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The Pros and Cons of Vinyl Siding in a Home Construction Project

Vinyl Siding is a popular option for many homeowners. Pros of choosing this material include: the fact that it can be applied quickly and easily, it’s affordable, and it has a long lifespan. On the other hand, cons include: vinyl siding does not offer as much protection from extreme weather conditions such as hail storms …

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How to Start Your Home Renovation Project

  The first step to any home renovation project is figuring out what needs to be done. It’s not always obvious if you don’t know what you’re looking for, so here are some common problems that homeowners should look for before starting a renovation project:  Cracks in your walls or foundation  Peeling paint  Unfinished surfaces …

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Home Renovation Mistakes To Avoid

Home renovation is a very popular pastime for many people, but it’s vital to remember that there’s more to it than meets the eye. Home renovation includes a number of different processes that require planning and skill as well as money. Nevertheless, most people who don’t have much experience doing home renovations assume that they …

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Planning For Your Historic Home Renovation Project

If there’s one universal truth about home renovation projects, it’s that they require no small amount of planning, work, trust, and love. But add a historical home to the mix? And the need for all of those things (excuse our pun) goes through the roof. So how can families with historic homes go about preparing …

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4 Tips For Refinishing Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are a timeless, elegant feature of many beloved homes. But for homeowners who may be uncovering or restoring their hardwood, the process of refinishing floors can be messy business! Going the DIY route creates a huge amount of dust and debris, and opens you up to a significantly increased risk of damaging your …

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How Much Does A Home Renovation Cost?

Home renovation can be one of the most exciting—and potentially anxiety-inducing—parts of being a homeowner. On the one hand, renovating your house means you have the creative freedom to turn your home into a personalized space that you absolutely love. On the other, renovations can be a major source of emotional and financial stress. For …

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5 Of Our Favorite JC Smith Custom Homes

Considering a Custom Home Construction Project? Get Inspired With Some Of Our All-Time Favorites! Your family is anything but cookie-cutter… So why should your home be any different?? Here at JC Smith, we don’t believe in constructing pop-up neighborhoods with matching, boring floor plans. Rather, our custom home projects are centered around: Our clients’ unique …

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Renovation vs. Remodel: What’s the Difference?

Home renovations. Home remodels. To most people, these words seem relatively interchangeable. But when it comes to planning your project accurately, there are actually several significant differences between remodels and renovations.  If you’re planning an upcoming construction project, it’s important to get your terminology right before contacting contractors for estimates or quotes. Here are a …

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5 Tips For Renovating a Historical Home

Home renovations, remodels, and restorations are always significant tasks. But when it comes to updating a historic home, extra care must be taken!  Whether you’re looking to restore your historic home to her former glory or to bring an older house into the 21st century, historical home renovations necessitate a lot of questions, planning, and …

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5 Examples of Beautiful Carpentry to Inspire Your Next Project

Of all the details involved in a home renovation, remodel, restoration, or construction project, it’s hard to beat the impact of beautiful carpentry work. Here at JC Smith, we’re committed to the details—we love adding personal touches and beautifully detailed carpentry to our projects as often as possible! Love the idea of incorporating quality carpentry …

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