24 Jan Project profile – Mary and Joe
Posted at 11:18h
Last month, we painted a newly constructed home for Mary and Joe, a couple returning from Germany. After a walk-through assessment and chat with them, we sent our estimate and were looking forward to working with them.
New construction painting is a clean slate for both homeowners and painters. It’s a bit like getting to create something out of “nothing”. It’s typically straightforward painting with some occasional sheetrock touch-ups. There aren’t layers of old paint or wallpaper. Unpainted sheetrock doesn’t distract owners and makes it easier to imagine color on the walls.
After ensuring the walls were prepped, we applied two coats of Sherwin Williams’ Duration Home paint on the walls in the main and basement levels of the home. Since it was a new home, we didn’t need to do the ceilings, trim, doors, or closets.
We customize our preparation before painting to the particular needs of a project. However, at a minimum, it typically looks something like this:
– All furnishing and floors are covered and protected.
– All stress cracks and nail pops are repaired with fiberglass joint tape, blocked, skimmed, and sanded.
– Glossy surfaces and trim are sanded and cleaned as needed to ensure proper paint adhesion.
– Scrape and sand rough areas due to previous paint failure.
– Caulk all wood trim work as necessary.
– Apply an oil base sealer to any water stains and tannin wood stains as needed.
– Work areas are cleaned up, and debris removed.
If a paint contractor offers anything less than this, you should ask why. We also will do a change order if we find anything we need to do deviates from our initial estimate. We think it’s important to provide full transparency and fairness in our pricing and relationship with clients which is why we always welcome to questions.
Whether you have new construction or remodel, contact our office if you would like to schedule a free, no-obligation estimate of your project. We always look forward to meeting new clients and visiting with past clients.
Mike Katounas is the owner of Home Works Painting, a painting business in Northern Virginia. He has over 15 years of experience in residential interior and exterior painting, drywall installation/repair, carpentry, wallpaper removal, power washing, commercial painting, color consultation, and staining/sealing. Their service areas include Chantilly, Fairfax, Herndon, Oakton, Reston. Mike takes pride in his work, and he always follows a strict code of conduct that includes the use of quality paint, a clean workspace, and an honest, respectful approach to his customers.