Logs are not your only option for a gas fireplace. While the logs are fairly common to give the appearance of a “real” wood burning fireplace, crystals and stone can also be used for a different aesthetic.
Are Remodelers Taking a Fresh Look at Vinyl Siding?
Recently, Tess Wittler wrote an article for Professional Remodeler Magazine examining the decline of vinyl siding. According to the article, “Vinyl siding has lost traction in the exterior cladding market every year since 2007. While vinyl siding is still the top choice across the U.S. and Canada, its market share fell from 39 percent in 2003 to 27 percent by 2013.”
While vinyl siding is the first thing to pops into your head when considering an exterior remodel, the fast emerging option is Hardi-Plank cement fiber. Including installation, vinyl siding is approximately $100 less per square foot.
So how do Neil Parsons and the Design Build Planners accommodate the desire to move away from vinyl, but still be cognizant of the budget?
Stone, whether natural or veneer, is a popular way to add texture, pattern and interest to a home’s exterior. But have you ever thought of using stone details as a jumping-off point for a home’s exterior color palette? Maybe you should.
Since stone has a natural aesthetic, color schemes derived from it tend to be easy and noncoerced. Whether neutral or colorful, these schemes can work on nearly any style of home. Take color cues from the stones themselves or from grout. Restrict your palette to two or three colors for a polished effect. Use contrasting trim to offset architectural details. Continue reading
Recently, the Design Build Planners met with Nanci McCarthy to discuss a few projects currently in design and development. We took the opportunity to ask her a few questions. Nanci, one of our favorite Trade Partners, is the Branch Manager for Best Tile. Best Tile has been providing tile material, accessories, and supplies to homeowners and trades people for 50 years. They have showroom locations from Vermont to North Carolina.
DBPlanners: What is the newest, hottest trend in tile? Continue reading