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The Big Question: Is a Room Addition Worth It?

June 11th, 2018

room-with-jacuzziWhen you approach any large project that requires a significant investment in time and money, it’s always “worth it” to ask “is it worth it?” This question is especially important in matters of your home. There are pros and cons when it comes to the choice to expand your house with an add-on room, and you may drive yourself a bit loopy when you start dwelling on them.

We’re an experienced general contractor with history in the area, and we’ve worked on projects as small and minor bathroom remodels to as big as hillside house construction. If you’re on the fence about a room addition, arrange with us for an estimate. We can help you make the right choice, one you’ll feel good about. Even better, we’ll see you get the results you want.

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Some Modern Trends in Bathroom Remodeling

May 28th, 2018
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Subway tiles in a recently-remodeled bathroom.

One of the reasons you may be planning for a bathroom remodel in Calabasas, CA is to take advantage of current trends and the best in recent technology. Your old bathroom is tired and may be inconvenient, and you want to change all that with a remodel that makes the best use of what’s popular and useful.

This is why you always want to go to a contractor who can handle the design and construction of your remodeling project. When you work with Advanced Builders & Contractors, we will see you have the best bathroom modernizations: the ones you want, and the ones you didn’t realize you want. Here are a few:

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Tips for a Minimalist Bathroom Remodel

May 21st, 2018

There are so many benefits to choosing to live a minimalist life—or at least one where things are not the most important part of your life. Many homeowners choose to have décor and designs throughout the home that reflect the outward simplicity and zen that allows them to focus on the more important things in life and feel free of ties to meaningless items.

Maybe you’re already immersed in this lifestyle, or maybe you’re considering it for the first time. We hope this guide to minimalist bathroom remodels will help guide you in the right direction.

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The Case “For” and “Against” the Kitchen Island for a Remodel

May 14th, 2018

You’ve made the choice: you want a large-scale remodel for your home’s kitchen. We think this is an excellent choice. A fresh kitchen design spruces up a whole house—it’s at the center of many daily and social activities—makes the space easier to use, and can significantly increase the value of your home.

However, you have some important decisions to make regarding the new design for your kitchen remodeling in Brentwood, CA. If you have an older kitchen made with a fairly standard layout, you may be debating whether adding an island is a good plan. It seems most new homes have them standard—so why not yours?

We have some thoughts on the pros and cons of the kitchen island. When consulting with us for your kitchen remodel, we’ll help you make the right choice for your needs.

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Kitchen Remodeling: Some Basics to Know

April 30th, 2018

kitchen-new-remodelIf you’ve come to our site, you’re probably looking for a company to handle a major remodeling project for your home. And that often means a kitchen remodel. This is one of the most popular types residential remodeling jobs. Kitchens are central to most homes, everyone in the household uses them, and they can significantly raise the value of a house.

But a kitchen remodel is a large affair, and that’s why you want to have an experienced design/build contractor like us to handle the job from start to finish, with architects and builders working to see that you receive the final results you want.

There are a number of basics to know before you undertake a kitchen remodel in Beverly Hills, CA. Here are the main ones.

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When to Hire a General Contractor

April 16th, 2018

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:

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Where to Focus Your Money in a Kitchen Remodel

April 2nd, 2018

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.

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4 Things to Look for in a General Contractor

March 5th, 2018

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.

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A Timeline for Your Kitchen Remodeling

February 19th, 2018

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.

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What’s Your Bathroom Remodeling Priority?

February 5th, 2018

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!

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