Seven reasons you should remodel your house this winter

by Marcella Cheviot, KTHS P.R. and Marketing Intern

There are many things people think about when the snow starts to fall:  Skiing, building snowmen, celebrating holidays, drinking hot cocoa, and nestling close to a warm fire.  But what most people don’t consider is remodeling.

It’s true that remodeling can be quite the process, depending on what’s being remodeled and where.  However, remodeling doesn’t always have to be done in the warmer seasons.  In fact, there are a few reasons for you to remodel this winter.

1. Indoor projects are perfect for winter completion.  Popular winter projects include bathroom remodels, kitchen remodels, and living room remodels.  Why put off revamping your living quarters until the warmer months when you can get it done now?

2. You might want to go on vacation.  Winter is a popular time for going on vacation in warmer climates.  If you’re a “snow bird,” or you simply want to take the family for a trip to Florida, you can look forward to seeing your newly remodeled home when you return.

3. New year, new house.  New Year’s resolutions come in all shapes and sizes.  Why not resolve to finish that remodel you’ve put off for so long?

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4. We don’t have to let a lot of heat out.  Contrary to popular belief, we have the technology it takes to clean up dust particles and other respiratory hazards without leaving all of your windows and doors open.

5. We’ll clean up.  We also have what it takes to keep your house clean during the remodel.  Our employees are careful and diligent during the process and we’ll make sure your newly remodeled home is showroom worthy when we finish.

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6. You might have more money available.  Not sure what to do with your income tax?  Well, now you have an idea.  Remodels also add to your property value, which can make you money in the long run.

7. You’ll have a newly remodeled home to enjoy!  You’ll not only get to enjoy your newly remodeled home during the rest of the winter, but for the other lovely seasons as well.  There’s nothing like having a newly remodeled house to call “home.”

If any of these reasons have convinced you to get your remodeling done this winter, then give Keith Trembley Home Solutions a call at 888.869.9395 or visit our website at KeithTrembley.com.  

Off the beaten path, in Harmony

This cabin in the wild woods of Harmony is very unique and comfortable. It has all of the amenities you can imagine,  including a lap pool and a sauna. This cabin suffered a freeze up and a lot of damage from the water. Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling and Keith Trembley Home Solutions have been restoring the home this fall.

This serene cottage makes the perfect getaway, now that it's been restored.
This serene cabin makes the perfect getaway, now that it’s been restored.

Before any construction could be done, our mold division had to do a complete mold remediation of the cabin.
The finish work is now under way and should be finished soon. There are a lot of pine boards and logs to finish!

Once all of the wood has been finished, the inside of this house will feel very warm and welcoming.
Once all of the wood has been finished, the inside of this house will feel very warm and welcoming.

The slate sink in the kitchen is a charming detail. The rustic stone fireplace is the focal point of the living quarters.

You could fit quite a few dishes in a sink like this.
You could fit quite a few dishes in a sink like this.

This cabin is off the beaten path and is a wonderful place for just relaxing and listening to the babbling brook below the deck.

Who doesn't love a nice, warm fireplace to nestle by?
Who doesn’t love a nice, warm fireplace to nestle by?

We’re excited to see the finished product.

 

(Stay tuned for updates on this story.) 

Building from the Ashes Up (Part 1)

by Marcella Cheviot, KTHS Public Relations and Marketing Intern

Fire is one of the most devastating forces of destruction feared by homeowners.  We take every precaution to prevent such tragedy.  We  check smoke alarms, make sure our homes meet safety codes, and make sure that our heating systems are working efficiently and safely.

However, we sometimes forget just how important some safety precautions are.  Sometimes we simply overlook a fire hazard.  Sometimes, things just happen.

Sometimes, the things that just “happen” can destroy life as we know it.

That’s what happened to a family in Dedham, ME who spent 20 years building their home from the bottom up.  It all started with an octagonal shaped structure that they moved to the heart of one of Maine’s beautiful forests.

From there, they created an entire house, completely their own.

The bottom of the shower was lined with pebbles the homeowners found on the property.  The deck wrapped completely around the house, so that no matter where you stood, you could see some of Maine’s beauty.  You could hear a babbling brook, just yards away from the front door.  Flowers and decorations lined the staircases, adding to the sense of “home.”

The kitchen housed a large, industrial sized stove; perfect for entertaining.  They built a large stone fireplace in the center of the octagonal shaped room; perfect for the cold, Maine winters.

The house made the perfect home for the family.  Unfortunately, a safety hazard was overlooked, and a fire started.  The entire home was left charred.

Many thought the family would leave and move to another location altogether.  Others thought they might have an entirely different house built in the same location.  After much thought, the family chose another option altogether.

They chose to call Keith Trembley Home Solutions, to have them restore the badly damaged home to its former glory.

While this is no simple task, KTHS has worked hard to make sure that the family gets exactly what they ask for.  Work has been underway for months.  The clean-up was the first hard part.  KTHS ensures that there will be no remaining smell from the fire.

Salvageable objects were taken to KTHS’s cleaning unit.  Walls were gutted and ceilings were redone.  The house had to be reduced to a mere shell before the rebuilding could begin.

After being completely gutted, the house is now ready to start becoming a home again.
After being completely gutted, the house is now ready to start becoming a home again.

While the rebuilding may take a long time, it will be worth the wait.  From the ashes, a home will once again rise.

 

(Stay tuned for updates on this story.)

Getting a Raise in Retirement

by Keith Trembley, owner

I am one of the 76.4 million baby boomers in the U.S. that is nearing retirement age. Many people have a financial plan in place, but what about those unexpected costs you can have from owning a home? My wife and I realized that the best time to tackle our big ‘to do lists’ on our home was while we were still working and earning salaries.

So last year we replaced the roof. While it still had several years of serviceable use left, we figured if we did it now it would be the last roof we would ever need. We also replaced a few windows and our kitchen appliances. But what about those next 25 years of utility bills? I wrote an article a while ago about the importance of lowering the energy costs in our parents homes. Well, it’s the same for us. If we can save several thousand dollars a year in utility bills; that’s like getting a raise in retirement. And its tax free!

Keith Trembley (pictured) and his wife  have been making important upgrades to their home. Mr. Trembley has estimated that they will save approximately $100,000.00 in 25 years thanks to these upgrades.
Keith Trembley (pictured) and his wife have been making important upgrades to their home. Mr. Trembley has estimated that they will save approximately $100,000.00 in 25 years thanks to these upgrades.

Here are 3 most important areas I will touch on that can help you save substantial money for as long as you own your home. The attic is your first priority. It should have an R value of 60. That is the new federal recommendation. The best way to achieve that is by blowing in cellulose insulation. Usually 12 to 16 inches will do the trick depending upon your attic. However make sure whoever does it ‘air seals’ the attic floor before installing the insulation. It is malpractice to install insulation without proper air sealing first. A proper insulated and vented attic can save you 10% to 20% off of your heat bill. It also will help your home be cooler in the summer, and cellulose helps gets rid of those critters you often hear up there in the winter. The second area to look at is your basement. Simply insulating your box sill with spray foam can make another 10% difference in your heating bill. Fiberglass does not cut it. Air moves through fiberglass. Remove it and install spray foam. You can purchase those low pressure spray foam kits at most box stores. A nice side effect is that your floors will be much warmer next winter!

So those 2 items alone can be 25% to 30% off your heating bill. In my home I figured about $2,000.00 off my heating bill this winter alone! Can you imagine that multiplied by 25 years! Its like the secret of compounding interest! Lastly, according to the Dept. Of Energy, the water heater is the second biggest energy draw in the home; accounting for 20% of the homes electricity bill. So if your water heater is outdated, it’s a no brainer to update it to a new high efficiency one. And new federal standards are due out in 2016.

There are a lot more things that can be done, LED lights and bulbs, programmable thermostats, heat pumps etc. but too much for this article. But research the internet and ask questions. I have figured that we will save approximately $100,000.00 in 25 years from our insulation upgrades, water heater upgrade and the new heat pump we installed. Full disclosure is that we do have a large older home that had very high heating costs. For us lowering our home energy costs in retirement means more money for traveling!

Keith Trembley

Keith Trembley Home Solutions and Dr. Energy Saver

Minimize Property Damage and Health Risks This Flood Season

 

Many threats to people and property remain after a flood occurs

 

Milford, Maine (October 7, 2015) – This year, the threat of flooding is higher in many areas of North America due to record-setting precipitation levels this spring. And, where there is water, mold is not far behind. Paul Davis, a leading provider of property restoration services for residential and commercial property, offers tips for protecting against water and mold damage. Paul Davis is regularly called on to handle these types of emergencies, although much of the damage is avoidable if preventive steps are taken before the flood occurs.

 

“This time of year, Paul Davis receives many water-related calls from property owners,” said Rich Wilson, president and CEO of Paul Davis. “Removing visible water caused by flooding is only part of the solution. People are amazed when we show them mold in their homes. It poses serious health risks and can be costly. Unfortunately, mold often goes untreated because people don’t know where to look for it.”

 

It is a fraction of the cost, inconvenience and effort to prepare in advance of a flood versus repairing after it happens. Paul Davis suggests the following steps to protect property during this storm season.

 

Tips to minimize property damage before a flood occurs:

  • Familiarize yourself with your property and surrounding area, including terrain, slopes, and evacuation routes
  • Clear debris from gutters, drains and downspouts
  • Store an accessible supply of sandbags to use in case of rising water
  • Raise the furnace, water heater, washer and dryer with cement blocks at least 12 inches above the projected flood level in the area
  • Do not store valuables and important documents in basements or lower levels of the property
  • Shut off electricity at the breaker box if flooding is imminent

 

After winter, the threat of mold is high. Ice dams – the buildup of ice that forms on roofs and prevents melting snow from draining properly – are a common contributor. They can cause significant water damage to the attic and interior walls of a property and often leads to mold growth because property owners do not typically detect the damage until it’s too late.

 

Above-average precipitation this year created optimal conditions for mold. Left unchecked, it will grow quickly, potentially causing serious respiratory illness and other health issues – in addition to causing thousands of dollars in cleanup and restoration. To prevent extensive mold damage before it becomes a health hazard, call an expert like Paul Davis.

 

Paul Davis’s water damage restoration and mold remediation services include:

  • 24/7 emergency services
  • Locating and repairing the source of leaking water
  • Water damage assessment, water extraction and removal
  • Drying affected areas
  • Cleaning and restoration of household goods and personal possessions
  • Mold and mildew remediation including efficient containment of affected area
  • Complete reconstruction services and storm damage repair
  • Insurance claim assistance

 

To get help 24/7 or find a local Paul Davis office, visit PaulDavis.com or call 888-473-7669.

 

About Paul Davis

Founded in 1966, Paul Davis is a leader in property damage emergency services, with highly trained and certified professionals experienced in restoration, reconstruction and remodeling. The Paul Davis network of more than 370 franchises serves residential and commercial customers across the U.S. and Canada.

 

Regardless of the cause of an emergency – water, mold, fire, smoke or extreme weather – Paul Davis responds quickly to stop the damage and reverse the effects, minimizing disruption of normal activities.

From restoring a family’s precious belongings to reconstructing multimillion-dollar commercial projects, Paul Davis puts people and property first. For more information, visit PaulDavis.com or PaulDavis.ca.

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