Archive for March, 2015

Unusual Ways to Spice Up Your Bathroom Remodeling Project

Monday, March 30th, 2015 by Nick Cohen

The whole point of remodeling a bathroom is to improve it, to add new aesthetics and features that it didn’t have before. Remodeling is a way to breathe new life into your bathroom.

Why, then, do so many people remodel in half-measures? Sinks replaced with slightly different sinks. Tubs replaced with slightly different tubs. That may be all well and good for simple replacement jobs, but if you’re remodeling a bathroom you should be taking full advantage of the opportunity! Let’s take a look at some of the more unusual and unique ways that you can spice up your bathroom remodeling project.

Waterfall Shower Head

A lot of showers these days either have a fixed rotating head or a detachable head. While they do their jobs well enough, they can be rather mundane. Why not try something new? Waterfall shower heads are becoming more and more popular among home owners who want a more elegant feel to their showers. These are shower heads designed to have water flow from directly overhead, rather than the 45 degree angle that most shower heads use. You can even have your shower head recessed to be flush with the ceiling! There are all sorts of wonderful options for changing the dynamic of your shower. Call us for more information.

Jacuzzi Bathtub

Hot tubs are great for hanging out and relaxing, but they also require an awful lot of space. You may not have the room for an actual hot tub, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have something just as luxurious. Jacuzzi bathtubs are tubs equipped with water jets, to help you relax more deeply after a long day. There are a variety of sizes, jet types, and all sorts of other variables available. Contact us today, and we’ll get started on finding the perfect Jacuzzi bathtub for you.

There are all sorts of ways to make your bathroom unique, and these are just a few of them. If you’d like to further explore how to spice up your bathroom remodeling project, call Advanced Builders & Contractors.

We provide bathroom remodeling services throughout the Calabasas area.

Different Options to Consider for Remodeling Your Bathroom

Monday, March 23rd, 2015 by Nick Cohen

Remodeling a bathroom may not be as exciting as remodeling, say, your kitchen or living room. Generally, you don’t get much opportunity to show off your bathroom to visiting relatives and guests. Nevertheless, remodeling a bathroom can be a great way to improve your own quality of life.

Maybe you could use a new soaking tub, or a lower flow toilet. No matter what your bathroom looks like now, there are definitely remodeling options that can better fit your needs. Let’s take a look at some of the different options to consider for remodeling your bathroom.

Tubs

A tub that’s too short or narrow is almost worse than not having one at all. Taking a bath is supposed to be relaxing, a way to unwind after a long and tiring day. That’s rather difficult when you can’t straighten your legs because the tub is too small. There are all sorts of tub types available today, from deeper soaking tubs to Jacuzzi models. You don’t have to just deal with a tub that is uncomfortable to use. Give us a call for more information.

Toilets

As long as your toilet works, you may not really care about anything else. You should, though! Modern toilets are much more efficient, able to provide you with the same service while only using a fraction of the water that older toilets do. This not only saves money on your water bill, but is more environmentally friendly, as well. Don’t just settle for any toilet that works. Have a look at some of the new, innovative models on the market.

Sinks

Considering how often you use the sink in your bathroom, the type of sink that you use will have a big effect on your bathroom experience. Something like a vessel sink can really at some character to your bathroom, or you could go for the classic look of a pedestal sink. Choosing a proper sink is an important part of any bathroom remodel.

If you have any questions about bathroom remodeling, call Advanced Builders & Contractors. We provide bathroom remodeling services throughout Los Angeles.

Ways Great Builders & Contractors can Make Your Life Easier

Monday, March 16th, 2015 by Nick Cohen

Remodeling is always a big job, regardless of the space or the changes you plan on making. There are a lot of things you need to consider before embarking on a remodeling project, perhaps the most important of which is who you’re going to hire to do most of the work.

Sure, there are plenty of people out there who will tell you that you can just do it yourself, that it’s a waste of money to hire contractors, and that you’ll be much happier if you just do it your way.

Here’s the problem: none of those things are entirely true. Yeah, you could try it yourself, but you’d be taking on a very big job with little to no help and no experience to rely on. Rather than going it alone, and possibly biting off more than you can chew, have a look at all the ways that great builders and contractors can make your life easier.

Time

There are two primary ways that professional contractors make your life easier when it comes to remodeling. Time is the first of these. As previously mentioned, there are a lot of things to plan, measure, buy, tear out, and install during a remodeling project. Even if you’re an expert at this kind of thing, you probably don’t want to slog through all of those steps by yourself. You might get it done, but it could easily take years if you don’t have an equally expert team to rely on. Hiring a professional contractor from the start can ensure that your project gets done in a timely manner.

Money

The biggest misconception about doing remodeling projects yourself is that you’ll save a lot of money doing so. This honestly just isn’t true. In the short term, perhaps you’ll save a few thousand dollars by not hiring anyone to help you. However, if you don’t have professional experience in these kinds of projects it is very likely that you’ll demo or install something incorrectly. That can lead to issues further down the line, and you’ll end up having to hire a contractor anyway to fix whatever it was that was done wrong.

Hiring a good contractor is the best way to ensure you get a great return on investment. A contractor worth his rate will know the best way to stay within budget, while giving you the best possible remodel.

If you’re looking for help with your building or remodeling project, call Advanced Builders & Contractors. We provide building and remodeling services throughout the Pacific Palisades area.

Saving Money on a Remodeling Project

Monday, March 9th, 2015 by Nick Cohen

Remodeling is expensive. That’s the cold, hard fact of the matter. A “cheap” remodel tends to be low quality as well as low cost, and no one wants that. Just because remodeling is expensive, however, that doesn’t mean it has to be in-affordable.

There are a few different things you can do to cut costs on your remodeling project, without compromising the quality of the work. Let’s take a look at some of these methods for saving money, while still giving you the remodel you’ve always wanted.

Focus on Economy of Space

Everyone has looked at a room or two in their house and thought “If only I could just move that wall out a few feet,” or “This kitchen could really use a bigger pantry.” While those aren’t necessarily bad things to pursue, you should understand that expanding a room is one of the most expensive remodeling projects you can undertake.

If you’re looking to save money, you should instead focus on using the space you have to its fullest potential. Maybe removing an interior wall could really open up the space (as long as it’s not a load-bearing wall!), rather than pushing the whole room outward. Instead of trying to expand out to give yourself more room, consider altering the space you’ve already got.

Plan Ahead

The more planning you do before starting your remodeling project, the more money you’re going to save. There are always one or two things that end up not working for whatever reason in the middle of the project, requiring you to switch to a different option. However, if you don’t plan extensively before starting your project you’re going to find yourself spending a lot more money changing materials and such at the most inopportune times.

Part of this planning should include allowing for more room in the budget than you think you need. You don’t want to find out once you’ve already started that you didn’t budget generously enough, and that you can’t afford to finish the project.

If you’d like to know more ways to save money on a remodeling project, call Advanced Builders & Contractors. We provide home remodeling services throughout Los Angeles.

Before and After of a Second Story Addition

Friday, March 6th, 2015 by Nick Cohen

Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen or doing a second story addition, home improvements can increase the value of your property and help make your house a home. One of our favorite projects was for a family in Los Angeles who wanted to build onto their 800 square foot home. With four kids at home, they needed addition bedrooms and an updated kitchen for their family to grow into. By adding an additional 2,200 square feet of living space, this family expanded their home to include a luxurious master suite with a private bathroom and jacuzzi tub, 3 bedrooms on the second floor, and fully renovated the original kitchen, bathroom and exterior of the house. Click here to find out more about this project and view our complete gallery of before and after photos.

Our team offers design, architectural planning and building services to help make your remodeling dreams a reality. We can help you plan for all stages of the project from design and construction plans to applying for permits and more. With over 25 years in the industry, our remodeling contractors will ensure that your home improvements are done safely, correctly, and beautifully so you can leave the work to the professionals and enjoy your home’s new features. Not sure where to start? Give us a call at 888-930-1030 or schedule an estimate online today!