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Home Trends

Keep up with the latest home design and home improvement trends to ensure your home is up-to-date and efficient.

Home repairs and updates aren’t always fun. Especially when the change is something that doesn’t seem like it’s going to make a big impact in your everyday life, like a kitchen renovation does, it can can be hard to be excited about repairs and replacements. Window repairs can sometimes feel that way. It’s difficult to fully understand why you should spend the time and money to buy new windows, but there are plenty of benefits to it, especially if you invest in vinyl windows. Colorado Springs vinyl siding is something most people are aware of, but vinyl windows can also be a great investment for your home, especially if you’re truly aware of the benefits of them.

When a person decides to renovate or update their home, one of the most important things to consider is how the updating will become a return on investment for the seller. When you begin renovating or updating a house that you know isn't your forever house, it's hard to separate what you want done to the house for the rest of the time you're living in it and what you can do that wouldn't necessarily be your number one priority but will increase the resale value on the home.

 

With the huge amount of rainfall Colorado Springs has had this May, it’s hard to believe spring is in full effect and summer will be starting soon. Aside from the typical spring cleaning, spring is a great time to get a jumpstart on home improvement projects.

Now that the sun is beginning to shine, it’s time to think about some important maintenance and improvement projects for your house. Getting spring home improvement projects done early will leave you with more fun in the sun.

If you’ve had an idea to enhance your curb appeal or do a major (or minor) home makeover, now is the perfect time to get started.

home improvement winterHave something to show for your tax refund this year: Spruce up the outside of your home.

It’s tax season and if you’re one of the lucky ones who gets a refund this year give yourself a gift that pays you back every time you arrive home. Freshening up the exterior of your home will not only give the neighborhood a lift, it will lift your spirits every time you pull into the drive. Here is a list of tried and true ways to increase your home’s curb appeal no matter what your budget. I’ve started with siding and windows because that’s what I do, but hang on because I’ve also listed some great ideas that can make a big difference with a few dollars and some elbow grease.

colorado springs cement sidingEvery year around this time, homeowners across the country look for ways to save money on energy bills. Of course, it’s probably a little late to cut energy costs this winter season, but maybe it’s time to consider replacement windows as your next home improvement. If you live in Colorado Springs, it is important to realize that windows are more than just a way to beautify the exterior of your home. Sure, they can dramatically improve “curb appeal,” but more importantly they provide a shield from the elements.

If the windows in your home no longer enhance the façade, filter out noise or protect you from extreme weather conditions, it may be time to replace them with new ones that will reduce energy costs while complementing the architecture of your home.

siding contractorsWhen one considers all the different building materials available to homeowners today, sustainable building products might not be the first thing that comes to mind. Besides, when consumers think about helping the environment they usually imagine themselves recycling, driving a hybrid car or using wind or solar power, not using sustainable shingles. However, “green and sustainable” building products are one way that homeowners can be kind to the environment while beautifying their homes.

Not every Colorado Springs cement siding contractor offers a way to create more sustainable homes like this, but it has become a growing trend. Hopefully the long-term positive effect of this trend will help the environment, but are all sustainable products created equal? By using the James Hardie brand of cement siding, also known as HardieBoard®, homeowners are guaranteed a beautiful and durable exterior that meets the building industry’s standards of sustainability.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

5 Remodeling Trends for 2014-15

colorado springs divorce attorney 2It may seem like summer just ended, but the home improvement industry is already decorating for Halloween. Early fall through the end of the year is a popular time for homeowners to start remodeling, and the industry is already abuzz about the trends for 2015. In fact, many remodelers and contractors are retooling their marketing messages so they speak to the changing needs of the American homeowner.

colorado springs sidingAs one of the best-known Colorado Springs home improvement contractors, we get a lot of questions about how to restore older homes. Some of our clients will go to great lengths to use only the finest materials, restoring the home to its original splendor; but the majority of homeowners don’t have the resources to splurge on a full restoration.
In many cases, the wood siding has been so badly neglected and water-damaged it requires a complete overhaul. While many homeowners will be tempted to put up vinyl siding, this can act as an exterior vapor barrier, trapping moisture within the walls and hastening decay. Additionally, vinyl siding cracks easily in Colorado’s colder temperatures and its color will fade over time.

hardie board uniqueWe've all heard the various opinions of real estate agents who encourage sellers to make home improvements, but is there really one improvement that can make or break a sale? Some say it's the kitchen; others focus on landscaping, while others aim for a neutral color palette throughout the home. While there's no doubt that these improvements make a difference, there is only one major facelift that is proven to increase resale value, and that's fiber cement siding.

resale valueRemodeling and renovating your home can add space, improve energy efficiency and make it look terrific, often making it tempting to stay there longer. But will all these renovations help increase the selling price? In the event that you are thinking ahead toward one day selling your home, it's important to recognize that not all improvements are created equal. Some could actually make selling your home more difficult. But how do you tell the difference?