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Things You Do Not Need

And a few things you do

Posted on Feb 9 2018 by Martin Holladay

Houses are changing. Anyone buying a new home in 2018 expects the home to be quite different from one built in 1918, of course.

What “new features” is the typical buyer of a new home seeking out? It depends. Some buyers are looking for a foyer with a 20-foot ceiling and a master bathroom with a big Jacuzzi. Others, including the typical reader, are looking for low energy bills and superior indoor air quality.

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  1. Image #1: Midwest Construction

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Martin’s Ten Rules of Roof Design

For the best performance, build a simple roof shape over a vented unconditioned attic

Posted on Dec 9 2011 by Martin Holladay

Lots of things can go wrong with roofs: bad flashing can cause leaks, a poorly designed valley can turn into a slow-moving glacier, and misplaced gutters can do more harm than good. Experienced roofers see a lot of stupid roofs.

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  1. Image #1: Top: Ezioman; bottom: Geoffrey Wheeler
  2. Image #2: DB King
  3. Image #3: Martin Holladay
  4. Image #4: Jon Christman
  5. Image #5: Trulia Inc.
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  7. Image #8: J.P. Bush Homes
  8. Image #9: Martin Holladay
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  10. Image #11: Allison Bailes
  11. Image #12: Fine Homebuilding

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