Home Remodeling

New EPA Lead Regulations May Affect You

The EPA is instituting new regulations that are going to have a major impact on owners of homes built prior to 1978.  There is a huge outcry and hot debate among contractors(the ones that are aware of the new regs) over the practicality of these regulations in the face of the monetary impact on homeowners, […]

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What Does ‘Quality Material’ Mean?

If we’re asked to explain why the total investment on our proposal is higher than someone else’s price for a project one of the factors I cite is that we only use high quality materials. It’s easy to tell a client something like “we only use high quality materials”, but what does that really mean? […]

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New Remodeling Forum Takes Seed

I have spent quite a bit of time in the past few years contributing to and gaining knowledge from an online forum for construction professionals. I have fairly recently switched to a new forum called RemodelCrazy(tm) that was founded by several top notch remodelers I had met.  I would like to invite anyone who reads […]

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The Death of Durability

    Has anyone else noticed that it is getting more and more difficult to find good quality durable products in our market place?     It is my belief that this is but one element of a consumer driven mentality that embraces low prices at the sacrifice of quality, durability and craftsmanship.  This is a very […]

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Kitchen Remodeling Design Tip

This article contains good common sense tips to designing a kitchen remodeling project on a budget.

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Is Your Home Remodeling Contractor a Home Remodeling Contractor?

    I know noone really wants to hear about it one more time in their day but here goes: the economy is down.  Construction is way down.  New home construction is abysmal.  Where did all those home builders and specialty contractors go you ask?  They’re out trying to get remodeling work.      New construction and […]

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HUD 203(k) Loans

     The Federal Housing Administration (FHA), which is part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), administers various single family mortgage insurance programs. The Section 203(k) program is the Department’s primary program for the rehabilitation and repair of single family properties.   With the 203k program you originate one mortgage which finances […]

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How to Absolutely Screw Up Your Remodel

Remodeling always presents challenges, the ones that come up most are budget constraints, incomplete plans, a skill set not up to the task. Let’s look at these concerns and learn a few things.

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