Chicago, We’re Painting the Town! Think Interior Painting for a New Look This Fall.

Top Trends for Master Bedroom Updates. On the List: Interior Painting for a Fresh New Look!

This is an interesting article about very easy ways to update your Master Bedroom for the Fall.  Creative and easy to implement.  We would be happy to help you create a Master Bedroom Oasis you will love to come home to!

Zillow’s Top Trends for Master Bedroom Updates


Using Color Architecturally

One of the most effective ways to use color to transform a room is to play up its architectural features. Molding, mantels, built-in bookcases, arched doorways, wainscot, windows, and doors all offer an opportunity to add another layer of interest to colored walls.  (From This Old House online)


Tips for Fall Home Maintenance

Every year, we at Woods Home Improvements like to remind everyone that annual home maintenance can save you some major headaches in the long run.  Here are a few ideas for keeping your home in tip top shape: 

1.) Check your roof, gutters, and downspouts for debris:

Your roof is often forgotten about because it is not at eye level to give you a subtle reminder every time you walk past it.  Clear leaves, dirt, and pine needles from gutters and examine downspouts for damage or loose pieces.  Check the flashing around your chimney and any openings in the roof, such as skylights for leaking problems.

2.) Inspect the grounds of your property

Before the grass is covered with snow, or it is too cold to venture outside, check walkways for cracks and loose paver material. Fix walkway and entryway areas before slippery weather can cause a tripping or falling accident.

3.) Change the filters in your home:

If you have a central air conditioning system, change the air filter regularly. If you have a window air conditioning unit, remove from the window or place a waterproof cover over it to prevent damage. Change filters in stove vents, clothes dryers and room fans if applicable.  Clean air filters will keep your family healthier in the fall months.

4.)  Repair leaky faucets

Before the temperatures start to dip low, examine leaky faucets in the kitchen, bathrooms, and utility room locations. Most likely the time and money spent now to fix will be less than a broken pipe in the dead of winter!

5.)  Remember the fireplace:

For some people they use their fireplace more than their central heater in the fall and winter months.  Discard old ashes and ensure the damper is open to allow air to freely move through the chimney.  If the air is becoming cold, close back the damper after cleaning. Check the damper handle and springs to ensure the flue is operating correctly. Hire a professional chimney sweep if needed.

6.)  Drain your hot water heater:

If your live in an area with hard water extra amounts of sediments could be building up in your tank.  Now is a perfect time to drain and make sure rust is not developing in your tank as well. If your hot water heater is extremely old or is rusting considering a new one that will be more cost effective and energy efficient.

7.)  Check windows and doors for drafts:

The majority of conditioned air in your home is lost through the windows and doors.  Go through your home and open windows to ensure the seal and caulking around the window frame is in good condition. Think of adding heavier drapery around windows that are extra drafty, to help block some air infiltration.

8.)  Clean and store seasonal outdoor furniture:

Once you have taken your last plunge in the pool this summer, power wash outdoor furniture and cushions.  Once dry, store cushions in dry area to prevent cracking, and fading over the fall and winter months. One spring comes along next year, you will be pleased that you stored them and they’re ready for use!

9.)  Have garden power tools serviced:

Once your grass begins to enter the dormant stage, take your lawnmower, trimmer, and other tools to get their blades sharpened and fluids recapped off. In the market for new garden power tools, buy now when the season is almost over… you will find great deals!


10. Take care of your irrigation/lawn needs:

Depending on where you live, the climate for your lawn and its irrigation system may need to be checked.  Consider having an irrigation service professional fix broken heads before the cold weather sets in. If you want to prevent spring weeds and winter lawn damage, don’t forget to fertilize. Visit your local garden center to find out information on what type of fertilizer to use and when to spread it.

Enjoy these days of summer because they are going fast! Before you know it we will be getting ready for the holidays.  Use these ten tips to help you get a jump start on your fall home maintenance, your home will thank you!

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Beautiful Custom Oak Built-In Beds with Storage Drawers Great for Kids or Out-of-Town Guests

Maximize a small room with built-in beds and extra storage.  Choose your design and finishing touches to make this your own personal space.  Then sit back and let us do our work.  We have created many children’s beds with built-ins and our pint-sized customers have been very pleased.

Woods Home Improvements Now Offering a Great Financing Program

Are you dreaming about a great new home improvement, but you can’t figure out how you’re going to swing it?  Well, we have just contracted with Home Loan Investment Bank to offer you a great way to finance your project to make your dream a reality.

Home Loan Investment Bank is proud to offer customers the FHA Title I Home Improvement Loan. This flexible and affordable product gives homeowners the opportunity to finance home improvements and repairs. Don’t keep dreaming about the home improvements you want, make them a reality with a Home Improvement loan from Home Loan Investment Bank, FSB.*

For more information, check out our Financing Page link:

River Forest Home Office

Check this out!   Home office installed in River Forest.  Oak custom cabinets in the medallion line, Somerset prefinished oak hardwood flooring, and tons of storage solutions fit for an elegant and efficient home office.  An beautiful, streamlined home office makes your work day a breeze.  Call us today at 708-488-9226 for a free estimate.


Project Manager In Paradise

On any given Wednesday night during the summer, our project manager, Grant Woods, can be found participating in the Beer Can Races on Lake Michigan in Chicago.  This is the view from his captain’s J30 boat last evening.  Life just doesn’t get any better than this for our intrepid sailor.   Grant will also be participating in the J30 Nationals in Connecticut this coming September.  We are very excited!


Chicago's Lake Michigan  Beer Can Races 2014

Chicago’s Lake Michigan Beer Can Races 2014

A Lucky Westchester Homeowner Got Fantastic Curb Appeal with New UltraDeck Front Stairs

Each summer season seems to bring us a new home improvement project type.  This is the year of the front stair update.  People are looking to improve the curb appeal of the front of their homes, adding stylish entries and lovely landscaping.  We are so excited to be part of this resurgence in pride of home.  This Westchester homeowner asked us to install a new set of stairs using Menards UltraDeck materials in the ever-popular Rustic Style in both white and Redwood.   We love the look and it blends seamlessly with the home’s style.


Westchester Front Stairs-View 1

Westchester Front Stair Installation Using UltraDeck materials in the Rustic Style in White and Redwood Colors.

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Westchester Front Stair Installation Using UltraDeck materials in the Rustic Style in White and Redwood Colors.

La Grange Park Stair Installation Using UltraDeck Composite Materials

We had very happy customers after we installed this beautiful new set of stairs at a La Grange Park, IL home.  The UltraDeck materials give a crisp, clear appearance to stairs and decks.

Remodeling Magazine Cost vs. Value Report

Ever wonder what a typical renovation should cost in your area?  Look no further.  Remodeling Magazine does the legwork for you.  Find out what you should be paying for your kitchen remodel.  See what you can expect to recoup from that expenditure.   It’s a great industry-wide resource for finding out this valuable information.  Simply locate your area (Chicagoland) and print out your report.