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Hate Your Popcorn Ceiling? Try These Tips to Take It Down

Is the popcorn ceiling of your Plano home bringing you down? Want to get rid of the outdated and ugly popcorn texture, but dreading the mess and the upper arm workout removing it yourself requires? Here are seven tips from Chipman Contracting to help you take it down.

1. Before you begin, do a scrape test while the ceiling is dry. Does it easily come off? If not, spray the ceiling with water to dampen it and try again. If the popcorn texture still doesn't budge, you may need to purchase chemicals designed to dissolve the material. Performing the scrape test can help you figure out the best method to use.

2. Next, you need to check for asbestos if your ceiling was installed before 1980. Asbestos is a lung irritant known to cause lung cancer. If your home was built before 1980, you should reach out to the county health department and ask for asbestos testing. If you do have asbestos in your popcorn ceiling, you will want to contact a licensed asbestos removal contractor to remove the popcorn ceiling.

3. Get ready for a mess. We are warning you, removing a popcorn ceiling is a big and messy job. The best thing to do is remove everything from the room you will be working in and cover your wall and floors with plastic to catch debris.

4. Take down fixtures. Before you begin, we suggest taking down ceiling fans and light fixtures to make the job easier. If your fixtures cannot be removed, cover them with plastic and turn off power until your job is complete.

5. Spray to soften. Spray your ceiling with water and let it soak in for at least 15-20 minutes before you try to scrape it. Do not soak your ceiling because you could inadvertently cause damage to other ceiling components. If it is not softened and scrapable after 20 minutes, spray it again and wait about 10 more minutes before you try to scrape again.

6. Once the ceiling is wet and scrapable, you can start to remove the popcorn texture by working in small sections at a time using a wide putty knife or scraper. The reason for working in a small area is to prevent the area you just sprayed from drying before you can get to it.

7. When you're done with the scraping, clean up the ceiling with a damp cloth and assess if you have dings or other damage to fix and sand before painting.
Sound like a lot of work? That's because it is.

Let us do the work for you. Call Chipman Contracting today at 972-841-5082 for a quote for removal and refinishing.

Is Your Carpet Telling You Something?

Is your carpet stained? Is it old? Does it smell? Are you tired of paying for carpet cleaning service? If you're wondering if it is time to replace your carpet, here are six signs it's time to find new flooring.

1. Spots and stains. If your carpet is stained, spotty, or stains are not coming up with steam cleaning or spot treatment, it's time to consider replacing your carpet. Pet stains can be especially hard to remove and urine and feces can leak down through the carpet into the padding and concrete below. Urine and feces not only cause odors, but also mold, and mildew to develop. Over time, these things can lead to serious health hazards.

2. Tears. If your carpet is torn and frayed, we're afraid the best solution is to simply replace your carpet. This is because it is very hard to repair damaged carpet or find a match for it, especially a years after installation. You may also find that if you choose the repair route, the job only lasts a few years.

3. General wear and tear. Carpet in high traffic areas such as your hallways and stairs is going to wear out faster than carpet in other rooms. Wear on carpet includes staining from dirt being tracked in and matting when of fibers. Some carpets are more resilient to wear, but all carpet has a limit to how well it will hold up to regular use.

4. You are sneezing more often. If you're sneezing more frequently or experiencing more allergy symptoms, it is time to replace your carpeting. Carpets trap hair, dander, dust, and other allergens, causing your sinuses to suffer.

5. Your carpet is lumpy or bumpy. Lumps and bumps in your carpet are a sign that the carpet padding is breaking down and it is time for a replacement.

6. It's just old. Shag and even some kinds of Berber carpeting can date your home. If you want to update your look, change your flooring. Carpet is not your only option - other available and trending flooring materials include tile, tile-look wood, hand-scraped wood, and even luxury vinyl.

Is your carpet saying it’s time to be replaced? Call Chipman Contract at 972-841-5082 to discuss your new flooring needs.

2018: The Year of New Kitchen

Is 2018 the year you remodel the kitchen of your Frisco home? If you're ready to tackle a kitchen redo in the New Year, take a few steps before hammers start swinging to determine precisely what you want before demolition begins.

What Are Your Biggest Needs?

Do you want a bigger kitchen? Need more storage space? Want to maximize work areas? Just want to modernize your space? These are questions that will help you determine the size and scope of your project.

Writing down what you need and want in a new kitchen will help you translate your vision into your contractor's reality. Think about the layouts, features, and materials of the kitchens of your friends, neighbors, or even those found on Pinterest and print out or write down what appeals to you. Keep your notes and printouts in a binder to go over with your contractor.

It may be tempting to pick popular trends, but try to find timeless elements that will make your home attractive for resale. This includes colors, backsplash choices, and countertop materials.

Determine Your Budget

A good rule of thumb for how much you want to spend on your kitchen remodel is no more than 20 percent of your home's market value for the work itself. Add in 20 percent more for contingency expenses should problems arise during the remodel.

Hire a Qualified Contractor

Hiring a professional and well-qualified contractor takes you one step closer to the kitchen of your dreams. Look for licensing, ask for references, and make sure the companies you research are insured. You should ask for at least three estimates from qualified vendors to determine not only the best price but also the best value.

Are you looking for a trusted, well-qualified and professional contractor to make your kitchen remodeling dreams come true? Look no further than Chipman Contracting. Call Chipman Contracting today at 972-841-5082 for your consultation and estimate.

New Colors for Your Frisco Home

Are you having problems picking the perfect new paint color for your Frisco home? You’re not alone. Many of our customers struggle when it comes to this part of their home renovations. We know that picking a paint color or colors can be intimidating and even a little bit scary, so we’ve put together a few strategies to help make the paint-selection process easier for you.

Get Inspired. Look at your home’s furnishings, décor, heirlooms, and the other things that you love in your home to find colors that compliment your style. Websites like Pinterest or Houzz are great ways to find colors or color schemes. 

Resist Fads. We know that it is tempting to go with colors that are trending because of popular home renovation TV shows, but when the Gaines’ farmhouse gray goes out of style, and chartreuse becomes the new hot color, you may find yourself wanting to paint all over again. Instead of going with fads, select colors that are neutral and timeless. This way, you can simply update your décor instead of overhauling your walls when you want to make a change.

Consider the Big Picture. One of the major mistakes that homeowners make when it comes to painting is using too many colors or color transitions in their space. Using drastically different colors in the same room or in between adjacent rooms can make your interior seem choppy or disconnected. Use colors that are similar or complement each other for a smooth transition and more natural feel.

Take the Test. Once you’ve selected the color or colors you like, paint large areas on multiple walls throughout your home to see how the light affects the color throughout the day. You may love that gray in the morning, but it could look bluer in the sun of the afternoon or more brown in the evening when the sun goes down. Leave your sample sections up for at least a week to decide if you love the color or want to make a switch to something else.

Find the Right Finish. Once you’ve picked your out your paint color, select a finish that works best for your home or a particular room. Areas of high traffic and use are perfect for a flat or satin finish, while eggshell works best in areas like living rooms and entryways.

Hire a Professional. While painting is a home project you could totally undertake on your own, it requires a lot of time and effort to complete. Hiring a contracting company like Chipman Contracting means getting the job done quickly with professional quality results.

Looking to paint, remodel, or renovate your North Texas home? Call Chipman Contracting today at 972-841-5082.

Remodel or Move

Do you feel like you’ve outgrown your house- but you’re really not sure if you want to move in this fast-paced market? Remodeling your home may be your best option. Chipman Contracting helps homeowners in Carrollton and many cities across North Texas get the space they need without the stress of moving.

Reasons to Remodel? 

Staying is Stable. Moving is one of the most stressful situations in life- listed just after divorce and loss of a loved one. It’s especially when you factor in what you will be leaving behind. Over the years, you’ve probably grown pretty attached to your house, neighbors, schools, and your neighborhood.

The Market is Moving Fast. The real estate market is moving fast, and the search for your next home may take a while. If you’re not prepared for the stress of searching for a home and the stress of selling your existing home, remodeling is for you. 

The Fear of the Unknown. Moving into someone else’s house could mean inheriting someone else’s (expensive) problems. You know your home like the back of your hand. You know when had essential maintenance, when you replaced the roof, and that the third stair from the top creaks when you step on it.

Get What You Want. When you remodel, you can choose everything you want instead of having to move into a home that may not have everything you want or need. You can skip settling on a house you aren’t totally in love with by remodeling the house you already love. While building a brand new home is an option, it is often a very lengthy and costly process. You may also be limited by available styles and materials your builder offers while remodeling your home brings you endless options to upgrade and update. 

If you dream it, Chipman Contracting can do it. Call us to today at 972.841.5082 to schedule a consultation to discuss your remodeling plans.

Bathroom Remodel

Do you love your bathroom or are you just living with it? Do you wish you had more storage? Dreaming of upgrading your builder basic shower and fixtures? If you want an update and you don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place. Chipman Contracting will guide you through each step of the design and build process to give you the bathroom of your dreams.

Some things to consider when thinking about your bathroom renovation:

  1. Upgrade your Shower. It’s time to trade out that fiberglass, one-piece builder level shower for something grander. Ceramic tile is easy to clean, making it a popular option over glass or glass block. Many people are opting to add in additional features like built in bench seating, multiple shower heads, and storage shelves.
  2. Consider New Counters. Countertop upgrades are a must during your renovation. Swap out the faux marble or Formica for granite or quartz for a drastically different look.
  3. Focus on Fixtures. Swap out old brass, chrome, or crystal fixtures for new brushed bronze or nickel finishes. Choosing a high-quality option will lend to durability over time. If you’re not sure what would best fit your style or budget, just ask us for a recommendation!
  4. Picking Privacy. Putting the toilet behind closed doors is a popular trend in bathroom remodels and a must have for shared bathrooms. We can design a private space that separates your toilet from the rest of your bathroom.
  5. Do a Double Take on Your Vanity. Double vanities just make sense. No more fighting over the sink or the mirror in the morning. A double vanity not only gives you a second sink, it doubles your storage space below, too!
  6. Super Storage. We can also help you stay organized and increase your storage space by adding cabinets and built-ins. Some customers choose to add additional closets for linens or bulk items.

Do you have a dream bathroom design in mind? We would love to hear about your plans! Call Chipman Contracting today at 972.841.5082


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