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Project Prep for the Average Joe

Home improvement in Seattle, WA, increases in popularity as the city continues to boom. These home improvement projects improve function, indoor comfort, curb appeal, and more. Getting there is sometimes the tough part. Undergoing these home updates can be costly & time consuming, so we want you to have the tools to succeed on your own & the knowledge to know where it might be better to ask for professional help.

Growing up, my dad was always drawing house designs. I can clearly remember the yellow legal pad with dimensions scribbled in the corners & the standard architectural UPPERCASE handwriting. Whether it was drawings for work, ideas for our backyard landscape, plans to refinish the old basement, or just sketches of his dream home -- he was always jotting down ideas when they were fresh on his mind & documenting the information in one place.  The endless pages of pencil-sketched floor plans seemed silly at the time, but hindsight is 20/20 & now I see: these scribbles were a key to his success.

As it turns out, not only should the average Joe plan ahead, but the most successful people plan ahead! Thorough planning is the key to a stress-free & successful home improvement project & our team at Perdue Builders wants you to be just that, successful.

Here are some tips:

1.    Keep a journal – You can use a planner or notebook as your home improvement journal. Keep all your ideas, measurements, sketches, receipts, clippings, and other reference materials in this journal so you will always know where to look. Alternatively, you can use mobile apps.

2.    Visualize your project – Whether you prefer to use pen & paper or computer-aided design, you should have a visual representation of your project. This helps you avoid ending up with a color, style, or material you won’t like. Additionally, this helps with communicating your ideas during a consultation with a home improvement contractor in Seattle, WA, like us.

3.    Set aside time to do your research – Since home improvement projects are significant investments, the last thing you want is rushed project. Take the time to relay your ideas with friends and family, gather opinions, and compare color and style palettes. The same applies when it’s time to choose a contractor. Take the time to make calls, double-check services, and consult. You will also have to set aside time to call referrals and visit project sites when possible. It may take a lot of your time, but you will get results that you’ll be totally happy with.

4.    Go timeless – When researching your design options, we recommend timeless styles for your pieces. If your home is based on a specific architectural style, such as a Spanish villa or a Tudor Revival home, stick with architecturally appropriate styles.


Perdue Builders & Supply will be happy to help you get your window, door, or siding replacement Bothell, WA, done with the least amount of stress. Call us today at (425) 398-8609 or fill out our contact form for a free no-obligation quote.

Richard Perdue