Hurricane Recovery Dos & Don’ts

For Houston homeowners affected by Hurricane Harvey, recovery will take weeks—perhaps even months. We have been sharing tips and resources on the Cabinets & Designs blog for homeowners, and this week we are sharing some “dos and don’ts” to help you navigate recovery and renovation after the hurricane.

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Wood-Mode ‘Pick 2’ Savings Event Extended

We’re very pleased to announce that our summer Wood-Mode ‘Pick-2’ Savings Event has been extended. The ‘Pick-2’ event was scheduled to end in September; however, Wood-Mode has extended the deadline in Houston and the surrounding areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. If you live in Houston or another area affected by Harvey, you still have time to save big on high-end Wood-Mode cabinetry.

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Houston Flood Recovery: Things You Need to Know

While cable news may have moved on from the Houston floods, Houston has not. Flood recovery isn’t measured in days, or weeks, and sometimes even months; some homeowners are still recovering from the 2015 Memorial Day floods. With that in mind, we put together a few tips for homeowners—and apartment dwellers—who are still experiencing difficulties from the most recent storms. Continue reading

Houston Flood Recovery Resources

Last week our city was once again hit with historic floods, and many homeowners find themselves facing a long, slow road to flood damage recovery—some of them for the second time in less than a year. More than 1,700 homes have been reported damaged in the storm.

Our hearts go out to our neighbors who lost so much, yet our spirits have been buoyed as we have watched the unfailingly generous and resilient nature of Houstonians reveal itself in the days since the rain stopped. This week we will keep the blog short and sweet, and direct you to important resources you may need if your home was affected by the recent flooding.

GHBA and City of Houston Resources

Both the Greater Houston Builders Association and the City of Houston have online resources to assist you in securing flood protection. Disaster resources for homeowners from GHBA include:

sea-water-ocean-wavesWe also suggest you take a look back at one of our posts from 2015: Tips to avoid unscrupulous contractors, inspired by GHBA CEO Toy Wood’s suggestions on Cox Radio after the Memorial Day storms.

We also want to refer to the City of Houston website, where you will find all of the links you need related to relief and recovery efforts, including information on volunteering, donations, and informational meetings; “Next Steps After the Flood” is a handy “at-a-glance” reference that includes tips and additional information on meetings. You can report flood damage in your home or business as well. It’s also worth noting the Houston Health Department Zika Virus update resource page where you will find additional fact sheets and prevention tips.

Additional Links

Real-time updates on social media are another great way to get information before, during, and after a storm. Here are some folks we think you should follow:

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Storm Rebuilding: Looking Ahead

Back in July we explored a variety of post-storm recovery tips for homeowners, including:

Storm Protection Resources for Renters and Homeowners

To round out our month-long series of posts about Gulf Coast storm protection we are going to spend some time reviewing some of the additional resources, protections, and guidelines available to help renters and homeowners protect themselves from storm damage. We’ve already discussed tips for finding a trustworthy contractor, Gulf Coast flood insurance resources, and types of water damage that can affect a home during and after a storm. Finally, we shared some tips for drying out cabinets after a flood. Today we’re going to cover just a few more important pieces of advice for staying storm-ready on the Gulf Coast. Continue reading

Wood-Mode After the Storm

When homeowners are shopping for new cabinetry they have to weigh a great number of factors in order to choose the right product. In addition to style and budget, they have to consider everything from finishes to hardware to personalized storage options; it’s also a good idea to have a basic understanding of the differences between custom cabinetry and stock cabinetry. Many of today’s homeowners are also looking for a product that is produced sustainably, and carries an excellent warranty. These common “checklist items” are the reason we so often recommend Wood-Mode cabinetry to our clients, whether they are renovating or embarking upon a new construction. Continue reading