Stylish Solutions To Keep Your Home Cool

Your Nashville, Tennessee home inspection company, All-Pro Home Inspections, is pleased to share with you smart, stylish solutions to keep your entire home cool – without disrupting home decor

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Don’t sweat it if your home does not have central air-conditioning. Whether you live in an older house that can’t accommodate duct work, or you don’t want to sacrifice your interior aesthetics with an unattractive air conditioning unit, you can still keep your home feeling – and looking – cool this summer with advanced air conditioning technology.

Homeowners without central AC often choose to cool their home with air-conditioners that are clunky, inefficient and downright ugly. Fortunately, you can find higher quality, more attractive ways to cool your home.

“Homeowners today are seeking products that are not only high performing, but also visually appealing and fit in to the personality of their home,” says Patrick O’Toole, editorial director and publisher of Professional Remodeler magazine. “Installing an attractive air conditioner instead of an outdated unit is a simple change homeowners can make to keep themselves cool during the summer.”

There are a number of ideal alternatives to traditional HVAC systems that can be a perfect addition to your home this summer season. Below are some tips to keep your home cool all summer long:

DUCT-FREE AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS

Duct-free systems have traditionally cooled just one room of the house, and most models are not made with your home’s aesthetics in mind. For example, the unique, multi-zone LG Art Cool Gallery, which has both an indoor and outdoor component, resolves both concerns by allowing users to customize the unit with their own artwork, while also heating and cooling up to four separate areas in the home. The indoor unit hangs on the wall like a picture, and homeowners can insert their own artwork or photography into a frame that conceals the front of the unit, so they don’t have to stare at the bland, protruding box on the wall. This energy-efficient system is ENERGY STAR certified and is exceptionally easy to use with a remote control and auto operation modes.

CEILING FANS

Ceiling fans not only help cool a room on their own, but also are a great way to supplement the effectiveness of an existing AC unit by creating further air flow. While older versions are often cumbersome and unattractive, it’s now easy to find fans that are both effective, and can function as a beautiful addition to your decor.

BLINDS OR SHADES

Blocking the hot sunrays from shining through your window with blinds or shades is a great way to maintain coolness. Room-darkening blinds, curtains or shades can deliver stylish looks and still shield rooms from the sun during the hottest parts of the day. Also, updating drapery with seasonal, light-colored fabrics throughout the house can help reflect heat better than dark ones, which tend to absorb light and heat.

ADJUST PILOT LIGHT ON GAS STOVES AND WATER HEATERS

Adjusting the pilot light on your gas stove and water heater can be a cost-effective solution, as they often produce excess heat that raises the indoor temperature. If you have a gas fireplace, turn off the pilot light during summer to lower temperatures and contribute to a reduction in your gas bill, which results in energy savings throughout the season.

CFL AND LED BULBS

Incandescent light bulbs turn the majority of the energy they consume into heat. Consider replacing traditional incandescent bulbs with cooler alternatives like CFLs or LEDs. These bulbs consume far less electricity, which could lower your utility bills, and turn most of that energy into light, rather than heat.

PLANT TREES

For a longer-term solution that is also environmentally friendly, plant shade trees around your house, such as Maple, Oak and Elm. They’ll help protect your home from the sun, create an aesthetically appealing landscape and contribute fresh oxygen to your outdoor environment.

From reducing the amount of sunlight that warms your house to installing the latest in duct-free AC units, simple tips like these can help you and your family stay cool this summer and save on your energy bills.

nashville, tennessee home inspector jeremy martin owner of all-pro home inspectionsJeremy Martin of All Pro Home Inspections has been in commercial and home construction since 1987. He completed many steel buildings in the late 80’s and early 90’s before going into the home construction and remodeling industry. He then worked in sales for 10 years, continuing to remodel homes. A desire to own his own company and at the request of many to open a professional home inspection firm in Middle TN, Jeremy decided to launch All-Pro Home Inspections LLC. Jeremy continues to enjoy working with future home owners in their home buying experience. Jeremy is a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors and Women’s Council of Realtors of Sumner County TN. All-Pro Home Inspections has served thousands of satisfied clients throughout all of Middle TN and looks forward to serving you and your family.


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No Hassle And Low Cost Home Decor

dining room setYour Nashville, Tennessee home inspection company, All-Pro Home Inspections, is pleased to share with you custom home decor that is without the hassle and high costs

Conventional wisdom holds that in order to achieve a custom look in your home decor you either have to spend a bundle hiring professionals, or invest countless hours of hard work doing it yourself. In the Internet age, however, it’s easier than ever to achieve the look of custom home decor without the expense or hassle of traditional methods. That’s because you can buy virtually anything online these days, from custom wall art to made-to-order slip covers. And while for some items you’ll pay a bit more than you would in the local department store, online resources can provide you with virtually limitless ways to achieve exactly the look you want. Here are a handful of home decor staples that you can customize through online resources:

Wall Decor

While family photos are one of the easiest, cheapest ways to customize your wall art, sometimes a room cries out for an eye-catching canvas wrapped print. Home decor stores can yield some acceptable options, but for a bigger selection – and reasonable costs – head over to www.canvasyourway.com. The same folks who pioneered the concept of custom wallpaper murals now offer millions of image options online that you can customize in several different sizes. Perhaps you need a cityscape to add just the right touch of sophistication to a living room and haven’t been able to find it in local stores. Canvas Your Way has hundreds to choose from or you can make a custom canvas print by uploading your own image. With so many options, it’s possible to find exactly what you’re looking for at a reasonable price – without the worry that you’ll ever see a similar piece in someone else’s home.

 Lighting

Drive down any subdivision in the U.S., glance in entryway windows and you’ll likely see the same light fixtures repeated over and over again. Builders standardize home lighting and many homeowners simply never bother to change things. Or, if they do, they head over to the same home improvement store that everyone else uses, so changing a light fixture doesn’t really give them a unique look. A simple online search can yield thousands of options for customizing your home’s lighting design – from chandelier makers that allow you to specify the number, size and color of crystals to pendant lights in myriad colors, shapes and sizes.

Window Treatments

Blinds for one room, sheers for another and valances in a third – sure, you can get all those window treatments customized from local businesses, but how much time and money will it cost? Online merchants offer virtually the same level of customization for window treatments as you would find in a specialty shop, at competitive prices and with far less hassle than driving to a custom store, or having a sales person come to your home. All you need is a measuring tape and a vision, and you can find custom window treatments online to fit any home decor.

Slip Covers

From shabby couches that are still comfy to sturdy dining room chairs that just need a new look, covering existing furniture with custom slip covers is usually much cheaper than reupholstering or replacing furniture altogether. Again, it’s easy to find a host of online merchants that can customize slip covers to your specifications, including the exact size, color, pattern and fabric you desire. Easier than driving around looking at fabric samples, ordering custom slip covers online makes it simple to give much-loved, still useful furniture a whole new look and life. And most reputable online sellers will offer satisfaction guarantees, so you can be confident you’ll be happy with the look of custom slipcovers that you buy online. Customization doesn’t have to cost a lot of time and money. Some smart online searching can help you create exactly the home decor look you desire.

nashville, tennessee home inspector jeremy martin owner of all-pro home inspectionsJeremy Martin of All Pro Home Inspections has been in commercial and home construction since 1987. He completed many steel buildings in the late 80’s and early 90’s before going into the home construction and remodeling industry. He then worked in sales for 10 years, continuing to remodel homes. A desire to own his own company and at the request of many to open a professional home inspection firm in Middle TN, Jeremy decided to launch All-Pro HomeInspections LLC. Jeremy continues to enjoy working with future home owners in their home buying experience. Jeremy is a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors and Women’s Council of Realtors of Sumner County TN. All-Pro Home Inspections has served thousands of satisfied clients throughout all of Middle TN and looks forward to serving you and your family.

 


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Home Improvements For Safety, Comfort And Value

Your  Nashville, Tennessee home inspection company, All-Pro Home Inspections, is pleased to share with you 5 home improvements that boost safety, comfort and the value of your home

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Home improvement season is in full swing, and homeowners across the country are deciding which projects to tackle this year. By taking a strategic approach to selecting home improvements, you can go beyond adding value to your property – you can also boost your comfort and safety as well.

“Many homeowners select stylistic updates when deciding which projects [they want] for their house, but some of the most valuable home improvements aren’t visual,” says Ed Del Grande, home improvement expert, author, TV host and spokesperson for Kohler. “Things that add comfort and safety to a home typically have the best return on investment, as well as the most pull with today’s savvy home buyers come resale time.”

Del Grande recommends five home improvements to enhance the value, safety and comfort of your home:

1) Standby Home Generator


A standby generator is installed outside your house (like a central air-conditioning unit) and comes on automatically within seconds of a utility power outage to keep your property up-and-running whether you’re home or away. Standby generators are connected to existing gas lines in your home (propane or natural gas), so there’s no refueling necessary. A standby generator like those from Kohler can power critical appliances and systems in a home, including lights, heating/cooling systems, refrigerators/freezers, sump pumps, security systems, office equipment and sophisticated electronics. Adding a standby generator not only increases your comfort and safety, it’s a sound investment. In addition to preventing losses due to power outages, a backup power generator recoups 67.5 percent of its cost at resale, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2014 Cost vs. Value Report. To learn more, visit www.kohlergenerators.com for educational videos, sizing calculators and more.

2) Lightingsolor lighting


Updating lighting can have a dramatic effect on a home’s aesthetic, but beauty is just one benefit of redoing light fixtures inside and out. Lights highlight architectural features plus add a safety element to the property. Properly lit paths, stairs and entrance ways make it easy to navigate throughout the home. Use solar light to brighten pathways, stair lights to illuminate steps, wall sconces to light functional areas within the living room or bathroom, and under-cabinet lighting to illuminate kitchen surfaces for safer cooking.

3) Front Door


In addition to properly lighting your entrance, there is another simple and affordable update you can make to boost curb appeal and home security: a new steel front door. Doors that feature decorative glass might look nice, but they make it easy for criminals to break into your home. Give your home’s facade a facelift and added security by replacing your entry door with a steel option. With a 96.6 percent recouped cost, it is the number one remodeling project for resale value, according to the Cost vs. Value Report. Plus, steel front doors can be purchased in a variety of colors or easily painted to match your home’s existing color palette.

4) Security System


A security system assures owners that their family and property are secure day and night. Whether you hire a company to install it or you go the DIY route, there are numerous options. Smart security systems go beyond cameras, fire alarms and motion detectors; they allow homeowners to monitor their homes online so they can see when children come home, packages are delivered, or whether they forgot to shut the garage door. Adjustments to locks, lighting and temperature can all be made remotely. Plus, adding a security system often qualifies for a discount on homeowner’s insurance, so ask your agent.

5) Sump Pump


With the recent storms in the Northeast and across the country, flooding has become a major concern. If your home has a basement, it should have a functioning sump pump. Often located under stairways or in basement utility spaces, a sump pump is a special pump that is only activated when water reaches a certain level in a basin that collects water and enables proper drainage around the home. Sump pumps are critical to prevent basement flooding, and they reduce dampness around a home’s foundation. The upfront cost of a sump pump is easily justified when you think about the thousands of dollars in damages it prevents: the average cost of a flooded basement is $21,000 according to FloodSmart.gov (2-inch flood in 2,000 square-foot home).

nashville, tennessee home inspector jeremy martin owner of all-pro home inspectionsJeremy Martin of All Pro Home Inspections has been in commercial and home construction since 1987. He completed many steel buildings in the late 80’s and early 90’s before going into the home construction and remodeling industry. He then worked in sales for 10 years, continuing to remodel homes. A desire to own his own company and at the request of many to open a professional home inspection firm in Middle TN, Jeremy decided to launch All-Pro Home Inspections LLC. Jeremy continues to enjoy working with future home owners in their home buying experience. Jeremy is a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors and Women’s Council of Realtors of Sumner County TN. All-Pro Home Inspections has served thousands of satisfied clients throughout all of Middle TN and looks forward to serving you and your family.

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Extending Your Home To The Outdoors

Enclosed PatioYour Nashville, Tennessee home inspection company, All-Pro Home Inspections, is pleased to share with you information on how to extend your home to the outdoors this summer and beyond

Summer is here and most people are turning their attention to home improvement projects that let them spend more time outside. In fact, 92 percent of residential landscape architects noted outdoor living spaces as a popular design feature for this year, according to the 2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects.

“One growing trend we have seen is incorporating walls of windows and patio doors to make the outdoors an extension of indoor living space and vice versa,” says Jim Horn, director of brand marketing for leading residential window manufacturer Ply Gem Windows. “Homeowners are also taking cues from interior design and looking for bolder features and colors to liven up the entire exterior, with everything from brightly colored windows to rustic stone accents.”

Ply Gem Windows offers these tips to boost your home’s design from the inside out.

Expand Your Horizons Through Large Windows

For homeowners planning a more extensive remodel, consider adding large windows. Stacked, multi-story windows are a great design feature for homes with a view, and also allow ample natural light to flood the entire space. To add privacy or make a smaller space look bigger, consider adding a picture window combined with casement, double-hung or gliding window styles.

Create A Wall Of Glass

Expansive bi-parting patio doors create a seamless transition from indoors to outdoors. Mimic the look of a glass wall for a fraction of the cost with options like the Mira Premium Series bi-parting door from Ply Gem Windows. Bi-parting doors such as this come with four panels and open up to 12-feet wide, creating an unobstructed opening to the deck or patio.

Take A Cue From Nature With Stone Veneer

Rustic stone accents have been used for centuries on homes and continue to be a popular feature. Modern technology allows manufacturers to create stone veneer that is molded and hand-crafted from real stone, but is about half the weight and more affordable. Consider using stone veneer to enhance an outdoor living space by accenting the exterior walls surrounding a patio door, adding an outdoor fireplace or creating a stone column for a mailbox or fence accent in the front yard.

Go Bold With Color

Many homes built during the housing boom between the 1950s and 1980s lost their architectural appeal, leaving houses with white or beige windows that provide little distinction. If you live in one of these homes, make the outdoors an expression of your personality and add style with bold window colors that attract attention from the curb. Manufacturers now offer virtually limitless options in reds, blues, yellows and beyond, even giving the option for custom color matching. If you are not quite ready for new windows, start with small color-boosting projects such as planting flowers or purchasing a new patio set.

To find design inspiration and ideas for these and other home improvement projects, visit www.plygem.com. Whether you’re looking for a small refresh or a completely new look for your outdoor space, the hottest exterior home design trends are waiting outside.

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Jeremy Martin of All Pro Home Inspections has been in commercial and home construction since 1987. He completed many steel buildings in the late 80’s and early 90’s before going into the home construction and remodeling industry. He then worked in sales for 10 years, continuing to remodel homes. A desire to own his own company and at the request of many to open a professional home inspection firm in Middle TN, Jeremy decided to launch All-Pro Home Inspections LLC. Jeremy continues to enjoy working with future home owners in their home buying experience. Jeremy is a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors and Women’s Council of Realtors of Sumner County TN. All-Pro Home Inspections has served thousands of satisfied clients throughout all of Middle TN and looks forward to serving you and your family.

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What You Need To Know About Mold Exposure …

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And Why You Should Get A Mold Test

Your Nashville, Tennessee home inspection company, All-Pro Home Inspections, is pleased to share with you what you need to know about mold exposure and why you should get a mold inspection

 What are molds?

A mold is a fungus that can be found indoors as well as outdoors. It is not known how many different types of fungi exist, but it is in the tens of thousands or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, areas, and spread by making spores. Mold spores can live in very harsh conditions, and are extremely difficult to eradicate.

Possible health problems and symptoms caused by molds are:

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  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Blurred Vision
  • Chronic cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Infections in the lungs
  • Respitory issues
  • Nasal and sinus congestion
  • Eye irritation
  • A host of life threatening diseases

Why Should you hire a mold inspector?

You will be unable to detect all of the molds that you have in your home.  Many molds can be hidden from your sight.  A professional mold inspector can find the different molds and is able to determine if the mold in your home exceeds normal levels. If the amount of molds exceed the normal levels, they will be able to tell you how to get it removed safely.

Mold is very dangerous and it is important to recognize mold problems before buying your new home.  Get a mold inspection from All Pro Home Inspections today!

nashville, tennessee home inspector jeremy martin owner of all-pro home inspections Jeremy Martin of All Pro Home Inspections has been in commercial and home construction since 1987. He completed many steel buildings in the late 80’s and early 90’s before going into the home construction and remodeling industry. He then worked in sales for 10 years, continuing to remodel homes. A desire to own his own company and at the request of many to open a professional home inspection firm in Middle TN, Jeremy decided to launch All-Pro Home Inspections LLC. Jeremy continues to enjoy working with future home owners in their home buying experience. Jeremy is a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors and Women’s Council of Realtors of Sumner County TN. All-Pro Home Inspections has served thousands of satisfied clients throughout all of Middle TN and looks forward to serving you and your family.

5 Easy Steps To Plan The Perfect Deck

Your Nashville, Tennessee home inspection company, All-Pro Home Inspections, is pleased to share with you 5 easy steps to plan the perfect deck

excellent deck on display!With warm summer days in full swing, it is time to make your dream of a backyard deck transformation a reality. If you are like many homeowners who are interested in revamping outdoor living spaces, a lack of time and decking know-how may be preventing you from getting started.

The good news is that breathing new life into an outdated deck or updating an outdoor living area does not have to be complicated or time consuming, if you have the right plan. Start with these five easy steps and you’ll be enjoying your deck oasis in no time.

1. Research inspiring deck projects

Before tackling a deck project, set aside time to discover your deck design style. Flip through your favorite magazines or browse design sites like Houzz and Pinterest to help spark your imagination. As you look at different color combinations and configurations, be sure to evaluate which designs will fit your family’s lifestyle and backyard parameters.

2. Find your perfect materials

When deciding on the colors and layout of your deck, keep in mind the variety of materials available. Decking choices range from traditional wood to plastic PVC boards with multiple options in between, like wood-plastic composites.

Some composites can be pricy, but brands like ChoiceDek offer the same durability at an affordable price and are backed by a 25-year warranty. It’s also available in stock at Lowe’s stores, making it easy to purchase and get your project started quickly.

Durable composite boards are available in various colors and do not require the sealing, staining and painting of traditional wood decking. Some plastic capped boards have a shiny surface finish, while boards with fully encapsulated wood fibers offer a more wood-like appearance and improved moisture resistance. “The boards work like wood, but are better. They can be cut, drilled and screwed without creating a pathway for water intrusion. This helps homeowners keep their deck looking good – rain or shine,” says Scott Spencer, ChoiceDek national account manager.

3. Do-it-yourself or hire a contractor?

As you begin to consider costs and availability, you’ll need to decide if you want to build this deck yourself or prefer to work with a contractor. If the DIY approach is right for you, start reviewing installation how-to’s and videos to be sure you feel comfortable with the necessary steps. Product websites typically have guidelines that outline required tools, material quantities and installation tips.

If building a deck still looms as a chore that cuts into summer fun, consider hiring a contractor. Some home improvement stores and decking manufacturers certify decking contractors and can suggest one in your area. Store associates can also help you figure out the cost of different building material options and provide building advice.

Whether you plan to do-it-yourself or hire out your deck transformation, be sure to contact your local building department or homeowners’ association to get details on their requirements and restrictions.

4. Design your deck

Once you have a clear vision of your dream deck, start drawing out the details. You can even use deck design programs, like the one on Lowes.com, to explore different deck layouts and color options. Some programs can even print a material list specific to your design to simplify ordering.

Whether you’re building a multi-level deck or a small porch, evaluate how to modify the design to better suite your tastes. For example, adding curved elements can enhance visual interest, while contrasting deck board colors can add personality. If a smooth deck surface is important for kids and pets, consider hidden fastening systems as an alternative to surface screws. Hidden fasteners use specialized clips that fit into grooves on the side of composite deck boards for a clean, even surface.

5. Finishing touches

With your deck design in place, it is time to increase the style and function of your outdoor space. If you envision long evenings on the deck, a little extra lighting can go a long way to extending hours outside. Or, consider adding built-in seating or a feature piece like a fire pit or water fountain. By focusing on how friends and family plan to use your outdoor space, you can create a beautiful, fun deck that can be enjoyed for years to come.

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Jeremy Martin of All Pro Home Inspections has been in commercial and home construction since 1987. He completed many steel buildings in the late 80’s and early 90’s before going into the home construction and remodeling industry. He then worked in sales for 10 years, continuing to remodel homes. A desire to own his own company and at the request of many to open a professional home inspection firm in Middle TN, Jeremy decided to launch All-Pro HomeInspections LLC. Jeremy continues to enjoy working with future home owners in their home buying experience. Jeremy is a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors and Women’s Council of Realtors of Sumner County TN. All-Pro Home Inspections has served thousands of satisfied clients throughout all of Middle TN and looks forward to serving you and your family.

Handcrafted Items With Unique, Customized Appeal

Your Nashville, Tennessee home inspection company, All-Pro Home Inspections, is pleased to share with you the human touch: handcrafted items that speak to the soul with unique, customized appeal

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The quilt handed down through generations, the turn-of-the-century wooden rocking chair made by a long-gone relative, hand-stitched samplers that have graced every home your family has lived in – handcrafted items simply speak to the soul. In today’s society, when we’re surrounded by technology and homogenous machine-made items from clothes to curtains, handcrafting imparts a human, customized quality to home decor.

If you crave a handcrafted look in your home, it’s easy to achieve with design elements that can be as simple or luxurious as you wish. Handcrafted items can be found virtually anywhere, including places like your local antique store, specialty showrooms and even online. Whatever your budget, adding key handmade items to your home can evoke that sense of quality, refinement and soul throughout your interior decor.

Start with these unique elements to bring the beauty of handcrafting into your home:

Hardwood shutters

Beauty, charm and practicality meet in hardwood shutters. The perfect tool to protect rooms from too much sun and to help keep indoor temperatures cool during hot summers and to keep heat in during cold winters, shutters add architecture to the window and are a true a design statement. You don’t have to scour the Internet looking for a specialized artisan to create hardwood shutters, nor do you have to settle for something mass-produced that lacks the custom appeal of handmade.

Hunter Douglas now offers Handcrafted Series finishing techniques in its heirloom-quality Heritance hardwood shutters, which feature dovetail construction, used on fine furniture for generations. These finishes include special hand treatments designed to replicate the character and charm of natural wood. Whether you desire a rustic appearance that includes knots, pin holes, mineral streaks and growth rings, a glazed and burnished effect with hand-rubbed glaze and hand-sanded frame corners or distressing that celebrates the passage of time, you can achieve the look with Heritance hardwood shutters. These hardwood shutters underscore the attention to detail and quality that characterize handcrafting in home decor. Visit www.hunterdouglas.com to learn more.

Reclaimed flooring

Older wooden floors were commonly hand-planed, giving them unique beauty and personality. While many flooring manufacturers now offer planks that give the appearance of hand-planed wood, reclaimed flooring – wooden floorboards rescued from older buildings – can be a cost-effective way to incorporate real handcrafting into a room. Reclaimed floors offer singular character by recycling wood that might otherwise have ended up in a landfill, and they also help you do something good for the environment.

Handcrafted furniture

Whether you opt for antiques or choose something more contemporary, handcrafted furniture speaks of quality and customization. Each piece hand made by exacting furniture artisans is unique, and creates a one-of-a-kind effect in your home. What’s more, a handmade piece of furniture can become a cherished family heirloom – be it a rocking chair for the nursery or an accent table for the family room. The superior quality and individuality of handmade furniture can make it well worth the investment.

Accessories

Incorporating handmade art and other accessories is a cost-effective, versatile way to achieve the appeal of handcrafting in your home decor. Antiques are often handcrafted. Placing actual paintings or hand-sculpted artwork throughout your home, rather than machine-produced prints or knickknacks, adds a depth of quality and character to decor. Choose hand-stitched accent pillows or hand-knit throws for comfort and individuality.

 

With so many handcrafted options available, it’s easy to create a one-of-a-kind, quality effect in your home decor. From shutters to floors to accessories, handcrafted items endow interior décor with personality and a custom look that will be truly your own.

 

nashville, tennessee home inspector jeremy martin owner of all-pro home inspections

Jeremy Martin of All Pro Home Inspections has been in commercial and home construction since 1987. He completed many steel buildings in the late 80’s and early 90’s before going into the home construction and remodeling industry. He then worked in sales for 10 years, continuing to remodel homes. A desire to own his own company and at the request of many to open a professional home inspection firm in Middle TN, Jeremy decided to launch All-Pro Home Inspections LLC. Jeremy continues to enjoy working with future home owners in their home buying experience. Jeremy is a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors and Women’s Council of Realtors of Sumner County TN. All-Pro Home Inspections has served thousands of satisfied clients throughout all of Middle TN and looks forward to serving you and your family.


5 Simple Projects To Revive Outdoor Spaces

Your Nashville, Tennessee home inspection company, All-Pro Home Inspections, is pleased to share with you 5 simple projects to revive outdoor spaces in one weekend or less

excellent deck in the woods for showWant to entertain outdoors this summer but your deck and patio aren’t party ready? It’s easy to refresh outdoor spaces with DIY projects that can be done in a weekend or less. Not only will you expand your property’s livable space, but you’ll be adding to its value as well.

  • 1. Revive wood and concrete

Worn wood and cracked concrete make a deck or patio look old. Many homeowners mistakenly think the only way to fix these issues is replacement. Fortunately, alternative repairs cost much less and require minimal time. For example, BEHR DECKOVER Solid Color Coating covers wood, composite and concrete surfaces in a rich solid color that bridges cracks up to 1/4-inch to create a smooth finish that is durable and slip resistant. Available in 54 fun colors, guests will admire your deck as you take in sunshine and sip your lemonade. The revived surface is dry to the touch in just four hours, making it a DIY weekend project, so you’ll be dancing on your deck before you know it. Visit www.behr.com for more information.

  • 2. Enhance lighting

Enhance your outdoor space with proper lighting so it can be enjoyed long after the sun sets. A few strategically placed lights add an element of safety and elegance. Start by ensuring doorways, stairs and paths are properly lit. Solar lights are a popular and affordable option that can be placed virtually anywhere with minimal effort. If your existing lighting fixtures are dated, swap them out for modern designs that feature CFL or LED lights for energy efficiency. Finally, a few strings of garden lights are always a nice way to enhance the ambience of the outdoors.

  • 3. Inject landscaping

The rich greens and bold hues of Mother Nature can serve as inspiration for the landscaping you choose for your favorite outdoor spaces. Add a splash of color by planting a few containers of flowers for your deck or patio. You’ll be rewarded with fresh, colorful blooms throughout the season. Another popular option is to plant an herb garden – a few small containers with fresh herbs can make your deck smell wonderful. Plus, when cooking or grilling, natural flavors are just a few steps and snips away.

  • 4. Refresh furniture

Have tired or sun-faded patio furniture? There’s no need for a full replacement, just try a few updates. Replace faded or dated cushions with new options, or create homemade slipcovers yourself with material from your local craft store. For wicker or metal furniture, a few coats of spray paint can do wonders to refresh old pieces. Start by cleaning the furniture and then use spray paint specially formulated for the outdoors. You might be surprised how a new coat of white, black or silver paint can bring old patio furniture back to life.

  • 5. Thoughtfully rearrange

Once all the main elements have been updated, the final touch to refresh your outdoor space is to rearrange everything for function and flow. For example, move outdoor furniture into thoughtful clusters to encourage relaxation and conversation. Make sure to leave main walkways open so guests can easily enter the home or exit the deck into the yard. Create an outdoor kitchen space in one corner of the deck so there is a section dedicated to cooking. Add a side table or shelving to enhance functionality and create a mini-kitchen that allows for easy grilling.

From reviving cracked wood and refreshing patio furniture, to adding greenery and thoughtfully arranging functional spaces, these five projects will redefine your outdoor spaces in just one weekend.

nashville, tennessee home inspector jeremy martin owner of all-pro home inspections

Jeremy Martin of All-Pro Home Inspections has been in commercial and home construction since 1987. He completed many steel buildings in the late 80’s and early 90’s before going into the home construction and remodeling industry. He then worked in sales for 10 years, continuing to remodel homes. A desire to own his own company and at the request of many to open a professional home inspection firm in Middle TN, Jeremy decided to launch All-Pro Home Inspections LLC. Jeremy continues to enjoy working with future home owners in their home buying experience. Jeremy is a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors and Women’s Council of Realtors of Sumner County TN. All-Pro Home Inspections has served thousands of satisfied clients throughout all of Middle TN and looks forward to serving you and your family.

Home Building Methods That Cuts Energy Bills Up To 60%

Nashville, Tennessee home inspection company, All-Pro Home Inspections, shares with you the home building method you’ve never heard of that cuts energy bills up to 60 percent

homebuilding method to cut energy costsFor people building new homes in the coming months, the ever-increasing pain of monthly utility bills for cooling and heating their homes has them looking for more energy-efficient construction methods. In 2014, homeowners have been burdened with electricity costs that rose 5 percent, heating oil 7 percent and natural gas 10 percent, as reported in USA Today.  At the same time, homebuilders are challenged to meet increasingly stringent energy codes imposed by cities and counties.

Most homes in North America are built using a technique that has remained essentially unchanged for more than a century. So-called “stick construction” using hundreds of pieces of lumber is notoriously difficult to make energy efficient. The problem is, numerous gaps in the structure provide paths for heated air to leak out and insulation in such homes tends to be spotty, rather than continuous across walls and ceilings.

To overcome these limitations, more builders and homeowners are using an advanced building product called structural insulated panels (SIPs). The panels are made of a rigid insulating foam core that has stiff wood panels laminated to it. SIPs are engineered to be stronger than stick construction, and are much more energy efficient.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reports that SIP buildings are about 15 times more air tight than stick construction. “A SIP house has fewer joints, less complicated interfaces between conditioned and unconditioned spaces, and it is dramatically easier to make it tight,” says Sam Rashkin, the former national director of DOE’s Energy Star for Homes program.

A key reason SIP-built homes have far fewer gaps is that the panels come in large sections – up to 8 feet by 24 feet. They also have continuous insulation across the height, width and depth of each panel. As a result, SIP homeowners enjoy up to 60 percent energy cost savings from both heating and cooling their homes.

“Everyone is so amazed by the energy efficiency SIPs provide,” says Scott Bergford, a DOE Energy Value Housing Award Builder of the Year, based in Olympia, Wash. “It only costs an average of $200 to $300 a year to heat one of my homes. That’s anywhere from one-fifth to one-sixth the typical costs for this region, so the savings are pretty significant, and the homeowners love that.”

In addition to energy savings, SIPs create a comfortable indoor environment and help support healthy indoor air by sealing out common pollutants. Green-minded homeowners also appreciate that building with the panels reduces construction waste by up to two-thirds.

Despite the wide range of benefits, SIPs generally cost about the same as stick construction, considering that they enable faster home construction and reduce disposal costs from building scraps.

“This is the future of homebuilding,” says licensed engineer Joe Pasma, technical director for Premier SIPs. “SIPs provide homebuilders a simple and affordable way to meet evolving energy code requirements, while building better homes that people enjoy living in.”

Some homeowners might worry that choosing SIPs will mean a cookie-cutter looking home. Yet, builders can easily adapt the panels to virtually any architectural style for single-family homes or apartments. Builders have used SIPs for designs ranging from ultra-modern contemporary homes, to bungalows – even for Pueblo-style homes in New Mexico and high-end cabins in the Pacific Northwest.

nashville, tennessee home inspector jeremy martin owner of all-pro home inspectionsJeremy Martin of All Pro Home Inspections has been in commercial and home construction since 1987. He completed many steel buildings in the late 80’s and early 90’s before going into the home construction and remodeling industry. He then worked in sales for 10 years, continuing to remodel homes. A desire to own his own company and at the request of many to open a professional home inspection firm in Middle TN, Jeremy decided to launch All-Pro Home Inspections LLC. Jeremy continues to enjoy working with future home owners in their home buying experience. Jeremy is a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors and Women’s Council of Realtors of Sumner County TN. All-Pro Home Inspections has served thousands of satisfied clients throughout all of Middle TN and looks forward to serving you and your family.

How To Inspect Your Home’s Fencing

Your Nashville, Tennessee home inspection company, All-Pro Home Inspections, is pleased to share with you how to inspect home fencing to ensure your home’s safety and security

2 children standing by fence in nashville, tennesseeWeather extremes are brutal on exterior landscaping. Rain, snow, wind and temperature variances all take a toll, especially on residential fencing.

Rain accelerates rust and wood-rot, and ground freezing and thawing or high winds can affect gate alignment. Gate misalignment – as well as rusty, metal hinges and latches – can lead to gates that no longer close securely. These conditions can be dangerous or even deadly if ignored. Weakened or damaged fencing can open up your property to unwanted intruders.

Now’s the time to inspect fencing, gates and gate hardware around your property to ensure all are in good working condition.

Selecting the right gate hardware can easily solve most of these problems. Innovative gate hinges and latches by D&D Technologies are made of super strong engineering polymers that will not rust, are adjustable, self-lubricating and include high-grade stainless steel mounting hardware. They require little or no maintenance over the years and are backed by a lifetime limited warranty.

You can update your gates so that they are self-closing and self-latching, improve their security and overall look, in just a few minutes with these unique products. D&D latches feature built-in key locks, which eliminate the hassles and extra cost of a separate padlock or pull-string. The company’s TrueClose hinges have a built-in self-closing spring that is tension adjustable for different gate weights with a twist of a screwdriver and eliminates those dangerous and unsightly external springs. These products are simple to install, and some models include easy vertical and horizontal adjustments, which help keep gates properly aligned for secure closing, years after the products are installed.

Fences protect children and pets from danger – whether they’re designed to keep toddlers out of swimming pools or to keep children and pets in the yard, away from busy traffic. Properly working gates can also reduce homeowners’ liability.

Even if your fence has been erected primarily to define your property line, access gates that don’t close or latch properly are ineffective. When was the last time you checked each gate around your property?

“In our research, we found that when homeowners consider their fencing needs, rusty metal gate hardware that no longer functions properly was their No. 1 concern,” says D&D Technologies’ Senior Vice President Jim Paterson. “Most homeowners are not aware that rust-free and adjustable gate hardware is available.”

If you have a pool or spa, or want to prevent children from opening any gate, D&D’s MagnaLatch is specifically designed for these situations. It meets all international swimming pool barrier codes and is endorsed by many safety experts.

“Now is a great time to ensure that your fences and gates are functioning properly and are protected from rust, a destructive force that can render gate hardware useless,” says Paterson. “Common gate latches are inexpensive and function fine when new. However, as soon as rust sets in, these latches no longer close without manual assistance. A quick inspection – and if needed – the minutes spent installing new gate hardware, can help protect your family and property, increasing security and decreasing liability.”

D&D’s rust-free gate hardware is available through fencing contractors and also direct to consumers under the Stanley or National Hardware brand through Lowe’s and other hardware retailers.

For more information, visit www.ddtechglobal.com, e-mail info@ddtechusa.com or call (800) 716-0888, ext. 292.

nashville, tennessee home inspector jeremy martin owner of all-pro home inspectionsJeremy Martin of All Pro Home Inspections has been in commercial and home construction since 1987. He completed many steel buildings in the late 80’s and early 90’s before going into the home construction and remodeling industry. He then worked in sales for 10 years, continuing to remodel homes. A desire to own his own company and at the request of many to open a professional home inspection firm in Middle TN, Jeremy decided to launch All-Pro Home Inspections LLC. Jeremy continues to enjoy working with future home owners in their home buying experience. Jeremy is a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors and Women’s Council of Realtors of Sumner County TN. All-Pro Home Inspections has served thousands of satisfied clients throughout all of Middle TN and looks forward to serving you and your family.