Monthly Archives: October 2015

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Recent Project: Exterior Face Lift

Customer’s Needs:  The Smith’s hired us to do several home improvement projects to the exterior of their house, which were inspired by two other homes in the neighborhood.  To start, they were looking to add a front porch with a more prominent entrance, as well as a garage eyebrow.  In addition, since they were also not happy with the color of their home’s stucco or brick, we were asked to design a new color palette which would utilize the new window color, while also reducing the focus of the stucco.

 

With that, since the homeowners were concerned about efficiency and making sure the house was properly maintained, they requested new windows, as well as new gutters, downspouts, and covers.  Their siding was also an issue since a large portion of it had started to rot and since the rear sunroom and deck had sunk 4+ inches, structural issues were also a problem.

 

Our Process: In an effort to create the pleasing exterior that was requested, we reached out to an architectural team member who helped us envision a four color paint palette.  We installed a rustic cedar porch post, craftsman-style shutters, and metal roof details for a very pleasing result.

 

As requested, we also installed all-new windows throughout the home and replaced their gutters, downspouts, and covers, as well as the siding that had rotted away.

 

Since their deck was improperly installed, we removed the old sun room and deck footings, and poured new ones.  However, I was not comfortable fixing the issue without knowing the cause, so upon closer inspection, we discovered that water from the neighbor’s house, the driveway, and the Smith’s roof was causing drainage issues.  To fix the problem, we installed two main underground drainage lines which would divert water away from the home.  From there, we were able to bring both structures to level heights where they could be properly secured and as a finishing touch, we added new tile to the sunroom to give it a more rustic feel.

 

As a result of the drainage issues, a large section of the driveway had sunk as well, so we removed the concrete and poured it with proper underlayment, rebar, stronger concrete, and a proper pitch.

 

Extras: While working at the home, the owners asked us to install a new wood-burning fireplace, as well as a new front door and an exhaust fan in the master bathroom.  In addition, since we overheard the homeowner say that they wanted to be able to park their car in the garage, we made a point to organize it for them so there was adequate space for a vehicle.

 

Result: After being referred by a friend who had contracted us to replace their roof several years ago, the Smith’s were so pleased with our work that they agreed to serve as a reference for one of our current customers who found us on Houzz.com.

 

When we completed their project, hugs were given out.  It was a great day.

 

Mirko Attolini | CRES Builders Corp. | www.CRESBuilders.com | 770-983-4698

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DIY Projects to Get Your Home Ready for Winter

Home maintenance is obviously important, which is why I frequently promote the idea of creating a monthly checklist of tasks that should be completed throughout the year.  However, while it’s tempting to bask in what little is left of the summer sun, it’s important to take advantage of the lower humidity levels and cooler temperatures before winter really sets in.

CREATE A MUDROOM

If your home is missing a special place where the kids can stash their muddy shoes and hang wet coats, fall is a great time to create one.  While some homes comes equipped with mud rooms off the garage, making them user-friendly may still require a bit of work.  To get started, consider adding a large standalone piece of furniture with a bench seat, along with organizational items such as shelves, cubbies, and hooks.

If space is limited or you simply don’t have an actual mud room, you may want to place a console table in the hallway with baskets underneath for things like footwear, hats, and bags, while also adding a coat rack for those discarded layers.

TACKLE YOUR GARAGE

No, spring cleaning is not just for spring.  When it comes to your garage, chances are good that it’s not nearly as organized or tidy as you would like it to be.  If we look to the statistics which state that approximately 70% of homeowners don’t actually park their vehicles in the garage, it’s easy to assume that most people are dealing with an abundance of unneeded clutter.

Consider setting aside some time this weekend to go through the things you haven’t used in two years and get rid of them.  If something has been outgrown, is irreparable, or has expired, it’s time for it to go.

GRAB THE PAINT BRUSH

Don’t just think about painting—do it!  If you’ve been going through color swatches for months, yet have found yourself putting off the actual act of adding a new coat of paint to your walls, now is the time to get started.

Since painting requires good ventilation, fall is the optimal season to do it because the temperatures will allow for open windows and low humidity levels will help everything dry faster.

BRIGHTEN UP THOSE WINDOWS

You’ve probably noticed that the days are getting shorter, which will only get worse when we turn the clocks back in November.  In an effort to allow as much natural light into your home as possible, make a point to give your windows a thorough washing.  Feel free to use a commercial cleaner or utilize a solution of vinegar and water to get professional-looking results.

GIVE YOUR PATIO FURNITURE A BREAK

In an effort to make your patio gear last longer, it’s always good to give it a solid rubdown to remove any leftover pollen, grime, and bugs, and consider packing some items away for the winter.  For furniture cushions, the goal is to reduce the chances that you’ll allow mold and mildew to occur, so make sure everything is completely dry before covering it or placing it in storage.

If you have any home maintenance questions or would like to inquire about our home building and remodeling services, please contact me.

Mirko Attolini | CRES Builders Corp. | www.CRESBuilders.com | 770-983-4698