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Remodeling Your House : Making Big Savings

A grave apprehension you could have when it comes to remodeling your house is managing the budget! The first step would be to get good contractor references from your trusted contacts. You can shortlist the probable ones next and ask for their prices. After that, you may consider the ideas given below for you to cut down the expenses, and complete your home remodeling project at an affordable price.

Recycling your old stuff

Consider the possibility of reusing materials like wooden flooring, wooden cabinets, etc of the existing house when you go in for a remodel; with just a few minor alterations of all such materials, you can save quite a significant amount instead of buying a whole lot of new materials at high costs.

Moreover, some recycled antique pieces might add a unique touch to your furnishing. A golden rule of thumb in home remodeling is “Every little thing adds up”. Save a little here and a little there and soon you’ll be amazed at the good amount of money collected thus.

If it…

Home Automation Wonders

Imagine how nice it would be to lock all the doors in your house by pressing a single button on your smartphone, or turn off all the lights and fans by giving a voice command. Wouldn’t it be very convenient for you to stay away from home and control everything at home? Home automation is all about making life that easier.

A professional remodeling contractor can help you transform your house fully automated and make it come alive by remote control from another part of the city, country, or even the world. Here are a few amazing tricks your automated house can do for you.

Enhanced security

You can install security cameras in your house integrated with your smartphone: you will be able to access any such camera in your house and view the live feed on your screen. Certain smart cameras can detect motion and rotate accordingly, and have night vision, live audio and video recording that can get uploaded to the cloud.

You can access the cameras remotely on your phone from any plac…

Bathroom Remodeling: Common Problems

Bathroom is the place where you can have some peaceful and rejuvenating time of the day, and forget about all the worries of the world. If it is to be that way, it should have a serene ambience. A dark and dilapidated one serves only to add to your gloom and worsen your worries. Such a bathroom needs immediate attention in the form of a remodel.

The first step in remodeling your bathroom is to correct flaws in the existing design, which involves a series of irksome but essential modifications. Hiring a professional remodeling contractor will complete the project fast, to perfection and to your full satisfaction. You can expect your contractor to start the remodeling work along these lines.

Infested walls

You must have seen sometimes spots of black, white or green on your walls. Spots that look grainy give out a musty smell. These spots can be mold, mildew or fungus that might cause coughing, wheezing and other upper respiratory problems.  The contractor attends first to the…

Remodeling your Bathroom

The bathroom should be a loveable part of your home: it is where you tend to bask in warm water, relax and forget the many cares of your everyday life for a while.
When you come out, you should feel utterly refreshed, ready for the activities of the day, however demanding they may be. It is not an exaggeration to say that great ideas leading to great creations can be born in the bathroom.

When remodeled, your bathroom should have all the cozy features possible – the ones you love most – the ones that can rejuvenate you and recharge fully your battery. Listed below are a few bathroom-remodeling tips for your consideration.

Planning the bathroom remodel

Jot down on a note-pad the new features and changes in the existing features you desire to have in your bathroom remodel. You need to focus on bathtub, washbasin, toilet, showers, flooring, mirrors, electrical fixtures, cabinets and so on. You should not forget to make provisions for the safety and comfort of seniors.

Sit with your contractor…

How to Keep your Remodel on Track (Part-2)

Delays in remodeling projects are a pain for everyone. Penalty clauses, fines or whatever will not make up for the frustration of not being able to resume your normal home life, as you expected to. Keeping this in mind, let us look at a few more things you can do to keep your remodel project on track.
Keep distractions away

Sure, people love children and pets and enjoy spending time with them; those working on your home remodel are no exception. Just remember that the time workers spend with your kids and pets is time they are not working – time that is added on to the project.

Additionally, and even more importantly, children and animals can easily injure themselves when surrounded by power tools and sharp objects. Keep workers away from all possible distractions on the work spot.

Can you move out?

A home remodel is not cheap, and moving out while the work is underway will only add to the cost. However, having the family around while the work is underway means that compromis…

How to Keep your Remodel on Track (Part-1)

Remodeling a home even with just one room can cause major disruption in your family life and routine. One of the main concerns for a homeowner is keeping the project on schedule so that life can return to normalcy as soon as possible.

A professional home remodeling contractor provides you with a realistic timeframe for completing the project; they build in provisions for the unexpected – which almost always happen. That being said, there is much you can do to keep the project on track; listed below are a few ideas that can help prevent avoidable delays.

Plan in advance

Work with a professional home remodeler, who is customer focused and has sharp design-build skills. Passionate customer focus enables them understand your vision of a remodel. All the details can be discussed in advance to avoid gaps in communication and the consequent costly mistakes during the execution of the project.

Design-build expertise means a firm commitment on the delivery of your remodel with a written promise of…

Stay Secure While You Remodel Your Home

You don’t go out late in the evening, leaving the front door of your home wide open, do you? You will never ever think of doing such a thing, when there is no door to close, or a part of a wall gapes. This can happen during a remodeling, and it’s something that burglars love. How can you keep your family and possessions safe during a home remodel? Listed below for your benefit are a few simple ideas.

Remove valuables and small precious items that could get easily lost in the mess of the remodel. Leave them with a trusted friend or relative.Make all payments for the remodel by credit card or checks. The less money you have in the house, the lower the risk.Employ a trustworthy contractor. Everyone has had some experience with or has heard horror stories about bad or dishonest contractors. Finding a reputable and honest home remodeling contractor is not hard. Look for one that: has been in business for a long time; has great testimonials; is willing to put you in touch with people whose h…

New Trends in Kitchen Remodeling You Should Know

Your kitchen is the real working heart and most used part of your home; it is no surprise, therefore, it shows signs of wear and faded appearance sooner than the other parts. That is why kitchen remodels are among the most common of home remodeling projects.
Also your kitchen should be remodeled to acquire two vital features – trouble-free, high utility and refreshing look – both lasting for long and making your time there a pleasant experience. Here are a few new trends that demand your active consideration.
White is always right
Yes, a white kitchen is indeed traditional! But its popularity continues to trend: about 67% of the members of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) say that it is their top color choice.
The 2014 ‘Best in American Living Awards’ of the National Association of Home Builders highlighted layering white on white. This means fixing white cabinets on white counter tops with white backsplashes. 
Moreover, white appliances are easy to clean and …

6 Reasons Why You Should Remodel Your Home

Remodeling your home is definitely not an inexpensive proposition, and sure it will cause some disruption in your everyday life for a while. A time will come when you feel you should remodel your home: however, your family may not see eye to eye with you.
It may be hard for you to convince them of the need to do it. Here are six reasons you can put forth to sell the remodel idea to your family, and perhaps even to your own self.

Enhancing market value

Your home is an integral part of the future of your family. Remodeling your home will fix any deterioration that has occurred, and increase its market value as well. Whether you plan to sell it in the near future or not, any increase in its market value is always good.

Incorporating ‘go green’ measures

Utility costs are going to keep increasing forever. ‘Go green’ measures incorporated into the remodel, will reduce your electricity bills significantly.

The following are a few such measures: replacing old windows with energy-effic…

Protect Yourself from Unscrupulous Contractors - Part 2

Here is the second part of the article on how to ensure that you have the right contractor for your home remodel.

Spend Time Interviewing

Do not be afraid to ask questions, no matter how silly you are afraid they are. It’s your money being spent and you have a right to ask what you want. If the contractor is a good one he will not be offended by the questions he is asked and will give you clear answers. A contractor who tries to confuse you with jargon or brushes off your questions with impatient answers is at best one without a client focus and at worst, one with something to hide.

Information to Obtain

Check the contractor’s legal status. Is he registered with the Better Business Bureau and other relevant organizations? Is his documentation properly printed with details of his registrations etc.?Ensure that you have the contractor’s complete physical address. A PO Box will not be of any use if he abandons the project and you have to serve notice on him.Do not just get the business and c…

Protect yourself from Unscrupulous Contractors (Part-1)

You must have heard about the ‘National Center for the Prevention of Home Improvement Fraud’ (NCPHIF). If not, search for it online: you will come to know that it has been set up to help homeowners protect themselves against home remodeling and renovation frauds.

Americans spend over $200 billion every year on home improvement. That much money will always lure the sharks.  The truth of the matter, however, is that there are more good and honest home remodeling contractors than crooks. But it is the bad ones who make the news and create fear among homeowners.

There are a number of things you can do to protect yourself from unscrupulous contractors. Here are a few important ideas for you.

Vital tips

Decide on the nature and scope of the remodel.Have a budget in place.Consider the timelines and the insurance options that may be available.Spend time researching contractors and make a shortlist of those who appear to be the best.Contact them and ask for reliable testimonials.Once you are satis…

Curb Appeal Remodeling: A few Ideas for Your Benefit

To put it simply, curb appeal is the overall impact your home makes when it is first seen. You do not, of course, want the whole world to visit your home to admire how beautiful it is. But it would be nice to know that everyone who passes by stops for a few seconds to look at it.
However, curb appeal is about more than just the pride you have in your home, which affects its value, and is a major consideration when time comes to sell it. For both these reasons, a major home remodel that ignores the exteriors is an incomplete one.
The scope of the work required for revamping the external look of your home will depend on the amount of change to be done, and the essential repairs that may be required. An expert remodeling contractor will be able to guide you on what to or not to do, and how it should be done.
That being said, here are a few basic issues of the curb appeal of a home you should be familiar with, which will be helpful when you toy with the idea of remodeling your…