How the Cold Weather Impacts Our Lives and Homes


This winter of 2013-2014 seems to be much more severe than previous winters. Is this a systemic reality we will have to live with? Lets hope not!

A couple of things to keep in mind when thinking about controlling the cost of heat while maintaining a good comfort level. The cost of heating commodities seems to be always increasing, therefore, it is very important to make sure your house is properly insulated, caulked, weather stripped and of course have properly installed windows and exterior doors. With tax returns coming our way, maybe new windows and doors are a good option this year. Don’t forget its not only about controlling heat loss but also to enjoy a certain comfort level in a room with no drafts! Another way to save money is to invest in a high efficiency unit to replace your 15-20 year old furnace and/or hot water heater.

I know most of us have been shoveling snow and laying down salt. Lets think about how to clean off the corrosive salt residue off siding, woodwork and masonry. The best option is to use clean water and a stiff brush (non wire type). Because of the cheaper price for common rock salt, it is commonly used on your steps, walkways and driveways. Salt is very corrosive, especially on your exterior finishes, such as, masonry. I recommend once all the snow and ice melts away and hoses are thawed, wash down the lower section of the house close to the drive and walkways where the salts were used. Plain water and a stiff bush should be all you need. On masonry, you may need to do this more than once. I do not suggest using a power washer because it can be damaging. There are other products for removing salt residue, mold and etc.,  but always completely read the manufacture’s instruction before using any of these products to make sure they are right for you and your home. Always think about personal safety and home protection when using any cleaning products!

Don’t forget to clean out your gutters and clear the downspouts before the spring rains start. (Always think safety when using a ladder or going on a roof!  A second hand is useful here.)

Don’t forget a ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure!

These services are offered by Gosser Construction Company

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Written by – Mike Gosser

Do It Yourself with “A LITTLE HELP”


written by: Mike Gosser

As a premier remodeling contractor, I have been building for over 35 years on the North Shore. And from this experience my company, Gosser Construction, offers,  like so many other remodeling companies, a design/ build service. In case you don’t know what a design/build service is let me explain, but first I want to mention one other service I offer that most other companies don’t. This third service,  “A LITTLE HELP,” is an unique way to let the homeowner do the work with professional supervision and guidance. I offer this option because not only do I understand affordability but I enjoy helping others and teaching the trade.

When you are thinking of building a room addition, putting in a new kitchen and/or bath, there are usually a few different ways you can approach your project.

Option 1. Hire an architect to develop drawings, put the project out to bid and  hope the bids come near your scheduled budget (can be risky).

Option 2. Hire a construction company to design your project with budgeting being reviewed as part of the developmental process to ensure you stay within your budget. This is what design/build is called. Regardless which option you choose, you should at the end of the day own your plans. One other important side note, you don’t always need to pay for or even develop plans for all of your projects, which is very common for kitchens, bathrooms and almost always repairs.

Option 3. I offer and like this third option the most,  “A LITTLE HELP.” This may be a good option or fit for the right do-it -yourselfers.  Listed below is a brief summary on how this option works. This can be a very minimalist involvement from the homeowner depending on how much input you need or want!

1. We will propose, a preset hourly rate for a field experienced supervisor, that has a minimal of ten years field experience in Residential Remodeling.

2. We offer at a predetermined price to design, along with all necessary notes to develop drawings. Most repairs and many remodeling operations don’t even need any design work. Sometimes a detail explanation of notes are sufficient.

3. Once the design is complete and the scope of the project is understood and documented, a schedule is developed. This will also indicate hours that the supervisor will need to help you complete your project as documented.

4. Along will field supervision and instructions, we will show you how to you calculate your materials, purchase or rent tools, and how to use them correctly. As well as help with material selections, selecting sub-contractors, if needed, and even help oversee their contracts. Note- We do have very reputable list of sub-contractors that we have used and have depended on for decades. They are all very professional and courteous.

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