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.

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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.

 

4 Bathroom Updates to Increase Your Home Value

Bathroom Bef-Aft Brown

One of the best ways to bring value and beauty to your home is to update your bathroom.  According to the website “Remodeling”, their 2013 Cost Vs Value Report, within the San Antonio area, a bathroom remodel has a 82.5% cost recuperation average.  Master Bathrooms can run anywhere from $7,000 to $15,000 depending on the size and what is desired.  However, a Hall Bathroom typically costs $4,000 to $6,000 to update. 

Renovate Paint and Design’s suggestions are the following:

  • Starting with electrical, do away with all light boxes or Hollywood light systems above the mirror.   Instead, install lighting that looks elegant with a brushed nickel or antique bronze finish.  You can even put in can lights to create a better visual affect. 
  • The next item that is a must is in updating the shower.  New tile on the floor and inside the shower along with a seamless shower stall with definitely add to the beauty of your bathroom. 
  • New counter tops and possibly new cabinets will almost finish the overall transformation. 
  • Finally, do away with all wallpaper and add the finishing touch and warmth of paint to the walls. 

It is amazing how much comfort and joy you can bring into your home when you redesign this space.  It will feel like you have created your own personal spa.

5 Summer-time in Texas Reminders

 

Some of these suggestions have been based on personal unfortunate experiences others from reminders from professionals and what we’ve seen at homes around the San Antonio area:

air-filter_IYR3W_691)      Change out the A/C filter at least every two months so that units are not stressed and will last longer.

 

acdrainline2)      Put bleach down the A/C overflow lines in the attic to prevent clogging and water damage.  (If you’re not doing this you may be calling us for ceiling and other water damage repairs.)

 

soakerhose3)      Keep soil around foundations moist with a soaker hose to help prevent movement and cracks.

 

 

waterpenetrate4)      If you water longer and deeper once a week your grass will fare better.  But remember to keep track of watering guidelines through your local water company.  Make sure you know the day(s) and timeframe that you’re allowed to water.

 

 

bugathome5)      Fire ants and other bugs will be more tempted to enter your home during a dry time.  Monitor the exterior of your home especially around brick weep holes.  A long-lasting spray will be necessary at points of entry to your home to minimize an insect invasion.

Your Chimney may be Rotting

Chimneys

Get the Binoculars and Check It Out

“Out of sight out of mind” is a true statement for areas of the exterior of your home that are seldom seen or noticed.  Once a year I suggest that you visibly walk around with a pair of binoculars or telephoto lens and examine the upper levels of your home; especially where the wood touches the roof.

If you drive down the block you may notice about 20% of all homes have some type of damage to their chimneys.  On 70% of homes we paint, the carpenter first has to replace rotten wood trim or siding on chimneys.  The chimney is one of the most exposed surfaces on your home.  Wind damage, driving rain, occasional lightening, squirrels, raccoons, and sun cause substantial damage.

You might say, “Charles, we have no problem; my home is not that old or it has been painted in the last couple of years.”  Believe me when I say, do a visual check once a year of your home’s exterior.  You will save yourself a lot of money by being aware and catching the maintenance items on your home before they become major problems.

Remember this: wood rot usually begins with water penetrating cracks which affects the interior of the wood surfaces.  Look and see if the painted surface looks like it may be waffling or collapsing on itself.  This is a sure sign of internal wood rot.  You usually cannot see this from the ground without binoculars.

Don’t worry about getting up on a ladder to do your repairs, contact us, we do it all the time in and around San Antonio, TX: Renovate Paint and Design, 210-403-3232, info@renovatepaint.com.

Freshening the Air You Breathe

air-filter_IYR3W_69As the weather is warming up your air conditioner will be working harder. Do you know how often you should change your air filters?

How often to change your air filters can depend on several factors:

*  the type of air filter you are using
*  the overall air quality of your home
*  pets, pets, pets..
*  occupancy of the home, and
*  the level of air pollution and construction around the home

For your standard 1″-3″ air filters, the manufacturers basically tell you to change them every 30-60 days, which is actually a great rule of thumb. But general rules aren’t always for everybody. If you suffer from light to moderate allergies, you could upgrade the air filter or change them even more often. Or, if you’re in a more remote area, less occupied home (like a vacation home) and there are fewer cars around, annually may be quite sufficient. Why do pets matter so much? They have a tendency to shed, which can clog your air filter quick and with great success. Of course the air filter is just doing its job by capturing pet hair and dander, but extremely dirty filters can cause extremely weak HVAC performance.  Here’s the points summarized:

  • Vacation home or single occupant w/o pets or allergies: 6-12 months
  • “Average” suburban home w/o pets: every 90 days
  • Add a dog or cat: every 60 days
  • Add more than one pet or have allergies: 30-45 days

Don’t forget to remind yourself to change the filters!  You can easily mark the date on your calendar or set a reminder on your phone calendar to ensure that this is not forgotten.  There are also air conditioning / heating companies in the local area that can send you an email reminder.

It is also important to have your system serviced by a licensed AC contractor at the beginning of each cooling and heating season.  It is a good idea to install an inline HEPA filter.  These filters remove 99.9% of air borne particles.  This means that they remove not just dust but also pollen,  VOCs and other harmful pollutants that exist in all homes.  Also, HEPA filters typically only need to be cleaned twice a year and should be a part of your regular service agreement.  A little bit of home maintenance will help you stay cool all summer long.