Our recent clients in Arlington, Texas came to us with three problems that needed solving: they needed additional storage space, a place to keep their beautiful tropical plants during the winter months, and a covered area to park their vehicles. The existing 2-car garage helped some with these issues, but with their vehicles inside, the garage became overly crowded. After chatting with our design team and considering the options, utilizing the spacious driveway made perfect sense! The addition of a large carport would provide ample shelter for their 3 vehicles while also allowing their garage to be converted into a storage space and winter house for their plants. This concept checked all the boxes, allowing them to ‘kill three birds with one stone!’
There are a lot of variables that come into play during a kitchen remodel. The size and state of the existing kitchen, the complexity of the project, the features and amenities to be included, the structural changes that need to be made, and of course, the intended use of the remodeled space by the homeowners – that is, determining what modifications will most effectively solve the homeowner’s current issues with their kitchen. These variables are different for every project: perhaps the existing kitchen is too small and lacks storage space or the layout is dysfunctional. Maybe a remodel was started with a contractor who did things incorrectly or failed to finish the job, leaving the kitchen completely unusable. Because each of these scenarios has a different starting point and involves a different course of action to meet the homeowner’s needs, they each require their own customized design plan.
Your home’s exterior siding isn’t just for aesthetic purposes; it’s your home’s first defense against the harsh elements. Maintaining and eventually replacing your siding is an important task if you want to keep your home in good condition and prevent issues like water damage, mold, wood rot, and energy inefficiency. If left unaddressed, these issues can get out of control and become very costly to repair. This is why it’s so important to know your options when replacing your home’s siding and use the material that will be best for your home long-term.
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:
Our recent client in Colleyville, TX knew she wanted a glamorous master suite, complete with a full bath, double vanity, and walk-in closet. The only limitations for her project were the lot line and the pool in the backyard. With this in mind, the idea was to make the addition more linear along the back of the house; the bedroom leading to the large bathroom, and then the closet at the end. This layout allowed the client plenty of space for all the features on her wish list and fit within the allotted construction area.
A home remodeling request we have noticed becoming more popular recently is that of a master suite addition. We often meet with homeowners whose elderly parents are moving in with them or those that absolutely love their home, neighborhood, and community, and simply need more space. Whatever the reason may be, more and more homeowners are considering adding onto their current home instead of moving. While the obvious high cost of a major addition prevents us from completing too many of these types of projects, we do get the opportunity to complete them every now and then, and the clients are always glad they did it at the end!
Replacing windows is among home maintenance projects that can make a huge impact on both the functionality and the value of your home. As with anything, it’s better to maintain properly working windows and replace them regularly, versus waiting until you have multiple failed windows on your hands! Here are 5 signs of window failure to look out for, via our handyman division, Mike’s Guys:
1. Poor Operation. A common issue with aging windows is that they stick when opening and closing. This is often caused by a balancing issue in which dust, dirt, pollen, or other buildup becomes lodged in the tracks. In some cases, cleaning out the tracks can help with sticking, but usually this is a sign that the window will need to be replaced soon.
The Medford Team is happy to announce that Brandy Anderson has been promoted to Senior Draftsman of Medford Design-Build! She replaces Kourtney Davis who will continue leading the Design-Build team as General Manager.
Brandy will oversee our drafting department and will be responsible for it’s day to day operations to ensure best practices and processes are followed and that we continue to provide high-quality service to our clients and production team with accurate plans and beautiful renderings.
Recently, we had some clients from Burleson, TX, contact us with a unique request: they wanted to convert an existing storage shed into a greenhouse-style potting shed. With retirement on the horizon, they hoped to pursue more of their favorite hobbies, which include gardening. They knew their existing 16×24 storage building had some great potential after seeing a garden shed our team designed for a friend of theirs several years ago. After discussing their hopes and ideas for the shed, our team was able to bring their project to life! See the full story on our blog post.
While the majority of our home remodeling projects include a kitchen, bathroom, or room addition, every once in a while, we have the opportunity to complete a somewhat “out-of-the-ordinary” project for homeowners with a specific request. These kinds of projects are a nice change of pace and allow our designers to not only get creative, but also exercise critical thinking and problem-solving. It’s always fun to see the end result and what our team comes up with!