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Fall Maintenance Projects for the Home


fall maintenanceWhen it's time to trade in that bottle of sunscreen for a trick-or-treat bag, it's a good idea to look around your home for things that might need attention, like the gutters, windows, and garage. Ensuring an energy efficient home in the winter may depend upon getting a few upgrades or replacing some of the older features of your home.

The fall is also a terrific time to plan a renovation because the heat of the summer has passed, and the snows of the winter have not yet arrived. Is the paint peeling on your home? Are any of the shingles on the roof displaced or loose? Is your fireplace full of creosote and last year's soot? You might have some renovations, remodeling, or upgrades ahead of you.

Readying Your Windows for Winter

The fall is a terrific time to think about replacing the windows and doors of your home, particularly if they're old, drafty, and likely to let in winter air this season. Did you notice condensation or frost forming on windows last winter? Better Homes & Gardens suggests getting windows with multiple panes.

Glass with multiple panes, spacers, or filler gasses (such as argon or krypton) will likely solve these problems. A professional can swap out your problem windows with more efficient models that will increase your level of comfort while decreasing your heating bills.

Taking a Look at the Gutters

A few times throughout the fall, you'll want to take a look at your home's gutters. If your home sits under some leafy trees that love to drop their leaves each fall, those gutters will be filled to the brim. Squirrels might even pack some nuts and food into the gutters.

Your home depends upon functioning gutters to keep the basement dry from melting snow off your roof. Remember to take a look also at the seams and bends in the gutters. If you see any cracks or rusty parts, you might need to get those sections of your gutters replaced.

The Weather Channel offers a savvy tip for cleaning to remember when you're cleaning out the gutters:

"Don't try to remove the debris with a hose because that may cause downspouts to clog."

Going Green With Lighting

Any time is a good time to install CFLs and LED lights in your home to save money and energy, but the fall offers another opportunity to boost the safety and curb appeal of your home. Consider installing lights along the walkways of your home t make it easier to see when you come home from work and the sun is already dipping below the horizon.

The pros at This Old House suggest:

"Less daylight calls for illumination. You can also enhance the nighttime curb appeal of your home while adding a measure of safety and security, by installing low-voltage landscape lighting."

Check the Garage, Too

If you're already cleaning the yard tools and machines and putting them away for the winter, consider doing some minor preventative maintenance on your vehicle as well. For example, fall is the best time to change the wiper blades on your car. According to Bankrate:

"You generally use your wipers more frequently in the fall and winter. They'll also be taking a lot more abuse from road grime and windshield-washer solvent, so it's best to have a fresh set then."

After getting the car ready for the coldest months, take a look at the rest of the garage. If you're doing any maintenance on the home for reasons of safety, upgrades, and renovations, remember that your garage could use a facelift, too.

Has your garage door seen better days? Don't risk your garage door malfunctioning on a snowy day and letting in a ton of snow into the garage. Make sure the garage door is in good working order, or consider a new garage door if you're making some improvements to other exterior areas of the home like the windows and entrances.

Want to Get Your Home Ready for Winter?

We can help you figure out where your home needs improvements before the winds of winter start to blow. Let us help you design the best renovation project for your home. Contact Gettum Associates for a Free Consultation or give us a call at 1-317-542-3853.

A Refreshing Pause: How to Host Your Own Afternoon Tea Party


A Refreshing Pause: How to Host Your Own Afternoon Tea Party

One thing Americans didn’t inherit from the British is tea time. It’s unfortunate, because tea can be a great beverage to sit down and enjoy on a cold winter’s night. It can also be a great way to spend time with friends during the day.

A Basic Afternoon Kit

If you own a tiered cake stand, a nice tea pot, and loose leave tea, you pretty much have all of the basics for a tea party. Loose tea, like the kind you can buy through Teavana or specialty tea shops, makes for an entertaining party.

If you don’t have any of this stuff, pick up a starter kit at stores like Bed Bath & Beyond and stores that traditionally sell kitchen appliances. They have a nice collection of tea supplies that won’t break the bank. Otherwise, you can hit up thrift shops and Goodwill for old Chinaware. Don’t worry too much about matching the patterns or finding complete sets of coffee cups; you’re going for the experience to start out.

Once you have hosted a few tea parties, you can worry about getting matching sets.

Setting the Atmosphere

Do you have any rustic furniture you could set outside? For example, do you have any old wooden or metal chairs that would add an authentic feel to the whole tea party experience? If not, can you pick some up at a second-hand furniture store?

If not, what about getting some floral print table cloths, or some bunting?

Starter Drinks and Accouterments

Make sure to set out sugar, milk, and other accouterments. Also, provide your guests with a variety of teas and hotwater.


For food, it’s customary to offer finger sandwiches, scones, layer cake, and teacakes. You don’t need to provide a full meal, only something to snack on while eating. Pastries are also acceptable as are petit fours and biscuits.

Offer just 2 or 3 different menu items. You don’t need to stress yourself out by providing a full spread.


The point of a tea party is to socialize with friends. You can facilitate this by setting out games, playing upbeat, but soft, music, or setting out picture or scrapbooks that everyone can discuss. The challenge is to find something that everyone can participate in.

Games don’t have to be board games. They can be card games. But, board games do have a strong social component to them, so keep that in mind. The best types of games are ones that encourage teamwork, so Trivial Pursuit or Pictionary would be good choices.

Other games, like Rummy, can be good too, since it encourages you to talk with your opponents. Even a simple game like Scattergories can be fun. Avoid two-player games like Othello or Battleship unless there are only two of you.

Pure strategy card games like poker that involve full concentration would not help to create the right atmosphere. Remember, this is a lighthearted time where you’re supposed to relax and enjoy each other’s company.

Tea parties can last anywhere from one hour to three or even four hours. It should be an afternoon affair that fills the gap between lunch and dinner, so keep that in mind when planning your event.

About the author:

Mark Watson is a retired cook who loves to have guests visit. When he's not entertaining friends and family, he's writing about it. You can read his interesting articles on a variety of websites and blogs.

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Scaffolding FAQ's for the average homeowner


When a Ladder Isn't Enough: Scaffolding FAQs for the Average Homeowner

picture of scaffoldingWhat goes up must come down.  When it comes to home repair, it’s easy to momentarily forget physics in exchange for a desire to do something quickly.  For example, you may notice chipped paint on the ceiling, a hanging shingle from the home roof, or a light bulb fixture in need of repair atop a high corner of a room.

It’s easy to mistakenly opt for a rusty old ladder rather than something more practical (and a lot more safe) like a scaffold.  When ladders are ‘not enough’ to complete the home –repair equation, it’s time to bring in the scaffolding.  Yet, before you start climbing, read the following FAQs.

What is a Scaffold?

Scaffolds are large, flat working areas used by painters, engineers and other workers to address a bigger area of space, effective for longer projects.  Since equipment, workers and enough space for optimal safety are hosted on scaffolds, it’s preferred over extension ladders.

What Size?

Scaffolds can be modified to fit the need and requirements of a specific job.  Additional sections can be fit to a frame so workers may work on several floors of a house, building, etc.

Why Are Scaffolds Safer?

Scaffolds offer more area as well as bars to encapsulate workers and equipment so it’s a lot less likely to slip or fall during work.  When using a ladder, aside from addressing the job at hand, users are often limited to movement and area due to needing to maintain balance as well.  Scaffolds free their hands and feet so workers can be more efficient.

What Size Is Ideal for the Home?

Speak to a home maintenance vendor or provider of scaffolds to secure an entity optimal for proposed use.  Make sure you’re provided with base plates and a guardrail for safety.  Additional screws and platforms can be placed down to level uneven ground surfaces.

What Are Some Common ‘Rookie’ Mistakes

Like using any tool or device, there is a learning curve.  Yet, mind the following details as not to make common rookie mistakes.  For example, you may have several areas of the home or building to address, needing to roll the scaffold to another place.  Be sure to avoid power lines as well as clear the scaffold of tools (and people) before moving.  It’s suggested to get at least one other person to help you move as not to get in awkward situations, having to ‘force’ the scaffold forward, jeopardising your safety.

Also, after moving the scaffold and climbing back atop, ensure the casters, the locks on the wheels are in place.  It’s common to be steps ahead, especially when rushed, yet don’t lose focus when using scaffolds and tools.  Describe the job to a professional when you need scaffolding; you don’t want to forget an integral safety element or that needed to complete the job.

Does it Come Assembled?

Delivery and assembly depend on the nature of the job, size of scaffold, and number of levels needed.  Ask specific vendors about suggestions and ways to optimise a given scaffold for to-be home projects.

Couldn’t I Use My Own Planks with Provided Metal Frame?

No!  Don’t be tempted to ‘cut financial corners’ creating a do-it-yourself scaffold.  That’s worse than using a rusty old ladder for the project.  Be sure to use all the proper equipment as well as discuss ‘how’ you’ll be using the scaffold with your vendor.  You may find some ‘ideas’ you have about what you can accomplish are not viable.

When ladders are not enough you have another option.  Consider the time saved, safety improved, and efficiency of job augmented by the home repair implementation.

About the author:

Zane Boothman has a large apartment building that needs constant window washing, so he knows the value of good scaffolding. You can find his DIY and home improvement articles sprinkled all over the web.


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Full Renovation Makeover: Ultra-Modern or Traditional?


home renovationThe once-beautiful features of your home speak of a different era when wood paneling, popcorn ceilings, and frosted glass blocks were all the rage. Unfortunately, your home hasn't reached a point where you can truly call it "retro."

Perhaps you'd love to see something else on the walls of your living room than the expansive brown paneling, and the popcorn ceiling that's always dumping tiny white puffs onto your floor.

Whether you choose to undergo a major renovation of your home or some strategic remodeling, you'll definitely be pulled in many directions as far as style and design are concerned. Two popular styles for home renovations are modernist architecture and traditional architecture, and each of these styles have many layers and attitudes.

Modernist Architecture

Modernist architecture often brings to mind designs by innovators like Frank Lloyd Wright, and the homes that blend into the scenery as much as they put their own, ultra-modern stamp upon the landscape.

Frank Lloyd Wright once said:

"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you."

You may associate modern architecture with spacious and recently built homes that take advantage of floor-to-ceiling windows, open floor plans, and large patches of neutral colors, but modernist designs started to appear more than a century ago with the opening of the 20th century.

As a response to the stifling and cluttered style of the Victorian and Edwardian eras, modernism took off after World War II when it became one of the dominant architectural styles of commercial building in the United States.

In today's world, those minimalist designs mean wide-open spaces, uncluttered designs, and a rule that "form follows function." If you're aching to be freed of unnecessary adornment and want your home to feel like an open, welcoming space, you might want to investigate modernist architecture and how a renovation team might bring your vision alive.

One of the most noticeable ways to enhance the modernity of a home is through an enclosed porch like one designed by Eze-Breeze. Magnificent views of the sun and outdoors are a perfect way to meld nature and architecture, as is the ultra-modern style.

Traditional Architecture

The homes you see on the National Register of Historic Places bring the past into vivid detail with influences stretching back to decades before the American Revolution. Popular styles include the Georgian period of the early 1700s, the Gothic Revival period of the mid-19th century, and the Colonial Revival period of the early 20th century.

Perhaps you'd like to emulate the Georgian style with its traditional, symmetrical features, raised foundation, and a front door that sits right in the middle of the front façade. Maybe you adore homes of the Gothic Revival period with their steeply pitched roofs, decorative gables, and pointed arches. Architectural eras of the past offer so much creativity and beauty to your renovated home.

Style Isn't Always So Cleanly Sliced

Remember that no single architectural or interior design style is wholly separate from other styles. For example, some modern designs may be considered "traditional" because they stem from a century-old history of creativity and innovation.

Consider the absurdly modern architecture of New York's Guggenheim Museum. That "highly expressive" masterpiece opened in 1959 and is considered one of the most-notable examples of the style.

Likewise, traditional styles may feel a little modern when they feature snippets of designs popular in the 1950s and 1960s or resemble centuries-old homes of the Federal or Colonial eras. The key to finding your own, personal style for your renovation might take some time to decipher, but the time you spend designing your new space will be well worth the effort.

Looking to Create a New Style in Your Home?

Have you tired of your home's out-of-date style and want to refresh your home's natural appeal? Let us help you design the renovation of your dreams. Contact Gettum Associates for a Free Consultation or give us a call at 1-317-542-3853.

Lower Costs and Increased Efficiency: Remodel Your Home with Smarter Technology


Lower Costs and Increased Efficiency: Remodel Your Home with Smarter Technology

While your family members may not have initially agreed, it actually may be a payoff that you waited so long to renovate your home. The latest technological opportunities and the eco-friendly upgrades available on the market today will enable you to transform your home into a castle that provides long-term savings, better functionality, improved efficiency, and a significant increase in its value all with a click or touch of a button.

Cooling Down and Keeping Warm

Old windows and doors in a home are notorious not only for being the culprit of heat loss during Indiana’s snowy winters, but also the reason for all the excessive heat in your home during the region’s sultry summers. The top-of-the-line windows and skylights on the market today provide information about their energy ratings to help you choose the most energy-efficient products for your home's remodeling projects. Developed by the nonprofit National Fenestration Rating Council, these ratings and labels document criteria including U-factors, better known as the heat transmittance rating of the window, and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) which numbers the increase in temperature in a space. When selecting the best window or skylight forIndiana’s mixed climate choose solutions that have a:

  • National Fenestration Rating Council-certified U-factors with less than or equal to 0.40 (they typically range between 0.2 to 1.2)
  • National Fenestration Rating Council-certified SHGC less than or equal to 0.40 (they typically range between 0 and 1).

The lower a window’s U-factor a window, the more energy-efficient it is.  A window with a high SHGC is effective at collecting solar heat gain during the cold seasons; a window with a low SHGC is efficient at reducing cooling loads during the hotter months.

Also look into ways your windows can incorporate more automation. Automatic blinds and covers will do your home wonders during the warmer seasons. Adding app operated covers to the outside areas of the home that get the most sun are also a wise investment to make for the long term savings and prevention of sun damage in the long run.

Automation can go a long way in today’s world of home improvement. In fact, many areas of the home that used to require daily control and adjustments can  now be operated with the ease of an app. In particular, items like programmable thermostats that not only save your desired settings, but also use your preferences to learn about new ways to cool or warm your home in the most efficient manner possible are now here. According to Consumer Reports, programmable thermostats like the recently popular Nest and those being introduced by Honeywell are seeing a huge rise in interest for homeowners that want to see the savings in their utility usage but can use a little help from a thermostat that can program itself to their daily usage and needs.

Water Works

Statistics by GRACE Communications Foundation confirm that low-flow toilets significantly reduce the amount of water needed to flush by as much as 80%. So, instead of trying to save water usage by not flushing after every light use, simply choose these highly-efficient low-flow solutions when you’re renovating your home’s bathrooms. More and more bathroom fixture companies are introducing more efficient models to customers that require less water and in some cases, flush according to the amount and density of the waste.

Another major trend in homes looking to upgrade their water efficiency is the renovation and replacement of water heaters. Traditional standing water heaters are bulky and costly in comparison to some of the latest innovations being introduced to the market. In particular, experts in the plumbing industry have confirmed that switching to a tankless water heater can cut energy costs by 40% and they don’t sacrifice the purity or temperature quality of the water.

Smart Appliances

Your kitchen is one of the most high traffic areas in your home you use to entertain in. It’s one of the top rooms to be renovated in any home at some point not only because it has the potential to significantly increase your home’s value, but also because it's often the "go-to" gathering place for your friends and family and so a comforting appeal is imperative. As you work with your contractor to plan the designated zones, style, and finishes of your ideal kitchen, the next step is selecting your kitchen appliances. Taking into account the importance of the sustainability, efficiency, functionality and beauty of this integral kitchen component, consider smarter solutions that are available to the market today. Brands like LG, Samsung and Whirlpool, are examples of companies that are looking to lead the charge in more efficient smart digital appliances. Stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers and laundry machines are just the surface of the appliances that are changing the way we clean and maintain our kitchen. Things like setting timers, allowing notifications, and creating custom settings at the touch of a button are going to change the way every homeowner does their chores.

Going digital is inevitable and so why not incorporate the latest tech trends to the way your home operates. The latest innovative technology in appliances and home accessories is going to change the way we live in the sense that homeowners can have long term savings, better energy efficiency, quicker and easier functionality and all of this without sacrificing overall appeal and home comfort. Smarter, greener, more efficient homes can go much deeper than the solar panels that you see on the outside of the home. Talk to us about ways we can make your home more efficient in areas of the home that you use every day.

Confronting the Need for "Aging in Place"


aging in placeWith millions of baby boomers reaching and breaching retirement age, concerns of healthcare, safety, and longevity permeate many conversations between couples and families living in a home that's been in the family for decades. Over time, the home becomes a lifeline between family members where the kids and grandkids can come home to be with everyone to celebrate.

However, the natural process of aging does throw some roadblocks in the way of living safely at home instead of living in an assisted care facility. No matter whether a family can afford a high-quality assisted living facility, just about everyone would rather live at home in his or her twilight years rather than in a nursing home or assisted care facility.

Recent Technology to Help Seniors

In recent news articles published by Aging in Place Technology, many new entries into the market feature assistance for caregivers and children who need to take care of elderly adults. One interesting option features a service that helps family keep an eye on a family member who might be living alone at home.

The mobile-enabled device lets caregivers know if the stove was left on or if the resident has left their home or taken medications. How many stories have recently been published about elderly citizens leaving their homes and getting lost? One recent story featured a 92-year-old WWII veteran who disappeared from his home in New York and somehow ended up in Las Vegas!

Considerations for Aging in Place

Through the CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) program from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), there are several ways to make physical changes in the home to improve safety, as well as design decisions that reduce potential hazards for the elderly.

NAHB offers several recommendations for coming up with a design plan to improve safety in the home.

For example, one of the major changes that should be made (and which doesn't cost a penny) is rearranging furniture and pathways in the home to reduce obstacles that could cause a fall. As you may be aware, falls among older adults are exceptionally common, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Another change is looking at all of the flooring in the home. Are there area rugs that have tassels that might cause a trip or fall? Do the rugs slip and slide across the floors when stepped on? Are certain floors in the home slippery and best covered with wall-to-wall carpet? Answering these questions will help you figure out what changes must be made to create a haven in the home.

Obtaining Funding for Aging in Place

Whether you're looking to make radical changes to the home or are simply interested in some conveniences that will help someone with limited mobility keep safe, there are several projects to accommodate different budgets, as well as organizations that help provide assistance.

The following organizations offer further information on Aging in Place:

Do You Want to Work with a Certified Aging in Place Specialist?

Are you worried about an elderly loved one living alone? Do you want to make changes to improve the mobility options within your home? Contact Gettum Associates for a Free Consultation or give us a call at 1-317-542-3853.

Gettum Associates is an Indy A-List 2014 Nominee


A ListGettum Associates, Inc. of Greenwood, Indiana recently garnered a nomination from the Indy A-List, which is a voter-supported listing of the best businesses in and around Indianapolis.

From the organizers of the Indy A-List:

"The Indy A-List is a contest featuring more than 4,852 local businesses competing to be named best. YOUR votes determine the outcome."

In a recent interview and podcast on Remodelers on the Rise, Vice President Jason Gettum revealed that his dedication and enthusiasm for the remodeling industry started early, when he started helping his father on job sites.

According to Jason, one of the most important features of a strong business is honesty with customers and confidence in the end result. When asked about the most exciting part of the remodeling business, Jason said:

"When people like their neighborhood, like their school, like their neighbors and they see that it's possible for them to modify their house, avoid the stress of moving and make it fit what they need. I think it's a pretty exciting thing to do."

Gettum Associates and its dedicated contractors are no strangers to accolades and awards. In 2012, James Gettum received a 40 Under 40 Award from "Professional Remodeling Magazine."

Gettum Associates also offers customers the strength of a Better Business Bureau A+ rated business. In 2000, Gettum Associates, Inc. was inducted into the BIG 50 Hall of Fame as listed in "Remodeling Magazine."

Gettum Associates, Inc. offers remodeling services for any part of your home. Whether your kitchen is faded and outdated and could use an update or your bathroom isn't the enjoyable paradise you know it can be, Gettum offers exceptional remodeling services.

With a stellar reputation built upon years of exceptional work, repeat customers, and glowing recommendations, Gettum Associates, Inc. prides itself on attention to detail and customer satisfaction.

Of their projects, the professionals at Gettum say:

"Each of Gettum’s remodeling projects is designed to blend seamlessly with the original structure, avoiding that “added on look”. They work individually with each customer to create a project that fits their budget, preferences and lifestyle."

Gettum Associates, Inc. also offers clients a free guide on choosing a contractor for a new remodeling project, as well as free consultations.

What are people saying right now on the A-List about Gettum Associates?

"They are a wonderful company to work with! Very trustworthy!"

"These guys are the best! Finished out our basement and we love it! Great people who do great work!"

"They always leave the job site completely clean at the end of each day and they show up when they said they would!"

Visit the Indy A-List to cast your vote! Voting started today, June 09 at 8:00 AM!

Remodelers On the Rise Hosts Jason Gettum of Gettum Associates


Remodelers On The RiseIn this month's Remodelers on the Rise, Jason Gettum shares his company's approach to the honesty and integrity that influences each remodeling project by the company. In fact, when asked about what quote for success he would apply to his work with Gettum Associates, Jason said:

"Work Smarter, Not Harder."

The remodeling industry presents exciting challenges that require creative solutions and dedication to seeing complex projects to the end. A lifelong member of the home renovation industry, Jason and the other members of Gettum Associates, Inc. have spent decades refining their company's model for success.

When asked what was important to Gettum's long history and success, Jason said:

"I don't get discouraged easily. It has helped me out with a lot of business and personal struggles. The ability to persevere is a great trait that I believe I got from my father. But, I don't quit. I don't give up easily."

"I fight through it. I figure out a way to make it happen."

This enthusiasm for getting the best out of every project is why so many customers offer glowing reviews and repeat business to the professionals at Gettum.

Here's one of the interesting exchanges in this month's Remodelers on the Rise between co-hosts Kyle Hunt and Ryan Paul Adams, and Jason Gettum:

Ryan: So let's talk a little bit about a success quote that you live by. And really try to break it down to us how you might apply that to your life and your remodeling business.

Jason: I have always, especially in the past 5 to 6 years lived by the motto, "work smarter not harder." And you know, it's a very cliché saying, but it's very true. You could chase people all day long for business. But if you don't know what you are looking for, you're missing the mark.

Of their services, the renovation specialists at Gettum say:

As members of the Better Business Bureau and the Builder's Association of Indianapolis (BAGI), we adhere to ethical business practices and abide by standards set forth by BAGI so there are clear expectations between us and you.

Dedication to each client is what lands Gettum on "best of" lists year in and year out. In 2013, Gettum landed in the top five on "The Indy A-List" and they're up for more accolades on this year's A-List.

Want to know how you can choose the best contractor for your home remodeling project? Check out Gettum's free guide on selecting a contractor! You'll learn how to figure out whether a remodeler is reputable and how to avoid paying too much for your home improvement project.

Are you interested in getting a free quote on your Indianapolis-area home renovation project? Contact Gettum Associates today for information on a free consultation or call 317.542.3853.

The Best Exterior Paint Colors for Homes

exterior paint colorsThe exterior color of your home may influence how your visitors feel when they approach your house, and changing the color of your home may provide a needed refresher to its appearance. When updating a major part of your home's exterior, such as the siding, roof, or doors, you'll need to have conversations on colors and whether your home might benefit from an update on hue or shade.

Choosing a Roofing Color

The roof of your home keeps its occupants safe from inclement weather and protects the family's possessions, and it also creates a statement based upon what type of roofing is chosen, as well as the color. You'll likely want to choose a roofing material that will last a long time, but you'll also need to consider a new color.

Consider that the color of your roofing shingles might help you save on energy bills during seasonal highs and lows. Not only can the roof keep your attic at an appropriate temperature, but shingles may also help to reflect or absorb sunlight, which helps cool or warm the home.

Generally speaking, exterior paint colors:

  • Lightly colored shingles help reflect the sun's rays and will keep your home cool during hot summers, which may reduce the stress put upon the home's air conditioner.
  • Darkly colored shingles will absorb the sun's warmth and are terrific for homes in cold climates where heating bills tend to skyrocket in the winter.
You'll also need to make sure your roof color complements the rest of your home's colors. Interior design blogger Maria Killamrecommends the following for your roof's color:
1. For the average, traditional house, stay away from an overtly coloured roof.
2. If the style of your home does not dictate choosing a colour choose a dark neutral.
3. If you have a stone or brick house that will never change colour, that's when your roof colour should be very carefully chosen.

Deciding Upon Exterior Paint Color

No matter the material used for your home (even brick), you'll need to think about color. While it's perfectly acceptable to refurbish your home's exterior with new siding and a color that matches exactly the old color of your home, there's no harm in exploring new color options. "Better Homes and Gardens" offers some terrific adviceon figuring out what might look good on your home:
"As you prepare to choose colors for an exterior painting project, tour neighborhoods and note which colors catch your eye. Pay particular attention to homes that are similar in architectural style to your own."

One of the primary things to consider when choosing your home's exterior colors is how the color will appear on the side of a large house instead of on a small color swatch or inside a paint store. Note that colors tend to look brighter when they're outside on a house instead of under the display lights of a store.

Tip: Consider painting a few large pieces of poster-board and attaching them to the exterior of your home. A large-scale representation of a color will give you a much better idea of how that color will look on your home than a speck of paint on a little card from a paint store.

Get Advice On Your New Home Exterior Today!

Are you thinking of remodeling or expanding your Indianapolis area home? Contact Gettum Associates for a Free Consultation or give us a call at 317-542-3853.

Should You Build a Home Addition or Renovate? Getting More Space


home additionPerhaps you've got a little one on the way or your mother-in-law needs to move into your home, but you're facing some difficult space issues that might make the addition of another person into the household a tight squeeze. Do you need to build an addition to the home, or can you renovate to find more space?

Packing the family up to move to a larger home might not be realistic for a variety of reasons. The cost of a new home, a family's current location, and the family history in a present residence might make thoughts of a new house unattractive. Fortunately, several options exist for finding extra space in the home.

Finding More Space: Rearranging and Renovating the Home

Build a Home Addition By Looking Up

Adding another bedroom is a common goal for renovation in the home, but getting an extra bedroom doesn't always mean that you need to add an entire addition onto the home. If your home has an attic, one option is to finish the attic and turn it into a bedroom. "This Old House" offers some important adviceon whether your attic might be suitable for such a conversion:
Follow the "rule of 7s": Enforcement varies, but codes typically say that at least half of a finished attic must be at least 7 feet high, and that this area must be a minimum of 7 feet wide and 70 square feet. A contractor or a local building official can help you assess how the rule will apply to your attic and how modifications like dormers can resolve height shortcomings.
According to an article on CNN Money, one issue that some homeowners experience is a lack of space after the kids move out. Once the kids graduate from college or start their own lives in another home, a renovation might include getting a bigger bedroom and spacing things out. Sometimes all it takes is the removal of a wall to create a large, comfortable master bedroom. Your contractor will be able to tell you whether this option is viable structurally, but CNN also notes:
"You always want to keep your bedroom count on par with the neighborhood," says Horen. "So, in a four-bedroom house area, dropping to three may not be a good idea. But in a predominantly two-bedroom neighborhood, you'd still be way ahead of the Joneses."

Adding More Space: Building an Addition or Extending the House

The prospect of a home addition tends to be a fairly costly endeavor whether the addition is a major extension of the home or a subtle expansion of square footage. The pros at Bob Vila's websitehave some key advice for deciding upon an addition or renovation project:
You need to decide whether the task consists of adding new space, improving existing space, or simply putting unused space to use.
Remember that adding space to your home through an addition will still require some remodeling of your present space. Perhaps you intend to push the wall of the kitchen out into the backyard by several feet. The project will require some work to remodel the kitchen for the expansion.

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