The 5 Quickest Ways to Remodel Your Home

Remodeling your home can be an expensive undertaking, and many projects take time. Often during the time of remodeling sections of your home are inaccessible creating disruptions to your daily life. However, there are some quick and easy ways to make improvements without major inconveniences.

Refinishing wooden floors can bring them back to life without sacrificing more than a day or two depending on the size of the area that needs attention. Professionals with an experienced team can do what needs doing quickly and efficiently so you can get on with your life.

Regrouting the bathroom is another quick way to restore some of its original luster. This also is a great way to ensure that there are no areas exposed to water leakage.

Changing out old light fixtures is an easy way to update the look and feel of just about any room without the hassle of rewiring. Replacing an overhead light with a ceiling fan can also add air circulation to an otherwise stuffy living room or den.

Rather than redoing all the cabinets and drawers in bathrooms and kitchens, try changing out the hardware. Switching out brass fittings for silver ones and replacing all the handles with new ones can be done in a matter of minutes. It is a small change that can have a huge impact on the overall appearance.

Painting is by far one of the cheapest and quickest remodeling techniques. Whether it is changing the color of an entire room, or simply adding more detail by painting baseboards the time investment is no more than a few hours to a day depending on the size of the room.

For more information on inexpensive professional home remodeling project options, contact Gene Rodgers Home Improvement, servicing  all of Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri.

5 Affordable Wood Flooring Ideas for Your Home

Wood floorings ideas for your home can be as affordable as they are varied. From richness of finish to the type of wood, there are options that can work for any budget.

Before you take on any re-flooring project it is best to check the surfaces you have to work with, especially looking under wall-to-wall carpeted areas. In some older houses there might be a hard wood floor under the carpet that could simply need a good refinishing to restore it to its former glory. Once you know what is beneath then you can explore your ideas

Warm Welcome: One idea for strategic placement would be to lay an extremely durable wood to enhance your home's entry way or foyer. This can provide a more formal welcoming area with the richness and warmth of wood.

Cozy Company: If you would like to have hard wood in the family room or living room you may want to choose a wood flooring with a slightly lower grade, which tends to have more texture with knots, and perhaps a beveled edge. Beveled edges give the flooring a more homey, cottage appearance, and can hide slight unevenness of subfloors.

Fine Dining: For a fancy dining room parquet flooring is ideal with a higher gloss. This is wood flooring laid out in a geometric pattern. The way to save money on this type of design is to choose domestic species, such as oak, maple, or cherry, as opposed to imported species of wood, such as teak or wedge.

Plank Walking: Rather than spend money on hard wood flooring for bedrooms where fewer eyes can appreciate it, consider simply laying hard wood in the hallway. This will provide a strategic use of wood to enhance your home without over investing in areas where it may not be appreciated as much.

Work Space: Home offices and libraries can benefit from wood flooring, giving them that classic look. Having a high or low gloss finish on the flooring will either add elegance or keep things cozy as works best with your room design.

Another factor to consider is solid or engineered wood. Solid wood flooring is what most people think of when they consider wood flooring. It can be sanded and refinished many times to preserve its life. Engineered wood is real wood, but it is manufactured using three to nine layers of different wood veneers. It can also be sanded and refinished, but has a greater limit for this process thereby shortening its life compared to solid wood; however, it is far more susceptible to humidity fluctuations than solid wood.

Contact Gene Rodgers Home Improvement for wood flooring ideas and installation, or call (870) 586-0854 or (870)565-2497.

5 Hot Design Ideas for Your New Custom Patio

A patio can be a wonderful addition to almost any home. As an alternative to a porch, a patio is a paved outdoor area reminiscent of an old world courtyard, giving you a delightful gathering space to complement your landscaping. There are many ways to enhance your patio for a custom design to suit your lifestyle.

Patterns at Play: Using colored tiles to create patterns and designs in pavement can add a distinctive flare to any outdoor area. Utilizing various sizes and shapes of flagstones is another way to add whimsy or create a well-balanced Zen appeal.

Harness the Fire: As the nights become chilly nothing warms the atmosphere like a cozy blaze with a fireplace, fire pit, or grill. An outdoor fireplace for your patio is an excellent way to enjoy your patio year round. Another way to warm those chilly nights and add a bit of character might be to install a sunken fire pit into the center of your patio. A fire pit can also be equipped with a grill for added functionality.

Layered Tiers: There is no restriction that dictates your patio must be one solid flat surface or that you cannot have one without leveling the entire area. Creating a tiered patio to complement your naturally rolling landscape can add varying levels of interest.

Calming Waters: Water features with cascading falls and lily filled ponds can add a soothing ambiance to any patio. It is possible to utilize complementing construction for either a natural, rustic look or adding a bit of old world flavor with a sculpted fountain.

Island Oasis: The real joy of a patio is that it need not be attached to your home directly. It is possible to create a virtual island with some well-placed foliage and a stone path for a secluded getaway just a few feet away.

When it comes to designing the ideal patio there are any number of ways to customize. Contact  Gene Rodger Home Improvement at (870) 586-0854 or (870)565-2497.