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The saltbox style home plan came about when the early colonists needed more space for their growing families. Generally, the traditional Colonial style home was modified to include a one story addition onto the rear of the house. The roof was extended to cover the new addition. These new homes looked like the boxes the colonists used for storing their salt, and that’s how the name came about.

The reigns of England's four King Georges gave rise to the Georgian house. It was popular in England from approximately 1715 to 1830. The Georgian was a favorite of the wealthy classes because it presented an air of affluence and respectability with its many windows and ornate entrances. The Georgian experienced a revival in the early 1900s, aided by the availability of less costly building materials. In the current age, the Georgian house is within reach of almost any homebuyer.

The Arts and Crafts style of the first twenty years of the 20th century brought in the Craftsman Home style. This style depicted simplicity with strong construction and beauty. Its interior design spoke of refinement and stateliness.

The Ranch style home design is America's most popular home style. Some would say the style is uninteresting, even boring. With four walls, a roof, and no nonessential features or enhancements, the Ranch is a basic style. Remodeling the ranch home can make it stand out from the rest.

Annual snowfall and ice accumulation in some parts of the country is common and adds a substantial amount of weight to the roof causing damage to the roof. While it is important to remove the heavy accumulation of snow and ice so as not to damage the roof or walls and ceiling, it is also wise to hire a professional with the skill, experience, and equipment to perform this dangerous work. This is not a do-it-yourself job.

If your budget permits, it may be time for some of those home improvement projects that you really want to be completed. So, let's review a few of them.

What has become of the den - that small, quiet room in the house where you can go to read, relax, or work? Has the office or living room assumed this role?

The concept behind the vent-free fireplace is quite straightforward.  When you burn gas instead of wood, you create a "smokeless” heat - - one that does not require ventilation, plus all the heat stays inside the home.  A consequence of burning gas in the home however includes, among others, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide.

Conventional fireplaces provide atmosphere for the home, but add very little in the way of heat, plus they are costly and take up lots of space.

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