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Kitchen Remodeling | Residential | Residential Remodeling

How To Live Through Your Kitchen Remodeling Project

By: Kevin Ahern
September 1st, 2022

Construction on a typical kitchen remodel lasts about 6 to 8 weeks, and most kitchens are unusable for about half that time. That can seem like a very long time if you're unable to use your kitchen for cooking meals and making snacks, and the presence of contractors in your house can add stress to the experience. Fortunately, there are ways to make your kitchen remodel a more rewarding and less disruptive experience overall.  The team of CT home remodeling contractors at Litchfield Builders has been helping Connecticut homeowners enjoy successful kitchen remodels for over 25 years. Some of the tricks we've learned from our experiences and from our clients can help you during your upcoming remodel. From establishing a temporary kitchen to keeping traffic out of your home's living spaces, we can recommend a range of tips to make your experience better overall. 

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Kitchen Remodeling | Residential | Residential Remodeling

2022 Connecticut Kitchen Remodeling Trends

By: Kevin Ahern
August 19th, 2022

Kitchen trends change on a regular basis. As new materials become available, consumer preferences naturally start to shift. As a Connecticut home remodeling contractor in business for over 25 years, Litchfield Builders has had a front-row seat to changing trends and styles found inside and outside the home. The kitchen is one of the places with the most possibility for change. With so many fixtures, materials, appliances, and other features to choose from, it's hardly surprising that kitchen styles change all the time. 2022 Connecticut kitchen remodeling trends reflect the homeowner's need for functionality, high-quality materials, and comfort while cooking. While every client (and every kitchen) is different, this is what we're seeing the most in kitchens around the state.  

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Bathroom Remodeling | Residential Remodeling

Cost of Pre-made Vs. Custom Built Bathroom Vanities in Connecticut

By: Kevin Ahern
August 11th, 2022

The vanity is like the centerpiece of the bathroom. In many Connecticut homes, the vanity is also the biggest and most ornate piece of furniture in the bathroom. Positioned just beneath the mirror, the vanity is what most people see first when they enter. Deciding which vanity to buy, how much money to invest in the vanity, and whether to buy a pre-made vs. custom built bathroom vanity can be challenging. While your budget should play a role in your decision, there are other factors to consider as well. Quality, customization, appearance, and functionality are all important factors to consider when choosing a vanity.  Generally speaking, the more you spend, the higher the quality will be - and the more likely it is that your vanity will meet your needs for years to come. If you're planning a Connecticut bathroom remodel, it's important to understand the difference between pre-made and custom-built bathroom vanities, and how these differences impact cost.  Litchfield Builders has been working with homeowners to remodel their bathrooms and upgrade their home fixtures for over twenty years. We provide input and advice as homeowners decide which products and materials to use in their home improvements. We also create stunning custom vanities for homeowners who need something a little different for their bathroom. In this article, we compare pre-made vs custom built bathroom vanities to help you decide which one you prefer. 

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Commercial | Commercial Remodeling

How Much Does it Cost to Renovate a Restaurant in Connecticut

By: Kevin Ahern
July 27th, 2022

Restaurants rely heavily on ambiance to create a pleasant dining experience. Aging restaurants can lose some of that ambiance as scratches, scuffs and stains begin to accumulate on surfaces like upholstery, tables, floors, and walls. Regular remodeling can keep your restaurant looking fresh and beautiful.  Remodeling a restaurant is a big job, and it's important to know what costs to anticipate. Once you know how much you can expect to spend, then you can decide for yourself whether this type of business upgrade is right for your establishment. Keep reading below to learn about what you should expect for restaurant renovation costs.

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Residential | Residential Remodeling

What Determines the Price of a Deck in Connecticut

By: Kevin Ahern
July 8th, 2022

Building a deck in CT costs anywhere from $20,000 to $60,000 - but why the range? What factors determine the price of a deck addition in Connecticut? The answer is more complicated than you might think. Materials, labor, permitting, code requirements, shape, size, and scope all play a role in the cost of deck construction in Connecticut.  Working with a reputable contractor is important because your contractor will keep you informed about costs and help you understand how costs are impacted. Once you understand how these variables make the cost go up or down, you can control your budget and keep your deck construction cost reasonable.

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Kitchen Remodeling | Residential | Residential Remodeling

6 Simple Ways to Upgrade Your Kitchen Island for your Connecticut Home

By: Kevin Ahern
June 28th, 2022

Kitchen islands have been popular for many years. In some homes, the island has started to show its age. Islands are still a great feature that make cooking and entertaining easier, and even old ones have value to offer. An upgrade from a reputable Connecticut contractor can fix this problem. With an all-new countertop, a new task sink, cabinet refinishing and other improvements, your kitchen island can gleam and impress like the day it was installed. What's right for your kitchen island upgrade depends a lot on your personal tastes. It also depends on what you consider to be the biggest problems with your island.  Whether you're making improvements to your kitchen island as a part of a bigger remodel or as an isolated project, upgrading your island could improve its performance and appearance. Before you upgrade your kitchen island, it's important to explore the possibilities and know your priorities. It's also important to select a licensed Connecticut contractor to transform your kitchen island into the asset it could be. 

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Residential Remodeling

20 Home Remodeling Apps That Will Help You Plan For Your Connecticut Home Remodel

By: Kevin Ahern
June 10th, 2022

Remodeling in Connecticut can be a long process, with lots of planning and execution required. Mobile applications relating to home improvement can expedite the process and may even make remodeling more fun. The following home remodeling apps simplify the remodeling process by helping homeowners make decisions and by showing them the best path for meeting their home remodeling goals. Modern home remodeling apps are varied in their approach to problem-solving, but many homeowners are unaware that these apps even exist. At Litchfield Builders, we want homeowners to have all the home remodeling tools available at their disposal. We know this helps the home improvement process go as smoothly as possible. In this post, we'll talk about some of the best mobile apps for homeowners who are starting a home remodel.

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Residential | Residential Remodeling

10 Inspirational Home Remodeling Websites to use for your Connecticut Home Project

By: Kevin Ahern
May 25th, 2022

Remodeling a home in Connecticut can be a time-consuming and overwhelming project. No wonder they've made so many inspirational home remodeling websites for homeowners to use as a resource!  If you spend half the time daydreaming about taking on your next home remodeling project, then you could use some helpful resources to make your remodel a success. The following 10 inspirational home remodeling websites are a great source of ideas, insights, and remodeling information that you can use to make your CT home remodel a worthwhile project. 

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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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