Military Makeover, Homeward Bound Part 1

Homeward Bound

Military Makeover: A Security and Lifestyle Solution for the Taylor Family – An increasing number of the men and women in the armed services are returning from war trapped by their own disabilities, and have nowhere to live. Purple Heart Veteran Jeffery Taylor and his family were crowded into his in-laws small home, and desperately needed to get a home of their own. Purple Heart Homes called Jeffery Taylor’s situation to the attention of Designing Spaces, and the rest is history, as seen in this first episode of three of Military Makeover, Spaces of Hope special. Designing Spaces has called

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Increasing Comfort of Home With Heating and Cooling System

Heating and Cooling System

Heating and Cooling Systems with Designing Spaces of Hope One item desperately needed for this house is a new central HVAC system, and it is one of the first renovations to be put into place. Amana, the company who makes the new HVAC system being installed, have generously donated it for Jeffery Taylor’s new home. Ed Miller, an Amana HVAC installation contractor, gives tips on shopping for a new HVAC system, with emphasis on selecting the right size system for your home and selecting a competent installer. Andrew Karl from Amana explains the technologically advanced system being installed in the

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Innovative Green Building Solutions for Today’s Homeowner

Innovative insulation for a home remodel

Innovative Insulation for a Home Remodel – Designing Spaces’ Think Green wanted to learn more about Innovative Green Building Solutions, so we met up with Grace Showalter from BASF Corporation, representing the Neopor division, and Paul Fox, an expert contractor, to visit the home of Ben and Kathy in Bolivar Ohio where NEOPOR® is installed as their insulation for an exterior remodel. Insulation is a great way to save energy, lower bills and bring more comfort to a living environment, and this was exactly the desired goal of Ben and Kathy.  NEOPOR® is a green and sustainable insulation for renovation and

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An Education on Polyurethane Foam Insulation for Today’s Homeowner

Polyurethane Foam Insulation American Chemistry Council

Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation as a Green Material in Homes – Designing Spaces Think Green contacted the Spray Foam Coalition at the American Chemistry Council’s Center for the Polyurethanes Industry to learn more about the positive attributes of spray polyurethane foam insulation, Think Green visits a house undergoing remodeling where spray foam insulation plays a key role. Allyson Wilson from the American Chemistry Council serves as our guide through the world of spray foam insulation and its “green” benefits. The end result is a better air seal for the entire house, and the conversion of an attic space into a

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Standby Generators for Today’s Homeowner

GE Home Generator Systems

A review of standby generators and how they work – Eric Loferski talks about standby generators; how they serve a household at a time of emergency when the power is off for an extended period. Eric shows us how these natural gas or propane powered engines are electrically tied to the house, and automatically start when needed. A basic guide for selecting the right sized standby generator for your home is shown, and Eric describes the Briggs & Stratton Vanguard Series engine that is popular with homeowners. Stand by Me How do you keep your family safe and comfortable during

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DIY Roof Repair

DIY roof repair

Debi Marie meets up with Gerry Chavez, a Product Manager for Henry Roofing products, to guide us through a DIY roof repair at Frank’s house.  Frank has a roof leak that is showing up in the master bedroom, and is looking for a possibly inexpensive solution. Rather than pay a roofer hundreds of dollars, he decides to take on the roof repair himself. Gerry begins by showing Frank what to look for that could cause the roof leak. A quick survey of Frank’s roof reveals the problem. After an explanation of the materials available for making the repair, Gerry takes

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Family Activities in Baton Rouge

family activities in Baton Rouge

A Tour of Destinations in Baton Rouge, LA. – Kid Spaces hooks up with Shannon Hurst Lane, a Louisiana based travel writer, Mom, and founder of Traveling Mamas dot com for a tour of the state capitol Baton Rouge and to explore family activities in Baton Rouge. The Capitol Park Museum features thematic exhibits on the diverse aspects of Louisiana history, industry and culture. Next we visit the old State Capitol. With its medieval architecture, it reminds us more of a castle, than anything we think of as from the south. Sitting on a hill, it can be clearly seen from

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Bringing the Sun’s Power Within Reach

Bringing the Sun’s Power Within Reach

Attractive Solar Panels for Household Electricity – Homeowner Joey is having a new solar shingle system installed on the roof of her home. Think Green Correspondent John McCalmont meets with Katy Collardson from CertainTeed Solar to witness the installation of the new Apollo Solar Shingles on Joey’s house in Shreveport Louisiana. Many homeowners consider traditional solar panels an eyesore, but the Apollo Solar Shingles have a very clean, sleek appearance. They achieve maximum efficiency using polycrystalline solar cells mounted in arrays that produce twelve watts per square foot—more than double the output of other solar shingles on the market. This results

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