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What Makes a Smart House?

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The term 'Smart House' has changed throughout the years, remember The Jetsons? In reality, a smart house is one that provides appliances, entertainment and security systems that are capable of communicating with one another and can be on a set schedule or be controlled when you aren't physically in the house. Most homes do not have these appliances and systems built into them, which gives the home or business owner full access to customize as they please. Smart House Systems These smart systems are just a few that have been taking the smart house market by storm. These devices are made to assist with playing music, recording your favorite show, turn lights on and off, or even helping you make phone calls without even pushing a button. Recently, Amazon's Alexa…
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Step by Step Guide to Hiring the Right Contractor

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Looking for a contractor for your next project can be very overwhelming. From finding the right type of contractor to comparing prices. A few things you can do before you start your search for a contractor is set expectations and a budget for the project. This way, it can be easier when you are meeting with people to figure out who will be the best fit for the job. Some questions you may consider: What is the budget for this project? What is a reasonable timeline? Do I have all the information about the project? When you have answered these questions, it's safe to say you are ready to begin your search for a contractor.   Do Your Research  Start by looking at websites and reviews. If you notice a…
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5 Easy Steps for an Eco-friendly Workplace

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It can be very overwhelming and time-consuming trying to keep track of your day to day waste - from how much water your building is using, to your electricity usage. The best way to break old habits is to create new ones! Here are some tips on how to get started and sustain an eco-friendly workplace. 1.) Reduce or eliminate your paper usage: This may seem like an obvious one, but even a few sheets of paper a day can add up. If just one person in the office is using 3 sheets a day, in a month’s time that adds up to 93 sheets of paper. A great way to encourage a shift in overuse of paper habits is to encourage your staff to use email or an instant…
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Easy Cleaning Tips you Should do More than You Think

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It’s easy to forget about the simple things around your home or office. From the doormats to the ceilings, sometimes we need a gentle reminder of what to clean, how often and the best way to clean! Here are some simple cleaning tips to make sure you are getting the job done!   Doormat Cleaning Tips Shake them, wash them, and swat them with a broom. Give them the toughest cleaning they can take. They’re your front line against tracked-in dirt—so keep them clean enough to function at peak efficiency.   Clean the Carpets Fabrics that have absorbed a winter’s worth of dirt, body oil, and germs will need a deep cleaning to get them ready for another year of wear—and for that close inspection by your relaxing clients or…
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6 Ways to Prepare your Home for Spring

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It's hard to think about warm weather in negative degree weather, but thinking about how to prepare your home for spring will come sooner than you think! 1.) Check the Gutters: Check for loose or leaky gutters. Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear and free of debris. 2.) Use Compacted Soil: Low areas in the yard or next to the foundation should be filled with compacted soil. Spring rains can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage. Also, when water pools in these low areas in summer, it creates a breeding ground for insects. 3.) Inspect the Concrete: Inspect concrete slabs for signs of cracks or movement. All exterior…
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How to Keep your Plumbing Pipes from Freezing in the Winter

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Winterizing your home or office is important, and you need to prepare for the sub-zero temperatures. Ideally, you should winterize your plumbing pipes in the fall. But if you forgot and all of a sudden you’re in a deep freeze, there’s still time to prevent a disaster. Here’s a few tips to keep your pipes from bursting.   Wrap Your Plumbing Pipes If your plumbing pipes are near freezing, wrapping them with warm towels might do the trick. You can also pour boiling water on top of the wrapped pipes to help loosen ice inside the pipes and get them running again.   Drip Water from your Faucets If the temperature has dropped to 30 degrees or below, turning on your faucets can keep water moving through the pipes and…
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2017: Albrite Building Year in Review

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As another year comes to an end, we wanted to take a moment to wish you a Happy New Year filled with peace and prosperity! 2017 was a fantastic year at Albrite Building and we look forward to working with you in 2018. Last year was an exciting year for Albrite Building. We had a new website developed that showcases some of our general contracting and construction projects. We created a YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram page to stay in touch with our followers. We expanded our crew and moved to a new location this past spring. Our new office is located in Executive Place 1 at 777 Oakmont Lane, Suite 50 in Westmont, Illinois.   2017 Remodeling Projects Near Completion Albrite Building is in the process of finalizing a…
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Christmas Cookie Ideas from Albrite Building

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This holiday season, get in the spirit with a cookie exchange or invite a friend or two over to bake your favorite Christmas cookies. Inviting friends over for a cookie exchange is a great way to gather loved ones and mingle over your favorite holiday treats. Your guests bring their own cookie recipes and baked goods to exchange. We have a few cookie recipes below you can share with friends or family. The staff at Albrite Building wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! [one_half padding="0 20px 0 0"] Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies INGREDIENTS • 1 tube sugar cookie dough • 1/2 cup softened butter • 2 cups powdered sugar • 1 tsp. vanilla extract • 2 tbsp. heavy cream • Green food coloring • 1/2 tsp.…
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Safety Tips for Office Holiday Decorating

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It’s been shown that decorating your office during the holidays puts your employees and customers in a better mood. Office holiday decorating with lights, a Christmas tree and wreaths, can add to the holiday spirit. However, if the lights are not used properly, they can create a safety hazard or even cause a fire. Lights for Your Office Holiday Decorating Follow these safety tips for your office holiday decorating to ensure the lights and decorations are installed correctly: Your holiday lights should be approved by Underwriters Laboratory. "UL" will be marked on the tag. It signifies the lights were inspected for potential safety hazards. If you are decorating the inside of your office, look for lights that have a red UL mark. This indicates the lights are safe for indoor…
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Burr Ridge Townhome Remodeling

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Albrite Building is thrilled to share with you a recent Burr Ridge townhome remodeling project we completed last month. Townhome Remodeling This beautiful townhome remodeling project was completed in just 3 weeks. As you enter the townhome, the entire first floor was painted in a creamy beige. The foyer, hallway, laundry room and kitchen were all retiled with light beige 12” x 24” ceramic tiles to complement the walls and white molding. New LED light fixtures were added to the kitchen and foyer. The hallway, dining room, family room and two upstairs bedrooms hardwood floors were refinished with a deeper, darker color. The difference between factory prefinished oak flooring and refinished oak flooring is that the knots and veins in the wood are a bit more distinct in the sanded…
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