Popcorn Ceilings: Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em?

A popcorn ceiling is defined as a spray-on or paint-on treatment, which has a rough, bumpy texture and is used to hide imperfections, absorb sound, and reduce echoes, especially in rooms with high or vaulted ceilings. Popular in the 70s and 80s, popcorn ceilings have recently been revived in new construction. There are several pros and cons to this:

Pros

  • Texturing hides flaws and imperfections in the ceiling
  • Deadens noise and reduces echoes in large rooms
  • Can cost less than a smooth ceiling, because less prep is required

Cons

  • Hard to clean – cobwebs, dust and dirt attach to the rough surface and are difficult to remove without damaging the texture
  • Hard to repair and, in older homes, may contain asbestos
  • Not recommended for kitchens or bathrooms as the moisture in these rooms can cause the texture to become loose and fall off

 

 

We were recently called in to remove popcorn ceilings from several rooms in a Newport News townhome. The client loved her home, but she hated the ceilings. The popcorn texture was even in the closets and on the garage ceiling!
Luckily, because the home was built in 2001, asbestos was not a concern. The popcorn texture was scraped off, any areas of imperfection were smoothed out, and new paint colors went on the ceilings and walls of these rooms.
In the living room, the client wanted to add crown molding. Because the ceilings are so high, we went with 9-5/8” molding, which created a great focal point in the room. New ceiling fans replaced the original builder’s models in the living room and bedroom, and the lighting was updated in the foyer, dining room, hallway, and bedroom. (Check out that chandelier in the dining room!) The stairway railings and posts were repaired, and they received a fresh coat of white paint.

Removing the popcorn ceiling, adding new crown molding and paint, and updating the lighting made a huge difference in this beautiful townhome.

 

Navigating Disaster Claims and Repairs – What to Expect

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Excerpt: In your typical home improvement project, things move along pretty quickly. The homeowner and the contractor meet to discuss the project, agree on a scope of work and a price, and set a start date. Permits are pulled, materials are ordered, and work commences. The homeowner pays a percentage up front, to cover materials, and makes progress payments until the work has been completed. When disaster strikes – a tree falling on the house, a flood, a fire, etc. – this process can get complicated in a hurry: The homeowner contacts their insurance agent, who files a claim on their behalf,…

Fire Restoration Project in Yorktown

This video is a slide show of the dramatic before and after pictures of a home that was ruined by the faulting electrical wiring of a hot tub on the deck.   Our team put it back together better than it was before.  

Stunning Kitchen Remodel in Newport News, Hidenwood Neighbood

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Excerpt: This is a kitchen we just finished in the Hidenwood neighborhood of Newport News, near Christopher Newport University and James River Country Club.   We absolutely loved this project and our clients!  If you’re interested in the complete list of everything we did on this project it is at the end of this article. In the meantime you can watch the video slideshow or scroll down for the larger versions of some of the pictures so that you can really see the detail in each image!     Our Scope of Work for this Kitchen Remodel Project:  Demolition Demolish…

The Kit Homes of Colonial Place, Norfolk Virginia

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Excerpt: It’s amazing the things you learn and the people you meet on Facebook. I have been working on the homes in Colonial Place, Norfolk for many years. I’ve done slate & shingle roofing, carpentry, home additions, bath remodels, siding , etc…I knew it was a historical neighborhood but I didn’t realize that one of the cool people that I was connected to on Facebook was the Colonial Place Historian! Rose Thornton has written a book about the homes there and has done 100’s of lectures on them! If you love this stuff, like I do, check her post out about The Kit…

This weekend in 2003 Hurricane Isabel hit Hampton Roads

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Excerpt: Hurricane Isabel was the hardest hit that Hampton Roads Virginia has taken from a storm in over 20 years. It caused devastation from Virginia Beach to Yorktown, Virginia. The majority of the damage that we experienced resulted from falling trees. Because of the widespread flooding, many homes in low lying areas have since been raised so that they are not flooded again. This house on Beach Road in Hampton was raised due to the damage it suffered during Hurricane Isabel. The damage inside the home was so extensive that the interior had to be completely restored. To ensure that the trim matched…

Remember Hurricane Irene?

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Excerpt: It was 2 years ago today that Hampton Roads, Virginia got slammed by Hurricane Irene.  It was the hardest we’ve been hit by a Hurricane since Hurricane Isabel in 2003.  If you were here, you’ll remember that Sandbridge in Virginia Beach suffered several tornadoes that were spawned by the storm and Newport News had major damage to an apartment complex due to falling trees. Many low lying areas were flooded and 1.2 million homes and businesses lost power. Three people in Virginia were killed due to the storm Most of the major damage caused by the last several hurricanes have…

Success Profile for Jim Hicks in Hampton Roads Magazine

"I just want to see my smiling face on the cover of The Rolling Stone"

“I just want to see my smiling face on the cover of The Rolling Stone”  (click on image to enlarge)