Buttoning Up the Farmhouse Exterior | Farmhouse in Fairfield (E2)

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In Fairfield County, Chris checks in on the progress that’s been made at the Farmhouse. He tours the outside of the house with Jerry to see what’s been done, and Jerry explains his vision for what’s to come.

At the front of the house, a large sliding door is being installed to maximize the great room’s view of the Long Island Sound. Chris helps Eddy install the door, and then moves up to the roof to see the progress there. There are two roofing materials being installed – asphalt shingles on the main part of the house, and a metal roof above the barn portion.

Chris watches the roofing panels get crimped on site and installed, completing the metal side of the roof.


About the Idea House Build Series:

Join This Old House Pro2Pro Editor Chris Ermides as we chronicle the build of the 2020 Idea Houses in two new video series, Idea House Build: Cottage on the Cape and Idea House Build: Farmhouse in Fairfield County. Follow along as we document everything from breaking ground to the

Self Build Mortgage Conversions Rise by 144%

Self build mortgage completions have grown by 144% compared to the same period in 2019, new research shows. 

Saffron Building Society says the growing interest in its self build mortgages is from a mix of first-time buyers, those converting homes, and those working on large, multi-plot projects. 

The building society believes that with the housing market prone to fluctuations, which has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, self build’s popularity could rise further. 

Colin Field, CEO of Saffron Building Society, commented: “We are delighted to see that the interest in self build mortgages is on the increase. With the fluctuations in the market, it is a really feasible option for first-time buyers as a complete build will face too many financial changes – not just material cost.” 

The completions rise recorded between April-May this year was 144% higher than the same period last year. A spokesperson for Saffron Building Society said that it would expect an upturn at this time of year, but these figures indicate that increased self build activity could continue throughout the year.

A self build project can save between 10-20% on the price of a new home, according to the National Custom and Self Build

Inside Mzoli’s Residence

Prices, promotions, types, and availability might differ. The judicial evaluate calls for the Home Workplace to set the registration payment at £372 – which covers administrative prices – and introduce a waiver for these kids who can not afford it and for youngsters in council care. Flash estimates from the City Redevelopment Authority (URA) on Monday showed that personal residence prices rose for the fourth straight quarter, up three.4 per cent within the second quarter after a three.9 per cent improve within the first quarter. As a homeowner, she is fearful a big property tax hike is in retailer.

Homeowners and landlords often want each buildings (in fact, it’s often a condition of your mortgage agreement) and contents insurance coverage. Also, in case you’re insured with Coverage Professional and go away your house unoccupied for 15 days or extra during November till the end of March, you will not be totally lined except you’ve set the heating at a steady min temperature of 14°C or have switched off your gasoline and water supplies on the mains.

A lot of this, of course, has to do with regional markets, and comes as provincial measures in Ontario and British Columbia, meant to …

The Best Pest Control in Houston

Houston homeowners have a lot to deal with when it comes to pests. The hot, humid environment makes the city a breeding ground for mosquitoes, roaches, and more. Luckily, Houstonians have access to some of the best pest control companies in the country.

Orkin, Terminix, and Rentokil each have many decades of experience, highly trained specialists, and regional expertise. With commercial grade products, equipment, and expertise, pest control specialists from these three companies can tackle your common household pests as well as termites and bed bugs.

To get a quote from Orkin, call 877-871-4752, or fill out this form. If you’d like a quote from Terminix, you can reach them at 866-569-4035, or at this form. Rentokil’s divisions Presto-X and J.C. Ehrlich operate in Houston. You can reach them both at 844-334-1157.

Why You Should Hire Professional Pest Control in Houston

Houston is a hot spot for many common pests, including roaches, spiders, ticks, and especially mosquitoes—some of which carry severe illnesses. Trying to tackle pest control on your own might not be worth it. Professionals can get the job done quickly and efficiently.

For proper pest control, you’d need to correctly and safely identify the type of

TruGreen vs Lawn Doctor – This Old House

Searching for the right lawn care company for your needs can be overwhelming. There are many options across the country, but they don’t all offer the same plans and quality of service. TruGreen and Lawn Doctor’s reputations may precede them, but do you know everything you need to know about them?

This Old House Reviews team has created a comprehensive review comparing TruGreen and Lawn Doctor on important metrics like availability and services offered. Ultimately, This Old House Reviews Team recommends TruGreen for its greater number of comprehensive lawn care programs and its commitment to customer service. To get a free quote from TruGreen, call 888-535-3193 or fill out this easy form. If you’d like a free quote from Lawn Doctor, call 844-238-4612.

TruGreen vs Lawn Doctor Overview

TruGreen and Lawn Doctor have both been around for decades, building their reputations across the country over many years.

TruGreen has five different annual plans, a much greater variety than its competitors. The lawn care company also offers an array of a la carte services so that you can customize your plan. Its TruSignature℠ Lawn Care Plan even covers care for trees and shrubs.

TruGreen stands out because it is

Bulwark Exterminating Review – This Old House

If you’re facing a pest infestation and need some professional help, it’s a good idea to reach out to a reputable pest control company. There are many to choose from, but they aren’t all the same in terms of services, costs, and trustworthiness. This Old House Reviews Team has created this Bulwark Exterminating Review to help you find out if it can solve your pest needs.

Bulwark Exterminating is regionally focused, serving only 12 states. The company offers a generous 60-day guarantee compared to most companies’ 30 day guarantees, and an anti-”no show” policy.

Pros and Cons

60-day guaranteeOnly available in 12 states
Anti-“no show” policyWebsite lacks details
Many positive reviewsNo bed bug service
Chat bot limits interaction and isn’t as convenient as a live chat


Unlike our top recommended pest control companies, Bulwark Exterminating has a vague website that isn’t very easy to follow. It wasn’t possible to find a clear picture of Bulwark Exterminating’s approach—if the company uses integrated pest management, the pests included under its general pest control plan, etc. By calling Bulwark Exterminating, we found out that the general pest control plan covers these pests:

  • Ants
  • Spiders
  • Scorpions