As building codes demand homes with tighter building envelopes and continuous insulation, home builders and consumers are looking for building strategies that deliver performance without paying a premium. That’s why homes built with ICF’s are becoming a popular choice in many climates.
Fox Blocks has been in business for 32 years, building sexy, well-constructed commercial and residential ICF foundations. Insulated concrete forms (ICFs) are cast in place concrete walls that are sandwiched between two layers of insulation material, usually expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam insulation foams. The foam blocks are stacked as interlocking blocks (like LEGOS) connected with steel reinforcing rods. They offer well-insulated, airtight energy-efficient building enclosures. Also, ICFs are a great fit for regions prone to severe weather because of their strong impact resistance.
Building with Fox Blocks ICFs it’s easy to design your dream home or business, while keeping LEED, green building and energy star in mind. With Dramatic labor reductions of up to half the normal building time. Because when you build with Fox concrete wall forms you are doing 5 steps in 1: insulation, vapor barrier, air barrier, studding and sheathing all in one step. This can save you on labor, time and money as you are ready to finish inside and out.
Any way you slice it ICF’s (Insulated concrete forms) are structurally superior to most other building materials. Buildings that incorporate the use of ICFs have an expected life of 200 years or more. Today, as more and more commercial building owners, architects, contractors,
lenders and investors discover the cutting-edge value of ICFs, a 30+% annual growth makes it the most rapidly expanding building system in the U.S. Along with systems for easy mounting of finishes and channeling of utilities, the insulation remains in place with the concrete to provide ICFs’ advanced economic, thermal, safety, environmental and comfort benefits.
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Good design can make any room look great, but for the average homeowner picking out the right furniture pieces, fabrics, and rugs for your living space can be a daunting task. I’d like to share a few thoughts to help you decorate your home. Begin with establishing your style along with correct balance, proportion and scale of furnishings and decor. When it comes to decorating inspiration, a photo is definitely worth a thousand words.
The hardest part for many of us is ‘styling’ your room. We think of ‘styling’ as a way to arrange furnishings and display the decorative objects that you’ve collected and love. It’s that final touch that takes your furniture pieces from simply functional to fabulous.
Neutrals For Large Pieces – The sofa and arm chairs are likely to be your biggest investment pieces in a room, get them in neutral colors to give yourself the most flexibility. Anchor the main pieces of furniture in the space to define the area; if your space is large, a great cost effective tip for carpet is to use an inexpensive large sisal rug to cover most of the area.
Color – is an obvious strategy when styling, and as a general rule, I recommend editing down your colors to three or four. If you want to add a punch of color pick 2 smaller accent chairs in a vibrant shade or print, which gives you more flexibility than a bright sofa . Pull accent colors from the rugs, window treatments, or art in your room.
Shapes – Thoughtful space planning means setting up enough side tables and coffee tables for the seating you have, so that there is a place for guests to set a glass down but it’s important to have a mixture of shapes. If you have a very angular console table, mix in some round shapes, like lamps, sculpture, or art. Most of the seating furniture is angular, the side and coffee tables in a round shape are a nice counterpoint. Don’t match the tables either – it’s much more interesting visually to mix and match different materials and shapes.
Balance with Accessories – One of the most important strategies when you’re styling any piece is to vary your heights. This helps your eye move around which creates a more interesting arrangement. If you have a tall lamp, use something shorter, like a stack of books for balance. Mix lots of different finishes and textures across the furniture piece you’re styling. If you have glossy, ceramic lamps, add something with a chippy paint finish or a raw wood. You don’t want everything on your table to be either shiny/polished/glossy OR patina/roughness/grain. You want some of both.
Negative Space – The power of nothing. No matter what you’re styling, leave some negative space. Group items together (maybe a set of musical instruments on a short stack of books) and leave some areas of your table empty. This applies to art on the wall, blank space or a wall without anything is like a comma or a full stop in a sentence. The opportunity to just stop and enjoy the moment! As a result your room will feel more balanced.
I hope I inspired you! Thank you for letting me share some of my tips with you today, and as always…
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and what better way to get in the spirit than to round up some of my favorite dining rooms on the market. No matter the size of your gathering, these dining rooms will serve as the perfect backdrop for spending time with family and friends. Bernhardt Furniture, Hooker Furniture and Universal Furniture have something for everyone at every price point. Come See me at The 38th Annual Times Union Home Expo for order details on furniture for your home!
Dining rooms are not only a place for dining but a space for gathering and nightly conversations. It is now the heart of the house (as the kitchen is the HUB!) They’re where we host holiday gatherings, have rambling long convos with our friends and family, and where we throw impromptu dinner parties. They’re the setting for some of our favorite family memories. Hmmm… I can smell the Holiday Turkey cooking and see it on the table!
The chandelier lights the room in a casual but stylish ambiance that invites you in to relax and stay awhile and Enjoy! Chandeliers come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials. Whether they’re dripping in crystal with ornate details and tiers of elegance or boasting an out-of-the-box modern design, chandeliers just know how to tie a space together.
Thanksgiving is extra special to me. I like to think I have a thankful heart every day of the year, but this year with so many new and exciting things happening in design I’m grateful to be able to share some beautiful spaces with you!!
Stay Tuned for The 38th Annual Times Union Home Expo, coming this year at the all new Albany Capital Center, 55 Eagle Street, Albany, NY 12207
I’ve been living a distracted life, every minute of my day accounted for. I’m always checking something off the list, or staring at my phone, or rushing off to my next appointment. And no matter how many ways I divide my time and attention, no matter how many ways I multi-task, there’s never enough time in a day. Read more “The Days Are Short..But There’s Always Time For Ice Cream!”
For the 37th year the annual Times Union Home Expo came off without a hitch and lived up to all that we would expect. A vibrant atmosphere was created among the vendors showcasing their most innovative home improvement services at this year’s show. The attendance was once again great despite the weather. The number of visitors who have been filing in over the past two days was great. Ending early today due to inclement weather (or should I say a whopper of a snow storm) for the safety of our show goers and vendors…we were sad to say good bye! Read more “Good Bye Sweetly…”
After 2 days at the Home Expo there is still so much to see and do to keep you entertained as well as providing you with ideas and inspiration for your home! See our Saturday Highlights below from the Beekman Boys book signing and guess who our guest Chef was at the Rising Star Chef Pavilion today? Enjoy the pictures and share some of your photos with us on Facebook! Read more “Day Two At The 37th Annual Home Expo”
What an amazing day! I got to meet and interact with so many wonderful and amazing people! There was a steady stream of people coming through the Times Union Home Expo this afternoon. The crowd was in good spirits despite the brisk 20 degree temperature. There was a great amount of anticipation as the last few vendors were busy putting together the final touches on their booths for the annual Home Expo. Read more “First Day Of The 37TH Annual Home Expo!!”
Get ready Albany NY, I’m so excited The 37th Annual Home Expo starts tomorrow! Our event includes home improvement and remodeling exhibits with product demonstrations and sample interior and exterior vignettes. Many of our exhibitors go to great lengths to provide you with visual, interactive experiences designed to stimulate your creativity and dreams for your home improvement plans. Read more “Get Ready…The Home Expo Is Almost Here!”
So you’ve decided to buy your first boat. Congratulations! Because 2/3 of the earth’s surface is covered by water. Your new boat will let you visit a lot more of the planet, much more than you can visit by car. Read more “Fun On The River…”
Despite what the weather might suggest, spring is right around the corner, inspiring lots of families to start thinking about ambitious interior and exterior home improvement projects. In anticipation of the coming renovation and installation season, many home shows are starting all over the country. These exhibitions feature an array of product vendors and professionals, so homeowners can check out the newest trends and meet the experts who can bring those ideas to life. But how can our local homeowners make the most of The Times Union Home Expo? Read more “Are You Going to The Home Expo?”