Archive for February, 2013

Entering Home Entries

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Nothing is more disheartening than a beautiful home with a shabby, worn entry leading up to the front door. Many homeowners are unaware that with only minimal effort, a battered entryway can be transformed into a grand one. If you have a concrete walk or driveway leading to your home, choosing to add a brick border can sometimes be an amazing choice. To accentuate the driveway or walkway, stain or paint your porch a light color and paint your front door the same color as the walk–ask me to send you some pictures of work we’ve done on homes on Bainbridge Island.

Curb Appeal

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

If you want your house to look good fast–a quick, easy makeover will do the job. Clean the front of your home thoroughly and replace anything even remotely dated. Stain or paint the porch, and when touching up on your house paint, make sure you choose two strong, contrasting colors. If your home is deprived of shade or trees, purchase the largest tree available and have it professionally installed. Other simple, cost effective improvements many people are choosing nowadays are sod and hardscaping. If your lawn is choked with weeds, re-sodding makes a big impact with a little effort. Mulched or graveled walkways through the garden, or leading from the porch to the driveway immediately give a property a refined, new look. I have seen the smallest changes make the biggest difference for many Bainbridge Island homes.

How to Clean up your Mudroom

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Do you have a mudroom you just despise walking through? It doesn’t have to be that way. More and more people are choosing to remodel their mudrooms. During cold, rainy winter days, mudrooms often resemble a pigsty. Shoes litter the floor, coats fall off their pegs and the smell of dampness reaches everywhere. The best way to go about organizing your mudroom is by building cubbies, shoe racks or a storage bench. A sink is an important edition to help in avoiding tracking mud into the house. A good design will make all the difference and the cost can be much lower than you might expect if we plan and budget together.

Increasing the Value of your Home

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Home improvement is not only for your own enjoyment; it’s money security. You can increase the value of your home substantially with simple upgrades such as a bathroom remodel or adding/converting extra space into a family room or a den. Long days are stressful; many people look forwards to spending their evening soaking in a hot bath. Why not add a bathtub? Regardless of plummeting home values, even a small home improvement can increase the resale value of a home, and many homeowners across the country are deciding to take this first step towards a better longterm financial future. I have worked with Bainbridge Island homeowners on hundreds of painting and remodeling projects ranging from minor to major. When it came time for them to sell, the effort we put in for them paid off.

Staying Green while your Money Recedes

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

As global warming ensues Bainbridge Islanders like their counterparts the world over find themselves wanting to do their part to conserve energy. However, many do not know how to go about doing so. A growing percentage of my Bainbridge Island painting and remodeling customers are investing in the Ryobi Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer. This useful tool assists them in measuring surface temperatures and identifying regions where their homes are missing insulation or getting damaged by air leaks. An air leak will typically account for around 30% of an average energy bill. Just taking this step alone is one of the greatest steps you can take to improve your home and significantly cut the costs of your monthly bill. We’ve spent some time this winter helping customers around Bainbridge Island replace insulation and save themselves money.

Working with a Contractor you Trust

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Many-a-time, I get calls from frightened customers who’ve had negative experiences with a contractor. It is crucial to hire a contractor who’s work you respect, but one you trust and are familiar with. For business to be a pleasant experience, the client, as well as the contractor must feel heard and respected. Not only does this put both parties at ease, but a trusted contractor is an efficient contractor. You can go about finding someone you trust by interviewing them as you might interview a job applicant, an employee or your daughter’s suitor. Do not be shy to ask questions.You can get a sense of somebody through a phone call, but oftentimes the best way to find the right contractor for you is to meet in person.

A Bathroom Remodeling Tip

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

In the many bathroom remodels I’ve undertaken on Bainbridge Island, there have arisen numerous conversations and even debates about just how important bathroom lighting can be. There are people who only consider aesthetics and forget about functionality.
In the case of having two sinks side by side, It is an absolute necessity to have two lights–a light over each sink. One center light simply will not do, since you will be able only to see one side of your face whilst shaving, grooming or applying makeup making for some very curious grooming outcomes.