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3 Cost-Effective Exterior Home Renovations

By: Kevin Ahern
November 25th, 2019

Exterior home renovations are important because they improve curb appeal and increase the value of your home. Over time, landscaping, home siding, and garages can start to look dated and old. Making home improvements, remodeling and making home repairs can attract buyers when trying to sell a property.

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4 Common and Preventable Remodeling Mistakes

By: Kevin Ahern
November 18th, 2019

Remodels are complex projects, with many chances for error. Most homeowners conduct remodels only occasionally, and are not experts in the remodeling process. It's easy for homeowners to make mistakes when beginning a remodel, because they haven't done it enough to learn from their own mistakes.

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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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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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How Much Will a Historic Kitchen Remodel Cost?

By: Kevin Ahern
June 15th, 2018

A historic kitchen is a thing of beauty. For many homeowners, the decision to renovate a historic kitchen can produce anxiety. A remodel gone wrong can cost a great deal of money and may even wipe out the kitchen’s unique historic character. If you’re a homeowner with a historic kitchen, estimating your costs properly can help you decide whether or not a historic kitchen remodel is in your budget. Knowing how much your remodel is likely to cost can also help you prepare financially for your upcoming kitchen remodel. At Litchfield Builders, we help homeowners plan and prepare for their kitchen renovations. If you’re thinking about renovating your kitchen, check out our free Kitchen Remodel Toolkit. In it, you’ll find everything you need to get started on your remodel.

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5 Ways to Boost Your CT Vacation Home’s Value

By: Kevin Ahern
June 7th, 2018

Summer is here! Now is the time to make improvements to your summer cottage or vacation home. The best home improvements will boost your CT vacation home's value while also making it a more enjoyable place to spend time. The right home improvements can also make your home easier to sell when the time comes. Homeowners who aren't sure which home improvements are best can learn more in this article. In this post, we'll go take a quick look at some high value, high ROI remodels. Whether you're trying to sell or just hoping to enjoy your time in your vacation home a bit more, these tips can help.

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6 Tips for Remodeling Your Home to be Energy Efficient

By: Kevin Ahern
May 23rd, 2018

An energy efficient home is good for the environment, good for the community and good for the pocket book. By installing the most energy efficient appliances, and by making eco-friendly upgrades, homeowners can save money on utilities and improve their property value at the same time. There are a multitude of ways that homeowners can improve their energy efficiency. These six tips can help them choose the best projects for their property.

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Residential Home Remodels That Have the Highest ROI

By: Kevin Ahern
March 14th, 2018

Real estate prices have risen significantly in the last five years, but some experts believe that those prices are leveling off. For homeowners hoping to sell, this means that modest home upgrades are more likely to recover their costs than expensive, grand-scale remodels. Homeowners hoping to boost their profits and sell their home fast are turning to upgrades like deck addition, minor kitchen remodel and siding replacement. These relatively small-scale, inexpensive remodels can bring in big dollars when the house hits the market. If you're a homeowner hoping to sell your home later this year, now is the time to start on home upgrades that make the house easier to sell. In this article, we'll talk about home remodeling ROI and some of the most popular home improvements of 2018. At Litchfield Builders, we help homeowners upgrade their property to bring in buyers. 

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7 Signs You Need a Home Remodel

By: Kevin Ahern
February 6th, 2018

Remodeling is a natural part of homeownership. Home renovations help boost property values and can make homes more desirable to buyers. A good home remodel can even improve quality of life by making the house more beautiful, more functional, easier to clean and more modern. But how can you tell when it's time to remodel? What are the signs? The answer is varied. Where one home might have broken appliances, another home might have dated flooring, damaged walls or non-functional fixtures. These problems can drag down the property's value, detract from the natural beauty of the home and make maintaining the property more difficult. Sometimes homeowners can become desensitized to the problems in their home. Over time, worn carpeting and damaged walls may start to seem normal. Only by looking around, taking stock of their property and noting the problems can homeowners realize that a remodel is in order.

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2018 Spring Remodeling Projects You Should Consider

By: Kevin Ahern
February 1st, 2018

Kitchen remodels can be very expensive. Creating a budget and sticking to it can help you control costs while also ensuring that your kitchen remodel meets your needs. 2018 is here and it's time to get started with your spring remodeling projects! All over the country, homeowners just like you are starting to plan home decor projects for the coming year. They're taking their inspiration from nature, rustic country homes and urban settings dominated by man-made structures. These clashing concepts meet in kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and all over the house. For homeowners hoping to remodel in the new year, we hope these renovation ideas will inspire and inform as you make plans to upgrade your home.

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