Home Renovations Chronicle Article

Are you planning to tackle some simple home renovations or possibly considering a partial or complete remodel of your entire house? How do you choose which home improvements to make with the budget you have in mind? If your home is older and feels cramped, it may benefit from an interior reconfiguration for a more… Read more


This article was written by Larry Abbott and appeared in the June 18, 2023 ediditon of the Houston Chronicle.  As people age it is likely they will want to stay in their home as long as possible. However, often one or both can no longer get upstairs or have loss of mobility and they may… Read more

Weatherproof Your Home

This article was written by Larry Abbott and printed in the June 26th, 2022 edition of the Houston Chronicle. Hurricane season officially started on June 1st. Houston-area officials are urging residents to prepare and be ready if the worst happens as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts another “above normal” Atlantic hurricane season in 2022… Read more

Small Remodeling Jobs and Repairs Houston Chronicle

This article ” You can find help with small remodeling jobs and repairs ” was written by Larry Abbott of Abbott Contracting and published in the April 3, 2022 edition of the Houston Chronicle. Even though home improvement projects look easy on TV, this is not usually the case. In fact, it is recommended that… Read more

Important Things to Know About Your Home

How long have you lived in your current home? Whether it’s one month or 30 years it’s important to be in the know about shutting off your utilities and systems.   Hopefully, you didn’t have many issues during the freeze, with pipes or electricity. If you did, you may be familiar with the following information… Read more

Remodel bath for living in place

This article “Bath Trends: Remodel your bath for living in place” was written by Larry Abbott of Abbott Contracting and published in the March 15, 2020 edition of the Houston Chronicle. We are redefining what it means to age. Today’s aging population is in better physical condition and more active than generations that came before. … Read more

Flooding Solutions

In recent years, many areas in the United States have seen increases in heavy-precipitation events. Recent studies have shown that slow-moving tropical cyclones in the U.S. are becoming more frequent and producing heavy rain over an area for a longer amount of time.   Your home is too big an investment to leave open to potentially dangerous… Read more

Landscape Lighting

Installing an exterior landscape lighting system is a great way to add beauty, curb appeal and safety to your yard, gardens, walkways and entrance areas. There are several landscape lighting types and techniques that can be used to enhance your property. Pathway– These illuminate sidewalks, stone pathways and lawn walkways while adding a hint of… Read more

Storm Preparation

As storm season is upon us, Larry Abbott of Abbott Contracting recommends you make any preparations that can minimize injury and property damage. Households, utilities, and businesses should plan for disaster before hurricane season starts, or make any possible preparations when a hurricane is predicted. For storm preparation a basic emergency kit should include: Water-… Read more

Lead-Safe Remodeling

Update home safely with a lead-safe certified remodeler You’ve made the decision to finally remodel the outdated kitchen and living room of your home, but if you live in a house built before 1978, a federal law regulating the removal of lead paint will affect your home remodeling project if you hire a professional remodeler… Read more

Breathe easier with livable remodeling

Published in the November 19th, 2017 edition of the Houston Chronicle. All remodeling projects generate dust. Air quality is a vital concern for homeowners who are undertaking a renovation especially if someone suffers from health problems such as asthma, allergies or other lung problems. Even if the dust is completely harmless, it still is a… Read more

Rebuilding Post Harvey

You are all cleaned up, drying out and waiting for your adjuster… Get a file folder, note pad or computer/phone for recordkeeping. Having everything organized in one place will make it much easier. Be sure to put a price value on everything.  If you don’t remember the value or have a receipt, Google it or… Read more

Finding help with small remodeling jobs, repairs Houston Chronicle

Finding help with small remodeling jobs or repairs can be challenging. Who do you call- a remodeler or handyman? Many people believe that if the job is too small, a remodeling contractor may not be interested and call a handyman instead. Keep in mind that all handymen are not created equal. Every handyman may not… Read more

Roof Cleaning – Washing

Ever hear of roof cleaning?   Need a new roof?  You may be surprised to hear that you have another option to bring life back to your roof, before opting for the large expense of roof replacement.  80% of America is unaware that a roof cleaning service exists.   Even if your roof is only… Read more

How Handy is Your Handyman?

There are many talented people who believe and claim they can “fix” anything that needs repair or tackle any remodeling project.  Many have integrity and are very talented. However, keep in mind that every handyman may not be a carpenter, plumber, electrician, etc… My experience is that most home owners I visit have a handyman story… Read more

Protect Your Family From Lead in the Home

Many homes built before 1978 have lead based paint. Lead from paint, chips, and dust can pose serious health hazards. If you plan on renovations, repairs, or painting it is important to use a Certified Lead contractor to ensure your family’s safety.  Recent rules have required additional training for contractors to keep their certifications. The… Read more

Prevent Water Damage to Your Home

Gutters, Downspouts, and Drains For every inch of rain hundreds of gallons of water are collected. When a storm drops heavy rainfall in a short time, the ground can become saturated, causing surface water to run off.   This is when a system of gutters, leaders, and drains can collect and properly direct this water away… Read more

Fixing drainage issues on your landscape

Does your property retain water and become over-saturated or flooded? Soil composition and land grading can cause these problems, resulting in ruined lawns and plantings, foundation problems and pest infestation.   There are several drainage options to consider that will effectively remove water from your property.   Contact us to discuss which drainage solution is… Read more

Keeping Fido Happy and Safe During a Home Renovation

Written by Larry Abbott, Abbott Contracting Remodeling your home can be stressful for humans – can you imagine what your pet will go through?  Their whole world and routine is disrupted from all of the commotion.  In order to help your pet remain happy and safe during a renovation it is recommended to have a… Read more

How “Handy” is Your Handyman?

Written by Larry Abbott, Abbott Contracting Beware of the Handyman, especially those that claim they can fix “anything.”  Not to disrespect Handymen because there are many out there that can do an array of construction tasks in a professional manner. Many have integrity and are very talented. However, keep in mind that every handyman may… Read more

Best Home Improvement Choices a Home Owner Can Make

Plan to have someone help you prepare – pack up, hire a pro to pack and store, throw things away, spring cleaning. Concentrate on the outside exterior first. Some people remodel a kitchen or master bath when they need a roof, windows, or siding. New work inside can be damaged if exterior repairs are not… Read more

Dust Free Remodeling

Abbott Contracting is one of the most sought after home improvement companies in SW Houston due to our “Dust Free Remodeling” process. People are always trying to improve their home, their sanctuary, but most are in fear of having unskilled, questionable workman inside and with all the mess and disruption AND the DUST!! Most Home Improvement… Read more

Improve Mobility with a Residential Elevator

When you or a loved one has mobility issues and has trouble getting up and down stairs we have a solution to improve their quality of life. The Telecab Elevator, a residential two stop elevator, fits into any house and maximizes living space. It requires minimum construction and electric, and even blends in with your… Read more

Do You Know What’s in Your Attic?

Most attics are under insulated and full of old construction debris left from HVAC, electrical and plumbing contractors. Cleaning and re-insulating your attic will remove dust and debris, and improve ventilation and energy efficiency. Often there are holes or cracks in your attic which can cause water damage, damage to wiring and piping, or even… Read more

Fall Home Check Up

Fall is the time to give your home its annual checkup.  Look around for leaks, cracks, wear and tear that can develop over the year. Here are some of the things you should check: Exterior Is paint is faded and/or peeling Check caulking condition at all woodwork and around windows and doors Look to see… Read more