Should I add a Gas Fireplace?

Winter is coming. As we have been working thru design options with some homeowners we’ve been talking about how they want their living room to not only feel warm, but look warm, but all that work of chopping wood and starting a fire just does not appeal to them. Sound familiar? When this is the case one option to consider is just flipping a switch and have a fire?  Well that is possible with … [Read more...]

Choosing “Wood Look” Tile vs Real Hardwood

A question many homeowners like yourself have been asking about during design planning is what our thoughts on the wood looking porcelain tile vs using real hardwood flooring for a project.   Like most products, there are pros and cons for each option. Here in New England, hardwood flooring is traditional in both style and design.  Many of homeowners on our projects want to try … [Read more...]

How Are Insurance Repairs Handled?

Rot Damage Sometimes something happens that causes damage to your home and you need to remodel out of necessity rather than desire to improve the comfort and functionality. This can be incredibly stressful when you must deal with insurance agents, adjusters, banks/leaders, and contractors, all while feeling limited in what you can do to repair your home.   Luckily, there are ways to … [Read more...]

What could delay the start of my project?

One of the hardest things to do for any general contractor is scheduling the project.  When we first review our projects with our clients, we have the “dream” that the project will go smooth and easy, but in remodeling that is rarely the case.   While we try to schedule and organize all our projects, sometimes there are out of the contractor’s control when trying to schedule a … [Read more...]

Can I put my trash in the project dumpster?

Construction Dumpster NO! Ok, that may sound a little harsh, but let us talk about it some more.  Cleaning out and decluttering before a renovation is a great idea and you can and should work with your contractor if you need help with a dumpster. But you should be cautious of filling up the unit meant for the remodel though because those will be sized specifically for the estimated … [Read more...]

What should I think about when planning my basement remodel?

Have you have been home with your family for the past 6 months and are now realizing that your house is starting to get smaller and smaller? Some days does it feel like you home is shrinking?   I completely understand, as my two boys got older, we started to realize that they need their own “living space” or playroom in our home.   While I had hoped to get a “Man Town” right … [Read more...]

Why Do Contractors Use Subcontractors?

As a General Contractor our team takes on lots of different types of remodeling projects and repairs. Our goal is to be your go to call for anything you need related to you home. If we cannot help you, we want to be able to point you in the right direction. Our team is made up of many great carpenters and team members but there are aspects of your project that our in-house team may not be … [Read more...]

How much of a contingency fund should I plan on?

If you have never done a remodeling project before you may not have figured a contingency fund into your budget yet. A contingency fund is an amount of money you set aside to cover any unexpected costs that can arise during the project. This money is on reserve and is not allocated to any specific area of work. It acts as your “insurance” in case anything unexpected comes up or you want to add or … [Read more...]

What you should know about Icynene (Spray Foam) Insulation

Icynene or “spray foam” insulation is a good way to increase with the R-Value (resistance to heat flow) when building an addition or new home. Most homes in our area are traditionally insulated with either Fiberglass, or Cellulose Insulation. The spray foam is a “continuous insulation and air seal plastic material that is sprayed on walls, roofs, into gaps and corners, and on all contoured … [Read more...]

How long will my renovation take?

Azek Front Porch In remodeling, timing can vary greatly on a project-by-project basis. Everything is custom and special because no two remodeling projects are alike. No two homes are alike, no two yards are alike, no two homeowners are alike, and supply availability is changing constantly. Your contract will list a general window we think the project will be completed in. For those of you … [Read more...]