REMODELS

BATHROOM REMODELING

When it’s time to update your old bathroom, McDonough Construction in Lakeland, FL, can come in and help you with any bath remodeling you want to do. We can handle any job whether you want to just replace some worn fixtures or you want to redo the entire bathroom.

INCREASED VALUE

Your bathroom is one of the most important and one of the most used rooms in the house. As such, it should not only be functional but beautiful as well. A bathroom remodel can increase the value of your home, and we can help do that for you.

Our goal at McDonough Construction is to give you the bathroom you’ve always wanted. We’re dedicated to making sure you’re satisfied with the work we do, and we’ll complete the job in a timely and efficient manner. If you’re in Lakeland or any of the neighboring communities, let us help you with your bath remodeling. For your convenience, we have flexible appointment scheduling, so give us a call today.

EXTERIOR HOME REMODELING

The outside of your home says a lot about it. And you only get one chance to make a first impression on guests and visitors. So if your property’s exterior could use an update, our team is at your service. At McDonough Construction LLC, we offer a wide range of exterior remodeling services for homeowners in Lakeland, FL.

QUALITY AND SERVICE

At McDonough Construction LLC, our goal is to exceed our customers’ expectations. No matter the state of your home or the scope of the job at hand, we pledge to give your exterior our full attention to get it looking its best, no matter your style or budget. We believe that no job is too big or too small, and we’ll be happy to walk you through your renovation options and discuss your goals for your home’s exterior.

Invest in your exterior and boost your curb appeal with exterior home remodeling services from McDonough Construction LLC. For more information or to schedule an estimate, call us today.

HOME REMODELING

Whether you’re looking to sell your home or simply want to make your property more comfortable, an expert home remodeling contractor from our team can help turn your ideas into reality. No matter the size of your space or layout of your property, we have the tools and skills to make your home more functional and aesthetically pleasing.

AT YOUR SERVICE

When you work with McDonough Construction LLC, you’ll have a world of options from which to choose. From smaller renovations to complete overhauls, we’re equipped to handle it all. Choose us for your home remodeling project, and we’ll take the time to understand your needs and goals. From there, we’ll work to come up with creative, cost-effective solutions for transforming your home into the space you’ve always wanted it to be.

For more information about our home remodeling services or to set up an appointment for an estimate, call us today.

INTERIOR REMODELING

Interior remodeling is a major investment, and a worthwhile one at that. If you’re looking to update your property’s appearance, turn to McDonough Construction LLC. As a trusted interior remodeling contractor in Lakeland, FL, our goal is to help you transform your indoor space so that it best serves your needs.

OPTIONS GALORE

When you hire McDonough Construction LLC for interior remodeling, you’ll have numerous options from which to choose. Whether you’re looking to update a single room or your entire household, we have the tools, skills, and experience to handle your project in an efficient and cost-effective manner. And because we value our clients, we pledge to take the time to answer any questions you have and update you on the progress of your project every step of the way.

For more information about our interior remodeling services or to set up an appointment for an on-site estimate, call McDonough Construction LLC today.

KITCHEN REMODELING

Do you love to cook? Do you simply want to update your kitchen to increase the overall value of your home? No matter your motivation for wanting to redo your kitchen, we’ve got options for you. At McDonough Construction LLC, we offer quality kitchen remodeling services for homeowners in Lakeland, FL.

QUALITY SERVICE

At McDonough Construction LLC, we believe in offering our customers the best value possible. No matter the scope of your remodeling project or the size of your budget, we pledge to give your space our full and undivided attention. We want you to come away more than satisfied with the results we produce; and we’ll be happy to walk you through your options and help you stretch your home improvement dollars to the greatest extent possible.

Invest in a new and improved kitchen and do your part to enhance your home’s overall appeal. Call us today for more information about our kitchen remodeling services or to schedule an on-site estimate.

RESIDENTIAL BATHROOM REMODELING

Does your home have outdated bathrooms? Are your bathrooms old and dingy? You use your bathroom on a regular basis, so if your current bathrooms aren’t serving your functional or aesthetic needs, it’s time to consider remodeling. And if you’re looking for a reliable, talented team to tackle the job, turn to McDonough Construction LLC.

THE SERVICE YOU DESERVE

At McDonough Construction LLC, we understand that bathroom remodeling is a big investment. When you work with us, you’ll get our full attention as we work to renovate your bathrooms in a way that suit your unique needs. Whether you want to redo a single bathroom or every bathroom in your home, we’re at your service and up to the challenge.

Make an investment in your home. For more information about our bathroom remodeling services or to schedule a consultation, call us today.

BATHROOM REMODELING

When it’s time to update your old bathroom, McDonough Construction in Lakeland, FL, can come in and help you with any bath remodeling you want to do. We can handle any job whether you want to just replace some worn fixtures or you want to redo the entire bathroom.

INCREASED VALUE

Your bathroom is one of the most important and one of the most used rooms in the house. As such, it should not only be functional but beautiful as well. A bathroom remodel can increase the value of your home, and we can help do that for you.

Our goal at McDonough Construction is to give you the bathroom you’ve always wanted. We’re dedicated to making sure you’re satisfied with the work we do, and we’ll complete the job in a timely and efficient manner. If you’re in Lakeland or any of the neighboring communities, let us help you with your bath remodeling. For your convenience, we have flexible appointment scheduling, so give us a call today.

EXTERIOR HOME REMODELING

The outside of your home says a lot about it. And you only get one chance to make a first impression on guests and visitors. So if your property’s exterior could use an update, our team is at your service. At McDonough Construction LLC, we offer a wide range of exterior remodeling services for homeowners in Lakeland, FL.

QUALITY AND SERVICE

At McDonough Construction LLC, our goal is to exceed our customers’ expectations. No matter the state of your home or the scope of the job at hand, we pledge to give your exterior our full attention to get it looking its best, no matter your style or budget. We believe that no job is too big or too small, and we’ll be happy to walk you through your renovation options and discuss your goals for your home’s exterior.

Invest in your exterior and boost your curb appeal with exterior home remodeling services from McDonough Construction LLC. For more information or to schedule an estimate, call us today.

HOME REMODELING

Whether you’re looking to sell your home or simply want to make your property more comfortable, an expert home remodeling contractor from our team can help turn your ideas into reality. No matter the size of your space or layout of your property, we have the tools and skills to make your home more functional and aesthetically pleasing.

AT YOUR SERVICE

When you work with McDonough Construction LLC, you’ll have a world of options from which to choose. From smaller renovations to complete overhauls, we’re equipped to handle it all. Choose us for your home remodeling project, and we’ll take the time to understand your needs and goals. From there, we’ll work to come up with creative, cost-effective solutions for transforming your home into the space you’ve always wanted it to be.

For more information about our home remodeling services or to set up an appointment for an estimate, call us today.

INTERIOR REMODELING

Interior remodeling is a major investment, and a worthwhile one at that. If you’re looking to update your property’s appearance, turn to McDonough Construction LLC. As a trusted interior remodeling contractor in Lakeland, FL, our goal is to help you transform your indoor space so that it best serves your needs.

OPTIONS GALORE

When you hire McDonough Construction LLC for interior remodeling, you’ll have numerous options from which to choose. Whether you’re looking to update a single room or your entire household, we have the tools, skills, and experience to handle your project in an efficient and cost-effective manner. And because we value our clients, we pledge to take the time to answer any questions you have and update you on the progress of your project every step of the way.

For more information about our interior remodeling services or to set up an appointment for an on-site estimate, call McDonough Construction LLC today.

KITCHEN REMODELING

Do you love to cook? Do you simply want to update your kitchen to increase the overall value of your home? No matter your motivation for wanting to redo your kitchen, we’ve got options for you. At McDonough Construction LLC, we offer quality kitchen remodeling services for homeowners in Lakeland, FL.

QUALITY SERVICE

At McDonough Construction LLC, we believe in offering our customers the best value possible. No matter the scope of your remodeling project or the size of your budget, we pledge to give your space our full and undivided attention. We want you to come away more than satisfied with the results we produce; and we’ll be happy to walk you through your options and help you stretch your home improvement dollars to the greatest extent possible.

Invest in a new and improved kitchen and do your part to enhance your home’s overall appeal. Call us today for more information about our kitchen remodeling services or to schedule an on-site estimate.

RESIDENTIAL BATHROOM REMODELING

Does your home have outdated bathrooms? Are your bathrooms old and dingy? You use your bathroom on a regular basis, so if your current bathrooms aren’t serving your functional or aesthetic needs, it’s time to consider remodeling. And if you’re looking for a reliable, talented team to tackle the job, turn to McDonough Construction LLC.

THE SERVICE YOU DESERVE

At McDonough Construction LLC, we understand that bathroom remodeling is a big investment. When you work with us, you’ll get our full attention as we work to renovate your bathrooms in a way that suit your unique needs. Whether you want to redo a single bathroom or every bathroom in your home, we’re at your service and up to the challenge.

Make an investment in your home. For more information about our bathroom remodeling services or to schedule a consultation, call us today.

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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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7 High-Impact Home Improvements for $10k or Less

With so much emphasis on buying and selling homes the truth is that for most of your life as a real estate consumer, you will be a homeowner. That being said your home is so much more than a transaction, so spending some time, money, and energy on improvements makes sense.

Many homeowners wait until they save up tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in equity to make a major change to their home. If you’re planning to stay put in your home for a while, home improvement projects will drive even more return on investment, but you don’t have to save as much as you think.

Curb Appeal

Enhancing curb appeal is one of the most cost-effective home improvement projects. There is just something about loving the way your home looks when you drive up to it day after day that dramatically increases your enjoyment of the home.

Depending on which projects you choose and whether you do the work yourself, you can enhance your curb appeal for a few hundred dollars or a few thousand. Some curb appeal ideas to consider include painting or power wash your home’s exterior, painting or installing a new garage door, front door or exterior trim work, exterior or landscape lighting, or a simple front yard landscaping spruce-up.

Tear Down A Wall

Removing walls, even structural walls is highly feasible and much less expensive than many homeowners assume. If a load bearing wall is removed, the structural component can often be preserved and finished by simply leaving a beam at the ceiling. What can jack up the price is the relocation of plumbing or wiring contained in the wall being removed. Reconnecting interruptions in flooring and adding features like an island also increase expenses.

New Windows

Replacing old, single-paned windows for new dual-paned windows might make your home look better, but it will also make your home operate more efficiently. They are also a must if you have street noise challenges around your home, the extra insulation traps noise before it can get to you.

Outdoor Kitchen

The average cost of an outdoor kitchen is around $12,000- $15,000. However, if you can find appliances on sale or do some work yourself you could get that backyard escape for $10,000. Outdoor kitchens can be as simple as a table and grill, or as complex as wood-burning ovens, refrigerators, and big-screen TVs.

Kitchen Appliances

In terms of functionality, new kitchen appliances can create n upgrade to your family’s everyday life. A new fridge will run you anywhere from $350 to $2,000 on average, a new stove/oven range can run anywhere from $300 to $6,000, and a dishwasher will cost around $250 to $1,600.

New Carpet

If you have $10,000 to spend and you can stand your carpet, you can estimate it’ll run you about $300 to $500 per room to replace it with new carpet. For hardwood it would be around $1,500 to $2,000 per room, depending on where you live, the size of the room, and what materials you choose.

Organizing Systems

One of the most significant advantages to owning your home is that you can customize it to manage your stuff and your activities, rather than being forced to fit your things into someone else’s system. If you have $10K in hand to make your home more “you,” consider having custom organizing systems built into your closet, office, pantry, or garage, tailored to your family’s stuff and needs.

Tell us about your recent home improvements! Did you spend $10,000 or less?

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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.

10 Sneaky Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look Expensive

In this day and age, the kitchen has become the focal point of the home. Prospective buyers want to imagine themselves gathered around a massive island with their friends and family telling stories of the good old days. However, that is much easier said than done. A kitchen remodel can easily reach upwards of $60,000 and honestly, the sky is the limit. So we have come up with some ways for you to make your kitchen seem more expensive and luxurious without killing your bank account.

It’s All About Color

Choose a luxurious color palette and play around with textures. Look at the branding colors of luxury designers, they are mostly lightly muted and off the primary color. Things like charcoal, cream, and champagne versus a harsh black, white, silver, or gold.

As for texture, you will want to vary the complexity of the texture. Make the design more layered and high-end. Choose 2 or 3 very close colors and play with texture instead. Think white, cream, and very light beige as your colors, and then create visual interest by incorporating lots of texture in the room as your accent.

New Hardware

if new cabinets aren’t in the cards, take your kitchen from outdated to outstanding with new hardware. Replace all door pulls, handles, and even hinges with fancy pieces in unexpected hues. Just make sure to choose pieces that fit the holes in your cabinets, since traditional spackle or caulk can shrink. Don’t be afraid to mix metals, even if your sink or lighting is chrome, your hardware can still go brass.

Paint or Glass Cabinets

When it comes to old cabinets a good coat of paint can do wonders. A good paint to use is Ace Hardware’s Cabinet, Door & Trim Paint, a semi-gloss alkyd enamel paint that promises a smooth finish. It is also fairly easy to cut out the front of existing cabinets and put in glass for an open, modern look.

Update The Light Fixtures

Even if you don’t have the budget to change out some of the bigger architectural features updating your fixtures can be a big change. When in doubt, go with a globe fixture with polished nickel or brass details to keep it simple but chic.  Don’t forget about task lighting, particularly under-cabinet lights. Battery-powered LED lights are inexpensive and couldn’t be easier to install. Position them under cabinets in areas where you typically spend most of your time.

Recast the Backsplash

After cabinets, a backsplash makes the biggest statement in a kitchen. This is one place you want to splurge. It is a great place to showcase your personal style and taste. If your on a budget, reinvigorate your backsplash without mortar by using a simpler, adhesive-based product like SimpleMat.

Upgrade Your View

Window appliques are a great fake way to view outside a kitchen window. These also add visual interest if the area isn’t conducive to traditional window treatments. Another great trick is to hang ferns and flowers outside your windows to give the illusion of lush, verdant space.

Paint the Countertops

Innovative new products from companies like Giani Granite and Rust-Oleum let you paint your old wood or laminate countertops if a granite slab in not in the budget. You can go for a textured imitation stone or keep it simple with a simple color.

Incorporate Fruit

Bring life into the kitchen with a driftwood bowl filled with bright fruit and vegetables. They can usually sit for about two weeks, which is much longer than the lifespan of flowers. Fake fruit is fine, however, designers prefer the real thing. If you’re staging your home to sell consider adding fruit to your kitchen to give it an attractively livable feel.

Add Fragrance

Stop burning cheap candles, they are toxic and smell cheap. If you are spending $20 a month on candles that are $240 a year. Purchase a lightly scented luxury culti-diffuser instead, and get a couple of flameless candles. Your space will smell more expensive, elegant, and subtle. The diffuser uses perfume-grade oils, gives off more understated scent than traditional candles, and lasts an entire year.

 

5 Ways to Save on Renovation Costs

If your kitchen is hopelessly outdated and your bathrooms are the 70’s dream, then it sounds like you’re in need of an update. However, as much you would love dropping $50,000 on a complete overhaul, that just isn’t realistic. Well, we are here to tell you that if you follow these money saving tips you can get the kitchen and/or bathroom of your dreams with some major savings.

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If the room doesn’t need to be completely gutted, then a good way to cut costs is to refurbish what you already have. You would be amazed what staining cabinetry, replacing old drawer handles and knobs, and refacing molding can do for out of date kitchen. Plus, refinishing cabinets can save you up tp 50% compared with the cost of buying new cabinets. You can also cut costs by purchasing materials yourself.

Pick Quality Midgrade Materials

We know that people love nothing more than picking that premium tile that costs $10 a sq ft. However, if you have a budget to stick to that may not be a viable option. Picking premium options or materials can raise the cost of your remodeling project substantially. However, you don’t want something you are going to have to replace in a year. So try to pick something that isn’t too expensive but will last.

Do Demo Day Yourself

In order to reduce hours your contractor will need to put into demo what you are getting rid of, a good way to save money is to do some ofMcDonough Construction - Lakeland, FL - Additions - Remodels - New Construction this on your own. By removing old carpeting on you own will shave time off the installers bill, which will save you money.

DIY, With Limits

If you are feeling confident, a good way to save money is to do the job on your own. However, this can lead to future headaches so be careful and know what your limits are. For major home improvement projects, you will want to hire a professional to do the work for you and ensure that it is done properly.