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Topic: Exterior upgrades

Jan 30, 2017
Feb 1, 2017

As a basement finishing company we're seeing a lot of granite for wet bars, lighter colors. Bathrooms and tile are often favoring gray. Brushed nickel and steel are the most common hardware and fixtures. Clean,simple, easy to mix up with rustic or modern decor.

Jan 30, 2017
Jan 30, 2017

We're still seeing a lot of demand for granite and/or quartz countertops.  With the quartz, people are doing more subtle patterns and a lot of marble looks (white with light veining or similar).  Cabinets seem to be following a gray/neutral/white color palette, with lots of clean lines.  We're still seeing stainless steel and brushed nickel for appliances and hardware, however we saw quite a bit of matte brass and gold tones at KBIS this year.  That seems to be making a comeback, but I think that might still depend on your area.  I think oil-rubbed bronze is probably on its way out, unless you're doing a rustic look.  Hope that helps!    

Aug 6, 2015
Oct 3, 2016

Yes, we almost use Thermory exclusively now. The product is amazing and I really cant think of any negatives as opposed to Ipe that shrinks and is super heavy. We just used Thermory on our own home.

- Sean Sullivan, Living Stone Construction

Aug 6, 2015

Marty Brummel of M.K. Brummel PRO answered:

Aug 28, 2015

Sorry, I have never heard of it. Ipe is very nice, but a bit expensive. Keep in mind, sometimes you get what you pay for.

Marty Brummel

M.K. Brummel, Inc Fine Remodeling and Building

James Sanyi asked:

Jan 1, 2015
Jan 9, 2015

Hello James, 

If you have issues with wind uplift on your roof as well, you may look into metal roofing. Interlock, for instance, developed a roofing system where each shingle is locked on all four sides, making it a very resistant to windstorms. The inorganic nature of metal also helps to keep you roof attractive for decades.

You are welcome to read more on our website:

James Sanyi asked:

Jan 1, 2015

Another option, which I have not used myself, is used a lot in Houston.  This company sells a clip that is attached to 1/2"plywood, and you can typically get them at your local Home Depot. 

From their website: 

PLYLOX™ window clips are patented h-shaped carbon steel clips engineered to fit 1/2" plywood without nails, screws or adhesives. There is no longer any need to drill holes in brick in order to protect your windows from storm damage.

Just an FYI...  Good luck.

James Sanyi asked:

Jan 1, 2015
Jan 2, 2015

Plyfast is a leading system for proper windborne debree protection. There is a less cost intensive way. Your options are functional shutters, OSB pre drilled and ready to set or a hybrid. Http:// either way ensure your plan is ready Andy easy to install. I'd suggest a waterproof membrane over OSB And pre lagged easy to apply system. Test before you need it. 

Security mods may be done for man made situations also. Be prepared and leave early in a potential Natural disaster 


Billy Gavigan 

Pres Gavigan 

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