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Dogs Suffer During Home Remodelling

If home renovation is hard on human beings, think how much harder it is on dogs. At least humans can understand what is happening and why. All the dog knows is that everything in the home is disrupted and there is no idea of when it will all end. Dog stress during home renovation is a serious matter and should not be ignored. It can leave lasting scars on a dog’s psyche. A loved dog gives more to the family that he takes, so when a home renovation is going on, it is only fair that this is the time when the family give to him. Here are a few things that can be done to reduce the stress on a pet dog during a remodel Keep the dog away from the part of the house where work is going on. A curious dog could get hurt by going too near a work area. A friendly dog is a distraction to the workmen who may feel compelled to keep an eye on him while their work suffers. And the mass of movement and noise can confuse and upset a normally quiet dog and make him aggressive. The more time at l

Stay Or Leave During Remodeling?

The question of staying on or moving out during a home renovation can be a difficult one. Making the right decision will depend on the extent of the remodel and the amount of discomfort, inconvenience and expense that the family is willing to put up with. Here are some of the factors that need to be considered when making a “stay or go” decision. Cost: Money is a key factor in a stay or go decision. While it is obvious that staying in rented accommodation or a hotel is going to be expensive, there are costs associated with staying too. Staying on in a remodelling site can slow down the pace of the work as the contractor will need to work around the family’s needs, however much they are reduced. And some contractors even charge extra if the family will be staying on because they will have to deploy additional resources for clean-up and to keep basic amenities operational. The Scope of the Project: If the roof is coming off the home or there will be no usable bathrooms, it is

Proper Planning – The Key To Sucessful Remodeling

Many home remodeling projects are doomed before they even get off the ground because of improper planning. And many of the most complicated and tough remodeling jobs go off smoothly because of the detailed initial planning that was done. Planning for a major home remodel involves a few basic steps which, if kept in mind, can turn a tough job into a much easier one. Sketch out you dreams .  From the time you think of remodeling your home, start sketching out your ideas. Revise them as often as you want and get inputs from the rest of the family. The more time you spend on this the better. When you do start talking to architects, your sketches will help them to understand what you are looking for more clearly than words will. Think of the future . The family’s needs will change over time. What looks great today could be a problem a few years down the road. Will you be retiring after a couple of years? Will the kids be going off to col

Reclaim Space With Garage Renovation

A garage is defined as a “building or indoor space in which to park or keep a motor vehicle.” The reality is often quite different. A car may be parked in a garage, but so too are all kinds of other things. From freezers to things for which there is no other storage space to junk. In time the car and the other stuff stored there live a cramped and uncomfortable existence.  But there are other uses for a garage and it can become a useful room that will add a lot of living space to a home. The first thing to do is to decide if the garage is for your car. Can you park it in the driveway instead? Or maybe even on the street? If you can, then a huge amount of space is now available to you to use as you want. The Basics Of Garage Remodeling From a guest suite to a home theater to a gym, a garage can be turned into anything. The design, fittings and budget will depend on what you want to turn it into. But whatever it is, there are some basics that will need to be done. Ø

Homeowner and Contractor – Remodeling Partners

In any home remodeling project there are two parties involved – the client and the contractor. The client is the homeowner – the one who lives in the home that is to be remodeled and who is paying for all the work that is to be done. It is he who has identified the areas where change is needed. The modifications that are planned are based on his intimate knowledge of the needs of the family that lives in the home and his desire to make everyone as comfortable and happy as possible. The contractor is the one who will actually execute the project and gives the homeowner the home he wants. Based on his experience and qualifications he may not like some of the client’s ideas. And realizing that the client is making a mistake, he may suggest alternatives that, in his experience, will be better for the client and his family. It is here that problems between the two key players in the remodeling project can arise. The Rigid Client No one knows his family, their likes and