Advanced Builders & Contractors Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Home Construction’

Seasonal Home Remodeling and Construction Guide

Monday, April 27th, 2020

tulips-in-springBecause Southern California experiences less extreme seasons during the year, we don’t have the same limitations on when it’s best to have specific home constructions and home remodeling in Beverly Hills, CA or other towns done. Trying to get a major construction project completed “before the winter snows start” is obviously not something we need to worry about!

However, there are still seasonal guidelines that can help you focus on your future plans for remodeling. You may not have a major remodel in mind right at the moment, but looking forward over the next year you can get a general idea of when is best to have specific jobs done. We’re going to go over the seasons below and discuss remodeling options, which can help give you ideas for future home improvements.

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Guest House Construction Ideas

Monday, April 13th, 2020

family-windowsThere are few places in the country with more guest houses than Southern California. An attractive additional house on your property can significantly enhance the property value, and of course has numerous practical functions as well—especially if you have a large extended family and frequent visitors.

And just because it’s called a “guest house” doesn’t mean it can’t have numerous uses when you don’t have guests. You can make the guest room into a home office—great if you’re planning to do more work-from-home in the future—a workout/exercise room, a children’s play area, a library/reading room, a home theater, a practice space for people who play instruments, an art studio, a craft space, extra storage… there’s so much a guest house can do for you.

But you’ll need the right guest house design and construction. Here are some ideas for guest house construction to ensure you get the most from this addition to your living space.

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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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What Architectural Style Is Your Southern California Dream House?

Monday, October 28th, 2019
craftsman-style-home

A craftsman style house

You have a vision for your own house, built to your specifications. But maybe that vision isn’t solid yet, and your mind is flitting through the many options, trying to land on the perfect one.

We’d like to help. Below is a list of the most popular architectural styles for new home construction in Southern California. Most of the house styles you’ve examined probably fall into one of these categories.

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The Steps of New Home Construction

Monday, January 21st, 2019

frame-of-new-houseBuilding your own house. It’s an exciting concept. It’s also an intimidating one. You know this is an immense project, and the first question you’ll be asking yourself is “Where do I even begin?”

We can answer this question for you. It’s a pretty simple answer: you begin with contacting a professional contractor to handle planning the construction and then doing the actual work. There are many general contractors in Encino, CA and throughout the Los Angeles Area, but one of the reasons we recommend you work with us is because we put all the steps of a new home construction under a single company roof.

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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.
  • Is insured and bonded – when someone works anywhere on your home and isn’t insured and bonded, you will carry the liability for any injuries to his/her person and any damaged caused. It is not worthwhile for any homeowner to take this kind of 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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