Has cold weather left you wishing you had a garage or additional indoor parking space in your home? Adding this space will obviously be a huge convenience for your vehicles, but also can add value to your property! Here are some other great benefits of adding a garage to your home:
Seasonal Storage: One can never seem to have enough storage for all their things. A garage can offer this additional storage space for seasonal items, such as holiday decorations or playground items for the kiddos. Build out shelves to fit clear Rubbermaid bins. Label bins for ease and organization!
More Living Space: In addition to creating an awesome space for your vehicles, you can also add a second story to your garage. Use this space as another bedroom or living space. From a playroom to a man cave to a home office, the possibilities for above garage rooms are endless!
Workshop Space: The garage is a perfect home for all of your tools. Add a workbench to complete your projects and find an organization system to store all of your tools.
Shed Alternative: Need a place to store all those lawn care items? Your garage can be the ideal home. Store everything from your lawn mover to gardening tools. Add hooks onto the garage wall for easy storage.
Food Storage: If you have a big family, one fridge and freezer never seems to be enough. Add additional food storage spaces into your garage. Store items you won’t use day to day, but still need.
If you’re ready to enhance your home with a garage, give the experts at Patriot Construction a call at 585.720.0990!
Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year is “Classic Blue”. Pantone describes it as “instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.” Luckily, this inspired color is timeless, making it so easy to incorporate into your home. Here are some great ideas:
Siding: A tried and true option for incorporating this Classic Blue is your siding! It’s bold enough to stand out against the standard neutral-colored homes, but not so drastic to cause concern if you’re looking to sell down the road. Add flair with white trim or stone accents.
Soft Goods: Want to just dip your toes into the Classic Blue look? Soft goods are always a great way to go. Think throw pillows, blankets, curtains, and rugs. These aren’t as permanent and can be more cost-conscious if you’re simply looking to be on-trend for the year.
Wall Color: If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to make a bold statement, try using Classic Blue when painting your home. Go full room for a bold look, or create interest in your space with an accent wall.
Flooring: From rugs to woods to tile, flooring can be a unique way to incorporate Classic Blue into your home. For comfort in your family room, opt for plush carpet. Does your home have a shabby chic look? Opt for blue stained wood. Obsessed with modern casual luxury? Go for a pattern tile that features Classic Blue!
Appliances: If you’re absolutely head over heels for Classic Blue, opt for the luxurious appliances. Typically colored appliances come with an increased price tag, but can certainly make a striking look in your home. Think about pairing a Classic Blue oven and fridge with white cabinets and light grey, stainless steel accents in your kitchen. It will certainly have a one of a kind look without being too obscure.
If you’re looking for a product that adds major value to your home, consider a metal roof. While metal roofs can be a much greater investment, the following benefits can far outweigh the disadvantages, especially if you plan on being in your home for many years to come.
Long-Lasting: When installed properly, metal roofs can last over 50 years. This is certainly unlike traditional asphalt that only lasts somewhere between 12 – 20 years.
Wind Resistant: The structure of metal roofs are installed with interlocking panels. This allows for maximum wind resistance. With this, other than the occasional inspection, metal roofs require minimal maintenance.
Energy Efficiency: Metal roofs help to keep homes cool by reflecting solar radiant heat. You can find homes with metal roofs typically have a cooling savings of 10 – 25%. In the long term, the additional cost spent on a metal roof can be recuperated by the savings of cooling and heating costs.
Environmentally Friendly: Many metal roofs can contain somewhere between 25% – 95% of recycled content. When the roof needs to be replaced, after many years of use, metal roofs are still 100% recyclable. This is vastly different from traditional asphalt roofing, which leaves about 20 billion pounds in US landfills every year.
Unique Style: With endless colors, finishes, and shapes in a variety of materials, like tin, zinc, aluminum, copper, or galvanized steel, you are sure to find a metal roof to coordinate with your home. Yet, unlike traditional asphalt roofing, there are significantly more choices in metal roofing, allowing you to make it as simplistic or striking as your taste desires.
Maybe you’d like to learn more, or maybe you’re ready to upgrade to a beautiful metal roof! Either way, the experts at Patriot Construction would love to assist. Give us a call at 585.720.0990!
Rod has worked on many projects for Patriot for over 15 years. His specialty was painting before he was asked to become a salesman over a year ago! Rod, tell us some more:
What is your role at Patriot Construction? I primarily sell roofing, siding, and windows, but also will sell remodeling, bathrooms, kitchens, and additions. It’s my responsibility to meet with customers and find out any and all of their construction needs.
Most memorable project at Patriot Construction: One project started our as a leaky toilet and ended up almost gutting an entire house!
What is one thing about Patriot that you wish more clients knew? I wish clients knew how hard it is to do construction in our area. With the short season, bad weather, and laws and regulations we have to follow to be a legitimate contractor, it can pose some serious challenges.
What is one thing you wish clients knew about you? I have been in construction my entire life. I grew up in a family construction business and painted for over 30 years. When it comes to your home, I am an expert on almost everything!
What is one dream project you’d love done at your home? I would love to put in a walk-in basement in my own home.
What is one item you need to have on you to get through the workday? I need my music to get me through the day.
What do you do for fun when not at work? I play travel softball for fun, love to golf, and I like to spend time working and playing around the house with my wife and kids.
Who inspires you? I have a wife of 21 years and 14-year-old twins that inspire me every day!
Attic’s are often illustrated as scary spaces with old creepy toys and spider webs. But in reality, attics are truly uncharted real estate in your home that with a small investment, can offer huge benefits. Here are just some of the directions you can go in with an attic renovation:
HOME OFFICE: With the rise of small businesses, many homeowners need an office in their home. Converting an attic space to your home office is a great option. Fill the space with your workstation, file storage, and even a conference table if you choose to bring clients into your home. The best part? You can totally unplug and leave everything on the top floor when the workday is done!
STUDY ROOM: Wouldn’t it be nice if the kiddos had a designated space to do homework each day? Rather than sprawling out on the dining room table, your attic space can be transformed into a study room. Think desk spaces, a large project table, and even a reading nook. You can get your work done downstairs, while the kids are getting their work done upstairs.
ENTERTAINMENT AREA: If you have a large family or large group of friends, entertainment space is essential in your home. Expand your entertaining opportunities by converting your attic. Turn it into an additional living room with a bar for cocktails and conversation. Or consider a theatre set up for movie nights, with a big screen and comfortable seating. The possibilities are endless!
PLAYROOM: Give the toys a home! A playroom gives you a designated space for your kids to play. It can help them keep their room orderly and stands as a home for all their stuff. Just think, it’s tucked neatly behind a door, anytime you want – for your sanity of course. Consider features like a chalkboard wall, a movie viewing corner, and even a large crafting table. The kids will love it!
BEDROOM: Perhaps the family is growing, or maybe your current bedrooms are rather small. Converting your attic space could give you that additional bedroom area you’ve been looking for! Maybe your teen needs to move out of their sibling’s bedroom. Or it could be the perfect opportunity to create that grand, master bedroom! We know, you’re already picking out new bedding for it!
LIBRARY: If your house is filled with bookworms, a library is an obvious choice for your attic renovation. Use wall space to create endless bookshelves and create a cozy reading area next to a window. It will be the perfect space to get lost in a good book.
CRAFT ROOM: If your hot glue gun needs a permanent home, a craft room could be the perfect choice for an attic renovation. This open space is a blank slate for you to include craft storage, crafting tables, and home for all your gadgets. Think of everything you can create in this new space!
CLOSET: Is your resident fashionista taking up all the closet space? Opt to transform your unused attic space into a luxe walk-in closet. You will surely have enough room for clothes, as well as other high-end features like a jewelry island, lounge area, and accessory display. Just make sure you leave enough room for those future shopping trips!
MAN CAVE: If the guys need a haven away from the rest of the house, a man cave is surely the way to go for your attic renovation. From big-screen TVs for sports to a souped-up computer station for gaming, this men’s only space can cater to personal preferences and interests. Just make sure you include that fridge for beer storage!
Now that we’ve filled your head with attic renovation possibilities, we’d love to help bring that vision to life. The experts at Patriot Construction have vast knowledge in all renovation projects, including attics. If you’re looking to get the most out of the space in your home, we’d love for you to give us a call at 585.720.0990!
As summer is winding down, do you feel like you got the best out of your yard this year? Enhancing your outdoor living space may be something to consider completing for the last months of summer, or to plan for next year. Here are three ideas on how to enhance your backyard and expand your outdoor living space:
BUILD A PERGOLA
This is great for a space that may be somewhat shaded already. A pergola will allow sunlight through with minimal shade in its open-air structure. You can even add fabrics or plants to the pergola to increase the shade. It can be a great area to add lounge chairs, an outdoor dining area, or even a bar!
Build A Gazebo
Do you have a beautiful outdoor space but not a lot of shade? A gazebo can be a great option, as it has a full roof. With the sides not fully enclosed you can still enjoy your outdoor space. From lounging to dining areas, it can be a great way to enjoy your backyard even more!
Build A Deck
A deck can be a far more expansive space than a pergola or gazebo. With no top structure, you can use fire pits and grills in this space safely. It’s also large enough to have multiple sections for guests to enjoy, such as a dining area, cooking area, and lounge area.
When considering any of these options, built-in structures are always preferred, as they will last longer than purchased store kits. Permanent structures also will add additional value to your home.
Be sure to consider permits needed to fulfill local codes, including getting engineer building plans. For ease during the project and exceptional final results, give the experts at Patriot Construction a call at 585.720.0990. We’d love to help enhance your backyard!
George Emmel is our rockstar Project Manager. He has been with Patriot for over 9 years! Let’s hear a little bit more about George:
What is your role at Patriot Construction? It’s my job to manage the crews. I make sure that the projects get done on time and in budget. I review the budget before projects start, order the materials, review billing, help salesmen with pricing on larger projects, and pretty much whatever needs to be done to help Patriot Construction.
Most memorable project at Patriot Construction: There are a few projects that stick out. These were very high-end kitchen and bathroom remodels, as well as some additions that were pretty intense.
What is one thing about Patriot that you wish more clients knew? I wish that the customer knew how much my phone rings. I make every effort to answer it throughout the day and still maintain projects in progress.
What is one thing you wish clients knew about you? I will go above and beyond to ensure their project comes out properly.
What is one dream project you’d love done at your home? I’d love to remodel my kitchen.
What is one item you need to have on you to get through the workday?My cell phone.
What do you do for fun when not at work? Eith golfing or hunting.
Who inspires you? Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior.
People bond over many activities, but one that resonates with almost everyone is food. This makes having a masterpiece environment to cook, eat, and socialize is a must. Kitchens can be one of the most warming and welcoming places in a home. Here are some ideas to consider when it comes to renovating your kitchen:
Everyone’s kitchens have the basic and essential appliances like a stove and oven, refrigerator, microwave, and dishwasher, but don’t ignore some of the more specialized devices. If you have social gatherings with friends and family, you might want to consider a built-in wine cooler to keep all your events refreshing and exciting. Is cooking for friends more your style? Maybe a pot filler faucet fixed over your new stove is more fitting. The options are endless and can be integrated into your kitchen design in seamless ways.
One of the most eye-popping features of any great kitchen comes from the countertops. The surface area of your kitchen should be a beautiful and inviting look for both your family and your guests. In addition, consider your backsplash. It offers a variety of benefits including a beautiful look, protection against kitchen spills, and easy cleaning. The options for countertops are exciting. Granite is one of the most elegant, durable, and naturally beautiful surfaces on the market. For the homeowner looking for the best bang for their buck, laminate countertops come in a vast array of options and at a great price! What look fits you best?
A huge problem with home kitchens nowadays is where to keep everything in an efficient and organized manner. Modern kitchen cabinets offer the best of both worlds and keep a fresh style in mind! A trending kitchen idea is open cabinet designs. The open layout of storage spaces allows for easy access and an elegant look to your kitchen – just make sure you keep things looking organized! Another great option when looking for new cabinet ideas is corner cabinets. Corner cabinets offer a great way of avoiding two storage spaces from intersecting each other, and the addition of a Lazy Susan optimizes your storage space. Updating cabinet spaces can help make any kitchen space an even better one!
The main purpose of a kitchen is to cook delicious and beautiful food, so the dining area becomes a crucial element. In many instances, designing a perfect dining space can be a stressful task. You want your family and guests to feel welcomed and comfortable when sitting down to enjoy a freshly prepared meal. Important aspects of any great dining space include the length of table area, number of chairs allowed at the table, the distance between wall and table and clearance under the table. Professionals are here to make sure any of these issues are tackled and taken care of. They can also help customize options if you’d like to include built-in elements, like a breakfast nook or high top island seating.
Lighting fixtures offer a great form of beauty and utility. Whether it’s Thanksgiving and you’re preparing an epic meal for the whole family, or you’re coming home from a long day at work and looking for a quick meal to cook. Having efficient and elegant lighting is a must! Another fixture to consider is the widely popular cookware racks. The addition of cookware racks adds a rustic and handsome style to your kitchen with utility and practicality.
Spice up your kitchen with new appliances, fresh new counter tops, and upgraded cabinet areas. Patriot Construction can tackle all of your kitchen remodeling needs! We would love to take the time to talk to you about any kitchen remodeling ideas. Reach out to us today at (585)-720-0990 or visit our contact form to learn more!
In-Law Apartments are a great option families who like to stay close but maintain independence and privacy. These apartments are usually built off of an existing home, complete with their own kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living area, and private entryway. If you’re considering adding an In-Law Apartment to your house, check out some of the benefits of making it a reality!
Creating a space within your home for your older family members allows you to gain some additional support around the house. This support could come in the form of help with the kids or help with cooking the family dinner. Either way, being able to call on other family members from time-to-time takes some weight and stress off of your shoulders.
Peace of Mind
Knowing that your family is seconds away in the event of an emergency situation provides homeowners with some peace of mind. Having family this close also allows you to monitor their health and activity, so you know exactly how they’re doing.
Remaining Sense of Independence
Having their own “apartment” means that these family members can remain independent. An In-Law Apartment equipped with a kitchen and appliances means your family will still be capable of managing and maintaining their individual lifestyles. Having a private entryway also helps to create another level of solitude.
Versatility of Space
Even though they are referred to as “In-Law Apartments,” this space can be used for so many other things! Think guest room, fitness center, or even a craft space. Maybe you’ve downsized since your youngest has gone to college, this apartment can be a welcoming space for them during the summer! It can also be a space that you can rent out, and make some extra income.
Added Home Value
When the time comes to sell your home, additional rooms increase the value of your home. The extra space may even make your home feel more luxurious than before. In-Law Apartments are unique, making it a selling point on your house that potential buyers will love.
No matter the original intrigue of an In-Law Apartment, they offer homeowners great versatility. From family support to independence, these apartments are a great addition to any home. To get a start on this project today, call Patriot Construction at (585)-720-0990 or fill out our contact form here. We’d love to create the perfect In-Law Apartment for your family!
Alex Pecora is our stellar Senior Customer Advocate here are Patriot Construction. She has been with us since 2013 and absolutely loves working with our customers. Take it away Alex!:
What is your role at Patriot Construction? My role is the Senior Customer Advocate. I wear several hats with that title. My first priority is always making sure the customers are being taken care of and communicated with. I work along with each one of our departments in several different aspects. It’s exciting because not one day is the same.
Most memorable project at Patriot Construction: To me all of the projects are memorable, each one is different and unique in it’s own way.
What is one thing about Patriot that you wish more clients knew? How much we care about our customers. We do everything that we possibly can to make our customer’s happy. We always try and go the extra mile. When you become a part of Patriot, you become a part of the family.
What is one thing you wish clients knew about you? I genuinely care about each individual customer that becomes part of the Patriot Construction family.
What is one dream project you’d love done at your home? There’s so many do I have to pick just one?! I would love to put an addition on my home!
What is one item you need to have on you to get through the work day? My computer, without it I can’t do a thing!
What do you do for fun when not at work? Spending time with my Husband and Son and our extended family. I also enjoy singing and playing the piano.
Who inspires you and why? My son. He inspires me to constantly strive to be the best version of myself that I can.