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Top 10 Home Addition Ideas, Plus their Costs: PV Solar Power Systems, In-ground Swimming Pools, Dormers, Kitchen Extensions & More!

By | February 15th, 2018|Design, Going Solar, Home Additions, Remodeling Ideas|

Are you in the process of planning a home addition or major remodeling project for your home? If so, it’s imperative to know ahead of time just how much a new addition or a particular remodeling upgrade will cost and what value/property appreciation it will contribute to your home. By RNB Design Group Here is a list of the top 10 ideas/inspirations to make your home feel newer and more comfy by adding space and amenities that you and your family are sure to love! šŸ™‚ […]

Top 20 Big Ticket Home Improvement Ideas and Their Costs in 2017

By | February 23rd, 2017|Architecture, Decks and Porches, Design, Energy Efficient Homes, Going Solar, Green Living, Home Additions, Home Improvement Costs, Remodeling Ideas|

Spring is just around the corner, which means that now is the perfect time to start planning to tackle your next major home improvement project! šŸ˜‰ With that being said, here the top 20 big ticket home improvement ideas, plus their costs including materials and professional installation. 1. Building a Garage: Detached vs. Attached There is one important consideration to take into the account: building an attached vs. a detached garage. All things being equal a detached garage will cost more to build vs. an attached one. If you opt for a detached garage, expect to pay between $25,000 and $40,000 for labor and materials. But, on top of that, you may also have to plan additional expenses for plumbing, electrical wiring, and heating, if you want to use the garage for more than just storage purposes. The average cost to build a detached garage is $40 per sq. ft. […]

Top 15 Solar Powered Home Designs, Plus their Costs, and Pros and Cons – Solar Power Ideas

By | December 16th, 2016|Design, Energy Efficient Homes, Going Solar|

Fossil fuel belongs to the past. The third millennium is, or at least can be, focused on alternative energy sources. PV solar power is one of the cheapest and most popular renewable energy sources for homes. Thanks to dramatic reductions in the cost of solar energy on a per watt basis over the last several years, the number of homes outfitted with PV solar panels has increased almost exponentially, especially in parts of the country that enjoy longer sun hour days, such as southern California. Below are just some of the reasons why you may want to consider getting a solar power system for your home: you can greatly reduce or even eliminate your energy bills entirely protect yourself against potentially-increasing energy prices increase property value protect the environment stay off the grid Solar Power System Installation Costs: In terms, of anticipated expenses, PV solar panel cost per watt have decreased from about $8 to $10 range in 2010 to about $4 per watt today. The average solar energy system size in the U.S is approximately 5 kilowatts (kW). Based on the average price of $3.57/watt, a 5kW system would cost $12,500 after tax credits. Below are some average quotes for other, differently-sized solar energy systems by size: 6kW solar energy system cost: $15,000 8kW solar energy system cost: $20,000 10kW solar energy system cost: $25,000 Now, let’s have a look at the top 15 solar powered homes in the US: Gibsonia, Pennsylvania Residence Image via Solar WorldĀ USA This house has an impressive size and would not be suitable for urban settings. It belongs in the middle of nature surrounded by vegetation. 56 x 275W mono solar panels were installed on the rooftop in Ā June, 2014. The system provides a total power of 15.4 kW and has SMA America inverters. Ā  The roof was sturdy enough to hold so many panels and the entireĀ job was done with aesthetics in mind. The house is built of wood and combinesĀ rough straight lines with round curves. There are plenty of windows and a screened porch to make the connection between the inside and the outdoors. The house was built on a small hill thus having uneven heights. Cannon Beach, Oregon Residence Image via Inhabitat If you are looking for a design that says “these people are off the grid,” you have just found it. You don’t see this everywhere. This design screams uniqueness and it makes you think about those people who enjoy life in the middle of the woods. The curved roof didn’t pose any problems during the installation of the solar panels. The house was built with sustainable materials such as FSC certified wood, fly-ash, and reclaimed timbers. It even has a green roof that provides additional insulation, fire resistance and rainwater absorption. The grass is not very visible from this angle, but you can slightly see some plants on the top roof. The heating system relies on the 5.9kW power of the PV panels, and so does the electrical system of the house. […]