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An Ice Dam Prevention System For Home & Commercial Buildings

By Greg Greene, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Greene Construction LLC based in Newburyport, MA. Greg began working in construction while finishing college, and decided he loved the creativity of finding solutions to give homeowners what they want and need. With more than 25 years in remodeling and custom home building, Greg loves what he does, and the community where he lives and works. He enjoys meeting with clients in their home or one of the Newburyport hotspots like Plum Island Coffee Roasters or Mission Oak Grill (awesome food). You can learn more about Greg’s varied projects at NewburyportBuilder.com.
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Ice Dam Prevention System, Newburyport MA

Many Homeowners and Building owners in the northeast are having to deal with a growing number of weather related emergencies including hurricanes, wind storms, flooding and an increasing amount of snow accumulation from winter storms over the years. Ice dams in a matter of days, damage your home’s or business’s roof and the water that gets inside your buildings can require extensive and costly repairs. Owners need to install an ice dam prevention system to proactively prevent damage to the physical structure of the building they own, to reduce potential safety and liability issues.

New England Ice Solutions offers guaranteed Ice Dam Prevention Systems that save you time, money and potential safety disasters or liability issues. In many ways, our ice dam prevention systems are like homeowner’s insurance. You want assurance that you’re protected when you get extremely large amounts of snow on your roof. We think our solution is superior to insurance because we focus on preventing the problem from occurring, where insurance only helps to defray the cost of repairs. You’ve still got to live through the problem, deal with insurance adjusters and then contractors who will ultimately make the needed repairs.

The Benefits of an Ice Dam Prevention System for Your Home

greene-construction-5th-post-planning-a-home-addition-image-1-homeOur lives are busy and our homes should be a safe retreat from the world around us. When you get home at night, you want to relax and enjoy your family. You don’t want to deal with shoveling snow, or worse, calling contractors to get estimates to make repairs to your home’s interior due to a roof leak.
With our ice dam prevention solution, you get the following benefits, all of which provide you with peace of mind:
 
 

  • Schedule flexibility– means you don’t have to check on the weather at home while traveling for business, or spending winters in a warmer climate.
  • Automated operations– like other automated home features, you only have to turn your system on in the fall, and off in the spring. The automated controller runs the system for you.
  • Energy efficiency– means your system only runs when the temperature drops below 38 degrees, so as the weather fluctuate. You’re only using electricity when there’s a chance of ice dams forming.
  • Safety for family and guests– means you won’t have those beautiful icicles hanging from your roof. They’re lovely to look at but can easily hurt someone when they fall. A bigger safety concern is that hidden moisture in your attic, ceiling or walls can support the growth of mold, creating an unsafe environment for your family.
  • No repairs due to leaks from ice dams– will save you an enormous amount of time, as it’s not a trivial exercise to get the right repairs done, and the insurance company to pay for them. You can read more about this on our blog, Staggering Ice Dam Insurance Claims.
  • Investment protection– for your house means your roof, from the exterior shingles down to the roof deck below, will last longer and save you from having to replace it prematurely. We offer a 3year guarantee on materials and labor, so you know the system works.

The Benefits of an Ice Dam Prevention System for Your Commercial Building(s)

greene-construction-5th-post-planning-a-home-addition-image-commericalIce dam prevention systems should be part of your building’s long-term maintenance strategy. While it requires a sizable initial investment, you’ll save more than your investment over 2 to 3 really snowy winters like the winter of 2014-15.

 

 

 

 

Businesses need to invest in an ice dam prevention systems to avoid:

  • Higher insurance costs, and possible cancellation of insurance, with multiple claims due to multiple ice dam repairs which is happening to many condominium associations in New England.
  • Higher operating costs to deal with roof raking and ice dam removal from roofs, which may involve special equipment like the bucket truck (watch video)used to remove ice dams as the video shows. Admittedly there are electrical costs associated with running an ice dam prevention system.
  • Significantly higher repair costs due to roof and interior damagecaused by ice dams, along with management fees to get the job done right. And businesses often have higher deductibles to pay when these repairs are made.
  • Business liability in case of injurydue to falling icicles, which is a huge problem in the northeast part of the US because so many of our buildings are old and lack adequate insulation and ventilation.
  • Loss of business revenuewhen buildings, offices or apartments/condominiums must be vacated due to damage, repairs and/or mold remediation which is a common problem where there is water damage and ongoing moisture to sustain the growth of mold.

Live and work, worry-free about icicles, ice dams and their ongoing removal to prevent roof leaks and safety disasters. You can install our ice dam prevention system and turn it on in the fall (off in the spring) and it will go to work for you any time the temperature drops below 38 degrees Fahrenheit.

Ready to start the dialog? Call us at 877-705-1356, or read more about New England Ice Solutions.

New England Ice Solutions is owned and operated by Greg Greene of Greene Construction.

We’re builders so we know how houses and building are constructed. We know where the weak points are, and the best way to protect them.

Our job is to monitor the industry for new and improved technology, to insure we’re offering you the best solutions available.

Planning a Home Addition in Newburyport

By Greg Greene, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Greene Construction LLC based in Newburyport, MA. Greg began working in construction while finishing college, and decided he loved the creativity of finding solutions to give homeowners what they want and need. With more than 25 years in remodeling and custom home building, Greg loves what he does, and the community where he lives and works. He enjoys meeting with clients in their home or one of the Newburyport hotspots like Plum Island Coffee Roasters or Mission Oak Grill (awesome food). You can learn more about Greg’s varied projects at NewburyportBuilder.com.
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Planning A Home Addition, Greene Construction, Newburyport MA

Have you outgrown your home but don’t want to move? Building an addition may be the right choice for you, especially if you love your neighborhood. Building a home addition not only adds to the value of your home, it will make it more desirable to buyers when you are willing to give up your 01950 zip code.

In general, home additions have a good Return On Investment (ROI) and the longer you stay in your house, the more likely you are to recoup your costs. Couple that with the benefits of the added living space and you also get what I call “Return On Enjoyment” (ROE) and who doesn’t deserve ROE these days? Also important is the size of the addition, because that plays a huge role in the cost: the more you build, the less it costs per square foot.

Additions come in many shapes and sizes, but the most popular is a garage addition with a Master Bedroom Suite with spa-like bath above. Here’s a step by step process to help you with planning a home addition.

6 Steps for Planning a Home Addition

  1. First, research home values in your community – unless you want your house to be the white elephant on the block
  2. Next review the latest Cost vs Value report to familiarize yourself with average costs to build an addition
  3. Then set a budget for your project and decide how you’re going to finance it (home equity loan, refinance or savings)
  4. Consider possible timetables and whether you’ll remain in your home during the construction
  5. Communicate with the Planning Board to learn what local zoning regulations will affect the design of your addition
  6. Vet and hire your builder and architect early, so you’re all on starting from and working on the same page right from the start

You can learn more about the design build process on our website.

Building Your Custom Home – Consult Newburyport’s Premier Custom Home Builder

By Greg Greene, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Greene Construction LLC based in Newburyport, MA. Greg began working in construction while finishing college, and decided he loved the creativity of finding solutions to give homeowners what they want and need. With more than 25 years in remodeling and custom home building, Greg loves what he does, and the community where he lives and works. He enjoys meeting with clients in their home or one of the Newburyport hotspots like Plum Island Coffee Roasters or Mission Oak Grill (awesome food). You can learn more about Greg’s varied projects at NewburyportBuilder.com.
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Building Your Custom Home, Newburyport MA

Building your custom home offers you the opportunity to design a home that manifests precisely how you imagine it to be and excludes any unwanted spaces or features that are not conducive to your lifestyle and personal preferences.  Consulting with a professional home builder will indeed, empower you by adding to the decision-making process and introducing factors you may not be thinking of. Your budget is something you surely have thought about; but have you considered factors such as the price of neighboring homes and how that might affect the value of your home?

When buying an existing home, you never want it to be the most expensive home on the street, because the selling price will be based on nearby homes. The same can be said for the custom-built home and its location. The property design is another factor to consider when building your custom home and you will want to ensure you are compliant with local zoning ordinances.

Searching for that utopian location can be tricky. Finding the exact match of the perfect location and the style of home that reflects your lifestyle and personal style is even harder. Location is key to your family’s daily routine and it’s important to think about where you are now financially, and how that has changed from where you were.

You may find yourself debating the expense of renovations for an existing house versus having the house built exactly to your standards. The benefit of building your custom home, is that it doesn’t have to be more expensive than investing in an already made home. You may find a home that is almost perfect, yet it’s missing something unique to your tastes. What’s worse, is having to deal with a section of a house or floor plan, that you would rather not be there.

Finding a home close to your liking may also not include the most current standards for safety codes. What is even more unsettling, is what you may not see, hidden in the foundation or the structure of the home. A custom-built home offers you the advantage of seeing the house from scratch to polish.

You may want to consider the resale value when planning your custom home location. Many people who have their home custom built may not think that they will ever want to move, but it is advisable to think about the possibility you may want to relocate at some point. As time changes, so do the lifestyles of their inhabitants.

Popular home styles in New England include: Colonial, Federal, Shingle Style, Victorian, and Contemporary. Even with classical styles and modern floor plans, you are more likely to see an efficient use of space and lighting with a custom-built home. Custom homes may externally appear to be architecturally older, but can have a floor plan that is quite modern. Building your custom home will implement energy efficient materials, climate control, modern insulation and innovative plumbing. Aesthetics that embody a balance between the structural integrity and the visual appeal of the home, will allow for future customization capabilities and home additions with less hassle and added value to your home.

Now that you are in the market for purchasing a new home, or even renovating your current home, contact Greene Construction, Newburyport’s Premier Custom Home Builder and Remodler. For more information about Greene Construction and our long history of designing and building custom homes in Newburyport, please visit http://newburyportbuilder.com

 

Man Caves and She Sheds – Everyone’s Perfect Sanctuary

By Greg Greene, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Greene Construction LLC based in Newburyport, MA. Greg began working in construction while finishing college, and decided he loved the creativity of finding solutions to give homeowners what they want and need. With more than 25 years in remodeling and custom home building, Greg loves what he does, and the community where he lives and works. He enjoys meeting with clients in their home or one of the Newburyport hotspots like Plum Island Coffee Roasters or Mission Oak Grill (awesome food). You can learn more about Greg’s varied projects at NewburyportBuilder.com.
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Man Caves, Newburyport

Man Caves, She Sheds, and the Perfect Playhouse – now everyone in the family can have a little place all to themselves. Each space can be designed to fulfill all of your needs and create a perfect sanctuary to retreat to. Greene Construction can help you customize these kinds of projects, or anything else within your home to make your space truly yours. What goes into making the perfect Man Caves and She Sheds?

The key to a successful Man Cave is planning the space perfectly to suit your needs. Will you want to mount a large flat screen TV on the wall? You’ll need to make sure the wall has the studs to support it. Will you be having friends over often? You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of electrical outlets so everyone can charge their devices. Is the kitchen on the other side of the house? You’ll want to consider putting in a mini-kitchen, or at the very least a mini-fridge for drinks and snacks. If the space you choose is in the basement or attic, you’ll want to make sure that it’s fully insulated and heated. Living in Massachusetts means that the weather changes often and quickly – you want to make sure your space is usable year-round! And so much more goes into customizing the perfect man cave.

For the ladies, if your home doesn’t have any extra space that you can take over, think about putting a shed in the yard. It can offer just enough space for you to get some “me time” and still be fully equipped with everything you need to be able to relax. Will your She Shed need plumbing for a bathroom or a sink to wash up after doing some gardening? Will you want electricity so you can put a TV in there to cozy up and watch a movie? What about built-in shelving to store books, craft supplies and photos? There’s a lot that can go into customizing your She Shed.  

Don’t forget about the kids – build the Perfect Playhouse for them! Create a space for them that appeals to their creative side, with lots of table space for coloring or drawing, or customize it to appease their adventurous needs by having a rock wall, ladders, slides or more. Creating a great playhouse lets your kids have tons of fun, and can be built near your Man Cave or She Shed so you can enjoy your space while your kids have fun in theirs.

Our goal at Greene Construction is to make our customers smile, so let us know if we can do that by customizing and creating a perfect relaxation space for you and your family! Man Caves, She Sheds and Playhouses are a fun way to create your special home inside your home! 

Start Your Home Remodeling Projects Now

By Greg Greene, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Greene Construction LLC based in Newburyport, MA. Greg began working in construction while finishing college, and decided he loved the creativity of finding solutions to give homeowners what they want and need. With more than 25 years in remodeling and custom home building, Greg loves what he does, and the community where he lives and works. He enjoys meeting with clients in their home or one of the Newburyport hotspots like Plum Island Coffee Roasters or Mission Oak Grill (awesome food). You can learn more about Greg’s varied projects at NewburyportBuilder.com.
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Home Remodeling Projects, Greene Construction, Newburyport MA

Are you waiting until the Spring to start your home remodeling projects? Don’t! Your home is your family’s foundation and it needs to be maintained regularly.  Changing seasons bring varying weather conditions that can affect your home, inside and out.  If you have considered making interior modeling plans, it might be best to tackle those projects during the winter.  Winter comes with shortened daylight hours.  Working on indoor remodeling projects during the winter allows you to make the best use of your time when you can’t be outdoors working on exterior projects. Although autumn is the best time to do home improvement projects externally, such as fixing leaky roofs and replacing damaged ones, it is wise to start planning your project now.

With winter upon us and children in school, now is the perfect time to plan and execute indoor remodeling projects.  As with any project, research is essential. Be sure to find a contractor of your choice that has been remodeling for a long time.  They can guide you through unforeseen delays that may impact your budget and timelines.  Contractors work with city officials on a daily basis and are aware of unforeseen delays that may affect your home remodeling project.

Be smart, and consult with your contactor to identify the various permits that will be needed to support your projects.  You will need interior remodeling permits if your project involves plumbing, electrical, heating areas and kitchen cabinets.  Your outdoor zoning/variance permits can take between 30-90 days to obtain.  By working closely with your contractor, you will gain the necessary knowledge and practices that will save you time, which means saving money.  Starting your home remodeling projects during the winter season can be very cost effective! 

Based on the complexity of your project, a good contractor will take into consideration the complications of the holiday season and how that may inconvenience you and your family, such as weather conditions. Breaking up the project into phases may be suggested.  The contractor most likely will schedule your indoor remodeling projects to start now during the winter months.  In addition to the execution of your indoor remodeling projects, you should start planning and preparing for your outdoor remodeling projects which may start in the spring.  Your contractor can advise you on the best quality materials to purchase for your indoor and outdoor projects.  By planning ahead, you can take advantage of sales, and slowly begin to purchase the materials for your outdoor projects in advance at the best price.  You can also store these materials now until you are ready to start your spring projects and have everything you need to complete your remodeling project with little or no delays. 

We can help with both your indoor and outdoor home remodeling projects.  Give us a call today for a free consultation at 978-790-4881, or visit our website at: http://newburyportbuilder.com.

Remember, do not underestimate the value of investing in your family’s foundation. Recall the memories you have spent with your family in the places you cherish the most in your home. Now it’s time to create new memories with a fun and exciting remodel!

Kitchen Backsplashes with Sizzle

By Greg Greene, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Greene Construction LLC based in Newburyport, MA. Greg began working in construction while finishing college, and decided he loved the creativity of finding solutions to give homeowners what they want and need. With more than 25 years in remodeling and custom home building, Greg loves what he does, and the community where he lives and works. He enjoys meeting with clients in their home or one of the Newburyport hotspots like Plum Island Coffee Roasters or Mission Oak Grill (awesome food). You can learn more about Greg’s varied projects at NewburyportBuilder.com.
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Kitchen Backspashes, Newburyport MA

When you buy a house in Newburyport or any of the towns on the north shore, you think about the style of the house – Federal Style, Victorian, Shingle Style or Colonial. You might even take time to research the many different home styles in our area by reading Yankee Magazine’s article on New England’s Architectural Styles.

You know if you want a historic home, or a house with an open floor plan. But you probably don’t give the same thought to what’s in the kitchen, and definitely not the kitchen backsplash. When planning a kitchen homeowners focus on the cabinets and countertops, followed by appliances, flooring and finally the backsplash which is easier to change than many other aspects of your kitchen.

The kitchen backsplash takes on an interesting role in the kitchen. You’ve got so much happening in the kitchen, there isn’t much room to decorate … and that’s where the right backsplash can make a huge difference. So we decided to explore what the latest trends are in kitchen backsplashes. Still mostly tile because it’s easy to clean, there are incredible new choices in tile you can put on your walls, ones that shimmer and shine.

So head on over the my article on kitchen backsplashes for a glimpse at the latest trends in kitchen backsplashes, and give us a call (978-790-4881) so we can help you plan your new kitchen.

Bathroom Trends – Larger Rooms & Sassy Bathtubs

By Greg Greene, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Greene Construction LLC based in Newburyport, MA. Greg began working in construction while finishing college, and decided he loved the creativity of finding solutions to give homeowners what they want and need. With more than 25 years in remodeling and custom home building, Greg loves what he does, and the community where he lives and works. He enjoys meeting with clients in their home or one of the Newburyport hotspots like Plum Island Coffee Roasters or Mission Oak Grill (awesome food). You can learn more about Greg’s varied projects at NewburyportBuilder.com.
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Greene Construction, Newburyport MA

It’s always fun to see new products as they enter the market, and most people only see them on television or in magazines. A business associate had the opportunity to attend the International Home Builder show in Las Vegas this year, and shared some of their photos so I could share them and today we’re looking at bathroom trends.

Bathroom Trends Like Never Before

If you think back over the last ten years, what’s changed in the bathroom. Granite countertops have moved in from the kitchen, free-standing sinks that sit on top of the countertop and larger, feature rich showers.

The newest trend that goes hand-in-hand is larger bathrooms and free-standing bathtubs. When you dig into the larger bathrooms, you quickly realize that what people are doing is creating in-home spas which are great for relaxing after a long day at work.

The question you want to ask yourself is how often do you get to the gym (not how often you’d like to visit the guy)? And how much time do you spend driving to/from the gym if you’re disciplined enough to get there? Now consider how much time and money you’d save, if you could workout in your own private spa, and finish up with a relaxing soak in a fabulous bathtub.

Another reason this makes so much sense is people aren’t moving as often as we once did. After the housing bust that started around 2007, homeowners are much more reluctant to sell their homes. That means we’re remodeling more kitchens and bathrooms than ever.

A Bathtub That Can Help You Relax

For years homeowners have thought about removing (or omitting when building a custom house) the bathtub from the master bath. It is true that many homeowners took out their jacuzzi tubs but kept some type of bathtub for resale purposes if nothing else. So I invite you to check out some of the new stand-along bathtub designs on my website … and when you’re ready to install one, give us a call at 978-790-4881.

Building is a Partnership

By Greg Greene, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Greene Construction LLC based in Newburyport, MA. Greg began working in construction while finishing college, and decided he loved the creativity of finding solutions to give homeowners what they want and need. With more than 25 years in remodeling and custom home building, Greg loves what he does, and the community where he lives and works. He enjoys meeting with clients in their home or one of the Newburyport hotspots like Plum Island Coffee Roasters or Mission Oak Grill (awesome food). You can learn more about Greg’s varied projects at NewburyportBuilder.com.
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Green Construction, Newburyport MA

Homeowners love to dream about the house they’d like to have one day, but often they don’t know what steps to take to turn their ideas into reality. That’s where a builder/remodeler who offers end-to-end services beginning with design, through demolition and construction, makes the project much easier.

In fact you’ll save time and money by using a design build company like Greene Construction. The same team that turns your ideas into a blueprint, is the team that manages the project from beginning to end. We’ll bring speciality contractors in for their expertise when needed, but we’re there every day to insure the quality and your satisfaction to the very end.

We’re a design build company that offers a wide range of services including:

We’re Newburyport’s premier builder/remodeler and we’d love to discuss your project with you. You can learn more about us at RemodelingNewburyport.com and when you’re ready to talk, feel free to emailor call (978-790-4881) us to schedule your appointment.

Every homeowner deserves a home they love, and we welcome the opportunity to make your dreams a reality.

NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS)

By Greg Greene, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Greene Construction LLC based in Newburyport, MA. Greg began working in construction while finishing college, and decided he loved the creativity of finding solutions to give homeowners what they want and need. With more than 25 years in remodeling and custom home building, Greg loves what he does, and the community where he lives and works. He enjoys meeting with clients in their home or one of the Newburyport hotspots like Plum Island Coffee Roasters or Mission Oak Grill (awesome food). You can learn more about Greg’s varied projects at NewburyportBuilder.com.
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Greene Construction to Attent NAHB Home Show in Las Vegas

Get ready to learn about the latest in home design and construction from Newburyport’s leader in home building and design.

This week, Greene Construction will attend the National International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas.

Here over 1,700 home construction exhibitors, including professionals in kitchen & bath, will display and demonstrate the latest in efficiency, technology and sustainability.

To get an idea, check out the floor plans and take a virtual tour of the 2015 New American Home.

In additional to previewing all the latest industry products, the team at Greene Construction will also have access to innovative building education with renowned experts from across the country.

I’m personally interested in hearing more about iHome products. Stay tuned!

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