Our October 2018 Newsletter

 

Our project spotlight this month features a stunning 1940’s kitchen renovation we recently completed in Fort Worth. Not only was this kitchen small and dated, but the home’s boxy floor plan required the clients to walk through the entire kitchen and laundry room just to access their bedroom at the back of the house. Our team was able to strategically reconfigure the layout, providing an open feel while creating more countertop and storage space in the kitchen. See the blog for all the details and the before and after photos of this gorgeous transformation! Read more

10 Home Projects to do Before Winter (and a Handyman that can Help!)

 
 


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It’s hard to believe we’re in the last few months of 2018! Fall is here, which means the busy hustle and bustle of the holidays is just around the corner. While most people enjoy the holidays and the change of pace that it entails, it can easily be one of the most stressful times – for homeowners in particular. Not only do you have to think about gift shopping, special events, unusual work schedules, and potential traveling, but you also have to prepare your home to endure the harsh weather and elements that come with the season. Unfortunately, cooler, wetter weather can wreak havoc on your house if it has not been properly maintained!
 
 
Because no one wants to be hit with an unexpected home repair bill during the already expensive holiday season, the best thing you can do is make a conscious effort to prep your home throughout the weeks leading up to winter. You might think it’s not a big deal; why fix something if it’s not broken? The answer is that, more often than not, the expense of an emergency home repair far exceeds the cost of maintenance before the damage is done. Similar to the expression “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” it’s in your best interest to keep your home in great working order instead of waiting until something goes wrong to address an issue.
 
 
On top of the additional expense, it’s much more difficult to find a professional that is available to provide their services during the holidays. Most businesses have shorter hours and are closed for multiple days, meaning their available work schedules fill up much more quickly. It can be extremely frustrating to call one handyman after another only to hear that no one has any time to fit you in right before the holidays. Save yourself the struggle and get these things done ahead of time!
 
 
Here are a few home maintenance projects you should consider having done before the cold winter months arrive:
 
 
1. Clean out the gutters
 
As much as we all hate to do it, cleaning out the gutters is a must. Clogged gutters can be a dangerous hazard during the winter months. Water and debris freezing in the gutters can make them very heavy, causing them to break and fall. Not only can this be dangerous to you, but it can also cause serious damage to your home. Who wants to pay for gutter repair or replacement when cleaning them out a few times a year can easily prevent this problem?
 
 
2. Inspect the roof for damage
 
While you’re up cleaning your gutters out, take a look at the roof to ensure it’s in good condition. Loose, damaged, or missing shingles can allow for severe water damage if not addresses in a timely manner. While spring is typically the better time to have roof work done, it’s important not to put off repairs if you see damaged areas in your roof – doing so could end up costing your hundreds or even thousands in water damage repair later on!
 
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Our September 2018 Newsletter

 
 

 

 
 

We love reminiscing on previous projects, especially when they turn out as great as this laundry room did! It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly a full year since we completed this remodel in Arlington, Texas.

 
 
Even though it’s intended as a functional workspace in the home, we’ve found that the laundry room is commonly poorly designed, often lacking sufficient storage space, counters, and good lighting. This was exactly the problem faced by our recent clients. Their original laundry room was a good size, but the lack of counter space inhibited organization and resulted in random laundry baskets and clothes piled on the floor. Our designers were able to resolve this problem by reworking the space and adding ample cabinetry, pull-out laundry bins, large countertops, clothes racks, and more! Check out this beautiful transformation on our blog!
 
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Our August 2018 Newsletter

 
 

 
 

Just glancing at this serene bathroom, you wouldn’t guess that handicap accessible features played a big role in it’s design. To best meet the needs of our clients, our designers included widened doorways, a doorless walk-in shower with a wheelchair ramp, and a handicap-accessible vanity. These features, along with the upgraded look and improved layout of the space, have created a beautiful, spa-like bathroom that the clients can comfortably use for years to come. Check out the blog for more details! Read more

Our July 2018 Newsletter

 
 

 
 

For our featured blog this month, we’re taking a trip back in time to one of our absolute favorite kitchen remodels! This boxy kitchen felt crowded and dark and was closed off from the rest of the house. With some creative thinking by our designers and the helpful input of our clients, we were able to open up the room with a fresh design, providing the absolute best use of space. The final product is a bright, spacious kitchen that is perfect for entertaining! See the rest of the photos and re-live the magic of this remodel with our project blog post. 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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Our June 2018 Newsletter

 
 

 
 

Our featured project blog this month is a master bathroom addition we completed on a 1950’s home. The existing master bath was only 35 square feet in size — smaller than most guest bathrooms you’d see today! We were able to give our clients more square footage and a modern look, along with important aging in place features. The beautiful wooded backyard was also incorporated into the design. With the help of our team, the client’s dream bathroom is now a reality! See the blog for all the details and final photos! Read more

Our May 2018 Newsletter

 
 

 
 

Updating the doors throughout your home is a great way to add value and aesthetic, as well as improve safety and functionality. Whether it’s interior or exterior, standard or custom, our team would be happy to help! See our featured blog this week for some recent door installations we’ve completed.

 
 

 
 

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!
Door Installations by Medford Design-Build

Door installations can be tricky, but the end result is always worth it! Read more

Your Home’s Exterior Siding: When to Replace & How to Maintain

 
 


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Replacing your home’s siding probably isn’t the first of your priorities; unless there’s an urgent problem, most people don’t think about it too often. However, replacing worn-out, cracked, or leaking siding is very important in the prevention of more serious (and expensive!) future home repairs. If you haven’t checked your home’s exterior siding in a while, now is a good time!
 
 
Here are 7 warning signs it might be time to replace your siding:
 
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Our April 2018 Newsletter

 
 

 

Our recent clients in Arlington, Texas had been dreaming of remodeling their kitchen for over 20 years. We were thrilled to have been able to design and build the kitchen of their dreams, along with updating the breakfast nook, bar area, living room, and formal dining room. By looking at the final photos, you’d never guess this is the same space! See the details in our featured blog for this month.

 
 

 
 

Hello, Open & Flowing Floor Plan! A Complete Kitchen & Bar Area Remodel Read more