Blog https://www.columbus-home-improvement.com Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:58:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 3 Home Improvement Projects before Holidays Hit https://www.columbus-home-improvement.com/blog/3-home-improvement-projects-before-holidays-hit/ Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:40:07 +0000 http://www.columbus-home-improvement.com/?p=665 Can you believe the holiday season is just around the corner? If you’re like many of us, you know you’re going to have a lot of hustle and bustle happening around your house. You may have guests coming from out … Continued

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Holiday Home ImprovementCan you believe the holiday season is just around the corner? If you’re like many of us, you know you’re going to have a lot of hustle and bustle happening around your house. You may have guests coming from out of town, or you’ve been chosen to host the annual Thanksgiving dinner. Suddenly, you find yourself looking around your home and thinking of all the home improvements you had hoped to accomplish before the holidays.

Well, don’t stress. While a room addition may be too lofty of a goal for your timeframe, our crew at James Montie Construction, Inc. can help you do some quick updates so you can have your home looking great for the months ahead. Here are just a few suggestions.

1. Freshen things up with a new coat of paint.

It’s amazing what a clean, modern paint color can do to transform a room. We can help you select a good shade that follows current design trends while also complementing your existing cabinets, decor, and so on.

2. Replace your flooring.

You’ve been meaning to get those beautiful hardwood floors in your living room for a while. Now is the time to have our crew install your new flooring. Just think of how beautiful your home will look with those wood floors as you decorate for the holidays. 

3. Repair or replace your front door.

You’re going to have a lot of guests coming in and out of your home. Make a good first impression by having our crew either repair your existing door or upgrade to a more modern, efficient door to usher guests in.

These little home improvements don’t take as much time, energy, or resources as a complete bathroom remodel or kitchen redesign, but they still make a big difference in updating your home for the holidays. To find out more or to get a free consultation and quote, contact us today at (740) 975-5412.

 

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4 Budget-Friendly Bathroom Updates https://www.columbus-home-improvement.com/blog/4-budget-friendly-bathroom-updates/ Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:18:26 +0000 http://www.columbus-home-improvement.com/?p=656 A bathroom remodel can get expensive fast, so when you’re on a home-improvement budget, you have to make wise choices about what changes to make. You may also want to consider cheap tricks to modernize your bathroom without having to completely … Continued

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Ohio Bathroom RemodelingA bathroom remodel can get expensive fast, so when you’re on a home-improvement budget, you have to make wise choices about what changes to make. You may also want to consider cheap tricks to modernize your bathroom without having to completely gut it. At James Montie Construction, Inc., we can work within your budget. Here are just a few ways you can update your space without forfeiting your entire salary.

1. Paint your cabinets.

Instead of installing new cabinets or a bathroom vanity, fconsider whether you can paint them. We recommend that you consider painting your cabinets white—a color that transcends time. However, if you want a more modern spin, you may also consider a warm gray, black, or dark brown.

2. Consider refinishing services.

Instead of completely taking out a bathtub or shower, you may want to consider refinishing it. Refinishing uses your existing tub or shower and simply refreshes it with a protective, durable top coat. You can choose from a variety of finishes and colors. Tub refinishing typically costs significantly less than tub replacement.

3. Choose a modern, neutral paint color.

A coat of paint is an inexpensive way to transform your bathroom. By choosing a neutral like gray, white, or beige, you can avoid having to repaint in a few years because neutrals tend to stand the test of time.

4. Change out fixtures and hardware.

Ready to get rid of all that brass? A new vanity light or new handles on your bathroom vanity can really help make your bathroom look current without spending a ton.

Want even more home-improvement ideas for your bathroom remodel? James Montie Construction can help! We’ve remodeled bathrooms throughout Columbus, Westerville, Gahanna, and New Albany, OH. To find out more, contact us at (740) 975-5412. We’d be glad to meet with you to talk about your remodeling goals, crunch some numbers, and tell you more about all our remodeling services.

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Expand Your Space with Basement Remodeling https://www.columbus-home-improvement.com/blog/expand-space-basement-remodeling/ Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:43:54 +0000 http://www.columbus-home-improvement.com/?p=635 You love having friends and family over to your Ohio home. However, the more your families grow, the smaller your house seems. You’ve been considering how you can get more entertaining space out of your home (because, let’s face it: who … Continued

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Ohio Basement RemodelingYou love having friends and family over to your Ohio home. However, the more your families grow, the smaller your house seems. You’ve been considering how you can get more entertaining space out of your home (because, let’s face it: who wants to mess with moving?). Your thoughts keep landing on remodeling your unfinished basement.

Currently, your basement is a catch-all for random storage or perhaps where you go to do laundry or the occasional small project. But you know your basement can be much more than that. You can see it now—a pool table, big-screen TV, dartboards, billiards, and your very own bar area. You see sleek countertops, a wine fridge, and custom cabinetry.

At James Montie Construction, Inc., we love helping our Ohio neighbors see their home-improvement dreams become reality. We have helped countless homeowners finish their basements, giving them the space they need to make their homes more livable. In addition to media rooms or entertaining space, we’ve helped people turn their basements into:

  • Playrooms
  • Workout rooms
  • Laundry rooms
  • Storage areas
  • Man caves
  • Hobby rooms
  • And more

When you choose James Montie as your contractor, you know that we are in it with you from beginning to end. From making plans to maximize your basement space to laying the final flooring, we can do it all with quality materials, professional service, and expert craftsmanship. We offer a range of services and free, on-site consultations so we can give you as accurate an estimate as possible and so you can get to know our contractors. (It’s important for you to feel comfortable with the people working on your home.)

Stop dreaming about more space, and start exploring your remodeling options with James Montie Construction. We serve Ohio residents in and around Westerville, New Albany, and Gahanna.

Contact us today at (740) 975-5412 for a free estimate and consultation.

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Questions to Ask Your Contractor https://www.columbus-home-improvement.com/blog/questions-ask-contractor/ Sat, 30 Apr 2016 14:39:39 +0000 http://www.columbus-home-improvement.com/?p=630 You’ve been anxiously waiting to update your Ohio home, watching episode after episode of Fixer Upper to gather remodeling ideas. However, you know you can’t do the work yourself, and you want a home-improvement expert you can trust to get … Continued

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You’ve been anxiously waiting to update your Ohio home, watching episode after episode of Fixer Upper to gather remodeling ideas. However, you know you can’t do the work yourself, and you want a home-improvement expert you can trust to get the job done well.

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At James Montie Construction, Inc., we suggest that you take time to sift through area contractors to find one that meets your criteria. As you interview potential general contractors, be sure to ask these four questions:

1. What are your qualifications?

First and foremost, make sure the contractor is in fact a licensed professional. You can request proof of credentials as well as any other relevant certifications or involvement in professional organizations. If the contractor isn’t licensed and insured, we suggest you keep looking.

2. Can you tell me about your home-improvement experience?

A new construction company can be just as skilled as an established one, but it’s good to know how much experience that general contractor brings to the table. Also, ask whether the contractor specializes in a specific home improvement such as window replacement, basement remodeling, or kitchen remodeling.

3. How much do you charge?

Always get a written quote before entering into a home-improvement contract. Make sure the costs are itemized, and ask any questions you might have regarding material costs, labor, and so on. Understand all possible costs before moving forward with the general contractor.

4. What materials do you use?

Less expensive isn’t always a plus when it comes to home improvement. You want quality materials that will last, so if you get a quote that seems really low in comparison to the competition, be sure to find out specifically what materials they’re using. Don’t be afraid to do a little consumer research, too.

If you’re looking for a general contractor in or around Westerville, Gahanna, or New Albany, consider the James Montie team. We specialize in roofing, basement finishing, bathroom remodeling, kitchen remodeling, flooring, and more. Our general contractors come with a wide-range of experience and offer superior customer service. To get a free quote, contact James Montie at (740) 975-5412.

 

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Transform Your Master Bath into a Luxury Spa https://www.columbus-home-improvement.com/blog/transform-master-bath-into-luxury-spa/ Mon, 29 Feb 2016 02:29:12 +0000 http://www.columbus-home-improvement.com/?p=619 You close your eyes and can envision the large soaker bathtub, dual rain showerheads, and heated floors. At first, you think you’re in a high-end spa, until you realize this little oasis is none other than your master bathroom. You … Continued

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You close your eyes and can envision the large soaker bathtub, dual rain showerheads, and heated floors. At first, you think you’re in a high-end spa, until you realize this little oasis is none other than your master bathroom. You don’t want to wake up from your little daydream, only to return to the bland, basic bathroom you’ve had for years.

Don’t dismiss your dream just yet. A luxurious bathroom—your spa retreat after a long day—doesn’t have to be only fiction.

James Montie Construction, Inc. has a long history of turning remodeling dreams into reality. Our general contractors have been serving Columbus-area residents since 1990. We thrive on hearing our customer’s visions, working with your budget, creating design plans, and helping bring your home improvement ideas to life. In fact, our motto is: “If you can think it, we can do it.”

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Stop simply wishing you had that spa-like bathroom! Make it happen with our team of professional general contractors. Just think about unwinding in your master bathroom after a long day with features like these:
  • Custom, walk-in shower
  • Jacuzzi tub
  • Marble flooring
  • Specialized lighting
  • Heated flooring
  • Frameless glass shower door
  • Granite countertops
  • Artisan tile backsplash
  • And more!

From painting and drywall to new flooring or a complete bathroom remodel, our team at James Montie Construction, Inc. can make it happen. Soon enough, that spa bathroom will no longer be something only in your dreams.

But why stop at the master bath? In addition to bathroom remodeling, our contractors also have extensive experience in kitchen remodeling, basement finishing, roof repair, flooring installation, and many other home improvements. We can help you transform your home from the top down.

For a free quote and consultation on bathroom remodeling, contact James Montie Construction, Inc. at (740) 975-5412.

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Design Ideas for Your Kitchen Remodel https://www.columbus-home-improvement.com/blog/design-ideas-for-your-kitchen-remodel/ Mon, 14 Dec 2015 18:25:57 +0000 http://www.columbus-home-improvement.com/?p=540 You’re ready for a kitchen update. Those brown and yellow linoleum floors and dark ominous cabinets are just screaming for a more modern replacement. While you know you’re ready to leave the 1970s design behind, you aren’t quite sure what … Continued

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You’re ready for a kitchen update. Those brown and yellow linoleum floors and dark ominous cabinets are just screaming for a more modern replacement. While you know you’re ready to leave the 1970s design behind, you aren’t quite sure what type of design details you want for your kitchen remodel.

Well, don’t sweat it. We at James Montie Construction, Inc. are glad to pass along some modern kitchen design ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

1. Consider out-of-the-box flooring options.

Most people think tile, vinyl, or hardwood flooring when they begin the kitchen remodeling process. However, you have many other flooring options to consider. Some less-common, but very modern flooring choices, include bamboo, cork, or even treated concrete!

2. Think floating shelves.

Trade in some of your cabinet space for floating shelves. This type of shelving is a modern approach to storage, because they can double as wall art as you display your tableware or other beautiful kitchen items.

3. Choose a modern backsplash.

A backsplash is more than just functional; it can also add to the design details of your kitchen remodel. You can find all kinds of backsplash ideas that are both modern and innovative. Check out online galleries to see what style works for you and your home.

4. Cover up some of your appliances.

There is such a thing as stainless-steel overload, even in a modern kitchen. You can still have all your upgraded, energy-efficient appliances, but camouflage some of them behind what appears to be cabinet doors!

5. Add earthy elements.

Bringing the outside in can often make your home feel fresh and inviting. Your general contractor can install wood (or wood look-alike) panels on a feature wall in your kitchen, or design custom plant holders making it easy for you to keep succulents or other house plants.

Do you want more kitchen design ideas? Ready to get started kitchen remodeling? Contact James Montie Construction, Inc. of Ohio today at (740) 975-5412. Our home-remodeling experts can tell you all about our home improvement services and offer you a free consultation and estimate.

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Preparing Your Roof for Winter Weather https://www.columbus-home-improvement.com/blog/preparing-your-roof-for-winter-weather/ Thu, 29 Oct 2015 16:41:06 +0000 http://www.columbus-home-improvement.com/?p=531 Soon enough, the white stuff will begin to fall in Westerville, OH. While we may not be ready for it, our homes need to be in order to survive the Midwestern winter weather. Fall is the perfect time of year … Continued

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Soon enough, the white stuff will begin to fall in Westerville, OH. While we may not be ready for it, our homes need to be in order to survive the Midwestern winter weather. Fall is the perfect time of year to get those roof repairs done before the season transitions into winter. You don’t want to let your home be susceptible to leaks—in or out!

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We at James Montie Construction, Inc. of Johnstown, OH are local roofing experts and general contractors who can help you with those repairs. Our team is backed by the Better Business Bureau, and we strive for superior craftsmanship and customer service on each of our projects.

If your home is in need of roof repairs, all you need to do is contact our staff and ask for a free consultation and estimate. We’ll gladly help you decide whether a roof repair or a new roof installation is necessary with a free, onsite inspection. From there, we’ll give you a free quote so you can make sure the roof repairs fit in your budget.

Know that we at James Montie Construction, Inc. use only the best materials. When you invest in one of our roofs or roof repairs, you can trust that the roof will weather any Ohio winter. Plus, our team strives to make the roof repair process as easy as possible on you.

To schedule your free consultation and estimate, contact James Montie Construction, Inc. today at (740) 975-5412. We serve Ohio homeowners in or around Westerville, New Albany, Johnstown, Gahanna, and Newark.

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3 Home Improvements that Add Value to Your Home https://www.columbus-home-improvement.com/blog/3-home-improvements-that-add-value-to-your-home/ Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:54:36 +0000 http://www.columbus-home-improvement.com/?p=521 Remodeling your home is a big decision, and you want to weigh all your options carefully so you make a good investment. Each year, Remodeling magazine shares national data on the cost versus value of specific types of home improvement … Continued

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Remodeling your home is a big decision, and you want to weigh all your options carefully so you make a good investment. Each year, Remodeling magazine shares national data on the cost versus value of specific types of home improvement projects. We at James Montie Construction, Inc. want to share three home improvements that are currently at the high end of the value chart for 2015.

1. Minor Kitchen Remodel

You want to embark on kitchen remodeling but don’t want a complete overhaul? You may be in luck. Remodeling magazine estimates that a minor kitchen remodel can cost on average about $19,000, but after the home improvements, you should see your home’s value increase by about $15,000—giving you quite a return on investment. A minor kitchen remodeling project might include replacing cabinet doors and hardware, updating wall oven and cooktop with energy-efficient models, updating laminate countertops, installing new flooring, and repainting trim and walls.

2. Basement Finishing

A finished basement can be very desirable and a great way to add livable space to your home. The estimated cost of finishing your basement is about $65,000, and the average return on investment is 72%, meaning that this home improvement can increase your home’s value by about $47,000. Remodeling magazine defines a finished basement as a main living space with a bar area and a full bathroom, so know that these values may vary if you do more or less.

3. Bathroom Remodeling

To increase your home’s value, consider turning your “blah” master bathroom into an updated oasis. Remodeling magazine estimates you could see up to a 59% return on investment if you go all out for an upscale master bathroom remodel. Usually, the high-end bathroom remodel includes everything from a whirlpool tub, stone countertops, and in-floor heating, and these upgrades may cost you in the $50,000 range.

To get actual Ohio home improvement estimates for any of these projects, contact James Montie Construction, Inc. at (740) 975-5412. We customize each home-remodeling service to your needs and your budget. Just check out what our satisfied customers are saying about their home improvements, and give us a call today for a free consultation.

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5 Tips for Hiring a General Contractor https://www.columbus-home-improvement.com/blog/5-tips-for-hiring-a-general-contractor/ Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:29:13 +0000 http://www.columbus-home-improvement.com/?p=516 Are you getting ready to tackle a kitchen remodeling project? Maybe you’re ready to turn your dark basement into a multi-purpose family room? For any major home improvement project, you want to hire a general contractor you can trust to … Continued

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Are you getting ready to tackle a kitchen remodeling project? Maybe you’re ready to turn your dark basement into a multi-purpose family room? For any major home improvement project, you want to hire a general contractor you can trust to complete the job. As you narrow down your options, consider these hiring tips from James Montie Construction Inc.

1. Gather references.

Ask your friends, family, and co-workers about local general contractors with whom they’ve had personal experience. Be sure to ask many questions and even see the contractor’s work firsthand. From here, you can make a short list of home remodeling companies you want to consider.

2. Conduct your own research.

Poke around on the general contractor’s website to get a feel for his/her services and level of professionalism. Additionally, you may want to check out service review websites or read customer reviews to see what past customers are saying.

3. Consider specialties.

If you want to remodel your bathroom, you may want to choose a contractor who specializes in bathroom remodeling. You can also choose a contractor based off past work, especially if it’s similar to what you want to do.

4. Interview at least three candidates.

Set up times to meet with at least three different general contractors. Make sure they meet with you on site so they can assess the project and supply you with an accurate quote. Take this time to ask all your questions and get a feel for the contractor’s professionalism and customer service.

5. Pay attention to intuition.

At the end of the day, you want to feel comfortable with the contractor you choose. He or she will be in your home, and you want someone you can trust with your home improvements. Go with your gut!

If you’re looking for a general contractor in the Columbus, OH area, consider James Montie Construction, Inc. We have been serving Ohio residents since 1990 and have a solid reputation for professional work and service. To get an on-site quote on your next home improvement project, contact James Montie Construction, Inc. at (740) 975-5412.

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Kitchen Bench https://www.columbus-home-improvement.com/blog/kitchen-bench/ Fri, 21 Oct 2011 18:56:42 +0000 http://columbus-home-improvement.test.thewebguys.us/?p=245 Kitchens are the central room of the home. Families often find themselves gathered in the kitchen for meals, crafts, and homework study sessions. Smaller kitchens with limited seating can feel cramped. If you are looking for ways to increase seating … Continued

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Kitchens are the central room of the home. Families often find themselves gathered in the kitchen for meals, crafts, and homework study sessions. Smaller kitchens with limited seating can feel cramped. If you are looking for ways to increase seating space in your kitchen, consider having a Columbus kitchen remodeler add a built-in bench.

Built-in benches are a great way to add extra seating space to your kitchen. The layout of your kitchen will have an impact on the best place for the bench. The amount of space in your kitchen will also affect the placement of your built-in bench. Your bench can be used as extra seating for your kitchen table. It could also be used with a spare table when guests come over. Your Columbus home improvement expert could also create a bench that wraps around a corner of your room. This is a great way to utilize corner space, which often goes unused.

Built-in benches can be custom made to match your cupboards. The bench could also be painted with a contrasting or complementary color. They can also be created with a variety of different materials. If you’d like a comfy bench, try a wood bench with built in cushioning. You could also have your kitchen remodeler design the bench to open. Then you can utilize it for storing appliances, linens, or other household items.

A built-in bench is a great way to add extra seating and possibly more storage space to your home. Speak to James Montie Construction’s Columbus kitchen remodelers today to discuss a built-in bench in your home. James Montie Construction, Inc. also offers kitchen remodeling, bath remodeling, basement finishing, and home repairs. Call us at (740) 975-5412 today for an estimate.

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