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Milgard Patio Door Anniversary Sale

In celebration of 50 Years of manufacturing quality patio doors

Patio Door Anniversary Sale

Purchase one or more patio doors from
January 1, 2018 through February 28, 2018 and you will receive:

$100 Amazon.com Gift Card*
for each Tuscany® Series, Montecito® Series, Aluminum Series or any Premium Exterior Vinyl Finish sliding patio door purchased**

$200 Amazon.com Gift Card*
for each Moving Glass Wall System purchased**

How to claim your Amazon.com Gift Card:
1.Purchase from participating Milgard Dealers and take delivery of your door(s).
2.Register your Full Lifetime Warranty online at milgard.com/warranty-reg
3.When registering, enter the Promo Code: DOOR50

Rules:
1)Purchase must be made from Jan. 1, 2018 through Feb. 28, 2018 through participating Milgard Dealers only.
2)$100 Amazon.com Gift Cards will be issued on purchases of Tuscany® Series, Montecito® Series, and Aluminum Series sliding patio doors only (swing doors excluded) or any sliding door ordered with Premium Exterior Vinyl Finish (Style Line Series without Premium Exterior Vinyl Finish excluded).
$200 Amazon.com Gift Cards will be issued on purchases of Moving Glass Wall Systems. Limit of $1000 in gift cards per household.
3)To qualify, you must complete the Warranty Registration form at www.milgard.com/warranty-reg and provide Promo Code DOOR50. If qualified, you will receive your Amazon.com Gift Card via email in approximately 8-10 weeks.
4)Offer limited to homeowners only. Rights cannot be transferred. Not valid for dealers, contractors or builders.
5)Offer only available to owners of single-family homes and individual condo units. It is not applicable to multi-family homes, apartments, etc.
6)This offer is valid only when delivery of product is accepted. It is no longer valid if not fully redeemed by April 18, 2018.
* Restrictions apply, see amazon.com/gc-legal.
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The Best Durable Custom Cabinets use Dovetail Joints

Joinery is the part of woodworking that involves joining together pieces of lumber, to produce drawers. For the best durable custom cabinets Renowned Renovation uses Dovetail Joints. Dovetail joints are known for their strength and durability. Dovetail joints don’t require mechanical fasteners to stick together like other joinery techniques do. Rather, dovetail joints use pins and tails to interlock together, where one side has a pin that locks into the other side’s tail, and then glued together for a solid dovetail construction. The benefits of dovetail drawers are endless in addition to strength, flexibility, toughness, appearance, etc.

  • Butt joint – The end of a piece of wood is butted against another piece of wood. This is the simplest and weakest joint. Of those, there is the
    • a) T-butt, b) end-to-end butt, c) T-lap d) Miter butt and e) edge-to-edge butt.
  • Lap joint – The end of a piece of wood is laid over and connected to another piece of wood. This is the next simplest and weakest joint.
  • Bridle joint – Also known as open tenon, open mortise and tenon, or tongue and fork joints, this joint is where the through mortise is open on one side and forms a fork shape. The mate has a through tenon or necked joint. Bridle joints are commonly used to join rafter tops, also used in scarf joints and sometimes sill corner joints in timber framing.
  • Dowel joint – The end of a piece of wood is butted against another piece of wood. This is reinforced with dowel pins. This joint is quick to make with production line machinery and so is a very common joint in factory-made furniture.
  • Mitre joint – Similar to a butt joint, but both pieces have been bevelled (usually at a 45 degree angle).
  • Finger joint – Also known as a box joint, is a corner joint with interlocking fingers. Receives pressure from two directions.
  • Dovetail joint – A form of box joint where the fingers are locked together by diagonal cuts. More secure than a finger joint.[1]
  • Dado joint – Also called a housing joint or trench joint, a slot is cut across the grain in one piece for another piece to set into; shelves on a bookshelf having slots cut into the sides of the shelf, for example.
  • Groove joint Like the dado joint, except that the slot is cut with the grain.
  • Tongue and groove – Each piece has a groove cut all along one edge, and a thin, deep ridge (the tongue) on the opposite edge. If the tongue is unattached, it is considered a spline joint.
  • Mortise and tenon – A stub (the tenon) will fit tightly into a hole cut for it (the mortise). This is a hallmark of Mission Style furniture, and also the traditional method of jointing frame and panel members in doors, windows, and cabinets. This joint is a good strong joint to use.
  • Birdsmouth joint – Also called a bird’s beak cut, this joint used in roof construction. A V-shaped cut in the rafter connects the rafter to the wall-plate.[2]
  • Cross Lap – A joint in which the two members are joined by removing material from each at the point of intersection so that they overlap.
  • Splice joint – A joint used to attach two members end to end.
  • Pocket-hole joinery – A hidden screw is driven into the joint at an angle.
  • Biscuit – A wooden oval is glued into two crescent-shaped holes.
  • Floating tenon joint – See Mortise and tenon
  • Stitch and glue – Wood panels stitched together, usually with co

Installing Replacement Windows Dallas TX 75214

The owners of this Dallas home in the University Meadows neighborhood  wanted to update their home and replace the original aluminum windows. They were doing research on Houzz.com and found Renowned Renovation. Based on our project portfolio, reviews and rating on Houzz, the owners invited Renowned to visit with them for a free in-home consultation.

Prior to contacting us, the owner had extensively researched the market and identified several manufacturers  that he liked . After consulting with Renowned Renovation, the homeowners selected Milgard Replacement Windows. The homeowners had great confidence in Renowned Renovation to order and install the Milgard windows, because Renowned Renovation is a trusted Milgard certified dealer and is AAMA certified (completed Installation Masters® Training for replacing windows).

Working with  Renowned the owner selected the best Milgard Replacement Windows that suited their needs:Energy efficient windows that reduce outside noise (sound resistance), and tinted windows (for privacy and sun control). We not only discussed which Milgard  architectural style will provide these features but we be also have interior decorators to consult with our clients to ensure that the right color and style is selected for the home the homeowners chose the Tuscany® Series

Milgard Windows are available in 3 interior & 8 exterior color options. Made with premium, extruded vinyl for strong insulation & impact resistance. The Window Frame choices range from wood, fiberglass, vinyl or aluminum. Milgard’s dual-pane windows are twice as effective at retaining heat and air conditioning as the single-paned units installed.

After the replacement windows were chosen our window replacement team got to work. We take precise measurements to ensure all the windows we order can fit in the existing openings. Older homes have shifted through the years and may have taken the existing opening and the windows out of square. Inserting a square window in a out of square opening is impossible. To compensate for these situations, we order the replacement slightly smaller and use proprietary trim out techniques to hide the imperfection without compromising the integrity of the install. Once the replacement windows arrive in our warehouse, we carefully examine them for damage and check them against our measurements. The day of install, our team arrives with a team of skilled craftsman.

Step One: The existing glass is removed with suction cups and blazing. The window frames are cut down instead of prying out of the frame which compromises the building envelope.
This antiquated methodology of ripping out the window frames or “collapsing the frame” caused internal leaks and damage behind the facade. As building envelope scientist aka forensic engineers began studying replacement windows and the damage and water intrusion issues related to them, a new design criteria was written and adopted by AAMA. The subsequent training from installers in this protocol is called the AAMA Installation Masters Window and Door Installer Certification. Any homeowner considering a window replacement should contract with a company that employs at least one person with this certification.

Step 2: After the glass is removed the existing aluminum frame is cut down as close to the returns as possible.


Step 3: The opening is prepared for the new window by installing a pan sill and then applying Peel-and-stick flashing membrane on the side jambs, and then the head. Then we cover the window frame with break metal painted to match your window color to conceal any color difference, gaps, or compensate for out of square openings. This cosmetic feature is a proprietary to Renowned Renovation, and gives an upscale finish to the window frame.

Step 4: The new window is inserted into the frame with manufacturer recommended caulking applied to the window z bar. Center, level and screw. This install uses plastic fork-shaped shims (included with each window), that straddle both sides of the track attachment screws. Plumb and square. With the bottom level, plumb one side and secure it with a screw. Check that the window is square by measuring diagonally both ways; then screw the other side.

Step 5; Backer rod in gap on exterior and interior gaps followed by caulking on exterior and window return adjustments on interior if needed.

To ensure that the Bow windows are waterproofed and airtight, Renowned Renovation inserts a fully intact (one piece) Bow window. Many contractors will field mull several picture windows together while onsite but this leads to water leaks and air seepage. As you can see in the before and after photo, the new windows improves the overall appearance of the home.

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After

COVETED WHITE MARBLE LOOKS

COVETED WHITE MARBLE LOOKS

What is the secret to an endearing kitchen or bath? Discover your own answer in the clean, classic, and exquisite white marble looks of Q Premium Natural Quartz. Our sophisticated collection runs subtle to bold, giving countertops, waterfall islands, and backsplashes a touch of timeless luxe. Budget-friendly and worry-free, there’s no easier way to achieve your dreamworthy aspirations.

Townhouse Master Bathroom Remodel Irving TX 75063

The owners wanted townhouse master bathroom remodel to update the bath and add new counter-tops, shower, and amenities like a radiant floor heating system. Check out our gallery of bathroom remodels.

Renowned Renovation Services included:

  • Installed New Pocket door, Shower Pan and Walls, Electric Radiant Floor Heat Heating System with Aube Digital Floor Sensing Thermostat, New Tile Floor Installation, New Quartz Slab Countertop. 2 Sink cut outs and polish. Drill holes for faucet. Fabrication and installation vanity, shower bench top, and window sill, Install 2 vanity sinks and faucets, Reinstall toilet with new wax ring, frameless shower glass with door an a 1-Year workmanship warranty.
  • Demolition
    Removing the old tile, shower, bath counter tops, and hauling away the debris.
  • Dallas Bathroom Remodel with New Shower Spa System

    Renowned Renovation was awarded a master bath renovation at this lovely Tudor home in the Swiss Avenue Conservation District in Dallas, Texas. The Architect of Record is Alicia Quintans of JQAQ Atelier.

     The Renowned Team installed a new shower/spa system with frameless floor-to-ceiling shower glass, steam accessories, new floating vanity, wall hung commode, and tile.

    The master bathroom and closet was connected with vaulted ceiling and the change to separate tray ceilings provided a much more functional space.

    Due to limited space in the shower area Renowned Renovation built a platform above the shower to encapsulate the steam generator and thermostatic shower valve. This allowed the homeowner to get the maximum storage space in the bathroom.

    The curved shower bench is a true testament to our Renowned tile installers. This custom curved shower bench was created with cinder blocks and mortar. Tiled with glass mosaic the foot of the bench transitions seamlessly into the hexagon shower floor tile.

    Paired with a dark matte 12x24 tile for the shower walls the homeowners are able to enjoy a true spa experience in the comfort of their own home.

    The tile choices are truly amazing and unique. This bathroom has several styles paired perfectly to obtain the elegance of the 1920's yet welcome the modern look and performance. We absolutley love the arabascato marble tile selected for the bathroom floor and closet and the 4x12 subway tile ties it all together perfectly!

    After Renowned Remodeling

    Before 

    Renowned Renovation removed the existing vanities, sinks, jetted tub, separate shower, sheetrock, tile, and the toilet.

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    Preparing Your Home For Colder Weather

    Preparing Your Home For Colder Weather



    Winter Home Maintenance Checklist




    Once the leaves start falling and there’s a chill in the air, many homeowners think the time for household chores is done. However, there are still a few things to mark off your winter home maintenance checklistbefore calling it a season.

    • Maintain HVAC Systems — Make sure your heating system is running properly before the temperatures start to drop. If you haven’t already, schedule routine professional maintenance and change the air filter. This is also a good time to give the AC one final cleaning before shutting it down for the season.
    • Clean the Fireplace and Chimney — Fireplace and chimney maintenance chores are often neglected, but they are necessary. Clean out old ashes and make sure the flue is open before use. Call a chimney sweep to remove creosote buildup; too much is a fire hazard.
    • Seal Leaks — Not only can poorly sealed windows or vents create a drafty house and increase your electric bill, but those leaks can also let in insects and rodents. Check the windows for air leaks and seal them up with caulk. Walk the perimeter of the house and make sure air vents are properly maintained and there are no gaps in the siding.
    • Take Care of Yard Work — Trimming trees in the fall may be tempting, but don’t do it. Pruning stimulates new growth in most plants and, if done in fall, that new growth will die at the first freeze. There is still plenty of yard maintenance to do, however, such as raking and composting leaves.
    • Protect Pipes — A burst pipe is every homeowner’s nightmare, but you can reduce the risk by following a few simple guidelines, especially if temperatures dip below 20 degrees. Start by wrapping pipes and covering outside faucets.

    Don’t leave yourself open to unnecessary headaches this winter. Prepare your home now to ensure you enjoy a safe and peaceful season.

    Bathroom Reconfiguration

    The owner of this single family home in Dallas wanted to update the Master Bathroom. In addition to the master bathroom the house also had a guest bathroom. The master only had a sink and commode. After meeting with the owner's our Interior Designer suggested a reconfiguration of master and guest bathrooms that would add a shower to the master bathroom

    Floor Plan Before Remodeling

    Proposed Reconfigured Bathroom

    Renowned Renovation gutted both the master and quest bedrooms, framed a smaller guest bedroom, re-plumbed the master for a shower, installed new vanities, commodes, flooring and fixtures to give this home a fresh look and appeal.

    After Renowned Renovation Bathroom Remodel

    Before Renowned Renovation Bathroom Remodel

    Interior Remodeling: Fastest Way for Measurements, 3D Floor Plans

    Capture point-to-point measurements in just two taps. Get perfectly level artwork every time. And rapidly generate 3D floor plans of rooms complete with windows, doors and more.

    TapMeasure is a new kind of “AR utility app” for everyday spatial tasks. You can easily capture quick measurements, 3D floor plans, and align artwork. These guys will be adding more features over time, always with the goal of being your go-to “swiss army knife” as a homeowner, Download it today. If you are interested in a free in-home estimate contact us today.

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    Remodeling Ideas – AARP


    Ideas For Age
    Friendly Remodeling



    Read this article that was posted ion the AARP's website. The author, Vince Butler is a professional remodeler and writes about 21 things he wishes he'd followed based on his own advice to clients wanting to make their homes aging-friendly. Click here for the complete article or see the highlights below.

    1. Raise the Outlets. Lower the Switches
    There is no height requirement for electrical outlets or switches in most homes in the U.S. In fact, outlets are typically placed at a height equal to the length of a hammer simply because it saves measuring time during construction. Ask to have your outlets raised to 18" above the floor so they're easier to reach while standing or from a seated position. Light switch boxes are generally set above 48". If you move the box below 48" it makes the switch easier to reach from a wheelchair, scooter or by a child.

    2. Use Aging-Friendly Light Switches
    Paddle-style switches are better than a traditional toggle switch since they can be easily operated with a finger, knuckle or even an elbow.

    3. Over Light and Dim it Down
    It's always better to install more lighting than you think you’ll need and include dimmers for control. Coming back later to correct a dark corner or work area is expensive and messy. LED lights provide excellent illumination without overtaxing the wiring circuits and are easily dimmable.

    4. Use Wide Doorframes
    Use doors that are ideally 36" wide. (The minimum width used should be at least 32".) You don't have to install the wider doors now, but if you frame for that possibility you'll preserve the space and locate switches, pipes and other obstructions clear of any future widening.

    5. Select Aging-Friendly Hardware
    When choosing door knobs, cabinet hardware and plumbing fixtures, select designs that can be comfortably used without excessive pinching, twisting or force. Consider whether a child or a person without full use of his hands or arms could successfully use the item.

    6. Double-Up On Handrails
    Staircases should have a handrail on each side to provide additional support or to assist someone who has a strength imbalance due to age, injury or illness. Double handrails make staircases safer and easier to use.

    7. Wider is Better Than Narrow
    Most residential staircases are 36" wide, but if a project includes a new staircase, 42" would be better. That width makes it easier for two people to use the stairs side-by-side and better accommodates a lift chair, if required. Also, a wider staircase is especially useful when moving furniture!

    8. Deep is Better Than Shallow
    If space allows, make the treads (the flat part of the step) a bit deeper and the risers a bit shorter. Even a small change can make the stairs safer and easier to use.

    9. Put Power Nearby
    Include an electrical outlet at the top and/or bottom of the stairs. That way, if you ever install a lift chair it can be plugged in and charged without having to use an unsightly and possibly hazardous extension cord. In the meantime, having an electrical outlet near the stairs is very handy when vacuuming.

    10. Shine a Light on It
    Building codes require that staircases have switches at the top and bottom. However, we don’t always use those lights when our hands are full or we don’t want to disturb sleepers in the bedrooms nearby. Motion-activated switches that turn lights on and off automatically are a helpful option.

    11. Block the Bars in the Bathroom
    When a grab bar isn't securely mounted, it's more likely to become loose and fall off the wall. The best way to prevent this is before the walls are finished by installing horizontal wood "blocking" at the proper height for grab bars in the tub, shower and toilet areas. Installing such blocking is inexpensive and easy to do during construction but can be very costly and disruptive later. Tip: Before the drywall is installed, run a measuring tape from the floor up to the framing and take a picture to document exactly where the blocking has been placed. There are ways to install grab bars without blocking but nothing is more solid and secure than fastening directly to the wood framing.

    12. Open and Close the Door
    Doors are the number one obstacle to having a usable bathroom when someone requires assistance or is using a mobility aid. Sometimes an out-swing door works better for a bathroom than an in-swinging one. In other scenarios, a pocket door may be the better solution.

    13. Cut-out the Curb
    A shower is generally more usable and safer than a bathtub. Eliminate the typical step-over shower curb for a zero-step solution. If desired, the space can accommodate a frameless glass shower enclosure or, if needed, be converted into a fully-accessible shower for either a seated transfer or roll-in use.

    14. Grab the Grab Bars Now
    If the walls are blocked already, install the grab bars. People of all ages can benefit from having something to grab onto near the shower or tub. (I found the grab bars in my bathroom to be quite helpful while I was recovering from shoulder surgery.)

    15. Kitchen Counters - Low, Medium and High
    Various height kitchen countertops provide options for use by a child, a tall person and someone who prefers to sit rather than stand while preparing a meal.

    16. Put it Away
    Provide storage options in locations that don’t require lifting, and include pull-out drawers and trays and other accessories to increase usability. 1

    7. Pick Aging-Friendly Appliances
    Consider the design of stoves, dishwashers and refrigerators to minimize or eliminate hazards such as reaching over a hot burner to adjust the controls. Evaluate the design for usability by people with varying abilities and locate the appliances to minimize lifting or bending. For instance, placing a microwave oven above the range is an example of not planning for the future.

    18. Two Sinks are Better Than One
    Consider installing a second sink with a pullout spray faucet near the cooking area. Doing so is handy for filling a pot with water for boiling — and then emptying that pot without having to carry it across the kitchen.

    19. Easy In, Easy Out
    There should be at least one way to get into the home without having to use steps. Installing a zero-step entry into the house (and into a shower, as noted above and shown at right) solves two of the most challenging obstacles to creating an age-friendly home. If plans include adding a garage or new living space, consider options that will create an entry that can be used by someone using a wheelchair, pushing a baby stroller or dragging wheeled luggage.

    20. Stack the Closets
    If a home has multiple levels, locating the closets in the same location on each floor creates space for a future elevator shaft. It might sound extravagant, but more and more houses are including this feature and the cost is minimized when the space is already available. Also, installing an elevator is often an affordable option compared to the cost of selling a home and relocating. If an elevator isn't needed, the house has two very useful closets.

    21. One-Level Living
    In an ideal world, all multistory homes would contain a full bath on the first or entry floor as well as a bedroom or room that could be converted into a bedroom. When building a new residence or renovating one, the existence of these two rooms are key to a home being aging friendly. Look at your home and the spaces in it. A den may become a first floor bedroom, permanently or during a convalescence. A playroom might evolve into an exercise room. You probably won’t anticipate all the future uses of your home, but the benefits of these improvements will be useful today and for many years.

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