Outdoor Painting

The Outdoor Process

December 14, 2016

To book the job, we require a 25% deposit and authorization to do the work on your home.

You will receive a call within one week to choose colors and determine the tentative start date. We plan jobs tentatively, and sometimes have to reschedule when the rain threatens to ruin the work we do.

No earlier than four weeks and no later than two, we will come out for a color consultation, providing test patches, paint samples, and color finishes and numbers for you to provide to your HOA (if needed.) If changes are necessary, we will make them here and reschedule your color consultation.

The week before the job is scheduled, we will stay in touch to make sure there are no weather delays, and reschedule if there are.

During the job, we will keep you informed of what time we are to start and complete work each day. We will talk to you about the daily progress of the job so that any issues that come up you will know about as soon as possible. For outdoor jobs, it is not necessary to be home, however, we do request your presence for a final walk around of the job.

At the end of the job, we’ll take you around the house to do any last touch ups before we ask for a final payment. We would also appreciate it if you would fill out a short survey letting us know how the process was for you. Your feedback is very valuable to us. We would also appreciate any referrals or a reference letter to express your satisfaction with the work we do and with our company.

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Our Promises

December 14, 2016

Communication

We promise to keep you informed of every step of the process. This includes scheduling, choosing materials, discrepancies, and even who will be there. This is your home, and we are guests here to serve you. You will have direct contact with the owner and the foreman doing your job at all times.

Quality

A written agreement will spell out what materials are being used, and no corners will be cut. Detailed estimates and quality workmanship are the foundation of our business: we won’t put our name on anything but the best.

Cleanliness

We promise to keep the job site clean. Any mess WILL BE REMOVED before completion of the job and at the end of the day.

Satisfaction

At the end of the job, we will do a final walk around to ensure your satisfaction before we collect payment. We won’t leave until you are happy with the work!

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Insurance

December 14, 2016

While painting is very safe activity when performed competently and professionally, accidents can sometimes happen. This is why we carry liability insurance, worker’s compensation, and general business insurance.

If anyone is harmed at your home while painting your house, we will cover it. There is no need to worry about that, and we don’t want our paint job adding to the cost of your homeowner’s insurance! If anything, we want the fine maintenance of your home to reduce your liabilities.

If there is an accident where paint is spilled on your property, we do have insurance to cover that as well. To date, we have not made claims on our policy and hope to never have to, but in the event that it happens we can promise we won’t leave you with a destroyed home.

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Traffic and use when considering paint finishes

November 30, 2016

Determining accurately the finish of paint you would like in a room is essential to its durability.

There are three basic finishes of paint: flat, satin, and glossy.

Flat paint is excellent in low traffic areas. It throws great color with minimal reflection, and hides imperfections fairly well. On the downside, it can be incredibly difficult to clean, and doesn’t hold up well in high humidity areas.

Semi-gloss is a great option for most rooms. It is durable and washable, but from an angle can be reflective and make flaws more pronounced.

Glossy paint is what we love. It is exceptional for children’s rooms, very hardy and washable, and reflective. Great care needs to be taken when using glossy paint to ensure the paint is evenly distributed, in order to avoid unsightly streaks. Done well, glossy paint can be absolutely stunning.

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Considering Room Use-The physiological responses to color

November 30, 2016

Color choices are a personal preference, but have you considered the primary use of your room when choosing your color?

Do you use it for storage, everyday family time, as a bedroom?

Rooms you do not spend too much time in can be the rooms you choose to paint your favorite color, but what about the rooms you spend hours in each day?

Our perception of color was a gift from God to help us perceive danger, experience his blessings in nature, and live more freely on the earth- free from fear and free from harm. This is why people feel such great peace when hiking safely or camping, or otherwise spending time outdoors. This is a great gift, but with great wonders come equally great responsibility.

I would like to divert from paint for a moment and draw your attention to the use of colors in advertising. Marketing geniuses have spent great amounts of time studying colors because it is the colors and their use which allow us to feel what we are supposed to in order to WANT to buy what they have to offer! Have you ever wondered why red and yellow were so prominent in the food scene? The fact is, a red induces a physical, stressful, survival feeling, while yellow stimulates emotional responses, and if used in a higher ratio to red, negative feelings can arise, giving you a one-two punch which later has you asking, “Why did I need to eat that hamburger AND all those fries?” You aren’t even sure why you ate it, but you did.

Back to paint: the colors you choose in the places you spend the most time are going to have the most impact on both your physical and mental states; choosing well can actually help you reduce stress and  help you achieve your health goals.

One last thing to consider in your color choices are how you feel, physically, in a room. Colors can impact how warm or cool a room feels! If you are trying to save money on heating by keeping the thermostat turned down during the winter, but feel cold, a warmly colored room can help you feel warmer! Please note, the actual temperature may not change, and no one can promise you won’t freeze in a room painted in red. But, a red room can actually help you feel warmer when it is cooler based on your own physiological responses.

 

Overall, color is a natural experience. We all attribute our own histories and memories into the color choices we make, so ultimately it is up to you what to paint. But, if you are searching for the perfect color to match your intentions, give us a call or drop us a line,  so that we can help you.

 

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Room size in considering color

November 30, 2016

Choosing a color for a room can seem like an easy task, but sometimes the size can ge

hter color. A large room, as a general rule, doesn’t always benefit from a bright color, either. Different colors can feel exasperatingly overwhelming, especially in large rooms or a room where a person spends a lot of time. Bright, clean, open colors work best in larger rooms.

Smaller rooms, on the other hand, can honestly be painted any color in any tone. These little gems can provide a change of mood from one room to another, and offer respite and tranquili

t the best of us.

A room can be painted any color of the rainbow, but a large room painted in a darker color is going to feel more closed, more constraining, and smaller than it could be if it were painted a ligty, and a chance to escape to something different. That bold, bright orange, for example, would work well in a linen closet or pantry area. A soothing, gemstone blue would be amazing in a small bath.

These are general rules, and when it comes to your home, the rules can always be broken. There are many reasons to choose a color in a room, and the size is only one piece of the puzzle.

A fabulous example of breaking the ‘rules’ are accent walls. I especially love accent walls for medium sized rooms to add another dimension to the parade. Sometimes, rooms are just large enough for what we need them for, and not much more. Adding an accent wall adds the color you crave in the room, adds the character you want, without overwhelming. Matching your accent wall to your decor, while complimenting the primary color is the goal. You want to feel like its a room you own, not just another room you have to take care of. Much of the charm of accent walls is having exactly the color you want without the overwhelming feel you get when you have too much of that color.

Another way to break the rules, if you are truly interested in a color which does not promote the feel you want in a room, is to create or accent a focal point. For example, if you have a gorgeous view in a large window that can be seen from any angle in the room, a lightly colored panel accent can be combined with a darker color in a room to draw your eyes toward the focal point of the room. The same could be said for a beautiful fireplace, painting, or chandelier. Creating darkness in a room to draw attention to something lighter is a magnificent way to display and showcase your treasures.

Dark room with bright focal point

Dark room with bright focal point

 

There is always a way to make your room what you want it to be. From the largest room to the smallest room, we can help you achieve your goals. Contact us here for more information.