Home Maintenance & Repairs

Finding the Right General Contractor in Los Angeles for Your Project

Trustworthiness is everything when looking for a general contractor to remodel your home. No doubt you've read some generic blogs that follow the same formula about how to find a contractor. This one is different because it focuses on trust and verifying that trust. Finding a...

Protect your Home from Southern California’s Mudslides

Mudslide Protection CaliforniaA record El Niño phenomenon is likely to bring wet and potentially treacherous weather to Southern California this winter. Meteorologists are predicting record warm temperatures off the Pacific Ocean, which is a recipe for huge storms. And we have seen every time that El Nino + California = mudslides.

Mudslide protection in California is serious. It’s not too late. Get prepared. Contact home design and remodeling experts to implement some mudslide protection measures.

The Perfect Storm

Heavy downpours in SoCal are usually accompanied by dangerous mudslides. This year the experts are predicting massive mudslides as a consequence of extraordinary weather, the long drought, and a bad wildfire

Home Water Damage Repairs and Prevention

Water Leaking Damaged HomeIt’s easy to think your home won’t be affected by water damage and need repairs. After all, this is Southern California and we’re in a drought. Or maybe you live up a hill where flooding won’t occur.

The fact is that the drought could break any time. When it does… well, we’ve seen the results before.

Drainage in low-lying areas gets overwhelmed and causes flooding in homes, while water rushing down a hill can get into homes in its path. With the return of the rains, some homes will inevitably have problems with roof leaks, deck leaks, damaged eaves troughs, wood rot, damaged plywood, and so on.

Besides, without a drop of rain, a broken pipe or water main can cause serious water damage to any home, anywhere. Even a blocked toilet can wreak havoc.

Home water damage repairs are serious. So be sure you have a trusted restoration and remodeling company in mind, should the need arise.

Structural Water Damage Repairs

Should you need repairs due to water damage, you want to be sure your contractor will do these things:

  • Provide a free, no obligation water damage assessment that outlines action to

Structural Wood Rot

Structural Wood RotTo the left is a picture of wood rot found on a home only 5 years old.

Strange how this happens sometimes but we just finished a blog on wood rot a couple months ago and wouldn’t you know we had a job come up that had extensive wood rot. This home is only 5 years old but due to a poor installation of a side yard deck this house had to be extensively repaired.

Wood Trim vs Composite Trim

When you are ready to take a look at trim for your home’s exterior it is worthwhile to make sure you select a material that is water resistant and strong enough to last well into the future.

Wood

Wood is a favorite of since it is easy to work with and paints well. Unfortunately, wood is not what it used to be. Wood used for homes is no longer harvested like it once was. Now, for the most part, we get fast-growth, “farm-raised” lumber that is less dense and has a wider grain pattern.

Stucco vs Other Sidings and the Overall Maintenance

Stucco Siding

Stucco is reasonably priced and easy to maintain as well as aesthetically pleasing. With a large variety of stucco colors to choose from, stucco works great with almost any home exterior.

Stucco has been a popular choice for hundreds of years but stucco is more costly than vinyl siding. This is if you are comparing the basic stucco with the basic vinyl siding, depending on the quality they both go up in price.

Going Green With Non-toxic Insulation in Your Home

People are more and more becoming environmentally and health conscious now a days and this now includes construction – building with environmental and health concerns in mind. In this blog I am going let you know about going green with insulation in a home or office.

Insulation

Insulation is very important and one of the more urgent green issues in construction. Proper insulation plays a very important role in energy saving in your home or office. The properly insulated home holds in the heat and keeps out the cold very efficiently.

Baluster Repair and Replacement for Staircases and Fine Finished Carpentry

Q: Where do you go to find a replacement for your wood staircase hand rail baluster?

A: RWT Design & Construction

The art of fine finished carpentry seems almost lost in todays “find it at Home Depot mentality”. We are proud to be one of the few artisans working in the greater Los Angeles area.

Home Central Heat Maintenance for Winter

Now that the temperature is getting cooler it is a good time to tune up your furnace for the winter. Changing filters, checking duct work and overall system maintenance can save you on your energy bills. Having a licensed heating and air conditioning technician out to start up your heating system in the winter is a very wise decision.

Replacement Windows Pros & Cons

There are obvious benefits for replacing your old single glazed wood windows with new high performance dual glazed clad or vinyl windows. Just to name a few would be the thermal efficiency of installing dual glazed windows, the sound efficiency and the low maintenance of duel clad or vinyl.

There are many companies out there who offer inexpensive replacement window systems, who unfortunately don’t understand how to properly water proof these replacement windows.