Master Builder Tips to Keep Energy Costs Down Sponsored: Tips to Keep Energy Costs Down
A key component of energy efficiency is proper maintenance. Even if you can’t afford to make energy upgrades to your home, the following suggestions will help you lower your energy bills.

Heating is one of our biggest energy expenses.
Master Builder Is Your Garage Making You Sick? Sponsored: Is Your Garage Making You Sick?
Short answer: If you have an attached garage, the answer could be yes. As convenient as attached garages are, there is mounting evidence that they can be responsible for negatively affecting indoor air quality.
Master Builder Grow Your Garden in the Shade Sponsored: Grow Your Garden in the Shade
It’s rare that a garden or yard is fully engulfed in sunshine. But if you have shady areas in your yard where nothing seems to grow, you don’t have to give up those dreams for color, drama and vibrant blossoms. There is a suprising variety of plants that actually thrive in the shade.
Master Builder Home Repairs You Can't Afford to Ignore Sponsored: Home Repairs You Can't Afford to Ignore
When it comes to home repairs, it’s important to weigh short-term savings against long term value, because cheaper is not always better in the long run. Acting quickly when you notice problems is the smartest way to reduce home repair costs.
Master Builder Summer Cookout Caution! Sponsored: Summer Cookout Caution!
There are few things we cherish more than being able to get outside and enjoy the summer season with a great barbecue. But combining explosive fuels with food, hot metals, and large groups of people can be a recipe for disaster if you ignore important safety rules.
Master Builder The Truth About Brick Homes Sponsored: The Truth About Brick Homes
Brick has been a popular building material for centuries and for good reason. It is energy efficient and relatively maintenance free, but many first-time brick home owners are unfamiliar with the signs that their brick home is in need of repair or maintenance. Here are a few things to watch for.
Master Builder 5 Home Maintenance Tips for Summer Sponsored: 5 Home Maintenance Tips for Summer
Nothing says summer like a big “to-do” list. With longer days and warmer temperatures, summer is the perfect time to take stock of your home’s condition and make any (hopefully minor) repairs and upgrades. But there’s no need to spend your entire summer with a tool in hand.
Master Builder Keeping Your Older Home Cool Sponsored: Keeping Your Older Home Cool
In most cases, older homes are poorly insulated. Energy codes have gone through much iteration over the years, helping to make homes more energy efficient. A well-insulated home holds in warmth during cold weather and keeps out the heat on hot days.
Master Builder The Language of Color Sponsored: The Language of Color
Color should be rewarding both visually and emotionally. The right shades can make rooms appear larger or smaller and even subtle tones can add warmth or create a soothing feel. Instead of worrying about which colors are trending, utilize colors you love; colors that make you feel happy or relaxed.
Master Builder 3 Ways to Reduce Your Energy Costs Sponsored: 3 Ways to Reduce Your Energy Costs
The Puget Sound area’s mild, maritime climate makes this an ideal spot for drastically lowering home power consumption. According to a recent study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the average energy bill for a typical single-family American home is approximately $2,200 per year.