High and Dry After Flood Damage

Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.

3 Tips For Painting A Historic Victorian Home

Construction & Contractors Blog

Owning a Victorian house is a special opportunity to care for a piece of history and have a unique place to call home. But it can come with its own design challenges. Victorian homes, for example, feature interesting interior and exterior designs that cry out for a careful hand in painting them. If you're considering how to paint a house of this era, here are 3 must-know tips.

Historic Palettes. Many paint companies offer a line of "historic" or "heritage" paint color palettes. These combinations offer you a prearranged set of professionally designed wall colors, trim, and accent colors so you don't have to do the research yourself. Sticking with a historic palette will help you avoid pitfalls of modern paint -- such as choosing a color that's too vibrant to look great next to Victorian features.

Go Polychrome. The exterior of your historic home likely features a lot of detailing and "stickwork" (detailed painting touches) that give it true beauty and charm. Many of these architectural additions are meant to be painted in contrasting colors to highlight them -- such as trim, shutters, decorative clapboard siding, or columns -- so don't be afraid to mix it up within your chosen historic color palette. If your colors are too contrasting, you can use a buffer color (such as dove gray) between them to prevent a clash. And, depending on your home's size, you may want to either use lighter colors below (to add height) or darker colors below (to reduce height).

Differentiate Rooms. In Victorian style, different types of color schemes were used for different rooms. Spaces meant to be enjoyed by visitors and the public -- so-called "important" rooms -- were often painted a deep, rich hue. In contrast, private areas like bedrooms were given a softer color scheme with more neutrals and more light. You may want to choose a color palette for each individual room that features no more than 3 base colors -- one for the main walls, one for secondary wall features, and a third for trim. Familiarize yourself with the color wheel and color theory to find a complementary set of colors for each space. 

If your Victorian home is of any significant size or requires more than a light touch-up with paint colors, it may be a good idea to work with a professional painting contractor with experience in historic homes. While it may take some effort and time to find the right color scheme for your home, the result will be a house that's pleasing to the eye and appreciates in value for years to come. 


29 December 2016