ADDITIONS

GARAGE CONSTRUCTION

There are many things to take into consideration once you’ve decided to add a garage to your house. Do you go with an attached or a detached garage? Should you opt for an oversized garage to allow for extra storage, or stick to a more conventionally sized structure? The answer depends on your particular situation, and at McDonough Construction LLC in Lakeland, FL we’re happy to evaluate the best solution for you.

AT YOUR SERVICE

Our staff consists of trained professionals who are eager to work with you and cater to your needs. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction and will go the extra mile to build a garage that will benefit you most. We base your needs off of several criteria, including:

  • The shape of your parking lot or driveway
  • The primary use of your new garage
  • The layout of your home or building
  • Your timing and budget

At McDonough Construction LLC, we’re here to help you navigate your options for a new garage. Call today for more information or to schedule an estimate.

HOME CONTRACTOR

If you’ve decided it’s time to make some home improvements, McDonough Construction in Lakeland, FL, is the company to hire. Our skilled craftsmen have the tools and experience to remodel or renovate any area in your home. We can also provide assistance with any projects you’re planning so that you get the results you want.

CHANGE IS GOOD

Making home improvements or renovating a space that needs to be updated can make your home a special place for you. We can make that happen, and we’ll meet or exceed your expectations.

At McDonough Construction, we’re thoroughly committed to completing all projects at a competitive price for our customers in Lakeland, Polk County, and any of the surrounding areas. We take pride in our high level of service, and we want you to be completely satisfied with our work. Get in touch with us so that we can talk about all of your home improvement needs.

MASONRY CONTRACTOR

Specializing in stone and masonry, McDonough Construction LLC has built a reputation for excellence from the ground up. At McDonough Construction LLC, we combine modern construction technology with traditional methods to provide quality masonry work in Lakeland, FL. One of the oldest forms of construction, masonry has been hailed for the elegance and style it lends to a variety of projects, including:

  • Decks
  • Walkways
  • Fireplaces

YOUR SATISFACTION IS OUR OBJECTIVE

At McDonough Construction LLC, we work hard to exceed our customers’ expectations. No matter the scope of the job at hand, we promise to approach it with precision and care. And we pledge to make your upcoming project as cost-effective as possible, all the while giving you the attention to detail our Lakeland, FL customers have come to expect.

Whether you’re interested in having masonry work done to beautify your home, increase its resale value, or both, we can help. For more information or to schedule an estimate and design consultation, call McDonough Construction LLC today.

OUTDOOR KITCHENS

These days, more and more Lakeland, FL homeowners are retrofitting their properties with outdoor kitchens to take advantage of two wonderful things: good food and good weather. So if you’re looking to capitalize on this trend, call on McDonough Construction LLC. We can help you upgrade from a lonely grill to a more complete kitchen setting.

COOK UNDER THE STARS

Imagine having all of the appliances and tools you need right in your very own outdoor setting. With an outdoor kitchen from McDonough Construction LLC, you’ll be able to cook, fry, and sauté your way to a gourmet meal, all the while breathing fresh air and taking in your outdoor surroundings. Best of all, by adding an outdoor kitchen, you’ll be improving your home and increasing its value.

An outdoor kitchen from McDonough Construction LLC is a great way to add some extra fun to those times when you want to relax with your family and friends without being stuck inside. Give us a call today to learn more about your options or to schedule an estimate.

GARAGE CONSTRUCTION

There are many things to take into consideration once you’ve decided to add a garage to your house. Do you go with an attached or a detached garage? Should you opt for an oversized garage to allow for extra storage, or stick to a more conventionally sized structure? The answer depends on your particular situation, and at McDonough Construction LLC in Lakeland, FL we’re happy to evaluate the best solution for you.

AT YOUR SERVICE

Our staff consists of trained professionals who are eager to work with you and cater to your needs. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction and will go the extra mile to build a garage that will benefit you most. We base your needs off of several criteria, including:

  • The shape of your parking lot or driveway
  • The primary use of your new garage
  • The layout of your home or building
  • Your timing and budget

At McDonough Construction LLC, we’re here to help you navigate your options for a new garage. Call today for more information or to schedule an estimate.

HOME CONTRACTOR

If you’ve decided it’s time to make some home improvements, McDonough Construction in Lakeland, FL, is the company to hire. Our skilled craftsmen have the tools and experience to remodel or renovate any area in your home. We can also provide assistance with any projects you’re planning so that you get the results you want.

CHANGE IS GOOD

Making home improvements or renovating a space that needs to be updated can make your home a special place for you. We can make that happen, and we’ll meet or exceed your expectations.

At McDonough Construction, we’re thoroughly committed to completing all projects at a competitive price for our customers in Lakeland, Polk County, and any of the surrounding areas. We take pride in our high level of service, and we want you to be completely satisfied with our work. Get in touch with us so that we can talk about all of your home improvement needs.

MASONRY CONTRACTOR

Specializing in stone and masonry, McDonough Construction LLC has built a reputation for excellence from the ground up. At McDonough Construction LLC, we combine modern construction technology with traditional methods to provide quality masonry work in Lakeland, FL. One of the oldest forms of construction, masonry has been hailed for the elegance and style it lends to a variety of projects, including:

  • Decks
  • Walkways
  • Fireplaces

YOUR SATISFACTION IS OUR OBJECTIVE

At McDonough Construction LLC, we work hard to exceed our customers’ expectations. No matter the scope of the job at hand, we promise to approach it with precision and care. And we pledge to make your upcoming project as cost-effective as possible, all the while giving you the attention to detail our Lakeland, FL customers have come to expect.

Whether you’re interested in having masonry work done to beautify your home, increase its resale value, or both, we can help. For more information or to schedule an estimate and design consultation, call McDonough Construction LLC today.

OUTDOOR KITCHENS

These days, more and more Lakeland, FL homeowners are retrofitting their properties with outdoor kitchens to take advantage of two wonderful things: good food and good weather. So if you’re looking to capitalize on this trend, call on McDonough Construction LLC. We can help you upgrade from a lonely grill to a more complete kitchen setting.

COOK UNDER THE STARS

Imagine having all of the appliances and tools you need right in your very own outdoor setting. With an outdoor kitchen from McDonough Construction LLC, you’ll be able to cook, fry, and sauté your way to a gourmet meal, all the while breathing fresh air and taking in your outdoor surroundings. Best of all, by adding an outdoor kitchen, you’ll be improving your home and increasing its value.

An outdoor kitchen from McDonough Construction LLC is a great way to add some extra fun to those times when you want to relax with your family and friends without being stuck inside. Give us a call today to learn more about your options or to schedule an estimate.

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Top 5 Best Home Improvements You’ll Ever Make

Are you thinking about selling your home or you just want to make some upgrades that are going to increase the value of your home? A lot of time making upgrades is all about personal style and need. However, the last thing you want to do is depreciate the value of your home. Sometimes that garage turned music room seems like a great idea but is it what buyers want? Well here are our top 5 best home improvements that you will ever make to your home.

A New Deck

Family cookouts, outdoor entertaining, and sunbathing as far as the eye can see. Buyers LOVE decks because they add additional space to the home for entertaining and living. A new deck will provide a solid return on investment. According to Remodeling Magazine, the upgrade will have an estimated 75% ROI. Plus, if you’re not looking to sell this is a great addition for you and your family to enjoy!

The Basement

Not many houses in Florida have a basement, however, if you fly south for the winter and you are thinking about making this your permanent destination. Your winter home will sell much faster and for a lot more money with a finished basement. Fixing up the basement will add a whole new level of living space to your house and get you over 70% ROI, higher than a rehabbed kitchen or bathroom.

Front Door

They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but that go for houses. Front door replacements have a high ROI, with 91.1% for steel doors and 82.3% for fiberglass doors. It’s crazy how much a front door can really add value and curb appeal to a house.

Attic Insulation

This isn’t the prettiest or most fun but it can add value to your home. Installing new insulation will score the highest ROI for your home: 116.9% return. Turns out buyers love a more energy efficient home! Even if you don’t sell right away or decide not to sell, new insulation will save you money in the long run, so it’s a win-win situation.

Plant a Tree

Not only is planting a tree incredibly cheap but it is also a good investment. A mature tree can add $1,000- $10,000 to the value of your home, according to the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers. Who knew money can literally grow on trees?

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10 Tricks to Make Your Living Room Look Expensive

The living room is typically viewed as the most important room in the house, next to the kitchen of course. It’s the place where life happens, hence the name. So wouldn’t you want it to look like it jumped out of a magazine? However, once you realize that magazine living room costs a few thousand dollars that dream of a luxurious living slowly starts slipping away. Don’t worry, we are here to tell you that you can have that luxurious living room but not for the luxury price.

Create a Layered Concept

Lighting is one of the most important concepts in a space, and one that is often overlooked. You want to have a variety of light sources to add depth to the room. However, you don’t have to empty your wallet to go glam on lighting. Trying hitting up Goodwill for lamp bases and Target or Walmart for lampshades.

You could also hang a great pendant light in place of a traditional table lamp. Another cheap trick that won’t require any labor is to try plug-in sconces. Placing these next to furniture arrangements can be an affordable way to update a space without bearing the cost of rewiring a wall. Adding dimmer switches is another way to make a room feel expensive, this lets you adjust the lighting so the space feels warm and cozy.

Invest in Textiles

One of the easiest and best ways to dress up a room is with great pillows, but they can be so expensive. An easy way to cut costs is to hit up Hobby Lobby or Michaels where you can ofter find beautiful scraps for a discount. Then find a friend, family member, or co-worker to sew you a pillow. This will get you pillows that would easily cost you $100 or more for around $30.

Make Sure Your Curtains Hit the Floor

A good window treatment can add instant luxe factor to a room. However, you never want to buy draperies that are too short. Make sure to measure the window before you head to the store. You could also make your own with sheer, lightweight cotton fabric.

Invest in Large-Scale Art

An oversized, attention-grabbing piece of art can both spark conversation and upgrade your living space. However, you will want to resist getting an anonymous landscape from Bed, Bath, and Beyond. The best art has personal significance. Check out secondhand shops and estate sales for pieces with a backstory. If you’re on a budget, get creative and DIY your way to a masterpiece.

Incorporate texture

Design experts recommend incorporating a variety of woods, glass, metals, and woven materials to create a look that’s collected, not matchy. If you are on a budget, get a faux-fur blanket or sheepskin throw on your couch, jazz up leather chairs with fun pillows in chunky knit cases, or incorporate brass accents on a wooden coffee table.

Roll Out a Large Rug

Small rugs dwarf your rooms. Opt for a larger, less expensive rug over a smaller, expensive one especially if you have kids and pets, both of which can wreak havoc on wool rugs. When your room feels bigger due to the larger rug, it will feel more expensive. Also, just because it looks luxurious doesn’t mean it can’t be durable. Jute rugs are a great option, and can often be found at discount home furnishing stores. They offer great texture and an earthy feel.

Use Metallics

A little heavy metal never hurt anyone. A metallic desk clock, pedestal table, or decorative accent can instantly add wattage to a room and up your fancy quotient. Adding a little bit of glitz and glam can really add wow factor.

Replace or Add Moldings

One of the easiest ways to make a home feel more expensive and luxurious is to improve its interior architecture. If you have narrow baseboards and molding, replacing them with something thicker to achieve a more elegant look. It doesn’t cost much to add applied moldings to any wall to create more charm and character. If the idea of cutting into walls and baseboards makes you uneasy, it is probably best to hire a pro.

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How Much Does Radiant Floor Heating Cost?

In Florida, we normally don’t think about heating our house very often since the temperature outside normally resembles the surface of the sun. However, during those few winter days and those moments when your feet touch a cold tile floor after a warm shower, you will probably be wishing your floor was heated. So how much does radiant floor heating cost and will it save you money?

To start off there are two different type of flooring: electric and hydronic radiant floor heating.

Electric Radiant Floor Heating

This type of floor heating the come in mats of electric cables that are installed below your flooring of choice. If you are thinking DIY you’re way to warm floors you can find these mats at hardware stores and online vendors around $5 to $11per square foot. Plus since this floor heating is rather easy to install especially if you are already doing a renovation. This would be a relatively affordable luxury. However, one of the downsides is since the electricity is expensive, this kind of heated flooring is best for small spaces.

Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating

If you are looking to heat the whole house this is the way to go. This method involves tubes of water heated by your water heater or boiler run below the floor. Kits cost $6 to $12 per square foot, plus installation costs. You also need a big enough water heater or boiler to handle the added load, plus thermostats compatible with floor sensors. Heated water is far more efficient than electricity to warm a home, resulting in lower energy bills. However, one major downside is the easiest way to install this heated floor is as part of a new build. If you aren’t already tearing up the flooring for a remodel, installation becomes more complicated and expensive. The tubing is attached from the underside of the subfloor, assuming it can be accessed from a basement. For second and third stories, it may require removing ceilings from some rooms.

The Downsides

Aside from the increased cost of installing radiant floor heating, the biggest con is that unlike a forced-air system, it does not work as a cooling system in the summer. Although radiant floor cooling does exist, it doesn’t work quite as well because it can make floors feel damp. Although this can be solved with a geothermal heat pump. If something goes wrong, radiant flooring heating can be difficult to repair, because you need to get underneath the floor to fix any leaks or electrical problems.

 

7 Home Maintenance Tasks to Tackle in May

The heat has arrived and it’s here to stay for the next several months. Before you fire up the grill and start woking on your tan there are a few things you should get done this month.

Inspect Brick & Stone Walkways

Cold temperatures can wreck havoc on hardscape surfaces made of loose brick, stone, and concrete. So it is a good idea to check to see if frost heave and erosion have caused pavers to shift, rise, or sink. If you come across an uneven surface the repair is fairly easy. You just have to pry up the paver, smooth and even out the bed with fresh sand, and then replace the paver. It’s better than paying a handyman $30-$60 an hour.

Feed The Lawn

April and May are Florida’s driest months out of the year, and you have probably noticed your lawn has started to look rather dead. However, June our rainfall doubles so May is the perfect month to start fertilizing. All you need is a push-powered broadcast spreader. You will find spreaders suitable for an average suburban lawn for $35 – $100. If you have a compost pile, you can substitute homegrown compost for commercial fertilizers. A lawn care service will spray on chemical fertilizer for about $40 an application.

Repair Wood Fences & Gates

Cycles of cold and wet weather can cause wood to move, twist, and warp. That can make garden gates fall out of alignment, and can cause fence pickets to loosen of fall off. A cordless battery-powered nail gun makes quick work of refastening pickets and fence supports. Use only galvanized nails for outdoor work. Use a power drill fitted with a screw tip or a hex driver to remove or tighten loose screws and bolts in gates.

Mulch The Garden

To prevent evaporation is the hot Florida sun make sure your flower beds and vegetable garden has about 2-4 inches of mulch. A landscaping service will put mulch in for around $250- $560 for 500 sq ft.

Wash Windows

Windows collect a ton of dirt and grime over time. Have a partner clean the outside while you do the inside of the same window. That way, you can identify which side of the glass contains lingering streaks and smudges. Plus misery loves company.

Get the Grill Ready

Everyone knows that summer is filled with hamburgers and hot dogs so you are going to want to make sure your grill is in tip top shape. So check your gas hoses and connections. You are also going to want to make sure that your grill is clean. No matter what type of grill you have, invest in a grill brush. Remove the grates and metal plates beneath them and soak them in hot soapy water for 5-10 minutes. Then scrub like your life depends on it. Finally, spray everything down with a hose.

Next, cover the area where the grates usually go with foil and use a stiff grill brush to clean grime from the hood and inside walls. Use a grill safe cleaner for the surface and then reassemble all parts.

Make Sure Your AC is Cool

There is nothing worse than losing your AC in the middle of a Florida summer. So check and double-check your AC unit and make sure it is in working order. Hook up a garden hose and spray the outside of the condenser to remove any dust that has settled on the unit and connections. Also be sure to change the filter. Calling in the pros is going to run around $100 to $250 and it includes cleaning the condenser and lubricating the fan motor.

What is a Punch List?

It is safe to say that no home reno project comes together exactly how you planned it. So that is why it is so important to have a punch list. What’s a punch list? Well, it is basically your final checklist to ensure everything you wanted was done and done right. Here is what you need to know in order to put your own punch list together.

What Goes On a Punch List?

The first thing you are going to need is the original contract with your contractor. This normally comes into play near the end of the project,  but it is still important to have. As for the rest of the punch list, that really depends on the scope of the project. However, every punch list should include whether a project has been done to your standards, not necessarily the date of completion.

For example, if you are enduring a kitchen reno, it’s not enough to know that the sink has been installed but whether the sink works and has no leaks. The cabinets should open and close properly and be free of scratches. Speaking of scratches, a punch list should also include a list of damages that need to be repaired, missing parts that haven’t be delivered, and work that is not complete.


Kitchen Punch List

Bathroom Punch List

Full Home Reno Punch List


How To Use

Towards the end of your project, you will do a final review with your contractor, checking all the items on your punch list. If you notice any flaws or last minute details that need fixing, you can point them out. This helps keep track of all the things that have been successfully completed and the things that still need fixing.

Why is This Important

If you have hired McDonough Construction, you can rest assured that you have hired an honest contractor. So we will happily welcome the punch list. However, if you have hired “some guy” your brother knows, a punch list is still important because it can help you both manage expectations and raise the project to a more professional level. A punch list shouldn’t take the place of regular communication between you and your contractor. This is just simply a document that keeps you both organized and accountable.

 

 

 

4 Things to Look Out For When Tearing Down Walls

Open floor plans are all the rage right now. In fact, 70% of home buyers say that they prefer homes with a full or partial open concept. Now the cost of this project can range anywhere from $500 t0 $4,000 which leads our braver DIYers thinking they can tackle this one on their own. However, tearing down a wall is not as easy as it looks on TV. DIY is fine if you are sticking to aesthetic updates, like a backsplash or tile, but there are major safety risks when the walls come down.

DIY is fine if you are sticking to aesthetic updates, like a backsplash or tile, but there are major safety risks when the walls come down. You are better off hiring a contractor to do the work because it gives you the peace of mind that you’re not going to do serious damage. Using a certified contractor also protects you from being liable for any potential damage done to your home during construction.

If you are still considering taking on this challenge, you might run into some serious and costly problems.

Ceilings Caving In

The last thing you want to do is accidentally remove or damage a load-bearing wall. This wall carries the weight of the house, and when you tear it down the ceiling is likely to follow. In most cases, the plaster will crack and the ceiling will sag, but the worst case scenario is, of course, the whole ceiling falling down.

One sign that an interior wall is a load-bearing is if it extends for more than one story all the way up to the roof. However, given the risks involved hiring a structural engineer to determine for sure whether it is load-bearing, is a smart idea.

Also, homeowners should not rely on blueprints alone. Things can happen during construction and the builders can make changes without updating the plans. Meaning a wall might not look load-bearing on paper, but it could actually be.

Electrical Problems

Just about every interior wall contains some type of electrical wiring. You might not see electrical outlets on the exterior of the wall, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t potential electrical issues beneath the surface. The damage would only be minimal if the wires only connect to a ceiling fan. however, if you destroy wiring that connects to a junction box, you could lose power throughout your home.

House Floods

Major plumbing problems can also arise when you take down a wall especially if your sledgehammer cuts right through the water pipes. A structural engineer can help you identify potential plumbing problems in advance and advise whether you need to hire a plumber.

The Hardwood Floor Won’t Match

In comparison, this is one of the minor issues you will come across. Some people may not even consider this to be a problem, but for those of you who cherish you homes antique hardwood, this could be a tragedy.  If the adjoining rooms both have carpeting, you don’t have to worry about cosmetic issues, like the floor getting scratched during the wall removal process. Typically, the wall was installed prior to the flooring, so you are going to have a gap in the flooring between the rooms once the wall is gone.

Even if you have flooring left over from the initial build (which isn’t likely) the wear and tear on the current floors in comparison to the new floor is going to be noticeable. if that is the case, even a great contractor won’t be able to blend the flooring perfectly, but a professional will still do the best job.

7 Outdoor Trends to Avoid

If you are selling your home, you will want to make sure prospective buyers can see themselves living there. So you will want to avoid turning them off with questionable decor decisions. From the wrong trees and shrubbery to poor patio lighting and pools, here are some more outdoor trends you should avoid in order to sell your home faster.

Overly Perfect Landscaping

This is the type of landscaping that makes you scared to step on the lawn because you might mess something up. Neat lines used to be the trend for planting flower beds but nowadays the look is much more natural. By adding some curved lines to your planted beds and yard design for a softer, more realistic appearance.

Cookie Cutter Trees

The standard landscaping plants normally include yews, rhodopsins, and dwarf Alberta spruces. They are cheap, easy to install, grow in most climates, and give a year round green look. The problem is everyone has them.

Choose your trees wisely, including eastern red cedar, sugar maple, Colorado blue spruce, and myrtle. Steer clear of trees that rain leaves and needles like pecan, oak, sweet gum, and eastern white pine. At the end of the day, it is your decision but we suggest going with trees that are native to your area, and not the standard cookie cutter trees.

You also need to be strategic when it comes to placement. The last thing you want to do is plant your tree too close to your fence and have a neighbor complain. Another good tip is: don’t plant large trees near the foundation of your home. As your tree grows the branches will hang over the roof and the roots can cause major foundation problems.

Too Much Light

Lighting design has become increasingly popular over the years but be careful to not overdo it. Simply highlighting trees is one thing but another to resemble the house in National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. You will quickly receive complaints from your neighbors if your motion sensitive stadium lights shine right in the window of one of your neighbors.

Vibrant Mulch

Some green thumbs out there will tell you that red or black mulch are better for certain plants, but in reality, they look horrible. Your best bet is to use natural bark. The colored bark is more susceptible to fungus that can end up attaching to nearby trees. Also, they have been found to slow the growth rate of established plants and starve newly planted ones.

Water Features

If you like the sound of constant running water a fancy water feature may be right for you but in the grand scheme of things they probably won’t increase or decrease the value of your home significantly. The one thing yu do have to be careful of is the maintenance and the fact that your pond/water feature may attract larger wild animals.

Over The Top Landscaping

Going overboard with anything is normally not a good thing. Elaborate plantings, sculpted trees, and deep flower beds filled with annuals may seem lush and inviting, but a future homeowner will probably wonder how hard the past homeowners worked to maintain that yard. Over the top gardening is a thing of the past, today’s homeowners are happier with simple designs and low maintenance gardens.

Massive Lawns

Rolling hills of nothing but grass looks great on a golf course but not so great in your backyard. All potential buyers see is a lot of mowing in their future. For a better look, plant less grass and more native plants. A smaller lawn means less mowing and less work. The plants can be arranged in a way that complements your home’s distinctive features.

Best Home Improvements for Every Month

Spring is rolling around the corner and that “To Do List” that you have been hiding away is rearing its head once more. However, if you tackle one thing a month that list might not look so daunting. Certain times of the year are better to take on certain projects, so we have laid out a schedule below.

January- Clean Your Carpet & Rugs

Your flooring gets incredibly dirty during the winter season and waiting until spring can make the holiday stains harder to get out. Plus the McDonough Construction - Lakeland, FL - Additions - Remodels - New Constructionlack of that Florida humidity during the winter months allows moisture to evaporate quickly so wet carpets dry faster. A clean carpet provides a healthier and better-smelling home, which is especially important during the winter when most people spend more time inside.

February: Paint a Few Rooms

Indoor projects aren’t weather-dependent so it is more of a supply and demand thing. However, if you are hiring someone to paint for you, winter is a good time to do it, because you are more likely to get a better price. In the summer time, everyone starts hiring painters to do the outside of their house so they jack the prices up. Even if you are planning on painting yourself, there are still benefits. Brisk winter air is good for curing paint, so cracking a window or leaving the back door open serves a double purpose.

March: Clean the Gutters

Clogged gutters prevent water from properly draining from your roof. So all that water is going to end up somewhere it is not supposed to. In fact, clogged gutters can cause major foundation problems because they are not directing the water properly. Depending on your gutters and whether you have overhanging trees, you may need to do this more than once a year. Even so, it is best to do this before the summer rain storms hit. So your best bet is to do this project in the winter months and in March.

April: Refinish You Hardwood Floors

If you have discovered hardwood floors beneath your home’s carpeting, wait until spring to complete this labor-intensive task. If you wait until it’s really hot out, the finish can cure too quickly and the sheen might not dry properly, which leads to a glossy, uneven finish.

May: Buy a New Refrigerator

Although most large appliances go on sale later in the year, refrigerators have their moment in May. In order to make room for that new inventory, the older versions usually go on sale, which can mean bid discounts for consumers. If you want even more savings, consider getting an energy efficient refrigerator for savings all year long.

June: Freshen Up Your Exterior

The time has come to wash your windows, power wash your siding, and install screens in your windows. Before you power-wash, be sure that all your weatherstripping and caulking is secure. Otherwise, you risk shooting the cleaning liquid into your house. The idea is to clean your house not take the paint off, so go easy on the pressure.

July: Fertilize Your LawnMcDonough Construction - Lakeland, FL - Additions - Remodels - New Construction

Your lawn needs a solid four to six fertilization applications throughout the year to keep it healthy and growing. Fertilizing in July will give your lawn the vitamins and nutrients it needs to get through the rest of the hot summer months. Also, this midsummer application helps prevent weeds from generating, which sets you up for less weed pulling in the fall.

August: Paint Your Home’s Exterior

The best time to paint your home’s exterior is when the temperatures remain consistent from day to day and don’t drop drastically overnight. The real key is to work your way around the house so that you’re always painting in the shade. Of course, you could always hire a professional to do this for you and like with any project you will want to get some estimates.

September: Replace Your Windows

Caulk adheres better when the temperature is between 40 and 80 degrees, so those glorious late summer and early fall days are an ideal time to replace your windows. Plus, when the cold air hits, new windows will keep the heat where it belongs.

October: Buy New Appliances

Big-ticket appliances such as stoves, washing machines, and dishwashers debut their newest models around this time of year. That frequently means deep discounts on the old ones. Some retailers will even start their holiday sales early. McDonough Construction - Lakeland, FL - Additions - Remodels - New Construction

November: Remodel Your Bathroom

Contractors are entering their slow season this month, so they are more willing to jump on a small project and get it done quickly. A powder room is a good way to test out a contractor, especially if you are in the market for a much larger renovation like a kitchen.

December: Build a Deck

You will probably get a good deal because deck builders will be winding down for the winter. Plus adding a deck to your house when it is cold outside makes sense from a building perspective. December is less humid, so if you’re using pressure-treated wood, it will dry more consistently and evenly. Also, the hot sun won’t beat down on it, which can cause warping and cracking.

What’s Trending in Home Design for 2017?

To many construction companies, wood paneling and wallpaper were the bain of our existence. Then wallpaper made a come back no one was really expecting and now the resurrection of the wood paneling. However, this is not the ugly 60’s- 80’s wood paneling we all know and hate. This is sleek, modern, and just all around hot right now. In fact, people are opting to put wood on the floors, walls, rafters, and have wood accents. With that, let’s take a look at some ways you can use wood in your next renovation project.

Wood on the Walls

Like we mentioned before, this is not that outdated wood paneling that cursed so many homes in the past. Instead of laying the wood vertically, get some thick, reclaimed “story telling” wood and lay it horizontally. This makes for an outstanding accent wall in any room.

Lately, contractors have been leaning toward harder surface like concrete and tile floors paired with sleek wood panels with a walnut stain. It’s a great way to soften up the room and add some warmth with a hint of a country flair. Think of it as the modern take on a rustic style.

Budget Friendly

Real wood floors are something we all wish we could have, however that is not always the case. Now that doesn’t mean that you can’t have wood in your home. A great way to add wood into your home is to have some wood accents. So if changing out your flooring is too costly, opt for reclaimed wood or rustic wooden furniture. Keep an eye out for a coffee table, dining table, mirror, or bed frame. Remember to add wood accents in moderation!

Huge Variety

Right now wood in all finishes is hot right now, whether in a clear stain or it’s natural form. Knotty pieces of wood bring a very organic look,  while painted varieties are classic and always popular with homeowners and potential buyers. One style that’s on-trend is the modern farmhouse look, which blends reclaimed beams, mantels, and shiplap with sleek furnishings like pendant lights and stainless steel appliances. If this style is sounding familiar to you then you are probably an avid watcher of the HGTV show “Fixer Upper” with Chip and Joanna Gains.

Easy to Decorate With

You can’t make too many mistakes when choosing wood accents for your home. There are many ways to incorporate this material without breaking the bank, including details like wooden frames, hall and bathroom mirrors, thick branches stacked into a vase, a mounted rustic wine rack, coasters, and serving bowls. Even a small item, like a magnifying glass with a wooden handle, can have great impact.

Appealing to the Senses

Homeowners are turing to cedar in particular for its distinctive scent. Cedar can awken the senses with its therapeutic scent. Cedar also repels insects and other unwanted pests like moths. So it acts as a force field to proect your wool coats, sweaters, and blankets.

 

4 Things You Need For Spring Cleaning

It’s time to get the house clean with these every-day household items!

Baking Soda

  1. Scrub pots: Pour a spoonful of baking soda on a sponge, and use this mild abrasive to remove crud from pots
  2. Clean Brushes & Combs: Sprinkle a tablespoon of baking soda in a bowl of warm water, and soak your hair brushes and combs.
  3. Freshen Rugs: To banish odors from rugs, sprinkle baking soda on the rug, let it sit for 15 min, then vacuum.
  4. Brighten laundry: Skip commercial brands of fabric softener and brightener, and add half-cup of baking soda to each laundry load.
  5. Unclog Drain: Pour 1 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar down the drain to dissolve built up scum.
  6. Clean Toilets: Pour a quarter cup baking soda in the toilet bowl, scrub with toilet brush, and flush.
  7. Keep bugs at bay: Surround your pet’s bowl with baking soda to keep insects away.

White Vinegar

  1. Polish your windows: Mix a solution of equal parts water and vinegar, pour it into a spray bottle, spritz on windows, and wipe with a cloth or paper towel.
  2. Bust garden weeds: Spray vinegar on weeds to make them shrivel up.
  3. Clean Coffee Cups: make a scrub that will get rid of coffee and tea stains on mugs by mixing vinegar with salt or baking soda.
  4. Kill germs: Spray straight vinegar onto bathroom fixtures, toilets, tubs, and tile floors to sanitize.
  5. Freshen socks: Add 1 cup vinegar to a large pot of water, boil the solution, and drop in stained and sticky socks. Let them soak overnight.
  6. Energize spent flowers: When cut flowers begin to wilt, add 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar to a quart of water. Pour the solution into the vase, and the flowers will get a second life.
  7. Deodorize the litter box: When you clean the litter box, pour a little vinegar into the bottom of the empty box, let stand for 20 minutes, and then rinse and dry before filling with litter.
  8. Brighten your smile: Dip your toothbrush in distilled white vinegar and brush your teeth like you would with toothpaste.

Ammonia

  1. Clean an electric oven: Warm your dirty oven to 150 degrees Fahrenheit, then turn off the heat. Place a large pot of boiling water on the bottom shelf and a small bowl with a half-cup ammonia on the top shelf. Shut the oven door (always open windows when you use ammonia), and let the bowls sit overnight. In the morning, open the oven and let the fumes diffuse a bit, then wipe the oven clean with a wet cloth and a bit of liquid dish soap. You can scrape off any stubborn burned bits with a spatula. (Warning: Don’t use this method with a gas oven.)
  2. Remove fingerprints from glass: Mix two drops of ammonia into 2 cups of water and wipe the solution on a glass surface. Rinse thoroughly, and dry with a soft cloth.
  3. Shine kitchen hardware: Over time, cabinet knobs, pulls, and hinges become coated with grease. Dip a toothbrush into a small dish of ammonia and scrub off this scum.
  4. Do the windows: Add 1 cup ammonia to 3 cups water, and wipe windows clean with the solution. Then dry with a lint-free cloth.
  5. Refurbish gazed tile: Add a quarter cup ammonia to 1 gallon water, and use it to wipe down tiles,
  6. Help your garden: Ammonia is rich in nitrogen, which your plants need to grow strong and leafy. Mix 1 cup into a 20-gallon hose-end sprayer, and douse plants. Also, wash your garden tools with straight ammonia (outside) to kill plant diseases that you could spread when you dig and hoe.
  7. Liquid dish soap

    1. Mop floors: Add a few drops of dish soap to 1 gallon warm water, and mop floors.
    2. Clean stone counters: Soapy, warm water does a great job cleaning granite and marble. Wipe with a wet cloth, and dry quickly with a microfiber cloth for a surface that shines.
    3. Unsqueak doors: A few drops of dish soap will lubricate door hinges and end annoying squeaks.
    4. Remove grease stains: Rub dish soap onto clothing grease stains, let set overnight, then toss into the washer.
    5. Clean grills: Add gunky grills to a trash can or plastic bag filled with 1 cup soap and 2 cups water. Let them soak overnight, then scrub with steel wool.
    6. Kill aphids: Make a solution of 2 tablespoons liquid dish soap to 1 gallon water, and spray on roses infested with aphids.
    7. Trap fruit flies: Add 3 drops of soap to a bowl of white vinegar, cover with plastic wrap, and poke a few holes in the top. Fruit flies will wander in and never get out.
    8. Clean tools: Soak greasy tools in a bucket of soapy water. Rinse and dry.
    9. Defog eye glasses: Rub a drop of liquid soap on lenses, then wipe (don’t rinse) off with a microfiber cloth.