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.
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
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
Energy efficiency isn’t simply a noble ambition. It can also help homeowners retain more of their paycheck come tax time. This is because an important income tax credit can offset some of the cost of eco-friendly home improvements and equipment purchases. But there’s one caveat. The extension of this tax credit ends December 31, 2016. → Read more