Kitchens are one of the biggest selling-points in a home and since cabinets play a big role in your kitchen, what you do with them is important. In today’s remodeling world, there are two main things you can do with your cabinets – replace them or reface them. Here, our North Carolina remodeling company helps determine the differences:
The main difference and most important thing to consider when updating your cabinets is that replacing them will cost more than resurfacing them. Depending on the number of cabinets, their material, and their design, a replacement could cost around three times as much as a resurface.
Some homeowners choose to replace their cabinets because they want a more updated look or material, but the most common reason to replace your cabinets is because of functionality. If your cabinets are dented, broken, split, or even missing, it may be a good idea to spend the money and replace them so that you know you won’t have any problems with them.
From another functionality perspective, it may make sense to replace your cabinets if they don’t benefit the layout of your kitchen. Whether you’ve always wanted to change them or you’ve created a new design concept recently, replacing them could transform the look of your kitchen and help improve its functionality in the long run.
Whether you choose to replace or reface your cabinets, our North Carolina remodeling team is here to help with all of your other home improvement needs. Simply give us a call today to find out what we can do for you.
It’s tax season and we at Carolina Home Remodeling know you’re excited to get a chunk of money back from your return. While you may be thinking of taking a vacation with the money that you get, we suggest you invest it in your home. Here are some great updates you can make with your tax return:
Whether your windows are old and need replacing or you just want to update the look of your home, a new window installation is a great way to spend your tax refund. We offer a variety of window styles including double-hung, awning, casement, bow, bay, and more so you can choose the style that fits your room best. And best of all, our windows are energy efficient so you can use less energy and save money on your monthly bills.
If you’ve been putting off a roof repair or a roof replacement, now is a great time to get it done. Don’t let leaks, rot, shingle damage, or another issue go unattended and cause water damage to the inside of your home – let our Carolina home improvement team find and fix your problems fast. And if you’re in need of a new roof, we proudly offer CertainTeed shingles that can make your home look beautiful and protect it from all of the elements.
Whether you realize it or not, bathrooms are an important part of your home – both while you live there and when you decide to sell. If there’s a bathroom in your home that’s in need of an update, use your tax refund to revamp it. Turn your old tub into a shower, get a brand new shower, or invest in a convenient walk-in tub. Don’t forget the accessories and fixtures that we offer, too. We can help make your bathroom equally functional and aesthetic.
Your home needs protection and if your siding is old, damaged, or just plain inefficient, you may want to consider replacing it. We can help you pick out the perfect siding color and design to complement the look of your home. Best of all, you’ll enjoy quality protection and insulation to help keep you and your family safe from rain, wind, cold temperatures, hail, and more.
If you’ve ever had clogged gutters, you know how much of an inconvenience they can be. In addition, clogged gutters can prevent water from flowing down to the ground properly and instead, can back it up so that it seeps into your home. When this happens, your roof, siding, and interior can all experience water damage and the costs can rise quickly. With a gutter protection system from our Carolina home improvement company, you won’t have to worry about clogs and instead, can rest easy.
As 2016 comes to a close, it’s time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. While many choose to make personal resolutions, it never hurts to make some resolutions for your home as well. Here, our Carolina home improvement company has a few ideas for you:
Use Less Energy
If you’ve been wanting to go green, the new year is a great time to start and there are many different things you can do to use less energy:
- Swap out your incandescent light bulbs for LED bulbs
- Open your windows and use less air conditioning; on the other hand, wear more layers and use less heat
- If you buy a new appliance, look for an Energy Star seal
- Turn off your lights when you’re not using them
- Change your HVAC filter on a regular basis
- Do your laundry during non-peak electricity hours and use cold water instead of hot
- Stock up your freezer – a fuller freezer is more efficient
If you don’t already have a home alarm system, consider investing in one (ones that call the police when the alarm is triggered are especially convenient). In addition, make sure your family is safe inside by installing carbon monoxide detectors and keeping the batteries in your smoke detectors fresh. It’s also a good idea for you and your family to have an “in case of emergency” plan.
Reduce Outside Noise
Did you know that outside noise can easily leak through inefficient windows and doors? If your windows or doors aren’t properly sealed and well-insulated, you could be experiencing more noise than you have to. Let our Carolina home improvement experts inspect your home to see if there are any windows or doors we can replace in order to reduce outside noise.
Purify Your Air
It’s common for your indoor air to be full of airborne particles like dust, dander, allergens, dirt, and more – especially during the winter when the windows are closed. However, there are ways you can purify your air to make it better for breathing. For one, change your HVAC filter on a regular basis; it’s meant to filter out these particles and if it’s dirty, it doesn’t do its job. Also consider a portable air cleaner that purifies the air for you.
Organize, Organize, Organize
No one likes a cluttered house, so make it a point to keep it organized this year. Here are some things you can do:
- Organize your laptop charger, USB cords, phone chargers, and more by keeping them all in one place. Consider setting up a “cord basket”.
- Take advantage of the space behind your couch(es) and store things like blankets, extra pillows, candles, and more.
- Use large storage bins to organize clutter in your garage. Then, attach two-by-fours to the ceiling and use them as tracks to get the bins up and out of the way.
- Use a “lazy Susan” to organize shampoos, soaps, lotions, and more in your bathroom cabinet.
- Keep your fitted and top-sheets inside the pillowcases that go with them and you’ll never have to look for the matching set again.
- Install hooks under your kitchen sink to hang your dustpan, rubber gloves, and kitchen wand.
- Repurpose shoe boxes and use them as drawer organizers.
Update Your Bathroom
No matter who comes to visit your home, they’ll likely spend some time in your bathroom, so make it a pleasant place to be (even if it’s just for a few minutes). Replace the bathtub you don’t use with a modern shower or opt for a low-threshold bathtub that’s easy to get in and out of. For a touch of design, install a bold mirror, add a backsplash, or hang some funky artwork.
Use Less Water
- Install a low-flow shower head in your shower
- Only run your washing machine and dishwasher when it has a full load
- Take shorter showers
- Turn off the faucet when you’re not using the water
Budget for Home Improvement
The new year is a great time to assess your home and decide what you’d like to do to make it better. Make a list of the home improvement projects you want to complete by the end of the year and do some research to see how much the projects will cost. Then, create a budget that you can stick to and you’ll have the home you’ve always wanted in no time!
At Carolina Home Remodeling, we encourage homeowners to get the most out of your home not only while you’re living in it, but also when you decide to sell it. Here are a few things from our home improvement experts that you can do to increase your home’s resale price and appeal to potential buyers:
Transform Your Basement
By finishing your basement, you can not only increase the total square footage of living space in your home, but you can also create a place to relax, entertain, or even sleep – any and all of which are attractive to potential buyers. Finishing your basement with carpet, walls, furniture, a television, and more is the best way to go, but if you don’t want to fully finish it, try partially finishing it by building a small bar and adding in a pool table or by turning it into a play room.
Upgrade the Kitchen
When buyers are looking for a home, many will consider the kitchen one of the most important rooms in the house (which means they’ll pay close attention to what yours has to offer). By upgrading your flooring, cabinets, and/or appliances, you can give them a kitchen that catches their eye and sticks in their memory long after they’ve left.
Add a Bathroom
Next to the kitchen, many buyers look at bathrooms (commonly the number of bathrooms available) as an influence in their decision-making. If possible, add an extra bathroom in a practical place to increase your home’s value and appeal. A half-bath can add around 10% to your home’s value while a full bath can add around 20%.
Practice Curb Appeal
Whether you’re simply entertaining friends and family or you’re trying to sell your home, paying attention to the outside and the image it projects is important. Increase your curb appeal by planting some flowers, trimming overhanging bushes or branches, mowing your lawn, and creating an inviting path from your driveway. Once your guests reach your entry door, you’ll want to make sure that area is appealing as well.
Update Major Systems
Next to the actual age of the house, a big concern for home buyers is that its major systems (such as include heating, plumbing, and electrical) are in good shape. Before you put your house up for sale, have a professional inspect each of these systems and ensure that they are running correctly. If needed, make some repairs or replacements to give both you and your potential buyers assurance and peace of mind.
Energy efficiency has been a major movement in the last several years, and by “going green,” you can give yourself and your home an advantage. Consider upgrading kitchen appliances like your refrigerator, dishwasher, and/or stove to models that are built for energy efficiency. You can also consider an energy efficient window replacement to keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
At Carolina Home Remodeling, we support the United States military and all of its members, both in service and out of service. And because Veteran’s Day is this week, we thought we would share the top 7 local businesses that are offering free goods or services to veterans.
Head to Applebee’s on Veteran’s Day and get a free meal. Choices include Butcher’s Meat and Potatoes, Oriental Chicken Salad, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Chicken Tenders Platter, Double Crunch Shrimp, Three-Cheese Chicken Penne or the American Standard All-In Burger. All current and former military personnel will also receive a $5 coupon that can be redeemed between November 12th and November 27th, 2016.
JJ’s Red Hots
Charlotte’s own JJ’s Red Hots is allowing veterans and active duty military to eat and drink anything they want on November 11. Whether it’s a single dog combo, double dog combo, sausage, side, drink, or dessert, it’s all free. There are no limitations and the entire menu is available (except alcoholic beverages).
Need a hair cut? Great Clips is offering a free hair cut for any current and former military personnel. And even if you’re not part of the military, you can get a coupon to give to a veteran.
On November 11th, veterans who go to Cracker Barrel will receive a complimentary Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert. Other guests can support Operation Homefront with the purchase of a Cracker Barrel rocking chair or by making a $5 donation that will be matched by the restaurant.
All of the Discovery Place museums in North Carolina are offering free admission for veterans and active duty military on Veterans Day. They’re also offering a $2 discount for veteran family members.
California Pizza Kitchen
Head to California Pizza Kitchen on November 11th you’ll receive a complimentary entree from a special Veteran’s Day Menu. Pizza choices include: The Original BBQ Chicken, Hawaiian, Mushroom Pepperoni Sausage, Pepperoni, Five Cheese + Fresh Tomato and Untraditional Cheese. Salad choices include: Thai Crunch, Chinese Chicken, The Original BBQ Chicken Chopped, Classic Caesar and Italian Chopped. Pasta selections include: Garlic Cream Fettuccine with Chicken, Kung Pao Spaghetti with Chicken and Bolognese Spaghetti.
Every year, Golden Corral holds a Golden Corral Military Appreciation dinner. This year’s 15th annual dinner is available to any person who is a veteran, retired, or currently serving in the military and will take place Monday, November 14th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Your entry door is an important part of your home – it not only makes an impression on visitors, but it also keeps your family safe. At Carolina Home Remodeling, we offer entry doors that are both durable and beautiful to meet all of your needs. While the style of door you choose shows the kind of taste you have, the color can also mean a lot. Before your entry door installation, consider what the color of it says about your family:
Different shades of blue can say different things. For instance, a royal blue door can mean you’re prosperous and positive while a Navy blue door can mean you’re calm and grounded; a powder blue door can mean you’re friendly and sincere.
You don’t see many yellow entry doors, so it’s safe to assume yellow can mean many different things. The most common meanings of a yellow door are confidence, curiosity, humor, energy, and understanding.
When you think of black, you may think about order, control, or elegance. If you paint your entry door black, you’ll be telling people that you’re sophisticated and authoritative.
Just like leafy vegetables or the idea of “going green,” green entry doors of darker or medium shades give off the vibe of health, community, and safety. Brighter colors of green give the impression of excitement and adventure.
The color white often symbolizes things like organization, cleanliness, simplicity, and serenity, and a white entry door is no different. You’ll likely give off the vibe of being put-together and coordinated.
While brown is a common entry door color, different shades can mean very different things. Lighter colors of brown can mean warmth, stability, and reliability while darker shades can mean privacy or even isolation.
Red is one of the most common colors for an entry door and in early American tradition, a red door meant “welcome” (which is why you’ll still find many churches with red doors). While a bright red shade says you’re exciting and vibrant, a darker red shade can mean you’re warm and inviting.
Like yellow, not many homeowners paint their entry door purple. Because the color is associated with spirituality, purple will tell your neighbors that you’re open-minded, free-spirited, and willing to take risks.
The color of orange is considered vibrant and exciting, so if your family is the same way, consider painting your entry door orange. You’ll also give the impression that you like entertaining and taking on new challenges.
We’re officially in the fall season and while it’s still warm at the moment, cooler temperatures are coming before you know it. At Carolina Home Remodeling, our experts have a few tips for what you can do for your home in order to prepare it for the cold:
Ready your windows
Once temperatures drop, the last thing you’ll want is cold outdoor air seeping into your home via drafty windows. To keep your home at the right temperature, check your windows’ caulking and weather stripping; if it’s cracked or damaged, replace it with new caulk or weather stripping. And if your windows are beyond a simple repair, consider replacement windows from Carolina. We carry a variety of energy efficient windows to make sure your home stays comfortable.
Check your heating system
Because you don’t need your heating system during the summer, it sits unused for several months and there’s no way to tell if something is wrong with it. Before the temperature drops, make sure you start up your heater and check it for any leaks, cracks, and other issues. In addition, make sure you replace the HVAC filter with a fresh one. By checking the system early, you’ll have time to make any needed repairs.
Examine your roof
Fall and winter weather can bring ice, rain, sleet, and more – all of which can be tough on your roof. Before bad weather kicks in, examine your roof for damaged or missing shingles, holes, sagging, or water damage. All of these flaws can get worse as the season goes on, and you may in fact benefit from a new roofing system. Let us take a look at your roof and offer our opinion on what your best option is.
Reverse your fans
If you have ceiling fans, check them for a “reverse” switch. When you reverse the direction that your fans spin, you can create an upward draft instead of a downward draft. This can help disburse the warm air in your home when you turn on your heat and in turn, can help you use your heating system less.
Wash your siding
The past few months have brought along dirt, dust, and other debris, and your home’s siding has likely collected a lot of it. Talk to our siding experts about the best way to go about washing your siding. While it may take a little time, it’s an easy process and it can help keep your siding in great shape, both aesthetically and durably.
Seal your driveway
When the ground underneath your driveway freezes and then thaws over and over, it actually shifts. This shift can create small cracks or holes and may worsen ones that are already present. If your driveway already has cracks or holes, fill in the damaged areas and then apply a quality sealcoating. This can help protect your driveway from the wear and tear of winter and can also help elongate the life of it.
Protect your gutters
Fall brings leaves and debris, both of which can easily build up in your gutters and cause clogs. These clogs can lead to water damage to your roof, siding, interior, and more. Before the season sets in, consider protecting your gutters with our GutterPro protection system. You won’t have to worry about leaves and debris getting stuck in your gutters.
Here in South Carolina, we get a decent amount of rain – which is why it’s essential to have gutters that are in good shape. Gutters play an important role in protecting your home from water damage. They not only carry water away from your roof and siding, but they also keep water away from your home’s foundation.
If your gutters aren’t up to standards, you could end up paying hundreds of dollars in water damage repairs, so take a minute to make sure yours are in good shape. Look for these signs:
Wait until a heavy rain passes, then step outside and look at the underside of your gutters. Are they dry? If they’re not, they likely have a leak, which means they’re not doing their job. Whether it’s a crack or a hole, your leaking gutters mean potential problems for the future.
Over time, continuous heavy precipitation can take a toll on your gutters and they may start to sag or pull away from your home. While it may seem like they’re still carrying water away from your home, gutters that aren’t rigid and close to your roof have the potential to get worse. Don’t let that happen. If you’re in need of a new gutter protection system, give us a call today.
A Bare Basement
A good way to tell if your gutters are safely carrying water away from your home’s foundation is to check your basement on a regular basis. If you find signs of mold or mildew along the walls, it’s likely that your gutters aren’t carrying the water far enough away and that water is slowly seeping into your foundation. This can be a big problem, as your foundation is what supports your entire home.
Your gutters are what protect your roofing system from excess water, so a good way to tell if they’re doing their job is to look at your shingles. If your shingles are missing or are curled up at the ends, your gutters may be clogged and compromising your roof’s integrity.
Quality Side Areas
If your gutters are in bad shape, they’re likely leaking down the sides of your home. Take a good look at the inside and outside of your home’s sides. If you find any peeling paint, rotting pieces of wood (like your window sill or door jambs), or mold or mildew growth, you likely have a gutter problem and may need a new gutter protection system.
No Standing Water
After a heavy rain, get out your ladder and look at the inside of your gutters in various places. If you see any pools of standing water, it means that your gutters aren’t angled enough in order to drain the precipitation. Standing water can lead to rust and stains that can shorten the lifespan of your gutters.
If you notice any of these problems with your gutters, give our home remodel experts a call today. We can give you more information about our gutter protection system and how it can help you preserve your home’s integrity.
Today, there are lots of different siding materials to choose from for your home, but at Carolina Home Remodeling, we believe vinyl is your best bet. In addition to being affordable, vinyl siding looks great on any style home. Here are some other things you may not know about it:
1. Vinyl siding expands and contracts in hot and cold weather (as much as 3/4 of an inch!). That’s why we make sure that when we install your siding, it has room “move” without cracking or breaking during temperature changes.
2. On average, vinyl siding is more affordable than traditional wood siding, fiber cement siding, stone siding, and even aluminum siding.
3. Vinyl siding was first produced commercially in the 1930s, but didn’t become popular until the 1970s.
4. Steel siding, aluminum siding, and wooden siding are susceptible to things like rust, rot, chipping, fading, and/or peeling. Vinyl, however, is resistant to all of these things.
5. Most manufacturers build their vinyl siding to be able to withstand winds of up to 110 miles per hour.
6. Vinyl is the number one siding material choice among homeowners in the U.S. Most people choose it because it’s affordable, durable, and requires virtually no maintenance.
7. Colored vinyl siding will last much longer than traditional exterior house paint and won’t require touch-ups or re-staining.
8. Want to wash your vinyl siding? All you need is a garden hose, a soft brush, and a mild cleaner. But before you start, check with the siding manufacturer. Some treatments may void your warranty.
9. A “square” of siding refers to a measure of 10 feet by 10 feet (or 100 square feet).
10. At Carolina Home Remodeling, we offer not only the highest quality of siding, but also the highest quality of workmanship for your complete satisfaction.
When it comes to home value and selling points, bathrooms and kitchens tend to be pretty high on the list, so if your bathroom is in need of a remodel, we highly suggest considering it. Before you take the leap, however, our remodeling experts have a few tips for you:
Set up a budget
You cant just go remodeling your home on a whim, so the very first thing you should do is set up a budget for your bathroom. If we can offer some advice: remodels don’t always go as expected, so it’s best to give yourself some budget wiggle room, just in case.
Don’t move your plumbing
We know it can be fun to swap your bed with your dresser, or your television stand with your couch, but the same doesn’t apply for your bathroom. Swapping your sink and your toilet can not only be a hassle, but can cost more than you may plan for.
Home efficiency is great not only for your budget and your carbon footprint, but also for the environment. Choose products (and a company) that not only look great and are made well, but will also help you save money on your water and energy bills.
Consider a shower or tub update
If your bathtub or shower is worn, damaged, or just plain outdated, consider giving it a new look with a new installation, a tub-to-shower conversion, or a tub liner. We offer beautiful bathtubs and showers that can transform the look of your bathroom and are made with durable, low-maintenance materials.
Hire some help
Even if you’re someone who loves DIY projects, some bathroom renovations are best left to the pros. Avoid the possibility of accidentally causing a big problem and call a bathroom remodeling company that has the experience to get the job done.
Splurge just a little
We know money is an important factor, but we also think that a remodel shouldn’t just be the bare necessities. Choose one or two things that are most important to you and don’t be afraid to spend a little more on them. If you’ve always wanted a pedestal sink or a claw-foot bathtub, go for it.
Remember the lighting
When homeowners plan a bathroom remodel, they don’t always remember the light aspect. You don’t want to have an updated bathroom with outdated lighting, so consider all of your options including accent lighting, vanity lighting, ambient lighting, and more to complete your look.
Try vertical storage
Here’s a design tip for you: If your bathroom is on the smaller side, try storing your towels, toiletries, and other accessories in a vertical shelving unit or cabinet. You’ll not only create more space, but you’ll also make your bathroom look bigger.