Homeowner Education

Top Kitchen Remodeling Tips from Industry Experts – Redfin

By Dan Arket / March 4, 2021 / Comments Off on Top Kitchen Remodeling Tips from Industry Experts – Redfin

 Top Kitchen Remodeling Tips from Industry Experts – Redfin Article originally published by Redfin It’s safe to say that most homeowners dream of renovating their kitchen. Whether it’s redoing the cabinetry, adding a new backsplash, or transforming the entire layout – a new kitchen will not only make the space more pleasant to be in,…

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Building Permits

Building Permit FAQ: When do you need a one?

By Dan Arket / March 6, 2020 /

Building Permit FAQ: When do you need a one?   IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The information published in here is for homeowner education purposes only. It is not particular towards any specific municipality. Contact your local town or city building department to find out about the exact laws and codes in your area for obtaining a building…

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An American take on a traditional Japanese bathroom

By Dan Arket / January 9, 2020 /

An American take on a traditional Japanese bathroom On this master bathroom remodel in Mahopac, NY we were challenged with creating a space that squeezed a lot into a small layout. Combined with creating a bathroom that felt authentic to the homeowner’s Japanese roots, this project was a fun challenge for our team. Collaboration Along…

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Schluter DITRA-Heat WiFi Thermostat Review

By Dan Arket / June 7, 2019 /

The Schluter DITRA-Heat WiFi thermostat is an excellent complement to their floor warming system. It allows for you to operate and manage your heated tile floor with ease, all from your smartphone or tablet. The Schluter floor warming system can be purchased at your local tile supply store, or purchased directly through the manufacturer on…

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Porch with PVC trim column wraps and molding

Pros and Cons of PVC Trim

By Dan Arket / April 22, 2019 /

Cellular PVC trim is a wood replacement product most commonly used in exterior applications. The applications are similar to wood, except it won’t rot, crack, cup, split or warp like wood and its resistive to termites and wood boring insects. PVC trim is naturally white throughout, which makes it an excellent choice for trim on…

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10 Reasons to Hire a Contractor vs. DIY

By Dan Arket / April 15, 2019 /

Attempting to tackle a home remodel can sound enticing, but often homeowners are overwhelmed and find themselves biting off more than they can chew.   Here’s 10 reasons to consider hiring a contractor instead of doing the project yourself.   Forecasting Issues A quality contractor has years of experience in the trade, and is well…

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The Scope of Work

By Dan Arket / April 7, 2019 /

The Scope of Work (also referred to as the Work Scope) in a construction project is an item-by-item description outlining exactly the work that will be done, as well as any work excluded from the project. Communication is Key A clear scope of work is ultimately a communication tool between the contractor and the homeowner.…

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Be Cautious Choosing the “Lowest Bidder”

By Dan Arket / March 7, 2019 /

Choose your contractor based on VALUE, not just price. In the construction industry, it’s pretty common for homeowners to feel they should get three “bids” from their potential contractors and either choose the lowest bidder, or the one in the middle. Here’s why you should be cautious when doing that. COMPARING APPLES TO APPLES Often,…

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Home Protection And Cleanliness

By Dan Arket / February 6, 2019 /

Treating your home like it’s ours Most homeowners fear the disruption associated with remodeling and renovating, so we’re committed to be the least intrusive to your home and routine as possible. Whether it’s a working or non-working day, extreme care should be taken throughout the process. We’ve invested heavily in some of the best dust…

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Fixed Price vs Time & Materials

By Dan Arket / January 7, 2019 /

In residential construction and remodeling, there are two basic types of contracts most often used by contractors. These are commonly referred to as “Fixed Price” and “Time and Materials.” Each has their pros and cons so it’s important to know the differences of each before starting your next project. FIXED PRICE A Fixed Price contract…

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