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 August 2020 Newsletter

Our featured progress this month is a glamorous master suite addition and garage conversion we recently completed in Colleyville. Our clients came to us with a few ideas to modify their forever home so that it would better meet their needs. They knew initially that they wanted to add on a luxurious master suite, complete with a large bedroom, full master bath, and walk-in closet. This space could not only be used by the homeowners themselves but could also be used to host guests or provide somewhere for their elderly parents to stay. The clients also wanted a place for their kids to call their own, to relax, hang out with friends, and do homework. Converting the existing garage to a game room made perfect sense by utilizing an existing space they didn’t use. Read more

A Glamorous Master Suite Addition & Garage Conversion

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. Read more

Our July 2020 Newsletter

Our team loves working on out-of-the-ordinary projects! This past month, we completed a unique renovation on a client’s storage shed in Burleson, TX. This old shed was used to house lawn equipment, but our clients hoped to remodel it into a potting shed so they could enjoy their gardening hobby year-round. The Medford Team was not only able to make the shed more functional for the clients but also create a beautiful new aesthetic for the building on their property. Check out the full blog to see the before and after transformation! Read more

Mike’s Guys Handyman: 5 Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Windows

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. Read more

Medford Design-Build Promotes Brandy Anderson to Senior Draftsman

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. Read more

An Inspiring Storage Shed Transformation

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! Read more

Mike’s Guys: Top 5 Home Maintenance Projects to Improve Your Home

As they say, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” While this statement can be applied to many different scenarios in life, it also rings true for home maintenance. A little investment in small repairs can go a long way in preventing major, more expensive issues down the road.

Here are 5 maintenance projects to get you started on updating and maintaining a safe, functional, and efficient home:

 

1. Adding Insulation

Insulation can help you control a number of things, such as temperature (both cool and warm), noise levels, and your monthly energy bill. If your home was built before 1980, your home could be insufficiently insulated and lacking in these areas. Simply adding insultation to your attic space could drastically impact your comfort level as well as your cooling/heating bill. Read more

Our June 2020 Newsletter

We love reminiscing on past projects! This complete overhaul of a 1970’s master bathroom is one of our favorites!

Our clients in Arlington, TX had been waiting for years to remodel their master bathroom. The main issue was the large soaking tub that sat diagonally in the center of the room. The original design featured the tub as a focal point, sitting on a tiled step-up with a large cultured tile surround and decorative columns on each side, extending up to the ceiling. With large mirrors on both walls behind it, there was no ignoring that bathtub! The clients are thrilled to finally have a bathtub they are proud of, along with a completely remodeled bathroom, spacious walk-in shower, and custom vanities. Check out the transformation on our blog! Read more

Our May 2020 Newsletter

Our featured project this month is a guest bathroom we recently renovated in Fort Worth, TX. The clients bought the 1950’s home nearly 20 years ago and have slowly been updating it one project at a time. One of the final projects on their list was their guest bathroom, which was way past due for a refresh! Our clients expressed their love for nature and hoped to incorporate a natural, wood-look theme into the design.
Check out the blog post to see this beautiful and unique finished project! Read more