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Custom Home Construction: Choosing The Right Builder

Custom home construction is the best way for you to realize your unique vision and create a one-of-a-kind dream house. But choosing a homebuilder from the many companies in your area can be a daunting task. Once you and your family have a clear vision of what you're looking for in a house, you can begin researching individual companies in earnest. A new home is the single most important purchase you will make for your family, and key to a successful experience is your relationship with your builder. Assuming you've already decided specifics about what kind of home you want to build and have ascertained what your budget is, you can now begin the process of assessing companies. Get recommendations from friends and colleagues, visit home shows and open houses, and research company websites. This should allow you to create a short list of builders whose work fits with your vision. Next, meet with the builder or his/her representative. Come prepared to discuss house plans – tell him or her what plans from the company interest you, or ask to see plans that fit your requirements. It's best to go to the meeting with a list of questions to ensure that you get all the information you need to make a decision. Don't be afraid to ask a lot of questions; it's better to have any potential issues clarified before signing a contract. Sample questions might include: What services and standard features are included in the price? How many changes can be made to a plan? Is HST included in the price quote? Will the house be covered by a third-party new home warranty? Does the company offer help with financing? What sort of after-sales [...]

By |August 16th, 2019|construction|0 Comments

Smart, Economic Renovations

During this economic upheaval and housing downturn, you may be asking yourself if it is smart to invest in your home. The answer is a resounding yes! Investing in your home can save you money now, and poise your home to reap the financial benefits when the housing cycle rebounds. That being said, there are smarter economic renovations than others. Siding Upgrading or replacing your siding is a wise investment in both bull and bear economies. Your siding protects your homes from the elements. If your siding is in bad shape, more damage is being done behind the walls than you know. This can cost you more money in future repairs. Consider upgrading your vinyl siding to fiber cement siding. This siding lasts longer than vinyl siding and is perceived a better value by the public. This means a potential home buyer will pay more for your home because of its fiber cement siding than your neighbor's which is sided with vinyl. In fact, Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs. Value 2007 report noted that you can expect to recoup 88% of the cost of installing fiber cement siding when you sell. Bathrooms You have probably heard many times that bathrooms and kitchens sell homes. That is because it is true. Simple renovations such as replacing your old chipped tile, upgrading your countertops and light fixtures and repainting the bathroom can transform the entire room. Potential buyers do not want to walk into a bathroom that feels old and dingy. Another economic benefit is that when a contractor is remodeling your bathroom they may find problems areas that could lead to expensive repairs down the road. They will be able to fix them on the spot and [...]

By |July 15th, 2019|renovations|0 Comments

Home Remodeling Plans

Home remodeling plans should start with a consideration for saving energy costs.  The climate of the United Kingdom and many other places in the Northern Hemisphere is very difficult in the winter months – affording many energy savings opportunities for those with home remodeling plans. It is truly remarkable to see just how much the cost of fuel and electricity goes up in the winter months in some areas of the world. For the purpose of this article, we will consider home remodeling opportunities in the United Kingdom.  There is a ton of information available through the UK government – they even offer grants to help homeowners with their central heating, loft insulation or wall insulation projects (see the Government Grants UK website for more information). Owners of buildings and tenants in buildings will find that they can receive a 40% to 70% government subsidy for some insulation projects, to ensure that such measures are incorporated into their building or home remodeling plans. On the Government’s Energy Saving Trust website they offer a search tool to help homeowners find grants being promoted in their residential area.  By searching, one will see a list of vendors, discounts and subsidies that can avail themselves of and incorporate into their home remodeling plans. Often, people do not realize just how much money something like proper wall insulation can save them. If they knew, they would get busy with their home remodeling plans right away!  Research shows that 35% of the heat in a home escapes through walls and 25% through the roof. Early home remodeling plans often included boiler replacements as newer ones were produced staking great energy saving claims, but in reality they are not as effective [...]

By |June 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Essential Home Renovation Tips

Home ownership to become successful and profitable will certainly require some amount of your effort and time and nothing can be better than to be geared towards the idea of discovering solutions and find ways to enhance the value that it originally possessed and never the other way around. One of the best solutions that homeowners should never grow tired of is home renovation. For sure, even the best property caretaker will still find reasons to worry about the effects of wear and tear brought by the years that passed by. Through the years, changes will occur and it will really make a difference if you will put your attention on the most worthy places and allow restoration and absolute improvement to take place in your home. Make sure that home renovation will be able to attend to the interior and exterior requirements of your home. Beauty should surface from inside to the outside of your home because the success of your efforts will only be possible if you will create a faultless environment. Doing the task partially done is not ideal because it will only present half-baked accomplishments that may deprive you of utmost contentment out of the efforts you made. Consider your personal preferences. Most likely, homeowners will be required to bear with how their place appeared when they purchased it to avoid unnecessary and untimely expenses. However, when the opportunity for home renovation arises, it will certainly be important to make sure that you will be able to give enough consideration on your personal preferences and make it possible for its look to reflect the personalities of the people living in it. Allot enough budget for the renovation task. Thorough home renovation [...]

By |May 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Home Renovations – Planning Ideas

As it’s the start of the year, most people are looking for fresh starts and where could be a better place to begin than with home renovations. Whether you are simply looking for a small remodelling job or maybe a total overhaul of your house, this article will provide you with ideas and inspiration to get you started. The kitchen is one of the most favourite rooms to renovate and there are many reasons for this, including outdated cupboards and appliances to a change of living circumstances for example a family with older children may want to renovate the kitchen area into a place of entertainment. Examples include knocking down an internal wall for example a dining room situated beside the kitchen so as to make one big kitchen area. This really opens up the space and allows you to entertain while cooking, making it an ideal room for big homely family gatherings. If your budget allows you could bring an experienced professional on board such as an interior designer who will help you to plan your space in an optimal and aesthetic way. Another very popular choice among people in terms of home renovations, is converting a spare room into an office space or a nursery for a new baby. This is particularly common among new couples who have begun to start a family and want a practical space to look after their new arrival. Converting a room into a nursery needn’t be as daunting as one would expect and will actually reduce your stress levels when the new arrival is welcomed home. It also mentally prepares you for the change before the pitter-patter of little feet can be heard about the place. Once [...]

By |April 15th, 2019|renovations|0 Comments