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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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Watch Out for These Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes

September 2nd, 2019

ABC-kitchen-greyThinking about doing a big remodel for your kitchen? Whether you’re creating a new layout or you’re expanding out the current kitchen space, you must approach a kitchen remodel with caution. There are a number of basic mistakes people make when they plan a new kitchen. Below are a few we often see when homeowners set out to do a kitchen remodel on their own.

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Benefits and Drawbacks of an Open-Concept Home Floorplan

August 19th, 2019

open-concept-kitchenThe open-concept floorplan is one of the trendiest designs for modern homes, either in new construction or as part of a large-scale remodel. Although the open-concept office space is falling out of favor as more research finds it isn’t conducive to a more productive work environment, open-concept homes don’t face the same struggle because, although they can be used as workspaces, this is not their only purpose and they have far fewer people in them. Open-concept floorplans allow for multi-use residential spaces with numerous benefits and few of the drawbacks commercial floorplans might face.

But any new concept for a home has potential drawbacks along with the benefits. Below we’re going to look at a few of these to help you consider your home construction projects in Encino, CA.

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Tips to Find a Top Rated Landscaper in Los Angeles County

August 15th, 2019

Are you searching for a top-rated landscaper in Los Angeles County? Are you getting overwhelmed with the sheer volume of landscapers in the greater Los Angles county? Not all landscapers are created equal, and often times you get what you pay for.

Allow us to help you understand what to look for when hiring a landscaper in LA County. Before we give you some advice, it’s important to know the financial impact that landscaping can have on the value of your home.  As a general contractor in Los Angeles, we understand the importance of having a well-maintained home.

According to industry experts, a professionally landscaped home can improve the value of your home on average by 5-12%.  If you’re trying to sell a home in the Los Angeles county area that’s worth $500,000, consider hiring a top-rated landscaper. Doing so could increase the value of your home by $25,000 – $60,000!

According to John Gidding, host of HGTV’s “Curb Appeal” and Logo TV’s “Secret Guide to Fabulous”, landscaping has helped increase the resale value of some homes by an astonishing 150%!

Now that you know how much you can expect your home value to increase, let’s review some tips to hiring a contractor in Los Angeles County.

 

Tip #1 for Hiring a Landscaper

Make sure your landscaping goals can be completed by the contractor. As you may expect, each local LA County landscaper will have different skills and competencies. If you know exactly what you want, you should ask the landscaper if they can share pictures of projects they have completed that are similar. This will help you understand what the limits are for each local landscaper and may help you find one that can really deliver what you’re looking for.

If you aren’t sure what your goals are, it would be smart to have a conversation with the landscaper to get their ideas, suggestions, and thoughts on the project. If you feel that the company can deliver what you’re looking for, make sure to ask for pictures as well as some references.

Some landscapers in LA County are great salespeople, but aren’t able to deliver! Proceed with caution if they are unable to provide references and/or pictures of work completed.

Tip #2 for Hiring a Landscaper

Get a contract in writing, with all of the deliverables and timeframe for completion. Once the goals have been established, the next step is to ensure everything is in writing. You as the homeowner know what to expect, and the contractor knows exactly what they need to do. We suggest doing this, regardless of the budget. Even if it’s only for a $500 job, having a contract in writing helps protect both sides.

Most LA County landscapers will create the contract, which is a good sign. Other landscapers won’t. If they don’t do this as part of their standard process, that doesn’t necessarily mean they refuse to. They may do excellent work but just don’t have their customer service processes in place! On the other hand, if a landscaper refuses to create and sign a contract, or the contract contains language that is not specific enough, it may be time to look for someone else.

If push comes to shove and you have to go to court, a well-written contract will protect both parties!

 

Tip #3 for Hiring a Landscaper

Learn about their Warranties and Guarantees. You can get a warranty on a big screen TV, and you can get a satisfaction guarantee with most service contractors, so a local landscaping company should be willing to do the same. A warranty merely implies that they will stand by their work after it’s complete! If you’re hiring a local Los Angeles County landscaper who doesn’t stand by their work, you should consider someone else.

Similar to the point about getting a contract in writing, you’ll want to make sure the warranty/guarantee is in writing as well.

 

Tip #4 for Hiring a Landscaper

Check out online reviews! There are no shortage of online review sources, and we suggest reading a variety of different sources. If an LA County landscaper has a 1-star review, make sure you read the review to understand what went wrong. It may have been due to poor expectations on the customer’s end, which shouldn’t necessarily reflect badly upon the company. Understanding the context of each review is very important.

Did the company respond to each review, not just the negative ones? This may be a sign that the landscaper is committed to customer satisfaction!

 

Consider Hiring these Local Landscapers in Los Angeles County:

  1. Cutting Edge Landscape and Design, Inc.  310-462-6628 – Ask for Matt
  2. Contact Us to Get your company name and phone number listed here!

 

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Is There a Difference Between “Remodeling” and “Renovating”?

August 5th, 2019

question-mark-badgeToday we’re going to get into basic definitions about what we do for our clients. We offer a wide range of construction services to Calabasas, CA and throughout the Los Angeles Area, from hillside construction projects to room additions. We offer many ways to remodel and renovate existing homes, and you’ll often hear the words remodel and renovate used as synonyms.

There’s not much wrong with occasionally using the terms interchangeably—your professional contractor knows what job they’re doing for you. But renovate and remodel do have different definitions, and we’re going to clarify what they mean. This can help you consider what you want to do for your home and what you want to ask our team to do.

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The Horrible Mistakes of a Sloppy Bathroom Remodel

July 22nd, 2019

toilet-plumbing-concerned-womanRemodeling a bathroom is supposed to make life easier, increase the value of a house, and spruce up a room that often gets ignored in renovation efforts. Unfortunately, not all bathroom remodels are equal because not all bathroom remodeling contractors are equal. If you have plans to remodel one of your home’s bathrooms, make sure you work with our experienced team of designers and builders so you can avoid some of the big problems a less-skilled contractor might inflict on you.

We’ve seen some dreadful bathroom remodels during our years of work and had to fix quite a few big mistakes. Below we’ve listed some of the errors that happen when you have inferior remodeling work.

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Which Is a Better Investment: A Bathroom or Kitchen Remodel?

July 8th, 2019

rainfall-shower-hot-steamWhen you’re ready to make major renovations to your house interior, you might be torn between where to start work. With a limited budget, you may need to choose between remodeling one of the bathrooms or remodeling the kitchen. These are the most common room remodeling projects. Is one better than another? It depends on your situation—but we can put out a list of a few of the benefits of both to help you consider the question. 

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Remodeling Ideas for the Small Kitchen

June 24th, 2019

kitchen-new-remodelYou have a smaller kitchen than is common for most homes of its type. Maybe it was a deliberate design choice when the house was constructed, or it was a practical consideration. You might even like your small kitchen and not feel like expanding it to a larger one. But when it comes time to remodel your small kitchen, there are some excellent remodeling ideas that can help improve it and make it work better for you.

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Room Additions Gone Wrong! Why You Should Only Hire the Best

June 10th, 2019

man-looking-out-windowYou can find dozens of contractors willing to provide you with an estimate and quote when you’re looking to expand your home with a room addition. Room additions are an excellent way to increase your home’s square footage without the hassles and costs of moving to a new house. Properly done, a room addition gives you space to grow in your house.

Unfortunately, if you have a room addition done by a contractor without experience or one who subcontracts out parts of the job to less-than-reputable people, you can end up with a room addition that’s not only underwhelming, but which may ruin the overall look of your house!

We’re going to examine what can go wrong with a room addition if it’s left to an inadequate contractor.

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New Wood Flooring: Engineered, Laminated, Or the Real Deal?

May 26th, 2019

Kitchen-with-IslandChanging the flooring in your home, whether for the majority of the house or only a few rooms, is one of the top methods for brightening and modernizing your living space. In situations where homeowners have a tight budget and can’t arrange for a complete room remodel, just putting in a wood floor to replace worn-out carpet or vinyl can make a tremendous difference.

But when a homeowner starts out on their quest to have new flooring put in, this question immediately pops up: “What kind of wood flooring?” With more options available today than before, we’d like to look at two popular choices—engineered and laminated flooring—and what separates them.

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