Matt Grocoff
Green renovation expert for Old House Web

Old house, new energy: ditch your utility company.

by Matt Grocoff
Utility companies work on a centralized model, and for one hundred years have relied on legal monopolies to ensure that they make a profit. They build giant, central, and unhealthy power plants designed to.  More »
William Kibbel III, The Home Inspector
William Kibbel III, The Home Inspector
Contributing editor for Old House Web

The little room upstairs

by William Kibbel III, The Home Inspector
Many homes from the late Victorian era have a small room upstairs. Find out the history behind these rooms.More »

Our house is a cape with a "shed" dormer similar to what you are describing. Be careful. The ridge "beam" may not be a beam at all,…
Yes, it seems most carpenter's approach to things is to add another layer, and I've seen several layers of strapping in ceilings before. My approach would…
Hello, I'm robert and I'm new here. Thanks for the wonderful tips.