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Homeowner Benefits? - These are the potential benefits that a typical homeowner will realize by following the tips or by installing the home-related products that are discussed in this column.
Conservatories are attractive, many kits are easy to build
Update Bulletin Description - Buyer's guide of 14 manufacturers of conservatories and a supplier for easy to follow plans and instructions to build a Victorian style conservatory, styles available, frame materials, glazing options, features, factors to consider when building a conservatory, recommended conservatory plants and tips, illustrations of typical conservatory designs.
Homeowner Benefits: Very attractive living space, solar heat gain in winter, grow plants in winter.
436 - Dry firewood
quickly in solar Virginian dryer/mini-greenhouse
Update Bulletin Description - Do-it-yourself instructions and materials list for making a two-door Virginian wood dryer/mini-greenhouse, firewood selector guide listing low/medium/high heat content wood types, wood heat evaluation worksheets to determine if wood heating is cost effective for your home, and safe wood burning tips.
Homeowner Benefits: Season firewood quickly, start plants early in spring, inexpensive to build
623 - Many designs
of do-it-yourself greenhouse kits are easy to build
Update Bulletin Description - Buyer's guide of 17 do-it-yourself greenhouse kit manufacturers listing, styles (freestanding, lean-to, gazebo, circular), frame materials, warranties, features, covering/glazing materials, descriptions of glazing/coverings and the advantages of each type, illustrations and prices for several models, suggestions on choosing a site for your greenhouse, tips on installation.
Homeowner Benefits:Grow plants year-round, healthy natural foods, help heat home.
Super-efficient bow and bay windows add openess to any room
Update Bulletin Description - Buyer's guide of 12 manufacturers of the most efficient bay, bow, angle and curved window kits, styles (casement, double-hung, picture, angle, etc.), frame materials, frame colors available, glass options, decorative glass options, warranties, features, tips for installing bay and bow windows; manufacturers of bay and bow roofs and kits.
Homeowner Benefits: Low-cost alternative to sunroom, add openness to room
724 - New patio and
screened room kits can be used year-round
Update Bulletin Description - Buyer's guide of the 12 best patio room/screen porch kit manufacturers describing the roof/wall design details, window/door designs and options, glass options, special features, material construction details and illustrations of wall and window panels.
Homeowner Benefits: Low-cost additional living space, no insects, easy do-it-yourself project
769 - Build an
inexpensive efficient sunroom/greenhouse yourself
Update Bulletin Description - Do-it-yourself instructions, diagrams, and materials list for building an inexpensive sunroom/greenhouse and an A-frame portable cold frame, chart showing thermal storage capacity for several different materials, growth characteristics for 13 greenhouse vegetable/herb plants.
Homeowner Benefits:Low-cost sunroom addition, use to help lower heating bills
992 - New sunrooms
are bright, energy efficient, inexpensive living space
Update Bulletin Description - Buyer's guide of 12 efficient sunroom/kit manufacturers listing designs (curved eave, straight eave, conservatory), frame materials, glazing options, ventilation options, shading systems, features and passive solar heat producing tips. Diagram and helpful suggestions on how to turn your sunroom into a heat-producing space to reduce overall heating bills.
Homeowner Benefits: Low-cost additional year-round living space, do-it-yourself project, start plants