What to Look for in a Remodeling Company

How many times have you completed a renovation project? Regardless of whether you are on your first or fifth, you should know that one of the most important things to do before you start a project is to plan.

Choosing a remodeling company to get the job done correctly is arguably the most important part of a  renovation project. As you  begin researching companies, make sure you are looking for these key qualities in the contractors who will be completing your project:

  1. Professionalism

Search for a company that presents itself like a full-time business. The contractors who are a part of that company should be well-organized, follow up with you directly, and present a detailed contract of the project details before they begin construction.

  1. Experience

Renovation is  many different types of work combined, involving architectural design and project management. The contractors you browse through need to have more than three years of expertise in home improvement. Check the company’s certifications in places other than their website, such as The Better Business Bureau or Angie’s List.

  1. Excellent Communication

The lines of communication need to be open between you and your contractors. You should receive constant updates from your contractors regarding the project, especially if the timeline or the budget changes.

  1. Reputation

Opt for a remodeling company with an established name. Look for reviews online from previous customers or network with other businesses in the same industry to find out more about the remodeling company.

  1. Job Site Etiquette

The contractors worth investing in are the ones who maintain clean and organized work sites, take precautionary steps to ensure safety for you and your family, and know how to keep a low profile in a neighborhood.

Are you planning your next home renovation? Call us for a consultation or send us a message on our website!

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Master Bedroom Renovation

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we are taking some time to focus on the most private room in your home. The most intimate room in your home is likely the master bedroom, but if the space doesn’t have a fresh look, it might not feel so intimate. You and your partner plan to spend a romantic evening at home for the upcoming holiday, but also realize it’s time to give your bedroom a makeover. Whether the color scheme is off, you need to block interruptive noises, or you need more space, changes are necessary for you to regain positive feelings in your room.

Aesthetics

If you walk into your bedroom and realize the general design of it is making you unhappy, it’s time to renovate. Room color is proven to affect your mood and thoughts, so changing your color scheme needs to be done wisely. Green is a smart choice for bedroom color because not only is it believed to relieve stress, it is also believed to help with fertility.

In addition to color choice, the amount of space you allow yourself is also important to consider. When moving furniture around just isn’t enough, make the decision to tear down interior walls or conjoin two smaller rooms for extra space. This could turn out to be extensive construction, but worth it in the end.

ROI

Right now you want to renovate the master bedroom to create your own personal retreat, but eventually you’ll want this room looking great for potential buyers. Giving your master bedroom a fresh look can give you a return on your investment (ROI) between 40-80%. Experts say that focusing on expanding your closets and creating larger master bathrooms are the top features homeowners desire and that will yield a higher ROI for you.

As you dream about your new master bedroom, call our team for a consultation. We will prepare design sketches for the space, establish the budget with you, assist and the ordering of materials, and manage the project as a whole. Give us a call today, 937-567-0606.

We encourage you to join the conversation and describe your dream room on our Facebook page!

 

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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.

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How to Stay Sane During Home Renovations

Coming up with ways to improve your home is one of the great joys of homeownership.

Actually making those improvements? Not so much, when you have furniture to move, plastic sheeting to hang, family and pets to keep out of the work area, and can’t use your water or power for hours on end.

Here’s some tips to make realizing your dream less painful:

– Call in a team of professionals. This definitely speeds up the process. Their experience, resources, tools and connections make for fast work done right the first time.

– Use a good calendar program. Not only will you know exactly what to expect throughout the project, you can coordinate your family’s schedules and events around the work being done.

– Make it a vacation. Make sure to schedule time to rest and relax! That may include slipping away to grandma’s or a nice hotel during the most disruptive work.

– Don’t go it alone. Ask for advice from friends, family and colleagues who’ve been through this before. Neighbors might offer laundry or bathroom access until your space is back to normal. Your contractor may have great tips on how to balance your family’s needs with the ongoing house projects – after all, they’ve seen plenty of other homeowners tackle life + home improvement.

– Delegate. Even if you’ve hired a contractor to handle all the details, managing a project takes time and energy out of your day. Call in the troops to assist with tasks that make life easier and your home more livable until the work is done.

– Celebrate! When the dust is clear, take a moment before plunging into the next project to enjoy the benefits of your dream come true. That memory will help keep you motivated when you’re in the middle of a full-scale renovation later on.

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