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Kevin Ahern

Kevin is the Co-Founder of Litchfield Builders, an award-winning, industry leader with a reputation for managing projects others shy away from. They are known for their high-quality work, customer service, and reliability and though still relatively small in size, Litchfield Builders now competes with some of the areas largest firms in both the residential and commercial arenas.

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Kitchen Remodeling | Residential | Residential Remodeling

Kitchen Remodeling Cost Guide for your Connecticut Home

By: Kevin Ahern
May 11th, 2022

Many homeowners dream of remodeling their kitchen. This important room is one of the most high-value spaces in the house. It's also the part of the house where children gather for snacks after school, and it's where homeowners spend time cooking and entertaining. The kitchen truly is the heart of the home. The kitchen is also a complicated room with many appliances, surfaces for food preparation, cabinets for storage, and more. This makes remodeling the kitchen a particularly complicated and costly project.  One of the first things that many homeowners start to ask themselves when they consider a kitchen remodel is, how much will it cost? Knowing the factors that influence kitchen remodeling costs can help you decide whether a kitchen remodel will fit your budget at this time. You'll find that your kitchen remodeling cost is influenced by many factors including the scope of your project, the quality of the work, and thus, the Connecticut contractor that you hire. 

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Residential | Residential Remodeling

Why You Need a Design Retainer for a Large Renovation Project

By: Kevin Ahern
April 29th, 2022

Improvement projects like remodels and home additions are multi-step projects that require a great deal of planning. Sometimes, a part of the planning process is the creation of a drawing or design for approval. Litchfield Builders employs in-house designers who work with homeowners and property owners to bring their projects to life.   Occasionally, homeowners are surprised that the design process requires a retainer. If you're experiencing this for the first time, it helps to understand why this is necessary and how the design process benefits you. In this article, we'll go over the various steps of creating professional construction design, from start to finish, and we'll also explain the reasons for a retainer. 

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See how you can get the best return on investment from your next home remodel by knowing exactly what to expect and how to prepare.

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Residential | Residential Remodeling

Everything a Home Addition Project Would Include

By: Kevin Ahern
April 15th, 2022

A home addition can raise the value of your home and make your house a more serviceable, functional space for your family. Additions are a common home improvement project in Connecticut because of the high cost of real estate and the competitive real estate market. Sometimes, homeowners need more space but can't find a large enough home in the community where they want to live. Building an addition allows homeowners to stay in their house and enjoy a roomier, more comfortable lifestyle.  When you're working with an experienced residential contractor like Litchfield Builders, you can expect a high level of customer service, excellent communication, transparent billing practices, a thorough contract, and more. Knowing what to expect during a home addition from Litchfield Builders can help you get started. 

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Commercial | Commercial Remodeling | General Contractors

Steps to Working with Litchfield Builders on a Commercial Project

By: Kevin Ahern
April 1st, 2022

Every commercial construction project is different, but when you're working with a professional construction business with a well-established process, you can expect your project to be streamlined and well planned. This is the case when you're working with Litchfield Builders.  Litchfield Builders has been in business for over 25 years, and in that time, we've created a number of processes that make each job a success. Knowing what to expect in your commercial project can help you prepare for your upcoming commercial property improvement.

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Residential | Residential Remodeling

When You Will and Won't Need an Architect for a Home Remodeling Project

By: Kevin Ahern
March 18th, 2022

Most homeowners and commercial property owners are aware that architects and construction companies work together on certain building projects - but not all projects. In fact, many property owners have a hard time telling when it's the right time to work with an architect and when it's enough to hire a design-build contractor.  The answer is not simple. Ultimately, whether a project requires help from an architect depends on the project's level of complexity and your preferences. This article will discuss the services that an architect can provide, who benefits from the services of an architect, and how to decide when you need an architect for a home remodeling project. 

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Residential | Residential Remodeling

Steps to Working with Litchfield Builders on a Residential Project

By: Kevin Ahern
March 1st, 2022

Litchfield Builders has been a leader in residential construction for over 25 years. As a family-run Connecticut business, we've distinguished ourselves from other construction companies in many ways. Working with Litchfield Builders is an experience that many clients choose to repeat across multiple home improvement/remodeling projects because we offer a level of customer service and quality that just can't be found in all construction businesses.  If you're embarking on a remodeling or building project in Connecticut, working with Litchfield Builders can make your project a success. Here's what we want you to know before you get started. 

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Residential | Residential Remodeling

Deck Remodeling Ideas for Your Connecticut Home

By: Kevin Ahern
February 17th, 2022

Are you happy with your deck? Is it in good condition? Does it meet your needs and the needs of others in your household? If the answer to any of these questions is no, then you could benefit from a deck remodel. Whereas a deck construction is the construction of a deck from the ground up, a deck remodel is the process of altering and rebuilding an existing deck.  A deck remodel is a practical way to replace your existing deck with a deck that you'll love for years to come. Because it's a remodel, this project is generally less expensive than building a deck from scratch. For help hiring a remodeling contractor for this project, check out our free publication. 

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Residential | Residential Remodeling

Everything You Need to Know Before Building a Deck in Connecticut

By: Kevin Ahern
February 11th, 2022

A deck is a place where homeowners can entertain, lounge and spend time with family and loved ones. New deck construction is one of the most popular kinds of home improvements in Connecticut. Deck remodeling and construction can improve the value of your home, improve your experience as a homeowner and make your house overall a better place to live. A deck gives you a place to spend time outdoors, where you can have a party or spend a quiet weekend afternoon.  If you're thinking about building a deck in CT, there's a lot to know about the deck building process and hiring the right contractor. Having this information can inform your actions moving forward and make the experience better overall. Knowing how much this project costs, how long it takes and other details can help you decide when and how to proceed with this kind of home improvement. 

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Residential | Residential Remodeling

What you need to know when building a second story addition in Connecticut

By: Kevin Ahern
February 4th, 2022

The real estate market in Connecticut is tight! Unless you've got money in the bank to make a cash offer on a house, buying the house you want may be difficult or even impossible. If you need more space and buying a home isn't working, a second story addition in Connecticut may be the best option. Second story additions provide room to grow and allow you to stay in the house where you live right now.  There's a lot to know before you get started on this kind of project. Second story additions are disruptive to normal life and take time to complete. When the work is done, your house will look like an all-new home. Second story additions can improve your home's value and allow your family to stay in the school district and neighborhood that you've come to love. 

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Residential | Residential Remodeling

Pros and Cons of Having An In-Law Apartment in Connecticut

By: Kevin Ahern
January 20th, 2022

An in-law apartment in Connecticut is a residence located on the premises of a larger residence, often (but not always) for the purposes of housing parents and other aging relatives. Some in-law apartments are located in the garage, above the garage, or in a separate structure. Often in-law apartments are located in the main residence of the property, sometimes in the attic, over the garage, or in a wing that is built onto the original home. In-law apartments that are built specifically for older adults are typically built on the first floor for ease of access.  In-law apartments may consist of a small kitchen area and bathroom as well as a living room and bedroom, though some in-law apartments consist only of a bedroom and bathroom. The size and extent of the accommodations depend on the needs of the occupants as well as the zoning laws for the area. Litchfield Builders adds in-law apartments to homes in New Haven and the surrounding community. Our extensive experience building residential additions and safe, senior-friendly in-law apartments makes us the go-to contractor for in-law apartment construction in Connecticut.  

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