Questions About Green Remodeling

What's the best way to move a washer and dryer?

If I wanted to relocate my washer and dryer to a newly constructed out building to save a little room in my house, how would I handle the drainage? Also, if I created a rain garden next to the out building, can I drain it into the rain garden?

How can I increase my home's energy efficiency on a limited budget?

I am remodeling an older (1950's) house so that I can resell it. The house probably needs new windows and possibly insulation. I can't spend too much money, but want to make the home more energy efficient. What are the best areas to spend my money?

What home renovations will most increase the overall value of my house?

I want to spend some money to update my pre-war co-op apartment, but am unsure which remodeling projects make the most sense for my budget. Should I go for looks (new floors, fresh paint) or worry more about functional items like updated appliances, new fixtures, modern furnace? Thank you.

Requirements for a crawlspace foundation

I want to build a home that sits on a crawlspace foundation. 2 Questions: How much space is needed between the bottom of the floor joists and the ground? Also, what size should the cement footing be if the stem walls will be built from standard concrete blocks? Thanks.

What energy efficient standards should I follow when building my new house?

I want to build a new energy efficient house, but am unsure what standards to use. I am familiar with LEED certification, but I don't want to pay for the certification. Are there any government energy standards that I can get for free and give to my builder? thank you

Can I build a closet with a baseboard heater in it?

I want to build a new closet in the corner of my bedroom, but there is an existing baseboard heater located on the wall that would become the inside of the closet. Is it okay to enclose a baseboard heater in a closet?

Installing a vapr barrier in an old house

We just moved into a 115-year-old home and want to add insulation into the walls. Can we install a Tyvec vapor barrier to the interior side of the wall so that we don not have to disturb the existing brick siding?

The fence post split, and so did the contractor

The contractor who installed my shadowbox fence used some fence posts that were split and in bad shape. The job looks shabby and the contractor is unwilling to do anything about it, what are my options?

Can Removing Old Lapboard Impact the Structural Integrity of My Home?

I am in the process of tearing out my kitchen for a remodel and I am concerned I might be ripping out essential components of the walls. Should I rip the lapboard I see under the sheetrock out, or do I need to leave it in?

How Do I Choose the Best Home Insulation?

I am thinking of updating the wall insulation of my home. I started receiving quotes on the project. My question is if I take the price out of the equation, which insulation choice will be the best investment for my home?