Below are some recent pics taken by Pete's Remodeling, a Dallas-based remodeling contractor serving all of Texas. Pete's was contracted by Paradise Nail Salon and Spa down in San Antonio to assist with a commercial renovation project for their grand opening and the results look fantastic. Take note - this is what a good commercial remodeling job should look like!
Not only does the front entrance (below) look great, but as you can see the entire salon was given a makeover and updated just in time
Commercial roofers across the US weigh in with tips on handling materials, repairs and more:
"Asphalt shingles have strips of adhesive that bond the shingles together after they are installed. The heat from the sun softens the adhesive. When storing asphalt shingles put them on wood pallets in a shady spot. Cover with plastic sheeting so they do not get wet before they are installed. Do not stack the bundles over 4 feet high." -Jim, Charlotte NC
"Store wood shingles and shakes in their original bundles in a dry place. If left outdoors, put them on wood pallets to get them off the ground and cover with plastic sheets. Metal roofing panels are stored horizontally on wood pallets to keep them clear of the ground. Be careful they do not bend, twist, or get scratched. Cover with plastic sheeting." -Brad, Phoenix AZ
"After a decision has been made on the type of roofing material to be used, the amounts of the various materials needed must be estimated. Roofing materials are estimated and sold by the square, which is the amount it takes to cover 100 square feet of finished roof surface, no matter what the actual surface area of shape of the particular roofing pieces. To find the number, divide the roof area by 100." -Alex, Oakland CA (Bay Area Roofing)
"Once the total square footage is found, divide by 100 to find the number of squares of roofing needed. The base is the width of the intersecting building. The height is the distance from the exterior wall to the point where the ridge of the intersecting roof meets the other roof." -Alan, Toledo
Ever since the modernists started using glass as a building material in the 1930s, it has been gaining popularity in the home. Solid, hard-wearing, hygienic, and transparent, it works on both a large and a small scale, maximizing natural light and the sense of space. There are increasing numbers of kitchens with glass ceilings and walls: cooking and dining areas divided by glass panels; walls with internal windows and back-splashes of glass. Special thanks for our friends at Fresno Commercial Roofing and Siding for helping with this article.
Safety is an issue, of course. All internal glass should be at least 3/8th of an inch thick and strengthened to prevent accidents. Wired, toughened, and laminated glass are all extra-strong, and sandblasting will make a panel of glass more visible, so you won't walk into it. Opaque frosted glass is useful if you want kitchen mess to stay hidden when you are in an adjacent dining area.
Machine-cut glass comes in any reasonable size, but if you want a non-standard piece it will have to be custom-made. Remember, too, that thick glass is extremely heavy and will need a strong supporting floor. Textured and colored glass can bring a decorative flourish to any utilitarian space, so choose a vivid glass back splash, or seek out individual glass designers or kitchen remodelers by zip code on our directory. If your kitchen is small, mirrored glass tiles or mosaics can increase the sense of space.
Five Top Glass Tips:
We asked some of the top contractors and kitchen remodelers in Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Fort Worth to share design tips, ideas and inspiration when it comes to custom cabinet installs. One topic that kept arising was in regards to coordinating looks of custom cabinets to catering-style and French ranges. These top-of-the-line appliances offer fantastic cooking capacity: two or more multifunction ovens, five or six gas burners, integral broilers and grills, for example. You might even get warming drawers, work stands, and rotisserie facilities. Freestanding, they are reasonably heavy and need a strong floor. A favorite with professional cooks, they cost big money, though less-expensive and scaled down versions are on the increase. Some include hanging rods for utensils. You may learn more at the links above.
The kitchen is usually the least eco-friendly room in the house. Appliances eat up energy and water, and we are carless with these resources. We use detergents and disinfectants that are full of petrochemicals and phosphates, and we fill our waste cans with non-biodegradable waste.
Whether you are creating a new custom kitchen from scratch or just going for a revamp, put environmental issues at the top of your shopping list, and buy appliances and products that have good eco-friendly credentials.
Four Essentials for the Eco Kitchen:
If doors are to work properly, they must be installed level and plumb. Open and close the main exterior door several times. Does it scrape the floor? If so, something is out of line. Either the door is improperly or the floor is not level.
Many door problems are caused by poor workmanship. If a door is out of level or out of plum, rehanging may be required. Check the floor all around the doorway. In this area the floor is often unlevel, but unless the problem is severe, there is no reason to be concerned.
In most homes, cold drafts from underneath doors are a common problem. Exterior doors and doors leading to an unheated areas such as a garage or basement should be inspected for gaps at the bottom. These gaps should be weather-stripped.
Air leaks at the tops and sides of exterior doors are usually not as critical as those at the bottom. But these leaks also waste fuel, also all sides of exterior doors should be weather-stripped.
Do the hinges squeak when you open the door? The solution may be simple – like oiling the hinges. Or, the doors maybe warped, placing a strain on the frame. Warped doors that won't close tightly and that are beyond the help of weatherstripping should be replaced.
If a replacement is needed, look for a prime door with insulation value as well as beauty. Doors with a polyurethane core insulate better than solid wood doors.
Look at the framework that surrounds the doors. Do you see any cracks? Cracks often indicate that the wood may not be in good condition. You obviously don't want trim work that is rotting or decaying.
Drywall is perhaps the one pre-finish stage of construction that takes the longest and shows the least progress and it's timeframe. While drywall panels are relatively easy to manipulate and put in place, the numerous joints between the panels in the divots made for nails and screws must be filled and smoothed out to create a flat, seamless service for the eventual wall and ceiling finishes.
The first phase, hanging the drywall, takes the average three-person home remodeling crew about three or four days to complete, less so on simply designed homes or with more crewmembers. Most drywall panels need to be cut to accommodate windows and door openings, corners, arches and other features.
The panels also need to be nailed or screwed to be houses frame, with the edges of two panels often sharing a narrow stud. Where there is no stud or other structural member for securing the edge of a panel, some manufacturers offer metal clips that stabilize the drywall. Emailing pattern for drywall is typically 6 inches between nails or screws along the perimeter of each panel and 8 inches with the field of each panel. Once the drywall is hung in place, however, the interior of your home takes on a more realistic appearance.
No longer are you distracted by views through wall studs, now blocked by the drywall. You get a real, tangible sense of the width of your hallways and door openings, and a more clear idea about where furniture and artwork might go to cover these blank walls.
Unfortunately, if you visit the house again within a week or so, not much will have changed that you'll immediately notice. The next two phases of drywall installation, tape and texture, are slow moving. Simply, the wet compound, used to bridge the joints between drywall panels, cover fasteners and create finished quarters, needs to drive, be sanded and reapplied a few times before the walls are adequately smooth and seamless.
The initial but being in taping of joints, fasteners and quarters takes about a day or two. Then strips of paper are sent into a swath of joint compound along the length of each panel connection is a bridge to mitigate cracks and then are pressed tightly along the bud vase, securing it along the joint and squeezing the excess to either side of the tape. The excess is then scraped off and used as needed.
Spotlighting Kitchen Remodels in Quincy, MA - Free Quotes
We love the look of this kitchen after the renovation process. Today we spotlight a local Boston contractor group. Contact the top Quincy kitchen remodelers today (serving all of Boston and surrounding areas) or learn more about everything from custom kitchen renovations to full-scale remodels and everything in between.
Generous Kitchen Gallery - Plenty of Counter and Storage Area
When these Quincy, MA homeowners were in the planning stages of designing their new kitchen, they considered their lifestyle and unique needs. They wanted a kitchen that would be convenient, with plenty of storage, a layout that would contribute to speedy meal prep, and one that would offer all of this within a compact footprint. This was a trick remodel (above) but one that ultimately turned out looking great.
The answer to their kitchen remodeling needs? This hardworking gallery kitchen, which the homeowners refer to as the "step-saver" layout. In addition to a compact work area that makes food prep quick and convenient, they have counter surfaces adjacent to all food preparation and cooking areas, and ample storage. This kitchen is also designed to accommodate children's needs. The extra wide corridor allows both of them to occupy the kitchen and provides adequate clearance for kids in terms of kitchen countertop layout.
Gallery kitchens feature a tight work triangle with the stove, refrigerator, and sink in conveniently close proximity to one another. Kitchens also provide ample storage and counter space. The homeowners designed their kitchen to be chock-full of convenient features. Pull-out shelves in the base cabinets make it easy to access items stored at the back of shelves. Tall pantry-style cabinets at one end of the kitchen eliminate the need for a separate pantry, allowing more square footage to be devoted to the kitchen. We love this remodel and wanted to spotlight one of the top designs in the Quincy, MA area.
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Spotlighting Custom Kitchen Renovations in Keller, TX
The following is a basic explanation of closed-loop systems, a common kitchen design theme that many Keller, TX area kitchen remodelers are quick to install. For a free renovation quote from a licensed and local general contractor (GC), call the number above. Keller is one of the premiere suburbs in North Texas and we love doing re-designs in the area, with dozens of homes already remodeled in the area.
So-called "smart home" kitchen wiring schemes have been introduced in recent years to combat the inherent dangers of traditional, high-voltage kitchen wiring that was common when Keller, TX was first built. Some of these systems work on a closed-loop design where each receptacle has a dedicated wire that originates from and terminates back at the service box or electrical panel in the kitchen area.
Such schemes are also designed for easy rip-and-replace during a kitchen remodeling job and deliver electricity only when it is demanded, such as a switch being turned on, or the operation of a small appliance. Just plugging in a given fixture won't activate the circuit. And, the computer-controlled hub recognizes overloads before they happen, denying electricity to an offending kitchen appliance or fixture.
Closed-loop systems are rare in high-voltage kitchen house wiring in the Keller area, if only because they buck traditional methods, require new tools and materials and necessitate that the kitchen appliances themselves contain complex equipment that talk to the computer-controlled panel. Still, if planning a Keller kitchen remodel, we can help with every aspect of electrical re-design.
Also, if you're given the opportunity, try to imagine what furniture and functions you'll have along each wall in the kitchen, as well as any physical limitations that might hinder your ability to reach a switch or outlet. While the decision may have been done on the building plans, you may have time during the early renovation stage to walk through the house and get a better perspective on where you want kitchen outlets, switches and overhead lighting receptacles. Our remodelers schedule a walkthrough of the kitchen area to explain the building process, update the job's progress and make minor adjustments. From cabinets to flooring, tile, wainscoating and everything in between, we can help.