Your home in a majority of cases is the biggest purchase of your life. Once you own your home you want to learn to properly maintain it and also start to add improvements. Did you know that improving the Kitchen and Bathroom in your home will bring you the biggest return on investment? There are many things you can do to improve your homes value. Just to name a few you can update your bathrooms, kitchen, add and addition or improve the landscaping on your lot. All of these things can improve not only the quality of your life but the value of your home.
Eliminate Hiding Places.
Keep all entry points to your house well lit.
Trim shrubs and trees that could provide cover for an intruder. Trim tree limbs that could enable intruders to gain entry via an upper-floor window or balcony and keep items such as ladders locked inside the house.
Don’t be an easy target.
Burglars want to hit the easiest target on the block so give them reasons to skip your house.
Home-security decals or “Beware of Dog” signs are good deterrents. Home security alarms are also good.
A subscription to a monitoring service is a good idea, but even the sound of an alarm is often enough to scare off a thief.
Lock windows and doors.
Department of Justice statistics report more than half of all burglaries occur with no sign of forced entry — meaning a robber was able to enter the house through an unlocked door or window.
Use a heavy-duty deadbolt that is bolted to the door frame with three-inch screws.
Appear to be home.
When you’re away, have someone pick up your mail and newspaper or have them stopped for the duration of your trip. In addition, have someone mow your lawn. Also, use timers to turn specific lights on and off in the house to make it seem as if someone is home.
Be it a refurbishing of an old bridged walkway to the front door or a new back yard deck, decks can be a dynamic addition to any house and yard. The large deck with the white railing was striped of all old deck boards, built in planters, Bar-B-Q , hot tub, railing and gates. The under structure was reworked to replace any questionable supports. All of the stairs were replaced with new stair jacks and the upper portion of the deck was extended out an additional three feet. A pergola was added over the upper deck and white powder coated railing were added throughout including new dog gates.
The first picture is of the half-bath on the main floor that was done with the kitchen shown in that gallery. The main bath upstairs had previously been remodeled in the fifties and was pink and red without a shower. The room was striped down to the studs and had new plumbing and electrical installed. A white octagonal tile was installed on the floor with a white subway tile on the walls and shower. Green marble was used as a 6” base around the room. New plumbing fixtures with sink, toilet, and tub were added along with new lighting. The wood trim was all removed and refinished to keep the original look and material where possible.
The newer contemporary baths are actually five different bathrooms in the same house and were all updated without the changing out of the cabinets or wall covering. The floors were removed and replaced with heated tile floors, toilets, sinks, tubs, showers, lighting, etc. were all replaced. Each bathroom was different and yet the same look was carried throughout the house.
The kitchen with the darker cabinets had been remodeled previously in the early sixties and was not designed to match the rest of the house. Once we started the remodel it became apparent we’d have to gut the entire room down to the studs, including the laundry area and half bathroom. The kitchen was updated with new appliances and a more modern look yet keeping in style of this 1909 Shaker house.
The kitchen with the lighter cabinets was originally installed in the early seventies and was in dire need of an update. The customer wanted bring it up-to-date while keeping the look of the white washed cabinets and tongue & groove cedar wall coverings. New counter tops were installed, changing from tile to a man made quartz product. Updated appliances, plumbing fixtures and sink, under cabinet and general lighting, windows, flooring, and much more.