remodeling renovations

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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Door Questions-What the Supplier will Ask You! You will be asked some door questions once you start actually shopping.  The salesperson needs specific door information to steer you in the right direction. Let me tell you a quick story.  I sent one of my clients off to shop for doors.  She’s a smart woman, an […]

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A Must Have Clause in all of Your Home Improvement Contracts For any home improvement project, an important clause to include in the contract is “Owner needs at least 24 hours to review all invoices.” In addition to the written contract, be sure to verbally discuss this with any contractors you hire.  Tell them-face to […]

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Indoor Humidity Directly affects the Comfort Level of your Home Our bodies are comfortable with relative humidity levels between 30 to 60%.  In comparison, our houses need a much narrower margin – 35% – 40% in winter and 40% – 55% in summer – to operate properly. Even though our outdoor humidity levels remain fairly […]

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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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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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Louvered Doors

by Julie

Louvered Doors offer Variety and Air Flow Louvered doors are so unique!  They generally come full or half louvered as shown in the photos below (in pine). There are only 4 general door styles: flush or slab, paneled, louvered and glass. There are countless variations available within each.  The variations come from all the other […]

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