Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mixing materials



People have been mixing materials on homes for years. Sometimes it’s a practical decision and sometimes it’s all about style. With the varieties and quality of building materials available now days, more often than not it’s about style. But it all needs to be according to a plan. Homes are built according to design trends and styles both current and historical. Elements of these styles and trends are based on practical construction methods and others are simply aesthetically pleasing to homeowners. If you plan to make changes to your home or are starting from scratch you need to keep in mind these trends. Ignoring them will make the viewer of your home think that something is wrong even if they can’t quite figure out why.

Use elements of your home as transition points from one material to another. Start and stop alternate materials at corners. For instance if you have a portion of your home that bumps out and wanted to highlight that with stone, you would want to start in one corner wrapping the three sides and end in the other corner.

Don’t modify the homes original architectural style so drastically it clashes. Many times you can mix and match bits of architectural elements as long as they harmonize. You wouldn’t create an arts and crafts wood and stone entry area for a colonial style house.

Mixing materials usually means a change in color. You want that change to stand out and be noticed. Don’t choose a color so close to your main house color that your change in material goes unnoticed. At the same time you need to have an overall harmony in the look of your home. You don’t want your neighbors making comments about your house for all the wrong reasons.

Don’t compromise the integrity of your home solely for stylistic reasons. If you intend to use alternative materials or a standard material in an alternative application, make sure it will work.

Breaking design standards and rules might be for you. It’s certainly a way to get a unique look to your home. Just keep in mind not everyone will like what you’ve done. This is especially concerning if you someday intend to sell your home.

If you are planning a remodeling project let K-Designers help. Give us a call 800-728-3902 or visit us online www.k-designers.com we would be happy to help make your project a success.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Testimonial: Sadie Ross, Oakland, CA



Words do not do justice in describing the work performance of K-Designers. Comfort and beauty are the only two words that come to mind. The personality change and the worth of this home are a prayer answered. It is a joy to know that there are still some businessmen operating on sound principles.

Sadie Ross
Oakland, CA

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Testimonial: Mary Rich, Yakima, WA




I love my new window and storm door. It really improved the front of my house and my curb appeal. I love being able to open the windows, securely and leave them open at night when I want to. The same with the storm door, love it. It is a good sturdy door and easy to wipe down.

The installation staff was courteous and friendly and they worked diligently to get it done in a timely manner and cleaned up the mess, as expected.

I would like to point out I have noticed a big difference in the noise level as opposed to my old window and storm door. Wow I was shocked about that but it really has muffled the noise. I live by an airport and although I didn't have all my windows done I can guarantee that if I had it would really cut down on the air traffic noise.

Mostly I would just like to say thank you to K-Designers for helping me with this project, I am always trying to improve the value of my home and I believe this was a good cost effective move on my part.

Sincerely,
Mary J. Rich

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Testimonial: Harold and Shirley Sheldahl, Elmore, MN




We purchased a siding job from K-Designers and they delivered on time.

The installers were very good. They had rainy weather to work around, but did a good job. Everything was picked up and cleaned up when they finished.

Our neighbors have complimented us on how nice our siding looks. After we had the siding on a contractor purchased the house next door and is planning to re-do it for which we are glad.

Sincerely,

Shirley Sheldahl
Harold Sheldahl

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Testimonial: Al and Marietta Thomsen, Portola, CA



Dear K-Designers,

Just a line to let you know we appreciated your marketing agent, Richard, for his thorough explanation of your siding and designs.

The contractors were pleasant and completed the work in such a short time.

We were really surprised and pleased with the outcome of our “New Old Home”. It looks so clean and refreshing.

Our neighbors and other people on their evening walk have told us how nice our new siding looks. They also compliment us on our color choice and the slant gable design.

We were impressed to know that the. Warranty is transferable if we ever decide to sell.

Our only complaint is we wish we had invested in K-Designers siding years ago.

Your satisfied customers,

Al and Marietta Thomsen