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Want to UPDATE your kitchen? Great info on any budget

Your cupboards are tired, your countertops are chipped and your appliances were purchased during the Carter administration. There’s no doubt your kitchen could use a makeover, but that won’t come cheap. According to the2013 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report, theaverage upscale kitchen remodel now rings up at $107,406. Even a “mid-range” major kitchen update averages $53,931.
For those who don’t have a cool 100 grand to spend on a kitchen redo, there’s hope. Here’s how kitchen designers from across the country would breathe new life into a tired kitchen with considerably less cash.

Building a planter screen

If you have neighbors that don't keep their yard up quite to par - well it can get frustrating.  You work hard to make yours look nice and they just don't seem to care.  The easy answer is to build a planter screen to block the unsightly view.  This is an example of a planter we built just for that purpose. Once the running vine encompasses the lattice it will completely block out the view.  All it takes is 2x4s and lattice.  Fill it up with potting soil and a running type plant and you have a lovely addition to your yard.  (Oh and it you rent, it's portable.  You can take it with you!)

A "do it yourself project" gone wrong

Sometimes it pays to have a professional do the job right.   This is an example of a "do it yourself project" : gone wrong -

The easy way to paint a door

Do it yourselfers's the easy way to keep paint off a doorknob when painting doors -

Beats the heck out of having to take it off and put back on after the paint is dry.

Hire a Contractor - Save a Marriage!

The National Association of Home Builders recommends that home owners consider the different factors involved in "doing it yourself" BEFORE embarking on that home remodeling project.  Although many projects appear to be "manageable" at first, there are many points to consider before picking up that hammer -
Hidden Costs- Many of the products purchased that are available to homeowners at the Big Box stores are not always the quality available to the professional contractor.

What is the most Common mistake homeowners make when hiring a contractor?

HOW TO HIRE A CONTRACTOR -What's the most common mistake most homeowners make when they hire a contractor? They play the lowest bid game. But that can be an invitation to disaster. Getting bids and finding the right contractor are two entirely different things. Often the lowest bid means the cheapest materials and shoddy workmanship. Don't confuse price with quality - it could cost you in the long run.

Roofing lingo - helpful terms and info


The Square
Before we talk materials, let's talk terminology. Roofers don't usually use the measure "square feet," rather they talk in squares. A square is their basic unit of measurement-one square is 100 square feet in area, the equivalent of a 10-foot by 10-foot square. The roof of a typical two-story, 2,000-square-foot ho...use with a gable roof will consist of less than 1,500 square feet of roofing area, or about fifteen squares.

How to Hire A Roofing Contractor

How to choose a roofer the RIGHT way?
First of all– when you get a roofing estimate, ask if your estimator is a roofer (preferably company owner of a small to medium size outfit)  Also ask if he/or she will be on the job, managing the installation. While this is not critical, having the company owner on the job gives you a much better chance of getting the best roof for your money.
It’s simple – An owner cares the most, that your roof is installed correctly, and does not leak, as he/she is responsible for it.