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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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Residential | Residential Remodeling

How Much Will Your 2021 Home Remodel Cost in Connecticut

By: Kevin Ahern
July 14th, 2021

One of the important stages of the home remodeling process involves budgeting and estimating costs. While it's important to meet with a contractor before solidifying your budget, it's enough to do some Internet research during the initial planning stages. Getting cost estimates from a reliable source can help you decide whether the home remodel that you're considering is realistic at this time. One thing is for sure, once you're starting to meet with contractors, communicate with each professional about your budget. A good contractor will tell you whether your plans are realistic for the amount you hope to spend. If you're on a tight budget, a good contractor can also help you right-size the scope of your project for your needs.

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Residential | Residential Remodeling

5 Areas of Your Connecticut Home to Remodel

By: Kevin Ahern
June 29th, 2021

A well-planned and well-executed home remodel can transform your space, making your current house a forever home. The most popular parts of the home to remodel are those areas that add value and make a big impact on your day-to-day life. Some popular changes are cosmetic, while others have a deeper impact on the functionality of the home.  When you're trying to decide which parts of your house to remodel, consider your budget, and which parts of your house get the most use. If you're planning to sell your house sometime soon, it's also important to consider the needs and interests of home buyers. Below, we've listed five parts of your house to think about remodeling in the coming year. The 2021 home remodeling season is here - so choose a home remodeling contractor and get started!

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Home Remodeling Toolkit

Home Remodeling Toolkit

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

Refinished vs Refurbished vs Remodeled - What's the difference and which do I need?

By: Kevin Ahern
May 12th, 2021

Refinished vs refurbished: what's the difference?  There are many terms that contractors use when discussing home improvement. If you're new to working with contractors, trying to find the right language to use when talking about your home improvement project can be challenging.  Talking to your contractor shouldn't be intimidating or difficult, so we're writing this article to give you some confidence when speaking with contractors. We've covered topics like this before on our blog. One thing is for sure: no matter what you know about these common home improvement terms, your contractor should be able to understand what your project is if you know your goals, and you're ready to talk about them.  We'll provide some communication tips that can help you at the end of this article.

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Residential | Residential Remodeling

6 low-cost home upgrades to increase your property value

By: Kevin Ahern
May 5th, 2021

Low-cost home upgrades can increase your property's value and make your house easier to sell when it hits the market. Knowing the cost of your home upgrade before getting started on the project is important. When you're on a budget, low-cost upgrades can make all the difference. Low-cost upgrades boost curb appeal and make your house more attractive, which can make your house a better place to live, if even in small ways. By changing the space where you live, you can solve any number of problems. You can bring order to chaos, brighten dark spaces, improve storage and organization, boost efficiency or just make coming home at night that much more satisfying.  These small home improvements are low cost, so they're easy to do when you've got the time and some extra funds. Whether you're planning to sell your home sometime in the near future, or you just want to make life at home a little better and a little brighter - here's what we recommend. 

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Residential | Residential Remodeling

How to Create a Home Remodeling Wishlist

By: Kevin Ahern
April 27th, 2021

Very few homes are perfect, so most homeowners have a remodeling wish list. On lazy afternoons, they daydream about their wish list, and which big items they'll tackle next. Such lists can be motivating. Every time you cross another item off the list, your home gets a little closer to perfect.   If you're a new homeowner who doesn't have a wishlist yet, it's time to make one. You'd be amazed how many things about your home need to be changed, once you start to think about it. After the list is made, it becomes easier to tackle home improvement in a way that is organized and logical. To learn more about how you can start a home improvement project, download our free guide, How to Choose a Home Remodeling Contractor. To learn more about making a home remodel wishlist, keep reading.     

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Residential | Residential Remodeling

Best Winter Remodeling Projects

By: Kevin Ahern
April 20th, 2021

Summer and late spring are the busiest times of year for home improvement projects, but some projects just make a lot more sense to complete when the weather is still chilly and the construction business is slow. If you're hoping to finish some last-minute home improvements projects before the busy summer season, we've got some suggestions that can help you decide. To learn more about how to hire a home improvement contractor, download our free guide to hiring a home improvement professional. If you're not sure which winter remodeling projects are best, check out our suggestions below. Get ready to make your home more beautiful and functional! 

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Residential

9 Tools Every Homeowner Needs

By: Kevin Ahern
April 13th, 2021

While we want to help with your projects at home, sometimes it's easier to just do it yourself. As a homeowner, you should have a good set of tools on hand for little and big things as they come up. Whether you're hanging new curtains in your home, fixing those shelves, or assembling that swing set in the yard, you're going to need some basic tools for getting the job done. For the simple stuff, here are the tools every homeowner needs. 

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Industry Knowledge

Subcontractor vs Partner: A Comparison for Remodeling Projects

By: Kevin Ahern
April 6th, 2021

General contractors typically work with two types of professionals during a standard remodeling project: subcontractors and partners. The relationships with partners and subs can be delicate. It takes years for a general contractor to learn how to manage these relationships effectively, to ensure that everyone gets what they need at the end of a construction project.  Whether you're new to the industry or simply seeking some information about construction industry functions, it's important to know how these three distinct groups work together as they create beautiful buildings, additions, and remodels throughout the state of Connecticut. Litchfield Builders has been in business for over 25 years, and we've learned a lot about how to maintain balance and good communication with partners and subs. We thrive on these relationships. Here's what we've learned in our time as a general contractor. 

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General Contractors | Residential

The Cost of NOT Hiring a General Contractor

By: Kevin Ahern
March 30th, 2021

Some people hire a general contractor when it's time to remodel. Some people do the work themselves.  ...And still others hire subcontractors to coordinate their own remodel like a general .  Which one are you? We've seen all three approaches. While there's no one right way to perform a home improvement project, there can be disadvantages to not hiring a general contractor. If you can recognize those disadvantages, you can avoid some of the common mistakes that homeowners make when they decide not to hire a general . 

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Residential | Residential Remodeling

7 Inspirational Home Remodeling Websites (Updated for 2021)

By: Kevin Ahern
March 23rd, 2021

The home buyer market is hot right now, and all over Connecticut, homeowners are preparing their homes for sale. One of the ways to make your home competitive in the real estate market is to update old or dated features with a beautiful remodel. During the project, it's important to research pictures of materials and potential layouts. Having these props makes it easier to communicate with your contractor, and more importantly, make decisions about your home improvement project. There seem to be endless home remodeling websites designed to inspire homeowners and help them throughout their home remodeling and decorating process, but not all websites are created equal. In this article, we'll cover some of the most useful and inspirational websites on the Internet. 

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