Thursday, April 30, 2015

REPOST: Tips to Consider When Planning for Home Renovation

Remodeling your home requires extensive planning and a great deal of energy and patience. Hence, it is best to delegate the majority of the job to an experienced contractor so that time, effort, and resources will not go to waste. The article below has some interesting ideas to share about this matter.

Home renovation augments the value of your entire home, and also makes it a more comfy place to reside. You might be planning to sell your home or move to a new place, but the lack of proper planning has put a constraint on that initiative. Whatever the motive may be, you need to have an arrangement before you take part into the factual renovation process. Major home improvement projects like changing your floor tiles, adding a new bathroom, kitchen renovation or building new floors are somewhat complex, unless realized with the help of a skilled person. The service provider who is a professional in this arena can eradicate all the hassle in your renovation project.

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The following tips can assist you guide your home renovation project:

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Supervise the renovation project

Though you will possibly have a service provider managing the various renovation activities, you will have to supervise the entire renovation work. Acting as the head manager, you should know how to converse and act efficiently so as to resolve problems that may take place. Always be sincere with yourself and choose how you will be able to hold the unavoidable tension with home reconstruction. You can also take consultation of your friend or family member to help you manage your renovation project.

Proper planning and allocation

You should be able to plan how you will make improvements to the renovation. It all depends on your home reformation project, and you may have to reside elsewhere while the repair is being done. An option exists for those who would like to renovate the complete home or some areas of their home in a little time. If you arrange to renovate only one area at a time, you have to think in advance how you will handle this. Always ensure how will stop the dust and other waste from settling into your residing areas. Generally, kitchen renovations will have greater impact on your daily activities, so utilize sufficient time planning strategies for residing with or without kitchen.

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Obtain necessary permits, if needed

Endeavor to take the necessary permits for the home renovation job you plan to accomplish. The rules about building permits may vary from state to state, so verify for building laws covering your place of residence. In case, a contractor is handling the entire project, he will be accountable for obtaining any permits. It’s your duty to confirm that all the paperwork is fulfilled well on time. If you belong to a homeowner’s association, take care your home renovation does not breach any of the prescribed rules. If you have any doubt about anything, hire a professional to get the permit for you.

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Services of a contractor

Prior to renovating your home, you should discuss with a reliable contractor about the extent of renovation you wish for. Get an estimate of the renovation cost, and see how much you can easily afford. It is important to confirm about any unexpected cost linked with the job and the time duration required. Trustworthy contractors can offer you services, as per your budget and likeliness. They will tailor their services as per your particular renovation requirements. There are several contractors available in the market, and it is significant to pick the one who can convey an affordable and triumphant home renovation project. You can get suggestions from your relatives or friends who have utilized the services of a contractor in the past. Make sure to verify the license of the contractor you would like to hire. An experienced home renovation service provider not only saves you enough money and time, but he can propose some excellent designs that you might not have considered.

Hi there! Pam Rothe here. I am a part of a team of expert home renovators who have extensive experience of turning simple looking homes into sleek and stunning modern abodes. Follow me on Twitter to get started.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A home restorer's dream projects: Whimsical, historical, and mind-blowing houses from all over

Working as a member of a home restoration crew, I've been exposed to all kinds of home designs which range from charming to traditional to futuristic to downright zany. Naturally, I've formed an opinion on the types of houses I'd like to work on or build from the ground up if I had a chance.

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Working on a centuries-old home sounds like it might be a worthwhile challenge, with the special care one has to take to maintain the spirit and history of the antique home. I'd love to be involved in restoring homes like Ernest “Papa” Hemingway's Key West abode and George Washington's Mount Vernon because it will feel like I'm a vanguard of America's past by helping preserve these homes.

Being part of the crew constructing or restoring structures designed by world-renowned architectural geniuses such as Frank Lloyd Wright, IM Pei, or Zaha Hadid will also be a realization of my dreams. Imagining being one of the people hammering nails onto the floorboards at Fallingwater gives me goosebumps.

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Homes designed with whimsy, adventure, and unparalleled creativity are also on my list. I'd love to try building a storybook house just like the popular Spadena House in Beverly Hills, California, which came out of art director Harry Oliver's brain looking like a fairytale witch's cottage. I'd even jump at the chance at spackling walls for novelty structures like Dick Clark's Malibu home that looks like it once belonged to Fred Flintstone and the coffee pot-shaped diner, The Coffee Pot, in Bedford California.

Treehouses also seem like they'd be fun to work on. Whether they're the like the Zen and almost spiritual, arboreal masterpieces self-taught builder Takashi Kobayashi's been installing around Japan, or the sleek, modern tree-level homes by German design firm Baumraum, or even just like a stepped-up version of the treetop forts we all used to have as kids, I'd love to get a whack at constructing a few.

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The homes I've mentioned all have unique attributes going for them, making them exciting projects for a home restorer like myself. I hope I'm able to build or restore places similar to these in the future.  

Hi! I'm Pamela Rothe and I work for a home restoration crew down here in Austin, Texas. Read my blog for ideas on how to bring your home back to its former glory.