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Unique Additions to Consider for Your Next Renovation

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

Whether you’re currently in the middle of your next renovation masterpiece or you’re planning to put your dream home together soon, there are plenty of options out there to help you customize to your heart’s content. Renovating your home is all about doing what makes you feel the most comfortable and happy in your space, and that could mean different things for different people. The renovation that makes you happy might not be right for someone else, and that’s totally okay! It’s all about finding the right fit for you, whether those changes are small or large.

If you’re thinking about springing for a renovation sometime soon, here are a few unique ideas that may just strike your fancy.

1.   Bookshelves

If you fancy yourself a bit of a book lover, building bookshelves into your home can be a fantastic renovation choice.

Whether you want to stack your bookshelves high to create your very own home library or simply include a few cubbies here and there, including some shelves in your home can give a touch of character and personality that’s characteristic of many older homes — so if you love vintage flair, this could be for you.

2.   An Entertainment Center

Books aren’t the only form of entertainment around. If you want to make the most of your living space — or even a designated entertainment space — including an entertainment center in your home can be a great way to liven things up and get comfortable. You can include a television, but don’t forget about music and speakers for when you want to party with guests!

3.   Smart Home Devices

Speaking of entertainment, one of the best recent home renovation trends that’s bound to stick around is the smart home. While it can control your entertainment system, it also has the potential to do so much more. From smart temperature controls to smart garage door controls that can keep you safe and comfortable, your smart home setups are as unique as you are.

4.   Pet Doors

If you happen to have a furry friend, many people can attest to the fact that pet doors are revolutionary. As long as your pet is used to going outside, having a pet door to allow them to come and go as they please keeps you from having to let them out, walk them on a schedule, or keep too close of an eye on them. It gives both of you more freedom.

5.   Heated Floors

Heated floors aren’t something that people think about as a first priority, but if you’re designing a mudroom, bathroom, or another tiled surface, you may want to consider the comfort that heated floors might bring. They’re a small sense of comfort and luxury and can feel especially great during the winter months.

6.   Solar Energy

Although installing solar panels can be a large decision and investment, if you have the finances for it, you may want to consider looking into it. Most solar panels pay for themselves in around a decade and continue to reduce your energy bills long after the fact.

Especially in sunnier places, where your solar panels may take even less time to pay for themselves, going solar can be a great way to make your home more sustainable and more affordable in the long run.

7.   More Outlets

If you’ve struggled with having too few electrical outlets in the past, especially in older homes, you can always take the step of adding a few more. While it may take a bit of electrical work, the convenience of having more outlets will likely pay off if that’s an issue you’ve dealt with in the past. You can also upgrade to outlets with USB ports in them for a more techy home.

8.   Green Space

Most homes have some form of green space near or around them, but what about green space incorporated into the actual home itself? If you happen to be a nature lover and a plant expert, you’ll likely know that greenery can live in a number of places.

Even if you already have a yard and a lawn you love, why not take the opportunity to install a green wall or a green roof if you have some extra space? Not only is this great for the earth, but it also looks beautiful.

9.   A Hot Tub

Although pools and hot tubs can sometimes come off as a bit impractical, they are extremely fun and relaxing. Plus, you don’t need an entire pool to install a hot tub that you can use all year long. If you love the feeling of long, relaxing soaks, why not look into installing a hot tub whenever you get started on your outdoor space?

10. A Fire Pit

Speaking of outdoor space, fire pits are great places to warm up, get cozy, and bring people together. Whether you love roasting marshmallows or simply having a drink with family around the fire, a fire pit can be the perfect place to relax all summer long and into the autumn season. Because of the warmth, a fire pit can even keep you outside long into the chillier evenings when you may have otherwise dashed inside.

11. Outdoor Showers

If you happen to live in a warmer area, putting an outdoor shower into your space can be a luxurious, natural experience that you won’t want to miss out on. Specifically, if you live in a place surrounded by greenery, you live near the beach, or if you have a pool that you’d rather rinse off from before you come indoors again, installing a shower outside can be a useful and straightforward addition to your home.

12. Rainfall Showerheads

As for the showers inside of the bathrooms, you don’t need to go all-out with the infinity pools and the fancy decor to get a bit of luxury in your life. In fact, a simple rainfall showerhead can usually do the trick of making you feel totally immersed in the waterfall experience without totally breaking the bank. If you want to up your bathroom game, this could be the best way to do it.

Unique Renovations for Your Home

Your home is unique — just like you! If you’re looking for the very best renovation ideas to make yourself and your family comfortable, it’s all about considering your preferences and looking at what would benefit your life. You don’t need to break the bank to have the home experience you want, but a little splurge is definitely worth it sometimes. What’s the first thing you want to change up when you start your renovation process?

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Luxury Renovation Ideas for a Garage

Friday, November 27th, 2020

For most people, their garage is just a space to park the car or dump rarely used items. What if you are looking to do more with your garage? Are you planning on renovating a garage space but need ideas on how to transform the garage space into an amazing one? Here are some ideas to put you on the right track.

1) Garage Flooring

There are several options to choose from when it comes to the garage floor. One of the most popular types of flooring you will find in most garages today is the concrete floor. Although concrete floors tend to get stained, you can always choose paint or epoxy on the garage floor.

As there are many options for a garage floor, you might need to come up with some driveway paving ideas that will make choosing a flooring type more clearer.

2) Transform Into A Leisure Room

The garage space can be a place where you ease off the stress from your professional life and recharge your batteries. You can create space aside from where you will park the car to install a small fridge or hang a TV. You can set up a game room in your garage while not going overboard with your budget.

3) Insulate

Climatic conditions present where you live should also be considered. You want a garage that can stay warm during winter and stay cool during summer. This is not just for the good of the car parked in there but also great if you’d like to spend time in your garage.

A great way to go about this is by using concrete roof tiles when renovating your garage. Concrete adds a touch of luxury to your garage while contributing its insulating properties and durability as well. You can also explore other insulating options such as insulated walls.

Insulating will help you save energy cost as you won’t have to spend so much on heating up or cooling down during different seasons.

4) Lofting Your Garage

Another amazing garage renovation idea that will give your garage that luxurious feel is lofting your garage. This provides you with the opportunity to park your car and still have enough room for other purposes. You can choose to install a bed in the lofted space, you could even convert the space to a mini guest room, an office, or a living room.

A lofted garage can give your garage a luxurious unique look and also provide you with enough space to also use as storage.

5) Do More With Lighting

If you plan to spend more time in your garage, you need to invest in lighting. Adequate lighting will enhance the ambiance of your garage space and also makes it possible to enjoy the nights.

There are different ways to achieve this. You could opt for a motion sensor that will turn on the lights whenever someone steps into the garage and also turn it off when there’s no one in the garage. This is a great feature as it not only adds a touch of luxury to your garage experience but also has the potential to save energy cost.

6) Don’t Forget The Exterior

While you place your focus on renovating the interior of your garage, you want to make sure not to forget the exterior as well. Whatever improvements you’ve made to the interior, they could be watered down if the exterior doesn’t compliment all the effort channeled towards the interior.

This will require you to choose a garage trim that complements the overall style of your home.

Conclusion

You want to be creative with garage remodeling, but try not to go overboard with your budget. Whatever ideas you have, make sure you employ the services of qualified professionals to avoid unnecessary future expenses.

Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.

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Should I Hire a General Contractor?

Monday, 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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Hillside Pools

Friday, July 24th, 2020

When building a swimming pool on a hillside, your property will likely require certain safety and security measures such as retaining walls and/or caissons to be sure that your designer pool doesn’t just look good, but is made to last. It is imperative that you work with a seasoned construction company with knowledge of structural and geographical engineering. Hillside pools provide a stunningly scenic view, creative design opportunities, and an active entertainment center for the home unlike any other home feature.

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A Second Story for Your House? Let’s Talk About It!

Monday, April 29th, 2019

father-and-son-outside-two-story-houseWhen it comes to creating more space in your home, there’s no project that can add more square footage than a second-story addition. You may have considered this possibility before, but dismissed it as either impossible or out of your reach.

Please don’t let go of the idea of a second story so fast! We’ve worked on many second story additions and other expansions to homes, such as a project for a Los Angeles family where we added an additional 2,200 square feet of living space to their house so their family could grow. Often this is a much better investment than purchasing a new home. If you love where you live, but there aren’t many options on for-sale homes in the area, a second story is a great alternative to attempting to move.

We’d love to talk to you about what we can do for your home with our remodeling and other construction services.

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When to Hire a General Contractor

Monday, 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 have a  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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Take Your Time When Selecting a Home Contractor

Monday, June 29th, 2015

If you are searching for a contractor in Los Angeles for your home improvement and renovation project, you’re likely to find a lot of search results online. Contractors are easy to come by, and you may be tempted to pick one and stick with that company. But remember that any renovation job is time-consuming, and not something you want to be done carelessly.

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Here’s Why a Good Contractor Makes All the Difference for that Remodeling Job

Monday, May 25th, 2015

If you are planning to remodel any portion of your home, it’s difficult to go it alone. Even with a few friends and family members by your side, the process can take a lot longer than it would if you were an experienced contractor. A contractor has the experience and know-how to tackle any job with speed and accuracy. Whether it’s a bathroom remodel or kitchen remodel, or a whole new room addition, check out some of our top reasons to check the credentials of your contractor.

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Full, 3/4, or Half Bath: What to Choose for Your Bathroom Addition

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Choosing to add a bathroom onto the home can make morning and nighttime routines more convenient for large families or allow you to entertain guests with ease. A new bathroom may have all of the features you have always wanted, so it’s important to work with a contractor to make this room just the way you want it. You have a lot of options when it comes to a bathroom addition, but one of the first choices you’ll have to make is the size of the room. Will you choose a half bath, a ¾ bath, or a full bath?

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Ways Great Builders & Contractors can Make Your Life Easier

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Remodeling is always a big job, regardless of the space or the changes you plan on making. There are a lot of things you need to consider before embarking on a remodeling project, perhaps the most important of which is who you’re going to hire to do most of the work.

Sure, there are plenty of people out there who will tell you that you can just do it yourself, that it’s a waste of money to hire contractors, and that you’ll be much happier if you just do it your way.

Here’s the problem: none of those things are entirely true. Yeah, you could try it yourself, but you’d be taking on a very big job with little to no help and no experience to rely on. Rather than going it alone, and possibly biting off more than you can chew, have a look at all the ways that great builders and contractors can make your life easier.

Time

There are two primary ways that professional contractors make your life easier when it comes to remodeling. Time is the first of these. As previously mentioned, there are a lot of things to plan, measure, buy, tear out, and install during a remodeling project. Even if you’re an expert at this kind of thing, you probably don’t want to slog through all of those steps by yourself. You might get it done, but it could easily take years if you don’t have an equally expert team to rely on. Hiring a professional contractor from the start can ensure that your project gets done in a timely manner.

Money

The biggest misconception about doing remodeling projects yourself is that you’ll save a lot of money doing so. This honestly just isn’t true. In the short term, perhaps you’ll save a few thousand dollars by not hiring anyone to help you. However, if you don’t have professional experience in these kinds of projects it is very likely that you’ll demo or install something incorrectly. That can lead to issues further down the line, and you’ll end up having to hire a contractor anyway to fix whatever it was that was done wrong.

Hiring a good contractor is the best way to ensure you get a great return on investment. A contractor worth his rate will know the best way to stay within budget, while giving you the best possible remodel.

If you’re looking for help with your building or remodeling project, call Advanced Builders & Contractors. We provide building and remodeling services throughout the Pacific Palisades area.

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