Happy Home Blog

Happy Home Blog2021-02-25T09:12:32-08:00

Our blogs feature all things home remodeling, design and build with wide-flung interpretation. Here we cover design concepts for kitchens, bathrooms, and home additions. We also cover green building, building science and building materials. In the wider-flung reaches we cover urban design, the psychology of happiness and celebrations of those things. We are also happy to take and answer your questions.

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Joining in College Station’s Green Goals: Land Use

Our land can be used as open, natural spaces or for building structures of a variety of functions. The City has goals that pertain to both uses, including the maintenance and creation of parks, and the creating of codes for sustainable building practices. Find out how you can be a part of responsible land use.

Joining in College Station’s Green Goals: Reduce Waste

Reducing waste is another goal that the City of College Station is focusing on. A great way to do this is to recycle! In many single-family, duplex, and even some four-plex neighborhoods, curbside recycling pick-up is already in place. If the area you live in doesn’t have curbside recycling, don’t feel left out—there are many places around Bryan-College Station to which you can take your recycling!

Joining in College Station’s Green Goals: Water

Our bodies are 60-70% water—it’s a substance we vitally need to survive. In fact, all plants and animals need water to live. This means it’s crucial that we use water responsibly, especially in dry times like the present. Here are some City of College Station goals about water conservation as well as suggestions for how our community can become more responsible water users.

“Green” Your Home: Remodels and Repairs

Remodeling is a great opportunity to “green” your home. It’s just another reminder that you don’t have to build a completely new home to make it environmentally conscious and efficient. Take for example an article in the Journal of Light Construction yesterday. It discussed how the decision to replace siding on a 120-year-old home in Massachusetts turned into an opportunity to add insulation to the home and make it more thermally (and there for energy) efficient.

Cutting Useless Energy Use

Practically anything you leave plugged in uses energy even when it isn’t on. Some devices that bring up digital displays when they’re turned off draw in more energy than when they are on! So, how can you stop this useless use of energy that gets added to your utility bill without breaking your back by unplugging every single plug?

More Efficient Lighting

Lighting is a crucial part of our lives – we need it to complete the myriad of tasks that fill our days and evenings. As great as incandescent bulbs are for first bringing us electric light, more efficient bulbs are now needed to light our homes.

Creating a Healthy, Happy Home Environment (Part 7)

One person can produce up to 5 lbs of trash per day - -meaning a potential 1,900 lbs per year! Just imagine if all of this accumulated inside your home at one time! As much as you don’t like taking the garbage out, it seems preferable to the alternative. Keeping your trash bags in a closeable garbage can is an easy way to prevent vermin and stray animals from tearing into the bags. Scattered trash will not only invite more vermin to snoop around, but will also most likely end up in storm drains and sewers which will eventually litter local bodies of water.

Creating a Healthy, Happy Home Environment (Part 6)

During the blistering summers, we thank our lucky stars that air conditioning has become a staple in our homes. However, as air circulates through a home it can bring along unwanted passengers – namely infectious respiratory diseases, dust, and fungi. But you can take measures to reduce and even prevent the spread of bacteria and small particles through your A/C system.

Creating a Healthy, Happy Home Environment (Part 5)

Our earth contains a lot of water, but only a small percentage of it is freshwater used for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. By being aware of how you can keep this water free of pollutants, you can take steps to improve your family’s health and the health of everyone and everything in your community.

Creating a Healthy, Happy Home Environment (Part 4)

No one likes pests in their home, and rightly so. Our homes, after all, are our sanctuaries. But it’s important to be aware that the sprays we buy to kill fleas, ants, flies, and other insect pests, can also be potentially harmful to us. But, careful use of these products can rid your home of annoying pests without side effects to your family’s health.Volatile Organic Compounds found in household products can also be harmful if inhaled in high doses. By doing a little research before replacing carpet or repainting, you and your contractor can select products with low VOC levels.

Creating a Happy, Healthy Home Environment (Part3)

Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas produced when fuels, such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood, and charcoal, are burned. Carbon Monoxide is also extremely toxic in high doses. Radon is another harmful gas that originates from the breakdown of uranium. This gas seeps into soil, rock, and water sources and can enter your home through cracks and openings in your foundation. Find out what you can do to prevent hazardous exposure to both these gases for a healthy home.

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