4 Phases for this Showcase Home Remodel and Painting

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Our “showcase home” is about new homeowners who loved moving to Encino Park in San Antonio, TX, however they knew that this home needed updating and improvements before it could become their “dream home.” After hearing positive reviews of our company from friends and neighbors, they choose Renovate Paint and Design to help make this happen.

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DON’T REGRET YOUR PAINT COLOR CHANGE

06-1635_0002It’s all about that light…

Whereas at RPD we discuss with our customers the dynamics of how paint color and sheen reacts depending on lighting, sometimes the reality is a surprise.  Here’s a guide to how lighting will affect paint colors.

Realize these two points:

  1. Light absorbs objects: Black absorbs all colors; white absorbs none; blue absorbs red.
  2. Light sources: Natural light (sunlight) changes throughout the day and is affected by the room’s location. Artificial light changes with the type of bulb you use.

Sunlight Affects Colors

North-facing roomsLight in these rooms is cool and bluish. Bolder colors show up better than muted colors; lighter colors will look subdued.

South-facing roomsLots of high-in-the-sky light brings out the best in cool and warm colors. Dark colors will look brighter; lighter colors will virtually glow.

East-facing rooms: East light is warm and yellowy before noon, then turns bluer later in the day. These are great rooms for reds, oranges and yellows.

West-facing rooms: Evening light in these rooms is beautiful and warm, while scant morning light can produce shadows and make colors look dull.

Light Bulbs Affect Color

IncandescentsThe warm, yellow-amber light of these bulbs will make reds, oranges, and yellows more vivid, while muting blues and greens.

Fluorescents: This flat and cool light enriches blues and greens.

Halogens: These white lights resemble natural light and make all colors look more vivid. Using halogens would make the shift from daylight to artificial light less jarring.

Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) CFLs can produce either a warm white, neutral, or bluish-white light.

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs):  You can buy warmer or cooler LEDs, and even “smart” LED bulbs whose color you can control wirelessly.

Tips for Achieving the Color You Want

  1. Paint squares of primed drywall with samples of the colors you’re considering, and then move them around the room during the day.
  2. Get a color approximation by placing a bulb you’ll be using in a floor or desk lamp.
  3. Remember that natural and artificial light will work together during certain times of day, especially in summer when dusk lasts a long time. Turn on artificial lights even during daylight to see what your colors will look like.
  4. Paint sheen also affects color. Glossy finishes will reflect light and change the way the color looks, whereas flat finishes are less reflective and allow colors to look truer under bright light.
  5. Light-colored walls can reflect the colors of bold carpets or outdoor greenery: A bright blue rug, for instance, can cast a bluish tone on a white wall.

Resources: houselogic.com  and truevalue.com

 

WE’RE ON YOUR SIDE’N

Schuler EXT Bef-Aft-2Here I will highlight trends that are “hot now” (thoughts of Krispy Kreme dancing in my head).  Many of the cities’ older homes have siding that have seen better days. Older siding mixed with moisture deteriorates quickly.  This type of damaged siding looks like compressed cardboard.  Many customers are also replacing their rough cedar lap siding that appears dried-out and general looks dated.  Many, then, search for a new improved siding with low maintenance.

Over the last several years more customers have been asking for masonry siding (i.e. Hardie Board).  The accompanying photo shows one of the projects that highlights the difference in old verses new.  Hardie does come in a variety of colors, however, you can choose to paint Hardie: customizing the look of your home.  Our last customer came outside numerous times to watch the transformation.  Each time admiring the changes. She thoroughly loves the new look of her home.  The end results always count the most: customer satisfaction

EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARDS

GoogleBanner AngieList-Houzz-RPDTruck-CharleyWe have been honored again by our amazing customers who have chosen to share their positive experiences with their friends, neighbors, and the online community.  This year we received two recognitions through Angie’s List and Houzz, which we are pleased to share with you.

For the third year in a row we are proud to announce that we have earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List.“The service providers that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award demonstrate the level of excellence that members have come to expect,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros are top-notch and absolutely deserve recognition for the trustworthy and exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year and overall.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2017 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check, record a current trade license attestation and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

“We are honored again by our customers who chose to share their experiences with our company to the Angie’s List community.  There is nothing greater to us than doing a great job and being appreciated for it.  We continue to be motivated to provide quality services to all our customers.”

Renovate Paint and Design has been listed on Angie’s List for twelve years. This is the third year in a row that Renovate Paint and Design has received this honor.

Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For over two decades Angie’s List has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals. Angie’s List provides unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

A new platform for us in 2017 was Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design, where we won “Best Of Customer Service.”  We were chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

Upon being contacted by Houzz about this honor, Renovate Paint and Design had this to say: “What an honor to receive this award after only a year on Houzz!  We are proud of our customers that continue to give rave reviews about our services through online sources, such as Houzz, as well as to their neighbors and friends throughout the San Antonio and surrounding communities.  Everyday we strive to give all of them quality services that give them peace of mind in a job well done and pleased to show their friends and family how great their home looks!  It makes our day knowing when our customers are happy with our work.”

 “The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year’s recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise.”

Unique Rustic Porch

For 17 years I’ve had the pleasure of working with amazing customers while enjoying the satisfaction of improving their properties.  Every so often I have unique opportunities to work on stand-out projects.  This deck was one of those honors.

The homeowner wanted a rustic looking front porch. We replaced ceiling, floor, railing, and post. We then applied Cabot’s stain sealer. The lower railing is made out of mountain laurel limbs and most of the other wood is Cedar.

Rustic Deck 2016

Sit back and enjoy this rustic setting.

House Resuscitation

You know you may have waited too long to paint the exterior of your home when the paint on wood and stucco surfaces not only fades from sun exposure, but also becomes chalky  as paint fails with age.

During the preparation phase of this house, we found a lot of wood damage behind the gutters.  The carpenter and painters worked diligently on restoring the exterior; transforming it to looking like new again while updating the color.

Materials used on this home were Sherwin Williams Duration paint for the wood surfaces and Luxon High Build  paint for the stucco.  With the combination of these paints the homeowner should not have to worry about painting again for 10-12 years. (You can save money by  painting about every ten years rather than waiting till extensive wood damage occurs.)

5 Tips for Accent Wall Painting

We all look for that special something that can help our homes “pop” in a special way: taking it from drab to interesting.  Painting accent walls can help make this happen when it’s done right.  You can take an all-white living room or all that neutral beige to new heights.  However, making this happen isn’t quite as simple as slapping a coat of paint on one randomly chosen wall or ceiling.

1.  Find the ‘natural focal point’: Before you start make sure you’ve selected  the right statement-making accent wall. Figure out where the natural focal point in the room is  so you can make it more dramatic by painting the wall in a different color.

2.  Take accent wall inspiration from your room: from your inspiration piece, choose the color that stands out to you the most. Integrating how you’re painting your accent wall into the room’s color scheme will make it feel like one cohesive space, preventing the sometimes-jarring effect of accent walls.

3.  Select a muted tone when painting accent walls: You don’t want to go too bold when painting these walls. Nowadays muted tones are more desirable.

4.  Choose the right accent wall: Sometimes it’s a challenge picking a wall when there isn’t an obvious focus.  Some suggestions: In an oblong room, the best wall to accentuate is the farthest short (in width) wall.

Generally, the perfect accent wall should also have no windows or doors and be no more than one story tall

5.  Don’t get too matchy-matchy: Sure, you want your wall to work with your color scheme—but avoid matching too well

Need help in ideas and choosing walls/colors? Give RPD a call and we’ll assist you in the decision-making  process.

 

Showcasing the Bathroom

Bathroom updates are one of the most rewarding changes you can do in your home.  I especially enjoy when a customer says, “let’s gut the whole thing and start fresh.”  Of course, you can add a new beautiful look simply by changing out the countertops, mirror, and lighting.

One of the most requested items on the “To-Do-List” for a bathroom is a tub/shower conversion to a full shower with new tile (stone, ceramic, subway, etc.), adding a soap/shampoo niche, and new modern hardware. Seamless glass around adds to the elegance of the new shower.  My favorite is developing patterns with the tile to build the “show case” experience.

Recently, we adapted a master bath to accommodate wheelchair accessibility.  We added 36-inch pocket doors, increased the floor space in both the bathroom and toilet room, and created a walk-in/roll-in shower unit.  Needless to say, the homeowners were thrilled not only with the added open space but for the updated look to their bathroom.

Call us or email so we give you a free estimate for a bathroom remodel or any other project you have.

Shower AFTER – Shower widened and updated with new tiles and fixtures. Completely roll or walk-in ready.

Small Shower before and gutted to prepare for update

Tub – Entry AFTER – Wide entry and roomy area for a wheelchair to have plenty of access and room to move around.

Tub BEFORE – stuck in a cramped corner.

Vanity AFTER – Updated countertops, fixtures and freshly painted.

Vanity Before – Outdated and needing help. Here we see part of the vanity already removed.