Code Inspections

The blog is a few days early but wanted to share an experience about code inspections. The purpose of them and what could happen if you don’t get a permit.  So lets jump in.

When you are doing any type of major remodeling you should obtain a permit. A lot of municipalities will allow the home owners to be the general contractor or home owners can obtain a permit for like kitchen remodeling and other small renovations. Some municipalities will not allow home owners and unlicensed professionals to add new service for electrical, plumbing and or HVAC. So before starting the next remodeling project, check to see if you may need one with the local building department.

To start the local municipality will want permits for new fence, new air condition unit, siding, new windows, bathroom and kitchen remodeling. The reason behind this is because you may have multiple trades involved. For example, when Pasco Remodel, is contracted for a kitchen remodel you have us, probably an electrician and plumber. All aspects of this kitchen have to be fully operational for a final inspection. Think about it. Do you want the cabinets to be not level or the receptacles not energized properly when the contract is done.  Alot of people believe that once you obtain a permit, your taxes will go up due to improvements. This aspect isn’t true. Property taxes increase based on the area and improvements of the municipality. However, if you add an addition, yeah you added square footage to the home. So, you may have a slight increase based on the new square footage of the home compared to previous tax year.

Now, lets say you have the permit and are beginning the project. If its a contractor then they will have everything scheduled for this project. The other trades will have permits and additionally everything will be scheduled by the general or main contractor. This process is the easiest and runs smoothly. But, lets say the home owner is doing the work. OK, no biggy. But if the home owner does not schedule the contractors properly then the job can take months, instead of a few weeks. Also if the home owner is able to allow friends to help and they do not do the work properly and the inspections fail it is up to the home owner to correct the deficiencies performed by friends that are in the trades. This can become very expensive and time consuming. One reason is, the counter-top is waiting to template the counter-top then install it. They don’t want to wait manly because of any liabilities and also inventory.

So, now you may say, well we may need a bit of help to guide us. Home owners want to do the work as they take pride in the home. Contractors may be assigned a small part such as trim or tile installation and then they are completed that evolution. So whats the answer. Well this is how #PascoRemodel is different then other companies. First we can be a construction manager for the owner. Additonally, the owner is also a licensed home inspector in Florida and Maryland. Lastly, plans and review will want a blue print drawn. We can do that if we are the manager or consultant.

So in closing, we meet with home owners all the time that like to be part of the project. We will gladly assist in that phase. Or just be happy to install the trim and call it a day. So remember, before your next building project, consult with someone who is willing to work with you. A small fee for a consultant maybe better then having your place condemned if the work is not done properly.

For more information about this service, feel free to call us at 352-437-5300 or look us up on the web at: http://www.pascoremodel.com  We will gladly perform this type of service in Zephyrhills, Holiday, Hudson and Land O Lakes, Florida to name a few areas.

 

 

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Trim Moldings

Good Morning. Today’s blog is about trim. Now for a lot of us we usually think that trim is for decorative purposes. For the most part yes. However, trim molding services actually as a lot of other purposes that we may not know. The reason I am writing this, I had a friends son ask me about this in Tampa, Florida and figured wow, good one. So lets begin.

Trim molding for doors, windows, walls, and flooring have two main purposes. The first purpose is to cover the rough framing or gap as needed for that element. For example, If you have a window that has trim around the edge, it normally is covering the 2×4’s and insulation. Then it is sealed to prevent any bugs or drafts entering the home. This will be the same for trim around door frames, interior or exterior doors.  The second purpose of course as we all know is decorative. Especially, the box style ceiling or the picture frames.

Now lets talk about the trim you may see in a room say a dinning room. The trim placed there is strategically placed that dates back into history. Yes when you walk into a dinning room and see the trim it gives a presence of eye candy to make the room more charming and appealing. The crown molding when it was originally placed in homes was installed to cover the cracks that may appear in the upper corners from the old plaster. Also the trim was placed to help with house keeping. When the trim was originally painted they used oil base paint with a gloss sheen. This in turn helped with cleaning.

Now you have the baseboard trim and the floor trim. Yes both are different. The baseboard trim serves as a purpose to cover any gaps from the drywall when installed. Normally drywall is installed about a 1/2″ off the floor for leveling and if water gets on the floor. Also again, the trim is installed to assist cleaning to collect the dust and protect the walls from moving furniture and the good old vacuum cleaner. Then you have the floor trim. Alot of people do not use this term. Floor trim is the  1/4 round or shoe molding that goes on and is nailed to the baseboard. You only see this trim installed with hardwood or engineered flooring products. The purpose of this trim is only for covering the gaps because the floor product needs an expansion gap which the baseboard trim may or may not cover.

And to save the best for last and my favorite is the chair rail trim. Yes it is just for that. The trim is usually installed about 44 inches from the floor. It is not to cover the seam of the drywall at 48 inches.  As I stated early in the blog, your typical dinning room would have trim placed strategically areas for a reason. Chair rail molding is very dectorative and I feel gives any room, espeically the dinning room a sense of formal appeal. And yes, the trim is supposed to take a beating. Moving the chair and it may hit the trim.

Now, that you have a better understanding about trim molding, I hope this helps anyone. We can talk more in another blog about paint and stain coverings for of different wood trim and engineered trim in another blog. We can proudly install trim in your home in the Zephyrhills, Bayonet Point, Holiday, and Tarpon Springs Florida area.  If you have any questions, please call us anytime at 352-322-2700 or visit our website, www.pascoremodel.com

Exterior Renovations and Maintenance

This weeks blog is about exterior renovations and maintenance of your home. Depending upon the area you live in, that being Florida where our temperatures dip to a low of 55 degrees at night or up north like Maryland where it dips down to the 30’s, this blog will inform you why now is important to take care of those projects on the exterior.

So, lets begin. No matter where you live we are all experiencing some season change of temperatures. Maybe the heat is used to warm up the home in early morning or windows are being open more because of cooler temperatures. But technically Autumn is the ultimate time to do the exterior maintenance projects and renovations.

For example, a lot of us will have debris in the gutters. This is the time to clean the gutters and maybe you have budgeted the cost for gutter covers. Perhaps you notice the moss on the home and need to get that power-washed and from there have the deteriorated trim boards replaced and some exterior painting completed as well. But my favorite is the soffit and fascia boards.

Cleaning, painting or replacing the soffit and fascia boards are the most protective investment you could do this time of the year to not only enhance your home for beauty but to add value and reduce maintenance in the long range protective.  Now you maybe asking, OK replacing fascia boards are expensive. No they are not and they can be maintenance free.

Fascia boards can be a vinyl product. Using vinyl product this reduces maintenance and adds beauty to the home. Quality carpenter contractors will recommend this product anywhere we live. It can be cleaned yearly and at the same time if you decide to paint it or en-cap it does not rot, or deteriorate. Homes in the north and south can benefit from this. As I am a licensed contractor in 4 states from PA, MD, VA, and FL, every-time I  have said we can use a vinyl product and is easy to maintenance free product, clients have never second guessed me.

Now you may ask great, what about other projects on the exterior.  Well lets talk about windows. All windows will collect debris. Think about it. The balances have grease and grease will be a magent to collect dust and debris. The tracks and the bottom of the sills need to be cleaned. The screens should be washed twice a year to rid of pollen, bugs and bring back the color of the frame.

And lastly the landscaping. While landscaping is not a favorite issue of mine. I will tell you sometimes its best to have one on your speed dial. Here is why. Mulch after years of load on top of load needs to be removed eventually. Some mulch can bring pests into the home and mulch was originally a wood product. Additionally, you can have the landscaper to that odd edging you didn’t want to do to give that curb appeal and they may even through in a bonus lawn cut of the grass.

Below is a small check list of things to start thinking about for your Autumn Maintenance For Your Home. If you have any questions anytime, send us and email or call anytime. Email: pascoremodel@gmail.com or 352-437-5300

Fall Home Maintenance

Rake LeavesIn fall, prepare your home and yard for cooler temperatures, falling leaves and more hours spent indoors.

Outdoor Tasks:

  • Clean gutters and downspouts.
  • Inspect roof and chimney for cracks and damage.
  • Rake leaves and shred to use as mulch or dispose of them based on local guidelines.
  • Close or install storm windows.
  • Remove hoses from spigots and drain and store indoors, coiled and flat.
  • Store outdoor furniture and cushions.
  • Test snow blower and have it professionally serviced if necessary.

Indoor Tasks:

  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when you set clocks back in the fall. See our carbon monoxide detector buying guide.
  • Check windows and doors for weather-tightness and install weather stripping where it’s needed.
  • Have furnace professionally inspected.
  • If needed, set traps for rodents.
  • Dust blinds and vacuum curtains throughout your house.
  • Clean kitchen and bathroom cabinets and throw away outdated food, medicine and cosmetics
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Wood Damage

This weeks blog will be about how people will know if they have wood damage to their homes and what to do when this occurs.

Alot of us will have some type of wood damage when they own a home. The very minor damage is when your fascia boards will be warped or sun burnt and will cause minor splitting and burn spots in the wood. Not a major thing but here in the Florida sun compared to Maryland winters the fascia will get more sun. This is an easy fix of either enclosing it with p.v.c. wrap or replacing. But now lets talk about the major framing in your home and the differences.

Your exterior of your home will get sun on most sides or is blocked by trees. The wood trim if not properly maintained and will eventually decay and deteriorate. When we look at wood rot, a lot of us think, #omg, termites. This is not true in a lot of cases. For example, wood rot will just decay and fall apart. If over years of neglect then it will be destroyed. This is also true for interior grade wood trim. The biggest part of wood rot is when the Dry rot is spread by spores which are present in most buildings. The minimum moisture content of timber for spore germination is 28–30% (lower than other rots), and the relative humidity must be in excess of 95%. Spores are resistant to desiccation and may still be viable for germination when they are several years old. Typically speaking the wood rot for relative humidity begins when lower then 35%.

So, you may now be asking, OK, my south-side of the home is shaded and the trim stays pretty much in tact, but my west side does get beat by the sun and can see fading more. What can I do? Well we can’t have our home on a rotating table. So, what I suggest is as time goes by on the sides of the sun and after the paint is not protecting the trim as much, replace it with a vinyl product or enclose the trim as time goes by. Alot of contractors will be like we can do this entire home for ????.. Not at Pasco Remodel. We want to be your contractor and keep within your budget. We will be more then glad to do the West Side of the home then come back in a year to do another side. Why, because we want to build relationships and not short big sales. Besides, another issue on your home may come up and we want to be that first call.

Now as far as wood damage with insects, these are caused by wood destroying organisms. Commonly known as termites or my favorite, #carpenter ants. Any wood eating bug will cause damage to the home. They will enter cavities in the home and get into the wood framing members. However, you will not know this until its too late. Alot of times its caused by moisture in the area of the home in one part or you may have some dead membranes and the bugs will go after them for ease to eat and tunnel. For this part, stay tuned to next weeks blog about wood destroying organizms and what to do.

Feel free to contact us anytime at Pasco Home Remodeling & Repair for us to come to your home for a free in home consultation on wood replacement and wood rot. We gladly service, Bayonet Point, Hudson, Lakeland and New Tampa within a 2 day window for free estimates.

352-437-5300 or pascoremodel@gmail.com  www.pascoremodel@gmail.com