Need Shade Outdoors? Try a Pergola.

Ah, summertime, nice to see you again! I am so excited to be able to spend time outdoors with my family and it’s especially nice to do it in my own backyard. The upcoming holidays and weekends are the perfect times for cookouts on the deck, stargazing on the patio, or playing yard games with friends and neighbors. And recent studies say there’s been a major uptick in homeowners adding outdoor living areas to their homes this year. One of their top design requests is to add a shade element to provide a bit of relief from the sun on extra hot days. For many homeowners, a pergola is great option to consider, which will add not only partial shade but also lots of character. Read more

New Composite Decking Materials Look More Like Real Wood

Composite decking materials have been around since the 1990s, but let’s face it; many of them don’t look like real wood. The biggest benefit of using a composite material has always been the easy care and low maintenance, but improvement in finish, tone and texture have made it much more aesthetically appealing. Homeowners who have shied away from composite decking because of its appearance should give it a second look. Read more

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Thompson Remodeling’s Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

It’s summertime! Even though you’re probably looking forward to a vacation and the kids are off from school, there are still some maintenance items that should be done to keep your house in top shape. Fortunately several of the tasks need to be completed outdoors so you can enjoy the warm weather while you are taking care of your checklist.   Read more

Creating an Outdoor Living Space You’ll Love

With warmer weather on the horizon, we can’t help but get excited about spending time outdoors. One of the best places to do that is in your own back yard! Expanding your livable space outdoors is an investment that rewards you with beautiful areas to relax with your family and entertain guests.  There are all sorts of possibilities: decks, patios, screened porches, gazebos, and sunrooms. If you have been considering an outdoor living space remodel, we’ve got some great ideas to share with you. Read more

4 Summer Projects

Here are my notes from this morning’s interview on Newsradio WOOD 1300’s ‘West Michigan Morning News.”

It’s getting HOT and I have 4 Summer Projects that your HOME will thank you for attending to:

1) Decks – retop w/ a high performance composite decking – some brands don’t get hot, require minimal maintenance, and don’t have visible fasteners (looks sweet). Maintenance – “treated” or cedar decking – remember, every other year to reseal it. If you do so you’ll have a happy, beautiful deck for 15 yrs +.

2) Clean the Air Conditioner Condenser – Looks like R2D2 but approach it like it’s a wild animal, turn the power off at the circuit breaker or at the gray box on the side of the house – brush to get off the white tree fuzz and soak it with the hose to clean off dirt. No power washing please! Protect those metal fins at all cost.

3) College Kids – returning home that you want to put to work – CLEAN the gutters that didn’t get done b/c they were off at school & maybe paint the house.
1 Tip about painting outside – stay ahead of the sun. Paint in the shade…work your way around the house, side by side, IF possible.

4) Look into the 2009 energy tax credit qualifying projects – doors, windows, insulation, and lots more. Go to keyword: Thompson for the link

Bonus: Get out and see the Parade of Homes May 22nd, 2009 – June 6th. Visit: for ticket information.

To hear the audio podcast of this interview visit: and look in the 5/22/09 podcasts of W. Michigan Morning News…the link will be up later today.