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Kitchen Cabinets-So Many Choices! What is the Difference??

Kitchen Cabinets – So Many Choices! What is the Difference??

The right kitchen cabinets can make your kitchen a room you love, and the wrong kitchen cabinets can make your kitchen the most hated room in your home.  They can be a conversation piece for showcasing your unique style, or they can be a huge mess that stick out like a sore thumb.  If you love to cook and the kitchen is the heart of your home, the functionality of your cabinets helps maintain your organization when creating meals for friends and family.

If you are looking to replace your cabinets or add new cabinets, there are tons of different options to choose from.  How do you narrow down the selection or even know where to start?

Here is some information with links to get you started:

Types of Cabinets –

There are three main types of cabinets:

  1. In-Stock Cabinets – these are cabinets that you can find in any home improvement store.  They are pre-made from standard sizes, colors, and styles.  As long as the size fits your measurements, make your selection from the available cabinets and you can have the cabinets in hours or days depending on stock and delivery options.  Since they are pre-made from stock templates and styles, there are usually very few options regarding design and construction materials.  In-stock cabinets are typically more basic and only available for certain measurements.  This means if you need an odd size, it may not be offered and cabinets will need to be modified (this could change the functionality and look of the cabinet).  In-Stock cabinets are usually the best option for tight budgets and tight timelines.   https://www.homedepot.com/c/kitchen_cabinet_collection_by_colors
  2. Semi-Custom Cabinets – these are stock cabinets that do allow some customizing options with regard to style and measurements.  Because of the customizing options, they are usually more expensive that standard in-stock cabinets.  Depending on the customization involved, there are usually longer lead times for delivery and a flexible installation schedule is recommended.
  3. Custom Cabinets – these are usually the most expensive cabinets.  With unlimited style options, material options, and any size you need, the only restriction is your budget.  To get started, a meeting is usually set with a designer, cabinet maker and contractor.  During this meeting, measurements are taken and the design is discussed.  All parties involved decide on style and material choices.  Preliminary drawings are provided and many revisions can be drawn before final approval.  Once the cabinet maker will begin building the cabinets.  These cabinets usually have the longest lead time since they are completely custom and many times require ordering custom materials (which also can have long delivery times).  It is best to have a very loose installation schedule for custom cabinets.

Make sure to check out our projects page for some our custom cabinet designs:  https://hcgcontractor.com/projects/ 

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If you have any questions about kitchen cabinets or need an estimate explaining the different options for your kitchen, contact us by phone, email or on our website: Contact Us

 

 

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What is a Central Vacuum?

what is a central vacuum?

Most people are familiar with the standard vacuum that is standing in a closet, but how many people are familiar with the built-in central vacuum system that has been in homes since the 19th century?

Central vacuums are a great addition for homes with stairs and larger homes.  Instead of having to carry a vacuum up stairs and across large areas, a central vacuum collection canister is installed in a garage or laundry room.  Depending on the type of unit, the collection canister may need to be installed against an exterior wall in order to install an exterior vent for dirt and dust, similar to an exhaust fan or clothes dryer.  After selecting where they will be placed and in which rooms, hose outlets are installed and pipes are run from the outlets to the collection canister.  Homeowners can choose to have the vacuum hoses attached to the outlets and hidden, or detached to be used when needed.

When deciding on which central vacuum to purchase, there are other costs that homeowners need to consider:

  • drywall and painting repair costs after installing the collection canister
  • if choosing a central vacuum that needs to be vented, material and repair costs depending on where vented
  • drywall, trim, molding, and painting repair costs after installing outlets
  • piping costs to connect outlets to collection canister
  • cabinet options and costs to hide permanently attached hoses
  • additional electrical wiring that may be needed

If you are interested in more information on different brands of central vacuums, here is a review of several:

Top 7 Best Central Vacuums

Unlike a standard vacuum, you cannot put the vacuum in your car and take it to a vacuum repair store when there is a problem.  A home visit will be needed by a contractor with central vacuum experience to diagnose the problem.  Some issues that may arise that could require a contractor and replacement items:

  • replacement of vacuum bag
  • muffler installation for a loud vacuum
  • vacuum motor replacement
  • replacement hoses
  • reduced vacuum suction
  • vacuum not functioning properly or not at all
  • clogged pipes

If you have any questions about new central vacuum selection, installation estimates, or issues with your existing central vacuum system, contact us by phone, email or on our website: Contact Us

 

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Your Roof: To Repair or Replace

How can you tell if your roof can be repaired, or if it needs to be replaced?
  • Shingles – if your shingles do not bend and crumble, they may need to be replaced
  • Surface under the shingles – if you can see the shingle underlayment, it may be time for a new roof
  • Roof ridge – if the ridge or your roof straight, or does it have waves?  It there are any sunken spots in the ridge of your roof, it may be time to call a professional for an estimate.
  • Layers of shingles – if you have multiple layers of shingles and still have a leak, this may be a sign of previous repairs.  This could mean that your roof needs to be replaced

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Exterior Home Checklist

As the seasons change, so does the climate and temperatures.  These changes can cause major issues for already existing problems with the exterior of your home.  What can you do to protect and repair your home exterior issues?  Use the changing seasons as a reminder to complete your quarterly exterior home checklist:

  • entrance areas – check all railings and hand rails to make sure they are secure and sturdy.  check all stairs, steps, and walkways to make there are no loose boards, bricks, or stones
  • windows and doors – check to make sure seals, caulking, and weatherstripping are in good shape.  Check for holes or gaps
  • foundation – clear away any leaves or debris, check for cracks
  • exterior – check sides of home for cracks or damage, check any shaded areas for home for mold or growing vegetation
  • gutters – clean out gutters and downspouts, make sure gutters and downspouts are not broken or dented and working properly
  • roof areas – check vents for animal and insect nests, make sure ridge cap and shingles are not loose or missing, check for damaged shingles
  • chimney areas – make sure chimney is cleaned out and free of nests, check for cracks and loose bricks, check flashing and cap stones

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Care for a Damp Basement

How do you care for a damp basement?

Moisture can cause many problems in a damp basement:

  • wood rot
  • mildew
  • peeling paint
  • rust

What are some possible ways to control the moisture or dampness in your basement?

  • check any windows in your basement to make sure they are properly sealed
  • install an exhaust fan
  • check to see where your dryer is vented
  • make sure your cold water pipes are wrapped with insulation or pipe sleeves
  • check for clogged drains
  • make sure gutters are clear
  • install a dehumidifier
  • use a waterproofing paint or masonry sealer on walls
  • cover any exposed areas with a vapor barrier and concrete
  • if you have had previous issues with flooding, install a drain or sump pump
  • install a french drain to the exterior of your home to divert water

if you have tried any of the above methods and still have a moisture or dampness issue, contact HCG Contractor 1-800-Painting.  We can find the problem and give you several options for repairs.

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How to Clean Wall Coverings and Wallpaper

How to Clean Wall Coverings and Wallpaper?

Do you love your existing wall coverings or wallpaper, but do not like the dirty or dingy appearance?  If the colors are not as vibrant as they once were, you can try cleaning certain types of wall coverings and wallpaper.  If you are to the point of wanting to replace your wall covering or wallpaper, why not give it a try?

Here is a list of a few types of wall coverings and wallpapers and how to clean them:

  • fabric wall coverings, including grass cloth – clean using a vacuum cleaner, either by using vacuum attachments or a small handheld vacuum
  • delicate fabrics, including silk and hand painted – contact the wall covering manufacturer for cleaning instructions
  • nonwashable wallpaper – try an art gum eraser or dough-type wallpaper cleaner
  • washable wallpaper – mix 1/4 cup liquid dishwashing detergent and 1 cup of warm water until a foam, use a sponge to apply the dry suds to the wallpaper

What about fresh stains on your wallpaper?

Here are a few types of stains and things you can try:

  • grease spots on wallpaper – blot with a clean paper towel, hold a clean piece of absorbent paper to the spot and press with a warm iron, replace the paper once it becomes greasy.  If that does not work, you can purchase a wallpaper stain remover
  • crayon on wallpaper – use a sponge to apply a dry cleaning solvent.  If this does not remove the color, try mixing 1 teaspoon of bleach to 1 cup of water and apply to the crayon color.
  • crayon on vinyl wall covering – try silver polish or dishwashing detergent, applied with a clean cloth
  • ink on washable wallpaper – using a cloth or cotton swab damp with chlorine bleach, lightly dab the spot.  Rinse with a cloth or sponge that has been dipped in clean water

As with all of these tips, it is best to first test any method for cleaning on a scrap of wall covering or wallpaper.  People always ask why we recommend ordering a few extra rolls of wall covering or wallpaper from the same lot.  The reason is to have extra to test for cleaning, or extra for repairs.

if you have tried any of the above methods and are still not happy with your wall covering or wallpaper, contact HCG Contractor 1-800-Painting.  We may be able to repair the area if you have extra rolls, or help you with wall covering and wallpaper replacement.

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist:

As the seasons start to change, you need to prepare your home for the changes in the temperatures and elements.  For the exterior of your home, here are a few things to check:

  • If you have antennas or satellite dish equipment on the roof or exterior of your home, check to make sure they are securely attached to the surface.  Check any mounting straps, screws, or bolts.
  • If you have a chimney, check for cracks or loose bricks and mortar.  Inspect the surrounding flashing to make sure it is secure.
  • Since fall is the time for falling leaves, make sure your gutters and downspouts are clean and secure.
  • Check any trees that are close to your house.  Make sure they are healthy and trim any limbs that could fall on your home.
  • Check all windows and doors to make sure all weatherstripping and seals are in place.  Replace any wood trim or molding that is weathered or rotten.
  • Remove any leaves and brush from the exterior foundation of your home.  Keep the foundation areas clean to help prevent standing water and keep rotting debris away from your home that may attract bugs.
  • Turn off and drain any outside faucets.
  • Close any exterior foundation vents

For the interior of your home, here are a few things to check:

  • Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and change the batteries
  • Check the interior sides of all doors and windows to make sure all seals are intact.
  • Test your heat to make sure it works properly.
  • Inspect and clean out the interior of your fireplace.

If you have any questions or need help with your fall home maintenance checklist, give us a call!  HCG Contractor 1-800-PAINTING is happy to perform a free fall home maintenance inspection to make sure your home is ready for the fall temperatures and elements!

Here is a link to some of the services we offer:

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Color Characteristics

What are color characteristics?

How you choose the right color for your room or wall?  Here are a few helpful tips!

How does light affect color?

Different types of light can cause color tones to look vastly different than in the can or on a color swatch.

  • Fluorescent light amplifies cool colors and weakens warm colors.  Blue will tend to look more vibrant and yellow will tend to look dull.  An incandescent light will tend to amplify warm colors and dull cool colors.
  • Reflected light takes on the characteristic of whatever it is reflected from.  A cool reflected color will look different than a warm reflected color.
  • Regular light when low, will make a color look dark and reduce the color’s intensity.  When regular light is high, it will increase the color’s intensity.  If there is too much regular light, it can cause colors to look washed out.
how to alter a room with color

How can you use color to make a room look smaller or larger?

  • Warm colors tend to make a room feel smaller, and can be used to make a large cold room feel warm and intimate.  Some examples of warm colors are: yellow, red, and orange.
  • Cool colors tend to make a room feel larger.  Some examples of cool colors are: blue, green, and violet.
  •  Color intensity also can affect the size of a room.  Intense colors tend to make a room small.  Less intense colors tend to make a room seem larger.  Darker, more intense colors absorb light and make a room seem small.  Lighter, less intense colors reflect light and make a room seem larger and more open.

Need help choosing the right colors for your home?  Send us an email or give us a call!  Contact Us!

 

 

 

 

Home Maintenance Upgrades for Seniors

Home maintenance upgrades for seniors is a home maintenance issue that is easy to fix if you know what is needed.

If you are thinking about how to prepare your home for when you get older of if you are preparing to take care of a senior family member, there are many simple projects you can do to make your home safer for older folks.  Here is a great article from the Family Handyman with some helpful tips:

https://www.familyhandyman.com/smart-homeowner/home-safety-tips/make-a-home-safe-for-older-folks/view-all/