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.



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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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.


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.


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.