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Jun
26
4 Phases of Remodeling Part II: Composing Your Dream Home

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The sound of your home being constructed is the melody of your dream house being built. As we mentioned in Part 1, it is reassuring to know that a home remodel occurs in phases. To be sure, construction may be disruptive, but remember, it's only a short-term inconvenience for getting the home makeover you desire.

Contract
While not as creative as other aspects of a home renovation, understanding and working through what comprises a contract is a critical phase of your project, paving the way for a smooth transition to construction.

• Expectations. A solid contract is nothing more than clear expectations on paper. What are the project specifications, products to be installed, what is the ti...


Jun
26
The 4 Phases of Home Remodeling: Part I


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Embarking on a home remodeling project is an exciting experience. Yet, while the opportunity to create the perfect home is inspiring, you may wonder how you’re going to manage everything. A home remodel occurs in steps, or phases. The key for getting exactly what you want is to understand the four remodeling phases and create realistic expectations for everyone involved.



Phase I: The Planning Process

It helps to start your remodel with a clear vision of your desired outcome. Can you visualize the positive transformation that will take place in your home? A few uncertainties may arise during the design-build process, but by spending extra time in the planning phase surprises can be mitig...


Jun
25
Smart Scheduling: Why Planning Ahead Matters for Your Home Remodel


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When starting a remodeling project, setting up a clear timetable is essential for preventing cost overruns, maintaining quality and fueling excitement. We call this "smart scheduling," an approach that will bring you greater peace of mind.



Here’s are some ideas to jumpstart Smart Scheduling:

Develop a two-way street of communication between you and your contractor. Get clarification on price and style variations for selected products.

Come prepared. Time wasted adds up. If you show up not having done your homework on countertop materials, for example, and expect to make the best decision that day, good luck.

Establish a cooperative bid process early. Meet with your co...


Feb
14
Multi-Generational Living: A Smart Solution for the Bay Area’s Housing Problem


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Although California has witnessed a financial boom in recent years from the explosive growth of technology companies, this expansion has led to the emergence of what many would argue is the most significant housing crisis in U.S. history. The numbers are a little shocking if not surprising if you are currently a Bay Area homeowner: There are now more young adults living with their parents in the 18 to 34 age group than young adults.

The Solution: Multi-Generational Living


Finding a quality living space sounds like huge challenge, right? But there are some workarounds that offers comfort, independence and affordability that many people, from millennials to boomers, are looking for. Multi-Gener...


Jan
21
May Construction: Remodeling Transformations




2020 Has Arrived. Kick Off the Year with a Remodeling Project

For many, the start to a new year signals new beginnings.Intentions can be set for long-anticipated projects or goals, often things related to work, personal health and finances. An aspiration for a long-awaited change in your home could also be among your desires or intentions for 2020.

Interesting, though, many people don't think of kicking off the new year with a home improvement project, but perhaps they should. Home remodeling projects that are planned in the first quarter often fill homeowners with a tangible feeling of excitement about how their new renovation will add comfort, style, and value to their home.

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Jan
06
A Master Suite: A Remodeling Option with Multiple Pay Offs

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Living in the Bay Area brings homeowners many benefits: gorgeous surroundings, amazing climate and a thriving cultural scene, making it one of the best areas in country to call home. Plus, a booming economy and plenty of job opportunities provide stability.



The Current Housing Dilemma

Everyone knows the story. Even small or moderate-sized homes with two to three bedrooms and a single bathroom are out of reach for even some well- heeled Bay Area residents. But if you are a homeowner and looking for a way to bring added value to your Bay Area home, consider changing your current bedroom and bathroom setup to a master suite to improve your home’s comfort and charm, increase the space, and g...


Dec
20
Simple Perfection: Creating an Open Floor Plan

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In recent decades, open floor plans for homes, especially for kitchens, have become quite popular. One could call it a modern adaptation to the current trend to bring families together into a single, communal space, but open floor plans offer even more. There are many reasons to remove walls to create an open floor plan when remodeling. We recently shared how multi-generational living is one possible solution to the Bay Area's housing crisis. Certainly, an open floor plan could be one aspect of a home redesigned for multi-generational living.

Expand Your Space. Greater Efficiency.

An open floor plan provides an opportunity to open up a space without adding additional square footage to a room...