Carpentry projects are a fantastic way to transform your home, enhancing both its functionality and aesthetics. Whether you're aiming to create a cozier living space or increase your home's value, there's a carpentry project that's perfect for your needs. Read on to explore a range of common carpentry projects that can elevate your home, and get inspiration and practical tips to get started. From crown molding to under-stair storage, Bruno Painting has you covered!
Crown molding and wainscoting are two timeless carpentry techniques that can instantly add sophistication and charm to any room. Crown molding, installed along the junction between the wall and ceiling, gives your home a touch of elegance. Meanwhile, wainscoting, which consists of wooden panels applied to the lower part of walls, creates a classic, warm ambiance.
Is your bedroom or kitchen cluttered and disorganized? Closet and cabinet updates can make a world of difference in your home's functionality. Transform your chaotic spaces into organized, efficient areas with custom-built closets and cabinets. Whether you're revamping your bedroom closet for more storage or installing new kitchen cabinets for a modern look, this carpentry project will make your daily life more manageable and enjoyable.
Opt for custom closet and cabinet designs that maximize space utilization. Consider incorporating pull-out shelves, dividers, and hanging solutions to keep your belongings tidy and accessible.
Built-in shelving not only provides practical storage solutions but also adds a unique character to your home. Whether you're looking to create a cozy reading nook with built-in bookshelves or want to display your collectibles in a stylish way, custom-built shelving can be tailored to your needs and the layout of your home. Showcase your personality and style by selecting the right finish and design for your built-in shelving. Consider contrasting colors or incorporating lighting to make your shelves stand out.
Mudrooms are a game-changer, especially for families. They serve as a transition space between the outdoors and indoors, keeping dirt and clutter at bay. With a well-designed mudroom, you can organize shoes, coats, bags, and more. It's a practical addition that can also enhance your home's resale value. When designing a mudroom, focus on functionality. Incorporate plenty of hooks, storage cubbies, and a durable flooring material that's easy to clean.
As remote work becomes increasingly common, having a comfortable and functional home office space is essential. A carpentry project that involves updating your home office can boost productivity and make your work environment more enjoyable. Custom desks, shelving, and storage solutions can be tailored to your specific needs and design preferences. Consider incorporating ergonomic design principles into your home office project. A well-designed workspace can improve your posture and reduce the risk of discomfort or injury.
Maximize the storage potential in your garage with custom cabinets and shelving. This project not only helps you keep tools, sports equipment, and seasonal items organized but also creates a clutter-free space for parking your vehicles.
Transform your basement into a functional living space with custom cabinets and storage solutions. Whether you're creating a home gym, a playroom for the kids, or a cozy entertainment area, carpentry can help you optimize the layout and storage.
Upgrade your home's interior or exterior railings to enhance safety and aesthetics. Choose from a variety of materials and designs to match your home's style, whether it's a sleek modern look or a classic wrought iron railing.
Revamp your outdoor living space by building or renovating a deck. A well-designed deck provides a perfect place for relaxation, entertaining guests, or enjoying a meal outdoors. Be sure to choose durable materials that can withstand the elements.
Replace outdated interior doors with stylish and functional alternatives. Custom interior doors can improve the flow of natural light, enhance privacy, and add a touch of luxury to your home.
Your front door is the first impression guests have of your home. Upgrade it with a high-quality, aesthetically pleasing door that not only improves curb appeal but also enhances security and insulation.
Maximize underutilized space by creating custom storage solutions under your stairs. From built-in cabinets to pull-out drawers, under-stair storage is both practical and space-saving.
Transform your kitchen into an organized oasis with a custom-built pantry. A well-designed pantry can make meal prep and grocery organization a breeze.
Consider converting your attic into a functional space, whether it's an additional bedroom, a home office, or a cozy reading nook. Carpentry can help you make the most of this often-underutilized area.
Enhance your home's curb appeal by updating your front porch and stairs. Consider adding decorative railings, columns, or a fresh coat of paint to create an inviting entryway.
Carpentry projects are a versatile and effective way to elevate your home's aesthetics and functionality. From classic choices like crown molding and closet updates to more innovative ideas like under-stair storage and attic conversions, there's a carpentry project to suit every homeowner's needs and preferences. Whether you're embarking on a DIY adventure or seeking professional carpentry services, investing in these common carpentry projects can transform your living space and enhance your overall quality of life. Start planning your next carpentry project today and watch your home reach new heights of comfort and beauty.
Are you ready to transform your home with stunning carpentry projects and bring out its true beauty? Look no further than Bruno Painting! Our expert carpenters are ready to turn your ideas into reality. Don't miss out on the chance to elevate your living space and add value to your home. Contact us today to schedule a consultation, learn more about our Carpenter for a Day service, or get started on your dream carpentry project. Your home deserves the best, and Bruno Painting is here to deliver excellence in every detail. Let's make your home the envy of the neighborhood together – get in touch now!
At Bruno Painting and Carpentry, we’re proud to have expanded our services beyond painting to handle all your carpentry. We offer a wide variety of projects, that vary in size and scope. We can easily tackle some projects in just a day with our Carpenter or Handyman for a Day service, while others will take longer if it is a larger project. Here are the most popular exterior carpentry projects that can beautify your home and how long you can expect them to take.
Weather in Rhode Island can be rough, especially in the Winter and Spring. Weather patterns such as snowstorms, heavy rains, and wind can all do damage to your deck, roof, siding, and other parts of your home leaving you to repair them. Minor repair work might not be overly intricate or complicated but repairing damage sooner rather than later is essential to the longevity of your home.
The trim on your home’s exterior is probably not something you think about all the time, but it can add a lot of dimension to the overall look of your house. Making sure the quality of the trim is high, and any needed repairs are handled regularly is essential to maintaining a beautiful exterior.
Small repairs and trim work are simpler than the projects we have listed below. They can be handled in a shorter amount of time than other exterior projects. Our Carpenter or Handyman for a Day service is perfect for anyone who needs these smaller updates or work done for their home.
Wood rot can greatly affect your home's curb appeal and its structural integrity. Not only is it an eyesore, but if wood rot is left untreated, it can spread and cause even more damage to your home. Before you paint the exterior of your home, the rotted pieces of wood will need to be repaired or, in some cases, replaced.
How do you know if you have wood rot? Look for pieces of wood that seem spongy or soft. They are at the beginning or intermediate stages of rot. Other signs of wood rot include paint chipping, paint peeling, wood splintering, or discoloration. If you think your home may have wood rot, contact a professional as soon as you can to remedy these areas to protect your home from further damage.
You may not commonly think about your windows and exterior doors needing to be replaced, but there will come a time when they do! Usually, your windows need to be replaced between 15-30 years and your doors should be refinished after 5-10 years. If your home is not brand new and you’re not the first owner, these might be aspects you need to consider since these elements might need maintenance or replacement.
Another reason to replace your windows or doors is if you want to upgrade them. Having double-paned windows is important for protection and keeping your home insulated. Additionally, you may want a heavier exterior door front or back door for protection or a new door for a different look.
If you're looking for a way to add extra living space to your home, a great option is a new deck or patio. When choosing materials for your deck or patio, choose something that compliments the style of your home and will hold up over time. You can also add some accent colors to add personality!
Siding is one of the most important layers of protection for your home. Reshingling or replacing siding that has signs of wear and tear can prevent larger issues, such as wood rot or mold. Preventing these common issues is important and finding a contractor who can replace your siding, as well as make any further adjustments to your exterior, is an essential step to prevent any future damage.
If you are interested in changing the look of your home, try one of the above exterior carpentry projects! We cover everything from basic structural repairs to intricate finish work. Our talented carpenters receive ongoing training and bring care and expertise to every project. They will listen to your needs and thoroughly inspect your current carpentry work so that when the job looks as good as new.
To learn more about our talented carpenters and how our carpentry services will work for your Rhode Island home, visit our project process page. If your home’s woodwork needs some vital repairs or if you’re beginning a larger home improvement journey that requires carpentry, start by scheduling an estimate!
The first thing you may think of when it comes time to repaint your home’s exterior is the color you’ll choose this time around. Since a well-done exterior paint job lasts between 5 – 7 years, considering our often-harsh Rhode Island weather conditions, you’ll be looking at the color you choose for some time. Selecting the exterior paint color you’ll love for many years is a topic for another blog. Suffice it to say, paint color selection is not the only thing that goes into painting your home’s exterior.
You may or may not know that an excellent paint prep and application can actually protect your home’s exterior surfaces, and provide protection from unwanted water, from snow, rain, condensation, or other sources, from entering your home. If unwanted water gets inside and is not somehow dried, you may get mold which can cause rot and harm your health.
Before your house can benefit from the protection afforded by a well-executed paint job, it’s essential to be sure your professional painter does all it takes to properly prepare and then paint your home’s exterior.
One of our favorite paint brands to use for our clients is called Fine Paints of Europe (FPE). Their tagline is “Luxurious Lasting Color, Imported from Holland.” They’re not inexpensive, but what FPE supports is following proper painting protocols for best results.
In fact, on their website, FPE says, “Please do not consider the use of our house paints unless you are committed to doing a proper job and are aware of the factors which will determine the appearance and durability of the application.”
At Bruno Painting, we are 100% committed to doing a proper job and exceeding expectations for best painting results. How do we do that? We follow a step-by-step process cultivated over many years of painting our clients’ homes. Our formula is proprietary, but we’ll share the basic steps for how to properly paint your home’s exterior for the best results.
Select your painting professional. Of course, we’re biased and believe we’re one of the best painters in Rhode Island. (Anyone who takes their work seriously should believe they’re the best!) At Bruno Painting, we not only offer elite painting services, we also have a team of experienced carpenters who can remodel your home, fix any fixable problems with your home, and basically re-work or rebuild your home to your liking. Then our team of experienced, highly trained painters come in and add the coats of paint needed to make your home aesthetically amazing!
What we’ve cultivated at Bruno Painting is a teamwork environment so our carpenters and our painters work seamlessly to do the work the right way, no cutting corners, the best way, the correct way. You’re assured a structurally sound, well-painted home when your project is completed!
Plan which parts of your exterior will be painted and agree on the paint brand and the color palettes that will be used. If there are any structural updates or fixes to be made to your home, we’ll discuss those with you in detail so you can decide all the work that needs to be done prior to paint prep.
Decide on exactly what color and finish goes on which surfaces. Even exterior paints come in different sheens and selecting the sheen for each area to be painted, such as the siding or the trim, is an important step not to be overlooked. To note, exterior paints with a more matted sheen tend to be less durable. Conversely, exterior paints with a more glossy sheen tend to tolerate wear and tear better.
Another consideration when choosing the sheen for your exterior paint is to realize that an exterior paint with a more matted sheen is not as easy to wash. If you anticipate needing to have your home power washed because it is near an ocean or trees, you’ll want to select a finish that is not completely a matte finish.
During your professional painting consultation, paint brand, color, and sheen selection will all be addressed.
Decide on a schedule for the painting your home based on your best estimates and weather forecasts. Another one of our favorite paint brands is Benjamin Moore. According to the experts at Benjamin Moore, “Plan based on weather – rain can easily ruin a fresh coat of paint … so weather Is truly a critical component of a successful exterior paint project.”
Benjamin Moore’s tip for exterior painting in the “right” weather: “Low temperatures and high humidity are a bad combination. Generally speaking, the higher the humidity, the slower a product dries.”
Realize, of course, that the weather can change. But it’s important to be aware of upcoming weather to give your paint project the best chance of success!
Prepare your home for painting. This stage is often referred to as “prep” and many experts prep a home for painting in different order. The important thing to note is that a house exterior is cleaned, dried, caulked, and sanded for optimal paint adherence before a primer or paint brush is used.
Prime the exterior surfaces to be painted, including brick surfaces. Note that some experts recommend caulking after priming. You may even choose to caulk some areas before priming and caulking other spots after priming. The key point is to make the caulked surface as smooth as possible so the paint covering it will look as smooth.
Have your carefully chosen paint color and sheen applied to your home’s exterior. This is the most rewarding step, of course, especially if you’re changing to a new color that you’re excited to see on your home.
While painting professionals may differ in their process of painting your home, the best exterior painting results will be achieved when the approach is systematic and well-planned. It is a big endeavor to have your home’s exterior painted. There’s a lot that goes into properly painting your home’s exterior.
At Bruno Painting, we’re focused on doing all the right things and on Upholding and Caring for Surfaces and Relationships since 2004. We invite you to become a completely happy Bruno Painting client. Reach out today for your complimentary remodeling and painting estimate.
Summer is here on the classic coast and with it comes enjoying the outdoor areas of your home. The summer season is also the best time to make some exterior updates to your home.
Exterior updates are a great way to boost your curb appeal, protect your home and add value to your investment. Regularly inspecting and updating your home's exterior will help to identify any potential problems.
Whether you're looking to add some curb appeal or just want to make your home more enjoyable, there are easy ways to make home exterior updates for summer. Here are some great ideas for giving your home a summer makeover.
Late nights around a fire pit or beautiful patio are some of the best ways to entertain and spend time with your family. Updating your outdoor spaces can extend your living area to your backyard and beyond. Try incorporating some of these into your next home improvement project.
Painting is one of the most effective ways to transform your home. Paint is also an incredible agent for protecting your surfaces against weather and decay. Two of the most popular updates homeowners make to their exteriors are siding and front door projects.
Installing new windows is a great way to update your home's exterior and improve its energy efficiency. If your windows are old or drafty, they could be costing you money on your energy bills.
New windows will keep your home better insulated and reduce your energy costs. You can also find windows that come with UV protection to help keep your furniture and carpets from fading.
Exterior updates are also a great way to improve your home's energy efficiency. Not only will regular exterior updates save you money in the long run, but they'll also help make your home more comfortable and efficient.
Updating and maintaining your exterior in summer protects your home, improves your curb appeal, and adds value to your investment. At Bruno Painting, we handle any necessary carpentry work, do the key prep work to ensure longevity in your project, and use high-quality paint. Our expert teams of painters and carpenters are ready to make your home exterior updates seamless. Contact us for your next exterior painting or carpentry project!
Spring is the perfect time to give your home a good deep clean and to do some maintenance tasks that you may have been putting off. Now that spring is in full swing, it's time to get your Rhode Island home in order for the warmer weather ahead on the classic coast. Check out our five spring home maintenance tips to get your house ready for the season.
After a long winter, your home may need some TLC both inside and out. Our experts at Bruno Painting have helped many homeowners in Rhode Island make improvements to their homes and have compiled the most common spring home maintenance tips to focus on this time of year.
Spring is the perfect time to do a deep clean of your entire house. This means getting rid of all the dirt, dust, and grime that has built up over the winter months. Don't forget to clean those hard-to-reach places, like ceiling fans, high shelves, and under furniture.
Window washing and carpet cleaning are great ways to brighten up your home. Removing dander and pollen buildup in these areas helps clean the air in and around your home as well as reduce allergic reactions that many people experience throughout the season.
Letting in the fresh air and natural light with clean windows will do wonders for your home. But too much air can make your home feel drafty and uncomfortable. Cold air can seep into your home through cracks and gaps in doors and windows. If you noticed these types of drafts near windows and doors over the winter months, this will need to be a top priority on your spring to-do list.
Drafty windows and doors not only make your home less comfortable, but they can also drive up your energy bills. Unwanted openings in these areas can cause moisture to accumulate, which can lead to costly damage to your home. To help prevent drafts, check all your windows and doors for any gaps or cracks. Re-caulk these areas to keep moisture out and help your home stay clean and fresh.
Clogged gutters can lead to water damage on your roof, ceilings, and even walls. During the winter months, ice dams can form which cause damage to your gutters and roof. So, it's important to inspect and clean your gutters and downspouts both in the fall and again in the spring to keep your gutters clear.
To clean your gutters, use a ladder to remove any heavy debris by hand and rinse any remaining dirt with your garden hose. If you notice any damage to your gutters, be sure to get them repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
Your heating and cooling systems work hard all year long to keep your home comfortable. So, it's important to give it a tune-up before the summer heat sets in. This ensures that your system is running efficiently and can help prevent costly repairs down the road.
In addition to scheduling an HVAC tune-up, replace the air filters every three months or so to keep your system working properly and maintain the air quality in your home for everyday living.
Now that the cold weather is mostly behind us, your outdoor space should be the focus of your attention.
Now is the time to start prepping your yard and garden for the warmer months ahead. This includes tasks like mowing the lawn, trimming bushes and trees, and planting flowers.
Once your greenery is ready for the sunshine, cleaning your home’s exterior is the perfect way to boost your curb appeal. This includes power washing your deck or patio, your exterior siding and gutters, and touching up your siding and trim with a fresh coat of paint. By taking care of these areas now, you can enjoy your outdoor space all summer long.
Following these simple tips can get your home ready for spring and enjoy the season worry-free. Use this checklist as a guide for things that you should do around your home this spring.
Many homeowners in Rhode Island have spring cleaning projects well underway. If you are looking to make any home improvement updates this season or need a helping hand with making your home look its best, reach out to our team of professional carpenters and painters.
Our team has been upholding and caring for surfaces and relationships since 2004. This spring, we’re happy to help boost your curb appeal and keep your home in top shape!
Summer is officially here and with it comes late nights and long weekends outside enjoying our incredible Rhode Island weather. Now more than ever our homes have become our central hub for work, play, and entertainment. However you enjoy your outdoor area, a great looking, well-maintained deck is essential for enjoying your view from your back deck.
Over time, decks begin to show signs of natural wear and tear that need to be addressed. Most importantly, taking care of your deck will help keep your home protected from damage. Thankfully, our experts at Bruno Painting have put together a list of signs to look for so you know when your deck needs to be repaired.
The most common material for decks in Rhode Island is pressure-treated lumber. For many decades, this sturdy material was the default choice for builders on the classic coast. As with any natural building material, repeated exposure to the elements will cause wood to swell, split, crack, cup, and warp in humid, precipitous climates. Exposed screws or nails from splintering wood, fading or discolored boards, or boards that are soft and spongy to the touch are all clear signs that your deck needs to be repaired.
Deck railing and handrails are other common areas of your deck that require regular attention. Loose handrails can pose a serious hazard to you and your guests if left to weather and wear down over time. Railing is a key component to your deck’s aesthetic and to its function, most especially if you have a raised deck and the railing protects against a fall.
If your deck is attached to your home and has wood that is exposed, moisture can seep into joists, ledger boards, and siding of your home that is attached to your deck. This can ultimately expose your foundation to excessive moisture that may lead to larger issues such as mold, mildew, and decay. As long as your deck is cared for properly and regularly maintained over the years, your deck can support your home’s health, instead of causing damage to it.
A wooden deck shows obvious signs when it is time for a new coat of paint or stain. Previous coats of sealant will begin to fade and peel revealing exposed wood underneath. This can happen with heavy foot traffic, weather, and everyday life.
Surfaces needing to be repainted or restained should be completely cleaned and dry before applying a stain. Due to the necessary drying time for stains, the forecast will need to call for clear, sunny days with warm temperatures and low humidity to allow the stain to set properly. Without these conditions, your stain may not bind properly and may need to be reapplied.
There are pros and cons to both painting and staining your deck. Some prefer stain because it allows the natural wood grain of your deck to show through. With stain, an all-in-one protective layer with a wood preservative is already incorporated. On the other hand, paint can provide an added layer of protection, as well as a different look and aesthetic.
Regular cleaning and treatment of your deck is a great way to extend the life of your deck. On average, decks are typically repainted or restained every two to three years. This can vary, though, depending on how much you utilize your deck space.
While pressure-treated wood is one of the more common materials for residential outdoor decking, many homeowners are opting for more durable, upscale alternatives such as exotic woods like ipe and tigerwood. Other homeowners are utilizing composite deck materials (sometimes referred to as ‘plastic wood’) to reduce deck maintenance needs and enjoy a more splinter-free deck experience.
When you see signs that your deck needs to be repaired, our experienced carpenters can remove your old decking and replace it with any of these newer materials. During our consultation with you, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of each type of decking material. This will allow you to choose what fits your design aesthetic and your budget.
Bruno Painting has been built on core values like integrity, humility, attitude, discipline, and excellence. These values are why the mission to uphold and care for surfaces and relationships is so important with every project and interaction our company has. We focus on building long-lasting relationships with our team and clients to provide the best service possible. No matter your home project, we desire to bring great service with trust, honesty, and dedication as if we were working on our own homes. Contact us today to set up a free estimate and let us transform your home this summer.
Spring is upon us. It represents a time of rebirth and fresh starts. As you make your plans for this season, be sure to include a refresh and reset of your home. Take the opportunity to evaluate the interior and exterior and prepare for the warmer days ahead. The experts at Bruno Painting have created a Spring Home Maintenance Checklist that goes beyond basic spring cleaning, detailing a variety of projects for homeowners. If you find you need a hand, Bruno Painting is here for you every step of the way!
It’s a good idea to take care of your interior projects during the cold and wet weather season. As soon as the weather breaks, many of us who’ve stayed inside because of the cold may find it difficult to spend time indoors working on and finishing up the projects we started. To ensure your interior projects are completed before the Spring weather arrives, check these small indoor projects to be sure your home’s interior is refreshed and ready.
Inspect your screens to make sure there are no holes or gaps, especially since mosquito season is coming.
Fluctuations in temperature and exposure to damp, humid air will break caulk down over time. Look for cracks, gaps, or discoloration around all windows and doors. If you’re unsure about the condition of the caulk, you can also gently pick at the edge; if it crumbles or easily separates, then the caulk needs to be replaced.
Every season you should test and dust all home safety products, including smoke, gas leak, and carbon monoxide detectors. Be sure you have backup batteries on hand. Nothing is more annoying than a smoke detector whose battery is low and then, not having the ability to change out the old battery right away.
Make sure your fire extinguishers are in good condition and haven’t expired. If your extinguisher requires professional inspection or recharge, contact the manufacturer or your local fire department for help.
Inspect faucets, under sinks, around dishwashers, and under and around washing machines for standing water or evidence of leaks. Look for discolored pipes, water spots, peeling paint, soft wood, mildew, or mold. Contact a contractor or plumber immediately if you suspect a leak.
Check to make sure lighting, appliances, and other essentials are running effectively. Also, consider conducting an energy audit to evaluate your energy consumption. If replacements are necessary or would cut future utility costs, research the cost-benefit of newer energy-efficient models.
Plan to replace your central air filters every three months. New, unobstructed filters ensure your system is both running efficiently and pumping in cool, clean air.
Termites are typically a nuisance between March and June. If you notice a large number of winged insects flying out of one location this spring, it’s time to call pest control experts. After the infestation is addressed, look for a contractor to replace the rotten wood and prevent future problems.
As the weather breaks, there are several outdoor inspections you’ll want to make to ensure your home is in the best condition possible.
While inspecting a roof sounds like a task requiring a roofer, an initial roof inspection can be done relatively easily – no ladders required. Simply use binoculars or take a photo on a smartphone and zoom in to inspect your roof. You want to make sure there is no damage to your shingles, chimney, or vents. Take note of any debris or grime left over from the winter and contact us to wash your roof if needed.
Winter weather and disuse can lead to a buildup of dirt and debris on and around outdoor AC units. Make sure all sides of your unit are clear and free of debris or landscaping that might inhibit sufficient airflow. Use a broom or brush and a hose to clear accumulated dirt on the grates.
Clogged gutters and downspouts can lead to rot, which can further snowball into multiple problems including bug infestations and rotten wood trim. Check this project off your list as quickly as possible to prevent problems from fall buildup and to prepare for spring rains.
Utilize warmer spring days to reseal exterior wood such as fences, decks, and railing. Resealing every year or two will help your outdoor structures last longer and look better.
Winter is a great time to plan and Spring is a great time to schedule exterior painting projects. The fresh colors of Spring offer great inspiration for a new exterior color. Consider scheduling the painting projects for your Spring home maintenance checklist with your local residential painter now to beat the impending warm-weather rush.
After harsh winter weather, your patios, decks, driveways, walkways, outdoor furniture, and siding could all use a thorough cleaning. While your home is getting pressure washed, make note of any irregularities and address problems or damages before they grow.
Check decks and wooden walkways for loose nails, rotten boards, discoloration, and buildup of debris between boards. Routine care will extend both the life and beauty of big-ticket items like a deck. Simple care like hammering down loose nails or sweeping in between boards, up to larger tasks, such as replacing individual planks, can significantly increase a deck’s longevity.
Finally coming out of our winter hibernation can feel exciting, but that initial enthusiasm may wane when we start going over our spring to-do list. While a homeowner’s top priority is providing regular maintenance and care for their home, remember that you don’t have to do it alone. If your schedule is already full or you feel a project is beyond your ability, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We have expert designers, carpenters, and painters on staff to help you with all of your needs for your Spring home maintenance checklist.
At Bruno Painting our mission is “Upholding and Caring for Surfaces and Relationships.” Whether you need a team of excellent painters or expert carpenters, we are ready to help you with all your home’s maintenance and updating needs!
Our perfect summer weather in Rhode Island has seen many of us spending lots of time entertaining and dining outdoors, soaking in as much of the summer sun and air as possible. No matter where in our great state your home is located, a nice, well-appointed deck is a must for enjoying your yard, whether it backs up to a forest or to the sea.
Each home in Rhode Island is unique and each has specific needs for their deck and outdoor entertainment areas. While many people take advantage of the Spring weather to make exterior updates, it’s also very doable to update or even build an entirely new deck during the Summer and Fall months. These are a few examples of options for you to consider for your home’s decking needs.
Some may think that a worn deck is just a sign of a well-loved home or that there isn’t a real need to replace those splintering boards. However, decks left to wither can cause damage to your home and potentially cause you to have to make costly repairs.
Depending on how your deck is attached to your home, wood rot can set in the joists, ledger boards, and even your siding. If moisture seeps into your foundation, other larger issues such as mold, mildew, and decay will start to take hold. These major areas of repair can be avoided with a deck that is sealed and maintained regularly over the years.
It is no secret that we see quite a bit of moisture and humidity throughout the year. Most decks in Rhode Island have been built with pressure-treated lumber, as that was the go-to choice for deckbuilding for many decades. Pressure-treated lumber decking is affordable, readily available, durable, and easy to stain so it is no surprise that it is prevalent on the classic coast. Unfortunately, constant exposure to the elements causes pressure-treated wood to swell, crack, split, warp, makes it a relatively high maintenance home amenity in our climate. Annual pressure washing and restaining every one, two, or three years is recommended for this type of decking to keep it looking its best.
An alternative to wood for decking is composite and PVC. This mixture of recycled plastic and wood dust creates composite decking which is a synthetic, yet refined-looking, deck material that many Rhode Island homes are turning to for its many benefits.
These decks are virtually maintenance-free, weather-resistant, and come in a variety of colors and finish looks. If that isn’t enough of an advantage, they are also easy to clean and won’t splinter, warp, or rot. While this type of decking can cost about three times as pressure-treated wood, it can potentially save homeowners in the long run.
If you love the look and feel of real wood, consider the following options some Portsmouth and Newport homeowners have used to satisfy their desire for a ‘real wood’ deck. Note that some decks are constructed using cedar, exotic woods, and some really amazing, high-end real wood products. Be sure to ask your contractor and their team of carpenters to show you all of the many, many choices of real wood that are available to you if this material is your preference for your next deck.
This multi-level low platform deck makes great use of this backyard space. The real wood deck and benches next to the garden create the feeling of a privately enclosed, secret garden. An oasis, a backyard paradise.
This wooden deck in Newport had new boards installed which were sanded, stained, and reinforced to create this beautiful aesthetic. The railing and stairs were replaced to keep the deck structurally sound.
A raised pressure-treated deck in Portsmouth was completely transformed into a closed-in porch. The contractors built the overhang and installed windows to give this homeowner a completely new three-season space to spend their time.
A back door landing repaired and painted to match this beautiful home. Even small spaces deserve a good looking deck and staircase.
This unique stone home in Portsmouth went under some repairs including the porch area. The original wood was protected from the elements, sanded, and painted a beautiful grey.
An old wooden deck in Middletown was replaced with composite decking and a new PVC railing. The colors match perfectly to the shingles of this home.
An elevated deck boasting a beautiful view of the water off of a roof is featured here complete with a bench. The railing is constructed from PVC and composite wood for the deck boards as well as the lovely bench.
This larger composite deck boasts a privacy fence installed for these homeowners to entertain and enjoy the beautiful weather in a secluded area.
Regardless of the material, your deck and porch can, not only look its best but also be maintained regularly for the rest of your home’s protection. If you done your deck maintenance in the spring, take advantage of this time to update your existing deck or create a whole new backyard oasis.
Our mission at Bruno Painting is “to uphold and care for surfaces and relationships.” The carpentry and painting divisions that make up our team have some of the most skilled and caring professionals in all of Rhode Island. We look forward to the pleasure of restoring your deck this Summer or Fall for you to enjoy all year long. Call us or email us to discuss your deck, painting, or other home improvement project.
When Rhode Island residents aren’t out exploring the beautiful attractions and taking in the sites of the coast, we are entertaining family, friends, and others at our home. It’s no wonder why so many have been taking time to focus on home improvement projects during this break from normalcy. If you’ve also thought about hiring someone to do home improvement projects, take a look at these six carpentry projects that are worth the time and monetary investment for your home.
It has been said that ‘wasting time on the deck is time well spent.’ If this is true, then deck updates will be put to good use. From just repairing or staining to a complete overhaul of your deck, you can create an outdoor space that will bring years of enjoyment.
If your deck is already in great shape and you are looking for a more sophisticated look, you may want to consider having a carpenter build a pergola. The shade and design of a professionally built pergola can take your backyard space to the next level.
Your kitchen is an integral part of your home, so it needs to function well and facilitate traffic flow. Kitchen remodels are not only one of the most satisfying home projects, they also are one of the most sought after by homebuyers when homes are on the market. The importance of a well-crafted kitchen project cannot be overstated. Master carpenters know how to make the most of any space and create storage that maximizes a kitchen’s potential.
Having all four seasons is just one of the many reasons why we love living in Rhode Island. With the weather, however, comes all the different gear you and your family need to be ready for whatever mother nature decides to bring us. Cue the mudroom. If your entryway or landing space has any room, consider having a contractor construct a mudroom. The added storage alone makes it an easy decision. Not only will you be able to store all those winter gloves and hats in a way that would make Marie Kondo happy, but you’ll also be able to keep the rest of your home clean and tidy.
If your family is growing, you may have been considering adding onto your home. Or maybe you have been waiting for the perfect time to turn your porch into a three- or four-season room. Whatever the addition may be, the added square footage to your home brings benefits to your comfort and will likely add value to your home. Having a contractor who can make your addition fit seamlessly with the rest of your home is vital for continuity. Look for the right contractor who can produce a quality build and make it aesthetically pleasing as well.
Siding is one of the most important layers of protection for your home. Reshingling or replacing siding that has signs of wear and tear can prevent larger issues, such as wood rot or mold. Additionally, if you already have wood rot or mold, we recommend calling a contractor as soon as possible to take care of the problem. Preventing these common issues is important and finding a contractor who can replace your siding, as well as make any further adjustments to your exterior, is an essential step to prevent any future damage.
A bathroom remodel is often at the top of many homeowners’ wish lists for home improvements. As with kitchen remodels, updated bathrooms also top the list for homebuyers. Making this space adapt to your needs and desires can make all the difference in your home. If your bathroom has an outdated feel, a skilled carpenter can lay tile, put up or take down a new tub and shower area, add new cabinetry, and replace old vanities and sinks.
Any home updates that require woodwork require a skilled carpenter. Skilled carpenters have experience and expertise with different types of wood and materials to create cabinets, tables, shelving, and other room furnishings. With the right knowledge, a master carpenter can custom make any of these furnishings to your specifications.
At Bruno Painting, we are proud of our carpentry and remodeling division of skilled and master carpenters who have refined their skills and produce incredible results. Our carpenters work ahead of our painting division to ensure that your home gets the quality work it deserves.