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How to Avoid Change Orders

Surprises are great – most of the time. We all love those unexpected moments for birthdays, anniversaries, and Valentine’s Day.

But when it comes to building or remodeling your home? The last thing you want during a custom home project is a long list of surprise charges after you’ve been given a price – also known as CHANGE ORDERS.

Unfortunately, many dishonest contractors have given Change Orders a bad rep because their modus operandi is to give their clients a low bid in order to be competitive, and then once they have the job, they “walk it up” with Change Orders. We’ve met many homeowners who were given a price for a remodel but when it was all said and done, they paid more than 75% of the original bid because of Change Orders for things the contractor had “forgotten” to include in his bid.

So how do you avoid these horror stories? There are two parts to this. Read on to find out how to avoid Change Orders on your custom home project.Read More »

Craftsman Style and How It Can Be Incorporated Into Any Home

craftsman style home exteriorCraftsman style is best summed up by one word: wood. Lots and lots of wood. Interior characteristics may include plenty of exposed wood and fireplaces. In the past, this style has been associated with farmhouses, cottages and cabins (even “moose lodges”), but it’s in more home designs than you might think.

A craftsman style home has specific structural and cosmetic elements. Dormer windows, for instance, as well decorative attic vents, and stone chimneys. The rustic feel has, unfortunately, come to be associated in some circles with older style homes, due to overusing wood or even 1970s wood paneling.

But…

Craftsman style is back! No longer is it stuffy or conservative, because it’s got some new twists and techniques.

Open Up!

If you want to incorporate craftsman style simply, then look no further than open concept using wood. Clear out some walls Read More »

Home Improvement for a Small Space: Behold, the Perfect Powder Room

home improvementGenerally defined as a small bathroom (4 by 5 feet on average) with a sink and a toilet, a powder room is sometimes called a guest bathroom or half bath. Having one on the main floor makes sense for your guests’ convenient, and allows them to use the facilities without having access to the homeowner’s private living space. And let’s face it: when you’re busy in the kitchen and nature calls, do you really want to have to run up a flight of stairs?

What’s Home Improvement Got to Do with Powder?

The term “powder room” has been around since the early 18th century, when it actually referred to a very small room where people went to have their wigs repowdered. It was still used in Victorian times, when referring to personal bodily functions was considered indelicate, especially amongRead More »

Your New Fireplace and the Wow Factor of “Burning” Glass

home improvementA fireplace can raise your home’s cozy quotient just about anywhere, indoors or out, magically transforming the ambiance of an entire space. No matter how well maintained, wood-burning fireplaces can still emit smoky odors along with soot and ashes.

Sure, gas fireplaces have solved a lot of these problems overall, especially in terms convenience and eliminating mess. But if you’re planning for a home improvement project that involves either the replacement or installation of one or more fireplaces, why not bump things up a notch and “burn” glass rocks?

Let’s face it: ceramic fireplace “logs” have become pretty run-of-the-mill. The gorgeous glass rocks intended for fireplace use are easy to use, clean, and of course, don’t emit smoke or residue. Reflective fire glass also makes the flames look more intriguing and dramatic. Fire glass heats up easily, so you don’t have to wait long if you do need to warm things up, especially when you and your guests are enjoying some wine on the patio long after sunset. The glow of glass rocks really adds some panache to the atmosphere.

Home Improvement and Fireplaces: Let Experts Take Charge

If you already have a gas fireplace and are considering putting in conventional glass bricks or stones from a craft store, for example, here’s the best advice: don’tRead More »

Patio Perfect: Concrete Ideas for Outdoor Home Improvement

home improvementRather than spending more time away on pricey vacations, many Americans are looking at some relatively simple home improvement projects to maximize the enjoyment of their at-home down time. Garden areas and back yards in general are being transformed into beautiful, private extensions of the interior space, literally opening up the possibilities for family and guests to relax.

With a gorgeous patio design in the hands of experienced concrete specialists, you’ll be amazed by the results that can now be achieved with this popular and versatile material. Whether your home improvement project involves a complete re-do of an existing patio or the creation of an entirely new outdoor feature, consider the practicality and great looks of modern concrete styles and finishes.

Advantages of Building a Patio

A patio home improvement project provides many advantages for homeowners:

  1. Increase your home’s resale value – Exterior improvements are just as important and eye-catching as home’s interior enhancements. Many potential homebuyers, particularly in Florida, immediately appreciate a property’sRead More »

The Ten Best Home Improvement Projects

home improvementThere are two categories that home improvement projects fall into: either you’re making some renovations for your own immediate and foreseeable enjoyment, or you’re thinking of additions or upgrades that will only help to improve the market value of your property when it comes time to sell. Often there will be overlap, but it’s definitely all for the good!

You’ve got the urge to revamp your living space. You also know that prospective buyers want more value for their money, and appreciate a house that’s ready for occupancy without a need for further renovations. Whatever is driving your desire to renovate, stop and think about what kinds of expertly-handled home improvement projects in particular would be most beneficial, both now and down the road. Here are ten popular choices to consider:

Home Improvement Projects that Work Both Ways

1.      Rekindle a love of the kitchen

Remodeling the kitchen should be one of the top considerations on your home improvement list. You’re probably tired of looking at outdated countertops and dealing with minimal cupboard space. A great new kitchen is often the deal clincher for prospective home buyers.

2.      Envision the entertainment

Many people dream of having their very own home theater or games room. Most likely your home’s existing rooms don’tRead More »

Home Improvement Goes Green in Your Kitchen and Bathroom

Green BuildJoin the green revolution by doing your own part at home. If you’re planning for a home improvement project that includes kitchen and bathroom remodeling, be sure to consider going eco-friendly. There are endless ways to create a “green” home while staying in style, creating convenience and helping to preserve the earth.

Environmentally friendly kitchen and bathroom remodeling ideas are steadily becoming one of the biggest trends in homes, especially in cities in the Tampa Bay area, where home improvement centers highly encourage going green. After all, we owe it to the planet we live on.

Great Green Home Improvement Ideas for your Kitchen:

These green kitchen options will be available through experienced, professional contractors who are on the cutting edge:Read More »

Home Improvement Tips for Expecting Parents

You’ve got the exciting news: the patter of tiny feet isn’t too far off in your future, and you just can’t wait. Consider a home improvement to create an environment truly fit for baby.

For eager parents-to-be, there are many preparations to undertake in order to make your home safe and completely ready for a little one. Is the nursery really ready? Or do you still need to create one from scratch? Nine months might seem like an eternity, but it zooms by pretty fast. If there’s some kind of home improvement to be done in the meantime, it’s better to get started sooner rather than later.

Home Improvement and a Baby: The Time is Right!

Your spare room may need more than a few cosmetic tweaks. You may wish to remodel the room entirely, or create even more nursery and play space by joining two smaller rooms together. If baby also has a sibling waiting for his or her arrival, you have a great opportunity to makeRead More »

How to Take the Pain out of Home Remodelling


Do you have a home improvement project you have been tossing around in your head for years but have never gone through with it?  Are you afraid to get the ball rolling?

A lot of people understandably put off of doing renovations by fear of high costs and contractor hassles.

But it’s not all bad!  Trust me!  There are some very excellent contractors out there and when you find them you can actually achieve what you set out to do without too much hassle.

Degrees of Home Remodelling

One thing it is important to realize isRead More »

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