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10 Home Areas That Likely Need a Pro

Posted on 7/5/16 9:30 AM
If you are working on a DIY remodel, deciding whether to call in a specialty contractor to perform a specific task comes down to several areas you'll need to consider:
  • Skill. Do you have the necessary skills to build a sound structure, and do it safely?
  • Scale. Is the size of the project one that you can handle in a reasonable amount of time?
  • Cost. When factoring in the value of your own time, can the project be completed for less cost by a professional? Do you have the tools you need?
  • Aesthetics. Can you finish the project attractively enough that you're not sacrificing resale value? Would a rough grout joint or wallpaper seam bother you?
Learn more about the specific problem areas that often require professional help below.
 
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Construction Contracts: How to Understand What You Are Buying

Posted on 6/28/16 10:00 AM
It’s always important to know what you’re buying. When you buy something at a store, you get the hands-on experience of seeing its size and how it looks, feels and works. You leave the store knowing exactly what you’ve bought.

When you agree to pay for construction work, though, it’s up to you, your architect and your contractor to agree on what will be built. This can be difficult, because the “product” you’re talking about is something that’s never been built and doesn’t even exist yet except in everyone’s minds — and in documents.
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Your Complete Guide to Building Permits

Posted on 6/21/16 10:00 AM
Yes, the building permit process can be a frustrating, costly and-time consuming affair, but there is purpose to the process and no getting around your local jurisdiction if you want to do your project right.

Here we recap the building permit basics, with links to more in-depth analysis of various stages of the planning, permitting and inspection processes. It’s an overview of a subject you should familiarize yourself with before tackling your home remodel project.
 
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Construction Contracts: What to Know About Estimates vs. Bids

Posted on 6/1/16 2:32 PM
When planning a home remodeling or new construction project, one of the first things homeowners usually want to know is how much the work will cost. Part of asking about cost is not just defining what the work will be but also knowing what form you would like the contract to take — fixed price (also known as a bid) or time and materials (also known as cost plus or estimate of cost). Understanding the subtleties of these contract forms will help you decide which is right for you.
 

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How to Read a Floor Plan

Posted on 8/28/15 9:25 AM
The floor plan, or plan, is the most common of all architectural drawings. From builders to architects, Realtors to appraisers, everyone uses a floor plan. More than likely this is because the floor plan is the one drawing that tells us the most about a house. From the type of house to the size of the house, a floor plan reveals area, structure, circulation pattern, stair location, door and window locations, room layout and so much more.

While floor plans do reveal a lot about the functional characteristics of a house, they often lack the information needed to describe the home's overall feel. This is because they can't easily show us what is going on in the third dimension. So when looking at a floor plan, remember that you're looking at just one view of the house and you'll need to look at other views to really understand all of the house's features.

Having said this, let's look at what a floor plan shows.
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Budget Decorator: 10 Ways to Deck Out Your Patio

Posted on 8/4/15 9:08 AM
Been gazing out at your backyard, wishing you could spruce up your hangout space? You don’t need to spend a lot to make a big difference in the way your outdoor rooms look and feel; you can whip up furnishings and decor, hunt for vintage bargains and make smart choices about new purchases. Here are 10 ideas for updating your space on a dime.
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Top 5 Ceiling Medallion Uses for 2015

Posted on 3/16/15 9:36 AM

In Today’s economy everyone is looking for creative ways to design living spaces using items in a way they ordinarily wouldn’t; such as ceiling medallions. This trend has seemingly exploded since our first post about this in 2012.

Ceiling Medallions are a very versatile product. Using them as a table base with a baluster shaft makes for an adorable side table. Painting these with bright vibrant colors can bring a dull room alive with a pop of color coming from an unexpected place.

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3 Secret Tips for Contractors to Save Money on Architectural Products

Posted on 12/16/14 1:00 PM

Buying architectural products like molding, columns, railing systems etc. can potentially put a big dent in a projects budget; but it does not have to! Small little changes can add up to big savings in the long run if you stay consistent with them.

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13 Pro Tips for Crown Molding

Posted on 3/10/14 11:04 AM

1. Make sure that each length of your crown moldings you purchase has the exact same spring angle, width and thickness. Why? Building supply stores purchase their crown (and trim) from several manufactures, each using their own different fabrication standards/ tolerances.

2. Always check the square of your saw before you begin. For every degree your saw is out, you will get twice that error for each joint you cut.

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How to Correctly Cut Fiberglass Columns

Posted on 2/10/14 9:57 AM
Fiberglass columns are used in interior and exterior building applications, and can be custom cut to size to fit your project design. Have a question? Get answers from an expert now!

If you are not comfortable with cutting your own columns to height Worthington Millwork can always cut the columns for you.

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How to Prepare the Exterior of Your Home for Hard Winter

Posted on 12/10/13 12:54 PM
The holiday season is upon us, and cold weather is setting in across the country. Now is the time to make one final pass around the exterior of your property to make sure your home will be safe and accessible all winter. Organize unheated garages and sheds to prepare for the damage that freezing temperatures can cause. You’ll be ready for winter, and spring will be that much better when you go looking for that spade shovel and don’t find a nasty surprise instead. Here’s what to do.
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5 Simple Steps to Removing Trim Moulding

Posted on 9/10/13 9:40 AM

Removing finish trim is a skill that will come in handy for any home restorer. Plumbers and electricians often cut through trim moulding to do their upgrades, roughhousing kids and fast-moving pets can damage old or delicate baseboards, and it's often necessary to patch-in repairs. Not to mention that after a century of painting, trim often needs stripping to regain its luster and reclaim its profiles. Read on to discover how it's done.

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10 Basic Principles When Restoring A Home's Architectural Details

Posted on 7/18/13 12:59 PM

Did you know there is a big difference between restoring a house and rehabilitating one? Restoring your home involves faithfully repairing and re-creating a building's original architectural elements so that it closely resembles its appearance at a previous point in time. Rehabilitating your home is more interpretive - it involves making the structure sound and usable again and retaining whatever original features are possible to save, but not necessarily restoring things that have gone missing. For new owners of old houses, deciding which approach to use is the first logical step in helping map out repairs. These basic rules for sensitive historic rehabilitation - based on the secretary of the interior's standards used to enforce the Federal Rehabilitation Incentive Tax Program - office sound advice.

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How To Correctly Paint Fiberglass Columns

Posted on 6/25/13 10:13 AM

Fiberglass columns are one of the most commonly purchased columns today. They are very easy to paint and offer a limited lifetime warranty (depending on where you purchased them from). They are extremely durable and can withstand a variety of conditions and abuse. Painting columns the correct way is very important. You don't want to have to sand it all down and start over again, so why not read these directions and get it right the first time!

     
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How To Install An Aluminum Railing System

Posted on 6/21/13 8:42 AM

A detailed look at installing an aluminum railing system. Aluminum railing systems are good for many different reasons. See the many different benefits of using an aluminum railing system in our blog. Although installation instruction do typically come with your purchase they can be very difficult to read and understand. We have laid it all out for you here, enjoy!

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How To Install Polyurethane Louvers

Posted on 6/18/13 1:15 PM

Polyurethane louvers are very low maintenance and can enhance any architectural style. They are manufactured in the U.S.A and are very durable, extremely light and high density. Installing these louvers are extremely simple. Just follow these four steps and you are all done!

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How To Build A Crown Moulding Miter Box

Posted on 6/13/13 1:44 PM

Installing crown moulding, like playing the piano, takes practice. Unlike playing the piano, however, most people can get the hang of it with only a little practice. Before you take the time to become a master, however, you may want more information on preassembled corner pieces that simplify the project tremendously.

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How To Install Fiberglass Columns

Posted on 6/5/13 1:59 PM

Installing fiberglass columns can sometime be confusing or a hassle. We have broken down our installation instructions so that it is easy to install and also fast. This is simple enough that a homeowner can do it! As always if you have any questions on your installation feel free to give us a call!

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How To Measure For Window Arches

Posted on 6/4/13 8:09 AM

Follow these few simple steps to measure for a window arch.

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How Architectural Details Can Help Your Curb Appeal

Posted on 5/23/13 11:24 AM

When you think curb appeal the last thing most people think of is architectural products. Not only can products such as window heads, entrance systems, and pergolas add value to your home they can add far more value than just adding a few bushes to your lawn. Although you can maximize your home value and curb appeal by doing both.

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