Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Kitchen Remodeling in Duluth MN (Don’t Get Burned)

Americans are spending over $599 billion annually on home improvement and kitchen remodeling projects. It’s no wonder why contractor scams have been so prevalent over the past few years. Here are a few ways to avoid getting burned on kitchen remodeling Duluth MN. Avoid any kitchen remodeling contractor who tells you that a written contract isn’t necessary. In addition, don’t sign a contract that doesn’t reflect the verbal agreement. If a contractor insists that you’re responsible for getting permits for a job, that’s a sign that he/she probably isn’t licensed or it was revoked.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Avoid These Costly Home Renovation Mistakes

With the decline of the housing during the financial bubble, a multitude of first-time home buyers purchased houses with every intent to remodel them. Especially with all the cable television shows and even network television regarding home improvement, replacing a countertop for example, doesn’t seem difficult. Many of the home buyers took advantage of the depressed housing marketing. Unfortunately, they eventually realized that renovations and remodeling Duluth MN were much more challenging than initially planned.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Home Design Trends to Watch For in 2016

Whether you are searching for contractors Duluth, MN to build a new home or to remodel an existing home, there are a few home design trends to consider this year. Here are a few trends that dominate in 2016: Keep It Open – Keep It Airy One of the most popular design trends is to keep a room open and airy. The days of filling every corner of a room with furniture or an object has become a thing of the past. A home should have clear views throughout the home. This design concept is geared towards the busy household. When a homeowner comes home from the hustle and bustle of the day, everything should be in clear view. As far as kitchen design is concerned, Houzz suggests that kitchen layouts have become more open and airy. Full-size appliances and walls occupied by cabinetry is beginning to fade. Minimalism is the key.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

5 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

As this is an ideal time to sell or purchase a home, housing prices are at recent highs in many neighborhoods. Approximately 5.3 million homes have exchanged from one hand to another in 2015, in the US. That was over 30 percent from the financial crash in 2008. Comparatively cheap at the moment, purchasing a home is relatively easy due to low interest rates (below four percent for a mortgage fixed at 30 years).

Friday, 24 June 2016

Smart Choices for Your Bathroom Remodeling Project

Many homeowners love planning kitchens and other living spaces in their home, but often fail to put much thought into what their bathroom should look like. A bathroom, however, should be given as much thought as any other room you’re remodeling project. After all, it offers comfort and relaxation, and a good amount of time is spent there. Why not make it beautiful as well as functional? If you’re thinking of having your bathroom remodeled, here are some things Duluth MN home builders recommend homeowners take into consideration. Have A Plan Experienced builders Duluth MN always have a plan in place. This may sound very basic, but it’s surprising how many homeowners go about bathroom remodeling without first drawing up a plan. This often leads to bathrooms that are too cluttered, or designs that do not complement the look of the rest of the home.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Differentiating Between a General Contractor and a Home Builder

It’s safe to assume that when designing and building your custom home, you want and expect only the best, and the most efficient way to do this is by finding and hiring the right General contractors Duluth MN for the job. One of your top considerations and early decisions centers on whether to hire a general contractor or a home builder. The Job of a General Contractor As the name implies, design build contractors are people who are responsible for monitoring your home construction project from day one through to completion. A general contractor is either an individual or a company, and typically works with other subcontractors in order to complete the project. A contractor is also responsible for making sure that all the required permits have been complied with.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

How to Budget Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling Costs

It is not as easy as you may think to set a budget for your kitchen and bathroom remodeling Duluth MN. Staying within the budget is usually the hardest part. The average cost of a remodel may be approximately $80,000, but there are three factors to determine whether or not you want to spend that much. First, you want to know how much to spend. You should consider your finances to determine this amount. Second, you want to determine how long you plan to remain in your house. If it is your plan to sell the home within five years, then renovation in a kitchen or bathroom remodeling should be considered an improvement on an investment in real estate. You should only spend what you think will be your return on investment upon the sale of the house.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Design Options for Design/Builders: In-House Design

In the custom home industry we have two ways to build a home: the traditional bid and build model, or the design build approach. As design build firms, we have two ways as well: in-house and outsourced design. In-house design means the designer is actually on the firm’s staff, while outsourced design means a designer or architect works for another firm, or for themselves. Here, we’re going to talk exclusively about in-house design. Benefits of In-House Design Keeping design in-house allows for entire control of the creative, cost and delivery processes, ensuring homeowners of a better overall experience. From a practical standpoint, having a designer on staff means she or he has immediate access to other members of the team who can provide resources and cost feedback in short order. And because the design build firm will also manage the construction, great care is taken to ensure accuracy and completeness of the plans.

Monday, 20 June 2016

7 Ways Some Architects Do A Disservice To Contractors and Homeowners

If you’re a contractor who’s been at this for a while, you’ve likely had your share of negative experiences in working with some architects. And you’ve probably been witness to the disappointment, frustration, and financial upsets homeowners have been put through by the way some architects operate their design and development business. Notice that iboth statements I said “some” architects. I’ve personally had the pleasure of working with some great architects as well. As is true in all professions, there are good ones and there are other, not-so-good ones. I fully expect some heated feedback for what I’m about to say, but I think it’s a discussion worth having. Based on nearly two decades of experience, here are the seven ways I think a large number of architects do a disservice to contractors and homeowners alike.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Design Build Duluth’s Preferred Contractor Network Difference

Project design is not just about getting a construction project done on time and on budget. Though both are extremely important, Design Build Duluth knows that the homeowners we work with want to feel secure in the knowledge that their project will be handled with integrity, outstanding service and unequalled craftsmanship. It’s the reason we created our Preferred Contractors Program. We’re highly selective about the contractors we choose to partner with for remodeling or new construction projects. To be eligible for our Preferred Contractors Program, each contractor undergoes a rigorous screening process before being invited to join our team. Each contractor is carefully considered based on their:

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Design Options for Design/Builders: Partnering for Design

The design build model’s greatest strength is the single-source responsibility and accountability it offers to homeowners. But that single source is not one person, it’s the team that has been carefully put together to ensure a smooth and successful project. That’s why it’s imperative that contractors and designers work in partnership for the mutual benefit of everyone involved, including the homeowner. Contractors more often than not now find themselves in the position of “interviewing” and choosing designers, which represents a major role reversal in the industry.

Friday, 17 June 2016

What to Consider If You’re a Contractor Offering Design – #4 is Most Important!

If you’re considering adding design services to your company, there are certain areas you’ll need to address before making such an important decision. All contractors know that a complete and well thought out set of plans makes everyone’s life easier by saving time and money through reduced change orders and schedule disruptions. Deciding to offer design services can make your company stand out from the pack and attract better quality clients and projects. It’s imperative that you have a comprehensive strategy worked out before adding design to your resume, for if you don’t, you could lose a lot of money and waste a lot of your valuable time.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

What Sets Successful Design Build Firms Apart from Other Business Models

Given the number of parties involved, even the smallest of remodeling projects can be a complicated affair. Besides the homeowner, there’s the architect and interior designer, general and specialty contractors, along with the countless vendors who supply the raw materials and home finishing products. Throughout the life of the project they must all work together to deliver a finished space that meets the homeowner’s expectations, and they must do it all while staying on schedule and budget. Now picture a team approach where a homeowner never needs to worry if the plans the architect designs will be rejected by the builder because of site, construction or financial limitations. An approach that entails every phase, from design to construction, being handled under one roof. That’s the reality of a remodel which involves hiring a firm like Design Build Duluth.