Types of Vinyl, Wood, and Aluminum Replacement Windows and Why Installation Is So Important…

The actual installation of windows is very important. That is why certified experts, specially trained to install windows and doors are the professionals you should consider. They will be committed to being with you from start to finish and beyond, ensuring product satisfaction and leaving your home cleaner than they found it. Whether you are looking for top-of-the-line custom wood crafted windows or an affordable vinyl window solution, there are selections to make your window installation project a success.

Types of Replacement Windows: Know Your Options

Single-Hung Window

Double-Hung Window

 

Sliding Window

Casement Window

Awning Window

Bay Window

Types Of Window Materials

  • Clad-wood windows feature beautiful wood inside the home and protective, low-maintenance metal cladding outside to provide extra protection against the elements. The baked-on finish is durable, easy to care for, and available in a variety of colors.
  • Vinyl windows, available in a wide range of operating types and designs, are remarkably durable, easy to care for, energy-efficient, and reliable.
  • Aluminum windows are cost-effective, lightweight and strong, and are most frequently used in homes in warm, mild climates where heat loss is not as much of a concern.
  • Wood windows, long known for their classic warm and welcoming appearance, remain a popular choice for homeowners. Despite their increased maintenance needs. Wood windows offer beautiful aesthetics and increase the value of your home.

Look for ENERGY STAR qualified windows and doors. They will be independently tested, certified, and verified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). The National Fenestration Rating Council is a United States 501 non-profit organization which sponsors an energy efficiency certification and labeling program for windows & doors. NFRC ratings must meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Why Choose One Variety Of Exterior Door Over Another?…

When choosing a new exterior door, make sure it provides energy efficiency as well as gives your home a new updated look.

Here are some ways to get you started in the process:

Entry Door Options

· Wood– While popular for its beauty, it requires more maintenance and tends to be more expensive than other options.
· Steel– This is known to be the least expensive option, but it doesn’t last very long and is easily damaged.
· Fiberglass– Fiberglass is durable, energy efficient, and basically maintenance free. There many color options available and they look very similar to wood doors.

Sliding Glass Doors

These are a very nice option if you are limited on space, as they slide on tracks. The downside to this choice is that they only open partially and can sometimes create a lot of noise when opening and closing.

French Doors

If you are limited on space, this would likely not be a great option as they provide a sophisticated look but open widely to give maximum air flow.

Bifold Doors

Bifold doors are easy to install. They are versatile and secure and have multiple locking points.  However, the many frames that go along with this option, may also obstruct views.

Lift And Slide Doors

These may look like sliding doors; however, they operate much differently. When opening, you turn the handle down, then lift the door panel upward from the track. The door will then easily open with little effort as it rolls on heavy duty wheels. These doors are customizable, so you can design any size opening you need.

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What You Should Know Before Replacing An Exterior Door…

How great would it be if you could just pop out your old front door and replace it with a new one? In one bold move, you could change the look of your house and make your home safer and more secure — at the same time. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy; replacing an exterior door requires exact measuring, ­medium-to-advanced carpentry skills, and an understanding of terms and materials. Whether you want a simple hardwood entry door or a front door with a transom above and sidelight on the side, you can find it.

Material Choices

There are many options when it comes to front door replacement. You can choose double doors, doors flanked on both sides with sidelights or wooden doors with customized glass design. It is up to you and your personal taste.

To determine what type of material your door should be made of, consider your budget and the level of maintenance you are willing to do.

  • Wood-Wood doors, while beautiful, are more expensive and require maintenance, especially with high exposure to the elements. Wooden doors are strong, secure, and scratches are repaired with ease.
  • Steel– Steel doors are a great entry-level option they’re durable, budget-friendly, and offer a wide range of design choices, including colors and glass options. Steel doors are also a good choice because they resist shrinking, swelling, and warping, require little maintenance and are energy-efficient.
  • Fiberglass– Fiberglass, is a material that requires almost no maintenance because it does not dent, rot, or rust. Fiberglass doors are energy-efficient, affordable, and made to last in all climates and you can paint them any color or stain them to get a wood-like effect.

Factors That Impact The Cost Of An Exterior Door

Many factors go into the cost of the front door, whether you are choosing a decorative front door or a utilitarian one.

  • The door material- The material of the door is typically the most significant deciding factor of the overall cost of the door. You have many options for the material of your front door.
  • Alterations- A door jamb is part of the door frame: it’s the flat surface that runs vertically up either side. If you need to replace a door frame or jamb because you are changing the size of the door, it will increase the amount of labor done and material needed.
  • Energy-Efficient- There are several benefits that come with installing energy-efficient doors. Most people love how new doors update the look of their home, increase their curb appeal, and add to their home’s value. The benefits are much more than just cosmetic, though! Not all doors are created equal and there are a lot of doors that aren’t exactly energy efficient. The door’s material, core, and glass options all determine its energy efficiency.
  • Customization- Upgraded locks custom and hardware such as knows, hinges, and other upgrades will also alter the cost. Think of a custom door like a piece of jewelry for your home, and a gateway to your style. But as with anything personalized, it comes with a higher price tag.

Is The Installation Of A New Front Door A DIY Project?

While front door installation can be done by yourself, it is not recommended. The door jamb and frame often need to be altered to fit a new door and this needs to be done properly to protect the insulation properties. Keep in mind that a professional can make quick work of such a job, and in many cases, it might be the wisest choice to ensure it’s done properly.

Simply put, there’s a world of difference between what an interior bedroom door and your entryway door can do for your home. Thinking about your door’s purpose first, then its personality will help you make the right choice and stay on budget.

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6 Tips For Renovating Your Rental Property Kitchen…

A kitchen is one of the first rooms a prospective tenant will want to see. If it’s not up to their standards, they may not want to rent your property. The kitchen is not only for preparing meals, but it’s also the center for family or social gatherings in the home.

Invest In Energy Efficient Appliances

One of the most important things to invest in is kitchen appliances. A cheaper appliance will likely not withstand tenant after tenant. It is best to choose mid-grade as not to over-invest either. Energy-efficient appliances would also appeal to tenants to help reduce energy bills. Built-in appliances are also a great option as they are much easier to clean than free-standing. Consider converting any gas appliances to electric to reduce the risk of fire.

Update The Kitchen Cabinets

Your cabinetry is going to be an area that you will need to be strategic. For instance, you will want to use plywood under sinks due to exposure to water as it doesn’t swell or disintegrate like other wood.

Sufficient storage is a must in the kitchen, most rental properties don’t provide enough. Tall cabinetry that reaches the ceiling is another benefit with less surface area for dust.

Choose material that is resistant to heat, stains, and moisture. Also, consider neutral colors which will also appeal to tenants as to coordinate with any accessories.

Fixtures And Backsplash

Replacing your plumbing fixtures can revamp the kitchen and provide a more modern look. Install low-flow faucets to be more energy efficient and to prevent replacing often, invest in higher quality fixtures. Adding a backsplash can brighten the kitchen and will most of the time, be inexpensive.

Paint The Walls

While painting the walls will certainly beautify the kitchen, the color choice will need to be neutral. Tenants will want to bring in their own accessories that will coordinate with the paint.

Replace Doors And Countertops

Replace the doors with higher-quality material. Melamine is inexpensive but very durable. High-end doors will increase the value of your investment.

Stone countertops are a great option versus laminate. Quartz requires no maintenance; Granite is another great option but will need seal applied regularly.

Laminate is another choice since it is affordable, functional, and stain-resistant, but it’s not as durable.

Counter Space

Most tenants are looking for functionality, apartment size refrigerators and cooking ranges are all they need. Upgrading to double sinks, a large fridge, or a cooking range isn’t necessary.

Choosing single sinks and moderate-size appliances will maximize counter space.

In essence, are you wanting to renovate and give a modern touch? Or are you wanting to provide an energy-efficient kitchen? Whichever you choose, the retention rate of your tenant will improve with a renovation.

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Kitchen Remodeling Tips – 5 Popular Kitchen Floor Plans and Other Design Advice…

The social epicenter of your home, this is where some of the most memorable events are made, from family breakfasts to eloquent dinner parties. Choosing a floor plan that provides not only a beautiful design, but a functional layout is infinitely preferable to other plans. Here are some floor plan ideas to help find the one that’s most suited for your lifestyle.

Which Layout Should I Choose?

The room design will be the determining factor behind the layout of your kitchen. In most kitchens, there are only five common layouts to choose from- the G, L, U, single wall, and galley style. Any of these will create the triangle kitchen workspace from the stove, refrigerator, and sink.

L-Shaped

While being a practical option for small and large kitchens, it provides the natural triangle with continuous counter space and workstations on the adjacent walls. Giving the chef some privacy for food preparation typically opens up where they can also interact with family or guests. This option is perfect for entertaining.

U-Shaped

A perfect choice for a larger kitchen, the U- shape is composed of cabinetry and fixtures. The adjacent walls provide prep space and an abundance of storage. If there is more than one chef in the kitchen, this would be a great option.

 

G-Shaped

Also referred to as the peninsula, it is similar to the U-shaped layout. This works best in medium to large spaces. The design surrounds the cook on 3 sides which gives it a more welcoming appeal, while also providing optimal storage.

 

Single Wall Or Straight Kitchen

This is a very basic style and is used mostly in smaller homes, apartments, and lofts. This design keeps all appliances and counter spaces lined up on one linear wall in order to conserve floor space and reduce costs.

 

Galley Or Corridor Kitchen

This style is perfect for the right space, if not designed properly it can be greatly inefficient. With cabinets facing each other, this forms a passage or galley between them. This style is common in many restaurants.

Designing Tips

Careful and thoughtful components are imperative to maximize the kitchen space. Also important are functionality and livability while exploring the kitchen design and choosing appliances.

Here are some things to consider when choosing the layout:

  • Traffic – Make sure you have enough room for at least 2 people to fully function in the kitchen without issues of bumping into one another. Make sure there won’t be anything obstructing the oven and refrigerator doors.
  • Comfortable Distance – While keeping the sink, fridge, and stove in close proximity, allowing at least 120cm will let you open all doors and drawers without difficulty. If you are planning on having wire baskets as an accessory, be sure to leave filler space between the last cabinet and wall.
  • Kitchen Island Distance – Your kitchen island will serve as a workspace to prepare meals. Make sure that the island isn’t so close that it obstructs things like your oven door or is too far away and non-functional as a prep station.
  • Counterspace – Include a prep sink, so the countertop surface isn’t broken up by cooktop appliances. This will maximize your counter space and prep areas.

Common Kitchen Floor Plan Mistakes To Avoid

  • Putting the sink in first
  • Placing the sink next to a wall; this will interrupt your flow
  • Install your dishwasher or oven in the corner of the kitchen; this may prevent you from opening adjacent doors

How You May Mess With Workflow If You Aren’t Careful

  • Mismeasure counter height or waste any valuable counter space
  • Underestimate electrical outlets, neglect plumbing, proper ventilation or heating
  • Forget to properly dispose of recycling or debris

Communication Pitfalls

  • Lack of communication with the builders, not asking for assistance from the experts
  • Disregard creating a clear plan in writing that lays out the pricing, schedule and commitments

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Window Replacement Basics – What You Need to Know Before Replacing Your Windows…

You probably don’t give your windows much thought….until you have rainwater coming in or feel those winter drafts and realize you’re going to need to replace them! Now is the time to learn the pros and cons of replacement windows and the options available to you so you’ll be ready when the time comes.

Only Part of the Window Gets Replaced

Replacement windows are an unusual home improvement item. The entire window is not “replaced”. Only the glass and moving parts, which compose of the majority of the window, are replaced, but the framed portion remains. If the sections around the window, especially below the window where water congregates, are damaged, new construction may be called for.

New Construction Windows

If the area around the window is rotted and considered to be structurally unsound, then you will need a new construction window. In addition, you will need a new, substantial frame around the window to hold it in place.

Single Hung Vs Double Hung Windows

Both single and double hung windows have a lower sash (a pane) that slides upward. When the house gets too warm, you can unlatch the window and slide the sash up allowing air to waft through the screen. The main difference between the two is that with single hung windows, the upper sash is fixed in place and only the lower sash slides up and down. With double hung windows, both sashes can move allowing you to clean windows from the inside.

Bottom line – you will save money with the single hung windows. An added plus is that fewer moving parts leaves less chance of failure. Double hung windows have benefits though, as you can replace the upper sash if it were to become damaged. Also cleaning the outside of the windows is easier with double hung as it allows you to lower and pivot the upper sash to a more ergonomic position.

Sometimes You Can Fix the Window

Higher energy costs don’t necessarily mean that it’s time to replace your windows. It’s possible that the seals on your existing double-glazed windows may have failed allowing hot or cold air to easily pass into the house because the argon or krypton gas has escaped. If this is the case, you can save time and money by simply repairing the window. Consult a professional to ascertain if replacement windows are needed or if a repair will suffice.

Know Your Window Company

Back in the day, men went door-to-door to sell siding or new windows for your home. Unfortunately, that reputation of the over-aggressive salesman with smoke-and-mirror sales tactics has remained. Even today, profit margins can be high, and some companies continue to take advantage of their customers. Take time to do your research and educate yourself prior to signing any contracts. There are good companies out there who strive do the right thing for their customers with fair pricing and excellent workmanship.

Window Replacement Season

If replacement window companies only performed installations during “optimal conditions” such as spring and summer, they would go out of business. Windows may need to be replaced any time of year so any season is window replacement season! Reputable companies know how to work through less than favorable conditions. A good technician knows that caulking may not set well in extreme conditions, or that moisture can affect the tolerances related to the overall installation. The main downside to scheduling a replacement during more temperate seasons is that everyone else is doing the same thing meaning you may or may not be able to get in during your requested time period.

Window Replacement Is Not a DIY Project

Replacement windows are a prime example of knowing when to cry “Uncle” and allowing a professional to take on your home improvement project. You may save money by replacing the windows yourself, but the learning curve is steep and it may take you longer than anticipated to complete the project. Professional window installers have the tools and the skills to complete a window replacement or installation job within hours instead of days. No comparison there. Also, some window manufacturers may only warrant their product if it is installed by a professional.

Which Brand or No Brand?

Replacement window companies come in all shapes and sizes – Small, large, brand name, no brand name, family-owned, etc. How to choose? You can obtain decent no-name brand windows that will serve you for a few years, but keep in mind that all windows are not made the same. Think quality and longevity. It may be a good idea to consult your contractor for their experiences with brands they have used or recommend.

Replacement Costs

The cost to replace your windows depends on many factors including window materials, type of glazing, and the installer you select. Some homeowners try to cut costs by hiring a handyman to replace the windows which may save you some money. In the other hand, a pro window installer who has perfected the installation process and usually comes with a crew, will save you time and offset that little bit of money you might save with said handyman. An added perk: Replacement windows add value when it comes time to selling your house.

Window Materials Are Important

Homeowners who want to maintain the “classic” look of their home may reject the idea of vinyl windows in favor of wood materials. Today’s vinyl windows are worth a second look. Vinyl framing materials inhibit energy loss, don’t require sealing or painting, and are a much cheaper option than wood.

NOTE –  Todays aluminum clad windows are just as efficient as vinyl windows. The statement above is referring to the solid metal construction of commercial windows which are less efficient but not a large enough difference to really write about. Most windows sold today by our go to reps are going to very efficient.

Double Pane Windows

A double pane window, or double-glazed window, is comprised of two sheets of glass with air or an inert gas (Typically krypton or argon) layer in the middle. A double pane window can increase your energy efficiency by almost 100%. Double pane windows are becoming the standard, even in parts of the country that are not ordinarily thought of as having extreme climates. Also, called Insulated Glass or IGU’s (Insulated Glass Units).

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Renovation vs Remodel… What Is The Difference?

Renovation and Remodeling, although thought to be the same thing, they are two different types of home improvement techniques.

What Is The Difference Between Renovation & Remodeling?

The degree in which the project entails, will determine whether it’s a remodel or renovation.

Renovations typically involve cosmetic changes to an existing structure by making the old appear new.

When it involves changing the layout, demolition, or new construction, that would be considered a remodel.

For example, a kitchen renovation may include new flooring, paint, replacing cabinets or the sink, while leaving the plumbing and electric outlets in place. When it’s a remodel, it may also include those changes along with relocating plumbing and adding square footage.

Does My Space Need a Remodel Or Renovation?

If all you are looking for is a new and updated look, then a renovation may be all you need. If looking to create more space or functionality, then taking down some walls may be involved, which is a full remodel.

When considering which one would work better for your needs, be sure to create a budget. This should be the most important deciding factor. Also, take into consideration the impact the changes will have on your property value.

Keep in mind, that any updates or improvements are sure to impact the resale of your home, but a remodel will be more remarkable.

Who Will Complete The Task?

With a basic renovation, a skillful handyman may be all you need. You may be able to tackle some of the projects on your own. More difficult tasks may require a home remodel expert.

It’s always good to talk to an experienced and trusted contractor whichever direction you choose.

Which Costs More, a Renovation Or Remodel?

In most cases, renovations are less costly than a remodel, with these being mostly cosmetic improvements. It’s also much easier to create a more efficient budget since the likelihood of running into extensive issues is far less.

A remodel, on the other hand, will be more costly with permits possibly being added to the list of expenses. Also, keep in mind that the estimate you receive will not include things such as new appliances, toilets, etc…

Speaking to a qualified and experienced contractor is a great first step when completing renovations or remodels. Let them lead the process from beginning to the end.

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Why Restaurant Remodeling and Renovations Requires a Very Experienced Contractor…

A gorgeous renovation has a considerable impact on your restaurant and customers, making your space the new hotspot that everyone’s talking about. Deciding on remodeling your restaurant and putting your decision to practice is not an easy task. All you need is to find the best restaurant remodeling contractor. Restaurants always compete for a new look. Read on to learn what steps you should take to find a restaurant contractor that will bring your vision to life.

Why It Matters to Have a Contractor:

There are a lot of areas specific to restaurant renovation, such as the Health Department, building code requirements, equipment accommodation, and HVAC considerations. Experienced commercial contractors know what to expect and deliver on work contracts without problems. Even if you are a DIYer, you cannot handle the intensity of remodeling a restaurant. Getting a contractor will speed up the process, help with design ideas, handle all the legal aspects and city codes, and help in purchasing remodeling supplies.

Improvements to Think About

The restaurant industry is constantly challenged to keep up with generational trends, health inspections, and evolving food preferences. At some point, a restaurant renovation, whether it is big or small, will be a necessity. Besides making the restaurant look elegant, you also need to consider the efficiency and restaurant space.

A few suggestions to implement in your remodeling:

    • Upgrade the heating and air conditioning
    • Change the lighting design
    • Think about upgrading the ADA requirements
    • Spruce up the entrance and upgrade stairs and hallways
    • Change the bar setup
    • Improve all kitchen cabinets and appliances
    • Consider new faucets, sinks, backsplashes, and countertops

Figure Out How to Get The Most Bang For Your Buck

The budget is always one of the most important things to consider with a restaurant remodel. If you find that you ultimately can’t afford a complete overhaul, you can still make a dramatic impact with a few key upgrades. You want customers to notice the changes, but you also want it to fit within your budget. Think about which affordable changes are most important to you. Maybe it’s adding sophisticating lighting or adding in some nooks and booths for a cozier feel. Or, you might want to add some brightness by changing the color scheme throughout. Some restaurants are able to add an inexpensive modern look by exposing brick walls or ceiling beams. By thinking through each detail of your restaurant makeover, you can come up with a plan that will attract new customers and wow your old ones. And, you’ll keep restaurant renovation costs in check, so you can achieve the end result of a brand-new look without harming your bottom line.

Find The Right Contractor

This is perhaps the biggest restaurant renovation cost you will have, so you want to be sure you find someone reputable and trustworthy who does excellent work. It should also be someone who has specific experience in restaurant design. As tempting as it might be to hire your handyman neighbor (which is okay for small jobs), a full renovation requires a bit more expertise. To avoid disappointments, you need to select the right restaurant modeling contractor.

Consider the following aspects:

    • Experience: You need to look for an expert in commercial remodeling to handle your restaurant remodeling project. Do not allow your project to be the first commercial remodeling job for a contractor. Only a pro can get that outstanding design for your restaurant. You will have to do some research to find that perfect contractor and it may take some time, but it will be worth it.
    • Forms and Codes: Restaurants have to deal with health departments, ADA requirements, and city and state building codes. Only experienced contractors are familiar with all those requirements.
    • A Solid Track Record Working with Similar Restaurants: You would be best served to find a restaurant remodeling contractor who has worked on restaurants with your volume and type of clientele. This type of contractor will know what budget you are working with. Whether you are looking for a complete transformation or you merely wish to expand your dining and kitchen areas, there is a contractor out there who has expertise in the very remodeling project you envision. A contractor who has worked on many restaurant projects will know all remodeling requirements, restaurant remodeling designs, a timeline for the project and the best remodeling material, and suppliers.
    • The Budget: Taking into account all the financial factors — your cash flow, whether you’re securing financing, whether you’re going to close down, and for how long — decide how much you can afford to spend on a renovation. No matter what, do not spend more than you can afford. And keep in mind that because of contingencies, most renovations go over budget, so your realistic restaurant renovation cost estimate should actually land at a number that’s less than what you can afford to spend. A good contractor should set the estimated cost and timeline you require to complete the remodeling. Try to find a contractor who can work fast and work smart at the same time to save you some cost.
    • Choosing a Specific Design:  The contractor will give you ideas for several designs but the basic design is up to you based on your interest and taste. Restaurant remodeling is about upgrading the design. A contractor should be able to tell you about the most recent restaurant designs. Your design must consider the space of the restaurant. A well-experienced contractor will help you in choosing the best design for your restaurant. Do you want casual or intimate restaurant designs??
    • Look for Proof of License and Insurance: Licensing will show the qualification of your contractor and insurance is excellent in case of accidents happen during the remodeling. Ask the contractor to show you the license and insurance documents for validity.
    • Average Cost of a Restaurant Remodel: Restaurant renovation costs are hardly a prix fixe situation; they can vary dramatically based on the project. Building Journal puts the national average cost for a 5,000-square-foot restaurant remodel with mid-level finishes at $160 a square foot, or $480,000. Note that this scope does not include furniture, fixtures, or restaurant equipment. What your food and beverage establishment will cost is unclear until you sit down to develop a budget.

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Tips For Help You Find the Best Commercial Contractor to Remodel Your Office

Remodeling a home or office can bring many challenges. Hiring an office remodeling contractor will make your life much easier and in end, many times, less expensive.

Remodeling a Business Office

Office remodeling can be done for various reasons, whether your office needs a simple update, you are just getting started on your venture, or you need more workspace. Remodeling is certain to impress workers, investors, or any other associates with your business.

Remodeling Steps That Ensure Remodeling Success

  • Goals – List your goals for the remodel, including the preferred designs
  •  Budget – Budget cost of labor, office supplies and remodeling materials. What stays and what goes.
  • Coordination – If you are planning on remodeling yourself, you will need to coordinate the crew that will assist with the remodel. Hire a contractor and you can check this off your list. It’s a BIG thing to take of your list.
  • Timeline – There are several factors to consider. The workforce, the complexity of your design, and what needs to be done first and so on. Don’t forget having staff move to different areas while the work is completed.

TIP: Keep in mind that it is ultimately the owner’s responsibility to create the plan of the remodel with advice from your contractor. It is the contractor’s responsibility to put your plan into motion and oversee the process.

What Is The Cost of an Office Remodel?

The cost for an office remodel varies. It depends on the size of the office, the design you have in mind, condition of the office and other factors as well. Get several estimates and make sure you are comparing the bid correctly.

How To Choose the Best Office Remodeling Contractor?

Finding a contractor may not prove to be that difficult, however not all will be the most suited for office remodeling. Consider the following aspects prior to hiring a contractor…

  • Licensing and InsuranceReputable contractors should have a license and insurance. It is very important that you know this upfront. They may do a great job, but without a license, they are likely not qualified to perform the remodel. The license can prove that they are qualified for the remodeling job. Make sure the contractor provides proof of insurance. This will relieve you of any responsibility if someone gets injured during the remodel. TIP: Make sure you get a copy of the contractor’s license and insurance. Some contractors may say they have license and insurance, but in fact do not.
  • What Specialty Does Your Contractor Have?There are different types of contractors. Some contractors may be considered a general contractor and others may have more experience and skills in a specific area, such as remodeling. Find a contractor who has office remodeling experience. The results will be determined by the contractor’s experience and skills. TIP: Professional training in office remodeling and renovation is the only way to know for sure that your contractor has the skills to complete your project.
  • Cost – Not all contractors charge the same fee for office remodeling. Contractors will base their fee on the size of the office, the complexity of the design, condition of the office and length of time to complete the job. Make sure you research multiple contractors and compare the cost estimates from each one. This will make it easier to budget your office remodel. TIP: Don’t base your decision on the contractors’ fees alone. Make sure you take all the factors into consideration.
  • Reviews/References  From Past Clients – The best way to research your prospective contractor is feedback from previous clients. If you have positive feedback from previous clients, then that will help guide you in the right direction. TIP: It may prove to be difficult to track down previous clients of the contractor. If the contractor is willing to provide their information, then this should let you know he is confident in his skills.
  • Contractors Crew – The position of the contractor is also to coordinate subcontractors to complete some of the remodeling tasks. The team will likely consist of plumbers, electricians, designers, and material suppliers. It’s a great idea to meet the entire team and know who is designated for each task. The contractor should introduce you to all of them. It’s a great idea to work with a contractor who is willing to delegate some of the roles to others. This will help expedite the completion of the remodel and ensure that each person is handling what they specialize in. TIP: Keep in mind that the more crew that is hired to complete the remodel, the more the cost could be. Make sure you are aware of how many subcontractors will be on the job before the project begins.
  • Contract – A verbal contract is not a way to conduct official business. Make sure you get the contract in writing. If it’s not in writing, then holding the contractor accountable if any legal issues arise will be a serious issue. Asking for a written contract is a general way to conduct official business. This is a lot of money invested and the contractor should be understanding of this. Make sure both parties understand the contract and sign it. TIP: Make sure the contract includes the expected date of completion, cost, and the intended outcome of the project.
  • Getting to Know the Contractor – Don’t rely on communicating with the contractor by emails and text messages only. You should always meet him in person. Developing a good business relationship with your contractor will help alleviate any concerns you may have. Do your research and if you are hesitant at all, don’t hire them. Have a meeting in person and this will help you get a better feeling of their character.

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Bathroom Remodeling Tips – How to Remodel Your Bathroom So It Becomes More Functional…

Compartmentalizing your bathroom can increase functionality and privacy. Describe your ideal “bathroom” and the word “functional” will probably come to mind. Your bathroom serves so many different purposes and it’s one of the most frequently remodeled rooms in the home. Homeowners not only want more bathing spaces in their homes but they also want more amenities. One moment it’s a bath-time playpen for the kids, full of toys, bubbles, and noise, and the next it’s a candle-lit, jazz-infused meditation retreat, perfect for some downtime once the kiddos have gone to bed. There is more opportunity to maximize your bathroom’s functionality than you might expect. So, how do you make this most important room in your home more functional? Some ideas are more involved than others, but each one of the following adds an element of practicality and usability to your home.

Make your Bathroom Functional by Eliminating the Bathtub

Consider replacing your bathtub with a tub to shower conversion. This functional improvement may add square feet of usable space to your family’s bathroom and offer a much more practical bathing option. Most homeowners prefer a shower to a tradition tub. Designing a functional room requires planning, good information, and careful thinking about your layout. Partner with an experienced profession for this involved renovation. It will make this upgrade an enjoyable and functional experience.

Make Your Bathroom Mobility Friendly

Recent data shows mobility-friendly bathrooms are prized by home buyers, and can drive up your home’s value more than almost any other upgrade. Make your bathroom more functional and welcoming by adding grab bars. Modern grab bars can complement a bathroom’s aesthetics and can help prevent slips and falls from all family members.

Make Your Bathroom Convenient With Mirrored Medicine Cabinets

A variety of modern and classic mirror styles in a hinge or sliding design, means there is a model to complement any aesthetic. For families with young children, this added space will help keep toiletries and medicines tucked away from curious hands. These mirror/cabinet combinations not only add beauty and depth to your bathroom, but they offer lots of extra storage where you need it most.

Make your Bathroom Bright With Upgraded Lighting

Too often lighting a bathroom is low on the list of priorities relative to other rooms in the house. But with bathrooms becoming larger and more elaborate, proper lighting is essential to making the most of the space. Upgrading your bathroom lighting is a powerful way to make the room more functional. Not only is new lighting one of the most immediately rewarding bathroom improvements you can make, it’s among the most affordable. As you might expect, there is a seemingly endless variety of light fixture designs, which means your lighting upgrade can be as beautiful as it is functional.

Make your Bathroom Fashionably Functional

When it comes to minimally invasive and practical bathroom upgrades, it can be hard to beat towel hooks and towel bars. Adding new towel hooks and towel bars is a simple, affordable, and functional upgrade to your bathroom’s look. Modern bathroom designs continue to blend aesthetics and practicality, and these handy accessories are no exception. A variety of materials, colors, and finishes make for an impressive finished product, even to the most discerning homeowner.

Make Your Bathroom Cozy by Warming Up Your Floors

To avoid a cold tile floor, consider adding radiant heat, which is simply an electric heating element that the tile installer puts underneath your finished floor. Set it on a programmable thermostat, and it’ll have the floor warm to the toe when your alarm goes off in the morning. That will be a small increase to your project costs, but it will make your new bathroom a comforting, functional, and peaceful retreat.

Make Your Bathroom Tidy And Organized

Dual sinks allow you and your spouse to get ready for work or a night out on the town at the same time. You can also have separate work and storage spaces. Installing a new vanity instantly improves the storage capacity and usability of your bathroom. Keep towels, toiletries, and all other daily essentials neatly organized and tucked away. Think of the function a new vanity with the additional counter space can offer. If you need help with choosing the right sink and vanity, speak with an experience designer for some professional help. This is a chance for you to add your personal sense of style to your bathroom!

Make Your Bathroom Practical With Accessories For Your Shower

Built-in benches and shelving are clever and completely practical accessories for your shower. They make bathing more convenient and enjoyable. Manufactured stone pieces offer a permanent and secure solution to storage and seating in your shower.

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Building Concepts specializes in custom remodeling projects across the Greater Cincinnati Area. Our comprehensive residential and commercial experience has built a reliable reputation you can trust. Everyday we work to build trust through communication and attention to detail. We strive to enhance the lives of our clients by providing high quality solutions with hands on service. Throughout the remodeling project, minimal disruption to your home or office is our highest priority.
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