Dare to be different! Remodel to suit your needs…not anyone else’s

Resale, Resale, Resale…  I hear it all the time.  Why are we so concerned about over improving our homes or being so conscientious about how the next homeowner may or may not like how we renovated?   It is your home and it is your time!   Do what makes YOU happy.  The reality is… no home is truly move in ready.  Even if you decided to pack it up and move you and your family down the street into something newer, the odds are that you will be changing something almost immediately. In today’s economic housing market, the reasons to renovate have changed.  The days of the good ole return on investment are not as strong as in recent years, unless you have a considerable amount of equity built in your property.  The influence to do a major renovation should be hinged on your overall desire to increase your lifestyle and not solely focused in matters of return on investment or mass...
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The Home Remodeling Pre-construction Meeting

The Pre-Construction Meeting   As you anticipate your new kitchen, bath, addition, or other major home remodeling project, there is a crucial step implemented by most competent remodeling contractors. While the journey from first contact to final contract can be daunting, exhausting, and somewhat confusing, by the time you signed that contract, hopefully, all of your questions and concerns have been addressed—or so you may think. A thorough home remodeling pre-construction meeting is very much in your interest. Sometime prior to the scheduled start of your project, your contractor will (or should) schedule a pre-construction meeting at your home (or site.) The attendees will be the person with whom you signed the contract, the person that will be in charge of the producing of your remodeling project, and you. It may be appropriate to include a specialist or experts in a particularly challenging aspect of your project for logistical input. The primary purpose of the remodeling pre-construction meeting is the practical hand-off of the...
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IPE DECKING

IPE: Like teak and redwood, Ipe is popular for exterior projects for its appearance, its resistance to decay, insects, and water damage due to its high tannin and oil content. Also known as Brazilian Walnut or Ironwood, ipe grows in tropical South America. Ipe is so dense that it will not float in water and has similar fire-resistance to concrete or steel. Exposed to the elements, an ipe deck will last at least 25 years, and if maintained properly, it can last much longer. Your ipe deck contractor can advise you on the applicable options. Choose the right IPE deck contractor: Because of its density, ipe is a difficult wood to work. For a typical deck, the Ipe deck builder is likely to go through many blades and bits. Due to the inherent difficulties associated with working the material, it is highly recommended that you hire a contractor that is knowledgeable and experienced with ipe. Beside the fact that it can be a challenge...
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