EDITOR’S NOTE: Stu Garlington is the president of Towne Craft Builders and Remodelers in California. His company has managed to weather the current economic storm by adapting the company’s focus from new construction to that of home improvement and remodeling until the housing market turns around. Garlington offers homeowners some valuable tips and examples of the kinds of improvements that can be done in a down economy that increase the value of the home.

 Home improvement projects are on the increase in St. Mary’s and Calvert Counties. While there is always the do-it-yourselfer, many are turning to licensed home improvement contractors like Towne Craft Builders and Remodelers, headquartered in California.
Many homeowners amidst the dismal housing market are thinking its time to further enjoy their current residence and at the same time, increase the long-term resale potential of one’s home/property.
Here are a few examples of the range in recent residential makeover projects, TCB has handled:
v      {Lusby}   Major renovation of lakeside home, sitting 30′ below street level, where two-story screened porches on each side of residence were removed, making way for a kitchen makeover; meditation room and a exercise room; all materials and debris were hand carried to and from the job via a series of wooden walkways and stairs
v      {Wildewood}   Knocking out walls; clearing surrounding wooded yard for a luxury in-law suite addition with custom cabinetry in the library and master bath, Anderson Windows and doors throughout, high efficiency gas furnace and air conditioner and custom paint colors
v      {Sotterly}   A 1980’s built Cape Cod front exterior makeover; from first meeting with resident, it took 60 days for conceptual draw