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Imagine this stucco home without shutters, landscaping and a small porch with an iron railing. A few changes make a huge difference! Photo by bobcapra.

First impressions are important, so it is important that your home’s front exterior entrance is a reflection of you and your style, and is also aesthetically pleasing. There are many ways that you can dress up the front entrance to your Dallas area home easily and without costing a fortune. Whether you want to revamp your entrance for your own enjoyment, or are wanting to dress up your home exterior to sell, home remodeler Jack von Gillern of von Gillern Construction has some great tips.

If the outside of your house is painted, think about having it redone in another color. Using slightly different shades of the same color can really bring out the architectural beauty of your home. The subtleness of the different tones will highlight different parts of your exterior, making it more welcoming.

Changing the windows can be as simple as changing the trim around the windows to add a touch of ‘oomph’ to your exterior. Window shutters can immediately change the look of your home. Painted a contrasting color from the exterior, shutters can be both useful and decorative.

Adding a porch, deck, covered entry or breezeway will give your home a warm, cozy feeling. You may want a small porch at the front entry or opt for a covered porch that runs along the entire front of the house. Faux columns or iron and wood railings on the entry area will quickly change the feeling of your home. Put in a porch swing and an outdoor table and chairs and you have a wonderful space to relax. Sconces flanking the front door are not only a good security measure, but add an extra touch to the exterior. Replacing your front door can completely change the look of your entryway. A door with stained glass panels is a stunning addition to any home, and changing the color of your door can create a statement.

An eyebrow dormer or street-facing gables can easily be added to create a strong focal point. Replacing roofing material will also give your home a completely new look. You may want to consider having slate, shingles or tiles installed on the roof.

Don’t forget your driveway and parking area when refreshing your exterior entry area. Replace old asphalt walkways with an inviting flagstone pathway leading up to the front door to make your home more inviting. With flowerbeds on both sides of the walkway, you will create a welcoming first impression of your home.

If you would like to learn more about how to dress up and refresh the exterior entry to your Dallas area home, contact von Gillern Construction via their website for more information, or call them at 972.818.0411. Award-winning von Gillern has years of experience in providing the very best quality and materials for all your room addition, kitchen or bathroom remodeling, home additions and all your interior and exterior updates. We proudly serve the entire Dallas metroplex, including Plano, Frisco, White Rock, Addison, Park Cities, Lakewood and Preston Hollow. Contact us today to discuss your needs.

Being outdoors in a peaceful nature setting is relaxing. Just being outside and close to the sky, earth, water, and plants can make us feel calmer and more refreshed. In the Dallas area, there are many ways that homeowners can bring a touch of the outdoors into their own homes.

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French doors are an excellent way to bring the outdoors into your home.

One of the best ways to bring a bit of nature into your home is to have large screened windows that allow natural light to flood into rooms, and that can be opened up to let in the fresh air. French doors leading to your outdoor space are a stylish way to connect the outdoors with the indoors, and create a sense of spaciousness. Large windows or doors that look out on your garden, pool area, or plant-filled patio are not only scenic, but also add a touch of nature to the room. Wood frames or shutters on windows can also contribute to bringing the outdoors inside.

Instead of using man-made flooring, which can often feel a bit cold, try using natural materials. Wood, cork and other natural materials are flooring choices that make a room feel warm and inviting. You can expand on this and use natural materials for your furniture as well. Furniture and textiles made from hemp, jute, rattan and wicker are great ways to bring a touch of nature into your home. Using the same natural materials (and colors) in your outdoor view as you have indoors provides an uninterrupted flow and sense of continuity.

Adding natural materials in the architectural elements of your home contributes to the feeling of nature’s calmness. Exposed beams overhead and rock fireplaces are good ways to bring a touch of nature indoors while not disrupting your décor. Kitchen countertops with granite, marble or wood can create a natural feel to your workspace. Shower enclosures and bathtubs can be surrounded by natural materials such as rock, brick, and wood to make the room relaxing and warm.

Of course, adding a conservatory or outdoor kitchen and dining area that is connected to the main part of your home is a wonderful way to bring nature into your living space. And, don’t forget about foliage plants! A variety of indoor potted plants or trees make any home feel welcoming. Plants provide an excellent and natural way to keep indoor air clean and provide more oxygen.

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The addition of just one indoor foliage plant dramatically changes the feel of this room.

If you would like to find out about more ways to bring the outdoors indoors in your home, contact the von Gillern Construction website for more information, or give them a call at 972.818.0411.  We are committed to providing the very best quality materials and work for all your room addition, kitchen or bathroom remodeling, home additions and interior and exterior updates. Award-winning von Gillern Construction is your start-to-finish home remodeler, and has been proudly serving the entire Dallas metroplex for years, including Plano, Frisco, White Rock, Addison, Park Cities, Lakewood and Preston Hollow.


Sanded vs. Hand Scraped Wood Floors: A Home Remodeler Discusses

Written by Guest Blogger
January 31st, 2014
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In this whole house renovation, the owners wanted hand scraped wood floors. When the scraped floors are combined with the stone fireplace, a feeling of timelessness is presented

If you are considering any type of home remodeling, including bathroom or kitchen remodeling or a home addition, this is the perfect time to think about having your wooden floors redone. Refinishing floors is done to repair any damage, change the color of the floor, change the sheen and protect the investment of your home.  There are several different methods used in treating wooden floors, but the most common ones are sanding and scraping.

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Sanded hardwood floors in one of von Gillern’s home additions. The smooth finish and medium stain add warmth to this room.

Hand scraped floors, also referred to as distressed, give a home a warm, well-used, antique look. Particularly in older homes, distressing the floors is done to not only refinish the wood, but to have the floor reflect the age and character of the home.  A hand scraped floor has the added advantage of being able to hide any marks or minor damage in high traffic areas. This unique, natural look can be finished in a variety of ways to match the décor, creating a home that is welcoming.

Sanding wooden floors is a popular way to remove any damage or imperfections in order to have an even, smooth surface. The resulting very level, flat surface is perfect for any style of home. Finishes applied after sanding can be modified to match or contrast with the décor and style of the home. Sanding and refinishing a floor can create an entirely new look to your space.

If you are ready for bathroom remodeling, a home addition, kitchen remodeling or other updates, now is the time to think about sanding or scraping your hardwood floors. Award-winning von Gillern Construction, the premier Dallas area home remodeler, is dedicated to providing only the very best craftsmanship to your home remodeling and additions. Serving the Dallas area, including Plano, Frisco, White Rock Lake, Preston Hollow, Addison, Park Cities, Lakewood and beyond, we are ready to help you update or redo your home. For more information, give us a call at 972-818-0411, and please visit the von Gillern Construction website.

Tips for a French Country Bathroom from a Dallas Home Remodeler

Written by Guest Blogger
January 24th, 2014

home remodeler dallas (2)Bathroom remodeling is all about creating a relaxing, welcoming and luxurious personal space in your home.  French country bathrooms create a private retreat with a regal ambiance in your home that combines a rustic look, but with all the comforts you could possibly want. Based on the 17th century opulent country houses in the Provence region of France, modern French country bathrooms emphasize style and comfort.

With light and airy color schemes, French country bathrooms are typically done in neutral colors such as pastels or shades of white. Mosaics or tiles on the walls and floors, combined with vibrant accent pieces, provide splashes of colors that create a warm, cozy, inviting atmosphere.

In classic French country bathrooms, the bathtub is usually the main focal point. The tub is often a freestanding claw foot or pedestal bathtub, although a stone step in one is also common. The emphasis is on comfort with a large tub where you can stretch out, relax and soak your cares away.

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A clawfoot tub and colorful wall tiles make this French County Bathroom an inviting place to relax.


Antique or distressed furniture is an important part of the French country bathroom décor. Washbasins are often freestanding as well the towel racks. As an extra touch, many French country bathrooms also feature candelabras or small chandeliers that add a touch of opulence to the room.  There are many additional touches that you can add to personalize your bathroom, including framed photos, decorative metal tins, a basket filled with unusual soaps or bouquets of dried flowers.

Fabric is another key element in French country bathroom décor. Window treatments that pick up the colors of the accents, fabric shower curtains enclosing a claw footed tub, textured wall paper and small throw rugs all provide additional personalized touches as well as warmth to the room.

If you are thinking about bathroom remodeling, a home addition, kitchen remodeling or any interior or exterior updates, von Gillern Construction, as a home remodeler, is committed to providing only the highest quality craftsmanship. Award-winning von Gillern Construction serves the Dallas area, including Plano, Frisco, White Rock Lake, Preston Hollow, Addison, Park Cities, Lakewood and beyond. Please visit the von Gillern Construction website for more information or give them a call at 972-818-0411.


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This year, the NARI Pavilion will present “The NARI Contractor Showcase” at the Dallas Home & Garden Show.

NARI is the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. The National Remodelers Association and the National Home Improvement Council joined together and formed NARI in 1983. NARI currently has 58 chapters nationwide and is headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois. NARI is dubbed “The Voice of the Remodeling Industry”.  The organization’s goals are to promote and advance the remodeling industry’s professionalism, product and vital public purpose.

The home and garden show provides solutions, information and resources to homeowners on various topics such as gardening, home décor, green energy living, outdoor storage solutions, as well as kitchen remodeling and bathroom remodeling. Be sure to visit von Gillern Construction, the premier home remodeler in the Dallas area, in the NARI Contractor Showcase, near the front entrance!kitchen remodeler dallas

Watch the NARI contractor’s award -winning Coty Award projects on TV monitors, view von Gillern Construction’s before and after photos, listen to live home improvement presentations, gather great ideas, and receive complimentary consulting on home remodeling projects including home additions. Von Gillern Construction is the recipient of 2014 NARI Greater Dallas Contractor of the Year (CotY) for Residential Addition 100K – $250K. Visit the von Gillern Construction website to learn more about them, or call them at 972-818-0411.

Adult Ticket Price – $10.00

Senior Ticket Price – $9.00

Dallas Market Hall

2/21/2014 – 2/23/2014

Gutter Problems and Solutions: Tips from a Home Remodeler

Written by Guest Blogger
January 10th, 2014

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Time-tested gutter screens, when properly installed, can prevent a lot of structural water damage to your home. 

When planning home remodeling or home additions, it is important to remember your gutters. While gutters are generally thought of as simply an effective way to funnel water off the roof and away from the building, they actually do much more. Properly installed and maintained gutters can help prevent leaks in basements and crawlspaces, prevent rot from setting in, reduce erosion around a home and even serve as a way to collect runoff rainwater for future use.

home remodeler dallas Many people are not aware that having improperly maintained gutters can be worse than not having any gutters at all on their home. To give you an idea of the damage that improperly maintained gutters can create, here is a case that von Gillern Construction dealt with and corrected. A client recently purchased a home and the real estate inspector noted evidence of rot around the garage entry door.  At first, misdirected sprinkler heads were suspected as the root of the problem. However, while working on a rainy day, water was noticed coming into the garage.

waterAfter further inspection, the water was discovered to be coming from above. A check of the gutters found them completely full.

As a result, the door and jamb needed to be replaced. In addition, the gutters were completely cleaned out and properly screened in order to avoid future problems.

Gutters need to be cleaned regularly and undergo proper maintenance. Gutter screens will allow water to flow smoothly while keeping leaves and other debris from clogging the gutter. It is important to keep the gutters clean so that water does not back up, which can lead to a soaked foundation, roof damage and even become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Even with gutter screens or guards, all gutter systems should be inspected twice a year and cleaned or repaired if necessary because fallen branches on the roof, loose shingles or poor installation can affect their performance.

full guttersWhen having home remodeling or room additions done, it is important to have your home remodeler check the gutters. Any problems should be addressed immediately to avoid future damage, which can be costly if left untreated.

If you are planning a room addition, kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, home addition, or interior or exterior updates, visit the von Gillern Construction website or call us at 972-818-0411 for information. Von Gillern Construction has served the Dallas area for many years, including Plano, Frisco, White Rock Lake, Preston Hollow, Addison, Park Cities and Lakewood. Committed to providing the highest quality craftsmanship, von Gillern Construction received the 2014 National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI),  Greater Dallas Contractor of the Year (CotY) in the Residential Addition  $100K – $250K category.

Home Remodeling Report 2013: Cost vs. Value

Written by Guest Blogger
December 27th, 2013

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According to the 2013 Cost vs. Value Report, this 356 square foot office addition and deck, constructed by von Gillern Construction, will have a high return on investment.

For the 15th year, Remodeling magazine has queried over 3,900 home appraisers and realtors across the country on remodeling jobs, the types of home renovations, cost, cost recouped and the resale value. Home remodeling has definitely turned the corner from the recession: The 2013 national average cost-value ratio rose to 60.6%, ending a six-year decline.

To get a good bang for your buck-and improve your quality of life-consider an exterior update. Curb appeal pays off – those first impressions count a lot. Among the exterior home renovations that are resulting in the most return on investment are grand entrances, deck additions and porches. For midrange composite deck additions, the average U.S. cost is $34,403, and resale value is $20,532. The cost recouped is 59.7 percent.

Interior remodeling jobs that give a great return on investment are attic bedroom additions, and kitchen remodels. Attic rooms are the least expensive way to add space to an existing home (U.S. average job cost: $47,919, resale value: $34,916, cost recouped: 72.9 percent). According to the report, the numbers on major upscale kitchen remodels and midrange major kitchen remodels are 68.9 percent cost recouped and 59.7 percent cost recouped, respectively. An $18,527 minor kitchen renovation, including appliances,replacing cabinets fronts, counter tops and cabinet hardware – with no structural modifications – resulted in 75.4 percent cost recouped.

According to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, the home remodeling market has greatly improved this year, with significant returns on investment. Now is the ideal time to update your home. If you would like to remodel your house with a deck, a kitchen remodel, or home addition, visit von Gillern Construction at their website and give them a call at 972-818-0411. As a Dallas area home remodeler of the highest caliber, Jack von Gillern commits to the highest quality of craftsmanship.