Author Archives: Cari

About Cari

Cari Barron, owner and founder of Contractor Hotline, purchased a home in need of various repairs in 2002. The process to find a quality home remodeling contractor proved to be a complex challenge. The first-hand experience was the inspiration behind founding Contractor Hotline in 2006. Connect with her on Google+

Using Paint to Protect and Enhance your Home

Does the outside of your house need an instant facelift? Are you looking to spice up your interior without going “Extreme Home Makeover” on your home? Lastly, are you searching for ways to elevate design and alter your current style on the inside of your home? If you answered yes to one or more questions, then paint might be the answer to your household qualms.

Paint, or any type of color influence, is an easy and inexpensive way to update a home, both inside and out. A quick change of paint can define the style or personality of a home. Unlike other home improvement projects, it can produce immediate results at a fraction of the cost. Read More >>

Planning a Bathroom Remodel

Not to get personal, but let’s talk bathrooms! A bathroom could be considered a little oasis inside of your home; a place to escape the chaos and enjoy a private moment alone. It is also the most important room in a home and in today’s modern standards wouldn’t be livable without it.

If your bathroom is outdated or too small for your family, perhaps you have considered a bathroom remodel or upgrade. Although a bathroom renovation is no small task, it can increase a home’s value, improve functionality on a day-to-day basis, and maybe stop a fight or two between siblings. Whether it’s enlarging a bathroom, installing cosmetic updates, or a complete renovation, careful planning from start to finish is necessary for a successful outcome. Read More >>

Exterior Home Care

Spring is an excellent time to inspect your home for exterior damage caused by winter weather conditions. A properly maintained home will ensure its overall longevity, protect the interior from the elements, and make the exterior look its best.

Start by doing a visual assessment of the full exterior and compile a list of any noticeable damage or areas that need improvement. Dividing the home into sections will make the inspection and list of potential repairs more manageable. Areas to pay special attention to include roof and gutters, siding, paint, windows and doors, chimney, the deck or porch, and fences. Below is a list of suggested maintenance procedures and preventive care for each area to make sure the home stays in top condition. Read More >>

Siding Repair and Siding Replacement Options

Pacific Northwest weather can take a toll on a home not properly protected. Selecting a quality siding product and ensuring it is properly installed is paramount in protecting your home from sun, wind, and moisture. In addition to protecting the home from outdoor elements, updating the exterior can also increase energy efficiency, raise the value of a home, and update its overall appearance.

Some common siding products are vinyl, fiber cement, and cedar or wood siding. When choosing which siding product will work best with your home consider the maintenance, cost, longevity of the product, and similar architectural styles in the neighborhood. Read More >>

Planning A Kitchen Remodel

For many, the kitchen is considered the most important room in the house, whether it’s for entertaining, family gatherings, cooking a meal, or enjoying a moment of silence at the beginning or end of the day. Because the kitchen is a such a significant room in the home, renovating it can be daunting and expensive. From minor kitchen updates to a complete kitchen remodel, it is necessary to carefully plan your kitchen remodel. Soliciting the help of professionals who specialize in kitchen design and remodeling is crucial. Read More >>