Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Drywall is a labor-intensive job. Certainly, like painting, it is a job many do-it-yourself-ers choose to, well, do themeselves. Also, like painting, a poor job will show a lot of imperfections for the life of your home.

Drywalling is actually two separate jobs. The first part is the sheetrock installation which entails cutting, shaping, putting the panels into place and then fastening them. The second part includes taping the seams and then sealing both these and the screw heads with drywall compound. This latter process revolves around coating and sanding these surfaces until the walls and corners are smooth and you can't tell where one sheet begins and the other ends.

We hope you will ask questions like this before hiring Benchmark, or any other contractor:
  • How long has your company been in business?
  • Are you licensed?
  • Can you provide proof of insurance?
  • Do you have your own crew?
  • How would you do this job? Inclusions?
  • When would be the tentative start and finish dates?
  • Will you obtain the required permits?
  • What is you payment schedule?
  • Can I see your references?
  • Will you bring the right drywall tools and will you clean up and take all garbage away when you leave?
  • Will you provide a written contract with all the details agreed upon?
Source: Handyman America

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Holiday Home Improvements

This gift-giving season, plan a gift for your home that your family will enjoy year-round.

Beautify. Expand. Landscape.


The first impression your guests will have of your home is the front yard and entrance way to your home. Make this a lasting impression with a landscape upgrade.

Porches, Patios, and Sunrooms

If you live in a mild climate, consider creating or enhancing an outdoor living and entertaining space. Not only will your guests enjoy your new and well-appointed deck, patio or sunroom, you can be proud of making an economically smart decision because outdoor remodeling projects typically bring an 80 to 90 percent return on investment. Learn more about other projects with high ROI.

Touches of Color

Simply having autumn landscaping tasks completed, such as pruning and yard debris clean-up can make a big difference, but think about little touches that add to your wintery landscape. Depending on your climate zone, winter blooming flowers such as pansies can add a nice splash of color. Evergreens and red berries add beauty to landscapes on their accord as well as the colorful birds they attract.

Interior Upgrades

Before you deck those halls, is there something in your home badly in need of a remodel that decorating won't hide? Or perhaps everything's in good order, but you'd just like to add something new.

New Flooring

Replacing old flooring or carpet with an eco friendly and beautiful floor like bamboo can turn a whole room around. And don't forget the bathroom. Go all out for a new bathroom remodel or increase the aesthetics and comfort with perhaps a new spa or tile shower or something as simple but eye catching as a lovely new mirror and lights.

The Bottom Line

Remember when considering home improvements for the holidays that while you will be providing a more enjoyable stay for your guests, you will also have the pleasure of enjoying your improvements for years to come.

Source: Painless Home Improvement

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Latest Project - JothiVita Ayurvedic Spa & Wellbeing Center

We love our customers and wanted to show you a few pictures of our latest finished project that we were hard at work on for the JothiVita Spa in Hollywood.

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