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.)

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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.

RPD EARNS ESTEEMED 2015 ANGIE’S LIST SUPER SERVICE AWARD

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Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Renovate Paint and Design has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015.

Carol Loveless, Owner of Renovate Paint and Design, credits the company’s excellent reputation of consistently delivering quality services to the high standards which their Manager of Sales and Design, Charles Loveless, establishes with every job.  “Our customers know that they can trust Charles’ integrity and our crews’ performance including the expectations we have for all our services: to personalize our services and treat every customer’s home as if it were our own,” says Ms. Loveless.  They are so proud of their customers taking time to let others know about their positive experience with RPD.  “We know that it’s our customers that we have to thank for our business still being in operation since 2000.  We never take it for granite when offering our services,” states Charles Loveless.

​ “Only about 5 percent of the Painting and Remodeling companies in San Antonio, TX have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. 

Here’s a video showcasing our commitment to quality and professionalism in all we do:

4 Factors that Shout: Your House Needs to be Painted!

It’s inevitable, exterior painted surfaces will either have to be repaired and/or repainted, depending on the age, construction, and frequency of homeowner maintenance.  Typically, new construction homes need to be painted sooner than one might think.  6-7 years is the usual rule due to poor materials used during the construction phase.  However, most individuals appear to wait too long between paint cycles creating opportunities for wood rot and water damage.

A good way to inspect your home is to examine it with a pair of binoculars or telephoto lens. Here are some tips on what to look for when determining whether your home needs painting/repairs:

  1. Signs of fading and discoloration of the painted surfaces.
  2. Wood damage determined by rippling effect on exterior surfaces or actual damage.  The wood becomes spongy.
  3. Opening of caulk lines at joints and trim work.
  4. For stucco surfaces be aware of hairline or larger cracks.  This allows water in and makes stucco surface look splotchy, especially noticeable after it rains.

Remember the longer you wait and allow damage to set in the more expensive it will be to repair it.  It’s better to have the painting done as soon as you notice the first signs of fading and discoloration, that way you avoid expensive repairs.

We put together a video showcasing repairs we made to a house that waited too long and required extensive wood replacements.  In the end, we made it look beautiful as well as optimally protected with expertly applied quality products.

Your Chimney may be Rotting

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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.

Realizing the Olympic Home of Your Dreams

Like millions around the world, we have been enjoying the summer 2012 Olympics in London and watching the amazing endurance and fortitude of all those that are competing.  It has brought to mind the Olympic motto of “Citius, Altius, Fortius” or Latin for “Faster, Higher, Stronger.”

At RPD, we think there is a strong correlation between that motto and what every homeowner wants: a home that can endure and stand steadFAST against time / elements, having HIGH marks for décor, and a STRONG appearance / structure that has the HIGHest quality of materials and fixtures.  We all want an Olympic home and we’d like to share some ideas with you on how to make that happen.   If you need a coach to help get your home in Olympic shape, give us (RPD) a call and we’ll put it on the right track.  210-403-3232

Update Your Painting

The Olympic Home has only the best most durable painting products applied for endurance and color-fastness.  One of the most “green” and cost-efficient ways to paint your home is not have to paint as often, so using superb products encourages this.  Using the higher-end paint products to get maximum thickness and protection is what we recommend (RPD Painting Suggestions).  Consider these paint resources:

There are some trends we have noticed homeowners leaning towards.  This information is especially important for those that are considering the sale-ability of their home.

  • Wall paper is out and painting is in.  Wall paper is “dating” a house in the real estate world.  It is a more “Americana” look than most homeowners currently want.  Most customers complain about wallpaper in the bathroom due to the seams opening up due to the high moisture.
  • Cabinet  is out and painting cabinets is in.  Milk-staining and darker stained cabinets have lost their appeal with homeowners.  Many have opted to paint their cabinets, bringing color and brightness into kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Crown molding is never out of style.  Installing crown molding—in areas such as family rooms, dining rooms, master bed and bath—adds a touch of class and elegance to a room.
  • Two avenues of thoughts when choosing wall colors.  About 80% of our customers want to move away from “builders white” to warmer, earthen tones.  The other 20% are choosing a crisper and brighter look with shades of gray, whites and sage-tones.

Countertops

Out with the old Formica and simulated marble and in with Corian (DuPont brand), Silestone and granite countertops (when choosing granite countertops there are several well-known granite/stone yards in San Antonio;  RPD would  be happy to set up a tour of a local yard). Customers prefer the custom-look of a well-designed kitchen or bath: The Parade of Homes feeling.  In addition, these styles of countertops are more durable and come in multiple colors and styles.  RPD Kitchen Suggestions

Bathrooms

Bathrooms are one of the first rooms in a home that most people consider updating.  Changing out fixtures, tile, increasing the size of shower, and removing tubs, are all considerations.  It is one of the few rooms that when receiving a total makeover creates a dynamic appeal while greatly increasing the value of a home.

Tile colors trend towards earthen tones and true stone that provides texture to flooring, shower walls and elegant .  RPD Bathroom Suggestions

Flooring

Slick ceramic tile is out (linoleum has been passé for many years).  Simulated stone or real stone is the preferred product in bathrooms and kitchens.  There’s a full range of colors and styles to accommodate any style theme in a home, such as southwest, Mediterranean, and the modern Art-Deco.

One of the most popular choices of homeowners is changing-out carpet for wood floors, especially in high traffic rooms: living room, study, dining room.  Be wary of putting wood flooring in areas where there is potential water leaks (i.e.: bathrooms and kitchen).  Wood flooring adds an overall richness and appeal to any home.  Wood floor choices range from moderately priced engineered wood and more refined “glued-down” real-wood floor.

Windows

Windows add more value to a home than any other exterior surface.  They enhance the exterior look but also are energy savers and noise reducers.  The overall cost depends on the style preferred by the customer as well as the style of the home.  For example, the tilt-window is conveniently cleaned which adds a convenience factor for the homeowner.  RPD Window Ideas

Trendiness

When updating the colors or areas of your home, be sure your selections are choices you can live with for a long time.  Unless you have money to burn, you want the investments your making in your home to be ones that will not need replacement or changes for several years.

Art deco, modern, southwest, traditional American, old-world, eclectic, Mediterranean-style, etc., all of these can look great in any home, but be sure your décor and furnishings match the changes you want to make.  Web-searches and home-style magazines are great resources for creating the perfect style you’re looking for to suit you.  At Renovate Paint and Design we believe in personalizing our services to meet your unique style and interests.