5 Deck Renovation Tips

Are you looking to add value to your home? Upgrading your front or back yard deck is a remodeling project you should consider. The return on your investment could yield up to 80% with the proper updates. Here are five tips to help your deck renovation:

  1. Research Building Codes

State and federal building codes can get specific when it comes to the stairs, railings, and general height and width of a deck. Building codes change depending on location, so make sure to research the codes for your area and your property. In addition, make sure your contractor is aware of these codes and complies with them.

  1. Choose Building Materials Wisely

Ho w much foot traffic will run across this deck? You need to choose a surface material that can withstand all kinds of wear and tear. The lifespan of your deck will also depend largely on the climate you live in.  Choose a material based on these considerations, as well as your needs and budget.

  1. Observe Your Neighbors

Look at other homes in your area and build accordingly. It isn’t necessary to use the same design, but you should reference their decks to get an idea of how you should build.

  1. Factor In All Costs

The cost of renovating your deck depends on your project goals and how much you are willing to spend on labor and materials. Begin careful planning by estimating project costs and researching how to handle large-scale renovations.

  1. Design With The Future In Mind

While you might be pushing for a quick completion to your deck renovation, you need to make sure the project is done correctly. Make sure your deck serves a useful purpose for years to come. This means using the durable materials and following building codes!

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5 Tricks to Beating Stress During Home Projects

Stress comes naturally with home renovation, but your stress shouldn’t control the situation. There are many renovation items to consider and complete, which may  seem overwhelming at first. Tackling your to do list will be a project in itself, but that doesn’t mean it should be the cause of ongoing tension. If you are currently in the midst of a renovation project and feel like the world is coming to an end, take a step back, take a deep breath, and follow these suggestions!

  1. Realize the benefits of the long run.

Limited amenities, the unexpected passing through of strangers, and dust everywhere are all typical traits of home renovation. Although these frustrations will inevitably get in the way during your home project, realize that they won’t be around forever. The purpose of renovating is to make your home a better place to live and that will happen in the long run.

  1. Keep in constant communication with your contractor.

You have the vision of your project and your contractor has every intention of turning that vision into a reality. Come to a general agreement with your contractor on every last detail of the project, and there won’t be back to back problems.

  1. Expect the unexpected.

Sometimes your contractor doesn’t stick with the plan because he or she thinks there is a better fit for the project. If you don’t like what he or she is putting into effect, tell them you want it done a different way. Remain in control of the situation, but also be open to your contractor’s suggestions.

  1. Set your budget and stick to it.

While estimating the budget for your home project, make sure to allocate some of the budget toward unplanned expenses. If your contractor makes constant alterations to your project plans, it is likely that your budget will be way off. Even if you stick to the plan, there is a good chance that the budget will still need modifying.

  1. Make your overall experience a positive one.

Commit to a contractor who you know is reliable. Research leads provided by family or friends before you make the final decision to hire. Your contractor should prove that he or she is fully insured and give you samples of previous projects. If you can find the right contractor for your project, stress won’t play a role in renovating!

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How To Renovate On A Tight Budget

Everybody’s budget is tight.

It doesn’t matter if we’re transforming the piano room of a high-end mansion or tweaking the layout in a downtown loft – every one of our clients wants to keep the costs as low as possible.

So over the past 20+ years in architecture and project management, we’ve learned a few tricks along the way to make sure every project comes in on time and under budget.

Here’s some of our best:

– Hire a professional. Obviously, we’re biased. But it’s true that bringing in someone with experience, connections and access to professional discounts will save you in many ways. Especially an independent local company that’s committed to your needs, not stockholders’ bottom lines. Think time, money, costly repairs, and headaches.

– Do it yourself. Not the whole project, of course. Still, most homeowners can contribute to design accents from the perfect-sized furniture to the just-right curtains, or come up with shelving and painting projects that help the renovation work shine.

– Research. Before bringing us in, search online and in magazines for ideas on what will make your home as comfortable and beautiful as  you dream. That helps narrow things down so we can spend less time designing and more time making it happen.

– Work with existing structural features. Interior brick walls, ceiling beams, and even exposed pipework can add to the beauty of a space. Plumbing, windows, and HVAC systems are expensive to move or relocate, so consider all your options before deciding to shift the sink three feet to the right.

– Fund it wisely. Avoid personal loans and save the home equity line of credit or second mortgage for the major projects.

When you’ve got a project you’re thinking of taking on, give us a call at 937-567-0606 to talk through the best way to make it happen for the least expense on your part.