Executive Craftsman Awarded "Best of Houzz 2017"​

Executive Craftsman, Inc of StamfordAwarded Best Of Houzz 2017 Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World STAMFORD January 17, 2017 – Executive Craftsman, Inc of Stamford has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The Home Improvement Contractor was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service, and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz. Executive Craftsman owners, Steve Lanefski and Johel Solano stated “We are proud of the home improvements that we have been able to provide for the homeowners in Fairfield County CT and we look forward to continuing our tradition of honesty, integrity, and value for many years to come”“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize Executive Craftsman, Inc, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.” Follow Executive Craftsman, Inc on Houzz:   About Executive Craftsman, IncFor over twenty years Executive Craftsman has been remodeling homes increasing their value in Fairfield County, CT.  Today Executive Craftsman is the home builder of choice for residents in that area. They are passionate about turning their clients’ dreams and ideas into reality. About HouzzHouzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.​​

Time to Start Thinking About Exterior Painting

I bet with all the snow and cold here in Connecticut, you’re not thinking of painting the exterior of your home. It’s not a really good time to do anything outside, but maybe snowmobiling or skiing.But, you may want to start thinking about it for a spring project.  Executive Craftsman wants you to know that the spring weather, with mild temperatures and low humidity is the best time for paint to cure. The way a home looks says a great deal about the person living in that home, and most homeowners wish to make a good impression.  One way to achieve that is by giving your home a new paint job. A good paint job also helps to protect a home from the potential consequences of weather, protecting and preserving wood and other materials.  For these reasons and more, it is important for a homeowner to choose not just a painting contractor, who will do an acceptable job of painting a home, but one who will do a masterful job.  Executive Craftsman is that contractor! Many times when we are preparing a house we find rotten wood that is not visible until the sanding process is started.  Once a small amount of rot starts, it spreads quickly.  This attracts termites and carpenter ants.  It also will allow water to penetrate the house and cause more damage. Executive Craftsman has full time carpenters on staff to handle any repair needs while painting a house. One of the keys to finding a good contractor and to getting the best paint job possible is to hire locally, and to ask the right questions.  Executive Craftsman is dependent on a local reputation, and cannot afford to have his or her reputation tarnished by doing a poor job. It is important to do some homework to assure you hire the right contractor for the job. Many people consider themselves painters but it takes many years of experience to learn how to do a first class job that will last and hold up in our tough weather conditions. Here are some important questions to ask when looking for a contractor. Can you provide a list of recent customers who will provide references?I am amazed when I drive by a house being painted and there are 2 guys on the job with their shirts off and a radio blasting. We pride ourselves in being as professional as possible, looking and acting professional.  We have as many men on the job as needed to get the job done in a timely manner. There are not many jobs, weather permitting, which take more than 2 weeks from start to finish.  We realize that it is an intrusion having 8 guys running around your house for 2 weeks so when we start the job we are there every day until the job is completed. Is the contractor licensed and covered by Workers compensation and liability insurance?Home owners don’t realize how important this is. Most home owners take this for granted and assume that the contractor is covered or think that it is not that important. We are asked maybe twice a year to provide this information.  Rest assured, Executive Craftsman is fully licensed and insured. What is the process for a painting job? This is where a lot of painting contractors cut corners. Anybody can pick up a brush and slap on some paint.  If the preparation process is not done correctly the paint job will fail quicker and the job will not look good when the paint is applied. First, the house should be washed with a chemical solution to remove mold, mildew, and dirt. Once washing is complete an extensive sanding job should be done.  This will remove loose or peeling paint and feather out the rough edges from the built up paint.  All surrounding areas should be protected during the preparation and painting process.  All open seams or cracks should be caulked.  If imperfections can’t be sanded out they should be repaired with a wood filler.  Between coats of paint, all areas should be lightly sanded. This will increase the cost of the job but in the long run, it pays off and will make the job last much longer. Have the contractor put the entire process of preparation in writing and make certain that he or she dates and signs it.  Holes and open seams should be repaired.  All surfaces to be painted must be scraped and/or sanded to remove as much of the old paint as possible.  Ask how many people will be part of the preparation process. What material will be used? All good paint manufacturers carry a less expensive line of paint.  Just because a company claims that they are using a good quality company does not mean that they are using their better line of paint.  A good quality line of paint now costs $60.00 per gallon. Make sure that the better line of the paint is being used. Executive Craftsman gets all of our work from word of mouth. We want to drive by your house several years from now and have your house looking as good as the day it was painted.  We take pride in our work and consider our customers “long-term investments”.  We want to make sure you are 100% satisfied.  Our prices are competitive and we will give you a long lasting job that will give you many years of satisfaction. Make the exterior painting of your home a priority on your list of spring “to dos”. Call Executive Craftsman today to schedule your appointment!203-324-6383www.executivecraftsman.com​

Executive Craftsman Awarded "Best of Houzz 2016"​

Executive Craftsman, Inc. of StamfordAwarded Best of Houzz 2016 Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World STAMFORD  January 13, 2016 – Executive Craftsman, Inc. of Stamford has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The Home Improvement Contractor was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. The Best of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz. Executive Craftsman owners, Steve Lanefski and Johel Solano stated “We are proud of the home improvements that we have been able to provide for the homeowners in Fairfield County CT and we look forward to continuing our tradition of honesty, integrity and value for many years to come” “Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize Executive Craftsman, Inc., voted one of our “Best of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.” Follow Executive Craftsman, Inc. on Houzz: executivecraftsman@houzz About Executive Craftsman, Inc.For over twenty years Executive Craftsman has been remodeling homes increasing their value in Fairfield County, CT.  Today Executive Craftsman is the home builder of choice for residents in that area. They are passionate about turning their clients’ dreams and ideas into reality. About Houzz Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.​

Spray Foam Helps Prevent Ice Dams

Yes, it’s August and I’m writing about Ice Dams. Winters in the North East are getting more intense over the past couple of years. You need to prep your home for these issues now to help prevent major issues when it’s more difficult to solve the problem. During the winter months, you will often see some houses with significant amounts of snow on the roof and others will have no snow. Counter-intuitively, the snowy roofs signify better-insulated homes, as the latter group’s snow has melted and formed. Spray foam can function as a solution for the problems associated with ice dams. Ice dams form when an attic space becomes overly warm as heat escapes from the living space and also radiates from recessed light fixtures, ductwork, furnaces and other appliances. The heat in turn conducts through the sheathing and raises the temperature of the roof above the freezing point, which melts the snow and ice on contact with the roof surface. The snow and ice tends to melt in the areas just inside the perimeter of the exterior walls. Liquid water flows downward and refreezes as it passes over the roof overhangs, just above the soffit vents. The resulting ice buildup at the edge of the roof and in the gutters forms a dam. The liquid continues to gather and form as snow forms on the warm roof surface, it flows over and ice begins to slowly form and create icicles along the edge of the roof. Ice dams aren’t just indications of poor insulation; they can also cause serious damage to your home. Melted snow and ice can soak the roof deck under the shingles. The water can drip down on the ceiling or leak into areas where the roof connects to the exterior walls. Wet walls and ceilings are potential areas for mold and mildew growth. The ice can also fall and crack down onto a passerby and create mini avalanches out at your doorway. A key way to solve this problem is to offer sufficient insulating and sealing attic spaces with spray foam. The foam is applied to the roofing deck, along rim joist and it will evenly and efficiently seal the attic space to regulate the temperature of your home throughout the year. Well-insulated rooflines prevent the transfer of heat to the roof surface and thereby prevent the formation of ice dams. Another added benefit would be to increase the size of your gutter area will help a great deal; giving a great deal of space for the water to flow off your room and away from the house. If you would like to discuss protecting your home from ice dams this coming winter or simply have Executive Craftsman come out to inspect your home with a free evaluation please give us a call at 203-324-6383. We have been serving lower Fairfield County for over 20 years with expertise in building for living. ​

Updating Flooring

 You get what you pay for! Flooring materials vary greatly in quality, durability and looks. The less you shell out the more likely you are to get a product that is going to let you down in years to come. Floor cost in the materials and installation is directly related to the more you pay out the less you’ll be faced with costly repairs down the line.  are going to cost between $5-$15 dollars per square foot for materials depending on the quality of the boards and the width. The installation cost can run from $3 to $10 per square foot depending on whether the boards are pre-treated or need to be finished on site. A new trend is ceramic hardwood tiles that look like wood. They are more costly yet, offer a great deal more flexibility in the home and last a long time. Laminate flooring is very cost effective with a floor cost of #1 to $6 per square foot for materials. It’s easy to install with cost ranging from $1-$5 per square foot, including laying down the sub-floor padding. run anywhere from $5 to $15+ per square foot for materials and $6-$8 per square foot to install. Again, wood floor ceramic tiles are becoming more popular as an option. Stone tiles run anywhere from $7 to $20 per square foot for materials and $6 to $8 dollars per square foot at least, for installation. Many tilers charge more for installing stone because lugging around more tiles is more labor intensive than working with other flooring options. Clearly they last for a long time. If you are thinking about having some flooring work done at your home please contact for support. We’ve been serving lower Fairfield County, CT for over 20 years. 203-324-6383. ​  

Ways that Landscaping Can Transform Your Home

Summer is a great time of the year to fine tune the look of your property. Taking out overgrown shrubbery that is taking over the outside of your home and reevaluating the grounds to make sure you highlight the architecture features of the house. Plant and Grow TreesTrees give your home the “first impression” to anyone who drives past or cruses down the street. Plant trees and tall scrubs that accentuate the space. Mature trees create shade and add depth to flat gardens and smaller front yards. It will also create a cool place for bird and squirrels to live. The key when planting trees is to make sure the soil condition and environment is ideal for the type of tree so it will thrive in local conditions. Delineate Boarders with Colorful PlantsLandscaping strategy embraces artistic influences and smart designs features with local native flowering plants. Vibrant colors help to maximize curb appeal. Also, some species of flowering plants can help repel mosquitoes from your property. So, be mindful of where you are placing specific perennials so, the bees will be away from a relaxing patio area and you provide best results for both appeal and relaxing opportunities at your home. Cultivate a Professionally Planted LawnA key to a lush green lawn in lower Fairfield County often boils down to sod. It’s the easiest way to assure you have the highest quality lawn, immediate results and grass that will last for years to come. Spacing Garden Features Throughout the AreaGarden pavers, walkways and paths are another important part of creating a lasting and rewarding landscaping to a property. Cobblestone or water-aged river rocks make a wonderful pathway. Various exterior lighting accent lights also add to ambiance and safety around a home. If you are looking to change or update landscaping to you home this summer please give Executive Craftsman a call for a free consultation at 203-324-6383. We’d welcome the opportunity to speak with you directly.  Email us directly at steve@executivecraftsman.com or johel@executivecraftsman.com.  ​

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