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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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good article, I agree but if it is a complete remodel, hire a designer, it will save you time and money and get you great ideas !
April 8, 2014 at 2:45pm     
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wedding9219
Like with wood
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Contractor Tips: What Your Contractor Really Means

Translate your contractor's lingo to get the communication on your home project right Full Story
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aliarides
Thank you - this is my gut feeling also. We do have a bid from someone who we'd really like to work with. It's a top drawer bid so we would like at least one other bid to compare to. I am well aware of the "you get what you pay for" theme in these discussions. However, going with just one bid is not very wise, either. So many of these guys are self-selecting out of the process, whether it's not responding further after we've requested a bid and references, or just saying incredibly stupid or confusing things during an interview.

I'm frustrated to say the least. The project is pretty straightforward - a typical update of a late 70's kitchen. We haven't decided on some of the materials, but most of it (remove soffits & pantry, take out peninsula and put in island, slight repositioning of plumbing etc) is common kitchen remodel items. I've interviewed contractors that friends really loved, several off Angie's list, and next up is to make some calls off a list that a cabinet shop we might use gave us.
November 1, 2013 at 8:26am   
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olldroo
I would definitely get three quotes minimum, not just for the price differences, but it is also interesting hearing how different people approach things, different suppliers they use and even just little tweaks they make that can often make a huge difference. "Getting what you pay for" is one thing, being sensible is another, I certainly don't like giving builders the impression I am made of money. When you do you homework thoroughly it is easy to weed out the excessive costs. I find in kitchens and bathrooms, particularly, there is a lot of snob appeal in products and finishes used and that does not impress me one bit. I even had one builder look down his nose at me because I was not in the least bit interested in choosing uber expensive Italian tiles and European fittings for my bathrooms and he really wasn't interested in the job otherwise - naturally he was immediately shown the door. I can't believe people can actually fall for that, there is such a thing as overcapitalizing.

Good luck with it all, a new kitchen is on my to-do list for next year, but I am hoping to find someone as good as the bathroom guy I had this year. Unfortunately he only does bathrooms, but he will give me some names of good people and several of my neighbours have recently replaced their kitchens and were happy with their builders.
November 1, 2013 at 3:46pm   
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Contractor Tips: 10 Ways to Get the Remodel You Want for Less

Lighten the load on your remodeling budget without sacrificing your design by heeding this insider advice Full Story
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chookchook2
Very helpful thankyou.
January 13, 2014 at 5:18am   
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bojaby
Restores are such great places. Several times a year home improvement stores like Home Depot donate discontinued, slightly damaged, overstock and returned items. Last week I got a bathroom fan and light that had been ordered on line and returned to a store. It was still in the original package with receipt of $124 on it. I looked it up on the stores website. It was still available, got great reviews, and the specs fit my needs. I paid $70.
March 12, 2014 at 8:16am     
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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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CUSTOM DESIGN CONSTRUCTION
These are great tips, a good contractor will never shy away from these questions and should give straightforward answers that will help keep you informed and will make your project run more smoothly.
March 21, 2014 at 1:23pm     
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Reynolds Construction, LLC
Really great information here. As contractors we make sure to cover all these bases. The first step to any great remodel is a GREAT plan! We like to give our customers a full outline as to how the project will go. Great tips here and good luck!
March 25, 2014 at 2:27pm     
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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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Jacqueline Pestano
Thanks Curlieu. Had to redo my bathroom in a hurry. Long story short, I received a recommendation for a carpenter who took 2 months to complete majority of project. He hasn't finished the job as yet. Left some minor and one major project unfinished. Still owes him money to complete this project.
March 2, 2014 at 12:57pm   
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Jacqueline Pestano
Sorry Curlieq
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10 Tips to Maximize Your Whole-House Remodel

Cover all the bases now to ensure many years of satisfaction with your full renovation, second-story addition or bump-out Full Story
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This is a very informative article! As a professional in the thermally broken steel window and door market, I especially enjoyed the point #6 (Plan Ahead).

We find that many customers install floor to ceiling windows in their home and completely disregard the thermal efficiency of the glass and frame material all together and then end up complaining when they can't afford to heat their home in the winter or cool it in the summer. This is all a product of NOT PLANNING AHEAD! This is why we tell all of our clients to research the endless benefits of outfitting your dream home with steel frame sections instead of aluminum, vinyl or composite. Also, choosing a quality low-e glass and appropriate IGU can make a world of difference in the efficiency of the space.

Also, screen and blind systems are great long term investments. Our revolutionary SE1-Screen system has remarkable thermal insulation which helps improve energy efficiency in your home while also adding to the overall style and uniqueness of the space. I added some photos of the system I speak of and the work we have done. Hope this helps!!

Cheers!
February 11, 2014 at 7:51pm   
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Our laundry is adjacent to out master suite. When we had infants and toddlers it was also the nursery. Now it is also a sewing room. One of my better ideas!
February 23, 2014 at 9:02am   
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Small Wonders: Get More of Everything With a Bay Window

Bump out a room to increase light, views and square footage — we give you details and costs for the five bay window types Full Story
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msmuffet
Moving in 2 weeks to a house with a kitchen bay window and a living room bay window. Quite an a-pro-pro subject for me. Thanks Houzz. Now I have more options to think about and will love my bay windows more than I already do.
April 20, 2013 at 2:38pm     
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Jianing Yang
if I need to add a bow window to a brick wall. What is the reasonable labor cost?
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10 Considerations for the Bedroom Addition of Your Dreams

Get the master bedroom you've always wanted by carefully considering views, access to the outdoors and more Full Story
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thefryteam
I like all the bedroom designs. The bedroom in #2 is very beautiful, I love it. DeAnn Fry http://www.fryteamaz.com/about/profile/1614073/#profile
February 19, 2014 at 9:24am   
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Room of the Day: This Mudroom Is Just Plain Hot

Wait till you see what’s behind the hooks and bins in this genius family drop zone Full Story
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hoppernotto
Could you please tell me what the flooring is? We gave up having hockey and lax stuff any where near the house..it all goes straight to the garage! haha
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Genius. Great job!
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Step Right Up: Expressing Movement on Modern Stairs

Seeing a person on a staircase changes our perception of the design Full Story
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Usage of under stares
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Stairs and storage
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Bathroom Workbook: 12 Things to Consider for Your Remodel

Maybe a tub doesn’t float your boat, but having no threshold is a no-brainer. These points to ponder will help you plan Full Story
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royalpayne
Yes, by all means, safety bars. And if not now, at least the blocking for them to be added later. In my 'Your new house' portfolio I plan to pass on, I have visually recorded every improvement we have done. Down to the studs pictures of blocking, electrical runs, plumbing, HVAC ducting, floor joist directions, types of underlayments under the hardwood and tile upgrades, insulation R factors and brands..... In short, every thing I wish had been passed on to me. Oh, and owners manuals of all appliances currently in the house. With their date of purchase and all warranty paperwork.
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love your art!
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