My wife and I had the great opportunity to join one of our clients for a holiday dinner with their family and friends. During dinner, their friend asked what I thought about the whole process, now that I can see my client’s family living in and growing up in their new home (which is about 6+ years old now!). My answer had to do with a complex of feelings about building a thing- a big thing for sure- that would have such a huge impact on the lives of my client’s family. I remarked that it was satisfying for me-especially when there are storms raging- to know that my clients would be safely ensconced in a home built with great materials, by people that really cared about what they were building. But, really, what I truly think of when I think of homes we build came to me when dinner was over- and the kids all clomped down the stairs into the basement to play. It occurred to me that, with the squeals of laughter and the thumping of kids running back and forth having fun with each other, this home had been transformed. On the last day of the build, when I turned over the keys, the transformation was made complete- from a thing in which we pounded nails and sweated miter joints and crown moldings, into a living thing that would stay in the lives of a new generation forever. We aren’t builders- if we do our jobs well, we are magicians. We’ve learned how to turn wood into dreams-studs into memories.
In an effort to make your life even easier, we have developed the new Myers Homes Service Request app. Designed for either IOS or Android, it’s a phone or I pad app that lets you contact us for service as easily as a few keystrokes. (Of course, we can only respond for you if you’re actually IN our service area- CLE, Akron and surrounding suburbs-sorry to our out-of-town friends!) It’s really easy to download, it’s easy to use, and it’s FREE!! What could be a better holiday time gift? Use one of the links below and get set for a relaxing 2015! To all of our customers and followers-Have a Great and Prosperous New Year. And, don’t forget to call us about a project or two! !
For Android phones: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=insivia.myershomes&hl=en
And for Apple Phones: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/myers-homes-service-request/id945799358?mt=8
For the longest time, the Achilles heel of the passive energy generation crowd (solar and wind) is that the systems often produce more power than people are using at a given time and it winds up being wasted. Sure, utility companies will pay you for the power, but typically at some major discount as compared to what they charge users for power that is generated by their central facilities. So, the holy grail of passive generation has been to come up with ways to store the power for times when power isn’t being generated- calm days in regards to wind energy, cloudy days or nights for solar. Battery technology has lagged behind that of the solar and wind tech industries, but maybe no more. Elon Musk and his Tesla Motors are creating a $5 Billion battery R&D and production facility in the Nevada desert. Personally, I think that the ultimate solution for storage is in fuel cell technology development, which is still years down the pike. It’s highly likely that this will start the ball rolling- http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-05/musk-battery-works-fill-utilities-with-fear-and-promise.html
Driving home last night in the first snowstorm of November 2014 I couldn’t help but think about the things I needed to do to get my home ready for winter. We have a great gutter cleaning service that we provide to customers- and I use that too! So, I can check the gutter cleaning off the list (You can too if you like by contacting us if you’re in the Cleveland area!). One of the other things that’s really easy to forget is to make sure that all the garden hoses are taken off the outside spigots-or sil-cocks. Why? For most homes built after the ’60’s, the outside sil-cocks were designed to be frost-proof- meaning that you didn’t have to turn the water off to them inside and drain the lines outside to keep them from freezing. The way this is accomplished is by using a 10″ barrel, where the actual shut off gaskets are about 10″ into the house where it’s warm. If you keep the hose on outside, though, the barrel freezes, splits, and offers you the awesome gift of a spring flood the first time you try to use the sil-cock. So, take the hose off now, leave it off all winter, and you’ll be just fine!
Often when asked about home building vs. purchase and remodeling, I like to think about castles. In many parts of Europe, it’s possible to buy a real castle! And, often, these amazing structures and properties can be had for the price of a 25 year old American vinyl sided colonial! But, it isn’t the cost of the purchase that is the major hurdle, but the cost of fixing the property, rebuilding its infrastructure, bringing it up to current codes, and, then after all that, the annual maintenance of a building built, well, like a castle. So, this is true also of many homes- the purchase price is reasonable, but the cost of making the home your own, conforming with current codes, and, then, maintaining it can often be daunting. I try to see if the changes a specific purchaser wants to make are major or minor, if the home was well made in the first place, and how far off current codes we really are to begin with. Some homes are worth the update no matter what, and some really aren’t. Some buyers are into that kind of project, and some aren’t. It’s a balance. Hoepfully, though, when you’re done, you’ll have your own “castle”- http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-05/crumbling-castles-haunt-east-germany-25-years-after-wall.html