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Energy-Efficient Features Every Home Should Have

EnergyWhen buying, building or remodeling a home, there are many aspects to consider besides the number of bedrooms or the color of the interior walls.  In fact, homeowners are spending more money on energy-efficient features rather than on high-end, decorative finishes. 

An energy-efficient home is an investment worth making, as it truly will save you money for years to come.  At Fischer Lumber, our knowledgeable staff will help you find energy-efficient ways to make your living space environmentally friendly and economically sustainable.

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Home Projects for Empty Nesters

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As a parent, sending your child off to college can be a bittersweet experience. However, it does not have to be more bitter than sweet. While being an empty nester may seem sad and lonely, try to think about all the time you will have to take on the home projects you’ve always wanted to do. Whether it is a man cave or a home office, you can finally tackle your growing list of DIY projects. Are you in need of some inspiration to get you started? Here is a list of DIY home improvement projects:

  • Fix up your garage. Over the years, your garage has served as the one-stop-shop for your family’s sports equipment, toys, winter coats, boots and more. Now that your children have moved out, it is the ideal time to deep clean your garage and sort through everything that has been stacked and stuffed away. Donate the items that you no longer need, such as your son’s hockey equipment or your daughter’s tennis rackets. Then, organize the items you wish to keep. Install shelving so that you can store everything efficiently, rather than cluttering your garage floor. Now, you will actually have enough space to utilize your two-car garage, and your spouse and you can both park your vehicles inside. 

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Fischer Lumber Co. Sponsors 8th Annual Edwardsville Turkey Trot 5K

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Fischer Lumber Co. is a proud sponsor of the 8th Annual Edwardsville Turkey Trot 5K. The Turkey Trot is scheduled for Thanksgiving Day morning, Thurs., Nov. 23. This year, the 5K will be held on the SIUE campus and there will be no race cap. The Kids’ Fun Run will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the 5K will begin at 8:40 a.m.

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Money-Saving Alternatives to Consider When Renovating your Bathroom

the-interior-of-the-repair-interior-design-159045.jpgIs renovating your home’s bathroom the next project on your list? Before you hire a contractor or begin ripping up tile by yourself, take some time to carefully plan out your design to ensure that it is feasible with your budget. These tips will prevent you from tossing money down the drain during your bathroom remodel:

  • Do not move your plumbing. Before you decide to relocate your shower or tub, consider the cost associated with new piping. Ask any interior designer or plumber, and they will tell you that moving your plumbing fixtures is a costly task. Avoid the mess and the stress, and keep your plumbing system where it is. It can save you thousands of dollars that can be utilized elsewhere in your home or saved for a family vacation, your children’s college education or a new vehicle. 

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Insulate for the Impending Icy Weather

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While it may not feel like it now, winter is looming just around the corner. It is the time that many of us look forward to as it brings family events, holidays and cheer. It is also the time that many of us fear because of increased utility bills, cold drafts and bone-chilling temperatures. Fortunately, we can help you prevent a great deal of that fear, and let you worry about what is important this winter season!

One of the easiest and most effective ways to ensure your home is warm and cozy this winter is updating your insulation. At Fischer Lumber, we offer AttiCat Blown-in Insulation. This service will greatly improve your winter experience. There are numerous benefits to the blown-in insulation method.

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Curb Appeal Tips for the Fall Season

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‘Tis the season of bonfires, festivals, football games and pumpkin patches. Fall has arrived, along with all of its fun festivities. Chances are you have decked out the interior of your home with all of your favorite fall décor. From pumpkins and gourds to apple pie scented candles, your home is a cozy and inviting as ever. Why not give your exterior a makeover as well? With these curb appeal tips, you will fall in love with the outside of your home all over again:

  • Deck Out Your Front Door. Your front door is the focal point of your home. You want your entrance to be welcoming to your guests and trick-or-treaters. A fresh coat of paint can give your front door a whole new look. Beige, orange, red, brown, there are so many warm, inviting fall colors to choose from. Pair your new paint job with a fall foliage wreath for that extra touch.

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Five Signs That It’s Time for New Windows

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If you find yourself putting on gym gear before opening or closing your windows, it might be time to consider replacement. New windows weigh much less and boast considerably easier opening methods – even automatic in some cases. With new windows, you will not need a crowbar or the strength of seven body builders to open your windows.

2. Driving Drafts

If there is a breeze running through your living room while your windows are “closed,” it may be time for new windows. New windows are double paned and made to keep the elements out without blocking your view of the outdoors. You should have the freedom to choose when to allow the elements in and when to keep them out. It is time to regain control over the internal climate of your home.

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Fischer Lumber Co. Steps Up as a Sponsor of the 2017 Edwardsville Art Fair

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Fischer Lumber Co. has signed on as a sponsor of the 2017 Edwardsville Art Fair. The family-owned lumberyard's sponsorship will be supporting the popular face painting event on Sunday, Sept. 24.

The 2017 Edwardsville Art Fair takes place Fri., Sept. 22 through Sun., Sept. 24 and will be held downtown in the beautiful City Park. Art connoisseurs and amateurs alike can enjoy the featured original artwork of over 100 accomplished artists and indulge in local food and drink.

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