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Important Things to Consider During a Home Renovation

A home renovation isn’t for the faint of heart. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a good contractor who can take care of the heavy lifting. But even that doesn’t mean you won’t be exposed to your fair share of disasters—including some that can be scary, some that can be traumatic, and some that can even be harmful to your health. You can’t avoid every terrifying possibility, but you can do your very best to minimize the risk. And that starts with knowing what terrors could be lurking behind that ordinary-looking brick wall or innocuous, if hideous, popcorn ceiling. We’ve got your…

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Top Residential Construction Trends from 2017

Each quarter, we sent our GuildQuality Market Predictions Survey to over 5,000 people in our community of quality in order to gain a better understanding of the state of the residential construction industry. With 2017 coming to a close, we now have comprehensive data for the past year regarding market performance, overall business performance, long/near-term strategies, and emerging/waning trends. In this blog post, we will share the top waning residential construction trends from the past year, according to our last four Market Predictions Reports. Top Waning Residential Construction Trends from 2017 First Quarter Formal dining rooms Large, oversized rooms or entire homes (quality…

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The Often Forgotten Space

Basements are often a forgotten asset.  In their “natural” state they are the home of the furnace and water heater, where outgrown toys, bicycles and old clothes live in dusty retirement.  But basements can be as much of a “living space” as any other room in your house. Not only can renovating your basement add valuable space to your home, but it can also increase your property value, without altering the basic design of your house or taking up outside space. The question is, what can you do with that space? Take some time to consider what you really want…

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Does MHIC do anything about unlicensed contractors?

MHIC investigators actively work to enforce the home improvement law by coordinating with the local prosecutor’s offices throughout the State and by continuously educating homeowners about the risks and dangers of hiring unlicensed contractors. MHIC depends upon licensed contractors and homeowners filing written complaints against unlicensed contractors. Each month, MHIC investigators make approximately 75 appearances at criminal trials against unlicensed contractors. If you wish to file a written complaint against an unlicensed contractor, please do so and include as much specific information as possible, including the contractor’s full name, address, and the dates and location where the work was solicited…

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Designs That Work for Small Kitchens

Many of us have kitchens smaller than we would like them to be, but it’s possible to have tons of storage space without giving up style. Here are some helpful kitchen decorating ideas to maximize the kitchen space that you do have. Making efficient use of the space can make your kitchen seem much larger than it is. Finding the right sized kitchen appliances Smaller and more compact gadgets and appliances are better for smaller kitchens, especially when these gadgets need to stay on top of the counter. Huge appliances can swallow up an entire counter, even when there are…

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Tips for Building a Two-Story Addition

Homeowners who might have tried to sell their houses a few years ago are staying put with the hope that they’ll fetch a higher price if they wait out the bad economy. In the meantime, some are making their homes more comfortable by adding rooms—downstairs and up. Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies notes that homeowners are redirecting their remodeling dollars away from kitchen and bath remodels, room additions, and interiors. But pros in some areas are still doing a brisk business in two-story additions, often to enlarge a kitchen, add a home office, or build a tricked-out master…

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Quartz v/s Granite- What should I use?

Whether homeowners work on it before a meal or gather around it afterward, the counter-top is arguably the most visible item in a kitchen. And according to a REMODELING MAGAZINE Reader Panel survey, homeowners are choosing granite counter-tops by a margin of about 3 to 1 over the next most popular materials. But why does granite get all the attention? Manufacturers and installers of granite and quartz weigh in on the benefits of each type of stone.   Pressure & Time After nature does its part, mined quartz is crushed and mixed with resin to create subtly patterned slabs. Beauty…

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Reducing Construction and Demolition Materials

Reducing the amount of Construction & Demolition materials disposed of in landfills or combustion facilities provides numerous benefits. Less waste can lead to fewer disposal facilities, potentially reducing associated environmental issues including methane gas emissions which contribute to global climate change. Reducing, reusing, and recycling C&D materials offsets the need to extract and consume virgin resources, which also reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Deconstruction and selective demolition methods divert large amounts of materials from disposal and provide business opportunities within the local community. Recovered materials can be donated to qualified 501(c)(3) charities, resulting in a tax benefit.

Good ( and bad! ) Kitchen Remodeling ideas

Millions of homeowners choose to do some sort of remodeling project every year. Out of all those projects, the most popular is the kitchen remodel. Though most kitchen remodels go very well and homeowners are satisfied with the outcome, there are the same handful of horror stories related again and again about the remodel that went horribly wrong. Paying attention to the worst decisions can help ensure you make the best ones. Learn from those who have made the mistakes so you don’t have to! Here are seven of the most common terrible ideas for your 1. Choosing a material…

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10 One-of-Kind Building Techniques for Decks

Builders of award-winning decks typically don’t set out to snag honors and accolades, says Colorado deck builder Barry Streett; they aim to design structures that will please their clients and suit their lifestyles. The key: “You have to listen to them,” advises Streett, owner of Rolling Ridge Deck in Evergreen, Colo., and winner of multiple awards from the North American Deck and Railing Association. “They’re going to tell you what they want, but they don’t always know what they want. Listen in general terms, and then specifically think about how you can deliver it.” Even then, notes Justus Lambros, owner…

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