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Hot Bathroom Flooring Ideas: Exploring the Newest Material Choices

September 22, 2014

Most homeowners immediately think of ceramic tile or vinyl when considering new flooring for a bathroom. Both work well in an environment that gets wet. You have other options, though. Let’s look at the tried-and-true standbys as well as a few you may not have considered.

Ceramic Tile

bathroom tile floor Hot Bathroom Flooring Ideas: Exploring the Newest Material ChoicesBoth durable and hygienic, ceramic tile is a top choice for the bathroom. Be sure to pick a product rated as anti-slip and low porosity to keep the surface safe and resistant to mold. In terms of color and pattern, the choices are seemingly endless, allowing the floor to be as understated or bold an element in your décor as you want.

Vinyl

This budget-friendly bathroom flooring comes as tiles, sheets, and sheets that look like tiles. Opt for either type of sheets, as the more pieces that make up flooring, the greater the potential for water to penetrate seams and cause mold growth. Vinyl also has a softer feel than ceramic, as you place padding between it and the subfloor.

Concrete

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Another low-cost option, concrete can give your bathroom a modern, industrial look with a simple finish or resemble more expensive flooring through stenciling and stains. You already have a concrete sub-floor, so why not consider using it if it’s complementary to your home’s overall décor.

Ceramic, vinyl and concrete flooring are all low maintenance, with soap and water used for cleaning.

Glass

Homeowners who embrace eco-friendliness are choosing tiles made out of recycled glass as flooring for the bathroom. Like ceramic, the color and pattern choices are vast. Glass tiles tend to be smaller than ceramic and other materials, as the weight needs to be distributed over less of an area. Pick sandblasted tiles to reduce the slip factor.

Glass tile also offers low maintenance, as you clean it just like you would windows.

Bamboo or Cork

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While wood floors are an option for bathroom floors if properly sealed and filled, these two materials are a more sustainable choice grasses grow much more quickly than trees. Both naturally repel moisture and resist mold. Bamboo resembles wood more than cork, which has a softer feel.

Both bamboo and cork require only regular sweeping or dust mopping.

Note: While laminate “wood” offers the look of wood, it does not work well in bathrooms because of the moisture. Standing water will damage the material, and who doesn’t splash outside the shower or bathtub from time to time.

Carpet

For most homeowners, the thought of carpet in the bathroom seems not only impractical but also unsafe, as the material retains moisture and creates an excellent environment for mold growth. Enter modern modular carpet from companies such as FLOR. This particular product has an antimicrobial backing that inhibits mold growth. It also comes in solids and patterns and in a variety of colors and shapes.

Simply vacuum as you would any other carpet, and the modular aspect allows you to easily replace any square that gets a stain you can’t remove.

After you choose the best flooring for your bathroom, also give serious consideration to installation. While some of these materials can be done as DIY projects, such as vinyl flooring, others require professional installation, among them wood and anything with tiles. You also might need help prepping the subfloor if switching from one material to another.

Mr. Handyman can maintain your home to save you money. One call really does take care of everything on your to-do list. All Mr. Handyman franchises are Fully Insured with General Liability and Workers Compensation. Some services are subject to state and local licensing and may not be available in all locations. Make sure to stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs and request service in your area.

2014 National Day of Service Highlights

September 19, 2014

So far, 13 Mr. Handyman owners have completed their projects dedicated to the National Day of Service and Remembrance, and three others have committed to serving veterans in November, in honor of this annual effort.

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Mr. Handyman of Northern Virginia – Arlington to Haymarket and U.S. Army Veteran William Martin.

Jo McCabe, owner of Mr. Handyman of Northern Virginia – Arlington to Haymarket, led the charge with this year’s effort. As a U.S. Navy Veteran, McCabe uses this event to rally her team of technicians’ talents and performed over 200 hours of free service at WWII veteran William Martin’s home. They replaced the kitchen floor, partially remodeled a bathroom, replaced the front gutter and several other interior and exterior maintenance projects. Martin served in the U.S. Army from 1942 – 1946.

“We are thrilled to have worked with Mr. Martin and his wife as part of Mr. Handyman’s National Day of Service campaign,” said McCabe, owner of Mr. Handyman of Northern Virginia. “We always look for ways to give back to our community and we are excited to be a part of a national operation to help those in need.”

Highlights from other projects around the country were captured in local media outlets:

Bruce and Robin Foster, owners of Mr. Handyman of Western Wake County, donated their technicians’ time to the Garner Road Community Center. The project was covered by three television stations and they received a request for post-event photos from the Triangle Business Journal. Check out their segment, which aired on WRAL-TV and is also highlighted on the station’s website.

Allen Furrer, owner of Mr. Handyman of Southwest Florida, gave back to Doug Hale, a disabled veteran. His crew’s work was admired, photographed and shared in The News-Press.com and Lehigh Acres News Star. The online appearance also included a video interview allowing Furrer the chance to talk about Mr. Handyman and our National Day of Service.

Both the Capital Gazette and Bowie Blade-News were interested in Kevin Crysler and Diane McKinney’s return to the Bowie volunteer fire department. The photos and interview comments were prominently featured on the main page of the publication’s website.

The McKinney Courier-Gazette interviewed Kris Talley, as he and Cindy Parks-Talley gave the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary some much-needed improvement in a new interactive, children’s exhibit, planned to open in October.

To find out more about Mr. Handyman’s National Day of Service, visit our website.

Fun Projects to Make Your Child’s Room A Study Haven

September 16, 2014
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Back to school means spending time in the car pool lane, packing sack lunches and homework.  Yes homework!  So how can you help your child be successful this year and stay ahead of the class?  Give them an area separate from the rest of the house that is dedicated to homework, like their bedroom.  Here are a few fun projects that can turn your child’s bedroom into a study haven:

Desk Space- A desk is the first building block to a great homework station.  You want to find a desk that fits properly in your child’s room but also provides an ample worktop space and storage for school supplies such as paper, pencils and erasers, etc.  If your childs room is smaller or if you are looking to save space, consider creating a reading loft with a desk underneath.

Bulletin Board – Providing you child with a bulletin board in their room will allow them the ability to showcase academic achievements and post reminders. Most bulletin boards are made of cork and can be a little boring.  Jazz up a traditional bulletin board by wrapping it in fabric, adding a frame or using a few smaller boards to create one large board.

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Workspace Lighting – Lighting is an important part of a workstation that will allow your child to be productive and efficient.  Traditional desk lamps are useful but also consider hanging a strand of lights around your child’s desk to highlight their workspace.  It is a nice way to be creative and make the space fun.

Hanging Clipboards – A great way to personalize your child’s study space is to add hanging clipboards on their wall by their desk space.  They are a great way to keep your kids organized with upcoming assignments and can be bought in a variety of fun printed backgrounds.

Organization – The best way to be organized is to make it simple.  Add a towel rod to the wall with hooks to hang scissors or small buckets with markers and pens. You can also make a pencil container from a recycled can.  Simply paint the can or cover in ribbon for a one of a kind pencil holder. Also, don’t forget about a custom calendar to keep track of tests and big exams.  Use family photos or inspiring pics to create a calendar that keeps your child on track all while keeping them organized. Last but not lest add a shelf with decorative boxes and a few magazine files. Once you and your child start organizing your study haven it may be hard to stop!

Mr. Handyman can maintain your home to save you money. One call really does take care of everything on your to-do list. All Mr. Handyman franchises are Fully Insured with General Liability and Workers Compensation. Some services are subject to state and local licensing and may not be available in all locations. Make sure to stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs and request service in your area.

What is Laminate Wood Flooring & Is It a Good Choice for My Home?

September 12, 2014

Wood floors add charm and warmth, but they can be expensive. Many homeowners opt for wood laminate to get a similar look without the high price tag. Keep reading to determine whether laminate wood flooring is a good choice for your home…

How Is Wood Laminate Flooring Made?

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This synthetic flooring features multiple layers laminated together. The bottom layer consists of melamine resin (a type of plastic) and fiberboard (made from wood fibers). On top is placed a photographic appliqué of wood, followed by a clear protective layer.

The photographic appliqué allows for seemingly endless options in terms of color, grain and texture. Any wood in existence—including cherry, hickory, maple, oak and pine—can be simulated, and recent styles have even included flooring that looks like stone, concrete and slate.

Fun Fact: When shopping for wood laminate flooring, you might see and/or hear it called Pergo. The name refers to the first product of its kind, which was invented by Swedish company Perstorp in 1977. Just like Kleenex, it gets used synonymously.

How Is Wood Laminate Flooring Installed?

The ease with which it can be installed is a major selling point along with the lower cost. The product comes as tongue-and-groove planks that are clicked into one another and placed on top of a foam or film underlay, which goes over the subfloor.

At edges, the flooring gets cut to fit. Baseboards should be removed and reinstalled for the proper finished appearance, or additional trim strips can be used as filler. Installing wood laminate flooring can be done by an experienced DIYer with the necessary tools and time, but if you have never taken on a project such as this it makes sense to assign the work to a professional. Your handyman can get the work done, with each room taking just a few hours after the existing flooring has been removed.

Pros and Cons of Wood Laminate Flooring

The synthetic flooring has multiple advantages when compared to other types. As mentioned, it usually costs less than real wood, with ranges from $0.50 to $3.50 per square foot and $3 to $13 per square foot, respectively. Because of the lower price, you can choose a wood look that you may not be able to afford if it were actual wood. This type of flooring also resists scratching, staining, and fading better than the real stuff.

Many homeowners also appreciate the eco-friendliness of certain products because they use recycled materials. You can also enjoy the look of a gorgeous but rare or endangered species of wood without breaking the law with the faux flooring.

In terms of drawbacks, standing water can damage wood laminate flooring, just as it can actual wood. Unlike wood, though, it cannot be refinished but must instead be replaced altogether.

To learn more about how wood laminate flooring stands up to other types of materials, check out this Wood Flooring Types: Pros and Cons post.

Caring for Wood Laminate Flooring

Regular cleaning simply involves a dust mop. You can spot clean with a damp sponge or mop, the latter for larger spills. It does not require polishing, waxing or refinishing, as real wood floors do. For more advice on how to clean floors of all kinds, check out this How to Mop and Clean Wood, Vinyl, and Laminate Floors post.

Mr. Handyman can maintain your home to save you money. One call really does take care of everything on your to-do list. All Mr. Handyman franchises are Fully Insured with General Liability and Workers Compensation. Some services are subject to state and local licensing and may not be available in all locations. Make sure to stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs and request service in your area.

2014 National Day of Service Projects

September 4, 2014

Mr. Handyman businesses around the country are less than a week away
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This year, nearly 800 hours of professional handyman services will be donated, bringing our total to over 4,600 hours since we began in 2009.

Here’s what a few Mr. Handyman franchise owners have to say about participating:

“We are thrilled to be working with Community Housing Advocacy & Development (CHAD) as part of Mr. Handyman’s National Day of Service campaign. We are always looking for ways to give back to our community and we are excited to be a part of a national operation to help others in need,” said Wayne Owczarzak, owner of Mr. Handyman of Wheaton.

When Jo McCabe, Mr. Handyman of Northern Virginia – Arlington to Haymarket was asked if she’s participating in this year’s National Day of Service, she said, “Of course we’re participating! This year’s recipient of our services was recommended by the VFW and is a U.S. Army World War II veteran.”

“Spending a day supporting the Naples Fire Department was a big deal for our team over the past few years. Within our community, there are several fire departments and being able to connect to the people on the front line is pretty moving. They do jobs we wouldn’t be able to do, so helping them with their improvement projects is very gratifying,” said Jay Gravel, owner of Mr. Handyman serving Greater Naples.

Other projects planned in observance of the 2014 National Day of Service include:

  • Cindy Parks-Talley and Kris Talley, owners of Mr. Handyman of Midwest Collin County, are donating their team’s time at the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • In the Orlando, Fla. area, Bob Curley and Michael Slason teaming up to support a woman recommended by Compassionate Hands and Hearts Breast Cancer Outreach, which was founded by WFTV Anchor Vanessa Echols.
  • Long-time participant Chad Olson, owner of Mr. Handyman of SE Orlando, will spend his day working again at the Safehouse of Seminole. He was inspired to help years ago when he saw an abused women come into the shelter with her children.
  • The Garner Road Community Center will have items on their facility’s To Do list checked off by Bruce and Robin Foster’s team at Mr. Handyman of Western Wake County.
  • Michael Carney, owner of Mr. Handyman of the Southwest Atlanta Suburbs, and his team of technicians are planning to install handrails and improve accessibility and safety in homes suggested by Fayette Senior Services.
  • Along with the Mr. Handyman Home Office team, Greg Kemp, owner of My Handyman of Ann Arbor, Chelsea and Saline will paint trim, stain a deck, maintain landscaping and more at the Peace Neighborhood Center.
  • A disabled veteran will receive free handyman services from Mr. Handyman serving S Lee County, which is owned by Allen Furrer.
  • Making a return visit to the volunteer Bowie Fire Department, Kevin Crysler and Diana McKinney, owners of Mr. Handyman of Anne Arundel and NE PG said their technicians have awning and roof repairs and painting projects planned.
  • The Quigley House will be assisted again by Mr. Handyman serving Greater Jacksonville, owned by Mike and Libby McCalley.
  • Ted Tennenbaum and David Silverman will combine their workforce to give a deserving, Los Angeles-area veteran some much-needed assistance.
  • In Arlington, Tom and Suzy Ware, will also support a military veteran by making home repairs closer to Veteran’s Day. 

Curb Appeal Ideas for the Front of Your House: Doors, Yard & Mailbox

August 31, 2014

The front of a house sets the tone for the entire property. Real estate agents call this “curb appeal.” Whether selling your home or planning on staying put, consider boosting its presence in a positive way with these ideas for the front door, yard, and mailbox.

Choosing the Right New Door

glass front door 204x300 Curb Appeal Ideas for the Front of Your House: Doors, Yard & MailboxInstalling a new front door can create a focal point where one did not exist before, drawing the eyes of passersby and welcoming friends and family.

When shopping for a new door, start by considering the architectural style of your home. If you have a California Mission-style house, for example, a wood door with ironwork would suit it well. Less traditional materials, such as steel, suit modern architecture. Look for a door that complements your home.

Whether to include glass is another consideration. The door itself can include glass panels, with glass an option as sidelights and the transom (the area above the door) as well. If your home does not currently have sidelights and a transom, they can often be added by a professional handyman if room exists. These glass elements come in a variety of designs and decorative colors, and coatings are available that muffle sound, block UV rays, and resist break-ins.

Adding Front Yard and Street Side Landscaping

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Just as you factor in the architectural style of your home when choosing a new front door, so should you factor in the size and shape of your house and property when designing its landscaping. Keep shrubs and other plants at a scale that does not overwhelm. Also pick shapes from the house and repeat them in the landscaping, such as the curves of a Tudor or the boxy style of modern architecture.

When it comes to color, again choose what complements the hues already on your home. Make trim pop by picking it up in a perennial bed. Or give a home painted in neutral colors a splash of color with landscaping that changes with the seasons. Work in garden accessories if you have room such as benches, water features, and other items.

Above all, match your landscaping to the amount of time you have to maintain it—or the budget you have to hire a service to keep up with the planting and pruning. Some homeowners get in over their heads and find that the burst of energy and ambition that created a gorgeous front yard did not turn into a gardening hobby to be enjoyed year-round.

Upgrade Your Mailbox

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Homeowners who still receive mail at home, as opposed to at centrally located boxes in the neighborhood, have the opportunity to make a first impression literally at the curb.

Today’s mailboxes come in a variety of materials. Wood is a durable choice, but keep in mind that it will require a fresh coat of paint or stain to stay looking like new. PVC can mimic the look of wood and needs less maintenance. There are metal options, too. Again, choose the style and color that best complements your home. Just be sure it meets United States Postal Service guidelines so you actually get mailed delivered to it.

If you are a particularly handy homeowner, mailbox installation can be DIY. Check out our post Installing a Mailbox and Post: Should I Do It Myself? to learn more.

And to get more ideas for boosting the curb appeal of your home, check out our post Curb Appeal and Exterior Home Improvements. It also includes maintenance and repair checklists so you can stay on top of the many chores that come with being a homeowner.

Mr. Handyman can maintain your home to save you money. One call really does take care of everything on your to-do list. All Mr. Handyman franchises are Fully Insured with General Liability and Workers Compensation. Some services are subject to state and local licensing and may not be available in all locations. Make sure to stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs and request service in your area.

Outdoor Storage Ideas from Sheds to Containers

August 28, 2014

Fall is just around the corner, which means there will be lots of leaf raking, pumpkin carving, and enjoyment of the last dwindling days of sunshine before winter. Deciding what storage spaces you need can be crucial to organizing your backyard. What better time to do this than before all of the autumn leaves pile up? Remember, defining and organizing your yard can make a positive visual impact on a backyard. Set aside a few hours to try this out and see how much it helps give your backyard a warmer appearance.

Find an old wood pallet to create a garden tool organizer:  Most of you will have pallets laying around your garage and if not, any general store will have these in the back, just ask! Once you have the pallet, all you have to do is flip it over on its side (so that it is standing vertical), then voila! You have a storage unit to hold your outdoor tools. Now, if you want to add a spot for smaller tools, you can drive a few nails into the top of the pallet and loop strings around them so that those smaller tools can hang. Lastly, if this is going on display, all you have to do is grab a hand sander, sand it down, then apply a fresh coat of paint of your choice!

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Hanging baskets on a wood pallet: Another way to maximize the utility of a pallet is to hang baskets from it! This is another simple trick for outdoor organization. All you have to do is lean the pallet upright, hammer in some sturdy nails (however many you want), and hang baskets or any other sturdy container which suits you. This way it can be used as storage for toys laying around, pet food, flowers, or even wayward towels.

Storage containers: Storage containers are an efficient and great way to keep the clutter off your lawn and ensure backyard messes are manageable. A simple, yet chic idea for containers is to use simple rounded horse troughs. These are great because they add rustic charm to your yard. They are also reliable during unfavorable weather and can store a surprising amount. Garden hoses are a great way to take advantage of these storage containers too — keep that lawn clutter compacted into one area.

Sheds: If you use your garage for your car and other miscellaneous household items, a storage shed might be the best alternative for you to store your outdoor machines and tools. This way you can keep household and outdoor items separate. A shed provides a special home to store anything you have for your yard (i.e. pallet organizers, large containers, lawn mowers). They are easily accessible and simple to put together. There are many sites online which teach you how to build  for yourself or you can specifically go storage shed hunting until you find the one which fits perfectly in your backyard.

Mr. Handyman can maintain your home to save you money. One call really does take care of everything on your to-do list. All Mr. Handyman franchises are Fully Insured with General Liability and Workers Compensation. Some services are subject to state and local licensing and may not be available in all locations. Make sure to stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs and request service in your area.

Stucco Repair and Maintenance: How to Prevent Problems and Cracks

August 25, 2014

Stucco is a great way to add curb appeal and beauty to the outside of your home.  Stucco is a mixture composed of cement and sand that is commonly used on homes located in humid climates.  This durable material can withstand moisture overtime where other materials would experience mold and rot.  Stucco can be applied to almost any existing material suck as brick, block or a concrete wall.  It is also fireproof and doesn’t require allot of maintenance but is susceptible to cracks as weather climates change.  However, if correctly installed you can minimize cracking and future problems.

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  • Install a gap between two stucco areas, also known as a control joint, to prevent cracks from spreading over a large area.
  • Apply stucco install casing beads to act as a barrier between dissimilar materials.
  • Reinforce the corners of two stucco walls with corner beads to relieving stress on the stucco.
  • Keep water draining away from your stucco home with weep screeds that are installed approximately 8 inches above foundation.
  • Install soffit drip screeds to keep water that runs down the exterior of home from returning to the soffit and creating moisture damage.

When properly installed stucco is easy to maintain and can last more than 100 years.  We suggest cleaning the stucco with a garden hose from the bottom of the surface to the top.  Pressure washing is usually not necessary and if not done properly can damage the stucco.

Multiple methods can be used to repair stucco. Mainly the process includes removing the damaged or cracked area, applying multiple layers of stucco and adding a finish coat.  If the cracks or walls are extremely damaged you should hire a professional to repair them.

Mr. Handyman can maintain your home to save you money. One call really does take care of everything on your to-do list. All Mr. Handyman franchises are Fully Insured with General Liability and Workers Compensation. Some services are subject to state and local licensing and may not be available in all locations. Make sure to stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs and request service in your area.

Ideas to Organize Your Garage: Shelves, Cabinets & Storage Solutions

August 22, 2014

Just put it in the garage.” How many times has that direction been given at your house? Probably too many for whatever storage you have to handle without overflowing and/or making items impossible to find. Spend a couple of days getting organized and installing the right system for your needs.

Go Through Every Box, Bag, and Cabinet

cluttered garage space 300x205 Ideas to Organize Your Garage: Shelves, Cabinets & Storage SolutionsGet up early on Saturday morning. Divide your driveway into three sections, placing a box in each with the word Keep, Donate or Toss. As you pull items from the garage, place them in the appropriate box/area. Have additional boxes ready for items to donate and bags out for trash. As you add to the Keep section, organize by type, such as tools, decorations, etc.

Finish your tasks for Saturday by taking all of the trash to the dump and the items to donate to your favorite charity.

If you would like to sell some of the items instead of donating them, only decide to do so if you can schedule a garage sale for the following weekend. Tackle two tasks in one effort and price them that same morning.

Choose an Install the Right Organizational System

Once you only have Keep items left, move them back into the garage for overnight storage. You can also start off with the Keep area inside the garage if you have enough room.

Look at what you have and assess what you would need to store everything in a tidy and easily accessible manner. Do you have tons of power tools and yard implements? Is decorating the outside of your home with the changing seasons and holidays your passion? Are you a grease monkey who likes to work on vehicles? Or a cyclist family with more bikes than cars?

Once you determine your biggest storage need, you can choose the right system. It can be a mix of storage options. Here are the basics:

pegboard tool wall garage 300x213 Ideas to Organize Your Garage: Shelves, Cabinets & Storage SolutionsPeg Boards—If your garage doubles as a workspace like for woodworking, auto repair or whatever keeps your hands busy, consider installing a workbench and pegboards if you have not already. Pegboards allow you to keep all of your tools in sight and within reach. You can also install them wider than the workbench to allow for hanging tall items such as yard tools.

Cabinets—If you would like a more permanent solution, one that will add to your home’s resale value and hide the majority of items from sight, consider installing cabinetry. Be sure to choose the material that best suits your environment. For example, wood cabinets might not be the best choice in wetter areas of the country, especially if your area has the potential for even the most minor flooding. Plastic or resin would work best then. Metal is another option. With cabinetry, you also can customize the cabinets, shelves and drawers to suit your storage needs.

storage bins garage Ideas to Organize Your Garage: Shelves, Cabinets & Storage SolutionsShelves—If you use your garage mainly for storage, as opposed to the above, a shelf and bin system may work best. That way, everything gets the protection a closed bin provides and you can organize the bins by how often you need to access their contents. For example, place holiday decorations on a top shelf but tools on the bottom. Use clear bins or labels so you know exactly where items are and can get to them quickly. And if space is at a premium in your garage, there are shelves that hang from the ceiling as well.

Once you decide the best combination, purchase the system or schedule your professional handyman to do the work. Again, just like with the garage sale you want to follow up with part two of this task as soon as possible to organize your garage.

Mr. Handyman can maintain your home to save you money. One call really does take care of everything on your to-do list. All Mr. Handyman franchises are Fully Insured with General Liability and Workers Compensation. Some services are subject to state and local licensing and may not be available in all locations. Make sure to stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs and request service in your area.

 

Creating a Modern Exterior Facade with Slatted Wood Panels

August 18, 2014
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If you are looking for an exciting way to update the exterior of your home with a modern look consider adding slatted wood panels. This design option can be used to create a cool elegant look to the front or back of your home. Here are a few places we suggest trying this design option:

Accent Your Siding – Integrate horizontal slats to a traditional home to give it a modern look. Using slates with your already existing siding will give your home texture and curb appeal.

Garage Door – Give your garage a facelift by using slatted wood panels. Incorporate frosted glass windows to contrast the wood and make it even more of a focal point.

Fence or Gate - Instead of opting for a metal or vinyl fence or gate choose slatted wood panels. Using this type of material will provide separation to your backyard and will allow you to feel less closed off from the outdoors.

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Entryway or Balcony – Create shade and solitude in your entryway or on your balcony by adding slatted wood panels. If you have a roof or pergola above you can also consider hanging the panels from a ceiling track to create movable panels.

Porch or Patio – Tear down the walls of your old outdated screened in porch or add much needed privacy to your patio with slated wood panels. This will not only add curb appeal to the facade of your home but it will also create a tranquil space that you will enjoy spending time in.

Adding slatted wood panels to the exterior of your home is an easy way to add privacy and curb appeal. If done correctly, it can take your home’s facade to a whole new level.

Mr. Handyman can maintain your home to save you money. One call really does take care of everything on your to-do list. All Mr. Handyman franchises are Fully Insured with General Liability and Workers Compensation. Some services are subject to state and local licensing and may not be available in all locations. Make sure to stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs and request service in your area.

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