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
The entry to a home is a very important part of a home's design. Consider the entry from both an exterior and interior point of view. As far as curb appeal goes the entry is critical to the home's overall appearance. A covered entrance adds character as well as providing protection from the ... Read More about A Welcoming Entry
As home designers and remodelers we work one-on-one with our customers helping them to identify their wants and needs. We are focused on each individual project and making sure that the design of the space incorporates the features that are most important to the homeowner. But it's good to step ... Read More about What’s Hot and What’s Not
The thought of remodeling can be scary. David Hollies, president of a contractor referral service in Maryland called Home Connections, has a great quote regarding the process: "Remodeling is a bit like having 15 strangers over to play football in your living room for a few weeks. They all arrive and ... Read More about Remodeling Dreams
Homeowner's often ask how they can participate in their remodeling project. There are lots of ways you can help, if you have the interest and time. One thing that every homeowner must do is make a wide variety of selections to outfit the remodel with lights, tile, appliances, carpeting, cabinets ... Read More about Help with Your Remodel or Home Addition
If you're considering a major home renovation, you may be wondering whether you should do it all at once or as a series of smaller projects. The advantage of doing work in phases over of a number of years is that you don't have to pay for it all in one year. Although it may be more costly in the ... Read More about All at once? Or Room by Room?
The essential goal is predictability. On the day construction (or demolition) commences, you want to know as precisely as possible what's about to happen to your house, how much it's going to cost and when the job will be completed. Of course, some aspects of remodeling are truly unpredictable. ... Read More about Keys to Remodeling Success
By Heidi Powell A woman's home is not just a place to eat and sleep. It's her retreat from the world, a reflection of herself, a gathering place for her family. When it comes to remodeling, women have a significant influence on decisions. What are women looking for in their homes? Women today ... Read More about What Women Want in the Remodeling Process
Everyone knows that remodeling can be stressful. There are decisions to be made, furniture has to be moved, and there will be dust and noise. During the course of the remodel your space will no longer be entirely your own. What can you do to reduce your stress level during such an exciting yet ... Read More about Reducing the Stress in Remodeling
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?
I was at Safeway the other day and picked up a copy of "Kitchen Remodeling for Dummies." I have to say, I was curious to read the advice the publication was offering. Not surprisingly it advocated getting three bids. "Be sure that all three contractors work from the same materials and labor list. ... Read More about The Three Bid Myth
As Published on the Oregon Remodeling Association website at oregonremodelers.com. What is green building? The term “green building,” refers to a new way of designing and constructing homes to increase performance and enhance the health and experience for people who live there. A green building: ... Read More about Oregon Leads the Way in Greenbuilding
Cork flooring was popular in the late 19th century and has been used ever since. There are many reasons cork continues to be popular to this day. It is insulating and durable if properly installed and cared for. Cork flooring provides cushioning while standing, is hypoallergenic, and has natural ... Read More about Cork, A Beautiful and Sustainable Approach to Flooring