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April showers bring May flowers….and Hail too!

They say April showers bring May flowers. Yes, and sometimes hail as well.

Ah, spring in Indiana. Check your home for damage!

Indiana hail storm picture

Pictures of hail in an Indiana storm

Up and down temperatures after a long winter are just enough warmth to tease, but still chilly to keep the thermostat set to warm on most nights. Yet, a few days of decent temperatures can lead to intense storms, and sometimes of the nasty variety. Have you checked your home for storm or hail damage? If not, [...]

By |April 10th, 2015|Categories: Updates||0 Comments

The Importance of Roof Repair and Maintenance

The Importance of Roof Repair and MaintenanceReplacing the roof on your home is one of the pricier home renovation projects you can choose, but when the roof needs an upgrade it's almost impossible to ignore it for long. However, before your roof is decades old and in need of full replacement, there are a variety of options you may consider to help your roof last a few more years.

Vigilance and Persistence are the Key

Ignoring various features around your home is certainly one way to end up with bigger repair bills. [...]

By |March 24th, 2015|Categories: Exteriors|Tags: |0 Comments

Meet Philip C. Gettum of Gettum Associates, Inc.

phil gettum indianapolis remodelingGettum Associates, Inc. is a family-owned, professional remodeling contractor in the Indianapolis area. Today, we're going to share an interview with the president of Gettum Associates, Inc: Phillip C. Gettum, known as Phil to friends and family.

Where is Gettum Associates located?

Although I am a Westfield resident and we work all over Marion and the surrounding counties, my business offices are located in Greenwood at 4984 W. Smith Valley Rd.

How long have you been in business?

I have been in business since 1987 and at the same location for [...]

Eco-Friendly Home Renovations

eco-friendly home renovationsThere are so many things to consider when planning home renovations, and a green-friendly approach to home improvements is an important option for reducing your family's impact on the environment.

Eco-friendly home renovations help your family enjoy a cleaner and safer home, and they also reduce your utility bills and create value for your home when you decide to sell. There are endless ways you can "go green" with your next renovation project.

Replacing Small and Large Appliances

Each year, manufacturers dream up new ways to save energy and resources with [...]

Should You Consider an Open Floor Plan?

Should You Consider an Open Floor Plan?You've had your eye on that gigantic television that'd be perfect for movie night, but you're not sure if your living room would accommodate a large television. If you've been considering renovations that might change the layout of your home, you've probably thought about an open floor plan and whether your home would support this dramatic architectural style.

The Best Things About an Open Floor Plan

You might associate open floor plans with modern homes, but it's definitely possible to [...]

By |January 19th, 2015|Categories: Home Design, Renovations|Tags: |0 Comments

Renovations for Lowering Electricity Bills in Winter

Renovations for Lowering Electricity Bills in WinterAs your home ages, the systems within it become less efficient, and everything starts to cost more. Your refrigerator needs more electricity to keep things cool. Your heating system needs to work harder to keep the home warm in the winter. Your old plumbing system uses much more water than the modern devices installed in today's homes.

All of these inefficiencies and more are perfect targets for a renovation plan that seeks to reduce the amount of energy your [...]

Home Addition Planning Guide: Basic Tips and Ideas

home renovation planning guideBuilding an addition on your home is an exciting way to create more space for your family, improve your home's value, and have fun with the home ownership experience. Perhaps you'd like to add a master bedroom with cool features like a giant bathroom or walk-in closets.

Maybe your kitchen feels like you live in a submarine and extending it into the backyard would help create a better space for cooking. There's a lot of planning involved in creating a home addition, and here's the information you need to [...]

Fall Maintenance Projects for the Home

fall maintenanceWhen it's time to trade in that bottle of sunscreen for a trick-or-treat bag, it's a good idea to look around your home for things that might need attention, like the gutters, windows, and garage. Ensuring an energy efficient home in the winter may depend upon getting a few upgrades or replacing some of the older features of your home.

The fall is also a terrific time to plan a renovation because the heat of the summer has passed, and the snows of the winter have not yet arrived. Is the paint peeling [...]

By |October 21st, 2014|Categories: Updates|Tags: |Comments Off

A Refreshing Pause: How to Host Your Own Afternoon Tea Party

One thing Americans didn’t inherit from the British is tea time. It’s unfortunate, because tea can be a great beverage to sit down and enjoy on a cold winter’s night. It can also be a great way to spend time with friends during the day.

A Basic Afternoon Kit

If you own a tiered cake stand, a nice tea pot, and loose leave tea, you pretty much have all of the basics for a tea party. Loose tea, like the kind you can buy through Teavana or specialty tea shops, makes for an entertaining party.

If you don’t have any of this [...]

By |October 3rd, 2014|Categories: Updates|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off

Scaffolding FAQ’s for the average homeowner

picture of scaffoldingWhat goes up must come down.  When it comes to home repair, it’s easy to momentarily forget physics in exchange for a desire to do something quickly.  For example, you may notice chipped paint on the ceiling, a hanging shingle from the home roof, or a light bulb fixture in need of repair atop a high corner of a room.

It’s easy to mistakenly opt for a rusty old ladder rather than something more practical (and a lot more safe) like a scaffold.  When ladders are ‘not enough’ to complete the home –repair equation, [...]

By |September 9th, 2014|Categories: Updates|Tags: |Comments Off