Storm Shelters & Safe Rooms: What To Expect In Terms Of Construction And Cost


One of the coolest products that was being shown at the Fall Atlanta Home Show was a safe room. Safe rooms seem to be getting more press these days because of advances in their design and also because the weather here in the U.S. has been quite severe in recent years. The safe room we saw at the show is manufactured by Safe Space Storm Shelters. It was one of only 2 products in that category at the Atlanta Home Show -- which was surprising. This is a market segment that is growing in … [Read more...]

How To Build Safe Rooms: Here’s What You Need To Know If You’re Thinking Of Building A Safe Room

tornado image by ccarlstead on flickr

Severe weather has been on the rise and it made me think about what options a homeowner has regarding safe rooms, a.k.a. storm shelters. As you are probably aware, it's not necessarily the wind that will harm you. It's the debris that the wind picks up and hurls perilously through the air that you have to watch out for. That's why it's a smart move to build a safe room either during the construction of your new home or have one built into your existing home -- especially if you live in … [Read more...]

Facts You Should Know About Home Lightning Protection

Everyone knows how devastating a lightning strike can be. Protecting your home from a powerful lightning strike could save your life, the lives of your family members, your home, its' contents and electrical components that keep it up and running. How do you prevent a lightning strike on your home? The answer is..."you can't prevent a lightning strike", but you can certainly nullify or minimize the damaging effects of a lightning strike by having a lightning protection system … [Read more...]

Know Your Egress Codes Before Finishing Your Basement


Basement egress window wells were the latest feature, amongst many others, that we saw in place in some very attractive homes in Brown's Park near downtown Marietta, GA. It seems to be rare to find new homes these days built with fully enclosed basements with stairs from inside of the house to be the only way to enter/exit the basement. Basement egress window wells are, by far, probably the most boring feature of these homes but a necessity, nonetheless. I'll be posting an article, or two, … [Read more...]