Articles for the Month of June 2015

Tuesday’s Tool Box Tips – Power Tool Safety Tips

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Power tools are a convenient and quick way to fix or finish a home improvement issue around the house, but without the right knowledge they can cause some serious harm. We want to ensure that everyone is safe when working with power tools, so here are a few tips to keep in mind from the experts here at UrbanBuilt:

  • Always unplug your corded power tools when they’re not in use!
  • Wear appropriate clothing – Avoid wearing loose clothing that could get caught in the tools. Clothing that covers as much of your body as possible is also a good idea to add a line of protection.
  • Wear the right gear – Make sure to always wear eye & ear protection when available.
  • Keep a clean work area – This helps avoid any tangling of wires or lose items that could be tossed around.
  • Keep your finger away from triggers or switches when you don’t plan to immediately use the power tool.
  • Store your tools in safe areas away from children
  • Don’t use power tools in the rain or in wet areas – Electrocution is a dangerous possibility if power tools are around water.
  • Inspect your tools often to avoid any unnecessary risk.

We definitely recommend following these tips to ensure that all of your home improvement projects are safe and successful. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and leave a comment on one of our posts with suggestions for future Tool Box Tips!

Update: Callow Avenue is starting to Come Together

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With the framing process underway at the Callow Avenue project, our vision is becoming that much more of a reality. The framing is just the outline though, as we still have a lot of the major components of the project to complete such as:

  • Masonry & foundation work
  • Roofing installation
  • HVAC, electrical, & plumbing work
  • Insulation

This doesn’t include all of the details that go in to each of the 8 homes for this project, so we expect to be done sometime in late fall.

Tuesday’s Tool Box Tips – Home Improvement Projects that should be Left for Professionals

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We are all in support of saving money and spending time on do-it-yourself home improvement projects, but there are some projects that are more complicated than they appear and you can potentially cause more harm than good if you don’t have the right expertise. Here is a list of projects that you should delegate to experts and find the right professional for:

  • Demolition & home additions: Knocking down walls sounds fun, but you never know what are behind those walls (like wires or plumbing)
  • Electrical work: Messing with electricity & electrical components is extremely dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing!
  • Large plumbing repairs: Although plumbing repair costs can be expensive, a minor mishap can cause thousands of dollars in damages
  • Roofing jobs: Not only can this be dangerous without the right precautions, but a roof is the key defense for a home and can lead major damage if not done properly

There are also additional projects that aren’t too complicated but they require special equipment such as window and carpet installation. Don’t fret though, because at UrbanBuilt we can handle any home improvement need or idea that you have in mind! For any home improvement questions or to get an estimate on a project, contact JD Smith at JDSmith@urbanbuiltllc.com.

South Rose Street Project Demolition complete with the Rebuilding Process Underway

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UrbanBuilt is in the middle of a large full-gut residential project on South Rose Street. With the deconstruction process complete, now comes the fun part as we rebuild both the first and second floor with the homeowner’s design plans in mind. The framework for both floors is currently underway with a lot more work to be done in the near future, including:

  • Redesign of the bedrooms
  • Constructing a new closet space
  • Whole new kitchen and bathroom designs
  • Interior and exterior painting

As everything starts to come together, we are getting more and more eager to see the final product. Look out for future updates on this project and follow us on Facebook to keep up with all of our project updates!

UrbanBuilt gets some Awesome Feedback from a Baltimore Homeowner

At UrbanBuilt, we pride ourselves on our Reliability, Honesty, Integrity and Quality on all projects and in all relationships. We recently received a nice message from one of our home improvement clients in Baltimore. Check it out!

“I just want to commend you for the incredible work you did on our house, and for being fair, open, honest, and prompt with us as the work was done. We especially appreciated your willingness to discuss various options within our budget, in particular for our flooring. Every time I see the area, I am overjoyed with how nice it looks, especially as we have guests over and people comment on the great job you all did. You all were so thorough and addressed all our concerns, especially in coming in after the job was done to work on a few details that we had pointed out.

We have already recommended people and will continue to refer people to your business. Thanks again for your excellence and diligence in a job well done. We couldn’t be happier!”

It is a great feeling when a client recognizes our hard work and focus on these key traits. See more testimonials about UrbanBuilt from former clients here.

Tuesday’s Tool Box Tips – Must Have Tools for Every Home

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Everybody has a set of screw drivers, wrenches, and a hammer, but these tools won’t always do the job. To make sure that you have the right equipment for almost any at home modification, we have provided you with a list of must have tools for every toolbox.

  • Locking Pliers – Great for holding things in place & pulling out stuck objects
  • Air Compressor – Very versatile and can be used for just about anything, like attaching it to other tools such as a nail gun or filling up a car tire
  • Cordless Drill: Makes your life easier and it is awesome for home improvement projects
  • Stud Finder: Extremely important when hanging items on the wall to ensure good stability
  • Tape measure: An obvious necessity that is a must for creating organized layouts & projects
  • A Level: Another obvious tool that can align your layouts to perfection
  • Allen Key/Hex Wrench Set: Common on do-it-yourself furniture and other miscellaneous items that need adjusting or tightening over time.

Now of course this isn’t an all-inclusive list of tools, but these are some that are often overlooked until the time comes when they are needed. Not only are a lot of these necessary for some tasks, but adding these tools to your existing tool collection will save you a lot of stress and time in the long run. Make sure to go to our Facebook page if you want to give us any suggestions for tips that you want us to provide you with in the future.

 

Update: Huge Progress being made at Callow Avenue

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The 8-home full-gut renovation project at Callow Avenue is a few weeks into construction and things are starting to come together. The foundation and framing process is currently underway and there is a lot of construction work still to be completed. We are extremely excited to be involved on this amazing project in partnership with the Druid Heights Community Development Corporation and Healthy Neighborhoods. To see more information about this this residential contracting project in Baltimore, MD, go to the previous post on Callow Avenue and follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with all our projects.

Introducing JD Smith – Our New General Manager of Home Improvements

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With the recent rejuvenation of our home improvement department, we have hired JD Smith as our General Manager of Home Improvements. He will be handling most residential clients and assisting with design and development throughout the process. Having previously owned a home improvement company, JD has the expertise to professionally design, plan and build any home improvement project. As our residential sector grows, we can’t wait to see what projects JD will add to his portfolio. If you’re interested in talking to JD about any home improvement projects, you can E-mail him at JDSmith@urbanbuiltllc.com.