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3 Ideas for Creating Curb Appeal

Most home renovations focus on the inside. You replace dated carpet with new hardwood, tile the bath and shower, and replace old countertops with marble or granite, along with updating things like plumbing and electrical as needed. The exterior is often neglected in favor of making the interior more beautiful.

However, investing in your curb appeal is not only great for the value of your home but also to make your home look like home to all who visit. The updates are more than aesthetic. Upgrades to siding, windows, and exterior features also add to your home quality and save you from the maintenance that comes as worn-out products continue to age.

Here are some curb appeal improvement ideas that can take your exterior from blah to beautiful, even making your house look entirely different.

5 Things You Can Accomplish With a Garden Window

Garden windows are like superpowers. There are so many ways you can use them to improve your life.

Garden windows should not be confused with bay or bow windows. Bay or bow windows extend from the home’s exterior walls like garden windows. However, bow and bay windows are composed of traditional glass window panes with a standard roof placed overhead.

A garden window also juts out from the home, but it has a slanted roof made of glass instead of shingles or metal. Garden windows resemble tiny greenhouses cut in half lengthwise. They can be crafted in many sizes, colors and dimensions to coordinate with any home architecture or decor.

If you want to do something different with one or more rooms, having a garden window installed is a great way to be inspired. There are many creative uses for a garden window, including the five listed below.

7 Advantages of Bathroom Wall Surrounds

No matter which type of tub, shower or tub-shower combo you choose when renovating your bathroom, you must take steps to waterproof the walls around it. In some cases, such as with freestanding tubs, the correct paint and a commitment to regular cleaning is all you need.

However, in most other situations, you’ll need to cover the surrounding wall surfaces with either tile or a wall surround. Wall surrounds come in a number of materials, including acrylic and porcelain.

In this blog, we list seven of the advantages that a wall surround can offer over wall tiles in your bathroom.

Beyond Beauty: Practical Benefits of Arbors and Pergolas

Both arbors and pergolas are eye-catching structures that add shade to your home or garden. An arbor is a structure with a slatted roof and two or four posts. A pergola is similar, but it is larger and can be attached directly to your home.

Most homeowners decide to add arbors or pergolas to their yard because they want to enhance the beauty of their yard space. While these structures are certainly pleasing to look at, they also come with a number of practical benefits for your home and yard.

Here are five reasons why you should invest in an arbor or pergola. 

The New Homeowner’s Guide to Siding

When you lived in an apartment or condo, you never had to worry about siding. Your main consideration was the inside of your smaller living space, especially keeping it clean enough to keep your landlord happy.

But now that you own your own home, you have to maintain the outside of your house, not just the interior. For instance, along with dealing with the new challenges of maintaining your own plumbing and electrical systems, you also have to tend to a backyard, keep your roof clean, and—perhaps most importantly of all—figure out what type of siding you need and when to replace it.

Green Ideas for Your Bathroom Remodel

If you are planning on remodeling your bathroom soon, now is the perfect time to consider greener options. These changes are not only great for the environment, but they’re great for reducing your utility bills!
However, determining which green solutions are best for your budget, time, and preferences can be a little daunting. Here are four ideas to consider for your bathroom renovation. Read on to discover how you can easily and affordably integrate green ideas into your new bathroom.

The Four Seasons: Ways to Enjoy Your Sunroom this Spring

SunroomThe weather’s warming up, but you can still expect some cooler temperatures and a lot of rain before the summer heat kicks in. In the meantime, you may want to view the blossoms and new greenery outdoors while staying out of any inclement weather.

A sunroom provides a great way to enjoy your backyard while still using your home’s shelter. Keep reading to find four ways to use a sunroom this spring.

Five Improvements That Can Make a Bathroom Safer for Aged or Disabled Users

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Each year, more than a quarter of a million people injure themselves in bathrooms and end up in emergency rooms as a result. A lot of those injured are elderly or possess physical needs that make the safe use of a bathroom more challenging.

Many of these injuries can be prevented, and a key to making injuries less likely is the use of safer fixtures, appliances, and accessories. Below are a few items that can make bathrooms safer for aged or disabled occupants.

When Is the Best Time to Remodel in Missouri?

captureWhen most homeowners think about remodeling, they assume they need to wait until the summer. Many people start dreaming up their remodeling project in the fall. But by the time summer comes around, all the remodeling contractors are booked.

The truth is that any season can work for a remodeling project. Read on to learn more.

Winter

It’s a well-kept secret that winter is often the best time to get your remodeling done. Contractors aren’t as busy during this season, so they have more time to give you one-on-one attention. This attention assures that you get exactly what you’re looking for on an efficient time table.

Plus, you’ll save money by remodeling in the winter. With less business for the contractors, you may find it easier to negotiate a better price. Since not as many people remodel in the winter, suppliers and distributors offer great deals, and products are often less expensive as well.

Even exterior additions are possible in the winter. After all, frozen ground is better for building foundations than muddy ground.

Cold weather isn’t always the best for bathroom remodels, though. Freezing temperatures in a torn-down bathroom can be unpleasant for your entire family.

In Missouri, snowstorms and freezing temperatures could delay your winter remodeling project. Cold weather and fewer hours of sunlight can also slow down the work.

Spring

Many people want to remodel when the weather starts to improve. People are often ready to embrace a new beginning, and that aspiration can translate to home updates. Plus, more hours of sunlight mean contractors can work longer and get the job done faster.

Many people are anxious to complete their remodeling projects in the spring so they can enjoy them during the summer, so spring is often a busy time for contractors. You might find it difficult to schedule a convenient time. You may also end up paying more for remodeling than you would during the off-season.

In Missouri, spring is the wettest season of the year. Heavy rain and muddy grounds may lead to delays in your project. Make sure your workers are careful not to track muddy footprints into your home.

Summer

Warm weather is ideal for most remodeling projects. Summer weather also means you can enjoy any outdoor additions right away. You can relax right away in your new sunroom, screened room, or pergola. Summer is also a good time to install roofing and siding, since roofing materials need heat to seal properly.

However, in Missouri, summer can sometimes bring brutal heat. Outdoor remodeling projects can be hard to complete in blistering hot weather. Plus, prices for both work and materials usually increase in the summer.

Keep in mind that choosing a summer remodel can be an advantage if you plan to go on summer vacation. You won’t be inconvenienced by the workers taking over your home. But if you’re staying at home and your kids are home on summer break, remodeling can be a nightmare. You’ll have to find somewhere for your kids to play that’s out of the way of the workers.

Fall

Fall is a good time to remodel for a couple of reasons. Workers probably won’t have to deal with extreme heat or cold and can work long hours without tiring. Plus, paint reacts well to cool weather.

However, August to November can be a busy time for contractors. Many people want to complete their projects before winter and the holiday season. If you decide to remodel in the fall, make sure you start early.

There’s no wrong time to remodel. Each season offers its own advantages and disadvantages. If you’re contemplating a remodeling project, you don’t need to delay it for a “better” season. Call Four Seasons Home Products for a quote on your project—no matter what time of year you plan to start it.

5 Signs Your Windows Need Replacing

All windows will need to be replaced at some point, and you may be wondering if the time has come to replace your Kansas City home’s windows. When windows are outdated and old, they can have a negative impact on everything from energy efficiency in the home to curb appeal. You can determine if your home’s windows are in need of replacement by focusing on a few points.

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