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Most homes have yards, whether it’s a few feet in the front or a few acres all around. Yards allow us to experience the outdoors within the comfort of our home and give us a place to gather with our family and friends when the weather is nice. It can be hard to decide what to do with your space, but most people opt for a combination of softscaping (commonly referred to as landscaping) and hardscaping. We sat down with our hardscape manager, Josh, to discuss what hardscaping is and why homeowners choose to hire contractors to assist them with hardscaping.

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Good style is one part taste, one part design and one part personality - your personality, that is. Home remodels turn out best when your home looks like you at the end, not like a picture out of a magazine. With that in mind, we've come up with a few ideas for you to personalize your home that go beyond the traditional painting/wallpapering options.

Faux Painting

Faux painting is basically anything besides paint – whether it’s your artsy’s friend’s wall-length chalkboard, fresco or geometric stickers. You can purchase peel-and-stick wall decorations that can be removed and rehung multiple times, or you can use materials such as washi tape, glitter or stains to give your wall a personalized look.

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As a painting and general contractor, we've painted plenty of homes and we can honestly say the most challenging task for a homeowner is picking the right colors. Whether it’s coordinating a new color with an existing color in your home, or finding an all new color palette, we usually do our best to help and make suggestions. However, the decision ultimately still rests on you. But there's no need to stress out too much about it because choosing colors can be fun - if you have the right tools to help you.

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At Paint Boy, we love design inspiration, and we're definitely inspired by the unique challenges of each season. One of the challenges everyone faces during sweater weather is how to keep their homes warm and cheerful, even after the holidays. We've picked out five interior colors that are just the right amount of trendy and classical, so you can keep enjoying them all year round.

1. The color of the year: Off-white

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This year's most popular color is predicted to be a mellow version of our favorite neutral. Variations from four major color brands range from a soft white to an almost buttery shade. The key to using off-white is to make sure you don't veer too far into yellow or tan territory.

2. Benjamin Moore's 'Enchanted'

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Moving to the cooler side of this year's palette, this fairy-tale is perfect for the private spaces in your home, such as your bedroom. The hue also looks great in smaller spaces like the bathroom or when used as an accent wall. The effect is clean, soothing and a bit romantic.

3. Behr's 'Black Pearl'

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This luxurious color is a softer black to go with the softer whites that are so popular this year. Whether you use Black Pearl as a main color or keep it strategically as an accent, it's sure to make a bold statement. Try it on your window sills or on your floors for a surprisingly chic pop.

4. Sherwin Williams' 'Kind Green'

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Sherwin Williams' 'Kind Green' is a silvery sea foam green that works virtually anywhere throughout the home. Use it in the bathroom for a zen-like spa experience, or put it in the bedroom or living room for a tranquil living space.

5. Olympic's "Blue Cloud"

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Blue Cloud is Olympic's color choice for 2016, and is described as a "loud, celebratory blue" that resembles the ocean. PPG recommends pairing this shade with soft neutrals (off-white, anyone?), but this color would go great with bright primary colors in a child's bedroom as well.

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At Builder Boy, we are committed to offering viable building and remodeling solutions to homeowners and business owners alike, bringing beauty, form, and function back into every home, office, and building we rebuild, retouch, and restore. Our team of experts are dedicated to their craft and will work relentlessly to turn your dream or vision into a reality. Diligent planning, expert opinions, clear-cut organization, honest communication, quality materials and quality craftsmanship are keys to our business success and assure the swift and solid construction of any project. With every improvement project we accept, we aim to work with our clients to build a better home or business that will not only add beauty to the community but will boost the value of the property and quality of life.

If you are a homeowner, business owner, architect, interior designer, or design firm, please feel free to contact the professionals at Builder Boy. We can be reached by phone at 562.218.3295 or by email at info@builderboy.com. We also invite you to visit our office and showroom in the beautiful city of Long Beach. We are conveniently located at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Cherry Ave.

About Builder Boy - General ContractorBuilder Boy has been servicing home and business owners in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County area for over 20 years. We are regarded as the leader in the remodeling business and are recognized as the best construction company and general contractor in Southern California. We offer interior/exterior painting services, stucco, kitchen and bath remodel, custom cabinets, cabinet refinishing, cabinet refacing, interlock paving systems, stone walkways, concrete driveways, custom barbecue islands, custom fire pits, room additions, and storage solutions.

Oh, the weather outside is frightful (ok, maybe a brisk 50 degrees in the morning), but inside your home is so delightful with this exciting color trend for fall 2015. We've taken a page out of some of the most innovative designers' books for the upcoming holidays so you can have a blue Christmas that's so very merry and bright.

Kelly green, baby blue and white

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Photo credit: Brian Patrick Flynn, HGTV

Light blue isn't typically seen as a Christmas color, but it adds a modern pop when paired with more traditional colors like green. Be sure to introduce plenty of white into the color scheme as well to add an arctic feel to this cool color palette.

Turquoise and orange

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Now that you've gotten your feet wet with baby blue, hopefully you'll be prepared for our next pick: turquoise and orange. While these two colors aren't what you usually think of for the winter holidays, we love their breezy, California-coastal vibe. Keep the holiday spirit alive by pairing your orange with lots of greenery, like Christmas trees and wreaths, and surrounding your color scheme with pale neutrals.

Red, white and blue

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This patriotic color scheme is usually found around the fourth of July, but it can be delightfully winter-y when used in festive patterns, as shown in the photo above. Make red and white your main colors, and use light blue as an accent color. It's a refreshing departure from the standard green fare without straying too far away from the holiday essence you look forward to every year.

Navy blue

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So far we've focused on lighter shades of blue, but we can't forget our elegant staple blue, navy. The beauty of navy is that it goes with practically everything, especially the beautiful metallic colors associated with winter, especially silver and gold. It's also rather formal, so you can use it to dress up your events while still adding an unexpected pop of color.

Updating your home for the holidays? The process doesn't have to be frightful. Whether you're looking to make minor updates to existing fixtures or complete a major renovation, our experts at Builder Boy will assist you every step of the way to make sure your project turns out the way you envision. Give us a call today at 877.410.3406 to schedule an estimate and find out how we can help you treat yourself to a new look for your home. Or, visit our showroom at 1741 Cherry Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90813.

The holidays are a great time to show off your style with some creative home decorations. We have some tips for to help you get in the spirit and make your house the scariest one on on the block.

Spooky Lanterns

Light up the night with spooky lanterns made from mason jars, furniture dye and cheesecloth

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To create the rusty effect of this lamp, lightly coat the inside of your mason jar with orange spray paint or frosted acrylic paint for glass. After your base coat has dried, paint the inside of your jar with a mix of aniline furniture powder and matte polyurethane finish. Coat thoroughly, but feel free to splash and splatter the jar to create a used look. Use as many coats as needed to create the desired effect. Once the inside has dried, insert a no-flame tea light and cover the top of the jar with dark cheesecloth, torn for effect. Hot glue a long section of wire around the neck of the jar and twist the ends together to create a handle for hanging.

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Generally speaking, the best way to ensure the longevity of a paint job is to keep up with the maintenance. After proper prepping and painting of any surface, outside forces such as wind, water, sun, and heat begin degrade the paint. On average, a good paint job should last between 10-12 years, with the paints available in California. Within those 10-12 years, there are several ways to prevent any unnecessary damage to the paint. Below you will find a few pointers to help with maintaining any paint job.

Types of Cracking:

Small to Hairline Cracks - Cracking in paint can be found on wood, stucco, and metal surfaces. If a small crack is noticed in the paint of any of these surfaces, there is a quick and easy way to fix it. Firstly, you s...

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At Paint Boy we take care of our customers, we are an established company in Long Beach, California and offer quality work. We are licensed, insured and bonded so you don’t have to worry about the little things. Don’t settle with a lower bid to save money, make sure you do your research and protect yourself.

You can check state licenses at the links below:

http://www.cslb.ca.gov

http://www.cslb.ca.gov/Consumers/HireAContractor/

In California, anyone who contracts to perform work on a project that is valued at $500 or more for combined labor and materials costs must hold a current, valid license from CSLB. You can verify the license or call (800) 321-CSLB (2752).ALERT: Be advised that unlicensed individuals pose a risk to you...

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When it comes to refreshing the look of your stucco’d home, there are two options: Re-stucco or paint. If, you are looking to change the texture of your stucco finish, or the stucco is damaged or failing, then your only real option is to re-stucco. However,

If the texture is what you like, the stucco is in decent to great condition, or if you are on a smaller budget, painting over the stucco could be a great option to choose.

Is it ok to paint over stucco?

YES! Proper prep work and a skilled paint crew can easily paint stucco without any trouble. Proper prep includes cleaning the stucco surfaces, patching any small cracks or broken out areas, priming the walls, and applying at least two coats of a premium grade exterior paint.

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