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INDIA: A LAND OF UNIQUE CULTURES

American Housing understands that there are many diverse cultures that make up America today. These different cultures are one of the reasons why America is so unique, and so great, in today’s world.

As new a home builder and remodeler, we have had the pleasure of working with many people from some of the different and wonderful cultures from around the world that now make up the Tampa Bay area, including families of Indian descent. Through our experience of working with people of India’s Indian heritage, we have learned that India is a very colorful country, and like us, they have a unique integration of many ethnic groups displaying a variety of distinct cultures and religions.

We have learned that the people of India speak many different languages, dress differently, follow different religions, and eat different foods, but are basically of the same spirit. So when there is a celebration, they don’t celebrate alone. The entire neighborhood or community is involved in bringing merriment to the occasion. Likewise, in times of sorrow, neighbors and friends play an important part in sharing a family’s grief.

In working with the many wonderful people of Indian descent, we have learned that family plays a very important role in the Indian culture. From an early age, children are continually reminded of their place in society and taught to respect and honor their elders. It is a system in which extended family members, including parents, children, spouses and their offspring often live together, with the eldest male member of a household being the head of the family and making all of the important family decisions.

Like many countries around the world, India has certain traditions that have become a part of its folklore. For instance, it is said the simple act of utensils falling on the floor may foretell the coming of guests. And you know what that means. Company! And, oh yes, it is also said that a sparrow building a nest in, or near, a new home is an omen for good fortune. We will have to look in to this one.

Another interesting thing we learned about is the Indian belief in the Doctrine of Karma. This Doctrine preaches that every person should behave justly towards others because every act or deed will one day come back in full circle. Karma, what goes around comes around.

It is fun to learn about other cultures and traditions. We were told by one family of Indian descent that they compare their culture to a garden of flowers with many of shades and colors that lends harmony and beauty to their garden.  They said they read it somewhere and just loved how it expressed their feelings. Very Nice.

We, at American Housing, appreciate the many diverse cultures and respect all of the many different customs and traditions. As builders and remodelers, we realize that we may have to modify our designs in creating the perfect home and work closely with our customers to achieve this goal. Whether we are building you a new home, adding on a room addition, or remodeling your existing home, we will listen to your concerns and requests regarding the design and building of your project.

For more information on us and our homes, go to the “Contact Us” page of our website, or simply call us at 727-546-6611.

GREEN BUILDING ISN’T JUST FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION ANYMORE!

Remodelers are already incorporating many green practices into their projects, such as energy efficient windows, “Energy Star” appliances, low flow plumbing fixtures and designs that minimize lumber and material waste. American Housing Remodeling, Inc. realizes this and knows the importance of green construction practices. That is why when designing our remodeling projects,  energy efficiency, including water and resource conservation, sustainable or recycled products, and indoor air quality considerations are incorporated into the process of adding a room addition on to a home.

“Green” conscience homeowners can appreciate the fact that they are doing something good for the environment and their family.

Some “Energy Saving” ideas that can be incorporate into a home are:

Compact Fluorescent Lighting: One of the easiest things you can do is to change your light bulbs. It’s best to switch out incandescent bulbs with CFLs in areas that are lit for extended periods of time, typically two hours or longer.

Programmable Thermostats : Install a programmable thermostat to set your heating and cooling equipment to automatically turn on or off to match your schedule and create a comfortable and energy-efficient living environment.

Ceiling Fans: Ceiling fans and dehumidifiers use less energy than air conditioners and can help to make the home comfortable during the warm months.

ENERGY STAR® appliances: When buying or replacing appliances, choose energy-efficient models. Federal ENERGY STAR-rated appliances are designed to use 10%-50% less energy than standard appliances and save an average of 30% over standard models.

Front-loading clothes washers : Front-loading clothes washers use less water, less energy, and less detergent. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, front-loading washing machines can use about 40 percent less water and 50 percent less energy than conventional washers.

Insulation: These days, you have a choice of insulation materials. You may be interested in environmentally-friendly materials such as energy-efficient spray foam insulation.

Right-Sized HVAC Equipment: When you decide to remodel, it’s a great time to evaluate your home’s heating and cooling equipment. Selecting more efficient, correctly sized heating and cooling equipment will save money. Remember that bigger does not always mean better. For the most efficient system, you really want your HVAC system to meet your needs, not surpass them.

High Performance Low-E Windows: Consider replacing single-pane windows with high performance double pane insulated Low-E windows. The Low-E coating is a microscopically thin, virtually invisible, metal or metallic oxide layer deposited on the window glazing surface primarily to reduce the U-factor by suppressing radiative heat flow


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