Home Repairs & Modification: Do I Need a Handyman or a Contractor?

 
 


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Any homeowner knows that maintaining a house requires a lot of work. It can feel overwhelming when you consider everything that needs to be regulated, from the up-keep of electrical and plumbing lines to managing the foundation, the heating system and the AC, the landscaping and exterior of the home, and so much more. In most cases, a licensed contractor (such as a plumber or electrician) can take care of these types of home repairs and maintenance issues. However, aside from keeping all of the mechanics of the house in proper and safe working order, most homes built even as recently as 10 years ago need some level of remodeling. This could be for functional or aesthetic purposes, and often times, both. Perhaps your kitchen cabinets need a fresh stain, or maybe you’d like the old bathtub in your master bathroom to be removed to make room for a walk-in shower. These projects might seem minor in comparison to a large-scale remodel, and leave you asking the question — does this project require a contractor or a handyman? It’s important to know the difference between the two before you hire.
 
 
Here are some tips to help you determine whether a handyman or a contractor will be the best choice for your specific project:
 
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Our June 2018 Newsletter

 
 

 
 

Our featured project blog this month is a master bathroom addition we completed on a 1950’s home. The existing master bath was only 35 square feet in size — smaller than most guest bathrooms you’d see today! We were able to give our clients more square footage and a modern look, along with important aging in place features. The beautiful wooded backyard was also incorporated into the design. With the help of our team, the client’s dream bathroom is now a reality! See the blog for all the details and final photos! Read more

A Luxurious Indoor-Outdoor Master Bathroom Addition

 
 

 
 
After years of sharing a tiny master bathroom, our recent clients in Fort Worth, Texas were more than ready to add on the custom-designed bathroom of their dreams! Along with adding more square footage and luxury features, they also wanted to incorporate their outdoor space into the remodel. The home sits on a large lot with beautiful, mature trees in their secluded backyard, so it was very important to them that we “bring the outside in” by including large windows and a skylight into the design. They also loved the idea of installing an exterior door, allowing them to easily step out to the patio on a beautiful morning.
 
 
During our discussion regarding the design, our clients noted that they planned to live the rest of their lives in this home. Any time we hear this from any of our clients – whether it be a kitchen, bathroom or whole house remodel– we always suggest including age-in-place features in the plans. Simple things like widened doorways, barrier-free showers, anti-slip flooring, and grab bars are all small modifications that can make the space safer and more comfortable for aging homeowners. This bathroom is proof that you can have age in place features and still have an extremely modern, trendy space!
 
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6 Risks of Completing a Remodel without a Permit

 
 


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In our past blog post – Permits & Remodeling: What You Need to Know – we explained what permits are, what is involved when applying for a permit, and when it is necessary to obtain one. As a design-build firm, obtaining the required permits from the city prior to remodeling a home is part of our standard procedure. However, there are many instances in which remodeling companies, general contractors, or the homeowners themselves decide to pursue a project without getting the necessary permits. This isn’t surprising, as the hassle of getting a permit can seem tedious and time-consuming, especially if you are not familiar with the process. The permit might be expensive, require additional work to be done, and can cause delays in construction. Many homeowners might also think it’s not a big deal not to have a permit and aren’t concerned with getting caught.
 
 
Is it worth it to risk not getting a permit for your home remodeling project? Here are 6 risks of remodeling without a permit:
 
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Our May 2018 Newsletter

 
 

 
 

Updating the doors throughout your home is a great way to add value and aesthetic, as well as improve safety and functionality. Whether it’s interior or exterior, standard or custom, our team would be happy to help! See our featured blog this week for some recent door installations we’ve completed.

 
 

 
 

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!
Door Installations by Medford Design-Build

Door installations can be tricky, but the end result is always worth it! Read more

Your Home’s Exterior Siding: When to Replace & How to Maintain

 
 


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Replacing your home’s siding probably isn’t the first of your priorities; unless there’s an urgent problem, most people don’t think about it too often. However, replacing worn-out, cracked, or leaking siding is very important in the prevention of more serious (and expensive!) future home repairs. If you haven’t checked your home’s exterior siding in a while, now is a good time!
 
 
Here are 7 warning signs it might be time to replace your siding:
 
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SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! Door Installations by Medford Design-Build

Believe it or not, door installations are one of the more complex projects that we do. You might think it’s simple to swap out an existing door for a new one, but there truly is a lot of detail that goes into it. Over the years, our team has perfected the task to a seamless process. Here are some of our favorite door installation projects we have completed:

Decorative Iron Entry Doors

Decorative iron doors are a popular choice for clients looking to improve the exterior of their home. These beautiful doors come in a wide variety of styles and finishes and can make a stunning first impression. Not only do they provide wow-factor curb appeal, but they also add value to your home and improve security. Read more

Our April 2018 Newsletter

 
 

 

Our recent clients in Arlington, Texas had been dreaming of remodeling their kitchen for over 20 years. We were thrilled to have been able to design and build the kitchen of their dreams, along with updating the breakfast nook, bar area, living room, and formal dining room. By looking at the final photos, you’d never guess this is the same space! See the details in our featured blog for this month.

 
 

 
 

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It’s Time for the 4th Annual Spring TRWD Trash Bash!

 
 


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Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) is hosting it’s 4th Annual Spring Trash Bash on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM!
 
 
The Trinity Trash Bash is a bi-annual community event purposed to clean up trash and debris that accumulates along the Trinity River throughout Fort Worth. Families, friends and organizational groups come together as motivated volunteers to help clean up the river banks in 6 different locations.
 
 


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Simply choose a location from the map and register.  Everyone is welcome– bring a group, a friend or just yourself! When the trash is all “bashed”, All volunteers are treated to an after party with free food, door prizes and entertainment at Panther Island Pavilion and Cobb Park.
 
 
Cleanup packets are available May 16th – 18th, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the TRWD Office – 600 E. Northside Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76102, or the morning of the Bash at your chosen location.
 
 
TRWD is aiming to break last year’s Trash Bash record of more than 4,000 volunteers, so be sure to help them spread the word! The first 3,000 to register get a free event t-shirt!
 
 
Check out TRWD’s website for more information!
 
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4 Ways to Make the Most of a Small Kitchen Remodel

 
 


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The term “full-gut kitchen remodel” tends to make people think of an expansive, high-end kitchen with all the bells and whistles – where surrounding walls have been knocked out to create an open floor plan, the luxury countertops are never-ending, and the shiny, new appliances are massive in size, all contributing to a show-stopping completed project. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the idea of an over-the-top large kitchen remodel, only a small fraction of our clients actually have this experience. Every project is different when it comes to the size of the kitchen, it’s starting condition, the client’s aspirations for the space, and of course, the budget. More often than not, the kitchen remodels we complete are done in small or medium-sized kitchens where the clients are trying to update the aesthetic, but also make the most of the existing space. Sometimes, due to the structure of the home and other limitations, it’s simply not realistic to remove walls or install large appliances. However, just because you have a small kitchen doesn’t mean it can’t be remodeled into the beautiful kitchen of your dreams! There are many kitchen design ideas and techniques that can help a small kitchen feel bigger and look just as impressive as a larger one.
 
 
Here are 4 ways to make the most of a small kitchen remodel:
 
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