Posts Tagged ‘Remodeling’

Stop By Encino the Next Time You Visit Los Angeles

Monday, February 6th, 2017 by Nick Cohen

new-construction-ABC-Los-AngelesLos Angeles has lots of wonderful neighborhoods to explore, and one of our favorites is often overlooked. Encino, a Spanish term for “evergreen” or “holm oak,” was named after the beautiful oak trees found in the valley—or perhaps just one in particular. The Encino Oak Tree, also called the Lang Oak, was a 1,000 year-old tree, felled naturally in El Nino storms in 1998. However, you can still visit a monument in honor of this historic tree on the corner of Ventura Blvd. and Louise Ave.

There’s lots more you can do in Encino, though. Check out our favorite neighborhood hot spots and family hangouts, and visit Encino if you’re exploring the LA area. (more…)

What You Should Explore in Brentwood If You’re in the LA Area

Monday, January 2nd, 2017 by Nick Cohen

Not to be confused with the city of Brentwood, CA, Brentwood is a neighborhood in the Los Angeles area that has been home to many major events through the years. During the 1932 Summer Olympics, Brentwood hosted some of the pentathlon event. Many celebrities have chosen this beautiful, famed area as home. It was even host to the infamous O.J. Simpson trial of 1994.

Still, anyone can enjoy the beauty and bustling activity Brentwood has to offer, no matter where they call home. If you’re in Los Angeles near the Brentwood area, check out what you can do to keep the family busy and enjoy a day or night out. (more…)

The Right Stove and Range for Your Kitchen Remodel

Monday, November 21st, 2016 by Nick Cohen

If you’re remodeling your kitchen, you might be most excited to upgrade that older range and stove that made cooking a little less enjoyable. The final stove and range you pick out will, of course, depend on a lot of different factors, such as the amount of space you have available. But we want to help you make sure you have the right cooking appliance for your home by providing this list of a few things to consider when upgrading your kitchen. (more…)

Is It Really the Right Time to Remodel?

Monday, October 3rd, 2016 by Nick Cohen

We help homeowners remodel all or part of their home into something that makes daily life more practical, fun, and beautiful. But first, they’ve got a big decision to make: is it really the right time for me to remodel?

Oftentimes, we tell our customers, “What better time than now?” But to give you a better idea of whether it is truly the right choice for you right now, we’ll give you some ideas about when it may be a good time for a change. (more…)

What Happens When You Change Your Mind During a Remodel?

Monday, September 12th, 2016 by Nick Cohen

As contractors, we understand that plans can change as a remodeling job goes on. You might realize that you wanted a different appliance, cabinetry finish, countertop material, or kitchen sink than originally planned—and this happens quite a bit. Still, we think it’s important for you to know just what happens when you change your mind during a remodel, as it can set the process back quite a bit more than you might expect. (more…)

Buying a New Home vs. Remodeling

Monday, June 6th, 2016 by Nick Cohen

You’re starting to grow tired of your home. Maybe you feel as though there isn’t enough space for you to do things you enjoy. Or perhaps you’re just tired of the same old look and feel. (more…)

Don’t Let the Wrong Contractor Ruin a Good Room

Monday, March 7th, 2016 by Nick Cohen

Your planned renovations are too big to do on your own, so you know you’ll have to look around for contractors who really know their stuff. But it’s not enough for someone to tell you they can do the work for a low price. You want to make sure you find the right contractors—a quality licensed team to ensure the work goes smoothly. Below, learn why you should always do your research rather than choosing someone who offers the lowest price. (more…)

What to Know When You’re Remodeling and Reorganizing a Closet

Monday, February 15th, 2016 by Nick Cohen

One of the things that a lot of people want with a home remodel is more closet space. When you finally have the means to expand your closet and reorganize to make mornings more efficient, you might be in a hurry to get it done. But there are some things you should think about before you settle on a design. (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.

Remodeling a Home for Sale: What to Do, What Not to Do

Monday, December 14th, 2015 by Nick Cohen

You know you want to sell your home sometime in the future, so you’re hoping to renovate in a way that will give you a high ROI (return on investment). There are many remodeling tips that can help you to see a return on your investment when your home goes to market, and others that are a waste of your time. We list some of the dos and don’ts of remodeling for high ROI in this guide. (more…)