Thoughts From Kaufman Homes

Your unparalleled access to the thoughts of Dean Kaufman and the rest of Kaufman homes about home remodeling, home repair, and other trending topics in the residential construction field.

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Master Bath Makeover

Consider the bathroom remodel in the Salem home of Ken and Judith Van Osdol. Ken awoke in the middle of the night in the fall of 2012 to the sound of a waterfall—except there isn’t one on their secluded acreage off Battle Creek Road. “There was a leak in the toilet and the water was cascading down into the dining room below,” he says.

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What about the Indoor air quality of your home?

Indoor air pollutants have increased over the past few decades for variety of reasons. Contributing to indoor air quality issues in homes are construction of more tightly sealed buildings, reduced ventilation rates to save energy, the use of synthetic building materials and furnishings, and increased use of chemical products such as pesticides, housekeeping supplies, and personal care products.

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How Kaufman Homes has embraced social media.

The year 2011 saw a continuation of changes that Kaufman Homes started at the end of 2008. At that time, because of changing economic conditions, we realized people were staying longer in their homes because it had become increasingly difficult to sell existing homes and even a greater problem of building and financing custom homes.

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The 3 Different Types of Builders

Remodelers and homebuilders fall into one of three categories: Accounting driven, Marketing driven, or Construction driven. It is very important to know which kind of builder you are consulting with in order to know what to expect from them and their building processes.

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Can you Remodel or Build a New Home in the Rain?

In Salem, as well as most parts of Western Oregon, our weather is usually mild enough to allow certain remodeling projects and custom homes throughout the Fall and Winter without serious problems. In past years, Kaufman homes have begun many various size new homes, remodels and additions in October and November without significant problems.

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Preventing and Minimizing Fires in Your Home

I personally had an experience at my home a few years ago with a small fire that could have been disastrous. A candle up on a pedestal was not extinguished before going to bed and the candle in the glass container burned to just liquid and broke the glass spilling the hot candle fluid on top of the table cloth starting a big fire.

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23 Household Tips to Make Life Easier

It is always wonderful when we can learn from the knowledge of others gathered from experiences. One thing I have learned, from being in business for many years, is that somewhere someone has already figured out something we want to know and are usually willing to share.

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Energy Saving Heating and Cooling Systems

NW Natural Gas has a great website on energy saving issues as well as new trends in the building industry. They are very proactive on presenting new natural gas technologies to save energy. It is interesting to note that in spite of NW Natural providing ways to save on energy costs, gas prices in Oregon have still decreased 26% in the last 3 years! Below are two articles that I thought were interesting.

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Building a Custom Home that Ages With You

As baby boomer aging has become more real, Kaufman Homes has become more aware of what should be done to make a custom home a place to age comfortably. Whether your goal is to build a custom home or remodel an existing home, we can enable you to live out the rest of your years without having to seek suitable accommodations.

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New Lighting: Energy Efficient Bulbs

At Kaufman Homes we have found Customers of new homes or remodels experiencing the changing of now partially mandated more energy efficient type lighting. Change is not always easy but eventually energy efficient lighting and bulbs will be a way of life that we will get used and the payback will be lowered energy costs.

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Granite Countertop Maintenance

We get various questions from homeowners regarding the maintenance of their granite countertops. Granite is perceived to be durable and maintenance free, and in most cases that applies to most stone counters, but not all granite is the same. Although granite is extremely hard, some of the minerals in it may be very soft, depending on the type of granite. The type of finish may affect how often the countertop should be cleaned and sealed.

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Choosing the Best Siding for Your Custom Home

Over the years Kaufman Homes has used many different kinds of siding depending on Customer request, types of applications, desired home style and for economic reasons. Past experience has shown that some siding’s can be problems such as LP siding back in 80’s and 90’s. Kaufman works really hard at analyzing new products and the potential problems that may exist.

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Building vs. Remodeling in 2011

Kaufman Homes receives a lot of inquiries saying they would like to consider building a new home or remodel an existing home, and how much would that cost? Most people are in the fact finding stage when we get this call as they have been assessing their needs like: “we need more space”, “our current home is outdated” or “It would be nice to have”.

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8 Ways to Update Your House for Little Money

I know many of you want to do some updating of your home but are afraid you will have to spend a lot of money! Many of these items can be done by you if you have the time and are handy with tools, paint brush and etc. Some items are beyond the scope of what many of us can do so we must rely on professionals. A good way to work with costs is to set a plan of action and prioritize your list to do the most needed things first and on down the list as you can afford.

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Preparing Your Home for Regular and Extended Vacations

Going away for a period of time means you are either leaving your home for a vacation or going on extended stay. Either way we all go with concerns for what may happen to our home while we are gone, what services have we forgotten to cancel and how secure is our home while gone. Hopefully the following list will help prepare your home and yourselves for vacation and give you more piece of mind and avert potential problems or disasters.

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Ensuring a Successful Custom Home or Home Remodel

Whether you are wanting to do a home remodel or build a custom home, this is a great list of items to keep in mind. We know that over the years there are lessons that we have learned. The list below are just some of the lessons that we would like to share with you. This list also serves as what you should also be thinking of when starting a home remodeling project or custom home because more often than not, these items don’t come up until it is too late to tackle a problem that could have been brought up at the very beginning.

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Preparing your Home for an Emergency

It is very important to always have your home prepared for emergencies such as power outages and or many other natural disasters which may interrupt your normal living patterns.If at all possible designate a place in your home, which is readily accessible, to these emergency items.

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Home Repair and Maintenence: Fall Tips

Every season our Home Repair and Maintenance Team is sent out on calls during the Fall. This is the time of year to prepare our homes for the coming variety of inclement winter weather that we can or will have in Oregon and the Salem area. During the fall we can be lulled into putting off doing these things especially if we have an Indian summer, but this good weather makes outdoor winterizing much easier. Once this inclement weather hits, and rest assured it will, then we are scrambling to do after the fact and by then it may be too late or the weather may make it more difficult or dangerous to do.

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Home Repair and Maintenance: Signs and Causes of Water Damage

Kaufman Homes Home Repair and Maintenance division has done a lot of exterior home repairs resulting from moisture intrusion and water damage. Most all of these problems could have been prevented if they had been discovered early on. The longer these problems exist the greater the damage and the more extensive the home repairs are. I have included a list of items that will help you in your own home inspections.

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