Contract Planning

Ever wonder about the planning of what goes behind the construction project? Ever wonder why it takes so long at times to get special order items? Well this weeks blog hopefully will shed some light on these questions. So lets begin.

Lets say you want to do them small jobs before you have guests coming into town. Or you like to remodel that bathroom finally. So you have decided to call the local contractor but he is busy. Now you are like ugh. So from there you use a search engine and now you see hundreds of contractors and more search websites for contractors. Where to begin.

Look at the contractor’s websites and reviews. Some people will use Facebook. Some will use the Local Chamber of Commerce, or some will go just pick 3 that are local to them. So you call and let the contractor know the type of work you want done. Hopefully the 3 contractors you called will show up for the estimate. And you start by explaining to them the project at hand. For small jobs they could be a few hours to a couple of days. For the bathroom remodel a bit more. Either way you should get an estimate in about 3-4 days. Some take longer if there is special orders involved or multiple trades. But normally, no more then about 10 days.  Keep in mind you may not be the only client the contractor has proposals for.

So for the small jobs the contractor will prioritize of how they will do the work. If there are parts need to me ordered that will affect the start date. If there is outside work as well, weather needs to be considered. Then for the small jobs the work is started once the contractor has the materials. Sometimes the materials are delayed because the manufacture or supplier is out of stock. When this happens the process just took longer. Now the contractor is at will of the supplier, especially if it is a special order. So once the materials have arrived then the contractor will schedule with their client to perform the work.

But lets take the bathroom remodel. Sounds simple but you normally have 2 or 3 trades involved. If you are redoing a shower our client’s select and purchase the tile. And usually fixtures. Now the tile may take 14 days to get to the supplier. (oh boy) Then we have the plumber. The plumber needs to be notified about what they will be doing and want plenty of time. Again about 14 days. Then lets say the lighting needs to be changed, added or moved. The electrician comes to the project and again they probally like 14 day notice as well. So just from here the project may not start atleast 14 days out. But what if. Seriously the what if factor.

Now lets tell you how Pasco Home Remodeling & Repair will perform these tasks. The initial in home estimate is usually scheduled within 3 days from the initial call. Tad longer if near the weekend. Secondly, for small jobs our planning is simple. If there is materials that need special orders once we receive them a start date is then scheduled. This way we are only at your home once. The worst thing anybody wants is to have the contractor keep coming back. Also this will save you money and time too.

Now lets take the Bathroom Remodel. Normally, the clients want an estimate to see if its in their budget. Yes some contractors will be high and some low. Some may not do the job if it is under a certain amount do to their overhead.  So here is what we do that is tad different. We will figure the contract with the needed materials and trades. We work close with outher speciality trades as we have an understanding what their pricing is. (too a point) This will help the process. Once the estimate is approved from the client. We state. Get all the materials you are providing on site and then call us. Hey, this is your project. So pick the projects you are comfortable with, and not just the economical type. If its gonna take an extra week or so then so be it. Once you have all the materials on-site the contractor should make another visit to make sure all the materials will be proper for the job. (worst thing to happen is to be installing tile and not have another box because there is one box broken.)

Once this process is completed, then the contractor should schedule the other trades and begin the work. Now keep in mind unless the contractor has his own employees nothing is perfect. But normally the schedule should go from start to finish.  So as you can see from the day you start the I want to get stuff fixed around my home to completion it could take about 5 weeks of scheduling. But the wait will be worth the perfection of your new project.

For more information about these projects or others visit us at www.pascoremodel.com or call 352-437-5300. We glady perform projects in Land O Lakes, Holiday, Zephyrhills, and Lutz Florida all the time. We will be more then glad to visit your home anywhere to discuss the project you like to have done.

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Attic and Insulation

We are writing this blog about a way to save you money on your heating and cooling bills. When we think of our attics we think about  storage and maybe the unknown area of the home. But the attic is really a place for the house to breathe. So lets begin.

Back in the early days the attics were sealed off. The soffit was plywood and you had small vents to control. The area was just there. Then later on, as building technology came upon us, the attics were becoming a storage area. Some were becoming more additional rooms. But this was not helping with the transfer of heat or cool. In your attic, a lot of builders are using blown insulation instead of the traditional rolled insulation. Now, both will give you the same R value, but which is better.

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The rolled type of insulation is your traditional kind and you can usually finish the attic with. The blown type to obtain the same R value you will need higher thickness, like 9″ of insulation through out the attic. Additionally the insulation has to stay pliable. Meaning you can not walk on it. Nor store items on top of it. The advantage of the blown type, it is a bit more economical then the rolled. (I prefer the rolled type as to finish off the attic.)

Now, lets talk about the remainder part of the attic. You have a ridge vent, maybe gable vents and your eaves. Its important to make sure that the vents are not clogged. Additionally, if you have a power vent or cyclone make sure the area is not full of debris. The other vents are important to allow the air flow from ground up. And yes it is normal for the attic to be over a 100 degrees in summer but allowing the other vents to be open it will help cool the home. Remember, you do not want to over insulate your home either. This will cause condensation and possible failure of other elements in the home.

Lastly, the insulation you choose, should be environmental friendly and I recommend that a pest deterrent be applied or is added to the insulation. Varmints will try to get in the attic someway and the insulation with the deterrent will help keep them out.

And we at Pasco Home Remodeling & Repair, are starting this new service for Zephyrhills, Holiday, Land O Lakes and Lutz Florida. For more information feel free to call us at 352-437-5300. Or look us up on the web at www.pascoremodel.com  Thank You.

 

Self Closing Hinges

Today’s blog is about self closing hinges. When doing inspections on homes this little part is really almost forgotten. So in today’s blog we will discuss where you need them, why you should have them and what they are. So lets begin.

Self closing hinges are a hinge that is designed to be placed in the door where the original manufacture hinge was installed. There are many variations on the market, but for all intentional purposes you want the one that is approximately 3 1/2″ in height. When installing these type of hinges they normally fit into the existing mortised area. A tad bit of chiseling maybe needed near the edges.  Its extremely important to you the size of the existing hinge. Don’t try to by a 5 inch hinge to replace the 3 1/2″ hinge. It will not work.

So why do we have them? These type of hinges are designed mainly for doors that lead into the garage. The purpose of these is to close the door freely, as to not allow any carbon monoxide into the home.  So for example. Lets say you are coming home with the kids and groceries but have to run back out to get to a meeting. Its cold. So you pull in to greet your spouse at the door. Car is running in the garage. You are unloading back and forth with groceries and kids.  The door is open and you just now allowed the carbon monoxide to go into the home. Oh, you just set the CO2 alarm off too.  With these type of hinges the door should not be propped open. (states in the directions) And the door closing will assist to blocking a lot of the CO2 gas from the engine.

You may see these type of hinges on office areas in the home or a room that you may have valuables or guns.  For example, my home office has these type of hinges.

So in closing, these type of hinges are very economical to install and of course we can as well.  Most of them come in different finishes for example, stainless to black copper.  You can get these at the big box store as they are sold individually. (You need 2) Or we can supply them too from our manufacture. We will be gladly to install these at your home in Land O Lakes, Hudson, Holiday, or Dade City Florida.  For more information about self closing hinges or any other type of repairs, please call us anytime. 352-437-5300 or look us up on the web; www.pascoremodel.com Thank You.

 

Drapes and Blinds

I know this maybe an un-usual post from a carpenter contractor. But we actually get this request a lot. So lets start with why and what you should install and where. So lets begin.

Draperies and blinds can add value and comfort to any room. When remodeling adding these to your finished room will set the presence just as lighting sets the aviance.  Back in the day our moms would change the drapes with the seasons. The heavy rubber back for the winter and the lighter ones for summer. Then as time changes our windows improved. Here in Florida it still amazes me of builder grade metal windows from back in the day.

So, difference between blinds, drapes, or nothing. Nothing is not an option for privacy unless its a sun room. A lot of consumers like the curtains in the formal living room or dining room. Master bedrooms can go either way. As far as your offices and maybe study,  I definitely recommend placing drapes with a blind, because of the lighting. And we can go on and on with other rooms. The biggest thing is to select a drape or blind system that will incorporate the window with the room. Allow sun and view when wanted. And lastly, what will fit in your budget.

We can help with this for you. Whether you want a blind installed or help choose. Maybe installing new curtain rods with blinds. If you are in Zephyrhills or Holiday. From Eifers to Richland Florida we are there for you. Contact us today at 352-437-5300 or http://www.pascoremodel.com

Pavers

Good Day Everyone and Happy New Year. Today’s blog is about Paver’s. Alot of homes have them. And just recently I had the opportunity to visit an apartment complex that the entire walk way for 12 buildings uses them. In the beginning when they first came popular it was great for a small walk way or patio. Now they have grown in popularity to an option instead of concrete. So lets begin.

Concrete Paver’s have definitely become a source for walks, patios, decorative ways for the landscape and just an alternative feature instead of concrete or a wood plank walk way. Paver’s have a lot of versatile functions and can be economical in certain purposes and then maybe the new walk instead of the traditional concrete or stone ideas.

Homeowners in general will use Paver’s as a do it yourself project for the new patio or walk way in the backyard. And yes its the norm instead of concrete. Now I am not trying to persuade anyone to go with concrete to Paver’s or stone or whatever, the purpose of an idea for your home is to make it unique and appealing to your liking. Yes, I have seen in Florida, California and Maryland many home owners will have Paver’s and one will have a wood patio or concrete deck or the opposite. One will have Paver’s patio and others concrete. And my favorite, concrete patio with Paver’s as a decorative feature with a walkway to the Gazebo. So as you can see there are many options. The cost is a different story. Doing a Paver’s area can be done as a d.i.y. Doing concrete not so much. The prep work is similar and similar in time. However, when you pour concrete you normally need a few skilled people compared to few neighbors to help with Paver’s. Then there is other factors that imply. For example, concrete is permanent and can be painted for decorative finishes. Paver’s, need to be sealed every so many years as concrete just clean. Again the selection is up to the homeowner.

But the one thing that Paver’s require is maintenance and care. If the prep work is not done right you will get weeds thru the joints. Also remember Paver’s are not solid. They move so occasionally they will shift and require new underlayment or need to be replaced due to cracking. This is actually minor. The biggest thing is sealing Paver’s every few years. Paver’s will stain and need to be cleaned and resealed. Alot of homeowners and some contractors will not think about this. Cleaning the Paver’s is not just using a power-washer and then spray some sealant down. Trust me this will not last and you will get a milky coat on them. The process is very unique and companies that take the time to explain the process and are certified are the ones you want to use. They have specialty equipment and will be experienced as well.

So, if you have Paver’s that have not been re-sealed in awhile you may want to look into this process. If you are thinking of the next project for the backyard consider your options. At Pasco Remodel, we have installed Paver’s and cleaned them for sealing. We have additionally talked to homeowners that know the options. For more information contact us anytime. We provide this service throughout the greater Tampa Bay Area. Especially in Lutz, Brandon, Largo and Hudson Florida areas. www.pascoremodel.com or 352-437-5300

Drywall Finishing

Ever wonder why drywall compound takes longer to dry when other times it will dry quicker. This weeks blog is about finishing drywall to a paint-able finish. So, lets begin.

When drywall installers install drywall its important that the drywall is installed correctly. For example, you have finished edges from the factory that are beveled. You want the drywall to be perpendicular across the framing for more rigidness. And you want the drywall to be nailed or screwed every stud and every 12″ on the stud for ceiling joist. What you do not want is the drywall to be placed and not really tight as this will cause cracking in the compound and not adhere correctly.

When the finishers are applying the compound, they may use different types of drywall tape for the best application. For instance, if it is against the drywall that is existing, then you will have a cut edge and its best to use mesh drywall tape instead of paper tape. In the corners you will have papertape to cover the corner. There are other drywall finishing instruments as well depending upon the type of job but lets stick with these 2 for now. When finishing drywall its important that the edges meet up and are as flat as possible. In union school, I was taught, factory to factory and cut to cut edges. This usually applies to most applications. In remodeling most of the time.

Most of the times the drywall finisher will apply the tape and a good first coat to cover the tape. Most drywall finishing will need 2-3 coats depending upon the application. In some cases matching up to existing plaster for a small repair, it may need 4 to really feather it out. But when finishing drywall the real trick is applying just enough so the compound can dry evenly and at a normal rate. Some will leave heat on to help or place heaters in the rooms. Some have used De-humidifiers, some use an instant compound you mix on site. This is all great, but if the wall or ceiling temperatures are not at at least approximately 65-70 degrees then the drying times will be longer. I always recommend to keep the room at a comfortable range so that the drywall compound can dry smoothly. Adding extra heat or keeping the ac on can cause cracking and bubbling sometimes and will delay the process. And yes doing ceilings against the attic the compound may dry quicker due to the heat in the attic.

So in closing, the next drywall task you do whether its a small job or a complete remodel, make sure the room is comfy. Not too cold and not too hot. Make sure the finisher has experience in feathering joints. Ask them when they use a 6 inch knife compared to a 10 or 12 inch knife. And lastly, if you see big hunks of compound applied and its going to take a belt sander to finish stop them. The problems will arrise later on as the seasons change. Sometimes drywall joints will crack when the home is acclimated over time. To learn more,  go to www.pascoremodel.com  or call us at 352-322-2700. Thank You.

 

Contractor Financing

I wanted to share with you a brand new feature we have for clients. Sometimes we may be a bit short of cash and need repairs to our home. Or we maybe waiting on payday but need some minor maintenance done to our home. Or while in a contract, the budget may run over of unexpected costs. There are a lot of different ways that a home remodeling project can be financed. We at Pasco Home Remodeling & Repair take pride in offering services that not only are reputable, easy, convenient and cost effective for the consumer and for the contractor.

As of today we have partnered with PayPal for financing. Its easy to sign up. No waiting, no long lines at the bank and no interest for 6 months on projects over $99.00. We feel that this is a great benefit to our clients to assist in getting that project completed quickly. On our website, www.pascoremodel.com, there is a special window for terms and faq’s about this program thru PayPal. Or if you have any questions feel free to call us anytime at the office at 352-437-5300. Remember at #PascoRemodelin, we are the can do contractor.

 

Drafty Windows

Hello everyone. This weeks blog is about drafty windows. No matter if you are up north or here in Florida we are in the season where we are opening our windows more. So I wanted to share some useful tips about windows & how you may save on that heat bill. So, lets begin.

It does not matter if you have double or single hung windows. If the glass is triple pane or the old lead style glass with the wood frames. Some of us still have a jalious style for the sun room. All windows will allow a small draft in and allow heat or air condition to escape out. Its just the nature of the business. Now don’t be alarmed. Its actually good that it does.

There are a lot of window manufactures out there that say they are energy efficient windows. Some even go to the point of saying we will reduce your energy bill or pay the difference. (I wish that guarantee was around when I was kid visiting family in winter in Western MD back in the 70’s) So lets really take a look at this. A lot of your windows today that are installed are vinyl or wood style framed. You see the metal style when its usually a builder with new homes. And yes there are many different styles from a bow to bay window. A single hung to a double hung. Then you have new construction, replacement and my favorite stucco windows. But not to get too in depth with the manufacturing  the windows in a home allow sun and heat in with a breeze and keep the bad elements out. But you still have a draft.

Well lets start that every window and frame is going to allow a small bit of heat or cold in and out. The one reason is because the framing and installation. The insulation in the framing pocket may have holes in them. Also, the window may not be perfectly level and plum in the opening. The window may have shifted just enough over the years because of usage. Vinyl windows will expand and contract slightly to allow this draft. Again this is good. Think about it. If the frame was all rigid and tight there wouldn’t be that small allowance when the sun expands it or the cold makes the vinyl contract. This is really the gap I am referring that is almost impossible to control. But there are other measures. The window hardware and exterior maintenance too.

The hardware in the window is mainly a balance system. Back in the old days it was a lead weight with rope. Now we have gotten away from that system and have a bit more economical approach. The balances work on weight. So for example the balance has to hold the window sash’s weight.  When this part fails, normally the upper sash starts to seep down. Or the lower sash may not close tightly. This will allow a gap in the window where you will feel the temperature difference. The exterior caulking needs to be maintained too. This will allow moisture to enter the framing area and also allow that heat or cold in.

So here is a quick check to see if the windows need a bit of maintenance. On a hot day feel around the drywall area of the window. If it feels overly warm there maybe some insulation that needs attention or the window may need to be realigned. If the window lock does not latch easily then the tracks may need cleaning or the hardware replaced. And if you see any kind of moisture stains (moisture intrusion) then their is a leak on the outside and maybe from the caulk.

Now in closing, yes replacing the old wood style single pane windows with triple pane low e glass will save you money on utilities. Just remember the cost to install too. For more information call us at 352-437-5300 or look us up at: www.pascoremodel.com We service all of Port Richey, Zephyrhills, Hudson and Holiday Florida areas. Thank You.

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.

 

 

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