home construction remodeling

Options In Hardwood Floor Finishes On Pre-finished Floors The finishes for hardwood flooring which are possible in factory flooring are considered by many to be not only attractive but practical as well. Hardwood from the factory is stained and then sealed with a protective finish. This flooring is then delivered in a state that is […]

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A Few Prehung Door Terms Prehung doors are the most common doors for your home if you are house building.  If your are remodeling, you may use prehung doors or just slab doors (without the frame). Before heading out to shop, however, it will help to familiarize yourself with some basic terms for a prehung […]

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A Door and Terms about a Door A door and its terminology can be a bit confusing once you starting shopping for interior doors for your home. A homeowner, just starting out on their house building or remodeling project, generally doesn’t have a clue about doors or, really, most of the other selections too. Funny […]

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Managing Your Money during Building or Remodeling Allowances are a critical part of managing your money during a home building or remodeling project. Homeowners often get sort of hung up by allowances because they don’t really understand what they are and how they work.  I will attempt to clarify how allowances are used in home […]

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A Schedule of Values is the Only Way to Pay On all renovation, home improvement or house building projects, there is only one correct way to pay your contractor or builder.  Use a Schedule of Values.  Money is the primary way for a homeowner to stay in control of a project and the Schedule of […]

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Relationships Count in Home Improvement Projects The most essential rule of construction is this: good relationships make a good building experience.  A good relationship with your contractor means more than just a few quick meetings – there must be clear, on-going communication and trust on all sides.  Likewise, your contractor should have solid relationships with […]

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Flex Duct Sealing

by Paul LaGrange

Seal Ducts for Enhanced Energy Efficiency Depending upon the size of the leak, tremendous amounts of air can be lost from the duct work.  Repairing those leaks and making sure that they don’t return is relatively easy. Sealing the connections between flexible ducts, plenums, junction boxes and boots/registers keeps the HVAC system running clean and […]

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Glass Doors are also called French Doors Glass doors should be considered in at least one place in a house.  They are unique, beautiful and let in so much light.  The photo on the left is a ‘decorative’ glass door.  The photo on the right is a ’15-lite’ door. There are only 4 general door […]

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Flush Doors are also called Slab Doors Flush doors are made from wood veneers or Hardboard and only come in a smooth finish.  They can be dressed up to look unique-see photo below. There are only 4 general door styles: flush or slab, paneled, louvered and glass.  Some manufacturers might refer to these classifications as […]

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A building or home improvement project that goes from beginning to end without a single hitch is a rarity.  In almost any project there will be periods when things move along swiftly and smoothly and times when holdups and snags upset the flow of the schedule – and disturb your peace of mind. Stops, starts […]

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Step by Step Planning (for the homeowner) All build or remodeling of homes requires a sequence of steps.  There are those the builder must follow and those for the homeowner.  The homeowner must make all of their selections and choices in a different order than the building of the home.  The following sequence is not […]

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Information About Doors Do you have door questions?  Do you need information about doors?  There are many things to consider with interior doors for homes.  Browse around the topics listed below.  When you are ready to shop for doors, consider purchasing our Buying Guidebook (see more info at bottom of page).  Always feel free to […]

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Builder In Your Pocket-Buying Guidebooks A.  What is a “buying guide” and why do I need one?  How can it help me? BuilderInYourPocket buying guides are comprehensive with everything you need to know about your purchases:  doors, cabinets, flooring, lighting, windows, roofing, paint…and more. You have dozens of selections to make at (possibly) more than […]

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