Bart Beasley Custom Builders: Longborough – Charleston Peninsula

Longborough is one of Charleston’s most recent neighborhoods, but you’d never be able to guess so by looking at the gorgeous neo-classical homes that comprise it. The neighborhood offers a Charleston experience unlike what you’d find in the lower peninsula. The flow of time is slower, there’s less hustle and bustle, and many of the homes offer a serene overlook of the serene Ashley River. Bart Beasley and Beasley Custom Builders have had the pleasure of working on a number of homes in this truly distinct neighborhood. Here’s a look at some of them:

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Beasley Custom Builders: Our Work

Since I started working as a builder in the Charleston area in 2003, I’ve had the opportunity of helping a number of great people build their dream homes. Although we’re based out of Mt. Pleasant, we’ve made homes on Sullivan’s Island, Kiawah Island, and, naturally, right in the heart of downtown Charleston. From building larger luxury homes to renovating smaller modest ones, our work has grown to be adaptive and serve the needs of each of our customers. I can promise that our work will give you the greatest value for your dollar in the quickest time possible. Below is a video that showcases some of the wonderful work that we’ve done over the years.

If you’d like to learn more, check out BeasleyCustomBuilders.com.

Spring into Spring with These Home Improvement Ideas

Hello all! It’s official: spring has sprung in most of the United States. Goodbye are the days of sunshine that give way to cold, ice, and even snow. Hello sunshine. Period. The spring time is a great time to act on all of those projects you’ve been thinking about doing during the winter, but had been putting off, because, well, it was the winter. Not sure where to start? Below are several ideas to help your start your spring home improvement off on the right foot:

image of cluttered desk - home improvement ideas by Bart BeasleyClear out the Clutter

Are there winter clothes that you didn’t wear once when it was cold outside? As you make the wardrobe switch from winter to spring, are you noticing some spring clothes that you never knew you had before (because you never wanted to wear them before!). If so, now’s the perfect time get rid of them. Spring’s all about beginning the new year. One way to do that is to get rid of the clutter. In addition to clothes, take an inventory of electronic goods, tools, and even food to see what you haven’t used and ask yourself the hard question of do you ever think you’ll use them? One spring my wife and I found a cornbread from three years ago. Although mix was still good, we realized that we weren’t going to use it any time soon.

Bonus: Rather than just toss out everything, see what might be suitable to donate. Chances are there’s a local charity that would be more than glad to accept any clothes, electronics, and canned goods you might be trying to rid yourself of.

Give Your Home Exterior Some TLC

Have you noticed your home’s exterior paint fading? Does it seem to just be a bit out of style? The spring’s the perfect time to repaint your home the way you want to. Even something as small as a touch-up can help stretch out the life of your siding and trim. Along those lines, wipe aways the grime that’s accumulated over the past several months by giving your home a power wash. Are your gutters in shape? They’ll need to be for spring and summer showers. Make sure they’re cleaned.

Bonus: If you’re sick of cleaning out your gutters, look into installing a LeafFilter or LeafGuard system.

image of men working on a roof fixing panels - spring home improvement ideas by Bart Beasley of CharlestonGo Green

There are a number of ways that you can cut cost, reduce your environmental footprint, and make your home more durable. One of the largest cost during the warmer months will be your AC bill. Make sure your ducts are sealed, so that no air is leaking. Install a programmable thermostat to help you regulate the temperature and your energy bill (no need to have the AC on full blast while you’re gone; it will save you money to actually leave it running at a few degrees warmer). Make sure your insulation is up to snuff to keep cool air in and warm air out (and vice versa during the winter).

Bonus: Feeling bold? This might also be the time to install those solar panels you always wanted. Check out the federal tax benefits. Your state might even have its own incentive plan.

 

These are just several ways to get your home into springtime shape. For more home improvement tips, check out BartBeasley.org.

Improving Your Kitchen

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The Kitchen is the heart of the home. As we all know the kitchen is more than just a room that we cook and store our food in. It’s the workhorse room that everyone at some point during the day spends time in.

With a room that sees such a high volume of traffic, the appearance of the kitchen is almost as important as the functionality that it serves. So important, that based on House and Home surveys nearly one-third of the 170,000 respondents reportedly remodeled their kitchens in 2014.

Even millennials are tackling the most popular interior project along with their parents the baby boomers. Spending an average of $26,000 to complete major kitchen upgrades, the boomers spent on average $45,000 on remodeling the kitchen.

Spending big money on kitchen upgrades and remodeling isn’t always the most necessary step. Simple, inexpensive fixes can work just as well to create a new profile of the kitchen you are remodeling.

Before tearing down the walls, start by organizing the cabinets. Drawers and other areas that can get cluttered easily can easily take on new life by simple reorganizing. The next step is to determine your budget and come up with a remodeling plan. Part of the plan is to evaluate what still is functional, and won’t need to be replaced.

Cabinets can be a very expensive component of a remodel, going for almost $15,000, even for a small kitchen. But assuming the current cabinets aren’t damaged beyond repair, a good “facelift” to the cabinets can be just as effective with transforming a room. A even more cost effective tactic is as simple as throwing some paint on the cabinets to give them an even fresher new look, or just swap out the doors with new ones. Swapping out the doors and keeping the cabinet frame will save you thousands, and give the room a new look.

Countertops can cost over $2,000 for the average home, but for closer to $500 you can have them professionally refinished and resealed. The same goes for floors as well. Replacing tile floors can cost a fortune, but having the pros clean and reseal the tiles can be cost effective, and really transform a room. Once again, falling into restoring what you have.

The biggest and easiest quick fix is simply adding a colorful backsplash to the surrounding walls. A little color will make things “pop”, and can really change the mood of any room. Color and brightness will transform a room, and homeowners shouldn’t shy away from putting bright non-traditional colors into their kitchen.

Kitchen remodeling shouldn’t be an expensive remodel. Homeowners shouldn’t shy away from inexpensive kitchen remodeling ideas. Getting creative and sometimes just fixing up what you already have is all you need.