Sweet Summer Time: Our June 2015 Newsletter

Can you believe we’re already half way through 2015? This year is really flying by! Autumn and the holidays will be here before you know it. With the busy months just around the corner, summer is a great time to cross some things off your home maintenance checklist (especially those things you meant to do back in the spring!) Here are some great home maintenance ideas to consider for summer:

  1. Change your air filter. When it’s hot, the air handler works more often and the filter accumulates more dust and dirt. A dirty filter can cause your air handler to not work as efficiently, which ends up costing you on your monthly electricity bill!
  2.  Look the exterior paint over. Look for cracking caulk, warped wood, dry rot and oxidizing paint. Make the repairs while the air is nice and dry—this helps the caulk and paint stick better than against even slightly damp surfaces. If your home looks like it could use a paint job soon, have it done now! It is amazing how fast a house will deteriorate once the paint and caulk start failing.
  3. Clean out the garage. Donating or hauling off items that you don’t ever use is a great way to create extra space in the garage (that you’ll be thankful for in the colder months!)  Make sure you dispose of hazardous items properly, and check your garage floor for grease spots that may be caused by fluids leaking from your car.
  4. Clean your dryer vent. We recently cleaned a dryer vent on a house we are remodeling, and I was shocked at how much lint was in there. Dryer fires from dirty dryer vents are one of the main causes of home fires. Keep your home and your family safe by cleaning your vent regularly!
  5. Lawn Maintenance.  Make sure your sprinklers aren’t wasting water, and remove any vegetation that is against the house. Be sure to check the oil in your mower and top off or change as needed to protect the engine from the summer heat.


We would also like to remind you that even though we specialize in luxury remodeling, we also offer a wide range of home maintenance services — available for all types of homes and budgets! Read more

Ride 4 Suicide: Supporting the Cause for Mental Illness Awareness

July is National Mental Awareness month, and the Hear My Cry Foundation is hosting a great event to support the fight against suicide and the awareness of mental illnesses.

The 1st Annual Community Charity Event, entitled “Ride for Suicide,” will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015. The festivities will begin at 11:30 am with a motorcycle ride from Terrell (Ben Gill Park) to Flag Pole Hill 8100 Doran Circle Dallas, TX 75238. A fun, family-friendly cookout and entertainment will follow the ride at Flag Pole Hill. Read more

5 Ways to Prepare for Your Home Remodeling Project

We recently had a new client of ours call in and schedule a pre-construction meeting with our project manager to discuss exactly what she needed to do to prepare her home for remodeling. Though this is an exciting time for most homeowners, it can be overwhelming once they truly grasp the chaos that will be their home for the next few months! While half of the battle is choosing the right contractor and knowing what you want in your renovation, a big part of having an easy and positive experience is based on the preparation leading up to the remodel. Here are 5 ways you can prepare for your upcoming home remodeling project: Read more

From Historic Garages to Modern Garages: The History Behind Where You Park Your Ride

While doing research for permitting on a client’s historic home in Fairmont, we ran across this picture taken of it in the very early 1900’s.  This was during the horse drawn carriage era, before modern automobiles. The concrete block with the owner’s last name on it is a step to step on while getting out of the carriage, and the two pyramid-shaped stones with the hoops on top are to tie the horses off.

During this era, before 1910, most homes had a carriage house in which the horse and carriage were kept. Later on, as automobiles became more popular, these carriage houses were replaced with garages. Read more