique style, such as installing rustic beams. This will create a significant difference!

    Light is more than just a fixture. In many cases, it changes atmosphere too. You can be as creative as possible by using lighting to make the room more interesting.

    To complete the look, paint the wall with light and bright color too, such as white or burgundy.

    An attic room is commonly built with a window dormer. To make the atmosphere lively, arrange the position of the bed to the opposite direction of the dormer.

    This way, youll obtain a magnificent view of the sky.

    Now that youve known how to make an attic room more inviting, these are over 20 creative ideas of attic room design that might catch your attention.

    Each of these ideas has its own characteristics. Some of them are calming, while others are vibrant, and such effect depends on the paint, decoration and furniture.

    To help you realize your wild imagination, here is the list of attic room designs:

    As you know, the size of an attic room is the length of the house, so it is quite large. Because of that, you can transform the entire space into a home theater.

    This is a brilliant idea, especially when the ceiling has a rectangle shape. You can even decorate the room with movie posters to create a movie theater atmosphere.

    Although, most of the time, an attic room can be huge, some houses only provide a small attic space. Dont be worried for this can be solved.

    Pick a light color that has a bright hue, such as white or burgundy. To make the space looks even bigger, go with white tiles.

    This bright atmosphere has to be accompanied with vibrant colored furniture, such as yellow stripes carpet, turquoise sofa, and colorful pillows.

    An attic room can be transformed into a reading room, because it provides distance from anything that occurs downstairswhich is anything that every book-nerd ever wants.

    Paint the walls with a relaxing tone, such as grey. Decorate the walls with framed paintings that trigger your imaginations. The last step is to fill the room with unique furniture.

    Transform an empty attic room into a sanctuary of book lovers. The shelves can be built-in or not depending on your taste.

    Meanwhile, the reading area can be a comfortable sofa with a lighting stand next to it, or, such as this one, a comfy bed with a view placed in between the shelves.

    To make the room appears even bigger, use white as the dominant color and complement it with dark hardwood floors.

    Decorate the ceiling with rustic beams to be a little artsy. Then, use unique wallpaper on the end-wall.

    The position of the twin beds is not facing the dormer; instead, they face the stairs to see who is coming upstairs. The dormer can be a natural alarm to wake your twins!

    To enhance the warmth in the room, use nice pine wood floors.

    A master bedroom usually takes the biggest room of the house. That is why some people choose to utilize the huge space in the attic to become a master suite, and this is one of the examples.

    The ceiling is nicely decorated with beams. Also, the wall has unique texture that gives the room a distinct characteristic.

    The use of green, white and burgundy is in the right place that this idea becomes suitable for those who want a natural atmosphere inside of the room.

    If the space of your attic room is small, you should go with simple design as well. This idea allows you to make the simplicity stands out.

    To fit in to the room, buy bed mattress that matches with the curtain. Then, use nice and polished hardwood floors to add the level of comfort.

    A family gathering is filled with warm cuddle and intimate family bond. If your family wants an escape room where everyone can be together during the cold season, then the attic room can be transformed into a warm living room with a fireplace.

    Use autumn color and colors in the shade of light brown to make the gathering more intimate.

    If youre planning to remodel the attic room, so your teen daughters can hang out with her friends, this might be the best idea for you.

    First, let the walls and the ceiling have similar color, which is a light and a bright shade like white.

    Then, choose feminine lighting fixture and mirror decorations. Also, adopt the U-shaped sofa with various colors, such as pink, orange, green, purple, and blue to create a youthful atmosphere.

    If you want to add a distinct characteristic, go with a chess-pattern carpet in a purple color.

    Living in a simple cottage in a small village brings peace to some people. If youre one of those people, but you dont want to stay in a remote area, this can be a great alternative.

    Transform the room using rustic beams ceiling and rural tiles floors. To enhance the style, only use wood chair, wood frame on the built-in drawers and traditional basket as well as the foot table at the end of the bed.

    How cute is the teddy bear?

    This is suitable for you who love reading. The reading corner is a small gap between two storage. There are two additional lawn chairs for when others want to join, and decorations of fake animals heads to add a sense of art.

    The wall is painted with light blue, while the rest is painted with a bright white. Those are great choices of colors to make the room appear bigger as well as clean and hygienic.

    An attic room is a bonus to the house. Here, you can transform the space into almost anything you want, including a music room.

    In fact, its a perfect place for an acoustic performance.

    Go with a clean concept. To do this, use white color for the walls and ceilings. Meanwhile, give the room another pop of color, such as the natural wood color from the floors, and the hot red of the sofa.

    If you have a new member in the family, but theres not enough room in master bedroom for the crib, transform the attic into a nursery room.

    The style can be adjusted to the gender of your baby. This one seems to be for a boy, because the end wall is painted with a blue-ish color. Theres also a painting of a young boy reading a book.

    Not every attic is huge. This one has a limited space, but it shouldnt bother you. A small space is not a boundary for a creative mind like yours.

    Dont forget! The key to make a room bigger lies on the color. Here, white is used to paint the wall up to the ceiling.

    There are a couple of furniture that are also in white, such as the nightstand and the bedding. Then, to create a depth to the room, use navy blue on the floor.

    Dont you feel like youre floating on the ocean?

    One thing thats very noticeable from this idea is the slopped ceiling. It goes all the way up to the top of the house. The huge, sturdy beam seems to hold the ceilings together.

    The racks and the window frame create an industrial vibe; however the ambience from the lighting makes you feel like youre out there camping.

    Do you want to feel like youre in the Four Seasons?

    This attic room has been successfully transformed into a luxurious gateway. Not only that it has an extremely cozy bedroom, but it has a luxurious bathroom thats completed with an expensive spa spot.

    The lux can be seen from the features, such as granite vanity top with double sinks, see-through shower and bathtub glass doors, skylight view through the dormer, and the choice of the tiles.

    Here, youll feel like youre in heaven!

    An attic bathroom is always a good idea, because you can relax in a tub and enjoy the view from up there. Especially, when the sun sets, the sky will look amazing.

    However, to transform an attic room into a bathroom may cost you a lot of money, because you have to rearrange the plumbing and everything else. Not to mention that you have to be careful with water damaging the floor as well.

    All and all, this idea can turn into a billion dollar idea if you execute it well! This looks like a paradise too.

    This design can be applied to an attic room with large dormers. For example, this room has a huge dormer thats located below a pair of large windows.

    That is why chandelier isnt needed here, because you can take advantage of all of the natural light from the sun.

    Here, the dormer becomes the most important element of the room, because it provides enough light to make the room bigger. As well as the choice of color of the wall, ceiling and the furniture adds to the openness.

    Dont let your attic room goes to waste!

    Remodel the attic into a functional room. A large room can be reused as a place for several young childrens bedrooms.

    This may be a great idea for orphans or an extra room for when your child has his or her friends over. Looking at the interior, the wood beams and the flooring give the room a countryside feel.

    If youre looking for extra income, transform your ghosted attic room into a mini house.

    Here, you can build a bedroom at the end of the hall, then, a bathroom in the middle thats in the opposite of what seems to be the storage.

    The rest can be used as the living room and probably kitchen in the back-end. When everythings done, you can definitely rent the remodeled attic room!

    Sometimes, its hard to take your kids to bed. Its a different case when their bedroom looks like this one!

    Remodel the attic room into an innovative bedroom for children. This design allows you to have unique bunk bed for them. The stair is even multi-functional.

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    Turning Your Attic Into A Usable Space | MyInteriorDecorator - March 16, 2019 by admin

    Have you ever wondered whether or not your attic could be used for storage? If so, you may want to take a look at this article, which offers advice on turning your attic into a usable space. The attic, though often used for storage, is typically one of the most underused rooms in a home. But it doesnt have to be that way. Attics can be turned into bedrooms, game rooms, home offices, and much more. Before You Get Started Before you get started, you first need to plan out what you want to use the space for. This will help you to determine whether or not your attic will be able to accommodate your idea. You will also need to make sure that your anticipated remodeling project is in line with local building codes. For example, most local codes require the height of the room to be 7 1/2 feet over 50 percent of the living area. If the highest point in your attic measures five feet, you may have a problem. Special Considerations There are a lot of specific things you will need to keep in mind when planning and completing your attic remodel. Some of these special considerations include:

    Get Creative Once you have made sure that your idea will comply with local building codes, and you have thought about all of the special considerations that go along with attic remodeling, you are only limited by your creativity. Your attic can be turned into almost anything imaginable, and if done right, may even become one of the most used spaces in your home see here now.

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    Cost to Insulate an Attic – Estimates and Prices at Fixr - February 9, 2019 by admin

    How much does it cost to insulate an attic?

    Insulation is a material used to prevent heat loss or heat gain. It effectively creates a barrier between two spaces to control temperature variances. Homes contain insulation that is made from either spun glass (fiberglass1) or rock substances that have been heated and spun into fine, hair-like material (rock wool) and a binding agent is used to hold these materials together. Some homes may also have insulation boards or spray foam as an insulate.

    A properly insulated home and attic can save 10 to 50 percent off your homes power bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Heat rises in a home, and without attic insulation, it quickly escapes through the homes roof. Insulation prevents heat and cooling loss in the home, so with attic insulation, your home will feel warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

    An average-size attic of 1,200 square feet will usually cost about $1,700-$2,000 for blown-in cellulose or fiberglass.

    Ideally, prior to insulating your attic, you should have an energy audit to determine where your home may be losing energy. Many energy companies offer this service. It will help you determine what type of insulation is best for your home. An energy audit will typically cost around $150.

    When picking insulations, you will want to consider cost as well as ease of installation and how well the insulation will reach all the areas in your attic. d

    Nowadays, blown-in cellulose or fiberglass1 remain almost identical in price. However, prices are constantly changing. Fifteen years ago, fiberglass cost twice as much as cellulose. Rolled fiberglass or rock wool insulation, known as batt, is the least expensive form of insulation. Spray foam and foam board are the most expensive forms of insulation and are rarely used for attic space because of the higher cost.

    Many things can cause the price of attic insulation installation to vary, such as the size of the overall attic, the amount of existing insulation, and the number of ventilation fans in the homes roof. If there is existing insulation it will often need to be removed before applying new. Insulation will need to be installed around vent fan openings. Overall, the complexity of the project is a factor in the final cost.

    There are several indicators that you need insulation in your attic:

    There are numerous types of insulation to consider when insulating your attic. You should talk to your insulation installation company to determine which type of insulation best fits your attics needs.

    Loose fill, also called


    R-20: $0.65-$0.80 per sq.ft.

    R-31: $.85-$1.10 per sq.ft.

    R-42: $1.25-$1.45 per sq.ft.

    Environmentally friendly

    Made of fiberglass, cellulose, or mineral wool

    Must install soffit2 venting

    Must thoroughly air seal the attic

    Grows mold easily in humid climates or if it becomes wet

    Must be professionally installed

    Spray foam

    Open cell: $0.44-$0.65 per sq. ft.

    Closed cell: $0.70-$1.00 per square ft.

    Twice as insulative than other forms of insulation

    Normally only used in small areas

    Not suitable for an entire attic

    Rigid foam or foam board

    -inch thick: $0.28-$0.38 per sq.ft.

    1-inch thick: $0.60-$0.80 per sq.ft.

    Usually has a much higher R-value (see below) than other insulation forms of the same thickness

    Rigid foam cannot be used to insulate existing walls

    Blanket batts and rolls

    R-11: $0.12-$0.16 per sq.ft.

    R-13: $0.15-$0.20 per sq.ft.

    R-19: $0.27-$0.34 per sq.ft.

    R-25: $0.37-$0.45 per sq.ft.

    R-30: $0.39-$0.47 per sq.ft.

    R-38: $0.55-$0.60 per sq.ft.

    Easy to install

    Fiberglass blankets and batts only have an R-value of R-2.9 to R-3.8 per inch of thickness

    Need to add 10-12 inches of insulation to obtain enough insulation for an attic

    Takes up a great deal of room

    Certain types of insulation work best in various areas of your home. To determine which type of insulation you should use in your attic, you should talk with your attic insulation company.


    Attic because it can be blown into all areas of the attic - the floor, walls, roof, and around joists.

    It is wonderful for a finished attic because it can be blown in under flooring and behind walls without needing to tear out any areas of the attic.

    Blankets, batts, and rolls

    Walls, floor, and roof of the attic.

    Spray Foam

    Attics walls, floor, and roof.

    It is especially beneficial when used to fill in gaps around vent fans, skylights, and plumbing fixtures.

    Foam Board


    It is rarely used on the floors or roof of the attic.

    R-value explains the resistance to heat flow through a certain thickness of the material. The higher the R-value, the greater the heat flow resistance and the better the insulation. The thicker the insulation, the great the R-value. Many people mistakenly believe that doubling the insulation will provide a double R-value. However, insulation must be the correct thickness and installed properly to gain the greatest R-value.

    Batts or rolls

    R-11, 3-inch thick

    R-13, 3-inch thick

    R-19, 6-inch thick

    R-25, 8-inch thick

    R-30, 9-inch thick

    R-38, 12-inch thick

    R-11: $0.12-$0.16 per sq.ft.

    R-13: $0.15-$0.20 per sq.ft.

    R-19: $0.27-$0.34 per sq.ft.

    R-25: $0.37-$0.45 per sq.ft.

    R-30: $0.39-$0.47 per sq.ft.

    R-38: $0.55-$0.60 per sq.ft.


    R-20, 6 inches deep

    R-31, 9 inches deep

    R-42, 12 inches deep

    R-20: $0.65-$0.80 per sq.ft.

    R-31: $.85-$1.10 per sq.ft.

    R-42: $1.25-$1.45 per sq.ft.

    Foam board

    R-3, -inch thick

    R-7.5, 1-inch thick

    R-6, 1-inch thick

    R-16, 4-inch thick

    -inch thick: $0.28-$0.38 per sq.ft.

    1--inch thick: $0.60-$0.80 per sq.ft.

    Spray foam

    R-22.4, 3-inch thick

    R-38.4, 6-inch thick

    R-57.6, 9-inch thick

    R-76.8, 12-inch thick

    Open cell: $0.44-$0.65 per board foot

    Closed cell: $0.70-$1.00 per board foot

    Years ago it was recommended that a vapor barrier3 be installed to keep water and air from penetrating the attic. However, current standards are to no longer use a vapor barrier that forms a barrier between the insulation and the drywall4 of the ceiling because it can actually trap moisture and create mold growth.

    Many people mistakenly believe that simply laying or spraying insulation into an attic onto the floors and ceilings will suffice to insulate the space. However, there are other parts of an attic that require insulation. Most attics have pipes that run through them. Insulating warm water pipes in the attic will keep the water warmer and also conserve energy. All wiring inlets/outlets, chimney rim space, and exhaust fans will also require insulation with a material such as spray foam. The walls, floor, ceiling, and rafters will all need insulation. If there are any air leaks around windows, pipes, wires, fans ducts, light fixtures, flooring, or the chimney then they will need to be insulated. For such difficult areas, many insulation installers opt to use spray foam to fill in any leaks or gaps.

    Attics that have adequate space are often used for storage. It is advised that you lay insulation on the attic floor and then lay storage decking over the surface expanse of the insulation. This provides a firm planking to store items while protecting the installed insulation.

    Labor and installation should be done by a licensed contractor. Most licensed insulation companies charge about $0.95 per foot for labor. This price does not include materials.

    There are numerous types of insulation that require different methods of installation:

    A finished attic is more difficult to insulate because there is usually flooring and sheetrock4 in place. The insulation must be placed under the flooring and behind the sheetrock. One of the easiest methods is to use blown-in insulation between the walls and the ceiling. Using blown-in insulation requires less tear out and rebuild and will effectively reach the rafters and wall joists coating them in a covering of insulation.

    Many older attics are under-insulated and require additional insulation. Remember that the greatest R-value is obtained by adding extra inches of insulation. R-value can be doubled just by adding extra insulation on top of existing insulation. Adding additional insulation only works if there is enough space to accommodate the extra insulation. However, some insulation companies will require that the old insulation be removed and a new, higher R-value insulation added.

    Insulating and finishing an attic can easily turn the space into additional air-conditioned/heated living space. The insulation is laid in the floor space, wall spaces, and ceiling of the attic. The insulation is then covered with wood and sheetrock to create a finished living area. Heating and air conditioning ducts can also be run into the attic space to create a climate-controlled space.

    Soundproofing eliminates any noise from inside the house reaching the outside and also prevents outdoor noise from reaching the homes interior. Usually, a 1,000 sq.ft. space costs $8,000-$12,000 to soundproof.

    Mold is an invasive fungus that can become a problem in your attic if moisture is present. Mold remediation services often need to be undertaken before an attic space can be insulated. Mold remediation usually costs from $2,000-$6,000.

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