Our January 2018 Newsletter

 
 

 
 

We are so thankful to have had such a successful 2017! The Medford Remodeling Team would like to wish you a safe and happy new year. We look forward to working with you in 2018!

 
 

 
 

An Open-Concept Kitchen Gets a Fresh Look & Improved Functionality

Flashback to a project we were working on around this time last year. It’s amazing how time flies!

 
 

Hardwood Flooring vs. Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

Did you know hardwoods can be significantly more expensive and higher maintenance than vinyl plank floors, which offer the same sleek look? Read more

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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7 Ways to Enhance your Backyard for Summer

 
 
Summer is the time of year for relaxing, enjoying friends and family, and taking advantage of the warm weather. What better way to do all of those things than to enhance your backyard by creating the perfect outdoor escape? Here are 7 ways to enhance your backyard for summer:
 
 


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1. Create a Comfortable Setting

 
One of the best ways to enjoy your outdoor space is to include a comfortable atmosphere with plenty of seating and lots of shade. If you don’t have a large patio area, you might consider having a concrete slab poured to allow for patio furniture and tables. While we don’t recommend having a pergola installed due to its fast rate of deterioration, a solid patio cover is a great addition to your backyard space. You can also include features like lighting, ceiling fans, and speakers to your patio cover to make your outdoor space more usable and add value to your home.
 
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3 Steps to Get Rid of Ceiling Condensation

 
 


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We recently had a client contact us for help getting rid of ceiling condensation. This is a common problem homeowners face and should be addressed promptly; excess moisture can eventually cause mold and mildew to form — quickly escalating a small problem into a much larger and potentially dangerous ordeal. Not only will you have to pay for a mold remediation company to handle the hazardous growth, but you’ll likely need to hire a contractor to repair the affected areas afterwards. What a headache! It is helpful for homeowners to understand what causes the condensation and how to get rid of it before it becomes a bigger issue. Read more

Prep Your Home for Spring Storms! Our May 2017 Newsletter

 
 

Is your home ready for spring storms?


 
 

It’s spring time, and in Texas, that means one thing: spring storms! Much of North Texas has already experienced nature’s wrath this season — some with tornadoes, hail, flash floods, and damaging winds.

Unfortunately, there is no way to control the weather, but here are some tips to help you prepare for and safely endure Mother Nature’s fury:

 
 

Identify any existing roof or siding problems. Inspect your roof for missing shingles and possible leaks and do any repair work if necessary. Loose siding should also be repaired, as it can rip off easily in heavy winds. Read more

Holiday Handyman Special! Our November 2016 Newsletter

 
 

Just realized you need some last minute home maintenance done before holiday guests arrive? No worries, Medford Remodeling is your…

 
 
 

 
 
 

We know the holidays can be a hectic time, especially if you’re hosting a house full of guests! The Medford Remodeling Team would like to remind you that we offer home maintenance services for those small projects that you meant to get done by the end of the year.

 
 

 
 
As 2016 comes to a close, we are wrapping up our big projects so we have time for smaller jobs, repairs, maintenance work, and minor renovations, such as:
 
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8 Ways to Save Energy this Fall & Winter: Our October 2016 Newsletter

 

Cooler temperatures outside means it’s time to heat the inside, which could result in a higher electricity bill. Here are some tips to help you keep your home warm and your bills low this fall and winter:

1. Take Advantage of Natural Heat
Opening curtains on your south-facing windows during the day is a great way to cut your energy costs by warming your home naturally.

2. Cover Drafty Windows
Add an extra layer to drafty windows by using a heavy-duty plastic sheet or taping clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame to help reduce infiltration of cold air. A simpler option is to close your blinds and pull your curtains shut, which provides the same result. Read more

10 Ways to Prep Your Home for Fall: Our September 2016 Newsletter

It’s Time for Fall Home Prep!

Can you believe it’s already September!? This year has flown by, and cooler, wetter months are on the horizon! Many North Texans are undoubtedly ready for the change (especially the cooler weather!), but a change in season also means it’s time to prepare your home to endure the next several months.

Here’s a short list of fall “to-do’s” to get you started:

 1. Clean out the gutters

2. Empty the fireplace and have the chimney cleaned

3. Reverse ceiling fans

4. Inspect the heating system

5. Caulk around windows and doors to prevent drafts 

6. Disconnect garden hoses and drain faucets

7. Check downspouts and add extensions if necessary

8. Inspect the roof

9. Replace door and window screens with storm doors and windows

10. Check the water heater

Although winter weather might seem like a long way off, it will be here before you know it. Preparing your home ahead of time will be well worth it! Read more

Get Your FREE Patio Cover Design Package! Our April 2016 Newsletter

Happy April from Medford Remodeling!

This time of year in Texas offers beautiful, sunny days, but the warming temperatures of the season also mean spring showers and thunderstorms are on the way! These changing weather patterns make it hard to enjoy the outdoors if your home is lacking necessary features. Patio covers are a great solution, providing a sheltered outdoor space for when it rains and a cool, covered area for when it’s sunny and hot.

Patio covers are a common request from our clients during the spring season and all the way through the summer. Many of them are initially interested in arbors or pergolas, but we usually advise them to steer clear of these types of structures and go with a full patio cover instead. The reasons are many: Read more

8 Tips to Prevent Mold under Water Damaged Carpets

If you’ve lived in Texas for any length of time, you know that spring is often when we get the most severe weather. This can be bad news for homeowners, especially when flooding is the threat! It’s only early April and much of North Texas has already experienced flooding and property damage due to spring storms.

Having your home flood from heavy rain (or just from a leaky pipe) can lead to a wide variety problems; particularly the growth of mold under carpets. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much water for mold to grow and do a lot of harm to a house! Homeowners who experience flooding coupled with power outages from spring or summer storms are especially susceptible to mold growth because of the combination of moisture and warm temperatures.
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