How To Shop For Your Remodel…

Around half the cost of a remodel is in materials, so try to be mindful of potential downfalls.

If you’re a DIY’er, avoiding some minor and major mistakes can help you make the most out of your investment. I hope you already know it’s best to buy quality materials from trusted local vendors and to install classic, long-lasting materials that will be around for generations. Below are a few more tips on shopping and getting ready for your remodel…

1. Know the downfalls of buying off the shelf. 

Check the box. Does it look like it has been opened or returned? Don’t buy it. Returned items may have damage and missing parts.

2. Get recommendations of showrooms and lumberyards. 

A good builder should have established relationships with reps he or she trusts, so use the recommended suppliers if you can. If you’re a DIYer, try asking around for some good suggestions. When all else fails, add 30 percent to any delivery time frame you’re told and build a healthy contingency fund into your budget, just in case.

4. Sometimes you don’t get what you thought you were paying for.
Some brands spend more on advertising than on making quality products. Do your research and make sure the product you’re buying is current. The situation is always changing, but make sure you know what you’re getting and who you’ll call if it turns out to be a dud.
5. Let someone else be the guinea pig.
I have tested materials and products on my own house over the years so I can vouch for them in my work. If you are not in the business, you should be buying products that have been well regarded for many years.
6. Buy local.
There are many reasons to buy local and support your region’s economy, but two big ones have to do with shipping. Make sure to factor in the cost of shipping when pricing out materials. A local vendor will usually not charge extra for shipping, and you can schedule the delivery. Shipments of online purchases can result in headaches if no one is around when a big, heavy delivery shows up.
7. Buy salvaged. 
You can often get better-quality building materials with more character for less money by buying salvaged. You will pay more in labor, but once again, this is an opportunity to support your community.
8. Buy extra.
“Waste” is the term we use for extra materials ordered, because the cutoffs usually end up as just that (unless they’re recycled). The best way to figure out how much waste to order is by following a manufacturer’s or installer’s recommendations.
9. Have someone else check your work.
Before you approve a special order, especially for windows and doors, have someone else familiar with the job look over the order. You can’t send a custom door back because you didn’t notice they got the door swing wrong or because the window is designed for 2-by-4 walls, not 2-by-6.
10. Buy early.
Stopping work to wait for materials to arrive is costly. Double the lead time you were told and you’ll usually be safe. Delays happen all the time. If the materials are onsite, the contractor can check measurements and answer questions that the spec sheet doesn’t address.

When Working With A Contractor…

Establish Good Communication

Ask the contractor how he prefers to communicate with you. Good options include:

  • Being onsite and talking with your contractor every morning before work begins.
  • Having your contractor’s cell phone number and the OK to call or text anytime.
  • Talking with the job foreman every day at a pre-determined time.

Try to meet with the project leader at least once a day. This is an opportunity for you to hear progress reports and find out what work is scheduled over the coming days — and to ask your questions and voice any concerns you have.

Keep a Project Journal

Your project journal is your friend and ally. Use it to:

  • Record progress.
  • Note things you want to ask your contractor.
  • Jot down ideas.
  • Record product order numbers.
  • Note upcoming delivery dates.

Be a Good Customer

One of the best ways to get quality work out of a contractor and construction crew is to make them enjoy working for you. That means being decisive with the contractor — and giving him a check promptly at the agreed-to points in the project.

Being friendly and accommodating of the workers is a great way to motivate them to do their best for you. Try:

  • Designating a bathroom that they can use.
  • Greeting them by name each morning.
  • Serving them cold lemonade on a hot day.
  • Complimenting their work (as long as you feel it’s worthy of praise).

Choosing Granite Counter tops…

Granite is a stone that works fairly well in both the kitchen and the bathroom in a broad array of color options.

Your custom home construction professional can help you choose the best colors for your room.

For example, pink granite will work well in a bright room, while dark blue granite will coordinate well with a conservative or masculine palette.

Why Move When You Could Renovate…

Do you hate the idea of moving out of the area just because your home lacks the space or quality your family really needs?

Letting us do a custom renovation to your home and it could be the best way to give you the best of both worlds.

You will gain more space and save money in the long run…


Give A Room A Face Lift…

Changing a room’s flooring can give that room a face lift that will work within most budgets.

Updating flooring from carpeting to laminate or hardwood, can create a feeling of space and brightness in a smaller, darker room.

Your custom home construction specialist can help you with these plans.

The In-Law Suite…

Is your current home in need of a little extra space for the in-laws?

One popular custom home upgrade these days is the in-law suite.

Families are increasingly combining multiple generations under one roof, and one solution to this is to add a private in-law suite with separate entrances and bathrooms for privacy considerations.


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Whether you are building your dream home, remodeling your home, or adding to your home, be sure to consult with your custom home construction specialist about the changes you are seeking or the elements you would like to see in your new custom home.