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Southern MD New Home Shower Enclosures

A Shower Enclosure to Suit Every Style and Environment

When building a new home in Charles County or remodeling your home remember the bathroom is a key room in your home.  Your home gives you the opportunity to express yourself with each room providing visitors with a little insight into your thoughts and emotions. Each room in your home plays an important role in explaining who you are and what your personality is. Don’t forget your bathroom is also a key room in your home. Your bathroom is typically your first stop in the morning and your last in the evening therefore.  The fixtures you choose must stand the test of time.

When building a new home consider the shower. It is important that you have a space where you feel refreshed and comforted first thing in the morning when getting ready for the day ahead. The biggest problem you will face when choosing a new shower enclosure is which one makes the best sense for you. With so many styles available it can be difficult to know what style would suit best your needs. Your builder can help in choosing an enclosure that will fit the available space. Before you start looking through brochures and wandering around showrooms you must first be sure of the space and shape you have to work with. A popular choice for those with space are walk in enclosures also known as wet rooms.

Shower Enclosure Doors

Enclosure doors seal off a recessed area of the bathroom. Some tiled cubicles don’t need doors. These types of showers have tiled side panels typically built at the bathroom design stage. Typical enclosure doors include the following:

Sliding Doors – As the name suggests the door is split into two with the right hand section sliding to the left. This style of door ensures easy access to the enclosure whilst not being a hindrance to the room in opening outwards, which causes problems in some enclosures where space is a problem.

In-Fold Doors – In-Fold doors (or Bi-Fold doors as they are also known) are a concertina effect and again, like sliding doors, ensure that they make the most of the space and don’t become obstructive due to them not opening outwards. This can be considered more practical than a sliding door as it provides a greater amount of space to enter and exit the enclosure.

Pivot Doors – A Pivot door is one that opens outwards away from the enclosure, just like any standard door, ensuring complete access to the enclosure. This type of door however can only be used where you have the necessary space to open the door outwards fully.

Enclosure Side Panels

Side panels can be used in conjunction with shower doors in order to create a full enclosure where a recessed option in your bathroom is not available. You have the ability to create an enclosure that suits the space you have and the style you want, with a modern and stylish enclosure providing you with that touch of class. Side panels come in an array of styles and sizes, each being linked with a shower door to provide a full and matching enclosure. For those of you looking for a different type of enclosure door in order to make the most of your space, the Corner Entry enclosure, as the name suggests, opens at the corner, allowing you to make the most of your space, compared to other types of doors that require entry at either side of the enclosure, which is not always possible.

Walk In Shower Enclosures

For those of you with the space you can opt for the ultimate luxury in a Walk In Shower Enclosure, a touch of elegance to brighten up any showering environment. Walk In enclosures can simply be a panel on a tiled floor, a panel attached to a shower tray or a full enclosure, their use dependent on personal style and available space. Typical Walk In enclosure panels start at 1500mm in length providing you with ample space to enjoy your shower. Prices are higher than that of the conventional enclosure and door though you are paying for that luxury item which will be the focal point of your bathroom or en suite.

Wilkerson Builders is happy to discuss all the amazing choices you have for a new Luxury home in Charles County MD.

 

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Benefits of Vinyl Siding

Benefits of Vinyl Siding in Charles County MD

Vinyl siding Right now, vinyl is one of the most popular choices for siding when purchasing a new home in Charles County MD. When you purchase a luxury home in Charles County, MD from Wilkerson Builders,  quality vinyl siding will last a long time while providing virtually maintenance free protection of your home. With the variety of colors, grains and thicknesses on the market, vinyl is the practical choice when siding your home.

Vinyl siding is very durable; it is the main reason consumers choose this type of siding for their home. Vinyl can stand up to most weather conditions without worry of severe damage. Newer vinyl siding is stronger and less likely to crack or become brittle. It can also withstand years of direct sunlight without fading. In fact, many companies which make vinyl siding offer customers a lifetime warranty, which may be transferrable to new owners. There is no need to paint it, because it never fades. In fact, the only regular maintenance you will need to plan for is a power washing once or twice a year. If you find a moisture problem with the new siding, you can easily fix it by re-caulking the joints.

Vinyl siding will save you a great deal of money in the long run. It is less expensive than siding which needs regular repainting and repairing. It also adds an extra layer of insulation to your home which can decrease your utility bills. This is not the only eco-friendly benefit this siding offers. From production and transportation to installation and service life, vinyl is a greener option than other kinds of siding. It can even help you earn points with the United States Green Building Council for New Construction and the LEED Home Rating Systems. It will reduce your energy consumption, energy costs and carbon dioxide emissions.

You will also be adding value to your home with vinyl siding. It is a first choice for many developers, contractors and homeowners associations. Additionally, homeowners with  vinyl can recoup up to 80 percent of the cost of installation price through the increased value added to their home.

It is mostly made of polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, which does not ignite quickly and is inherently flame retardant. In fact, the temperature required to ignite PVC is much higher than normal house fires burn. The material has earned a stamp of approval from the National Fire Protection Association. This group recognizes the strong fire safe characteristics of vinyl and agrees that it is a wise choice for your home.

With the variety of colors and grains available, you will be able to outfit you home in almost any look you wish. Newer vinyl has an added benefit that its color is baked into the vinyl instead of applied once the vinyl is finished. This keeps the color truer over time without showing scratches or imperfections.

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The dos and don’ts of basement finishing

The dos and don’ts of basement finishing

An unfinished basement allows homeowners to transform the room into anything they desire. But there are some dos and don’ts to finishing a basement, including ensuring the project adheres to local building codes.

basement-remodelingRemodeling a basement is a popular home improvement project. A finished basement makes the space more functional and, when done correctly, can add a considerable amount of living space to a home.

Finishing a basement pays dividends in additional space in a home that doesn’t require the same level of investment as putting an addition on the house. Also, the groundwork for a finished room is already there, as most basements are already set up with a poured concrete floor and some walls, usually cinder blocks. Some electrical components, plumbing and the creature comforts of drywall and a more inviting floor might be all that’s necessary to finish a basement. The process can be labor-intensive, and many people prefer to leave it to a professional contractor. Whatever finishing method is chosen, homeowners should follow the proper procedures when doing the work.

DO start with a detailed plan. Measure out the basement and mark any items that cannot be moved, such as a furnace, water heater or pipes. Create a design board that showcases the materials you plan to use on the project. Think about ways you plan to arrange furniture and consider all of the possible uses for the room. Will it be a home theater? Will someone be sleeping down there? Each scenario will require certain amenities and safety requirements.

DON’T plan to finish the entire basement. Doing so will leave you without a storage or utility area where you house holiday decorations, tools, luggage and similar items.

DO get the scoop on building codes. Knowing what the municipality allows in basement remodeling will help you to customize a plan that is functional, safe and legal. No one wants to be slapped with fines for failing to follow the rules. Plus, failure to meet building codes could mean the work that has been done must be torn out and redone. It pays to follow the chain of command and secure permits while having all work inspected.

DON’T overlook adequate lighting in your refinishing plan. A basement is likely one area of the house that has limited natural light pouring in. With traditionally small windows, or no windows at all, a basement needs ample lighting in its design scheme. This may include a combination of overhead and task lighting. Ample lighting will help the room feel like part of the house and not just a forgotten storage area.

DO take into consideration moisture issues in the basement. Many basements are plagued by moisture issues ranging from water seepage to condensation forming on walls. These situations may vary depending on the weather throughout the year. Certain materials may need to be used to mitigate water issues before finishing can take place. The installation of water-barrier systems, drainage, sump pumps, or encapsulation products could drive up the cost of a basement renovation. It is essential to have a professional assess the basement water issues prior to starting any finishing work.

DON’T simply cover up potential hazards, such as mold or mildew. Have them treated instead. Otherwise, you could have a breeding ground behind drywall that could lead to unsafe conditions in the home.

DO have a radon test. Radon is a hidden killer that can cause lung cancer. Because it occurs naturally in the soil and water surrounding a home and is impossible to detect without a specialized test, many people are unaware of the presence of radon until it is too late. Radon may be more concentrated in the basement, where the foundation is touching the soil. Therefore, rule out radon before considering renovation of a basement area.

DON’T limit furniture choices to one type. You may need to be flexible in your furniture choices, even selecting modular pieces, like sectionals, because entryways to basements may have small doorways or obstructions that make adding furniture more challenging.

DO keep the possibility of flooding in the back of your head. Homes that are near waterways or at low elevation may be at risk of flooding. Basements are especially susceptible to flood damage. Therefore, think about the practicality of finishing a basement if you are prone to flooding. If you decide to move ahead, take certain precautionary measures, such as keeping electrical wiring up higher and using a more water-resistant flooring material, like tile or vinyl. House important electronics and items on shelves so they are not at ground-level.

Finishing a basement is a job that can add a lot of usable space to a home. Go about the project in the right way to keep within budget and have a room that is safe and functional.