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3 Projects to Instantly Rejuvenate Your Home

orlando popcorn removal instantly updates homeLet’s face the facts: Even if you got your home when it was brand new, it won’t look that way forever. Every home goes through cycles of wear and tear, and with design trends coming and going as quickly as they tend to do, it makes sense that your home might look a little dated after a few years without a face lift. But does that mean you need to go through a complete renovation every few years to stay contemporary?

Certainly not! As luck would have it, many small, relatively simple home improvement projects can give your home the boost it needs. Just take it from the Orlando popcorn removal team at New Ceilings:

  • Remove the popcorn ceilings. We find that nothing dates a home quite like a popcorn ceiling. At this point, there’s just no excuse to keep them around anymore – it’s time to take them down for good. A team of professionals can give you smooth ceilings in one or many rooms with very little downtime. As a bonus, when your ceilings are smooth, you have more freedom to paint this extra wall!
  • Replace the carpeting. No matter how frequently you clean it, carpet still tends to hold on to tracked-in dirt and grime from shoes, pets, kids, etc. and can become seriously dingy over time. If you’re tired of vacuuming, you’ve got a great opportunity to explore some more modern flooring options, like patterned tiles or eco-friendly wood paneling.
  • Update the lighting. Still hanging on to bulky track lighting and recessed fixtures? It’s time for a switch! Often, changing the lighting in your home is as simple as replacing the fixture, unless you need a complete wiring overhaul. If that’s the case, you should wait for the professionals to take care of it, but it couldn’t hurt to add a few modern sconces to your floorplan.

Even a simple, fresh coat of paint is enough to make your home look and feel like new. Are you ready to finally say goodbye to those ugly, inconvenient popcorn ceilings? The Orlando popcorn removal team at New Ceilings is here to help! Call us today at 407-378-6040 to schedule your free consultation.

This Fall Fix-Up Will Have your Home Holiday-Ready in no Time

drywall repair team orlando offers fall fixup timelineIt’s hard to believe we’ve already reached October! Even though it’s still hot and humid in Central Florida, October signals the advent of the big holiday season, starting (for many) with Halloween and moving all the way through the New Year. As time continues to fly by, we’re sure you’re already starting to field visit requests from out-of-town relatives – but is your home ready for the extra occupants?

Forget spring cleaning – it’s time to knock out a fall fix-up. From New Ceilings’ drywall repair team in Orlando, here’s a step by step guide to help you make sure you knock out everything on your list, from the little honey-do’s to the major projects:

 

  1. Do a full walkthrough, and take notes. If you’re anything like us, you probably keep a running list of little issues to fix and areas to improve – but nobody’s perfect! Doing a full walkthrough before you start your fall fix-up will give you the peace of mind that you’ve knocked every task off the list. While you’re at it, it’s a good idea to take measurements of the areas that need work so you can make sure you get the right materials.
  2. Get organized. As we mentioned in a previous blog, not every project is suitable for DIY-ing. Once you’ve made your list, sort it into two groups: DIY projects and errands, and jobs for the professionals. If you’re not sure what list a task should go on, it’s best to air on the side of caution. Account for the scale and difficulty of the task before you commit to doing it yourself.
  3. Group the professional tasks in batches. Your hired team(s) will thank you for grouping together tasks that they can take care of in one visit. This way, you don’t have to schedule several different appointments with your drywall repair team; you can simply have them address several rooms in one appointment.
  4. Map out your DIY calendar. If there are tasks on the list you’ve taken care of before, you can make a good estimate about how long they should take you. Make yourself a schedule detailing each project, leaving ample room for the unexpected. Also, treat yourself a professional, and try to knock out several smaller, similar projects in one session.

By taking this methodical approach to home improvement, your home will be ready for holiday visitors in no time. Are there any drywall repair tasks on your fall fix-up list? If so, call the New Ceilings team at 407-378-6040 to schedule your consultation today.

Renovation Rundown: Considerations for Lighting

orlando drywall repair team helps lighting planningMany homeowners don’t understand just how much thought goes into a home’s lighting until they undergo their own renovation projects. Not only do you have a plethora of styles to choose from – think chandeliers, sconces, ceiling lights and fans – you also have to consider their different functions. A well-planned lighting system will include a combination of mood, mid-level, and functional lighting.

If all that seems overwhelming to you, you’re not alone! Interior design experts spend years designing and revising their perfect lighting schemes, featuring lights in unexpected places and making the most of the available space. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind when planning your own renovation project:

  • Don’t forget the spaces under your cabinets. Adding a few lights or a track light underneath your kitchen and bathroom cabinetry can create an attractive glow and eliminate any pesky, shadowy spots around the room. Innovative designers have also played with toe-kick lighting around floor cabinetry to boost aesthetic appeal while providing a functional night light.
  • Sconces can be fun and functional. When situated to either side of a bathroom mirror, wall sconces can be the best way to illuminate your face. In other areas of the house, like the dining room or the living room, sconces can provide subtle and attractive mood lighting. Play with the shapes and light levels of your sconces to give your house a good blend of aesthetics and function.
  • Make sure you fit your feature to your space. Everyone loves an ornate chandelier, but when it’s hanging over a modest dining room table, it can overtake the whole room. Consider the size of your room and the furnishings within so you can properly scale the lighting fixture you choose. Additionally, make sure the fixture has the functionality you need for the space.

Laying out a complete lighting schematic can take up a lot of time, but it can also be a fun and creative project. If you’re putting up your own lighting around your home, you’ll want to make sure your drywall stays in good shape throughout the process. If you’ve got questions about how to situate your lighting fixtures or want your drywall repaired after a mishap, call the Orlando drywall repair team at New Ceilings at 407-378-6040 today.

3 Home Improvement Projects Best Left to the Pros

orlando drywall repair team for home improvement projectsUndertaking a DIY home improvement project is an admirable thing. Not only will you get to know your house inside and out, you’ll also be able to develop your handyman skills and be more attuned to what’s wrong when you experience any common household products. Still, in an effort to save your time, money, and peace of mind, certain renovation tasks are best left to the professionals.

The Orlando drywall repair team at New Ceilings has been called in to fix many a DIY gone wrong. Here are 3 projects you shouldn’t even bother with unless you have extensive experience:

  • Anything involving plumbing or electric work. There’s good reason why plumbers and electricians are experts in their fields. Understanding complex electrical and plumbing systems takes years of practice and training; one small slip-up can mean disaster for your home. This includes certain drywall repair projects. It’s important to know what’s going on behind your walls before you start tearing them down.
  • Projects dealing with structural elements. If your home improvement project involves working around support beams, headers, or footers, it’s a good idea to call in the experts. Damaging the structural integrity of your home will lead to serious issues in the future, and can be dangerous for your family’s health and safety.
  • Interior and exterior painting. Wait – what? This isn’t to say that you’re incapable of painting your home, but if your project is on a tight schedule and a budget, it might be your best bet to call in a painting team. Achieving a paint job that lasts involves a great deal of preparation. The experts already have the materials they need to make your paint last for years to come, saving you money in the long run!

Think of your home as an extension of yourself; you wouldn’t see a doctor without the right credentials when you’re under the weather, so why would you leave your home’s well-being in the hands of the untrained? If you have a home improvement project on your horizon, get in touch with the team at New Ceilings. Call 407-378-6040 to schedule your free consultation today.

How to Check for Water Damage After a Storm

orlando drywall repair team checks for water damage after stormsHurricane Irma was one of the largest hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic, and it goes without saying that she brought record-breaking damages with her. With flood warnings still in effect across most of Central and South Florida and a large percentage of the population still without power, Florida residents saw their fair share of this monster storm over the last few days.

While we’re sure you’re a little stir crazy, it’s important to check with local officials before you begin searching your property and assessing the damages. Downed power lines can still be active even if the area doesn’t have power. Once you’re sure your property is safe, use these tips from the Orlando drywall repair team at New Ceilings to root out the source of any water damage:

 

  • Check your roof first. The roof is usually the main point of entry for water, especially in storms with high winds. If any branches or trees have fallen on your roof, there’s a good chance they’re letting water in – but leave branch removal to the professionals. If you don’t see any roof damage, be sure to look for any dark stains that indicate moisture.
  • Make sure your gutters are in good shape. Your gutters are truly the unsung heroes of your home, as they ensure that water doesn’t pool where it’s not supposed to. They’re also frequent victims of storm damage. If you see that your gutters and downspouts have been damaged, there’s a good chance some water is pooling by your home’s foundation and should be dealt with immediately.
  • Inspect the condition of your exterior walls. Finally, do a last inspection of your home’s siding and the trim around your windows. Keep an eye on areas that have been damaged by flying debris or torn away in high winds. Even if you can’t see standing water on the inside of your home, there’s a good chance it’s creeping in through one of these avenues.

 

We understand how difficult it can be to sit still and wait for someone to fix up your home, but it’s so important that you consult a professional before you do any post-storm cleanup work. Knowing what areas of your home are damaged will help your team to quickly and efficiently fix the issues. To learn more, call New Ceilings at 407-378-6040 today.

3 Ways to Work With Interior Brick Walls

interior painters in Orlando decorate brick wallsBrick seems to be a particularly polarizing building material – people either love it or hate it. For the most part, brick homes are considered fairly vintage, with drywall holding solid as the most popular building material around; but if you’re looking for a quaint, vintage home to call your own, there’s a good chance it’ll feature bricks somewhere. So how do you make them look their best, or hide them away?

Interior brick walls can actually be very versatile and replace the need for an accent wall in many cases, but they need the proper care and maintenance to truly shine. From your trusted interior painters in Orlando at New Ceilings, here are 3 ways to work with your interior brick:

 

  • Paint it. One popular trend you’ve probably seen on your Pinterest feed is painted brick. This allows you to keep the texture of brick while adjusting it to a color that better suits your palette. Paint it all one solid color, like a soft white, or mix your paint with a bit of water to give it a vintage, whitewashed effect. Be warned, however: once brick absorbs paint, it can be hard to undo.
  • Show it off. Even if you’re in love with the look of your exposed brick wall, it’ll still need some TLC to look its best. Clean the surface with a little vinegar and water, and re-grout any areas that need it, especially in bathrooms and other high-moisture areas. Then, you can seal the brick with a special sealant. To make it really stand out, choose a sealant with a glossy finish.
  • Cover it up. Not a fan of your brick walls, but don’t want to undergo a complete renovation? Brick can act as a great neutral palette for artwork, and a large mirror would break up the texture nicely. Consider using an exposed brick surface as a “gallery wall” for a modern studio feel. Make sure to use the proper masonry drills and screws to securely hang any artwork.

 

In a time when texture is all the rage in interior decorating, many people love exposed brick walls for their depth and patterns. But if you’re not a fan of your brick walls, don’t worry! The Orlando interior painting team at New Ceilings can provide you with a solution. To learn more or schedule a consultation, give us a call at 407-378-6040 today.

3 Easy Ways to Make a Good Home Into Your Dream Home

orlando popcorn removal team helps turn a good home into a dream homePicture this: You’ve been searching for the perfect new home for weeks, when finally you walk into one that you could easily call home. It has the right number of rooms for your family, plenty of space in the kitchen and living room, and a decent play area for the kids. But the more you look at it, the more you realize that some details aren’t exactly what you’d envisioned in your future. Do you pass up the sale over the little stuff?

Let’s be real – no pre-existing home will check off every box on your dream home list. Even when you build your own home, you may find you wished you’d done things differently the first time around. Little discrepancies are no reason to pass up a great home where you and your family could thrive. From the popcorn removal team in Orlando at New Ceilings, here are 3 easy ways to transform a good home into a great one:

 

  • Beef up your landscaping. We’ve mentioned before that curb appeal does a lot to help sell a home, but just because a home doesn’t have the right curb appeal doesn’t mean it’s a clunker. Landscaping is easy and fun to upgrade – just plant a few of your favorite plants in the flower beds and along the front walkway to give your property a boost of color.
  • Cover up the popcorn ceilings. Nothing gets rid of popcorn more quickly than just covering it up. Take a look back at some of our older blogs about decorative and acoustic ceiling tiles to block off your popcorn ceilings. You can even play around with other materials, like raw wood or foam paneling.
  • Add a few new light fixtures. If the home looks a little gloomier than you had hoped, it probably just needs a little extra light. Adding in new light fixtures is a simple, easy way to really modernize the look and feel of your home. Try mixing utility lights with accent lights and sconces to create a complete look in just about any room.

 

You don’t have to reinvent the wheel – or the house, in this case – to be happy where you live. If you’d rather just knock out your popcorn ceilings altogether, the Orlando popcorn removal team at New Ceilings can get the job done quickly and completely. Call us at 407-378-6040 to learn more or to schedule your free consultation today.

5 Ways to Make Your Home Work for You

orlando drywall installation team improves home efficiencyWhat comes to mind when you think about the best features of your home? Is it the open floor plan? The upgraded kitchen? The luxurious claw-foot tub in the master bathroom? While each of these details is visually appealing, what really keeps us happy in our homes is how they function. Ultimately, without an efficient layout and good flow, your furniture won’t do much to make your home more functional.

While we’re all for making the most of the space you currently have, sometimes an outdated or odd layout just won’t cut it. From the Orlando drywall installation team at New Ceilings, here are some design tips to keep in mind during your renovation to make your home really work for you:

 

  • Go with the flow. Take time to think about how you and your family move about the home. Are there any bottlenecks? Any hard-to-reach areas? The goal to keep in mind is making everyday tasks simpler from start to finish. Even if that’s as simple as adding a counter in the mudroom where you can set your grocery bags, it’ll help.
  • Don’t make it awkward. Awkward, unused spaces are usually junk magnets – since they don’t have a defined purpose, you’ll throw anything in there to keep it out of sight. Give those areas a purpose! Even if you do wind up using them for storage, add some shelves and organizers to keep things in order.
  • Stay flexible. Sure, it might sound like a great idea to turn the spare bedrooms into one huge game room now, but it may cause issues if your family expands in the future. Think beyond the present and give your layout some flexibility.
  • Multitask. Working with your renovation team, try to make choices that knock out multiple purposes. For example, if you want a built-in desk, install it in one of those awkward unused spaces.
  • Keep it neat. Extra storage will boost the functionality of any home by about 1000%.*  Try and include as much storage as possible, where it makes sense.

 

Renovating your home can open doors to new possibilities for decorating and function. Having a home that truly works for your family’s unique needs can reduce your daily stress levels and help you make the most of every day. To learn more or to schedule your Orlando drywall installation appointment, call New Ceilings at 407-378-6040.

Is a Popcorn Ceiling a Dealbreaker?

orlando popcorn removal to sell your homeAny well-loved home will have a few features here and there that have passed their primes. Whether your walls are still coated in the color of the year from 2005 or your appliances are from a few Sears catalogues ago, it’s ok if your home isn’t chock-full of the latest and greatest when it comes time to sell. But do popcorn ceilings change the story?

A quick Google search for “popcorn ceilings” will return a handful of results relating to homebuying and selling. On either side of the transaction, people aren’t quite sure whether they should get rid of the popcorn ceilings before they take the dive. While there’s no definitive answer to this issue, the Orlando popcorn removal experts at New Ceilings have a couple points to consider:

  • Test for asbestos before you make any decisions, whether you’re buying or selling. If the ceiling is negative for asbestos, it won’t be a big deal to remove, but asbestos-positive popcorn ceilings require special treatment from a qualified team. If you’re buying, make sure the seller includes a report on the status of the popcorn before you begin negotiations.
  • Sellers: Consider removing popcorn from the high-traffic areas before you list your home. Knocking out a few rooms won’t break the bank, and it’ll give your buyers a clean slate on which they can project their design ideas. Think dining room, living room, bedrooms, etc. but don’t worry about the closets. If your buyers really hate popcorn, they’ll be able to take care of those small spaces later on.
  • Buyers: Consider what you want to do with the area before you determine whether the popcorn is a dealbreaker or not. As we’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, you can always cover up the popcorn and still achieve a gorgeous, modern look in your home. If you’re dead-set on smooth, clean ceilings, the popcorn might be a dealbreaker, but if you’re going to tile or panel it anyway, don’t bother with the removal.

At the end of the day, popcorn ceilings’ dealbreaker status is entirely up to you. As long as they’re asbestos-free, they pose no harm to anyone, but removing them will definitely help boost your home’s value by a few thousand dollars. Are you ready to have your popcorn ceilings removed? Get in touch with New Ceilings today. Call 407-378-6040 to schedule your free consultation.

Beyond Drywall: Adding Dimension to Your Ceiling

orlando drywall installation for ceilingsIf you’ve read any of our previous blogs, you know we’re big fans of drywall. It’s one of the most versatile and useful materials in the construction industry, it’s more flame-retardant and eco friendly than other materials, and it can be fitted to just about any space you can imagine. However, sometimes a wide span of the same material (including the beloved drywall) can be a little boring.

Modern interior decorating is all about thinking outside the box, and the Orlando drywall installation team at New Ceilings is all about imaginative design. Here are a few ways to give your ceiling a little extra dimension:

  • Install decorative lighting. Lighting is one of the easiest ways to create depth in any space. The best part about it is that your options are almost unlimited, depending on what feeling you want to set in the room. If you’re looking for a little ambiance, add some low lighting behind your drop tray ceiling. For something classical, invest in an eye-catching chandelier.
  • Add a splash of color. Who said that paint can only be used on walls? Treat a section of your ceiling like an accent wall and create a splash of color to catch the eye. This technique works especially well with drop-tray ceilings or areas with cutouts, but you can paint any ceiling in your home if your heart desires. Play around with finishes and shades to see what works best.
  • Put up a few decorative tiles. For real texture, decorative acoustic tiles can’t be beat. Whether you decide to install a stripe or cover the whole ceiling, you can find ceiling tiles in a rainbow of colors, finishes, and even patterns and textures. If you’re looking to go a more natural route, modern decorators often install wood panels in sections for a stunning contrast.

Modern interior design has reclaimed the ceiling and transformed it from something purely functional into something beautiful and fun. Decorating your ceiling can make your space look entirely different – whether you want to make it look bigger, cozier, or brighter, you can find a design that works for your space. To learn more or schedule your free consultation, call New Ceilings at 407-378-6040 today.

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