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Just like all roofing materials, cedar shake roofing has its pros and cons. Whether or not a cedar roof is right for you is definitely an individual decision and should be based on your needs. Let’s a take a look at the pros and cons of cedar shake roofing so you can decide if it’s the ideal roofing material for your home.
Can you replace your windows during winter? Yes you can! In fact, there are many benefits to replacing your windows during colder weather. Here are three reasons replacing your windows during winter is best.
Can you believe the holidays are only a few weeks away? For many, this means a full house and guests galore. Besides decorating, you’re probably wondering what else needs to be added to your list to prepare for an influx of visitors! Don’t worry – we’ve compiled a list for you!
So how much will installing vinyl siding cost? According to HomeAdvisor, installing vinyl siding on your home can cost anywhere from $5,748 to $13,583. But that takes a lot of different factors into consideration. This blog will guide you through the different factors that affect the cost of vinyl siding, from siding style choices to labor and installation.
Choosing a new siding color is an intimidating process, and there’s always a fear you might choose the wrong color. Unlike painting a room in your home, it’s much more difficult to change your siding color once you’ve made the decision.
That’s why we’ve created this siding color guide to help. We’ll walk you through how to choose siding colors in four easy steps and give you tips on how to avoid common color mistakes.
There is a chill in the air and believe it or not, winter is just around the corner! Is your home ready for temperatures to drop? If the answer is no, don’t stress. We have you covered. Here are five easy ways to winterize your home.
Stone veneer will add character to any room in your home, but with winter right around the corner we want to feature stone veneer fireplaces. Here are seven stone veneer fireplace ideas that are sure to add warmth to your home.
Slate roofing has an extensive history, but does that make it the best roofing material for your home? We’ve outlined the pros and cons of installing a slate roof on your home to help you decide.
Choosing siding for your home is no easy feat. Fiber cement, wood, brick, the list goes on. But one type of siding that should always be on the top of your list is vinyl. Vinyl siding offers many benefits without the maintenance of other siding materials. Read why you should consider vinyl here.
Choosing gutters for a new home or replacing the gutters on your current home can be a daunting task. The first question many homeowners ask when beginning a project this large is “what is this going to cost me?” The good news is gutter prices vary so you can find a gutter material for every budget. This guide will help walk you through the cost of gutters, from your material options to installation.
Thinking about a metallic makeover? In this blog we answer the most frequently asked questions about steel siding we receive from homeowners to help you determine whether it is the best option for you.
Your gutters play a crucial role in the effectiveness of your roof by deflecting rainwater from the exterior of your home and protecting your foundation from water damage. But over time, your gutters can collect a significant amount of debris, preventing rainwater from getting through. So when and how often should your gutters be cleaned? We’ve outlined everything you need to know about gutter cleaning here.
A reliable gutter system will direct rain water away from a home, protecting your siding, trim and foundation. Although cleaning your gutters regularly will help maintain them, eventually all gutters will need to be repaired or replaced. Here's what you need to know before you replace your gutters.
Fall is officially here and it’s time to break out your seasonal décor! Don’t settle for your same old fall decorations. We have seven modern fall decorating ideas to spruce up your front porch for fall.
Choosing colors for your home’s exterior can be an intimidating process. There are hundreds of colors to choose from and a fear that if you choose the wrong color, you’re stuck with it. Unlike painting a room, choosing colors for the exterior of your home is more long term.
That’s why we created this guide to help. We’ll walk through the different areas of your home’s exterior where color can be added and how to choose a color that will complement the rest of your home’s decor.
Roof replacement can be a hassle and if you procrastinate, it can be even more expensive than you originally planned. So how can you tell if your roof needs to be replaced? Here are five telltale signs that it’s time to replace your roof.
Hurricane season is well underway and, especially for those who live near the coast, it means it’s time to prepare for the heavy winds and rain that can come with these massive storms. Where do you start prepping your home? Read more here.
During the summer, and all throughout the year, it’s important to keep your home energy efficient. Why? Not only to be comfortable, but the amount you’ll save on your energy bill. Read more to learn how to conserve energy in your home, no matter the season.
We’re excited for a patio season packed with outdoor gatherings and celebrations. Read on to learn how to transform your patio into a gathering place for your whole neighborhood!
With summer quickly approaching, we’re dreaming of the many ways we can let in the warm, summer breeze. One of the first window styles that comes to mind is the awning window. This window style is easy to operate and allows for ventilation, even during those light summer rains.
Make your home the focal point of the neighborhood with a fresh siding color. Ply Gem has launched six new, on-trend siding colors just in time for summer. See the new colors here.
The vast majority of windows sold are white windows. However, windows can be the perfect place to go bold and add black to your home. Black window frames can instantly turn your windows from something overlooked to the focal point of any room.
What's the best siding style for your home? We've outlined the most popular siding styles so that you know all of your options when choosing siding for your home.
While casement windows are typically found in hard to reach areas such as above the kitchen since, they are a great option for any room in your home where you want more fresh air.
Spring is here and it’s almost time to put away your winter coat and open up the windows. But before you rush to let the sunshine in, you may want to knock out your spring cleaning checklist.
Ply Gem is proud to announce our Engineered Cedar Shake roofing has been selected as an Architectural Record 2016 Product of the Year in the Facades category. Designated by a panel of six judges representing the nation’s leading architectural firms, Engineered Cedar Shake was chosen as one the best new products of the year from among hundreds of entries submitted for the publication’s 11th annual competition.
Have you considered adding some style to your home with beautiful stone veneer? We know a home remodel is a big step and can include costs that you may not think about. Though it can vary from project to project, read below for our breakdown of what stone veneer actually costs and how stone can enhance your home.
Stone veneer easily incorporates style and sophistication whether displayed on columns on the outside of a home or as a stacked stone backsplash in a kitchen. Why do we love using stone? It’s easy to customize and gives a vivid pop of color and texture to any space.
If you’re looking for a siding material that is built to last and withstand storms, steel siding may be a good option for you. According to Home Advisor, steel is perhaps the toughest, most durable siding presently available to homeowners. And when compared to other siding materials, steel rises to the top for many reasons. Here are five reasons steel siding is a good choice.
Three-time GRAMMY Award winner Darius Rucker is partnering with Ply Gem® (NYSE: PGEM), a North American manufacturer of building products, as the 2017 ambassador for its Home for Good project to help hundreds of families build homes across the United States with Habitat for Humanity.
Selling your home can be as exciting as it can be stressful. We have tips on how to choose colors for your home that will help you sell a house quickly.
So, you’re getting ready to choose siding and stone for your house. Where do you start? Do you pick out the stone first and then try to find a siding color that matches? Do you start with the siding and find a stone profile that complements the siding? Truth be told, there really is no set-in-stone (so to speak) method to mixing and matching stone and siding.
We scoured the most popular fall pumpkin decorations and collected different and unique ways you can use pumpkins in your home. Here are our favorite pumpkin decorating ideas.
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In one of my very first blogs that I wrote for Ply Gem, I focused on how to hire a competent contractor.
I recently had an experience with a potential client that drove home how not to interview a contractor, which can be just as important. Remember, when you're interviewing a contractor, the contractor is interviewing you as well.
Summer time poolside with friends was fun, but fall is here and not a moment too soon! Most people think fall is time when you need pack up your patio and head indoors. But we think you should enjoy your patio all year round. Here are tips on you can enjoy your patio throughout fall.
Dino Tudisca shares his learnings and insights from this past year about construction site safety. Namely, when it comes to construction site safety there can never be complacency.
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Choosing siding colors doesn't have to be intimidating. This color guide will help you choose the perfect siding color for your house style.
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Since our kick off in May, associates across the company have stepped up to coordinate local volunteer opportunities with their nearby Habitat for Humanity affiliate - working together to achieve our goal of helping to build 300 homes in 2016 for families in need of safe and affordable housing.
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It’s time to make choices available to new home buyers, ranging anywhere between classic colors to bold, vibrant ones. Beige can still be an option, but let’s end the practice of restricting buyers from choosing anything other than some varying degree of it. Let’s use color to accentuate the architectural style and allow buyers to express their unique personalities with their house, not just their car or clothes!
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Taking over the Ply Gem Instagram feed was really fun! I started the week posting all the way from Catacamas, Honduras, where I was designing a creative art center for a nonprofit called Touch A Life. Follow a few of my favorite Instagram feeds for the most hip design inspiration.
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From small touch ups to large renovations, projects such as replacing boring and beige with colorful vinyl siding and trim, updating entryways with bright front doors and shutters, and sprucing up outdoor living areas can make a big difference in the look of your home and neighborhood.
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Summer is a fine time to kick back, have fun, and go outside. But for those that live in Florida (like myself) or anywhere similar, summers can be brutal. Beat the heat with shade and water to not only make the outdoors tolerable, but enjoyable!
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With greater awareness of the food we consume, personal gardens are popping up everywhere! And “farms” are finding their way into our urban spaces.
The challenge is where do you plot your garden space? Backyards tend to be a shared space with family, pets and, at times, unwanted critters. How can you properly ‘plot’ your urban farm to make it a space you'll love? I have a few tips to help you define your garden space in creative ways.
Color selection is one of the most important aspects of design. It is also one of the easiest things to go wrong. Here are some common mistakes to avoid when picking colors for your home.
The saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same” rings true with architectural styles. We have smarter ways of building and the layouts have evolved with lifestyle changes, but historical and authentic design is only growing in demand.
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With so many exterior building products readily available, it can be tempting to use as many as possible. It’s understandable, especially if you’ve had a house that was a single material, to want to add as much character as possible.
But before you go crazy, remember the rule of three; limit your exterior cladding choices to three materials.
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For almost the last decade one of the big industry buzz words has been “green building.”
What exactly that means to manufacturers, consumers and installers is something that I, as an industry professional, grapple with often.
Black vinyl windows add a dramatic accent to any building or home. But this is one hot color trend that poses special challenges to windows.
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Ply Gem and country music icon Alan Jackson launch the Home for Good Project to help build more than 300 homes with Habitat for Humanity.
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Windows can be made from multiple materials, mainly wood, clad, vinyl, and aluminum. Each material offers different benefits that may suit you and your home. In this post we're going to focus on wood windows and outline several benefits of this traditional window material.
Many times when we think of home improvement projects we are drawn to exterior of our homes. Painting, siding, windows and landscaping. What do we do when the mercury drops, and being outside, well just hurts? No need to worry, plenty of upgrades can be done in the warm confines of your home interior.
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Does choosing exterior colors for your home cause you panic? Let our architectural expert, Deryl Patterson, adjust how you think about color and offer tips on how you can more easily choose exterior colors.
When it comes to product innovation at the show this year, I was thoroughly pleased to see such clear shifts in the marketplace, proving that manufacturers are listening to the end consumer.
2016 is going to be a good year in the home improvement industry!
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The single most important aspect of your windows is how they help insulate your home. Before you replace your windows we want you to be knowledgeable about what energy efficient windows can do for your home.
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This past year has been one of significant change for me. In July, I applied for and was offered the position of Director of Construction for our local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. This meant taking a step back from my business and concentrating my efforts on building affordable housing for families in my local area.
May I introduce the Modern Tuscan? This style effortlessly pairs old world charm with modern materials and colors. Essentially the best of both worlds, especially when you consider it is more affordable than the ultra-contemporary styles which demand flat roofs.
In the season of entertaining family and friends, the holidays are a time of GATHERING. Many of us are flipping through family recipes, scrambling to the grocery store and wondering how this holiday came up so fast again. While there’s pressure to make our homes picture perfect for the family, in-laws and neighbors, let’s direct our focus back to what Thanksgiving was originally about: CELEBRATING THE HARVEST.
This is a warm and cozy style with gobs of character, plenty of nostalgia and Old World Charm. The person drawn to it has a flair for the extraordinary. These homes embrace a bit of random informality as the result of additions and alterations over time – all attractions to escape from the mundane for […]
Without regular maintenance and cleaning a window screen can become dirty, damaged and will eventually need to be replaced. It’s always less expensive to clean your screens than it is to replace them, so save yourself a little money and take the time to take care of those screens.
As the leaves begin falling, so does the temperature outside, reminding us we're only a few shorts weeks away from winter and increased heating costs. Before you get hit with a higher than normal energy bill, take a few minutes to prepare your home for the cold weather.
In this edition, we'll review different window types and how they can dramatically affect the functionality and style of your home. Factors that may influence the type of window you select include how you want to view the world through your windows, the amount of ventilation you desire, your climate and accessibility to the windows.
Having the opportunity to support renovation reality television shows through labor and product donations is something I’ve really enjoyed, especially when the outcome was life changing to the recipients. I learned a lot from the experiences, met great people, and came to understand that what you see on TV is not always the whole story. In this installment, I will try and pull the curtain back just a little.
If you’ve caught me on stage at any of the PlyGem ProTalk series sessions, you’ve heard me harp on "Character Driven Design." In fact, this is my soapbox. It can be summed up in one word: PERSONALITY. How does this apply to the architecture of your home? Allow me to explain from an artist’s perspective.
It's important to be familiar with window and patio door vocabulary—understanding the basic terms will help in your conversations with contractors, remodelers, or home improvement store sales staff.
In our world, deadlines seem to be everywhere. When it comes to a home remodeling project, determining the end date of a project and identifying the steps needed to make sure you meet those targets is today’s subject.
Energy efficiency is important to all homeowners, both in the heat of the summer and the frigid temperatures of winter. However, there are some key solutions every homeowner can implement in order to increase the energy efficiency of their current or new windows that will help to keep their home the perfect temperature year-round. DIY […]
Just like a good, strong handshake or warm smile, our front door sets the tone for our homes. You can either lure guests in or bore them. Your front entry should be inviting and clearly say, “Come on in, y’all!” to everyone who sees it.
Are you looking to upgrade your outdoor space? Consider adding fence and railing. Whether privacy or picket, extremely detailed or clean and simple, there’s a fence and railing style that will help set the tone for your outdoor living space.
Hope is slowly being restored in the market; and though the numbers may not be close to what they were a handful of years ago, housing starts are popping up across the U.S. Another result of the recent recession is that current homeowners have decided they’ll stay-put and instead of making a move are choosing […]
If you like elegance coupled with playfulness, then you’ll love the Folk Victorian style! Don’t let the name fool you. Unlike its Queen Anne and East Lake cousins, this Folk Victorian style is characterized by simplicity. I think a more fitting name for the style category is Picturesque – the name alone conjures delightful images.
Windows and patio doors are some of the most defining features of a home. They also play an important role when it comes to home safety, as they are typically the best escape routes in an emergency. Before an incident occurs, it’s important to take steps to prepare windows and ensure your most valuable treasure—your family—remains safe.
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As part of our commitment to the community, Ply Gem once again participated in Habitat for Humanity of Wake County’s Builders Blitz by donating windows, siding and trim to help Habitat build five homes in one week. Each home is being purchased by a family who needs safe, affordable housing. We’re honored to partner with […]
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Habitat for Humanity Home Builders Blitz appeared first on ProTalk Blog.
Whether we realize it or not, color evokes an emotional response in all of us. It’s often the subtle hints of color that add charm and character enough to elevate any home from just another house on the block to one that has the right amount of curb appeal. No matter where you fall on the color comfort spectrum, there are ways, small and large, to incorporate color and bring life to the exterior of your home. So, let’s paint the town!
Exterior design trends have changed fairly significantly over the last several years. Homeowners want to embrace their need for change and feel positive about their home’s appearance, while at the same time remain financially and environmentally responsible. Changes in both the economy and consumer thinking have led homeowners to choose comfort over size in new […]
If the TV programming landscape is any indication, the DIY spirit in our country is alive and well. And it should be. As a country, we tend to be independent and self-sufficient. When it comes to home improvements, however, do-it-yourself may not always be the answer, so it’s important to know when to call in a professional.
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The suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland are home to many historical communities where natural slate roofs have been popular for more than a century. Natural slate is a top choice for both aesthetics and durability. However, it requires ongoing maintenance that can come with high costs. Aiming to replicate the durability of quarried slate and to preserve the historical appearance of this home, the homeowner found an ideal solution for his retrofit project in Ply Gem Roofing Engineered Slate, a high performance, more affordable product.
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The Tuscan style, with its casual, no rules expression, has become crazy popular. And why not? Doesn’t that capture the demeanor of today’s buyer? What makes this style so much fun is its rustic and often haphazard aesthetic.
A lot of us put time and planning into the impression the front door makes or we focus on specific window features. But, selecting the right patio door does have a big impact on both the interior and exterior appearance of your home. Here's the top three factors to think about as you make this decision.
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There's a common assumption among some that it's more expensive to build green than to use traditional building materials and methods. Our partners at Proud Green Home turned to their Approved Contributing Experts, also known as ACEs, to share with us their thoughts.
Every year on May 1, Ply Gem celebrates its history and committed associates by hosting Founder's Day celebrations at our more than two dozen locations across North America. From Calgary to South Carolina, each site brings its associates together for a meal to celebrate the company's legacy and recognize their good work. Check out just some the smiling faces of Ply Gem associates as they celebrated Founder's Day 2015.
What better way to spend summer days outside than having a picnic? With the first day of summer and Father’s Day this Sunday, picnics are basically mandatory. To all the dads out there, happy day of celebrating you and all you do. Now let’s talk BBQ!
Recession-era color trends—reflecting a need for comfort, familiarity, and order in a disorderly world—are picking up punctuations of stronger hues. Sherwin-Williams sees a similarly multifaceted future for color palettes through 2012, driven by a desire for self-expression rather than status. “Over the past few years color direction has been a mix of softer shades and […]
Whether you are putting up a fence for the first time or replacing, even upgrading, an existing one, vinyl fence and railing can deliver the clean, attractive finish you want in a style to fit any home or neighborhood.
When I think about architectural styles and personalities, I think of Craftsman first. The Craftsman style is confident and bold with its unique columns, broad gables, wide overhangs and expansive front porches. But there is also an artsy side to this style that creates a sense of individualism.
Nestled nearly 4,000 feet above sea level in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Blowing Rock, North Carolina is prone to harsh winters. With snow, sleet, ice and strong wind gusts wreaking havoc year after year, homes in this area take a real beating. Therefore, when homeowners John & Claire needed to replace their deteriorating asphalt roof, they decided to look for a more durable option.
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Summer often means enjoying the outdoors with friends and family for a weekend barbecue or catching some sun by the pool. With warmer days on the horizon, you may be thinking about what can be done to spruce up your outdoor space to use for entertaining or for a little relaxation. Here are four ways you can turn your backyard into a year-round oasis.
Happy National Remodeling Month! As May comes to a close, you may be looking for a way to show your appreciation to contractor(s) working at your home, now or in the future. In this post, I’ll share some great ways homeowners have shown their appreciation to me and my team in the past.
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According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the heat lost through windows can account for 10 to 25 percent of a home’s heating bill. Ply Gem windows can come equipped with optional high-performance Low-E glass that helps reduce this energy loss. This can increase your home’s comfort while decreasing your utility costs. What Is Low-E Glass? […]
Clean, sparkling windows can make a great impression—inside and out. With Memorial Day barbeques, Fourth of July parties and summer get-togethers headed our way, it’s a true sign that “open window” season is here. Before your party guests arrive, here are some tips to periodically care for and clean the components that make your windows beautiful and functional.
Homeowners are taking the plunge to downsize in major ways across this country, but there are two questions I’m always asked regarding the subject: Why? This is followed shortly by, “How?” Tiny houses are the growing trend in home building. Recently, I designed several houses for FYI’s “Tiny House Nation” and I’m convinced it can be a great option—yes, even for you!
From crisp bright white to wood grain, vinyl fence will stand up to the elements, resist fading, remain flexible and maintain its appearance for years to come.
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Manufacturers have made strides in research and development efforts for design and performance. It’s no surprise that vinyl siding is a hot home exterior material when you consider the facts.
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As an architect in the southeast, I have the fortune to design many Low Country style homes. I can’t help but be attached to the design, imagining myself relaxing on the front porch drinking iced tea. It is this relaxed, friendly character that has made the Low Country a timeless favorite.
Happy Arbor Day! You know the old saying, “the grass is always greener on the other side?” Well instead of getting green with envy over your neighbor’s lawn, check out these practical tips that will help you create a landscape worth smiling about.
Staying in your home through a major renovation can be one of the toughest things to endure as a homeowner. What many don’t realize is that renovations, even of just one area, will affect just about every aspect of your quality of life.
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Gutters protect your home from damage caused by rainwater running off your roof and pooling around your home. But what protects the gutters from the elements? A gutter protection system. From systems that form a natural barrier to leaves and debris, to systems with the sole purpose of keeping gutters clear, there is a gutter […]
Picture a home with an outdoor living space you find especially attractive. Is there one feature that stands out? The pergola? The interesting detail in the deck railing? A gleaming white picket fence. It’s usually not a single piece, but the combination that creates a truly memorable outdoor escape. Here are a few things to […]
Today’s vinyl siding has been re-engineered with advancements that make it durable, sustainable, realistic and absolutely gorgeous. If you haven’t researched it in a while, review this section - and prepare to be wowed.
With storm season upon us, it’s the right time to start thinking about how to safeguard your home and family before the next one blows through. In fact, one of the most important proactive safety steps you can take is protect the windows in your home.
This is by far my favorite style. It brings back memories of my summer in Paris while I was a student of architecture. This post will explore some of the key features of this elegant, seductive home structure.
It may seem like a daunting question, but you don’t have to be a contractor to know how to make this decision. We’ve laid out the top six things to look out for:
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Financial considerations and Americans’ evolving lifestyles are driving preferences in home design. According to the latest Home Design Trends Survey by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), houses and lots in the United States are continuing to shrink, as is homeowners’ desire for high-end features and amenities. What’s growing is a wish for greater accessibility […]
Smaller footprints will remain popular beyond the recovery, and many other luxury amenities are becoming more rare. The long, deep recession of the past several years has taken a harsh toll on the nation’s home building industry at every level, even influencing the types of houses that are built and the features consumers are willing […]
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In the contracting business, there are few things I enjoy more than a phone call from a satisfied customer asking to have another project done.
Which leads me to my main question (perhaps one you have too!):
Is it possible to complete home remodeling projects over a period of time?
From rustic to traditional, old world to contemporary, perhaps no other material imparts an air of distinction quite like stone. Highly prized and preferred for centuries, a stone finish — whether inside or outside — remains a popular choice of designers, architects, builders and homeowners.
When a homeowner or building professional searches for building products, there are many ways to go green. In addition to energy-saving options look for products with green attributes throughout the lifecycle of a product.
When you are selecting a new home for yourself, remodeling your present home, or helping a client remodel and reconfigure their space, make sure the design actually facilitates rather than hinders effective use of the space.
Historic renovations demand a building material with the versatility to capture the spirit, charm and character of the houses style, while providing the functionality and durability to last well into the future. So, it’s not surprising that communities across the country are choosing a siding material that’s in its fifth decade of advancement and use — vinyl. “Vinyl […]
Whether you’re building a new home or remodeling the exterior of an older one, the quality of the siding you choose is incredibly important. When faced with the wide variety of vinyl siding products on the market today it’s important to choose certified vinyl siding and to have it installed by a certified vinyl siding […]
The busy home remodeling season is a great time for homeowners to focus on increasing curb appeal.
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Have you noticed that the windows in your home are continually fogging up? Does it seem like they are collecting moisture? This isn’t necessarily your windows’ fault. In fact, window condensation may be an indicator of something entirely different.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, vinyl siding is a hot home exterior material, appearing on nearly one third of all new homes built in 2012, more than any other cladding material.
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While it’s important to ask these qualifying and follow-up questions, it is just as important to ask yourself some questions during this process
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The Proud Green Home at Serenbe is a marvel of high-performance residential construction
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Rusty and Melinda Kurtz talk about how their exterior home renovation changed more than just the curb appeal of their house...it changed their lives.
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Since their home just outside of Kansas, MO was remodeled, Rusty and Melinda Kurtz love the way their home looks, but what’s more is that are ready for the cold mid-western weather that’s just around the corner.
If I were the shutter patrol and collected $1 fines for every house that committed “shutter foul,” I would be rich. What is “shutter foul,” you ask? It’s when the shutters adjacent to a window aren’t large enough to close over the window. You’ve seen it. Three windows joined together (also known as […]
One of my secrets in the home design process is this: I want to know what makes my clients tick. What inspires them? How can I make sure to incorporate their true personality in their new homes? So, I ask questions. Sometimes, really random ones! Below are a few of my favorite questions from the […]
When it comes to exterior home design, today’s buyers are confronted with a multitude of choices including siding profiles, window grille patterns, stone veneer styles, shutters, trim profiles, hand rail profiles and much more. And that’s before even getting to color! (There’s so much more out there than beige!) Deciding which components to use can […]
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Remodeling your home’s exterior can make a difference in the life of your family. At least that’s what we learned from The Peeks, who told us they used to be discouraged and embarrassed about the condition of their home exterior. After its renovation, they have a renewed sense of pride in this place where their […]
In anticipation of your upcoming home remodeling project, you likely have been watching home improvement shows on TV, visiting home centers, and reading many magazines to get ideas. Now you are ready to start that long awaited project, but are finding that getting ideas was the easy part. Some questions that may be running through […]
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As I write this first blog entry, I’m literally in a bus riding through the countryside of Vietnam. For the last decade, I have traveled the country and world, exchanging inspiration through creativity and design. As I meet people and communities, see new landscapes and experience new cultures, I’ve really become a vagabond designer. I […]
Get to know former lead designer for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Kim Lewis. Kim is passionate about making home design personal and over the next several months she’ll inspire you to make your home a positive reflection of your family.
In part three of our visit with the Peeks, David and Michelle both talk about how the low maintenance quality of their newly remodeled home exterior allows them to have real peace of mind.
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The exterior of David and Michelle Peek’s home was completely remodeled. In this video, he talks about the improved energy efficiency of their home now thanks to the addition of replacement windows from Ply Gem.
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More than 40 percent of homeowners plan to update their homes in the next two years, according to the latest Houzz & Home Study. Of those who plan to remodel, 78 percent cite their motivation as improving the look and feel of the space. “With an increasing amount of home remodeling projects in the works, […]
Look around your neighborhood. You’ll likely see familiar home designs: split-level, ranch, colonial. Your neighbor’s house probably looks like yours, and yours probably looks like six others on the block. Mass-produced housing between the 1950s and 1980s caused many homes to lose the coveted originality and architectural appeal seen in prior decades. The lack of […]
With summer in full swing (and the air conditioning full blast), you may be thinking of home improvement projects that will look great, but also save energy (and keep that cool air in!). Window replacement is one project that will help increase the energy efficiency of your home and improve curb appeal in the summer […]
Curb appeal is king. According to a 2013 report done by the National Association of REALTORS, 71 percent of homeowners say that curb appeal is critical when choosing a new home. Even if you’re not aiming to sell, a home with curb appeal can be a source of pride. A 2013 Better Homes and Gardens […]
Hope is slowly being restored in the housing market; and while the numbers may not be close to what they were a handful of years ago, new home starts are popping up across the U.S. Another reaction to the recent recession is that current homeowners have decided they’ll stay- put and instead of making a […]
Going green isn’t just a fad, it’s a near-future necessity. In fact, when shopping for a home, an increasing number of homebuyers are searching for a builder who is making energy-efficiency a priority. Here are some questions to ask: Does the builder have green-specific certifications, such as LEED or NAHB Green? Some states also offer […]
Planning an update to your home can be an energizing and exciting endeavor – the perfect opportunity to re-invent your living space to make it more usable, more comfortable, more attractive and, if done right, more energy efficient. Before you start the work it’s wise to draft a preliminary budget that defines the scope of […]
When updating the outside of a house, homeowners typically start with replacing siding or windows. Yet, even these projects will only look complete after adding finishing touches, like trim. Read why trim is so important to completing your home's look here.
If you’re thinking about making energy-efficient changes to your home, it can be tough to gauge exactly how much money and what resources you’re actually saving. A home energy audit, however, can assess your home’s energy consumption and evaluate what else can be done to reach your highest green potential. Audits pinpoint exactly where you’re […]
In the days that followed Sunday, May 22, 2011 residents of Joplin immediately cried out for help and who better to reach out to than Ty Pennington and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (EM:HE). Thankfully, the show responded and in a way that no one might have expected – it wouldn’t just be one family, one house in one […]
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As the storm loomed over Joplin on May 22, Scott, Natalie, and son Augie, huddled together in the bathtub. The three of them were protected only by the mattress Scott was using as a cover, and a bike helmet that they hoped would shield Augie from injury. The storm’s force overpowered Scott as it slammed […]
Thang Nguyen was a member of the Vietnamese Air Force and battled together, alongside U.S. soldiers, during the Vietnam War. Afterwards, he and his family came to the United States in search of the American Dream. Thang worked for more than three decades at General Mills in Joplin and was starting to consider and plan […]
Crystal Cogdill is passionate about helping displaced families find homes, which makes her ideally suited for her job at the Joplin Housing Authority. Ironically, after the tornado on May 22, Crystal and her youngest son found themselves homeless and grieving the loss of Zach – 9-year-old son and brother who perished that day. This progressive […]
Loving Mom of three young children and personal care aid for disabled and elderly clients, Crystal Whitely is known for putting others before herself. As the tornado slammed into Joplin, Crystal and family took shelter in the bathtub. However, within minutes their house was pulled from its foundation. While Crystal desperately tried to shield her […]
Every neighborhood has “that” house – the one where all the kids meet up, get their snacks and hang out. Prior to the tornado last May, that was the Nevins’ home. As the storm’s force overwhelmed the town of Joplin, Justin and Kari, along with their four children, Uriah, Avery, Cana and Rhoen, crowded together […]
Tom and Emily Walters, with their daughter Chloe, moved into their house in 2006, looking forward to raising a family in the small town of Joplin. Emily, a nurse, and Tom, a teacher and coach, have given their lives to nurturing others. When the tornado hit, the family took shelter in a bathtub and waited […]
Kyle and Jill, along with their four boys, Keenan, Konnor, Korbin and Kaleb, will call “The Cabin” their new home. Kyle is firefighter who was on duty when the tornado struck in Joplin, Mo. on May 22, 2011. Before he was able to make it back to his own neighborhood to check on his family, […]
We heard it said several times, “An hour’s work here is equivilent to a week’s worth of work at a typical house build.” And we believe it. The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (EMHE) team is a “well-oiled machine” and they were prepared, ’round the clock, when volunteers reported for duty. As soon as the Braveheart Marchers […]
If you’ve seen the movie Braveheart, you’ll recall the scenes in which a mass of passionate warriors converged on one spot – a battlefield. It was with this mindset that hundreds of people – builders, professionals and caring neighbors – came together for the Braveheart March. This is the segment in each Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (EMHE) episode when […]
We had the privilege of sitting down with the EMHE team, who up until now, we’d only spoken with in conference calls. They talked about the plan for the build and emphasized how important flexibility would be with a project of this magnitude, reviewed the dos & don’ts and gave us an impression of what […]
As carefully as the Ply Gem team worked to ensure we were thoroughly prepared and equipped – from a materials perspective – to be a valuable partner to Extreme Makeover Home Edition none of us were “ready” for the scenes we would witness or stories we’d hear in Joplin, MO. It’s likely a good thing […]
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