Spring Home Maintenance Checklist: 10 Things to Review After Winter

With April in full swing and the summer season just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to give your home a thorough check-up. Spring is a season of renewal, and just like nature, our homes need some extra care and attention to ensure they’re ready for the upcoming months. To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of 10 essential things to review in your home after the winter.

  1. Inspect your roof: Winter weather can be tough on your roof. Look for any missing, damaged, or loose shingles and schedule repairs if needed.
  1. Clean your gutters: Clogged gutters can cause water damage to your home’s foundation. Clear out any debris and ensure that water is flowing freely.
  1. Check your windows and doors: Look for any gaps or cracks in your windows and doors that may have developed during the winter. Seal them to improve energy efficiency and prevent drafts.
  1. Service your HVAC system: Schedule a professional tune-up for your air conditioning system to ensure it’s ready for the summer months ahead.
  1. Inspect your foundation: Check for any cracks or signs of moisture in your home’s foundation. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage.
  1. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and test them to ensure they’re working correctly.
  1. Clean your dryer vent: A clogged dryer vent can be a fire hazard. Clean it out to improve your dryer’s efficiency and safety.
  1. Inspect your deck or patio: Look for any signs of damage or wear and tear on your outdoor living spaces. Make necessary repairs and consider giving them a fresh coat of stain or paint.
  1. Check your plumbing: Look for any leaks or signs of water damage around your pipes, toilets, and sinks. Address any issues promptly to prevent costly repairs down the line.
  1. Tidy up your landscaping: Remove any dead branches or debris from your yard, and trim back any overgrown plants or trees. This will improve your home’s curb appeal and prevent potential damage to your property.

By taking the time to review these 10 essential items in your home, you’ll ensure that your property is ready for the spring and summer months ahead. To make it even easier for you, we’ve created a handy checklist you can download and print out for your convenience.

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Revitalize Your Outdoor Living Space for Summer

Living in the Northeast grants us the gift of experiencing the full spectrum of seasonal changes. As the weather warms up, we look forward to longer days and seeing nature come back to life. After a cold and gray winter, spring brings a sense of renewal, inspiring us to spend more time outside and enjoy the fresh air. One of the best ways to make the most of longer days and much-needed sunshine is through a new outdoor living space. Having a thoughtfully designed outdoor space allows you to enjoy nature, entertain family and friends, and relax in comfort. 

Embracing Outdoor Living

Designing outdoor spaces isn’t just a service we provide; it’s our passion. Whether you’re envisioning a cozy screened-in porch, an inviting outdoor fireplace, or a fully-equipped chef’s kitchen for family barbecues, Creative Contracting is here to transform your dreams into reality. Our expertise lies in crafting seamless transitions from indoor to outdoor living areas, utilizing cutting-edge materials in decking, paving, and exterior maintenance-free products.

Crafting Your Vision

At Creative Contracting, we understand that every outdoor space is unique, reflecting the individual preferences and lifestyle of its owners. Through a comprehensive consultation process, we delve into your aspirations and requirements, guiding you through our design approach. Using advanced technology, we create detailed 3-dimensional renderings, allowing you to visualize your envisioned space with clarity and precision. Let us help you bring your dreams to life!

Turning Vision Into Reality

Once the design phase is complete, we embark on the journey of turning your vision into a tangible masterpiece. Our team develops a meticulous construction plan, complete with a detailed schedule and finalized budget, ensuring transparency and accountability throughout the process. Utilizing our Buildertrend program, you’ll stay informed every step of the way, with daily progress logs, images, and schedules at your fingertips.

Investing in Lasting Enjoyment

Investing in a well-designed outdoor space isn’t just about enhancing your property; it’s about enriching your lifestyle. Imagine basking in the warm glow of the sun on your newly constructed patio, or cozying up by the crackling fireplace under a starlit sky. These moments of connection with nature are not only restorative but often become cherished memories for our clients, transforming their outdoor oasis into their favorite retreat.

Experience the Creative Contracting Difference

As you prepare to embrace the joys of outdoor living this summer, let Creative Contracting be your trusted partner in transforming your outdoor space. Reach out to us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards creating your perfect outdoor sanctuary. With our expertise and dedication, your dream outdoor retreat is closer than you think.

Contact Creative Contracting today and let us help you make this summer one to remember!

Lansdale aging in place addition exterior view

The Full Reveal: An Aging in Place Addition in Montgomery County

Navigating the large layout of a two-story colonial was not what our clients had in mind as they entered their golden years. Well aware of the changes they needed to make to overcome the challenges of climbing stairs in their current home, this Lansdale couple explored luxury senior living as well as ranch homes in the area. They sought a solution that would not only meet their current needs but also cater to their evolving requirements.

After an exhaustive investigation and a realization of the limits within the housing market, the couple made a smart decision – they chose to enhance their existing home. The addition of a first-floor primary bedroom suite became the cornerstone of their plan, allowing them to remain in the home and neighborhood that holds a special place in their hearts.

A Thoughtful and Contemporary Primary Suite

Lansdale Primary suite

Opting for a more contemporary aesthetic in their new addition, the couple embraced a sophisticated palette of grays and warm neutrals. The primary bedroom suite offers a spacious haven, complete with a small sitting area for moments of quiet reflection. Beautiful glass-paned French Doors were designed to allow no-step access to the expanded patio, creating a harmonious flow between the indoors and outdoors.

Lansdale custom closet

A custom-designed closet in the bedroom provides extra storage, ensuring everything has its place. Pocket doors were thoughtfully designed to maximize the space and provide an uninterrupted flow into the large walk-in closet.

Balancing Beauty and Functionality in This Primary Bathroom

Lansdale aging in place primary bathroom

In the primary bathroom, we strike a perfect balance between beauty and functionality. A double vanity takes center stage, featuring a rich espresso wood and a sleek marble countertop. The brushed nickel fixtures and large-format tile floor display various shades of gray and infuse the space with a sense of sophistication, while the black metal arch mirrors provide a modern touch.

Lansdale aging in place addition bathroom

To meet the practical needs of the homeowners, custom cabinetry has been seamlessly integrated into the primary bathroom. This addition not only enhances the aesthetic appeal but also provides extra storage for clothing and laundry essentials. Ensuring a cohesive design, a makeup table in the same rich espresso wood as the double vanity perfectly complements all the cabinetry in this inviting primary bathroom.

Lansdale aging in place shower images

The homeowners’ forward-thinking approach to their future needs was remarkable. To suit both their current lifestyle and future considerations, we crafted a fully accessible, threshold-free shower featuring a bench and a tiled niche for storage. ADA-compliant grab bars ensure safety without compromising the overall design. The shower walls adorned with light gray textured tiles add a touch of sophistication to this walk-in shower, complemented by dark gray floor tiles and a matching shower niche that ties in with the overall bathroom floor design.

Creative Contracting Helps Clients Gracefully Age in Place

The completion of this project not only enhanced the functionality of our client’s living space but has also sparked joy and satisfaction knowing they can remain in their cherished home for years to come. If you’re curious about the design intricacies of this transformative project, check out our previous blog post. Our talented team is ready to guide you through a personalized aging-in-place solution. Reach out today for a free consultation, and let’s create a home where you can gracefully age in comfort and style.

Exterior Upgrades for This Maple Glen Home

Have you ever had the feeling that your home needs a refresh and an upgrade? That’s just what our Maple Glen clients were thinking when they reached out to us. The homeowners shared with us their desire to create a new look for their all-stucco exterior to create a modern style.

What Is Stucco?

Stucco is a cement-type mixture made of Portland cement, lime, sand and water. It goes on the outermost layer of residential structures and is set to a thin finish coat. Stucco has been a popular exterior finish for many years, but it has its limitations. Due to its brittle nature, stucco will crack as a house’s foundation settles, which can be a pain point for homeowners.

A Stone and Siding Façade Gives Instant Curb Appeal

The exterior of the house had been entirely stucco, but the homeowners knew the problems stucco could cause to the home. Many homeowners, however, are unaware of the risks stucco poses to the structure and durability of a home. Stucco is known to cause water infiltration, encouraging the growth of mold and rot in the underlying structure. We always encourage clients to move away from stucco and replace it with more durable materials that will protect their family’s health and investment in the property.

As you can see from the before and after photos, the switch to stone and siding for their home wasn’t just practical, it also provided a major update and created a polished feel to the exterior. Our clients have found that upgrading to stone and vinyl siding has been a smart investment that not only improved the appearance of their home but also increased its value and reduced maintenance costs.

Since it’s common to have to undergo a stucco remediation process prior to selling a home, our clients were happy to get this upgrade taken care of. Once moisture gets into stucco exteriors, problems multiply. This is a complication any homeowner would want to avoid when they’re ready to sell their home for its full value.

Call Creative Contracting For Your Home’s Makeover, Inside and Out

If you’re worried about your home’s stucco, give us a call. We can help with stucco remediation, and exterior upgrades to prevent minor problems before they become major concerns.