Advanced Builders & Contractors Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Calabasas’

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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5 Benefits of Choosing New Home Construction

Monday, 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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Benefits of the Bump Out and Where You Can Put One in Your House

Monday, August 17th, 2020

yellow-hardhat-leather-glovesWhen you hear “room addition for a house,” what comes to mind? Probably a large construction project that takes out a huge chunk of the available outdoor property to create a new bedroom, den, or home office. But an addition doesn’t need to be so immense, and it doesn’t even need to take up much physical space at all. The bump out is a type of addition that can make a larger difference to a household without an enormous construction project or having to find extra space around the house to sacrifice. It’s a micro-addition that can bring big benefits.

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Want to Remodel Your Kitchen? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

Monday, May 25th, 2020

plannerYou’ve been looking over images of remodeled kitchens, getting excited at each of the pictures, and the possibilities for what you could make your current kitchen look like. Are these dreams realistic? Are you ready to jump into a kitchen remodel in Calabasas, CA?

This is a big project, but when you work with our experienced design/build team at Advanced Builders & Contractors, you’ll have most of the work entrusted to experts who have a deep portfolio of successful projects. Before you go ahead with that remodel, however, there are some questions to ask yourself to help focus on what you really want, and what you can realistically expect.

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The Dormer Addition as a Home Expansion

Monday, March 16th, 2020

house-palm-treesYou have numerous options for room additions to expand out the living, working, and recreational space of your current house. But a problem many homeowners encounter is they don’t have the exterior space available for these additions. There are other choices that don’t increase the footprint of your house, however. One of them is the dormer addition.

A dormer, for people who don’t know this architectural term, is a window that projects from a sloping roof. The dormer has its own roof, which can be style in various way to either match the home or create an interesting counterpoint to it. Some homeowners add dormers almost strictly for the way they can enhance or change the style of the front of the house, or increase the house’s size, essentially giving the house another “eye.” (There’s also a false dormer, a window that doesn’t look in on anything. This isn’t a current popular trend and is often associated with poor design choices.)

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The 4 Best Reasons to Hire a General Contractor for Home Construction

Monday, November 25th, 2019

blueprints-for-house-constructionWhen you’re looking to build your dream house, you have options for how to plan the construction. One way many people go about it is through the process of hiring all the contractors themselves. The philosophy on this is that it “takes out the middleman” that comes with hiring a general contractor, and therefore it saves time, money, and eliminates hassles.

Except… none of this is true. Trying to handle the slew of contractors on your own with a construction manager to coordinate them is a risk. The best route is to go with the general contractor who works with subcontractors—or has all of them in-house—and then gives you an estimate.

There are many reasons to hire a general contractor when you’re planning home construction. Here are the four best:

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Looking Into the California Room Addition

Monday, October 14th, 2019

house-with-shaded-yardIn our previous post listing a few of the most popular room additions for homes, we wrote about the “California room.” If you live in Southern California, you may consider every room in your house to be a California room. But this specific kind of addition is for homes looking to get a full Southern California experience with an open-air space that combines the benefits of the indoors and the outdoors.

And just because you already live in California doesn’t mean you can’t make your home even more Californian with a beautiful space like this. We’re going to provide more details about the California room to help you visualize the possibilities. Our team of designers are glad to help you find out more about this and other ideas for room additions in Calabasas, CA and throughout the Los Angeles Area.

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

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

Sunday, 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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Shelving Options for Remodeling the Bathroom

Monday, March 18th, 2019

bathroom-lots-of-spaceIn our last post, we discussed one of the biggest trends in kitchen remodeling: open shelving. Shelving and storage are essential for any room remodel, and kitchens require special planning to find the ideal way to create a new storage space.

But storage and shelving are important in bathrooms as well. With much less space available, shelving in a bathroom can be tricky. How can you maximize storage in a bathroom remodel while also creating a pleasant appearance and convenience for household members?

Some shelving choices don’t fall under remodeling, such as an over-the-toilet ladder or nailing up a hanging basket on the wall. What we’re looking at are the major changes you can make to shelving when you have a contractor do a large-scale bathroom remodel. This is a great opportunity to create something new for the space.

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