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Renovation vs. New Home Construction

November 23rd, 2020

“To renovate or build a new house?” This is one of the eternal questions homeowners find themselves facing. It doesn’t come with easy answers. However, you have come to the right place to find solutions. Advanced Builders & Contractors has a long history of serving Los Angeles area homeowners with all types of construction projects, from basic additions and renovations to full home construction. Below we’re going to go into a bit more depth about the “renovation vs. new construction” question.

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When a Remodeling Goes South: The Importance of a Great Contractor

November 9th, 2020

bathroom-torn-apartNothing can ever go 100% as planned 100% of the time. The best way to raise the chance that you get that 100% on a job such as doing a major remodel on your home or a room addition is to work with one of the best general contractors in Santa Monica, CA. Success starts with people who know what they’re doing, have experience and a history of solid references, and can approach a project with a system that helps to make the work as smooth as possible.

Our company is founded on handling in-house all the jobs of a remodel. This means we don’t work with subcontractors. A standard general contractor handles the hiring of subcontractors for remodels and room additions, which makes the job much easier than if you chose to handle hiring the subcontractors yourself. But this process of subcontractors still leaves open the possibility of a remodel that starts to go wrong—and you’re soon looking at the exact opposite of your beautiful plan for a new kitchen, bathroom, or addition of an office or room conversion. 

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Innovative Building Materials for a Luxury Custom Home

November 3rd, 2020

It can be argued that there is no greater asset than your home, as not only is it a great investment in which to funnel your money, but it is potentially a great channel to pass on your legacy of hard work and financial responsibility to future generations of your family.

As such, when you are looking into building a luxury custom home, you want to choose the finest building materials—materials that will be classy, innovative, and stand the test of time. To maximize the value of your custom home in 2020, it should be constructed with several important points in mind:

  • It should be as eco-friendly as possible, helping your home achieve energy efficiency to save on electric costs and reduce its carbon output.
  • It should be able to hold up in the face of inclement weather and heavy use, limiting the cost of future repairs.
  • It should be designed in a way that you can achieve maximum functionality of all of its square footage.

To check off these boxes, there are a number of innovative building materials that you should give top consideration for your custom home in 2020.

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Should I Hire a General Contractor?

October 26th, 2020

kitchen-planningWhen you are considering a remodeling project for your home, one of the first questions you’ll ask is where you should hire a general contractor to take on the job. This might be easy to answer if you have no interest in a “do-it-yourself” project—and many people don’t—or you don’t want to deal with multiple contractors. But you may also enjoy the challenge of tackling the job on your own, or you feel you can save money by hiring separate contractors to do the work. Is this a good idea, or should you begin looking for general contractors in Calabasas, CA for the job?

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5 Benefits of Choosing New Home Construction

October 12th, 2020

frame-of-new-houseMaking the choice to build your own home rather than purchase one already on the market is among the biggest decisions you may ever make, both in terms of your budget, your family, and your lifestyle. There are plenty of reasons to purchase an existing house rather than go the route of a new home construction in Calabasas, CA with professional contractors, and you’ll give careful consideration to all the factors involved before you make a final decision.

In this post, we’re going to focus on specific benefits of new home constructions, some of which you may not have known about or given much thought to. If you’re on the fence about new home construction, one of these may tip you one direction or another. We strongly recommend you call our team to request an estimate and a consultation so you can make the best decision based on your situation.

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5 Kitchen Remodeling Styles

September 28th, 2020

black_white_kitchenYou are at the beginning of making your plans for a full kitchen remodel in Beverly Hills, CA. You aren’t replacing a few fixtures or redoing the countertops and cabinets. You’re going to overhaul the kitchen to a new style. But what style? There are numerous popular styles for kitchen remodels, and you might find yourself overwhelmed at the options.

The style of the rest of the house will narrow down some of your choices—some styles will simply feel wrong if placed into the heart of your home. But you have greater flexibility than you might think. We’re going to look at five of the popular kitchen styles to help you start envisioning your future kitchen. You’ll need professional designers and builders to help you make the final choice. We handle all parts of a kitchen remodel and can help you realize your new dream kitchen.

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Building a Home on Sloped Land

September 15th, 2020

Hillside_Luxury_HomeWhat to Know Before Construction Begins

Building in certain areas is a challenge. Building codes and restrictions can sometimes get in the way of the customers’ dreams for their home. When sloped land is present, the challenges are even greater. If you are building a new home or remodeling in Los Angeles, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Studio City, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Calabasas, and surrounding areas, listen up because sloped land is everywhere in these popular renovation and building locations.

Why Do People Build on Sloped Land?

For those who grew up in a predominantly flat area, the option to build on a hill is virtually nonexistent. But in hill-rich areas throughout California, there is little compromise and building on a hill is essential. However, the essential need for a residence is not the only advantage to building on a hill. Here are just some of the benefits of building a hillside home in California.

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Ideas for a Garage Conversion

September 14th, 2020

carpenterIn Southern California, the most popular type of room conversion for a house is the garage conversion. This is partially because of the nature of how homes are constructed here: it’s hard to do a basement conversion when almost no houses have basements, and local attics are often too small to make effective living or working areas. Garages, however… California houses often have expansive double garages, and there is plenty a remodel can do to convert a garage into a new living area.

A garage conversion isn’t as simple as moving the car out and putting furniture in! It’s a major remodeling job. When you work with our team of designers and builders for your room conversion or room addition in Hidden Hills, CA, you’ll end up with the results you want. We’ll help you with ideas for realizing a great garage conversion. Below are a number to consider as you think about the first stages of a conversion.

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Focus Your Ideas for a Bathroom Remodel

August 31st, 2020

bathroom-tile-tubYou’ve decided to remodel an old bathroom in your house—and we think this is a good choice. Bathroom remodels are not only excellent returns on investment, they can help enhance home life, make mornings and evenings more convenient, help save water, improve storage, and provide other benefits.

But once you’ve made the choice about a bathroom remodel, you’ll feel overwhelmed with a new set of decisions as well as a flood of ideas. This is where having a team of trusted remodeling professionals helping you is invaluable. An excellent remodeling contractor isn’t just a group of people you hire to come in and do the physical work; they’re people with the training to help you focus your ideas for what you want to achieve with the remodel.

We have listed a few ideas to start you focusing on what you want for your redesign bathroom. Our professionals will help you make the best ideas into a reality.

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Things to Consider When Building a Home Addition

August 19th, 2020

Whether your family grows unexpectedly or you decide that it is finally time to annex that man (or woman) cave you have been wanting for years, there are times when a home addition will be necessary.

When done properly, an addition can add functional square footage to your home and significantly increase its resale value; when done poorly, the addition will look tacky and cause your utility bills to go through the roof.

The following are some important points to consider when planning an addition to your home.

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