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Residential Remodeling

5 Signs of a Bad Contractor Bid

By: Kevin Ahern
July 20th, 2017

When you’re thinking about taking on a home improvement or remodeling project, finding the right contractor is critical. Whether you’re building a deck, upgrading your kitchen or adding on a room, a good contractor should be able to deliver a quality product that can improve your home’s value and last for years. Good contractors follow good business practices, stand behind their finished product and offer warranties to protect their customers. Unfortunately, there are bad contractors out there. Bad contractors may follow unethical business practices and offer poor workmanship, thus putting the consumer at risk for loss of money, property damage and wasted time. Knowing how to identify the bad contractor bids from the good can help homeowners start down the right path for their home improvement project. The following 5 warning signs are red-flags that can be indicative of a bad contractor.

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commercial remodeling | Residential Remodeling

How to Organize and Evaluate Home & Commercial Contractor Bids

By: Kevin Ahern
July 12th, 2017

When considering a contractor’s bid, doing your research is critical. To find the right contractor, one must consider a variety of variables including references, experience, licensure and cost. The bigger the project, the more important it is to conduct thorough research. Looking online, meeting with various general contractors and contacting references are all ways that you can conduct their research. At Litchfield Builders, we encourage the homeowners of New Haven and the surrounding area to shop around and take an organized approach when it’s time to hire a contractor. Contacting a variety of general contractors and professionals can help you find the right contractor for your upcoming project.

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Residential Remodeling

Top 10 Kitchen Remodeling Design Trends

By: Kevin Ahern
June 20th, 2017

Of all the rooms in the house, the kitchen is one of the most popular rooms to remodel. Kitchen upgrades are a good investment for homeowners hoping to sell, because home buyers are often willing to spend more on homes that have beautiful kitchens. In addition, remodeling the kitchen is a great way to make the room more functional and beautiful. At Litchfield Builders, we understand all the reasons that people want to remodel their kitchen, and we’re always up to date on the latest kitchen remodel trends that interest homeowners. We help homeowners who want to renovate their kitchens to decide what type of remodel is right for their home. The top 10 kitchen remodeling design trends in this article are the best features to install if you’re thinking about selling your home soon or if you’re trying to get the best value for your money.

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Residential Remodeling

7 Deck Remodeling Projects Ideal for Summer

By: Kevin Ahern
June 16th, 2017

A basic deck can be somewhat small and limited in function. If you're a homeowner who likes to entertain and spend time outdoors, upgrading your deck can make it a more enjoyable place to spend time. Whether you're seeking more space, a more durable structure or features that work well for entertaining, these remodeling projects can transform your deck into the place to be this summer. At Litchfield Builders, we help homeowners turn their decks into a fun space perfect for spending time with guests and loved ones. Our deck remodeling projects also add value to the property, so they're perfect for homeowners who plan to sell soon.

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Commercial

5 Signs You Need A Commercial Kitchen Remodel

By: Kevin Ahern
June 5th, 2017

A commercial kitchen remodel probably always sounds like a nice-to-have, but over time this type of renovation can easily become a must-have. Recognizing the signs that it’s time for a commercial kitchen remodel can help you take care of your business and can even boost profits. Failure to get a commercial kitchen remodel can slow productivity at your business and can even lead to reduced profits over time. At Litchfield Builders, we work with business owners and managers to help them upgrade their commercial kitchen. For business owners who feel overwhelmed the midst of this big project, we help them devise a project that will meet the needs of the business. Below are five signs that your business could benefit from a commercial kitchen remodel.

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Residential Remodeling

How to Find A Professional CT Home Builder In 2017

By: Kevin Ahern
May 30th, 2017

Finding a good CT home builder before beginning a home improvement or building project is critical for project success. In general, a good professional contractor will have a license, a good reputation and references. Homeowners seeking the best work and the most reliable contractor possible can find what they’re looking for by searching the local directories, conducting online research and seeking contractors with the qualities mentioned above. Finding a professional contractor with the right credentials to perform your home improvement project or upgrade can be challenging. Knowing where to look and what information to look for can help. Below are some of the tried and true methods for finding the best professional Connecticut home builders in 2017.

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Residential Remodeling

Common Costs That Are Forgotten When Budgeting for a Kitchen Remodel

By: Kevin Ahern
May 17th, 2017

Proper budgeting for a kitchen remodel can have a big influence on the success of your upcoming kitchen remodel. However, accurate budgeting may not be possible without knowing and accounting for all the various expenses involved in this type of renovation. Some of the most common expenses that homeowners must account for when remodeling their kitchen include countertops, appliances, cabinets, flooring and plumbing upgrades, among others. Within these different components, costs may vary widely depending on the type of material used, brand name and other factors.

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Residential Remodeling

The Homeowners Guide to In-law Apartments

By: Kevin Ahern
May 8th, 2017

In recent years, in-law apartments gained in popularity as a space for in-laws, older children, guests and tenants. Many homeowners consider getting in-law apartments for their homes at one time or another. At Litchfield Builders, we regularly consult with homeowners who are considering installing an in-law apartment either in their house, above their garage or somewhere on their property.

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Residential Remodeling

7 Expert Tips for Remodeling your Kitchen on a Budget

By: Kevin Ahern
May 3rd, 2017

Kitchen remodels are far more complex than remodels that take place in other parts of the house. Plumbing lines, the need for a functional layout, complex lighting needs and ventilation can make remodeling a kitchen more challenging than other rooms. The complexities of remodeling a kitchen can make this type of home improvement project more expensive than other renovations.

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Free Toolkit: Kitchen Remodeling Budget Calculator & Guide

By: Kevin Ahern
April 20th, 2017

Your kitchen is the heart of your house. In the kitchen, families come together to work, talk, enjoy food and share company. Kitchens may vary in size and functionality, but many modern homeowners share the same goals and desires for their kitchen. Spaciousness, efficiency, attractiveness and comfort are the most important features of modern kitchens. However, developing these features through remodeling can be a challenge. Break down the costs of your Kitchen Remodel and create a budget you can feel confident in with our free Kitchen Remodeling Toolkit Kitchen remodels tend to be more complex than remodels in other parts of the home, because the kitchen utilizes plumbing, ventilation, and specialized lighting to create a more efficient work space. Kitchens are also a hub for many major appliances, and therefore must be designed to accommodate those appliances.

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