Hiring Home Builders For Home Construction

When it comes to houses and homes, there is no better feeling of owning one wherein you are fully satisfied with all its facets – its design, space, rooms, location, and many more.  If you have your home constructed from the ground up, then you will have much better control over these things as you can have your home designed based on what you like and what you want, with of course realistic respect towards your budget.  Nevertheless, a home built by home builders wherein many of the aspects of the home are catered to you and your needs creates no better feeling of fulfillment.

While it is true that you sometimes cannot help but envy those with bigger, more beautiful, and more elaborate homes, still, you can’t help but be satisfied when you have everything you need in your home.  Even though there may be improvements that you will want to consider after, having a home that is uniquely designed to cater to your needs and wants makes the home a truly worthwhile home – something that others only dream of having with theirs.

When you want to have a home built, the first thing to start with is the land property where the home will be built.  Location is a critical aspect when it comes to the pricing of lands.  More expensive lands either means they are very close to commercial areas or the location is in a beautiful and highly sought after area.  More affordable lands on the other hand either means they are located quite far from the main city district or it is located in a rowdy neighborhood.

Once you have gotten the piece of property where your house will be built, it’s now time to look for a home builder who will construct your dream home for you.  A home is a very costly investment and may possibly be the most expensive investment you will ever make.  For this reason, it only makes sense that you hire a good and highly reputable home builder with whom you will get your money’s worth due to the highly satisfactory end result of the home construction.  Since you are making a big investment with the home you are having built, it only means that you should never settle and be satisfied with unknown home building contractors just because they are the ones whom you met first or have provided the lowest construction estimates.

Frontier Radio: A Media Democracy Day Special

The following short radio piece was created and recorded by a team of ten people totally new to radio. At a workshop yesterday for Media Democracy Day, we threw participants into the thick of it, challenging them to script, plan, and record a short radio piece on a topic of their choice. They chose to discuss and review the panels they had attended for Media Democracy Day on November 12th. This piece will now be used for podcast, broadcast, and has already been transmitted on a low-power radio transmitter, representing the spectrum of radio options in independent media today.

Thanks go to all the participants for jumping in so readily, and to Brady Marks for co-hosting the workshop with me.

What Is The Benefit Of Basement Renovation?

Most homes built in the United States and Canada are built with a basement or underground area which serves as the utility storage area for the home.  Even though the basement area is part of the square footage of the property, it usually serves no purpose for members of the household because it is not part of the living area.  In fact, most members of the household hardly even spend any time in their home’s basement area as this space is usually dark, creepy, and oftentimes littered cockroaches.

The majority of basement spaces are fairly large in size and oftentimes bigger than most bedrooms within the household.  The square footage used for the basement area actually becomes a waste since the space is not being fully utilized.  However, if you are able to make the basement’s square footage area as part of the home’s living space, then the overall living area or space of the home will significantly increase.  This method of re-utilizing the space of the basement is called basement development.

Developing the basement area as part of the home’s living space is not an easy feat as there are a lot of construction work that needs to be done, not to mention the relocating of many of the home’s utility appliance and equipment.  Doing a basement development is usually not something you can do on your own as a sort of DIY project.  There are many complexities involved as structural soundness of the property needs to be always kept in check.

The development process of the basement area involves full renovation of the space.  Renovating and reconstructing the space requires the hiring of licensed contractors.  These contractors are basically construction builders and thus have the necessary knowledge and experience to properly assess structural integrity.

Since basement renovations require plenty of manpower as well as permit from the necessary city departments, it only makes proper sense to hire licensed contractors who will process everything that needs to be done and accomplished themselves.  Once all the required permits are acquired, only then are the contractors able to proceed with the basement renovation process.  Even if the project may seem laborious at first, the end result will surely be to the satisfaction of every member of the household as the home now has more living space than it used to.

Episode 9: Back Into the Loving Arms of Meat

For all of you recovering vegetarians out there pecking away at organic, grain-fed, ethically raised chicken – this podcast will help explore some issues that might be on your mind. Issues like “how do I shop at a meat counter without embarrassing myself?” and “Which type of sausage is best for snacking?” and “What does it feel like when a butcher is nailed in the back with a giant pork loin?”

Warning to the faint of ear – I did visit a butcher shop for this one, resulting in some intense sawing and grinding noises. They’re kind of gross.

Noise and News

For all you noise-heads out there, my new series is devoted to digesting the often overwhelming daily news in a new format. A noisy format. Since I spend much of my day working at a radio station listening to various news clips from various sources, I have tossed a random smattering of news clips in with some music I’ve made/mixed in Ableton Live. I need an excuse to learn this program properly and make weird music, so here we are: Noise and News!