03 Oct 2014

MOLD in basement – Problems it will cause in your Home!

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We recently spoke about how nice it is to own a home that is green and family friendly, in a safe neighborhood. We even discussed some great companies to find pre-built house plans in your areas, and how they can customize them to fit your needs. Today we’re going to be discussing issues that can home even in newer homes.


Often, people believe they’re having allergies when, actually, they’re responding to harmful, mold spore filled atmosphere right within their home.

How can this happen?

Heated air rises. Within your house, it escapes out within the upper levels and increases. Fresh air pops up to displace the atmosphere that escaped.

In a house that’s perfectly covered, about 50% of the atmosphere in your home escapes each our from basement or the upper-level. This actually makes a suction within your home, which allures the atmosphere that replaces its lower degrees. If your house is older and leaks air readily, the atmosphere exchange rate can not be as low as two each hour.

Generally, this draw it into your primary house and can pull air right from the cellar. This, as well as the fact that much more oxygen in the attic will get into your heat and AC ducts, which drive air in the attic in to the top levels of your property, may have you inhaling a good deal of atmosphere that began within your basement.

Some studies demonstrate that more than 50% of the atmosphere within your house began within your basement. Greater when you have channels that feel the entire house.

This Results Your Health

Whatever is hiding within the atmosphere inside your cellar may soon get to your house. your family as well as you may breathe this in, and it’ll make you sick.

What could be within the atmosphere down there?

  • Mold spores
  • Mold residue
  • Bacteria (if your attic gets wet, there’s parasites down there)
  • Dust mite feces
  • Dustmite exoskeletons
  • Substances

Which means that every breath you consider, you’re breathing in this material and you are hurting. Form and dust mites are incredibly potent substances. When these appear in your home, you’ll need to call a Local Mold remediation company in Portland, OR to have this issue remediated as quickly as possible.

How This Issue Can Stop

Moisture within the basement or crawlspace may be the major reason these negative things enter your basement.

Waterproofing your basement could keep humidity water and moisture away. Ensure whoever does some waterproofing paint doesn’t merely toss up a vapor barrier, but more so, make sure its correctly fastened to the home siding or windows. If not installed correctly, this will only make the situation worse.

Often, foundation repair is required to some degree. Small Breaks that allow in water should be handled. In order to correctly avoid any future issues, your foundation will need to be fixed to prohibit humidity and water from reoccurring or it will keep returning and cause mildew and dust mites which will enter into your home and land within your basement.

13 Sep 2014

Cheap Siding Installer in Portland, Oregon with Reviews

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We recently spoke the the architect we wrote about in this article a while back about hiring an Affordable Siding installer that could give us a bid and really finish the job in a quick time. We are lucky to have worked with a residential architect , mentioned in the above article,  who has taken his time to walk us through the process of what to look for when hiring a Residential Portland Siding Contractors in our Area. We started looking at all the reviews on Yelp, Insider Pages and Home Adviser for the Best Siding Contractor Reviews in Portland, and found a couple to who really looked that they had good reviews and we were pleased with them! We had quite a few requirements regarding who we wanted and to redo the Exterior Facade of our home.  Before we started on the job, we looked around for some basic information for siding installation to better acclimate ourselves with the project before us.


Before getting started, it is important to review several rules of thumb for vinyl siding
application. The following rules, which come up throughout this guide, are critical for
proper vinyl siding installation:Installed panels and accessories should move freely from side to side.

  1. If installing a siding panel on the house, make sure to push up from the bottom until you see that the lock is fully-engaged w/ the piece under it. W/o stretching the panel, reach-up in there and fasten the panel into place.
  2. Now its time to Fasten nails or other screws in the center of the nailing-slot and ensure that the fastener goes into the siding a minimum of 3/4” (19mm) into a surface that is nailable.
  3. Don’t force the panels up or down if fastening into the position.
  4. Don’t drive the head of the fastener too tightly against the siding nail hem because you need to have enough room for proper holding efficieny. Give approximately 0.8mm (or about the thickness of a penny or dime) clearance in between the head of the fastener and the siding panel. Make sure the panels are able to move freely back and forth. Drive fasteners straight into the siding portion that will hold up the piece and ensure the piece is level to prevent bending after it has been installed or buckling of the panel.
  5. Make sure you Leave a minimum of 1/4” of clearance at all of the openings and stops to give for normal expanding and contracting of the siding. If you will be installing in temperatures that are below 40° F, make sure  to increase the minimum clearance to 3/8” or so; this is due to the fact that siding (whether wood or vinyl) will contractor more under lower temperatures. .
  6. Make sure that you don’t caulk the panels where they join the receiver at the inside corners, and outside corners, and/or at the J-trim. Don’t caulk the overlap joints either.
  7. This is very important when installing siding – Don’t face-nail or staple through siding. You do not want nails on the outside (weather facing) of the siding, you can potentially ruin your underlayment or the sheeting on your house if you do this. Please note that Vinyl siding expands and contracts with outside temperature changes. If you end up Face-nailing, you can expect ripples in the siding due to the low temperatures.
  8. FOR RESIDING JOBS - If you are residing your home, removing uneven original siding will be necessary before starting to put up the new siding;  make sure to take the necessary actions to ensure a smooth and continuous surface for proper siding installation.
  9. FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION - If this is a new construction home, try to avoid using green lumber as the sheeting of the house. Keep in mind that the siding can only be as straight as what its put on (Just like Drywall – if you have crooked Framing, your Drywall will be crooked, no matter how good of a drywaller and mudder you have). Double check that the wall is Plumb and if it isn’t, hire someone to fix it immediately before installing the siding. This is a new home, dont cut corners. You want only the best.


Now that we’ve discussed all the necessary steps of installation, whether on a New Home, Old home or Residing Job, make yourself familiar with these terms before starting to get bids on a siding. You want to be as informed as possible about what your getting. Familiarizing yourself with proper construction terms, specifically those pertaining to siding installation,  will help you decipher a Quote or Bid appropriately and question items that are overpriced or not needed.

Siding Terminology to Become Accustomed to

  • Backer board – flat material installed on the face of the house, installed between the studs and the siding, it provides a even surface for installing siding onto.
  • Butt-lock — bottom edge of a siding,  opposite the nailing slots, it  locks onto to the the nextpanel.
  • The Channel — the portion of the accessory trim where siding is inserted. Channels can also be referred trim.
  • Course — This refers to as a row of panels extending the length of a home from a side to the other. If the siding goes Vertically, then from top to bottom.
  • Head Flashing — Flashing is a piece of metal installed on vertical siding to make sure that water drips away from the siding panels and does not get into them.
  • Face — Face refers to the side of siding that you can see after you’ve installed the panel and it is on your home.
  • Face-nailing — Putting a Nail or screw on the “face”or Outter facing side of a siding panel. We dont recommend this as you can have water damage if not sealed properly
  • Fascia — A trim piece that is covering the ends of roof
  • Fascia Board — the board that is fastened to the ends of the rafters in between the roofing
  • Flashing — a thin, flat material, usually metal or sheet-metal, that is placed under corner posts, or windows, to help water that is draining water from going inside of the walls or windows.

These are just a few terms to get the feeling of what your bid will be like when your are looking for a Siding Installer in Portland, Oregon or Vancouver, WA areas.  With the help of our architect, who we mentioned in the previous article, we were able to find the best deal for the quality of work we wanted using a local contractor. We ended up using the company “Wood Guild” in Portland (See there website here at http://www.woodguild.com , and check their Services Page for Siding Installation Services they provide in Portland, OR) and were more than Pleased with the Results! We recommend them to anyone looking for a Very Affordable (might I say, CHEAP!) siding job – they also let us know that they do Fencing, Decks and general handyman related work! We are happy with the Results and would love to work with them again!

Here are some Pictures of how are Siding Job turned out:

23 Apr 2014

Top Home Design Services in Portland, OR

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Home Designs for House Plans in Portland Oregon:

- Create the “Front Yard / Front Porch” of the campus as directed by the campus master plan.
- Create vibrant and diverse spaces that provide opportunities for a Family to live, learn, and lead.
„„- Create an identity for each area so the Family feels that they at “Home.”
- Engage and retain spaces that encourage Family life, Peace and Comfort.
- Create a sense of Place – embrace, reflect and respect the unique Community culture and atmosphere.

Home Renovation Design Ideas:

- Successfully convert 1960s building with poor energy-efficiently into a modern living and dining space that will support teaching, learning and living for New Families in the 21st century.
- Rooms and dining spaces can remain occupied. Phased construction must safely accommodate students and minimize disruption.
- Streamline design and extend the life of the budget in a creative way to spend money where it makes the most impact for value of the home.
- Provide Environmental Quality to meet the needs of a Home Environment – on that is Comfortable yet Durable and Easy to Maintain.
„„- Consider air quality, energy efficiency, and an environment that supports Family well being and sustainability. This supports both Family success and building efficiency.

House Plan Design Strategies:

Interior Design Ideas

Creating community is about a sense of belonging and successful integration into a new neighborhood- where a Family will build lifelong connections. Creating smaller community sizes and designing in as much opportunity for spontaneous interaction between neighbors and children outside the Home will help facilitate this integration into a New area. A variety of spaces – like a casual fireside living room, a Bonus room with

EPR Interior Designs

counter height tables and specialty lighting, a Basement with large screens for Video gaming and Movies, collaborative Office space where Spouses can share ideas and would give upcoming students the opportunity to study in varying ways.

Residential Sustainable Design

EPR Design is a leader in sustainability – and renovations must reflect this in the design and construction as well as help provide a teaching opportunity for Buyers. Sustainable Residential Architecture holds a unique opportunity to influence countless other Architects, as the buildings themselves become a teaching tool. Family life structures that exhibit sustainable characteristics not only teach but help Families bring environmentally friendly practices into their daily lives. These People then become ambassadors of global responsibility. Creating sustainable Communities truly feeds into a “Learn, Integrate, Teach” cycle, making our global community more responsible with respect to the environment and our future on this planet.

Home Design 1Design for Diversity

As EPR Design continues to be a destination for House Plans, offering different options welcomes people from all walks of life to make their Dream Home possible – To help bridge community boundaries, we include access to local school districts, Walk Scores, and local events for cross community celebrations and special events. This will help people find the best House Plans Designs that will fit the Community they will be a part of.