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For the 8th year in a row, Remodeling magazine's Cost vs. Value Report states that re-siding your home with fiber-cement siding in the mid-range or larger categories provides the #1 return on your remodeling investment. Now that's really inspiring. Let the pros at GS Construction help you with your exterior home design. We are experts at installing and very knowledgeable with James Hardie siding.
Mullen Heller Architecture, BGO Architects Showcase Top Projects Using James Hardie® Siding
CHICAGO (September 10, 2013) - Projects from Mullen Heller Architecture, Albuquerque, N.M., and BGO Architects, Addison, Texas, have been named winners in the inaugural HardieDesign Contest photo competition by James Hardie Building Products. Mullen Heller Architecture earned top honors for a modern-design commercial building using James Hardie HardiePlank® lap siding and HardieTrim® boards, while BGO Architects won for a traditional-look project using HardiePlank lap siding. The winners were announced today at the Multifamily Executive Conference in Las Vegas, and both firms will receive a complimentary custom video shoot from James Hardie profiling their projects.
The HardieDesign Contest gave architectural firms and project owners and developers the opportunity to showcase their finest commercial or multifamily project featuring James Hardie fiber cement siding and panel products, said Brad King, Business Manager, Multifamily/Commercial, James Hardie. More than 550 photos of commercial and multifamily projects from across the country were submitted between June 20 and Aug. 20, 2013. Winners for both traditional and modern designs were selected based on the projects' solutions-driven design, classical beauty and innovative use of James Hardie siding or panel products.
"James Hardie was pleased to see how architects and developers use its siding and panel products in both modern and traditional designs," King said. "In addition to a strong aesthetic appeal, James Hardie siding is Engineered for Climate®, which means it is specifically formulated to withstand the weather conditions of the geographic region where a project is located, from the cold, wet air of the U.S. northeast to the sweltering arid sun of the southwest. Plus, James Hardie siding with ColorPlus® Technology, a factory-applied, multi-coat, baked-on finish, has greater fade resistance and adhesion than alternatives, meaning less maintenance costs for property owners."
Mullen Heller Architecture's project in White Rock, N.M. is a prime example of the benefits of James Hardie products that are Engineered for Climate. In a region battling wildfires, Mullen Heller Architecture designed the White Rock Visitor Center to stand up to dangerously dry temperatures while maintaining a modern lodge appeal using a combination of Autumn Tan, Khaki Brown, and Sandstone Beige ColorPlus HardiePlank lap siding and HardieTrim boards. BGO Architects teamed up with the local housing authority to revitalize the neglected Rosehill Ridge neighborhood in Texarkana, Texas. The BGO team designed single-family units similar to classic subdivisions with durable HardiePlank lap siding, providing homeowners a traditional wood look with much lower maintenance.
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Spring Construction Report Released
This short report is easy to read and provides the latest updates on changes affecting the construction sector. This month's special feature focuses on EPAct and the significant income tax discounts you can receive by installing new windows, roofing, insulation, and heating and cooling equipment.
The Benefits of Remodels and additions: Taking a Look at the Big Picture
The average homeowner in this country doesn’t seem happy with staying put for very long, pulling up stakes and moving every few years. As a result, we no longer live in a time where remodeling is solely about attainting the home of your dreams. Remodeling has come to serve as a way to increase a home's resale value. Analyzing the future and long-term benefits of a of a remodel or new home addition project is very important.
If you have decided to remodel your home it is important to ask yourself if you are remodeling solely for personal reasons, or if you are looking at the bigger picture and remodeling with the intent of increasing your home's value. How you answer this question and how you go about with your remodel or addition project can have a significant impact on your home's potential value and your potential profit. Team up with a Knowledgeable GS Construction Remodeling Expert.
If you own your own home, at some point you’re probably going to want to do some remodeling. The project may be as small as renovating an existing bath or as large as doing over an entire house. No matter the job, whether it’s updating an old kitchen, adding a wing or raising the roof, there’s an experienced GS Construction remodeling professional available to help you with your project.
You may be pretty skilled at handling a lot of home fix-it jobs but if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing you could be in for some unpleasant surprises. You’ll end up in the middle of a project you don’t have the skills to complete or if you are able to finish it you’ll be dissatisfied with the final result. Remodeling isn’t always as easy as those do-it-yourself TV shows make it look. Keep in mind that they have a whole team behind the scenes that you never get to see. If you’re looking to make your remodeling job a success that’s precisely what you should have, a knowledgeable G S Construction remodeling team.
Put an Experienced GS Construction Remodeling Expert on Your Side
During any renovation job there’s a lot complicated paperwork. Many homeowners have no idea about what the local building codes are but a knowledgeable remodeling team is well informed about the necessary licensing and building permits that you will need as well as adhering to all the required government regulations.
If you’re thinking about doing renovations on your home you’ll also need to do some important preparation work first. This involves knowing exactly what you want, finding out if your ideas will fit with your existing home structurally and if you can afford the remodel you want. Depending on the extent of your project you may need to apply for a home improvement loan. Working with a GS Construction remodeling professional will make the entire process a lot easier.
Having a GS Construction remodeling professional on your side is about more than having someone there to do the actual work. A skilled contractor will help you develop your remodeling plans and work with you to solve any potential problems. If sub contractors are needed such as an electrician or plumber, GS Construction will synchronize the work and make certain all the building supplies are brought in as they’re needed.
|Siding Replacement - Foam-Backed Vinyl||Window Replacement - Vinyl||Roofing Replacement||Deck Addition (composite)|
|2015||#3||#4||#1 - 84.3% ROI||#7||#10|
|2014||#3||#4||#1 - 87.0% ROI||#9||#7|
|2013||#3||#4||#1 - 79.3% ROI||#9||#7|
|2012||#3||#4||#1 - 78.0% ROI||#10||#9|
|2011||#3||#2||#1 - 80.0% ROI||#10||#8|
|2010||#2||#3||#1 - 83.6% ROI||#9||#8|
|2009||#2||#3||#1 - 83.6% ROI||#8||#7|
Fiber cement siding replacement is the highest percentage of cost recouped for projects in the ‘upscale’ category.
©2015 Hanley Wood, LLC. Excerpted with permission.
Complete data from the Remodeling 2014-2015 Cost vs. Value Report is available at www.costvsvalue.com
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