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7 Success Tips From Experienced Home Remodelers

By: Kevin Ahern
September 5th, 2018

The choices you make when you start a home remodel can help shape the success of your project. Planning ahead, getting a contract, communicating with the contractor and staying organized can help ensure that your remodel will go your way. Without proper organization or good communication, misunderstandings and changes can slow progress and create stress.

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6 House Painting Tricks to Save Hours of Time

By: Kevin Ahern
August 29th, 2018

Whether you're taking on a big or small residential remodel, house painting can completely change a room. A new color can make a dark room look cheerful, a drab room look bright, and a childish room more adult. Unfortunately, painting can be a time consuming and tedious process. From the set up to the clean up, painting can take many hours or even days, depending on what is being painted and how many people are working on the project. If you're a homeowner, it helps to know what you're getting into and how you can save time.

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How to Decide Whether to Renovate or Remodel Your Home

By: Kevin Ahern
August 23rd, 2018

Renovating and remodeling are very different activities. Homeowners who need to make home improvements must decide first which type of home improvement is right for them. Understanding the difference between these two construction projects can help. In this post, we'll explore the differences and talk about the circumstances that lead to each type of home improvement.

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Top CT Renovations for Summer

By: Kevin Ahern
August 2nd, 2018

Renovating your house is a good way to boost property value and improve quality of life in your house. In the summer, many homeowners choose to make renovations that make life more comfortable in the heat or make entertaining easier in the home. Summer is, after all, a season for spending time with loved ones, enjoying good food and beating the heat. As the summer gets going, we start to see a sharp increase in renovation projects that improve HVAC performance, add space outside for entertaining and so on.

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Top 10 CT Bathroom Remodeling Trends of 2017

By: Kevin Ahern
September 20th, 2017

Remodeling your bathroom can improve the value of your home and make your property more appealing to buyers. In a house with a dated bathroom, remodeling can help bring the property into the modern era. A newly remodeled bathroom looks cleaner, is easier to maintain and is less likely to experience plumbing problems over time. These reasons and many more are all the factors that homeowners consider when they decide to remodel their bathroom. In the last several years, bathroom remodeling trends have changed. Recently, homeowners have shifted their attention to newly invented materials like wood tile, comforts like heated tile and safety-focused age in place features like curbless showers. At Litchfield Builders we help homeowners bring their bathrooms up to date. We also work with homeowners to help them decide which features are most beneficial for their bathrooms and which features will be most valued into the future.

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Basement Finishing Ideas: Read This Before Remodeling Your Basement

By: Kevin Ahern
August 28th, 2017

Basement remodeling is a big commitment, so the decision to take on this home renovation project may not be easily made. Expecting realistic outcomes and knowing the challenges of this type of project can help you decide whether or not basement remodeling is for you, what the scope of the project should be, and what qualities to look for in a contractor.

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5 Common DIY Home Remodel Mistakes - and How to Fix Them

By: Kevin Ahern
August 28th, 2017

Homeowners can save a lot of money by completing home improvements and renovations on their own. Unfortunately, some homeowners incur additional, unnecessary costs by failing to anticipate the problems that can arise during home renovations.

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3 Reasons to Invest in A Kitchen Bump-Out in Connecticut

By: Kevin Ahern
February 27th, 2017

One of the most common problems that modern homeowners have with their kitchen is a lack of space. This lack of space can take many forms, including little or no room for a table, lack of space to store food and lack of floor space for walking. One of the reasons this problem is so prevalent is because homes built decades ago had small kitchens that took up a relatively small portion of the overall household size. As a result, many homeowners with older properties must seek creative ways to accommodate their smaller kitchens.

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17 Things That Makes Home Design in 2017 Different from 1917

By: Kevin Ahern
February 24th, 2017

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. Recently, we considered the changes that have taken place in residential architecture over the last 100 years. Changes in technology, upgrades to materials and even changing standards for comfort have all led to major changes in the way we build our homes. Seeing these differences up close can be an eye opening experience, especially for homeowners who own older properties.

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5 Problems Connecticut Basement Owners Know Too Well (& How to Fix Them)

By: Kevin Ahern
February 20th, 2017

Connecticut homeowners know all too well the problems associated with residential basements. Water leaks, poor air quality, mold, mildew, humidity and other conditions can make spending time in the basement unpleasant. These conditions can also make the basement a poor storage area, which can greatly reduce its functionality. Some homeowners struggle for years to make their basement more livable.

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