The simplest and least-expensive way to refresh and rejuvenate your home is to repaint it. There is nothing like a fresh coat of paint to make the house stand out from the others in the neighborhood. No matter how often you power wash your bright-white trim it still looks a little dingy and cannot stand up to a fresh coat of paint. If you’re ready to trudge down to the paint store to pick up that same-old, same-old exterior paint color for your repainting job, why not rethink those colors and instead be a little bold and innovative and go for a brand-new house color. Why not let your home reflect a little of your own personality? If you’re cautious and just a little timid about this undertaking, why not consult with a house painting contractor in Essex County, New Jersey to see if he has pointers on paint colors to assist you? Who knows you might even let him take over that big painting project and leave yourself with a little R&R instead! Continue reading
Even a cold-weather state can have its share of sweltering Summer days. The air conditioner must work overtime sometimes during the Dog Days of Summer and the energy bills border on astronomical. If you want to give your A/C and your wallet a break, it seems the only way to cool off is to jump into a pool, or go to a movie theatre or spend the day at the mall.
Most people are aware that there are ways to keep the house cooler in the Summer besides just running the air conditioning continually. The use of blinds on the inside windows helps keep the hot sun from infiltrating the inside of the house through the window panes. Outside shutters may be closed and even planting large shade trees will help. The use of light-colored roofing materials instead of dark-colored, or abandoning asphalt shingles in favor of light-colored natural stone, will quickly stop the roof from drawing the heat like a magnet to your rooftop and is beneficial to keeping your house several degrees cooler as well. After all, you shuck off all your dark-colored duds and reach for those white and tropical colors during the warm-weather days, so your house should follow the same principle. All the methods for thwarting the heat mentioned above are examples of passive cooling. Continue reading
Back in the day, when Victorian homes were all the rage, though they were all lined up in a row, they never looked like cookie-cutter images of one another. Sure, the architecture looked alike sometimes, but the unusual combination of colors is what made the striking difference in the neighborhood.
Anyone can slap some siding on their home and call it done. It is less maintenance for you and the home looks colorful and tidy, that is, until the siding eventually starts to fade or a sudden hailstorm pits it, necessitating replacement. Besides, most people have siding – there is nothing extraordinary about it anymore. Continue reading
In a cold-weather state there is nothing like that first warm day when you run outside to uncover the deck furniture and the barbecue. You waited many long months to stretch out on that chaise lounge and contemplate life from your perch on the deck. (It’s also a great place to survey all the yard work which soon must be done.)
Owning a home comes with its share of joys and miseries. Some of the miseries include the maintenance on the interior and exterior of the home, not to mention keeping the landscaping, driveways and sidewalks in tip-top shape. If you have a pool, that’s more maintenance.
Unless you have a faux wood deck, such as the Trex brand (Trex Company, Inc.), you have another annual job – maintaining and preserving your wooden deck. A Trek maintenance-free deck, constructed of 95% manmade materials, requires just a routine soap-and-water cleanup, and obviates the need for this annual painstaking, and often messy chore, but, its somewhat slippery surface, can be dangerous for slip and falls, and there are many homeowners, who are purists who desire only a real wooden deck due to its rustic good looks. Continue reading
If you’ve been considering the addition of a deck to your home, there are plenty of options to choose from. Not so long ago, all decks were wooden, and, if you had a few able-bodied male family members, friends or neighbors, they all pitched in and took turns at one another’s homes erecting a wooden deck over a long weekend.
Today’s decks have gone far beyond the simple wooden deck of yesteryear. Below is a description of some of the types of materials that are now used to build backyard decks as well as some of the most-common types of decks. You might be surprised to find out that some decks are not even attached to the home, but, instead become a featured attraction in the backyard landscaping. The decks these days are not the simple DIY projects anymore, but instead would involve hiring a contractor experienced in exterior remodeling to get the project done from the blueprints to the finished product.
A deck is a valuable asset in your life. Not only can a beautifully made deck create a focal point in your backyard and increase the return on investment down the road, but, it will give you a much-needed outlet to increase the value of your leisure time as well. Decks have come a long way in recent years. The decks of yesteryear were merely a small wooden platform surrounded by a railing where two webbed chairs, a patio table and a couple of tiki torches sufficed every evening for summertime outdoor living. These days, decks are much more elaborate, come in a host of materials, as well as designs, and may or may not, even be attached to your home. Continue reading