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Patio Potential: A Guide to Revamping Your Outdoor Living Space

Posted on May 22, 2018 by James Florence

Like most Bay Area residents, you’re probably looking forward to spending lots of time outside this summer. If that’s the case, you’ll want your outdoor living space to be ready—particularly your backyard patio. While most homes have patios, few are as comfortable or attractive as they could be. If you’re feeling underwhelmed by your patio’s current state, consider investing some time and money into helping it reach its full potential. Read more

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Video: How to Attach a Deck to a House

Posted on March 15, 2018 by James Florence

Earlier this week, we posted an article featuring expert tips on building a new deck. One of these tips expressed the importance of proper waterproofing when attaching a deck to a house. To learn about this process in greater detail, watch this informative video by Steve Labourdette of Labourdette Construction.

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Diamond Certified Experts: Deck Construction 101

Posted on March 13, 2018 by James Florence

Few things can augment a home’s livability like the addition of a deck. This is especially true in the Bay Area, where the prevalence of warm, sunny weather can translate to many hours of outdoor enjoyment. If you’re thinking about adding a deck to your home, it’s a good idea to learn about the process so you can make educated choices. To help you do this, we’ve asked four Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to share their insights on deck construction. Read more

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Waterproofing Your Home

Posted on November 28, 2017 by James Florence

When it comes to water intrusion, even small issues can lead to large consequences. For example, a minor leak can be a catalyst for dry rot, which, if allowed to progress unchecked, can spread throughout a home’s substructure and create a dangerous condition (not to mention a costly repair bill). That’s why it’s best to take a preventative approach by learning how to waterproof your home. Whether sealing your exterior siding or your kitchen sink, waterproofing your home will help to avoid water intrusion from both exterior and interior sources. Read more

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Tip Sheet: Five Ways to Maintain Your Home’s Exterior

Posted on November 24, 2015 by James Florence

Much emphasis is put on maintaining the interior of the home, but an equally (if not more important) aspect to address is its exterior. That’s why Dennis Thompson of Thompson Construction says homeowners should take proactive steps to protect the outside of their homes from the elements. Here are Dennis’ top five tips for exterior maintenance: Read more

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Preparing Your Home for a (Potentially) Wet Winter

Posted on October 20, 2015 by James Florence

We originally posted this in 2015, when we had high hopes that El Niño would put an end to the drought. As it turned out, the winter of 2016-17 was the real drought-buster! We don’t know what’s in store for this winter, but needless to say, preparing for a wet winter is always a good idea.

California residents have spent the last four years enduring one of the worst droughts in state history. However, if recent forecasts are correct, we won’t be suffering for much longer. Citing a strong El Niño climate pattern developing in the Pacific Ocean, climatologists are predicting what could be the wettest winter California has seen in nearly two decades. Read more

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Turn on the Bright Lights: Exterior and Interior Lighting Basics

Posted on October 06, 2015 by James Florence

Have you ever been in a seemingly well-lit room and suddenly found yourself straining to see? If so, you know how frustrating bad lighting can be. And yet, many people continue to regard lighting as purely one-dimensional, not realizing there’s a lot more to it than its most basic function. In reality, it’s not merely our ability to see in the dark that counts, but how well we’re able to see, as well as how lighting makes us feel. By comprehending the true complexity involved in achieving good lighting, you can make the most of illumination in both your interior and exterior living spaces. Read more

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