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Since the recession in 2008, more than 1.5 million residential construction workers have left the industry to either retire or move to a new field. Combine this with fewer young people entering building trades and a surge in homeowner confidence. The result is a skilled labor shortage, which is forcing contractors to ask homeowners to wait longer than they had in the past. This type of demand is wonderful for contractors. But how does it affect you as a homeowner? → Read more

If only Mother Nature and all that will be, were predictable. Then you could plan construction accordingly, to circumvent fire, water and earthquake damage, theft, or vandalism. But quite the contrary, anything could happen to the raw materials you’ve purchased for your soon-to-be beautifully renewed home. This could mean a large investment loss that typically falls outside the limits you have in place with standard homeowner’s insurance. → Read more

Unless you remodel on a regular basis, which is rarely the case for homeowners, preparing for that initial consultation could prove challenging. Posing the right questions to your slate of contractor candidates is your best way to determine the best fit. So think beyond “Do you have references?” Step into your consult with questions that can garner the best insight.

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It’s important to weigh the pros and cons of every major decision, and home remodeling is no exception. Still, the rules you followed just a few years back have already changed. So let’s take an impartial look at the pros and cons of remodeling under current market conditions. → Read more

Winter festivities may slow many of us down, but the opposite holds true in home construction. In fact, architects, designers, and contractors are already booking into next year. So, what should you do now to ring in the New Year? → Read more

Anyone who has ever gone through a remodel or addition knows it isn’t all a bed of roses. Floor plans are altered, windows get relocated and carpenters, plumbers and electricians call in – and your contractor is orchestrating every detail, ideally without a problem. You simply write him a check at agreed-upon intervals to cover the full range of subcontractors, laborers, and material suppliers. But what most homeowners aren’t aware of is that each of those individual parties could potentially file a lien against their property or force them into foreclosure if their general contractor fails to pay any of these parties. Luckily there are safeguards you can (and should) take to legally protect yourself from an unwarranted lien. → Read more

Bathroom remodels are successful when you get the look and functionality you want – within budget. The first step in this process is creating your ideal wish list. (Click Here to read “Bathroom Remodel Considerations Part I: Your Wish List”.)

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The success of any remodel is in the planning, and bathrooms are no exception. In this two-part series, we’ll look at important considerations – not just in the look and functionality but also in budgeting. → Read more

Everything old is new again, at least when it comes to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) as planners call them. Other familiar names include tiny houses, in-law apartments, and granny flats. While common in early American history, ADUs somehow fell out of fashion in the mid-1900s.

Whether or not a homeowner has considered adding an ADU in the past, the benefits are sure to intrigue → Read more

One doesn’t have to be a baby boomer to consider their home’s accessibility for aging in place. In fact, it’s never too soon to consider renovations that lend themselves to optimal convenience and minimal maintenance at any age – especially with budgets slimmer in retirement.  → Read more