We invite you to explore the Master Builder Advisor, our informative company newsletter. There are lots of great articles to peruse on building trends, renovating ideas, case studies, company news, and of course some master builder advice!
With the onset of fall, we reach for the light switch earlier in the day and turn up the thermostat to heat our homes. This issue of the Master Builder Advisor touches on both these topics – new trends in energy efficient lighting and heating/cooling with geothermal systems. "Aging in Place' is a Case Study on a new home with special features that allow the homeowners to comfortably live in their home as they age.
So, turn on the lights, get comfortable and I hope you enjoy reading this issue!
Living with less clutter may seem like wishful thinking at times. However, when given the opportunity and creative storage spaces, we're more likely to put things back in their place. This issue of the Master Builder Advisor is all about ideas on how to get organized and streamline two areas of the home – offices and master suite dressing rooms – and, hopefully inspire you to start to put things in order!
As always, I hope you enjoy this issue and welcome your comments.
Beautiful fall foliage brings us the promise of changing seasons from hot, humid weather to cold and dry conditions. Dramatic temperature and humidity swings from summer to winter can cause havoc on your home’s interior and indoor comfort. This issue of the Master Builder Advisor, addresses the importance of maintaining a proper level of relative humidity in your home - throughout the year - to preserve the beauty of woodwork and other valuable furnishings.
Keeping humidity levels between 30 and 60%, not only ensures a healthier and more comfortable home environment, it’s also good for wood too!
Winters, such as the one we just came through, can give us a wake-up call about how vulnerable our homes can be in extreme weather conditions. This issue of the Master Builder Advisor addresses how you can protect your home, family, and possessions from the devastating effects of unexpected disasters.
In addition, we proudly announce the new Woodmeister Red Cross Disaster Action Team, which has already helped provide emergency assistance by responding to houses fire in Ware and
I hope you enjoy this issue and, as always, I welcome your comments and suggestions for future issues.
Green building articles usually focus on exciting new technologies that save energy and resources. In this issue of the Master Builder Advisor, we showcase a less glamorous, but equally important, aspect of green building: finding new life for materials salvaged from home construction projects.
We introduce greenGoat, a Massachusetts-based, non-profit organization dedicated to that very purpose. We also include two case studies: one showing how items taken from a home before it was torn down were reused to create affordable housing in a Cape Cod community, and another showing how an antique cottage itself was salvaged and transformed into one of Nantucket’s greenest homes. We hope this will inspire you to consider recycling materials from your own home when you begin a remodeling or new construction project.
Anniversaries are a theme in this issue of the Master Builder Advisor. April 22 marks the 40th year that we celebrate Earth Day. That is also the day the new EPA lead law becomes effective, bringing homeowners and families new protection from the risks of lead paint poisoning.
This August the 31st annual Pan-Mass challenge bike ride will raise millions of dollars for cancer research and treatment. And in June, the spin-off PMS Kids Ride celebrates its fifth anniversary. We are proud to be a corporate sponsor of the Wellesley-Weston Kids Ride now in its fourth year. The entrepreneurial, "can-do" spirit behind the Kids Ride resonates especially with all of us a Woodmeister, which was founder 30 years ago with a teenager with a big dream.