Mega Builders

(800) 310-6342
megabuilders.com

Services Provided
Whole house remodeling, custom homes, tear-down and rebuild, second floor additions, design. Also: insurance losses specialists, solar, exclusive North America distributors of Mal Corboy Cabinets.

Areas Served
Southern California

Business Description
A preeminent Southern California award-winning complete home remodeling contractor and builder that specializes in value solutions for selective and high-end projects. For the past two and a half decades, our accomplishments, track record, enthused customers and mode of operations help secure our position as an industry leader and are the result of a client-centered approach and an unwavering commitment to our clients' satisfaction.

Certification and Awards
CR, CKBR, CGR, ICC Certified Inspector, Big-50, more...
Los Angeles Area General Contractor
Best of Houzz 2014
Contact:
Alon Toker 
Type:
 
Address:
21021 Devonshire St #102
Chatsworth, CA 91311 
Fax:
(818) 407-4900 
License #:
623980 
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Tiffany,
The following is copied and pasted from a short article I posted on our blog "Remodeling University" a while ago (can be found here: http://www.megabuilders.com/blog/page/2/).
It seems to address your question. I hope you find it valuable. Best of luck with your remodeling project!

“do I really need a general contractor on my project?”
Well, in my opinion, the answer depends on your particular circumstances.
Generally speaking, the more complex your project is and the larger it is, the more a competent general contractor is needed. Many homeowners might not be aware of it, but being an owner-builder is a viable option for many remodeling projects. That category (owner-builder) is also recognized by the city for the purpose of securing permits.
As an owner-builder, you act as the GC (general contractor). So let’s say that you live in Los Angeles and Kitchen remodeling is what you are considering. You might decide to do the demolition yourself, have an electrician take care of the electrical work, a handy man patch the walls, you’ll do the painting, the Home Depot would supply and install the cabinets and a friend of yours would install the tile counters. Is that a legitimate approach? It sure is…providing;
Here are some of the challenges you should be aware of:
1. Like for anything else, for this too there is a learning curve. Even if you are a very fast learner, chances are that you’ll have a few missteps the ‘first time out’.
2. Design knowhow: the more complex the project, the more critical the design would be. Unless there is a design professional on your team, yours would be a hit-n-miss experience.
3. Code and construction knowhow: Someone on your team needs to be knowledgeable in the various codes pertaining to your project and in the best sequencing for your particular work.
4. Competent supervision: while a layperson can review finish work and judge it satisfactory (or not), the same does not hold true for ‘rough’ work. As a layperson, can you tell if the plumbing is run correctly, the wires properly sized, the drywall legally nailed, etc?
5. Availability: will you be able to be on site to see that things are done as agreed to or as needed? Was the gravel base placed before the driveway was poured? Was the second coat of paint applied? Were the old pipes abandoned and new ones ran in the wall? Unless you are – A. On site to supervise and note all these things, short cuts are certain to take place and B. Even if you are at home to supervise, do you know enough about construction’s ‘best practices’ to be able to effectively supervise?
None of it is ‘rocket science’. Truly. But there is enough complexity in today’s homes that you need to consider your options; if you have a basic project that does not involve multiple trades, is not too complex and the overall scope and budget are small, I think you can take it on yourself, should you be so inclined. Just take the time needed to educate yourself (endless resources are available online) and stay on top of everyone. If, on the other hand, the home remodeling you are considering is complex, involves structural work, requires design and/or is broad in scope and budget, I strongly recommend that you team with a competent, professional and experienced general contractor. Without a doubt, that would be in your best bet.
Happy remodeling!
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Tiffany,

Higher a reputable remodeling contractor, he will manage and oversee everything and he will finish the job fast and efficient... He will bring qualified professionals who specialize in its own field and it will be money well spent and all you have to do is enjoy it for years to come.

Good luck.
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libradesigneye
If you have a full time job, or several children below the age where they can help you, or both, hire a contractor. A bathroom is not a room you can live without for long and the duration of your project will more than double in DIY. Follow younghouselove.com for what kinds of tools it takes, what kinds of work it is okay to do in house and know that some smaller contractors will work with you as you describe.

One concern I have when I look at this wall is the black in the damaged and open drywall. If you are dealing with any mold in your wall, you need a contractor. That is not for DIY.
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You are looking at a glass bridge leading to the front door and spanning across a deep koi pond. As for the 'why' - because it is beautiful and awesome :)
July 16, 2014 at 11:50am   
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dalma darling
I think you'll find that these two Ideabooks offer a wealth of information when it comes to making the decision about which type of wood flooring will suit your needs.

Ideabook: What to Ask Before Choosing a Hardwood Floor
Ideabook: When to Use Engineered Wood Floors
July 14, 2014 at 2:20pm   
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It may be helpful to have some more information: are floors going above or below grade? On raised floor or on slab-on-grade? Can you find a pre-finished floor that is exactly what you want? Is matching an existing floor an issue?
These and other parameters will greatly affect which option may work better for you.
Good luck!
July 14, 2014 at 2:45pm   
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adivra
Not the best choice for flooring. Travertine needs regular sealing.
July 14, 2014 at 2:30pm   
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Travertine will work fine. We installed 'acres' of it. It is a softer stone and (like any stone) requires some maintenance and care to last and look good for many years. Note though that there are different grades of most all natural materials. Avoid low grade travertine, if your budget allows.
July 14, 2014 at 2:42pm   
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dalma darling
Hi there, noar01! Did you come to a decision on the hood for your range? I'd love an update on how your remodel is going now!
July 14, 2014 at 2:22pm   
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You should consult the manufacturer's documentation of your range for venting requirements, BTU output and so forth. The specs will call for recommended size of hood (width), distance from cooking surface, etc.
A remote blower will not be a specs requirement. This is done for noise reasons (less noise in kitchen when hood vent is on, as the motor is remotely mounted).
The kind of cook top you have (in terms of BTU output) will also dictate the recommended duct size required.
Note that, when 'traveling' with the duct to a remote blower, efficiency drops and there is also a limitation of number of turns in the duct.
Good luck!
July 14, 2014 at 2:29pm   
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