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
If you want to increase your home’s value it is not always just about “keeping up with the Joneses” but enhancing the exterior of your home. Sometimes, even though your home’s exterior is in perfect shape, and the landscaping is superb, there is always that something extra that can be added for improved curb appeal and increased value to your home.
A trending word these days is “repurposing” – taking what you already have and making it into something better. Remodeling your home is akin to repurposing it, only you don’t turn it into another object, just a better version of the prior home … think of it as upgrading.
Sometimes the smallest addition makes the biggest impact. For example, a new, beautiful wood front door with an ornate stained glass inset could “make” the front of your home. Likewise, plopping a porch pot with a bounty of seasonal flowers near a two-seater bench by that front door will most definitely lend ambiance to your home. A rocking chair on the porch adds a touch of hominess and says “welcome friends” that sometimes supersedes any type of remodeling efforts. Continue reading