Best ROI on Home Improvement Projects

From Northshore Fireplace

Home is where the heart is, but sometimes it’s also where a homeowner’s savings plan comes into account. Homeowners may have a long wish list of home renovations and projects, and sometimes the work is never done. While return on investment (ROI) may not be the biggest consideration in a homeowner’s mind when deciding which projects make it to the top of the list, knowing which projects see the highest returns may be helpful in the decision-making process.

It IS a fireplace shop.  And besides those actually living in the space, who notices the windows, especially when the house is sold during a Summer House Sale!

I always have to remind myself that thinking about a “bottom five” ranking on a short list is silly.  If the list was 25 items, then the bottom five might well be ones to avoid. No matter how large or small the list someone is always at the bottom and arguing that windows at 77% are not good ROI is a little strange.

So the infographic is fun and informative; however, make your own decisions.

 

HomeOwnerROI

Design Exercise Into Everything for Everyone

We are often asked at Walker Engineering why we are working to design exercise back into so many aspects of a daily routine.  This week, research indicated the following:

This news story is based on research that followed 34,000 American women over 13 years to see whether there was an association between the degree of weight gain normally associated with age and how much exercise the women did. The researchers estimate that women need to do at least an hour of exercise a day to prevent putting on weight.

To read more about the study we recommend skipping the normal press outlets and reading a more complete article at the NHS in UK.  I have attached the article below in the event it moves or becomes difficult to find.  Read the actual article and pursue the links on the NHS website.

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More Robots – The Big Picture

Taken at the Georgia Institute of Technology C...
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http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/08/more_robots.html

Scientists, students and corporations continue their work around the world in the field of robotics, persistently improving and redefining their capabilities, interfaces and roles in society. Unmanned vehicles fly above war zones, telerobotics give humans a broader virtual presence and humanoid robots gain more parity with humans, refining their movements and responses. Collected here are a handful of recent photographs of robotics in use around the world.

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