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Home Improvement Projects Made Easy #2: Part 2 of 2

10-18-2010 04:38 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 0 comments »

In this post we continue our look at making your home improvements a breeze. 19. Refrain from running a time clock. This creates an atmosphere of distrust and may not be effective or a money-saver.20. Save money by doing minimal tasks on your own, such as clean up and painting.21. Review the sample materials, especially the paint chips and color swatches prior to the order.22. Select your colors and finishes before the painter arrives to keep the schedule moving.23. Have a “go-to-guy.” Pic...

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Women don’t want a ‘cave’ downstairs… they want a ‘subterranean sanctuary’!

10-08-2010 08:30 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 0 comments »

Yea, we’ve all heard about the ultimate ‘man cave’ finished basement. You know, the place where a man can drink beer and talk sports with his buddies on Sunday’s. But what about the ladies? They make up a large portion of homeowners and in most cases are the ones initiating remodeling projects in their homes. So, I wondered, what would their dream basement renovation consist of? I figured I’d go right to the source, so via LinkedIn I asked some Central PA women this very question. What did...

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8 Things to Consider Before Replacing Your Windows

09-27-2010 07:28 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 2 comments »

A window replacement project can reduce your home’s energy costs, improve indoor climate & comfort for your family, and enhance your home’s overall appearance. It can even qualify you for Tax Credits up to $1500! But window replacement projects should not be entered into lightly. The choices made must be lived with for several years, so make sure to consider all factors. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing your replacement windows. Appearance – Even minor changes i...

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Home Improvement Projects Made Easy #1: Part 1 of 2

08-23-2010 07:07 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 0 comments »

Everyone in Lancaster County, PA has heard the expression, “You get what you pay for?” This saying is never more relevant than when discussing your home remodeling project. Going by price alone increases the risk of a project failure… and higher costs down the road. With the proper planning and a knowledgeable contractor, you can be assured of a job well done at a reasonable cost. Remember that home improvement can be a fun experience for you and your family too. You should always choose the...

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A New Start #2: Utility Room (11-08-2010)

08-11-2010 03:26 PM by Tikka | 2 comments »

I have been assessing the work needed to be undertaken and trying to prioritize that work – one of the first things that I notice here was that there is a lot of rising damp in a new extension that was built (old stables), it turns out that there is no damp proofing installed in the walls or the floor. The original floor is tiles set upon sand ( as was done 200 years ago), and the sand was upon the clay beneath the house, did I mention that this is a very old property. This part of...

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A New Start #1: Introduction (11-08-2010

08-11-2010 02:52 PM by Tikka | 4 comments »

Those of you who know me from Lumberjocks, will now know that I have closed my workshop down in Finland and have moved to Belgium for a new start in life. For those of you who do not know me, you now know the story so far. or can read it here. I loaded up my trailer and van on the 4th August with as much tools and personal effects (minimum) to allow me to get started on this project, during the remainder of this year and probably well into next year, I will try to blog the progress of the...

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How to Start Your Home Improvement Project

07-30-2010 11:07 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 0 comments »

Another question we’re often asked during our Do-It-Yourself Tutoring Sessions stem from our Lancaster, PA clients watching a home improvement show and wondering to themselves; “Can I do that to my home?” or “How do I begin a project like that?” Starting any home improvement project can seem daunting but there are some simple steps you can take to get your project under way. First, decide why you’d like to remodel. There are several good reasons to renovate. Your home may no longer refl...

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5 Tips for a Successful Home Remodel

05-12-2010 09:24 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 0 comments »

Thanks to NAHB.org for the info! As summer approaches, many home owners grow eager to start remodeling projects to update and refresh their surroundings. Before getting started, it’s a good idea to hire a professional remodeler for a workable plan and better results. Here are five tips for planning a successful home remodel that you can enjoy for many years to come. 1. Compile a list of home remodeling ideas and draft a budget for the work. You likely have some projects in mind, ...

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Sizzling Summer Decks

03-29-2010 03:21 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 0 comments »

Planning on installing a new deck or sprucing-up an existing one this season? If so, you’re not alone. Decks are still among the most popular home improvements. So, what’s hot in decks this summer? Here are some of the top deck trends for summer 2010: Railings – Once merely a functional safety element, railings are now doing double duty as design statements. Railings are often the first thing one notices about a deck, so manufacturers are offering more aesthetically pleasing, architectu...

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My first refurb blog

03-01-2010 03:42 AM by Jimi_C | 2 comments »

Been busy working on home improvement stuff, and haven’t had a chance to do any wood working (it’s also still been pretty cold here), so I thought I’d share some of the work I’ve been doing. First up was our bathroom, which needed a new shower fixture. The old one was extremely old, and I couldn’t find replacement parts to fix a valve stem issue, so I decided to upgrade. The first problem I ran into was the fact that the wall was way thicker than I thought, ...

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