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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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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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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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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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How Much Will Your 2021 Home Remodel Cost in Connecticut

By: Kevin Ahern
July 14th, 2021

One of the important stages of the home remodeling process involves budgeting and estimating costs. While it's important to meet with a contractor before solidifying your budget, it's enough to do some Internet research during the initial planning stages. Getting cost estimates from a reliable source can help you decide whether the home remodel that you're considering is realistic at this time. One thing is for sure, once you're starting to meet with contractors, communicate with each professional about your budget. A good contractor will tell you whether your plans are realistic for the amount you hope to spend. If you're on a tight budget, a good contractor can also help you right-size the scope of your project for your needs.

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5 Areas of Your Connecticut Home to Remodel

By: Kevin Ahern
June 29th, 2021

A well-planned and well-executed home remodel can transform your space, making your current house a forever home. The most popular parts of the home to remodel are those areas that add value and make a big impact on your day-to-day life. Some popular changes are cosmetic, while others have a deeper impact on the functionality of the home.  When you're trying to decide which parts of your house to remodel, consider your budget, and which parts of your house get the most use. If you're planning to sell your house sometime soon, it's also important to consider the needs and interests of home buyers. Below, we've listed five parts of your house to think about remodeling in the coming year. The 2021 home remodeling season is here - so choose a home remodeling contractor and get started!

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Refinished vs Refurbished vs Remodeled - What's the difference and which do I need?

By: Kevin Ahern
May 12th, 2021

Refinished vs refurbished: what's the difference?  There are many terms that contractors use when discussing home improvement. If you're new to working with contractors, trying to find the right language to use when talking about your home improvement project can be challenging.  Talking to your contractor shouldn't be intimidating or difficult, so we're writing this article to give you some confidence when speaking with contractors. We've covered topics like this before on our blog. One thing is for sure: no matter what you know about these common home improvement terms, your contractor should be able to understand what your project is if you know your goals, and you're ready to talk about them.  We'll provide some communication tips that can help you at the end of this article.

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6 low-cost home upgrades to increase your property value

By: Kevin Ahern
May 5th, 2021

Low-cost home upgrades can increase your property's value and make your house easier to sell when it hits the market. Knowing the cost of your home upgrade before getting started on the project is important. When you're on a budget, low-cost upgrades can make all the difference. Low-cost upgrades boost curb appeal and make your house more attractive, which can make your house a better place to live, if even in small ways. By changing the space where you live, you can solve any number of problems. You can bring order to chaos, brighten dark spaces, improve storage and organization, boost efficiency or just make coming home at night that much more satisfying.  These small home improvements are low cost, so they're easy to do when you've got the time and some extra funds. Whether you're planning to sell your home sometime in the near future, or you just want to make life at home a little better and a little brighter - here's what we recommend. 

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