The art of home improvement is so much more than just putting in a brand new kitchen sink. It takes a great deal of research, a lot of diligence, and careful attention to fine detail to really make sure that things look great and that they are safely installed. The tips below can help you improve your do it yourself skills.
The fall and winter season is a great time to get a jump on those home improvements and repairs that you have been waiting on all year. Before the next rain storm hits in the spring, it’s time for gutter repair and installation. There are many YouTube videos on how to get started with this DIY project, but if you are like many folks, it is simply easier to outsource it to a local company or big box brand hardware store.
The moment making a renovation for your home, consider the specific circumstances of your house. There are many renovations you might do to your home that would not fit given the weather conditions or other environmental factors of your area. Make sure the changes you want to make don’t rely on a change in the local climate as well.
Tips on how to increase your home value are the actual perfect starting point for a beginner to emerge and hopefully make bettering their own home much easier. Below is such a collection that will hopefully assist the eager novice into eventually being a pro when it comes to home improvement.
Consider converting unused rooms in your house. Just before you spend excessively adding an extra room or maybe more to your home, seriously look at what you have to work with. Will you be getting much use out of these exercise room or office? Even storage area spaces like attics can be become something useful, like a bedroom.
In the event lubricant alone doesn’t solve your door squeaking problems, use wire wool. Merely eliminate the hinge from the door and dismantle it by removing the flag in the middle.. Clean away any dirt, oxidation, and any other excessive debris with the made of wool and replace the joint pin and return the hinge to the door. Then apply lubricant.
When ever it comes to do-it-yourself, consider adding more enthusiasts to your residence to help during the warm months. This is important because running fans will cost considerably lower than air conditioning, and provide a cooling benefit as well. Remember also that a fan only provides chilling benefit when you are within the room, so turn it off if the room will not be occupied.
In terms of home improvement, take your current space into consideration before adding on with new construction. It could be much more cost effective to convert either an attic or basement into living space. Added costs come into play when you have to add more to your foundation or roof structure area.
You may need PVC brackets and PVC primer to attach a pair of PVC pipes. Without these items, the pipes will not stay together and fluids may leak from them. Make sure the water lines are dry before you begin.
Consult a professional for larger jobs like cracks in walls. Actually if you think you really know what you are doing, you can benefit from a professional’s experience in the field. A professional has been doing the job more often than you have and can help you find items, get the job done quicker and troubleshoot any problems.
If your living room is dark even if you have a lot of windows, there are ways to ensure that light will get through. Putting in skylights is a great way to save on energy bills because it cuts down on the employment of lamps, and it will ensure that natural lighting will come in. Choosing to paint your living room warm and inviting colors such as orange, yellowish, or light brown can create a feeling of warmth and light. Produce sure to decorate with light wood colored furniture rather than dark and heavy oaks.
Well, hopefully these collection of tips were enough to give you a great start what to do and expect in regards to bettering your own home. This collection was carefully constructed to be an aid in your arsenal so as to commence to hone your do it yourself skills into doing great and safe improvements.
In the event that you desire to make an improved decision regarding a new roof for your family’s home, then you have made the right choice. There is not any excuse for not getting the knowledge you need before such an amazing investment. Keep in mind the following information so as to choose what is suitable for your family.
Never work on your homes roof top if the weather exterior is rainy, snowy or icy. If you’re working on a wet roof structure, you’re putting yourself at risk of injury or death. If you’re doing roof work yourself, make sure you do it during dried out and sunny days.
When ever there is a fracture in a shingle, you must replace it. In fact, any cracking usually means that you’ll have to change all of the shingles as they’re likely to start out cracking too. If it be from poor materials or improperly installed shingles, you’ll save yourself many problems by getting it all replaced.
If perhaps you are in a wintry climate, you would be wise to be mindful when removing snow from your roof. Make sure you don’t damage the surface when shoveling snow away. For optimal safety, try by using a soft bristled surface broom to remove the last bit of snow rather than by using a shovel.
Once a storm blows through your area, watch out for roofers who knock on your door. They often follow a storm and offer their services to everyone on the block, then they placed a cheap, inadequate roof while taking all the money your insurer will offer on your claim, ripping you off.
Having read the tips that have been provided to you, you now are equipped to handle the problem at hand. It usually takes the right knowledge and putting it into action as you properly plan for your new roofing. Check with your local market professionals such as roof repair okc. Making the right decisions and ending up with the right outcome is the objective.
What should you expect from your General Contractor on a custom home project?
Services can vary greatly from a guy with a pick up truck and a cell phone, to fully staffed office with bookkeeping, design staff, and on- site Contractor/Builder, and staff carpenters and crew. What you need may depend on your time, personal experience and expertise, and budget.
Builder's overhead and supervision may seem like additional expense at first glance. However, this support staff may actually save you time and money in the long run.
One of the most critical aspects of a custom home project is scheduling and good subcontractors. A reputable, experienced General Contractor will have long standing relationships with the best plumbers, electricians, painters and other subs needed to build your home. These suppliers will respond best to a builder they know will give their company future on-going work rather than a one time homeowner build for both response time and rate.
Having office staff to do leg work, research, track bids, billing, payments etc. also makes the process smoother and communication better. This staff assures not only that the bids are in line for the work proposed, but also assure proper liability insurance is in place for the duration of the project. Lenders have specific protocol for inspections, draw requests and lien waivers that's full time bookkeeping and office staff will get done in a timely manner.
In- house design staff will have the expertise and product knowledge to get you the look you want without you spending time and energy running all over town and on-line to find the materials needed for your home finishes. These resources will also come at volume purchase savings in the form of designer or contractor discounts not offered to the public. This design staff can also keep you from making mistakes in your door swings, lighting plan and other space planning and lifestyle decisions. In- house design is typically tens of thousands of dollars less than hiring an outside firm and can make the communication to the contractor more efficient.
On-site Contractor and builder and staff carpenters assures the quality of construction from project to project. No risk that a low bid crew cuts corners, or fails to show up for days or weeks due to winter road conditions or other excuses.
When choosing your Custom Home Builder, take the time to visit previous homes built to see quality of construction. Follow up with references about the client experience, and meet the entire support staff. When you understand the roll of the entire Contractor Team, you will appreciate the work and services they can provide and feel good about the Team that has your back.
A Timber Frame Home can be a good option when unsure about how much wood you want in your Mountain Home.
Like Log Homes, Timber Frame Homes, sometimes referred to as Post & Beam Homes, come as a "package" from the manufacturer and can save money on the Architect & Design Fees if you find a stock plan from a supplier you like with minor modifications. Timber Frame Homes can save construction time as much of the "skeleton" of the structure has been pre-cut and goes together quickly on site. They also offer more visual interest and beauty than a standard stick frame home.
Typically you will see these heavy squared-off beams and carefully fitted and joined timbers with joints secured by large wooden pegs and mortise and tenon joints. The craftsmanship is apparent in the exposed beams. The best designs offer open floor plans and soaring ceilings. This building method has been used for thousands of years in many parts of the world, and is a trusted method of durability. Today's Timber Frame Homes use state of the art insulation or SIPS panels between the beams for high performance and energy saving.
There are several well respected Timber Frame and Post & Beam suppliers in both the US and Canada. Browse the floor plans of a respected manufacturer like Canadian Timber Frames to the see flexibility of design you can't always get with a traditional log home. Then contact us to help customize the plan to best fit your access, views, and lifestyle needs of your building site.
When comparing Timber Packages, take care to note what is included with the package. Some packages offer just the skeleton, others contain the full roof and wall framing system along with siding and other components you need to complete your home.
In the Colorado Mountain Ski Resort Region the building cost will be similar to a log home, starting at around $265/sf for a turn key home including plans, engineering, permits, site prep and construction.
This home was constructed by Mountain Log Homes of Colorado, Inc. in Keystone in 2016. The timbers came from Woodhouse in Pennsylvania. Visit our website to see more images.
Call us at 970-468-8683 to get started on your Timber Frame Home in Colorado.
Location, Location, Location is always the mantra when purchasing a building site. Ski area access, views, and water make a lot more desire able.But, like the Rolling Stones song, you can't always get what you want. Many of the good ones are taken in a resort community, and the ones that are left, most likely have issues that can be overcome with a realistic budget and proper planning, but will take more work and money to develop.High country resort area land has a unique set of challenges including but not limited to:
1. Steepness or Slope...anything over 30% grade is almost impossible to get an approved residential building permit. Need for additional excavation, fill dirt, retaining wall and specially engineered foundation walls can add to site development cost and create design challenges on any steep lot.
2. Access to Utilities, Water and Sewer. The developmental cost of individual parcels can very greatly from site to site even within the same neighborhood. Having a power transformer nearby is helpful as the power company charges by the linear foot to bring electricity to the building site.
a. Do you need a septic? Soils reports will determine the design and cost which can rage form $20,000-$50,000. Tap fees in resort communities can vary for a 3 bedroom home from as little as $12,000 to as much as $50,000 if there are inclusion fees, line extension fees and other costs in the municipality.
b. City water vs. well can also vary. Depth and water quality can may vary greatly across different geographic regions. Be prepared for approx. $12,000 for a standard 200 foot depth well, more if it needs to go deeper or be steel lined. Make sure the lot is big enough for you to keep the sewer and well 100 feet apart. Per code.Expect to budget another $5-10,000 on a water purification system if you water quality has sulphur, iron or other minerals in it. Colorado has mineral rich soil can affect your water quality
3. Building for the Neighborhood. You don't want to be the most or least expensive home in the neighborhood or you wont get a favorable bank appraisal for your construction loan. Be sure you realtor has a clear idea of the home size and quality you wish to build as you find neighborhoods with comparable homes. Some HOA will have minimum and maximum requirements. Know before you buy.
4. Wetlands, Sun & Seasons affect not only the livability of a lot, but also the building envelope, how big the footprint can be, and where on the lot you can build. Wetland delineation may be required by the Building & Planning Department & Army Corps of engineers, and can add expense and months to your project.Lots at higher elevation, over 10,000 feet, or north facing land can have longer winters and shorter building season. That's why ski areas are built north facing! The ground needs to be dry to bring in heavy equipment for excavation. If there is still snow in June, it makes it difficult to get the home dried in before its starts snowing again in the fall, and may add additional expense for temp heat and snow removal during the project build. This will also mean more maintenance in snow plowing etc. While you own the home.
5. Work with an experienced Realtor. A good local Real Estate professional will save you money in the long run if they find out the history of the lot, secure topos, research utilities, and give you the comps for homes in the area prior to your lot purchase. Vacant land is not something you want to purchase without professional advice or assistance. Interview builders early in the process to find a General Contractor you trust to preview a building site for suitability for the kind of home you wish to build and any hidden costs that he will recognize from experience. The least expensive lot is not always a good deal. Don't be caught owning property you can't afford to develop.
It's important for the smooth flow of your project that correspondence, requests, decisions and concerns are responded to in a timely manner.An average, a custom home has over 70 categories of purchases, subcontractors, and areas of decision. From cabinets, to flooring, to paint and stain...the further along the project is, the more timely " final answers" need to be addressed. Once drywall is in, things move quickly.Earlier phases of a project are dictated by things that the homeowner does not have as much control, but rather dictated by codes and engineering like roof lines, insulation, and excavation.Be sure that you keep open lines of communication by all parties by your agreed upon preferred method of communication determined at the beginning of the project. Pinterest, Houzz.com and other online resources are a great way to "show" vs. tell your contractor and designer what you envision. Terminology can differ, and a picture is worth a thousand words.Set up a weekly or semi- monthly time to walk through the project. Speak up when you have concerns before it's too late to make affordable adjustments.The beauty of a custom home is you get to choose everything to your taste and needs. Be sure that the communication goes both directions throughout the project.Take the advice of your builder or designer when your vision doesn't work with your architecture or budget, and be open to options presented.
When interviewing potential builders for your Custom Home, make sure you come prepared with a written list of questions to assure you are making an accurate and fair comparison of both working habits and budget related concerns.Some builders have office staff and crew carpenters; others "do it all" from G.C. Supervision to bookkeeping out of their truck with a series of sub-contractors and no staff. Less overhead may mean less customer service. Too much overhead could lead to hidden fees and expenses. Find a builder you feel comfortable with that you believe will give you the attention to detail you require at a fair and transparent cost.Some suggested questions on first meeting could include:
1. Does your quoted cost per square foot include site development, blue prints and any permits or fees? Or, is that a separate budget?2. Can you help evaluate building sites and work with the architect for the most efficient design?3. Who is responsible for finish selections? Do you work with a local Interior Designer? Or do you have staff Design Consultants? How is this paid for? Is there an hourly rate or flat fee? Is it included with construction contract?4. How accurate can I expect my preliminary budget be to final building cost? What is your historical track record?5. How do you handle change orders?6. Do I pay for a hourly on-site supervisor? Or, is supervision included in my General Contracting fee?7. Who pays for insurance and overhead on my project?8. How often will you have contractor/ owner walk through and budget to date meeting?9. Will you see copies of all bids and final bills? If so, how will those be shared?10. How long will it take to build your home?11. Can you have a list of references/homeowners contacts over the past 2-5 years?12. Can we walk through/ site visit previous homes you built of similar size or style?13. Is the person you negotiate your home project with the same person on your job site?14. Have you ever been involved in a lawsuit or construction defects claim? If so, what were the circumstances and resolution?15. Do you guarantee all subcontractors have appropriate liability insurance?
Watch us build this fabulous custom Englemann Spruce Log Home over the next year in Blue River Colorado. This home features 3800 square feet with 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 1-car garage, media/rec room and covered deck on 3-levels.
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