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

Remodeling for Elderly Parents: 5 Age-in-Place Options to Consider

There are many reasons homeowners choose to remodel, from updating aesthetics, to improving functionality, to increasing resale value. Another common request we receive is for assistance in making accommodations for elderly parents. This can either involve our clients remodeling their own home to allow for parents to move in or remodeling their parent’s home to prepare for aging-in-place. Either situation can be difficult, as making provisions for elderly parents can be stressful and emotional. Our goal in assisting with age-in-place remodeling is to simplify the process for both the clients and their parents to make for the best experience possible! Read more

What are ‘Budget Items’ in Regard to My Home Remodel?

Aside from wanting to see detailed floor plans and 3D renderings, there is one primary reason homeowners choose to purchase our custom design package for their major remodel: to receive an all-inclusive price quote for their unique project. The Scope of Work document we provide as a part of your design package allows you to see exactly what is included – everything from foundation work to framing, to plumbing, electrical, and so on — and the total cost of everything as installed by the Medford Team. Your total project cost includes installation, materials, and labor, plus the total cost of your Budget Items. This bottom-line number is your total project cost. Since your Budget Items are the portion you as the homeowner get to control, we’d like to discuss them a little further: 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 Classic 1960’s Galley Kitchen Gets a Mid-Century Modern Upgrade

You might think there isn’t much that can be done for a galley kitchen – removing an entire wall would take away valuable cabinet and countertop space, and the limited square footage makes it nearly impossible to change the layout at all. The good news is that you don’t have to completely change the layout or remove walls to create a beautifully updated aesthetic. Our most recent kitchen remodel in Fort Worth is a prime example!

Our client’s home was built in 1965. She inherited the home and knew that it needed to be remodeled, starting with the kitchen. Due to the existing floor plan, the option of completely opening the kitchen into the living room was unrealistic, since that side of the kitchen housed the sink, the dishwasher, and cabinet storage.  She met with our team in hopes of updating the kitchen without having to compromise on storage or counter space. Read more

5 Options for Completing a Home Remodel

The problem: your home is dated, dysfunctional, or doesn’t meet the needs of your lifestyle. The solution: remodel it for improved aesthetic and functionality. Sounds easy enough, right? The key is choosing the best option for getting it done. The way that you approach your home remodel can either make or break the success of the project, so it’s worth it to sit down and consider each of the options before moving forward.

What, then, are the best approaches? There are many, but here are some of the most common ways to get your home project completed: Read more

How Much Will My Home Remodel Cost?

The first and most important question you should answer before starting any type of home remodel is how much it will realistically cost. Typically, there isn’t a straight-forward answer to that question without scheduling an on-site consultation and paying for a detailed estimate and design. Because no two projects and no two homeowners are the same, the total cost of your project will depend on multiple variables. This means that even if your neighbor a few houses down has the exact same floor plan as you, built in the same year, your total cost could come in more or less than theirs simply based on your unique scope of work. You also must consider the level of remodeling you intend to do – whether it is a full-gut project that involves moving walls and rearranging the original footprint, or if you just want to update the space you have with new paint, tile, counters, etc. The types of materials, finishes, hardware, and appliances you choose also impacts the final price. For example, two homeowners with the same kitchen layout will have different totals if one chooses standard elements, such as a basic undermount sink and chrome faucet, and the other chooses high-end elements, such as a farmhouse-style sink with a brushed gold faucet. Of course, everyone wants the more expensive options often featured on HGTV renovation shows. Unfortunately, these shows tend to create unrealistic expectations regarding the actual costs, timelines, and processes involved in home remodeling. Read more

6 Home Projects to Plan for in 2021

If you haven’t done much upkeep in your home for several years, it might feel overwhelming to know where to start. Aside from a major, full-gut remodel in a kitchen or bathroom, there are many smaller projects that can be completed to contribute to a more modern look overall.

Aesthetically speaking, minor upgrades here and there can really make a big impact in your home as a whole as time goes by. One way to go about this is to choose a handful of small projects to complete independently throughout the year, resulting in a beautifully updated home over time. For example, refreshing the interior paint in the spring and replacing dated carpet with a solid-surface flooring in the fall can provide for a modern, updated look come holiday season. It may not be realistic for you to do everything at once, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with tackling small projects individually to slowly transform your dated home! 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

A Luxury Fireplace Renovation

We absolutely love to have the same clients come back to us time and time again for multiple home renovation projects. Not only does it validate that we do good work, but also that we have established a strong foundation of trust. It means so much knowing that our team is trusted, valued, and seen as the top choice among remodeling professionals! We are blessed to be able to call the majority of our long-term clients both our customers and our friends. Such is the story behind our recent fireplace remodel in Arlington, Texas. Read more