Window Shutters

December 7, 2012 Leave a comment

It has been said that windows are the eyes on the face of your home.  Eyes without eyebrows, eyelashes and makeup can look boring.  The same can be said of your windows, without shutters or other details your home does not look its best.  Shutters have been used on homes for hundreds of years for protection and looks.  Exterior shutters can be movable, allowing them to cover your windows in bad weather or fixed in place on the sides of your windows.  As homes have been built faster and cheaper  shutters are one of the details missing on many homes today.

composite board and batten shutter

With shutters there are many design options and come in several types of material.  Traditionally shutters have been made with wood and can be painted to accent your homes color or stained to add richness and warmth.   Wood shutters can be made to fit any sized window and have the largest design possibilities of any shutter material.  The disadvantage of wood shutters is that they will need to be repainted or stained to keep them looking good.  They are very durable and will hold up to the most severe weather.  Vinyl  has been a popular alternative to wood over the last few decades.  They are the most affordable shutters and will not require maintenance.  They come in many colors or can be painted.  They have any styles and sizes available.  The downside  of Vinyl is that it does not match the look of wood and does not hold up as well to strong winds and will fade over time.  A new type of shutters is becoming popular that is made with composites or fiberglass.  They can mimic the look of wood and are durable and do not require maintenance.  The price is more than vinyl and comparable to wood.  Sizes and shapes of composites will be more limited than wood shutters.  For the utmost durability and carefree use you can not beat composite shutters.

raised panel shutter
Raised panel exterior shutter

Whichever shutter you choose for your home it is important that they complement the style of your homes and are in the right proportion to your windows.  They also need to be mounted securely.  Exterior shutters designed and installed properly  will make a dramatic transformation to the street appeal of your home.  They will increase your home’s value and is a good way to personalize the exterior of your home.  An experienced carpenter can design and build you custom shutters or install ready made shutters.

Arched top wood shutter
Arched top wood shutter
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New Front Doors Styles for 2012

I have recently previewed the new entry doors for 2012 that the leading manufactures have created.  The big growth area for entry doors is in fiberglass construction.  Homeowners are really starting to understand and want the many advantages of fiberglass doors over wood or metal.  With the demand for fiberglass doors the manufactures are giving us more options and styles to choose from.  The advantage of fiberglass doors is their durability and the stunning looks that are available. Wood doors have always been the best looking doors and have had the most design options but they can be expensive and require maintenance.  Now fiberglass doors look just like wood doors are more durable and cost less.  The new styles available this year increase the appeal of the doors as they give you more wood grain options and more glass styles.  Fir has always been one of the most popular wood doors and now the fiberglass doors have the look and grain pattern of fir.  Mahogany is also a classic door style and there are new mahogany looking doors available. The demand for fiberglass front doors has increased the glass design options.  Decorative glass comes in many styles that are Fir grain door new and unique.  The new glass styles include a silkscreen look, contemporary design or a modern look with sleek lines.  Privacy glass has new styles that give you a custom look allow light in but give you privacy and security. With all the styles available it can be a daunting effort to pick the style that is right for you.  With this in mind, the leading manufactures have on their websites design tools.  The tools allow you to pick any of their doors and then pick from their selection of glass and shows you what it will look like in several colors.  You can even import a picture of your house and view your house with the new door in place. The leading door manufacturer that I recommend are Therma Tru and Masonite.  They both have what seems as an endless variety of doors and  offer a good value.  They will also make doors to fit your custom size opening.  For entry doors in fiberglass or metal I would start my search either one off them.  They are both available all over the country and have great warranties.
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What is new in decks for 2011 and the trends in decking. | Carpentry and Home Improvement Ideas

February 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Posted By Craig on February 18, 2011

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Stain and fade resistant deck

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composite and metal railing

The last few years have brought big changes to outdoor decks.  With the slowing economy and people staying in their homes longer it has changed the deck market.   The size of the average deck is getting smaller and homeowners are focusing on value and a good design that meets their needs . Decks are still split among wood and composite in the same ratios as the last several years but the type of composite decking they use is changing.  With less new houses being built, the houses are getting older and many homeowner have put of repairing their old decks.  This means that there are more old and unsafe decks on houses than ever before.  People are staying home more and looking for ways to make their homes more inviting and useful to them.

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Thanks to all my carpentry customers

December 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Posted By Craig on December 24, 2010

fireplace mantel

The last year I have worked with many clients and have been able to transform their homes. I want to thank all of you that have had me work on you homes. I gain pleasure in helping people improve their homes and make them more livable. Your home is your biggest investment and a place where your family spends the most time together. I am thankful that I have been able to work with many families this past year and help them enjoy their homes more. I wish you the best for the next year and hope you enjoy your homes.
I hope you take the time during the holidays to be with your families and enjoy what is the most important to you. If we all think of what is the most important to us, and live our lives with those ideas in mind, the world will be a much greater place.

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Thanks to all my carpentry customers

December 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Posted By Craig on December 24, 2010

fireplace mantel

The last year I have worked with many clients and have been able to transform their homes. I want to thank all of you that have had me work on you homes. I gain pleasure in helping people improve their homes and make them more livable. Your home is your biggest investment and a place where your family spends the most time together. I am thankful that I have been able to work with many families this past year and help them enjoy their homes more. I wish you the best for the next year and hope you enjoy your homes.
I hope you take the time during the holidays to be with your families and enjoy what is the most important to you. If we all think of what is the most important to us, and live our lives with those ideas in mind, the world will be a much greater place.

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Thanks to all my carpentry customers

December 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Posted By Craig on December 24, 2010

fireplace mantel

The last year I have worked with many clients and have been able to transform their homes. I want to thank all of you that have had me work on you homes. I gain pleasure in helping people improve their homes and make them more livable. Your home is your biggest investment and a place where your family spends the most time together. I am thankful that I have been able to work with many families this past year and help them enjoy their homes more. I wish you the best for the next year and hope you enjoy your homes.
I hope you take the time during the holidays to be with your families and enjoy what is the most important to you. If we all think of what is the most important to us, and live our lives with those ideas in mind, the world will be a much greater place.

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