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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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General Contractors | Residential | Residential Remodeling

5 Qualities to Look for in A Connecticut Residential Contractor

By: Kevin Ahern
January 7th, 2022

Just about every step of the home improvement process has its challenges, including the search for the right contractor. There are many capable residential contractors in the state of Connecticut. Vetting contractors to find the right company for your home improvement project can be time-consuming. Knowing what to consider and which qualities are most important can help you be successful in your search.  Litchfield Builders publishes a free guide to hiring a residential contractor in Connecticut. You can find the publication on our website. In addition, the tips below can help you find the best contractor for your particular project. Finding the right company can help ensure that your home improvement project will be a success, so it's important to get it right.  

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Residential | Residential Remodeling

How Much Does a Home Addition Cost in Connecticut

By: Kevin Ahern
December 22nd, 2021

Connecticut real estate in 2021 is competitive, and the supply of homes on the market is very small. Homeowners who need more space aren't always able to find a new home to meet their needs, so home additions are becoming more popular all the time. From bathroom additions to bedroom additions, adding another room to your home - or an entire suite of rooms - can help you live more comfortably without the frustrating experience of relocating.  Knowing the home addition cost in Connecticut can help you decide whether this is a realistic option for you. While every home addition is unique and has its own set of costs, this article will give you a general idea of the cost of a standard home addition in CT. Of course, the contractor you choose will have a big impact on cost. Finding the right contractor is important. For more information, download our free guide. 

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Residential | Residential Remodeling

3 Reasons You Should Be Remodeling Instead of Selling in Connecticut

By: Kevin Ahern
December 16th, 2021

Your home is your greatest investment. Remodeling is rewarding because it deepens your investment in your property and helps ensure that you can for more money when the time comes. Remodeling can also improve your quality of life at home, by making your house more comfortable, more beautiful to behold, and a more functional place to live. For many homeowners, remodeling is better than relocating. Relocating is disruptive. A relocation can permanently change your life - and not always for the better. There are lots of reasons to consider remodeling instead of selling in Connecticut. See below, the benefits of remodeling and also remodeling projects that can improve your life at home - without the hassle of relocation. 

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Residential | Residential Remodeling

How to Prepare Yourself For Home Remodeling in Connecticut

By: Kevin Ahern
November 23rd, 2021

There's so much to think about when you're planning a remodel. Knowing your goals, making a timeline, forming a budget, finding a contractor - all of these steps are important and time-consuming. You can't cut corners when you're planning home remodeling in Connecticut.  This year, planning for a remodel is even more complicated. Material shortages have impacted the process, and contractors are busier than ever. Everything from scheduling to planning can take more time. You can overcome these challenges by working with the right contractor, and by remaining flexible throughout the process. 

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How Residential Building Permits are Impacting Home Projects in Connecticut

By: Kevin Ahern
November 5th, 2021

Most people are aware that the cost to build an addition or a new home has gone up in recent months. The cost of lumber was famously high just earlier this summer, and other construction materials have increased in cost as well. Some sources report that the cost of home remodeling has increased 5% to 10% compared with last year.   Residential building permits are one of the factors that play a role in the cost of performing home improvement projects. In Connecticut, permitting costs are on the rise in a dramatic way. Although permitting itself is a critical function of local government, the service is unchanging even while the fees are rising. Before you start your upcoming home improvement project, you need to know why permits are important, what role permits play in the construction process, and how those permitting fees are impacting the price of home construction and improvement. 

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Residential | Residential Remodeling

Second Story Additions: What Homeowners Need to Know

By: Kevin Ahern
October 14th, 2021

There are many types of home additions, but none of them can change a home quite as dramatically as a second story addition. Building a second floor onto a one-story home can change the look of a house while also doubling the home's square footage, giving the homeowner and their family valuable additional living space.  Second story additions can help keep homeowners in a beloved home while providing enough room to be comfortable. If you're a homeowner who needs a larger home and more space, but you don't want to (or can't) move at this time, a second story addition may be the perfect option for you. Hiring the right contractor for this type of work is important. For more information about how you can hire a contractor with experience and skills to get the job done, download our free guide. You'll find more information about second story additions below. 

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Connecticut | Residential | Residential Remodeling

Home additions in Connecticut: What homeowners need to know

By: Kevin Ahern
September 29th, 2021

You love your home - but just want a little more space. Maybe you need a home office, or perhaps your family is growing and a new bedroom will allow you to stay where you are. A home addition is a practical way to make that happen. For less than you might spend buying a new house, you can make your current house your forever home.  The more you know about Connecticut home additions, the better. Knowing your budget, how to hire the right contractor and what's involved in creating a home addition can help you get through the initial challenges of planning such a home upgrade. 

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Everything You Need to Know About In-Law Apartments in Connecticut

By: Kevin Ahern
September 13th, 2021

When it comes to residential construction in Connecticut, projects can vary from simple kitchen renovations to complete home remodels. As baby boomers age and increasing numbers of older children move back home, one popular home improvement has come into high demand: separate (but attached) living accommodations known as “in-law apartments.” This type of home addition brings together families from multiple generations, allowing them to develop closer relationships and meet each other's needs at the same time.  When considering Connecticut home additions, especially for in-laws or adult children, there are several factors to consider to ensure both you and your family have the space and privacy you desire. Finding the right contractor is critical. It's also important to educate yourself about the design and construction process.

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Residential | Residential Remodeling

How to prepare your home for winter in Connecticut

By: Kevin Ahern
July 29th, 2021

Winter in Connecticut can be harsh, with lows dropping below zero and ice crusting the roads and sidewalks for days on end. Low temperatures like that are hard on houses and their various systems - especially the HVAC system. It's important to stay comfortable and warm throughout the winter, but if your house isn't ready for those cold temperatures, you could be facing some unexpected cold nights.  Although winter may feel like it's a long way off, now is the time to start thinking about home repairs and tune-ups that you can perform to maintain a comfortable house when the thermometer takes a dip. If you need to hire a contractor to make repairs or upgrades before winter, finding the right contractor to help. Hire a contractor with a reputation for excellence and relevant experience for your needs. 

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