What a great time of the year it is! It’s hard not to have a smile on your face with the warm weather, vibrant colors blossoming all around and the promise of new life from plants and animals alike. I often think our lives follow patterns like the seasons. Through the winter months we gather ideas and
information for projects that we would like to undertake, in the spring we emulate new life around us by starting new projects and by summer we settle in on what we’ve accomplished, kick up our feet and enjoy a nice summer dinner on our new screen in porch.
Even though we see it everyday, one of the most neglected part of our homes can be the outside. It’s easy to miss things that may need to be fixed, because they seldom happen immediately. You may not have noticed, but your roof may need to be replaced or repaired due to age. If you have wood siding or trim, you know that if it’s not maintained frequently it will rot over time. If you have wood siding and are tired of painting, consider going to vinyl. Having a maintenance free exterior can be a wonderful thing. After a harsh winter, the caulking around windows, doors and vents needs to be checked for cracking. This simple maintenance can save you from costly energy loss during the hot upcoming summer months. Replacement windows are always a good investment. New windows not only look good, but they will save you money on energy bills, decrease maintenance on your home, and they have an approximate 80% return on investment.
Even little inexpensive projects can make a huge difference. Sometimes having the exterior of the home pressure washed can make your home “pop” again. Would you ever consider painting the front door lime green? Using an unexpected color can make you smile each time you pull up to your home.
Recently I saw a home that had white siding, black shutters and a lime green front door. I loved it! I would have never thought to use that color for a front door. Have you ever considered a front porch to keep the sun and rain off the front door? What about modifying your existing front porch with new handrails or columns?
Many products on the market today are designed to be maintenance free. In today’s economy, many people we talk to tell us that a high quality, maintenance free product is extremely important to them.
There are many improvements, large and small, that can add appeal to your home and fix maintenance issues all in one project.
We at Stephens Remodeling want to be your go to remodeler. Lloyd will be glad to come out and talk with you about your ideas for this spring. He can also go over any concerns that you may have, answer any questions, and make recommendations if you’re not quite certain what you need to take care of on your home this season. Whatever project you may dreamt up over the winter, I know our personal staff of skilled carpenters and commitment to total quality and satisfaction will ensure that your spring projects are just what you had in mind.
The other day I accidentally started my spring cleaning. I know there are still a couple of months before spring arrives (or so the calendar says), but I started thinking, “Do I really want to spend my spring, inside cleaning the house?” Now that the holidays are over and another month of winter is gone, it is time to start thinking about spring projects you may have put off last year or decided upon just recently.
Now is a great time to take the first steps towards starting you renovation projects. Do you need extra space before your children get out of school for the summer? If so, you may consider adding a bonus room or converting your attic. Do you have so much stuff piled up in your garage that you can’t walk through it? A small storage shed or nice detached garage can compliment a home wonderfully and being able to pull your car into your garage for the first time in years is a great feeling. Kitchens are always great projects that benefit the entire family and updating your master bathroom can provide a great get-away at the end of a long stressful day.
In tune with getting ready for the seasons, Stephens Remodeling recently contracted with a home owner in York County to add a safe room to his home. The home owner was concerned about potential harm that could be done to his family during a hurricane. When this room is complete the exterior walls and ceiling will have superior insulation and strength with six inches thick of concrete with rebar running horizontally and vertically. After contacting several contractors Stephens Remodeling was the only remodeler that had the expertise and knowledge to complete a project of this scope. The building method used for this addition will give this family a feeling of safety and security that conventional building will not.
Lloyd Stephens, President of Stephens Remodeling, continues to further his education in new building practices by earning certifications in Aging In-Place, Graduate Remodeler and Green Remodeler. No matter what projects you have lined up for 2012, we hope that you let Stephens Remodeling make them a reality for you.