What Truly Makes a House a Home?

Investing in a property is not only a massive financial undertaking, but it also involves committing yourself emotionally. Indeed, a dwelling should be a retreat from the world for you and your family and the one place where you can truly kick back and relax. It makes sense, therefore, to invest some time and money into making it a home, rather than just somewhere that you live. You will enjoy spending time with family and have fun being all together.

Renovations or major structural work can be expensive and time-consuming. However, you don’t have to knock down walls or add additions to change the way your house appears. In fact, applying some creativity to the decor doesn’t have to cost a million dollars and may even be fun! And, if done with careful consideration, you can even add long-term value to your property.

So, what can you do to turn your house into your home?

Before you begin slapping paint onto walls and throwing out furniture, it pays to plan. Consequently, you should start by ascertaining how much money you can afford to set aside for redecoration, including buying such items as paint or accessories. At this point, you should also consider how much time you want to dedicate to the project.

The next step involves evaluating your property to see which rooms could use some attention. Don’t be unrealistic in your goals, but instead look at the spaces where you perhaps don’t spend much time. Ask yourself why. Is it because the room is uninviting, or does it not have proper seating, etc.?

By identifying why it is you don’t use certain areas, it will be easier to come up with an appropriate solution. In reality, sometimes just adding a cozy blanket and some intimate lighting is enough to turn a previously unused room into your new sanctuary.

Choosing color schemes or accessories can be challenging. As a result, you should dedicate some time to researching different decorating styles or even reflecting on your personality and lifestyle. So, if you like jazz music, for example, why not draw some inspiration from that and use associated colors or imagery?

Although it is fun to involve yourself in the creative side of redecorating, it is also essential to consider the more practical elements of DIY. Therefore, before you undertake any decorative tasks, make sure you have adequate home insurance cover. Be careful to cover the carpet with dust sheets or to remove breakables out of the way; it is unfortunate but accidents in the home do happen. Not only that, but government statistics reveal that a third of people are not protected against accidental damage. If you are ever in doubt, give Rogers Builders a call and we will be more than happy to come out and help with any project you have going.

Rogers Builders specializes in new construction, remodeling, residential and commercial building projects, and more. We guarantee satisfaction and back our work with our years of experience in the business. We have small-town values with big-town quality. Give us a call and we’ll help you with your next project.



After The Waters Subside: Steps to Take to Rebuild After a Flood

Nature can be a powerful force to be reckoned with as we saw recently with the devastating flooding in Baton Rouge. A flood can cause a minimal amount of damage or cause you to have to restore so much you feel as if you’re gutting your house completely; as if you’re starting from scratch with the building of your home. Unfortunately, no one can control the weather and the work has to be done, but the outcome will be well worth it once you and your family can move back home. You can also save in the process and – in the end – reward yourself for your hard work and sacrifice.

The first step in rebuilding after a flood like the one in Baton Rouge, is to guard repairable and undamaged items. There’s a chance that these items may become damaged after the flood has subsided. If mold and mildew have started accumulating in your home, they will grow until the house dries completely, and the proper steps are taken to remove these molds. Mildew will be the first to appear in the home; however, mildew is mold in the early stage. It only takes 24 to 48 hours for mold growths (or colonies) to start accumulating in a moist area. Once it has started to grow you shouldn’t use fans to dry a room. This will only cause the mold to spread. Remove all wet items in your home including carpeting as soon as possible.

The next step in rebuilding after a flood is to eliminate mold from clothing, bedding, and toys by cleaning and disinfecting the items. With clothes and bedding – add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to a load of laundry. Continue to wash in this manner until all traces of mold are gone, and clothes don’t have a moldy smell anymore. Complete this process by washing your clothes one more time with regular laundry detergent.

Any foods that had even a remote chance of getting damp should be discarded immediately. The only foods that should be saved are sealed, packaged foods that are still completely dry and canned goods that haven’t been dented or damaged. Remove labels on all cans. Wash sealed packages with a warm water/dishwashing liquid mix. For canned goods – scrub with a bristle brush in a strong detergent solution – then put them in a mix of 1 quart of warm water and two teaspoons of bleach for 15 minutes. Another solution is to boil for 10 minutes. It’s crucial to remove the labels since the paper can hold dangerous bacteria.

The sooner you can start cleaning the inside of your home the easier it will be to get rid of the mold and mildew growing in your walls, flooring, appliances, and ceilings. Make sure to wear gloves, a mask, and eye protection. You should have the area you’re working in at the time well ventilated. Disinfect all surfaces with a 10% bleach solution allowing the solution to sit for at least 10 minutes, then rinse with clean water. Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to get rid of mold or mildew on wallboard, plaster, or paneling. The best way to handle this situation is to remove all that has been soaked by flood waters at least to the flood level. If your home has the blown-in cellulose type of insulation, it’s best to get rid of this as well since it holds water for such a long time. Styrofoam and fiberglass batts can be reused if hosed off and dried thoroughly.

For insurance purposes, it’s best to take plenty of before and after pictures. Keep a daily activity log including any and all calls made to your insurance company and conversations that took place. Make sure to keep all of the receipts used to purchase everything – right on down to the cleaning supplies. And don’t throw any damaged materials away until your insurance company gives you the go-ahead.

Rogers Builders specializes in new construction, remodeling, residential and commercial building projects, and more. We guarantee satisfaction and back our work with our years of experience in the business. We have small-town values with big-town quality. Give us a call and we’ll help you with your next project.


Advantages and Disadavantages Of Asphalt And Metal Roofing: Part 1

The roof is one of the most important components of a house. It protects the house from hazards such as thunderstorms, heavy rainfall and winds. A leaky roof could cost a homeowner a pile of money in direct and ancillary repairs.

The choice of the best roofing material is influenced by personal preferences as well as other factors such as cost, function, aesthetics and longevity. It also depends on the perspective of who is being asked. If one is buying a home, they are likely to be more interested in the price and the functionality, not the material. A production builder wants want the roof to first of all be affordable and then to function well and look good. An architect will also want a well-functioning roof-but most importantly it should be aesthetically pleasing.

Asphalt is the most commonly used roofing material. An asphalt roof is affordable and easy to install and maintain. Asphalt shingles come in various colors and this makes them easy on the eye.They come with a warranty of about 20 to 30 years depending on the particular product line used. But how long they last may depend on how they are maintained and the geographical location of the house.

Despite the popularity of asphalt, metal roofing has started to become increasingly popular. The key reason for this is due to its longevity. A metal roof can last for up to 50 years, comes in a variety of colors (and therefore looks beautiful) and it requires little maintenance. Architects praise the material for giving a house a crisp, modern look. However these positive attributes come at a high cost, which may discourage a lot of people. Metal roofing generally costs three times as much as asphalt.

If you are a builder, it is important to evaluate the various roofing options for your customers. Below is a brief summary of the advantages and disadvantages of an asphalt roof and a metal roof:

Advantages of Asphalt Roofing:

Proven Track Record

Asphalt shingles have an excellent track record and have been used by builders for about one hundred years. Many home buyers are also comfortable with the material, which helps a lot when discussing roofing with them.


The key selling point of asphalt is its affordability. A normal three-tab shingle will cost between 100 dollars and 200 dollars for an area covering 10 feet square. This makes it ideal for entry-level, low cost housing or production housing.

Easy Installation

Asphalt is the easiest type of roofing to install. A qualified professional can even complete roofing a house in a single day. Some keen DIY (do-it-yourself) enthusiasts have been known to undertake roofing projects, but this is not recommended because of warranty concerns.


Asphalt shingles normally come with warranties of 20 to 30 years, depending on the particular product line. Many have class A fire rating and require little maintenance. There are some brands that adhere to Energy Star requirements, which can make the buyer to be eligible for tax credits.

Easy Repair

In the event that it is damaged, an asphalt roof is quite easy to repair.

Wide Range of Styles

If one is concerned about the cost, asphalt comes in a number of affordable basic designs. There are also pricier and fancy designs that look like slate or wood shakes. Most shingles are made using the three-tab design, but one can also get thicker, costlier laminates that come in a variety of colors and deep shadow lines.

Disadvantages of Asphalt roofing:

Uninspiring Colors

Even though they come in snazzy styles and colors, many builders prefer to use duller, unicolored shingles.

Weight Concerns

Whereas basic shingles are not very heavy, the expensive, textured and laminated varieties can be quite heavy.

Affected by Extreme Weather

Normally, asphalt provides good protection from the elements-but severe weather such as hailstorms may be problematic. There are special shingles that can resist adverse weather, but they cost 50% more than the standard shingles. Furthermore, asphalt roofs that lack enough sunlight are susceptible to algae, moss and mildew-which reduces their lifespan.

Longevity Issues

The warranties on asphalt roofs generally cover a long time, but the shingles need to be maintained well and have a properly-ventilated roof deck.

Recycling Problems

Only a small percentage of the disposed asphalt shingles are recycled. The rest remain as shingle waste, which is an ecological hazard.

Check back next week for Part 2 of our discussion!

Rogers Builders specializes in new construction, remodeling, residential and commercial building projects, and more. We guarantee satisfaction and back our work with our years of experience in the business. We have small-town values with big-town quality. Give us a call and we’ll help you with your next project.

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Small Barn Plans That Would Look Great on Your Property

If you want to build a small barn on a farm that has limited acreage, it is important to plan the layout of your property. You can certainly raise animals on land with limited acreage but you will need to optimize your space. The following are essential tips to consider when building a small barn on limited acreage.

Determine if the size is appropriate and look at local zoning requirements

Whereas it is possible to raise animals on a small parcel of land, there are times when the space available is just too little to allow you to keep your animals in a healthy manner. As a general guideline, you should consider having one acre for every large animal you own. You can be flexible with this figure but you must also consider the zoning laws in the local area. It would be very frustrating if you started planning how you are going to build your barn only to learn that you are not allowed to keep all your animals on the land due to its size.

Keep an eye on the future

Limited acreage means you will have a problem when you need to expand your small barn or make alterations. Even if you may be keeping one animal now, this can change within one year or two. As you plan your barn, think about the future. It is therefore beneficial to choose a barn design that can serve your needs for many years. You can then look for ways to make the design work for you in the best manner considering the small size of your property.

Save space and modify

Because of the limited space, you need to include only the necessary items when planning for your small barn. Assess the plans for the barn and see if there are ways that can save on space. For instance if there are plans for a wash rack, assess how much it is likely to be used. A tiny and well laid-out supply room can work just as well as a big supply room.

Be prepared for extra costs

Building a barn on a small piece of land may also mean extra needs and costs. Animals grazing in a small pasture will mean more mud when it rains. This may require you to buy and install stable grids to aid animal footing in the muddy sections. You will also have to grapple with the problem of manure management. There must be enough space set aside for compost manure on your property. If there is no space you must develop a way to give the manure to others or pay to have it removed at agreed intervals.

Assess and see how much of the land you can use

It may not be possible to develop all the land you own. Natural factors such the presence of water or topographical problems can limit your usage of the land. Assess your land comprehensively before embarking on a planning the layout. This will help you to avoid surprises as you go on.

Hire an experienced barn builder

This is where Rogers Builders comes to your rescue. An experienced and skilled barn builder will help to ensure that your small barn is built properly the first time. It can be costly to discover and fix mistakes later, so you don’t want to trust the safety and well-being of your animals to just anyone. Rogers Builders has the experience and know-how to get the job done right the first time.

Rogers Builders specializes in new construction, remodeling, residential and commercial building projects, and more. We guarantee satisfaction and back our work with our years of experience in the business. We have small-town values with big-town quality. Give us a call and we’ll help you with your next project.

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Simple Building Projects You Can Do With Your Kids

Let’s face it. It’s July, and that means that summer vacation is only half over. Most parents are at their wit’s ends right now trying to come up with fun and creative way to keep their kids busy so they stop saying, “I’m bored.”

A common struggle to most parents is how they can stop their kids from being too attached to their iPods, computers or the television and engage them in more productive activities. Fortunately, you can introduce them to the art of popcicle stick art, where you create unique and amazing kids wood stick crafts. Creating wood stick crafts is incredibly fulfilling and teaches kids how to follow instructions and use their ingenuity to create something extraordinary that they can be proud of. Trust us when we say, once you get them started they will be begging you for more.

Most adults certainly know how educating, fun and useful a hobby such as crafting is, and the greatest thing is that you can use these skills for the rest of your life. Crafting might be a little dangerous for younger kids, so we suggest adult supervision and the use of safety equipment. Once safety is put first, creating your project can be a great time for everyone.

If you are looking for a way to bring your family together and learn new skills in the process, then one of the following wood stick projects for kids will be just right for you.

Popsicle Stick Animals

What you will need:
· A few clean Popsicle sticks
· Some interesting animal face stickers
· Brushes and paint

· Begin with painting the sticks in a design and color of your choice, for example, if you are making bunny, paint the Popsicle stick gray or white then allow it to dry
· Make a small bunny face on a sticker and cut it out or you can buy ready-made stickers. Also make bunny feet.
· Stick the face on the edge of the stick and the feet on the other edge
· Use a double sided tape to hang the different animals you have created on the wall of your kid’s room.

Popsicle Stick Wind Chime

These instructions create a beautiful piece of art that you can hang on the corner of the ceiling.

What you will need:
· 50 Popsicle sticks
· Sequins/ beads/glitter
· Strong glue
· Strong thread for making the wind chime
· Flat, circular piece of wood

· Draw a star shape on a piece of paper and begin to place the sticks on each edge of the star then glue the tips together at every point where the sticks meet until you have used all the sticks.
· Use the same technique to make the rest of the stars, you should make five stars.
· Now decorate the starts with the sequins, beads, glitter, or any other decorative materials you may have
· Run the thread separately through each star using varying length so that each star hangs at a different length.
· Put the thread across each hook on a circular wooden hook.
· You will also need to fix another hook at the top of the circular disc so that it can hang.
· If you want the craft to chime, attach tiny bells at the edge of each star.

Popsicle Stick Lantern

What you will need:
· Several Popsicle stick
· Wax paper
· Glue
· Felt tip pens
· Stickers for decoration

· Stick 4 Popsicle sticks together to form a square shape and make four similar squares.
· Cut the wax paper as per the size of the squares with a margin of a half inch on all sides.
· Glue the wax paper to the square frame, fold the extra edges leaving only one end on each frame and glue.
· Once you have attached the wax paper on each frame, decorate them in your preferred designs.
· You can also cut different shapes of the wax paper such as baseballs, butterflies, flowers or cars.
· Glue together the Popsicle sticks on the edges to make the base of the lantern. It should be as big as four frames.
· Now place the decorated frames on the base and glue the remaining wax paper on the edge of the base to keep the frames together.
· After finishing, place a votive candle and watch the lantern light up.

You can make lanterns of different sizes and shapes using this idea.

Popsicle Stick Letter Rack

Materials needed:
· Popsicle sticks
· Good quality glue
· Decorative ribbons

· Place the Popsicle sticks side by side with the flat sides facing down and the long edges touching each other.
· Stick the sticks together on the edges to look almost similar to a miniature fence.
· Make three similar structures with 12, 6 and 3 sticks each. Place the structure with 12 sticks down then stick the structure with 3 sticks at 90 with the long edge touching the lower edge with the curved ends.
· Stick the remaining structure such that it is parallel to the structure with 12 sticks.
· Now make two stacks with 12 Popsicles, place them on the two parallel ends of the flat surface with 12 sticks so that they act like fillers between the two parallel surfaces. This closes the sides of the rack and makes it look like a nice sturdy structure.
· Using two sticks, make an upside down V shape and glue the ends to the top of the rack.
· Now paint the letter rack with colors of your choice or even use stickers and tattoos to give it a beautiful look. Create a ribbon flower and stick it on the rack as well.

The amazing thing about these projects is that they are ideal for all generations, whether young or old, there is a project that will fit your skill level.
Rogers Builders is pleased to present these kid’s crafting ideas for your little ones. For all of your building needs, visit Rogers Builders. We have an excellent team of experts who are ready to start on your next project and guarantee quality service every time.


Tips For Avoiding Home Renovation Mistakes

If you are planning a home renovation, you probably don’t want it to cost more than it has to. Most people do major remodels once or twice in their lifetime, therefore, it is always necessary to make the most out of this time. Knowing when to take on a remodel and the things you will need to do will help you avoid the common pitfalls associated with home improvement. Here are the common remodeling mistakes to avoid and save money.

Poor Preparation

When you think through your project, you will be able to develop a  good plan for it. This will help you organize your budget and choose the right contractor for your project. Find a contractor who fits your personality, sit down and let them show you what their plan is and thereafter sign a contract with them. Once your project begins, remember to always try your best to stick to this plan no matter how much you may want to change it. Changes to the initial plan may end up being costly and could make the project take much longer than expected. Rogers Builders has done hundreds of home renovations over the years and can walk you through the planning and organizing process to make sure all your bases are covered.

Unlicensed Tradesmen

When it comes to specialized projects, it’s always best to look for a licensed professional in that field to complete the project. Take your time and do a little investigative work. Don’t settle for the lowest bidder thinking you will save some money. If you don’t have money to do it right the first time, you certainly will not have money to have it redone. Choose reputable professionals in each area of your project to stay on the safe side.

Too Much DIY

Though it is good for homeowners to take part in their renovations, it’s always best to leave the work to professionals when it comes to specialized projects like carpentry. A DIY home renovation is rarely easy, faster or even cheaper when it’s a DIY. And it is never as easy as it looks on TV. You are also most likely to skimp on things which may lead to recurring problems or ignore important things like a floor drain in the laundry room.

Budgeting Before Planning

It is advisable to never buy any remodeling materials until all the measurements have been taken. When your project is more detailed, you are able to make a more realistic budget. One of the costliest mistakes people make is buying kitchen cabinets only to find that they don’t fit during installation. After planning your budget, you can increase it by 20 percent as a contingency for the unexpected challenges that may arise when you cut walls and ceilings.

Ignoring Issues

During the remodeling process, surprises are likely to pop up especially in old homes. You may damage the walls and find electrical issues which you have to deal with immediately. It is always best to stay involved in the process in case things like this happen to ensure that they are dealt with quickly to avoid further renovation cost afterward.

Always remember that the more you plan, the more you are likely to avoid these mistakes. If you feel that you need someone who is qualified and capable of taking care of your home improvement, Rogers Builders is just a phone call away.

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Ready Made vs Customized Home Improvements: Which One to Choose?

Do you find that your home has become a bit drab? Could it use a little sprucing up? Taking on home improvements can be quite exciting, however, it is best to research which materials will be best suited for the job but appeal to your inner interior designer.

In this post we are doing to compare and contrast ready-made or prefabricated additions to your home and customized home improvements.

While customized home improvement entail more cost, there are still homeowners who prefer them because of the personal touch that they offer. On the other hand, homeowners who are on a budget prefer more affordable, ready-made home improvements. The decision is entirely up to you, but here are some comparisons that might help you make the best choice for your home and budget.

Ready-made vs. Customized Floors

Hardwood flooring is beautiful and can come in ready-to-install planks. All you need to do is to install them and make sure that they have a complementing effect. Homeowners who choose to go with the more expensive option may choose customized wood flooring. These homeowners opt for customized wood flooring because they want something that is uniquely theirs. Customized flooring would also entail additional time for ordering and installation and may even require professional installation.

Ready-made vs. Customized Doors

Doors can come in more assembled or less assembled forms. Different parts of doors can be ordered and assembled if you choose to create your own look. If you buy a pre-assembled door, you can install it on your own if you know some basic carpentry skills. These are doors where you would simply be replacing the actual door. If you were opting for replacing the entire door frame as well as the door you may want to consider leaving this work to the professionals.

Ready-made vs. Customized Cabinets

If you choose to buy a ready-made cabinet, you are obviously saving money, time and effort. But nowadays, there is also what is called “semi-customized cabinet.” You can alter its depth, height and width. If you don’t care about costs and you can afford to spend more, you can choose custom-built cabinets. You need to hire a professional craftsman in order to assemble these. It will also take more time before you can finish this project, so plan accordingly.

Ready-made vs. Customized Countertops

For countertops, you can choose between onsite and off-site fabrication. If you choose onsite fabrication, you will have limited design options. Measuring and installing these are also easier as compared to off-site fabrication. Off-site fabrication offers many edging and design choices. Fabricating it requires the use of heavy machinery, which of course, entails heavy costs as well.

Ready-made vs. Customized Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding requires a foam underlayment to upgrade its quality. The insulating layer can be added during the manufacturing phase or during the installation. Normally, homeowners would just upgrade their vinyl siding with their trusted manufacturer. But there are also homeowners who want to hire a vinyl siding contractor who can provide higher quality insulation. You can always contact Roger’s Builders for all your home improvement needs.


Handy Summertime Improvements for Your Home

With summer just arriving, people are going out of their way to soak in the sun while it still lasts. If you are like most people, there are several improvements you can make to your property while the weather is amazing and school is out…so you have a few extra hands on deck! There is still a lot of time to get your home ready for summertime festivities and 4th of July parties. If you are handy with a tool belt, you can accomplish each of the 4 projects outlined below and bring an extra boost to your home this summer. Not a DIY person? No worries, let Rogers Builders do the work for you.

A Deck For Cool Drinks And Warm Nights

The days of sunbathing have just begun and that means the time is right for some quality time with friends and family out on the deck. One of the best home improvements for people who love the outdoors is building a deck. Having a deck constructed for you will ensure that the job is done quickly and correctly so you still get a little mileage out of it before the temperature changes. Decks are great for relaxing and entertaining, in addition you can consider putting up a small kitchen if you are looking to create that perfect place to hang out during summer.

Upgrade Your Air Conditioning to Beat The Heat

Upgrading your air conditioning might be just what you need during summer to beat the heat. Though upgrading the air conditioner is more expensive compared to a tasty milkshake, good air conditioning is a great way of keeping the temperature inside your home at a comfy level even when the heat is intolerable outside. If your central air conditioning was put up several years ago, upgrading it will not only help in combating the heat it will also lower your energy bill. For homeowners who need to make minor remodeling changes to their homes to accommodate newer AC systems, consider calling Roger’s Builders.

Bathroom Remodels

While a bathroom makeover might seem like an unlikely project to engage in during summer, when you come to think of it, a nice bath during the sweaty months is always welcome. To update and beautify your bathroom, consider replacing worn out bath and shower fixtures with appliances that are more efficient and save you money. Currently, bathroom improvements are some of the most popular improvements and add considerably to the resale value of your home. In addition, a bathroom upgrade is an investment you will enjoy all year round.

Give Children a Remodel of Their Own

Adults usually perceive warm weather as the perfect time to soak in the sun and relax outdoors. For kids, summertime means playing outside, popsicles and no school. While upgrading the air conditioning and putting up a deck will be great for adults, your children will be impressed when you factor in upgrades that will enhance their playtime. Though expensive projects may be too much for some homeowners, putting up a playhouse or a backyard playground area would be a perfect addition for the kids. And if you are running short on ideas for your kids’ play area, you can always contact Roger’s Builders for assistance. We would be more than happy to offer our services.

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How to Add or Expand Closet Space

In the modern world, a closet is considered as integral a part of every room as a floor or a ceiling, however, having a small closet is a real nightmare especially for individuals who might be residing in tiny apartments, condos or even an old house with pre-existing closets. When faced with such a predicament, you are most likely asking yourself if there is any way you can add or expand your closet space. Well, the following overview on how to increase or expand closet space might prove invaluable.

Stand-Alone Closets

Stand alone closets are perhaps one of the best ways through which an individual can increase closet space within a room. Stand alone closets or wardrobes as they are sometimes called, can be easily installed along a wall in a room and usually end up creating plenty of closet space. As a rule, you should first start by identifying areas within your bedroom that would be most suitable for the installation of standalone closets. The room is most probably small and as such, the additional closet should be installed in such a way that it does not make the room looked stuffed and leaves plenty of space for fluid movement throughout the room.

As a guideline, the closet should be installed strategically so as not to obstruct the natural flow of light into a room from the windows, as the slightest obstruction might end up making the room looked cramped. The installation should not be a new obstruction and in view of this, should be kept clear of commonly used paths within a room. The best location for a standalone closet is at the corners of a room or next to an existing closet.

Make Use of Space

This is another viable option when it comes to expanding space within your closet. Closets are usually meant for clothes and shoes but as a norm, we tend to store all kinds of random stuff that would have otherwise fit perfectly elsewhere. Carry out a thorough assessment of your closet and remove clutter such as magazines and boxes from the closet. You will be amazed at how much extra space you have. Clearing out clutter and organizing your closet will create plenty of room which you never thought you had.

Closet Additionals

You most likely have one hanging rod in your closet, but have you considered adding a second one? Most closets have plenty of space and can hold two hanging rods with a slight adjustment, either above or behind the main hanging rod. This doubles the hanging space and capacity of your closet for just a few dollars and a few minutes of your time; no renovation necessary.

Unused Space

Take a close look at your closet, does it go up straight to the ceiling or occupy three-quarters of the room height? If it occupies three-quarters of the room height, then you have a lot of unused space. A slight adjustment of the closet to occupy the entire height of the room will provide you with plenty of closet space. Consider adding shelving in the top unused portion of your closet to store items that are rarely used but must be kept.

Converting a Room

For individuals who might be wondering how to convert or expand closet space, this is another great idea. If your house has extra bedrooms that might not be in use, you can consider carrying out a minor renovation and converting one of the bedrooms into a walk-in closet.

After exploring your options, the next course of action would be to look for a renovation company to carry out your designs. Rogers Builders is one such company that offers excellent services when it comes to renovations. Be it setting up stand-alone closets, closet expansion or even walk-in closet conversion, Rogers Builders not only has the capacity to offer you expert advice but also carry out the renovation at a professional standard that is guaranteed to satisfy your every closet need.


5 Things to Consider Before Building a Deck

A deck adds a little something special to a home and increases its resale value should you choose to sell. Building a deck is an ideal opportunity to give your home a comfy, inviting spot surrounded by nature where you and your family can rest and relax after a long day, but before you have the deck built, there are a few things that you should consider that will help you build a beautiful outdoor area.


A well designed deck is an expression of your lifestyle and an extension of your home. Its decorative details, size and style should match your taste and fit the purpose of the deck. In addition to that, it should also complement the environment and connect to the natural elements of your home. The purpose of a deck dictates its features, shape as well as size.

A deck to hold family dinners:
The deck for this purpose should be built in such a way that the dinner table fits comfortably and leaves enough space for movement.

A deck to hold cocktail parties and barbecues:
Enough room should be left to act as the preparation station and servicing area. Built in perimeter seating should also be added

A deck to sit back and relax
Most decks are built for this purpose; to serve as a place where you can enjoy the outdoor air as you read a book or just relax. Such a deck should have a zone for low tables, lounge chairs and a sunny or shady spot. A fireplace could also be added to warm the chilly nights.


Before building the deck, you should consider the best materials to use. The aesthetic aspect of the materials is not all that matters; their maintenance, affordability and durability are important details to take into consideration. The three most common decking materials are:

Softwood Decking
Softwood decking is ideal for budget conscious homeowners. It includes fir, cedar, spruce and pine. It is renewable and requires little or no maintenance. Keep in mind, however, it is best to only use timber that is pressure treated.

Hardwood Decking
Hardwood decking such as balau, mahogany, ash and oak is harder to wear compared to softwood decking but is more expensive. It requires maintenance at least once in five years to protect from rot and prolong its life.

Composite Decking
This is a fairly new type of decking material. The boards are a blend of plastic resin with wood fibres and they have a raised grain pattern that looks like wood. They are durable and require low maintenance. A major drawback of composite decking is that they lack strength and they are more expensive.


The design and pattern of the deck is mainly determined by its location and budget. To avoid overspending when building a deck, you should have a set budget before you begin building.

How you intend to use the deck also determines its design as well as size. The number of people that will use the deck at any one time as well as the size of the hot tub, BBQ or patio furniture that it should accommodate will play a role in the design of the deck as well.

Finishing Touches

The right finishing details gives a deck its individuality. The furniture and the style of the home influences how the woodwork will be trimmed and which fixtures to use. Some of the finishing touches to consider are:

Riser Light
This makes the stairs to the deck safe to climb especially when it is dark.

Post Base Trim
This is a beautiful way to hide the imperfect cuts and give the deck a better finished look.

Post Cap
This feature keeps water from getting to the end grain.

Lattice Skirt
This keeps critters out and hides the structure but allows ventilation.

Rules and Regulations

The construction and other aspects of a deck including its size are covered by local building codes. There are also guidelines on the materials to use, the finishing, and the appearance of handrail that should be followed when constructing a deck. Decks are easily visible and violation of the rules and regulations can lead to disaster or even lead to the forced demolition of the structure.

Construction of a deck requires the use of special equipment and expertise that most homeowners may lack, hence the need to hire a construction company. Rogers Builders is the construction company that can fill any construction or renovation needs. Contact us today for all your deck construction needs.