Published at Saturday, April 06th, 2019 - 22:48:01 PM. Home Decoration. By Adelhard Peters.
Why its happening: Natural disasters are occurring more frequently and sometimes with little warning. The most forward-thinking homebuilders are developing resilient solutions for new and existing homes. “The weather is getting almost biblical, and homes that dont address that run a legitimate risk of being seriously damaged or destroyed and having their resale value put in question,” says Nathan Kipnis of Kipnis Architecture and Planning Solutions in Chicago. His designs include oversized gutters and downspouts that direct water to rain gardens or other landscape features that can handle intense rain. He also recommends an ice and water shield on the roof to create a rain barrier, so the interior has greater protection. Coastal homes should add hurricane straps where the roof and walls intersect, he says, to reduce possible wind damage. Sustainable features are also critical to decarbonize the built environment and conserve resources. Kipnis favors all-electric systems, including induction cooktops, mini-split HVAC systems, and heat pump water heaters. Homeowners could take it a step further and have the garage wired to be a charging station for electric cars and add solar panels to the roof.
The most typical feature Collins sees pet owners gravitate to is a designated grooming room near the kitchen, back door, mud room, or laundry area. A pet shower, generally measuring up to 5 feet by 5 feet, is placed either at ground level or slightly elevated for smaller animals. A typical pet wash station features a vinyl pan base, tiled walls, and wand-style showerhead. Other features may include a dryer, cabinetry with built-in water and food bowls, toy storage, bed, wall hooks for leashes and collars, a “doggie door” offering access to the yard, and window strategically placed so a pet can see outside. Homebuilder Randy Thelen of Thelen Total Construction in Elkhorn, Wis., estimates that a typical built-in pet shower may run about $1,000.
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