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Blog Category: Question & Answer

How much more will it cost me to paint brick?

How much more will it cost me to paint brick?

Great question!

Painted brick is becoming popular. The good part about painting brick is that it doesn't matter what the brick underneath looks like, as long as it has some texture. A lot of brick factories will sell seconds—the brick did not meet the specs, and can't be sold as top quality. That doesn't mean the brick isn't strong enough. Most of the time, it is a color matching issue that relegates the brick to the "seconds" pile. You can buy these bricks for a discounted price—not enough to compensate for the paint, but it does help to offset a bit of the added cost.

 

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What are the different material options I have for my driveway?

What are the different material options I have for my driveway?

I have had many people ask lately about the different options and cost of driveway materials. Here are the main three:

1.  The least expensive is gravel driveways.

You can spice this up by picking different stones. I would encourage you to use a black landscape fabric under the gravel and some sort of edge. This will keep the gravel in, and the weeds out. 

 

2. Next is typically concrete.

I say typically because after your driveway gets to be over 300’ long or so, asphalt starts to compete when it comes to pricing. A concrete drive should be no smaller that 9’ wide. If you are wanting your driveway to allow two cars to pass side by side without running off, the driveway needs to be a minimum of 20’ wide. Make sure you add expansion joints every 10-12 feet so that the concrete has release points. A wise man told me once: “I can promise you two things about concrete: It will get hard, and it will crack.” Expansion joints tell the concrete where to crack, if and when it does. Concrete will last longer than asphalt.

 

3. Third is asphalt.

Due to all the equipment that it takes to lay asphalt, like I said above, you have to make it worth the while to lay it. The drive needs to be longer. Once the crew is there, they can lay tons of asphalt in a day, and you can drive on the asphalt almost immediately. 

 

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What kind of decking material should I use for my home’s deck?

What kind of decking material should I use for my home’s deck?

This is a question we get once it’s time for our custom home clients to decide what material they’d like to use with their outdoor living space. The three most common decking materials are: cedar, pressure-treated wood, and composite lumber. They all share similarities, but the choice comes down to cost, maintenance and appearance. Take a look at the pros and cons here:

 

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What are the key measurements and rules to add a pool table to our bonus room?

What are the key measurements and rules to add a pool table to our bonus room?

Pool tables are available in several sizes, and the most common ones are designated as 9, 8 and 7-foot. The actual dimensions are as follows:

  • 9-ft.: 5’2” in. x 9’4’’ in.
  • 8-ft.: 4’8” in. x 8”4’ in.
  • 7-ft.: 4’2” in. x 7”4’ in.

 

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What is the energy code in Fayetteville and why is it higher than other cities?

A:   The energy code is what our governing bodies use to enforce energy consumption regulations. It has now been 2 years since Ordinance No. 5512 was passed to increase the energy code of Fayetteville from the 2003 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)to the 2009 IECC version. Below is a comparison of the different codes and the main changes from 2003 to 2009 IECC.

 

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Five Useful tips for homeowners during this summer

Five Useful tips for homeowners during this summer

These are the five things every homeowner should keep in mind during this summer.

 

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