Posts Tagged ‘renovation’

Bay Area Home Remodeling

The warm weather and increased daylight are some of the factors that make summer an ideal time to live through a home renovation project. Unfortunately, once the reality of the project hits you, you may feel overwhelmed during the planning process. But make no mistake, hurrying through the planning process will make for a gloomy renovation experience. To make things less daunting for you, we’ve compiled the top summer renovation survival tips. Read the rest of this entry »

Castro Valley general contractor

You’ll have to live with the results of your home renovation project every day, so it pays to have the job done right. Hiring the right Bay Area general contractor can make a huge difference between a successful project and an utter nightmare. We’ve gathered 11 time-tested tips for selecting and working with the right contractor for your renovation project. Read the rest of this entry »

Can an East Bay general contractor create the bedroom of your dreams, literally and metaphorically, on budget and on spec?

The answer depends on what you want to do! First, you need to brainstorm, develop, and analyze your remodeling and renovation ideas. Here are some suggestions to get you thinking. Read the rest of this entry »

Whether you’re remodeling your San Francisco kitchen or Bay Area bathroom— or your teenager accidentally backed out of the garage without opening the door and dented your Beamer something fierce – you’d like a summary of the latest, greatest news in garage door materials, designs, trends, and resale value. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Bay Area remodeling season is upon us. Whether you’ve already decided on the scope and depth of your project, or you are still recovering from your wild New Year’s eve party and only now getting around to your to-do list for 2012, here are eight hot trends in home remodeling. Read the rest of this entry »

You feel a primordial urge to remodel the kitchen in your Bay Area home, condo, or apartment. Perhaps you’re just sick of the sticky cabinet drawers, dreary Feng Shui, poor layout, and ancient appliances. Perhaps you’re considering a larger remodeling job, and you realize that “doing the kitchen” transforms your home into a far more valuable asset. Perhaps you’re just facing pressure from your spouse to “make the place look nice” so that it’s less of an embarrassment when guests or in-laws visit. Read the rest of this entry »

Protecting Your Walls:

Homeowners and property owners often only pay attention to the structural components of a building if and when they fail. Unfortunately, many — if not most — problems with structural components like doors, windows, and walls can be fixed at a fraction of the cost of replacement, if you notice them early enough. This essay will briefly explore the science of “wall maintenance” and help you nip potential structural damage in the bud.
Signs that your walls may be damaged or in the process of becoming damaged:

  • Cracks form in the walls that widen over time
  • Walls appear perpetually damp or rotting (a common problem in bathrooms, steam rooms, and other places that experience moisture and condensation)
  • Infestations are apparent (e.g. termites, ants, bugs or worms).

You might be surprised to learn that simple cracks and plaster/paint aberrations are generally not causes for concern, unless they indicate a deeper defect or rotting. These superficial issues can often be remedied with a touch of paint or a decoration, such as a picture to hide the blemish.

You might want to inspect your walls in the following situations: Read the rest of this entry »

Remodeling Your House vs. Building or Moving: What Choice is Right for You?

Perhaps you’re a first time homeowner who has fallen a bit behind on the mortgage. Or maybe your last child just went off to college, and now that you and your spouse have become “empty nesters,” you need a quick and objective guide to help you determine whether to remodel your house, build a new home, or simply move.

Below is a quick list of pros and cons for each strategy.

Remodeling

Pros

  • The least intrusive of our three options: involves the least amount of paperwork and expense
  • If you enjoy your current community and neighborhood, remodeling allows you to revitalize your living space without disrupting your life
  • Resources abound to help you remodel on a limited budget
  • If you enjoy construction projects, remodeling can be a wonderful way to spend time
  • Enjoy maximal control over what your home will look like and when the job will finish
  • Generally, it’s far easier to budget for a remodeling project
  • You can remodel at your own pace Read the rest of this entry »