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Patio Installation: What You Need to Know

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Welcome to article two in our patio series. Last week we explored some of the benefits of installing a patio and the different materials available. Patios add an extra dimension to your outdoor entertainment and can add value to your home’s resale value. They are also cheaper (usually) than a deck, and have fewer maintenance and repair issues. Patios can be made of brick, stone, gravel, or concrete depending on which material is right for your budget, location, and backyard. Now, in this article, we’ll provide all the information you need to get started on your patio project.

As with all home improvement projects, planning is essential when it comes to patios. Not only do you need to understand zoning and building requirements, but you should also take serious consideration for usage expectations and resale potential. To get you started planning your patio, here are three convenient checklists to consider.

Checklist 1: Backyard Patio Potential

  1. Assess your family’s needs. Do you plan to entertain friends and family, use the patio for more outdoor dining, create a relaxing space for reading and writing, or maybe all the above? Determining what your primary uses will be for the patio will help you decide other items such as materials, size, and location.
  1. Consider convenience. Do you want quick access to your patio from the kitchen, or is the patio intended for use as a lounge area near the pool? How close does it need to be to a bathroom or the garage? Keeping your patio’s primary uses in mind will help you plan for it.
  1. Remember that the patio needs company. We aren’t just talking about friends and family, either. After you’ve installed your patio you’ll need to add tables, chairs, umbrellas, planters, and other items. Keep these in mind as part of your overall patio budget, even if you plan to acquire the things over time.

Pro-tip: to help you imagine your life with a patio, give it a trial run with stakes and strings. Plot out a potential area, cordon it off with string, and set up a few portables chairs and tables. This simple experiment will help you assess how viable the location is for a patio. If it doesn’t feel or look right, simply move the stakes and try again. Remember to adjust the size a few times to see what area is too much and what is just right.

Checklist 2: Planning and budgeting

  1. Find a contractor you trust. While patios can be a fun DIY project for experienced homeowners, they are best reserved for a professional. In a previous article we discussed key questions to ask a contractor before hiring them. A quality contractor will help walk you through the patio process, including a few of the items we’ll see in checklist 3.
  1. Budget and materials matter. Make a set budget and stick to it. Patios can be as elaborate as you can dream them, so before costs run away from you, consider the following: labor costs, materials, taxes, and fees (see checklist 3). Your contractor should work with you to create a clear estimate for labor fees and materials. Don’t move forward until you create a fixed plan for your patio costs.
  1. Building time and preparation. Depending on the materials, size, and location of your new patio, the building times can vary. We wrote a great article on when to schedule your home improvement jobs, and a patio is best installed when the weather is dry. Again, your contractor should be able to help you find a date that works for both of you.

Checklist 3: Zoning and taxes

  1. Town codes. While each town will have different building codes, there will always be one! Once you and your contractor agree on a plan, you will need to determine if it meets town standards. If not, or if it needs to be adjusted, your contractor can help. You will also find out about town fees and permit requirements at this stage.
  1. Property taxes. It is likely that your property taxes will rise when you install a patio, so you need to be aware of how much this will be. In most areas, this increase will be determined by the cost of the patio installation and the corresponding increase in the overall value of your home. To avoid fines and other issues, make sure the town reassesses your property value soon after the installation. You can also ask the town assessor in advance for an estimate of what the increase will be based on your proposed patio.

Finally, don’t forget maintenance! Whether you include patio care as part of your monthly landscaping expenditures, or handle the work yourself, there will be jobs to tackle.

At Morgan Contractors, we have more than 18 years of experience providing quality home improvement services, including patio installations, to the Tristate area. So, if you are looking for a safety-compliant, fully insured, highly reputable company for your next home improvement job, we are it!

For more information about our patio installation expertise, to request an estimate, or for general questions, please contact us today or call 201-401-1800.

Is a Backyard Patio Right for You?

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So, your yard could use a remodel and you’re thinking about installing a backyard patio? Great news! With a patio, you’ll have somewhere friendly and fun to spend long summer nights and enjoy parties at the house. Over the next two weeks, we are going to walk you through the “why” and the “how” to improve your property with a backyard patio.

As is with most home renovations, installing a patio in your yard can be a costly task. However, as we discussed in our recent article about decks, some backyards are more suited to one job than another. One of the benefits of the backyard patio versus a deck or porch is its natural free-form design. Patios can fit any shape or size yard and are simple to reduce or expand.

Besides a great-looking space to enjoy (and being easy to maintain), backyard patios can add a lot of value to your home. Many experts estimate that adding a patio to your backyard can add up to 60% of the initial cost to the resale value of your property.

Things to consider before installing a backyard patio

Before you launch a backyard patio installation project, consider the following questions:

  1. Is your yard flat or is your lawn sloped? (It’s harder and more expensive to build a patio on a sloping lawn.)
  2. Are there any town regulations against digging? Also, make sure the patio area of your lawn is free of drainage pipes, electrical wires, or sewer lines.
  3. How many chairs and tables do you want the patio to hold?
  4. How much sun do you want the patio to get?
  5. Is there enough space for your grill or smoker?

Once you answer these questions, you’re ready to look into building materials and contractors.

What Type of Backyard Patio Should You Get?

There are several schools of thought when it comes to patio materials. In general, it boils down to four primary materials: brick, stone, cement, and gravel.

Brick is the most common material used for patios. It has a timeless look that also looks great in a contemporary setting. As the most customizable material, a brick patio can range in color from classic red to a calming, neutral tan.

Stone provides a simple, natural look with a plenty of variation to choose from. Stone patios also work well with many different backyard themes. Ranging in size, shape, and color, this sturdy, slip-resistant material can set the mood for parties from luaus and barbecues to formal events such as weddings.

Cement is solid, easy to install, and neutral in style. You can lay cement in a single, continuous shape or by design using pavers. It’s easy to install, which leaves plenty of room for creativity. Cement is usually the cheapest of the building materials. A word of caution: owners of cement patios should also be aware of the slipperiness of cement when it gets wet.

Gravel has been a staple of European patios for decades. Over the last few years, this cheap, easy-to-install material has gained traction in American backyards. Gravel patios drain water well, can be shaped into any design, and are easy to maintain. One problem that gravel patio owners run into, however, is the issue of snow removal.

Next week we’ll explore the subject of backyard patios further, and walk you through the installation and design process.

At Morgan Contractors, we have more than 18 years of experience providing quality home improvement services, including backyard patio installation, to the Tristate area. So, if you are looking for a safety-compliant, fully insured, highly reputable company for your next home improvement job, we are it! For more information about how we can make your garage upgrade project a success, to request an estimate, or for general questions, please contact us today or call 201-401-1800.

An Introduction to Roof Replacement

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If you live in the Tristate area, you saw some nasty weather this past winter, and so did your home and, especially, the roof. Your roof is arguably the most important part of your home. It protects your valuables and loved ones from everything the weather throws at you. A leak or other instability in the roof can lead to damage to your possessions, or even the structural integrity of the house. If your roof has sustained damage or is simply very old (20+ years), it may be time to replace your it.

One note: even though leaks and other problems may be good indicators of work needing to be done on your roof, they don’t necessarily mean you need to replace it. Before you jump into a costly project, have your roof inspected by a qualified contractor or another assessor.

Why should you consider roof replacement?

With improvements in home improvement technology over the past several years, it’s a safe bet that new, quality, energy efficient roofing has become available since your house last had its roof replaced. If there is a leak somewhere in your roof, chances are that cold air is leaking out through it. This could send your energy bill skyrocketing! A roof replacement ensures that your heating and air conditioning is being conserved as efficiently as possible.

Over time, unwelcome guests like mold and mildew can also build up beneath old roofing shingles. Replacing shingles regularly will reduce the chances of a problem developing that may cause more expensive repairs down the road – not to mention limiting your family’s exposure to harmful substances.

Another significant point concerns the value and salability of your home. The roof is one of the first things people see when they look at a house. If it is in good condition, a quality roof will improve the resell value of a home. In fact, some realtors estimate that up to 40% percent of a house’s curb appeal comes directly from the condition of the roof.

What you should know about roof replacement

As is with many significant home improvement projects, replacing your roof can be a costly undertaking. However, finding a quality contractor that is fully licensed and insured is much more important than finding the cheapest or fastest option. When it comes to roofs, poor craftsmanship can be very hazardous and potentially costly. Some contractors may present you with the idea of ‘roofing over’, or put new roofing materials over your existing ones. If you choose to ‘roof over’, you will probably miss the opportunity to repair any structural damage that may have occurred previously. This can shorten the life of your ‘new’ roof.

When it comes to roofs, you need to be aware of what the seasons in your area can dish out. With the harsh winters and summers in the Tristate area, you want to make sure you have the right roof for your home. New roof shingles can protect against 60 mph winds, and some can even withstand winds up to 130 miles per hour. A protective layer should be added underneath your roof shingles, to protect against things like moisture in the spring and summer and ice buildup in the winter. Finally, a solid, well-built roof will act as an extra layer of insulation, which will keep your home hot or cool depending on the season, and your utility bill down.

In conclusion, when you decide to have your roof replaced, make sure you choose quality over price as much as possible. Also, make sure to have your new roof inspected as soon as it is finished. This will ensure that the job was done properly and, of course, will protect you and your loved ones.

At Morgan Contractors, we have more than 18 years of experience providing quality home improvement services, including roof replacement, to the Tristate area. So, if you are looking for a safety-compliant, fully insured, highly reputable company for your next home improvement job, we are it! For more information about how we can make your garage upgrade project a success, to request an estimate, or for general questions, please contact us today or call 201-401-1800.

The Benefits of Installing an In-Ground Pool

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A backyard pool is the envy of everyone during the summer, and in some areas, is also practically a necessity (more on that later). For many people though, a backyard pool may seem like an unnecessary luxury. Others see a lot of extra work cleaning and maintaining it. However, when considered from the point of view of your home’s value and your family’s health and amusement, an in-ground pool can be a good investment and home improvement project.

As this article is about in-ground pools, we’d like to offer our professional opinion about above-ground pools before we get started: don’t buy one. They offer little or no value to a home and some experts believe that they decrease a home’s value by 1-2%.

In-ground pools and your home

If you are going to invest in an in-ground pool, go with materials that last. This means that pools with vinyl liners are out, as the liner must be replaced periodically. Pools lined with gunite or fiberglass, however, are very durable and much more likely to add value to your home. To be a worthwhile investment, you must also maintain the in-ground pool during the length of your ownership. If managed properly, an in-ground pool can increase your home’s resale value by up to 6%.

Here are two other considerations about in-ground pools are climate and neighborhood. First, if you live in a warm-weather state, an in-ground pool is likely to see a lot of use, and therefore be a more attractive feature for your home. Homeowners in states with shorter warm seasons throughout the year should think more carefully about investing in an in-ground pool, as their usage is more limited.

Second, your neighborhood might just be the most important determining factor. If many (or most) of the homes around you have an in-ground pool, then installing one is a good idea to remain competitive when it’s time to sell. In neighborhoods where pools are rare, the choice becomes harder. On the one hand, having the only pool around can make it an attractive amenity. On the other hand, many prospective buyers may see it as a luxury they can do without and opt for a cheaper home without a pool.

In-ground pools and your family

This is an easier decision. When it comes to family, pools are about entertainment, exercise, and enjoyment. The kids will love being able to cannonball into the water anytime they like, and you’ll find the pool is a wonderful draw for guests. With all the fun, it might be easy to miss the benefits of easily available exercise, but they are very real. Whether swimming laps or playing Marco Polo with the kids, your pool activities are sure to make you healthier and happier. As long as you and your family are prepared to accommodate the maintenance requirements for an in-ground pool, you won’t regret it.

In conclusion, in-ground pools can be a good investment when they match both your lifestyle and resale value goals. At Morgan Contractors, we have more than 18 years of experience providing quality home improvement services, including in-ground pool installation, to the Tristate area. So, if you are looking for a safety-compliant, fully insured, highly reputable company for your next home improvement job, we are it!

For more information about how we can make your in-ground pool installation a success, to request an estimate, or for general questions, please contact us today or call 201-401-1800.

Help Your Garage Reach Its Full Potential

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In many homes, the garage (separate or attached) is often a neglected and messy place. At best it protects the family car and offers some extra storage, at worst it is a vault for boxes of things you can’t quite get rid of. These are not ideal conditions, especially when your garage has the potential to be so much more. With a few simple upgrades, you can create a much more useful and enjoyable space. You don’t have to transform it into a full-blown man cave either (though you could).

This article provides some practical inspiration you can implement today to organize and modernize your garage. It might become one of the most popular places in your household!

In a previous article about making wash day easier, we discussed using open wall and ceiling space to your advantage. The same principles apply to your garage.

  1. Install a ceiling storage system. Whether you buy a pre-made one and have it installed, or create DIY ceiling racks, this is a great choice. Even if you have an automatic door, you can still find some free ceiling space in the back of your garage to keep a few boxes of seldom used items. Holiday decorations, perhaps?
  2. Pegboard tool storage. This is a classic and for good reason. Not only does an organized wall of tools look impressive, they are also relatively easy and cheap to install yourself.
  3. Wall-mounted folding workbench. A few boards, some hinges, and a sturdy wall to mount on, this is a great DIY project. Install this below your tool pegboard and you have a complete workstation available anytime you need it!

Of course, your garage can be much more than a place to store things. If you already have ample storage space in your basement or attic, your garage can become any type of room you want.

  1. Home office. As working from home becomes more common, having a dedicated workspace is essential. If there’s no extra room in the house for an office, the garage makes a great alternative. With finished walls and floors, you may not even remember you are in the garage. You might get more work done as well!
  2. Home gym. If you have space and inclination, you never have to set foot in another crowded gym again. A few key pieces of equipment are all you need to create your own private workout area. If you are lifting heavy weights, remember to find ways to protect your floors, such as reinforcing them with wood or concrete, or using rubbing mats.
  3. Game room. Whether it’s for the kids or Dad’s game nights, the garage makes for an excellent space for activities. Clear some space and add an arts and crafts table or poker set up. With some new lighting, a carpet, chairs, and mini fridge the garage can become a go-to spot for children and adults.
  4. An extra bedroom or living space. This topic could cover a whole series of articles. It’s also not possible in many areas, so check town ordinances before you undertake this project. However, if circumstances are right, you under-used garage could become a beautiful apartment or carriage house!

With all these great ideas to start with and lots more to discover on your own, you should look at your garage as a place of possibility, not distress. For the DIY-inclined, it’s a great space to try some experiments before working on your home. Of course, for bigger projects such as adding (or removing) walls, installing plumbing, or rewiring the electrical system, we recommend you go with a professional.

At Morgan Contractors, we have more than 18 years of experience providing quality home improvement services, including garage upgrades or expansions, to the Tristate area. So, if you are looking for a safety-compliant, fully insured, highly reputable company for your next home improvement job, we are it!

For more information about how we can make your garage upgrade project a success, to request an estimate, or for general questions, please contact us today or call 201-401-1800.

Get Your Home Ready for Summer

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Summer is the time of family vacations, lazy days at the beach, backyard barbecues and warm, cozy evenings. For many homeowners, however, it is also a season of bugs, intense indoor temperatures, and even worse utility bills. To help you enjoy all the fun parts of summer while minimizing the problems that make it unpleasant, we’ve put together some of our favorite tips. By following these simple suggestions, you can summer-proof your home and make your leisure time more comfortable.

  1. Schedule a home energy audit. Before you make any changes or improvements, it’s important to understand how efficient (or not) your home energy usage is. Whether you conduct the audit yourself or hire a professional, you’ll discover how to prioritize your summer projects. We recommend this guide for homeowners who want to tackle the audit themselves.
  1. Improve your insulation. We always worry about hot air escaping through windows or under the door during the winter, but rarely think about the opposite during the summer. Don’t let the air conditioning leak as well. Adding insulation prior to the summer is a smart and efficient way to cut costs and increase comfort.
  1. Upgrade your windows. Following the logic from point #2, replacing old windows is an excellent way to minimize both the loss of cold air and the entry of solar heat. The initial investment will cost you, but over time, new windows can pay for themselves by reducing energy bills. Check out our recent article on window replacement to learn about the best season to do the job.
  1. Choose the right AC unit(s). This is probably your biggest summer-proofing decision, and could also be the most expensive. The truth is, you don’t almost need the biggest, most powerful air conditioner. In fact, they can run your bills up without providing a commensurate benefit. The same goes for small units – they may work too hard to cool a space and cost you big. To avoid these hazards, consult a professional about the most efficient air conditioning solutions for individual rooms or your home as a whole.

Of course, these are all solutions that will cost you time and money. Before you tackle any summer-proofing project, we recommend having a family meeting. Discuss what temperature is tolerable for your home’s interior. With a little creativity and a few fans, you might find that your need for a new air conditioner is not as great as you initially thought. However, if temperature and cost control are a must, then we recommend the solutions list above.

At Morgan Contractors, we have more than 18 years of experience providing quality home improvement services, summer-proofing projects, to the Tristate area. So, if you are looking for a safety-compliant, fully insured, highly reputable company for your next home improvement job, we are it!

For more information about how we can make your next summer-proofing project a success, to request an estimate, or for general questions, please contact us today or call 201-401-1800.

Why You Want a Deck for Your Home

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For many homeowners, an outdoor living space such as a new deck can seem like an unnecessary improvement. After all, there are many other parts of your home that need a remodel first, right? However, unless an update is necessary to continue living in the home, we invite you to consider this.

When it comes to increasing a home’s value and adding more usable space, a deck can be one of the smartest investments you can make. Not only will it add value and entertain the family, but it may also save you money by replacing other, more costly remodels. In this article, we’ll explore some of the benefits that installing a deck can bring to your family, as well as what it can do for the value of your home.

The value of a new deck

Decks are among the top 5 improvements you can make to your home in terms of ROI. Remodeling Magazine’s reports that 85% or more of the cost of building a deck are recovered when the house sells. This kind of dollar-for-dollar return is rare and means that you can enjoy a new part of the house virtually risk-free. Another point to consider is that building outside is almost always cheaper than indoor construction because fewer accommodations must be made. Finally, a deck can be a major selling point for a home. The high ROI aside, many realtors report that when prospective home buyers see a home with a deck, its appeal increases. This means you might be able to sell your home faster than normal.

The benefits of a new deck

With a deck, your options for entertaining friends and family take on new dimensions. It’s easy to imagine cozy even drinks, afternoon barbecues, and morning coffee on your new deck. Regardless of the type of material you choose (wood, PVC, composite, etc.), accessorizing your deck is fun and easy. Basics like chairs and tables are deck essentials, while unique items like a pizza oven or hot tub let you customize your deck experience. No matter what sort of deck you add to your home, you can be sure the kids, friends, neighbors, and relatives will love spending time there.

DIY or hire a professional?

Unless you are a skilled builder or handyman, it is almost always faster and more reliable to hire a professional. Professionals have the experience, knowledge, and proper tools to install a durable, long-lasting deck that fits seamlessly with your home. Though you will pay more upfront for a professionally-installed deck, the reduced maintenance and sturdy construction mean lower costs over time. Finally, there is no danger of the ‘trial and error’ problems that come with DIY jobs.

So, if you’ve been considering a deck for your home, we hope this article provides some insight into the value and enjoyment such an addition can bring.

At Morgan Contractors, we have more than 18 years of experience providing quality home improvement services, including deck construction and repair, to the Tristate area. So, if you are looking for a safety-compliant, fully insured, highly reputable company for your next home improvement job, we are it!

For more information about how we can make your deck installation a success, to request an estimate, or for general questions, please contact us today or call 201-401-1800.

9 Outdoor Projects to Tackle This Summer

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The steady summer weather makes it a perfect time to continue your home improvement plans – outdoors, of course. When you aren’t relaxing by the pool or taking care of the kids, there’s plenty of time to tackle those jobs you put off during the cold winter and rainy spring. Many of these outdoor projects are DIY, but others will require professional assistance. Here are 9 ideas to get you started on your outdoor home improvement plans this summer.

  1. Revive the lawn. The proper application of time, water, and fresh seed can make your yard thrive in all but the driest conditions. The most important aspect of lawn care is consistency. Once your lawn is healthy, you can start on a landscaping project, which we’ll discuss in a future article.
  1. Clean the gutters. Though this is not the most exciting project, once it’s done you’ll be relieved. You can do the job yourself, hire a professional, or invest in a gutter guard product. Whichever route you take, it is sure to save you from the stress and costs of replacing gutters and the damage broken ones can lead to.
  1. Wash the siding. Just like a new coat of paint can transform a room, power washing the siding is an easy way to enhance the look of your home. Consult an expert before undertaking this project however, as not all siding materials are suitable for power washing.
  1. Make a game area. Whether it’s a horseshoe pit, soccer goal or turf area, creating a dedicated space for games is a great summer project. Consult your family about what they would use most, then get to work. This can be a DIY or professional job, depending on your desires.
  1. Plant a garden. We discussed indoor gardens in our article about kid-friendly projects. During the summer, you have a fresh opportunity to start a garden. Whether you use raised beds or just clear a few square feet of lawn, planting a garden during the summer is a fun activity that will produce food through the autumn.
  1. Make a fire pit area. If the game area we discussed above isn’t something your family would use, another option is to install a fire pit. First, clear an area that 4 to 8 people can sit in comfortably. Then, purchase a freestanding fire pit or hire a professional to create a permanent fixture in your back yard. We promise you’ll love the cozy evenings!
  1. Start a compost bin. If you’ve already started a garden, a compost bin is an excellent complementary project. You can buy one at any garden center, but you can also build them yourself out of a barrel or spare lumber. Compost bins are great way to educate the kids about the importance of caring for their environment.
  1. Add solar lighting. Lining your walkway or driveway with solar-powered lights is a fun summer project you can tackle in just a few hours. Solar lighting is practical and beautiful. You’ll save on utility costs and avoid tripping in the dark, while the illuminated paths will look great at night.
  1. Remove weeds for good. You can enlist the whole family to help out pulling weeds from cracks in the driveway and between sidewalk stones. Once the weeds are pulled down to their roots, consider filling in the cracks with a sealer product. This should prevent weeds from returning to those areas for several years.

Bonus project: if it is just too hot for working outdoors, retreat inside and remove some wallpaper. You can enjoy the air conditioning and prepare a room for an exciting update.

While you should focus on having fun this summer, it’s also a great time to get some home improvement jobs done. We hope this list gets you started!

At Morgan Contractors, we have more than 18 years of experience providing quality home improvement services, including outdoor projects, to the Tristate area. So, if you are looking for a safety-compliant, fully insured, highly reputable company for your next home improvement job, we are it!

For more information about how we can make your next outdoor home improvement projects even better, to request an estimate, or for general questions, please contact us today or call 201-401-1800.

Renovation Tips: What to do Before Construction Begins

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So, you have decided that you will be undergoing a home renovation. Congratulations! The process is very exciting and a bit stressful at times. As a construction company, we thought we would provide some renovation tips to help you prepare before the construction crew sets foot in your home.

Keep the bare essentials. If you are undergoing a renovation in multiple rooms of your house, we recommend taking some time to sort through each room. Pack up things that you know you will not need to use during the duration of the construction and move objects you do need in an accessible location. If you can, move the boxes of objects you do not need to a storage area away from the main flow of the house. This will ensure that the construction crew and your family will navigate the hallways and rooms of your house in a safe manner.

Use rolling storage units. An option for items you need to be accessible during a renovation is to place them on rolling storage units. They are easy to move around the house and quick to spot an item that you need.

Amp up security. You should be able to trust the construction crew you have tasked with your home renovation. The extra security precautions is to defer criminals from entering your home since they notice work is going on.

Consider your privacy. Prior to construction beginning, think about your personal routine. What time do you shower? Consider adding privacy screens or room dividers between work areas and private rooms. Move your belongings to better fit the schedule of construction before it starts to keep things running smoothly.

Protect your children from work areas. Construction zones are extremely dangerous for children. You should ensure that they stay out of the areas by placing safety gates at every entrance near the work area.

Notify your friends, family, and neighbors. Construction can be very stressful as your entire home is uprooted to produce a better final product. Try to think about what everything will be like once construction is done. If you ever need to step away to relax, shower, and cook a meal, ask your friends, family, and neighbors if you can stop by their home.

Don’t forget about your pets. If you have any pets, they might become frightened by the construction crew and noise going on. Consider having them stay with a friend during the duration of the construction period.

Morgan Contractors understands that home remodeling is an emotional and financial investment. We are well experienced in local building codes in New Jersey and work with only licensed and experienced partners. No remodeling job is too big or small; please contact us when you plan your next home improvement project.

Get Your Kids Involved in Imaginative Home Improvement Projects

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This week we decided to cover remodeling jobs not specifically for homeowners like you, but for your children. While the kids might ‘help’ you cook on your new countertop or enjoy the open floorplan, it’s important to create space in the home just for them. What’s more, they should be involved in the process making these updates. Below are some easy ways to get kids involved, teach them a little bit about home maintenance, and of course, have fun.

Kid-friendly home improvement projects

  • Create a craft space. Setting aside a small part of your home for arts and crafts and other creative adventures can help kids explore new activities. We suggest choosing a corner of the attic, basement, laundry room, or porch for this project. To start, you’ll want to find some cubbies to store art supplies, an easel, and a height-appropriate table or desk that you don’t mind getting dirty. You might also want to let the kids paint the walls around the craft space to really personalize the area. A chalkboard on the wall is also a great way to get added value out of the space.

Bonus for parents: this upgrade might just save your dining room table or kitchen counter from scratches, paint, and other accidents.

  • Paint the playroom. As we mentioned in a previous article, painting a room is one of the easiest ways to bring fresh energy to a living space without spending a lot of money. It’s also a lot of fun to get the kids involved. If you want to create a kid-friendly space, painting is the place to start. Get some paintbrushes (watch out for rollers) and let them help you pick out the colors for their playroom. They may want to paint scenes of animals, clouds or anything else they are interested in. They’ll love the activity and will learn valuable skills for when they have a home of their own.

Bonus for parents: when it comes time to sell your home, a quick coat of paint is all it takes to ‘fix’ this simple home improvement.

  • Plant a garden. This is one of the most popular home improvement projects for kids. It can be done indoors or outdoors and can be as big or small a project as you want. Kids love getting their hands dirty, handling seeds and gardening tools, and of course, the food that they helped to grow. One of the most educational and exciting kid-friendly home improvement projects out there, it’s going to get its own post this summer. For now, consider either an indoor herb garden or a small 4×6 raised bed outside. These will keep kids busy and provide new fun every day.

Bonus for parents: you’ll have some fresh produce on hand, and there are few things more satisfying than eating food your family raised.

As you get the kids involved in various home improvement projects, you’ll also find that they are good helpers when getting rid of extra stuff. Whether you enlist the kids to help you put on a yard sale or haul the junk from the attic, you’ve got a support team on hand with a lot of extra energy. For more ways to get kids involved in home improvement projects, check our blog in the coming weeks.

At Morgan Contractors, we have more than 18 years of experience providing quality home improvement services, including kid-friendly upgrades, to the Tristate area. So, if you are looking for a safety-compliant, fully insured, highly reputable company for your next home improvement job, we are it!

For more information about how we can make your kid-friendly home improvement projects even better, to request an estimate, or for general questions, please contact us today or call 201-401-1800.