Outdoor remodel progress

How to Prepare for a Remodel

In honor of National Home Improvement Month, Liberty Builders would like to share some tips on how to prepare for a remodel. While Liberty Builders is the leading exterior home remodeling company that focuses on energy efficient products and services, some of our exterior work goes into repairing a lot of interior parts of the home. That’s why we’re here to offer you some planning advice when you’re ready for an overall remodeling of your home.

  • Research: Research projects, products, and companies to compare price and to gain an understanding of what you’re looking for in a remodel. Research property value to make ensure that your projects are in line with the other homes in your area.
  • Plan: Ask yourself how long you might live in your house or if you plan to make your family bigger in the immediate future. Use long and short term questions to figure out the projects you need to focus on now.
  • Budget: Set a realistic budget for your projects. Include projects, products, and incidental expenses. Don’t be afraid to share this with your remodeler. Professionals will be respectful of your budget and will create a strategy around that.
  • Review your Contract: Once you find the right professionals, ask the right questions. Ask about time, cost, their specialties, background, and issues with previous clients. Finally, ask them about their plan to move forward with your project. A true remodeling professional won’t intentionally mislead you, but they might occasionally miss something, so thoroughly read your contract and if something looks different from what was originally discussed, let them know immediately.
  • Final Selections: Make your final project decisions based on quality, style, function, availability, and price.
  • Communicate: Again, ask questions. It’s okay to be on top of your remodeler. This is your home so you should know when the project should start and when it should end. A professional will be honest with you and will communicate with you to ensure they stay on your good side.

We hope this information helps, and when you’re ready, please be sure to give Liberty Builders a call for a FREE in-home consultation! Although we cater to exterior home maintenance, we would be happy to assist you with questions you have about your interior remodeling.

House image of remodel completion

Increase the Value of Your Home

As the New Year begins and you look to fulfilling all your 2017 resolutions, we hope that you remembered to include home improvement among them. Home improvement projects that increase the value of your home are beneficial for many reasons, whether you’re looking to sell or stay, raising your home’s value is not as difficult as it seems. Here are some great tips to help get you started.

Make a plan. List all the things you want to change and improve on your home and research how much time and money will go into each project. After that, prioritize your list and focus on your cheaper or easier tasks first and leave the more challenging projects for last, as they may be less easily achievable due to time or cost.

Focus on one room at a time. Rather than working in several projects at once, focus on one, finish it, and then move on. Don’t stress yourself by overworking or leaving no room available for some R&R. Also, don’t forget about the little upgrades that will increase your home’s value such as replacing old faucets, doors, and outlet plates.

Keep up home maintenance. A well maintained home easily improves its value. Prevent mold before it spreads unchecked and stay on top of maintenance issues before they become expensive problems. This includes your home’s curb appeal. Accentuate your walkway or yard with flowers and lanterns and keep lawn and bushes well-trimmed and healthy.

Don’t forget the bathroom. One room that suffers the most over time is the bathroom. Take care of it or watch your home value decrease drastically. Watch out for mold, dirt, and grime as they can become embedded in surfaces quickly. Under-mount sinks are trendy right now so replace your faucet with those. Also, if you can, replace your countertop with marble or granite and replace your overhead lighting with wall mounds to add a relaxed mood.

Whether you’re looking to sell or stay, your home worth will increase dramatically with these simple tips. Your house will look newly renovated and have amazing curb appeal. Call Liberty Builders today, we can help!

Back patio of home with outdoor living area

Entertain Year Round with Indoor-Outdoor Connectivity

Human beings are genetically engineered to be outdoor animals and the need to be connected to the outdoors is never stronger than when we are young. – Prakash Nair & Randall Fielding

San Antonio homeowners and homebuyers crave floor plans that feature an indoor-outdoor connection. Not only does connectivity allow them to bring the outside in, but also to enjoy the additional living space.

To achieve this, many homeowners are adding onto their existing spaces and embracing natural light by connecting indoor and outdoor rooms. Entertaining guests will be your favorite pastime after incorporating oversized windows and covered patios off your dining and living areas. Imagine getting to enjoy fresh air and the beauty of the outdoors with the comforts and class of a living room.

Upgrade your outdoor space! Read on to learn more about how you can transition your home into a more primitive and cozy atmosphere.

 

Cover Your Patio
Create a flow between your indoor and outdoor spaces by converting an already-existing porch, deck, or patio for year-round entertaining. Adding a patio cover will ensure that you can enjoy your space even when the weather doesn’t cooperate. Throw in comforts from indoors such as comfy sofas and chairs, side tables, and perhaps a fireplace for the colder months and you’ll be enjoying the outdoors in no time.

 

Install New Doors

Expand your family room with oversized sliding glass doors or even pocket doors to remove the traditional division between indoors and out. Doors that provide natural light or that can be pulled away completely give a blending effect to your home and create a natural flow of traffic that incorporates your outdoor living area.

The immediate connection with the outdoors could also help lure kids away from their screens and increase their appreciation for things far greater than electronics.

 

Echo Your Home’s Shape

A wraparound patio that mirrors the shape of your home makes your indoor and outdoor spaces feel more intertwined. Pair that with sliding glass doors and plentiful windows and you’ll be surprised how much time you spend outdoors.

 

An indoor-outdoor connection can make your home feel more spacious and filled with light, but more importantly, it can improve your quality of life. Entertain your friends, spend quality time with your family, enjoy a beautiful sunset, and watch the rain from the comfort of your very own cozy perch. No other design change or remodel has a greater impact on the value of your home and your life.

Ready to explore your outdoor options? Schedule a free in-home consultation today. Liberty Builders consultants are experienced in helping you choose the right touches for your space.

 

(Sources: Houseplans.co & Houzz.com)

Stamped concrete walk way

Stamped Concrete: An Affordable Makeover for Your Outdoor Areas

In the process of updating your outdoor space but can’t get over how dull plain concrete can be? Don’t spend a fortune on the purchase, haul, and install of stone or asphalt; consider stamping (or staining) your concrete! At Liberty Builders of Texas, our priority is to custom install the most energy efficient and maintenance free exterior products available. Stamped concrete offers a unique, affordable, and easy-to-maintain option for any outdoor project.

Not just for theme parks anymore! The value of stamped concrete presents itself over and over again in all types of projects from driveways and patios to theme parks and malls. And it’s no question why; along with the resilience of regular concrete, stamping adds a decorative touch making it an elegant and economical option when remodeling.

See for yourself the benefits stamped concrete offers in terms of performance, cost savings, and aesthetics.

Reduced long-term maintenance and care.
Over time, other surface materials such as pavers can become loose or settle, resulting in tripping hazards. Stamped concrete’s advantage is that it never needs resetting or replacing.

Less labor intensive than other surface materials.
It is more economical to pour concrete and apply a pattern than to haul and place individual paving stones by hand.

Increased longevity.
Your initial investment in stamped concrete is only part of the total equation. Concrete lasts longer than other materials, is durable in nearly every type of climate, and holds up better to traffic and wear.

Increases resale value of property.
Stamped concrete adds instant curb appeal and aesthetic value to a property. You can maximize the return on your investment by choosing stamped  over plain concrete.

More design options. 

You’ll be impressed with how much stamped concrete has to offer in terms of availability of patterns and colors. The options are vast and will add a unique and elegant flair to your home. You can choose a simple stamped concrete design that mimics brick or stone, or you can go with a more elaborate design with outlines, different colors, and multiple shapes.

Call Liberty Builders today for a free in-home consultation and upgrade your concrete today! 210-714-1655

(Source: StampedConcrete.org)