With a new baby girl in the family, Chip and his team were charged with the important job of making sure that the Howells' princess has the perfect palace. Chip and his team added complimentary colors, such as pink and purple, as well as multiple patterns and textures to make this place sugar and spice and everything nice for this baby girl. The luxurious crib and additional toy storage is a must have to help make the nursery clean and inviting.
The couple turned a small upstairs bedroom into a nursery to accommodate their growing family. The neutral colors make it a sweet place for a baby, while the light pouring in from the window and the chandelier on the ceiling makes the space light.
Stone Double Fireplace in Contemporary Master Bedroom
A double-sided stacked stone fireplace is a stunning focal point in the center of this elegant master bedroom. Comfortable chairs sit on one side for a cozy seating area, while a platform bed is situated between picturesque windows with beautiful views.
Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines transformed a depressing room into a bright and festive nursery for the Purks' baby on the way. The old wall paneling was removed and replaced with light blue painted drywall with white trim.
Updated Traditional Living Room with Columns and Exotic Wood Dresser
This stunning living room borrows from French country style in creating an updated traditional feel. Unique features include the concrete columns that have been faux finished to reflect saw-cut travertine. Tea-stained walls add depth to the space, yet another special addition to this well-appointed room.
The dining room is illuminated with a dark metal chandelier and staged with bright, comfortable chairs and a dining table set with blue plates and French Country accessories and greenery. The new French doors open to the backyard and offer additional natural light. A magnolia wreath hangs above a sideboard displaying two lamps and white serving dishes.
Stainless Steel Appliances in Transitional Kitchen
For modern-day efficiency, outdated appliances were replaced with digital, stainless steel models. Although the appliances are silver, they pair well with the brass accents throughout the transitional kitchen and complement the red cabinetry.
The type of damage will determine which route to take with drywall. If it has gotten wet or is moldy, choose to replace. "Moisture in drywall really weakens the integrity of the material, and if it's been wet it's usually best practice to replace it to save any potential of future 're-repairs,'" says Jeremy Wrenn, President of Wrenn Home Improvements in Wake Forest, N.C. If the drywall is damaged with a hole, Wrenn recommends repairing that section as long as the hole measures 6" x 6" or less.
Should you track down a spare part to fix an appliance or bite the bullet and buy new? Visit RepairClinic.com to choose among common reasons why many household appliances stop working. Then, enter your appliance's model number to quickly diagnose whether you can repair the issue and if it's cost-effective. The website even has video how-to's to get the job done yourself.
Asphalt Shingle Roof
Roof replacements can be extremely costly — at least in the mid-thousands — and the bigger the roof the higher the cost. If asphalt shingle roofing hasn't yet reached its limit of 20-25 years, try replacing individual shingles, especially "if they're brittle, many granules are missing or they've curled," says Tim Carter, builder/remodeler and founder of AskTheBuilder.com.
Building a Deck
If deck structure is solid and built properly, you may only need to replace the rails and deck boards. "However, a lot of code changes in the last 10 years make it a good idea to consider rebuilding the entire deck in most cases," says Jeremy Wrenn, President of Wrenn Home Improvements in Wake Forest, N.C. Big concerns include the proper installation of hangers, fasteners and especially bolts going through the deck band and into the house band. "Decks have collapsed from deck bolts not being installed or installed improperly," he says.
If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, the EPA suggests replacing it with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR label to save up to 20 percent on cooling costs. Tell-tale signs of replacement: rooms are too hot or cold, your cooling system is noisy, frequent repairs are necessary, and your energy bills are growing more expensive. If your unit is young, only repair if it costs less than half of the appliance's value to ensure the repair is cost-effective.
Repairing Cracks in Concrete
Shifting soils will cause concrete patios, steps and driveways to crack. Luckily, most surface defects and hairline cracks can be repaired with a thin overlay of cement stucco or mall-aggregate concrete, says Tim Carter, builder/remodeler and founder of AskTheBuilder.com. For concrete that's severely cracked, missing chunks or at different heights, he recommends replacing with steel-reinforced concrete that's a minimum of 4,000 PSI strength.
The primary goal of any new window installation is energy efficiency. But how do you know when to spend thousands to replace all your windows, rather than make a few minor repairs to achieve the same result? Decaying or rotting window casings need total replacement, as well as windows that don't properly open and close. Otherwise, weather stripping and caulking can be applied to increase energy efficiency. Budget tip: Visit Homewyse.com to estimate the average cost to install replacement windows in your ZIP code.