We're pleased to welcome blogger Paul Denikin of DadKnowsDIY.com as he shares tips on how to know if you're looking at a do-it-yourself project or when it's time to hire a professional.
ABOUT PAUL (sourced: DadKnowsDIY.com)
"My name is Paul and I consider myself to be fairly handy, but that wasn’t always the case. My DIY journey started with the birth of my second child. Our daughter, Maggie, was born with special needs. As she got older, we quickly realized that our home had some unique needs as well. In order to be able to focus as much of our budget as possible for Maggie’s therapies, I starting doing home modifications myself. I have learned a lot on my journey to make my home more accessible. Where I once was intimidated by simple projects, I now know that I am capable of handling much larger challenges. Every experience in my life has become an opportunity for learning and growth. I would like to share my experiences and knowledge with other parents of special needs children. I can offer advice on home repair and tips for home management."
Should That Project Be DIY Or Done By Professionals?
As a homeowner, you know you have to protect your investment. Sometimes, that means doing regular maintenance like cleaning the furnace or caulking drafty windows. But other times, it means doing a significant remodeling project.
Doing the right renovation can add a lot of value to your home. It can also help your family feel more comfortable and better enjoy living in the house. But should that project be done by yourself or should you hire professionals? Before you can answer that, you need to figure out what remodel you should do.
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Pick Your Project FirstBack before the housing bubble burst, home improvements were all the rage. There were even plenty of TV shows about them. These days, much fewer people are making renovations in their home — and that’s a shame. There’s so much to be gained by a home renovation project. But which one should you choose?
The Huffington Post explains how to pick the right project for you:
What’s the difference between a DIY project and one that needs a contractor? As a general rule, go with professionals for large projects or any that involve gas or electricity. Smaller, safer projects can be done by yourself if you have the skills and time.
If You’re Hiring ProsA professional contractor is a great choice for most large home improvement projects. However, you shouldn’t just pick the first one that pops up in a Google search. To ensure your project goes well, Popular Mechanics has some recommendations on picking a contractor:
But one of the best ways to find the right contractor is to look for recommendations. Talk to your neighbors that recently remodeled and ask their experiences. Go to review sites like Angie’s List, or at least ask on social media if anyone can recommend a contractor.
If You’re Doing It YourselfAfter considering your project, you decide to save some money and do it yourself. That can be a good idea, but it can also be tricky. Unless you are a contractor yourself, you need to read Redfin’s article about DIY safety. Some of the tips include:
But probably the best tip for DIY projects is to have a detailed plan. Write down all the tools and supplies you will need. Then break the projects into smaller pieces and create a timeline for them all. Be sure to factor in some extra time for mistakes or unforeseen complications.
Get That Project StartedDon’t let the size of a project stop you from adding value and comfort to your home. Think carefully about it first, then either hire a reputable contractor or DIY and stay safe about it. This way, you can enjoy both the work and the end result.
You can follow Paul & score more great DIY tips at dadknowsdiy.com Check out his handy wallpaper calculator too!
We're excited to announce that we were interviewed by the beautiful, bubbly, fun & fabulous Debbie Lewis of the Debbie Lewis Show!
Debbie shares sound advice on money, mortgages, insurance & investments in a fun, lively way that absolutely captures your attention.
We had a wonderful time visiting with Debbie during the interview & at Scout Lighting and Design Goods Open House event on Wednesday! During the interview, we'll be discussing Roots Design Co.'s product lineup & how we got rolling in the fun world of custom design+build business! Be sure to listen in on 10-8-2017 (Sunday) on AM station 1370! http://www.debbielewisshow.com/
"Did I ever tell you about how Kevin began woodworking? Probably not. But it's a pretty cool story and it's amazing to see how his talent evolved through the years.
I remember when we got married and started melding our posessions together, I noticed a gorgeous wooden bowl. It was still unfinished, yet it had a deep, dark hue inherent in the wood. This was when Kevin introduced me to walnut for the very first time. He'd made this bowl over a weekend spent with his grandfather; he'd been introduced to the lathe for the first time and the bowl was a product of what he'd turned. I've since snatched that bowl and it has a rightful place in our china hutch. It's suffered a little - at some point the bowl was dropped and a piece of that gorgeous walnut chipped away from the rim. We've filled that bowl with seashells (we have collected over the years) and turned the chip away from view so it's still serving a purpose.
After we married, over time Kevin began purchasing woodshop tools when he's been able - and we've been married sixteen years, so that collection has certainly grown. I've also been the lucky recipient of many of his creations!
We no longer live in this sweet little starter home, but it housed a ton of inspiration as he grew in his craft.
I know... I'm pretty spoiled, aren't I!?!? Well, that's not even the tip of the iceberg!
I'm a sucker for all things vintage. Always have been. After scavenging through the Habitat Re-store and finding a fabulous old screen door and a bi-folding closet door system, Kevin created these two hutches in the corners of our breakfast room. The paint color: Martha Stewart Living, Winter Surf. It's somewhere in between a green, beige and gray and it's a gorgeous color. Wish her paint was still around. Sigh...
And that's not all...
If we take a little step back, I can show you the butcher block island he built that boasts three HUGE drawers! Oh, and that light fixture! As the builder grade fixture began flickering, Kevin freshened it up a bit with a little beadboard, trim and paint.
When I say that it was a house full of inspiration, I'm not even kidding. Just down the street, that old design show Trading Spaces was filming in a starter home similar to ours! It was quite fun meeting the cast. My sister-in-law (pictured left) who happens to be a designer, swung by to catch up with one of her old friends who was a designer on the show. We took advantage of a photo opp next to the trailer, I'm the lady holding the baby on the right.
Or when we learned we had a baby girl on the way & he built this crib for her. Now HER little sister is using it! Talk about an heirloom!
And there were times he built things for extended family too. Like the time he built my father this folding craps table to practice on.
And the time he transformed my Mom's entryway with this built-in unit. Some of the decorative accents were from her own scavenges.
And sometimes special people (like Fr. John) invited him to build things, like this altar & ambo. They live at St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School.
It took a number of years to hone his craft through these projects & these are only a handful of projects we have photographs of. As Kevin's wife (and spoiled recipient of many creations), I've been blessed to watch him grow in craft and tooling! Thanks for joining me in this walk down memory lane." - Jessica
We love repeat clients. As we get to know our clients, we really get a "feel" for who they are, their brand (if they're a commercial client) and that helps us provide them with products that fit their style, the ebb and flow of their business and remain true to their brand identity.
We have enjoyed working with Lucky Lab Coffee Co. very much
and are always pleased to have their business.
We really enjoyed building their coffee bar for their newest location at 7th & Brazos - Lucky Lab proprietor, Courtney knew just what she wanted and
came armed with Pinterest examples & inspirations.
This collaborative effort created the form & function of their newest coffee bar.
I love seeing the coffee bar in this space! I think it kind of softens the industrial feel of this high rise with the warm woods & distressed finish of the matte black paint.
I suspect that live edge projects may be one of our favorite projects to tackle, from sourcing the wood to the last minute of buffing the finish to the ideal sheen.
We were excited to get this table installed in our client's beautiful home so their family could begin enjoying their banquette.
And speaking of their beautiful home, the interior design was completed by Tara Camp of Scout Lighting & Design Goods. You can check out her website at www.scoutgoodsatx.com and be sure to come by the showroom at 20905 West Hwy. 71 in Spicewood. There, you can sample beautiful furnishings, art, mirrors, lighting, rugs, barn doors, floating shelves and more!
We've lovingly dubbed this gorgeous knot hole "Hamilton Pool' after the spectacular local swimming hole. We filled it with epoxy (along with other smaller holes) in order to create a smooth surface for writing, eating or simply running your hand across.
We wish our client many warm conversations and delicious family meals at this table for many yearst to come!
This post may tug at your heart strings, send you into a moment of nostalgia or summon the memories of time spent with your own grandfather. Read on, friends. Read on!
We just completed the installation of a very special piece!
Our client's grandfather owned a bowling alley during his years & she holds many special memories (along with a chunk of one of the maple hardwood lanes.)
The maple later served as her grandfather's workbench after he retired. Now that his grand-daughter is in the throes of a remodel, she commissioned us to create their new fireplace mantle out of this treasure. So much history!
We purposed to leave some of the more precious details that link her grandfather to this piece so our client can revisit all of those special memories with a glance at her mantle.
(The mantle was constructed in the same way we create our floating shelves so that if they ever find themselves needing to move, it can easily be removed and either continue serving as a mantle or repurpose as a unique floating shelf.)
We wish their family many years of stockings hung from this mantle & reminiscent stories told around this fireplace. We were honored to be a part of this project. ♥
We'd love to help you with your next heirloom - it's what we do! Modern Heirloom Designs
We're pleased to bring this live-edge slab to marketLAUNCH in honor of our fallen heroes on this gorgeous Memorial Day!
We think live edge tables are particularly beautiful because of how they keep the original lines of the tree trunk along its edges, portraying the wood in such a way that it remains naturalistic and in a raw state. Live edge wood became popular in the 1940s by George Nakashima is now used for a variety of furniture, like tables, shelving, benches, etc.
The best part? This table is read-to-go and can be delivered/installed immediately. To read more, visit marketLAUNCH at www.rootsdesigncompany.com/wood.html
Come visit us in the Scout Lighting & Design Goods showroom!
We're so honored to be under the same roof with some of the TOP TALENT in the Texas Hill Country: Scout Lighting & Design Goods, Direct Natural Stones, One Market, The Gathering Table Co. JVW Design & many more!
We all prepped hard for the Open House on May 4th as it crept closer & closer and the payoff was huge! We had a WONDERFUL time enjoying sips from Spicewood's own El Gaucho Winery, and delicious morsels (and I am serious - this was some of the best food I've ever tasted) from Lyukum Cooking Lab!
After the guests left, a little after-party broke out - music & dancing was most certainly involved & it was a wonderful crescendo for a spectacular Open House! The comraderie among these artisans and designers has been such a lift to our hearts & we're couldn't have asked for a better event!
If you weren't able to make the Open House, be sure to stop in - you won't want to miss bringing some of these touches into your own home or office! I certainly plan to incorporate these beautiful pieces into our home!
Talented designer, Tara Camp of Scout Lighting & Design Goods called upon Roots Design Co. to fabricate sturdy floating shelves with the look of reclaimed wood.
The objectives were:
After the shelves were constructed, we took to some rustic methods of raising the grain and creating the effect of re-claimed wood. We kept the stain process simple, leaving warm, honey undertones with a weathered gray. Finally, we used a satin polyurethane to help make the shelves a bit more pleasing to the touch and added a layer of protection to the wood/ease of care.
These shelves came together rather simply, but the biggest blessing was in how easily they installed! In spite of prepping myself for quite an ordeal (based on the length of the shelf) but it wasn't bad at all! Seriously! All I had to do was hop up on a ladder near the window, hold my end of the bracket at the right height while he screwed into studs. When the root system was in properly, I held my end of the shelf nice and high and we slid the shelf onto the root system in unison. There was a "YAY!" glance exchanged at the top of those ladders!
love the light & beautiful touches in this gorgeous home. Tara Camp did some stunning design work and there are so many things I'm smitten with in this house. We wish this family many happy years in their new home & we were pleased to share in this project with them.
If you're considering including 'Deep Roots' floating shelves in your space, pop over to our Project Questionnaire & brainstorm with us a little.
It doesn't cost a thing to just play around (grins) and on top of that, we'd love to get to know you! Let's let our creative sides play off one another - it's one of our favorite things to do!
In the meantime, be sure to check out Scout Lighting & Design Goods website or even peruse their Facebook page for some impressive & unique pieces unlike any other. When I spoke with Tara, she mentioned how much she loved the hunt (hence the name Scout!) When someone truly loves what they do, it shows through in every aspect - and that is absolutely Tara with Scout Lighting & Design Goods.
Lucky Lab Coffee Co. makes an amazing cup of coffee - I've personally had their cardamom infused campfire latte & it took my love of latte to a whole new level!
We were excited to work with Lucky Lab (not only because we share a fondness for labrador retrievers) because what they were in need of would cause us to grow through the challenge of incorporating many trade skills into the culmination of their newest piece.
First & foremost, this coffee bar needed to conform to City of Austin Food Cart permitting regulations - the list is quite long, so we'll spare you the details of that particular challenge.
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We truly enjoyed working with Lucky Lab Coffee Co. on this project & look forward to future projects with them - along with more lattes!
Be sure to pop by Lucky Lab Coffee Co.'s Perry Brooks location at the corner of 8th & Brazos! They're serving up coffee, breakfast tacos, pastries and more!