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The Most Essential Tools for Your Toolkit

Being a homeowner is a big responsibility and having a handy toolkit nearby is essential. When something important breaks, chips or deteriorates, it is imperative to get it fixed. Paying someone else to do it or saving yourself some money and doing it yourself are the best options. If you are looking for a wide variety of power tools to add to your tool kit, Nuzum offers Makita products that make every job easier!

A lot of projects only require a few simple tools to complete. Having basic tools handy at home will make it convenient to complete easy home repairs. Whether your toolbox is in the garage, or you keep your necessary tools in a kitchen drawer, having the right kind of tools nearby is key to completing projects yourself!

• Cordless drill – There are endless possibilities when it comes to the use of a cordless drill. Use this power tool to insert screwdriver bits to remove screws or drilling pilot holes for screws and nails. When you want to get the job done efficiently and effectively, a cordless drill is important! Nuzum’s premium line of power tools, Makita, offers the perfect cordless drill for your kit!

• Assortment of nails and screws – You can find a variety of nails and screw sizes in prepackaged containers and your local home center, such as Nuzum.

• Screwdrivers – A good quality flat head screwdriver and a Phillips head screwdriver are the two most important kinds you will need in your toolkit. A set of tiny screwdrivers can be helpful as well when needing to tighten the screws on a pair of eyeglasses!

• Pliers – It is important to have a wide variety of shapes and sizes when it comes to pliers. Wire cutting pliers are also good for wiring and craft projects.

• Tape measure – Choose one long enough to measure a wide range of small and large furniture and spaces. A small tape measure that can fit in your pocket or purse can come in handy on the go as well!

• Level – Make sure your pictures are hanging level. A good, sturdy level will last a lifetime!

• Hammer – For hanging pictures or putting up shelving, consider different sizes of hammers for more delicate projects or heavy construction!

• Wire cutters – Ensure you do not damage your home scissors by using the correct type of wire cutters. Wire cutters make it easy to cut a wire when dealing with electrical repairs, crafts, and other projects!

• Blue painter’s tape – Professional and amateur painters use blue painter’s tape to mask off areas they want free of paint. Available in different widths and sizes, this special tape is made to be removed from surfaces without causing damage. You can tape off the edges of a door frame or tape down runners to protect the floor from scratches when moving large furniture!

• A pencil – Having a pencil handy will be of more use than you think. Use it to place a mark right where you need to drill a hole or record a measurement. It is important that it is a pencil and not a pen, so it is easy to remove!

Home Improvement Projects for Beginners

Jump in, get your hands dirty and have some fun with easy home improvement projects. We all start somewhere. You are never too old or too young to learn simple projects to better your home. Whether it is an upgrade or a fix, improving your home is always a good idea! Use your free time and these easy tips to build your skills and boost your confidence when it comes to home improvement!

 

Paint a room

If you want a fast and economical way to achieve impressive and immediate change to your room’s look and feel, a new coat of paint is your best friend. Whether you are freshening up a guest room or touching up a dry wall patch, painting is the final touch that makes your room feel complete. If you don’t like the finished project, no worries, just paint over it until you find what you like. Many paint stores will give you a sample can of paint to use on a portion of your project to make sure you get the right color on the first coat. Invest in a roller and pan, trim brush and clean up equipment to make the process go much smoother. While it can get messy, painting a room is something the whole family can enjoy doing together!

 

Install a fire pit

Create your family’s favorite outdoor gathering spot perfect for bonfires and smores by building a fire pit. This introduction to basic concrete work is the perfect project to really bring out your building skills. Evolve your skills into patio, tuck pointing, retaining walls and lots of other DIY home improvement projects! Masonry tools are inexpensive and easy to obtain. Use a trowel and tuck-pointer to make your fire pit and any future project easier and faster to complete.

 

Replacing cabinet pulls or knobs

Upgrading your cabinets and replacing the pulls or knobs is a quick and easy way to improve your kitchen without breaking the bank. It can be as easy as unscrewing the old and attaching the new piece. Don’t underestimate the look of new hardware on your cabinets and drawers. You can tie the entire kitchen or room together with knobs and pulls that match your style. Some complications can arise when using washers or a pull that is rusted onto a screw. It is very difficult to unscrew them with just a screwdriver; you need a power tool. Having a cordless drill is an essential tool for your DIY toolkit! Replacing your cabinet knobs and pulls to match the rest of the room will really complete your space.

 

Replacing a torn window screen

Whether it happened from a fallen branch, a pair of eager paws, or just simple wear and tear, most window screens are easy to fix. Repair the patch or replace the whole screen to prevent insects from entering your home and making your windows look more attractive. Window materials are inexpensive. A roll of screening and rubber spline to hold the screen in place are easy to find in your local home improvement store. Use a spline roller to make the project go smoother and decrease the risk of damage from installation!

Building a Deck – Proper Planning Can Save Cash

While we know it’s going to be a rough few weeks for everyone and we want all of you to stay safe, we also want you to keep thinking about those projects you’ve been wanting to do while at home and one of those should be building a deck or fixing the deck you have! We have a few tips that will ensure you don’t get frustrated as well as spend too much cash. Continue reading “Building a Deck – Proper Planning Can Save Cash”

Projects for Your Home During Winter

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There are many projects you can do during the cold weather months since you’re spending most of the time indoors and before the Spring weather hits and you’ll need to look at your outdoor projects for your home. From  changing doors and trim to updating your bathrooms to painting rooms to refresh the feel, here are the best home projects to start now. Continue reading “Projects for Your Home During Winter”

Home Remodeling Trends for 2020

A home remodeling project this year could help you change how you currently feel about your “outdated” home. Whether you want to change the cabinetry in your kitchen, change your vanity in your bathroom, or create an outdoor living space, we have a few ideas for you that are the home remodeling trends for 2020. Continue reading “Home Remodeling Trends for 2020”

Before You Build Your New Home

New_Home_ConstructionYou have some wonderful ideas about what you want your new home to look like; you’ve drawn out some plans, considered what you NEEDED versus what you WANTED, and considered everything that could happen. Everything, right? Here are 5 tips to make sure you start building that new home and don’t have any builder’s remorse. Continue reading “Before You Build Your New Home”

The Barn Wood Phenomenon

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Cabins, rustic living, wood interiors: the trend of creating a living space that makes you feel “far away” but in your own home is growing and barn wood is something we are seeing a lot of folks as for. We now carry barn wood that looks reclaimed and rustic but is new and will make your house look wonderful!

Continue reading “The Barn Wood Phenomenon”

Creating YOUR Perfect Kitchen

There is a lot that goes into kitchen design these days. Gone are the simple kitchens with too little countertops, not enough cabinets and closed in by walls with only one window over the sink looking out over the front or backyard. When we talk with clients about their “perfect” kitchen, we tend to hear the same things: workspace, storage, open design.

Your Kitchen Workspace

Whether it’s a new home build or remodeling your kitchen, look at the workspace, your countertops. Do you have enough space to be the master chef you know you really are? Consider ways to create more countertop space and have most of it near the oven/stovetop and sink. You don’t need to be all over the kitchen during prep, and making too large of a mess. Something even better to consider is a kitchen island. If there’s enough space, it will help with the next part of kitchen design.

Your Kitchen Storage

There is never enough storage in anyone’s kitchen. You’re not alone with your frustration. You can never have enough cabinets but you also don’t want to have your kitchen too enclosed. There are ways to make your cabinets look more open. Glass fronts or even open cabinetry is a trend in recent years. We also look for ways to make cabinets more accessible to where you need to be in the kitchen, not where “they just fit” in the kitchen. Take a look at your kitchen now and know which cabinets cause you headaches and where you really want your cabinets to be!

Your Open Design Kitchen

A “Kitchen Bistro” has been a trend in 2019 with most families realizing they spend most of their time in the kitchen. If you’re going to have an island, can you create enough room to have a breakfast bar attached to it? Can you open up walls to the dining room or living room? L-shaped or U-shaped kitchens are best for entertaining and open design.

You have a lot of ideas and we have the kitchen design know-how.

Contact us today and let’s build that dream kitchen together!

Perfect Color by Valspar

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You want to pick the right color for your home, but you also want to make sure you’re selecting the right paint, too! We have given our stamp of approval year-after-year to Valspar. Why Valspar? It’s one of the world’s leading paint companies for a number of reasons.

Here are a handful of benefits of selecting Valspar paint for your next remodeling project:

Valspar Color

Of course, color is the real star of the show when it comes to painting. Valspar offers a multitude of different formulas and shades, from dark, intensely pigmented hues, to paint/primer combinations impervious to stains and dirt. They also select a dozen colors each year, which parallel the year’s hottest trends in culture, fashion, design, and technology. There are over 1700 colors from which to choose, so you can find the perfect shade for every home improvement project.

Valspar’s 200+ Years of Experience

gallon of Valsoar paintValspar has been making strides in the paint business for over 200 years. The brand was founded in the early 19th century in Boston when it operated as a paint dealership. What started off as a small paint business is now listed on the Fortune 1000. As the company grew, so did their selection of colors and products.

Much like their paint, Valspar has stood the test of time with flying colors. Since 1806, Valspar has been vibrantly coloring the world with their products. Whether it was the houses down the street or the plane of American Aviator Charles Lindbergh, Valspar had it covered and still does to this day.

Valspar’s Color Guarantee

Valspar guarantees you will love the color you choose—if you don’t, they’ll give you another one for free! The process is simple. Instead of returning a color you dislike, just buy a new one, take a photograph of both hues on your wall, and fill out a rebate form through the Valspar website. If only all brands offered such an alluring deal!

The Modern Farmhouse TAKEOEVER!

The “Modern Farmhouse” is something we’ve been talking a lot about lately, but it’s not just us who have become hooked on the stark contrast and natural wood grains that have made the Modern Farmhouse so popular! Thanks to designers like Joanna Gaines and her HGTV show ‘Fixer Upper,’ the country has fallen in love with the look and feel the Modern Farmhouse gives.

We’re here to help you design the home of your dreams! If your dream home includes crisp white walls and dark window frames, we can make that happen for you!

The Curbside Modern Farmhouse

Your home’s appeal starts when you walk up to the door, and there are some classic stylistic choices you can make to give your home that appeal.
Dark, metal roofs are a staple of the typical Modern Farmhouse appearance. Metal roofs have been used throughout the US for more than 150 years, and with the re-popularization of metal roofs not just on barns but on residences as well, we don’t see them going out of style anytime soon. We work with three different metal roofing companies (McElroy Metal, Central States Manufacturing, and Fabral). Each have a full spectrum of color and treatment options that we endorse.

Highlighting your roof with clean white siding and dark window frames draws the eyes to the windows and doors of your home. Our siding manufactures (ProVia, CertainTeed, ROYAL, and LP Building Products) have smooth, creamy white finishes if you’re looking to put new siding on your home, and our paint suppliers have weather-approved options for painting your home if your exterior is still in excellent condition!

Making a Modern Farmhouse Feel Like Home

The Modern Farmhouse

Speaking of paint colors there’s a pretty specific color-code to the Modern Farmhouse. Sticking with whites and neutrals is your safest bet, but remember it’s all about contrast!

White countertops contrasted with dark blue or black cabinets can make your ceilings appear taller and your space seem bigger. We work with regional countertop and cabinet suppliers, and that’s how we like to keep it! We support local businesses because of the quality products they continuously deliver, and because these are people in our communities that we’ve been working with for generations.

Big Windows Doesn’t Mean Lost Energy

One of the last signature looks to a farmhouse is the big, minimalistic black framed windows and doors. Black window frames have always been a staple of cabin retreats so we’re happy people have opened their eyes to the possibilities outside of white! Thanks to suppliers like Marvin, Thermo-Tech, Masonite, and Tru-Tech, we can offer our customers a wide array of windows and doors that are energy efficient as well as beautiful!

If you’ve been thinking about updating your home and you’d love some advice on how to get the look just right, give us a call or stop by. We’re local so we can serve our locals!