Category: Home Remodeling Renovation

What to Know About the “Contract” in General Contracting

Signing a Contract

Having a clear, comprehensive contract with your general contractor is one of the most important aspects of a successful home remodeling or renovation project. It can make all the difference between a project you’ll be pleased with for years to come, or one that turns into an expensive headache. A contract protects you, your budget,… Read more »

Thought Leader Series: Home Modifications to Increase Safety for Seniors

Senior Citizen Home Projects

Stephan Baldwin is the Director of Business Development for AssistedLivingCenter.com, a resource for senior care communities. If you had to choose between spending your senior years in a semi-private or private nursing home room or in your own home, would you hesitate to answer? Of course you wouldn’t. Everyone wants to live near their family… Read more »

Thought Leader Series: Adding a Wet Bar? Don’t Forget…

Credit Card for Home Improvement Project

Travis Pizel is a personal finance blogger who writes at Enemy of Debt where he shares his family’s financial experiences, struggles and successes. As a father and husband, he provides a unique perspective on balancing debt, finances, and family. Many people dream of having a bar in their home for not only their own use,… Read more »

A Quick Guide To Planning A Home Addition

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Before you buy materials or start swinging a hammer, make sure you have a plan in place for your new home addition. Consider working with a home addition contractor to make sure you’ve thought of everything. The following tips can help you pull together a plan for success. Think about why you’re adding a room…. Read more »

8 Ways to Winterize Your House

Cleaning Gutters

As the days grow shorter, the air feels brisker, and the leaves begin to turn, residents of cold-weather climes start to think about the toll snow, ice and freezing temperatures can take on their houses. Now is the time to protect and winterize your home. Minimize the Impact of Winter and Improve your Home’s Energy… Read more »

Master Bathroom Remodeling Ideas

Master Bathroom Remodel Ideas

After a long day, the thought of retreating to the master bath has restorative powers. Creating a master bath oasis will not only improve your quality of life, it will add to your home’s resale value. To ensure you get the results you want, consider the following tips, then hire a professional bathroom remodeling contractor…. Read more »

Ideas For Pet-Friendly Remodeling

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According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, an estimated 36.5 percent of U.S. households include dogs, while 30.4 percent include cats. Why not include these important members of the family in your home remodeling plans? Consider your pets’ needs in relation to your own when incorporating remodeling for pets into your renovation plans. Here are… Read more »

Six Tips For An Affordable Kitchen Remodel

tips for an affordable kitchen remodel

If the phrase “kitchen remodel” was the prompt given while playing a word association game, no doubt many of us would respond with “expensive” or “cost-prohibitive.” It is, however, possible to create a beautiful, functional kitchen without breaking the bank. Here are six ways to keep your kitchen remodel affordable: Plan carefully. Developing a master… Read more »

Tips To Improve Home Energy Efficiency

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A good way to save money on household expenses is to improve home energy efficiency. In some cases this will mean an initial investment, but in others, a bit of time and effort will pay dividends for years to come. Try these tips for increasing your home’s energy efficiency: Start with an energy audit: Check… Read more »

What To Know About Historic Home Restoration

historic home restoration

Whether a Queen Anne Victorian, a Craftsman bungalow or a New England saltbox, historic homes need special care and attention. When you have a historic home, you are more than a homeowner; you are the guardian of the house. Your family will be leaving its imprint on the history of the home, so any alterations… Read more »

Fixing Up House to Sell with Home Remodeling

fix up house to sell with home remodeling

If your home is looking a bit dated or if it qualifies as a fixer-upper, expect it to take longer to sell and perhaps not fetch as much as a turn-key property. Tackling home remodeling projects can be off-putting to many busy people while others find it difficult to envision a home’s potential. For these… Read more »

Why Hire a Room Addition General Contractor Instead of DIY

why hire a general contractor for your room addition

A room addition can add value to your home, alleviate the need for an expensive move, and increase your enjoyment of your living quarters. It’s a big project, with many moving parts, so it’s not a good candidate for a DIY project. The time and work required to handle every aspect of the project can… Read more »

Money-Saving Home Improvements

money saving home improvements

Spending money may actually save you money when you complete upgrades and projects that can help lower the costs of owning a home. These practical home improvements can pay for themselves over time by reducing the costs of energy and water, and even homeowners insurance. A sampling of money-saving home improvements include: Drought-resistant landscaping: With… Read more »

Top 5 Mistakes When Hiring A Contractor

mistakes when hiring a contractor

For many people, building or remodeling a home is something they have to squeeze into their busy lives. From researching online for a few hurried minutes before bed, to making quick calls during a child’s soccer game, it can be difficult to find the time to find and interview contractors. When you’re pressed for time,… Read more »

Small Backyard, Patio, and Porch Ideas

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High-density living often means going without a great deal of outdoor space. With some creativity, however, it is possible to carve out an exterior niche without major home remodeling. Adding to existing structures or making the most out of small outdoor spots you do have creates a way to connect with fresh air and sunshine…. Read more »

Home Remodel Checklist: Start Your Project Right

home remodeling checklist

Whether your home remodel project is simple or complex, making some basic decisions in the beginning will go a long way toward ensuring you’ll be happy with the results. Use this home remodel checklist as your starting point for your project. 1. Set the Home Remodel Schedule Do you have a can’t-miss deadline, such as… Read more »

9 Outdoor Living Space Ideas

Outdoor Living Space Ideas

With spring on its way, consider reinventing your outdoor space into one that encourages you to spend more time under the sun and stars. To create a comfortable, inviting area, you will need your plan to incorporate seating, a view, a shady spot for hot days, and privacy. You can decorate your exterior room much… Read more »

Spruce Up This Spring With Your Tax Refund

Choosing Flowers for your home

In recent years, the average tax refund has been in the neighborhood of $2,600. If you’re anticipating money back or already have your refund in hand, one way to put it to good use is on home repairs or improvements. Whether you want to stay within the amount of your refund or use it to… Read more »

6 Small Bathroom Remodel Ideas

Bathroom remodeling ideas

Small-scale or large, bathroom remodeling can pay great dividends. A small bathroom is the perfect canvas for adding a fresh look to your home. You can use the size limitations to your advantage, choosing higher-priced materials since you have less wall and floor space to cover. Powder rooms offer even greater opportunities to experiment with… Read more »

Top 6 Exterior House Painting Tips

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Painting your home’s exterior is one of the fastest, most affordable ways to make a high-impact change to its appearance. If it’s been years since you’ve done any exterior painting, you may be surprised by the new choices in modern coatings and tools. Some things haven’t changed, however, such as taking the time to do… Read more »