Interior Paint in Blue
A skim coat of plaster gives your rough looking walls a second chance in life. If you are running out of pictures and family photos to hide the cracks and blemishes on your walls, you may want to consider “skim coating” your walls. Skim coating is the process of applying a thin coat of veneer of gypsum based joint compound over an entire wall or ceiling. It will give you a smooth coat and an even surface. After building up several thin layers, the overall thickness of the skim coat should be 1/8 inch thick. This gives you an idea of how thin each coat is applied. This process can be done in kitchen and bathroom remodels in Summit NJ or a textured wall that you want to make smooth. It’s definitely not a heavy duty remodeling project, and in most cases, you won’t even have to remove the wood trim around doors and windows.
Although the process is easy, it’s not a walk in the park. Plan on spending 3 to 4 days of working with your arms above your head at times. The cost is relatively cheap (not much more than interior house painting) to do an average size room. Skim Coating your kitchen may take a little longer due to all the trim work.
Take a Good Look
Carefully examine your old walls. The condition of the plaster will determine if the process will work. If there are any holes, patch them first. Use your fingertips and press on the plaster in random spots in the room. If it feels mushy or crumbles, don’t waste your time. A full blown drywall job may be required. If you have miner cracks here and there, skim coating is the answer to get rid of them. Textured walls have a unique quality to them. The patterns are done randomly so they cannot have duplicate styles beside each other. But when you want to get rid of them….the only way is to skim coat the texture.
For the first coat of drywall compound, you’ll use “setting type compound”. Get one with a 90 minute set time and one that sands easily. You may be tempted to cut out a step and use “ready mix joint compound” on the first coat. Don’t do it! It can possibly soften the bond of the paint to the old plaster losing its integrity to continue the process. You can use the ready-mixed joint compound for the 2nd and 3rd coats. Ready-mix is easy to use and also sands easily.
Preparation is the Key
Make sure your walls are free of any smoke film or smudges before you start. Use a non-sudsing cleaner like TSP-90. Use the same check list that you would for any house painting job
Ready to start
Mix about a gallon of setting type compound. The mixture should be the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Start at a corner and work your way across the room. Much like painting. Load your drywall knife with compound and pull it with even strokes. This is the foundation so don’t worry too much about having a glass like finish. You will be adding additional coats and sanding in between. The 2nd coat should be done the same way as the first coat but this time use the ready-mix compound. Even though the weather is usually warm in Atlanta, its best to let it dry overnight.
The Final Coat
Look over the entire wall checking for tooling and low spots. If the walls appear relatively smooth, the dreaded sanding part of the job is next. After sanding the walls and wiping them down, put a lamp against the wall and look down it to see if there are any sections you can’t live with. The skim coating is done! Now get out you paint brush/roller and coat all the walls with a good drywall primer.
Two Garage Doors
For most of us, the garage door was on the house when we purchased it. If you built your home, you probably picked the door that you wanted. If you bought an existing home, you also bought the garage door the previous owners liked. You are confronted with an array of choices when it is time for a replacement. The first decision is what material do want the door to be made of.
Few of us give it much thought other than to make sure our garage door is open when we drive through it and closed at night when we lockup the house. But when it comes time to replace an old worn out door in Orange County, we are suddenly confronted with many decisions regarding materials that we didn’t even know were used for garage doors. The first choice you must make is what type of material you want. Continue reading »
Whenever you are entertaining a group of people at your house, the kitchen seems to be the most popular gathering spot. This seems to be true at any party or holiday you attend or host. It makes no difference if you live in Atlanta, Silicon Valley, or Phoenix, the magnetic attraction to “hang out” in the kitchen can’t be explained. It just happens!
When designing you kitchen, there are no steadfast rules to follow. It’s a blank canvass to work with. The kitchen is a room where you can let your artistic desires and personal tastes flow freely. You don’t necessarily need a professional kitchen designer in Silicon Valley to make a splash. Whoever installs your kitchen will have some great ideas and will also steer you away from ideas that aren’t trending. It’s their jobs to install so they see all kinds. Often they are surprised with the outcome and will steer people the way they like. Use their experience to help guide you. Continue reading »
Wood Shingles on Rooftop
The need to replace your roof is affected by many factors. The natural elements (rain, wind, sun, ice, hail, etc.) are variables you cannot control. When you put all these acts of nature together….you can have one heck of a storm. Some roofing materials include rubber products, rubberized fabrics or a combination. Just because specific roofing materials are rated to last a specific amount of years does not mean you will get the maximum amount of time out of it. You hope you do but that’s not always the case. Below we are going to discuss the multiple types of roofing materials. We will discuss the most common residential sloped roofing materials along with their “Pros” and “Cons. Continue reading »
Historical Home Window
If you would ask some historians about window replacement in a historic home, they would answer you loudly…..”don’t replace but instead repair it”. The windows (as well as the milled woodwork) in an old house are indicative of the era it was built. Just because the windows look inoperable, don’t give up on them quite yet. Take a crack at trying to determine how to fix them and how much it will cost. You are undermining your love of historic preservation if you don’t attempt it. If you do swap out windows, the Historic Society may take the designation from you turning it into just another old house.
A window restoration can include repairs, glazing, weather stripping and possibly the addition of an outside storm window. The window should work as it was designed in the period it was built. Sash windows were the norm in historic homes. Generally speaking, the cost to repair an old sash window is on par with a high end sash replacement. The biggest enemy with using the old windows is energy loss through drafts or the deterioration of weather stripping if there even was any. You may want to have an experienced window restorer in Baltimore explain the best way to take a sash window apart. If they are painted shut, use a painters “5 in 1” tool and a utility knife to score the paint where it has formed a seal from multiple paintings. You may find damaged wood when you are scoring. The damaged wood will eventually need to be dug out and filled in with an epoxy. A historic window can be made thermally efficient by the installation of an outside storm window. Wood is a better insulator than metal so the addition of the storm window will get a higher efficiency rating that a metal replacement with the same outside storm window. After you have completed the restoration, there are a few simple things to do. Make sure you regularly examine the window for structural failure that you thought was corrected. If you have found any issues, remedy them as soon as possible. Continue reading »
Energy Efficient label
There are multiple types of window glass on the market. Just because you have a broken window doesn’t mean you have to replace it with the exact type. Look at it as an opportunity to upgrade to the current products being used. The majority of homeowners do not replace a functioning window but instead wait until they have no choice. The final decision must take into consideration your climate and types of weather. The Baltimore area experiences multiple seasons so your selection will be different than if you live in the south. Below we will go through a variety of different types of glass along with their features and functions. All windows now a days are energy efficient (some more than others) so I won’t continually ad in the “energy efficient” tagline to each one. Continue reading »
The hazy, hot, and humid summer will soon be upon us. We need to change gears and be ready. This is where storage space in your house is a premium feature. If you don’t have the storage space in your home, there is usually a storage lease facility close to you. They seem to have a huge client base. You can design your storage so that your keep each seasons accessories in predetermined spots. That is for the “ultra organizer”. Continue reading »
Licenses & Permits
Homeowners attempt many home remodeling projects every year. Some of them are simple, do-it-yourself type projects others require (or should require) hiring a contractor to complete them. There can be any number of improvements homeowners want to make to their house from building a backyard deck, laying tile in the bathroom, or completely renovating the kitchen or laundry room. There are many common blunders that NJ homeowners make when they are remodeling their homes. Here are the main mistakes that are unfortunately happening all too often.
Not Hiring a Contractor for Bigger Projects
There are certain remodeling projects that should not be attempted by the homeowner unless they have adequate experience. Things like remodeling the kitchen or bathroom, or building a new deck or an addition are better contracted out with an experienced professional. Otherwise you may get halfway into the project, and make an irreversible mistake which can end up costing you double in the end because you’ll have to hire the contractor to fix what you broke, then hire him to do the job right. Continue reading »
Redecorating or remodeling a living room can seem like a very difficult task, but it’s not really such a hard job. Modern trends in living room design are turning toward a minimalist décor. This style uses a lot of geometric lines and shapes to create a visual flow. Modern interior design tends to lean toward keeping things clean and simple while remaining inviting and adding a few splashes of color. It will simply take the right balance of shape, texture, line and color to design a modern living room.
Shape and Texture in the Modern Living Room
Clean lines, right angles and nicely defined shapes are used in the contemporary living room. In order to achieve the modern design use armless chairs, a low back sofa and rimless glass tables that have round or square tops. Tables with X-cross legs add a little bit of visual interest to the design. To add in a little more color perhaps the use of stackable tables that are made of colored plastic would help bring in some color as would metal frame chairs that contain canvas sling seating. These types of furnishings will provide the perfect balance of color and texture. In the modern design there is not as many accessories used so each furnishing or piece that is used in the room can bring color, shape and texture. Continue reading »
In today’s economic climate it can be less expensive to add room to an existing structure rather than buying a larger dwelling. While the real estate market is continuing its slow climb out of its slump, it can still be difficult to sell a home and buy another without getting in a financial bind. More homeowners are choosing to add more space to their house rather than moving. Home renovations that add square footage to a home can be a major investment but it can also add value to the home that will be evident at the next appraisal. There are several ways to add more room to your home.
Building on a Room
Adding an entire room to your house can be the best way to create more space. It will actually add to the square footage of the home as it is not just redistributing the available space but giving you some additional space to work with. One of the biggest pros about building on another room is that no part of the house has to be vacated while it is being constructed. It is also not hindered by existing structures. This will require that you hire a professional contractor in Atlanta who has construction experience. Continue reading »