Four of The Trendiest Interior Paint Colors For in 2018​

Four of this year’s trending colors and how to use them to enhance the elegance of your home.  When it comes to interior painting, inspiration can be found anywhere, from traveling abroad to fashion to pop culture. As the world changes, so do what homeowners want their houses to look like. Many big name paint manufacturers have experts in-house that will identify which of these trends will be huge, create new palettes, and come up with aspirational names to describe these colors. To jumpstart ideas in your head of how to boost to the allure of your home by using added color, our experts at Executive Craftsman have researched what colors will be huge this year in interior painting and how you can use them to your advantage.   Sherwin-Williams: Oceanside Described as: This color can best be described as a mysterious and opulent green-blue hue.Why it is trendy: Oceanside is a gorgeous color that is inspired by global interconnectedness and wanderlust. It reminds us of intriguing folklore like mermaids and going on expeditions all around the world.Where to use it: This color can be featured just about anywhere within a home. It pairs well with whites, creams, deep rich tones, or even warm metallics.  Are you searching for a way to get a taste of how this color will look on your home without going too over the top? Consider trying it on a side table or an accent wall in a neutral room to see if it can stay or go.Sheen recommendation: We would recommend using it on larger flat walls with semi-gloss trim.   Olympic: Black Magic  Described as: This is a true black color with no undertones. On the Olympic palette, this is listed as the absolute blackest black.Why it is trendy: Black colors in a home can put off a very eerie and spooky vibe while at the same time encouraging tranquility. This color allows those that feature it in their home to pair it well with brighter colors so that they collaboratively pop.Where to use it: This color looks stellar on doors within a home, on the back panel of a bookcase, or even behind a large television. When the television is off, it seems to fade into the dark color on the wall, however, once the television comes on, the colors bounce right off of the wall to allow for a splendid viewing experience. Black Magic pairs well with warm white shades and even periwinkle accents.Sheen recommendation: Matte looks absolutely jaw-dropping. However, be sure that you use a paint that is washable for doors and other locations where fingerprints could potentially be an issue.  Clark + Kensington: River Rapids Described as: This gorgeous color will now only put off a renewing vibe, but it is also extremely relaxing and soothing. This light and pleasant color will truly brighten up a space.Why it is trendy: We live in a world where it is impossible to look around and not see at least one screen. Because of this, homeowners are searching for texture and simplicity when it comes to interior colors. People are giving into feelings of nostalgia and are hunting for a color that will truly take them backWhere to use it: If you are looking to create a room of serenity, you must paint it River Rapids. It looks glorious in living rooms, family rooms, and even bedrooms. It pairs well with blue-black, natural tones, and classic shades.Sheen recommendation: For rooms that see a lot of traffic, a higher sheen such as semi-gloss or satin are effective since cleaning is a breeze. On the other hand, softer sheens such as eggshell or enamel are great.  Valspar: Favorite Green Described as: Simply put, this color is intense. This invigorating green with just a touch of blue is both intriguing and refreshing.Why it is trendy: This color reminds us of happy times both at home and away adventuring. It connects those that see it to natural healing and meaningfulness.Where to use it: When entering a home, this color is sure to be the perfect greeting. It encourages visitors to take a deep and enjoyable breath of fresh air and to unwind just a tad. It can be used in areas that feature overlooks and in an entryway.Sheen recommendation: When choosing rich and vivid colors, be sure that the sheen is low to take away the color from being overwhelming or overly reflective. Choosing the perfect paint to elevate the look of your home is so important, which is why our team is here to help you. Together, we can collaborate upon which color would look amazing, what textures can be paired well with it, and how we can make sure that it will last. When times and trends change, we believe that staying up to date is important so that your home is always sure to impress. ​

5 Tips to get your home ready for spring

Without a doubt, it has been a winter filled with cold rain, tons of snow, and even periods of extreme cold. Your house has been closed up for many months and your garage is a disaster. To save you the stress of scrambling once the weather gets warmer, our team at Executive Craftsman came up with these 7 tips to get your home primed for the spring. Clean out the gutters One of the most forgotten homecare tips is to clean out your gutters and downspouts. Check for signs of leaks or loose sections as well. Leaky gutters can cause damage to your home. If you are not comfortable venturing near your roof on a ladder, you can surely hire a professional to clean out your gutters for you.  Inspect the roof Do a visual inspection of your roof from the ground level to make sure that there are no loose tiles or tiles that were taken off during harsh winter storms. It is common for high winds to cause damage to your roof, especially if trees are near your roof. Overhanging limbs can take off tiles, as can branches that are flying through the wind. If needed, seek out a professional service to look at your roof and repair any damaged areas. A leaky roof can lead to damage that is far worse than replacing a few tiles. In addition, water that leaks in can cause mold damage or even cause wood to rot faster. Break out the power-washer After a long and brutal winter filled with rain, snow, and ice, your walkways, driveway, and siding need some attention. We recommend that you rent or purchase a power-washer in order to clean these areas. With proper TLC, the exterior of your home will look brand new. This is also a fantastic opportunity to clean off patio furniture so that you can enjoy it when the weather warms up. Inspect windows and doors Once you have power-washed all of the winter build up off of your home, take some time to focus on inspecting the windows and doors of your home for damage. Take a look at the seals surrounding windows and weather stripping. Also, check glass for cracks and see if the paint surrounding the window is chipping. Replace or repair the damaged area and also re-caulk and repaint areas that are weathered away. This will save you money when it comes to cooling off your home once the weather warms up! Clean out the garage The garage is a common area of your home that can truly take a beating during the winter months. Absolutely no one wants to take the time to clean out the garage when it is brutally cold out or even pouring rain. Take some time, crack open the door, and clean up the garage from top to bottom. Throw away any trash that accumulated during the winter and then put everything back in a place that makes sense for accessibility purposes. Clean dirt or salt from vehicles off of the floor and check the floor for cracks in the concrete. This is also the perfect time to clean off your vehicle, especially the undercarriage. It is common for tons of dirt, salt, and other scum to build up underneath your vehicle. This can cause your vehicle to deteriorate faster than expected and in cases can force you to purchase a new car in a sooner time frame than expected. Keep in mind; you do not need to accomplish all of these activities in a short time frame. If you plan to accomplish even one of these per weekend, you will be completely prepared once the warm weather rolls around. When that time comes, you will be able to enjoy the warmth and can just relax. Maybe you can even head out and do some fishing or play a round of golf! Beyond offering these tips, our experts at Executive Craftsman are here to assist you in any way possible from examining a roof to placing new siding on your home!​

Why Remodeling Can Bring More Joy to a Home​

Your home should always put a smile on your face and have an inviting vibe for every guest to enjoy. As time goes on, the expected tenure of homeowners continues to increase, according to the most recent profile of Buyers and Sellers. In the past year, the expected tenure was 12 years – this year, it jumped up to 15 years. With tightened inventory in many markets, people are deciding to stay in their homes for a longer period of time. As a result of this, home remodeling one’s current home is becoming a more and more popular option for those that want their dream home, but are unwilling or are unable to move. In 2017, The Remodeling Impact Report shows that remodeling can bring more enjoyment to a home, and certain projects have very high returns both in terms of joy that they bring to the homeowner, as well as the expenses that the owner can recoup once the home is actually sold. Our experts at Executive Craftsman have done some research and came up with some of the most popular homes remodel projects that will end up bringing more joy and recoup the most expenses for the homeowner that may come as a massive surprise. Complete Kitchen Renovation The number one project that people are having done is complete kitchen renovations.  The most common reason for wanting a kitchen renovation is to increase the livability and functionality of a portion of the home where memories are made while both making and eating delicious food. According to The National Association of Realtors, when the project is completed, 91 percent of all respondents have both a greater desire to stay in their home and a greater sensation of enjoyment when they are inside their home. Overall, a kitchen renovation receives a perfect 10 out of 10 on the joy score and REALTORS estimate that $40,000 of the cost can be made up once the home is sold to someone else, approximately 62 percent of the estimated cost. Kitchen Upgrade The second most popular project to have completed is a kitchen upgrade. Much like the complete kitchen renovation, upgrading worn-out surfaces, finishes, and materials are high up on the list to have the project completed. As a matter of fact, this is the NUMBER ONE reason at a staggering 42 percent. When this project is completed, 81 percent of people report having a greater desire to be in a home and feeling an overall feeling of accomplishment when they think about the project. Slightly less have an increased sense of enjoyment than the complete kitchen upgrade, but the numbers are still high at 76 percent, but the overall project score is 9.6 out of 10. $20,000 of the actual projects cost can be covered once the home is resold, which is 57 percent of the estimated cost. Bathroom Renovation The third project that we believe to be on this list is having a bathroom renovation completed in your home. 40 percent of people have this project done to increase both livability and functionality, while 38 percent want to upgrade worn-out surfaces, finishes, and materials. When the project is actually done, 78 percent of people feel a major sense of accomplishment when they reflect upon having the project completed. This very project rates 9.6 out of 10 on the joy score and it is estimated that $15,000 of the cost can be made up at resale, which is 50 percent of the estimated cost. At Executive Craftsman, we believe that feeling joy and happiness while you are in your home is extremely important. Whether that is a bathroom renovation or a kitchen renovation, there are so many little things that can put a smile on your face. Your dream home may seem like just a figment of your imagination, however, we can bring it to life. ​

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.​

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