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LANDMARKS COMMISSION Home improvement hits an historical ‘roadblock’



 

LANDMARKS COMMISSION Home improvement hits an historical ‘roadblock’

LANDMARKS COMMISSION Home improvement hits an historical ‘roadblock’
News from Hutchinson News:

Gary and Darla Bigger have lived at 612 E. Avenue A for 20 years, but they didn’t know their home was in the Houston Whiteside Historic District until last month, when a contractor they hired to put vinyl siding and nine vinyl replacement windows on their house went to City Hall for a building permit.

The contractor, Kevin Starks, was told that they would have to submit the project to a historic review by the Landmarks Commission.

And on Thursday, the Landmarks Commission, citing its mandate to make sure that exterior remodeling projects don’t damage or destroy the historic character of a structure, rejected the Biggers’ application because the proposed materials don’t match the original wood clapboard siding and wood windows.

Even so, several members of the Landmarks Commission openly acknowledged that the Biggers can appeal their decision to the City Council and that they fully expect the council to overturn the ruling.

“I think they will get everything they want,” Commission Member Linda Schmitt said.

Back in April, Darla Bigger said, their home owners insurance company notified them that it was going to discontinue their coverage in June because of the condition of the house, which has badly peeling paint, some cracked and rotting siding and damage to the soffits a…………… continues on Hutchinson News

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(BPT) – More than 40 percent of homeowners plan to update their homes in the next two years, according to the latest Houzz & Home Study. Of those who plan to remodel, 78 percent cite their motivation as improving the look and feel of the space.

“With an increasing amount of home remodeling projects in the works, we’ve also seen more homeowners turning to online resources for design guidance,” says Vicki Frye, marketing communications manager of leading exterior home product manufacturer, Ply Gem. “Social media and digital design tools are changing the way homeowners approach home improvement projects. People are looking to personalize their homes, but are not always sure what they want until they can visualize it. Online resources give them the information they need to turn inspiration into reality.”

From quick fixes to complete remodels, the Internet makes it easier than ever to share design ideas, find home improvement inspiration and access customer reviews about local contractors.

Ply Gem recommends several digital design resources to help get your home improvement project started:

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