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Home Additions – Match the New to the Old

January 27, 2015

Home Additions Denver As much as possible a home addition should look like it could have always been there. For example if your house has oversized crown moldings or wide plank floor you'll likely want to repeat those design elements in the new addition. Also, try to match finish materials, such as siding, roofing, trim, windows and doors. However, don't feel as though every single element of your addition has to exactly match the construction of you existing home. Some details are difficult to duplicate, and some are just too expensive to afford. Don't get so caught up in trying to duplicate the …Read More

Start the New Year with a New Interior Painting Project

December 30, 2014

Interior-Painting The new year always brings resolutions, goals, promises, and hopes. But too often this optimism is short lived and resolutions are quickly forgotten. However, a solution for lasting change that you can enjoy long after your gym membership card starts collecting dust and the desert menu finds its way back into your hands is freshening up the interior of your Denver home. If you've been putting off an interior painting project, let the New Year be your inspiration. A coat of paint will ring in the New Year with a fresh new look. Whether it’s coating your walls with paint, …Read More

Denver Historic Preservation – Preserving Historic Ornamental Plaster

December 12, 2014

Historic Ornamental Plaster Denver Historic Preservation - Similar to flat walls and ceilings, historical ornamental plaster is made of gypsum and lime which are very stable and durable materials. Plaster can be modeled, colored, stamped, or stenciled. If you are fortunate enough to have ornamental plaster in your home, you will want to preserve it. You should keep in mind that ornamental plaster is subject to water intrusion, structural movement and vibrations. Controlling Moister Uncontrolled moisture is the most common cause of deterioration in historic homes resulting in the need for Denver Historic Preservation. Moister leads to erosion, rot, and ultimately the destruction of plaster, …Read More

Denver Historic Interior Restoration

November 26, 2014

historic plaster walls Historic Interior Restoration It is important that we all work to preserve and maintain the rich ornamental detail and general character of our Denver historical home interiors. Some of the characteristics that distinguish Denver historical interiors are the distinctive surface materials and finishes, such as wooden planked floors, decorative ceiling beams, and grained doors.The shape and detail of an interior space may be an essential part of what makes it unique. Repairing Historic Flat Plaster Walls and Ceilings Historical plaster may appear so worn with time that its complete removal may seem to be the only solution. However there are several practical and …Read More

Commercial Historic Building Restoration Tax Credits

November 9, 2014

Commercial Historic Restoration Have you ever wanted to buy an old commercial building and fix it up?  Did you know there was a federal rehabilitation tax credit that may be available to help you pay for the restoration project? This credit was established by congress to help preserve historic buildings and encourage businesses to stay in older, economically disadvantaged areas, such as inner cities. To qualify for this credit, your restoration expenses must exceed the greater of the adjusted basis of the building and its structural components or $5,000, whichever is greater. The adjusted basis is the purchase price, less the cost of the land, minus depreciation already taken. Qualifying for …Read More

Denver Interior Painting

November 3, 2014

House Painting Whether you hire a professional to paint the interior of your home or you do it yourself, it's one of the least expensive and more instantly gratifying home improvement projects. Also, painting the interior of your home is one of the most dramatic changes you can make to your home. Save Money by Doing it Yourself Save money on paint: Many home improvement stores will sell mistinted paint. This is usually paint that was specially mixed, but was not the right color. You can often find incorrectly tinted paint in the colors you want being sold for much cheaper than having the …Read More

Historic Restoration – Crunching the Numbers

August 15, 2014

Histoic Restoration Cost It doesn't mater whether it's an old house or a more recent one, almost any improvement will increase the value of your home. The more relevant question, perhaps, is whether it's possible to recoup all the money investment in home-improvement projects including restoration projects when it comes time to sell the house. For example, if a homeowner invests $50,000 in a restoration project, will the future selling price increase by at least that amount? The answer to this question is hard to come by, primarily because there are so many interrelated reasons why residential property values appreciate. Among the more common …Read More

Restore Those Historic Doors!

July 31, 2014

Historic doors Those old doors add so much architectural charm to your Denver historic home that you just can't find in a new door. However they may be hard to close, or even need to be slammed. This is due to many factors such a settling of the house, paint build-up, loose glue, loose hinges and/or warping of the door itself. Old doors can be restored so that they open and shut just as nicely as their counterparts in newer houses. Do not be like many home owners and try to solve the problems with half done repairs. Do it right, and here's …Read More

Interior Painting – Attention to Detail!

July 8, 2014

Interior Painting Interior painting can be a way to add value to your home without spending a lot of money. A fresh coat of paint can change the entire look of a Denver home. Whether you want to brighten up a historic home or trying to choose colors for your new home, Dowd Restoration can help! Custom Colors are our specialty! We will work closely with you to choose the products and colors best for your project. Do the Prep Work Interior painting can be a very meticulous and detailed process. The most important element of any interior painting project is the prep work. …Read More