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Tag: Remodeling

Remodeling Your Bath Area – 6 Tips to Hire Help

If you have a Bathroom Remodel project that you want finished in a professional and quality way then these 6 tips will help you find the right contractor. From getting an experienced, licensed, insured, and bonded handyman service to knowing if you can get a free estimate you will be in a good position to make the right choice for your home remodeling project.

1. Can your handyman service provide you with any before and after photos from their past home remodeling jobs? Getting a chance to look at any past work is a great way to know what to expect from their particular workmanship. If the photos look good and they are multiple it shows they have the knowledge and experience you are looking for to get a quality and professional job done on your home’s bathroom.

2. Every and any city in the United States has different city … Read More

A Home Inspection Checks For Problems Caused by Fire and Remodeling

Any time you have a home inspected, your inspector will look at the structures and systems that make the house what it is. Naturally, he’ll look at the wood structures, like floors, walls, doors and windows.

There are four things that can cause wood structure problems. They are: 1) Deflection and warping, 2) Fungal and insect attack, 3) Fire, and 4) Connection failure and improper alteration. In this article we’ll look at fire damage and improper alteration.

Accidents happen, as we all know. A cooking fire in the kitchen may damage the area by the stove, or an electrical short may cause a small fire confined to a specific area in a basement or other room. A lightning strike might char the walls where the TV, computer, or other electronics are kept. Damage from such contained fires may be repaired, but they can be cause for concern for a prospective … Read More

Remodeling or Building a House – Top 3 Reasons Couples Fight During Their Construction Project

The top two problems most couples argue about are money and sex. Money, not sex is the “hot” topic of discussion when building or remodeling a home. It takes money to start a project and is the cause of many fights in a relationship. The following are 3 reasons money triggers conflict in home building or remodeling.

1. Couples don’t know what their needs and values are. Some people don’t know what drives them or motivates them to build or remodel their home.

For example, Samantha wanted to update the main bathroom in their house. She was excited for a fresh, new look as it had been 10 years since she had done any decorating. Her husband Tim liked the bathroom the way it was and didn’t want to spend the money to fix it up. In fact, he didn’t like change very much and really didn’t want to spend … Read More

When to Hire a Commercial Remodeling Contractor

If you own an office building or warehouse in order to get your business processes done, you will realize that the more up-to-date and functional it is, the smoother your company will run. The fact is that there are many different types of contractors out there that are bidding to do work for both residential and commercial remodeling in Portland. Many of these contractors have a lot of experience and can offer high quality services at very reasonable rates. With the right contractor, you can create the perfect commercial layout for your company. One of the best ways to find a reliable company to do this is through the use of referrals.

To break it down to the basics, contractors can either be used for residential construction, or used for commercial construction. Most commercial remodeling in Portland is done by contractors that have a lot of experience in projects surrounding … Read More

Importance of Temporary Door, Jamb, and Threshold Protection During Construction and Remodeling

The front entryway including the door, jambs, and threshold is the focal point of your client’s home. It sets the tone and expectation for the rest of the home, and it can add or detract curb appeal. Entryways have been important dating as far back to the Greeks. According to Jesse Nevins of Coastal Carolina University, “To ancient Greeks doors were considered sacred and surrounded with superstition. So much so that doors and the comprising parts had their own deities. For the Greeks a door was not simply a way to enter a building, but a holy place itself worthy of the highest respect.”

Keeping doors, jambs and thresholds looking great while a home is under construction or remodeling is important, and is now easier than ever. During construction, contractors will pass through the doorway with materials and equipment needed for the construction project. Each pass risks scratching or denting … Read More

Remodeling Costs: How Do I Pay For It?

To keep remodeling costs under control, there are four key remodeling cost drivers: The design of the remodel, the materials you use, who manages the project, and how you pay for it.

Let’s review common ways to pay for your remodel and the pros and cons of each.

1. Loan against retirement account (e.g. 401k)

Pros: You pay yourself the interest on a loan against your 401k.

Cons: You lose the interest you could be making if it was invested. If you lose your job, most loans require you to pay the loan back immediately, and there can be significant income tax consequences.

2. Home Equity Loan

Pros: Usually tax deductible. Lump sum is paid to you at the start so you have flexibility of what you do with the money.

Cons: A second loan to manage. Shorter term than a standard mortgage. Requires that you have sufficient equity in … Read More

Basement Remodeling – Planning A Game Room Remodeling Project

When it comes to the numerous basement remodeling options out there, few projects can bring out the kid in a homeowner quite like installing a gameroom. In fact, developing a well planned game room remodeling project can be almost as fun as enjoying the games themselves, thanks to the unique creative freedom that a job like this allows. You’re only limitations are space availability, finances, and your own imagination!

Game Room Remodeling: Getting Started

Like any home remodeling job, a game room remodel starts with a desire to increase the fun and functionality of a room, and is followed by a determination to take all the steps necessary to bring your vision to life. The majority of game rooms are designed in basements, giving them a unique atmosphere and sequestering them from the quieter areas of the home, such as the living room and bedrooms.

For many homeowners, the basement … Read More

Basement Finishing and Basement Remodeling

Putting on an addition to the house is one way of adding square footage, but finishing a basement is another, and often more cost effective way to add value to your home. It is much easier to transform a basement into the required square footage that you need than it is to add an entire new room or story to your home.

Consider Your Air Quality in Your Basement Remodel

Air quality is a major concern when it comes to basement remodeling, and all basement remodeling contractors will look at this issue before they provide you with a quote. The basement is traditionally known as the dampest and most moist area of the home, and this dampness and moistness contributes to poor air quality. Before you begin your basement remodel, look to see if any of these moisture issues are present in your home. If you have cracks in your … Read More

How Important Is Structural Engineering For Construction And Remodeling?

Structural engineering used to be a part of Civil engineering 10 years ago. But now, it has emerged as a separate field of specialization in building construction, mechanical engineering, earthquake resistance construction etc. A structural engineer deals with the design and analyses any fault to before any construction to avoid risks. New building construction and remodeling both require the presence of a professional consultants/engineers. Their prime responsibility includes developing designs and integrating the design. In some case, they also have to supervise construction of projects.

The first use of structural engineering was in 2500 BC during the construction of pyramids. But until the 19th and 20th century, steel was not used for constructions vigorously. Then the structural engineering service became central to any construction work.

Earthquakes are frequent at that time. The last noted earthquake took place in 2014. Now if a building is not designed for these kinds of … Read More

Remodeling Steps That Include a Review of Homeowners Insurance

You walk through your home, taking in all the looks you would like to improve on. This room needs an expansion, that one needs a bigger closet, and the next better lighting. There’s literally no end to what you can do to improve your living space. The bottom line in home improvement projects of course is your particular needs and tastes.

Once you’ve decided on the remodeling you will be tackling, get down to the other important prerequisites: viewing online suggestions or home project literature that is designed to walk you through organization steps; setting budget limits; selecting contractors; and last but certainly not least, acquiring the required construction permits.

Naturally, you also must consider your homeowners insurance policy.

The Four Insurance Prerequisites to Home Improvement

• Know your coverage insurance limits

Call your independent agency to assess your policy. If your improvement project is large, you may need to … Read More