January 31, 2012 in Siding
Whether youre renovating an old 19th-century farmhouse or looking to improve on the 10-year-old exterior of your home, you might be wondering about siding.
Yes, you know siding. Brick. Stone. But do you know the top 5 siding... read full post →
December 06, 2011 in Siding
Choosing new siding can be a challenging process, given the wide variety of options available to homeowners. Today we will break down types of siding into four main categoriesalthough in certain regions of the United States there... read full post →
November 21, 2011 in Siding
Weve seen a growing interest in siding replacement among readers lately. And indeed, this season is the most important time of year to finish this renovation, especially before the winter weather hits.
Siding replacement can... read full post →
November 01, 2011 in Siding
Replacing your siding is a big decision. And a good decision. Your home’s siding keeps it safe from extreme weather and structural damage.
But it does more than that—siding can add curb appeal, increase the value of your home, and... read full post →
October 26, 2011 in Siding
Replacing your siding is one of the most dramatic ways to improve the exterior curb appeal of your home. Not to mention that it helps maintain the structural integrity of your home through the years. This is a large project that can come... read full post →
October 13, 2011 in Siding
While it may seem more funor worth itto focus on a bathroom remodel or kitchen renovation, its just as important to keep up the quality and curb appeal of your home exterior. Decisions like installing new siding are... read full post →
September 20, 2011 in Siding
If you have vinyl siding on your home, you want to read this. Recent reports have shown the vinyl siding of residences melting. Actually melting. Warping and buckling from excessive sunlight. Take Lisa Forlenza’s home in Charlotte,... read full post →
August 16, 2011 in Siding
In the 1950’s, aluminum siding was sold by door-to-door salesmen who were often referred to as “tin men.” Sporting flashy clothes and driving fancy cars, the tin men descended upon the suburbs at dusk to greet blue collar workers... read full post →
August 03, 2011 in Siding
Most homeowners recoup the costs of siding installation within 1 to 2.5 years. Not a bad tradeoff at all.
Naturally, though, your payback period will depend on several factors, like the price you obtain on materials and labor, the... read full post →
July 18, 2011 in Siding
With temperatures that range from swelteringly hot in the summer to frigidly cold come winter, Maryland homes require above-average siding. But if you can’t afford brick or natural stone, what are your budget-friendly siding types... read full post →
July 13, 2011 in Siding
When youre looking to renovate your home, what gets priority? What brings the greatest return on investment?
Studies show that if you need to boost your curb appeal and overall home value, replacing your siding is the way to do... read full post →
July 11, 2011 in Siding
As you probably know, siding is one of the most noticeable, make-or-break elements of a home’s exterior. Not only should home siding sport eye-catching curb appeal and match your tastes, it must be equally functional, easily... read full post →
June 29, 2011 in Siding
Restructuring your home siding can seem like a daunting task. Not only do you want your home to look beautiful, but you need an exterior that can withstand the elements and years of wear—without showing its age.
Luckily there are... read full post →
April 18, 2011 in Siding
The home siding market is saturated with cheap, toxic, hard-to-justify products. Take, for example, the vinyl siding options that promise easy maintenance, durability and an incredibly low up-front investment. While vinyl and other... read full post →
April 11, 2011 in Siding
Though the answer to that question depends on your needs, there are definitely heavyweight champions in the siding worldmaterials that outlast the others under tough conditions. Let’s check out some of the big players in home... read full post →
December 09, 2010 in Siding
With winter coming, you probably have home weather-protection on the brain, especially your siding. In fact, many homeowners have asked us recently which materials to consider, and what to expect for costs of installation.
Since siding... read full post →
August 02, 2010 in Siding
Siding in years past hasnt exactly been easy to maintain. From the power-washing to sanding to painting, most homeowners are sick and tired of all the upkeep. Fortunately, new trends in siding are bringing some much-needed relief... read full post →
July 14, 2010 in Siding
Q: I have an old brick house from about the 30’s and it seems like the brick work could use a little work. There are places where the mortar has worn away excessively and some bricks are a little loose or worn. How can I go about... read full post →
January 07, 2010 in Siding
Maybe the second little piggy had it right after all. I know, his house got huffed and straight-up obliterated by the big bad wolf, but perhaps the problem wasnt the sticks that he used, but more about the application he employed.... read full post →
September 22, 2009 in Locations
I love learning about green living. So many awesome lifestyle ideas come from our ancestors and yet, thousands of equally marvelous ideas come to fruition everyday from people of my own generation.
Designer Kenneth Cobonpue creates... read full post →
July 22, 2009 in Siding
One of the most dramatic ways to upgrade the appearance of your home is with new siding. Adding new exterior siding is a significant investment and will affect not only your home’s look but its value as well.
Choosing among the many... read full post →
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Oakland, CA, is 400,000 people strong, and since its founding in 1852, it—like so many other major cities—has earned its way to the need for urban renewal over many years and chapters of modern history.... read full post →
All signs point to this being a very DIY summer. Few of us want to sell, a lot of us want to improve, but less than most want to fork out the bucks. But don’t worry says the Argee Corporation, not when you can create your very own... read full post →
Many homeowners are looking for ways to add value to their property by utilizing stone effectively. In some cases, old driveways and other paving surfaces that need removal and renewal are excellent places to integrate stone. In other... read full post →
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A lot of people are asking me whats so special about Santa Cruz lately, because Im moving there over the weekend. After living there, in the Santa Cruz mountains, for 20 years, Ive spent the past 7... read full post →
Working with CalFinder to discover which licensed contractor best suits your needs can be easy and fun. This post is designed to show you how simple the process for getting started can be.
Lets say you live in or near Sausalito, CA,... read full post →
One of the pitfalls of relocating to an unfamiliar area is not really knowing what its like there. Will your new neighbors be the type of people you get along well with? Will the new community offer the type of atmosphere you are... read full post →
Tampa may well be on its way to taking over the moniker Green Bay. A blog called Creative Loafing has been listing the 100 greenest people and organizations in the Tampa Bay area and some of the list-makers are quite intriguing.
Project... read full post →
Photo credit: Barbara L. Slavin
New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment: Home to arid deserts, Rocky Mountain peaks, and all the majesty that lies in between. Many outsiders think of New Mexico as arid desert, sort of a continuation of... read full post →
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Residents of Minnesota, North Dakota, and parts of Canada have been scrambling over the last few weeks to stem the tide of the icy and unforgiving Red River. Ice jams have been backing up the river, compounding... read full post →
Many cities all over the U.S. encourage community participation in beautifying their environments with special awards programs.
San Francisco Beautifuls awards program is a great example. Since the early 1970s, the Beautification... read full post →
February 20, 2009 in Locations
Over the years timesharing has built up a negative reputation. The one hour presentation is often deceptive and the hard-sell technique leaves you dazed and confused. Not all timeshares share this reputation but, as in any... read full post →
February 12, 2009 in Locations
Hurricane Katrina left 80% of New Orleans flooded, with some parts under 15 feet of water. Tens of thousands of homes were left uninhabitable, many of them historic landmarks. Today, a lot of the questions revolve around tearing down or... read full post →
February 10, 2009 in Locations
Home is our daily topic of choice, but theres one in particular we havent discussed the Presidents home. With 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms, it is a residence worth knowing more about.
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has... read full post →
February 06, 2009 in Locations
The concept of living and having a business in the same building is a familiar one, but it seems to be resurging these days. In addition, the interest in utilizing residential properties for housing businesses may be on the rise as well.... read full post →
February 04, 2009 in Locations
There’s a big difference between a city with a metro area of millions of people and a small city of 100,000 people or so – and that difference makes it both interesting and challenging to answer the question, “Where are the most... read full post →
February 04, 2009 in Locations
Age-old wisdom states that when times get hard we pool our resources. That idea seems to be the catalyst behind a recent trend toward mixed use developments (MUDs) in commercial real estate. With fuel and energy costs remaining high for... read full post →
December 29, 2008 in Siding
What happened here?
Don’t worry, it’s just an art installation entitled, “Inversion,” by Dan Havel and Dean Ruck. via Nick Douglas... read full post →
November 20, 2008 in Locations
Home Buying for Dummies authors Eric Tyson and Ray Brown say, Wonderful used homes are sometimes located in less-than-wonderful neighborhoods. You may be attracted to an utterly charming older home in a lousy neighborhood. Despite how... read full post →
November 10, 2008 in Siding
ABC Seamless specializes in everything that has to do with the exterior of the home, from gutter and leaf protector projects to siding, roofing, and window projects. Nicholas Goodroad, Marketing Director for ABC Seamless Siding and Gutters,... read full post →
September 29, 2008 in Flooring
There really are no negatives to cork flooring, says Ronit McGuthrie, Marketing Manager for Amorim Flooring. Ronit adds that you can install cork just about anywhere, except perhaps, the bathroom. Kitchens are the most popular place,... read full post →
With a bit of knowledge about whats available, selecting paving options for beauty, functionality, and cost-effectiveness will flow much more smoothly. Since Im always involved in remodeling projects either my own, or... read full post →
According to Hardwood Experts manager and president Dorn Gal, the requests for distressed wood floors are streaming in. Distressed wood enhances rustic, country style themes, Old World sentiments, or even the eclectic or contemporary... read full post →
April 24, 2008 in Flooring
Justin Crimmins knows his hardwood flooring. Founder of Crimmins Hardwood Flooring, which opened in October of 2003, he services residential clients, as well as high profile clients such as Harvard University, Bagel Works, Home Depot, and... read full post →
The Bay Area is a sprawling, West Coast metropolis that attracts visitors from all over the world. At the same time, quiet towns in counties like Marin still reflect a rural lifestyle. Less than 20 percent of Marin is developed.... read full post →
March 25, 2008 in Siding
There’s nothing like a woodpecker drumming against the side of your home to mark the onset of spring and breeding season. You may wonder: why you? Is there something particularly tantalizing about your house to attract the noise and... read full post →
January 28, 2008 in Siding
When it comes to siding, theres more to cost than meets the eye. Cheaper material may have a shorter lifespan and higher maintenance costs, making it less cost effective than something you spend more on up front. One example is cedar... read full post →
Pavers and paving: the combination’s a no-brainer. It’s no wonder pavers are the most popular choice for all external paving needs. Made from naturally occurring material such as limestone, cobblestone, slate, and granite, as... read full post →