Archive for the ‘Remodel’ Category

What to Do Before Meeting with Your Remodeling Contractor

Monday, February 29th, 2016 by Nick Cohen

The first meeting with a contractor can be a little bit scary when you don’t know what to expect. But don’t worry; your contractor is used to a wide range of customers, from the over prepared to those who have no idea where to start. However, being prepared can make the job go more smoothly. We offer a few tips on what to do before meeting with a contractor here. (more…)

A Few Things to Note about Remodeling an Attic

Monday, February 22nd, 2016 by Nick Cohen

Remodeling an attic is one of the best ways to add space onto your home and to potentially increase its value. Your new attic room can be a space for you to escape to. It can be a guest bedroom, the kids’ playroom, a scenic drawing room, or an office. But no matter what you turn your attic into, there are a few things you should know before you start the remodel. (more…)

Adding on a Room? Think about Placement

Monday, February 8th, 2016 by Nick Cohen

Maybe you’re expecting a child, or maybe you’ve always wanted a home office. You’ve got good reason to add a room onto your home, and as a bonus, it can help to increase the property value. However, if you don’t think about placement, you might end up with more problems, and a room that isn’t up to your standards. (more…)

Is an Open Floor Plan the Right Choice for Your Home?

Monday, February 1st, 2016 by Nick Cohen

Thinking of making a major change in your home? Having a big open space, like a great room, that combines the living and dining areas (and maybe more) might be the right change for you. If you’re looking for an area perfect for entertaining and family bonding, read on! We list a few of the advantages and disadvantages of an open floor plan below.

Advantages of Open Floor Plans

Open floor plans are, not surprisingly, becoming a lot more popular in recent years. An open floor plan gives a feeling of warmth and openness, especially when professional contractors help you with the design and complete the work.

  • Great for entertaining. You can have more places to sit in a big open room with seating around your kitchen island, couches, and chairs altogether in one living space. You can move around with ease to better serve your guests as well.
  • Spend more time with family. While you’re cooking or cleaning up in the kitchen, you can still have conversations with your family members in the living and dining areas.
  • Get lots of natural light. An open floor plan can let a lot of natural light into rooms that are usually more closed off.

Some Disadvantages to a Wide Open Living Space

Of course, no design is truly perfect, and there are some disadvantages to an open floor plan as well.

  • Your messes will show. If you want to contain your messes to a single room so that guests won’t see them upon entry, it’s a lot more difficult with an open floor plan.
  • The décor has to change. There’s a lot less space for artwork on the wall.
  • You lose some privacy. Of course, having a large open space means sacrificing some privacy, but only in the common areas.

For helpful advice and more, contact Advanced Builders & Contractors, your local licensed and bonded contractors, offering exceptional customer service with every job in Brentwood, CA.

Remodels and Renovations: Make Sure You Have Experienced Contractors

Monday, December 21st, 2015 by Nick Cohen

DIY remodels can end in disaster if you don’t have the proper expertise for such a large job. In fact, many parts of the job require permits and the proper licensing. That’s why you need to find a quality professional contractor before you begin the process of remodeling any room of your home. And here’s how you can find the very best contractor for your needs.  (more…)

Realistic Expectations for Remodeling a Kitchen or Bathroom

Monday, November 30th, 2015 by Nick Cohen

We know that any homeowner has certain expectations going into a remodel. And, for the most part, you assume that everything will go smoothly. As remodeling contractors, we always strive to make it so that the job goes according to plan. But we know better than anyone that, sometimes, you have to expect the unexpected. (more…)

Should You Move Out During a Remodel?

Monday, November 23rd, 2015 by Nick Cohen

This is a question that contractors get asked frequently, and it’s a tough one to answer. If you’ve got the means to move out, you have hired a quality contractor, and you have a good place to go, it might be in your best interest to move out temporarily. Here’s why we often suggest leaving the house for a short while, and what you can do to prepare for the move. (more…)

A Quick Kitchen Remodeling Guide for People Who Love Cooking

Monday, November 2nd, 2015 by Nick Cohen

You may not be a world-class chef, but working in a spacious and efficient kitchen can certainly make you feel like one. If you love cooking, your kitchen remodel should allow you to optimize space so that you have more space to prepare meals, giving you the ability to be even more adventurous in the kitchen. Here, we offer an overview on what to plan for your kitchen remodel—and what to do while you are without your kitchen! (more…)

Some Ideas for Green Remodeling

Monday, October 26th, 2015 by Nick Cohen

You’re ready to update your home for better efficiency and home design, but you’re also conscious about the effect this job may have on the environment. Green remodeling is possible if you plan for the job well ahead of time and find a quality company to work on your property. We offer a short guide here for more information about green remodeling, but check with your local, licensed, bonded, and environmentally-conscious contractors for more information. (more…)

3 Questions to Ask Your Remodeling Contractor

Monday, October 19th, 2015 by Nick Cohen

Hiring a remodeling contractor can be a scary task if you know nothing about the contractor before calling. During the call or visit with a potential contractor, don’t be afraid to ask questions and get specific answers about the work to be done. If you don’t like the answers you receive, move onto someone new! Here are our recommendations for questions to ask when selecting someone for your home remodel. (more…)