Spring is around the corner, so you might be motivated to tackle a household project that you’ve been avoiding all winter long. Regular household chores such as changing air filters or replacing lightbulbs are low cost and easy ways to keep your home running optimally. If you’re preparing to take on a bigger project, you may want to take an honest assessment of what you can accomplish or if you should hire a professional remodeler. Poorly executed ‘do-it-yourself’ projects can not only damage your home, but depending on the task, you can put yourself at a safety risk. Before you dive into your next DIY project, consider the following.
Budgeting. Home projects can really add up if you avoid mapping out all the materials, tools and equipment needed to complete your project. If you are not a home remodeling professional, chances are you will not purchase exactly everything you need the first time you go shopping. A good rule of thumb is to budget for at least a 10 percent overage for project materials.
Permits. Adding a wall or a deck? You might need a permit to complete your project. If you are not sure, contact your local city hall. Not all permits are intended to drain your home remodeling budget or serve as a roadblock to building, in many cases it is to ensure the job is done correctly. Avoiding this step can yield negative consequences such as being ordered by the city to stop work and paying hefty fines. Professional remodelers are knowledgeable about the permitting process.
Tools and Equipment. If you’re a home owner, you likely have at least one tool to manage small home repairs. New home projects may require specialized tools or equipment outside of your usual toolbox. Specific tools can make the difference for making the job easier, safer and avoiding damage to your home. Some specialized equipment can be costly for a single use. Hardware stores often have tools available to rent but make sure you know how to use it to avoid injuring yourself or ruining your project.
Materials and Measurements. One of the attractive parts of DIY projects is saving money on labor costs. Should you also save money on materials? The cheaper option when buying materials for your home may not always be the best one. Installing or replacing materials with flimsy or ill-fitting items not measured correctly can cost more money in the long run. If you work with a professional remodeler, he or she will be able to recommend the most cost-effective materials to complete your project.
Completing a home project can be rewarding with the careful preparation or with the right contractor. To learn more about finding a qualified contractor for your home, visit our Home Show and talk with a professional.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought new meaning and purpose to the concept of home as a place to live, work and play. The colors in your home can create a rejuvenating environment that improves your mood or outlook. Each year, the leading paint manufacturers announce their most inspiring color and color palettes of the year. Not surprisingly, each manufacturer this year selected hues for homes that evoke comfort and optimism.
Ultimate Gray and Illuminating. A solid, dependable shade and a bright lemon yellow is the dynamic duo that serves as Pantone colors of the year. The classic color paired with the shining standout hue is sure to invite warmth and comfort into any space. Color trend analysts at Pantone say the two colors exude “A message of happiness supported by fortitude…we need to feel that everything is going to get brighter – this is essential to the human spirit.”
Urbane Bronze. Sherwin Williams also opted for a more resilient tone with its strong neutral, Urbane Bronze. The inspiration for this year, says Sherwin Williams, was a focus on finding sanctuary within your home, “As we're looking to create the ultimate retreat for reflection and renewal, we're turning to a hue whose natural simplicity and nature-inspired energy cultivate a sense of calm from the ground up.” Rooted in nature, the hue mixes well with other biophilic elements to help bring the outdoors in and create a sense of relaxation and serenity.
Aegean Teal. Reflection and renewal played a role in Benjamin Moore’s selection Aegean Teal. While the name may be a standout, the calming blue-green provides a sense of stability and tranquility to combat the chaos of the past year. Benjamin Moore describes the choice which “Creates natural harmony and invites us to reflect and reset…rooted in the elegant, handspun textures of the home… the palette comforts as it uplifts.”
Transcend, Big Cypress and Misty Aqua. This trio of colors from PPG is a healthy blend of earth tones and tranquil blues as its signature “Be Well” color palette for 2021. PPG’s hues for your home evokes a similar theme to other paint manufacturers this year of embracing comfort and style. The colors “showcase natural hues that are comforting, compassionate and optimistic… celebrates beauty of all kinds and relates to those who prioritize wellness in mind, body and spirit,” says PPG.
For more home design ideas, contact HBAGK members at www.hbaknoxville.com/members.
Student Design/Build Contest
We are working with 6 area high school CTE student programs to conduct another design / build project. Details TBD.
2020 High Schools & Materials Sponsors:
Carter High School - A & C Trades & Services
Fulton High School - 84 Lumber
Gibbs High School - Lowe's Home Improvement
Halls High School - Tindell's Building Materials
Karns High School - Builders FirstSource
South Doyle High School - Anderson Lumber Co.
The idea of retirement conjures up images of spending time with grandkids, travel or dedicating time to your favorite hobbies. One important part of enjoying your golden years is living comfortably in your own home. If you or your loved one plans to live in their current home, aging-in-place modifications and smart home technology can increase comfort and safety.
Aging in place is more than living in your home, it is about enjoying your space safely, independently and comfortably regardless of your age or ability level. Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) professionals help people throughout the greater Knoxville area find solutions to address the unique needs of aging adults, such as widening doorways or installing grab bars in showers, without sacrificing the aesthetic value of the home.
Installing smart home technology also offers a level of support for aging home owners. The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University (JCHS), defines smart home technology as a product connected wirelessly or through the internet that can be remotely accessible with a mobile device. Smart home products such as thermostats, lighting and electronic locks are options for persons with mobility challenges and can complement other aging-in-place modifications.
A recent JCHS study asked remodelers about the home automation products or systems installed with aging-in-place renovations. The top home automated systems installed as part of an aging-in-place strategy included items related to safety and security (94 percent), climate control (83 percent) and lighting, electric and/or shade controls (67 percent). Remodelers reported that they most commonly received request for smart technology for the living room (94 percent), kitchen (93 percent) and home office (90 percent).
Aging home owners interested in renovations need to be able to find a remodeler who is knowledgeable about smart home technology and home modification. The CAPS designation helps homeowners have confidence that they’re working with an expert in aging-in-place renovation.