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

The Horrible Mistakes of a Sloppy Bathroom Remodel

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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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Is Open Shelving Right for Your Kitchen Remodel?

Monday, March 4th, 2019
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Among the major trends in kitchen design and kitchen remodeling today, open shelving is one of the biggest. You’ll find countless images of the beauty that open shelves can bring to a kitchen instead of using the conventional cabinets with doors. If you are thinking about doing a major kitchen remodeling in Brentwood, CA, you’ll probably consider open shelving at least once—and it may be on the top of your list of ideas you’ll present to your contractor.

But … is open shelving right for you? What are the pros and the cons? Someone homeowners love open shelving, while others prefer the standard cabinet design. Let’s look at what open shelves can do for you, and what they might make more difficult.

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Designing and Planning Your Bathroom Remodeling Project

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Designing and planning your bathroom remodel project is a stand out amongst the most significantsteps of the bathroom remodeling process. Planning your bathroom remodel is not as easy as going off to the local home improvement store, purchasing some tile, another vanity, and some new fixtures, and going home to begin shredding your bathroom. If you attempt this process, you will quickly understand that it is not a compelling or profitable technique.

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What to Do Before Meeting with Your Remodeling Contractor

Monday, February 29th, 2016

The first meeting with a contractor can be a little bit scary when you don’t know what to expect. But don’t worry; your contractor is used to a wide range of customers, from the over prepared to those who have no idea where to start. However, being prepared can make the job go more smoothly. We offer a few tips on what to do before meeting with a contractor here.

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A Few Things to Note about Remodeling an Attic

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Remodeling an attic is one of the best ways to add space onto your home and to potentially increase its value. Your new attic room can be a space for you to escape to. It can be a guest bedroom, the kids’ playroom, a scenic drawing room, or an office. But no matter what you turn your attic into, there are a few things you should know before you start the remodel.

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Adding on a Room? Think about Placement

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Maybe you’re expecting a child, or maybe you’ve always wanted a home office. You’ve got good reason to add a room onto your home, and as a bonus, it can help to increase the property value. However, if you don’t think about placement, you might end up with more problems, and a room that isn’t up to your standards.

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Is an Open Floor Plan the Right Choice for Your Home?

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Thinking of making a major change in your home? Having a big open space, like a great room, that combines the living and dining areas (and maybe more) might be the right change for you. If you’re looking for an area perfect for entertaining and family bonding, read on! We list a few of the advantages and disadvantages of an open floor plan below.

Advantages of Open Floor Plans

Open floor plans are, not surprisingly, becoming a lot more popular in recent years. An open floor plan gives a feeling of warmth and openness, especially when professional contractors help you with the design and complete the work.

  • Great for entertaining. You can have more places to sit in a big open room with seating around your kitchen island, couches, and chairs altogether in one living space. You can move around with ease to better serve your guests as well.
  • Spend more time with family. While you’re cooking or cleaning up in the kitchen, you can still have conversations with your family members in the living and dining areas.
  • Get lots of natural light. An open floor plan can let a lot of natural light into rooms that are usually more closed off.

Some Disadvantages to a Wide Open Living Space

Of course, no design is truly perfect, and there are some disadvantages to an open floor plan as well.

  • Your messes will show. If you want to contain your messes to a single room so that guests won’t see them upon entry, it’s a lot more difficult with an open floor plan.
  • The décor has to change. There’s a lot less space for artwork on the wall.
  • You lose some privacy. Of course, having a large open space means sacrificing some privacy, but only in the common areas.

For helpful advice and more, contact Advanced Builders & Contractors, your local licensed and bonded contractors, offering exceptional customer service with every job in Brentwood, CA.

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Remodels and Renovations: Make Sure You Have Experienced Contractors

Monday, December 21st, 2015

DIY remodels can end in disaster if you don’t have the proper expertise for such a large job. In fact, many parts of the job require permits and the proper licensing. That’s why you need to find a quality professional contractor before you begin the process of remodeling any room of your home. And here’s how you can find the very best contractor for your needs. 

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Realistic Expectations for Remodeling a Kitchen or Bathroom

Monday, November 30th, 2015

We know that any homeowner has certain expectations going into a remodel. And, for the most part, you assume that everything will go smoothly. As remodeling contractors, we always strive to make it so that the job goes according to plan. But we know better than anyone that, sometimes, you have to expect the unexpected.

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