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Hiring a General Contractor vs. Hiring Subcontractors

January 20th, 2020

carpenterIf you’re on this page, it’s because you know the home project you have in mind is not one you should attempt as a DIY project. That’s smart thinking at the start. Room additions, room expansions, converting the function of a space, major remodeling, and full house construction are all jobs where the complexity requires planning and the work of different experts, such as electricians, plumbers, architects, designers, etc.

But once you decide to hire professional contractors to handle the project, you have another choice to make. Do you hire a general contractor? Or should you hire subcontractors yourself? The second route may sound less expensive, but there is more to consider.

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Considering the Layout for a Bathroom Remodel

January 6th, 2020

bathroom-rubble-for-remodelWe’ve often touched on the big topics of bathroom remodeling in Malibu, CA, such as how to enlarge a cramped bathroom to give it more space as well as the feeling of greater space. What we’re focusing on today is the bathroom layout, and this applies to any bathroom remodel.

Creating a layout means making effective use of the space so nothing goes to waste. If you’ve ever thought that there’s no such thing as a bathroom that’s “too big,” you haven’t seen some of the layout failures that can affect a remodel. A bathroom with large empty zones is inconvenient, and it can’t be remedied by moving in furniture, as in other rooms. A great bathroom redesign creates proper configurations between showers, tubs, toilets, sinks, storage, etc.

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Focal Points in a Kitchen Remodel

December 23rd, 2019

kitchen-farmhouse-sinkRemodeling a kitchen is partially a construction job. It’s also an artistic endeavor, and the design of a kitchen uses many of the same principles used in art. One of these principals that’s essential to an excellent kitchen remodeling is the focal point. We’ll take a look at this concept and how it can be put to work for an excellent kitchen remodeling in Los Angeles, CA.

What Are Focal Points?

A focal point is anything that immediately draws the eye of the observer. In a painting, for example, the faces and large shapes draw the eye to them immediately, as do highlights and other bright points. For a room, focal points can be a large piece of art, anything that has accent lighting, a prominent wall-mounted screen, the fireplace, or an object on a table with bright colors.

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Understanding the “Work Triangle” in a Kitchen Remodel

December 9th, 2019

kitchen-remodel-classic-stainless-steelRemodeling a kitchen is one of the most common types of home upgrades. Kitchens are essential spaces for any house, and older kitchens are not only tired and drab-looking, they’re also impractical and often crowded. One of the secrets to creating a kitchen with a better workflow is something called the “work triangle.” You may have heard this term tossed around in articles about remodeling and not understood exactly what it meant. We’ll go into the definition and parameters of the kitchen work triangle and what you need to know about it.

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The 4 Best Reasons to Hire a General Contractor for Home Construction

November 25th, 2019

blueprints-for-house-constructionWhen you’re looking to build your dream house, you have options for how to plan the construction. One way many people go about it is through the process of hiring all the contractors themselves. The philosophy on this is that it “takes out the middleman” that comes with hiring a general contractor, and therefore it saves time, money, and eliminates hassles.

Except… none of this is true. Trying to handle the slew of contractors on your own with a construction manager to coordinate them is a risk. The best route is to go with the general contractor who works with subcontractors—or has all of them in-house—and then gives you an estimate.

There are many reasons to hire a general contractor when you’re planning home construction. Here are the four best:

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Some Ideas Where to Invest in Your New Kitchen

November 11th, 2019

kitchen-new-remodelIf you are looking to do a major kitchen remodeling or a kitchen addition in Los Angeles, CA to expand out the current space, we hope you aren’t considering doing the job as a DIY project. Calling on a professional contractor with experience and a team of the best in design and construction work is the first place to invest your money.

That doesn’t mean you won’t get to make important choices about your newer, bigger kitchen. When you work with our remodeling professionals, they’ll help guide you through the options as you decide on exactly what you want to focus on. We have some tips on excellent places to invest your remodeling funds so you’ll receive the highest return from the renovated or extended kitchen.

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What Architectural Style Is Your Southern California Dream House?

October 28th, 2019
craftsman-style-home

A craftsman style house

You have a vision for your own house, built to your specifications. But maybe that vision isn’t solid yet, and your mind is flitting through the many options, trying to land on the perfect one.

We’d like to help. Below is a list of the most popular architectural styles for new home construction in Southern California. Most of the house styles you’ve examined probably fall into one of these categories.

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Looking Into the California Room Addition

October 14th, 2019

house-with-shaded-yardIn our previous post listing a few of the most popular room additions for homes, we wrote about the “California room.” If you live in Southern California, you may consider every room in your house to be a California room. But this specific kind of addition is for homes looking to get a full Southern California experience with an open-air space that combines the benefits of the indoors and the outdoors.

And just because you already live in California doesn’t mean you can’t make your home even more Californian with a beautiful space like this. We’re going to provide more details about the California room to help you visualize the possibilities. Our team of designers are glad to help you find out more about this and other ideas for room additions in Calabasas, CA and throughout the Los Angeles Area.

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Breaking Down Popular Room Addition Ideas

September 30th, 2019

southern-californian-houseAdding a new room onto your house helps you to get the most from the space without needing to purchase or build a new home. You love your current house and its location, but you have increasing needs because of your growing family, or you want to make lifestyle improvements, or you have plans to do more work from home. A room addition is helpful in all these situations.

Below is a breakdown of the most common room additions people contact building contractors to work on.

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Bathroom Remodeling With an Eye Toward Water Conservation

September 16th, 2019

showerhead-dripping-close-upWhen you plan to remodel a bathroom in your home, it’s probably for multiple reasons—improving property value, updating to newest trends, accommodating for people with mobility issues, or because you want a fresher room to start your day.

But among your reasons for scheduling a bathroom remodel in Beverly Hills, CA with our team, have you considered the water-conservation possibilities? A remodel is an excellent time to take advantage of new fixtures to create a space that saves water, thus saving you money and helping the environment at the same time.

Below are a few things to consider when it comes to water-saving bathroom remodeling.

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