Monthly Archives: May 2014

Kitchen Remodeling can transform your Frederick County Home

Kitchen Remodeling Frederick CountyYou know you want to update your Frederick County home, but you can’t decide where to start. Basement remodeling would be nice. After all, you have always wanted to increase the living space of your home. And a home theater wouldn’t be so bad either. Bathroom remodeling is also an option. Every kingdom needs a king and every king needs a throne room. But what about Kitchen Remodeling?

Benefits of Kitchen Remodeling

First and foremost, remodeling will help you mold your kitchen into the room you always hoped it would be. Let’s be honest; most of us do not move into our dream home. There are always little things we want to improve, whether that is more storage space, more counter space, or a completely different layout. Kitchen remodeling gives you the opportunity to finally design your kitchen YOUR way.

Kitchen remodeling also has an average return on investment of 74.2-82.7%, according to Remodeling magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value report. This means that, when you sell your home, you can expect to recoup about $0.75 for every dollar you spent on your remodel. And I know what you are thinking;
“won’t increased home value make it harder to sell my home in a bad market?” Actually, no. In fact, homebuyers look for two things: updated bathrooms and a recently remodeled kitchen. So, kitchen remodeling will actually help you sell your home.

That’s what we like to call a win-win!

Additional benefits include:

  1. Remodeling gives you the opportunity to improve energy efficiency.
  2. Remodeling allows you to improve the aesthetic appeal of your home.
  3. And So Much More!

Frederick County Kitchen Remodeling Contractor

Andy Lofstrand, better known in home improvement circles as Handy Andy, is a remodeling contractor in Frederick County, Maryland. When it comes to light kitchen remodeling, Andy can handle everything from crown molding and casings to drywall and plaster repair, baseboards, custom trim work, and so much more. Andy goes the extra mile to ensure his clients are completely satisfied with their projects.

Choose integrity. Choose craftsmanship. Choose Handy Andy.

If you have any questions about Kitchen Remodeling, please contact Andy Lofstrand by calling (301) 639-6879 or email Andy.Lofstrand@gmail.com. You can also follow Handy Andy on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest for home improvement tips and tricks.

Bathroom Remodeling can benefit your Frederick County Home in Several Ways

Bathroom Remodeling Frederick CountyAre you planning on staying in your home for another 15 to 20 years, or are you planning to move in the next five years? Maybe you want to have a family and need to upgrade your home. If so, now is the perfect time to start planning for the future. With the state of the housing market, selling a home is no guarantee anymore. So, how do you help your home stand out amongst the other 84,800 homes in Frederick County, Maryland? Bathroom Remodeling!

Benefits of Bathroom Remodeling

A newly remodeled bathroom can benefit your home in several ways, including:

  1. When looking at houses, homebuyers look for several things, including recently-renovated bathrooms and kitchens. By remodeling your bathroom, you can help make your home more attractive to potential home buyers. Conversely, an old, out-of-date bathroom could cause a home to sit on the market and sit and sit and sit…
  2. Bathroom remodeling can help make your home more energy efficient. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that if just 10% of American homes remodeled their bathroom, the country could save over 70 billion gallons of water and $1.5 Billion worth of energy annually.
  3. According to Remodeling magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value report, bathroom remodeling has a return on investment (ROI) of 72.5%. That means, when you sell your home, you can expect to recoup $0.72 for every dollar you spend on your remodel.
  4. And More!

Of course, the only way to reap the benefits of bathroom remodeling is to make sure the work is professionally done. And while some homeowners have the skillset to accomplish this, many do not. So before you attempt a do-it-yourself remodeling project, take a step back and assess the situation.

For more DIY vs. professional remodeling advice, Click Here.

Maybe it would be better to call a professional remodeling contractor…

Bathroom Remodeling Contractor in Frederick County

Do you have a small remodeling project or repair job that you have been meaning to get done? Don’t go the DIY route. Call Handy Andy Lofstrand. A remodeling contractor in Frederick County, Maryland, Handy Andy specializes in light kitchen and bathroom remodeling and repair work.

If you have any questions about Bathroom Remodeling, please contact Andy Lofstrand by calling (301) 639-6879 or email Andy.Lofstrand@gmail.com. You can also follow Handy Andy on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest for home improvement tips and tricks.

Basement Remodeling Contractor in Frederick County

Remodeling Contractor Frederick CountyMan oh man. You have been looking at your unfished basement for years, trying to imagine what life would be like with a little more living space. No longer would you have to trek through the cinderblock dungeon every time you wanted to do a load of laundry. Wouldn’t it be nice to walk on carpet instead of cement? Air conditioning and heat wouldn’t be so bad either! You could finally have your own office or, better yet, that home theater you have always dreamed of. Well, what are you waiting for!? Pick up the phone and call Andy Lofstrand, aka Handy Andy!

Remodeling Contractor in Frederick County

Andy Lofstrand, known throughout the home improvement industry as Handy Andy, is a remodeling contractor in Frederick County, Maryland. Andy goes the extra mile to ensure his clients are completely satisfied with their projects. It is this dedication to quality craftsmanship, attention to detail, and personalized service that has allowed Andy to thrive in such a competitive home improvement industry.

When it comes to remodeling and repair work, Handy Andy can handle everything from crown molding and casings to drywall and plaster repair, baseboards, custom trim work, and so much more.

Benefits of Basement Remodeling

  1. Usable Space: Right now, your unfinished basement is a glorified closet. It is filled with boxes and other items you just didn’t know what to do with. Finishing your basement will give you more usable space than you know what to do with.
  2. Customization: When starting with an unfinished basement, your possibilities are endless. You have a blank canvas to craft exactly the way you want. Want a new office? Go for it. Need a playroom for the kids? Why not! Want a home theater? You’ve got it! It is up to you!
  3. Return on Investment: Are you worried about the cost of your potential basement remodel? Consider this: according to Remodeling magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report, Basement remodeling has an average return on investment (ROI) of 77.6%. That means, when you sell your home, you can expect to recoup $0.77 for every dollar you spend on your remodel.
  4. And So Much More!

Choose elegance. Choose quality. Choose Handy Andy!

If you have any questions about Basement Remodeling, please contact Andy Lofstrand by calling (301) 639-6879 or email Andy.Lofstrand@gmail.com. You can also follow Handy Andy on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest for home improvement tips and tricks.

“I look forward to working with you on your project.”

A Frederick County Contractor specializing in Faux Finishes

Faux Finishes Frederick CountyWant to give your living room, bedroom, or bathroom a luxurious makeover without the high cost of luxurious materials, like marble? Before you give up on your dream, let’s re-examine your goals. Who said you need to pay luxurious prices for luxurious results? The answer to your problem is simple: Faux Finishes.

The art of faux finishes, also known as decorative painting, is centuries old. It is a term used to describe a numerous techniques used to that replicate the appearance of materials such as marble, wood, stone, and more.

Benefits of Faux Finishes

  1. The number one benefit of decorative painting is the price. While you may not be able to afford that marble column you have always wanted, faux finishes can be used to mimic the look of real marble. While marble may be out of your price range, decorative painting is sure to keep your project on budget.
  2. As we have already mentioned, faux finishes can be used to mimic the look of expensive materials such as marble, wood and stone. Your guests will never be able to tell the difference…unless you tell them.
  3. Faux finishes help add depth and dimension to smaller rooms.
  4. Decorative painting is an art form, transforming your walls into artwork.
  5. Faux Finishes can be applied to almost any surface, including dry wall, sheet rock, plaster, wood, metal, ceramic, and more.
  6. And More!

Decorative painting truly is an art form, and not one that many remodeling contractors know. There are only a select few who have taken the time to mast this age-old art form.

Faux Finishes in Frederick County

Andy Lofstrand, known in the home improvement world as Handy Andy, specializes in faux finishes, utilizing several decorative painting techniques, including wood graining, marbling, color wash, sponging, and ragging to help transform boring rooms into extraordinary rooms.

After 27 years in the remodeling business, Andy has earned a reputation for providing clients with the highest quality work and the best customer service in the home improvement industry.

“I credit my success in the business to my enthusiasm for the craft, the highest regard for craftsmanship, and providing consistent quality over a long period of time at a fair price,” said Andy.

If you have any questions about Faux Finishes, please contact Andy Lofstrand by calling (301) 639-6879 or email Andy.Lofstrand@gmail.com. You can also follow Handy Andy on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest for home improvement tips and tricks.

“I look forward to working with you on your project.”

Interior Painting and Stenciling in Frederick County

Interior Painting Stenciling Frederick CountyInterior painting and stenciling can transform any room!

Do-it-yourself: it is the war cry of a new generation of Frederick County homeowners. And why not? There is a how-to video for everything online. Need to fix a toilet? Head to YouTube. Want to build a patio? Head to YouTube. Want to learn how to refinish old furniture? Head to YouTube. Want to learn how to use YouTube? Well, you may be out of luck there…

The point is that homeowners now have more resources than ever to learn how to perform minor repairs and small projects. The end result: money in your pocket. So why would a homeowner ever hire a professional contractor? Why would a homeowner ever hire a professional painter? The answer: Professional Work!

Benefits of a Professional Interior Painting Contractor

It’s painting; how hard could it be?

Time

Anyone who has ever painted a room knows just how labor-intensive interior painting can be. There is so much work that needs to be done before ever dipping your paint brush into the paint. First, you must move any furniture out of harm’s way. Then you have to lay down drop cloth to protect your floors. Then you have to tape EVERYTHING! This set up alone can take a couple hours. And you haven’t even started painting. Do you have the time to dedicate to a project like this? Between work, cleaning, and the kids, the answer is probably no.

When you hire a professional interior painting contractor, all you have to do is sit back, relax, and wait for the work to be done.

Professional Results

If you have ever painted a room before, you know just how annoying streaking can be. Professional painters have more experience and know how to complete jobs efficiently and effectively. They also have the equipment – paint sprayers, specialty rollers, etc., needed to get the job done right. No streaking here!

Benefits of Professional Stenciling

As we said in our blog about Custom Trim Work, the devil is on the details. Professional stenciling can really take a room and put it over the top! Just take a look at some of Andy Lofstrand’s previous work by Clicking Here.

Interior Painting and Stenciling in Frederick County

Andy Lofstrand, better known in home improvement circles as Handy Andy, excels in custom interior painting and stenciling, providing clients with professional, high quality work at a reasonable price.

“Correct and proper preparation work is the key to a successful, long lasting painting job.” - Andy

If you have any questions about Interior Painting and Stenciling, please contact Andy Lofstrand by calling (301) 639-6879 or email Andy.Lofstrand@gmail.com. You can also follow Handy Andy on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest for home improvement tips and tricks.

“I look forward to working with you on your project.”