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Plan, Plan, Plan

What does it mean to do all this planning that I am reading about? I feel overwhelmed!...

Chances are this statement can be true of you. Great news though! Part of your planning is watching those great T.V. shows about remodeling or even the ones you love to watch about buying homes, even when you are not in the market for one. If you are like most people you like to watch them to get those ideas going for what you want in your home. 

Magazines are a fantastic way to generate ideas too, along with searching the internet. Just Google "kitchen remodel", click Images and have at the feast of ideas that will scroll right in front of your eyes. It's a blast! 

Your planning doesn't have to be overwhelming. Here's a great tip is to grab a spiral notebook.

Open it up, label the space you are wanting to remodel or where you intend to make the addition. Look over your budget and write down a realistic amount that you are willing and able to spend. Next, jot down ideas, thoughts, wants, and virtually anything you can think of that pertains to your space. Then, draw your space and you see it in your mind. (Don't worry, you do not have to be an artist for this to work) Once your drawing is complete, you can start to see which of your ideas will work in your space and which will not. You can start to eliminate the fantastical ideas and make them more practical for what you have to work with. 

When you have narrowed down your ideas to what is more likely to work and what will not work, then start looking at materials. This can also be done from the comforts of your home, you can research Home Depot and Lowe's material pricing on the internet. This will give you a clearer picture as to what materials will fit in your budget and which ones will not. For example, you may love the look of granite but quickly realize that it is out of your price range, you'll want to know what your alternative materials could be. Be sure to check back with your monetary budget while you do this step! 

Another must-have in your notebook would be, realistically, what sort of time frame are you able to accommodate? Look ahead on the calendar and check to see if your family can handle a remodel of the family room during a specific period of time. Again, ask your contractor how long it is expected to take and what sort of accommodation you will have to make. The impact on your home-life is equally as important to plan in order for your remodel to go smoothly. 

If you are doing the project on your own, you would proceed with your independent research, however if you are planning to hire a contractor, then your next step would be to get some quotes. You can find some helpful tips on finding a contractor in our article, XXXXXXX. 

By having your notebook handy when you discuss your needs with a contractor, you will be able to eliminate confusion and expound on communication between you and your contractor, this is the type of planning that we refer to. It is simple, informative, realistic and above-all, it clearly states your needs as the customer. You and your contractor and come up with a plan that will suit your needs, and help you to make your space what you want it to be and give you an experience that you can reflect back on as positive. 

Go Green!

No, we are not suggesting that you change your color scheme to green!

But here are some practical ways that your remodel or new-addition can be more eco-friendly:

Naturally, as with any remodel or new-addition, going more green involves planning. When choosing a contractor you will want to find out how conscientious they are about Eco-friendly projects.  Seriously, ask them what they do with the materials that are to be disposed of. If you are doing your own disposing, be sure to consider what you will do with those materials, can you reuse? Or what about re-purposing some of the "trash" -  Something else to consider about your contractor, they should be quite knowledgeable about the materials that you have chosen to use and know how environmentally friendly (or not) they happen to be.

When it comes to making the right choice of materials though, what then? You obviously will want something that is cost-effective, eco-friendly and aesthetic to the project. Finding that combination can be challenging.

Things to keep in mind, Linoleum made from linseed oil is over-all more environmentally friendly than its counter-part, vinyl. In fact Greenpeace expresses that vinyl is the most harmful plastic there is to be used in home construction projects.

When choosing a paint, look for non-volatile organic compounds (VOC) - these paints are available and far more eco-friendly. Plus, you can even use low or no- VOC sealers and chaulks! If you have a contractor doing the work for you, ask them if they use these greener materials.

When it comes to flooring, think green on the level of not only the environment, but also the over-all health of your household and go for cork, bamboo or reclaimed wood instead of carpet or hardwood. The obvious benefit of no-carpet, sans the dust mites and build-up of fibers, you can find beautiful choices in reclaimed wood, eliminating the need to produce more flooring when there is so much already out there. When considering the cork or bamboo options remember that these woods regrow a lot more quickly than the standard wood flooring materials. If you do choose carpet, look for products with the certification by the Carpet and Rug Institute's Green Label and Green Label Plus programs because they have low-VOC emissions.

Whether you are doing it yourself or you have a contractor, just remember to do a little research, ask the questions and plan, plan, plan!

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3 Great Tips To Consider Before Requesting a Bid

Over the years our customers have had but a few of the same questions:

  • What are some things I should know before getting a quote for my renovation/remodel/repair project?
  • How can I prepare my family, and home project, so that I can make the task as smooth as possible?
  • What can I do to avoid inconveniences and delays to make my project a success?
  • Should I make a budget for the whole project or perhaps one for each phase if I am trying to get different things done?

This article briefly addresses these questions, and will help you to start out on the right foot with your project.

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