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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.

 

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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.

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Read This Before Choosing a Fence for Your Yard

Having a home of your own comes with a lot of responsibilities, one of which is putting up a fence that meets your requirements. There are many choices as far as fences are concerned, and logistics come into play when you are figuring out the best fence for your home. Be it keeping your family pets and personal property well contained, enhancing the privacy of your home, or making a subtle boost to the value of your property, the best fence for you is that which meets your goals.

According to Keith Pickens, owner of “The Fence Guy” in Baltimore, Ohio, a lot of consideration needs to go into making the choice as to the type of fence you want before actually investing in one, for example, between opting for a wooden fence suited for privacy, and a simple picket fence. Generally though, and factoring in the fence size and type, you can have a new fence installed for anywhere from $2,600 to $8,000 on average. This is not pocket change for most Americans, so you ought to make the right decision the first time round. Additionally, the slope of your home also plays a part in dictating the overall cost of any particular fence.

Other recommended tips to consider while fencing your home by top ranked fencing organizations such as Rogers Builders are as follows.

Only opt for a fence that best suits your home

A fence is useful for a couple of reasons, ranging from privacy and keeping pets from running loose, to improving the value of your property. No matter what those reasons are, having a clear picture of them sets you on the right path during the process of choosing the best fence for you. However, it is the wise insight of Pickens that advises you to have your priorities straight, i.e. to put your needs well ahead of your wants rather than having it the other way round. For example, you might want a fence that offers you all the privacy you are looking for, but alternatively, you need a picket fence. Be wary though, the choice of a privacy fences isn’t the best one out there as it affects the resale value of your property should such a time presents itself. Pickens strongly advises against this choice. However, if you are in dire need of privacy, vinyl or wooden fencing techniques come in handy, though Jennifer Penchanec (manager with Chesapeake Custom Builders) discloses that vinyl fencing for privacy purposes isn’t the best due to its widely spaced panels.

The maintenance factor

As long as you have, or plan to have a fence in the foreseeable future, then you can never kick maintenance out the door. In this case, make a choice based on the amount of time you are willing to spare tending and maintaining your fence. Again, according to Pickens, the wooden fencing option is a superb one when it comes down to adding value to your home, but it comes with a lot of demand for maintenance. In the case of aluminum and/or vinyl fencing options, the level of attention and upkeep is less making them a popular choice among many. Nonetheless, repairing them can prove to be quite a taxing task, more than, even, the wooden type of fencing. As a matter of fact, in most cases, people who have used vinyl/aluminum fencing have had to replace the entire fence after damage due to lack of the same exact material they initially chose.

Visit your neighborhood’s HOA

The homeowner’s association has clear guidelines in terms of the right standards of materials you are to use for your fence as well as its height. Make sure you check in with their guidelines before going ahead with your fencing project.

Find a reputable contractor

For many, fencing invites a DIY option, but given the nature of the work to be done and tools required, the best thing is to hire a professional contractor who has a reputation for quality work like Rogers Builders. Always make a point of checking the organization’s licenses and status to avoid being scammed. Additionally, be sure to follow up on the acquisition of the building permits by the respective company. A professional contractor will always offer a map or layout of your property in a bid to mark out the boundary of the property for the best fencing experience.

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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Advantages and Disadvantages Of Asphalt And Metal Roofing : Part 2

As promised, we bring to you part 2 of our series on the advantages and disadvantages of asphalt and metal roofing. In Part 2, we focus on metal roofing.

Advantages of Metal Roofing:

Long-lasting and weather-resistant

Metal is exceptionally resistant to weather, and some copper and zinc metal roofs in Europe have been reported to last for over a century. Generally, a metal roof can be expected to last for about 60 years; but if it is well-maintained, it can last for much longer. Many metal roof manufacturers usually give warranties of about 50 years. A metal roof prevents leaks and it is also wind-resistant and fire-proof. There are insurance companies which reduce premiums by up to 30 percent if one installs weather-resistant metal roofing.

Lightweight

Metal is extremely light, and an aluminum roof can weigh just a quarter of the weight of an asphalt roof. Steel is a bit heavier, but it is still lighter when compared to asphalt.

Eco-friendly

As a roofing material, metal is a very energy-efficient. It reflects heat, making the house remain cooler during summertime. In addition, metal roofs are often made using recyclable material.

Disadvantages of Metal Roofing:

Expansion and contraction

A metal roof may expand and contract considerably. This may interfere with its performance in the long run and make it less watertight. However this depends on the way it is installed. Hire a trusted professional like Rogers Builders to do the job and the work will be done properly and guaranteed.

Industrial appearance

Metal has long been used to build agricultural buildings like barns. It can therefore look bit industrial when used for residential houses

Quite costly

The biggest disadvantage of installing metal roof is cost. A metal roof costs, on average, three times more than an asphalt one. Other metals such as stainless steel, zinc and copper cost even much more.

Poor past record

Some time back, roofs made using corrugated metal corroded in less than ten years, particularly in places near the sea. This caused them to be perceived as not being durable. Nowadays however, metal roofs are made using special resins and alloys which means they are very resistant to corrosion, heat and heavy rain.

Some low quality products on the market

While high-grade metal roofs are widely available, there are also some low-quality metal roofs on the market. Building experts caution against using such products, particularly for people living close to the sea.

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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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.

Affordability

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.

Durability

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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The Best Season For Roof Replacement

If your roof is made of asphalt shingles and it has reached the end of its lifespan (around 20 years), it may be time to consider replacing it. Roof replacement projects require several considerations, most important of which is what contractor you want to hire to do the job. That’s where Rogers Builders comes in. Give us a call, we’ll give you an estimate. In the mean time, here are some basic things to consider when you are thinking of having your roof replaced.

The Best Season

You need to think about the most appropriate season to get a roofing contractor such as Rogers Builders to install your new roof. It is not advisable to replace your roof during winter. Generally speaking if you live somewhere where it snows or even gets super cold, the snow and ice will make work harder and the cold temperatures may result in the roofing materials hardening and becoming brittle to work with safely. The shingles may even crack while being installed. The cold conditions will also mean that the roof contractor’s tools do not work well, sealants are not effective and shingles take too long to bond.

If you plan to replace your roof in spring but your roof has serious problems or is in a state of severe deterioration, it is better to wait until fall. The winter conditions may have aggravated the problem due to the accumulation and refreezing of the ice and snow. However, you can replace your roof during spring if your roof has no issues. One key advantage of doing it at this time is that the roofing materials are likely to be cheaper since it is not a busy time for the roofing industry. Early summer is also a good time to do the replacement. As summer progresses however, the high temperatures and humid conditions may soften the shingles and affect their durability. They can also get scuffed when someone steps on them.

Fall is by far the best time for roof installation. The cooler temperatures (ranging from 45 degrees to 85 degrees F) means that the installers can work for longer periods and the installation process is easier. Another advantage is that the shingles will get sufficient time to seal effectively before winter arrives. However, it also the busiest time for the roofing industry. Ensure you call Rogers Builders and make early arrangements before our schedule fills up.

Save on Costs

During the busiest periods for the contractors, roof installation becomes more expensive. Many people wait until winter is around the corner before deciding to have their roofs replaced. It is therefore advisable to make plans to replace your roof before this period if you want to save some money.

Plan Ahead

Roof replacement is generally a costly undertaking. As a result, a lot of house owners postpone doing it for as long as they can. When they finally get round to doing the project, they are usually prompted by an emergency situation such as the roof leaking badly. Waiting until a problem crops up is a bad idea since the problem may also damage other areas of your home. This means you will incur extra costs when repairing the damage.

You will make well thought-out decisions when you plan ahead and do the roof replacement before an emergency situation arises. Roof installation is a significant investment that will have a great bearing on how your home looks and how comfortable it is to live in. Roof repairs are also one of the most important jobs that can be done on your home, so be sure to give Rogers Builders a call. Our team of builders puts their knowledge and experience to work for you; guaranteed satisfaction every time.

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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

Instructions:
· 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

Instructions:
· 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

Instructions:
· 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

Instructions:
· 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.

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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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Simple Room Makeover Ideas

Every home needs a makeover every once in awhile. This creates a great opportunity to try something new and subsequently give a room a fresh appeal. Most people shy away from the thought of room makeovers because they consider them as expensive and time-consuming projects. However, there are simple room makeovers that do not require much financial and time input.

Simple room makeovers are quick and easy. With a few pieces of new interior decor, you can create a room makeover within minutes. For a more dramatic change, keep Rogers Builders in mind. We can help with small projects that can completely change the look and feel of a room.

Fresh Coat of Paint

The quickest way to give a room a new face is through painting. There are new, fun and vibrant colors modernly used for different types of rooms that you could explore. Bright colors such as orange, red, pink, yellow and green are currently trending in living rooms. This instantly makes a room fun and lively.

Adding new color encourages communication and lightens up the mood of the occupants. Cool colors such as blue and green are ideal for bathrooms. A soft blue, gray, lavender or light brown are perfect for the bedroom as they trigger relaxation hence promoting sleep. You can also opt for warm colors such maroon for a sophisticated appeal.

If you want an even more versatile option or a dramatic effect on your walls, then you should consider wallpaper. This facilitates a variety of designs on a single wall without a lot of fuss.  Unlike wall painting where some time will be needed to allow the paint to dry, wallpapers are a quicker option.

Soft Furnishing

Buy different colored, textured and shaped throw pillows for your couch. This makes an instant living room makeover. You could also switch your rug for a different colored one that will most likely match the new color on your walls or throw pillows. If you previously had dull colored pillow covers and area rug, opt for brightly colored replacements.

Re-upholster

A quick and worthy investment associated with room makeovers is a change in upholstery. Invest in new covers for your seats, dining room chairs as well as drapes. If done well, your furniture may appear new and coordinated. You can also take advantage of this opportunity to refurbish old couches instead of purchasing new ones.

Light Fixtures

Changing your light fixtures is one of the easiest room makeovers and could take only a few minutes of your time. This applies to simple things like changing a lamp shade.

There are some cases where you may need to replace the old chandeliers and light bulbs. Opt for modern chandeliers and energy saving light bulbs. If the room is dark, consider brighter light bulbs or light fixtures that are designed to evenly distribute light to the room.

Room makeovers can be quick and inexpensive depending on the change needed. However, in order to make it less inexpensive, you could space the make-over out tackling only one room at a time. Bigger makeover projects such as changing the bathroom fixtures; sinks, bathtub, and shower cubicle, plumbing, window treatments, kitchen cabinets, and tiles may take more time and require more of your financial input. Roger’s Builders will come in handy the next time you require room makeovers. Their expert advice and skills go a long way in giving your home a picture perfect new look.