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Choosing The Right Siding For Your Home

When you decide to undergo home renovations, both interior and exterior, deciding upon the right materials, in both appearance and product, is an extremely important step. One night recently, a friend of mine was looking to redo the exterior of his home. Unfortunately, nearly all of the siding on the home had to be replaced, which can be a costly project. Luckily, this gave him the opportunity to increase the overall value and appearance of his home by choosing siding that matched both the personality and overall environment of the home. Many individuals tend to overlook this aspect of home design, but it is vital! First impressions are everything, and the first thing anyone will see when they come to your home is the outside.

We prefer the siding experts over at Blue Ridge Exteriors, however, you are more than welcome to choose a contractor that you have used in the past and feel comfortable with. Be sure to do your research on the company before you hand over your hard earned money!

Whether you decide to attempt a do-it-yourself siding renovation (if you’re extremely knowledgeable on the subject), or want to outsource the project to the pros, taking the right steps and researching and reviewing the various siding materials and brands available to you are the first steps down the right path. After you’ve come up with your budget and colors you’d like to incorporate, you can decide on a type of siding. In general, there are a large variety of siding options, but one of our favorite brands, James HardiePlank, has some great choices:

  • Beaded Siding – This can be a great appearance for your home, and it is currently one of the more popular options around the country. This type of siding is strong, durable, and looks great. In a lot of cases, this can be a very excellent replacement for colonial-style homes, that typically use beaded siding styles.
  • Lap Siding – If you live in a climate where the weather can be on both sides of the extremes, you may want to go with a more durable and weather-resistant siding. Lap siding provides overlay on each piece of siding, allowing water and other elements to brush right off.
  • Vertical Siding – A very versatile and adaptive siding, this is a great siding option for resisting fungus and mildew, and providing an excellent surface for painting.

No matter which type of siding you decide to go with, it’s important to take the time to see which color would suit your preferences exactly. Make sure to take into account aging of the siding, because the color will tend to fade slowly over time. Many individuals choose to go with a color that is more natural or earth-toned, simply because the fading of these colors isn’t as noticeable. If you decide to go with a siding color that really pops, then it’s important to consider the fading and wear and tear.

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The Benefits Of Kitchen And Bathroom Remodeling

Add Value to Your Home By Remodeling

Just about any realtor will tell you that the kitchen and bathroom are probably the two most important rooms in your home when it comes to appealing to a potential buyer. So it makes sense to add value and appeal to your home by remodeling and renovating these rooms.

Give Your Kitchen a New Look

Many buyers look at the kitchen first. The size & layout of the kitchen and quality of the appliances can make or break a potential sale. Even a basic kitchen remodeling project can make a big difference when it comes to showing your home, and can increase your chances of a quick sale. If you aren’t selling your home, the extra space, the increased efficiency & ease of use, and an attractive new look can benefit your family for years to come.

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Of course, if you are spending money on a kitchen remodeling project, you want to recoup some of it. Remodeling your kitchen is considered to be one of the potentially most profitable projects you can undertake. On average, you can expect to recoup anything from about 60 to 80 percent of the costs of remodeling, although of course it is possible to get back more than that. Remodeling your kitchen is the ideal opportunity to replace some of those outdated appliances with more efficient and energy saving models.

The average cost of a kitchen remodeling project is about $22,000, although some homeowners can spend up to $50,000 for a state of the art kitchen. However, you don’t need to spend as much as that to give your kitchen a new look and add value to your home; you can enjoy a new look kitchen for as little as about $4,000. Your kitchen will look far more appealing with some new cabinet handles, a fresh coat of paint, a new back splash or some more attractive blinds.

A newly remodeled kitchen can also compensate for other areas of your house which perhaps aren’t quite as appealing. Some of these you may not be able to do too much about, including the size of the bedrooms or the layout of the yard. Many home buyers are more than prepared to compromise if they walk into the kitchen of their dreams. If you are doubtful just how important a spacious and well equipped kitchen can be, just watch any of those house hunting shows on TV.

Remodeling your kitchen can also add valuable and useful living space to your home. Think of how often you and your family use the kitchen for a purpose other than eating; it often serves as a place to sort through the mail and pay bills, the preferred place to do homework, and of course all the best parties end up in the kitchen. An inviting and spacious kitchen typically serves as the natural focal point or family meeting place of most homes.

Renovate Your Bathroom

It isn’t just the kitchen that can add value to your home. If you want to get top dollar for your house sale, you may want to consider a bathroom remodeling project. Just like spending money on your kitchen, putting money into an outdated, cramped or uninviting bathroom can make a big difference when you are showing your house. And if you aren’t planning to sell your home any time soon? Your new look bathroom really can become a sanctuary from the stresses of life, and be a place to relax, read a book, enjoy a glass of wine and perhaps a romantic evening for two.

A bathroom remodeling project can also give your home some much needed storage space, and extra storage in the bathroom is ideal for seasonal clothing, cleaning supplies, decorations and luggage, as well as the obvious towels and toiletries. Bathroom remodeling is also the perfect chance to fix or upgrade some of those annoying things that you otherwise probably wouldn’t bother with – a dripping tap, cracked tiles or faded paintwork. Today’s bathrooms come with innovations and technology that were unheard of at one time, and if you want to watch TV in the bathroom, now is your chance.

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Making Your Home Efficient

You can also enjoy a more energy efficient home when you undertake a kitchen or bathroom remodeling project. And of course, an energy efficient home can appeal to a potential home buyer just as much as extra storage space. The average bathroom remodeling project can increase a home’s value by several thousand dollars, more if the renovations feature the latest in energy efficient appliances and fixtures. Many homeowners today put energy efficiency towards the top of their list of ‘must haves.’ Even if you aren’t selling your home, the savings on energy and utility bills will surely be appreciated.

A new look kitchen or bathroom can be a sensible investment, whether you plan to stay in your home for the foreseeable future or are looking for a quick sale.

Replacing Your Windows? Here’s What to Consider

Replacing the windows on your home can be both an exciting and stressful process. On one hand, you’re imagining how great your home will look with new windows; on the other, you’re worried about making the right choice for an expensive upgrade you’ll be using for years. If you want to improve the chances of making a decision you’ll never regret, follow these steps as you consider which windows (and installers) to choose for your home.

Choose windows designed for your climate

Did you know that windows are designed to excel in specific climates? If heating your home is a bigger concern than keeping it cool, you’ll want windows that are designed to gather heat. If your air conditioning bills are bigger than your heating bill, get windows that are designed to block out heat. Not sure which category you fall into? Just ask your local window expert which climate you live in. There are four climate zones in the US. Make sure your windows are designed for your climate, and you’ll be off to a great start.

Don’t overspend on energy efficiency

Maybe there’s no such thing as being too energy-efficient, but that doesn’t mean that the most efficient window is the best value for you. Some window upgrades, such as triple-paned glass, are expensive relative to the energy savings they offer. If you don’t live in a severely hot or cold place, you may find that less expensive double-paned glass is more than adequate for your needs – especially when you consider the cost of the upgrade. Your local window retailer should be able to give you an idea about how much money and energy each possible window upgrade could save you.

Compare window warranties

Energy-efficient windows can reduce your utility bills every month, but these savings pale in comparison to the cost of replacing your windows. If you’re intent on saving money in the long term, you’re going to want to invest in windows that last. How can you tell if a replacement window if built to last? Do your research. Look online for third-party reviews of windows. Another useful way of determining reliability is to compare the warranties that accompany the windows.

Here is an example of a strong window warranty from Renewal by Andersen of Central NC, on renewalnc.com: Replacement windows backed by superior warranties are likely to outlast those that are not;

Don’t skimp on installation

In order for a window to perform effectively, it must be installed with care and precision. For example, if shortcuts are taken during the sealing process, the performance of the most energy-efficient window will be compromised by leaks; if a window if not installed plumb and square, it might always be difficult to open and close. If you want to improve your chances of choosing a skilled and reliable window installer, there are several things you can do:

  • Get referrals (and actually check them)
  • Check their BBB rating
  • Confirm licenses (a state contractor’s, for example)

Invest a little time to ask questions, check referrals, and do some comparison shopping. Your reward will be replacement windows that make you smile for years to come.