Advanced Builders & Contractors Blog: Archive for the ‘Home Improvement’ Category

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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A Few Excellent Home Improvement Ideas

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

ktichen-planning-toolsYou like your current house and don’t want to go through the long process of purchasing a new home and moving. But you’re still interested in making your home better. If you already have an idea for what you want, such as a room addition, room conversion, or luxury bathroom remodel, then the next step is easy—call our office and get started.

However, you may be in a nebulous place with your ideas for improving your house. You’re considering factors about livability, family growth, return on investment, time, etc. It’s a lot to consider, and below we’ve listed some ideas for home improvement to think about. If anything on this list gives you that “ah ha!” feeling, then you know who to call to get started. You can schedule that home improvement in Beverly Hills, CA with a contractor who handles all stages of the process: Advanced Builders & Contractors. We’ll answer all your questions and find the right approach for the project.

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Tips to Find a Top Rated Landscaper in Los Angeles County

Thursday, 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. Flores Artscape – (323) 666-3510
  2. Contact Us to learn about how to get your company name and phone number listed here!

 

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The Conservatory: Things to Know About This Room Addition

Monday, April 15th, 2019

remodeling-chairs-and-sunny-windowsThe word conservatory carries an air of sophistication. We often think of a conservatory as a type of music school. But a conservatory is also a kind of room in a home, one that originally developed in the 19th century as a way to bring in additional light to a part of the house and offer a space to more effectively grow plants indoors. The conservatory is still a popular option for a room addition that can take a standard home and give it the feeling a luxury mansion.

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Room Addition Idea: The Garage Conversion

Monday, November 26th, 2018

home-with-garageYou’re looking for more space in your house, and you’ve started to think that perhaps a garage conversion is the best way to go. This isn’t your only option, but if you don’t use your garage often for parking cars, transforming it into part of the living space is attractive. After all, a large part of the work of a room addition is already done: walls, ceiling, foundation, and in most cases it’s already attached to the house.

However, before you go grab a bunch of tools and see what you can do with the space, we recommend you take some time to think about just what you want to do with the garage. We also recommend you work with a skilled contractor who has done more than one room addition in LA county—preferably several hundred of them! Below are some things to consider as you get ready to change the garage into part of the living space.

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How to Create the Perfect Kitchen Lighting

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

If you like to cook then you have likely experienced a moment of trying to make your culinary masterpiece only to not have enough light above you to determine if the Blanquette sauce you created is the white it needs to be or is it more of a dull grey?

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Don’t Let the Wrong Contractor Ruin a Good Room

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Your planned kitchen remodeling project or bathroom renovations are too big to do on your own, so you know you’ll have to look around for contractors who really know their stuff. But it’s not enough for someone to tell you they can do the work for a low price. You want to make sure you find the right contractors—a quality licensed team to ensure the work goes smoothly. Below, learn why you should always do your research rather than choosing someone who offers the lowest price.

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A Few Simple Touches Add Character to a Room

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Maybe you’ve recently remodeled a room, or maybe you’ve got a room that you’ve never found the time to put into decorating. But just a few small changes can make a huge difference in the look and feel of a room. Check out our tips on how some simple touches can add character to a space, and call our team for more expert remodeling advice.

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Before and After of a Second Story Addition

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen or doing a second story addition, home improvements can increase the value of your property and help make your house a home. One of our favorite projects was for a family in Los Angeles who wanted to build onto their 800 square foot home. With four kids at home, they needed addition bedrooms and an updated kitchen for their family to grow into. By adding an additional 2,200 square feet of living space, this family expanded their home to include a luxurious master suite with a private bathroom and jacuzzi tub, 3 bedrooms on the second floor, and fully renovated the original kitchen, bathroom and exterior of the house. Click here to find out more about this project and view our complete gallery of before and after photos.

Our team offers design, architectural planning and building services to help make your remodeling dreams a reality. We can help you plan for all stages of the project from design and construction plans to applying for permits and more. With over 25 years in the industry, our remodeling contractors will ensure that your home improvements are done safely, correctly, and beautifully so you can leave the work to the professionals and enjoy your home’s new features. Not sure where to start? Give us a call at 888-930-1030 or schedule an estimate online today!

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What to Look for in a General Contractor

Monday, February 9th, 2015


Renovating or building a house can be a challenging yet exciting process, but if you don’t hire the right contractor to do the work on your home, renovating your home can quickly become a nightmare. As such, it is very worth your while to take the time to consider some of the following factors when choosing a general contractor to work on your Los Angeles home.

 

  • Proper licensing – one of the first and foremost items to check when considering hiring any kind of tradesperson to work on your home is whether or not the company or person is properly licensed by the state. Using an unlicensed contractor can put both you and your home at considerable risk.
  • Past work experience – having a portfolio, a list of recent projects and references for past work is very important when hiring a contractor. This allows you to see the kind of work the contractor has done the scope of work he/she is capable of.
  • Any specialties – many contractors specialize in certain kinds of construction, whether it be historical restoration, certain kinds of architecture such as post and beam, or a certain look or style.
  • Do they handle the kind of work you need? – if you have a good idea of the kind of work you want done with your home, it is very important to make sure that any contractors you are considering actually do the work you need.
  • Professional certifications – many contractors have certifications, such as being a certified remodeler; if you don’t see any certifications highlighted on marketing material, don’t be afraid to ask.
  • Professional affiliations – it is always an endorsement for the contractor if the company is affiliated with professional entities like the Better Business Bureau and the Building Industry Association.

The professionals at Advanced Builders & Contractors bring over 20 years of construction work to every job, so if you are considering renovation or construction to your home in Los Angeles, call us today!

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