Custom Built-in Shelves

Custom built-ins are the perfect way to apply a completely customizable and classy touch to your home’s décor. And best of all, this applies to the brand new custom home, and the home that just needs an updating (built-ins display a quality and craftsmanship unique in most any home). When most people consider built-ins, they think of the huge beautiful libraries, and, while a library with custom-built bookshelves is truly a spectacular show-stopping piece in most any home, built-ins are also good for other purposes.

The purpose of Built-ins

First, let’s consider built-ins simply—consider them for what they are: vertical storage and vertical displays. That’s it. Built-ins are a series of shelves built of whatever wood you choose, stained dark or light, it doesn’t matter (that’s the first level of customization). So, considering a built-in simply, now consider how a built-in would change the look of an entire room. First let’s consider built-ins on a large-scale, and picture an entire wall or walls, meant to display photos, books, artwork, etc.
The wood shelves add that custom, comfortable warm-wood feel, and while this in and of itself is a statement as to the homeowner’s personality, whatever they then choose to put on those shelves, to display, gives a further impression. Built-ins on a medium scale include china storage in a dining room, maybe bookshelf storage in a room intended to be used as an office; maybe even in the closet (there is another article in the blog that discusses in-depth the possible customization of closets).
Built-ins in a media room can spectacularly display your television, your music collection, possibly even DVD’s, or, include a wall of cupboards, where these things can be stored, but put away, out of sight, but quickly accessible.

The possibilities for built-ins are practically endless. If you think built-ins in any form are an important addition in your next custom home, it’s time to speak with Bruce Tall Construction as to how to incorporate them into the plan of making your dream home a reality.         

If you have any further questions about Custom Built-in Shelves, your roof or any roofing questions, call Bruce Tall Construction today.

 

roof ventilation billings mt

Does Your Home Need Roof Ventilation?

Roof ventilation is a subject that is often misunderstood by homeowners. While some ventilation is great for circulating air through your attic and lowering your energy bills, it pays to know how much roof ventilation you really need – or if you need any at all. Here are some tips that can help you make that decision.

roof ventilation billings mt

You Live in an Area with Harsh Winters

Winter is always a harsh season for roofs and attics. Not only can too much snow on a roof cause it to collapse, but it’s all too easy to experience a leak from ice dams. This can cause a lot of moisture to build up in your attic, which can lead to problems such as water damage and mold. Proper roof ventilation can improve air flow in your attic and help mitigate any moisture problems you may be experiencing, but you need to be careful that you don’t have too much ventilation. That might only give you more places where your roof can leak.

You Experience Exceptionally Hot Summers

Proper roof ventilation can keep your attic cool and lower your air conditioning bills, but it could also help keep your roof in good shape. An unventilated attic can reach temperatures of up to 150 degrees in some parts of the country, and that kind of heat can cause shingles and other roofing materials to become damaged. It probably won’t ruin your entire roof, but you will need to replace your shingles sooner rather than later.

Speak to a Roofing Professional

It can be difficult to determine how much or how little roof ventilation you will need. Each home has its own requirements and its own quirks, so it is in your best interest to contact a roofing professional for advice. They will be able to tell you how much ventilation your roof will need as well as any problems you may experience should you have improper ventilation. There are bound to be plenty of professional licensed roofers in your area, so take some time to look around if you want to learn more about what is best for your family’s home.

If you have any further questions about your roof’s ventilation or any roofing questions, call Bruce Tall Construction today.

free roof inspection billings mt

Winter Tips for Your Foundation

Oftentimes this time of year we start to see a break in the winter weather, and the warmer days melt the snow, causing an immense amount of water to runoff. That water must go somewhere. If the ground near your foundation is not set to a proper sloping grade, then that water could be seeping into your home, and working its way through cracks or imperfections in your home’s concrete foundation.

Keeping water outside the home

The grade of the ground surrounding your foundation is the most important deterrent for keeping water away from your home. Ground sloping at your home’s foundation will only provide a downspout to push the water toward the home. Obviously, this is bad. When the ground clears of snow, check the areas around your home’s foundation to make sure that the ground slopes away from the foundation. The grade of the ground doesn’t need to be severe. It’s easy to correct if your grade goes the wrong way. Oftentimes a poor grade is just the result of a home settling, and the remedy is nothing more than adding dirt, packing it, around your homes foundation. However, do not add dirt up to the level of the siding.

Also, a functional gutter system is important to keeping excess water from your home. If your gutters are full of the dead leaves from last fall season, water is going to be trapped there, plugging up the gutters, and preventing water from draining away from your home properly. Make sure that all downspouts have an angle/elbow section at the bottom which turns the water out and away from the home. For homes with a minimal grade at downspout locations, it may be beneficial to add a lengthy section of downspout here to push water away from the foundation. Also, make sure that any downspouts don’t empty water onto common walking surfaces. This won’t affect the runoff of water, but it will push water onto the surfaces where we want to walk or drive, create ice where we don’t want ice.

If you have any further questions about how to protect your foundation or for more winter care tips, call Bruce Tall Construction today.

 

Quality Contractor Billings MT

Just what does a quality contractor do? How do you determine if someone who’s claiming to be a quality contractor actually is? A good contractor works in the same way the house is built— from the ground up. Consider the construction of a house as the metaphor for the contractor: you build up your house by laying down a solid foundation, erect your walls, nails and hardware holding your lumber in place, then comes the roof, then comes the siding, the finished insides to the house, etc., and, if just one of these steps is done incorrectly, the step immediately following it will have problems, and so on and so forth. The contractors the quality of the steps, he’s the one who takes understands and performs correctly each step required of the job—regardless of the size and scope—and he does each step the right way.

A quality contractor starts by giving an accurate representation as to the job. He estimates the job, and sets the schedule and the time-table for the job. These first steps are vitally important to the rest of the job, because, consider a job from start to finish: the contractor is going to have to have the foresight to schedule the work to be done—days, weeks, even months in advance. If the initial timetable for the job is misstated, or underestimated, the work that will come later could be compromised.

A quality general contractor is like the coach of a sports team: he’s going to make sure that everyone’s pulling their weight, makes sure that everyone who’s working on the job is working with the same goals as the rest of the team. Coordination and teamwork is vitally important to performing any construction job, from the smallest to the biggest.

There are contractors everywhere stating that they can do practically anything. But, when you’re considering hiring a quality contractor for your next project, you want the best, most efficient, most experienced contractor you can find, and you shouldn’t have to settle for anything less.

Please contact Bruce Tall Construction for all of your contracting needs.

 

commercial siding billings mt, roofing and siding billings mt

Siding

There are different types of siding.  Without a doubt the most popular and most ubiquitous being vinyl.  Spend time in most any subdivision in America, and you will see it protecting almost every home on the block.  And it’s popular for a good reason: it’s cheap, it’s available in multiple colors, and it’s easy to repair.  But there are other types of siding that have great benefits for the home.  The two types that we will examine here today are fiber cement and steel.  Obviously there are other choices, natural materials such as wood, brick, stucco, and stone, and, while these have benefits, natural materials are not always as practical for the common homeowner.

Fiber cement siding has been a popular choice for decades.  Its benefits being similar to that of vinyl: easy maintenance, and low cost.  Fiber cement is also mostly impervious to termites, and its resistant to damage from fire.  Fiber cement can be purchased to look like natural materials such as stucco or wood.  It’s not a new building material, but today’s modern homeowner can choose from many different styles.   

Steel Siding

Steel siding is a beautiful, albeit more expensive, material option to use on your home.  Steel siding can be built to look like most any natural material.  Steel siding is also more durable than most other materials.  Steel siding is not vulnerable to extreme heat or cold.  It wont shift, expanding and contracting with changes in climate like vinyl.  Also, most other siding options have apparent seams where the panels connect, and steel siding can also be made to look seamless.  Quality steel siding could continue to look beautiful on the home for thirty years or more.  But a long lasting product is the result of a quality installation.   

While all materials have some variation in quality and durability, one thing that should never be compromised on is the quality of the contractor hired to put it on your home.  A quality contractor can make the best of the materials.   

If you are looking for a quality contractor or Billings Best Contractor, please contact Bruce Tall Construction today!

commercial siding billings mt

Siding Billings MT

Your home’s siding protects the home from the elements. Regardless of the material used to side the house that siding will handle the brunt of wind, rain, hail, ice and snow. And, while it’s protecting the home, it’s also got to look nice. All siding materials have pros and cons when you compare the strength and durability, or the concept in which the siding is easily put-on, cleaned, or replaced. And, with so many choices of siding—way too many to commit each one to a blog post—we’re going to examine and stick-with vinyl siding, because vinyl is the most widely used siding type in building today.

commercial siding billings mt, roofing and siding billings mt

Vinyl siding is durable, it’s cheap, and it’s easy to hang to the side of the house, and it’s easy to replace a panel when one is damaged or appears more-weathered then the rest. Different things can weather vinyl panels which makes the color of the panel fade. Consider errant garden or lawn sprinklers, peppering the siding with water, daily. That area will look considerably more-weathered then the rest of the home. But, what if the area in question is at the front of the house? And it’s faded look is destroying the curb-appeal of the home? You’ve got options. You can replace the siding with new panels. The only problem with doing this, however, is that the new panel didn’t weather with the rest of the home, and, most likely, it will look overly bright against the other panels. Your only other choice then is to swap panels out from a different area of the home. Look around the home and find an inconspicuous spot at which people rarely spend time. Take those panels, which probably wont have weathered identically to the surrounding panels where your making your patch, but it will still be considerably closer to the look then a new panel, and just swap the panels.

Replacing vinyl siding panels is a relatively simple process. And, if you’re a DIY’er at heart, it’s a job you can easily tackle in a weekend. For those of you concerned with your abilities to do the job, call a professional. It’s a quick-and-simple job for a professional.

 

luxury home construction billings mt, Luxury Homes and Cabins Construction Billings MT

Luxury Log Homes

Log homes are as beautiful as they are practical. While conventional—also known as stick built homes—are the norm, log homes can be equally as practical to build, as efficient to heat, and its appearance should withstand the test of time—you don’t have to repaint the logs, or worry about weather damaging your siding. While log homes are often viewed as luxury homes, or even antiquated, abandoned structures, or possibly simple vacation homes, some timbered structure tucked back in some remote nook in the mountains of Montana; log homes are actually more then capable of being a forever “live-in” type of home.

luxury home construction billings mt, Luxury Log Homes

Luxury Log Homes

One major advantage to a log home build is how it will make the person living in it feel. A house is a uniquely personal thing, and for those of you that have a strong desire to live in a log home, there’s nothing like the feeling of tall timbered walls, and lots of natural light.

One definite pro of owning a log home is the durable nature of the construction. Log homes withstand most anything mother nature throws at it, and, even though it may seem counterintuitive, log homes are better in a fire then a stick built home. Because of their overall mass, logs are difficult to burn (when you start a fire you start it with tiny bits of kindling before the big logs, because the big logs wont burn until the fire is at its hottest). Timbered walls and a metal roof can defiantly outlast the homes inhabitants, leaving the home to be passed down generationally.

People view log homes as “green homes”, because log homes are built from a renewable resource. However, logs do have a lower insulation rating (R-factor) then a conventional home with insulation between the studs, but logs do hold in more residual heat, which doesn’t necessarily translate to a higher R-Factor, at least not by ratings, but logs can take the heat in from the sun during the day and release the heat at night, which, in some climates, significantly increases the R-Factor.

Today’s homeowner has a plethora of choices for a new home build. Log homes are definitely a great option, for the person for which nothing else will do.

 

hail and storm damage restoration billings mt

Home Care Tips-Hot Water Heater

The hot water heater is dripping water from the spout, and the tank isn’t putting out any more hot water. It appears to be time for a new hot water heater. While gas, propane, and electric water heater all involve a similar practice for removal of the old and installation of the new water heater, this article will focus on the process of replacing a broken electric water heater.

Continue reading “Home Care Tips-Hot Water Heater”