3 Options for Completing a Pull-and-Replace Kitchen Remodel with Mike’s Guys

As our business continues to grow alongside our expanding client base, we have found that there are many homeowners looking to complete a kitchen remodel in which no walls or plumbing will be moved. We refer to these types of remodels as “pull-and-replace” projects, where the existing footprint stays the same. Original cabinets, countertops, backsplash, etc. are removed and replaced with new materials, but in the same location. Due to the simple nature of these types of projects, they do not require the full design package that would accompany a more complex kitchen remodel. Read more

3 Options for Completing a Pull-and-Replace Kitchen Remodel with Mike’s Guys

As our business continues to grow alongside our expanding client base, we have found that there are many homeowners looking to complete a kitchen remodel in which no walls or plumbing will be moved. We refer to these types of remodels as “pull-and-replace” projects, where the existing footprint stays the same. Original cabinets, countertops, backsplash, etc. are removed and replaced with new materials, but in the same location. Due to the simple nature of these types of projects, they do not require the full design package that would accompany a more complex kitchen remodel. Read more

Mike’s Guys: How to Get Rid of Ceiling Condensation

    
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Ceiling Condensation 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 afterward. 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

Mike’s Guys Handyman: Why Gutter Maintenance Matters


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As a homeowner, there are many steps you can take to keep your home’s exterior in good shape. Replacing old siding, trimming away vegetation, and routinely checking the shingles for damage are a few examples. Each of these tasks will help keep your home structurally sound, keeping out things like problem-causing water and pests. One of the easier home maintenance projects that might be overlooked is maintaining the gutter system.

Your gutters are a safeguard to prevent rainwater from pooling at your home’s foundation, causing flooding and damage. They are designed to drain water out and away from your house. However, if they become blocked with leaves and other debris, they can quickly become more of a problem than a solution. The frequent storms throughout the Spring and trees shedding their leaves in the Fall result in the two times of the year when it’s most critical to have clean gutters. Failure to maintain your gutters could have drastic consequences! If you don’t think it’s a big deal and that rainwater will eventually wash away any debris, here are some of the issues you may find yourself dealing with down the road: Read more

Mike’s Guys Handyman: The Ease of a Free Virtual Estimate

If there is one common complaint we’ve heard from homeowners throughout the years, it is that they struggled to find a contractor or handyman that would follow-up after their initial conversation. Unfortunately, homeowners are often forced to deal with the frustration of waiting for an estimate that never comes. If you’ve ever experienced a disappearing contractor or non-responsive handyman service, you know how infuriating it is to be seemingly forgotten about when you’re trying to get a project done. Read more

Prepare Your Home for Spring Storms: Mike’s Guys Can Help!

This coming weekend marks the first day of spring for 2021. Although the mornings and evenings are still chilly, the days are getting warmer, which means some nasty storms will be stirring up soon. Falling in “Tornado Alley,” North Texas often experiences nature’s wrath throughout the spring and summer months with tornadoes, hail, flash floods, and damaging winds.

Although there is no way to control the weather, there are some precautionary steps you can take to prepare your home to endure Mother Nature’s fury. It’s important to get these things done ahead of time, instead of dealing with the damage that is left after a bad storm! Read more

A Modern Front Door Replacement in Grapevine

Our handyman division, Mike’s Guys, handles smaller projects such as repairs, maintenance, and pull-and-replace remodels. They also address various exterior projects, like siding repairs, exterior painting, and window and door replacements. When our recent clients came to us needing a new front door, Mike’s Guys stepped in to ease the client’s concerns and get the job done!

Our client’s home was built in 1952, just off Grapevine Lake. One of the homeowners grew up in the house and later purchased it from his Mother. The entrance area where the front door is located was originally the garage and was converted into a living space in the 70’s. Due to framing issues, the existing front door began to drag on the floor and wouldn’t close properly. The functionality issues were becoming more than just a nuisance on windy days, when the door would swing open if it wasn’t locked. The dogs loved it, but the homeowners – not so much! Read more

Mike’s Guys: Is Shiplap Worth All the Hype?


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One of the most popular home projects you’ll hear about these days is replacing or covering drywall walls with shiplap. This wooden sheathing was originally used for exterior construction but has recently become all the rage in interiors (thanks, Chip & Joanna!) Similar to a tongue-and-groove siding, shiplap has a special notch cut on its edges, causing the boards to rest on top of each other and overlap. This unique design allows them to self-space and fit together perfectly — keeping water from getting behind them. The finished look is simple, clean, and easy to maintain. Read more

Mike’s Guys: How Do I Refinish A Popcorn Ceiling Myself?


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We recently shared a post on 3 options for getting rid of popcorn ceilings. There are a few different ways to approach it, including hiring a professional (like Mike’s Guys) or installing beadboard sheets over the popcorn for a cleaner look. Of course, if you have settled on the idea of tackling the project on your own, we thought it would be helpful to have a step-by-step guide explaining how to scrape and refinish your ceilings.

Before You Start…

 

As mentioned in our initial post, before you start scraping away, it’s important to test your ceiling for asbestos. Homes built prior to 1980 potentially contain this dangerous substance in the ceiling, which could be a hazard to your health if inhaled. You can easily scrape off a section and send the sample by mail to an asbestos testing lab for a small fee. If asbestos is present, it will be necessary to hire a company that specializes in removing materials containing the substance rather than trying to do it yourself! Read more

Mike’s Guys: Can I Paint My Home’s Exterior in the Winter?


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It is a beautiful time of year in North Texas. Many of the days are brisk in the morning, warming up to 70 or so during the day, and then cooling off again in the evening – just cool enough to be comfortable and maybe leave the AC off overnight (hello, lower electric bill!) However, if you’ve lived in Texas any length of time, you know the weather can be pretty unpredictable. Just last week, we had a few days with low temperatures in the mid 30’s! While it has warmed up since, it’s certain that we’ll have more colder-than-normal days leading up to winter. Read more