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remodeling | Residential Remodeling

4 Common and Preventable Remodeling Mistakes

By: Kevin Ahern
November 18th, 2019

Remodels are complex projects, with many chances for error. Most homeowners conduct remodels only occasionally, and are not experts in the remodeling process. It's easy for homeowners to make mistakes when beginning a remodel, because they haven't done it enough to learn from their own mistakes.

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in-law apartments | Residential Remodeling

How Much Does An In-Law Apartment Addition Cost?

By: Kevin Ahern
November 11th, 2019

Compared to the cost of buying a home or a condo, the cost of constructing an in-law addition is relatively low. This affordability makes a home addition an attractive option for young homeowners helping an older relative maintain independence.  Just how affordable is an in-law apartment? You might be surprised. Costs vary depending on finishes and features, but often an in-law apartment can be purchased at a fraction of the cost of a condo.

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custom millwork | Residential | Residential Remodeling

4 Custom Millwork Ideas For Your Next Home Remodeling Project

By: Kevin Ahern
November 8th, 2019

Have you ever walked into a historic property and been blown away by the custom woodwork and details? Custom millwork such as wainscoting, coffered ceilings, hand-carved banisters and built-in cabinets used to be a standard feature of any home, but those traditions have fallen by the wayside with the rise of factory-made cabinets and other mass-produced installations. These new innovations may be less expensive, but they also lack the "one-of-a-kind" custom millwork installation.

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Commercial | residential kitchen remodeling | restaurant remodeling

Restaurant Renovation Before and After: What to Expect?

By: Kevin Ahern
November 4th, 2019

There are many reasons that a restaurant owner might choose to renovate their restaurant. Outdated fixtures, old appliances, and general wear and tear can lead to fewer customers and a decline in profits. Staying up to date is important. Engaging in regular remodeling and building improvement can help keep your restaurant a beautiful, functional, enjoyable place to visit. Remodels are big endeavors, and even the best-planned project can be disruptive. Knowing what to expect can help you be prepared and can minimize the disruption. At Litchfield Builders, we work with Connecticut business owners to ensure that their restaurant remodel goes smoothly. To learn more about remodeling your business, download our free guide, Sustainability & Green Building in Commercial Construction. To learn more about restaurant renovation expectations, read on.

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Residential

Top 8 Materials for a Master Bath Remodel

By: Kevin Ahern
October 1st, 2019

Bathrooms need to be remodeled every few decades. If they're not kept up to date, the fixtures may become non-functional and the look of the room may become unappealing. When the time comes to sell your house or have guests, your newly remodeled bathroom will make your home stand out.

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Commercial

How Much Does it Cost to Renovate Your Restaurant Kitchen

By: Kevin Ahern
September 26th, 2019

Kitchen restaurant renovations boost productivity and improve the customer experience at your restaurant. Knowing the cost to renovate can help you decide if you can afford to make this kind of upgrade. If you need financing for your renovation, knowing about how much to expect the renovation to cost can help you with the loan application.

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Residential

Considering an In-Law Suite: What You Need to Know

By: Kevin Ahern
September 20th, 2019

The concept of aging in place has gained a lot of traction over the last few years, and perhaps because of that, in-law apartments have become more popular as well. Construction of an in-law apartment can be a cost-effective way to ensure that an elderly relative can live a safe but semi-independent life.

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Commercial

How to Complete an Office Remodel on a Budget

By: Kevin Ahern
September 17th, 2019

Offices need to be remodeled periodically in order to retain their functionality and beauty. Workers benefit from remodels because work places that look good and function right are more pleasant places to be compared to offices that are poorly maintained.

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Residential

How Home Design in 2019 is Different from 1919

By: Kevin Ahern
September 13th, 2019

Home designs are always changing, often in subtle ways. Materials improve, floor plans adjust, architectural styles take new and different forms. Many homeowners don’t realize how striking these differences can be until they compare very old homes to very new homes.

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Residential

The Best Wood Options for an Outdoor Deck

By: Kevin Ahern
September 3rd, 2019

So you want to build a deck. You've got a lot of choices to make before your deck can become a reality, and one of the most important decisions is: which type of wood to use? The durability and appearance of your deck is strongly affected by the materials you choose. Knowing the difference between decking types can help you decide which one is right for you.

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