How does a homeowner begin to plan a large remodel?

By Niko Papaheraklis,

So, you’ve decided that a room in your home needs a bit of a makeover. This is so exciting and is a lot of fun! But, it’s important to know what steps you should take in order to start planning a large remodel. Below, we lay out a few steps you can follow to begin the remodel process.

Have a vision

It’s important to have a good idea of what you want your space to look like. You may have a general concept, but let’s dig a little deeper. Start looking through magazines for ideas and inspiration and consider if your ideas will work in the layout of your home and add to its function. We recommend listing out a few of your top must-haves at this part of the process.

Budget

The budget for a large remodel can vary greatly, so it’s important to be realistic with your budget, but also creating and sticking to it as much as possible. A few things that will influence your bottom line include how much of the home you want to remodel, the amount of demolition and rebuild needed, and any customizations.

Hire a contractor

We’re not just saying this because we are contractors – hiring a contractor really can be the best decision you make for your remodel. Experts that understand how to fit things into a budget and have the knowledge to help create a design that will work really well in your home is priceless. They can also offer suggestions you may not have thought of that will really add value and functionality to your home.

Keep the future in mind

One last thing we want to mention is to keep the future in mind while you plan your remodel. It’s important to plan ahead for future phases, especially if any future plans include plumbing or electrical changes. Another thing to consider is how you will be utilizing your home as you and your family grow older.

At FineCraft Contractors, we are experts when it comes to remodels and making sure the design works with your home. If you have a renovation idea or want to remodel sections of your home, call us at 301-330-9191 and we’ll give you a thoroughly thought out estimate.

George Papaheraklis is the founder of FineCraft Contractors, Inc., located in Gaithersburg, MD. Since 1985, FineCraft has been building houses, additions, kitchens, baths and more for discerning families. Their blog can be seen at https://finecraftcontractors.com/blog/ and they can be reached at 301-330-9191.

Should You Fertilize Your Grass in the Fall?

By Nancy Penrose

Did you know that lawns improve air quality and generate oxygen? These are just a couple of reasons why we need to make sure our lawns stay healthy, and one of the best ways to keep grass healthy and vibrant is to fertilize it. We believe Fall is the best time to fertilize grass, and here’s why.

Summer heat is stressful on lawns – During the summer months, lawns go through a lot of stress with the heat and the cooler temperatures in the fall months are a great time for grass to regain its strength.

Morning Dew – The morning dew in the Fall delivers moisture to help the fertilizer be able to absorb better.

Stronger Roots – The grass gets a chance to build some stamina before the winter months and by giving the roots a chance to get stronger in the fall allows the grass to be healthier and greener in the spring.

When should you apply fertilizer in the fall?
The best time to fertilize your lawn in the fall is about three weeks before the ground freezes – usually mid-October or early November.

At Big Trees, we are experts when it comes to taking care of your lawn and trees. If you ever have questions, we’re happy to help! Just contact us today at (866) 313-2333 to get started.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (https://bigtreesupply.com), (tree nursery Snohomish, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurseries, specializing in large trees for sale and transplant tree service. Learn more about tree preservation at http://bigtreesupply.com/tree-care-maintenance/ and for more tips on tree care or installation go to privacytree.net. See our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6vVhNW1XJI and connect with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Trees-Inc/193731105108.

Big Trees Inc. Helped a Seattle Company Transplant Large Trees

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (https://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company in the Seattle area, was asked to help an iconic Seattle company transplant some large trees as part of the company’s relocation of their headquarters.

There was a large Japanese Maple in the courtyard of the company’s corporate campus. This Maple and a large Leyland Cypress tree had been planted as a memorial tree and were the trees that needed to be moved to the new campus headquarters 20 miles away. The Japanese Maple was scheduled to be root pruned a year prior to the final transplant effort. The tree was dug into a reasonable root ball and the trench was backfilled with heavy material that encouraged new fibrous growth of the root system at that time.

Roughly a year after this initial root pruning effort, the Big Trees crews returned to the property to finish root balls on both trees and move them to the new headquarters. The Japanese Maple was in a difficult position to reach, which called for an extendable boom forklift to fish it out to the flatbed truck for transport. Once the trees arrived at the new location, a tower crane was used to lift the trees off the flatbed truck and into their new garden locations.

“Our services and crews can make projects like this come together seamlessly for our clients. There are a lot of intricacies involved in this kind of work, and while it’s not rocket science, having a team that heads off difficulties with this scale of landscaping is always appreciated.” said Todd Holmes, Big Trees’ operations manager.

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only deliver young trees, but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

FineCraft Contractors Completes Recent Major Remodeling Project

GAITHERSBURG, MD: FineCraft Contractors, Inc., (https://finecraftcontractors.com/) recently completed a new major remodeling project.

FineCraft recently completed a project in the Washington, DC area within a month and a half from scratch. The project involved the installation of 90 cabinets, 35 of which were seven feet tall, another 35 being two feet tall, fifteen being eight feet tall, and the last five measuring approximately three feet tall. On top of that, approximately 200 doors were paneled, 110 drawers with drawer fronts were installed and about 150 adjustable shelves were put in. To top it all off, they installed self-closing doors and drawers with pre-finished maple throughout the entire interior.

George Papaheraklis, the business manager of FineCraft Contractors said, “Everyone worked very well as a team. My many thanks to our wonderful team of carpenters, painters and helpers!”

Sabine O’Hara, a past client, said, “FineCraft Contractors is a top quality operation. I have done multiple renovation projects with George and his team, including bathrooms, kitchens, addition, terrace, and in-law apartment. FineCraft has a great sense of aesthetics, great attention to detail, and the construction site is left impeccably clean every night. That’s why I am a return customer!”

Another past client, Sarah Hayes, stated, “As both architect and client, I was pleased with FineCraft Contractors. I found the crews to be hardworking and pleasant. With our project, George took a hands on approach from beginning to end, and collaborated well to help create what we envisioned for our home.”

George Papaheraklis is the founder of FineCraft Contractors, Inc., located in Gaithersburg, MD. Since 1985, FineCraft has been building houses, additions, kitchens, baths and more for discerning families. Their blog can be seen at https://finecraftcontractors.com/blog/ and they can be reached at 301-330-9191.

Silva Construction Gives Homeowners 5 Tips on Home Remodeling

SAN PEDRO, CA: Silva Construction, (http://www.silvaconstruction.com) a residential and commercial remodeling company serving the south bay area of Los Angeles, is giving five home remodeling tips to homeowners.

With several parts to the remodeling process, Dave Silva of Silva Construction decided to share a few tips that would help homeowners have a successful house remodel. Their five tips are:

1. Understand why you want to remodel your home. Depending on whether you’re doing it to raise the value of your home because you’re planning on selling it soon, or because you plan on staying for several years and want to make it more comfortable, knowing why you’re remodeling will help you create a specific and appropriate plan and budget for your remodel

2. Create and stick to a budget. Take into account times you’ll need to live in a hotel or eat out of the kitchen when creating your budget in order to keep it realistic with little to no surprises.

3. Do as much research as possible before beginning your project. This is a great way to gain knowledge from those experienced with home remodels so you can prevent certain challenges and problems, and set realistic expectations.

4. Consult the pros. Yes, DIYing a project can be fun and give you a sense of accomplishment, but it can also turn into a disaster if you’re inexperienced. Find out which tasks you can handle on your own, and which ones would be better suited for a professional.

5. Plan for the unexpected. Things like needing to turn off the water for days, additional expenses, etc., are all situations that may seem unexpected when they happen, but can be prevented if planned for ahead of time.

Dave Silva and David Clarke are owners of Silva Construction, Inc., located in San Pedro, CA. The company has over 40 years of experience in remodeling construction, and serves Southern California’s South Bay area, including Westchester, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, San Pedro, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Harbor City, Lomita, Torrance, and other select areas. Their blog can be seen at http://www.silvaconstruction.com/blog3/ and their website can be seen at http://www.silvaconstruction.com. They can be reached at 310-831-6310.

Silva Construction Explains to Homeowners Why They Need Earthquake Retrofitting

SAN PEDRO, CA: Silva Construction, (http://www.silvaconstruction.com) a residential and commercial remodeling company serving the south bay area of Los Angeles, is explaining why homeowners need earthquake retrofitting.

Earthquake retrofitting is the process of securely anchoring a home to its foundation in order to keep it in place. Homes that are not retrofitted can move off their foundation in a large seismic event. If a home is earthquake retrofitted, lives can be saved and tragedies can be prevented. This is the main reason why Silva Construction urges homeowners to get their home earthquake retrofitted. With the clientele that Silva serve living in California, it’s very important that they protect their homes and families.

Dave Silva, Executive Director of Silva Construction, stated: “It is incredibly important for homeowners in California to get earthquake retrofitting for their home. It’s one of the only ways to ensure your home can be a safe place in the event of an earthquake. And since we know that seismic events can happen without notice, it’s even more important to get earthquake retrofitting done now rather than later. We are experienced when it comes to earthquake retrofitting, so if you ever have any questions or would like to know more about our services, please do not hesitate to call.”

Dave Silva and David Clarke are owners of Silva Construction, Inc., located in San Pedro, CA. The company has over 40 years of experience in remodeling construction, and serves Southern California’s South Bay area, including Westchester, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, San Pedro, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Harbor City, Lomita, Torrance, and other select areas. Their blog can be seen at http://www.silvaconstruction.com/blog3/ and their website can be seen at http://www.silvaconstruction.com. They can be reached at 310-831-6310.

Get Some Winter Color by Planting These Trees

By Nancy Penrose

As the days start to get shorter, the skies start to get gray, and the landscape looks bare and brown, you’ll find yourself wishing there was some color other than the holiday lights and decorations. Luckily, there are many types of trees that have colorful blooms, fruit and bark during the winter.

Winter Trees with Colorful Bark

Trees that have colorful bark are a great way to add some color during winter. Some examples are:

Coral Bark Maple trees have bright coral red branches and twigs during the winter, with the younger branches being the most red.
Redtwig Dogwood turns bright red in colder months.
Japanese Red Maple has red bark with vibrant leaves that range from dark reed to bright orange.

Winter Trees with Fruit

Yup! There are some trees that bear fruit in the cold months! They are:

Holly Bush, which has red or gold berries.
Snowdrift Crabapple produces deep orange fruit.
Winterberry Holly gives bright red berries.

Flowers that Thrive in Winter

There are also several flowers that provide color and bloom during the winter, including:

Camellias, a waxy flower that has shades of pink, red and coral.
Snowdrops are white and beautiful! Make sure to plant these in the Fall.
Hellebores bloom from late November through the winter and provide a variety of colors and shades.

At Big Trees, we have a lot of knowledge when it comes to which plants and trees work best for your home. Just contact us today at (866) 313-2333 to get started.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (https://bigtreesupply.com), (tree nursery Snohomish, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurseries, specializing in large trees for sale and transplant tree service. Learn more about tree preservation at https://bigtreesupply.com/tree-care-maintenance/ and for more tips on tree care or installation go to privacytree.net. See our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6vVhNW1XJI and connect with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Trees-Inc/193731105108.

Big Trees Inc. Successfully Transplants Four Fruit Trees

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (https://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company in the Seattle area, was asked to look into a construction project on Vashon Island in the Puget Sound. An older property was being renovated into a new animal sanctuary and there were older fruit trees and shrubs that the new owners wanted to preserve and transplant to other locations on the property.

In early spring of 2019, Big Trees was approached about an opportunity to help salvage two large apple trees, one large pear tree and a big lilac from being demolished in a large-scale remodel. The trees had significant trunk diameters and were dug into root balls weighing thousands of pounds each. The trees and root balls were rigged with proprietary straps and lifting systems, and were moved to a few locations around the property with loaders and large excavators. Plans were made to ensure the trees remained healthy as time goes by.

“This is a very exciting project and these significant fruit trees will continue to be a source for treats to the humans and animals that will call this new establishment home,” said Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees.

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only deliver young trees, but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

How to Choose Colors for Your Home

By Niko Papaheraklis

Choosing the color for the various rooms in your home is more important than you may think. The color you choose tells people how to feel in that space. Do you want to give your home a more modern feel? Maybe you want your home to feel homey and traditional? No matter which way you go, choosing the correct colors will be vital. Below, we’ve laid out a few tips to help guide you in choosing the colors for your home.

Colors evoke certain emotions

Colors can make us feel happy or sad, hungry or relaxed, and even energetic or tired. Ever wonder why many fast food restaurants have the color red in them? It’s because red tends to make us feel hungry. Blue on the other hand lends itself to professionalism, calm, and cool – which is probably why many social media platforms use blue as their main color (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to name a few).

This same concept applies to the rooms in your home. How do you want people to feel while they’re in the kitchen or living room? Do you want each room to evoke a different emotion or do you want people to generally feel the same throughout your entire home? These questions can help you come up with a color scheme.

Modern vs Traditional

When you think of modern, what colors come to mind? Probably grays, silvers, white and black. Tech companies do a great job of utilizing these colors – Apple is a great example of this because their entire product line is mostly silver.

On the flip side, when you think of a traditional home, you may think of warmer colors such as browns, dark reds, and beige. This gives a warm and homey feeling, whereas modern colors give a more light and simplistic feeling.

At Finecraft Contractors, we are experts at putting together color schemes and choosing colors for your home with the feeling you’re going for. If you have a renovation idea or want to remodel sections of your home, call us at 301-330-9191 and we’ll give you a thoroughly thought out estimate.

George Papaheraklis is the founder of FineCraft Contractors, Inc., located in Gaithersburg, MD. Since 1985, FineCraft has been building houses, additions, kitchens, baths and more for discerning families. Their blog can be seen at https://finecraftcontractors.com/blog/ and they can be reached at 301-330-9191.

FineCraft Contractors’ Latest Remodel is Featured in Bethesda Magazine

GAITHERSBURG, MD: FineCraft Contractors, Inc., (https://finecraftcontractors.com/) has a remodeling project that is featured in the latest issue of Bethesda Magazine.

The remodeling project consisted of making the client’s living and kitchen space more open, modern and full of natural light to brighten up the rooms. The client needed to use the space they had in a smarter way and desired an open-concept kitchen/family room, and so they reached out to FineCraft to get the job done.

Korva, the client for this project, stated, “We didn’t need more space, we just needed to use it smarter. It was very compartmentalized, and we wanted an open-concept kitchen/family room where large groups could gather. Now we use the dining room, which we hadn’t really done much with before. I feel like we are taking full advantage of all the rooms in the house.”

Another past client, Lynne Oakes, said, “FineCraft Contractors completely revamped our family room. Tore out old dated paneling, and ‘popcorn’ ceiling. Now it is not all chopped up looking and it is calming to look into it. Also they made custom bookcases on the sides of the fireplace that have ample storage below and great display space above. I’m very pleased with the results and the respectful people who came into our home to do this work.”

George Papaheraklis is the founder of FineCraft Contractors, Inc., located in Gaithersburg, MD. Since 1985, FineCraft has been building houses, additions, kitchens, baths and more for discerning families. Their blog can be seen at https://finecraftcontractors.com/blog/ and they can be reached at 301-330-9191.