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Kitchen Design Trends for 2014

 

Modern kitchen design

Modern kitchen design

The perfect combination of form and function is the aim of anyone when remodeling a kitchen in Atherton. Mastering these two sides of your redesign will ensure that your kitchen has a fresh look and layout that you’ll love cooking in. This task can be both fun and easy if you stick to a few simple principles. Continue reading

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Causes of Paint Bubbling, Cracking and Peeling

Paint Bubbling

Paint Bubbling

What homeowner likes to notice that their interior painting job is beginning to peel, bubble up or crack? Sometimes Summit, NJ homeowners like to think that these types of paint inconsistencies are only seen on the exterior of the home. They are surprised when they see the interior paint showing these same types of wear and tear. It seems totally out of place since the interior walls do not have the weather extremes that exterior ones have to deal with. What could make interior paint bubble, crack or peel? Actually, there are several factors that can contribute to this unsightly problem; but in many cases they can be totally avoided. Continue reading

Causes of Damaged Drywall

Damaged Drywall

Damaged Drywall

The core of drywall is actually made of gypsum. One reason this substance is used is to provide some protection during fires as gypsum is noncombustible. Normally, this provides some extra strength and the board remains strong under normal conditions. In most cases, drywall can tolerate most types of normal wear and tear without suffering damage. Drywall which becomes structurally compromised can be replaced with a new section as part of a home remodeling project. However, Redwood City home remodeling professionals have had the opportunity of seeing drywall that has become damaged and in need of repair. There are several things that can cause damage to occur to drywall. Continue reading

How Does Skim Coating Work?

Interior Paint in Blue

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.

Materials

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.

Popular Garage Door Materials

Photo of fiberglass garage doors

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

Popular Kitchen Designs

Beautiful Country Kitchen Photo

Country Kitchen

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

Types of Roofing Materials

 

Wood Shingles on Roof

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