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Energy Saving Strategy For Your Home

Energy Saving Strategy For Your Home

Energy Saving Strategy For Your Home – Learn how to save money and cut your utility bills with these simple -household energy saving tips.  Call Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 for more information on a Energy Saving Strategy For Your Home or visit our website to see our full capabilities.

Home energy savings are indeed possible, particularly if you pay attention to your household appliances. So roll up your sleeves, and take a look at these energy-saving steps recommended by the Department of Energy.

Who knows? This may be the year you finally log some dollars in the plus column, instead of making alarmingly high “contributions” to the utility company.  Energy Saving Strategy For Your Home

Water heater savings
Take a bite out of the 18 percent the average homeowner pays for water heating. Here’s how to save on water-heating costs:

When replacing your water heater, invest in a high-efficiency system. Set the water heater to 120 degrees. (Most systems are pre-set to 140 degrees.) Wrap insulation around the first few feet of pipes that come in and out of the water heater. The insulation will reduce energy loss as hot water flows through the pipes.  Energy Saving Strategy For Your Home

Water conservation
You can save on water heating bills and water bills by adopting a less-is-more mindset. You can adjust your patterns of usage around the house, for example, by taking shorter showers, but it also helps to install low-flow showerheads and aerators throughout the home. These devices reduce the flow of water through them. When you turn on the hot water, the demand is less, reducing usage.

Here are a few other water saving tips:

• Run only full loads when using your dishwasher or clothes washer.

• Avoid using longer-running cycles on your appliances, which will use more water. Opt for shorter washing cycles, but be sure to test these cycles to see if they do as good a job cleaning the dishes as the appliance’s “normal” cycle.  Energy Saving Strategy For Your Home

Kitchen money saving tips
Dishwashers, refrigerators, stoves — these are all appliances people use in the kitchen that can contribute to high energy bills — unless you know how to switch on the energy savings:

• Consult the dishwasher manual, and make sure it’s set to the lowest temperature possible (which is generally around 120 degrees).

• Before loading the dishwasher, dry-scrape food off of the dishes, instead of running them under water. You’ll save on water and you won’t have to run the system as long to remove food buildup.

• Avoid using the dishwasher’s soak or pre-rinse features.

• When you can, stop the dishwasher before it reaches the drying cycle, and open the door a bit instead to let dishes air dry.

• Use ideal refrigerator settings to lower energy consumption. The freezer should be kept at 0 degrees, while the ideal temperature for the fridge is between 37 and 40 degrees. If your fridge doesn’t display the temperature, place a thermometer in the space to get an accurate reading.

• Keep an eye on the fridge door’s seal. Leaks increase energy consumption.

• Use a properly sized pan on the stovetop.

• Opt for the toaster when heating food up or even cooking smaller food items. It uses less energy than the oven.

• Regularly clean the stovetop; the burners will work more efficiently when they’re clean.  Energy Saving Strategy For Your Home

Laundry energy saving strategies
Keep energy costs down by following these strategies for laundry:

• Hang-dry clothing when you can.

• If you must wash or dry a small load, make sure the settings match the size of the load.

• Always remove lint from the lint trap after drying a load of laundry. A clean lint trap promotes optimal air circulation in the dryer, which will improve drying times.

• If the dryer has a cool-down feature, use it. This feature shuts off the heating element a few minutes before the cycle is expected to end, but the heat in the dryer will remain.

• Make sure the dryer vent is clear, and have a professional inspect and maintain it every year or two. Lint buildup in the dryer is a fire hazard, too. Energy Saving Strategy For Your Home

With these tips for saving energy, you’ll be set to keep more of your hard-earned dollars over the year, and every year thereafter. When your entire family adopts energy-savings strategies, you’ll also get peace of mind, knowing you’re contributing to a greener environment and conserving natural resources. Energy Saving Strategy For Your Home

Energy Saving Strategy For Your Home – Learn how to save money and cut your utility bills with these simple -household energy saving tips.  Call Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 for more information on a Energy Saving Strategy For Your Home or visit our website to see our full capabilities. Energy Saving Strategy For Your Home

5 Reasons to use Energy Efficient Lighting

5 Reasons to Use Energy Efficient Lighting

5 Reasons to use Energy Efficient Lighting

5 Reasons to use Energy Efficient Lighting – First lets look at the benefits of installing energy efficient lighting and later we will examine the up-front cost to upgrade and then the annual energy savings.  Call Ted at Plano Texas Handyman 214-507-3415 to discuss the installation of your Drip Irrigation System. Visit our website at www.planotexashandyman.com for more information.  Installing Energy- 5 Reasons to use Energy Efficient Lighting.

It’s no secret the cost of electrical energy continues to rise and will inevitably continue to do so in the future. At the same time, the demand for electricity continues to increase, taxing our existing electrical infrastructure to the margins of their design limits. We need more power, but in order to get it, we need new transmission and distribution infrastructure — but that’s just the beginning.

Efficiencies need to improve. Smart grid and microgrid strategies need to be deployed, and energy storage needs to be maximized. The list goes on and on. The problem is all of these propositions require a large amount of capital, which seems to be in short supply these days. Therefore, the quickest and least expensive way to generate more electricity is to not consume it in the first place. One way to use less energy is to install newer and more energy-efficient lamps, luminaires, and controls. Even lighting systems that were deployed just five years ago could benefit from newer lighting technologies and/or better control strategies.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that about 461 billion kWh of electricity were used for lighting by the residential and commercial sectors in 2011. This was equal to about 17% of the total electricity consumed by both of these sectors and about 12% of total U.S. electricity consumption. Residential lighting consumption was about 186 billion kWh — or 13% of all residential electricity consumption. The commercial sector, which includes commercial and institutional buildings and public street/highway lighting, consumed about 275 billion kWh for lighting — or 21% of commercial sector electricity consumption in 2011.  Installing Energy- 5 Reasons to use Energy Efficient Lighting.

The good news is lighting has become more efficient over the last decade and continues to evolve. Not only have lamps and luminaires become more efficient, but so have lighting control systems. Installing new luminaires and lamps — or retrofitting existing luminaires and lamps — is standard practice for the electrical industry. However, installing lighting controls to save energy has sent many electrical contractors and technicians back into training mode.

1.  Energy Savings – Lamp/luminaire and lighting control strategies are driven by the need to save energy and by the adoption of energy codes like the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1, or state standards like California’s Title 24. As lamp efficacies improve, energy codes are driving down the number of watts per square foot used to light any give space within a building. Add in effective lighting controls, and you can drive down energy consumption even further. On the voluntary side, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), has had a profound impact on driving energy-efficient lighting design as well.  5 Reasons to use Energy Efficient Lighting.

There are other benefits for installing a well-engineered lighting system. Although the following benefits may appear to be less quantifiable, in reality, they are no less important than saving energy. First is the effect that a lighting system has on improving the productivity, recruitment, and retention of the customer’s employees. The second is green and zero net energy branding opportunities. A 2009 research study, “Green Goes Mainstream: How to Profit from Green Market Opportunities,” authored by Jerry Yudelson, Yudelson Associates, Tucson, Ariz., found an average 3.2% increase in productivity from lighting improvements. The same study also revealed that a 1% increase in productivity equates to 100% reduction in energy costs.   5 Reasons to use Energy Efficient Lighting.

2.  Large choice of lighting technology – Lamp and luminaire choice is usually driven by customer request in consultation with an architect, lighting designer, or both to meet occupancy requirements. However, in some cases, the electrical contractor may become the specifier of the lamps and luminaires to reduce costs for the customer (value-engineering). Electrical contractors involved in design/build projects have greater influence over lighting selection. Because most design/build electrical contractors are not lighting designers, learning something about basic lighting design benefits everyone involved.

Just like the lighting designer, the electrical contractor needs to understand the customer’s lighting requirements. In the case of value-engineering or design/build scenarios, realize that the customer may be relying on your expertise when it comes to lamp/luminaire selection, layout, and control. Some basic questions to ask the customer include: What is the major task(s) that will be performed in the space (e.g., task lighting)? What surfaces or objects need to be lit (e.g., focal lighting)? What types of fenestrations will the space contain (e.g., daylighting)? Is any lamp/luminaire going to be used as an architectural or decorative feature (e.g., decorative lighting)? What is the mood of the space, or what are the navigation requirements within the space (e.g., ambient lighting)? In some designs, energy savings and increased productivity may be gained by separating task lighting from ambient lighting and using innovative control strategies.

3.  Lighting has become understandable – The proper selection of the lamp and luminaire begins with understanding something about the qualities of a light source, which are determined by the method used to produce the light. Light sources range from incandescent and halogen to fluorescent and HID to light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Lamps are rated in lumen output, watts, and lumens per watt or efficacy. Lumen output is the total light output of the lamp. This does not include fixture lumens only lamp lumens. (It’s important to understand the difference when evaluating LED lamps and luminaires.) Efficacy is the measure of how efficient one light source is when compared to another. The more lumen output per watt of power consumed, the more efficacious the lamp is. When purchasing lamps, think lumens, not watts.

4.  Quality – The quality of light is also a measure of its color accuracy and the color of the light itself. Color accuracy is a measure of how well the light source can render the colors of an object. This is known as the color rendering index (CRI), which is measured on a scale of 0 (very poor rendering) to 100 (perfect rendering). The color of the light the lamp produces (whether the light appears warm, neutral, or cool) is a function of its color temperature. The lower the color temperature, the warmer (more red) the lamp appears; the higher the color temperature, the whiter or cooler the light source appears (more blue). This is known as the correlated color temperature (CCT), as shown in the Figure.  5 Reasons to use Energy Efficient Lighting.

Other areas of concern when selecting a lamp are its operating temperature range, lamp life, lumen maintenance (how much light output diminishes over the life of the lamp), directionality, dimmability, starting time, and life-cycle costs. All lamp qualities need to be understood to provide the customer with the desired end result. This implies that you, as the electrical contractor, understand how all lamps generate their light and what their operational characteristics are. Control strategies will be predicated on the operational characteristics of the lamp and occupancy requirements.  5 Reasons to use Energy Efficient Lighting.

The goal is to have a better understanding of the nature of light — not necessarily to become a lighting designer. However, if you are providing design/build services or value-engineering a lighting system, understanding some basics of lighting design will help a great deal. Many lighting and lighting control manufacturers provide basic online training with regard to understanding the nature of light, lamp characteristics, luminaire selection, and the correct switching or dimming control devices and topologies. Many lighting manufacturers also offer webinars and training courses, some of which are free. Staying on top of the latest training resources in the lighting arena will go a long way toward maximizing your next energy-efficient installation.

The annual savings to upgrade to energy efficient lighting

5.  Energy Savings – Assuming you have a 2500 square foot home, with a total of 25 – 60W incandescent bulbs (lamps, fans and bath fixtures), 15 – 65W BR40 spot lights (can lights), and 4 – 4′ 40W t40 fluorescent bulbs (closets and laundry).

The total out of pocket cost to replace these bulbs with LED lighting would be approximately $485.00, including professional installation.  Installing Energy-Efficient Indoor Lighting Systems

The total annual savings realized based on .11c/kwh would come to $240.00 annually in energy usage, up-front, the payback seems to be 2 years!  However, you must consider the longevity and useful life of the asset, LED bulbs last on average 14.7 years compared to 2.1 years for standard incandescent.  Essentially, you will have to replace incandescent bulbs 7 times.  The bottom line is that over the life of the LED product (14 to 15 years), you will save over $3200.00 in energy usage and bulb replacement.

This analysis is done for a 2500 square foot home, do the math, many homes in Plano Texas are much larger.  Your savings could be enormous.

Call Ted at Plano Texas Handyman 214-507-3415 to discuss the installation of your Drip Irrigation System. Visit our website at www.planotexashandyman.com for more information.  Installing Energy- 5 Reasons to use Energy Efficient Lighting.

Smoke Alarm

Fire Safety For Your Home

Fire Safety For Your Home – Done Making Your Home Safe? Now Make it a Smart Home.

Fire Safety For Your Home – Now it’s simpler than ever to know about a potential emergency at home – regardless of the location.  Upgrading your smoke alarms is one of the best investments you can make in your home.  Modern day smoke and CO2 alarms can make your life a dream.  Modern day smoke detectors and CO2 alarms have a 10 year battery life and can detect particles as small as ions in your home.  In fact, you should consider a full blown smoke/ionization detection for your home.  Most all smoke detectors installed before 2013 are for the most part , obsolete.  For a relatively small overall investment, $700 and up, you can upgrade your home immensely.  Call Ted with Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 for more information and budget prices.  Visit our website for more details and full capabilities.

Smoke AlarmPlacement of Smoke Alarms
In a typical home fire, occupants have just minutes to escape. And because smoke in one area may not reach a smoke alarm in another, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends placement of at least one smoke alarm on every level of the home (including basements) and in every bedroom , and outside each sleeping area. The NFPA also recommends interconnection of alarms to provide better whole-home protection than stand-alone alarms. Leading authorities recommend that both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms be installed to help insure maximum detection of the various types of fires that can occur within the home. Ionization sensing alarms may detect invisible fire particles (associated with fast flaming fires) sooner than photoelectric alarms. Photoelectric sensing alarms may detect visible fire particles (associated with slow smoldering fires) sooner than ionization alarms.  Fire Safety For Your Home.

Upstairs – Smoke alarms and/or ionization detectors in all bedrooms and hallway, CO2 alarm in common area, a fire extinguisher, and and escape ladder in all bedrooms  rooms.

Downstairs – Smoke alarms and/or ionization detectors in all bedrooms and hallway, CO2 alarm in common area, a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.

Garage – Smoke alarms and/or ionization detector, CO2 alarm, a heat detector and, a fire extinguisher.

We recommend Kidde smoke alarms which are rigorously tested and are approved for use in any room in the house as specified by the user guide. Some alarms have added features which may make them more beneficial for certain areas. For examples, a model with super-bright LEDs can help illuminate a hallway escape path, or a model with voice warning in a bedroom can reduce confusion by informing of the danger with specific voice messages. Near the kitchen, a model with an intelligent algorithm may help reduce nuisance alarms.  Fire Safety For Your Home.

Combination Smoke/CO Alarms
A combination Smoke/CO Alarm makes it easy to provide both types of protection throughout the home. Industry experts recommend a CO alarm be installed on each level of the home – ideally on any level with fuel burning appliances and outside of sleeping areas. Therefore, a combination alarm can satisfy one of your smoke alarm location requirements as well as a carbon monoxide location.

The Kidde Intelligent Alarm combines the detection capabilities of an ionization smoke sensor with that of an electrochemical sensor, which is used to detect CO. Since carbon monoxide is present in all fires, having both detection chambers work together in one alarm is a breakthrough in the fire safety industry. When either sensor notices a potential hazard, it will communicate with the other. Depending on what is detected, the alarm will adjust its smoke sensitivity in order to better discriminate between a real hazard and a false one. This constant communication enhances the alarm’s overall performance in all fires, and significantly reduces the potential for a nuisance alarm. Fire Safety For Your Home.

Heat Alarms
Heat alarms are not suitable for fire detection by themselves, and must be used as part of a smoke alarm system. In some areas of the house, it may be beneficial to use a heat alarm that senses fire by air temperature, rather than a smoke alarm that senses particles in the air. The installation of heat alarms in attics, furnace rooms or garages is recommended, since these locations occasionally experience conditions that can result in improper operation of smoke alarms. Heat Alarms are designed to alarm when presented with a certain temperature at the alarm. They will not react to smoke and should not be used to replace smoke alarms, but as a supplement to a complete smoke alarm system.

Placement of Fire Extinguishers
Ideal Locations- Kidde has designed some fire extinguishers with features that specifically address these types of dangers. For example, Kidde’s kitchen fire extinguisher has a proprietary nozzle design that allows a broad, dispersed discharge of agent that delivers a high volume, low velocity delivery of dry chemical. This is the only fire extinguisher UL-Listed for residential cooking equipment. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides minimum recommendations for the home.  Fire Safety For Your Home.

Step 1: Choose Primary Fire Extinguishers (Must-Have)
For your main home protection install a 2-A:10-B-C rated extinguisher on every level of your home – no more than 40 feet apart. This could include locations such as living areas, garages, and workshops.

Step 2: Choose Supplementary Fire Extinguishers (Should Have)
The kitchen is the likeliest place you will have a fire. Protect special locations in your home with a UL rated fire extinguisher.

Every Home Needs Them
Smoke detectors are a must in all homes, and carbon monoxide detectors are needed for any home with fuel-burning appliances such as a furnace, water heater, range, cooktop, or grill. Even those living in all-electric homes should install carbon monoxide detectors, because CO can seep into the house from an attached garage or if a backup generator is used too close to your living quarters in the event of a power outage.

You’ll need smoke detectors that detect flaming and smoldering fires for each bedroom, with at least one detector installed on each floor, including a finished attic and the basement. You should also have a carbon monoxide detector on each living level, in the basement, and near (not inside) an attached garage.  Fire Safety For Your Home.

Ionization Smoke Detectors are best at detecting the small particles typical of fast, flaming fires but in our tests, all tested poorly for detecting smoky, smoldering fires. Ionization units are prone to false alarms from burnt food and steam, so don’t mount them near a kitchen or bathroom.

Photoelectric Smoke Detectors are best at detecting the large particles typical of smoky, smoldering fires but poor at detecting fast, flaming fires. Photoelectric units are less prone to false alarms from burnt food and steam, so you can install them safely around the kitchen or bathroom.

Dual-Sensor Smoke Detectors combine ionization and photoelectric technology to save you the hassle of installing two separate smoke detectors. But you will still need to install carbon monoxide detectors.  Fire Safety For Your Home.
 
Features to Consider
The latest smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have added features to better protect you and your family. Here’s what to consider when tailoring the safest combination of detector options to your household’s needs.

Power Source: Hard-wired smoke and carbon monoxide detectors tie into your home’s wiring and require professional installation. Battery-only detectors are simple to install, and they work during a power failure, but most batteries require annual replacement. (Lithium batteries may last the life of the detector.) Plug-in detectors are available, but electric outlets are typically located low on the wall, while the optimal placement for the detector is on or near the ceiling.

Battery Backup: A backup battery for hard-wired smoke and carbon monoxide alarms offers security in case of a power failure. All battery-powered smoke and carbon monoxide detectors warn you when the battery is low. Some provide warning chirps, a low battery voice message, or a visual display.

Smart Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: You can link some smoke and carbon monoxide detectors so that all units in the house sound an alarm when any single one is triggered. Some newer homes have wiring already in place to link the detectors. In a home without such wiring, you can buy detectors that interconnect wirelessly. These smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are an important safety feature in a home with multiple levels. A standalone detector may be adequate for a small, single-level home.  Fire Safety For Your Home.

Digital Carbon Monoxide Display: This feature displays carbon monoxide concentrations in parts per million, even when the concentrations are below the level that triggers the detector. Carbon monoxide detectors certified by UL must go off at no less than 70 ppm, but as little as 30 ppm can harm heart patients, pregnant women, and children. The display can alert you if the carbon monoxide level is inching up or is higher than usual. Some also show the peak level since they were reset, warning you of any spikes that occurred while you were away. Expect to pay a little extra for this feature: $5 or $10 for standalone detectors, slightly more for smart detectors.

Hush Button: To silence a nuisance smoke detector, pressing a hush button is more convenient than disabling the unit, and it avoids the possibility of forgetting to turn it back on. All the smoke detectors we tested had this feature. Some carbon monoxide and combination CO/smoke detectors can work with a remote control to silence a nuisance alarm.

Fire Safety For Your Home – Now it’s simpler than ever to know about a potential emergency at home – regardless of the location.  Upgrading your smoke alarms is one of the best investments you can make in your home.  Modern day smoke and CO2 alarms can make your life a dream.  Modern day smoke detectors and CO2 alarms have a 10 year battery life and can detect particles as small as ions in your home.  In fact, you should consider a full blown smoke/ionization detection for your home.  Most all smoke detectors installed before 2013 are for the most part , obsolete.  For a relatively small overall investment, $700 and up, you can upgrade your home immensely.  Call Ted with Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 for more information and budget prices.  Visit our website for more details and full capabilities.  Fire Safety For Your Home.

 

Home Automation

Integrating Home Automation

More homeowners are integrating home automation systems as technology improves.

Integrating Home Automation – Home automation or a “smart home” allows homeowners to connect — through wires and cables or wireless signals — a variety of systems throughout their residence and control everything from a central location, such as a smartphone, tablet or in-wall touch screen. A study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University says home automation is predicted to be the No. 2 trend in residential remodeling over the next five to 10 years.  Integrating Home Automation.

Call Ted with Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415.  We can offer you complete home automation systems, integrated home automation systems, video surveillance systems.  Visit our website for all our capabilities.  Integrating Home Automation.

There is massive interest in home automation, we are at the tipping point for the automated home, and that growth over the next decade will be exponentially larger year over year.

Experts say the most popular systems to integrate include audio/visual equipment and home theaters, heating and A/C, and security and lighting. Integrating Home Automation.

The past five years has seen the industry become more available to more people, what was once a million dollar home market has scaled down to the $400,000 homes because it’s becoming much more affordable and accessible. Prices are coming down and the number of products that work together is increasing.

At 6 a.m., the home automation system wakes you up with soft music and dim lights. As you get out of bed and begins his morning routine, the lights get brighter and the TV turns on with the local news. And when you leave for work, everything turns itself off and the security system switches on to guard his house.

When you return home, sensors in his driveway activate the system, which turns on music from the outdoor speakers, the waterfall in the landscaping, and interior and exterior lights if it’s dark.  Integrating Home Automation.

Your house greets you and I’m surprised home automation isn’t in every home — even if it’s as simple as lighting control. It saves on electricity, protects the home and is convenient.  My favorite part is peace of mind, you can go out of town every chance you can imagine, and knowing your home is just a click away is great.

Affordable home automation systems start around $100. All you need is a smartphone and Wi-Fi.
DIY home automation.  For those who want to test the waters of home automation before jumping in, simpler options exist, such as installing a Nest smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. The alarm, priced at $129, speaks with a female voice, telling the home’s occupants what the problem is and where it’s located. Before it sounds a piercing alarm, it gives a verbal warning that can be silenced by waving your hand. It integrates with mobile devices and sends a message if an emergency arises or the batteries run low.  Integrating Home Automation.

Nest, based in Palo Alto, California, introduced its first product, the Learning Thermostat, in 2011. Retailing for $250, the thermostat creates a custom climate control based on the homeowner’s schedule, and saves up to 20 percent on heating and cooling bills.  Today, there are numerous competing products equally as good if not better.  I personally like Ecobee.

Smartphones can control many add-on features of alarm systems, such as light controls. How much does home automation cost?  Home automation systems can run the gamut from fairly basic to extravagant and range in price from $2,000 to $200,000.  Integrating Home Automation.

Turning on your exterior lights at sundown and off at dawn would be the most basic, at the other end, you can have a system by pushing a button over the bed each morning, which raised 52 shades, set lighting scenes, started a music playlist based on the day of the week, turned on stock feeds on some TVs and views of surveillance cameras on others, unlocked elevator access to their floor of the building, and adjusted the thermostat. When they were ready for bed, Brahms’ lullaby played over 10 sets of speakers and lights controlled by motion detectors gently lit the way back to the bedroom.  Such bliss.

What are the benefits of home automation?
A simple surround sound system can be installed in as little as one day, but large, complex home automation systems can take weeks of planning and programming. Integrating Home Automation.

In addition, homeowners may also check with their insurance companies to see if they’re eligible for a lower rate.

Consumers who fear they may not be tech-savvy enough to operate an automation system shouldn’t worry.

Home Automation doesn’t come with a big manual or extensive instructions.

Wilson says with today’s smartphone and tablet technology, homeowners should have no difficulty operating a smart house.  An automation system is just a computer that runs your home systems. So much like your laptop, it will occasionally need to be rebooted or need minor maintenance.  The idea is to make things more intuitive, so while being tech savvy doesn’t hurt, it isn’t required.  Integrating Home Automation.

What does the future hold?
There are a few things that people are looking for, and most of the time it’s an easy-to-use interface that allows you to control the home remotely. The ability for the home to efficiently run itself without constant human interaction and linking all the different subsystems in the home together is what home automation is all about.

Whether it’s combining all your TV and stereo remotes into one, or having window shades open and close automatically according to your local sunrise and sunset times, it’s an exciting time for industry professionals as more products become accessible for the average customer.

The interest is growing exponentially.  Today’s first-time homebuyer was practically born with a phone in their hand — they almost expect the technology from their house. I think the next five to 10 years is going to see a huge growth in home automation.  Integrating Home Automation.

Call Ted with Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415.  We can offer you complete home automation systems, integrated home automation systems, video surveillance systems.  Visit our website for all our capabilities.  Integrating Home Automation.

kitchen lighting upgrades

Winter Home Renovations

Winter Home Renovations

Winter Home Renovations, Winter Home Improvement Projects – How did you spend the first day of the year? January 1, 2018, was not one of the most productive days I’ve ever had. In fact, I spent most of it reading on my brand spankin’ new Dell Laptop promoting Plano Texas Handyman. That was last year, this year I watched college football all day and it was glorious, but also extremely lazy. So much for my “work out more” New Year’s resolution!

Having a lazy day once in a while isn’t a bad thing, but if you’re stuck indoors because of the cold, why not turn your snow day into a “go day”? The weather outside may be frightful, but home improvement can be oh so delightful. If you’re feeling the post-holiday blues, here are some simple home improvement projects to get your house moving in the right direction.  Winter Home Improvement Projects, Winter Home Renovations.

Call Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 or visit our website to view all our capabilities.  Our company specializes in high technology, data, electrical, kitchen renovations and a host of other useful projects with specific attention to detail.  Winter Home Renovations.

Do some painting
Did you know that cold weather is ideal for drying paint? The dryness of the winter months actually makes winter the perfect time to paint the interior, so we crack a window, grab our favorite brush and transform the old room into new! Select a bold color and paint an accent wall in your living room. Or add dimension to your bedroom by painting the ceiling. If you’ve really got the DIY bug, use painter’s tape to create stripes or patterns on a wall. Whatever you choose, new colors are a sure way to add visual interest to your walls and bring a splash of sunshine into a drab winter home.  Winter Home Improvement Projects, Winter Home Renovations.

Change out your light bulbs
This one’s a bit of an investment, but you won’t regret replacing your bulbs with energy-efficient LED bulb. It’s a great way to go green and save money. On average, an Energy Star qualified light bulb will save more than $40 in electricity costs over its lifetime, so don’t let the upfront cost of these bulbs scare you away from making the purchase.  Winter Home Improvement Projects, Winter Home Renovations.

Install a backsplash
Backsplashes are to kitchens, as spices are to spaghetti sauce; they’re essential for completing the flavor. If you’d like to kick your kitchen up a notch, a backsplash will help accessorize and emphasize your countertops, cabinets and appliances. For a kitchen that needs color and life, a flashy or textured tile, a subway tile can wake up a plain scheme. For a kitchen that already has personality, sleek, neutral tile can add elegance and unity to the room’s look. If you’re daring in your design, check out Krissy’s post for unique backsplash ideas. And when you’re ready to go, this guide from HGTV can help you figure out how to install your very own tile backsplash.  Winter Home Improvement Projects, Winter Home Renovations.

Refurbish your doors
Interior doors can have a lot of visual impact on your home. The good news is you can virtually “replace” all of your doors without spending excessively. Here are some ways to make over your interior doors.

Paint them. Dark doors can make your home look more expensive. Colored doors can look much more modern and whimsical than traditional wood.
Change the doorknobs. Updated hardware is an instant fix for outdated doors.
Add molding to flat doors. Molding can create dimension and give an elegant, expensive feel to any run-of-the-mill doorway.  Winter Home Improvement Projects, Winter Home Renovations.

Give your closet a makeover
Is organization on your list of resolutions for 2017? Kick off your most-organized year by tackling your closet. If you create a place for everything, you’ll be a lot more likely to put things away. There are so many things you can do to customize a closet for your needs. To start, install shelving, purchase an over-the-door shoe rack and donate all the items that you no longer need, wear or fit into. Check out this post for more ideas to help you get your closet in order.  Winter Home Improvement Projects, Winter Home Renovations.

Organize your mudroom or Laundry Room
Make messy mudrooms and laundry rooms a thing of the past. If your family’s coats and boots are out of control, use the mess as motivation to rein in the chaos once and for all. Check out my suggestions for organizing your mudroom here, and by the time next winter rolls around, entranceway disarray will be a distant memory.  Winter Home Improvement Projects

By focusing on the inside of your home while the weather is cold, you’ll have a lot more time to tackle the warm-weather stuff when spring rolls around. What kind of home improvement tasks are you tackling this winter? Let us know in the comments!  Winter Home Improvement Projects, Winter Home Renovations.

Call Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 or visit our website to view all our capabilities.  Our company specializes in high technology, data, electrical, kitchen renovations and a host of other useful projects with specific attention to detail.

Remodeling with Highest ROI

Remodeling with Highest ROI

Remodeling with Highest ROI – Millions of Americans are expected to remodel their homes this year as the home selling market rebounds.
Angie’s List surveyed top remodelers and real estate professionals to determine which remodeling projects result in the best return on investment when it comes time to sell your home.  Contact Ted at Plano Texas Handyman for a free consultation on your Master Closet Design Ideas at 214-507-3415 or visit our website for more information on our capabilities.  Remodeling with Highest ROI.

Well-planned and executed home improvements make your house more livable while you live there, and they boost your home’s resale value.  If you’re investing in your home specifically to help sell it, focus your dollars on the things that will really wow a potential buyer.

Home remodeling projects with the highest return on investment include:

The kitchen
J&K CabinetryWhether it’s a major overhaul or a simple makeover, putting a fresh face on your kitchen is your best investment. Maximize your return by limiting your project cost to no more than 20 percent of the value of your home. Expect an 85 percent return on your investment.

The bathroom
An outdated bathroom can spoil a sale. Current trends have homeowners installing large showers instead of garden tubs. A major update by a reputable bathroom remodeling contractor could cost less than $20,000, but it should yield an 80 percent return.  Remodeling with Highest ROI.

Decks
A new deck can cost a few thousand to tens of thousands of dollars, depending on size and materials used. Before you build, look at other homes in your area and build accordingly. If the deck is in good shape, your return could be more than 80 percent.  Remodeling with Highest ROI.

The Fireplace

Wall Mount FireplaceAs the natural focal point of a room and the home, the fireplace has a big impact on the style and mood of the space it is in. If your home has an outdated fireplace or a fireplace design that clashes with your décor, you don’t have to settle for it. Updating the fireplace surround is a simple and affordable solution, that can cost you anywhere from $2000 to $5000 and this single home improvement project will revitalize the look of your fireplace and change the atmosphere of the room without the cost and hassle of a complete fireplace remodel. Fireplace Remodel Increase Home Value.  Expect a 85% return.  Remodeling with Highest ROI.

Front Door

Replace front DoorA new front door can give your home instant curb appeal. The front door, after all, is a key focal point and one of the first impressions visitors have when they arrive at your home. As such, a new door can significantly contribute to your home’s style and character, increasing its value.  Expect an 80% return on a moderately priced door (under $1500) and a 70% return on a more expensive door.  Remodeling with Highest ROI.

 

Master Closet

To some, a closet is nothing more than a place for hanging clothes and stuffing away unsightly junk. A closet can quickly become a black hole that eagerly consumes halves of pairs of shoes, old books and other random items often haphazardly strewn about a bedroom.  However, to others, a closet is a special space designed for organizing, arranging and displaying all of their favorite ensembles. If it’s large enough, a closet can double as a dressing room and quiet space away from the rest of the home. Even small and humble closets can become a dream – and you don’t have to have a Rockefeller budget to get the job done.  Remodeling with Highest ROI.

Contact Ted at Plano Texas Handyman for a free consultation on your Master Closet Design Ideas at 214-507-3415 or visit our website for more information on our capabilities.  Remodeling with Highest ROI.

 

Kitchen Open Floor Plan

Remodel Trends 2018

Remodel Trends 2018

Remodel Trends 2018 – Thanks to generational changes, economic improvement and good-old fashioned necessity, contractors say they expect an uptick in remodeling projects this year. And they foresee quite a few old standbys remaining trendy even as new developments affect the market.    –   Contractors say economic improvements will drive a big year.  Contact Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 to discuss your remodel for 2018 or visit our website for a complete list of all our capabilities.  Remodel Trends 2018

Read on to learn about some of the most important remodeling trends for 2018.

Economic improvements boost remodeling business – Veteran remodelers say they’re seeing more and bigger projects come along. Based on last year, there seems to be a lot of money freeing up and people doing remodeling projects and major additions.  Either that, or people have been holding off on projects so long that they don’t have a choice but to do them.

Kitchen Open Floor PlanOpen spaces and changes in family dynamic — whether millennial’s moving back in with parents or elderly people moving in with their adult children — drive current remodeling trends.  Whatever the case, the work is humming along, and the companies that get the most business are often the ones that offer the least hassle.  Remodel Trends 2018

People are really looking for one-stop shopping, Folks are so busy with their professions that they’re looking for somebody to really run the job from beginning to end, be their consultant and work with them. So people really appreciate design-build shops such as ours.

Generational changes drive universal design
As Baby Boomers and Generation X get older, they see their family structure expanding in both directions. They frequently move elderly parents into their homes to more easily take care of them, and college graduates are more often returning home and remaining in place longer.

We have families who want to expand in place and not move, and they’re looking to increase the space, and we’re seeing a lot of in-law suites for folks bringing their parents home to care for them.  Remodel Trends 2018

In-law suites, such as this basement converted into a parent’s apartment, are becoming popular as more parents move back in with their adult children.  With these generational changes, universal design principles, which focus on accessibility and ease of use, have come to the forefront of remodeling. Elements of universal design include critical facilities such as bathrooms and bedrooms on the first floor to avoid climbing stairs, adding accessories such as handrails to make everyday tasks easier, and wider doorways to accommodate wheelchairs or other assistive equipment. Taken together, universal design principles help occupants of a wide range of age and ability levels remain in their homes as long as possible.

Walk-in showers are among the hottest bathroom trends in 2017.  Kitchen and bathroom remodeling trends remain popular.  Kitchens and bathrooms remain the center of many popular remodeling projects, and contractors see no change in that trendline. But within those tasks, different components come to the forefront.

Were seeing a move away from bathtubs.  Large walk-in showers are very popular now, almost every upgrade we do is going to walk-in showers. People don’t use tubs anymore, and they appreciate the convenience. Walk-in showers have a cleaner, more sterile look.  Remodel Trends 2018

In kitchens and bathrooms alike, whites and shades of gray are the color tones of the year. White is definitely making a strong comeback.  White subway tiles, white flooring, white cabinets. It’s a very retro, very clean look. What’s old is new again.

Also strong is luxury vinyl tile, or LVT, as a major trend in the future. It’s been used commercially for some time and recently entered the residential market.  LVT is extremely durable, very thin, and virtually indestructible. It can look like tiles or wood. The product itself is a little more expensive than other materials, but installation is cheaper, which brings the price competitive with other materials.

White and gray furnishings and open spaces are among the major remodeling trends of 2018. Granite and quartz countertops dominate kitchens, Kitchen and bathroom remodelers say quartz countertops have skyrocketed in popularity, and they don’t foresee that slowing down.

Quartz has become very popular, more so than ever, it’s a major product for us. It just seems to be the choice of customers, and manufacturers are constantly developing new styles and designs of quartz.

Quartz remains a more expensive choice, granite has moved into less expensive projects. Everyone wants some sort of stone top rather than laminate, even in the lower-income market.  It’s worth their investment. You’d be amazed how many places we’re installing granite.

The biggest trend in kitchen remodeling, according to expert contractors, is home automation which remains a hot topic, especially as improving technology brings the price lower and in reach of more and more homeowners who are mulling remodeling projects. Home automation has become very popular, usually in conjunction with other remodeling projects, it’s one of the most popular things out there right now. In fact, new technologies drive many changes ranging from HVAC systems you can program from your phone to minor improvements in convenience. Ward notes he installs many USB outlets and LED light bulbs in major remodeling jobs.  Remodel Trends 2018

Home AutomationHome automation, once the domain of the well-off, is moving into the budget range of many homeowners. Although even a few years ago, home automation was a “Jetsons”-style dream out of reach of all but the most affluent clients, the technology has moved into many price ranges since then. Those higher-end products aren’t always in people’s budgets.  But they’re making a lot of them now that have the same features but are aimed at a budget market.”

Because of this dizzying array of options, we advise customers to carefully do their homework. Having all these materials available at your disposal is a big advantage, but it can be overwhelming, we provide as much information as we can, but consider doing legwork to familiarize yourself with your options. See what’s available out there!  Remodel Trends 2018

Contact Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 to discuss your remodel for 2018 or visit our website for a complete list of all our capabilities.  Remodel Trends 2018

Smart Home

Smart Home Technology

Smart Home Technology

Smart Home Technology – Home Automation / Smart Home Technology – With one touch, dim the lights, play music, turn up the heat, lock the doors and arm the security system. Check in on your home from your smartphone, no matter where you are. Press a “Goodnight” button that will put your house to sleep, turning off all lights and locking all doors. With Control4, your options are virtually limitless. We examine all the options available to make your home more efficient, more energy efficient, and completely automated at an affordable price. We look at the price of a smart home system detailed by each electronic device. Contact Ted at Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 for a quote on your perfect home automation. For a small investment of less than $2500.00, you can convert your home into a the most tech savvy home anywhere. Please Visit Plano Texas Handyman website to view and read about all of our capabilities.  Contact Plano Texas Handyman for more details

Plano Texas Handyman can provide you with the envy of the community by automating everyday chores such as, and all these devices can be controlled by your smart phone, Apple I-Phone or Adroid device:
A.  Automatic door locks
B.  WIFI light switches
C.  Turn your outdoor sprinklers on and off with your Smartphone
D.  Control pool equipment electronically
E.  Put an Automatic mister in your backyard
F.  HVAC cooling / Heating and thermostat controls
G.  Wireless home camera systems, CAT5 home camera systems
H.  Media room Automation
I.  Plano Texas Handyman installs Business Access Controls to provides authorized individuals safe and secure access in and out of various parts of your business while keeping unauthorized people out. They can range from electronic keypads that secure a single door to large networked system for medium sized business.
J.  Home Automation – With one touch, dim the lights, play music, turn up the heat, lock the doors and arm the security system. Check in on your home from your smartphone, no matter where you are. Press a “Goodnight” button that will put your house to sleep, turning off all lights and locking all doors. With Control4, your options are virtually limitless. We examine all the options available to make your home more efficient, more energy efficient, and completely automated at an affordable price. We look at the price of a smart home system detailed by each electronic device.
k.  Professionally installed business security systems

Wireless Sprinkler Controls – Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 16 Zone 2nd Generation:

Highest-rated, best-selling. The smart watering category leader, overwhelmingly recommended by users.
Easy to control anywhere, anytime. Get complete access to monitor and adjust your sprinkler system from your phone, tablet or laptop.

Automatically adapts for weather. Rachio continuously adapts to local weather forecasts and changing seasons, automatically optimizing watering schedules.

Save water and money. Save up to 50% of your outdoor water use while keeping your plants healthy. EPA WaterSense Certified, eligible for rebate options up to 100% of retail value.

Water with precision. Rachio uses specific yard details, advanced watering algorithms and proven irrigation science to create accurate schedules customized to the particular needs of your yard.

Connect with top smart home platforms. Extend your smart home out into the yard. Rachio directly integrates with the best-connected home platforms (Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT, Nest, and more), so you have more options and more control.  Smart Home Technology

Wireless Surveillance Systems – Arlo Security System – 4 Wire-Free HD Cameras, Indoor/Outdoor, Night Vision (VMS3430)

See in stunning clarity and sharper details with HD cameras and watch live streamed or recorded videos from your computer, smartphone or tablet using Arlo’s free App.

Patented 100% wire-free design and magnetic mounts let you discreetly place cameras where you want and monitor your home from every possible angle.

Night vision cameras with HD clarity even in the dark.

Motion activated cameras and customizable activity alerts provide real-time email or app notifications while home or away.  Smart Home Technology

Indoor/Outdoor weatherproof cameras install easily for DIY security so you can even monitor the exterior of your home.  Contact Ted at Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 for a quote on your perfect home automation.

Wireless light Controls – TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch, No Hub Required, Single Pole, Control Your Fixtures From Anywhere

Remote Access: Control your home lighting from anywhere with your smartphone or tablet using the free Kasa app.

Scheduling: Set lights to turn off and on at dawn, dusk, or any time that works with your daily schedule.

Away Mode: Make it look like you’re home when you’re not by having your lights turn off and on randomly while away.  Contact Plano Texas Handyman for more details

Works with Amazon Alexa: Turn on or off the bulbs connected to the Smart Switch just using your voice with Amazon Echo, Dot, Tap and other supported devices(sold separately), LED Indicator: Find the switch easily, even at night when all your lights are turned off
Input voltage: 100 – 120VAC, 50/60Hz, 15.0A, Maximum Power: 3.68KW.  Smart Home Technology.  Contact Ted at Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 for a quote on your perfect home automation.

Home HVAC Controls – Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd Generation

Works with Amazon Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately).

Auto-Schedule: Nest learns the temperatures you like and programs itself in about a week.
Home/Away Assist: Nest automatically turns itself down when nobody’s home to help you save energy.

Remote Control: Connect your thermostat to Wi‑Fi to control the temperature from your phone, tablet or laptop.

Farsight: When Nest spots you across the room, it lights up to show you the time, temperature or weather.

Energy History: Check your Energy History in the Nest app to see how much energy you use and why.

Nest Leaf: You’ll see the Leaf when you choose a temperature that saves energy. It guides you in the right direction.  Contact Ted at Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 for a quote on your perfect home automation.

August Smart Lock (2nd Gen) – Keyless home access – Control with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit or your smartphone (Dark Gray)

No more keys: Open your door and control who comes in – all from your August Home smartphone app.

Easy install: Attach to the inside of your current deadbolt in minutes. Your home’s exterior is unchanged.

Hands-free access: Auto-unlock when you arrive home. Auto-locks after you’re inside.
Feel secure: Share temporary virtual keys with guests & monitor access with 24/7 in-app activity feed.

Remote access: Control your front door from anywhere from your app. Requires August Connect.
Works with: Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Nest, IFTTT, Wink, Logitech Harmony, Logitech POP, iOS and Android devices.  Smart Home Technology.  Contact Ted at Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 for a quote on your perfect home automation.  Contact Plano Texas Handyman for more details

J&K Cabinetry

Tips Choosing the Best Kitchen

Tips Choosing the Best Kitchen

J&K CabinetryTips Choosing the Best Kitchen – A major decision in your kitchen remodel is deciding on your cabinets. This is because your cabinets can be a major focal point of your kitchen. Below we highlight what makes a cabinet good, how to choose cabinets and current trends in kitchen cabinets.

Plano Texas Handyman offers full scale kitchen remodels, you can contact us at 214-507-3415 or vist our website www.planotexashandyman.com for all our capabilities.  Tips Choosing the Best Kitchen.  Cabinetry from J&K Cabinetry is of the finest available and can be purchased through our company.

Tip #1: What determines a good kitchen cabinet?
When looking for cabinets, look for quality construction. We recommend a semi-custom line of cabinets that can offer standard features such as:

• Dove-tailed drawers
• Full extension drawers
• Soft close on doors and drawers
• Large selection of quality finishes

J&K CabinetryPlano Texas Handyman offers quality cabinets from J&K cabinetry which features solid maple dove-tailed drawer bodies with plywood bottoms.  Full extension drawers with soft close guides.  All doors and face frames are made from maple.  J&K Cabinetry offers a full range of finishes and door styles to compliment and decor.  Tips Choosing the Best Kitchen.  As a manufacturer and direct wholesaler of our own J&K cabinetry products, we are able to eliminate the middle-person cost and significantly reduce the product price for our customers, without losing the actual product quality and value.

 

Tip #2: Decide on your needs in the kitchen
Do you need more storage in your kitchen? Can you move easily in the layout of the room? Decide what you like and don’t like in your kitchen and this can be a major influence in deciding what you need in a kitchen remodel.

Most semi-custom kitchen cabinet lines can give you more range in your kitchen with options for additional storage and a functional layout by placing storage for baking items near the oven for easy access and room for a waste basket near the sink.

We suggest compiling a list of the top 10 changes you envision with your kitchen and a wish list of all the options and upgrades to make the perfect kitchen.

Tip #3: Know how to choose the wood of your kitchen cabinets
J&K CabinetryChoosing a wood for your cabinets is determined by the space of your kitchen. This is due to lighting and square footage. For example, dark cabinets in a small space will only make the space feel smaller.

We recommend a combination of maple cabinets with complimentary color and style variations to accent the overall appearance of the design.   J&K Cabinetry offers a full range of unique options, mouldings, and accessories to create the perfect kitchen design.  Tips Choosing the Best Kitchen.

Tip #4: Be aware of current trends in kitchen cabinets
White and shades of white continue to be popular for cabinetry with a rising trend in gray stains and paints. A new trend is creating a major focal point in your kitchen. This includes using unique color options and making your island, for example, the focal point of your kitchen.  We offer many uniue color options.

Also, there has been a rise in paneling appliances and hiding them rather than showing them off, which was the former trend.

Hardware for the cabinets continues to play with newer trends of pewter and brushed finishes which continue and appears to give a timeless look. In looking to future trends, more hidden hardware will play a role and styles will get more streamlined in contemporary kitchen design.

Generally, cabinets are dependent on region and the architecture of the house as a whole to achieve a look in the kitchen that harmonizes with the home. Since different regions have different “common” architectural styles, it can vary from state to state, but major cities tend to stick closer to the rising trends coming in from Europe.

Cabinets are an important part of your kitchen, not only because of their visibility, but also because of the functionality you, the homeowner, require of them. In the long run, you want cabinets that will grow with you in terms of their use but also their durability.  Tips Choosing the Best Kitchen.

Plano Texas Handyman offers full scale kitchen remodels, you can contact us at 214-507-3415 or vist our website www.planotexashandyman.com for all our capabilities.  Tips Choosing the Best Kitchen.

Clever Remodeling

Clever Remodeling  – Insanely and Clever Remodeling Ideas

Clever Remodeling  – 30 of the most amazing and insanely Clever Remodeling Ideas For Your New Home
Call Ted at Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 to discuss your kitchen and bath remodeling project.  Visit our website at www.planotexashandyman.com for information on all our capabilities
1. Lower your living room to create a conversation pit.

Lower your living room to create a conversation pit.

The bi-level living room will give your home an incredibly spacious yet cozy effect.  This project is not suitable for all homes but can be a dramatic improvement.

2. Turn an attic nook into a pillow room.

What is life but one long, perpetual movie-night slumber party.  A pillow room can have some technology amenities like home entertainment and audio rooms.  Clever Remodeling

3. Display your book collection under the stairs.

Converting under-stair storage is creative, useful and a great decorating trend.  Clever Remodeling

4. Or use the space underneath for storage.

Or use the space underneath for storage.

Next-level wine collection not included, unfortunately.  Clever Remodeling

5. Or use that space for a book nook.

So much cozy.

Call Ted at Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 to discuss your kitchen and bath remodeling project.  Visit our website at www.planotexashandyman.com for information on all our capabilities

6. Dogs are people, too, which is why your dog should probably get his or her own little haven underneath the stairs.

7. Make space for two dishwashers instead of one

You can load one while the other washes. KitchenAid also makes a double drawer dishwasher.  Clever Remodeling

8. If you’re doing a HUGE remodel, ask your contractor about tacking on a treehouse or guesthouse.

If you're doing a HUGE remodel, ask your contractor about tacking on a treehouse or guesthouse.

This add-on might cost less than you think.

9. Turn your shabby garden shed into a charming artist’s shed.

With big windows for lots of light and visual inspiration.  Clever Remodeling

10. Maximize your space with baseboard drawers.

Maximize your space with baseboard drawers.

Especially in the kitchen and bathroom.

11. Consider a hidden room.

Consider a hidden room.

Sometimes it’s as simple as adding a bookcase to a door.

12. Make your walls MAGNETIC.

Make your walls MAGNETIC.

Magnetic makes large magnetic panels that are strong enough to hang anything, including shelves and TVs.  Clever Remodeling

13. An S-shaped seat turns your shower or steam room into one you can LIE DOWN IN.

An S-shaped seat turns your shower or steam room into one you can LIE DOWN IN.

14. Have an extra-tall ceiling? Stretch a ceiling hammock across it.

Have an extra-tall ceiling? Stretch a ceiling hammock across it.

15. A walk-in shower means NO GLASS TO CLEAN.

And they even fit into small bathroom spaces.  Call Ted at Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 to discuss your kitchen and bath remodeling project.  Visit our website at www.planotexashandyman.com for information on all our capabilities

16. Install chutes in your kitchen for your trash and recycling.

Install chutes in your kitchen for your trash and recycling.

Funnel them straight into the garage.

17. A platform in a storage/guestroom hides away all of your stuff while keeping the room usable.

A platform in a storage/guestroom hides away all of your stuff while keeping the room usable.

It’s also a great way to make a comfy nook room more functional.

18. Build a bar into your deck.

Build a bar into your deck.

19. Turn dead space above a staircase into a playroom.

20. Build a second mini-fridge in your kitchen island for BEER.

Build a second mini-fridge in your kitchen island for BEER..

21. Instead of typical cabinets, build a pull-out cabinet for instant counter space.

Instead of typical cabinets, build a pull-out cabinet for instant counter space.

22. Put a sink with jets in your laundry room so you have a convenient place to wash your delicates.

Put a sink with jets in your laundry room so you have a convenient place to wash your delicates.

23. Utilize dead space with a built-in wine rack.

Utilize dead space with a built-in wine rack.

Or build the wine rack directly into the kitchen island.

Or build the wine rack directly into the kitchen island.

24. Build a dog wash in your laundry room

 

Pet Baths

25. Kids will love having slumber parties in their bunkroom.

26. Bring the outdoors IN with these accordion glass windows and doors.

It’s an epic way to open up your kitchen while entertaining.

27. Swap out your boring old ceiling for a star-gazing sunroof.

Swap out your boring old ceiling for a star-gazing sunroof.

28. Install a two-sided fireplace between the bathroom and the bedroom.

Install a two-sided fireplace between the bathroom and the bedroom.

Who needs heated tiles when you have a bathroom fireplace?

29. Frame your living room fireplace with built-in seating.

Frame your living room fireplace with built-in seating.

Fireplaceseat is the new windowseat.

30. And finally, go ahead and add that master bedroom balcony.

And finally, go ahead and add that master bedroom balcony.

Call Ted at Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 to discuss your kitchen and bath remodeling project.  Visit our website at www.planotexashandyman.com for information on all our capabilities

Winter Home Improvement

Winter Home Projects

Winter Home Improvement Projects

Winter Home Projects, Winter Home Improvement Projects – How did you spend the first day of the year? January 1, 2017, was not one of the most productive days I’ve ever had. In fact, I spent most of it reading on my brand spankin’ new Dell Laptop promoting Plano Texas Handyman. It was glorious, but also extremely lazy. So much for my “work out more” New Year’s resolution!  Winter Home Projects

Plano Texas Handyman can complete all you Winter Home Projects.  We are experts on home renovation and improvements.  Call today at 214-507-3415.  Visit our website Planotexashandyman.com for all our capabilities.

Having a lazy day once in a while isn’t a bad thing, but if you’re stuck indoors because of the cold, why not turn your snow day into a “go day”? The weather outside may be frightful, but home improvement can be oh so delightful. If you’re feeling the post-holiday blues, here are some simple home improvement projects to get you moving.  Winter Home Improvement Projects, Winter Home Projects

Do some painting
Did you know that cold weather is ideal for drying paint? The dryness of the winter months actually makes winter the perfect time to paint the interior, so we crack a window, grab our favorite brush and transform the old room into new! Select a bold color and paint an accent wall in your living room. Or add dimension to your bedroom by painting the ceiling. If you’ve really got the DIY bug, use painter’s tape to create stripes or patterns on a wall. Whatever you choose, new colors are a sure way to add visual interest to your walls and bring a splash of sunshine into a drab winter home.  Winter Home Improvement Projects

Change out your light bulbs
This one’s a bit of an investment, but you won’t regret replacing your bulbs with energy-efficient LED bulb. It’s a great way to go green and save money. On average, an Energy Star qualified light bulb will save more than $40 in electricity costs over its lifetime, so don’t let the upfront cost of these bulbs scare you away from making the purchase.  Winter Home Improvement Projects, Winter Home Projects

Install a backsplash
Backsplashes are to kitchens, as spices are to spaghetti sauce; they’re essential for completing the flavor. If you’d like to kick your kitchen up a notch, a backsplash will help accessorize and emphasize your countertops, cabinets and appliances. For a kitchen that needs color and life, a flashy or textured tile, a subway tile can wake up a plain scheme. For a kitchen that already has personality, sleek, neutral tile can add elegance and unity to the room’s look. If you’re daring in your design, check out Krissy’s post for unique backsplash ideas. And when you’re ready to go, this guide from HGTV can help you figure out how to install your very own tile backsplash.  Winter Home Improvement Projects

Refurbish your doors
Interior doors can have a lot of visual impact on your home. The good news is you can virtually “replace” all of your doors without spending excessively. Here are some ways to make over your interior doors.

Paint them. Dark doors can make your home look more expensive. Colored doors can look much more modern and whimsical than traditional wood.
Change the doorknobs. Updated hardware is an instant fix for outdated doors.
Add molding to flat doors. Molding can create dimension and give an elegant, expensive feel to any run-of-the-mill doorway.  Winter Home Improvement Projects, Winter Home Projects

Give your closet a makeover
Is organization on your list of resolutions for 2017? Kick off your most-organized year by tackling your closet. If you create a place for everything, you’ll be a lot more likely to put things away. There are so many things you can do to customize a closet for your needs. To start, install shelving, purchase an over-the-door shoe rack and donate all the items that you no longer need, wear or fit into. Check out this post for more ideas to help you get your closet in order.  Winter Home Improvement Projects

Organize your mudroom or Laundry Room
Make messy mudrooms and laundry rooms a thing of the past. If your family’s coats and boots are out of control, use the mess as motivation to rein in the chaos once and for all. Check out my suggestions for organizing your mudroom here, and by the time next winter rolls around, entranceway disarray will be a distant memory.  Winter Home Improvement Projects

By focusing on the inside of your home while the weather is cold, you’ll have a lot more time to tackle the warm-weather stuff when spring rolls around. What kind of home improvement tasks are you tackling this winter? Let us know in the comments!  Winter Home Improvement Projects. Winter Home Projects.

Plano Texas Handyman can complete all you Winter Home Projects.  We are experts on home renovation and improvements.  Call today at 214-507-3415.  Visit our website Planotexashandyman.com for all our capabilities.

Christmas Decorating

Christmas Decorating

Christmas Decorating – Outdoor Christmas Decorating Trends – Christmas is here and we have to prepare our homes for welcoming this happy occasion. Decorating your home for celebrating Christmas is a necessity without which you will not feel that Christmas is around you and celebrated by many people all over the world. There are many things that are required for making your home sparkle at Christmas as you have to purchase a Christmas tree which is the most important thing for celebrating Christmas, ornaments for decorating Christmas tree and other parts of your home and there are also lights which  are essential for making your home inviting. Decorating homes for Christmas is not limited to indoor decoration as the area that is located outside our homes especially the front yard is very important to be decorated especially with lights. Lights are the best things to be used for outdoor decoration as they illuminate the front yard and make your home inviting for all of those who are going to celebrate Christmas at your home. There are countless outdoor Christmas lighting ideas that are presented every year to make your home sparkle during the holiday. Here are the top 10 outdoor Christmas light ideas that are presented for 2015 to decorate your home and make it inviting.  Outdoor Christmas Decorating Trends.  Christmas Decorating.  Call Ted with Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 for more information.  Visit our website planotexashandyman.com

1. Geometric lights for trees

geo-lights

It is not enough to just add lights to your front yard for illuminating it. You also have to choose those shapes and designs that allow you to make the outdoor decoration of your home inviting. Using geometric lights is the best way to achieve what you want as they add a modern touch to the look of the area outside your home. Geometric lights are available in different shapes and colors making it easy for you to choose what you like for your outdoor decoration.  Outdoor Christmas Decorating Trends.  Christmas Decorating.

2. Dark Walkways

Lighting walkways is essential especially during the holidays as there are many guests who come to your home and need lights to be able to easily find their way to the door of your home. You can use strings of lights for this purpose and hanging them is not difficult as you can easily make use of the trees and shrubs that you have along the walkway or around it to hang your strings of lights.  Outdoor Christmas Decorating Trends.  Christmas Decorating
3. Empty branches

empty-branchesMost of the branches lose their leaves during the winter season which makes them unsuitable for welcoming Christmas and decorating the front yard. You can easily overcome this problem through decorating branches using lights. Wrap strings of lights around the branches of the trees and make them approximately at the same height to make them look fascinating.  Outdoor Christmas Decorating Trends

4. Left without lights

There are different structures that you can leave outside your home without being lit. These unlit structures can be illuminated by the surrounding lights if it is not necessary to add lights to these structures. This can save your money and effort but you have to make sure that the unlit structures are located at well-lit areas in the yard.  Outdoor Christmas Decorating Trends.  Christmas Decorating

5. Net lights

If you find that it is difficult for you to use fairy lights or strings of lights because you do not know where to start or stop wrapping the strings that you have, use net lights. It is known that net lights are more expensive than the strings of lights, but in fact they will save your time and effort unlike the strings of lights that are tiring for many people while being installed.  Outdoor Christmas Decorating Trends

6. Decorating hedges

There are several methods that can help you to decorate hedges in your yard since you can use the traditional strings of lights or net lights. String lights are cheaper than the net lights, but they require exerting more effort and time while installing them unlike net lights which are more expensive but less tiring.  Outdoor Christmas Decorating Trends

7. The exterior entry of your home

Decorating the exterior entry of your home can be done though using wreaths and ornaments and to make these decorative items sparkle especially in darkness at night, add strings of lights to them. Make sure that the decorative items that you use for decorating the exterior entry are large enough to be seen from the street to make it easy for the guests to find your home.  Outdoor Christmas Decorating Trends.  Christmas Decorating

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8. Using a mixture of lights

It is a perfect idea to use different sources of lights for decorating your front yard. You can use strings of lights, net lights, sensory-activated motion lights and other sources of lights that you use throughout the year. Mixing lights can help you to save energy, money and effort as depending on just one source of lights can cost you a lot of money and can also be more tiring while installing the light sources that you want to use.  Outdoor Christmas Decorating Trends

9. Using LED lights

Led lights are known to be cheaper than the other Christmas lights that we usually use. In addition to being cheap, LED lights do not consume a large amount of power and energy like the traditional Christmas lights and they also last for a longer time. All of these reasons make the LED lights a perfect choice for you to get your yard decorated without spending a lot of money.  Outdoor Christmas Decorating Trends.  Christmas Decorating

10. Christmas wishes with lights

It is one of the most fascinating ideas to use lights for creating Christmas wishes in your front yard. You can make whatever you want such as MERRY CHRISTMAS and other wishes that you may like to display during the holidays in front of your home. Using different types of lights such as LED lights can help you to do this.  Outdoor Christmas Decorating Trends.  Christmas Decorating

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