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17

New Bathroom Remodeling Trends

New Bathroom Remodeling Trends
Looking to remodel your bathroom at home? Check out if any of the design trends below interest you! Bathroom Remodeling Trends Mediterranean-Inspired Design Classic Whites Media and Music Mix of Lighting Storage Check out the full article to see all the new bathroom remodeling trends you might consider in your home. Contact us today!
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10

How Much Value Will Bathroom Remodeling Add to Your Home?

How Much Value Will Bathroom Remodeling Add to Your Home?
One of the biggest questions on the mind of any homeowner is which remodeling projects provide the biggest return on investment. Everyone wants to know that the expense of the improvements is worth it in the end. When reviewing the list of possible upgrades or improvements, it is important to weigh the cost of projects against the dollar value they add to the selling price of the home. Without question, bathroom remodeling falls high on the list. Bathrooms and kitchens are consistently named as the two make-or-break areas when a home buyer evaluates a home for potential purchase. Bathroom remodeling is fast overtaking kitchen remodeling as the most important selling point of a home. Home buyers want to see a comfortable, stylish, and convenient design. These can be easily achieved in a bathroom with minimal investment. "Thanks, beautiful job well done – and a pleasure to work with all of you...
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Nov
03

Bathroom Remodeling Trends

Bathroom Remodeling Trends
Besides your kitchen, it’s your bathrooms that draw the most attention when it comes to the value of your home. In fact, remodeling a bathroom can result in receiving a significant financial return on your investment. Because bathroom renovations can be a major investment of your money and time, it’s critical that you study the latest trends and know what will work best for your family. Here are some of the top bathroom remodeling trends. Bathroom Tiling When choosing bathroom floor tiling, consider that it needs to withstand frequent cleaning and wet conditions, while still looking attractive. One of the most current trends when it comes to bathroom floor tiling is the cement look. Ceramic tiles that have a wood appearance are also popular. Tiling your bathroom walls can give your bathroom more water resistance, along with depicting a dramatic design statement. Some of the most popular bathroom wall tiles are...
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Oct
24

Selling An Inherited Home With Kitchen Remodeling Services in Bethesda, MD

Selling An Inherited Home With Kitchen Remodeling Services in Bethesda, MD
Are you trying to figure out how to turn a profit in the real estate market and need to know how to make an old home appealing to new buyers? When you are pushing for an older home to sell or selling an inherited house in a tough real estate market, increasing the value of an investment property without breaking the bank is a must. To get a better idea of techniques that tend to work in the modern market that include kitchen remodeling services in Bethesda, MD , keep reading. Updating does not mean major renovations, but technology features could matter The idea of updating can be broad because it is the sole goal of many home improvement big box stores. To pare it down to potential ways that actually increase the value of your property without breaking your budget, consider updating the hardware on doors, first. This includes changing...
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Oct
19

Home Remodeling Tips to Ease the Process

Home Remodeling Tips to Ease the Process
Check out these great home remodeling tips which will be sure to keep you under budget and finished on time: Don't Rush the Planning Resist Urge to Completely Flip House Confirm Zoning & Construction Regulations in Area Keep Communication Open with Architect & Builder Check out the full article on Popular Mechanics  to see all the tips. Contact us today!
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Sep
08

Why Hire a General Contractor to Help With Your Remodeling Project?

Why Hire a General Contractor to Help With Your Remodeling Project?
If you are thinking about remodeling your home, you might be thinking about shopping around and hiring your own painters, electricians and other professionals. However, it can actually be a much better idea to handle a general contractor to help you with it all. These are some of the main reasons why. Catch All Potential Issues First of all, although you might have an idea of what you want your home to look like after it's remodeled, there is a chance that your home needs work that you don't even know about. For example, you might be focused on flooring and paint colors, but you might not realize that there are electrical problems or other issues. A general contractor knows to look out for these all of these things and can ensure that you are aware of all of the work that needs to be done to your home. This won't...
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Aug
22

Home Additions that Will Absolutely Increase Your ROI

Home Additions that Will Absolutely Increase Your ROI
Adding value to your home isn't as difficult as it appears. Homeowners across the country make alterations and upgrades to their homes yearly that add return on investment. While some people think that home additions are more for the short-term -- a means to enjoyment for the current owners -- any changes that you make to your home are also great for your ROI (return on investment). What's ROI? ROI, as is defined  in the business world, is as follows: A performance measure used to evaluate the efficiency of an investment or to compare the efficiency of a number of different investments. ROI measures the amount of return on an investment relative to the investment's cost. ROI is a way for you as a homeowner, and as your home's main investor, to calculate whether things like home additions are worth your time and money. For example, for a true estimate based on...
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Aug
18

A Few Ideas to Give Your Rental Home's Bathroom a Great Look

A Few Ideas to Give Your Rental Home's Bathroom a Great Look
Have you just rented a home and have had the sudden urge to change up the look of the bathroom ? Get some tips below on how to give your rental home's bathroom a fresh new look and design. New Rug for the Bathroom Add Artwork Choose towels which match the design Get the full article on Houzz to read more on ways to groom up your bathroom.  Contact us today!
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15

Personalized Kitchen Remodeling Services in Bethesda, MD

Personalized Kitchen Remodeling Services in Bethesda, MD
Anyone who has ever bought or sold a home knows that kitchens and bathrooms are the focal points of any home. Even a perfectly gorgeous, spacious home in a prime location, will often be passed over if the kitchen and bathrooms are too small, or simply outdated. Rather than merely tolerating your antiquated kitchen while dreaming of something more modern, consider Smith Thomas & Smith for your remodeling needs. A kitchen is more than just a room in a house where food is prepared. Ask any adult what they remember about growing up in their parents' home, and you're likely to receive responses from baking cookies with mom, to sharing events from each other's day around the dinner table. Often, memories are centered around food, be it a holiday meal, or simply an ordinary day like any other. Kitchens are created to be a warm, secure gathering place, and it's important...
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Aug
11

Home Renovations: Hire A Professional or Do the Work Yourself?

Home Renovations: Hire A Professional or Do the Work Yourself?
Considering doing some  home renovations ? Home-improvement shows make refreshing a home look easy, and directions on how to do almost anything are only a click away on the internet. Before you jump in over your head, check out our list of six reasons why you should hire a professional for completing your home renovation projects. A professional has experience, and knows how to complete your project the right way the first time. Renovation mistakes can be costly. A professional will already have the right tools for the job. The cost of tool purchase or rental could easily double your renovation budget! Professionals know all about building codes and can complete your projects to code specifications. Professionals know what permits your job will require and how to apply for them. A professional will have the time to do the job. DIY renovations may take longer than expected. Hiring a professional will often...
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Jul
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Kitchen Remodeling Services in Bethesda, MD: Tips for a Successful Remodeling Experience

Kitchen Remodeling Services in Bethesda, MD: Tips for a Successful Remodeling Experience
If you are considering remodeling your kitchen, that can be really exciting! Perhaps you have been inspired by a photograph in a magazine or online, or maybe you are just tired of bending over to the dishwasher, and want an upgraded, more convenient experience when performing kitchen chores. Whatever your motivation, the more that you plan for its success, the more successful it will be, and the more satisfied you will be with the result. Here are some suggestions for steps to take before diving in: Solidify the kitchen remodel in your mind. If you have a photograph of what you want it to look like, then by all means put the photo in your file, and keep it handy; but a general idea like that isn't enough. Make a sketch of your kitchen, or better yet, drag out the tape measure and spend an hour or so making your sketch...
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Feb
14

7 Stellar Ideas and Tips for Bathroom Remodeling Projects

7 Stellar Ideas and Tips for Bathroom Remodeling Projects
2016 should be the year of  bathroom remodeling  for your home and family. A new bathroom might be what your home needs this year. Besides, working on indoor projects in colder months leaves the spring and summer open for more fun outdoors. As most of our customers will attest, an updated and upgraded bathroom is often the pinnacle of their home (besides the kitchen). As one of the most important rooms in the home, a bathroom also serves as one of the most necessary and utilized rooms in the entire house. So, if you are ready to transform your bathroom into something new and great this year, here are seven stellar bathroom renovation ideas and tips to help you with your home remodeling project. 1. Don't let the size of the bathroom prevent you from reaching for your design dream stars. Small spaces have just as much potential as large ones. If...
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Feb
07

5 Questions to Ask a Contractor About Home Additions

5 Questions to Ask a Contractor About Home Additions
If your home simply isn't providing you with the space or function that you need, then it may be time to consider the possibility of a home addition. After all,  home additions  can provide you with additional living space and increased functionality, all while saving you the hassle of having to relocate. Still, before you decide to go forward with any home addition project, there are some important questions worth asking your contractor. Are There Any Specific Zoning Limits? Start by making sure that the addition you have in mind is feasible. You might assume it will be because you have plenty of land on which to build, but you need to take into consideration the fact that zoning restrictions could put a damper on your plans. For example, if your lot is zoned to where the structure needs to be a certain number of feet away from the road or...
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Feb
01

Upgrade Your Home While You Are at Work with Handyman Services

Upgrade Your Home While You Are at Work with Handyman Services
Remodeling your home can happen in various project sizes, ranging from tiny to massive. If you want to undertake a large project, you should expect to deal with some disturbances throughout the process. However, when you are only interested in small to medium-sized projects, you can generally work with professionals to avoid labor hours during or around the time in which you are home from work. It is possible to schedule  handyman services  to upgrade your home, but only while you are working. Add Built-In Furniture A moderately sized project that you can undertake and enjoy a noticeable difference in your home is with built-in furniture. For instance, instead of trying to find bookcases and shelving units that work well in your living area, you can just opt for built-in furniture to get what you need. Another option is constructing a dine-in eating area, such as a wooden booth that you...
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25

How a Home Addition in the Form of a New Bedroom Can Fix Your Household Issues

How a Home Addition in the Form of a New Bedroom Can Fix Your Household Issues
Rearranging the living situation in your home is generally possible, but sometimes, you just do not have enough room to work with to accommodate the needs of your entire family. It is not uncommon for a homeowner in this situation to deem it necessary to find a new home, which is entirely understandable. However, dealing with the cons that come with buying a new home and likely moving into a new neighborhood is not always worth the reward. An alternative to packing up and finding a new place to live is investing in a home addition, particularly a bedroom that you can use for multiple purposes. New Bedroom to Accommodate a Growing Family An excellent addition that is likely to match exactly what a family needs is a new bedroom for new family members. With another bedroom, you can provide a room for one or two kids, depending on whether you...
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18

12 Handyman Services You Didn't Know You Needed

12 Handyman Services You Didn't Know You Needed
Regular and routine home repairs are sometimes difficult for busy homeowners. Exerting energy, which you don't have, on repairs that you don't have time to fix is exactly why  handyman services  exist. Have you ever wondered how a handyman service can benefit your home repair, improvement, or renovation? Do you lack the necessary time to fix, upgrade, or maintain things around your home? Then look no more. Then look no more! In this post, we'll cover 12 services that a handyman can assist you with around your home. 1. New Toilet: If your home needs a new toilet or you need one swapped out, a handyman service can help you. Installing a toilet is complicated if you are new to the process, but a handyman can make quick work of the entire affair. 2. Light Fixtures: Electrical issues are not something an unfamiliar person should mess with. If you have a light...
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Jan
11

Do Not Be Afraid of Old Kitchens in Homes when Kitchen Remodeling Is a Possibility

Do Not Be Afraid of Old Kitchens in Homes when Kitchen Remodeling Is a Possibility
Buying a home is a huge decision, and even when you are completely okay with remodeling the home, you might have trouble envisioning someone else’s home as yours. If you think that an amazing kitchen is a necessity, you should understand that finding your perfect kitchen is not likely to happen. However, you can easily find a kitchen that has a healthy blueprint that you can use to turn it into an incredible space. For this reason, you do not need to be afraid of old kitchens, especially when you are willing to invest in professional  kitchen remodeling  services to make sure you get top-notch execution. Broaden Your Home Buying Criteria If the kitchen is a room that you intend on using every day, you might not be willing to budge on your home buying criteria when it comes to the kitchen, mainly because you do not want to settle for...
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Jan
04

Contractor/Customer Relations in Home Remodeling

Contractor/Customer Relations in Home Remodeling
Your house is more than just a place to live - it's a home, and it's one that you want to be not only functional, but comfortable and attractive too. If it isn't the way that you'd like it to be at present, you may have already considered  home remodeling . Remodeling can be a great idea; you get the chance to completely remake your space, to add your own personal style and creativity while making it more usable as well. Unfortunately, some people shy away from the idea of a remodeling job because they've heard so many horror stories of botched projects and shady contractors ripping people off. They may give up on the idea of remodeling, or even try to do the job themselves. This, however, is not a wise move to make; a home remodel is not a DIY type of job. Many remodeling jobs - kitchens and bathrooms for example - need to be...
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Dec
28

8 Interior Painting and Papering Tips for Your Indoor Projects

8 Interior Painting and Papering Tips for Your Indoor Projects
Because many people put outdoor plans on hold when it gets cold, fall and winter are the best times to begin indoor painting and papering  projects.  While your interior projects are usually best left to professionals to achieve optimum results, for those of you who want to do it alone, we thought we'd help you out. In this post, we'll provide you with 8 tips for painting and papering the inside of your home -- four for each home improvement technique.  Painting 1. Prime and patch: A good primer will allow paint to stick for many additional years. Further, it will cover up darker paint tones so that a lighter color is possible. You might also want to consider priming over patches as well. Primer will keep paint tones evenly across all parts of the wall, and will enable you to touch up any spots that you missed. 2. Be consistent: Painting a...
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Dec
21

5 Home Remodeling Improvements to Avoid

5 Home Remodeling Improvements to Avoid
All home remodeling  jobs come with a price tag. It wouldn't be part of the game if money and time weren't a consideration. However, not all improvements are created equal, and some home improvements are just a waste of time. For some homeowners, their choice of improvement is all about what they want now -- a new pool in an area where pools downgrade a home's value? "So be it," they think. "I want a pool. Bottom line."  For others, however, choosing a home addition that will bring value and add equity is the first thing they look at above all other considerations. While we wouldn't dare intervene and tell someone that they shouldn't follow their home design dreams, we will add our two cents about what incorporates value and what does not. In this post, we'll outline some home improvements that you should avoid when it comes time to  remodel...
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Dec
14

6 Tips on Hiring a Trusted DC General Contractor

6 Tips on Hiring a Trusted DC General Contractor
Working with a skilled and qualified general contractor  will yield excellent results for your DC home improvement project. Carefully planning all facets of the job, including hiring and working with subcontractors, is not something that an inexperienced person should do alone. When it comes time to hire a contractor, do you know what skills and work experience to look for? If you answered no, then there's a chance that you might select the wrong contractor for the job, leaving yourself open to being taken advantage of.  Hiring a reliable DC general contractor to oversee your next job shouldn't be difficult, yet for those who have never involved themselves in a home improvement project, the process can be mentally taxing. Especially if the project is large and time-consuming. So to help you out with your next home improvement project, we've compiled a list of 6 things that you should look for when...
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Dec
07

Kitchen Remodeling on a Budget: Six Tips to Help You Save Money

Kitchen Remodeling on a Budget: Six Tips to Help You Save Money
When it comes to increasing the value of your home, your kitchen is arguably the most important room in your house. Make no mistake: when it's time to sell your house, the look and functionality of your kitchen matter. Yet, many people shy away from remodeling outdated kitchens, reasoning that the undertaking would be too large and the price too great. While completely overhauling a kitchen is often a pricey endeavor, there are several ways you can remodel your kitchen without breaking the bank. Consider the following tips for kitchen remodeling  on a budget: Give your cabinets a makeover. If you're tired of staring at outdated kitchen cabinets but the thought of installing completely new cabinets makes you clutch your wallet in fear, consider a little makeover instead. Start by giving those cabinets a fresh coat of paint. If you're feeling particularly bold, go for a pop of color. Orange, yellow, and...
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Fully Customize the Kitchen in Your Home with Kitchen Remodeling | Washington DC

Fully Customize the Kitchen in Your Home with Kitchen Remodeling | Washington DC
Investing in a major overhaul of your kitchen is generally an idea that you should stray against when you do not live in a home that you want to live in for an extremely long time, or even forever. Although the final decision is yours entirely, you are better off getting kitchen remodeling  when you know that you will be able to enjoy all of the improvements and changes that are made for a long time. It is possible to simply upgrade your kitchen, but even better, you can customize it to fully meet all of your needs. Appliances Depending on your desired layout for the kitchen and the exact appliance measurements, you may be able to find replacements for each appliance and not have any complications. However, the most important thing to understand is that you should do what satisfies your wants and needs, and not just what is the...
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Nov
23

Home Additions: Add a New Bedroom to Maximize Your Rental Home’s Value | Georgetown

Home Additions: Add a New Bedroom to Maximize Your Rental Home’s Value | Georgetown
Whether you have just purchased a property that you want to turn into a rental or you have been renting out a home for several years, you may want to look into home additions that can increase the rental value. Although it depends on unique details regarding your property, your best bet to maximize the increase in rental value is to invest in a new bedroom over the other options that are available. Rent Out a Two or Three-Bedroom Home If you have a one or two-bedroom house to start with, you will benefit greatly from adding an additional bedroom. It is not ideal to add an extra bedroom to a property with three bedrooms, mainly because most people who are looking to rent a home do not want or need a four-bedroom property. If you have the funds and want to maximize your rental income, you could even take a one-bedroom...
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16

Bathroom Remodeling: Ideas that are Trending Right Now | Bethesda, MD

Bathroom Remodeling: Ideas that are Trending Right Now | Bethesda, MD
Whether you’re planning a new build or needing to upgrade your current home, the right bathroom design is extremely important. The bathroom is one area of your home you shouldn’t skimp on, as an elegant design will provide you with far more comfort and convenience, not to mention the fact that it will also add value. Here are some bathroom remodeling  ideas you can incorporate into your own building plan to create the bathroom of your dreams. Marble Nothing will add a look of timeless elegance to your bathroom more than a marble countertop will. There are also several other uses for marble, including shower stalls, tub surrounds, walls, and floors. Keep in mind that marble must be properly sealed to avoid damage, particularly when being placed inside your shower. Floors Aside from marble, there are a number of other flooring options to consider. A few popular choices include: Exotic wood...
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09

Handyman Services Take the Pressure Off a Busy Family | Chevy Chase, MD

Handyman Services Take the Pressure Off a Busy Family | Chevy Chase, MD
Life is busy for everyone. No one ever says they wish they had more things to do, but in that busy place is also a lot of joy. Many young people have a career that is flourishing, young children that they are proud of, and a home of their own. The only problem that rises from these circumstances is the fact that this life requires a lot of hours at work, a lot of energy to pour into children, and a long list of things to do on the house. Handyman services  are the perfect way to take some of the pressure off so you can continue to do it all well. You may feel like you're juggling all your responsibilities and something is about to fall. It can't be your career, because your family depends on that for your income. It certainly can't be your children. You never get that...
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02

Indoor Gardening Promotes Better Air Quality in Homes | Kensington, MD

Indoor Gardening Promotes Better Air Quality in Homes | Kensington, MD
Many people think of gardening as a therapeutic hobby that helps you learn more about plants as you draw closer to nature. Outdoor gardening is the more traditional way of planting and harvesting various herbs and vegetables, however, you have to take a break from your garden in the harsh winter months. Have you considered moving your garden indoors? Indoor gardens, or grow rooms, allow you to grow your favorite foods year-round. In addition to the space needed to start your grow room, whether it be a cabinet, shelve, or spare room, your plants will also need light to photosynthesize and survive indoors. Our friends at DIY and Crafts  share with us a few plants that made NASA's list for the top houseplants that provide a purer and cleaner indoor air quality: Aloe Vera These plants are known for their "healing" ability. It is easy to grow, and hard to kill...
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Oct
08

Residential Remodeling: the 3 Most Overlooked Renovation Projects

Residential Remodeling: the 3 Most Overlooked Renovation Projects
Any general contractor providing residential remodeling services will tell you that the industry is all about kitchens and bathrooms. And for good reason -- most general contractors agree that kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects have a very high return-on-investment rate, 63.6% on average. Even so, the most reliable general contractors will also tell you there are other beneficial renovations often overlooked by homeowners. If you're saving up for residential remodeling and construction work, then here are three projects to consider  first . Not all of these projects sound exciting. They won't go viral with Big Remodeling News or House Renovation Blogs, but they will be worth your hard-earned money. 1. From the Ground Up Homeowners are often amazed by just how much of a difference new floors can make to their home, whether it's fresh carpet or gorgeous hardwood flooring. Over time, your carpet becomes stained and faded, while hardwood, tile,...
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06

3 Things You Should Know About Fixing Things Up

3 Things You Should Know About Fixing Things Up
General remodeling projects deliver a better return on investment than you might think. Here are a few things you ought to know. Bathroom Remodels Bathroom remodels are the single most requested general remodeling job in the United States. About 78% of renovations made in the nation are actually bathroom remodels, believe it or not, and for good reason, too. Residential bathroom remodeling improvements -- big or small - yield a return on investment of about 63.6%. Kitchen Remodels Kitchen remodels are not to be underestimated -- they too deliver an ROI of 63.6%. What's great about these general remodeling projects is that changing the look of counters, sinks, plumbing, light fixtures, and appliances costs far less than major renovations, making investments in kitchen remodeling services incredibly affordable. Of course, that being said, while you should spend between 12% and 15% of the home's value for an updated bathroom, you should spend...
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29

Why Remodeling is Right For Your Home

Why Remodeling is Right For Your Home
Remodeling your house is a common and very rewarding project millions of homeowners take on every year. From residential bathroom remodeling to more general remodeling work, renovating your house comes with many benefits. It does a lot more, at the very least, than just make your house look better!   Bathroom remodeling is by far the most sought after remodeling project in the United States. Seventy-eight percent of total home projects are done on the bathroom. However, design remodeling work is also done on the living room, dining room, kitchen, bedrooms -- really, anywhere. One reason why residential home design projects are so popular is that they have a high return-on-investment (ROI). Bathroom remodeling jobs, for example, have an average ROI of 64%. Kitchen remodeling projects also have an average 64% ROI. However, deck projects take the cake with a ROI of over 87%!   Needless to say, residential design and...
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16

Get More Out of Your Summer When You Hire Handyman Services | Bethesda, MD

Get More Out of Your Summer When You Hire Handyman Services | Bethesda, MD
Summer is a great time of the year to enjoy outdoor recreational activities. So don't waste it by staying indoors fixing up the house. Hire  handyman services  and have fun doing one of the summer time activities below instead. Go Swimming With the days getting warmer, it's nice to get in the water for a swim. So drive out to the beach with your family, and get a little wet. Or if you prefer, spend the day frolicking in the swimming pool; it's a great way to relax while cooling off from the heat. Take a Hike Many people are intimidated by the thought of going hiking. That's because they incorrectly assume that hiking is a strenuous activity that requires lots of uphill climbing. And while that might be the case with some of the harder hiking trails, there are plenty of easy ones that are barely any harder than walking....
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Jul
10

Invest In Your Home's Future: Remodel

Invest In Your Home's Future: Remodel

Your home should match your lifestyle. It should complement your life. Lifestyles change, lives change. Families grow up and grow out of homes without considering the benefits of remodeling. Perhaps your kitchen isn’t up to par, or your backyard needs a revamp, or maybe you need more room. Even if you’re just looking to raise your home's market value, general remodeling is a great way to do it. Our homes reflect us to some degree, right? So when those quirks you initially loved about your house aren’t so charming anymore, renew your home’s value and function! We’re here to give you the good remodeling news : Remodeling offers: Not only does the external appearance of your home increase sales potential and curb appeal, but remodeling and construction, adding new appliances, adding a furnished basement, or adding a deck can increase the value of your home. On average, residential bathroom remodeling/remodeling your...
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09

Bathroom Remodeling Projects with a High ROI | Chevy Chase, MD

Bathroom Remodeling Projects with a High ROI | Chevy Chase, MD
The return on investment (ROI) of your bathroom remodeling  project is not a big deal when you schedule the project to benefit your family and you intend to remain in the home for a good five to 10 more years. Yet when you are upgrading the home’s look with an eye on selling the property in the near future, it makes sense to limit your expenditures to the types of remodels that pay you back the most. What are they? Middle of the road upgrades.  This bathroom remodel  passes by the whirlpool tub in favor of porcelain-over-steel tubs. It is not the cheap model, but it is not the luxury edition of tubs either. Sticking to the middle of the road with respect to hardware, fixtures and tiling results in a higher ROI than going for the luxury editions that a future homeowner may consider “over the top” and in need...
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02

Home Renovations with Custom Moldings | Kensington, MD

Home Renovations with Custom Moldings | Kensington, MD
Everyone wants to love the home that they live in and find beauty in it. One of the best ways to do this is to create a custom look in your home by choosing to complete  home renovations  by adding custom molding in your favorite rooms. The great thing about custom moldings is that they can be completely designed to fit your individual tastes and design scheme. Plus, they can give your home the comfortable feel that was always missing from it before. Custom moldings can be added to any room of your home and will work well in a variety of locations. While crown molding will help make your ceiling look higher, molding at a lower location can make the room look more finished. Molding can also give your home the character that it needs to win over buyers if you are preparing to sell. When you are looking to add molding...
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Jun
25

4 Easy Tips Before You Begin Your Next Painting Project | Washington DC

4 Easy Tips Before You Begin Your Next Painting Project | Washington DC
Home  painting  projects are among some of the easiest and most rewarding jobs a homeowner can do. Not only does a fresh coat of paint renew and refresh, it brings a sense of pride to all who contributed. So if you're ready to start your next painting project, but aren't quite sure where to begin, then this post is for you. Here are 4 easy tips to get you started on your next painting project. 1. Choose a scheme before you begin, not just a paint color. Use mood to help pick the right feel and look for your new room. Paint ceilings a light color to enhance a room's size, and do the opposite to add coziness. Use this same idea for wall colors. 2. Pick your highlighted aspects prior to beginning. Do this so that accents are in the spotlight, while things that you want to hide remain as an afterthought....
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18

5 Tips on Refinishing a Hardwood Floor from Your General Contractor | Georgetown

5 Tips on Refinishing a Hardwood Floor from Your General Contractor | Georgetown
Nothing is more beautiful than a fully restored hardwood floor. Seeing all of your hard work come to fruition is about as satisfying of a feeling you can think of. So if you've got a hardwood floor hiding under your carpet, perhaps it's time to dive-in and revitalize your home. Here are 5 tips on refinishing your hardwood floor from your Maryland  general contractor . 1. Know your finishes. Finishes for a hardwood floor range, but not by much. So to soothe your hardwood floor desires, choose between 3 types of finishes: polyurethane, varnish, and sealer. Each one serves a different purpose, so discuss what is right before you buy. 2. Talk to a professional. Refinishing a hardwood floor might seem like a DIY job. However, to do it right, you might need a professional. Because when you think about it, the amount of time you put into it might even out in the end....
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3 Home Repair Issues You Should Take Care Of ASAP | Bethesda, MD

3 Home Repair Issues You Should Take Care Of ASAP | Bethesda, MD
No matter how long you have been a homeowner, you probably know when something just doesn’t feel right in your home. Next time you suspect that any of these problems could be occurring, consider  home repair  ASAP. These are the problems that lead to additional expenses later down the road. Don’t wait to find out! 1. Your Toilet Won’t Stop Running You might not realize it, but that running toilet is more than just a noise nuisance. It could actually lead to a huge water bill that you are responsible for. Fix that running toilet ASAP! Treat it the same way you would treat a leak. Each bit of water wasted is costing you money. 2. You see ants, mice, termites or other pests. The fact that you are seeing signs of pests is indicative of a major problem. For every pest that you see, there are dozens that you do...
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Take Care of Minor Plumbing Fixes or New Additions with Handyman Services | Chevy Chase, MD

Take Care of Minor Plumbing Fixes or New Additions with Handyman Services | Chevy Chase, MD
Although it is beneficial for homeowners to know a bit about maintenance and repairs for their home, it is by no means necessary to have a positive experience as a homeowner or to get them done. Hiring specialized professionals is an option, but you can also use  handyman services  to take care of minor fixes or new additions, especially in regard to plumbing. Repairing or Replacing Faucets Faucet manuals might come with pretty clear instructions on installation, but you may not feel confident enough to remove the faucet you currently have and replace it with a new one. Instead of stressing out over an installation, just hire a handyman to take care of the faucet installation. If you like the faucet you have and it is broken, a handyman can help with this as well. Installing Shower Grab Bars You cannot really go wrong with making your shower a safer place...
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Focus on Home Repair and Maintenance before Remodeling | Kensington, MD

Focus on Home Repair and Maintenance before Remodeling | Kensington, MD
It is understandable why homeowners may want to invest in remodeling their home over taking care of home repairs and performing routine maintenance because the latter is not as exciting. However, there are substantial benefits to investing in  home repair  before remodeling. Avoid Spending More Money due to Procrastination When you decide to wait on repairs and spend thousands of dollars on a renovation, you may not have the funds to take care of the maintenance and repairs that need to be done. In this case, you could have existing problems becoming worse or potential issues becoming issues. Prioritizing preventive maintenance is the smartest financial choice as a homeowner. Fewer Complications when it is Time to Remodel Once it comes time to remodel, when you focus on home repair, you will not have to worry about additional expenses getting tacked on the initial quote for remodeling. Without surprise costs, you will...
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Ideal Home Renovations for Empty Nesters | Washington DC

Ideal Home Renovations for Empty Nesters | Washington DC
Mourning the fact that all of your children are grown and leaving the nest? Cheer up by working on some  home renovations . Below, you'll find home renovation ideas that are ideal for empty nesters. Create Bigger Rooms When you have a bunch of kids living under one roof, you're more or less forced into buying a home with many small bedrooms. But now that you no longer have lots of people living with you, there's no need to settle for sleeping in a tiny bedroom. Go ahead and tear down the walls. Turn those smaller bedrooms into one big bedroom suite. Looking around at the relaxing and spacious room in your new suite will keep you from missing the kids too much. Combine the Guest Room and Home Office Yes, you'll want to have a comfy place for your kids to sleep whenever they come home to visit. However, there's...
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Three Tips for a Successful Bathroom Remodeling Project

Three Tips for a Successful Bathroom Remodeling Project
Residential remodeling services make up a huge industry in the United States, generating an estimated $47 billion worth of revenue every year. However, of the variety of general remodeling projects a homeowner might choose to undertake, residential bathroom remodeling is among the most popular, and profitable: studies show that 78% of remodeling and construction projects focus on this important room, and that the average renovated bathroom has a return on investment (ROI) of 63.6%. With these promising statistics, there are plenty of reasons to undertake this type of project in your own home. Read on for a few tips to help make your residential bathroom remodeling a success! Don't Skip the Planning Process Did you know that the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) recommends spending up to six months simply planning your residential bathroom remodeling project? While this might seem a little extreme, it is important to set aside some...
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Consider Handyman Services to Get Your Rental Home Ready for Renting | Georgetown

Consider Handyman Services to Get Your Rental Home Ready for Renting | Georgetown
When you decide to rent out a home, the home does not have to be perfect. Ideally, you should provide your tenants with properly working appliances and a functioning home, but there is no reason to think that you need to invest thousands of dollars into major renovations to rent a home successfully. Using  handyman services  should normally be enough to get what you need done to your rental home before you start marketing the property and scheduling open houses. Take Care of Expected Maintenance In most situations, the maintenance required should not be anything substantial, especially if you take the time to screen your applicants thoroughly. If you recently purchased the property, you should know exactly what needs to be done to the property beforehand, which will help you determine whether handyman services are sufficient enough to get the rental property in renting shape. Handle Minor Repairs While the list...
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Kitchen Remodeling in Kensington, MD

Kitchen remodeling is the perfect way to give your home a new and intriguing look. Many homeowners in Kensington, MD have gone ahead with a kitchen remodeling project to give their home a fresh new look. Here at Smith, Thomas & Smith, Inc., we proudly offer kitchen remodeling services to the Kensington, MD area.     Maybe your kitchen cabinets are getting too old or you are just looking for a new feel to your cooking space. Whatever the case may be, a kitchen remodeling project is the way to go for your Kensington home!  One recent customer had this to say about our kitchen remodeling services... " I have also had great service from Smith, Thomas & Smith. Very helpful. Very Professional. " Kitchen Remodeling Customer - Kensington, MD We strive to meet our customer's goals and needs on every kitchen remodeling project. If you are in the market for a kitchen...
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Turning a Spare Room into a Library with Home Remodeling | Bethesda, MD

Turning a Spare Room into a Library with Home Remodeling | Bethesda, MD
A homeowner with an extra room in their home has many options for how they want to use the space. For instance, turning it into a gym, yoga retreat, guest bedroom, game room, or office are all options. If you love reading, you should consider creating a library in your home, which will allow you to exercise your passion for books by turning it into a beautiful collection. Reading also keeps your mind sharp, reduces stress, among many other benefits, so do not hesitate to consider professional  home remodeling  to ensure a positive outcome with your new library. Get Plenty of Natural Lighting While it is important to get enough task lighting to illuminate the room at nighttime, you should also not hesitate to rely on natural lighting to get you through the day for your daytime reading needs. Large and double-pane windows in a library really add to the overall...
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Add Built-Ins to Enhance Your Living Space with Professional Home Remodeling | Chevy Chase, MD

Add Built-Ins to Enhance Your Living Space with Professional Home Remodeling | Chevy Chase, MD
Freestanding furniture allows you to move with your furniture, or adjust how a room is organized, which is great for renters and individuals living in a starter home. However, once you find a home that you plan on living in for many years, you can begin to think about personalizing the home, and this is where adding built-ins is an excellent idea to achieve such customization. Having built-ins constructed and installed by a  home remodeling  company will ensure you receive high-quality and long-lasting results with the built-ins that get added to your home. Gain Lots of Storage Room Depending on the size of your home, storage may be quite limited. If this is the case, you will enjoy built-ins because they are able to create so much storage space when planned out carefully. Another advantage that built-ins have is that they are designed with your home and needs in mind, unlike freestanding furniture,...
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10 Bathroom Remodeling Trends for 2015 | Kensington, MD

10 Bathroom Remodeling Trends for 2015 | Kensington, MD
Bathroom remodeling  is one of the two biggest and best investments you can make in your home, the other being the kitchen. An updated bathroom can bring you a return as much as 80% or even higher. To help ensure that kind of return, you need to stay up on what people want. If you're considering bathroom remodeling, keep an eye on these 10 trends: LED Lighting  - Besides being trendy, LED lights save a lot of money. Though they cost anywhere from 5 to 10 times as much as an incandescent, they last 5 to 10 times longer and cost about 10 times less to operate. LED lighting also has a wider range of light variations than the compact fluorescent lights, which even at their best give the feeling of an office or a waiting room. LED lights can create the same warmth of traditional lighting at a significantly lower cost. Water-saving Toilets...
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Painting Home Exterior: DIY or Pro? | Washington DC

Painting Home Exterior: DIY or Pro? | Washington DC
You may be tempted to save money on your home renovation by painting your home exterior yourself instead of hiring painters. However, painting the exterior of your home is not as simple as painting a room in your house. Learn what to expect if you hire professional  painting & papering  experts and if you consider doing this yourself. What to expect: DIY If you opt to paint your house yourself, you'll need to purchase or rent equipment that lets you get up to the second story of the house. You'll also want to invest in painting equipment that makes the job easier. Needless to say, your equipment purchases can add up pretty quickly, and you may be spending a lot of money on things that you won't need again.  If your home has a lot of exterior decoration, such as trims or mouldings, it makes the job more complex. In this case,...
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Update Your Attic with Extensive Home Remodeling Projects | Georgetown

Update Your Attic with Extensive Home Remodeling Projects | Georgetown
If you enjoy entertaining guests throughout the year, but are struggling to find enough space in your home, it may be time to look at your attic for a  home remodeling  project. Many homeowners leave the attic to simply be storage space, but you could be missing out on valuable space if the space is unfinished. In order to add valuable square footage to your home, consider making the following upgrades. Invest in Soundproofing While it’s impossible to eliminate all sound from the attic if you decide to use the space as a theater, gaming room, or bedroom, you can reduce it significantly by investing in soundproofing. Getting the walls and flooring soundproofed will help make the attic feel like a true addition to the home. Replace Outdated Flooring Older flooring is common in attics, often in the form of worn out wooden or laminate floors. This can be very unwelcoming,...
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Four Common Mistakes to Avoid When You Remodel Your Kitchen

Four Common Mistakes to Avoid When You Remodel Your Kitchen
The remodeling and construction industry is a big business, generating an estimated $47 billion in revenue in the United States alone. But while projects the residential remodeling services in this industry complete can vary greatly, experts say that kitchen remodeling services are one of their most highly-requested tasks by far: contractors report that 69% of their customers want to focus on this important area. With an average return on investment of 63.6%, it is easy to see why homeowners prioritize kitchen projects. However, it is important to remember that this room plays an important role in the average person's daily life, as well as many of their special events. For this reason, if you are about to begin a general remodeling project, designers recommend that you avoid a few common mistakes they often see homeowners and kitchen remodeling services make. Don't Ignore the Famous Kitchen Triangle Residential home designers often swear...
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Kitchen Remodeling for the Future: Must-Have Modern Upgrades | Bethesda, MD

Kitchen Remodeling for the Future: Must-Have Modern Upgrades | Bethesda, MD
If you’re interested in increasing your home’s property value, it’s a good idea to begin looking into what changes can be made in the kitchen. Since the kitchen is considered the highest-traffic area of the home, you’ll benefit by making some upgrades through  kitchen remodeling . To make the biggest improvement in your kitchen, consider the following remodeling projects. Evaluate the Plumbing Outdated plumbing could be resulting in higher bills due to increased energy and water usage. While you can make repairs and take care of routine maintenance to keep the plumbing in good shape, it’s more economical to make upgrades to the plumbing. Invest in New Appliances Older refrigerators, dishwashers, and other appliances simply can’t perform as they should years later due to the always improving technology become available to homeowners. While it can be pricey to replace older appliances, the benefits that you’ll receive include better function, appearance, and...
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Washington, DC: What’s on Top of Your Springtime Handyman Services' List? | Chevy Chase

Washington, DC: What’s on Top of Your Springtime Handyman Services' List? | Chevy Chase
It’s springtime in Washington, DC and people are busy preparing their existing homes for warm weather entertaining or searching for a new place to call their own. So, what are the top projects on your  handyman services'  list? Do you want to build a deck or install a fence? Maybe installing outdoor lighting or repainting the house inside and out is on your agenda. Either way, it’s generally best to start with projects that will save you money in the long run. Projects that often make the top of our handyman services’ springtime list involve roof and gutter repair. After all, everyone wants to prevent water damage to their Washington, DC, or Maryland homes.  Good things to check for at this time are ice damming damage left over from the winter, pinhole leaks and tired looking shingles that may have overstayed their welcome. Spring is also a great time to consider...
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6 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a General Contractor | general contractor md

6 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a General Contractor | general contractor md
A general contractor is the right person to handle almost any type of residential remodeling services. But finding the right one in the local area can require a little more work than googling “general contractor MD.” To be sure, that’s a great place to start. But once you find that your general contractor MD search spits out almost 1.9  million  results, you’ll figure out that you need to narrow down the list. Here are some interview questions you shouldn’t forget to ask as part of that process: Is Your Bid an Estimate, or a Fixed Price?  Some contractors put in bids that are only estimates -- meaning that your remodeling and construction could end up costing way more than you originally intended. If you do accept an estimate, you’ll at least want to see it itemized so you can know where money is allocated (and where you can cut some fat...
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8 Questions to Ask Your Contractor When You Need a New Roof On Your Home | Chevy Chase, MD

8 Questions to Ask Your Contractor When You Need a New Roof On Your Home | Chevy Chase, MD
Your roof is one of the most important features of your home. It protects the rest of your house, so the highest quality is imperative. This is not a time to skimp. It's also not a good idea to delay if your roof is on its last legs. Stalling may cause wind and water damage that could result in other issues with your home. Since roofing is a difficult  home repair  task that most people don't tackle themselves, make sure you ask your contractor these questions before entering into an agreement with him. Do you have liability insurance? If something happens to your property while they are working on your roof, the contractor's insurance would cover the cost of fixing whatever damage occurs. Ask to see the insurance certificate. If questionable, contact the insurance company to confirm. Do you have workman's comp? Roofing is a dangerous job and you want to...
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General Contractor Talks About the Longevity of Home Basics | Kensington, MD

General Contractor Talks About the Longevity of Home Basics | Kensington, MD
Homes have many things that can either last a long time, or can breakdown only years after purchase or installation. Sometimes with good reason, sometimes because of faulty manufacturing. Alongside the misery of having to replace a roof or a furnace, is the fact that the expense can run you into the tens of thousands of dollars. So how long can you expect the basics in your home to last? Let a knowledgeable and trusted  general contractor  tell you. Roofs : As mentioned in the introduction, roofs are expensive if you need it all replaced. Metal and stone roofs (like copper, slate, and tile) can last 50+ years; wood about 30 years; and asphalt/shingle 25 or so years. It's also important to consider climate when figuring longevity. AC Units : Outdoor cooling units have the worst experience working all day in the heat and sun, especially if they are left to do...
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Home Improvement in Bethesda, MD

A home improvement project is a great way to tidy up your Bethesda, MD house for the spring season. Keep your home in the best looking condition possible with our home improvement services for the surrounding Bethesda, MD area.    A home improvement project is perfect for any homeowner who would like to have any general repairs done or handyman services completed at their house.  One of our home improvement customers had this to say... "Thanks, beautiful job well done – and a pleasure to work with all of you at Smith, Thomas and Smith." Home Improvement Customer - Bethesda, MD Our main objective is to meet and go beyond expectation for our home improvement customers. If your Bethesda, MD home needs any home improvement service, please feel free to  contact us !   Offering high quality home improvement services to the Bethesda, MD area!  
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The 3 Cardinal Rules of Successful Home Additions | Washington DC

The 3 Cardinal Rules of Successful Home Additions | Washington DC
Whether it is a new addition to the family, a new lifestyle need or simply the desire to spruce up the old homestead,  home additions  can make the difference between increasing the functionality of your property and looking for a realtor to undertake the costly process of selling your home and buying another one. But there are some rules to the process. If you want to maximize your return on investment and also enhance the overall look and feel of your home, three cardinal rules set you up for success. Go for size.  When you are considering an addition to your home,  This Old House  experts urge consumers to add functional rooms such as master suites or family rooms. Noting that “bigger homes command higher prices,” going for an adequate square footage is a must. While it is tempting to add just a small sun room, remember that these additions do...
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Three Modern Kitchen Design Trends for 2015

Three Modern Kitchen Design Trends for 2015
Your kitchen may be the center of your home, but after a few years, it can start to look dated. For this reason, thousands of homeowners hire a local handyman or kitchen remodeling service to help them improve this popular space every year. Residential remodeling services not only help these homeowners get rid of inconvenient features and add new life to tired rooms, but also benefit the home as a whole: studies show that major kitchen remodeling projects have an ROI ( or "return on investment") of 63.6%. With that kind of benefit available, it's no wonder that 69% of contractors report that their remodeling and construction clients want to focus on the kitchen. Are you interested in joining that number, but have no idea where to start? Read on to learn about some growing trends for kitchens in 2015 and start thinking about what a kitchen remodeling service could create...
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Home Repair: 5 DIY Door Repairs for Common Problems | Georgetown

Home Repair: 5 DIY Door Repairs for Common Problems | Georgetown
In any one house, on any given day, problems exist.  Home repair  and DIY jobs aren't an unfamiliar activity for homeowners who love to get things done without spending money they don't have. In this post, we'll explore the many problems associated with those oft used (though least thought about) objects in our homes: Doors.  So from fixing scratches and dents, to adjusting mobility and swing, here are 5 DIY repairs for common door problems. 1. Hard to open doors are a headache.  But fixing them is easy. First, check to see if the door is rubbing on the frame. If that's not the problem, adjust the hinges. Try to find the problem by sliding a thin sheet of paper between the door and the jamb, and look for spots that rubbed. It may need shaved down. 2. A rattling frame can rattle the nerves.  As the strike plate sees years...
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General Contractor Provides Top Choices for the Best Family-Friendly Flooring | Bethesda, MD

General Contractor Provides Top Choices for the Best Family-Friendly Flooring | Bethesda, MD
Flooring isn't often on the radar for many of those who have committed to a home renovation. But it should be! Choosing your flooring last is a huge mistake. As a licensed  general contractor , we have seen and installed some of the best flooring money can buy, and we always try to help the homeowner pick out what is best for their situation or family. The right flooring can make or break an entire room's motif and style, and the wrong flooring can cause major headaches. Especially when it involves pets and kids.  Here are some of the best family-friendly flooring you can install in your home. Oak Oak is classic. It is a tough and durable hardwood that outlasts many of the homes it is installed in. In fact, oak is often replaced simply for the desire of something new. A lovely, wired-brushed finished oak is highly dent-resistant, and measures near the...
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Taking Painting Risks in Your Home Add Personality and Uniqueness | Chevy Chase, MD

Taking Painting Risks in Your Home Add Personality and Uniqueness | Chevy Chase, MD
While your home may feel content, what opinion do you have of your wall colors? Often, people take great time (and pride) in decorating their home, but forget one of the most important factors for creating mood:  painting and papering . In this post, we'll cover some ways for homeowners to step up and take some risks with their painting. From how to add contrast with bright colors to ways to make muted colors more vibrant with trim accents. Read on to learn more. Don't Be Afraid of Black For a log time black was off the home painter's radar. It wasn't sold in large quantities and having it mixed was a pain. But as times have changed, black has proven very useful in home decor. Use it as trim accent to make lighter colors pop. Also, with gold and brass becoming trend this year, black is perfect as a highlight....
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How Our Handyman Services Can Get Your Home Modern in 2015 | Kensington, MD

How Our Handyman Services Can Get Your Home Modern in 2015 | Kensington, MD
With 2015 just beginning, many people are looking at the new year as a way to start fresh. To begin again. To change the things they have been neglecting about their home into something modern and clean.  If you're interested in keeping up with what is hot and modern in 2015, here's just a few things our  handyman services  can help you achieve, thanks to trusted online real estate database and design gurus  Zillow . Fixture Revamp Gold fixtures are taking over in 2015, says Zillow. With its surprisingly clean and fresh style, in spite of being totally retro, gold fixtures are poised to take your home by storm. Good news for those who no longer feel stuck using silver and stainless steel. Cowhide Design Is it a bit too "country"? Not really say designers at Zillow. The new cowhide design isn't supposed to take a room over and make it Southwestern....
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Three Tips for Your Remodeling Project

Three Tips for Your Remodeling Project
If you are planning a remodeling project for your home, you likely know there are a number of benefits associated with this choice. For example, remodeling and construction work often has high returns on investment, with an expected 63.6% ROI from a redesigned bathroom and a 77% ROI just from installing new windows. With these benefits, it is no surprise that the home remodeling industry generates an estimated $47 billion in revenue in the United States. But before you get lost in the details of your residential home design, there are a number of things you should know to keep your project running as smoothly as possible. Whether you're working with a local handyman or an established contractor, remodeling your kitchen or renovating an entire house, keep the tips below in mind to keep costs manageable and get the best results out of your contractor. Make Decisions in a Timely Manner...
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3 Reasons Why Handyman Services Can Save You Time and Money | Washington DC

3 Reasons Why Handyman Services Can Save You Time and Money | Washington DC
Although, a complete home remodel is a dream many homeowners posses, the price tag that accompanies such a large job isn't always a feasible option. Luckily, bigger isn't necessarily better when it comes to updating your home. Whether its sprucing up your master bathroom or increasing the storage in your kitchen, enlisting a  handyman service  can help you achieve your remodeling goals while still maintaining a reasonable budget. Affordable Pricing Unlike a contractor, a handyman often focuses on smaller home improvements, which allows them to charge a more reasonable price for their services. For instance, if you're looking to modernize your bathroom with updated tile and new fixtures, hiring a handyman instead of a contractor can help you avoid overpaying. While employing a contractor for larger remodeling jobs is best, hiring a handyman for smaller renovations is a smart financial decision. Easy Scheduling Scheduling an appointment with a handyman is often...
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Home Remodeling in the Bethesda, MD Area

Looking to give your house a great new look? Homeowners across the Bethesda, MD area are constantly looking for remodeling services for their home. People remodel their home's for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it is to create more space or a new design for the home.  Here at Smith, Thomas & Smith, Inc., we are proud to offer remodeling services in the surrounding Bethesda, MD area.  Check out what one of our customers had to say about our remodeling service... " Thank you for your years of wonderful service!" Remodeling Customer - Bethesda, Maryland We take pride in our remodeling services and make sure every customer is completely satisfied with any project we undertake. If you are thinking about a remodeling project for your home, please contact us today!   Offering top-of-the-line home remodeling services to the Bethesda, Maryland area!  
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Chevy Chase Home Improvement

Every home will need a home improvement project done at one point. Whether it is handyman services, general repairs, painting, or wallpapering, Smith, Thomas & Smith, Inc. proudly offers home improvement  services to the Chevy Chase area.   Home improvement is the perfect option for a homeowner looking to keep their house in great condition.  One recent customer had this to say about our home improvement services... " Had small repairs done around the house. Most reliable service in NW area. " Home Improvement Customer - Chevy Chase We strive to meet our customer's goals and needs on every home improvement project. If your house needs home improvement services, feel free to  contact us today!   Offering high quality home improvement services to the Chevy Chase area!  
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Trusted General Contractor Gives 7 Winter Home Improvement Tips | Georgetown

Trusted General Contractor Gives 7 Winter Home Improvement Tips | Georgetown
It's no secret, winter is finally here. By now, many of you have already committed yourself to a long winter's nap, readying yourself for the spring thaw that will begin to peak through in a few short months.  So while you can't do anything to stop the colder air from descending upon you, what you can do is keep yourself warm and cozy inside your home with just a few simple home improvements. Here are 7 home tweaks you can employ brought to your by your local, trusted  general contractor . - Trust in caulk and sealant:  Seal up cracks and holes around your home with some weather-approved sealant. It will keep cold air out, warm air in, and stop any insects or pests from invading your space. - Help insulate with area rugs:  A few extra area rugs will insulate an area and provide some extra comfort for your home....
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Making the Right Paint Color Work Requires Solid Research and Keen Application | Bethesda, MD

Making the Right Paint Color Work Requires Solid Research and Keen Application | Bethesda, MD
Are the walls in your home drab, boring, or forgettable? Are you ready for a big change? Many people go a long time in between paint jobs, not realizing how much new wall  painting  can make a huge difference in their home's entire atmosphere and feeling. But before you rush out and buy a few gallons of any old paint, or call a professional, consider how the color you choose will effect your room. Too bold and you may contrast your decorations. Too muted and you may have just wasted your efforts. Research color swatches and take your time for best results. Here are some additional tips: - Don't just think about a single room when you paint. Consider the rest of your house so that the color you select is complimentary. Be cohesive in your design palette and reap the benefits.  - If you've picked a color that you are worried may...
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Home Additions, New Kitchens, or Redecorated Baths... What's Your 2015 Resolution? | Chevy Chase, MD

Home Additions, New Kitchens, or Redecorated Baths... What's Your 2015 Resolution? | Chevy Chase, MD
And just like that, we wave goodbye to 2014. It happened so fast! So what will you be doing in your home to ring in the new year? Is it time to renovate that bathroom? Redecorate the kitchen? Or time to finally plan out a new  home addition ?  Whatever you chose, here are some great New Year's resolutions for 2015. Time to Streamline What kind of flow does your home follow? Are there aspects about your living room that really grind your gears? Then it's time to streamline and declutter. Every year we acquire more things, and sometimes these things start to takeover and pile up. So this year, change things. Travel room-to-room and remove things you don't need or use, or things that are simply taking up space. Clearing and cleaning will free up space in your dwelling as well as your mind. Safe and Sound Sometimes the things...
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Three Tips for Residential Design and Building Projects

Three Tips for Residential Design and Building Projects
From residential bathroom remodeling to more general remodeling projects, residential design and building is a huge industry in the United States, generating an estimated $47 billion in revenue. But before you start your own residential design and building project, you likely have some questions: for example, where do you start? How can you create a home that will grow and age with your family? How can you implement features you will actually use? Follow these remodeling and construction tips to get the house you want, now and in the future! Think About Your Windows Studies have found that installing new windows as part of your remodel can return as much as 77% of the initial investment cost. This is because new windows can help prevent energy loss and temperature changes, reducing your electricity bills. New windows can also help increase your property's value. However, even if you have no plans to...
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Inexpensive Home Renovations that Help to Boost Your Home's Value | Kensington, MD

Inexpensive Home Renovations that Help to Boost Your Home's Value | Kensington, MD
Owning a home is a lifelong investment, which includes a lifetime of chores -- something that shouldn't be taken for granted. But for a lot of homeowners, if chores are a problem, then performing  home renovations  isn't something that is fixed on their radar at all, especially if money is tight. So if you're looking for some inexpensive yet worthwhile ways of boosting your home's value without making an appointment to move into the poor house, we've got you covered. Kitchen Jewels Without a kitchen, a home is not a home. So why not make some small improvements to the heart of your home? Add a new faucet, a new light fixture, and even update outdated hardware for just a few hundred dollars. Slap on a coat of paint and add some fresh fruit, and your home's value just crept up a few notches. Bathroom Facelift Though the bathroom is widely used...
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3 Great Home Remodeling Jobs to Cure the Winter Blues | Washington DC

3 Great Home Remodeling Jobs to Cure the Winter Blues | Washington DC
Can you believe that the year is almost over? Christmas is but a few weeks away. Seems like it happens faster every year. What  home remodeling  jobs did you get done this year? More importantly, what remodeling and renovations did you plan to get done that you never got around to or something else got in the way? Well, don't fret! Winter is the best time to strike a balance in the universes and do some work inside the home. Just think of it as a cure for the winter blues. Here are just three. Paint and Wallpaper You're "stuck" inside anyway, so what better time is there to create an exciting new color scheme in your dining room, living room, or den? Add a new coat of paint the bathroom. Wallpaper your bedroom for added comfort. Install some crown molding while your at it The possibilities are endless with paint...
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Home Renovations That Make Sense for New Parents | Georgetown

Home Renovations That Make Sense for New Parents | Georgetown
Homeowners often feel the need to move into a bigger house as soon as they find out that they are expecting their first baby. However, more often than not, a move isn't really essential. Home renovations are often all that's needed to make your current home spacious enough to house the newest additional member to your family. But now, you're probably wondering about which  home renovations  to make in order to accommodate your growing needs. That's why you need to keep on with reading this post to gain some good renovation ideas. Turn One Bedroom into Two Is your home lacking a room for your new baby? Do you currently have a spacious master bedroom? Then you might want to turn that big bedroom into two smaller rooms. It will enable you and your significant other to have some alone time while the baby's asleep. Convert the Attic into a Playroom...
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Home Remodeling Made Simple: How Tankless Water Heaters Compare | Bethesda, MD

Home Remodeling Made Simple: How Tankless Water Heaters Compare | Bethesda, MD
When to comes to  home remodeling , the choices are endless, and not every home (or homeowner) has or needs the same thing. But one thing that seems to prevail cross the board is how consistently homes are stocked with regular, run-of-the-mill water heaters; those noisy behemoths that sit in the corner of the basement and consume, consume, consume. Consider, if you will, the tankless water heater. Often used in smaller affairs, and popular among foreign countries where space is limited, tankless water heaters are cheaper to run, make much less noise, and take up less square footage as compared to traditional, residential water heaters. So if these products are so great, why doesn't every home have one? That's a great question. We'll provide some information on the subject and let you decide what the American consumer is missing out on. How Tankless Water Heaters Function Compared to the traditional water...
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Reasons To Use Handyman Services Instead Of Going It Alone | Chevy Chase, MD

Reasons To Use Handyman Services Instead Of Going It Alone | Chevy Chase, MD
Whether you are trying to mark a few items off of your honey-do list or planning a home renovation, a general contractor should be your first phone call. Even if you are handy with a hammer and a nail, a professional can provide many benefits for repairs and updates around your home. Here are three benefits of hiring  handyman services  instead of attempting to do the work yourself. Save Money You might think that doing the work yourself is the best way to save money. However, a professional will do the work correctly the first time. If you attempt to do it yourself, you might have to redo it and purchase additional materials. In some cases, you might cause more damage while attempting a repair or installing an appliance. Your contractor might even identify smaller repairs that need to be done so they do not lead to major repairs or renovations....
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Make Your Home Renovation a Success by Avoiding These 3 Commonly Made Mistakes | Washington DC

Make Your Home Renovation a Success by Avoiding These 3 Commonly Made Mistakes | Washington DC
A successful  home renovation  can turn into a taxing ordeal when easily avoidable mistakes begin to tarnish its progress. Fortunately, composing a detailed plan, before starting your remodel, helps eliminate unnecessary hiccups from slowing down or even halting your schedule. To ensure you reach your remodeling goal without facing numerous obstacles, we've listed 3 renovating mistakes that are commonly made by homeowners. Underestimating the cost of your remodel can leave you with an unfinished project. Before you start spending, sit down and hash out a realistic budget with your contractor. Remember, you need to consider every possible angle, which means you should set at least 10 percent of your budget aside for unexpected expenses. Unfortunately, neglecting to do so can leave you clamoring for money towards the end of your renovation. Also, as the project progresses, reanalyze your budget and make proactive changes before any serious money issues begin to form....
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Experienced General Contractor Gives Advice on the Benefits of Installing a Radiant Heat System | Kensington, MD

Experienced General Contractor Gives Advice on the Benefits of Installing a Radiant Heat System | Kensington, MD
Ever heard of radiant heating? It's one of the best ways to heat your home that has been flying under the radar for years, and comes with tons of great benefits.  It is virtually undetected, because it makes no noise; no water filling radiators clunking and clanging; no air kicking on like jet engines; no dust being shot up from the bowels of your basement. Just simple, even heat throughout your entire home. It is also highly-efficient and incredibly comfortable. Here are some tips from your local  general contractor  in Maryland on the great benefits of installing a radiant heat system in your home. Even Heat is the Best Heat It's a simple fact of thermal dynamics: when there is a heat source in any location, the greatest amount of heat being emitted is located nearest to it. Which is the sad summation of most HVAC and furnace systems in homes across...
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Home Renovations: Basement Remodel Means Extra Square Footage | Georgetown

Home Renovations: Basement Remodel Means Extra Square Footage | Georgetown
Have you been putting off a basement  home renovation  for what seems like months (years?), and have finally come to the conclusion that this year, after all this time, is finally the year you are going to get your ducks in a row and dive in? If you answered yes, then you're in luck. Here is everything you need to know about renovating your basement. Drywalling Don't be fooled by what you've seen on TV, hanging drywall is actually fairly simple (and rewarding). What to not expect, however, is that you can complete the entire process in 8 hours. To be that quick and accurate requires years of experience, so work at your own pace. Practice makes perfect, so work section by section and it'll all come together. Don't worry excessively about mistakes near the floor and ceiling, they can easily be covered by trim and molding. Focus your efforts on...
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Three Tips For an Easier Remodeling Project

Three Tips For an Easier Remodeling Project
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There are a number of reasons to consider planning a general remodeling project in your home. For example, if your home is more than 30 years old, it may require new wiring or plumbing, a new HVAC system or roof, and better insulation to create the best possible living environment for you and your family. Additionally, residential remodeling services are a great investment: on average, a remodeled bathroom has been shown to have a return on investment of 63.6%, while simply adding new windows can create a return on investment of 77%. With these benefits, it is no surprise that remodeling and construction are such common parts of owning a home in the United States. However, diving into a general remodeling project can be challenging whether you're hiring a kitchen remodeling service or planning to make a few simple changes to your living room. And no matter how many books or...
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3 Home Remodeling Jobs that Cost Less than a Grand | Bethesda, MD

3 Home Remodeling Jobs that Cost Less than a Grand | Bethesda, MD
We all want nice things in our home. But many of the most desired home projects cost big bucks. Setting aside funds and finding the time to set up a man cave in the basement, for instance, or the know-how to gut and redecorate a bathroom may not be in the budget, but there are many things that are. So while it's a common and acceptable fact that many of the most  home remodeling  jobs can cost 5-figures, there are several home improvements that you can do that won't break the bank. Here are 3 home remodeling jobs that you can do for under $1,000. 1. Update an Old Bathroom The average cost of a completely redone bathroom can run a homeowner 15-20k. But if you don't have that kind of money, don't worry. There are still improvements you can do without dipping into your savings. - Replace fixtures, including toilet seats,...
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5 Home Repair Jobs You Can Do Yourself | Chevy Chase, MD

5 Home Repair Jobs You Can Do Yourself | Chevy Chase, MD
For a professional business like ours, one that offers  home repair , remodeling, and renovations, it's difficult for us to advise that you dive into repair projects that might get you into trouble later. Larger, more complicated tasks do require licensed and bonded technicians with years of experience, but there are many things that we feel every homeowner should know how to do. Here are 5 home repair projects that you can easily do on a Saturday afternoon. 1. Repair Drywall Cracks What you'll need:  Spackle, putty knife, sandpaper, paint, and brush or roller. The job:  Scoop out Spackle and spread over hole or crack. Leave excess. Let dry. Sand with sandpaper until smooth and flush with wall. Paint over with matching wall paint. 2. Remove Plastic Laminate Stains What you'll need:  Baking soda, water, paper towels. The job:  Mix baking soda and water to make a paste. Apply to stain....
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3 Home Repairs to Take Hold of This Fall | Kensington, MD

3 Home Repairs to Take Hold of This Fall | Kensington, MD
Every year, many homeowners grab the fall bull by the horns, and tackle all of their  home repairs  in one fell swoop. They work hard so that, come winter, any project they may have neglected doesn't turn into an expensive tragedy. Any why not? Many of the projects are simple and not incredibly time-consuming, but are super beneficial to every aspect of their home. Ready to take part in fall home repair? Here are 3 to get your started. Lawn Maintenance The issue:  Fall is called fall for one specific reason: leaves! Which are either beautiful or a nuisance depending on where they reside (attached to the tree or not).  How to handle:  Sure, you can rake them and bag them. A process that is time-consuming and back-breaking. But why not mulch them? Many mowers have a mulching selection (or mulching blades can be installed), a feature that can make the...
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In-Law Suites: Ideal Home Additions for Multi-Generational Families | Washington DC

In-Law Suites: Ideal Home Additions for Multi-Generational Families | Washington DC
These days, multi-generational households are becoming much more common. Unfortunately, it doesn't make sharing living spaces with different generations of your family any easier. For that, you'll need  home additions  in the form of an in-law suite; it can solve many issues that arise from living in a multi-generational family. You Don't Have to See Each Other Every Day The greatest beauty of having an in-law suite is that unless you really want to, you don't actually have to see your in-laws every day. Because let's be real for a minute here: Even if you like your in-laws a whole lot, you probably don't want to constantly be under their observation. Separate Entrance for Less Disturbance in the Night Living under the same roof with your grown children? Then you know how capable they are at disturbing your sleep in the middle of the night. Having a separate entrance for your...
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5 Handyman Services Every Home Needs Annually | Georgetown

5 Handyman Services Every Home Needs Annually | Georgetown
Have you decided your master bathroom is in need of a new style? Want to bring home the experience of a luxurious spa environment? Here are five stunning ways to create an at-home spa with some creative  bathroom remodeling : Drop-In Bath Tub  - If you enjoy soaks in the hot tub or natural springs, why not bring the spa effect home? Drop-in bath tubs like the  Nagano  and others take up little space, but are a luxurious addition with their appearance and home therapy use. Create walk-up stepping stairs or just add directly into the floor. Installation will need some design consideration depending on the layout of your home. Stand Alone Sink  - Taking the vintage and regal look of older mansions, stand alone sinks are making a comeback in popularity. Their beautiful ceramic bodies come in many shapes and styles, and can have an especially definitive look by customizing...
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Creating an At-Home Spa Experience with Bathroom Remodeling | Bethesda, MD

Creating an At-Home Spa Experience with Bathroom Remodeling | Bethesda, MD
Have you decided your master bathroom is in need of a new style? Want to bring home the experience of a luxurious spa environment? Here are five stunning ways to create an at-home spa with some creative  bathroom remodeling : Drop-In Bath Tub  - If you enjoy soaks in the hot tub or natural springs, why not bring the spa effect home? Drop-in bath tubs like the  Nagano  and others take up little space, but are a luxurious addition with their appearance and home therapy use. Create walk-up stepping stairs or just add directly into the floor. Installation will need some design consideration depending on the layout of your home. Stand Alone Sink  - Taking the vintage and regal look of older mansions, stand alone sinks are making a comeback in popularity. Their beautiful ceramic bodies come in many shapes and styles, and can have an especially definitive look by customizing...
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Home Maintenance Tasks our Handyman Services can Help you With | Chevy Chase, MD

Home Maintenance Tasks our Handyman Services can Help you With | Chevy Chase, MD
Part of being a homeowner involves having certain repairs performed from time to time. Not all repairs require the services of a professional, as you can save some money by allowing us to perform some of them for you. Here are a few tasks our  handyman service  can easily take care of for you. Leaky Faucets Most of the time, leaky faucets are caused by worn washers that can be replaced rather quickly. To remove a washer, we’ll shut off the water supply to your faucet so we can then go to work fixing the problem. We’ll ensure everything is put back together properly, and will then check to see that your leak has been taken care of. Unclogging a Toilet When a plunger fails to unclog a toilet, the problem may require the use of a snake or auger. This takes some skill in order to do correctly, which is...
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Home Renovations: Redecorating Your Master Bedroom | Kensington, MD

Home Renovations: Redecorating Your Master Bedroom | Kensington, MD
Well... it's fall. Which means that for a lot of homeowners, they will be weathering the long, cold days by doing a few  home renovations  to pass the time. But what do you do if your kitchen is beautiful, your bathroom is magnificent, and your living room is to die for? The master bedroom of course! So for the weekend warrior chomping at the bit for a project this season, here are some of fall's hottest master bedroom trends. 1. Reclaimed Materials It's been done to coffee tables for years. You take an old wire spool or piece if barn wood, and you refashion it into something great and useful. Well, now the exact same process is being done for headboards and nightstands. Old and raw woods, like pines and cedars, are perfect for the job. It adds old world charm with a modern flair, and looks spectacular. 2. Commercial-Grade Style...
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3 Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes to Steer Clear Of | Washington DC

3 Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes to Steer Clear Of | Washington DC
Kitchen remodeling  is one of those things that can zap all of your time and money. But, oh boy is it worth it. It is a journey that can take you down many different avenues, all of which are paved with shiny, new, and expensive materials. So it's no wonder that so many people make mistakes when they set out to draft a new kitchen. We don't like to see mistakes happen. So we decided to outline 3 of them that you can easily avoid. 1. Do Refrigerators Need So Many Features? No. Of course when you have budget set, and all of your kitchen remodeling dreams are coming true, you are naturally inclined to get the best. But with refrigerators, things like door-front water and ice dispensers can cost you big in the future. Not only do features like these use more resources, they are more prone to failure. So...
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How Handyman Services Can Help with Cold Weather Preparedness | Georgetown

How Handyman Services Can Help with Cold Weather Preparedness | Georgetown
If you are looking for some extra help around your home this fall, then perhaps  handyman services  are what you are looking for. Many homeowners are busy with kids and work, so the last thing on their mind is getting up on a ladder and cleaning out gutters, or checking roof shingles for tears or curling. Handyman services are designed to make life easier. Here's how: Gutter and Downspouts As mentioned, fall is the best time to inspect and clean gutters and downspouts. Because of the large amount of water your gutters route away from your home throughout the year, gutter systems need cleaned of debris annually, and fall is the best time to perform this. Windows Defender Windows and doors also need winter maintenance. This includes sealing gaps and cracks, installing weather-stripping, and checking around doors for drafts. The amount of savings associated with properly sealed windows and doors is...
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Kitchen Remodeling Tips: The Benefits and Disadvantages Behind Installing a Quartz Countertop | Washington DC

Kitchen Remodeling Tips: The Benefits and Disadvantages Behind Installing a Quartz Countertop | Washington DC
As you navigate your way through the  kitchen remodeling  process, choosing the perfect countertops can be a bit overwhelming. With numerous options available, selecting the material and style that best suits your design scheme may feel close to impossible. However, learning about the pros and cons that accompany certain materials can assist you in arriving at your final decision with greater ease. To help you narrow down your options, we've listed the advantages and disadvantages of choosing quartz for your kitchen countertops. The 411 on Quartz Quartz countertops are also known as engineered stone countertops. Due to the manufacturing process, quartz comes in a large variety of colors which surpasses the color choices you have with natural stones. Whether you prefer an earth tone or you're looking for a bright pop of color, quartz most likely has the hue you desire. If you're looking for a durable countertop that can withstand...
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Bathroom Remodeling: 3 Simple Ways to Liven Up Your Bathroom | Georgetown

Bathroom Remodeling: 3 Simple Ways to Liven Up Your Bathroom | Georgetown
Are you considering  bathroom remodeling  for your home? Well, you shouldn't worry too much about cost since there are four simple ways that you can liven up the space without adding expensive and fancy appliances. Here's how: Updating the Medicine Cabinet:  Many medicine cabinets are plain in color and don't add too much excitement to the bathroom space. For this reason, you should consider adding wallpaper to the back of the medicine cabinet. This is going to liven up the space and provide a bit of a surprise when the medicine cabinet is opened up. The splash of color can even help you to wake up feeling refreshed in the morning when you go to get your toothpaste, or anything else that you may have stored in there.  Painting Cabinets:  If you do not have the funds to update the cabinets on top of updating the toilet, sink, and bathtub, then...
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Three Clever Space-Saving Projects to Utilize When Kitchen Remodeling | Bethesda, MD

Three Clever Space-Saving Projects to Utilize When Kitchen Remodeling | Bethesda, MD
One of the biggest challenges families face when welcoming new members to their family is a lack of space. The kitchen is a room that many households spend a lot of their time in, making it a great option when considering remodeling. In order for the  kitchen remodeling  project to go smoothly, you’ll want to get familiar with the various tips that can help you save space. Install Cabinetry with Built-In Shelves  The cabinets in a kitchen of a busy family are often overflowing with containers, plates, and cookware. An easy way to combat this is through installing cabinet shelves that provide plenty of storage space inside of the kitchen. Go Vertical with Cabinetry Even with organized cabinets, you may struggle to find an appropriate space for everything. An easy way to ensure that everything is in its proper space is by installing more cabinets. Even small kitchens can be improved...
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Home Additions: Perfect for Those Who Can't Move | Chevy Chase, MD

Home Additions: Perfect for Those Who Can't Move | Chevy Chase, MD
Due to the housing crisis of recent years, a large number of growing families are unable to upgrade to a larger house. That's because the house is still underwater, and selling the house would mean having to bring money to the settlement table. Therefore, many homeowners have decided to stay in their starter homes until they gain more equity. Home Additions Make Starter Homes More Comfortable Couples unable to move out of starter homes are finding themselves outgrowing their homes as they enter their childbearing years. Fortunately, there is another option besides trying to squeeze the growing family into the tight living spaces. Couples who aren't quite ready to upgrade to a bigger house can make their current home larger with  home additions . Add a Bedroom to Gain Privacy One of the best ways to make living in a smaller house comfortable for a growing family is to add another...
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4 Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes Homeowners are Guilty of Committing | Kensington, MD

4 Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes Homeowners are Guilty of Committing | Kensington, MD
Jumping into a bathroom remodel without properly preparing for the process can end in disaster. As with any major renovation, a well thought out plan is key to successfully achieving your dream space. Unfortunately, poorly set goals and overlooked features can turn any bathroom remodel into a dreadful ordeal. To help you avoid such a mishap, we've listed 4 common  bathroom remodeling  mistakes homeowners are often guilty of making. Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes The biggest misstep you can make is starting your bathroom demolition before completely mapping out your remodeling plan. While there is nothing wrong with being ambitious, beginning your renovations without a budget, a design scheme, or supplies will end with you spending more money and time on the project than you want. The best course of action to take is sitting down and plotting every move before you start gutting your bathroom. Setting a budget early on is crucial...
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Bathroom Remodeling: Tips for Creating the Perfect Bathroom Space for Your Kids | Washington DC

Bathroom Remodeling: Tips for Creating the Perfect Bathroom Space for Your Kids | Washington DC
When it comes to  bathroom remodeling  for the bathroom that your kids use, you want to ensure that the space works perfectly for them. Creating a bathroom space that is fun, functional, and safe will ensure that your child will hopefully be motivated enough to shower, brush their teeth, wash their hands, and more on a regular basis. Here are some tips for remodeling the bathroom for your kids: Durable Counters:  Countertops that are durable and easy to clean will ensure that they last for a quality amount of time in your child's bathroom space. You also want to be sure that you can go in there and quickly wipe away dirt, toothpaste stains, and more without having to go in there to scrub the day away.  Consider New Bathroom Technology:  The technology available for bathroom features can excite your children and get them motivated to keep good hygiene. For example,...
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Modern Bathroom Remodeling Trends for 2015 | Georgetown

Modern Bathroom Remodeling Trends for 2015 | Georgetown
Your home's bathroom is no doubt one of the most important rooms in your entire house. Not only in terms of use and functionality, but also in your home's resale value. Buyers love a bathroom that is up-to-date and modern. But this can be difficult to accomplish. Every year, trends in modern  bathroom remodeling  and renovation alters just slightly. In fact, it is difficult to keep up with at times. So even for a professional, remodeling with little to no foresight can be a disaster in the making if the desired outcome is modernity of style. But don't worry, we have the latest on what will be popular for 2015. According to several sources, 2015 is all about offering personal solutions for every space, big or small.  Bathroom design  trends 2015 create beautiful and welcoming, multi-functional and exclusive home interiors for bathing, relaxation and pampering in elegance and chic... And  here ... 2015...
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Your Premier General Contractor Gives You 5 Autumn Home Maintenance Musts | Bethesda, MD

Your Premier General Contractor Gives You 5 Autumn Home Maintenance Musts | Bethesda, MD
As you are reading this, there are no doubts that outside your window at this very moment are signs of autumn slowly creeping in. Which, as  general contractors , we think means is a sign to get outside and cross some "maintenance musts" off of your list before it's too cold. Here are 5 autumnal maintenance musts you should perform before it gets too cold. 1. Look for Peeling Paint:  After a long summer, the outside of your home takes a beating. The extended, hot days can really do a number on your exterior paint. Walk around your property and look for signs that your home needs a touch-up, and take care of it. Doing so now can save you lots of money down the road. 2. Examine Gutters and Downspouts:  Make sure that any area in which water requires adequate and clear flow is clean of debris and clutter. Then, as the...
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Three Home Repairs You’ll Need to Look Out for After Summer | Chevy Chase, MD

Three Home Repairs You’ll Need to Look Out for After Summer | Chevy Chase, MD
Once summer has come to an end, you may be looking forward to the holidays and getting back into the groove with working or buckling down for school. Regardless of what plans you have, it’s important to focus on any  home repair  work you may need to do. Taking care of any necessary repairs for your home before fall and winter arrives can ensure that your home will be in great shape all year long. Deck Refinishing If your home has an attached deck, it likely sees a lot of action during the summer due to parties or relaxing outdoors with your family. It can be a disaster if your deck were to collapse due to weakened support beams or other parts that needed repairs. Doing a full inspection of your deck can help give you an idea of whether it needs to be refinished by a professional. Replacing Your HVAC...
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When Seeking Residential Painting & Papering, Here's What You Need to Look For | Kensington, MD

When Seeking Residential Painting & Papering, Here's What You Need to Look For | Kensington, MD
When seeking  painting & papering  you'll usually find that one painting company stands head and shoulders above the rest. We thought we'd let you know what top residential painting & papering contractors have to offer, and the reasons you should consider hiring them. Experience:  When hiring a residential painting & papering contractor, you want to hire a professional company with decades of experience in residential, commercial and industrial work. Professional contractors with that kind of experience, usually operate at a high level of precision. Experienced, professionals will also have a super-clean bill of health from the Better Business Bureau. With credentials like that, they've likely earned a level of trustworthiness, and attention to detail you can count on every time. Reliability:  You need to be able to count on your contractor implicitly. Your contractor should have a supervisor in charge who is dedicated to overseeing your project. This supervisor will coordinate with your family...
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Home Remodeling with Space in Mind? Tips for Converting a Basement into a Playroom | Washington DC

Home Remodeling with Space in Mind? Tips for Converting a Basement into a Playroom | Washington DC
Families with young children often struggle with having enough space for them to play comfortably. In order for you to have the space you need without spending a lot of money on expanding, you should convert the basement into a play area. In order for the  home remodeling  project to go smoothly, you should consider what features are essential for the perfect playroom. Insulation Many homeowners associate basements with damp and uncomfortable spaces that become either too hot or cold, depending on the season. In order for the basement to be comfortable for your children, you’ll need to get the walls and ceiling properly insulated. Air Conditioning and Heating Another important thing you’ll need to do to improve the comfort of the basement is getting air conditioning and heating installed. Focusing on these two elements will help the basement turned playroom feel like an extension of your home and make it...
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Convert Your Garage into a Bedroom with Home Renovations | Georgetown

Convert Your Garage into a Bedroom with Home Renovations | Georgetown
Whether your family is growing due to a new baby or you’re simply in need of more space, converting your garage into a bedroom is a fantastic project to consider. Not only is the garage one of the easiest spaces to work with for  home renovations , it can also give you an incredible amount of extra space due it’s large space. In order for the renovated space to look like a bedroom, instead of a garage, you need to complete a number of projects. Make Insulation, Heating, and Cooling Priorities While you may be thinking of new furniture you can buy for the room, you’ll need to first address making the space comfortable. Garages often become too warm or cold, depending on the time of year, making it important to focus on getting the space ready by insulating the walls and ceiling. Adding heating and cooling in the garage can...
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