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Residential | Residential Remodeling

How Much Does An In-Law Apartment Addition Cost?

By: Kevin Ahern
November 11th, 2019

Compared to the cost of buying a home or a condo, the cost of constructing an in-law addition is relatively low. This affordability makes a home addition an attractive option for young homeowners helping an older relative maintain independence.  Just how affordable is an in-law apartment? You might be surprised. Costs vary depending on finishes and features, but often an in-law apartment can be purchased at a fraction of the cost of a condo.

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Custom Millwork | Residential | Residential Remodeling

4 Custom Millwork Ideas For Your Next Home Remodeling Project

By: Kevin Ahern
November 8th, 2019

Have you ever walked into a historic property and been blown away by the custom woodwork and details? Custom millwork such as wainscoting, coffered ceilings, hand-carved banisters and built-in cabinets used to be a standard feature of any home, but those traditions have fallen by the wayside with the rise of factory-made cabinets and other mass-produced installations. These new innovations may be less expensive, but they also lack the "one-of-a-kind" custom millwork installation.

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Residential

Top 8 Materials for a Master Bath Remodel

By: Kevin Ahern
October 1st, 2019

Bathrooms need to be remodeled every few decades. If they're not kept up to date, the fixtures may become non-functional and the look of the room may become unappealing. When the time comes to sell your house or have guests, your newly remodeled bathroom will make your home stand out.

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Considering an In-Law Suite: What You Need to Know

By: Kevin Ahern
September 20th, 2019

The concept of aging in place has gained a lot of traction over the last few years, and perhaps because of that, in-law apartments have become more popular as well. Construction of an in-law apartment can be a cost-effective way to ensure that an elderly relative can live a safe but semi-independent life.

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How Home Design in 2019 is Different from 1919

By: Kevin Ahern
September 13th, 2019

Home designs are always changing, often in subtle ways. Materials improve, floor plans adjust, architectural styles take new and different forms. Many homeowners don’t realize how striking these differences can be until they compare very old homes to very new homes.

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The Best Wood Options for an Outdoor Deck

By: Kevin Ahern
September 3rd, 2019

So you want to build a deck. You've got a lot of choices to make before your deck can become a reality, and one of the most important decisions is: which type of wood to use? The durability and appearance of your deck is strongly affected by the materials you choose. Knowing the difference between decking types can help you decide which one is right for you.

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Kitchen Remodeling | Residential

Best Overall Types of Kitchen Countertops in 2019

By: Kevin Ahern
August 23rd, 2019

Countertops come in many different colors, styles and even textures. The material you choose for your kitchen counters will affect many things about your kitchen. How you maintain your counters, the appearance of your kitchen, and even your personal satisfaction with the overall space will all be impacted by the countertop material you select.

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4 Common Problems in Construction Projects and How to Avoid Them

By: Kevin Ahern
July 24th, 2019

Residential construction projects are complex, so it's not unusual for problems to arise. Although every construction job is unique, the problems that can arise are not. As a homeowner, you can help prevent these issues.

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What is the Best Material for an Exterior Entry Door?

By: Kevin Ahern
May 14th, 2019

Just a few decades ago, metal exterior doors were the most popular doors on the market. Homeowners were drawn to metal because it was relatively durable, low maintenance and attractive. Compared to wood, metal doors were also cost-effective and practical.

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7 Ways You Can Include Architectural Millwork In Your Home

By: Kevin Ahern
April 5th, 2019

Millwork has been around for hundreds of years and can take many forms. In the home, millwork might appear over the fireplace as a mantel, on the ceiling as crown molding, or built into the wall, as a shelf.

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