Category: Pro Tips Blog

  1. Is Roofing Over Your Head?

    Falling dreams have given us all a good scare. One second you’re plummeting to earth, the next you’re in bed, heart pounding like a piston. Unfortunately, when duty calls and a roof needs repairs, inexperienced homeowners all too often turn those dreams into reality. If you feel like roofing is way over your head, Our House is here to set your shingles straight. First and foremost, we can’t stress enough that no homeowner should attempt roof repairs without the proper Read More


  2. Your perfect Father’s Day gift is…

        “What a catch! He’s at the fifteen, the ten, the five–touchdown!” The only thing better than the perfect play is watching it in the comfort of the perfect man cave. You can’t always guarantee dad’s team will win, but if you’ve got an unfinished basement and the right professional on the job, you can make sure his season of spectating goes undefeated. With some imagination and little more space, you can even turn what amounts to a languishing Read More


  3. Counter Point

    They’re always there for you. Your keys call them home at the end of a long day. The kids (accidentally) share their juice with them. Despite your best efforts, the cats call them a playground. Well, no more! It’s time you paid more attention to the unsung heroes of your home, your countertops. Show your appreciation and reinvest in the most useful spaces your home has. Birmingham’s local builders and dealers agree that three materials stand out in the construction Read More



  4. Top Design Trends for 2018

    At the start of each year, the Best in American Living Awards (BALA) recognizes dozens of new projects from this past year that featured the most innovative layouts and eye-catching design elements. Whether you’re looking to buy a new home, thinking about renovating your current one, or you’re just interested in what’s new in home design, here are some the biggest trends that you’ll see dominating in 2018. Open but defined floor plans. Instead of one large, undefined space, open Read More


  5. A New Shade of “Green”

    Anyone who’s been car shopping in recent years knows that modern cars come with a seemingly endless list of options and features to consider. But if there’s one characteristic that most car shoppers rank as high as price, performance and style—it’s fuel efficiency. Much like car shoppers compare miles-per-gallon (mpg) estimates, an increasing number of home buyers compare the energy-efficiency ratings of new homes. A nationally recognized system for measuring a home’s energy performance is called the Home Energy Rating System Read More


  6. Get Your Home in Shape for Summer

     The fitness levels of many of us tend to wane during the fall and winter seasons, and then a renewed motivation comes each spring as we endeavor to get ourselves “beach ready.” Similarly, a home endures a variety of harsh elements during the winter months, and springtime is typically a great opportunity to get it back into shape. The spring maintenance to-do list can be quite long for some, but the good news is that many of the items on Read More


  7. Simple Tips to Reduce Your Household’s Water Consumption

    Did you know that small household water leaks add up to more 10,000 gallons of water waste per family each year? Water is one of the world’s most valuable resources – which means we all need to be good stewards and find ways to use it more wisely. You could invest in a high-tech irrigation system or replace your toilets and shower heads with super-low-flow models. But there are plenty of less costly, relatively simple steps that will make a Read More


  8. 4 Tips for Remodeling Your Basement

    A finished basement can be a valuable addition to your home. It can be a playroom for your kids, a place for family to stay during visits, a media room the whole family can use, or even a space to rent out for some extra income. However, depending on the current condition of your basement, it can also be a pretty daunting project to take on. Here are four tips to help you feel comfortable jumping in and transforming your Read More


  9. Create the Perfect Getaway with a She Shed

    We’ve all heard about the growing prevalence of man caves for years, but get ready for a lot more buzz about “she sheds.” A she shed is a free standing building in your home’s backyard – a space where a woman can go to invest time in her hobbies, get some work done, or just relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of the home. Sound like a great project to take on? Here are some of the Read More