When spring hits, people automatically think construction. It's like peanut butter and jelly, butter and popcorn, spring and construction. But it doesn't have to be this way. Maybe you're feeling a little behind the eight ball. Maybe 2000 is already rushing by you and you're not quite ready to ... Read More about When to Remodel
A well lit home provides a thoughtfully designed mix of natural and artificial light. Effective lighting can provide not only illumination but also accents and drama. Your lighting needs in the evening will be different than in the day. For daytime lighting, windows and skylights add a brightness ... Read More about Lighting and Remodeling
You don't have to change addresses to get the home you want. An open mind about the potential of your home is the key to keeping up with future lifestyle changes. Have you thought about what you're going to do once the kids move out? Will you sell your home and move into a smaller one? Buy a ... Read More about Remodeling for the Future
Homeowners are increasingly asking for modifications based on the principles of Universal Design. This term is used for architectural features and products that are designed to enhance livability and make tasks easier for everyone, young and old. People's lives and circumstances are changing all ... Read More about Universal Remodeling Designs
Don't get caught unprepared when planning for your future housing needs. Baby boomers are remodeling their homes to accommodate their changing needs throughout their lives. Upgrades include: moving the master bedroom to the main level, widening hallways, installing bathroom grab bars, and adding ... Read More about Are You Ready for the Future?
In an earlier article we discussed the concept of quality space vs. quantity space. Often folks are thinking in terms of how much square footage they can add to their home instead of thinking about the usefulness and feel of the space that they are adding. Let's take a more in depth look at this ... Read More about Not so Big Additions
An addition built over an existing garage is a popular way to gain extra room in your house. This space can be used for a child returning home, a master suite, a study, a guest suite, or a mother-in-law suite. The space can be designed to include a full bath or efficiency kitchen if desired. ... Read More about Over the Garage Additions
If your home is not large enough to accommodate a separate office, mudroom, or a laundry room, why not combine all three. The latest addition the remodeling scene is "the family studio". A room adjoining the kitchen or garage is a perfect place for the family studio. Here the family can gather ... Read More about Remodeling the Family Studio
When a homeowner is considering an addition to his or her home, I am frequently asked whether it is better to go "up" with a second floor addition, or go "out" with a ground floor addition. The first determining factor, of course, is whether there is room to expand on the same level. What are the ... Read More about Additions: Build Up or Out?
By Heidi Powell If you've been dreaming of putting an addition on your home fall is a good time to start planning for next spring and summer. The design and planning process for most additions usually takes between four and six months. Factors that can shorten or lengthen this design/planning ... Read More about Plan Now for Next Summer
There are so many different surfaces to choose from these days that it can feel overwhelming. Countertops help dictate the look of the kitchen. But it's important to know how functional and durable the options are. Here's a quick guide to some of the most popular choices. The most familiar ... Read More about Countertops
Oak has for years been the most popular wood for cabinetry. It's a durable wood and can be stained in a variety of depths of color. A combination of birch and alder is becoming increasingly popular as homeowners are turning to a less grainy look. Birch/alder is not as hard as oak or cherry, however, ... Read More about Types of Wood
First off, have your kitchen designed professionally. The design is a small fraction of the cost and can make all the difference. All the professional craftsmen in the world can't make a poor design functional no matter how beautiful the granite or how amazing the convection oven. A good designer ... Read More about Kitchen Designs
When you are thinking about remodeling, the best place to start is with a professional contractor, who can guide you through the process of design and construction. He can guide you through the process of finding a designer or architect, setting a budget, submitting your plans for city or county ... Read More about Where do I Start?
A common question asked by homeowners is, "Will I need plans?" The answer depends on whether you are planning to repair or replace existing components in their current location or if you are planning to reconfigure or add new space. Most simple repairs and replacements do not need plans but do ... Read More about Do I Need Plans?
Start by talking to your friends and coworkers. Look for remodeling project signs in your neighborhood and don't be afraid to talk to your neighbors. Most people are thrilled at the opportunity to discuss their project. No matter how you hear about a contractor, be sure to call the Construction ... Read More about Selecting a Remodeler
When you hire a contractor there's an implied understanding that the company you have hired will supervise your job. This is not always the case. Some contractors merely broker your job (similar to the way banks sell loans) to another contractor who will actually build and manage your job. The ... Read More about Do You Know Your Contractor?
When selecting a contractor is it really necessary to call references? Isn't checking with the Construction Contractor's Board enough? It is absolutely important to check out a contractor's references. A few minutes on the phone now can save you months of headaches down the road. Here are a ... Read More about Checking References
Partnership. A project should be a team effort between the contractor and the homeowner. An open exchange of information and ideas is paramount. Personalities need to mesh for a successful project. Communication. The burden of communication - on the details of the design, terms of the agreement, ... Read More about Choosing a Contractor
When homeowners hear the phrase "design/build" it's not necessarily familiar to them. This term describes a process in which one company creates the design and also executes the project. The design/build company is accountable for the entire project from start to finish. According to Design/Build ... Read More about What Is Design and Build?