Category Archives : Articles of Interest

Value Engineering

Value EngineeringIn construction projects, the concept of value engineering allows a contractor to suggest alternatives to materials, equipment, or even designs provided by the design professional that can save the owner money in up-front or long-term maintenance costs.This is a methodology to arrive at maximizing the performance and minimizing the cost of particular construction options. […]

How Long Will It Take?

How Long Will It Take? That is a question no one can answer. It varies from job to job, and from contractor to contractor. It can even vary from one day to the next. However, a group of National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) members did agree to the following timetable for a typical […]

DIY Or Not?

DIY or Not?Should you save money by doing the job yourself? Do-it-yourself (DIY) jobs are a popular trend in the home improvement industry; however, before you grab a hammer and start swinging, you should know that this is a trend with a few problems.Before you decide to do-it-yourself, we recommend taking this DIY quiz:Answer Yes […]

Remodel Or Move

Remodel or Move?Is remodeling something you really want to do or should you move? Which is the better choice? If you do remodel, should you do-it-yourself (DIY) or hire a professional? If you hire someone, which type of professional should you choose? There are so many questions to ask yourself before you make a firm […]

Staying Organized

Staying Organized Organization in a house torn apart is not an easy task — but it is a necessary one. Set aside one corner in a room unaffected by the turbulence of theremodeling process to store all of your files. While you have already created your Dream Book for design ideas, that is only one […]

Stress Happens

Stress HappensFace it: Remodeling is stressful! The best way to combat it is to prepare. Dr. Frederic Medway, a professor of psychology at the University of South Carolina, recommends you find out what is going to happen during the remodeling project and you sit down as a family to plan ahead.Discuss what you expect from […]

Living Through Your Remodel

Living Through Your Remodel You’ve signed with a reputable contractor and the remodeling work is about to begin. What you – and your contractor – do next about your working relationship will make the difference between a pleasant experience and an unhappy one. Your responsibility is to choose the best contractor to do the work […]

Adapting To Your Home As A Work Site

Adapting To Your Home as a Work Site You’ve researched, interviewed, and hired the best remodeler for the job. Congratulations! The only step that remains, of course, is the project itself. Having your home remodeled is uniquely different from having a new home built. With remodeling, your home becomes the worksite. You live side-by-side with […]

Before You Remodel

Maybe It’s Time to Remodel . . . Perhaps it was that moment when you realized that avocado green and harvest gold are no longer the “in” colors for today’s trendy kitchens. Or maybe you had an epiphany one day as you stood in line to use your own bathroom. Whatever the impetus, the thought […]