Fabulous Basement Ideas

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If your basement could use a makeover and you are not sure where to start, we have compiled some impressive ideas. Convert a gloomy storage space into a terrific family space. There is no limit to the ideas we can come up with to help your renovation to be its absolute best. First thing is first, what do you want to do with this space?  Here are a few ideas: 

Guest Suite

Are you the entertaining type that enjoys having friends and family over to visit? Do you have family that lives out of town or possibly the country and would love to give them a comfy place to stay when visiting? Consider a guest suite in your basement. Add new flooring, walls, lighting, door and paint with some bright or neutral colors to keep a welcoming look. The addition will create value to the home and give an overnight guest a private place to stay. 

Additional Bathroom

Adding a bathroom is always a good idea, especially if you currently only have one bathroom in the house. The basement is a great space for an additional bathroom as usually the access to pipes and the septic system is nearby. Enclose walls, add some warm and inviting tiles, vanity, and toilet. This would also be an excellent space to add those luxury bathroom features such as a hot tub, or large walk-in shower with “rain like” shower fixtures. 

Gaming Area

If your family and friends are into games, be it pool or video games, a gaming area in the basement is the perfect use for the space.   Framed in walls that are freshly painted to a neutral color, padded or even heated flooring, updated ceiling with bright light fixtures can turn the drab to fab. Add the pool table, fuse ball table, video gaming system, and more to the area to finish the look. Now your family is ready for long winters, and rainy days or even hot evenings in the summer when you just don’t want to be outside. 

Work Out Area

Why spend money on a gym membership only to fight the traffic and the crowds once you get there. Work out in the privacy of your own home. A huge array of ideas exists for home gyms. For instance, a weight space to a dance/yoga area, the sky is the limit. Don’t forget to add in a first-rate sound system to get you motivated as well as heated flooring for your toes to stay warm if aerobics or yoga is your thing. 

Family Room 

Creating a family room for movies, cuddles and good times is always a wonderful use for a basement space. Make the room special by adding some fun luxuries into the room.  Consider a  small refrigerator for drinks, built-in shelving for books, or padded cushy carpeting for tiny toes. The goal for this space is a getaway for the family.  Provides some extras that the rest of the house does not. Maybe a huge theater wall with a giant screen and surround sound? 

Bar

basement bar

If you are the type that wants to entertain your friends for some adult fun, consider a home bar in your basement. Consider granite or wood countertops, beautiful wood exterior, and shelving with lights galore. Custom bars can be made to fit just about any size area from big to small and have an unlimited number of ideas to install. Tv, sink area, lights and more can be installed. Also don’t forget to upgrade the floor with custom tiles laid out in a pattern to finish off the look, making your home bar a place for fun for years to come. 

 

 

 

Consider a new basement remodel with one of these great ideas. Even better, combine two or three ideas and make the space amazing. Whatever your decision, when it is time to remodel your basement, contact High Quality Contracting Inc. We are the experts in basement remodels. 

 

 

Declutter with an Updated Closet

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Just because your closet doesn’t hold all of your stuff, does not mean it has to stay that way. An updated custom closet can make all the difference for any room. A closet remodel is a fast way to declutter your space and improve your life. It will add value, create a welcoming space that allows you to organize your day and your clothing, streamline your routine, and maximize your storage space.

 

Here are some great custom closet remodeling ideas.

 

Consider increasing the closet space. Many homes have hidden space or misused space in them. Consider having an expert help you reclaim this space by framing out a new closet with the increased square footage.

 

Customize it to your wardrobe by designing the closet space to meet your needs. Do you have a lot of shoes? Build in shoe shelves. If you have a lot of jewelry, decide on a special jewelry drawer which holds your pieces. Custom designed shelving, drawers, baskets, belt racks, hidden hampers, or even a fold-out ironing board or hat spaces.

 

Streamline your routine by customizing racks and rods. Design with a flow in mind giving each item a place and where it will make sense while dressing each day. Giving everything their specific space, pants, shirts, dresses, coats, belts, hats, and more. Line up the items as they make the most sense according to how you dress. Be sure to include a nice full-length mirror as well.

Welcoming colors and hardware features can create a space that is enjoyable to be in while getting ready. Consider the colors, dark or light wood, polished chrome or matte nickel features. Be mindful of the handles on drawers and nobs so that they are not the type that catches clothing easily. Decide on dividers for your drawers that make sense for your wardrobe. Spend the money for quality hangers that will not make your shirts pucker or your pants hold unwanted seams.

Brighten and increase the lighting so that you can easily find items. If your closet is a nice sized walk in, you can opt for some wonder stylish fixtures.

Custom closets can make a big difference in how your room functions. Let us help you design the perfect space for your wardrobe.

 

 

 

 

Why Winter is the Perfect Time for a Home Remodel.

Winter Remodeling

Winter is the time to cuddle up with a cup of hot coffee, a warm blanket, and the television. Between the cold and the longer nights, most people do not want to face any home remodeling projects. However, winter is the perfect time to have one. There are a number of great reasons why getting those home remodeling projects handled in the winter can be beneficial. 

Find Better Inventory- 

Since fewer people are doing home projects in the winter, the stock for products such as cabinet selections, flooring options, and fixtures is at its highest point. You can find more selections and get better pricing because most manufacturers are holding sales for the winter months to clear out older stock or to introduce new items. 

Warm Weather Fun- 

Completing a remodeling project in the cold bad weather means that this spring and summer when the weather is great, you won’t be stuck dealing with a contractor in your home or spending your time without specific areas of your home available to you. Instead, you will spend that time enjoying the space you created and the weather while your neighbor is waiting for his remodeling job to get started and fighting to get the right fixtures at the hardware store when they are all out of stock. 

Avoid Seasonal Spring Increases-

Most contractors and manufacturers increase prices in the spring before the busy season begins. Everything goes up from wood to countertops. The new inventory is out and last years inventory is gone. 

Contractor Availability-

It’s human nature, to take full advantage of the warmer days by planning and completing our home projects. The sun, the longer days and warm weather just get people going. We get that. However, the is also the time when most contractors are seasonally busy. Spring is the time when we are in full swing and finding time to schedule customers into early spring project completion fills quickly. Consider getting ahead of the game and finish your project during a less busy time of year to be assured that your project is done in time for the hot summer days. 

Financing Availability-

Just like the contractors, the financing companies also have a busy season for those Home Equity loans they offer. Springtime is the busiest with backlogs of paperwork. According to SmartMoney.com ,  homeowners should choose carefully between a Home Equity Loan or a Home Equity Line of credit depending on the project or projects that are intended to be done. Also, rates change often. In the winter, many lending institutions offer both options at a variety of “deals” and you can shop around a bit easier. 

 

Make use of those cold winter months and get a jump on your home remodeling projects before the busy season. With a little planning, building a deck or adding a porch can take place in the winter as well. No, you can not build during a snowstorm, but, there are a lot of days that we can get out and complete a project well ahead of schedule. Also, consider those indoor projects like kitchens, baths, and basements. Getting those completed so that you can enjoy the summer months having friends over to enjoy those things makes sense. Give High Quality Contracting, Inc. a call for your winter remodeling project! 

 

6 Home Renovations with High ROI

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Remodeling ROI for your home

If you are trying to decide which home projects you should do first, or if you are considering listing your home soon, you may be interested to know which home renovations give you the best bang for your buck. You may be considering updating appliances, carpeting, and paint to be the place to spend the money, but, don’t be so quick. According to a recent article in US News and annual reports in Remodeling Magazine, you may be better off spending your money in other areas instead.

Here are six great projects to consider that offer the best return on your investment.

Kitchen Remodel

It is true that the hub of any home is the kitchen. A kitchen remodel can recoup anywhere from 65- 80% and add value to your home quickly. It is a crucial selling point for most buyers as well. When remodeling your kitchen, consider upgraded modern countertops, cabinets, flooring, and lighting. You do not necessarily need to make a complete overhaul of the kitchen, however, consider at least a few of these options to get that updated look. If the kitchen is closed off from the rest of the house, look at opening up a wall to allow for an open concept. This may mean the difference between a quick sale or one that sits on the market for months.

Bathroom Remodel

Another prime area for investment is the bathroom. Remodeling a current bathroom will recoup a higher return than adding a bathroom. However, according to Remodeling Magazine and the National Association of Realtors, if you only have one bathroom and multiple people are sharing it, an additional bathroom may mean the difference between a sale or not.
When considering upgrading your current bathroom, updated tiles, tubs, sinks and cabinetry is vital. Increase lighting and space where possible. If adding a bathroom, the placement of where this bathroom is can be significant. Many people enjoy having an en-suite to the master bedroom. Your High Quality Contracting, Inc. remodeling expert can help design the perfect bathroom for you.

More Square Footage

According to the National Association of Realtors, a homeowner can expect to recoup upwards of 69% for refinishing a basement, attic, or other space in a home. By increasing the livable space in a home, you can assure that you will dramatically improve your home’s value.

Research the going rate per square foot for living space in your area to get an estimate for the value of the increase.

New Windows

Remodeling Magazine states that you should not invest in the top of the line for a window upgrade if you are planning to sell. Instead, invest in a midgrade product that is energy efficient. It increases the possibility for a faster sale, as well as brightens the room. You can expect to recoup upwards of 74% on vinyl replacement windows.

Added Insulation

2017 Cost Vs. Value Report in Remodeling Magazine reports that the number one ROI investment into your home was professionally installed attic insulation. Because of the substantial improvements in insulation products becoming more energy efficient and lasting longer, this upgrade makes sense if you are planning to stay or leave. Not only do you lower heating and cooling costs, but, you ROI is roughly around 108%.

Updated Home Siding

This one is just common sense. Updating your home siding can improve many aspects of your home as well as enhance the chances of a sale. Realtors insist on creating curb appeal when selling your home, first impressions count. So what is the ROI for the siding change? That depends on the product you choose as well as making sure it is professionally installed. The foam-back provides at least three times the R-Value as the hollow-backed siding. This reduces the overall heating and cooling budget for the home. The price is higher than the hollow-backed siding, but, it pays off in resale value and energy costs. Choose from a wide array of colors and textures to meet the structure of your home. If you are a little unsure as to what products would best fit your home and budget, one of our siding experts can help you decide by explaining the options.

There are many other projects that you can do around your home that have a good ROI; however, these are our top 6 for this year. If you are considering selling your property, give us a call and set up a free consultation. High Quality Contracting Inc. can assist you in deciding which projects might best help you increase your resale value.

 

Pump Up with a New Home Gym

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Home Gym Ideas

Gym memberships keep going up in price, and you do not get a lot for the money these days. With crowded gyms, breaking equipment and working around their hours of service, sometimes what you end up doing is paying for something you don’t use. So, why not put that money where you will use it? A Home Gym will not only make your home value increase but will help keep you and your entire family in shape while you stay within the comforts of your home. No traffic, no crowded showers and shower shoes, just a great space and a great work out.

So how do you get started creating a perfect Home Gym?

We have compiled some great ideas and tips for making your extra space into a time saving, money saving, health improvement area.

Determine Your Space:

Determining how much space you’re going to need is key to creating the best possible work out space. What type of equipment do you plan to have: a treadmill, work-out bench, dance bar? Each area you plan to use requires a different amount of space. Your High Quality Contracting Inc agent can help you plan this out. We are experts in using lost space and putting a room’s square footage to the best use.

Air Flow:

Remember, working out bodies sweat. Your home gym needs proper ventilation. If you are using an upstairs space, windows are an option. If you are using a basement area, consider some ceiling fans.

Flooring:

Rubber flooring seems to be the range for home gyms, but that leaves the gym area a little less than appealing. Consider carpeting laid over rubber flooring. Another consideration, if this is a dance/yoga area, installing a heated flooring system will make it warm and cozy.

Lots of Lighting:

Building energy for a workout requires good lighting. Take advantage of natural light if possible with large beautiful windows or skylights. If this is not possible, be sure to install bright, cool white overhead lighting. There are many great products on the market in a variety of designs.

Colors Make a Difference:

Wall colors matter. Consider either painting the walls with bright or even fluorescent paint colors or with bright natural tones. Avoid using dark greys, blacks and deep blues on the walls. The dark colors will reduce your energy levels and make it more difficult to get yourself going during a workout.

Motivational Décor:

Don’t leave the walls empty with no décor. Putting up motivational posters, photos, and framed pieces can help to keep you inspired. Add large beautiful mirrors to the walls. Put some live, large, indoor plants in the corners to help with the air and the atmosphere. All-of-these things help make the space welcoming and motivational. Don’t forget to install either a water dispenser or cooler to the area to stay hydrated.

Equipment Decisions:

Choosing your equipment can be daunting. But, we have tips for that as well. First, consider your space. Do you have enough room for that treadmill or that weight bench? Second, what are your fitness goals? Do you want to build muscle, lose weight, build stamina or tone your body? Different types of equipment can help you achieve different goals. Finally, the budget. Review your budget and look for seasonal sales that are heading your way. Don’t forget the small stuff like Yoga mats, free weights, or exercise bands.

Sound System:

Although a sound system is not required for a good work out, it can sure help with motivation and focus. Decide if you would like a surround sound system installed with good speakers, or if a simple radio will do. Why not opt for the big system and enjoy the music? If you have the system installed, be sure that the installer hides the wires where possible.

We hope these tips help you to create the Home Gym of your dreams. Don’t wait until January to get going! You can get a free estimate by contacting your High Quality Contracting Agent today. Start the year with the gym already set and get yourself back into shape! Stop wasting cash and time at local gyms when you can have it all at home!

Home Theaters

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home theater

Take a Friday Night movie at home to a whole new level with a great theater room remodel. We compiled some awesome ideas for your home theater that will make going to the movies obsolete and give your family and friends years of enjoyment.

Start with the walls-

A good home theater has good walls that are soundproofed to keep the noise in while the rest of the house stays quiet. No one wants to wake the baby while watching the latest action thriller. To do this, a framed space should have proper soundproofing materials insulated into the walls and possibly the ceiling to lock in sound. The market is full of great products right now such as Acoustic panels and Sound Proofing Foam. These products should be installed by a professional. Also, do not forget that outlets and leaks should be insulated as well.

Hit the Ceiling-

No, not literally, but a beautiful theater room can have added zing added to it by updating the ceiling. Consider laying back and listening while the ceiling has amazing home theatre ceiling tiles from Armstrong or fun lighting options that illuminate the area in just the right places to encourage a relaxed feel. Pay attention to the details, such as the trim or decorative beams as you are laid back in your comfy lounge chair.

Floors-

Floors are important. Depending on where the home theater is located this may need soundproofing as well. If you are in a basement, the soundproofing may not be needed but perhaps a heated floor is in order to keep toes cozy during the winter months when you spend more time in the theater. Look for comfy carpeting or nice hardwood that will bring a warm and inviting feel to the space.

The home theater system –

Do not skimp when it comes to the home theater system. Make sure you get high-quality speakers that can produce surround sound. Get them installed professionally to ensure a quality experience. A large screen can add to your better than commercial cinema performance. Wires should be hidden to prevent children or pets from pulling on them. Add a control system that adjusts for lighting, sound and the touch screen controlled movie system.

Furnishings-

Here the sky is the limit. Home theater seating, a commercial grade popcorn maker or even a beverage cooling system can be installed into a bar or a side area for snacks. Some home theaters also have a small eating area for a table and chairs to eat while watching your movies. There is no limit as to the number of ideas we can create for your home theater.

For a new home theater room, contact a High Quality Contracting expert today for a no-cost quote. We specialize in creating a truly unique design for your home and will work with you to assure the best possible result for your space.

Chase Away Winter Blues with these Home Remodeling Tips.

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increased natural lighting in home

Wisconsin’s long cold winter months can sometimes cause homeowners to get the winter blues and increase the symptoms of depression. But have no fear, help is near. Did you know that by making a few remodeling changes to your home you can help with these symptoms?

Since it is Mental Health Month, we thought to share tips for remodeling that will help. It is a scientific fact that increased natural lighting can help with feelings of Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder. By making some of these changes in your home, you can improve your homes natural light, air flow and a general sense of well being.

Full-length windows

If your home has small or very few windows consider larger windows or more of them to allow light in. Consider full-length windows that brighten a room or a large bay window. You can also add fun items like a window seat or a book nook to create that cozy feel and give you a space to relax in the sun.

Add skylights

Another great way to increase lighting is to add skylights. Skylights can bring in lots of light and improve your homes energy efficiency by allowing the sun to help heat your home. A skylight is like a window in the roof, but its frame is designed and flashed to withstand the rigors of rainfall that a shelter receives. It allows for daylight to fill the home with both warmth and light which in turn reduces your energy costs, the amount is dependant on the amount of sun that your area gets. The more sun, the more warmth, and light you receive.

Screened in porches

Screened in porches are great, but, what about changing that porch to fully enclosed space with large paned windows. This would provide plenty of space to sit and relax in the sun while still staying warm and indoors.

Change the hardware

Changing the hardware, you are using for the lights can also help. If you light switches are attached to poorly lit ceiling lights, opt to change those items out for newer energy efficient lighting systems.

Light bulbs can make a huge difference in the amount of light in a home. User a higher wattage if you are using only 60-watt bulbs. Consider fluorescent or natural exposure bulbs to brighten a dull and darkened room.

Open concept 

Opening up walls for an open concept look is not only a way to improve lighting but airflow and energy efficiency as well. The light can now resonate throughout the home more naturally as well as heat can be distributed efficiently.

Doors

Increase the brightness in your home with French glass doors rather than a solid interior door. You can still have privacy, but the glass allows the illumination to flow.

Don’t forget the front or back doors of your home as well. Install a newer energy efficient door with triple paned glass for security yet the ability to allow light to flow in from the space. Or consider a glass storm door which you can use to let light in during the day while still being able to close and lock the more massive solid door at night or when you are away.

Don’t let the winter months bring you down. There are so many ways to brighten your home. The best way to handle any home remodeling project is by contacting a High Quality Contracting, Inc design expert to help you devise a custom plan that fits your home and your budget.

Expressing yourself with exterior home siding.

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exterior home siding by High Quality Contracting Inc.

Your home is one of the biggest expressions of who you are. It shows your character and your style. Each corner, each curtain is part of a bigger picture of you. So why is it then that people tend to take so little time to think about the exterior siding of their home?  We look at our houses and think, “Well, it’s a grey house, so, it must stay that way.” or “It’s too big of a project to change that.”    

 

We can do better and as hard-working homeowners, we deserve better.

 

Changing the exterior of your home is easier than you would think with a trusted company like High Quality Contracting, Inc.  We take the struggle out of the work and follow your ideas to a tee to create a statement as soon as you pull into the driveway.

 

So, now the hard part, deciding how to express yourself.

 

We can assist there as well. Here are some great siding ideas to help put your personal style on your home:

 

  • Timeless- If you want to express a style of elegant simplicity consider siding flavored in timeless colors. Choose a palette of tones that reflect the ocean or emulate the earth. Water-inspired blues contrasted with earth tones of river rock and pearl can change the way your home looks creating a timeless look.  
  • Eclectic- Do you venture toward the bold and fun? Creating an eclectic exterior of your home can feel difficult at best. However, we can make it easy on you. Build in different textures of shake and shingles as well as colors to mix and match your look. Siding can be fun, so mix it up a bit.
  • Traditional- If observing more of a traditional look for your home, consider earth-toned hues or deeper colors such as “wrought iron” or “latte”. These colors work great on homes such as a cape-cods or colonials.
  • Modern- A modern home should have an eye-popping look by mixing deep trending colors with soothing neutral colors. Create a powerful effect with cool hues and bold bright colors offset with a warm neutral color palette.

 

There are many more ways to express your personal style in the exterior of your home besides siding. However, siding is a key factor in your look. It is an investment in your home that will benefit you for years to come.

The Homeowners Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Along with the taste of hot apple cider, the smell of burning leaves, and the beauty of the trees comes the autumn fall maintenance checklist. No, it’s not fun. But, every good homeowner knows it must be done to keep themselves and their families safe from the elements and cozy once the cold winter months hit. You have 6 to 8 weeks to get ready in Wisconsin so the sooner you tackle this, the sooner you can sit back with your fuzzy socks and enjoy the beauty of the season. To help you out, High Quality Contracting Inc. developed this handy checklist for your fall home maintenance plan.

Inspect your roof

 

 When it comes to home maintenance, many homeowners forget to check their roofs at least twice a year for damage. They usually realize something is wrong when the damage has gotten so big that the cost is, well,“Through the Roof!”. So, now is the time to do that inspection. Walk around the outside of your home at your roof looking for signs of damage, sagging or aging. Take notes of areas that you find may need further inspection. Pay particular attention to areas that moss, algae, and leaves pile up because those areas are prone to get water and leaking damage. Look for buckled, curled or missing shingles. Look for granule loss (texture on shingles) which is an indication that the shingles are aging and worn from the weather, they may need replacing. If you are able to get up on a ladder and look at your roof, do it. Check the spots that you had noted for damage. If you are not able to get up on a ladder, contact a local roofing expert such as High Quality Contracting, Inc. to come to take a look for you. We have been repairing and replacing roofs since 1999 along with other great contracting services. We can also inspect your home’s siding if needed.

Check attic for wet or missing insulation

This is an area that many homeowners also forget. Who wants to crawl around in an itchy attic and check their insulation, right? But, you should. Wet insulation means that leaks are coming through the roof. It can cause further damage and molding issues if not address. Missing or condensed insulation causes your attic to leak out your winters heat causing your energy bills to skyrocket while your home stays cold.  Pay attention to corners and around areas that have those storage items to make sure your items are not wet or having been leaked down on. If you find a problem- We are the experts ready to help.

Clear out and repair gutters

Clogged or damaged gutters can cause ice dams, siding damage, and roofing damage. It is imperative to check your gutters for any damaged or missing drain spouts. Climb up on the ladder (if your comfortable doing so) and remove any debris, leaves, sticks etc. from the gutter system. If you have problems getting up on a ladder, you may want to consider having new gutters with a gutter guard system installed. These revolutionary systems help prevent a buildup of debris and ice dams from forming.

 

Caulking cracks and gaps

When cold weather hits, the cold air starts leaking into your home along with the neighborhood critters who are seeking refuge and a bite to eat in your pantry. Keep them both out by sealing cracks and gaps around your home. There are several great products out on the market that can help you fill in the small cracks such as caulk, GreatStuff, and Flex Seal. For larger gaps and cracks, you may need some wire mesh, heavy-duty hardware cloth or hire a professional contractor to handle the problem.  We found these useful tips from the Department of Energy on their website http://www.Energy.gov.

Tips for Sealing Air Leaks

  • Test your home for air tightness.
  • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows that leak air.
  • Caulk and seal air leaks where plumbing, ducting, or electrical wiring comes through walls, floors, ceilings, and soffits over cabinets.
  • Install foam gaskets behind outlet and switch plates on walls.
  • Inspect dirty spots in your insulation for air leaks and mold. Seal leaks with low-expansion spray foam made for this purpose and install house flashing if needed.
  • Look for dirty spots on your ceiling paint and carpet, which may indicate air leaks at interior wall/ceiling joints and wall/floor joists, and caulk them.
  • Cover single-pane windows with storm windows or replace them with more efficient double-pane low- emissivity windows. See the windows section for more information.
  • Use foam sealant on larger gaps around windows, baseboards, and other places where air may leak out.
  • Cover your kitchen exhaust fan to stop air leaks when not in use.
  • Check your dryer vent to be sure it is not blocked. This will save energy and may prevent a fire.
  • Replace door bottoms and thresholds with ones that have pliable sealing gaskets.
  • Keep the fireplace flue damper tightly closed when not in use.
  • Seal air leaks around fireplace chimneys, furnaces, and gas-fired water heater vents with fire-resistant materials such as sheet metal or sheetrock and furnace cement caulk.

 

Affix weather-stripping

Applying weather-stripping around the frames of windows and doors can help reduce your energy costs. Weather seals rip, compress, and wear over time so remedy this with weather stripping. Another great fashionable item homeowners find useful are colorful draft stoppers. These sometimes home-made, sometimes store bought products adhere to the bottom of your door and help to reduce cold weather air from getting in. If your door has damage or larger gaps, consider having a new door installed by High Quality Contracting Inc. Give us a call today.  

Trim bushes and trees

Trimming back your bushes and removing any dead branches from trees is a good thing to do this time of year. If you have several trees on your property, consider hiring an arborist to check out the health of your trees. This time of year is the perfect time to have these specialists check your trees for disease, to safely trim back the branches that may fall in the winter, and to apply treatments into the trees for fungus and diseases such as diplodia.

Prepare your windows for winter

Newer weather resistant windows do not need much maintenance. They simply need to be shut and locked closed. But, if you are like many Wisconsin homeowners and you have windows that are older that leak air, you have a lot more do to than that to ready yourself for the winter months. Installing weather stripping and plastic are two options that can help. If the window is cracked or broken it will need to be replaced. If you can feel a heavy breeze or you can see a gap between the window and the seal around it, it may be time to replace your windows. High Quality Contracting Inc. can help you with an estimate of the costs to have that happen. We install all types of windows and doors to help keep your heat in and the elements out.

Check walkways, railings, stairs

It is important to check your stair railings, walkways, and stairs for loose rails, boards and large cracks or gaps. Loose rails and boards can lead to serious slip and fall situations during the winter months. Large cracks and gaps in the walkways can cause ice to build up and for you to slip and fall. If you find your stairs, decks or railings to be faulty, contact a certified contractor like High Quality Contracting Inc. to come and repair or replace the items for you. No one wants to spend the winter in a cast. Taking care of these dangerous items now can save you later.

Shut off exterior faucets

Prepping your pipes from freezing and damage can save you a bundle in repair bills. Simply shut off exterior faucets and valves before the winter freeze hits. Drain and roll up your hoses and put them away for the winter. If you have a faucet that sticks out a little bit, adding some foam or insulation products around the pipe is a good idea as well.

Stock winter supplies

Don’t wait until you have 3 feet of snow on your front driveway before you realize that you might need a snow shovel. Check your shovels, ready the snow blower with yearly maintenance, get out the snow brushes for the cars, and purchase the ice melt products that you need. Don’t forget, if you have pets or plants, check for products that are safe to use. Many retailers offer specials early in the season, and prices can go up if they start running low. Don’t be caught unprepared.

Check safety devices

Now is the perfect time to check your safety devices around your home. Check your fire extinguishers and replace them if they are past the expiration date. Check the batteries in your fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. If you have never had your home checked for radon, now is the time to do it. High radon levels of 4 and above can be extremely harmful to you and your family, so having this checked is important.

Cover up the A/C units

Window A/C units should be either removed or covered before the weather turns cold. Covers can be purchased at a local hardware store or home specialty store. If you have a central air conditioning unit, you will want to consult your owners manual before ever covering your unit. Some units should not be covered to prevent moisture build up and others are recommended to be covered. It depends. If you are not sure, contact a local A/C company or the manufacturer to find out.

Check dryer vents

As you use your home dryer through-out the year, the lint sometimes passes through and builds up in the venting tube. When this happens, it causes your dryer to work less efficiently and becomes a fire hazard. The cool, dry fall and winter air causes an increase in static electricity which can ignite with the lint. Clear this out and if needed replace the lint vent tubing with new tubing. You will be surprised at home much actually gathers in there.

Schedule chimney cleaning

Nothing better than a warm cozy fireplace or wood burning stove in the winter. Keep those items working at their peak and safely with an annual cleaning and maintenance. Be sure to include a chimney cap if needed to keep creatures from climbing down your chimney when it is not in use. This will help keep your family safe to warm up by the fire.

Schedule heating maintenance and change your filter

Just like the fireplace and the wood burning stove, your home’s heater needs regular maintenance. The last thing you want is to have it break down in subzero temperatures in the middle of the night where the cost for repairs will go way up. Prevent all of that by scheduling a heating company to come in and check your products. The Wisconsin Better Business Bureau has a great list of contractors who have been verified to help you choose the right contractor for your home. Also, don’t forget to change your heating filter and replace it with a high-quality one. Your heating system has sat all summer long and the filter will be dirty and dusty. Replacing that will help keep allergies down and your unit working efficiently.

 

 

Get Your Kitchen Holiday Ready with These Great Trends for 2018/2019.

Kitchen Remodeling Trends 2018

A home kitchen make over can be a homeowner’s dream or a homeowner’s nightmare. Every decision you make with your designing and remodeling company matters in a big way.  Having the right people do the job is key in any kitchen remodel. High Quality Contracting Inc. are masters in construction and design of kitchen remodels. We have compiled a list of kitchen trends for 2018/2019 to help you make some great new choices that will please you for years to come.

 

  • Counter Tops- Gone are the days that only granite and marble are used for your kitchen counters. The latest in design trends offers counters made of raw wood, zinc, and concrete.  The choices are stunning in a newly remodeled kitchen. Large butcher block pieces and smooth concrete that is either stained or left with the raw look.
  • Smart Kitchen– Fancy gadgets and appliances are one of the great ways that technology has entered the kitchen in 2018. With smart products such as motion sense-equipped faucets, refrigerators that notify you when your groceries are low, and a tap that delivers bubbling water.
  • Storage Solution Cabinetry- Installing new fresh custom cabinetry with great storage solutions is the perfect way to make your new kitchen not only beautiful but functional. Today’s cabinetry offers appliance garages for small kitchen appliances, drawer dividers for cutlery, charging stations hidden inside of drawers to charge your phone or ipad, roll out trays, caddies for pots and pans, as well as updates for garbage and recyclable drawers.
  • Pet-Friendly Kitchen Spaces– Great improvements have been made in kitchen designs to remember our four-legged family members. Consider a feeding station that tucks away into the cabinets, or a bedding space that goes under a kitchen island or counter space.
  • Flooring-Hard wood floors are still king. However, with great innovations in staining concrete floors, striking ceramic tiles, stone floors, or beautiful Terra-Cotta tile homeowners have many choices. Consider heated flooring for those cold mornings. High Quality Contracting will help you choose what system works best for you.