Five Steps to a Successful Remodeling Project, Part Five

Step Five: The Build Process After you’ve reviewed final specifications with the designer and before construction begins, you should sign a construction agreement with a firm contract price. Know what your contract includes; for example, is the cabinet pricing for custom or off-the-shelf units? Subsequently, you should meet with the contractor, designer and carpenters in […]

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Five Steps to A Successful Remodeling Project, Part Four

Step Four: What to Expect During Design After you select your “remodeling team,” you’ll meet with the designer to start the design process. At the initial meeting, be prepared to discuss your budget, goals, and likes and dislikes. You don’t need to know how to achieve those goals or exactly what the finished space will […]

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Five Steps to a Successful Remodeling Project, Part Three

Step Three: Finding a Remodeler In our last post about completing a successful remodeling project, we discussed deciding on the process, specifically hiring a design-bid-build or a design-build firm. Whichever route you go, you need to choose your remodeler wisely. It’s said that people spend more time shopping for a car than a remodeler. Considering […]

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Five Steps to a Successful Remodeling Project, Part Two

Step Two:  Decide on the Process Besides a beautiful, functional home, you want a remodeling process that you’re comfortable with.  In this second step to a successful remodel, the big decision is whether you want to hire two entities, a designer and builder, or if you’d prefer to go with a design-build company, which provides […]

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Five Steps to a Successful Remodeling Project, Part One

A home remodel is one of those things that can breed procrastination.   Many homeowners, especially the uninitiated, put it off like a long-delayed trip to the dentist.   But good things, like a bright, healthy smile, can result from overcoming ill-founded anxieties, making us wonder why we waited so long to get started. Admittedly, home remodeling […]

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Owning Your Kitchen

It’s holiday season, when our kitchens get a workout from a range of ambitious endeavors, from hosting holiday dinners to crafting artisanal treats for gift-giving. And most of us find that our cookie-cutter kitchens don’t make the grade. It’s a good time, then, to take notes on what does and doesn’t work for you, so […]

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Matching Historic Homes with Modern Needs

A trendy, open floorplan can be tempting when you own a historic home. The space you have may feel too close or dark to be liveable. Before knocking down walls and installing track lighting in your Victorian, take a look at these five simple tips for historic home preservation and design: Tip #1: Keep the […]

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