Category : home improvement

Does Your Kitchen Or Bathroom Need A Makeover?

Kitchen Remodeling

 If you have a “My Dream Kitchen” Pinterest board, or spend hours pouring over bathrooms on Houzz, we have great news for you! Whether you need new cabinets, flooring, countertops, appliances, tubs, showers, tile, vanities, fixtures, radiant (in-floor) heating, or all of the above, Oliver’s plumbing, electrical, and home remodeling teams are available to help you design and build the room of your dreams. With an average of 22 years experience (over 300 years combined!) in the industry, our experts can work with any budget to provide you with amazing results and the stellar service you know and trust from Oliver.

This new partnership has been decades in the making – Scott Wilson (plumbing), Rodney Ciafre (electrical), and Danny Lovelace (home remodeling), have been collaborating on kitchen and bathroom remodels for years before their respective associations with Oliver. Bringing this team together under one roof is an exciting opportunity for our customers to make home improvements they’ve been dreaming of with a single phone call and the confidence that they’ll be getting the high quality service they know and expect from Oliver. Browse our new Pinterest boards for some inspiration, or give us a call to set your free consulation today!

custom photo display wall

Many of us here at Oliver are planning to invest money from our tax refunds in home improvements. We’ve even got the home remodeling team making some improvements around the office, like this gorgeous custom photo display wall! If you’ve been thinking about your home improvement plans as well, keep an eye out for our spring newsletter for an exciting offer!


If Our Walls Could Talk, I Bet They’d Just Start Screaming

Only two Mondays left until Memorial Day! It’s time to start thinking about trips down the shore, working in gardens for those of you who are better than me at keeping green things alive, and reminding the dog that there are more fun things to do in the backyard than fertilizing it.

This year, our summer plans are all about The House. We say this in capitals at home because, like a lot of first-time homeowners, my husband and I bought a place that was budget-friendly and project intensive. Sometimes we have to watch “The Money Pit” with Tom Hanks to remind ourselves that it could be worse! We have a project wish list a mile long, and we spend a lot of time looking at it and discussing what is worth putting our time and money into, especially since we know that we will be selling the house within a year or so. Do we put our blood, sweat, tears, and cash into things that the next family will get to enjoy more than we do? I’m all for charity and love-thy-neighbor and all that jazz, but not that much!

So, what are we going to do with The House? What improvements are worth making now, and what will we leave for the next owners? Most of what we want to do involves staging the house, which is a weird real estate way of saying “make total strangers want to live they way they think you live.” Since we’re both pretty genuine people, we decided to do this by (now here’s an idea) living the way we actually live, and making it look good. So I’m having fun trawling flea markets and auctions to get just the right pieces of furniture and accessories to show off the details that the house already has going for it, like my beloved built-in bookcases and old-school hardwood floors. These will come with us when we sell, or go back to the auctions, so the investment carries over.

And what about the things we can’t take? Well, that’s a tougher discussion. The easy part was ripping down the amazingly ugly pink and blue gold-leafed paisley wallpaper and giving the place a fresh coat of paint. (I hear my husband face-palming now at the use of the word “easy” in reference to ripping down, I kid you not, 55 year old wallpaper, but sometimes you have to lie to yourself to be able to start the next project, right?) Now that that’s done, we have to decide about bringing this 1910 house into 2012, and installing an air conditioning system.

I know what you’re thinking now – “Hey, you work for an HVAC company, isn’t that the easiest thing to get done?” Well, yes and no. Yes, because I know I can count on Oliver to give me great options and to do a great job once we make a decision. No, because there are a lot of great options out there to consider. Do we keep our oil boiler and add a straight A/C unit? Or maybe put in a heat pump and keep the oil as a backup system? Or, do we go along with our next-door neighbors and convert both houses to natural gas and then decide about the A/C or heat pump issue? So many options! I’m lucky to have such great advisors on tap here at Oliver, I know they’re going to help us decide what’s best for us and The House. And because I’m such a sweetheart (stop laughing, husband!), I’ll even share them with you!