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10 Step Attic Insulation and By-Pass Sealing Process

26 Nov 2012 | Tags :attic, cold, cost savings, insulation, remodeling, Winter

If you are concerned about keeping your home warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer and spend less money in accomplishing both, it might be time to consider looking in your attic.  Many consumers and less-sophisticated contractors have made the mistak


What a New Year Brings...

It's a snowy day out today.  My fireplace is toasty warm and the view out my window across the farmer's fields in my back yard is really picturesque.  I need to remember to slow down once in a while and take a moment to enjoy these simple things.  I try t


Ice Dam Causes & Cures

  Ice dams can form on any type of building structure; from unheated sheds, to any style of home, to large "flat" roof commercial buildings.  The phenomenon occurs on a snowy or icy roof, when a higher area on the roof is warmer than a lower area in freez


10 Tips to Winterize Your Home

1.  Change your furnace filter - If a furnace filter is doing its job, it collects all sorts of dust and particles.  Over time the filter becomes filled with these particulates which reduces its ability to clean the air and decreases the furnace performan


New Murphy Bros. Newsletter

Interested in what is happening at Murphy Bros.?  The fall newsletter was mailed to our client base last week and now is available online.  Feel free to take a look:  Fall '09 Newsletter


Radiant Heating 102: Types of Installation

"Wet" floor installation Methods Cables or tubing are embedded within a solid floor, either in a thick concrete foundation slab (commonly used in "slab" ranch houses that don't have basements) or a thin layer of concrete, gypsum, or other material install


Radiant Heating 101

Many of our clients are looking for inexpensive ways to add value to their remodel with an extra, finishing touch.  The focus of this 2 part entry is on radiant floor heating - an add-on that can make a great room even greater! Radiant Heating 101 In gen


Cold MN Days: Condensation on inside of windows???

27 Jan 2009 | Tags :cold, FAQ, home improvement, remodeling, windows, Winter

We recently installed some new Low E, Argon windows for a client (a second project for them), which increased the energy efficiency of the home. The homeowner emailed asking about condensation on the windows on our cold Minnesota days. I thought I might p


Great Winter Projects: Attic Remodel

 A finished attic is a great project to undertake in the winter time. Transforming unused space into cozy bedrooms, a playroom and adding an additional bathroom will add value to your home if it is done with thoughtful design, careful planning and quality


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