Have you ever went to your local home improvement store for a counter top and just didn't like what they had in stock? Then the sales person wants you to special order something, but come to find out it's four times as much as the off the shelf stuff. Well, if you're not installing granite or some other natural stone or exotic product, why not fabricate your own. As most of you know, I'm renovating a house from 1890 (though there isn't anything from that time period that I have found) and I have put in new kitchen cabinets and flooring. All of the "stock" counter tops that I found had back splashes on them and to special order was about four times as much. So, I decided to fab my own. Nothing extravagant right now, just particleboard with a laminate covering. I'll add the back splash later (I'm going to use some of the split stone granite all the way across), the thing is it will be custom and the way I want it to look without having to spend hundreds and have to wait weeks on the factory. It's also good experience and a useful skill. Joining the pieces may prove a challenge (over 11 feet of base cabinets on one side), but I'm sure I have it figured out. I get pics up soon.
Installing drywall can be a challenge, the bad part is you're only half done when the drywall is hung. Mudding and taping are next. I find it easier and faster, in most cases, to use the self adhesive grid tape on the flat joints and either corner beads or paper tape in the corners. Using the grid tape allows you to get the "glue" step and first coat all in one. If your joints are tight and even, you may only need two coats instead of three. After that all you need to do is sand, prime, and paint. Property Serv LLC can handle these and other remodel projects for you and estimates are Free! Give us a call to set up an appointment today. Have a happy project.
Well the new year is here, a time to start anew. If you are dealing with the same old problems, like drafts or cold spots or high heating bills, it's not to late to add some insulation or other weatherization products to remedy those issues. We haven't seen the coldest part of the season yet and the price of utilites doesn't seem to drop until May. So if you're concerned about the environment or your wallet, give us a call for a Free estimate and recommendations. A warmer, well insulated house definately saves the homeowner money, but also reduces the amount of fuel burned by the utility companies and is therefor better for the environment. Also, protect those pipes! Heat tape or pipe wrap is a good investment and a cheap alternative to replacing busted pipes. Feburary, which isn't that far off, is notorious for extreme cold and frozen/busted pipes. Set up an appointment today!
Remember if you are going to add insulation to your walls and your house was built prior to 1978, consult with a Certified Lead Renovator.
Craig Jones, owner of Property Serv LLC. My goal is to better educate the homeowner and to make Richmond a better place to live.