Home Improvement

May 24, 2016

Curb Appeal Can Add Value - What to Look For

Curb Appeal

Almost ready to put your house on the market?Curb Appeal
The time before you dive in is pivotal. There is a huge opportunity to get more value out of your home by sprucing up your curb appeal.  Yet most homeowners are unaware of what impact can be made with ...

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March 30, 2016

Renovating Our Home - Change Orders

Renovating our Home - Change orders

When renovating our home each decision that we make affects something else.  Even with the best plans there are always changes that occur. Today we are talking about some of the decisions and changes that we have had to make since we started the renovation ...

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March 11, 2016

Renovating Our Home - Hiccup #1 - Tearing off the Roof

Renovating Hiccups

Renovating our homeOk, so we are into the framing process of our house.  One thing that I know about renovating is that you will have hiccups.  We had our first hiccup.

When we had the architectural plans drawn, we originally were going to take the roof off and raise the ceilings ...

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Feb. 1, 2016

Our Renovation: Finding a Lender

Finding a lender and contractor go hand-in-hand.  We have talked about interviewing and hiring an architect and contractor.  The final piece before you start the renovations is finding a lender and identifying the right renovation loan program for your project.  There are tons of lenders in Atlanta, but not very many do renovation ...

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Feb. 1, 2016

Preventing Costly Leaks

Leaks are a part of owning a home.  Pipes break or get cracks and drip.  In Atlanta, we don't see that much cold weather, but it does happen occasionally.  Colder weather is notorious for broken or burst pipes due to freezing.  Most often you will see them in the ...

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Jan. 22, 2016

Renovating My Home - Hiring the Right Architect

The next step in renovating a home is hiring the right architect.  Before we start on that, lets talk about my last blog.  In my last blog we talked about what needs to be done before you start the renovation process.

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Jan. 20, 2016

Our Renovation - Poured vs Block Foundations

We have found all the people we need to get the project done.  Now it is time to make decisions on different parts of the renovation.  When we had our plans drawn we had to have a basement.  This was due to the slope of the Poured vs Block Foundationsland.  We had a ...

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Jan. 17, 2016

We are Renovating Our Home: A Step-by-Step Guide


My wife and I are going to start renovating our home in January.   I thought it would be good to document the process that we are going to go through, and provide information about it from start o finish.  I want people to get a good feel for home ...

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Jan. 6, 2016

Next Step in our Renovation: Hiring the Right Contractor

Hiring the right ContractorOK, so we hired the architect and had the plans drawn.  The next step for us was hiring the right contractor.  This can be one of the most frustrating processes.  It was frustrating at times, for a few reasons:

  • Contractors were all over the board for pricing on our project ...
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Nov. 5, 2015

Knowing When and How to Paint Your Home

I always get asked the question - How often do I need to paint my house?  My answer - it all depends on whom you ask.  Some contractors say 5-6 years and others say 10-15 years.  The best answer I can give is when you start to notice signs of your paint ...

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