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October 15, 2015

Picture Perfect Sunrooms in New England

The old saying, “if you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes,” is more appropriate here than most places. While true New Englanders embrace all four seasons, we still reserve the right to complain about the weather for one reason or another.

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There is always something special, though, about the onset of fall in New England. As the vibrant colors emerge and the days get shorter, our outdoors landscapes can become truly awe inspiring. We don’t mind the cold mornings and nights so much, as long as sunshine is abundant during the day. And though the beauty of fall seems to fade as quickly as it arrived, it never fails to thrill and inspire.

Our clients tell us repeatedly that their Brady Built Sunroom is a place they can truly enjoy their surroundings without concern of what mother nature is up to.

We’ve been gathering images from our clients since way before the digital age. And during that time we’ve built thousands of sunrooms, many of them framing views far more breathtaking than could possibly be conveyed by a photograph.

Nonetheless, we’ll share just a few of them here. Enjoy.

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As busy as we keep building and installing new sunrooms, we don’t often find time to write blogs. Thankfully, our work tends to speak for itself, so from our point of view, these photos are priceless.

For many more sunroom photos, visit our gallery and before & after pages. Also be sure to check out our growing library of time lapse videos.

 

 

 

 

July 2, 2014

Does a Sunroom Make Sense in the New England Climate?

pic2In northern states where weather is a big factor in the everyday life, we have seen an important surge in the popularity of solariums in recent decades. Are you considering building one at the moment? Like any addition, sunrooms are a great way to add space to the home, but as the name suggests, these sunrooms allows a lot of sunlight into the room and hence, call for many special considerations. Here are a few answers to questions that you might already be asking yourself as you continue your planning.

Solariums, known more generically as sunrooms, are additions built with glass roofs and walls to let as much natural light inside the home as possible, which can lead to various home functions. These include allowing for more idyllic dining areas, recreation or spa rooms, indoor gardens or nurseries for those with a green thumb, or simply scenic relaxation or meditation spot.

As an added benefit, natural light coming through the sunroom can cut down lighting energy consumption. Another big benefit may also include passive solar gain lowering one’s winter energy bills. Southern site orientation is the best way to take advantage of this “clean,” free solar energy and can supply more than half of some homes’ heating needs, provided a door or other thermal barrier is utilized at night; otherwise heat gain during the day may be lost more quickly.

30708008Since thermal transfer is also a big concern during the other seasonal extreme, energy efficient windows and double-pane, insulated, fixed glass must be used for building a sunroom to protect against summer heat absorption, using low-E coatings to reflect more of the sunlight and keep the rooms from getting excessively hot. Since without AC, this is often not enough, window coverings or thick mesh sunscreens are often recommended to keep the room even more comfortable. Following these guidelines, homeowners will have fewer problems with their heating and cooling arrangements for the solstice seasons.

Although there is a good amount of regional ebb and flow to just how much you may find for dollar-for-dollar return on your investment once you decide to sell your home, one thing is for certain, the sheltered contact with the outdoors that a well-built sunroom provides remains one of the very best ways for you to add more market interest to your home, especially in locations with cooler climates like we have here in New England.

May 12, 2014

The Quality of the Brady-Built Sunroom Product Is Clear As Glass

Filed under: Business News,Solarium,Sunrooms — marco @ 3:40 pm

Article shared from Softwood Forest Products Buyers Guide, May/June 2014

By Clare Adrian

Ever so casually, a passenger gazing out the window of a vehicle traveling along one of the three highways circling Auburn, MA, turns to her partner and blurts out, “Honey, we should add a sunroom to the house.” The inspiration for such an idea might arise any of up to six days a week during peak season from April through October, when flat bed trailers haul Brady-Built Sunrooms to their destined mooring for installation snug against a house prepared to receive it. It’s a sight to behold, the glass structure, delivered in one piece, held together by curving eaves and framing in solid Southern Yellow Pine wood that’s been laminated to create just the shape and style desired. kitchen_1

Besides observing the craftsmanship and production process, visitors of Brady-Built Sunrooms discover an efficient and environmentally-conscious operation. First off, the more than 100,000 board feet of lumber ordered annually comes from sawmills that work with tree farms in the Midwest and Southern States, known to replant and not take trees from the wild, to be eco-friendly in every way. The company recycles all sawdust so that none gets thrown out, selling it to companies who use it to manufacture other products or to paper mills. Brady-Built also changed over to using an eco-friendly glue formula, switched to energy efficient light bulbs throughout the factory to save energy, and on the road, combines trips, schedules projects in close proximity, and maintains vehicles in top running condition to limit gas consumption as much as possible.

The majority of customers that do succumb to the potential to enjoy an open view of nature from the comfort of their chosen locale in the New England area and beyond, are the empty nesters, followedby many double income childless couples, and thirdly, the commercial market. Conveniently juxtaposed at the nexus of highways 20, 90 and 290, Brady-Built is located two to three miles from several major cities and on the way to the far reaches of the market spread in the north from Portland, MN, south to Pennsylvania and New Jersey and west to New York State.

 “Usually we have 12 to 15 completed built-to-order rooms on site awaiting shipment,” said President and General Manager Marco Gabrielli. Larger rooms are shipped in two or more pieces and assembled on-site. Occasionally rooms are shipped in kit form for final assembly at the job site.

 

It’s not hard to be sold on the product. It wasn’t for company board member Kevin Kieler. Enthralled with the product after building a room for a Brady-Built board member and adding one on to his own house, he sold hisDSC00009 custom home construction business to join the company in 1998. He is one of the five board members that currently run the company. The succession originated with Peter Brady, who founded the company in 1977. Mario Gabrielli, who was running the manufacturing operations, bought the business and assets from Brady in 1999. When Gabrielli passed away in 2010, his son, Marco, succeeded him as president.

Brady-Built Sunrooms absorbed a steady stream of customers until the decline in the building market after 2006 and as of 2012 is seeing its growth pattern turnaround. “The company has experienced the disadvantages and advantages of going through the economic downturns in a time when others haven’t survived and have gone out of business,” Kieler remarked. “That we made it through is testimony to the quality of the product we build and to the determination of fantastic employees to make it work.”

That several employees continue on with the company, some up to 26 years, added Kieler, demonstrates their satisfaction with working conditions and their pride in being associated with the company. “We recognize each person’s talent, reward people for the good job well done, remember birthdays and anniversaries, have cookouts and parties and socialize as a company, take the entire company on fishing trips, have lots of perks other companies have done away with to increase the bottom line. Whereas, we think the best assets are the employees and want to keep them.” The number of employees fluctuates between 25 to 35 workers, depending on the time of year. Part of the team includes the sunroom designers who work directly with and liaison between the in-house engineers and architectural department.

Though the product is fully customized, they have several starting point sunroom style designs to offer clients. The original style that Peter Brady developed was the curved eaveSpring Postcard Photo style room, followed by the straight eave style, easily adaptable to the many New England Victorian homes, a more hip style and two story model of it, as well as the newest garden style and a branch into conservatories. Concurrently, the team works with the customer to blend the chosen design with the look of the house and individual tastes which can veer into unchartered territories, remarked Kieler. “Because of our reputation for unlimited customization capabilities we get wild and crazy jobs no one wants to do. Someone brings a picture and says, “Make it look like that,” or they have a look in mind that other companies they talked to can’t achieve—and we can.” Recent wood-framed glass enclosures include a record size one—32′ x 66’— built around a pool that other companies wouldn’t attempt, a three-story high enclosed staircase for exposure to sunlight when walking on the stairs, and a building off of a customer’s parent’s living room that became a mammoth exotic bird cage.

If a little partner persuading is needed or customers simply want a firsthand look at the manufacturing process, a company representative arranges a tour for them of the 25,000 square-foot facility where lumber is loaded in at one end of the long production room and finished product is stored at the other end, inside and out, in a 15,000-square-foot area dedicated to storage of completed rooms separate from the 5,000-square-feet of office space. Only No. 1 Select or Better Yellow Pine 2X4’s are used to build frames, which is, affirmed Kieler, “a very durable, terrific wood to laminate with. It’s also a strong wood, and when we laminate it into a beam it can take a tremendous amount of wind, snow load and abuse.” The Yellow Pine that arrives, pre-dried to 16 percent moisture content ideal for lamination, is moved within the facility using a 10-ton gantry crane that traverses the entire length of the building. A 5-ton fork truck with extended forks is used to move rooms and room parts inside and outside the factory. Once lumber is cut to the prescribed sizes, it’s processed through to lamination and beam construction, to assembly and finishing, unique to each job, said Kieler. “The sunroom is customized using impeccable carpentry skills unrivaled in the industry and we are the undisputed king of sunrooms in New England. Putting the components together becomes very specialized and customized with the all glass roof and each room is an individual creation. No two are alike, built with a beautiful signature woodwork finish, joinery, moulding and attention to detail.”

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May 5, 2014

Sunroom Semantics

Filed under: Business News,Solarium,Sunrooms,Tips — marco @ 4:33 pm

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Among those who prefer to have a more precise understanding of the terminology, and do not mind a bit to split hairs on the shades of meaning among synonyms, sunrooms can present a few variants that may leave you wanting to clarify your vision, or at least be able to refer most appropriately to those installations that you see as you are cruising through the neighborhoods.  The semantics of sunrooms are not as set in stone as many of the terms you will find in the architectural landscape, but if you take this opportunity to explore, new ideas may present that you had never really considered.   

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In discussing “sunrooms” specifically, one is generally referring to any of a variety of styles of rooms or porches or decks that are attached to the home or business, and enclosed with glass and windows designed to admit and retain the sun’s heat during colder times and reflect more away in hotter times.  Without the latter abilities, the enclosure is not much better than a standard greenhouse or a cold frame at controlling the internal climate and would not be suitable as a living space for much more than the shoulder seasons of the year.  “Greenhouses” are more typically freestanding and are often intended more for plants than for living space and are therefore unlikely to require the quality of materials one ought to use in the construction of a sunroom that is attached to the home.   

“Solariums,” however, are often envisioned as a more contemporary style of sunrooms with curving eaves along the exterior.  There are those, on the other hand, who prefer instead to divide sunrooms and solariums into separate groups altogether.  In this case, “solariums” would be those enclosures whose roofs are made of glass, whereas a “sunroom” would be those with solid roofs that may or may not include operational skylights.    

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While the curved-eave style of the more contemporary “solariums” is one style very popular, especially among commercial properties, there are a couple of other styles well worth mentioning here too.  The first of those is the “orangery” or “orangerie,” a particularly boxy style that combines the partial shade of a solid, flat roof around the edges of the structure with a more centrally positioned glass gable or peak, occasionally decorated with a row of iron fleurs-de-lis or more intricate roof patterns.  This post-Renaissance style is one that had originated among the more disgustingly opulent estates in Europe as a modified structure, intended to house tropical fruit trees like citrus and pineapple through the winter months, before the process of importing fruit became faster and more affordable.   

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Last but not least, while the orangery is a more distinctive style of construction, the Victorian-associated “conservatories” encompass a much wider range of less traditionally shaped enclosures.  This might refer to those rooms that have a footprint whose corner are not set at right angles, such as a more octagonal format or in a rectangle whose corners are clipped.  Modifications like these would then translate above into panels, glass or otherwise, that could no longer be rectangular either, potentially resulting in a roughly conical pattern of triangular cuts.  This concept could also extend potentially into the realm of those with more standard rectangular footprints, yet with roof styles other than flat or gabled, such as many hip roofs.   

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No matter how you slice it, sunrooms of any shape or style are intended bring in much more light than your traditional construction, warming your home and balancing your life by setting your internal clock by the sun, as nature had always intended.  If this is the time to begin discussing which style is best for your home, I can guide you in designing an addition that suits your home and your needs, retains the value of your investment and will provide comfort for years to come.

February 7, 2014

Can A Sunroom Actually Help Your Winter Health?

Filed under: Health,Solarium,Sunlight,Sunrooms,Tips — marco @ 11:13 am

 

Beating The Winter Blues

If you are affected by seasonal depression, you’re not alone. Millions of others who live in places with long winter nights are also at a high risk for Seasonal Affective Disorder.  To extrapolate from CNN’s estimate, around 5 percent of the population in the Northeast could be clinically diagnosed with SAD but as much as 20 percent could be affected to at least some lesser degree.

In trying to alleviate the issue, people have tried numerous solutions.  Nutrition-based solutions are among the most common, given that even neurological conditions relate back to diet in some way.  Of course, everyone’s body functions differently so that even the same problem could have a somewhat different cause in different people.  That means that no single treatment, whether natural or man-made, always works for everyone. 

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Many who have tried prescription anti-depressants find they numb the mind to a point where they perceive feeling better. However the risks involved in not being in full control of your mind can greatly outweigh the benefits. The herbal remedy St. John’s Wort has done very well for centuries for thousands of people affected by different forms of depression.

 More recent research turned up a newer remedy: a lesser known amino acid compound naturally synthesized in your body and mine, as it is in most mammals, named S-Adenosyl Methionine or SAM-e.  The concept is that the brain requires SAM-e, along with folic acid (B9), B6, and B12, to synthesize certain neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) that are linked to mood, including specifically dopamine and serotonin. Interestingly, mega-doses of folic acid (alone or combined with B6 and B12) have been successfully used to remedy depression as well.

Another popular remedy is a different amino acid called L-Phenylalanine. Basically, Phenylalanine is brought straight to the brain, converted into the amino acid Tyrosine and then directly converted into the neurotransmitter, dopamine. A Tyrosine supplement may be equally effective. Either way, these combat the type of feelings caused by a lack of dopamine which is a very low energy depression, with a complete lack of motivation.  You probably won’t have trouble sleeping, but you will have trouble getting going in the morning.

One easy way to tell whether one or the other of dopamine or serotonin might be your problem is to listen to your cravings.  If you are low serotonin, you would be craving carbs, dairy or even bananas as your shortcut to quick energy.  If you are low dopamine, then you tend to reach for stimulating foods such as coffee or chocolate.

Since the cholesterol in our skin produces vitamin D when one is exposed to enough sunlight, and since there are many fewer hours of sunlight in the wintertime, finding ways to raise your levels of vitamin D have long been indicated as a potential solution for seasonal depression. It is true that brain cells all have vitamin D receptors and there is some evidence that increasing your vitamin D might be another way to stimulate your brain to produce more dopamine.  A related link has been suggested between seasonal depression and the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil, especially since D is a fat soluble vitamin.

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Research and our current experience tells us that the best solution in this case is not fish oil but cod liver oil, which is much higher in natural vitamin D, but must be cold processed if you do not want the vitamin D to be deteriorated before you even purchase.  Nevertheless the big advantage of vitamin D is really its boost of protection against winter colds and long term health problems as well as being essential for your body to maintain strong and healthy teeth and bones.

This must have something to do with sunrooms, right?!  Well, it turns out that anywhere above 37 degrees N latitude, the sun’s angle in the sky is too low for at least part of the winter to generate that vitamin D effect in your skin.  This means that, sunroom or not, you will not necessarily be getting enough D in the wintertime. 

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However, where a sunroom CAN help is with seasonal affective disorder is with your brain’s pineal gland.  My what?  The pineal gland actually makes melatonin so that your body can fall asleep, a process controlled by the light-sensitive ganglion cells in your retinas.  This is how light controls your circadian rhythms, and if our daily functioning is not in tune with those rhythms, you are at a much higher risk for seasonal affective disorder.

In other words, if you are affected by SAD, you might have a higher light set point needed to shut down your pineal gland and trigger the “awake state” and your body would stay drowsy when the days are shorter.  This is reasonably enough to irritate and depress anyone.  A sunroom is the best spot in the home to soak in that morning blast of sunlight throughout the year, to switch off your pineal gland and keep your circadian rhythm on track. 

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Whatever your experience, Seasonal Affective Disorder can be a real and recurrent emotional challenge each winter for you or your loved one especially in homes without a sunroom, and with a lack of as much exercise due to the colder weather, until one has discovered which types of foods or nutrients can be used to best address these symptoms.

References:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/05/060501113832.htm 
“Melatonin Improves Mood In Winter Depression.”  May 2, 2006
http://blog.lef.org/2012/01/link-between-vitamin-d-depression.html 
Rodriguez-Paez, Maylin.  “Is There A Link Between Vitamin D And Depression?”  January, 2012.
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/76/5/1151S.full 
Bottiglieri, Teodoro.  “S-Adenosyl-l-methionine (SAMe): From the Bench To the Bedside—Molecular Basis of a Pleiotrophic Molecule1,2,3.”  2002
http://drwardbond.weebly.com/1/post/2013/05/depression-low-dopamine-not-low-serotonin.html 
Bond, Dr. Ward W.  “Depression: Low Dopamine, Not Serotonin.”  May 4, 2013

January 30, 2014

How To Finally Afford The Sunroom You Are Aching For!

Filed under: Business News,Solarium,Sunrooms,Tips — brady @ 10:42 am

 

Not Paying Up Front? How To Navigate the Muddy Waters Of the Financing World

If you are a homeowner considering investing in a sunroom addition or any other home improvement project and you have not saved up enough cash to pay outright, this message is for YOU.

Sunroom additions, like nearly any home improvement project, tend to require a healthy budget and of course we all know you can save a good chunk of money by avoiding borrowing altogether.  However, many that are considering this type of a project today – whether or not their income has been directly affected by the Fed’s policies regarding our money supply – are not entirely sure where the balance of payment for such a project will come from.  In response to this common uncertainty, many financing options exist that you should know about.

The source of financing that suits you best will depend on many factors, including how much your project will cost vs. how much cash you have on hand, the length of terms you are seeking, whether you will be doing other home improvement projects in the future, how much equity you have in your home and other questions of risk and collateral.  If you remain convinced that the personal return you will get in your quality of life by transforming your environment one step closer to your dream home will outweigh the purchase costs, below I will review some general and more specific DOs and DON’Ts that you ought to consider in rounding out your payment.

Of course in the land of lending there are no guarantees.  We at Brady-Built Sunrooms cannot promise that you will necessarily have success or good handling by any of these third parties.  However, it is important that you are aware that home improvement projects can come to life under a wider variety of circumstances than you might have thought. We wish you all the best in the pursuit of your remodeling dreams.

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 First of all, if it is even being offered, we would generally warn against getting financing from your contractor.  Some contractors even unwittingly negotiate shady deals from sub-prime lenders that are loaded with hidden costs and fees.  It is usually in your best interest to negotiate the project price with your contractor and then get financing on your own.

Then, unless you have nearly enough cash on hand to complete your project we would certainly not recommend paying with a credit card, since anything more than a few thousand dollars is rarely worth the high interestrates those companies charge. Although you will not pay any loan fees or closing costs on credit card transactions, you should use this option only if you can pay off the balance in under a year.

Your consideration might be an unsecured personal loan, in which you borrow money without using your home as collateral.  That means that if you fail to pay, your home is not at risk for foreclosure. Banks tend to offer unsecured personal loans for small sums of money, for example, under $10K and these are generally considered purely based on one’s income and ability to consistently repay.  Of course, beware of personal loans offered by non-bank lenders since many have exorbitant interest rates.

We have recently discovered that whether for kitchen or bathroom remodeling, or asunroom or a swimming pool, HFS Financial has been helping clients in all 50 states get unsecured remodeling loans.  At their website, YourProjectLoan.com, you can fill out their 60 Second Loan Application and one of their team members will contact you with information within 24 hours.  One big advantage here is that your credit will NOT be pulled so there is no impact on your credit score regardless of the decision.

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Next up is a home equity loan from a credit union or elsewhere, that uses your house as collateral, just like a primary mortgage. With a home equity loan, you borrow once against the equity you have already paid into your home, in other words, its current value less the amount of the existing mortgage.  This can be an especially good option for financing a one-time project, since the borrowed amount is fixed.  The interest rate is also fixed, which can be an advantage since today’s low interest rates are fairly likely to rise over the life of such a loan. One major plus with home equity loans used for home improvements is that the interest you pay back to the lender is typically tax deductible under both state and federal guidelines up to $1,000,000.  The down side is that, in most cases, you will have to pay a closing cost.  And, as with any loan secured by your home, you risk foreclosure if you cannot make the payments on top of your regular mortgage. A few local Massachusetts options currently advertising their home improvement lending programs are IC Federal Credit Union with branches in Fitchburg, Leominster, Ayer, Westminster; Spencer Savings Bank with branches in Spencer, Leicester, Rutland, Warren, Worcester; Metro Credit Union offering services to all Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Plymouth, Barnstable or Worcester county residents, and Salem Five.

Alternatively, you may decide to refinance your original mortgage for a larger amount while interest rates are low and home prices are rising.  You will simply get the difference back in cash and, as with a home equity loan, you will pay closing costs and fees.

If you are ambitiously planning to stack a sunroom alongside other home improvement projects instead, you might consider a home equity line of credit (HELOC), which, like a home equity loan, uses your home as collateral to guarantee payment.  The idea is that a HELOC allows you to vary the amount of your withdrawal over time up to a maximum point based upon the available equity in your home.  The other big difference is that the interest rate for a HELOC is usually variable, which means it can rise and fall along with the prime rate set by the Fed.  Like home equity loans though, the interest you pay on a HELOC is also tax-deductible.

If you do not have a lot of equity in the home, you can still apply to certain banks for Title 1 loans which use your home as collateral and pay interest and closing costs just like home equity loans and HELOCs, but the risk is insured by the federal government.  They are meant to help finance light-to-moderate rehab projects on either private homes or nonresidential buildings and the maximum loan amount for a single family home is $25,000.

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Regardless of whether you have reached the 59½ threshold for tax exempt withdrawals, most employer 401(k) plans allow you to borrow money to pay for home improvements.  It is usually worth checking since the rates are usually low, the term is generally five years and you don’t have to pay fees or qualify for a loan.  The biggest risk here is if you change jobs while carrying a remainder, you will have to pay back as much as possible in only 60 days or get hit with penalties and taxes on the balance.

For those not necessarily planning an immediate home improvement project but who have a good amount of free cash flow and who are looking for long term liquidity, there is also a concept know as Bank On Yourself.  This is a super-interesting twist on a few technical aspects of a whole life insurance policy that takes all the standard death and equity benefits and adds the ability to borrow tax-free once your equity builds up without ever losing the interest growing in the cash value of the policy, as you would in borrowing from the 401(k). 

Lower on the scale, Massachusetts has a Home Modification Loan Program that provides low- and moderate income residents no-interest loans to elders, adults and children with disabilities. Such home modifications allow individuals with disabilities to remain in their homes and continue to live independently in their communities. Any homeowner who has a disability or has a household member who has a disability, or rents to an individual with a disability may apply for this loan. Contact Susan Gillam at (617)-204-3739 or Susan.Gillam@MRC.state.ma.us if you believe a sunroom can help improve the life and health of a disabled family member.

Another low- and moderate-income option for residents of Massachusetts lies with Mass Housing, the state’s most affordable housing bank. They lend money at rates below the conventional market to support affordable rental and home ownership opportunities. Their Home Improvement Loan Program provides funds to make general, “non-luxury” improvements to your property, which include necessary home modifications.

Low income rural homeowners may receive Rural Development funds from the USDA at a 1% interest rate to make substantial home repairs, or to remove health and safety hazards.  The Home Repair Program also provides funds to improve accessibility for someone with disabilities.  Homeowners 62 and older are eligible for grants and low income families and individuals may also apply.  USDA regional offices: Western MA 413-585-1000, Central MA and the North Shore 508-829-4477, Southeastern MA, Cape and Islands 508-295-5151.

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October 15, 2013

Seven Alternative Sunroom Ideas

Filed under: Sunrooms — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Sunrooms by Brady @ 10:29 am

Alternative Sunroom IdeasThe best thing about adding a sunroom to your home is that you get to decide how you and the other residents of your home will to use the new room. Here are a few suggestions for alternative sunroom ideas that just might inspire you to create the ultimate perfect room.

Kitchen. If you have to spend any significant amount of time in your kitchen, whether you’re preparing meals for yourself or a crowd, why not create a combination kitchen-sunroom area? This way, you can reap the benefits of all that natural light, and grow fresh herbs for cooking right there in your windows.

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August 13, 2013

Hidden Health Benefits to Owning a Sunroom

Filed under: Sunrooms — Tags: , , — Sunrooms by Brady @ 10:53 am

Hidden Health Benefits to Owning a SunroomWe all know that spending time in the sun can be beneficial to your health, but most people aren’t too sure of the specifics. One thing is for sure – having your very own sunroom makes it easy for you to get more sun all year round. Here are a few of our favorite advantages of being a sunroom owner and enthusiast.

4. Vitamin D. Sunlight is the major source of vitamin D-producing Ultraviolet B radiation, which has a wide range of positive health effects, including possibly inhibiting the growth of some cancers. Although long-term sunlight exposure is known to be associated with various health risks, that certainly doesn’t mean that you should avoid it completely! Find a good balance for your sunlight exposure that does not leave you sunburned. Vitamin D supplements aren’t quite a perfect substitute; as the human body has natural mechanisms that would prevent overdoses of vitamin D generated internally from sunlight, but these mechanisms would not be able to handle the supplements. (more…)

April 19, 2013

What to Consider When Planning for a New Sunroom

Filed under: Sunrooms — Tags: , , , — Sunrooms by Brady @ 9:31 am

Picture 050Getting a new sunroom is exciting! Sunrooms are very easy to enjoy all year round, no matter the season or weather. Many options are available, from installing an entirely new separate sunroom as an addition to remodeling an existing room into a paradise made of windows. Take some time to consider the sunroom that you truly want and you will end up enjoying it much more in your everyday life. (more…)

March 6, 2013

Preparing Your Sunroom for Spring

Filed under: Sunrooms — Tags: , , , , , , , — Sunrooms by Brady @ 10:53 am

Sunroom in the sunDaylight Saving Time begins on Sunday! As many of you already know, the rules of Daylight Saving Time are “Spring Forward, Fall Back,” helping everyone remember that in the spring, you should turn your clocks forward.  This means we’ll gain an hour of sunlight at the end of each day. Sunroom owners everywhere will be rejoicing! That is, everywhere except Arizona and Hawaii – they don’t observe Daylight Saving Time, and so nothing will change for them.

In New England, the sun has been setting between five and six pm each night. Sunroom owners who work during the day have barely been able to appreciate their sunrooms at all during the winter. As we launch into spring with the clock change, these poor sunroom owners may be able to catch some rays if they rush right home right after the end of the traditional workday. (more…)

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