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February 2019
Dear friend,

Are you considering updating your home? To help with that determination, we’re offering some insight with 4 questions you should answer before remodeling. The article below specifically refers to kitchen remodeling, but these questions can be the baseline for any type of home improvement project. Take a look!

Next week, Feb.19-21, is the International Builders Show (IBS) co-located with the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). This is the largest annual gathering of the residential design and construction industries. During this show, we are excited that Tim Ellis will be installed as President of the NAHBR Council. Keep reading and learn about his goals for this year

The fond memories you associate with your home can sometimes cause you to overlook aspects of your home that need improvement. Ask yourself what kind of impression the outside of your home makes to a casual observer driving by. We’re listing 10 ways you can give your home curb appeal.

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Tim Ellis and the T.W. Ellis Team
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4 Questions You Must Answer Before Remodeling Your Kitchen

A kitchen is a special place in the home because it’s the center of all the day to day interactions between you and your loved ones. It’s a place where the personality of your home will shine the brightest. And if your kitchen doesn’t reflects this, we understand when you tell us you want to remodel. 

Whether you’ve decided to redo your kitchen on impulse, or you are meticulously planning each aspect, take a minute and ask yourself these 4 essential questions.

 

Asking for referrals from trusted family members and friends is one of the most reliable methods of finding a reputable remodeling company.

Share your experience of working with T.W. Ellis on Houzz or our Facebook page. We appreciate your feedback on our family working together with yours.


Tim Ellis Installed as NAHBR Council President


On February 18, Tim Ellis, President and founder of T.W. Ellis, is being sworn in as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Association of Home Builders Remodelers' Council (NAHBR). The ceremony takes place during the International Builders Show in Las Vegas. Being given this responsibility by his peers is a duty he doesn't take lightly and is one he has spent years preparing for.
 
For over a decade Tim has been passionate about building a remodeling company that is professional and uses the best practices to be found in the country. To achieve that, he has worked to develop relationships with the brightest and best remodelers in the country through his involvement with the NAHBR. He has attended meetings, rubbed shoulders, and learned from them.
 
He has also taken advantage of professional development opportunities offered through the NAHB Remodelers. His professional designations are the result of educational courses he has completed. But, more than that, his expertise in each area of remodeling has been incorporated into the very fabric of his company.


 
Not only has he learned through his association with NAHBR members, he has given back by spending countless hours working on subcommittee tasks that seek to address national issues. He has participated in policy development in response to EPA and OSHA legislation. In Education & Designations he worked to address the shortage of qualified people working in the industry. In Green Building he was instrumental in developing the National Green Building Standard. The list goes on.
 
His peers understand the value of Tim's contribution to the remodeling industry nationally and in 2015 recognized him as NAHBR Remodeler of the Year. And, as a member of the Board of Trustees, they have given him increasing leadership responsibilities. Now, as Chair in 2019, he plans to address the following 3 goals:
  • Increase membership and the involvement of remodelers in NAHBR
  • Address the labor shortage in our industry (involvement of the younger generation though construction degrees, certifications, accreditations).
  • Emphasize to the younger generation that there can be a good career in the construction industry.
If your remodeling project was completed by T.W. Ellis—or if you are considering having one done—you can be confident that it was handled in a manner that follows the industry's best practices by professionals. That's the kind of company Tim has built. Now he is giving back and is helping to raise the level throughout the country.


10 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

As you drive by your home, does it look exciting or boring? Stylish or dated? Well-tended or neglected? In other words, does it have curb appeal? Curb appeal is something to strive for, since it increases the value of your home in several ways: It helps contribute distinctiveness to your neighborhood; it makes your home feel more welcoming to friends and family; and it increases the attractiveness of your home to buyers, should you ever decide to sell it. The following ten home enhancements can make a huge difference.

1. New paint, siding and trim can greatly improve the aesthetic of your home. Before painting, repair any obvious defects in existing materials, such as cracked or rotting boards. Add character to your home with fresh new colors and interesting trim details that are appropriate to the architectural style. Accent trim can make your doors and windows really pop.

2. Choose black window frames since this color is on trend and extremely popular. The bold, enchanting color makes your windows stand out and get noticed. Black window frames fit any architectural style and give an older home an updated look.

 

3. Dress up the front entrance and make a big impact. Adding an impressive front portico lends depth and interest to a plain facade while also offering protection during inclement weather. Make your front door the main focal point by painting it a contrasting color or installing a door with glass panes that let more light into the interior. One or two unique light fixtures at the door provide safety as well as good looks.

4. Add a front porch that provides additional living space for fun get-togethers. Select comfortable easy-care furniture, along with cozy pillows and rugs that make your home look inviting.

5. Design an inviting pathway to your home’s entrance. Replace a plain concrete sidewalk with the warmth of a winding pathway made from brick or stone and bordered by flowers and plants. Another attractive option is a stamped and colored concrete walkway.

6. Upgrade the driveway if it is stained, cracked or has weeds sprouting up. If your driveway is over twenty years old, it would be best to redo it entirely. Otherwise, depending on its condition, the driveway can be resurfaced less expensively, or patched where necessary.

7. Improve your landscaping by trimming overgrown plants and adding new planting beds. Remove weeds as well as dead or dying shrubs and perennials. Edge planting beds with stone or precast-concrete blocks. Install sprinklers and an irrigation system. Make sure any new plants you buy are suited to our climate to make upkeep easier. 

8. Low-voltage landscape lighting provides safety and security as it illuminates your walkways. It can also highlight interesting and attractive details of your home and yard. 

9. Install a new garage door that coordinates with the architectural style of your home and adds eye-catching appeal. Windows provide light for the interior of your garage, along with extra charm on the exterior. Choose opaque glass if privacy is a concern. 

10. Repair or replace the roof if the shingles are old and showing signs of wear. If you begin the roofing project with a clean roof deck, add an ice-and-water-shield membrane along the eaves.

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Since 2002, we have been a customer service oriented company that is fully committed to communication, industry certification, continuing education, and quality craftsmanship. You can depend on us to exceed your expectations for your project.
• 2014 NAHB Remodeler of the Year
• 2012 HBAM Builder of the Year
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• 2015 NGBS Advisory Committee
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