The Do’s and Don’ts of Home Additions

The Do’s and Don’ts of Home Additions

Home renovations and remodeling are an exciting step in being a homeowner, especially for those looking to introduce whole new additions to the house. But it can also be a challenge knowing where to start with the project. If you’re considering adding onto your home in the near future, here are the top do’s and don’ts of home additions. 

Do’s

Do start with a clear design. Adding onto your home is going to need more than just your vision. To get any necessary permits and have the work done properly, you should work with a professional to put your ideas onto paper. Hiring an architect or designer to draw out your design will help give your contractor a clear picture of what you want. You’ll also be able to spot any problems with your idea and adjust accordingly before building begins. Remember, the more detailed the design, the more true-to-vision your addition will come out. 

Do add on to your kitchen. Almost no other home project can raise the value of your property as much as a kitchen improvement. As needs and trends progress, more and more houses feature open and spacious kitchens for entertaining and cooking as a hobby. Be considerate of your future homebuyers and increase your own home-happiness by considering whether a functional kitchen addition is right for your home and needs. 

Do add more bathrooms. Another easy way to add value to a home is by adding in another bathroom or two. For homebuyers, there is no such thing as too many bathrooms. They add functionality to the house and encourage privacy for residents, meaning adding income by renting out a room or two is now a possibility without sharing a bathroom. 

Don’ts

Don’t be stubborn. A home addition is a big undertaking, and even if you have an expertly crafted design for your builders, there’s always the possibility of an unseen problem making itself known. Be prepared and know that in large projects like this, it’s conceivable that not everything will go right. When budgeting time and cost, you should allow for delays and additional costs to prevent any unwanted surprises. 

Don’t go too big. It’s always attempting to bring on high-value additions like bathrooms or a sunroom but doing too much at once could lower your property value. The closer you build to the property line, the more you encroach on yard space. Landscaping, patios, and other outdoor features are just as important to homebuyers as an extra bathroom, so take care not to build so big that potential buyers lose out on outdoor spaces. 

Are you ready to take the next step in bringing a great addition to your home? Contact Gehman Design Remodeling for assistance in bringing great workmanship to your next home project. 

Home Improvement Projects to Leave to the Professionals

Home Improvement Projects to Leave to the Professionals

Summer is definitely one of the best times of the year to take on home improvement projects. Some projects you can tackle yourself safely and easily get the job done. But some should be left to the professionals. Landscaping and cleaning gutters can be taken care of homeowners themselves in most cases, but jobs requiring ladders and technical skills require real contractors. Continue reading to learn about which jobs you should leave to the pros and how you can pull off yourself. 

Bathrooms

A bathroom may seem like a job that you can tackle after watching a few remodeling tv shows and videos online, but there are many complexities that go along with it. Bathroom remodeling consists of baths, flooring, vanities, countertops, cabinetry & more. Unless you’re a contractor, you probably aren’t equipped to handle all of these areas. The many considerations become complicated if your plan goes slightly awry. An experienced contractor has re-done many bathrooms and can plan accordingly, with possible complications in mind. This helps a job go more smoothly.

Windows

New windows are a great value add to any home. They provide you with increased energy efficiency as well as natural light and a myriad of other benefits. They’re among the most popular ways that homeowners look to improve their homes, especially in the summer. If the windows aren’t installed properly, though, they’ll be less efficient than the old windows were. Air leaks caused by an improper seal can happen if you aren’t an experienced window installer. 

Decks

Decks are a great way to add to your home’s outdoor space and extend your entertaining capabilities. They aren’t a very easy installation, though. You often have to ensure that the ground is level prior to beginning. Then you need to install concrete forms or something to support the deck. It takes more than cutting some 2x4s and hammering some nails to build a quality deck. If you want a professional-looking job done, hire a decking design and building contractor. A deck is one of the best ways to improve your home, especially during the summer. 

Painting

One of the most popular DIY projects for homeowners is painting. Some interior painting jobs can certainly be done quickly by homeowners. But larger and exterior painting jobs should be left to the pros. Having neat lines and a clean finish requires a steady hand and years of experience painting. You can tell a professional painting job from a layman’s. 

Contact our team at Gehman Design Remodeling today to get started on improving your home. We can help you with window installations, bathroom remodeling, deck building & more. Call us at (215) 513-0300 or fill out on contact form to get started.

Spring Home Remodeling Projects to Consider

Spring Home Remodeling Projects to Consider

Spring is one of the most popular times of the year that people start remodeling projects in their homes. It’s the perfect time of year to prepare your home for the sunny weather and give it a fresh look heading into the summer. The projects can be costly or inexpensive, depending on the size of the project that you want to undertake. Now is the time that many homeowners are beginning to plan these projects, so we wrote this blog to help homeowners find inspiration for their projects.

Kitchen Remodeling Project

Remodeling your home’s kitchen is one of the best projects to start during the spring. You can add windows to let more natural light into your kitchen and make it a more pleasant place to both cook and entertain. Plus, you’re likely to have guests over more often during the warm weather months, so it’s nice to have a beautiful space to enjoy. The kitchen is the heart of your home.

Bathroom Remodeling Project

Next to kitchens, remodeling your home’s bathroom is one the highest return on investment projects that you can do. You spend time every day in your bathroom, so it’s essential that it’s a space that you enjoy. Whether it be updating your entire bathroom or installing new bathroom cabinetry, you can hugely improve your bathroom with a few small changes, and that makes your home more pleasant overall.

Basement Remodeling Projects

A great way to increase the usable space in your home, remodeling basements is a hugely popular remodeling project. You can add an additional bedroom in your basement, storage, a man cave, or more. If you ever plan to sell your home, a finished basement is hugely attractive for prospective buyers. Finishing your basement can take it from unused space in your home to one of your family’s favorites.

Deck Installation Projects

One of the best remodeling projects for spring starts outdoors. A new deck makes your home’s outdoor space an extension of your home. You can use this space to entertain, create an outdoor kitchen, and just relax when you want to. Especially after a long winter, it’s nice to get out and enjoy the outdoors comfortably. Plus, with modern decking options, you can even get a low-maintenance deck that won’t require staining and extra care.

Replace Your Windows

As we mentioned with kitchens, spring is a great time of the year to add or replace windows in your home. The increased natural light from the outdoors will warm up your home and make waking up each morning nice and comfy.

Contact our team at Gehman Design Remodeling today if you’re interested in any of our home remodeling services.

How to Check For Mold Behind Stucco

How to Check for Mold Behind Your Stucco

Stucco is an excellent siding material that you commonly see, but many homeowners who don’t have it themselves don’t know a lot about it. It’s actually made of a mix of sand, lime, and cement. It’s one of the oldest siding materials and is still being used today because it’s been proven generation after generation. Stucco will give you a unique look, rather than going with a generic looking vinyl siding option like all of the other homes in your neighborhood. If you live in an area that’s prone to rain, snow, and humidity, stucco can cause issues for you. Mold and rot issues can end up costing you a lot of money for repairs, so we’ve put together a blog to help you identify mold behind your stucco siding.

Inspecting Stucco

Usually, when you realize that there’s mold behind your stucco, it’s already too late. If you have a home with stucco siding that you’re trying to sell, some potential buyers may shy away from stucco because of the common issues that can arise with it. Mold can become an issue with stucco when it has a chance to grow from water getting behind your siding. Moisture usually gets behind your stucco around the windows, doors, and other structural joints, like where your roof joins with your house. Stucco is made of a mixture of materials that aren’t very breathable, so the product itself doesn’t breathe well. When water is trapped, it stays there and can cause stains, which are clear signs of damage and referred to as stucco tears. 

Over Time

 When you do begin to notice stucco tears on your home, you can be sure that some damage has occurred. It’s time to call a professional for a moisture inspection to learn the extent of the damage. This can make sure that you have your damaged stucco repaired before more damage can occur, costing you more money. Water that can’t escape from behind your siding will weaken your home’s wood framing, windows, and more if left unchecked.

This isn’t to say that stucco isn’t a great siding option. Stucco has a timeless look and has been proven to be durable in all climates throughout the United States. It’s an energy-efficient option as well because it forms a shell around your home that helps keep your heating and cooling costs low. 

Get Started Today

If you’re in need of stucco repair services, contact our team at Gehman Remodeling today! Our team is experienced in tackling mold and water damage in stucco and returning it to looking like new.

 

Choosing the Right Kitchen Countertop for Your Home

Choosing the Right Kitchen Countertop for Your Home

Kitchen Countertops

When selecting a new countertop for your home, it can be a challenge. You want something that looks amazing, but you also want high-quality performance and function from your countertops. 

There are a few main factors to keep in mind while shopping for new countertops:

  • How you’re going to use them
  • How much maintenance you’re willing to do
  • How much space you need
  • Your current kitchen’s style
  • Your budget

How You Use Your Countertops

You’ll want to think about how you’re going to be using your countertops. If you have kids or entertain often, you will probably want a more durable option that can handle wear and tear. Your cooking habits also impact your decision; some materials are more resistant to heat than others. 

How Much Maintenance You’re Willing to Do

When you’re making major changes to your home, it’s important to be honest with yourself. If you know you aren’t up to the task of maintaining your limestone or granite countertops, they may not be the best option for your home. 

How Much Space You Need

Measuring and estimating the amount of counter space you need to cover will allow you to work with contractors to compare the cost of materials for the space you need. You can then make the decision of how much you’re going to spend. Note: kitchen islands are a highly-popular option for folks with limited or an uncoventional space.

Your Budget

There’s a huge range when it comes to the cost of countertops, but if you select a great material and maintain it well, it can last a lifetime. Luckily, with so many options out there, you can focus on the style and look of the countertop and then find a cheaper alternative if a material like marble doesn’t fit your budget. There are many alternative countertop materials that are extremely similar to the cost of granite or marble, so find a style you love for your kitchen, then worry about the actual material and cost later.

Which Materials & Colors Fit Your Home

The most important thing to consider when purchasing new countertops for your home is what will look great in YOUR kitchen. Complimenting the rest of your kitchen and home with beautiful cabinets can help give your home a cohesive design. Many other aspects of your home will likely change; new appliances, new paint, etc. but your countertops will remain, so choosing something with a versatile and timeless look is one of the best suggestions we can make. 

Contact Us

Why put your kitchen remodeling plans on hold? Contact us today to set up a free, no-obligation consultation with our team; we can break down different countertop options for you and help make your home beautiful.

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