The Period House Guru Victorian, Georgian and Edwardian House Restoration Advice Sat, 03 Oct 2020 13:00:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Period House Guru 32 32 DIY Guide: How to Restore Outdoor Wood Furniture? Sat, 03 Oct 2020 13:00:43 +0000 Your wood patio bench outside the house is a great place to relax, socialize, and watch your garden. But over time this wooden furniture will start to deteriorate due to

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Your wood patio bench outside the house is a great place to relax, socialize, and watch your garden. But over time this wooden furniture will start to deteriorate due to exposure to rain and the sun. Prolonged exposure to these weather elements then damage the surface of the furniture, causing it to slowly but surely break.

Bringing wooden furniture back to life after it has been battered by the weather outside may seem as daunting, but the process is not that difficult if you know what is required.

In this guide, you will learn how to restore outdoor wood furniture. The DIY project can be oh-so-satisfying when it is completed.

Safety Note: You should follow the recommendations of the manufacturer when using any chemicals for restoring the furniture. Always wear protective goggles and rubber gloves when you are applying the chemicals.

Never apply chemicals near an open flame due to the risk of fire!

How to Restore Outdoor Wood Furniture

Step 1: Wash the Surface

You should use a wood-cleaning solution like Murphy’s oil soap to clean the furniture. You can find a wood cleaning soap in your local furniture store. Follow the proper directions for mixing oil with water. Using a wood-soap is important instead of a chemical solution to avoid damage to the surface.

If you cannot find a wood soap-solution, you can prepare a safe solution for the furniture at home by mixing about 1 tbsp of dish soap in a gallon of water. Wet a cloth in the solution and wipe the surface.

Step 2: Remove the Finishing

Old furniture placed outside loses its finishing over time. The finishing deteriorates due to exposure to direct sunlight. So, you need to remove the finishing before restoring the furniture.

Use a high pressure hose to remove the old wood paint or stain and clear the debris. Spraying the wood with a higher pressure washer will also do the trick. Another option is to use a chemical stripper that is marked safe for use on wood furniture.

Avoid using a chemical solution that is marked ‘no cleanup’. The solution will leave a residue that will take effort to remove. You can also use a heat gun to remove the finishing from flat surfaces. Heat a small area of the furniture with the gun until bubbles are visible. You should then wipe the residue into a container.

Step 3: Sand the Furniture

After the furniture has dried, you need to sand the furniture to give an even and smooth surface. You can use coarse sandpaper to sand the wood furniture. An electric or block sander with grit sandpaper such as 60- grit sandpaper is recommended.

Sand with the grain until the surface becomes smooth. You should sand until all the bare wood becomes exposed. Check the sanding paper and replace it with a new one if worn down. Also, it is important to wear safety goggles and mask when sanding the furniture to prevent dust from getting to the nose, mouse, and eyes.

After the sanding is complete, you need to wipe away the dust using a tack cloth. A tack cloth is a special cloth that you can find in a hardware store that is used for woodworking. You can also use a cleaning brush to clean the dust and debris created due to sanding.

Step 4: Repair Minor Scratches and Stains

Petroleum jelly is recommended to fix white rings and other stains left by spilled liquid. Rub the petroleum jelly on the spot and leave it overnight so that it soaks into the surface. Wipe it off the next day using a paper towel. This will get rid of unsightly spots from the surface.

You can also use specially formulated solutions available online to clean marks on the surface. Test the solution on the surface before applying the solution.

To remove scuffs on the surface, you should rub the surface using the walnut. You should repair scratches and nicks before applying a new finish. You can prepare a solution at home to repair minor scratches. Items you will need to prepare the solution include the following.

  • Walnut
  • Canola Oil
  • Vinegar (apple cider or white)
  • Container

To prepare the solution, you should mix about a quarter cup of vinegar with three-quarter cup of canola oil in a container. Apply the mixture on the scratches and crack.

Epoxy putty is also recommended for cleaning small cracks and chips. You should use the putty or wax if the home made solution is not effective in repairing the cracks. Epoxy putty and wax are available in furniture stores. Epoxy is recommended for bigger cracks while the wax is best for small scratches. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions in mixing the putty.

Break a chunk of the putty and use your fingers to shape it so that it fits the cracks. You should make the putty flush with the furniture surface so that it doesn’t look unsightly.

All purpose filler can also be used for filling the cracks. Mix up the filler and apply it to the damaged section. You should then sand the area to give a smooth finish.

Step 5: Refinishing the Furniture

You can use different methods to apply a new finishing in order to restore outdoor wood furniture. You can apply wood color paint over the furniture. Foam brushes are an excellent choice when apply new paint over the furniture.

Foam brushes are available in different sizes that can be used to paint crannies and nooks. Using a foam brush is recommended as it will result in a soft and even texture. Moreover, it allows a mess-free use as they soak in excess paint.

Whitewashing is another method used for refinishing your old wood furniture. This method is best for pine woods. Applying white paint makes the natural grain pattern visible. In contrast, the paint will cover the natural grain pattern of the wood. There are different techniques for applying white stains to the wood.

You can buy commercial white stain products online. They are available in oil-based and water-based forms. Water-based stains are recommended since they are easy to clean. Water based stains also produce less odors and dry out quickly. Oil based stains will be difficult to clean up after application. Also, you can make your own white paint by thinning paint to create white stains for whitewashing the outdoor furniture.

Step 6: Dry the New Finishing

You should let the new finishing dry out thoroughly. Different products have different drying period. You should look at the product label to know how long to let the furniture dry before using it.

A common mistake is leaving the furniture outside to dry. This can result in debris and dirt to collect on the surface. Again you should wear gloves when moving the furniture indoors to avoid contact with debris.

After the paint or white water stain has dried, you can go back and apply patterns using a paint pen. Your mind is the limit when it comes to drawing patterns over the furniture. Using the paint pen will make it easy to add small details and patterns in the design.

Step 7: Seal the Surface

You should go over the chaise using a sealant that is suitable for outdoor furniture. Sealing the surface will protect the new finishing from weather elements. Two coats of the seal would be enough.

Make sure that you follow instructions for applying the sealant. You should also read the label to know the wait times between two coats.

Step 8: Repair Defective Parts

You should repair defective furniture hardware such as rubber feet, brackets, and plastic or metal parts. Repairing the defective parts will greatly improve the quality of the furniture restoration project. It will make the furniture as if you had brought it new from the store.

You can order new parts from the local home improvement and hardware store. Replace broken and rusty parts of the furniture. You should replace the new items last to avoid paint or sealant from ruining the new parts.

Step 9: Clean Up the Area

The last step is to clean up the area using paper towels or rag. You should wipe all excess stains from the floor. It is important that you clean the area right after refinishing the furniture.

The paint dries out slowly. But once it dries it will stick to the floor. Waiting days – or worse weeks – to clean up the stain can make it difficult to remove. Trying to remove the stain once it dries out may cause unsightly scratch marks.


You can follow the steps mentioned in this guide to easily restore outdoor wood furniture. The process can seem daunting at first. But you will get a hang of it with practice. The tips mentioned here will help you restore the wooden furniture so that it looks as good as new.

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How Much Does It Cost To Redo A Foundation? Sat, 03 Oct 2020 12:49:21 +0000 Without any doubt, the foundation of your home is its most integral part. With the entire structure of your beautiful home resting on it, you need to ensure that your

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Without any doubt, the foundation of your home is its most integral part. With the entire structure of your beautiful home resting on it, you need to ensure that your foundation is strong enough to withstand any calamity. Overtime, overexposure to detrimental environmental factors can cause the foundation of your home to weaken, pushing you to respond quickly by either getting it repaired or redone.

There are ways for you to get your foundation redone without have to tear it out and start from scratch. Moreover, since the entire remodeling procedure can be long and demanding, many homeowners get concerned about the cost to redo a foundation. However, the more you know about the types of foundations, common problems and how to fix it best, the easier it will be for you to work with a contractor to find the ultimate budget-friendly solution for you.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some detailed information about the cost to redo a foundation.

Cost to Redo a Foundation

The average cost that majority of homeowners incur to repair foundation problems is around $4,435. While problems such as minor cracks can cost around $500, major repairs such as redoing hydraulic piers can cost you up to $10,000 or even more. So, on an average, a homeowner has to pay between $1,945 and $6,920.

The lowest average cost to redo a foundation is $475 whereas the highest end of the range lies at a whopping $13,000. However, this is just an average estimate; you can expect to incur higher costs depending on the materials you use and the type of work you get done.

Cost to Fix Foundation Problems

The foundation of any home is built on expansive clay. Soil that isn’t compressible or is improperly compacted and poorly maintained can cause severe damage. Therefore, if there are any visible signs of damage such as cracks in walls or doors that aren’t closing properly, it is integral for you to talk to a professional contractor right away.

Foundations that are visibly damaged, but haven’t been repaired timely not only lead to irreparable damage, but also make the entire structure of your home pretty unsafe. Moreover, the longer you wait to redo the foundation, the more the damage worsens, leading to higher costs.

In such situations, the only rule of thumb that applies is – the longer you wait, the worse the condition gets. So, for instance, even if you end up getting the foundation repaired after a while, there may be significant damage to the inside your home already.

Here are some factors that contribute to the total cost to redo a foundation.

Cost to Repair Cracks in the Foundation

Repaired the cracks in your foundation can cost your anywhere from $250 to $800. If the cracks are wider than 1/8″, you should be rather concerned as this is an evident indication of a structural problem. A major possibility is that your foundation is either sinking or the soil is putting too much pressure on it.

Cracks that don’t impact that structure of your home can be fixed rather easily and at a low cost. However, in any case, cracks shouldn’t be ignored as they act as a gateway for moisture that can eventually lead to structural problems.

Cost to Repair Leaks in the Foundation

Fixing leaks in the foundation of your home can cost anywhere from $2,000-$6,000. The indication of a leak is sign of a huge drainage or moisture problem. As suggested by contracting professionals, the only way to secure the structure is waterproofing it through a process called ‘sealing.’

Sealing entails excavation around your foundation followed by the installation of new tile drains and filling of the cracks with cement. The structure is then coated in sealant and wrapped in a waterproof material. Even though this procedure is expensive and rather demanding, it definitely is worth it!

Cost to Repair Sinking or Settling Foundation

Your house can often settle or sink into the ground, reducing its height. However, the good news is that the structure of your home can be restored to its normal height by raising and securing it with piers. This process can cost around $1,000 to $3,000 per unit. You can also opt for mudjacking that can cost from $500 to $1,300.

The settling or sinking of your foundation is an integral issue that requires immediate attention. If your foundation settles down even further, it will lead to further damage and instability. Moreover, you might also not be aware your foundation is sinking unless you have leaks and cracks assessed. The ideal solution for this issue is to have your foundation leveled.

What makes this entire situation even more complicated and taxing is that it indicates problems of soil or moisture. So, you will have to address these issues before securing your home, which will further add to the overall cost to redo a foundation.

Cost to Fix a Bowing Wall

Bowing basement walls are another indication of a weak foundation or poor soil conditions as a result of a weak fill, expansive clay or insufficient drainage. So, these bowing basement walls can be fixed through steel reinforcement strips or carbon fiber, costing you around $350 to $1,000 per strip. If you have a feeling that your basement wall is bowing, you need to get it assessed immediately as it not only lowers the value of your home, but also causes your house to settle.

Cost of Piering or Underpinning a Basement

The average cost to underpin a basement lies anywhere between $1,000 and $3,000 per pier. This is considered as the most expensive repairing method as it requires raising the foundation followed by excavation and the installation of hydraulic piers deep into the ground. However, this procedure performed by professionals is a rather permanent solution that will not cause your house to shift or settle any further.

House Leveling or Foundation Jacking Cost

The average price range incurred for foundation jacking is around $500 to $1,300. This process is also known as mudjacking and entails the pumping of a grout mixture into the space under the concrete foundation, restoring it back to its original position.

This method is rather inexpensive as it doesn’t require much equipment of excavation. However, the main problem is that it isn’t appropriate for every foundation type. A professional contractor can better help you assess and decide which repair method is best suited for your specific issue. Also, even though mudjacking is effective, it can reverse back considering any structural shifts to your home or the soil surrounding it.

Foundation Stabilization Cost

Stabilizing foundation walls can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $12,000 for only twelve strips of reinforcement. The two main materials that can be used to stabilize foundation walls are carbon fiber and steel. While carbon fiber is more appropriate for minimal bowing in walls, steel is integral for significant foundational shifts. Only your contractor can help you decide the best solution for your home.

Steel, though more expensive, may be the most worthwhile investment. For this repair, you need to factor in the cost of repairing the walls, easing the pressure that is causing them to bow, and installing the support strips to strengthen them.


Sealing is basically a type of waterproofing solution that helps combat moisture and drainage problems. The sealing cost of a foundation ranges anywhere from $2,000 to $6,000, depending on the amount of work required.

Only a professional can tell you the extent of the water damage that requires waterproofing. So, make sure to get an inspection so that you don’t end up paying more than you should. For instance, the two main steps of sealing include the application of a sealant and installation of a waterproof barrier. However, in the case that you also have poor drainage, you will need to improve within that area too.

Foundation Repair by Type & Material

The type of your existing foundation will help narrow your remodeling options, ultimately determining the total cost to redo a foundation. For instance, basements require more extensive excavation in comparison to concrete slabs. Also, houses with pier and beam structures or crawl spaces are not only more accessible, but are also easier to repair.

Concrete Slab

Redoing a foundation made of concrete slab will require mudjacking and sealing. These slabs are perfect for those environments where the soil remains rather stagnant. A structural engineer can help you build a more secure foundation by digging deeper. However, in order to get a new foundation, you will probably have to get your house raised and the slab removed. So, while the mudjacking will cost you around $500 to $1,300, sealing will cost you $2,000 to $6,000. So, you can expect to incur costs ranging anywhere from $2,000 – $7,300.

Crawl Space

Crawl space foundations incur problems that are quite similar to pier and beam ones. If the moisture under your home is causing considerable deterioration, your home might begin to sink. So, the best solution for this would be to install adjustable joints in order to accommodate the soil change while leveling the structure. Moreover, you can also expect to experience bowing and cracking.

While raising your home can cost you around $1,000 to $3,000 per unit, fixing bowing basement walls can cost you about $350 to $1,000 per strip.

Cinder Block and Brick

Cinder block and brick foundations often experience a lot of cracking and leading that eventually causes bowing. Even though these cracks run vertically and horizontally, horizontal cracks are seen as damaging to the stability of your home. Therefore, these cracks require filling. Moreover, you will also have to stabilize your foundation using steel or carbon fiber reinforcements as soon as possible.

While fixing the bowing issue will cost you around $350 to $1,000 per strip, stabilizing foundation walls can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $12,000 for only twelve strips of reinforcement.


If you have basement, you are highly likely to experience the highest repair costs for your foundation. This is mainly because basements face a number of issues including sinking, cracking, settling, leaking and bowing. Very often, one of these issues, if not handled properly, will lead to another issue. Many cases also require an improvement in waterproofing through sealing that needs considerable excavation. Also, in case the walls are bowing, you will need to opt for reinforcements as well.

Fixing the bowing issue will cost about $350- $1,000 per strip, and sealing will cost you around $2,000 to $6,000. Raising the basement with piers can cost around $1,000 to $3,000 per unit while mudjacking can cost from $500 to $1,300. So, you can expect to pay anywhere between a minimum of $350 up to a whopping $11,000 depending on the issues.

Pier and Beam

The biggest issue faced with a pier and beam foundation is settling, which indicates that the soil is either shifting or responding to moisture. In this case, you might have to replace the beams with steel or add more piers. This may even require the installation of deep pilings under the peers. Your contractor might even adapt your drainage system in order to combat moisture.

In order to combat settle, you will have to raise the foundation with piers costing around $1,000 to $3,000 per unit. Moreover, you can also opt for mudjacking that can cost you anywhere from $500 to $1,300.

Structural Reports

The indication of foundation issues calls for immediate inspection. So, in case you opt for an inspection report, you can expect to pay a fee ranging from $300 to $700. A structure engineer will provide you with their unbiased opinion about your foundation issues. After that, you can go straight to a professional contract to see which method will best suit your foundational problems.


Foundation issues aren’t trivial matters; they should be taken rather seriously. You can expect the cost to redo a foundation to increase even further if you don’t start fixing these issues in the beginning!

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How Much Does It Cost To Redo A Fireplace? Sat, 03 Oct 2020 12:41:22 +0000 Fireplaces are an affordable and cost-effective way to heat your home during the winter season. They also enhance the ambiance of your living room with their distinctive charm and cozy,

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Fireplaces are an affordable and cost-effective way to heat your home during the winter season. They also enhance the ambiance of your living room with their distinctive charm and cozy, warm appeal. Fireplaces can easily last a lifetime if they are properly maintained. Proper care and maintenance will ensure that your fireplace remains free from issues like chimney blockage, water accumulation, etc.

Fireplace renovations can also play a major role in uplifting the overall appearance of your home. Many homeowners opt for fireplace remodeling to enhance the look of their living room and keep it updated with the latest trends. However, these renovations come at a cost. The actual cost to redo a fireplace depends on a number of factors including the type of material you choose for renovation, the labor cost.

If you are concerned about the cost to undertake a fireplace remodeling project, you have come to the right place! Continue reading below to get a complete guide on the cost to redo a fireplace.

Average Cost to Redo A Fireplace

Fireplace renovations can involve a number of different tasks ranging from repairing the mortar between bricks, altering the fireplace façade to reconstructing the entire chimney. Therefore, your actual cost to redo a fireplace will depend on which of these tasks you undertake.

Homeowners typically pay anywhere between $390 to $2,100 to redo their fireplaces. This vast range reflects the extent and type of remodeling that has to be done. For instance, the cost of a minor fireplace remodeling project involving some repairs and refacing is approximately $500. However, the cost for a major project involving a wooden stove installation or chimney replacement can be $1,500 or more.

Cost of Repairing Mortar

Mortar is very durable and can easily last for 25 to 30 years. However, seasonal and temperature changes can cause the mortar between the bricks to frequently expand and contract, leading to cracks. Moreover, water seepage can also damage the existing mortar.

If the damages in the mortar are detected quickly, you can hire a professional to repair it for as low as $54. You can even choose to fix the mortar yourself if you want to save some money. The average cost for this DIY project ranges from $15 to $45.

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Cost of Refacing A Fireplace

The average cost to redo the fireplace façade comes to be approximately $1,100. Remember, the actual cost of refacing your fireplace will depend on its size and the materials you pick. Here is a list of the different types of material you can choose for your fireplace and their associated costs.

Concrete or Stucco

Concrete or stucco is one of the cheapest materials available for refacing a fireplace. The advantage of using concrete is that it doesn’t require a lot of time or cost investment. However, it doesn’t look as good as other materials like tile. Building a stucco fireplace is also a low-cost job. A major benefit of using stucco is that it can be customized into different shapes and colors.

You can apply concrete or stucco mix directly to the surface of a fireplace with your hand and then smoothen it out with a trowel. Both concrete and stucco are available in dry powdered form that can be combined with water to make a paste. The cost of one bag of stucco or concrete mix is around $9. This is enough to cover 25 square feet of a fireplace when applied in an inch thick layer.


A wood fireplace can add a natural, warm appeal to your room. There are several different types of woods that you can choose to reface your fireplace. Some of these are cheap whereas others are more costly.

For instance, a 1-inch thick board of pine wood costs less than $1 per foot. However, a 1-inch thick board of walnut, mahogany, or any other exotic wood can cost over $12 per foot. You can leave the wood unfinished for a rustic appeal or stain/paint it to get a crisp modern look.

Note: The International Building Code does not allow homeowners to install any combustible material such as wood within 6 inches of the side of a fireplace. Some local fire codes are even more strict. So, make sure to check the rules with your local building authority before getting a wood-faced fireplace.

Masonry Veneer

Masonry veneers are also known as thin stone or think brick. They are manufactured to mimic the appearance of real stone and bricks. Homeowners prefer veneers because of its vast variety. Here are some costs of the different types of veneer sheets available.

Brick Veneer Face: This cost approximately $96 per square foot.

Cobblestone Veneer Face: This is one of the cheapest veneer faces at only $34 per square foot.

Limestone Veneer Face: The cost of limestone veneer face is approximately $50 per square foot.

Marble Veneer Face: Marble veneer can give your fireplace a very chic and contemporary look. The approximate cost of an inch marble veneer sheet is $90 per square foot.


Tile is one of the most traditional materials available to reface a fireplace. The reason behind its popularity is its huge variety of designs and colors. The cost of tiles can range from less than $1 per square foot to more than $15 per square foot. Some more expensive types of tiles such as mosaic cost between $30 and $50 per square foot. You can even install tiles yourself to bring down your total cost to redo a fireplace.

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Stones used shower walls and kitchen backsplashes can easily be used as fireplace refacing materials. There are a number of different stones available to reface fireplaces including soapstone, quartz, granite, and slate.

Stone is generally more costly than other fireplace replacing materials. For instance, the per square foot cost of quartz and granite is $50. On the other hand, slate and soapstone cost approximately $70 per square foot. The cost can even be more than $100 per square foot for more exquisite hues and patterns.

If you to minimize your cost to redo a fireplace, we suggest you go with either low-cost porcelain or ceramic tiles or stucco. However, if the price is not a major concern for you, then you should opt for stone slabs such as quartz or granite. Even standard wood paneling is a very trendy option these days.

Fireplace Mantle Costs

Adding a fireplace mantle is a great way to refresh the appearance of your fireplace. The average cost to install an unfinished hardwood mantle and surround comes to be approximately $1,498. This cost includes material and labor costs.

However, you can cut down on this cost by undertaking a DIY project to install a fireplace mantle. The DIY cost to install a mantle is approximately $750, which translates into a saving of almost 50%. All you will need for this DIY project are some basic carpentry tools and components.

Cost of Repairing Fireplace

If you want your fireplace to work in optimum conditions, you should take up some fireplace repairs. We recommend that you make these repairs before refacing your fireplace. Generally, the cost to repair a fireplace lies between $162 and $816.

Here is a list of common fireplace repairs and their associated costs.

Cost to Repair Firebox

Repairing a firebox can cost anywhere between $160 and $750. However, if you have a stone firebox that needs repair, your cost can even range from $1,500 to $2,500.

Cost to Repair Brick Chimney

The average cost to repair a brick chimney lies between $150 and $1,000. The cost of removing and replacing cracked bricks is approximately $20 – $30 per brick. Moreover, the average cost to repair a crown ranges from $600 to $1,000.

Labor Costs

Most homeowners prefer to hire contractors for their fireplace remodeling job. You can do some tasks such as installing a fireplace mantle or painting a fireplace yourself too. However, we do recommend you get a professional on board for a complex repair job. Most fireplace contractors charge $125 per hour for fireplace repair jobs.

Cost of Installing Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Carbon monoxide alarms are extremely essential for safety purposes. Many states including California require homeowners to install one in their homes. Carbon monoxide alarms can increase your total cost to redo a fireplace by approximately $50.

Permit Costs

If your fireplace needs extensive repair work, you will need a city inspector to sign your project and give you a permit. This can cost you anywhere between $500 and $900, depending on the area and city you live in.

Parting Words

We hope this article gave you a good insight regarding the cost to redo a fireplace. Remember that redoing a fireplace doesn’t only involve changes in the appearance of the fireplace but also essential repair tasks. If you want to keep your cost to redo a fireplace as low as possible, make sure to maintain it regularly.

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How Much Does It Cost To Redo Windows On A House? Mon, 28 Sep 2020 15:35:37 +0000 Windows are an essential feature of any house. They allow the soft warm rays of the sun to enter and keep the house well-ventilated. Windows also allow people to enjoy

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Windows are an essential feature of any house. They allow the soft warm rays of the sun to enter and keep the house well-ventilated. Windows also allow people to enjoy the views of the outside environment and neighborhood. Plus, windows also help to enhance the visual appeal of the house. We cannot even come close to imagining a house that doesn’t have windows.

Many homeowners renovate their homes before selling it to increase its market value. A great way to increase the value of your home is to install new windows. In fact, replacing windows is one of the top 10 home improvement projects that homeowners can undertake to increase their house’s resale value. However, replacing windows is an expensive job and can cost a lot of money.

An excellent alternative to this costly home improvement job is simply restoring old windows. Even though the cost to redo windows is much less than installing new ones, it brings almost the same return. Here is a complete guide on the cost to redo windows in a house.

Average Cost to Redo Windows in A House

The average cost to redo windows in a house ranges from $159 to $532. Homeowners typically spend $345 for window repairs. This includes the cost of repairing the seal, tracks, sash, and window opening mechanisms. It does not incorporate the cost of replacing the glass and repairing frames.

Some factors that influence your total cost to redo windows include:

  • the type of window in your home
  • the type and extensiveness of the damage,
  • the parts that need to be repaired
  • the number of windows in your house
  • the amount of labor required
  • the cost of materials and labor.

Labor Costs

Repairing windows is a tough job because they are a part of your wall’s structure. Therefore, we strongly advise you to seek professional help for all tasks other than casing removal.

The per-hour labor cost to repair a damaged or broken window ranges from $50 to $80. Some factors that cause the labor cost to rise include sourcing specialized hardware, making custom-sized panes. Your labor cost will also rise if your windows and inaccessible and require ladders or roof access.

Some window styles such as bay windows and elliptical or arches panes are quite difficult to repair. Therefore, the cost to redo windows like these is much higher than redoing the standard transom window.

Your labor costs will be high if you want to replace the glass in your windows. The average labor cost for repairing window glass is $121. Here is a list of tasks included in repairing the window and their associated labor costs. Note that all costs given are for a single pane.

Replacing or Removing Glazing: $15

Measuring and Cutting Glass: $10

Removing or Replacing Glass in Putty: $24

Removing Glass in Vinyl Stops: $35

Reinstalling Glass to Vinyl Stops: $35

Vinyl Glazing: $2.

Cost to Redo Different Types of Windows

As discussed above, the cost to redo windows largely depends on the type of window. Here is a cost breakdown to restoring the different types of windows.

Single Pane Windows

The average cost to redo single pane glass windows lies between $75 to $80. However, if there’s a need for extensive repairs, this cost can even go up to $200.

Replacing glass in a single pane window costs between $3 and $4 per square foot. The total cost to replace glass in a 4×4 feet window comes to be approximately between $12 to $18.

Single pane windows that are large in size are often quite expensive to redo. This is because of their increased size, thickness, and labor costs.

Double Pane Windows

The average cost to redo windows with double panes lies between $200 and $400. Generally, glass windows with double panes cost an additional $100 to repair than a similar-sized single-pane window. This is majorly due to the extra labor costs incurred to restore double-pane windows. Moreover, repairing double-pane glass windows requires a lot of specialized tools to repair and seal the damage.

The average cost to replace glass in a double-pane window ranges from $170 to $180. Labor cost to redo double-pane windows is also higher with an average of $80 – $100 per hour.

Other Windows

Other types of windows such as bay windows and bow windows are much complex and costlier to repair.

For instance, the cost to repair bay windows with three panes ranges from $600 to $1,100. On the other hand, the cost to repair bow windows with 5 or more panes costs from $1,250 to $3,250.

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Average Cost of Different Window Glass Types

Your total cost to redo windows will be heavily influenced by the type of glass you opt for.

Tempered or Impact-Resistant Glass

Impact-resistant or tempered glass is one of the strongest and hardest types of glass. This type of glass typically costs between $12 and $14 per square foot. A big advantage of this glass is that it is less likely to injure or cut anyone in case it breaks. However, cutting this glass is a very difficult task as it cannot be cut without shattering. Moreover, tempered or impact-resistant glass seems to be quite costly when compared to annealed glass.

Insulated or Laminated Glass

The insulated or laminated glass has airtight sealing which makes them really hard to break into. The per square foot cost of this glass varies from $10 to $20.

One major benefit of insulated glass is that they are very effective thermal barriers. They don’t allow heat to escape from the room during winters and prevent heat from entering into a room during summers. Because of this feature, insulated windows prove to be very cost-effective and can cut down on your energy bills. Insulated windows also help with noise cancellation. However, a major disadvantage of insulated glass is that it is quite difficult to install them.

Thermal or Thermopane Glass

Thermal or thermopane glass can make your windows very energy-efficient, thereby reducing cooling and heating costs. This type of glass costs between $10 and $14 per square foot. A big disadvantage of thermal or thermopane glass is that they can cause moisture to build up between the glass panes. This results in a need to frequently replace the panes.

Cost to Repair a Window Sash Cord

Repairing a window sash cord is a complex task and we only recommend you do it yourself if you are an advanced DIYer. The cost of repairing the window sash yourself comes to be approximately $35. Homeowners generally buy repair tools and materials worth $10 and $60. if you opt for a professional to do the job, you will have to pay approximately $75 on average. This includes the labor and material cost.

Cost to Repair a Leaking Window

The cost to redo windows that leaks is approximately $100. The average seal repair costs are $145. Caulking a window is a great way to repair leaks in a window. The average cost of re-caulking a window is $50.

Cost to Repair a Window Frame

The cost to repair a window frame ranges between $180 and $600 with an average of $390. However, the actual cost to repair a window frame depends significantly on the type and extensiveness of the damage. Some common types of damages include chipped frame, warped frames (this is very common in wooden frames), stuck window casing, etc.

Minor damages to window frames can be repaired for as low as $50. However, more complex and extensive damage can even cost $1,000 or higher to repair.

Cost of Repairing Broken Glass

Repairing a broken glass on a window can cost nearly $350. However, the typical price range lies between $200 and $500. If the task is more complex, it can even cost you $2000. Again, the actual cost will be determined the size and type of window.

If the broken glass is not repairable, you will have to replace the entire windowpane.

Cost of Repairing Rotten Window

If your window frame has rotten, you will have to pay anywhere between $600 and $900 to repair the damage.

Cost of Replacing Window Locks

Modern window hardware can enhance the appearance of your windows. Moreover, window locks can get damaged over time and might need to be replaced.

Here are the labor costs associated with replacing window locks and installing new ones.

  • The cost to install the first lock ranges from $75 to $200 with an average of $75.
  • The cost to install each additional lock ranges from $35 to $100, with an average of $44.

Note that this does not include the cost of the lock itself.

Parting Words

The cost to redo windows is not a lot. Investing in renovating windows can definitely enhance the visual appearance of your house and boost its resale value. If you want to cut down your cost to repair windows, you can make undertake some DIY window repair jobs to repair minor damages. But just make sure that you have the right tools and equipment needed to execute the job.

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How Much Does It Cost To Redo a Pool Deck? Mon, 28 Sep 2020 15:26:36 +0000 Summertime weekends only mean one thing for many American families: a day out by the pool featuring BBQs and suntans. But if your pool deck is looking the worse for

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Summertime weekends only mean one thing for many American families: a day out by the pool featuring BBQs and suntans. But if your pool deck is looking the worse for wear, you’re probably not going to want to do anything on it.

But why let your summer go to waste?

At this point, you’ve realized that you need to remodel and restore your pool deck. Its costing can be confusing to navigate because of all the little works involved. If you’re not careful with your budget planning, you could lose more money than you bargained for.

Our guide will help you break down all the elements involved in a pool remodeling project to figure out the cost to redo a pool deck efficiently.

Average Cost to Redo a Pool Deck

The average cost to redo a pool deck in the US is around $5,543, depending on the type of material you use, the extent of work required and the area you live in. The lower end projects can have costs as low as $3,000, whereas a high-end complete pool deck renovation can have a budget of over $22,000/

The cost can differ according to your personal preferences regarding the extent of alteration required. Pool deck size and material type are also significant in shaping your budget. Fancy pools decks with intricate designs will carry a higher remodel cost due to their delicate nature.

Average Cost for Pool Deck Repairs

Minor repairs are a part of regular maintenance rather than a remodel of the pool deck, but some repairs are big enough to be included in the total cost to redo a pool deck. Here are some of the repair costs for a pool deck:

Breaks/Cracks in Surface

If you have breaks or cracks in your deck, you will leak water and risk damaging the pool’s structure as the water seeps deeper into the cracks. It can be potentially dangerous and must be fixed immediately.

The cost to fix these breaks will range from $200 to $5,000.

Broken/Faulty Lights

Many people use in-ground lights in their pool deck for an aesthetic nighttime experience. Standard lights can be replaced cheaply, but custom lights will require more money.

Costs will be in the region of $400 to $2,900.

Replacement Costs for Pool Deck Features

Some parts are beyond repair and must be replaced during your pool deck renewal. This will be a major part of your total cost to redo a pool deck.

Pool Coping

Pool coping is the 12” wide bond beam that lines the border between the top of your pool and the deck. The cost to replace pool coping will vary based on the materials you’ve used. The typical range is between $500 and $3,000.

Leaky Pipes

Leaking pipes pose a danger to you and your pool and waste a lot of water. You should get them replaced immediately for around $400 to $2,800.

Cost to Replace Above-Ground Pool Deck

Above-ground pool deck replacement costs will generally be similar or a bit higher than that of a patio. They’re usually made of wood, composite or plastic and are generally smaller in size than in-ground pool decks.

The main benefit of an above-ground pool deck is that it makes getting in and out much easier. It’s also more appropriate for smaller yards because the area around the pool doesn’t get muddy. Most above-ground pool decks will also feature in-built seating where you can relax.

Above-ground pool decks can become dangerous if they are not maintained properly or if damages are not fixed. They are often integral to the whole structure of the pool, and you can risk complete breakdown if they are not cared for.

Here are the replacement costs for each type of above-ground pool deck structure of the pool, and there is a risk of total collapse if they are not replaced or repaired.

Side Deck

A side decking consists of a singular patio side made of wood or plastic on one side of the pool. This side is usually placed against another support structure like a yard wall or your home. The primary advantage of having a side deck is that they are cheap to install, repair and replace.

To replace a worn-down side deck, you can expect to spend between $300 to $2,000.

Splash Deck

A splash deck consists of a border around the pool made of wood or composite. Its function is to protect the yard and other structures around the pool from splashes and to keep the area clean. They require more material and labor than side decks, so they cost more to replace.

A splash deck replacement will cost anywhere between $1,000 to $2,500.

Side and Splash Hybrid Deck

This is for homeowners who want the best of both worlds. This above-ground deck will protect from splashes and provide ample landing space for you to relax in. A hybrid combo deck with both features will naturally be more expensive.

Expect to dish out around $1,500 to $3,500 to replace a side and splash hybrid deck.

For all above-ground pool decks: add $400 to your budget for a new set of stairs.

Complete Pool Deck Replacement Costs

For typical in-ground pools, you have a wider variety of options to choose from in terms of materials, styling and structure.

Let’s check out the costs to replace each different type of pool deck surface.

Pool Deck Pavers

Pavers are the most affordable option on this list. They consist of pre-made blocks that can be cut to fit the size and shape of your pool deck. They are much easier to install than other options and require much less time. All this contributes to a lower total cost to redo a pool deck.

The issue with pavers is that neither are they very customizable, nor are they the best to look at in terms of aesthetics. Pavers are also not durable and are vulnerable to weeds and erosion. Keeping this in mind, replacing pool deck pavers with new ones will cost around $4 to $9 per square foot.

Precast Concrete

Precast concrete is the middle-ground between pavers and poured concrete. The concrete is poured into pre-existing molds. Pavers have less customizability than stamped concrete (more on this below) but are more durable than pavers.

The cost of installing a new precast concrete deck is around $6 to $14 per square foot.

Stamped Concrete

Stamped concrete pool decks are the most customizable and best-looking concrete pool decks. The concrete is poured onto the ground and stamped to look like brick, stones, or any other material you want.

With high customizability comes a high price. Removing and installing new stamped concrete pool decks will cost between $13 to $22 per square foot, depending on the kind of designs you ask for.


Wood is a beautiful choice for pool decks of most period/old homes. However, it requires more maintenance due to its tendency to peel/rot. If you’re prepared to maintain a wooden pool surround, you can replace your existing deck with a wooden one for around $4 to $16 per square foot.

Coral Stone

Coral stone is a beautiful and elegant choice for high-end pools. The natural veins and patterns of the stone give a spectacular look to your pool deck, along with the benefits of durability and slip-resistance. Additionally, coral stone is a very low maintenance material.

The only drawback is that the initial costs for a coral stone pool deck are quite high. Installing a new coral stone pool deck will cost you between $16 to $41 per square foot. Choose coral stone if you’re looking for the best finishing and design.


Brick decks are not used much anymore because of their susceptibility to moss growth from moisture and low resistance to UV heat. Plus, new brick decks cost around $25 to $40 per square foot. It almost makes no sense to use bricks and make a big dent in your total pool deck replacement costs.


Porcelain or ceramic tile pool decks carry their own unique beauty. The number of designs available for selection are almost unlimited. Tiles tend to be slip-resistant but need regular maintenance as they are vulnerable to changing weather conditions.

Due to the variety of choices available, costs for replacing existing pool decks with tiling can be anywhere from $4 to $38 per square foot.


Rubber probably isn’t the most eye-catching pool deck material out there, but nothing beats its comfort. Rubber mats will cost around $10 to $22 per square foot and are easy to install.


Congratulations! We hope you finally know the cost to redo a pool deck now and are ready to plan your remodeling project. It can be fruitful to pay attention to this project and involve your family members to decide how you should remodel your pool space into a more awesome area for everyone.

Before you go, we recommend visiting our website if you are looking for more tips on all types of building, remodeling, restoring, and DIY projects.

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Home Renovation 101: Period House Bedroom Ideas Tue, 22 Sep 2020 15:26:00 +0000 Designing a period house bedroom doesn’t have to be a daunting task. There are many design options that let you create a peaceful place for you to rest at the

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Designing a period house bedroom doesn’t have to be a daunting task. There are many design options that let you create a peaceful place for you to rest at the end of the day. Creating the perfect design for the bedroom requires a fine balance between modern luxury and classic architectural design.

You need to boldly display the classical architectural style of a period home. 

If the bedroom has classic features, you need to make them the centerpiece of the room. You can add a new design. But the last thing you should do is hide the elegant features of the period house. You should make them visible, instead of working around them. Let’s take a look at creative period house bedroom ideas.  

Create the Perfect Look with Classic Accessories

Accessories are key in make a period home look inviting and elegant. Furniture in the bedroom should have rich classical motifs.

Using soft floral, laurel wreaths, swans, and grapevines can create a sense of elegance in the classic period home. But you should keep the hangings to a minimum to ensure that it looks clean and sumptuous at the same time.

Damasks and large floral designs were popular in Victorian bedrooms. Also, consider an antique dressing table, chests, wardrobe, and mirrors. The bed can be wood, brass, or upholstered. You should pile the bed with pillows, bed linen, and bolsters.

If you want to be more adventurous, you should use upholstered headboards. These will create a feeling of a luxurious hotel room. You can also create a luggage rack if the period home is the vacation house that you visit occasionally to get a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Never buy a full bedroom set with a bed, dresser, side tables, and mirrors. The all-inclusive furniture will zap the personality from the bedroom.

Give your space a personal touch by buying separate pieces of furniture. You should buy a bed, side table, and dresser with a unique style and look. The best period house bedrooms look as if they have been assembled over time. There needs to be a balance between classic and modern furnishing of different finishes, materials, and shapes. 

Wall Design Ideas

Traditional interior walls use to be ornate and dark. You can also plain fabrics and historic wallpapers to dress up the walls. Moreover, you should select rich inky shades for the period bedroom. Examples of some rich shades you can select include plush plum, gold, reds, turquoise, forest green, and cool navy colors. They are perfect for feature walls as well as painting the entire room.

Use accent colors if you want to add more style to the bedroom. You can use bold colors such as black for the period home bedroom accents. You should select wallpaper and fabric in geometric and striped designs.

Ornate Cornicing and Mirrors

Period houses have beautiful ornate cornicing. These are the staple of a period house décor. Make sure that the cornicing gets the limelight to retain the classic look of the period house. You should draw the eyes up to the beautiful period house walls by placing picture rails. They are a strip of molding that is level with the top of the window in the bedroom. These were traditionally used to hang ornate pictures. You can use them to break up wall colors by adding another color above it.

The wall above the rails can be painted in the same shade or an accent color. Whatever color you use, the goal should be to take the eyes upwards towards the ornate ceilings. You can also create a continuous look straight up the ceiling by placing tall furniture that is of the same color as the walls.

Mirrors are also a must for a period bedroom. Most homes in the era had large mirrors to match the windows. The large mirrors will increase the sense of space. The natural light that reflects from the strategically placed mirrors will also create a dramatic effect in the bedroom.

Large Classical Windows

Windows are one of the centerpieces of period houses. They are one of the most prominent features of the house. The large windows reflect elegance and sophistication while also being highly practical, since they let a large amount of light inside the room.

High ceilings of the period house combined with tall windows and mirrors will help draw the eye. Large windows will make the bedroom more interesting. You should use wooden shutters to give a dramatic look to the period house bedroom. Pair the large windows with floor-length curtains to add a touch of elegance to the room. Complement the full-length curtains with fully cushioned upholstery. 

Large windows require careful maintenance to ensure that they remain functional. You can also replace traditional windows with a new one.  But avoid modern double glazed windows as they can ruin the aesthetics of the bedroom.

The windows for the period house bedroom should have a classical style with contemporary performance. French windows are ideal that allows light to enter similarly to how doors let people in. These windows have a classic architectural style of the yesteryear but updated with today’s performance including energy and security features.

Select Wood or Tile Floors

With period bedroom interior design, wooden floors with large rugs will create a timeless look. Give the perfect finishing touch with a Savonnerie rug that was in fashion during the 18th century. Placing the rug will create a warm experience and improve the overall ambiance of the room.

Period bedrooms can also have tiles instead of wooden floors. Boldly patterned tiles are best for the bedroom. You can also select tiles with modern geometric designs as they will look fabulous in the bedroom. The geometric tiles will create a perfect contrast with the classic features of the bedroom.

Focus on Lighting to Create the Mood

Soft lighting is best for a bedroom. It will create a pleasant experience in the bedroom. The soft lighting will create a relaxing and warm atmosphere. A central pendant is advisable instead of recessed sport lights.

Decorative touches around the edge of the room can extend to the lighting fixture.

Layer the lighting with bedside table lights o wall lightings. Reading lights are recommended if you love to read books in the bedroom. The lights should be dimmable to create a romantic ambiance to the bedroom. Chandeliers are also a must-have in the bedroom as they create an elegant appearance.  Wooden lamps will also complement the classic look of the period house.

For the light switches, you should go with beautiful brass switches as they look luxurious. A switch with a USB charger spot will give a whole look to the bedroom rather than appearing distracting. You should have the option to control all the lights from one place. You can also buy modern lights with sensors that turn on or off as you enter and exit the room. This will help reduce electricity bills that tend to be high due to all the lightings in period homes.

Get In Touch With an Interior Designer

You should contact a designer if you don’t feel that you have a creative touch to design your bedroom. An interior home designer will tell you exactly what you need to create the perfect look of the period bedroom. You may know what you want, but it won’t necessarily be the best option for a period house.

An experienced interior designer will present you with multiple period house bedroom ideas. You can work with the designer to create a bedroom plan that is a fusion of contemporary and classic architectural styles. The goal should be to make the room look elegant but functional at the same time. There is a fine line between a functional and classic bedroom. An experienced interior designer will be of great help in this regard. You should hear out the designer’s ideas to make the right decision.

Let the creative eyes and years of experience of the interior designer polish your bedroom and make sure that it appears the best it can. The design phase is certainly one of the most exciting components. But you should not let it ruin the most important part of a period home – your bedroom.

Getting the help of the expert will be worth it as it will result in a bedroom where you can relax and enjoy the pleasant ambiance at the same time. .


Period house bedrooms don’t have to be dull and boring. The ideas mentioned in this guide will let you create an ideal escapade where you can relax and marvel at the design of the bedroom. You can get inspiration from the period house bedroom ideas to design the perfect bedroom for you.

Avoid going overboard with too many classic furnishing. You need to balance the classic with contemporary furnishing and style. Don’t buy too many antiques for the period house. Your goals should be to achieve harmony between the subtle echoes of the past and modern comforts. This way your bedroom will have classic overtones that won’t make you feel as if you are living in a museum.

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Home Renovations: 9 Décor Ideas for Your Period Living Room Mon, 21 Sep 2020 15:28:20 +0000 Period homes are full of character with an effortless charm that is sure to leave you stunned. The lofty, high ceilings, well-built, airy rooms, and that historic beauty makes them

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Period homes are full of character with an effortless charm that is sure to leave you stunned. The lofty, high ceilings, well-built, airy rooms, and that historic beauty makes them a dream home right out of fairy tales. With a little bit of modernization, done in a way that preserves the actual feel of the space, you can easily restore or redecorate your period living room while retaining the original beauty that made you fall in love with it initially.

Here are 9 décor ideas for your period living room to enhance its magnificence.

1.    Pick a Style

Before you start the renovations, it is essential to do some brainstorming and pick out a style that best fits not just your character, but also that of the house. This will help make your living room look fresh and modern without losing its old-timey touch.

Period houses can usually wear any style and theme with grace. Some of the best styles for a period house include:

a)     Keeping it Light

If you’re going for a sleek and modern look, you might want to style the living room with fresh, neutral shades that brighten up the room without making too much noise.

This would give your living room a calming interior theme. Bring in smooth greys and perhaps a single ornament that pops with color to bring the look together. Keep the curtains opened to make the most of natural light and see how your new living room gleams.

You can even try out trendy pastels to achieve this look. Their smoothness goes well with the gentle curves of period furniture and the clash of soft colors against wooden flooring is absolutely stunning.

b)    Embracing the Darkness

If you’re like us and prefer darker tones, you’re in luck. These go amazingly well with the built of a period living room!

With expansive walls reaching the skies, your room will already have a dark, brooding feel. Bring in a navy or plum wall paint and pair it with rich, inky shades of wood furniture and other tidbits to take your living room back to the time of WWI.

If you aren’t ready to dive completely into the darkness, you can try out an accent wall of a rich burgundy or forest green shade and leave the rest in warm neutrals or cooler greys for balance. Bring in some deep-gold ornaments to complement your furniture.

c)     Bringing in the Botanic

A great way to liven up your living room (see what we did there?) is to incorporate floral themes and patterns. Adding these will brighten up the space and distract attention away from those looming, high walls.

You could even consider pairing your botanical theme with a darker color-base to create a sophisticated, feminine theme that pays homage to the ancient history of the house. Wallpapers with block-print floral designs on maroons and dark reds look stunning!

2.    Update the Windows

Your period living room is likely to have sash windows as one of their most prominent design features. Make the most of it by properly maintaining the windows to keep them in good condition or perhaps even upgrading to a style that sits well with the feel of the house.

Creating a cozy windowsill space with a fluffy throw and dark cushions could be a great idea for you to tuck into with a good book after a long day.

Dress them Well

The new or restored windows should be dressed appropriately to blend in with the theme of the room. Your large windows will draw in everyone’s eyes so make sure there is something interesting to look at. Wooden shutters are particularly popular among period home owners and when hand up floor-length curtains over them – it creates the perfect, dramatic texture for your living room.

Be sure to pull your curtains back every now and then to revel in the sunlight that comes through those large windows.

3.    Let Patterns Clash

One of the biggest joys of period houses is the clashing textures and patterns that you can play around with.

All of your furniture pieces and ornaments can be completely individual and you can use your period living room to bring in all the stuff you’ve collected over the years but could never figure out where to use. These big, old houses have this charming ability to make everything look at home, even the strangest looking tidbits.

A good general rule is to let 50% of your room follow a particular theme and go crazy with the rest to add some spunk and personality to your living space.

4.    Go Thrifting for Furniture and Storage

If you love visiting thrift stores and marketplaces for antique pieces, you are going to love decorating your new living room!

Big, wooden furniture is a great way to fill up the expansive living room area your period home comes with. Get those dark hardwood pieces without spending hundreds of bucks by thrift shopping and simply DIY their restoration for a polished and smooth look.

You can even repurpose the antique furniture to add in some storage space. if that vintage chest of drawers doesn’t fit into any of your bedrooms, move it into your period living room, place a few floral pieces on top paired with a nice, decorative cloth and you have the ultimate storage space or maybe even a funky sideboard!

5.    Bring a French Twist

If primp and dainty is more your style, you can bring in some French accents to enhance your living room. One of the best ways to do this is by getting sumptuous couches. But remember, you will need to fix up the rest of the room accordingly or the seating will look out of place. Perhaps consider installing some large, gilded mirrors and plush carpeting for a completed look.

6.    Restore the Original Floors

Your period house probably comes with rustic, hardwood floors. Instead of covering them up with carpets, restore and polish the wood for a trendy, boho vibe that is modern yet complements the original look of the period house.

Pick out a few fluffy, light colored rugs to contrast with the dark flooring.

7.    Install Large Art Pieces

Your magnificent walls will thank you for this!

Large-scale art pieces will hand beautifully against your textured walls and further accentuate them. If you like to experiment with patterns, try out more modern, geometric designs for your wall art.

8.    Lots of Mirrors

Mirrors are a must-have accessory for any antique space, especially a period living room. They will add charm to the room, and reflect light during the daytime to create an absolutely stunning look.

Go for thick mirror frames in browns and golds!

9.    Let the Period Features Shine

Period décor is generally warm and informal, let these features take the center stage when redecorating your home.

If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace, keep it roaring for that traditional look. if you don’t, consider getting an imitation or electric fireplace that looks convincing enough to be taken as the real thing.

Buying classic, hefty sofas are a great idea too. The Chesterfield design will sit beautifully in your period living room. If that isn’t your style, perhaps an English sofa with floral patterns or tweed would work.

Instead of getting a complete sofa set, get individual sofas and armchairs for an eclectic feel.

10. In Conclusion

Soft finishing, stark contrasts, and bold pieces are a great way to decorate your period living room. By thrift shopping for most of the antique pieces and DIY-ing the renovations, you can easily save up on the total cost and redecorate your period living room on a budget.

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How Much Does It Cost to Redo the Exterior of a House? Sat, 19 Sep 2020 15:24:00 +0000 Ask any real estate agent and you will understand the relation of the home’s curb appeal to its value. Exterior home renovation should not be considered as an expense but

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Ask any real estate agent and you will understand the relation of the home’s curb appeal to its value. Exterior home renovation should not be considered as an expense but as an investment instead. The cost of home remodeling can be recovered when you sell the house.

In this guide, you will learn about all the costs associated with redoing the exterior of the house. After reading this guide you will have a rough idea about the cost of exterior home remodeling so that you can budget for the expenses accordingly.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Exterior Home Remodeling

The cost of exterior home renovation depend on several factors, which we will now look over. Here are three main factors that determine the cost of a home exterior remodeling project.

1. Building Size

The cost of exterior remodeling will obviously be higher for larger homes. The greater surface area will require more materials and labor to complete a job.

You should determine how much it cost per square meter to redo the exterior of a house. For instance, if your house is about 1500 square meters, and the cost of a project is $30 per square meter. The total cost will be $45,000.

2. Labor Rate

Different projects require a different amount of labor. Some projects are labor-intensive. The cost of these projects will be higher compared to projects that require less labor. A prime example is cladding, which requires a lot of time to install.

Make sure that you compare the labor rate of different companies. But you shouldn’t hire a company that quotes the cheapest rate for labor. Your main criteria when selecting a contractor for a home renovation company should be the experience and skills of the professionals. Paying extra for a professional will be worth it in the long run.

DIY home remodeling can save labor costs. However, not everyone has the luxury of spare time to dedicate for an exterior home renovation project. Moreover, an experienced professional can do the job in less time and using less material.

When hiring a contractor for a remodeling project, you should make sure that the company mentions the time required to complete the project. There is little sense opting for a cheaper rate if it takes twice as long to complete the project.

Moreover, you should also ask if the rate includes the cost of materials. Being upfront about the costs will prevent frustrations later on.

3. Material Cost

The type of material used in the exterior home remodeling also affects the cost. Metal is generally more costly compared to tile, stone, and brick. Moreover, there are different grades of material. For instance, steel is more costly compared to copper.

You should consider the durability of the material when deciding on the material. A durable material will cost more but it will offer more value for money due to its long life. Moreover, the aesthetic appeal should also be a consideration when selecting a material.

Average Cost of Different Home Renovation Projects

Now that you know about the different elements that affect a home renovation project, let us now look at the average cost of different exterior home projects.

Average Cost of Exterior Home Painting

According to Home Advisor, the average cost of a home repainting project in the US is about $2900 with a range of $1,736 and $4,095. The average cost of painting a 2500 square feet house is between $1,250 and $8,750.

Depending on the location, you can expect to pay between $0.5 and $3.5 per square meter. Painting of wood and vinyl is about $1 square meter less than the cost of painting brick and stucco.

The quality of paint and the experience of the painter affects the cost of a project. Oil-based paint is generally more expensive compared to latex paint. Moreover, the extent of labor required to repaint the house will also determine the cost of exterior house painting. A paint job will be more expensive if you have a lot of windows.

Average Cost of Entry and Garage Door Replacement

Installing a new garage or entry door will improve the curb appeal of the home. Even if you are not going to sell the house, you will appreciate a modern door when returning home. New exterior doors make a positive impression on neighbors, guests, and potential buyers.

New doors are also more durable and energy efficient. They reduce the transfer of heat out of the house. So, installing new doors will help in reducing energy bills. Moreover, the latest doors are more secure as compared to old doors preventing thieves from breaking into the house.

The cost of replacing an exterior steel door is between $1,500 and $2,000. Fiberglass exterior doors are pricier costing between $3,000 and $4,000.

A garage door cost in the range of $1,500 to $2,000. Upscale garage door cost between $2,800 and $4,000.

Average Cost of Roof Replacement

The roof regularly gets battered by the weather elements. Direct sunlight and rain damage the roof over time resulting in splits and cracks. Generally, it is more costly to replace a roof during the busier months of summer and spring.

Winter and fall replacement costs are less. But it is not recommended since the water and moisture will prevent proper installation of the roof.

Roof cost varies depending on the size of the home, roof material and pitch. You can expect to pay about $8,000 to $40,000 for roof replacement. The average cost of the roof replacement lies between $13,000 and $20,000. The good thing is that roof replacement is a good investment which will pay for itself when you sell the house. Replacing the roof will also help in maintaining the structural integrity of the house. 

Average Cost of Window Replacement

Window replacement cost will depend on the number of windows in the home. Moreover, the material of the window will also affect the cost of window replacement. Generally, vinyl windows are less costly compared to aluminum windows. Wood composite and fiberglass windows are expensive, but they look more elegant, particularly in period homes.

Double glazed windows are also more costly, but they are more energy efficient. This means that you can recover the cost due to lower energy bills. Double glazed windows are also effective in reducing outside noise.

Upgrading the windows will affect both the exterior and interior of the house. Old windows have a range of problems including broken seals that increase heat transfer. Replacing old windows will help improve the energy efficiency of the house. You can expect to pay about $5,000 for replacing windows in average sized home and $20,000 for a large sized home.

Average Cost of Replacing Home Siding

Siding is another component of a house exterior that can boost property value and improve the look of the house. Replacing a poor siding with a new one will significantly improve the aesthetic value of the house.

Installing a new siding will also prevent moisture buildup, which contributes to mold and mildew formation. It also prevents the infestation of insects that are attracted by damp wood. Additionally, replacing the siding will improve the energy efficiency of the home resulting in reduced bills.

Brick and stone veneer sidings are the most expensive while vinyl sidings are the cheapest. Here is an overview of the cost of different siding materials.

  • Brick and veneer siding: $0.9 to $1.35 per square meter
  • Wood siding: $0.7 to $1.35 per square meter
  • Fiber cement siding: $0.7 to $1.16 per square meter
  • Steel siding: $0.7 to 1.08 per square meter
  • Aluminum siding: $0.6 to $1.07 per square meter
  • Vinyl siding: $0.5 to $1 per square meter

Average Cost of Exterior Home Decorations

Exterior home decorations will significantly improve the curb appeal of the house. You have several options when it comes to redecorating the house exterior.

When redecorating the exterior of the house, you should first determine how you want to use the back or the front yard. If you want to look at birds chirping in the front yard or fish swimming gracefully, you can install a bird fountain or a pond.

Want to enjoy a cozy dinner with family members or friends? You can invest in a picnic bench and string lights.  If you want to enjoy coffee with close ones in the backyard, you should buy a cushion and throw pillow. 

Most homeowners generally spend $500 on porch furniture, $400 on lighting, and $600 to $5,000 on miscellaneous decorations items such as a fountain, pond, and other decorations. Exterior decorations extend the living space outdoors and give a refreshing break from the confines of the walls.  


House renovation costs differ depending on the scope of the project and the size of the house. The cost to redo the exterior of a house generally starts at $500 and goes up to $90,000 or more in case of costly renovations such as roof replacement.

The costs mentioned in this guide are not exact, but will give you a rough idea about how much you can expect to pay for an exterior house renovation.

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The Cost of Redoing Home Exterior – Everything You Need to Know Tue, 08 Sep 2020 13:26:35 +0000 We’ve all heard that the first impression is the last impression. Just as people are judged by their dressing and body language; your home’s value is often formed based on

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We’ve all heard that the first impression is the last impression. Just as people are judged by their dressing and body language; your home’s value is often formed based on the condition of your exterior. The exterior of the house gives your guests, and even potential buyers or real estate agents, insights on what to expect from the rest of the property.  Therefore, maintaining your curb appeal can make or break it for your property.

Planning on redoing your home exteriors can be quite exciting. With so many aesthetics and looks to choose from; you will find yourself scrolling through Pinterest all night. While the scouring and planning phase is the most fun part – it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to the nitty-gritty.

Depending on how extensive you want the renovations to be, the cost of redoing home exterior can range anywhere from $5000 to $20000.  These expenses will include all the major elements like painting, fencing, and even some basic landscaping (more on this later). Furthermore, adding other fixtures like garage doors and decorative items will increase the charges as well.

Is the Cost of Redoing Home Exteriors Worth It?

The basic cost, averaging at around $7,700, might seem like quite an amount but it is actually one of the cheapest parts of your home makeovers, and well worth the bucks.

Revamping your home exterior increases the overall value of your property with a rest on investment of 80%. This has led to around 57% of homeowners in the US opting for upgrades in their exterior in 2019.

Now that we’ve established the profitability of redoing exteriors; let’s look at everything you can do to bring back the outside charm of your home – while staying within your budget.

Design services

The first thing you need to establish is whether you’ll be designing and planning yourself, or hiring an expert. As doable as it may seem, people often get stuck trying to envision what would go well with their house structure. Deciding whether a paint color will match the feel of the rest of the house or if a certain type of railing fits your stairs can leave you overwhelmed and confused.

This whole process can also be quite time-consuming and requires extensive research. Hence, people often opt to sit with professional designers and decide how they want the renovations to be.

Unfortunately, these designers can be quite expensive; with the average hourly rate ranging from $100 to $200. So, if the entire project takes around 20 hours – that results in an additional cost of $2000 at least.

Although a plus point of hiring these designers is that they have their team of contractors. So, you won’t need to spend any more time hunting down the right people to carry out your renovations.

Landscaping Costs

This will form the biggest part of your total cost of redoing home exterior. Landscaping requires you to consider many different factors like land usage, preparation, planting, installation of new additions.

Your landscaping costs vary based on the size of your front and back lawns, and the actual amount of landscaping required. Simple jobs like basic lawn care and tree servicing cost as little as $50 to $100 per hour while major installations and complete landscape redo can range from $3000 to $10,000 (or $4 to $12 per square foot).

Some common costs involved in your landscaping will be:

Installation from scratch – if you’re doing a complete landscaping redo, the cost incurred will range from $3000 up to $10,000.

Seeding the Lawn – this is a basic yet crucial expense to make your lawn look healthier and greener. The cost will be $300 to $700.

Sod the Yard – depending on the type of grass and the dimensions of your yard; a professional sod installation is priced at $0.90 to $1.80 per square foot but this cost can easily be lowered by purchasing sod rolls of $0.30 to $0.85 and DIY-ing the installation.

Removal of trees – to make space for your landscape renovations; it’s important to get rid of the old, near-dead trees. The average cost ranges from $250 for small trees up to 30ft high, to a maximum of $700 for trees up to 60ft.

Sprinkler System – to maintain your newly landscaped lawn, you will need a good sprinkler system that covers most of the yard. Based on whether it’s installed on a quarter of an acre or half-acre of land; the cost varies from $1900 to $5400 – making the average cost per square foot of watered ground approximately $0.40.

Landscaping Permits – remember that before starting any major landscape renovation, you might require permits that can cost around $1000.

Besides these basic restorations, you can further amp up your landscaping by installing artificial turfs, ponds, and water fountains. It all depends on the amount you have set aside to make up the overall cost of redoing your home exterior.

Pro Tip: a good practice is to take out 10%-15% of the total house value on landscaping.

Painting Costs

The average amount for painting your home exterior ranges from $1800 to $3200 (or $1.25 to $4 per square foot) depending on the size of the house and the quality and undertones of paint used. Having several windows and doors might further increase your cost but remember; simply getting a new paint job can raise the value of your property by a whopping 25000 to 50000 bucks.

The overall cost of a complete paint job can be broken down by the home size:

One story building – $780 to $1750 for 800 to 1800 square feet.

Two-story building – $1750 to $2300 for 1800 to 2400 square feet.

Three-story building – $2300 to $4370 for 24000 to 4500 square feet.

The labor cost of $30 to $40 per hour should also be kept in mind. Additionally, if scaffolding needs to be rented for extra precaution it will cost you $825 per week.

Remember that a good paint job will protect the structure of the house from extreme weather, mold, and mildew as well as corrosion – adding to your exterior’s appeal for a good 10-15 years.

Exterior Doors and Windows

Freshly painted walls paired with a new door and clean, trimmed windows can completely transform the exteriors of your home. Doors are the focal point of your house’s structure. Dated and worn down doors can take away the effect of all your other renovations. Additionally, new doors increase security.

Front Doors – $500 to $2000

Garage, Back and Side Doors – $250 to $700

Screen Door – $170 to $350

Security Door – $400 to $800

Double Doors – $1500 to $4000

On the other hand, new window panes drastically improve the overall appearance of your house. You can change up the panes based on the exterior look you’re going for; be it modern and chic or a more rustic, and boho vibe.

All in all, you can expect to spend an average of $250 to $1000 on your windows and doors.


If you’re planning on getting a new deck built on your entrance, it would cost you an average of $25 per square foot. This amount can vary greatly depending on the material and deck size you opt for. Let’s break it down based on both these factors.

Deck Size

8×10 – $1200 to $2800

10×12 – $1800 to $4200

12×20 – $$3600 to $8400

And so forth.

Deck Material

Bamboo – $3 to $4 per square foot

Cedarwood – $4 to $8 per square foot

Pine – $5 to $8 per square foot

Redwood – $7 to $8 per square foot

If you need further guidance on how to best redo your deck, let us help you!


One of the key components of your home exterior makeover, redoing the siding can easily yield over 80% return on investment. Costing $3 to $11 per square foot, the general homeowner spends about $9500 on sidings for a 2000 square foot house. Since siding can be done in a wide variety of materials, your total cost will depend on the quality and exoticness of it.

Wood – $2 to $6 per square foot

Vinyl or Aluminum– $3 to $11 per square foot

Stucco – $4 to $8 per square foot

Brick – $7 to $15 per square foot

Miscellaneous Decorations

After renovating the basic structure of your home exterior, let’s get into décor to bring it to life. Decorations play a big role in adding a personal touch to your exterior; be it pristine and sleek or more warm and earthy.

On average, these miscellaneous decorations can cost you $300 to $500. It includes porch furniture, pillows, and flowerpots. If you want to further zhuzh up your backyard you can even invest in a fire pit ($700), picnic benches ($100), and a BBQ grill ($150 to $2000).


Now that the exterior has been remodeled to look gorgeous and be more functional, you need to make sure all that work is visible. Proper lighting that complements the paint job, landscaping, and porch furniture can take the final look to a whole new level.

Your exterior can be illuminated in many ways, including lining the pathways with fairy lights, installing tack lighting, and even adding outdoor lamps and lanterns.

On average, homeowners invest $300 on good lighting to enhance the feel of their home exterior.           

In the End

Remember, it’s always best to budget out your total cost of redoing home exterior before starting. Your property may have issues with its basic foundation which will need to be addressed to ensure successful renovations. This can result in you going over-budget and cause unnecessary stress.

Reach out to professionals to help you with every step and you are sure to end up with a house that looks inviting and beautiful.

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How Much Does It Cost to Redo Gutters? Tue, 08 Sep 2020 13:16:19 +0000 Poor gutters may not sound like a big issue at first. However, a malfunctioning gutter system can damage your roof/foundations, flood your yard, or blast away from its fittings. None

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Poor gutters may not sound like a big issue at first. However, a malfunctioning gutter system can damage your roof/foundations, flood your yard, or blast away from its fittings. None of these are cheap problems to fix, should they occur.

If you notice any signs of poor gutter function, then you need to fix them immediately to prevent further damages. Planning for a gutter repair/replacement job can be confusing for owners who haven’t done it before. We’ve compiled this article to help you get the most value possible from the money you spend on gutter renovations.

Keep reading to find out the total cost to redo gutters in your home.

Average Cost to Redo a Gutters

The cost to redo gutters for an average American homeowner adds up to around $1,050. The average range for gutter renovation costs lies between $550 and $1,600 for 200 linear feet.

Homeowners need to stay vigilant and stay ahead of any maintenance or repairs. Well maintained gutters will last for up to 20 years without the need for any replacements. However, you may often notice deteriorating gutters when moving into a new house.

The minimum cost for a gutter system repair job is around $450, which will only involve minimal maintenance and repairs. Prices can actually reach as high as $10,000 in cases where a big and high-end gutter system has undergone extensive damage and requires full repair and replacement.

Factors That Determine the Cost to Redo Gutters

Gutter renovation costs can differ widely for each individual project. As a responsible homeowner, you need to know what factors can affect the price of remodeling your old gutter system.  

  • House height: the cost of redoing your gutters will be higher for two-story homes as compared to single-story ones. The cost to redo gutters is directly proportional to your house’s height.
  • Gutter length: the longer your gutters are, the more material you will need to repair or replace them.
  • Gutter type: the material used and your gutter’s shape will influence your project’s prices.
  • The extent of the damage: a full replacement for an unusable gutter system will be much costlier than repairing a single part.

Gutter Renovation Costs and Repairs

It’s essential to address any repairs that you notice straight away to avoid replacing the whole system. Plus, faulty gutters can cause extensive damage to your property’s foundations due to leaking water.

One of the most common problems faced by homeowners is clogging in the gutter or downspout due to debris and garbage accumulation. You can get your gutters unclogged for around $100 to $600, depending on the severity of the clog and accessibility of your gutters.

Another common issue is leaking gutters or downspouts, which can be fixed for around $500 to $600. The cost will be affected by the cause of the leakage.

Strong winds or rough debris like rocks can cause dents in your gutters that should be fixed before they become a bigger problem. Dents will cost anywhere between $550 and $650 to fix, depending on the severity of the damage.

Years of wear and tear can cause sagging in your downspouts and gutters. Sagging gutters are a danger to your home as they can fall apart at any time. It’s vital to repair any sagging gutters you notice as soon as possible. Expect to spend between $600 to $700 on repairs.

For one reason or another, you may notice water not draining from your gutters. This can be a cause for concern as overflowing gutters can cause erosion and damage to your home’s foundations and can even burst. To fix this problem, you will have to pay around $650 to $750, depending on the extent of your gutters’ water backup.

Now we’re moving onto more concerning signs of damage that can be very dangerous if not solved. If you notice any holes or cracks in your gutter systems, contact your handyman immediately. More wear and tear can cause the cracks or holes to widen; eventually leading to a complete malfunction of your gutters. This job will cost around $700 to $800 to complete.

Lastly, you may have a rotting gutter that you might be able to repair. This is the last repair you can make to save your old gutter systems before replacing it altogether. You may be able to fix a rotting gutter for a cost of around $1,000 to $1,200. However, this is not always the case, and some gutters might be beyond repair.

Gutter Renovation Costs Related to Excavation for Replacement

If you can’t repair any of the problems in your current gutter system, you will have to install a new one. You should, principally, install new gutters at least every 20 years anyways. Your cost to redo gutters goes up quite a bit when it involves replacing the whole system.

The first cost you will incur is removing the old gutters and downspouts to get the area ready to install your new fittings. To remove and dispose of an existing drain, an expert will charge you around $100 to $200 on average.

If you’re a bit of a DIY wiz, you can try to do this yourself. You will still have to pay disposal costs of around $40 to $80, depending on where you live. Keep in mind that a professional installer will charge you for extra work to correct your mistakes if something goes wrong.

Gutter Renovation Costs When It Comes to Installing New Gutters

On average, you will have to spend around $1,050 to $2,500 to professionally install new home gutters measuring 130 to 200 feet. The price will be affected by the materials you use and the labor costs of installation. A gutting professional will charge around $75 per hour and install approximately 50 linear feet every 7 hours.

The prices of new gutters rely heavily on a lot of different factors. Let’s explore them below.

Type of Material

The type of material your gutter is made of can make a huge impact on the total cost to redo gutters. Explore each material’s pros and cons to see which one is the best fit for you.


Vinyl is the least expensive material you can use in your new gutters. It’s easy to install, has a variety of designs, and freedom for customizability.

Use vinyl in areas with moderate climates. It’s prone to cracking and breaking in cold temperatures, whereas it can soften in hot climates.

Costs range from $3 to $6 per linear foot.


Aluminum is a popular gutter material choice among homeowners thanks to its affordability, low weight, performance, and durability. You can find different styles and sizes in the market at different costs, ranging from $6 to $14 per linear foot.

Galvanized Steel

Steel is stronger and a lot more durable than aluminum. It also lasts much longer in harsh weather conditions. However, it is more expensive than aluminum and harder to install due to its weight. 

Steel gutters will cost you $8 to $12 per linear foot.


Copper gutters are perfect for individuals who love to enhance the aesthetics of their home. Copper’s unique features and colors make it a beautiful option to enhance your house’s exterior while also being practical.

With great beauty comes great cost. Copper gutters will cost anywhere from $15 to $30 per linear foot to install.

Seamless vs. Seamed Gutters

Another choice you have to make is choosing between installing seamed or seamless gutters. This choice can also have a significant impact on the total cost to redo gutters.

Seamed gutters are also known as sectional gutters. They consist of multiple separate gutter pieces that are tethered together to fit your design. They are available in 5, 10, or 15-foot options. Their main advantage is their price and ease of installation (DIY-friendly).

However, they carry a higher risk of leakages and don’t last as long as seamless options. They are priced at $3 to $20 per linear foot.

Seamless gutters are made up of a single continuous piece that sits perfectly on your roof without any gaps. They last long and rarely ever leak. Your cost to install seamless gutters will be higher as professionals will be needed due to the complexity of the job. Expect to pay around $5 to $35 per linear foot.


Predicting the cost to redo gutters is difficult, as each case is unique and has its own issues. However, we hope this guide has made you a more knowledgeable homeowner who can make the right decisions for the upkeep of their gutters. Keep all the factors we’ve mentioned in mind when creating a budget for this project.

Final Reminder: Never delay any repairs, or you will risk causing damage to the foundation of your property.

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