Building and Remodeling Changes Since 2008

Building-Remodeling Changes: Santa Claus or Grinch?

Building-remodeling changes began like Grinch in 2008

“How the Grinch Stole . . . Everything!

History Before 2008:

Building-remodeling professionals were busy, with seasonal ups and downs. Homeowners called design and construction professionals to renovate their home, or build a new home. They had high expectations and positive anticipation about finding someone to help them.They felt it was like  waiting for Santa Claus.

2008:

The Grinch (aka the economy) stole everything. Anticipation was replaced by anxiety and fear. Americans were just trying to keep their homes, trying to prevent the Grinch from stealing the roof over their heads. People lost jobs as companies downsized or closed their doors. Building and remodeling stopped. People who were thinking about trading up decided to hunker down and stay put. Recovery from such a devastating blow takes a long time. (more…)

Protect Your Bathroom Investment . . . and Your Sanity!

3 Recommendations To Protect Your Bathroom Investment (And Your Sanity)

Bathroom Remodeling NightmareHave you heard remodeling nightmare stories shared by family, friends, and neighbors? Was your reaction a vow to never remodel your home? Time has passed, and now you’re considering a major bathroom renovation. Your new vow is, “Those nightmares will never happen to me”. How can you avoid costly, frustrating problems? Let’s follow the “Smiths” and the “Browns” through their bathroom transformations:

“Wish List”

The “Smiths” wanted to remodel their master bathroom, but didn’t think about what they really wanted to include, and how they wanted to feel in their new bathroom. This opened the door for unnecessary features that could squeeze them into an over-budget situation. The “Browns” took the time to define exactly what they wanted — the look, feel, and function. They agreed that their #1 priority was a two-person shower with all the bells and whistles (rainhead shower head, body sprays, adjustable personal shower, a large bench seat, and decorative glass tiles). They could talk knowledgeably with professionals they would hire to help them design and build their new bathroom.

♦ Recommendation #1: Define Your Priorities (Money Matters!)

The “Smiths” relied on magazine articles and TV remodeling shows for information, without testing reality. They did no research about

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Don’t Be Cheated by “Kickbacks” and “Referral Fees”!

Is Making Money with Kickbacks and Referral Fees That Important?

A custom cabinet manufacturer was upset about a designer who, after referring a remodeling project to him, asked for a referral fee. Unfortunately, getting/giving “kick-backs” is not a new practice. Does this practice bother you? Here’s how it impacts your remodeling investment, and what you can do about it. (more…)

Recipe for D-I-Y Home Remodeling Success

The Key To D-I-Y Success: “Know Thyself”

Basement Rec Room

Found space in a basement is great for many purposes!

 How To Make A New Room Using Leftover Space

Classic, time-tested recipe to convert and remodel a leftover basement area, approximately 280 square feet, to be a multi-purpose bonus room for the entire family to enjoy.  One  corner of the area, approximately 24 square feet, can accommodate a powder room for occupants’ convenience.  An existing doorway accesses the rear garden for indoor-outdoor parties. Delicious possibilities for year-round entertaining!

The key to D-I-Y success is to be honest about what you can do yourself, and what you can’t do (i.e., hire others!)

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D-I-Y Home Remodeling Success

D-I-Y Home Remodeling Success Is A Recipe!

Basement Rec Room

Found space in a basement is great for many purposes!

 THE GOAL: How To Make A New Room Using Leftover Space

Classic, time-tested recipe for D-I-Y home remodeling success. The goal: To convert a leftover basement area, approximately 280 square feet, to be a multi-purpose bonus room for the entire family to enjoy.  One  corner of the area, approximately 24 square feet, can accommodate a powder room for occupants’ convenience.  An existing doorway accesses the rear garden for indoor-outdoor parties. Delicious possibilities for year-round entertaining!

The key to D-I-Y home remodeling success is to be honest about what you can do yourself, and what you can’t do (i.e., hire others!)

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Remodeling Treat -OR- Trick?

Achieving D-I-Y Treat Was Tricky

Trick or Treat Construction WitchThe title of this blog is seasonal, but unfortunately, “Trick or Treat” remodeling happens year ’round. The “treat” is homemade. If you follow the Recipe for DIY Home Remodeling Success,” you’ll end up with something very sweet. If you try to change the recipe, your treat may look like it’s sweet, but it  could be face-puckering bitter — the kind of bitter that you’ll never forget.  This is a true story about one family’s DIY Treat that turned into a Trick.

It Was Supposed To Be a Treat

Imagine how great it must  feel to discover that you have 280 square feet in your basement that you can convert to usable space. Wow! What a treat! Remodeling is going to be a lot of work, but there are many ways to use the space. Storage? Possibly. How about a bonus room? Yes! It will require at least two of the four structural posts to be removed, to open up the room, but it can be done. Using the exterior doorway that’s already there is an added bonus, because you can build a deck for summertime inside/outside parties. And, as long as you’re doing the work, how about adding a powder room, so family and friends don’t have to climb a flight of stairs to use the bathroom? Sure! Wonderful idea!

This is the shorthand version of what often happens during DIY  brainstorming, talking about all of the possibilities for a “found” space. Within a couple of weeks, you’ve purchased everything you need at the local Big Box Store, and  every available minute is spent to create your special haven. Friends and family get involved, to finish the job sooner. When  it’s done, there’s a big party to celebrate.

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