Archive for March, 2014

3 Factors to Consider When Planning for Home Remodeling

Monday, March 31st, 2014 by Nick Cohen

Tackling a home remodeling job is an intimidating prospect. But it’s also one whose difficulties most people exaggerate and let get out of control. Home remodeling in Los Angeles doesn’t have to be a prolonged headache. With the proper planning and the right professionals on your side, you can escape the “worst case scenario” stories you’ve heard and end up with an ideal redesign for your house.

Make Advanced Builders & Contractors your first choice for a home remodel. Our experience and professionalism will alleviate the stress of the project and let you focus on creating the new look for your home.

Keep these 3 factors in mind for home remodeling

  1. Choose the right contractor: You have probably heard nightmare stories from friends who have endured poor remodeling jobs because they hired an inexperienced and unqualified amateur contractor. The quality of the contractor on your remodeling job can make or break it; if you pick a contractor with years of experience, a solid reputation, and a history of excellent work, you will have the majority of the job already taken care of. With the right contractor, the remodel will go smoothly and cause you far less stress… and you will end up with the home redesign you wanted in the first place.
  2. Develop a flexible budget: Before you start your remodeling, you should develop an idea of what you want to spend to make it a reality. Your contractor will help you solidify what you will need to spend to see those results. Always give yourself about a ten percent leeway on the budget for anything unexpected, or for new ideas you may have along the way. If you’ve hired an excellent contractor, you should land right in your budget range.
  3. Choose the right time of year: In Los Angeles, weather conditions do not fluctuate as much as other parts of the country, so planning your remodeling around the weather is not as important as it would be in, for example, Maine. However, you should aim to have the work done during periods when inclement weather is less likely to interrupt the work. Spring is an excellent time to plan longer-term projects. Shorter-term remodeling is usually fine any time of the year in Los Angeles.

Let Advanced Builders & Contractors take care of the “contractor” part

You will find few contractors for home remodeling in Los Angeles, CA more qualified than Advanced Builders & Contractors. We have over two decades of experience and have received rewards for our design and construction work. We are Certified Remodelers with the CSLB. When you hire us for your project, you’ll have 90% of the hard work already taken care of.

Ways to Ease the Stress of New Construction

Monday, March 24th, 2014 by Nick Cohen

There are few tasks more stressful than undertaking new construction of a home or building a major add-on to your current home. Even with skilled contractors working on the project, trying to negotiate with different companies, managing expenses, arranging for your living spaces during construction, securing permits, and other tasks can be so exhausting that you sometimes regret ever undertaking the work at all.

Of course, the best relief from this stress is when you see the final product: that’s when it will all seem worth it. But there are ways you can make all the work before that easier on yourself, and it starts with bringing on the right contractor for the job.

Advanced Builders & Contractors has many years of award-winning work on new construction in Los Angeles. We have a system designed that will alleviate much of the stress and make the construction process more enjoyable.

One of the ways to make new construction less arduous is to consolidate the various tasks with a single company. Instead of using multiple contractors to handle design, construction, plumbing, electrical, etc., go to a general contractor that handles and oversees all the steps involved, starting at the top with a computer-aided design phase that allows you to see exactly what work will be done and what the final result should look like. From the beginning, you’ll have greater peace of mind that the outcome will be what you want it to be.

With the many tasks involved in new construction placed beneath one umbrella, you won’t have the stress of dealing with multiple contractors, or the worries about those contractors communicating poorly with each other, creating delays and mistakes. If the contractor also handles taking care of securing all the necessary permits, you’ll have another worry alleviated.

You can also ease the tension if you go to a contractor who offers free estimates, allowing you to choose the architect and construction firm that will fit your budget. Once you have a fixed construction contract, you’ll have fewer concerns about the cost of your project.

Finally, nothing will make you feel more confident about your new construction in Los Angeles, CA than having a contractor with many years of experience. At Advanced Builders & Contractors, we’re proud of our more than two decades designing and building homes and add-ons that match our clients’ original visions. We take care of all the steps of construction, from the initial (free) estimate down to the last bit of plumbing and electrical connection. Call us today for an appointment, and make your project easier—and better.

Qualities of a Great General Contractor

Thursday, March 13th, 2014 by Nick Cohen

When you are looking to hire a general contractor in Los Angeles, CA, you’ll find yourself faced with many choices. Probably too many: the number of contractors available for your remodel, room addition, or new construction can appear overwhelming.

However, you can narrow the field with a short checklist of the qualities that great contractors share. In this post we’ll provide you with a list of criteria you should apply to any potential contractor before hiring one. We think that you’ll find Advanced Builders & Contractors will shoot right to the top of your list, and you’ll call us to take care of your project with professionalism and skill.

Look for these qualities in a contractor:

  • Years in the business – You don’t want to have inexperienced builders and designers working on your room addition, kitchen remodeling, roofing, or other important construction job. Look for a contractor with more than a decade of work in the industry. This not only shows you a more experienced company, but one that has earned the trust of clients.
  • Architects and builders in one company – It’s common today that building contractors only handle the construction of a project, while a separate company does the architectural design. But this can lead to miscommunication, misunderstandings, and delays. Eliminate the need to deal with two separate companies that may end up working at loggerheads and hire a contractor who has both architects and builders in-house.
  • Professional certification – Anybody can offer to do your remodeling or new construction, but to be a professional building contractor in California, you must be have a Professional Remodeler certification through the Contractors State License Board, which licenses and regulates the construction industry in the state. You can go online with the CSLB to check on a specific contractor’s license.
  • Offers free estimates – A contractor with confidence will provide a free consultation to come up with a rough estimate for how much the construction will cost. This way you can decide if the company fits your needs and if your project can be done within your set budget.

Why you should hire Advanced Builders & Contractors

At Advanced Builders & Contractors, we have a system called design/build that brings together architect and builder so they work together from the beginning of your project, making for speedier work that remains within your budget. We use only the most experienced designers and builders, and have been in the business for 26 years. We are a Professional Certified Remodeler with the CSLB. And yes, we offer free estimates so you’ll know that we can deliver the results that you want for your project. We are one of your best choices for a general contractor in Los Angeles, CA.

3 Things to Plan for When Remodeling Your Kitchen

Monday, March 3rd, 2014 by Nick Cohen

Undertaking a kitchen remodel can help enhance your home life in many ways. Often, the kitchen is a major spot of socializing and gathering for families and becomes as much a core of the house as a living room. With the right redesign or expansion, you can make your kitchen the ideal place to knit together your family in a pleasant environment—and make your kitchen more convenient and functional at the same time.

Here are a few things to plan for when you remodel your kitchen. Among the many remodeling contractors in Beverly Hills, CA from which to choose, look to Advanced Builders & Contractors for a company that can take care of all stages of the remodel and streamline the process to save you time and help you toward the new kitchen you want.

Take an active role in designing

One of the key things you should look for in a remodeling contractor is one that wants to work closely with you during the design phase so you can devise the appearance you want for your new kitchen. With the right architects working to guide you, you will be able to make most of the major decisions to direct the project.

Expanding your kitchen space

A kitchen remodel can go much farther than redesigning and rebuilding the existing space. If you find that your kitchen feels inadequate to your needs—something that often happens when your family begins to grown—or you simply find the kitchen feels too cramped, you can plan a kitchen addition as part of your remodel. You can add more storage space, room for extra appliances… or even a second kitchen! Make sure you have a remodeling contractor equipped and experienced enough to undertake this extensive work.

Putting in new cabinets

Sometimes when remodeling a kitchen, homeowners focus more on larger construction issues such as major appliances, flooring material, and countertops and leave the cabinets “as is.” But new cabinetry can make the perfect final touch on a kitchen, and also improve storage space and convenience. Find a contractor who offers a selection of cabinets in different materials and a variety of finishes so you can pick the ideal new look for your kitchen.

When you come to Advanced Builders & Contractors for your kitchen remodeling, you are putting the job in the hands of a company with 25 years of experience and some of the finest engineers, draftsmen, and architects on staff. Let us combine all the various jobs of different Beverly Hills, CA remodeling contractors and put them under one roof to make your kitchen remodeling go smoothly and even enjoyably.