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20-Year-Old Decks: Repair or Replace?

The rails jiggle, the nails are popping, and Dad just limped in with a splinter. Softwood decks can last a long time, depending on how well they’re built, but it’s not uncommon for decks of cedar, pine, or redwood to hold up for 10 to 20 years, at which point they begin to disintegrate in ways that range from unsightly and inconvenient to downright dangerous.

Flood Catastrophe: 15 Coping Strategies for Remodelers

Whether you are dealing with Hurricane Harvey or a future weather catastrophe, any of us could find ourselves in the chaos of a destructive storm. If/when it happens, brace yourselves. Have a plan in place and be ready to respond. As I write this, Hurricane Harvey has raged through Texas. It is now a tropical storm that is flooding a widespread area. The coming days and months are going to stressful for remodeling contractors serving flooded areas, as well as our homeowner victims.

Make Custom Kitchens And Baths Pencil Out

Kitchens and baths are opportunities for a custom builder to really shine. When clients bring photos of European cabinets, pro-style gas ranges, steam showers, and other sexy features to a meeting, builders are inclined to go all out in order to please them. But because some of the costliest line items in a custom project, particularly cabinets, are allocated to the kitchen and bath, budgets can quickly spin out of control.

Adding Value to Your Home With a Finished Deck

Adding Value to Your Home With a Finished Deck Are you looking to maximize your home’s value and add useful outdoor living space? If you are, you should consider installing a new deck. Creating outdoor space in a home when preparing to sell creates an appealing new gathering area in which potential buyers can envision themselves relaxing or hosting get-togethers where they can entertain guests. According to SFGate, adding a deck to a home offers a 76 percent return on investment when selling. Benefits of Installing a New Deck By installing a new deck, home sellers can significantly increase the value of their home, as well as the interest that home buyers show in it. This can make their home sell for a higher value and spend less time on the market before it's sold. Some of the many benefits of installing a new deck include: Attracting younger buyers. Maximizing buyer interest in the home. Increasing usable exterior square footage of the home.

Seven Products to Deck Out Your Exterior Projects

According to the latest AIA Home Design Trends Survey, 69% of architecture firms have reported an increase in designing a project related to outdoor living. As clients start to look for more luxurious designs in the backyards, remodelers need to take note of the new and upcoming products for “outdoor living rooms. ” BUILDER’s Mary Salmonsen reports on some of the new developments in composite materials, outdoor lighting, and outdoor kitchen features.

Protect Your Jobsite Crews From the Summer Heat

On a jobsite in Kingsville, Texas, in August 2013, a worker was mixing gypsum concrete in preparation for gypcrete installation on an apartment building. It’s not a particularly taxing job, but he was doing it in direct sunlight. “He wasn’t training or doing anything that involved a lot of lifting or climbing,” says Holly Webster, director of administration at Texas-based KWA Construction, which served as the general contractor on the job.