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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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Industry Knowledge

Tips For Managing an Insurance Restoration Project

By: Kevin Ahern
February 2nd, 2021

Nothing quite prepares you for the events that lead up to a homeowners insurance claim. Whether it's a fire, a devastating storm, or a sudden flood, it can take a long time for life to feel normal and safe after something happens to your home. It's especially difficult to return to normal when you find yourself in the midst of a major home repair. Homeowners’ insurance claims are complicated, so trying to navigate a home improvement project or repair in the midst of a claim can be overwhelming.

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Bathroom Remodeling | Commercial

How Much Does a Touchless Faucet Cost?

By: Kevin Ahern
January 26th, 2021

At home, touchless faucets add an element of convenience to the bathroom and kitchen. In commercial settings, they are important for maintaining appropriate levels of sanitation, cleanliness, and hygiene. Touchless faucets can even be a tool in sustainability and green commercial construction and are a regular fixture in commercial construction renovations.

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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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Kitchen Remodeling | Industry Knowledge

The Best Kitchen Countertop Materials for 2021

By: Kevin Ahern
January 19th, 2021

Of all the surfaces in the kitchen, countertops are the most beautiful. They come in many patterns and colors and are made from a variety of materials. The right countertops should be beautiful but functional, timeless but stylish, cost-effective, and high-value. It's no wonder some homeowners spend days or weeks agonizing over the right countertop material for their kitchen remodel.

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Commercial Remodeling | Residential Remodeling

What is the Best Low Maintenance Flooring for a Remodel?

By: Kevin Ahern
January 5th, 2021

Busy people like low maintenance features, but with flooring, low-maintenance options haven't always been easy to find. For many years, favored flooring materials required periodic sealing, refinishing or shampooing. Whether you're a busy parent, a career-professional, or a homeowner who just doesn't want to worry about home maintenance anymore, finding the right low maintenance flooring can be a challenge.

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Residential Remodeling

6 Home Remodeling Trends That Will Influence Your 2021 Projects

By: Kevin Ahern
December 29th, 2020

Staying at home for long stretches of time can change our perceptions of where we live. For some of us, being at home makes us more inclined to look at our house critically, and daydream ways to improve. 2020 has been a year of spending time at home. This has left many seeking ways to improve their house, either in their indoor or outdoor spaces.   At Litchfield Builders, we're expecting 2021 home remodeling trends to be influenced by the events of the previous year. We've already seen an uptick in customers seeking to expand their home's footprint. Some want more work space while others want more living space. Based on this, here's what we're predicting for the coming year.  

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Residential | Residential Remodeling

11 Biggest Remodeling Mistakes New Homeowners Make

By: Kevin Ahern
December 22nd, 2020

Most people get better at remodeling over time - often after making more than a few remodeling mistakes. First-time homeowners in particular are likely to make mistakes when remodeling their house because they're often on a tight budget, and they're new to home remodeling.  If you're a new homeowner, or even an experienced homeowner who has little experience with home improvement projects, here's what you need to know about the most common home remodeling mistakes. Knowing the pitfalls to avoid will help you increase the likelihood of success in your home improvement project.

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Residential | Residential Remodeling

How to Create a Home Remodeling Checklist

By: Kevin Ahern
December 15th, 2020

Home remodels take months to plan and implement, and there are many steps along the way. If you don't know all of those steps, you could easily miss something that drastically impact your home remodeling down the road. Skipping steps could result in a failed home remodel project, or expensive repairs after the remodel is over. Most of your home remodeling checklist will involve planning, preparing and researching. Although every home improvement project is different, the checklist stays the same. In this article, we outline each of the steps to include in your home remodeling checklist so you can prepare for your project!

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Residential | Residential Remodeling

Should I Invest In An Open Concept Floor Plan?

By: Kevin Ahern
December 1st, 2020

Often, older homes are designed around small rooms with doors and walls that keep each space separate and private. While this makes sense for rooms like bedrooms, guest rooms and bathrooms, modern homeowners often prefer open spaces in common areas like the living room and dining room. Open concept floor plans have become the preferred home layout for homeowners making their forever home.

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How General Contractors Should Address Insurance Claim Clients

By: Kevin Ahern
November 24th, 2020

If you've been a general contractor for a while, you know that insurance claim clients are different from other clients. You know they face different challenges, operate on a separate timeline, and their home repair is not theirs to manage on their own. Though they may be partnering with their insurance company, homeowners who are victims of recent disasters often feel lost in the home repair process. 

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Kitchen Remodeling | Residential

6 Simple Ways to Upgrade Your Kitchen Island

By: Kevin Ahern
November 17th, 2020

Kitchen islands have been a popular kitchen decoration for so many years that in some homes, islands have started to show their age. Kitchen islands are still a great feature that make cooking and entertaining easier, and even old ones have a lot of value to offer. What most older kitchen islands need is an upgrade, like a new countertop, new sink, or refinished cabinets. What's right for your kitchen cabinets depends a lot on your personal tastes and what about your kitchen cabinet bothers you the most.

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