7 Ways to Remodel Your Home on a Small Budget

Almost every home renovation goes over budget. That’s just how it is. It seems like no matter what you do, you always end up spending more money than you planned…sometimes, way more.

The good news is it doesn’t have to be like that (assuming you’re setting a realistic budget for what you want to accomplish). Today, you’re going to discover 7 helpful tips that will let you trim costs on your next home remodel without cutting corners.  

Crack in Black Mosaic Granite- cause for concern?

Yesterday we had Black Mosaic installed in the kitchen. The granite is made up of many rocks/stones. One stone is large almost 8" by 11" and it seems to have two cracks through it. Our contractor says that this type of surface will have these naturally. It looks to me like a crack not a natural fissure. Is there really a reason to be concerned other than the way it looks. For example is there a concern that a crack will get worse, but a fissure that is natural will not? Either way it kind of looks broken.

Rough plumbing- how to tell good from bad

When doing an extensive bathroom and/or kitchen remodeling project, you don't want to skimp on the  plumbing. That's because if the plumbing is not done correctly, you'll find out well after the plumber is gone. The costs to fix things are frayed nerves, extra dollars and a complete mess. That's generally because you may have to break concrete and all those finishes to fix the problem.

Remodeling Advice to Generation Y

I can't hold a candle to a Generation Y or Millennial guy or girl when it comes to computers and communication gadets. However, I can tell you a thing or two about buying your first place and remodeling. Unless you are relatively wealthy and buy a home, apartment or condo brand new, you will have to remodel it. Computers and gadgets are not going to help you, but I can offer some advice, especially in sizing up what it will take in dollars to get that gem in the rough turned into a home that you will enjoy.

Cleaning up during and after remodeling

Clean up your room! Those words might have been the most spoken words you heard from your mom or dad when growing up. Your parents got on you, because they felt that organization and cleanliness were important habits to learn. Besides that, they just got tired of picking up after you.

Believe it or not the same applies to your construction and remodeling job site. A disorganized, messy and trash ridden construction or job site conveys several things to workers, existing clients and even potential clients:

Are all Green Roofs Good?

If you asked building expert Dr. Joseph Lstiburek of Building Science.com if he thinks your proposed green roof would be good for the planet, his response would probably be "hell no!" I never met Dr. Lstiburek but I guess from reading some of his articles, I'd say he is a contrarian of sorts. What I like most about his articles is that they challenge the conventional wisdom and force me to think. His article "Prioritizing Green- it's the Energy Stupid" certainly attracted my attention as did his commentary on Green Roofs and how to build them correctly.

High end buyers opting for Modular Homes

Years ago when you thought of modular homes you didn't think of quality construction. Those days are long gone as Architects, Builders and Haven Homes, a modular home residential manufacturer, combine forces to provide homeowners and remodelers an option to building a stick house or doing an extensive renovation. Modular construction is more common than we think. It's very common in the aerospace and maritime industries and increasingly popular for buildings.

12 Things every Remodeling Contractor and Homeowner should know

Sometimes I dream about being at a Remodeling Convention and speaking my mind to a room filled with contractors. Sure we all know thta the National Association of The Remodeling Industry suggests ways of finding a contractor. However, I think its high time that we focus on underlying issues that make remodeling one of the most stressful activities for both contractors and home onwers alke.

My Kitchen Remodel- what went right and wrong

This is the fourth in a series of articles on what went right and wrong during our renovation. We've already discussed our bathroom, basement and family room renovations so see those too. You may be puzzled as to why we are even doing this. It's really simple. It's not often that your architect or interior designer is going to tell you what went wrong in their previous jobs, but lets face it, they learned from their mistakes and so have we. Hopefully these tips will help you get the best out of your kitchen remodeling project.

Initially, we planned to: 

My Family Room Renovation- what went right and wrong

This is the third in a series of articles on what went right and wrong during family room renovation. We've already discussed our bathroom, basement and kitchen renovations so see those too. You may be puzzled as to why we are even doing this. It's really simple. It's not often that your architect or interior designer is going to tell you what went wrong in their previous jobs, but lets face it, they learned from their mistakes and so have we. Hopefully these tips will help you get th best out of your renovation project.

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