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Home Remodeling: Unique Front Doors and Mailboxes

Written by Guest Blogger
June 16th, 2014
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Beautiful wood and glass front door, balanced with light fixtures on either side of it, and a distinctive house number. Notice how the brick arch about the door provides that extra appeal. Photo by Briget Murphy.

When you think about home remodeling, keep in mind that first impressions are very important. Take a look at your front door and mail box to see if they set the right tone for your home. Your entry is the first part of your home that your family and guests see, so you want it to reflect your style and taste. Front doors and front home entrances are also a “teaser” for what is to be viewed inside your home. You do not have to completely remodel the front of your home to change its look. Small renovations can quickly transform your home from blah to wow.

Consider changing your front door. This is the entryway into your personal space, so you want it to be attractive and welcoming. Consider different options for a new front door – perhaps glass-paned, antique-looking or distressed wood, ultra-modern steel – or a combination of materials. A decorative grille on your door adds a special touch. Have your door painted or stained in a complimentary color, or a contrasting color such as deep blue or colonial red. von Gillern can also add brickwork, stonework, wood framing or decorative stucco work around the door frame for added “oomph”. Choices for unique hardware, such as door knobs, hinges, and knockers, are practically limitless. Keep in mind that people unconsciously find symmetry comforting and aesthetically pleasing. Create a balance around your front door with columns, trellises, potted plants and light fixtures.

 

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Photo by Erika Smith.

Next, examine your mailbox and see if it accurately reflects the feel of your home. Gone are the days when mailboxes were simple metal contraptions that were functional, but not too pleasing to the eye. Your mailbox is part of the first impression people receive about your home…and therefore also about you. Have a mailbox installed that compliments your home. With so many choices to choose from, you will be able to find just the right match. If your post box is near the street, consider having a unique brick, concrete or stone custom mailbox built for you, to your specifications. Not only will it function as a depository for your mail, it can be a work of art.

House numbers are often overlooked when homeowners want to remodel the front of their homes. Typically, house numbers are found on the mailbox and on the front porch. Beautiful tiles with numbers can be placed curbside, embedded in your walk, or next to your door. For a distinctive touch, have your house number imprinted into the concrete around your door frame, or have a planter constructed near the end of your driveway with the numbers prominently displayed on it. Remember, your house number doesn’t have to contain just digits: For example, an elegant “eleven4nine” could be used instead of just numerals.

When you are ready to start exterior or interior updates, bathroom and kitchen remodeling, or home additions, contact the Dallas area, award-winning von Gillern Construction. They have years of experience in the Dallas area, including Plano, White Rock Lake, Preston Hollow, Addison, Lakewood and Park Cities. For more information about our quality home improvement projects and services, visit the von Gillern website, or call Jack at 972.818.0411 today. Scroll down to see photos of a wide variety of front door ideas! Also, if you have a pet, print out the notice to the fire department below.

 

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Photo by Ken Doerr.

 

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Photo by Briget Murphy.

 

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Photo by Don Graham.

 

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Photo by Gideon Strauss.

 

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Photo by Chris Beckett.

 

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Print this and tape to the glass in your front door, or a front window. By Rossie.

 

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Photo by eric wittman.

 

Photo by Briget Murphy.

Photo by Briget Murphy.

 

Photo by Briget Murphy.

Photo by Briget Murphy.

 

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Photo by Briget Murphy.

Home Remodeling with Pergolas and Arbors

Written by Guest Blogger
March 24th, 2014
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This pergola by von Gillern Construction provides a cool and inviting space to relax.

Who doesn’t love relaxing in the shade, surrounded by greenery and flowers? Arbors and pergolas are wonderful additions to any home, creating a beautiful and welcoming area in your yard or patio. An arbor creates a tunnel-like passage that is covered with climbing plants. Pergolas have supporting corner posts and roof usually made of slats or latticework. Like arbors, pergolas are designed to support climbing plants such as grapes, wisteria and clematis.

These garden or patio accents add an extra touch of beauty to your backyard. In addition to the heady scent of flowers in bloom, arbors and pergolas have practical uses. They give your yard extra character and a touch of elegance. They can be used to divide up space or create a private enclosed area. In the Dallas area, because our weather allows us to dine outside many months of the year, a pergola is the perfect place for an outdoor kitchen, barbeque or dining area. A pergola with a shelving unit or shelves added to a trellised wall makes the ideal space for cooking outdoors. Shelves can also be used to gardening tools to create a small outside nursery for plants. Arbors can be used to create covered walkways to the pool, outdoor dining area or even a secluded corner of the yard.

Imagine your own yard with an arbor covered with greenery or a pergola with vines or flowers in bloom. You can create your own personalized space, protected from sun and rain, to entertain friends, relax on your own or have a family gathering.

If you are ready to add a room addition, have you kitchen or bathroom remodeled, or have an arbor or pergola built, visit the von Gillern Construction website or give them a call at 972-818-0411. Award-winning von Gillern Construction has served the Dallas metroplex, including Plano, Frisco, White Rock Lake, Addison, Park Cities, Lakewood and Preston Hollow, for many years. We are committed to providing the very best craftsmanship for your home improvement, expansion project, and other home remodeling needs.

Top 10 Steps to Prepare for a Remodel

Written by Jack vonGillern
May 7th, 2013

Top 10 Steps to Prepare for a Remodel

NARI offers tips in honor of National Home Improvement Month  

In honor of National Home Improvement Month this May, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) advises homeowners of the 10 most important steps to take before the remodeling project starts.

“The planning and researching phases of a project are the most critical steps in the remodeling process,” says NARI National President Art Donnelly, MCR, CKBR, Legacy Builders & Remodelers Corp., based in Mount Sinai, N.Y. “The more knowledgeable and prepared a homeowner is, the more they protect themselves.”

What can a homeowner do to prepare for a remodel? NARI provides a top 10 list of steps homeowners should take before breaking ground on their next remodel.

  1. Research your project. Taking time to research projects on the Internet and NARI.org will provide a good sense of what is involved such as price, scope of work, return on investment and new product/material options. Also, research property values in your neighborhood to make sure your project is in line with other homes in the area.
  2. Plan project around the long-term. How long do you plan to stay in your home? How might your family structure change over time? Life can change quickly—these questions should be answered early on to ensure your project will fit your lifestyle long after it’s complete.
  3. Set your budget. Deciding on a realistic budget and arranging finances to support your project are essential. This number needs to include everything—the project, products, contingencies, etc. Don’t be afraid to share this with your remodeler; professionals are respectful of a client’s budget and will create a plan around it, not over it.
  4. Use advanced search for professionals. The online world makes it easy to gather information about strangers. Ask friends, family and neighbors for referrals and then spend time researching that person online. Professional remodelers take their reputation seriously and hold credentials beyond licensing, such as certifications, memberships in trade associations and additional training. Look for examples of press coverage or involvement in industry presentations or events. Check online reviews and social media to see how they interact with past clients and peers.
  5. Ask the right questions. Time and cost are important, but getting the right information requires the right questions. Ask your professional remodeler about his educational background, training, specialties or past issues with clients. Ask about how the remodeling process will work.
  6. Verify your remodeler. Don’t take their word for it. Check the information given to you such as references, license numbers, insurance information and certifications by calling providers to verify. Request a visit to an active client’s jobsite. Make it known that you are checking on him—a true professional considers that as a positive sign to working with a homeowner.
  7. Review contracts word-by-word. A remodeling contract protects you and your remodeler. Homeowners should review this carefully. Professional remodelers have done this before, and know what should go in a contract. Homeowners are not as familiar with remodeling and should ask about terms if they don’t understand. Pay attention to details about change orders, payment, additional fees, timeline and responsibilities. If it’s not in the contract, it doesn’t exist.
  8. Keep design in mind. Your design guides the entire project. Think about what you dislike about your current space and the intended use of the new space. Use Websites such as Pinterest.com and Houzz.com to gather design ideas. Make sure you can articulate specifically what you like about that design when talking to your designer. Professionals don’t recreate a photo—they incorporate accessibility, functionality, ease of modification, style and value into your design.
  9. Make your selections. Deciding on products and materials is a larger process than most imagine. With so many options to choose from, product selections are one of the primary reasons for project timelines to get extended. Base decisions on quality, function, price, style and availability. Include selections in the contract to lock down pricing and keep your budget intact.
  10. Create a communication plan. A common downfall in remodeling is lack of communication between homeowners and remodelers. Your remodeler should lay out a communication plan at the beginning of the project. If not, ask them to do so. This plan should clarify roles of everyone involved, communication methods, availability, and frequency of communication that is expected.

The first step to hiring a professional is through NARI, whose members are vetted and approved by industry peers to ensure they live up to the professional standards that NARI sets. “NARI members are proud of their affiliation and commitment to professionalism, and it’s a reputation they work hard to protect,” Donnelly says.

Consumers may visit www.NARI.org to find a qualified professional who is a member of NARI. This blog submission was supplied by National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI).