As you’ll see from the photos below, this is a new composite deck replacing an old, worn out wood deck. Our client came to us looking for a solution for their back deck. The old on was about 12 years old and the decking was on its last legs. The wanted to upgrade to a bigger deck with lower maintenance in mind. After showing them a few samples of different materials and go over the pros and cons of each line of decking they chose to go with Trex Transcends exotic decking. The color name of the one they chose is Spiced Rum. Because of the choice of composite we were easily able to provide a long lasting deck with a hidden fasteners system for an even nicer look. The wrap around step is support entirely by a concrete footing for strength and durability. The decking itself has a multichromatic finish to give a more natural and not so stark coloring. This deck with its large layout, detail rich decking, hidden fasteners and strong support will be able to be enjoyed for many years by the owners of this home.
Designing is one of the most important steps to take for any remodel project. Having 3d design of your project not only allows you to see the future but also helps to anticipate problems. As with any project, having a clear plan makes for a smooth project, and having your project drawn in 3d makes for a clear plan. As you can see in the pictures on this post, the drawings give you the ability to see the new bathroom from any angle as well as allowing for more accurate space planning. You also have the ability to see materials and colors as they would be in the new space. The advantages to having a 3d design drawn of your remodel as opposed to traditional elevations and cross sections, gives everyone a clearer picture of what your getting and makes communicating it much easier. 3d design drawings are a must for any remodel or any project.
Here is a time lapse video of me performing a simple drywall repair. Doing a repair in this method allows for the wall being ready for paint in less than half an hour. This method works great for small home repairs. The same method can be applied to larger home repairs but will require more time. So here is what I did and the products I used – first i cut a piece of new drywall slightly larger than the hole I’m repairing. Next I used this new piece to mark where I need to remove the old drywall. Once I have cut out the old drywall I install a couple of wood blocks to be my backing for the new patch. I attach these pieces of wood with normal drywall screws, these are attached to the old on the top and bottom of the hole and are then ready for the new drywall to be attached. I then apply mesh tape to the joints and I’m ready to mud. I use Silverset 20 hot mud, this product will dry hard in approximately 20 minutes. If you mix with hot water it will set up quicker usually 5 minutes. I apply a couple coats of mud while making sure to feather out the edges for a smoother finish. After every coat of mud use a wet sponge to smooth and knock off any little ridges. The vital point on a drywall repair is between old and new surfaces, and using the sponge on the edge will help to blend the to surfaces. Once you have completed a couple coats of mud your ready to spray your texture. The fast dry texture is a great tool to use and if you run the can under hot water for a few seconds prior to spraying it will result in a finer textured spray. Regardless of the heaviness of the texture i always spray a fine layer first and work my way up to a heavier texture till the desired look is achieved.
Here are a couple photos from the completed remodel project we did in Des Moines. This project involved replacing the walls, ceiling, floors, countertops and base trim. We also redesigned the fire place area to make it the vocal point in the living space. The rock around the fireplace is a multi-colored slate with a stained hemlock wood trim wrap. The countertops are granite with a single slab cut and placed on the old table to match the rest of the kitchen countertops. All the walls and ceilings were removed and redone with new drywall and texture. The floors are a hickory laminate floating floor. There are also new light fixtures by the fireplace and in the kitchen. The changes on this house make it a warm, inviting and comfortable place to live. I know the new owner is very happy with these upgrades.
Today we started a new project for a new customer. This project is a little unique in that we are finishing a remodel the home owner was hoping to do themselves and have finished a year ago. First we are finishing the wall, and ceiling drywall and applying a hand texture to match the rest of the house. Then we are installing a vanity, tiling the floor, around the tub, and the countertop. Posted here are a couple of before pictures, so you can get an idea of where we are starting from. One of the ways we can take care of customers is with our flexibility, we are willing to come in and complete projects that you have started but aren’t able to complete.