When to Hire a General Contractor

April 16th, 2018 by Nick Cohen

ktichen-planning-toolsHomeowners often take pride in self-sufficiency: it’s a big part of taking on the responsibility of homeownership. When it comes to construction jobs for home improvement, people sometimes think about taking on the job themselves or hiring a “handyman” to do the work. This usually isn’t the best idea. A homeowner can also go to individual contractors. There’s another option, which is to hire a general contractor for the project.

When is hiring a general contractor the best step? You want to havea  general contractor to help on large, long-term remodeling projects or anything that requires multiple different contractors, (the subcontractors) such as an electrician, a plumber, a painter, floor and countertop contractors, etc. A general contractor provides a top-level organizer who puts the entire project together to see that all steps are done correctly, adhere to local code requirements, and are done quickly and with as little money waste as possible.

We can break it down further with some specific times when a general contractor is the right choice for your residential construction project: Continue Reading

Where to Focus Your Money in a Kitchen Remodel

April 2nd, 2018 by Nick Cohen

kitchen-new-remodelWhen approaching a remodeling project for your home’s kitchen, cost will always be a factor. You want to invest in the parts of the kitchen that will give you the highest return-on-investment. So where should you place your focus in your new kitchen, and where should you pull back?

We have some guidelines below for your consideration, but a key part of a high ROI is to work with a skilled and experienced contractor. We’re a kitchen remodeling contractor for Los Angeles, CA, and we handle every step of the project to streamline the process and save you time and money, as well as provide the best assurance that you’ll have the end product you want. We’ll help you make the best choices about where to spend when it comes to your kitchen remodel. Continue Reading

4 Things to Look for in a General Contractor

March 5th, 2018 by Nick Cohen

hard-hat-tools-contractor-ipadBuilding, expanding, or remodeling a home requires a lot of work, and it’s not something you could tackle on your own. Putting this job into the hands of a general contractor is the first step in seeing that the job move forward in a way that is well-planned and organized…but only as long as you find a contractor you can truly count on.

A general contractor is a person responsible for overseeing what goes on at a construction or remodeling site from day to day, managing the various people working on the job, and serving as the main line of communication between all involved parties. Searching for a general contractor can be tough work because you need someone you can trust in this role to keep things moving along smoothly. If you’re stuck on this process, we’re here to help with 5 aspects we think you should look for when it comes time to hire. Continue Reading

A Timeline for Your Kitchen Remodeling

February 19th, 2018 by Nick Cohen

kitchen-new-remodelWhat’s one of the biggest barriers to a kitchen remodeling project? When the answer isn’t money, it’s usually time. The amount of time it takes to set up a kitchen remodel, let alone taking on the process, can seem overwhelming. This is particularly true if you’ve never had anything renovated or remodeled in your home, and you’re not sure of what kind of timeline to expect.

The fact of the matter is that kitchen remodels can take quite some time. However, with a good contractor by your side, a solid schedule can be drawn up that doesn’t interfere too much with your day-to-day life. You may have to find temporary lodging or an alternative cooking station, but your contractors can handle the rest. Here’s an overview of what that might look like. Continue Reading

What’s Your Bathroom Remodeling Priority?

February 5th, 2018 by Nick Cohen

bathroom-remodel-shower-sink-rusticUnfortunately, it’s tough to completely plan through the total cost and time involved with a bathroom remodel. Change orders are bound to happen throughout the process that delay the job, and sometimes unexpected costs come up when contractors discover things such as code violations or rusty pipes that need to be replaced before the job can move on.

Still, there are ways to make sure your bathroom remodel has fewer hiccups, and that has to do with thorough planning. What’s the key to a smooth bathroom remodel? Knowing your priorities! Continue Reading

Remodeling and the Kitchen Sink

January 22nd, 2018 by Nick Cohen
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A prep sink in a kitchen island and an apron-front or farmhouse sink for a kitchen remodel in Los Angeles.

There’s a common phrase used in the English language that refers to a large number of belongings: “Everything but the kitchen sink.” You might use this phrase if, say, you were moving out and had to pack up everything but the kitchen sink—almost quite literally. However, when you choose to remodel a home, rather than to move, it’s important to focus on everything, including the kitchen sink!

When you remodel your kitchen, you should take into account how the sink will fit in from the very beginning of the process. Some people already have a good idea of what type of sink they’d like from the get-go. Others need some time to talk the decision over. In any case, we think the following advice will help any homeowner deciding on what to do about the kitchen sink during a remodel. Continue Reading

Farmhouse Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

January 8th, 2018 by Nick Cohen

kitchen-farmhouse-sinkThe modern farmhouse kitchen is making a comeback in a huge way. While bright and shiny technology goes in and out of fashion, as do color fads, faux finishes, and out-there hardware styles, the farmhouse kitchen gives your home a classic look and feel you’ll never tire of.

The key to a successful kitchen remodel is in three features. First, the entire design has its inspiration in industrial elements, with large spaces for cooking and cleaning and everything you need in an easy-to-reach location. Second, rustic elements tie the room together. Finally, modern appliances fit in to make you the envy of your neighbors. While there are no other hard-and-fast rules about what you need to make this design work, you can check out these ideas to take your new farmhouse kitchen to the next level! Continue Reading

3 Things to Consider Before a Room Addition

December 25th, 2017 by Nick Cohen

new-room-additionIt’s nice to be close to your family, but sometimes it’s nicer to get some space. Some people buy a new house when they’re looking for space, but that’s not for everyone. Maybe you love your home and the neighborhood you live in, or maybe you just don’t want to deal with a big move right now. You’re ready to add on a room addition though, or so you might think.

Don’t make your decision final until you’ve done all your research. We love being the choice contractors in Los Angeles for so many residents, but we don’t want anyone to make a decision without due diligence! Continue Reading

6 Points of Focus for Your Kitchen Remodel

December 11th, 2017 by Nick Cohen

modern-kitchen-technologyYou usually have two major goals when beginning to remodel your kitchen: make it easier to use and improve the style! Convenience and aesthetics are two very important factors to take into consideration, but from there, the possibilities seem endless. Magazines, blogs, and friends and family all have great ideas about what to add to your new kitchen, but your budget is not unlimited.

You’ll need to narrow down your wants and needs to a few important things when you begin your kitchen remodel. Here are our suggestions for what you may want to narrow down your focus to, so that you can get the most out of your kitchen remodel. Continue Reading

Will Remodeling a Kitchen Add to the Value of My Home?

November 27th, 2017 by Nick Cohen

kitchen-new-remodelWhat’s on the top of the list of priorities for new home buyers? A large, beautiful kitchen. When you remodel a kitchen before selling your home, buyers are excited to see the modern improvements you’ve made. But does this translate in terms of your home’s new value?

That will depend on a lot of factors. We cannot say with certainty whether you’ll get a complete return on investment, as this must factor in your local area, the current value of your home, and what improvements you plan to make. However, we can help you ask the right questions to figure out whether a kitchen remodel is a good choice for adding value to your home. Continue Reading