Boost Your Home’s Value and Verve with Coastline Carpentry

carpenter in new haven county5 Simple architectural enhancements that pay off

What’s the secret to transforming cookie-cutter into your custom style?  When it comes to your home, light carpentry that adds built-in architectural details make all the difference.  To turn drab into dazzling – and boost your home’s value in the process – try adding one of these exciting accents:

  1. Window Seats. Window seats are beautiful architectural features, and add immense style, comfort, and value to your home.  Maximize your storage potential by creating a hinged bench seat, or consider building storage cubbies beneath.  Pull it together with cushions that match your room’s décor.
  2. Media Shelving. Utilize awkward spaces (and add to the charm of your home) by adding shelves under stair cases, around landings, next to fireplaces, or even under kitchen cabinets.  Such spaces are perfect for organizing and storing books, DVDs, cds, mobile device charging stations and all the necessities of today’s digital age.
  3. Crown Moulding. Add a classic dimension of elegance and warmth to any room with crown moulding.  But DIYers beware: Installing crown moulding can be tricky, particularly when it comes to the cornices.  As always, simple is better.
  4. Bead Board. Bead board is a mainstay in many old houses, lending a classic yet casual look to cabinets, ceilings and decorative wall panels.  With an informal flair, bead board can help you incorporate relaxed cottage styling into any decor.
  5. Flower Boxes. Give your home a floral facelift with a fun flower box!  Painted to match your home’s exterior (or the blooms within), built-in flower boxes will give your home a decorative seasonal boost the whole year through.

Eager to learn more?  For more than 35 years, Coastline Painters has helped homeowners like you in New Haven and surrounding areas make the most of their home’s potential with the addition of unique architectural accents inside and out.  Contact us today for a free quote.

Help your environment and budget with green, eco-friendly painting

green painting new haven county fairfield county3 Sensible green painting options

Want a healthier home, lower utility bills and a cleaner planet?  Then consider using paints that meet today’s higher standards for environmental performance, lasting beauty and long-term value.  Fact is, consumers looking to save money and the environment have more choices than ever before.  Here’s how to take advantage of more sensible options for your next painting project right now:

Choose a Low-VOC Paint

All paints contain some level of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), but paints with higher levels can trigger asthmatic or allergic reactions, and even contribute to air pollution.  Because they release fewer toxins into the air during the drying process, low-VOC paints are considered safer to people and less harmful to the environment.

Green Seal, a non-profit environmental standards organization, makes it easy to identify less toxic paints that also have great coverage and durability.  Visit www.greenseal.org/standards/paints.htm to view their paint evaluation criteria, or let Coastline Painters help you select a safe paint that meets your decorating needs.

Choose Recycled, Reblended or Surplus Paints

Consumers looking to reduce costs and environmental impact may want to consider commercially produced recycled content paint, which contains 50-80% recycled content.  It’s filtered, mixed, sorted and tested to ensure consistent quality, and it’s sometimes available direct from the supplier at no cost.  (Keep in mind, however, that it may need to be special-ordered, and is usually limited to earth tones).

Moreover, many municipalities create reblended paints from leftover paints brought to their household hazardous waste facilities.  While color palettes are limited, the paint is typically of reasonable quality and available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.  Although this may not fit clients with more exacting needs, it is a more budget-conscious solution.

Choose the Right Paint Color and Quality

It’s true: The right paint color can actually lower your electricity bill.  Lighter colors reduce your need for artificial light, by bouncing natural light from windows and fixtures throughout your room.  Moreover, choosing a high-quality paint that comes with a performance warranty will reduce your need for costly additional coats and potentially hazardous removal down the line.

Selecting the right paint doesn’t have to break the bank or harm the planet.  Contact Coastline Painters for a free quote to see how we can help you make better choices for your next painting project.

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