by Charles Loveless, VP of sales and operations
At RPD we love transforming, improving, and protecting homes so that the homeowner is thrilled with their end product. This can best be seen through a customer’s recommendations and reviews. A recent exterior project we completed exemplifies this perfectly. Here is the link to their Google review. Plus, these pictures tell the story of the overall change.
Our customers have been living in an attractive home in Deerfield for about 8 years. They have been contemplating changes that would update and enhance the appearance of their home. The exterior color was a tired looking beige that had no curb appeal. The change to white, gray, and black transformed the exterior with a vibrant new look. The customer also requested that we remove the keystone décor at the top of the window and garage banding. We moved the old corner carriage lights and centered new ones above each garage door. A new set of garage doors added to the “wow” factor. One other item requested was to change the top ornate scrolled sections of the front columns. Wrapping the tops of the columns with stucco added to the transformation. However, the additions of stained “V” board ceilings on the front and back porches added that touch of elegance that completed their home.
Prioritizing your project budget
Navigating shortages in construction & remodeling
By Lauren Loveless, Marketing Assistant
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By Charles Loveless, VP of Sales and Operations
In the construction and remodeling fields, there are reports and we have been noticing, that there is a trend in the escalation of costs in building material, delays in deliveries, and some shortages on certain materials/products.
What to Expect?
1. Plan ahead for bathrooms- If you are going to do remodeling of kitchen and bathrooms begin a couple of months prior to the actual date. Purchase faucets, shower/tub valves, tubs, toilets, mirrors, lights, tile, and grout several weeks before you plan to start the updates. Have them stored in the garage ready to go.
2. Plan ahead for Kitchens- Get together with your designer and have all cabinets made prior to the start date. Select and order your faucet, sink, countertops, tiles/grout, and paint/stain colors at least two weeks before the project begins. Also, a couple of months before that you will need to order your appliances. They are taking much longer to arrive from the factories, sometimes up to two months.
3. Building materials for additions, decks, and patios- Many of the factories that fabricate our wood products have either shut down or are doing minimal production. So, have your contractor ensure that materials are readily available before starting a project. Realize the cost of wood has skyrocketed by 100% or greater. (Ex: a 4X8 sheet of plywood was $36 a few months ago and is now over $70.)
What to Expect from Renovate Paint & Design?
1. We take the planning and ordering of materials off your shoulders.
2. We set up appointments with you for tile, grout, and stone selections.
3. We help with the design and selecting colors.
4. We ensure that materials are ordered, new cabinets are ready for install, and have a plan to minimize time and disruption in your home.
Welcoming back summer
by Lauren Loveless, Marketing Assistant
With the prices for lumber and paint rising due to the pandemic, you may be seeing a rise in costs for remodeling and painting projects. This can be troubling, especially if you want to tear out the old and put in something new, which requires the use of such materials. However, all hope is not lost for your dream project, and we’re here to help you achieve your goal, while maintaining a reasonable budget.
It is easy to get lost in the overwhelming amount of work that needs to be done on your house; perhaps you’re starting to get tired of that tacky wallpaper or old cabinets. However, if your to-do list contains house flaws, such as wood rot or molding, it is important to prioritize these projects, as the cost will only increase the longer the problem isn’t properly handled. On the other hand, if you are looking to increase the value of your home, try prioritizing repairing damage, and replace roofing and flooring.
2) Contact multiple contractors
To ensure you don’t get swindled for the same work, it never hurts to contact many companies to compare their prices. However, looking at their reviews on platforms such as Google or Angie’s List is also important so you don’t get stuck with a poor looking job that will end up costing more to fix, than if you had initially gone with a more expensive, but thorough contractor.
3) Repair the old
Instead of going down the route of total destruction and the purchase of new materials, take a look at what can be salvaged. For example, if you are looking to update your deck, repair what needs to be fixed and spruce up the old, because as mentioned, lumber prices have raised significantly and purchasing new material could be out of your budget.
4) DIY remodeling and painting
Risky? Absolutely. Sometimes worth it if you’re very careful? Yes. Doing a project by yourself can more often than not be less expensive, however, it is easy to underestimate the time and complexity needed. Going down a simpler route might be DIY demolition, such as tearing up old flooring, which would cut the first half of expenses. But again, these processes are risky and require much research.
SOURCE: Betty Crocker
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