Mike’s Guys Tip: 3 Options for Getting Rid of Popcorn Ceilings


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One of the top requests we get from our clients – whether they are remodeling their current home or have recently moved into an older house – is to have the popcorn ceilings removed.

These textured ceilings, also known as popcorn ceilings, acoustic ceilings or even cottage cheese ceilings, were very popular in the 1970s and ’80s as a quick and easy way to hide imperfections. Unfortunately, this texture can be very difficult to match if you have cracks or holes in need of patching. The uneven surface also catches more dust, allows for cobwebs, and really makes a home’s interior look stale and dated. These reasons alone are enough to make a homeowner opt for removing the texture! This is why we include popcorn ceiling removal in just about every home remodeling project we complete. Read more

3 Major Contributors to the Cost of Your Home Remodel


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Preparing for your first home remodeling project requires a good bit of research. The first step, of course, is exploring how much your specific project will cost and if it fits within your budget. There is nothing worse than getting your hopes only to find that your dream project isn’t a realistic option financially! Unfortunately, if you’re new to remodeling, you’ll likely be surprised at how much the process actually costs. Even if it’s not a “full gut” or a major renovation, the estimated cost can still be higher than most homeowners expect. One great resource we can provide when it comes to the average cost of various home remodeling projects is this cost vs value report. The report is location-specific and is updated each year, making it a great tool for those in the early research phase of their project. Read more

5 Easy Ways to Modernize Your Home

 
 

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If you have an older home that needs a lot of work done, updating it can feel overwhelming. Even if you’re not ready to invest in a full-blown remodel, there are some minor things you can do throughout your home to create a more modern look. Taking on these smaller projects first makes the job as a while seem a little less intimidating, and can allow you to save up and think about what you really want in a major remodel.
 
 
Here are 5 easy ways to give your home a modern, updated look:
 
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From Dark & Dingy to Bright & Airy: A 1970’s Kitchen Renovation

 
 

 
 
In 1970’s homes, peninsulas were commonly used in kitchen layouts to provide counter space and cabinet storage. Fast-forward to the present, and nearly every kitchen we redesign from that era involves removing the peninsula and reworking the layout. The result is a surprisingly larger space, a modern look, and improved storage solutions! Our recent kitchen remodel in Arlington, Texas, is the perfect example of this transformation.
 
 
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6 Risks of Completing a Remodel without a Permit

 
 


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In our past blog post – Permits & Remodeling: What You Need to Know – we explained what permits are, what is involved when applying for a permit, and when it is necessary to obtain one. As a design-build firm, obtaining the required permits from the city prior to remodeling a home is part of our standard procedure. However, there are many instances in which remodeling companies, general contractors, or the homeowners themselves decide to pursue a project without getting the necessary permits. This isn’t surprising, as the hassle of getting a permit can seem tedious and time-consuming, especially if you are not familiar with the process. The permit might be expensive, require additional work to be done, and can cause delays in construction. Many homeowners might also think it’s not a big deal not to have a permit and aren’t concerned with getting caught.
 
 
Is it worth it to risk not getting a permit for your home remodeling project? Here are 6 risks of remodeling without a permit:
 
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3 Steps to Get Rid of Ceiling Condensation

 
 


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We recently had a client contact us for help getting rid of ceiling condensation. This 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 afterwards. 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

8 Storage Solutions & Features for a Sleek, Uniform Kitchen

 
 

 
 
The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the house. When you consider how many times your family uses the kitchen throughout the week – how many meals are prepped, dishes are dirtied and washed, how often the trash needs to be taken out, groceries need to be put up and so on – it’s easy to see how it can quickly become jumbled and disorderly! Add the regular, frequent use of the kitchen to the occasional birthday celebration, holiday dinner, or Superbowl Sunday party and before you know it, your kitchen is in desperate need of some TLC and reorganizing.
 
 
One of the main reasons clients come to us for a kitchen remodel is because they want to improve the functionality and organization of the space. A kitchen that is equipped with the right features, adequate storage and a flowing floor plan not only provides for a pleasant experience when using the kitchen, but also creates a cleaner, sleeker look with less clutter. Trust us, these are two things you will appreciate all year ‘round!
 
 
Even if you aren’t ready to complete a full-scale renovation, there are a few storage solutions and features you can incorporate into your kitchen that really will make all the difference in it’s efficiency and organization:
 
 
1. Pull-out Pantries and Spice Racks
 

 
 
Many older homes include large walk-in pantries. While this might seem like a great feature to have in your kitchen, these bulky pantries often end up wasting more space than they provide. Not only do they take up potential counter space, but when you consider that there has to be enough room for you to stand inside, how much space is really being used efficiently? Pull-out pantries take up much less square footage while taking advantage of vertical space that would otherwise be wasted. Another neat benefit is that pull-out pantries can be seen from both sides, so you no longer have to worry about digging through your pantry shelves or finding an item that is expired because it was pushed to the back for too long!
 
 

 
 
Pull-out spice racks are another cool feature that optimize storage space and help with organization. Having this type of spice rack installed near your stove or cooktop makes for easy access during meal prep and provides for quick put-away when it’s time to clean up.
 
 
2. Cabinets Extended to the Ceiling
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An Open-Concept Kitchen Gets a Fresh Look & Improved Functionality

Looking back at original floor plans and layouts of our clients’ homes often makes us scratch our heads and think, “why would anyone design it that way in the first place?” Unfortunately, “cookie cutter” homes are not always designed in a way that optimizes usable space. Kitchens, in particular, are typically set up in a way that creates unwanted traffic and congestion in the work areas, isolates the cook from the neighboring rooms, and lacks the necessary features for optimal organization and efficiency. These are the most common complaints we get from our clients looking to renovate, and were definitely the case with our most recent kitchen remodel! Read more

An Open-Concept Kitchen Gets a Fresh Look & Improved Functionality

 
 

 
 
We love helping our clients create a beautiful, more functional home to meet their needs! Each time we complete a remodel, the homeowners are blown away with the improved layout, the amount of counter top and storage space they have gained, and how much bigger and brighter the room is. It truly is a complete transformation every time and the grand reveal is what makes the whole process worth it!
 
 
Looking back at original floor plans and layouts of our clients’ homes often makes us scratch our heads and think, “why would anyone design it that way in the first place?” Unfortunately, “cookie cutter” homes are not always designed in a way that optimizes usable space. Kitchens, in particular, are typically set up in a way that creates unwanted traffic and congestion in the work areas, isolates the cook from the neighboring rooms, and lacks the necessary features for optimal organization and efficiency. These are the most common complaints we get from our clients looking to renovate, and were definitely the case with our most recent kitchen remodel!
 
 
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Hear My Cry Foundation’s 3rd Annual ‘Ride 4 Suicide’

 
 

 
 
July is National Mental Awareness month, and the Hear My Cry Foundation is hosting a great event to support the fight against suicide and support the awareness of mental illnesses.
 
The 3rd Annual Community Charity Event, entitled “Ride for Suicide,” will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2017. The festivities will begin at 11:00 am with a motorcycle ride from Terrell (Ben Gill Park) to Flag Pole Hill 8100 Doran Circle Dallas, TX 75238. A fun, family-friendly cookout and entertainment will follow the ride at Flag Pole Hill.
 
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