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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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Should You Build a Detached Garage or Attached Garage?

The layout of your acreage is important because it can be expensive to modify it if you are wanting to make changes at a later date. One of the main features of any home is the garage. It can change the way your home looks entirely in addition to influencing the value of your home. For this reason, many people usually take a lot of time to contemplate the kind of garage they want. For example, you can choose between an attached and detached garage. Both of these options come with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. You should understand the pros and cons of each building model so that you can make the best choice for your particular situation. Here is some critical information on these two types of garages that can help you make an informed decision.

Look at your home’s current layout

You cannot build a detached garage if there is not enough room to adequately allow for one on your land. Therefore, the first thing you ought to consider is the size of the lot where you would like to build a detached garage. Keep in mind, the optimal size for a detached garage that would fit two SUVs is 24 by 24 feet. You should opt for an attached garage if you cannot build such a garage this size for two SUVs and still have some space between your home and the garage. The shape of your home also matters. Will the detached garage hinder the front view of your house? Will it make it more difficult for you to see cars approaching or kids playing in the yard? These are the types of questions you want to ask yourself before choosing the type of garage that is best. You don’t want your detached garage to become more of a nuisance than a convenience after all of the work and expense you put forth having it built.

What is its purpose?

Building a detached garage requires a lot of effort, time, and money so it should all be worthwhile. Ask yourself, “Why it is important to have a detached garage?” What is your primary purpose for having a garage? This may sound like a silly question; of course people store their vehicles in their garages, however, some people use theirs for extra storage or as a workshop rather than vehicle storage. Some may use their garage as an office for their home-based business. In this case, a detached garage may be a better option since it would provide a quiet working environment. Conversely, if the type of work you are doing is noisy, then the detached garage may keep your work from interfering with the peace of your home. Sometimes, people convert a garage into additional living quarters. Doing so can be easier if you have a detached garage rather than one attached to your home.

Other things to consider when choosing your garage type:

You should look at the aesthetic aspects of building a detached or attached garage. Which one would make your home look more appealing? You should also look at the cost differences between the two. It is likely that a detached one is more expensive than an attached one mostly because building a detached garage is like building a miniature house. If the cost of the detached garage is beyond your financial means, then your choice is clear.

It is important to note that there are certain things you should do regardless of the type of garage that you choose. Fist, insulate your garage so that you do not have to spend a lot of money on heating or cooling. You should also focus on storage space for various household items like tools and old furniture as you build a garage. Finally, security is critical so make that this part of your home is as secure as possible.

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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Incredible Pool Deck Ideas

A pool deck allows space for walking and sunbathing around a swimming pool. Since it is intended to enhance the feeling of relaxation around the pool, it is important to build a deck that is beautiful, non-slip and durable. The kind of deck you build will define the style and personality of your swimming pool. When constructing a pool deck, the design will be determined by the type of pool you have, whether it is above-ground or in-ground. You need to consider the pros and cons of your building space before choosing your design.

The process of building a deck is not as easy as you may think. If you opt to take the DIY route, count on spending a good amount on building materials. You may also need to purchase special tools that you may not have on-hand. Having some friends who are available to help out is always a plus. We suggest giving Rogers Builders a call. Leave the work to the professionals so you can enjoy your summer.

The actual construction of a pool deck has four main steps. The first step is building the support posts for the deck. You will then build the pool deck framework before installing the decking. The last step is installing the deck railing.

There are various designs that you can choose, depending on the type of pool you wish to construct.

Above-Ground Designs

Above-ground pool decks have increasingly become popular because they are easy to install and maintain.These decks are made using a variety of materials, and the design you choose will depend on your personal style and budget.

Wooden Decks

Wooden decks are universally popular around the world. This is mainly because of the flexibility they offer. Wooden decks are also more child-friendly in case of a fall and they are durable since they are built using treated timber. You can choose to build your deck out of many types of natural wood and then add a finish of your choice.

Aluminum Decks

Aluminum decks are typically sold together with an above-ground pool. As a result it is not easy to incorporate them with many other types of swimming pools. In addition, they are not affected by cold temperatures and they come with a carpet flooring that is very easy on the feet.

Resin Prefab Decks

Resin prefab decks are preferred because they are able to withstand cold weather without deteriorating. These decks are often used as substitute for aluminum decks. An advantage of these types of decks is that they are available in a wide range of interesting colors. Another advantage is that if you talk to the manufacturers, they can customize them according to your tastes.

Stone Decks

Stone decks are the most expensive pool deck designs. These decks last longer and are also easy to repair.

Composite Style Decks

Composite decks combine wood and stone and they offer the best value for money. These types of decks can meet the needs of most pool owners. This is because they combine the advantages of stone and wood. While wood is reliable and convenient to work with, stone is durable and easy to maintain.

In-Ground Design

These designs mainly use stone and concrete. However wood designs are also common. In-ground pool decks come in different shapes, sizes and orientations. The style of the deck can be enhanced by using innovative landscaping.

Whether you have an in-ground or above-ground pool, Rogers Builders can create the perfect poolside deck to turn your backyard into the oasis you have always wanted. Give us a call today and let us show you how it’s done.

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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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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.

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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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5 Recession Resistant Renovations

During trying economic times, selling a house can be tough. With the right renovations done in just the right places, your house will still be a competitive seller. With these renovations you will be able to sell just about any house in any market. Using a trusted renovation and construction company like Rogers Builders, you can have these recession-resistant renovations done in no time.

Bathrooms

Although bathrooms are among the smallest rooms in the house, they have a significant impact on the people living there. The number, size, and condition of the bathrooms in a home can also be a huge factor in how well the house sells. In fact, the state of your bathroom can make the difference between a property that is sold immediately and a property that takes years to sell. Making sure that your bathrooms are not only fully functional, but looks good is important to selling a house.

Siding

The siding of your home not only protects your structure but also serves a decorative function. With a better quality siding, you have improved aesthetic appearance that works for the longevity of the structure. You can upgrade the siding of your home without spending exorbitant amounts of money. You can use lightweight aluminum or choose vinyl to upgrade your siding.

Flooring

Every house needs good flooring. It’s important because the floor is the most used aspect of every home. The floor is the one part of the house that everyone is in constant contact with just about every hour of the day. It is important to have flooring that is in good condition and up to date when you sell. With regular foot traffic, your carpet is expected to last for at least eight years. You have many flooring options including carpet, hardwood, tile and laminate just to name a few. Having good looking flooring can make your house easier to sell even in difficult markets.

Kitchen Remodels

Remodeling your kitchen is a brilliant way to add value to your property. The kitchen has small but essential elements that may become the focus of home buyers. Do not be caught up in upgrading every facet if you’re on a budget. Focus on big things like the counters and cabinets to make your kitchen stand out to potential purchasers.

Inspections

Property inspection does not necessarily fall under renovation, but it is a good practice that you can carry out. Occasionally have your home inspected by professionals. The chimney, for instance, costs less to clean and clear the debris. However, if unattended, it can be a source of fire which can cause you unprecedented damage. Inspections also help detect small problems pertaining to foundation, roofing, and waterproofing so damage will be prevented. 

Making recession resistant renovations to your house can make it easier to sell during a tough market. Having renovations in key selling areas that last a long time can add a lot of value to your house and help you be sure that you’re making a good investment with those renovations. If you’re looking for a renovation or construction company to take care of these renovations for you, call Rogers Builders. We will work with you and provide you with excellent service at a reasonable price.