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Shedding Light on Window Styles

Window Styles for Home Remodel

Aside from the practical use of windows for letting in light and fresh air, the different styles are important considerations when buying a house or remodeling. These five common window styles can add a personal touch to your home while contributing to a better design in general.

Single and Double Hung Windows

Single vs. Double Hung Windows
These are the most common and expected windows for a house. Single hung will be more cost-affective while double hung may make up for the extra cost in their ease of use and maintenance. The single hung window opens from the bottom, but a double hung window opens from the bottom or top and allows you to clean the exterior and interior from inside your home.

Slider Windows

Slider Windows
More common in contemporary or modern homes, slider windows function similar to a sliding glass door. One side slides horizontally on top of the other. Slider windows are commonly used in shorter walls to save on vertical space while still allowing in the same amount of light as a single or double hung window.

Casement Windows

Casement Windows
Built with a hinge, casement windows swing out with a crank instead of sliding open. Casement windows are valued for their better insulation and ventilation capabilities. Similar to casement windows are awning windows which open outward from the bottom (creating an awning) and help keep the elements out, like rain.

Transom Windows

Transom Windows
Appearing above another window or door, transom windows are largely for decoration and a relatively affordable way to let in more light. They are usually shaped like a semi-circle, but can come in rectangular, square, or custom shapes to fit your space. While some may open similarly to an awning window, they typically do not open.

Picture Windows

Picture Windows
As a way to bring the outside in, picture windows offer a large, unobstructed view from your house to the outside. Typically picture windows are without breaks and the ability to open, but there are combination units that have operational windows on the sides.

The interior design of your space is greatly impacted by the amount of natural light let in. The next time you think of upgrading, make sure to keep your windows in mind.

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Demo Done Right

Demo Done Right | Boom Brothers Property Solutions

Before you go tearing into your remodel with a sledgehammer in one hand and a chainsaw in the other, take a breath. As fun as it may seem to smash that sink that’s been dripping for 30 years, or tear apart the cabinet you’ve rammed your knee into daily, rushing into a demo isn’t the answer. Developing a plan beforehand can save you time and resources.

Mark materials that can be reused, repurposed, or donated.
Common items that can be reused, repurposed, or donated include cabinets, doors, hardware, millwork, or fixtures (sinks, faucets). Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a great place to donate materials still in good, working order. Other materials you may want to try and sell can go to your local resale shop, be listed online, or sold through a garage sale.

Rent a dumpster or dump trailer.
For the materials you do end up throwing out, you will want to be prepared with a way to dispose of them. Renting a dumpster provides the most space, but keep in mind they have been known to be dropped in inconvenient places or to even cause damage to the property or driveway. A dump trailer is a nice alternative option. It’s mobile and can be moved to whichever end of the house being renovated. Whichever option you choose, be sure to load the dumpster carefully. Keeping it organized assures the space is utilized to its max capacity.

Demo one area at a time.
Tearing everything apart at once is overwhelming, can lead to more of a mess, and cause confusion on what to keep or throw. Sectioning off the job makes it easier to start and finish, and the entire process more efficient.

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Prepping for Your Home Renovation

Prepping for your Home Renovation | Boom Brothers, Madison, WI

Finally deciding to renovate your living space is an exciting time, and usually a long time coming. As contractors we work hard to stick to a schedule, keep our work sites clean, and keep the homeowner’s lives as normal as possible. If you’re considering starting the renovation you’ve been waiting for, here are some tips on what to expect:

Unexpected delays could, and usually do, pop up.
It’s a part of the job, sometimes you don’t know what you’ll find until you start to work. As contractors we try to anticipate some of these delays and cushion our timeline. More insulation to remove than expected? Not a big deal, a few more hours added. Outdated electrical found? That’s a different story. Now we need to rely on an external electrical vendor.

External vendors can be booked up as far ahead as four weeks.
Hiring an electrician for the example above could push the project back a few days to a few weeks depending on their availability, which means pushing back the rest of our work that is contingent on the electrical being done. Although it may be a nuisance for the homeowner, it is completely necessary to get problems like those fixed.

Be prepared for the interruption into your everyday lives.
Three weeks may not seem like that big of a time commitment at the beginning, but it will be less of a burden if prepared for ahead of time. Although we try to keep the job site as clean as possible and impose on the homeowners’ schedules as little as possible, the renovation is still an interruption on daily activities. Living in a construction zone can start to grind on anyone after awhile. We understand, and please believe we are doing everything in our power to get the renovation done for you on time.

Speak up if something is wrong.
Remodeling is our specialty, not reading minds. The last thing we want is to have the homeowner unsatisfied. No one wins in this situation, please say something!

When we work together we will build the necessary trust between a contractor and homeowner, leaving the end result satisfactory for both.

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Victorian Homes: The Pros and Cons

Victorian Homes: The Pros and Cons | Boom Brothers Property Solutions, Madison, WI

We’ve all dreamed about owning a Victorian home at one time or another. Imagine exploring each room and noting the special details in the woodwork and windows. What we may not think about is the amount of work that goes into keeping those details polished and inspiring.

Have you seen Money Pit with Tom Hanks? I think every owner of a home, Victorian or otherwise, has reached this mental state at one time or another:

Don’t worry, it turns out beautiful.

Victorian homes draw our attention because their design and architectural detail are second to none. You simply do not see the time and detail put into houses being built today compared to a century ago. If you’re seriously considering a Victorian for your next home, be prepared to work hard and make the important updates to keep the home in its best possible condition.

A century ago, many of today’s products did not exist. This includes drywall, Romex wiring, pvc piping, etc. What this means is, more likely than not, the home will need to be brought up to code with today’s standards.

A common find in these older homes is knob and tube electrical, and plaster and lathe. If knob and tube electrical is found during alterations to the home it must be removed and updated with new wiring. This can add an unexpected cost to what started as a simple project.

Plaster and lathe are more based on aesthetic preference, but over time it will become brittle and most likely begin to crack.

It is important to be aware of these and other issues that can arise in Victorian homes so you don’t end up with faulty wiring and a smashed tub. These homes take a lot of love to keep them in shape, but the reward is totally worth it.

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Fashion Trends in Homes

Fashion Trends in Homes | Boom Brothers, Madison, WI Building

One of the greatest generations helped shape history in World War II, came home, and began building. Suburbs, tract homes, parks, and malls. Materials were still in short supply, and it was hard to tell one new neighborhood from the next. The focus was to use available materials and build a nice home for the new family. The homes seemed to mirror the fashion of the day. Hats for men, dresses for women, without a lot of choices.

Individuality rules today. A seemingly endless amount of new products and ideas are available to help everyone find a unique personal style. Older homes are passing to a new generation who are eager to update and add their own style for a one-of-a-kind dream home. Marketing and the internet have helped fuel a frenzy of ideas and creativity of which homeowners are buying into.

But before you begin, does it add value?

We all have old, funny clothes in our closet. An impulse buy of something we “just had to have,” but of no real value now. A house is an investment. One of the most important and exciting purchases you may make. Give value priority. Work with your professional realtor and builder to “make sure the house has good bones.”

Enhance your living areas. Update windows, furnace, etc. Take care of the basics first, just like the men and women from the greatest generation. Then use your creativity and choose from the vast amount of products available today to add some personal style to your home!

About Jim Hughes

Jim brings 35+ years of experience in the construction industry. He graduated from UW-Platteville with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management and has since worked in a variety of disciplines including masonry, building, drafting, estimating, and project management. In his off-time he works on his own house and visits his home farm to help his brother.

Wood Flooring on a Budget

Wood Flooring a Budget | Laminate, Vinyl, Engineered Hardwood

Updating the flooring in a new space can easily have the most visual impact, and is usually a top request for remodeling. The look of wood flooring, but with easier maintenance, has become a big seller and we’ve implemented the products in our own properties as well as in client’s remodels. Three of these common materials are laminate, vinyl, and engineered hardwood flooring:

Laminate Flooring
The biggest sellers of laminate flooring are lower cost, ease of installation, and low maintenance. Laminate is sold for less because it is mostly synthetic, and can be mass produced using low cost materials. It uses a click and lock assembly for installation – this means no nails, no glue, and it can float over existing sub floors. The clear coat over the top of the laminate makes it easier to care for, but is not necessarily the best for rooms with water like kitchens and bathrooms.

Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl and laminate flooring have a lot of similarities in terms of look, installation, and longevity. Laminate will still be the cheaper option, but the biggest difference between laminate flooring and vinyl flooring is the amount of water each can handle. As said above, laminate is great for general use but should not be used in rooms that may have standing water or leaks. All vinyl flooring is acceptable for wet locations, and some styles are completely waterproof. When installed correctly, the chance of any water seeping through to the subfloor is extremely rare.

Engineered Hardwood
Having the most in common with hardwood flooring, engineered hardwood is likely to be the most expensive option out of the three, but is still worth a consideration. Unlike laminate or vinyl, engineered hardwood has more longevity because the thick wood layer allows the floor to be refinished or recoated, similar to hardwood. Engineered hardwood is also the most realistic looking of the three options, and still easy to install. With engineered hardwood you have the option of gluing and nailing it down, or floating it like the others. Depending on your budget, a mid-range engineered hardwood could be at a similar price point to high-end laminate flooring.

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