Basements Are a Great Place for a Home Office Having your own basement home office can be one of the best investments you can make. Being able to get all of your work done in a comfy, quiet place full of distractions is an easy way to increase your productivity….
So what really can happen to a nice young couple with their own remodeling plan….
One of our clients,”Buffy”, had grand plans of being the Designer and General Contractor to remodel their newly purchased home while Hubby worked to pay for it all. It was a large house, (with six baths), for a steal of a deal, that was to be completely remodeled for their tastes and standards.
Buffy spent the first six months of construction loan interest playing with her own design program. After finally realizing you don’t spend that kind of remodeling money on something you designed yourself, (when you were educated to be a lawyer), they found us. We designed modifications and additions that made the house work properly for their family, and increased the value of the home with proper layouts, budget conscious parameters, quality construction techniques, and architectural interest. We gave them everything they insisted on with a full written proposal for all the work, (labor and materials), which came out to be much higher in costs than Buffy and Buddy wanted to spend.
They insisted on keeping everything for the project per our proposal, but believed they could save mega bucks by being their own General Contractor. So Buffy and Buddy asked that we perform just the labor through framing to be ready for their subcontractors. (We will always work with Owners to accommodate their needs, but we sincerely tell them to hire us or someone on as remodeling consultants when they are planning to be a General Contractor, for good reasons…).
Buffy selected exquisite, expensive plumbing fixtures, on her own. When her plumbers roughed in, according to the plan, Buffy found out the non-refundable materials she ordered from the internet on her own were not going to fit.
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For most of us our home is our most valuable asset. Of course, in today’s real estate market that may be an issue at the moment, but if you can’t sell your house and move, then you may as well develop the right home remodeling project and enjoy your home if you’re going to be there for a while.
So – if your home is that valuable, why would you possibly take the chance of messing it up. You wouldn’t consider cutting your own hair, and even if we ramp up the anxiety level and challenge you to build your own car, almost none of you would ever consider doing this.
But for some primal reason you would jump into tearing your house apart with little to no knowledge, usually because the idea of buying cool power tools and doing demolition is soooo appealling.
After all, the “Big Box” stores have told you they have everything for your project. TV “designers” offer videos on adding a room addition, redesigning your kitchen or a bathroom remodel and they show you how to do it in a weekend! How could you possibly screw this up? Plus, you have seen the real guys working on projects and they certainly don’t seem like rocket scientists.
You’re educated, you have the internet, you have a friend who’s a mechanical engineer, what could possible go wrong.
You can even buy a 3D Design program for your computer that prints out pictures for home additions or remodeling kitchens just like the Pros. Sounds like this could be great!
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It is critically important that you get experienced, qualified, Kitchen Remodeling Installers when undertaking a kitchen project. I have worked with different Contractors who have experience with Kitchen installations, and ones that do not. If your installer is not familiar with kitchen installations, your project is in jeopardy.
Because of a friend’s situation, located 500 miles away, a kitchen I designed for them was going to be installed by a Contractor that is a good friend to them. I was hoping things would go well, even though this Contractor did mostly commercial work. I was told he started out in residential work and was very meticulous. So – with copious notes and drawings for a simple kitchen, I hoped for the best. For me, the results were, at best, mediocre.
The problem is, anyone, can install a cabinet, but the devil is always in the details. When it comes to scribing a piece of trim, or trimming an ear to properly fit crown, or even building toes for wall cabs on the floor, you need an experienced Kitchen Installer.
Always look to the NKBA members for Designers and Installers in your area. Then you are sure to find people that are qualified and committed to their craft.
TOTO’s new Aero Shower System uses AeroJet+, its patented air-injection technology, to increase the volume of water in each droplet. AeroJet+ draws air in through the showerhead and pumps it into the droplets, enlarging and increasing their volume. Bathers enjoy a balanced spray with optimum water distribution and full body coverage. At refreshing intervals, the water falls in short invigorating bursts of pulsating water. Bathers feel as if they are being encased in far more warm water than they are actually using. Their luxurious showering experience reduces water consumption, decreases hot water production, lowers utility costs, and reduces CO2 emissions.
The Aero Handshower offers one or three innovative spray modes at the simple click of a button — AeroJet+ (air injection), Cascade (a broad warming stream) and Gyrostream (massaging).
It’s not your Grandma’s drywall anymore. If you are doing a new home remodeling project of any kind, you might want to consider what type of drywall you should use. The new kid (drywall) on the block is Purple drywall. It has many properties that make it ideal for areas that get abused by everyday life.
National Gypsum, the manufacturers, describe their product as follows:
Purple drywall products provide unparalleled resistance to mold, moisture, scratches and dents, and can even reduce the noise you hear between rooms. They’re naturally fire-resistant, GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®, as easy to install and finish as standard drywall and made in the USA. With PURPLE®, there’s a whole new way to look at walls.
XP drywall is ideally suited to environments like bathrooms and kitchens that are vulnerable to the damaging effects of moisture. As part of the PURPLE® family of products, XP offers the advantages of traditional moisture-resistant drywall with added mold and mildew resistance in the core and paper, and is available in a variety of thicknesses and lengths.
Hi-Abuse XP drywall offers a solid option for hallways, staircases and rooms that often suffer the abuse of carelessly rearranged furniture, bouncing balls and anything on wheels. In addition to greater resistance to scratches and scuffs, this member of the PURPLE® family of products is designed to provide extra protection against mold and mildew compared to standard drywall products. Like XP, High-Abuse XP is moisture-resistant and naturally fire-resistant to help make the walls of your home one of its best and most durable features.
Hi-Impact XP is a top-performing choice for rooms subject to impact and dents from hard objects such as tools, sporting equipment, bicycles and skateboards. A fiberglass mesh is embedded into the core for added impact and penetration resistance. Like the other XP drywall products, it also combines basic strengths such as resistance to moisture, mold and mildew. As part of the PURPLE® family of products, Hi-Impact XP is also naturally fire-resistant, providing day-to-day performance and peace-of-mind.
SoundBreak XP reduces the noise you hear between rooms, whether it’s music, TV, conversation, a baby crying or dogs barking. As part of the PURPLE® family of products, SoundBreak XP also resists moisture, mold, mildew, scratches and scuffs, and is naturally fire-resistant.
We are firm believers that all changes on any size job should have a written Change Order. This is a simple document that states any changes to either the job itself or the contract. A formal Change Order avoid confusion! There are many discussions between you and your designer and contractor. You will remember some and forget others, the same with the professional you’re working with, except you are not their only client. If it’s not written down and signed, you have no guarantee you are going to get what you want! You will also have the advantage of knowing what the cost is ahead of time before you commit to something. This can avoid hard feelings at the end of a project. There may be some emergency changes during a project, (something existing rotted, or bad wiring), that your contractor may just call you about and write it up later, that’s very typical in remodeling.change orders, kitchen contractsChange orders are also notorious for slowing down jobs. Most Owners don’t realize how much time and money it takes when selections are changed. This is why Change Orders always seem to cost so much. You are looking at extra overhead to cover the cost of paperwork, research, re-ordering, re-stocking, etc. If you want to save yourself time and money, make sure you work closely with your Designer to have all the selections carefully planned out before construction begins.