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March 2014 Newsletter

Featured Project: Refresh an Entire Home – Part 2

This month highlights the second half of our recent whole-house remodeling project. Last month we showed the interior transformation and now it is time to show the exterior changes. Click here to see that article.

When the owner’s bought this home, it was dated and drafty. The exterior work consisted of replacing the decking, railings, shingles, siding, windows, exterior doors, soffit, fascia, gutters and downspouts. Looking at the big picture, there isn’t much on the exterior that wasn’t updated.

The garage had been broken into, and had a door needing repair. We added a new steel service door and incorporated an improved security system which is the same as the one we installed on the home we had built for them.

The new horizontal siding now incorporates a band board to help break up the large spaces, and has a decorative shake above it. The front deck and railings were removed and replaced with new, maintenance-free, composite materials. During this work, we discovered that the deck was added on to the home at some point, and did not have any footings; it was simply resting on patio blocks. New support posts with footings were added to keep the deck from heaving with the frost. (Which is a good thing considering the winter we’ve had so far this year.)
Scroll over a picture below to see the “before” picture.

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On the lakeside of the home, the deck and railings were also replaced. To keep as much of the view as possible, a cable railing system was used. All of the windows in the home were replaced with new Pella energy efficient windows with our standard foaming package to seal up the home. On the side of the home, the sinking paver walkway was removed and replaced with a concrete sidewalk leading to a new landing that makes it much safer and easier to access the backyard and rear deck.

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This whole-house refresh project has turned out great! The home went from an average, dated and drafty house on the lake, to a high-end lake home. After building and remodeling for these wonderful clients, we are truly grateful to have such a great relationship with them, and can’t wait to see what their next project may be!

Even More Awards!

cotyYou may remember back in December when the National Association of The Remodeling Industry (NARI), announced their local Contractor of the Year (COTY) awards and Simon Builders won first place in three different categories. That was for the local level consisting of the greater Madison area. After that competition, we entered those same projects in the regional level consisting of nine states (IL, IA, MN, WI, MO, ND, SD, NE, KS). The results are in and all three projects won first place with one project receiving a special Universal Design Recognition for being handicap accessible. We are very proud of this accomplishment and excited for the National Competition which will be announced at the end of March. We are adding to our lead as we have received more COTY awards than any other Madison area business two years in a row. We are honored to have had such great clients and proud of our entire team for their efforts. For a detailed description of each project, please click the following links:

First Place – Residential Kitchen $20,000 to $40,000
First Place – Residential Bath $30,001-60,000
First Place – Residential Interior Element