Home Improvement

Meaningful Makeovers with Team Depot

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

*This post is sponsored by the Home Depot Foundation.

I’ve partnered with the Home Depot Foundation and their Celebration of Service campaign before (see this post) and I’ve been a fan of their philanthropic efforts for veterans ever since. In the two months between 9/11 and Veterans Day, Team Depot’s volunteers pool their talents to transform up to 1,000 homes for veterans. I like to call these kinds of efforts “meaningful makeovers” – the kind that matter to real people who are in need and in this case, the veterans who have served our country.

Giving back to veterans is important to The Home Depot since over 30,000 of their associates are veterans. This particular project took place in San Francisco at a home that is part of the independent living transitional housing program. It has served over 240 residents to date and is a place where clean and sober veterans can stay up to a year until they are positioned to find full-time employment.

team depot transitional housing

On a sunny fall day, the team took over the house and began a series of projects, outdoors they repainted the entry staircase railing and replaced the nonslip strips on the stair treads.

repainted steps new non slip treads

 

Out in the backyard, they upgraded all of the rear yard landscaping with weed blocker fabric, drip lines, low maintenance plants, and ground cover.

fresh landscaping

 

Inside, they assembled new dressers and beds for all of the veterans’ bedrooms.

furniture assembly

new beds

 

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5 Reasons to Invest in New Windows

Monday, October 20th, 2014

On my list of things to get excited about, room reveals or seasonal decorating certainly rank higher than home improvement projects like toilet repair or how to install a sink. Boring. The topic of new window and door replacement was equally dry to me but I’ve had a change of heart on the matter. I now think installing new windows and doors is a hot topic, especially when you witness the true life transformation of ugly to pretty over two days which results in a huge crush on of all things your windows. 

When we first bought the fixer upper house in Las Vegas my initial thought was to cover the old windows with layered window treatments but Matt is the real estate appraiser and gave me the “honey, this makes sense” speech because he knew that new windows would add value to the home, especially when we sell it in a year or two.

So today I wanted to share the reasons why we believe it was a wise investment. I know, that sounds like a commercial right? And I hate to sound like a commercial but when it happens to you, new windows are a real true to life “OMG I’m so glad we did this” experience.

5 reasons to invest in new windows

We got a few bids over the summer, and chose to work with Home Depot since they had a 10% off deal and we liked their rep. We bought a combination of double hung and a custom picture window for the living room, two light sliders for the bedrooms and sunroom/dining room, divided light for the front windows to match the neighbors homes, and a new French rail sliding door for the family room.

The installer took perfect measurements and the windows were ready five weeks later. Home Depot sent very courteous and experienced contractors who arrived on time and did a fantastic job on the installation process. Their supervisor stopped in twice to check on work and our satisfaction. It took two full days to replace the first and second story windows and the sliding door, we chose the Simonton brand, and we’re so pleased with the results for these five reasons.

1) Aesthetic - The new vinyl windows look a million times better than the old aluminum ones. The new white frames are modern and fresh, more light (but not heat) enters the house, and the view of the trees and yard are visibly clearer.    

old windows sunroom

 

new windows in sunroom

This room is my favorite in the house, it’s a bonus room with a high pitched ceiling that is just off the kitchen and designed as a formal dining room but I think it’s better for a home office, it has a view of the pool and it’s such a bright and cheerful space.

new windows after

  

2) Temperature Control  The old owners had applied dark window film on several of the windows to restrict sunlight and over time it had bubbled and peeled off in places. The new windows have insulating “low E glass with argon gas” which blocks UV rays so the temperature stays lower. According to their website, low E glass is “a transparent metallic oxide coating applied to the glass surface that allows short-wave energy to pass through but reflects long-wave infrared energy for greater thermal efficiency.”

old hall new hall window

Standing next the new windows in the Las Vegas sun you can feel the temperature difference that the new windows offer. Before the new windows, we would stand next to them and feel the heat coming through but we’re no longer pelted by sun and heat and there is a much clearer view of the yard. 

3) Energy Savings -  With energy efficient windows, we will receive local energy rebates that will add up to major savings. New windows cost thousands of dollars but the lower heating and cooling bills are definitely something to smile about and will pay for themselves over the course of time.

energy efficient window rebates

   

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