Do I Need a Permit For My Renovation?

Figuring out what kind of permit you need for your renovation can be a daunting task for some homeowners, especially with multiple rules to understand and so much red tape. How can you know whether your renovation will require a permit or not? Well, it all depends on the kind of renovation you’ll be doing. 

General Projects That Require Permits

Your city and county will likely have specific rules about required permits, but you can follow some general guidelines. If your renovation deals with any of the following, you will most likely need a permit: Continue reading “Do I Need a Permit For My Renovation?”

What Is a Punch List?

A punch list is a document that is often created to list key milestones in construction, especially right before the project is finished. A punch list can also go by many other names, such as the deficiency list, snag list, or punch-out list. 

This list is usually made by the owner, contractor, architect, or any other stakeholder during the final tour and visual inspection of the property. 

The punch list spells out work that has not been completed correctly, or does not conform to the contract specifications. It typically includes repairs, alterations, and unaddressed items that need to be finished before the final payment will be released. Continue reading “What Is a Punch List?”

The Best Renovations to Do in the Fall

As the summer heat dissipates and cooler weather prevails in the fall, you have a great opportunity to get some important things done around the house before the cold winter weather arrives. 

While there might be dozens of projects on your list, some may be better to do now than others. 

Autumn Home Improvement Projects

There are certain home renovations that are best to do in the fall to better prepare your house for the winter ahead. Here are some of the most time-sensitive repairs and improvements that you might want to pursue this autumn: Continue reading “The Best Renovations to Do in the Fall”

Top Kitchen Designs to Consider When Renovating Your Home

Are you looking for some kitchen inspiration? As one of the most-used places in your home, even a small change in your kitchen can provide a new outlook on your space. And a full remodel is a treat that can entirely transform your home.

Before you begin, you’ll want to make sure you have a plan for your space from start to finish. Here are a few top design ideas to consider for your new kitchen.

Open Shelving

Instead of opting for additional bulky kitchen cabinets for more storage, make your space feel inviting and airy by opting for open shelving. Display mugs, cookbooks, wine glasses, and more, or tuck everything away in elegant baskets. Continue reading “Top Kitchen Designs to Consider When Renovating Your Home”

Top Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

Have you been considering remodeling your kitchen but are at a loss as to where to start? You can scour Pinterest for hours—we’ve all done it—but with such a breadth of content and potential inspiration, it’s hard to tell up from down. Keeping that in mind, we put together a list of three 2021 trends that can help form the outline of your dream remodel.

Backsplash Forward

Backsplashes are one of the easiest and most affordable ways to get a completely new feel in your kitchen. They come in a wide array of colors, sizes, and textures that you can choose from. It’s a quick change and a great way to both camouflage and stylize the part of the kitchen most prone to food debris. 

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3 Ways to Utilize a Room Addition

Have you been thinking about a room addition? With everyone stuck at home together, it is only natural to be looking for ways to get a little privacy. There are a lot of different ways you could use a room addition in these times. Here are just a few ideas you might not have thought of.

Family work room

Most kids are doing school virtually, and their parents are also working from home. Why not make study and work a family activity? It’s easy to become distracted when working on your own in an environment where you usually relax, and that’s just as true for your children as it is for you. Having one work room where everyone can keep each other on task and parents can help with schoolwork is a great way to take advantage of a room addition.

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How to Design a Mudroom

A mudroom is an amazing addition to any home. Once you experience one, you’ll instantly understand what makes them such an attractive, although easy, room addition. Mudrooms keep the rest of your home clean while also giving you more organization to maximize your time. Here are some elements to consider when designing a mudroom.

Hobbies and sports

If you participate in sports or other activities outside your home, a mudroom can be a lifesaver. Most homes only offer sparse coat or entryway closets that offer a clothing rod and little else. A mudroom gives you plenty of organized space for your sports and hobbies. Consider the equipment you have and will need in the future and design cubby holes for everything.

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Your Post-Construction Checklist

Having home renovations professionally done should be a stress-free process. Your contractor should work with you on design, perform the work in a timely manner, and leave the work site as clean as possible. For the most part, you don’t have to do much during or after your remodel. However, there are a few things you should check during your walkthrough with the contractor.

The Walkthrough

Your contractor should offer to do a walkthrough with you of the renovated space. During this walkthrough you want to check out all of the work your contractor did and pay attention to the details. Make sure that hardware is correctly installed, faucets and drains work, and light switches and fixtures function normally. 

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Deciding the Best Time to Renovate

So you’ve decided that your current business space doesn’t work for you, and you need to renovate to make it more effective and productive for your workforce. Knowing that you need to make a change is a good first step, but there are a lot of considerations to make when developing your renovation plans. One of those considerations is the best time to renovate based on your business needs.

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As a general rule, it is not a good idea to renovate your business during your busy season. Most businesses have an off season—a period of the year in which they do significantly less business than other months. If your business has an off-season, that is the best time to renovate. It is much easier to move staff around, alter client contact methods or areas, and potentially shut down a department or two during your off-season.

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Top Three Reasons to Finish Your Basement

If you have an unfinished basement, you have a lot of space in your home that is not being utilized effectively. That space has unlimited possibilities if you consider finishing your basement. Here are just a few reasons you should do so.

Home Value

Of all remodeling projects, finishing the basement gives your home the most value in relation to the cost of the remodel. You can increase your home’s value so that you can have more equity, which is important if you ever need a home equity loan. Increasing your home’s value is also important if you ever want to sell it.

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