Our most recent Pergo laminate floor installation.
Taking care of all your home repair needs! About us: Thank you for your interest in our company Blackbird Construction. So you want to remodel?
Great! Nothing adds more warmth, beauty or improved functionality to a home and can provide you with substantial returns in your investment than home remodeling. However, it all starts with choosing the right contractor. Unfortunately, the excitement of your project at the beginning can lead to unexpected stress and complete disruption to your family and household if you use poor judgment in selecting the contractor you will be trusting in your home. You may find yourself saying, ”It looks great but I will never go through that again." Or you may be completely dissatisfied with the end result and wished you had gone another route. Home remodeling doesn't have to be that way. I am a professional Home Remodeler with over 26 years experience and I have heard many horror stories involving projects gone bad. At the same token, my company has serviced the needs of countless homeowners who were actually surprised with the relative ease of the installation process. More importantly, the end result was better than they expected it to be. What is the key to achieving those results? Blackbird Construction has only the best designers to help you in the decision making process of selecting quality products, designs and layouts. We will plan your project in a cost and time effective manner that suits your needs. But most importantly, our installers are top notch best of the best with a minimum of 25 years experience. We do not use sub-contractors and myself and my father do a large amount of the installations personally. Whether you plan on updating your home with a new kitchen, or are interested in new windows, patio doors, or are planning a major bathroom overhaul, whatever your project may be, "we've got you under our wings."
Our most recent Pergo laminate floor installation.
Fall is just around the corner: time to get your house in shape for the cooler months ahead.
Use your phone or tablet to improve and repair your piece of the world. Here's a look at some of the top choices, their costs and which systems they fit.
Our latest Pergo laminate flooring project.
Our featured artist of the week....Our amazing friend, Nashville Recording Artist Briana Tyson!
Briana Tyson showed up out of nowhere to show our little corner of Nashville how it's DONE. Thanks Briana!
School is back in session and mornings are crisp, making this a great month for tackling home projects.
Introducing our weekly featured artist....my friend and Nashville recording artist Kellie Lynne!
Kellie Lynne is an unsigned singer/songwriter that tours with her band, and has supported and opened for many national country acts including: Loretta Lynn (...
Same job. We repainted the bathroom, installed a new vanity, top , light and mirror.
Before pic of our most recent painting job.
Featured video of the week! Introducing a very good friend of mine...Dani Flowers!
Dani Flowers - Fishers, IN August 2011
Just installed this brick patio paver over a sandbed.
Featured video of the week...Miranda Lambert!
June 7, 2012 CMA Fest 2012 LP Field Nashville, TN
Rear view of the new sunroom!
After we added the siding :-)
5 of the 7 new Simonton Patio sliders were installing! Will show you pics soon.
Blackbirdiens! Just a note here based on a job were working on.....I know everyone loves trees, bushes, etc. But if you have trees and or bushes close to your home to the point where they are overtaking your yards natural sunlight/ your home...or you have bushes that are soooo close they touch the walls of your home ...you need to trim them back and/or remove them. Damp enviornments and bushes touching your walls is like ringing the dinner bell to algae, plant spore mold and bugs to your home! And certain types of plant spore mold ( these would be tiny black dots on your siding) are impossible to remove without a professional grade pressure washer. Not to mention your vegetation is most likely causing moisture problems to your homes foundation. I can't tell you how many homes we come across with this problem! I will be posting a video this weekend specifically on this issue.
Featured video of the week!
Music video by Taylor Swift (feat. The Civil Wars) performing Safe & Sound. (C) 2012 Big Machine Records, LLC
Finished product of our recently installed Bow window!
Were installing this beautiful Viwinco bay window tomorrow! Took 5 guys to load on the trailer!
Stay tuned for a new Tip Of The Week tomorrow!
Now you should know by now Friday means Blackbird hosts the hottest new country bands! Carter's Chord is an amazing new trio in Nashville. Love their sound!
Hear is some footage of the girls playing at Newby's Memphis with the Dirt Brothers and KC Johns. Check them out: http://www.myspace.com/carterschord and on ...
Greener Lawn Without The Chemicals
The Wall Street Journal's Wendy Bounds gives a peek inside her project to maintain an organic lawn that looks good.
Hot summer weather is coming...Here's a great video about caring for your lawn :-)
Paul gives some simple advice for keeping your lawn green during the hot summer months. For more webisodes and gardening advice visit http://www.gardenerguy.com
Give it up for my dear friend Briana Tyson! She has a new cd available if anyone is interested :-)
FIRST VIDEO ON MY NEW PAGE! Hey guys! Just a few days ago I played with the incredible Brian James, the sensational Johnny Bulford, and the amazing Cynthia A...
As always for the weekend we will be posting the "Tip Of The Week" and videos for remodeling. This time were going to leave it to you :-) Tell us what tips you would be interested in and what videos you would like to see.
Weekend time Blackbirdiens! Give it up for the amazing Jane Dear Girls!
Whether your painting interior walls or exterior, a coat of primer is key to obtaining professional results. Unfortunately, most homeowners never bother with primer, which explains why they end up with "blah-looking paint jobs". Primer serves three main functions. First, it blocks stains from bleeding through; second it provides one-coat coverage for the paint topcoat; most importantly, it improves adhesion, which greatly reduces blisters and extends the life of the topcoat. ALWAYS "point up" nail pops, defections on your walls etc. before priming with drywall compound and make sure you sand the areas with a "drywall sponge". Dont go cheap on your roller pads! Cheap roller pads will leave fibers on your walls. You will want to use a 3/8" inch nap roller pad for smooth / semi-smooth surfaces. Only use a 1/2" inch nap roller pad if you are going over very rough surfaces. Finally....I cant tell you how many customers we know that are still stuck on the "eggshell or gloss finish paint" for bathrooms and kitchens! That is soooo 1980's! No new construction homes are painted with those finishes anymore. Paint finishes in "flat" today are very washable. ANd...they don't have that high sheen that shows off every defect your walls may have. Last but not least.....if you are going to use a "painters tape" to cover trim or maybe your using a different color betwen walls or trim and eed to tape the edges....MAKE SURE you are using a tape that does not leave a sticky residue. They sell them at Home depot or Lowes. ANd firmly press the tape into the joints or crevaces to prevent "bleeding" from the paint thru the tape. Allow the paint to cure before removing the tape. Fresh paint is like a skin. If you pull the tape before the paint has had time to cure, you will peel the paint with it! Hope these tips help!
Weekend time! So as always...Blackbird would like to introduce you to three very,very talanted and amazing friends of ours...Nashville Recording Artists...The Stealing Angles!
Music video by Stealing Angels performing Paper Heart. (C) 2011 Skyville Records
PART 2 "Choosing the right contractor"
The Third most important question to ask when deciding the right contractor for your project are references. Have they done any work in your neighborhood and if not do you have references from jobs that pertain to what my project consists of? Beware...some contractors specialize in only certain areas of the remodeling field but would be eager to take on your job if they are slow, regardless of whether your project is in their field of experience or not.
The Forth point is not so much a question but an observation. If you have a scheduled appointment and a salesman shows up in a suit and tie....chances are this will be a high pressured appointment for you from a company that is paying out a 15% sales commission. ( which will be tacked onto your estimate). On the other hand.....if your contractor shows up in an old beat up 1979 pick-up truck...hmmm. He can't afford a moderately decent work truck so what does that say about the success of his business? Last but not least...take note of the person coming to your house. Does he/she have well manners? Are they dressed and groomed at least moderately? Sounds "nit-picky" but remember...these are the people you are going to trust to be in your home and around your children and pets.
One final note.....perhaps the most important. The saying "You get what you pay for" could never be more true than in the remodeling industry. Your cheapest quote is not necessarily going to benefit you. Hope this helps and look forward to hearing some responces!
Wash Your WIndows Like The Pros!
Instead of using commercial cleaners, try mixing warm water and dishwashing soap with a little vinegar. Never clean your windows in direct sunlight as it will dry faster than you can clean them and leave behind streaks. Instead of paper towels, use a "squeege" or sponge. You can buy them at any auto parts store. Work horizontally with your squeege or sponge and wipe off run off. When your done...if there are still streaks do not wash them again. Use a new unused chalkboard eraser or a clean auto detailing rag to rub out the streaks. Follow these tips and your windows will look as clean as if your hired a professional!
Friday night Blackbirdiens! May I introduce to you a very, very close friend of mine....Nashville Recording Artist Brittany Clarke!!!! Pay close attention to her...Brittany is also Blackbird Construction's Official Spokeswomen! Stay tuned for an introducutory video from her here on this page! She rocks!
Great question Mary Ann! In response there are several things to look for. The state of Maryland ( and most BUT not all states) require contractors to be licensed, bonded and insured. That should always be the first question. HOWEVER....and i do want to make this clear...having an MHIC license does not mean your getting a good contractor. As owner of the company, i took and passed the test with a score of 92% to become certified. Yet 80% of the questions were tax and legal related and had nothing to do with knowledge of the trade. Second most important question should be related to the company in question's workforce. "Will you be using sub-contractors on my job?" This can be tricky so make sure you spell it out. Technically...most anyone in the trade that is not an owner of a company is considered a "sub-contractor". They freelance their work. BUT.... a reliable contractor is one that has worked with their crews on a consistant basis for years and years and therefore consider them part of the team. Blackbird, for instance, has many crews that could be considered "subs" yet we have been working with them for 10-20 years and supply the majority of their work. On the other hand.... should you purchase a job from a major chain home remodeling store ( sorry cant name them but you know what I mean)...they use "rotating subs" from a long list . So you have no idea who is coming into your home to do the work or how much experience they have. Other contractors do the same. Many use illegal immigrants to save money and "outbid" the competitors. So yes, that should be the most important question. We will do a part 2 of this answer tomorrow. Stay tuned!
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