winter remodeling fort collinsYes, it’s the middle of winter, and the colder weather has probably put a stop to your remodeling project —at least the ones that involve working outdoors. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be thinking ahead. Why not get a jump-start on spring? Take time now, to walk around the house, or look out your windows, and dream big….

  • Sure, you’ve got a lovely living room, with a fireplace keeping you warm on these cold evenings, but the linoleum on the floor has developed an unintended—and unattractive—pattern of burn marks over the years. Is it time to consider upgrading your living room…perhaps some beautiful distressed wood floors, with an elegant polished-stone apron in front of that nice warm fireplace?
  • Yes, you have your grill tucked away for the winter, but where does it live in warmer weather? Rather than have it taking over part of your well-manicured lawn, why not construct an outdoor cooking space, complete with a nice seating area or bar your friends can lean against—and set their drinks upon—while you are grilling?
  • Watching your cat stare out the kitchen window, twitching her tail as she sees birds at the feeders, you realize that it might be a lot of fun to see her watching fish swim around in that abandoned backyard fishpond you’ve been carefully ignoring for the past three years. Whether it’s simply a matter of fixing a leak, or replacing the entire system, it would be very nice to enjoy all of your yard, come spring….

Whatever you’re envisioning, we can help you make it happen. Believe it or not, midwinter is an excellent time to contact us and begin the planning process. We would not want to get between you and your fireplace, but once the weather is warm enough to enjoy time outdoors, we can be ready to step in and transform that outdated living room floor. If you contact us now, we will be primed to “spring forward” with your remodeling project, be it your outdoor kitchen or abandoned pond, the moment temperatures remain high enough for us to pour the concrete. So contact us about your midwinter dream, and we will help you make it come true.

choosing the right paint color for your home

Custom remodeling project in Fort Collins, CO

When you embark on a home remodel in Fort Collins (or Loveland, Windsor, Berthoud, etc.) the goal is redesigning and refreshing your home to make it more functional for your family’s needs.  Nothing accentuates this transformation quite like a change in your home’s color palette, with shades that reflect your home’s new features.

Choosing the perfect paint colors for your home, however, can be daunting.  With so many hundreds of shades in every imaginable hue, where do you start?  The design experts from O Magazine offer some great advice:

  • Start with your wardrobe.  In order to get an idea of which colors draw you in, shop your own closet and look for color trends among your favorite pieces.  Whether it’s sage green, wine red, or warm mocha that keeps popping up, you’ll get an idea of which colors naturally attract you.
  • Analyze your lifestyle.  Think about the room you’re redesigning.  When do you use it the most, and for which purpose?  If it’s a nook where you eat breakfast on most days, you might prefer a brighter, morning-friendly color.  For a study that you use primarily in the evenings, a warm brown or burgundy might set just the right tone.
  • Carry hints throughout.  Having echoes of one color throughout the house can give it an airy, open feeling, but you don’t need to repeat the same exact shade in each room.  Settle on a color that really appeals to you in one room, and then use lighter or darker shades of the same hue in adjoining rooms.
  • Don’t hug the wall.  While taping paint swatches to the wall is the first step for many painting projects, don’t stick to the wall for too long.  You may have visual interference from the existing paint color, distorting the look of the new shade.  Instead, move the swatch next to the items that will be in the finished room to imagine how it will look with your furniture, art, and accessories.

No matter which shade catches your eye, Artisan Remodeling and Repair will bring our professionalism and craftsmanship to your Fort Collins home remodel.  Contact us to learn more about our work, and for a free estimate on your project.

Home Remodeling Company in Fort Collins COIt seems like the trend these days is do-it-yourself. Home improvement shows on television make everything look easy, and the commercials for hardware stores say they will help you get things done. But to be honest, not everyone has the time or the skills to DIY, as this story we came across will show. If this sounds familiar to you, let a home remodeling company in Fort Collins help you out.

A young, ambitious couple just moved into their first house, and decided they wanted to install a set of pull-down steps to provide easier access to the attic. They cut the hole for the stairs, and couldn’t believe how well their first major project was going. The husband went up in the attic to secure the stair frame to the joists, while the wife stood underneath the stairs holding it in place. Once the husband finished securing the frame, he called down to the Mrs. to pull on the cord and release the stairs so he could get out of the attic. The cord wouldn’t budge for some reason, and after a minute she discovered that the stairs had been nailed shut to keep them from coming open during shipping. Panic set in as they realized the husband was trapped in the attic with the only hammer they owned, so there was no way to pull the nails out and let the stairs down. Now, this couple could have borrowed a neighbor’s hammer or even run to the store to get another one, but th ey ended up calling 911 to have the local emergency squad rescue them from their first home improvement project.

Some people just aren’t handy, or don’t have time to tackle the projects they would like to do around the house. Whether you have some little jobs that need to be taken care of, or you’re planning a big project like a bathroom or kitchen remodel, contact us. We’re licensed, insured, and we guarantee you will be satisfied with our work, without any embarrassing stories to tell.

sun room design fort collinsAs temperatures start to drop across Colorado, we can look forward to spending more time gathering with friends and family in our homes for holiday parties and festive meals.

But of course, with our extra guests comes the need for extra space, which is why a sunroom could be the perfect addition to your home.  Here are a few reasons why:

  • Sunrooms add valuable square footage to your home, as well as much-needed space for when guests gather at the holiday season.  For large meals like Thanksgiving, you can use your sunroom as a bonus dining area.  That way, you’ll be sure to comfortably fit in every single person on your guest list.
  • Sunrooms (not surprisingly!) let in a tremendous amount of natural light, which you’ll appreciate even more during the shorter, darker winter months.  More sunlight also means added natural warmth in your home, and for those who miss getting to spend more time outdoors, a sunroom can be a relaxing spot to soak up some rays.
  • Sunrooms can be the perfect place for a homework area, reading nook, or home office.  Because it’s a flexible space, your sunroom has the ability to grow and change with the needs of your family.

As with any remodeling project in Fort Collins, you can count on the experience and expertise of Artisan Remodeling and Repair to build you the sunroom of your dreams.  Contact us to learn more about our family owned and operated business, and to see examples of our work from throughout Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor.

 

Home Repair Fort CollinsBob Vila says it’s time to get your home ready for the winter. When Bob Vila speaks, we listen. Plan your home repair in Fort Collins now. Get it done while the leaves fall and the candy corn flies. Then, enjoy a cozy and secure home when the temperatures drop.

Here are a few Vila inspired tips for fall home maintenance:

1. Cracks and Gaps

Check the foundation for cracks. Are there gaps around windows and doors or where wires and cables enter the home? Such gaps allow in not only cold air but moisture. Moisture build-up encourages mold growth and may freeze and cause further cracking.

2. Peeling Paint

Exterior paint that is peeling or blistered may mean the protective paint film is failing and the siding is on the path to deterioration. This is bad news that could cost a good chunk of money later if it isn’t addressed now.

3. Leaky Roof

A shoddy roof that’s taken too many hard hits from the elements may leave everything underneath vulnerable. Leaks attack home insulation, structure, electrical, plumbing, and heating and cooling systems.

4. Clogged Gutters and Downspouts

Leaves are pretty, but if you don’t clean them out of your gutters and downspouts, you could end up with ice dams and headaches. If you don’t already have them, consider installing new gutters with leaf guards.

5. Tired Heating Systems

This may be a no brainer, but now is the time to make sure your heating system is functioning properly. Don’t wait until it conks out on the coldest day of the year. Service technicians will be busy repairing the furnaces of everyone else who waited until the coldest day of the year. You’ll have to shower with mittens and a wetsuit.

6. Wobbly Deck Rails

Expect slick conditions when winter hits. Can handrails along your deck and porch support the weight of someone mid-tumble?

Preparing for winter is a hard sell while you’re still enjoying barbecues and harvesting garden produce. However, it’s even harder to manage when you’re huddled with s’mores next to the fire. We can help! Contact us today, and we’ll do the dirty work.