It’s Patio Cover Season! Our April 2017 Newsletter

 
 


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This time of year in Texas offers beautiful, sunny days, but the warming temperatures of the season also mean spring showers and thunderstorms are on the way! These changing weather patterns make it hard to enjoy the outdoors if your home is lacking necessary features. Patio covers are a great solution, providing a sheltered outdoor space for when it rains and a cool, covered area for when it’s sunny and hot.
 
 


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Patio covers are a common request from our clients during the spring season and all the way through the summer. Many of them are initially interested in arbors or pergolas, but we usually advise them to steer clear of these types of structures and go with a full patio cover instead. The reasons are many:
 
 
When first built, arbors are beautiful and add a great deal of visual appeal to a home’s exterior. The problem is that they instantly go into a state of decay because of the way they are built and the exposure the wood has to the elements. If vines or other vegetation are allowed to grow on an arbor, it decays even faster. The numerous joints and horizontal surfaces of the arbor will hold water, which will soak into the wood regardless of how well it is stained or painted. Within a few short years, all the little rotten spots will get out of hand and the structure will have to be taken down. Arbors and pergolas also do not offer the same level of protection that a patio cover does.
 
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Happy Spring from Medford Remodeling! Our March 2017 Newsletter

 
 

Happy Spring from Medford Remodeling!
 
 
If you’ve been thinking about completing an outdoor remodeling project to enjoy this spring, now is a great time to get started!

 
 

Imagine finally being able to utilize your outdoor space by hosting friends and family, cooking out for summer holidays, and having a serene place to enjoy the nice weather after a long day.

 
 


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Outdoor remodeling projects are one of the most common requests we get during the warmer months, but waiting until summer to start these projects takes away from the time you could already be enjoying them. By getting started on the design process now, in the early spring, the finished project will be ready just as the temperatures start to heat up, allowing you to take full advantage of the nice
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Historical Home Renovation Complete


The addition we started in May to the historical home is complete. Eight weeks from demo to completion, and it’s a beautiful custom project from top to bottom. The porch has new patio doors coming from the dining area, new siding, sconces, stained concrete, and a metal roof with exposed framing that is painted sky blue.

Check out the very cool vanity Michael and Hector crafted from an antique dresser and a beautiful piece of marble the homeowner found in an antique shop. The washer and dryer and hot water heater are tucked behind louvered doors. The floor is stick-on vinyl; it looks great and is very durable.

Here is a peek at the next project for this home, the kitchen. We are in the design stage; cabinet installation will be in a few weeks. We will post pictures when it is complete.

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Don’t Waste Your Money on an Arbor; Go with a Solid Patio Cover

We recently finished this great-looking patio cover. Its design stemmed from the client’s desire for a cedar arbor and my desire for the client to have a more functional and long-lasting structure. When first built, arbors like the ones pictured below are beautiful. The problem is that they instantly go into a state of decay because of the way they are built and the exposure the wood has to the elements. If vines or other vegetation are allowed to grow on an arbor, it decays even faster. The numerous joints on horizontal surfaces of the arbor will hold water, which will soak into the wood regardless of how well it is stained or painted. Within a few years all the little rotten spots will get out of hand and the structure will have to be taken down. Read more

Demolition and Foundation Work


Our garage and patio cover project is underway. The initial demolition is complete, and we are now installing the foundation. We removed the patio cover, sidewalk, bushes and the brick from the wall where we are attaching the garage addition. This wall will eventually be gone, and removing the bricks lets us match the new floor right to the existing garage floor.

Below are the beams we dug for the new foundation. This is a floating foundation. We mimic the existing foundation so that as moisture causes the soil to expand and contract, the slabs move, or float on the soil at the same rate. The beams keep the slab in place and keep the slab from flexing. Read more