Oct

23

Stay Safely on the Ground with Gutter Topper®

In the last couple months, I’ve told you about the exciting indoor remodeling projects we’ve done with Callen, like bumping out our house a couple of feet to add a walk-in closet, which is part of the overall bathroom remodel, and a massive window that put the WOW in our curb appeal!

Stay Safely on the Ground with Gutter Topper®Because the weather has finally cooled off and the leaves are falling, I thought about all the exterior projects we have done with Callen over the years. At both houses, we have had Gutter Topper® installed. It really does take away the anxiety and worry about getting on a ladder and cleaning your gutters out. Why risk an accident? We’ve all heard the stories about people falling off of ladders. Remember Max McGee of the Green Bay Packers? He was on his roof working on gutters when he fell and ultimately died because of it. My advice is to leave it to the experts.

Callen’s professionals will install Gutter Topper® and you never will clean those gutters again. They look great, come in a variety of colors, they handle all of the water flow and essentially you will be “worry free.”  There’s plenty of time left this year to get them installed – remember Callen does everything inside the house and on the exterior of your house year round.

So, enjoy the fall colors, do a little raking ON the ground, but put the ladder away and forget about cleaning your gutters…forever!

Paul Kronforst

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Sep

18

Trend Alert: Fall Colors Now Making Their Way Into Kitchens

To the chagrin of some and the relief of others, one trend on its way out this fall is an all-white color scheme in kitchens and other areas. Gray-and-white interiors are also lessening in popularity. While some may say that these palettes feel crisp and fresh, others tend to see them as flat and sterile. Celebrate the arrival of fall this season by adding some warmth to these color-starved spaces. Here are some ideas to get started!

Trend Alert: Fall Colors Now Making Their Way Into KitchensIncorporate the natural warmth of wood. Whether it’s a dark wood floor, a reclaimed-wood island, or a quaint kitchen table, the beauty of natural wood tones never goes out of style. Wood is the perfect material to soften up kitchens that are often dominated by stainless steel, with the versatility to be used in a variety of different applications to fit your needs.

Don’t be afraid to mix textures. If you want to give your kitchen a truly unique look this fall, try mixing different textures. Many warm metals, such as copper, are reminiscent of autumn, and can be integrated onto things like stove hoods and metal mosaics for a cozy feel. The texture of stone adds another element to the mix, and stone in shades of brown harmonizes well with glass and steel to help tone down what can sometimes be an industrial feel.

Try some new paint colors. If you are looking into kitchen remodeling, one of the quickest and least expensive ways to perk things up is to apply a fresh coat of paint. If your kitchen needs a new look, try using an autumnal color scheme this time around. The colors of blush and brown are going to be hot this season, so look for ways to incorporate them into your kitchen. When balanced with off-whites and creams, these fresh fall colors can easily transition throughout the seasons, making your kitchen feel open and inviting all year round.

If you are looking for an honest, reliable, experienced remodeling company to help you with your next home improvement project, Call Callen at 414-765-2585 and we will help you achieve a warm, welcoming look for your kitchen this fall.

Oct

03

The Top 4 Outdoor Maintenance Projects for Autumn Days

Cooler weather makes autumn the perfect time to complete a multitude of home improvement projects. Taking care of these projects before really cold weather hits will drastically reduce the amount of time you have to spend on home maintenance in the winter months. Here are several tips from Callen Construction on the most essential fall projects to help get your home settled in for winter.

Examine the Roof

Winters can be brutal. Having a sturdy, leak-proof roof is vital to protect your home from the elements. Autumn is a good time to have a roofing professional do a yearly inspection to make sure your roof is in tip-top shape, and take care of repairs if necessary. If you prefer doing it yourself, keep an eye out for missing, cracked, or curling shingles.

Protect Lawn Furniture

Even the highest quality lawn and deck furniture will fade, rust and break down quickly when left to the mercy of the sun, wind, and other elements. Before winter sets in, make sure your furniture gets a thorough cleaning, then store it in a protected area or at least make sure it has an adequate cover. Check your deck or patio at the same time for loose or broken boards, nails that have popped, and bricks or stones that are cracked or loose.

Prep Your Lawn

Just like your house, your lawn needs to be prepped for winter. This is a little more involved than just raking leaves. Start by clearing out gardens and flowerbeds, then move on to aerating the lawn and fertilizing grass, bushes, and trees. The shortened days, cool temperatures, and heavy dews of autumn make it ideal for root development, so it’s a great time to plant cool-season grasses, flower bulbs, and trees.

The Top 4 Outdoor Maintenance Projects for Autumn DaysInspect Windows

It’s important to check your windows yearly to determine if they are performing well and whether window replacement in Waukesha is necessary. Check the locks to make sure they are secure and in good shape. Examine the weather-stripping on the interior and the sealant on the exterior to make sure that heat will stay in and drafts will stay out.

Get Help from the Pros

Not sure where to start? Need help with home exterior remodeling in Muskego, WI? Just give Callen a call at 414-765-2585 and we’ll be happy to share our home improvement expertise.

Sep

28

Fall Maintenance Checklist

Changing colors, football games, and moderate weather – it’s hard not to love Wisconsin in the fall. Before it gets too cold outside, take advantage of getting your house in shape for the winter months ahead.

Callen Blog - Fall Maintenance Checklist 092815Exterior Maintenance

  • Check the foundation for cracks and caulk around the areas where pipes or wires enter the house and around window and door frames to prevent heat from escaping.
  • Install storm windows and doors.
  • Inspect the roof for missing or loose shingles.
  • Check the exterior walls of the house for chipped paint, which is a sign that it can no longer protect the siding of the building.
  • Clean out the gutters.
  • Weather-strip your garage to prevent drafts and keep out small animals.

Interior Maintenance

  • Schedule an appointment to have your furnace checked and serviced to avoid potential problems when you need your heat the most.
  • Test and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors.
  • Check basement windows for drafts, loose frames, or cracked panes.
  • Clean your humidifiers to prevent bacteria growth.
  • Clean out your air conditioner to prevent rusting.

Yard and Garden

  • Rake the leaves from your lawn.
  • Prune plants and trees.
  • Organize your garage and clean and store your summer gardening tools.
  • Check to see that your snow equipment is up-and-running
  • Drain garden hoses and store them inside.
  • Turn off your sprinkler system.
  • Inspect and fill bird feeders.

Porch and Deck

  • Check the supports, stairs, and railings to make sure they can support someone when it’s covered with snow or ice.
  • Clean porch and deck furniture and store it in a protected area.
  • Empty soil from all pots and planters.

If you come across a problem and need assistance, call Callen at 414-765-2585 to schedule a no-obligation consultation for window or door replacement, gutter protection installation, roofing and siding updates, or any other service.