Tips in choosing a remodeling contractor

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When hiring a remodeling contractor for your house, don’t be in a hurry. Take time. Hiring one requires careful planning and consideration. Never get the services of one whom you meet by chance at a party or who calls or goes to your home to offer his services.

It is best to base on the personal accounts of friends or kin who already had the experience of hiring a remodeling contractor. You may ask them for reference. Check out the results of the contractor’s work and gather feedback from the home owners. This way, you are able to gather information and tips on which contractor to hire.

Remodeling Your Kitchen for the Best Resale Value

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An interview with Don Van Cura of Don Van Cura Construction, a Chicago-based remodeling outfit, by Kohler brought out trends and suggestions on what to refit your kitchen to increase its resale value.

Instead of laminate countertops, insist on granite, a durable and attractive surface for your kitchen. When it comes to sinks and appliances, stainless steel is still popular. Single-basin or double-basin sinks are still a matter of personal choice, but a large single-basin would be enough if there are dual dishwashers. Faucets don’t have to be expensive, but they should be high enough to fill large pots.

Wood floors and cabinetry are still preferred. The finish should not be very light or very dark so that it will not be swayed by trends. Large, mid-priced cabinets are the best options.

Other good investments: walk-in pantry, crown molding, elegant trim work, undercabinet lighting, wine coolers, commercial-grade appliances, single-valve water faucets directly over the stove, and a mounted flatscreen TV. For smaller budgets, new cabinet fronts and stainless-steel panels that breathe new life into existing appliances can work wonders.

Image from www.kohler.com

Reuse plastic

C’mon! Let’s help save the environment so that we can have global heat reduction. You can do this by putting those original ideas to great use by making mats, rugs and other home decorations with the use of plastic. You can surf the net for easy to follow step by step procedures. You’d be surprised how good it would turn out to be, it won’t look cheap at all. The best part of doing this is that you get to inspire other people to contribute to society’s waste management. At the same, be sure to invest in green technology, just make sure that you get the genuine ones as there have been a lot of fake ones in the market recently.

Multifunctional Furniture

 

Have you seen the movie transformers? Well, multifuntional furniture is sort of the same as a tranformer. It is camouflaged as something simple then transforms into something incredibly mind blowing.  Having a multifunctional furniture helps with not just saving so much space in your house, but also making your place look stylish and modern. The best example of this is The Boxetti collection. Designed by Rolands Landsberg, his sleek white box furniture maximizes efficiency.

The collection starts with The Boxetti Lounge. It is a three- seater sofa that has removable pieces that become instant coffee tables. On the back, there is a foldable desktop and another seat.

Boxetti Lunch is a whole kitchen that looks just like a simple white rectangular shaped table but it includes a fridge, a sink, 2 stools, shelves and storage drawers.

And last but not the least is the Boxetti Thrill. It has a built in TV and speakers that rise up whenever you want to use it.

Why you should hire a remodeling contractor

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It’s true that remodeling your house on your own can save you the cost of hiring a professional contractor. However consider the hassles that come along with doing the project by yourself.

First, you are not an expert on the matter. You are not very knowledgeable about economical ways of using materials available. In the end, you might be dismayed to find yourself spending more than what you expected. Second, since you are not an expert on the matter (unless you are an architect or engineer) you might not be able to competently meet the time frame of your project. This will create a problem later on especially when you find out you have spent almost all of your vacation days and yet your house remodeling project is only half way through.

Organize ideas

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We recommend you make a visual output of your prospective room outlook, preferably a drawing or a collage. The organization will allow you to get your thoughts in concrete settlement before you even lift a single paint brush. It will also allow you to be more detailed with your plans, as you go into the process of laying out your designs in a mini blue-print, you would find yourself coming up with a variety of new ideas that would normally seem vague if you do it spur-of-the-moment style. In implementing your plans, it is best to make a list of the things you will need to purchase. Do not withhold on spending for professional consultation as this could actually save you more money in the long run as you will be informed of exactly what and how much of something is needed for your dream renovation.

Green Upgrades – Easy as Pie!

//"solarhome"A trip to the local depot would surprise you at the many green options that are coming out of the many think-tanks that are trying to find easier and better ways for us to live. From more efficient lighting to DIY solar heaters and solar panels to harvest the sun’s free energy to small home wind turbines that harnesses another of nature’s cleanest features, the wind. All these come in kit form that allows easy and cheap electricity all-year round, well mostly. Though it is seldom possible to totally go -off the grid for all your electrical needs, a little goes a long way and if each and every home were to shift some of their electrical needs to renewable energy, billions of dollars a year can be saved and millions of tons of carbon taken out of the atmosphere that would otherwise make the bad situation worse. Read the rest of this entry »

Keep the fireplace burnin’

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The fireplace is essentially a part of the living room. Therefore if you are remodeling your living room, you might as well remodel the fireplace too. After all, you wouldn’t want to leave that part of the room jutting out like a sore thumb if you don’t at least give it some sprucing up.

One word of advice when remodeling your fireplace: seek professional advice. Better yet, hire an expert. Remodeling a fireplace entails some fussy work like installing slate tiles and mounting of a new wooden mantel. This is a department where you can’t afford to fail because a small mistake on a small detail can affect the whole structure.

Shower VS. Tub

 

When remodeling a bathroom, one should not just focus on the look but also the functionality. Sure it is nice to change the tiles or the color scheme but also consider the functions of each part. Do you want a tub or a shower? Are you the type of person who enjoys relaxing long hot baths or do you normally just have a few minutes under the shower? When making that decision, first ask yourself this: is your bathroom big enough to actually have a tub in it? Showers take up little space unless you plan on installing the extra large shower head then that can easily be the same space as a tub. Showers are also more sanitary than tubs since it requires less maintenance and cleaning is quick and easy as opposed to tubs that need to be scrubbed regularly. When taking a bath, you start off with clean water but then by the end of it, you are rinsing yourself with the water that already has your dirt. Installation is the same. Though it might seem that a tub needs more work. Both still needs water lines and sewer lines installed. In the end, your decision should be which one best suits your taste and needs.

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