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Wisdom to Help Your Relationship Survive a Remodel

Spend less time patching up partnerships and more time spackling and sanding with this insight from a Houzz remodeling survey Full Story
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corinan
I admire people who are good at DIY. I am not bad at some things and my husband has some skills but I remember the shower hose debacle in 1991. His one day off during the week (Sunday), the job took 8 hours including him going to his work to get his tools, dropping the wrench down the wall lining and then crawling under the floor to retrieve it, and then getting soaked. He turned off the water at the mains outside on the street and it also turned off the neighbors' water.
If that was a shower fitting, I can't imagine what a room or house would be like. We hired professionals to do the kitchen, walls and floors in our old house.
March 24, 2014 at 12:32AM     
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Aubry T
I am so glad we seem to be mostly in line as far as tastes and ideas go, a few things we differ on, but generally compromise well. Both of us love western/craftsman/rustic styles, but then my other half also really likes the spanish/mexican cantina influences, and I also like traditional/early american/english styles. In our current house that has manifested itself that about 90% is in our common taste, and the accents are our individual contributions (my tacky traditional/english draperies, and his colorful mexican pots and lizards in the backyard). The next house will be a project house too, and I'm not too concerned with our tastes clashing, most of the arguing is going to be about priorities most likely. Our main reason for moving is to spread out and have more garage/shop room to store all of hubby's toys and projects, so building a shop is most likely going to happen first thing..... whatever makes him happy :)
April 22, 2014 at 12:02PM     
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Contractor Tips: Top 10 Home Remodeling Don'ts

Help your home renovation go smoothly and stay on budget with this wise advice from a pro Full Story
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tsudhonimh
#7 !!!!!!! "If you can’t move out for the whole job, try to schedule some time away and set up a clean, comfortable place to retreat to when you can’t handle coming home to a messy and stressful construction site."

I've been hiding in the master bedroom suite (which was completed first) because the rest of the house is full of tools, scaffolding, adobe dust, plaster dust, and floor protection ... I haven't spent this much time in my room since I was grounded in 5th grade!
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hayleydaniels
I've never worked with a contractor other than a personal friend who was retired and helped us with our remodel. What strikes me though with remodels is the fad of buying a house you hate assuming you can completely change it so it will be your 'forever' home that will wow everyone. This comes from all the silly house hunting/flipping shows that are totally unrealistic.
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10 Things to Ask Your Contractor Before You Start Your Project

Ask these questions before signing with a contractor for better communication and fewer surprises along the way Full Story
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Ventana Construction LLC
@chrisfocus, there are a number of ideabooks about working with an architect. They are all under Ideabooks/Architecture. Try this one Ideabook: How to Hire the Right Architect: Comparing Fees and this one Ideabook: Go Beyond the Basics When Interviewing Architects
To find architects to interview, you can view portfolios on Houzz, selecting by your metro area. You can contact the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for assistance. Ask co-workers, look for homes under construction that you like and ask who the architect is, look in local magazines for work you like, do a local Google search. You can also call contractors whose work you like. We frequently have homeowners call us first, and offer a list of 2-3 architects who we think will be a good fit for their project. Hope your project goes well!
June 28, 2014 at 8:47AM   
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Prime 1 Builders
Chrisfocus,
The American Institute of Architects is a good place to start. AIA.org is a great resource. They also have local chapters that architects are members. We also give recommendations to clients of names of architects that we have worked with in the past. We also offer design build services at our company if that is the direction you would prefer to go towards. We have a really good article that we wrote on our blog on our website about what design build offers to the bottom line, that is your money. www.Prime1Builders.com under the News & Blog section. It all depends on what direction you want to go.
June 30, 2014 at 5:01AM   
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6 Must-Know Lessons From a Serial Renovator

Get your remodel right the first time, with this insight from an architect who's been there too many times to count Full Story
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curlieq
I just signed the builder's contract this morning. After going into sticker shock, I got bids from three other contractors. Much lower...till you added in all the allowances included in the original contractor's estimate. The other bids were higher! Yikes! I had my atty look over the contract I ended up signing. She appreciated the details and thoroughness. I appreciated (finally) the transparency.
May 18, 2014 at 6:43PM   
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jtrbug
I have found my tribe! In August, it will mark our third year of what has become a whole house remodel/affected by my desire to have more room in my 10 x 19 kitchen. It has included taking down a wall, building a wall, floor down to joists, new subfloor, new hardwood floor. One contractor had a heart attack and had to retire and it took over six months to get into another contractor's schedule. Things were on track when the new contractor shot a nail through a large window and then winter with months of snow and ice (our drive is a bit steep) and now it looks like we may, we may be finished by Thanksgiving. BTW my husband who is not into the design process at all as come to view Trim as a four-letter word. All this time I've been cooking on one portable induction cooktop and two Breville Smart Ovens. Thank god we are empty nesters with no pets at the moment. This is our die in place house. With this project, it may come sooner than I thought!
July 9, 2014 at 8:27AM     
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Homeowner's Workbook: How to Remodel Your Kitchen

9 steps to a kitchen remodel, from gathering design ideas through construction and final review Full Story
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rgramma
I am planning to redo this sunroom and will be painting the paneling and adding new window treatments and flooring. Looking for ideas on window treatments on a budget. This room gets direct sun on the east side so must watch fading and warping. Furniture is brown rattan with glass table top. Any ideas on color scheme to brighten up the room?
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Monique Castonguay Design
I would paint the walls Natural White from Sico, the ceiling and front door Sico 6156-31 as seen on the picture. I would have roman blinds made for the windows with Robert Allen Beach Umbrella color sherbet (picture). Also, I would reupholster the chairs with solid color fabric either the tomatoe color or turquoise found in the stripped fabric. As for the floor, Ikea has an interesting wool flat weave carpet in yellow.
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