Well, Summer is behind us and Fall and Winter are on everyone’s mind. Most of us are not thinking about outdoor projects but it actually may be a great time to start planning. We get inundated with calls for exterior projects after Winter is over and the weather starts to change. The problem is, that’s really too late. It takes time to get quotes and plans together, not to mention that it is usually 3-6 weeks after a plan has been decided on before we can begin your job. By the time the job is complete, you may have missed some of the best time to enjoy your new improvements. With our mild climate, weather does not have a big impact on the building and remodeling industry in our area.
Give us a call, (757) 877-2212, and we will have a knowledgeable representative come out and speak to you. Our design/sales staff have been in the industry for many years and have most likely worked on similar projects to yours many times. Often times we can offer ideas and suggestions about your project that you may not have thought of. We offer 3-D design to help you visualize the improvements. This allows us to make changes to the design until we come up with a rendering that is exactly what you dreamed of. We can all take comfort in knowing beforehand that you will be thrilled with the final product.
It Just Keeps Getting Better All the Time
We are very excited by many of the products on the market which allow us to give our customers the best there is to offer. For quite some time exterior products have revolved around being maintenance free. While this is something that all of us look for, the improvements to these products are making them not only better and stronger but also look better than ever. We are already replacing some of the products that were developed not so many years ago because of the vast improvements that have been made.
Decking has been one of the more notable products that has been greatly improved. Composite decking came out probably 15 years ago and was suppose to be the best thing since slice bread. It didn’t take long to realize there were many problems with it. The biggest problem being it would absorb moisture, and mold from the inside. This gave you a bunch of dark spots that even after you washed it, was only slightly better and would get worse again very quickly. It also was not so great to look at. The new PVC decking is virtually maintenance free and comes in many colors and textures to include those with a natural wood look. They also are able to be fastened with hidden fasteners so you will never see any holes, nails or screws. vinyl railing has become stronger and better looking and have a number of options to include various designs and colors. There are also other types of railing such as cable and glass to maximize visibility and even more popular powder coated aluminum which looks like wrought iron, without the rusting problems.
There also exciting changes in the porch industry to include some incredible looking columns. There are many styles to choose from such as craftsman, round, square and tapered. There is a new screening system which installs in aluminum frames. This takes the place of some older vinyl systems which had numerous problems. We have an extremely durable screen which attaches to the aluminum frames. This is the last time you will ever screen your porch, in fact, we have a lifetime warranty. If it ever needs to be replaced, we will do so at absolutely no charge. Another advantage to this is that because of the strength of the screen and frame, we can have very large panels up to 10’ long so you won’t need all of the unsightly framing members. This screen is so tight in the panels that it resembles a trampoline, you will never have that wavy look. A product which we are very exited about has actually been around for some time but has vastly improved. It is a system of aluminum frame panels with clear vinyl instead of glass and operate similar to windows. It allows you to open them up and get a screened in porch or close them to have a porch that you will use regardless of the time of year or weather. While it’s not meant to be a sunroom, most folks find themselves using as one. The framing of the porch is wrapped with aluminum and the aluminum panels are installed between the framing members. This gives you a product that requires very little maintenance and is much more affordable than a traditional sunroom.
Our standard shingles have a lifetime warranty which covers materials and labor. You will never again replace your roof! Siding materials and styles are nearly endless, Not just vinyl. You can have siding that looks so natural that you would believe its real wood, but it’s not. There is also synthetic stone which looks and feels like real stone but installs in no time at all. Windows have never been so energy efficient, with many styles, materials and colors to choose from. One of the biggest trends in windows right now are vinyl windows which are black in color. They are completely black on the exterior and white or tan on the interior. You may be surprised at just how good it looks.
Whether it’s exterior renovations or a kitchen and bath remodel, it’s an incredible time in the remodeling industry! There has never been a time when so many people are fixing up their homes. People are deciding to stay in the house and neighborhood they know instead of moving. They know their neighbors, there kids have friends in the neighborhood not to mention the idea of possibly changing school systems. I myself was recently faced with the same situation. Quite honestly it would have made more since to just build a new house but I love my location, my yard where my past pets are buried and the time it has taken to get the yard the way I want. Another thing that bothered me was the thought of the actual move. I hate moving! I probably still have some things boxed up from my move two decades ago. I made the decision to stay right where I was and so I remodeled my house virtually top to bottom. It has been complete for about 6 months and I have never regretted it.
Give us a call, (757) 877-2212, and we will be glad to come out and talk with you to see if remodeling is right for you. We have 28 years of experience in the business and are one of the largest remodeling companies in Hampton Roads. I promise you we are not here to push you in to making a hasty decision or to make a hard sale, we will simply talk about your needs, give you some ideas and a quote on whatever you may be interested in. After that, you decide what is right for you and your family. We look forward to talking with you and hope that if you do decide to remodel, you will put your trust in THI.
Well, it’s hard to believe, it’s 2018 and before you know it Spring will be here.
As you can imagine, at the first sign of warm weather, we get bombarded with exterior projects. Now is the time to call us to ensure that your job is complete in time to enjoy the great weather. In many cases there are numerous steps before a job can actually begin. There is the design phase which depending on the complexity, can be lengthy, we want you to get exactly what you envision. Then there is permits and also any homeowners association which requires approval. With this said, don’t delay calling to set up a time for a representative to come out to your home.
One of the most popular Spring time improvements are decks and porches. Outdoor living has become very much the norm and an extension of our homes. There are many great products which can help create a space that not only looks great, but are virtually maintenance free. The design possibilities are near endless and created to fit your exact needs. We will develop 3-D renders so you know what your deck or porch will look like before we start. This can be extremely helpful, it allows us to make changes, both large and small, until we find the plan that is right for you. We will work diligently to design a deck or porch that you can enjoy for many years, and without regrets that something should have been done differently.
There are many great products which can help create a space that not only looks great, but are virtually maintenance free. With maintenance being such an important issue, manufacturers have been challenged to develop materials which will remain beautiful for years to come. These products are not only used to build new structures, in many cases we can reface your existing deck or porch while still using the existing frame. Most decks are built with pressure treated materials and while the decking and railings get damaged by the weather, the structure remains in great condition. Refacing can help keep cost down while also saving our natural resources.
Whether your thinking about a deck, porch or any other home improvements, allow us to show you why we are the right company for you. With 27 years in business, we know what it takes to earn a customer’s trust. We will work hard to develop a relationship that we will value and not take for granted. Repeat business and referrals are the heart of our business and we understand that it’s you, our customers that keep us in business.
Outdoor living spaces have been on the rise in popularity for the past decade. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported in a 2014 survey that outdoor living spaces have emerged as the most popular special function room among homeowners. Specifically the increase in popularity of outdoor kitchens.
Outdoor kitchens have evolved from simply having a functional grill for those backyard barbeques to boasting gas and charcoal grills designed for entertaining, warming ovens, pizza ovens, fire pits, refrigeration, storage and more. All this set on some pretty elegant and elborate decks and patios adorned by granite counters and plenty of bar-top and casual seating to entertain the neighborhood.
You'll be surprised what you can do with a reasonable investment, and an investment you will get a good return on.
There are a number of factors which have led the increase in popularity of these outdoor living spaces and are worth considering when thinking about updates to your home.
Those factors inlcude:
- Increasing the value of your home.
- Expanding your living space.
- Great for entertaining.
- Saves on utility bills.
- Healthier eating.
Give us a call or click on the contact form to inquire about how we can make your outdoor living spaces come alive.
You know Total Home Improvements offers expert craftsmanship on Kitchens, Bathrooms, and Exterior renovations, but did you know we also offer new home construction? In fact, we recently finished building a home for the father of a professional football player. He was thrilled when we finished both on time and on budget – and of course he loves his new home! Call or e-mail Total Home Improvement today to schedule an in-person meeting to talk about building your next home.
If there are little projects around the house that you’ve been meaning to get to, but just can’t seem to find the time, call or e-mail Total Home Improvements today. We respond quickly and efficiently, and you can have peace of mind know that it’s done right. Call or e-mail today to find out more about or handyman services or to schedule a visit.
Thinking of remodeling the kitchen? Want to spruce up the function, or maybe just the look? Here are some tips to help you start envisioning the kitchen of your dreams:
1. Open Storage Shelves – Open storage shelves are a great way to show off your most eye-catching kitchenware to friends and neighbors. This simple installation can bring a lot of pop to a simple wall.
2. Knobs and Grips – Remodeling the grips and knobs are a great way to improve both the style and the functions of your kitchen cabinets.
3. Over the Sink Storage – A great way to save space and show off your tools of the trade is an overhead storage installation. Hang pots, pans, cutlery, or even glasses just an arm’s reach above you with this efficient yet attractive piece of kitchen hardware.
4. Antique Cabinets – Old is the new “new”. When remodeling, consider getting creative with those old thrift shop finds and the gifts from Grandma. They may be just what your kitchen is missing.
5. Kitchen Color – A nice, color neutral kitchen is a good investment, but why not make you kitchen feel like your own with a splash of color. Painted walls, trim, or tinted windows should be up for debate in your next remodeling.
For those of you in the Yorktown, Williamsburg, and Newport News areas – whether you’re ready to remodel today, or you’re still looking for more great ideas, call Total Home Improvements today.
Total Home improvements provides free 3D design to our clients.
Our design team has the knowledge and experience to listen to your wants and needs and design something that fits best. We then look at those designs with you and find what you like and don’t like and make changes as needed. We can explain to you how the changes may affect the schedule and budget so that you can make the right decision.
It’s just another way we partner with our clients to achieve the best outcomes. If you live in York County, Hampton Roads, Newport News, Poquoson or anywhere else close by, call or email to schedule an appointment to discuss our 3D capabilities.
A porch is a great way to encourage the more outdoorsy side of you to spend a little more time in nature. Here in the Williamsburg/Yorktown area it’s high time to be outside and enjoying the season before it get’s too hot. Consider a porch installation or addition if you don’t have one already. It’s your yard, and your home – you might as well take advantage of it.
Screened in Porch
Screened in porches are great for those homeowners who plan to entertain guests, or just like enjoying the weather without nature’s elements impeding that enjoyment. Anything from an arrangement of wicker chairs, to a single hammock befits the screened in porch; it’s all up to you.
A wraparound porch is the perfect option for those who want to maximize their porch space as much as possible. The wraparound porch, as the name suggests, wraps around from the front, to the side of your house. Paint the flooring to compliment your houses color, put a few rocking chairs out and enjoy a pleasant day with friends and family.
Porches with Attached Patio
For those of you with an existing porch, consider attaching a patio if you feel the square footage is a bit too low. This is a great way to get the maximum use out of your yard in a way that maintains its attractiveness and curb appeal.