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Our home kitchens have become such a big part of our lives.  Not only do we cook in them but we also work, socialize and communicate in them.  So it’s really important to take the time to think through how the new space will come together.  Here are some builder tips to avoid the typical [...]

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In our last post, Kitchen Update, Part I, we talked about all the necessary steps to go through prior to construction of your new kitchen update.  Here we will discuss demolition, scheduling, and construction.  We will also share some tips for minimizing the impact of construction on the rest of your existing house. Demolition Once [...]

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Would you like a new kitchen update in your home?  Anyone can take charge of their own kitchen remodel as an owner builder.  All you need to do is be thorough in your planning and follow the Armchair Builder checklist below. Rough Layout This includes the overall design including location of walls, windows, appliances, islands, [...]

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Housing affordability has reached a new all-time high for the first quarter of this year.  Along with this, mortgage rates are now at an all-time low (3.75 for 30 year fixed).  But what does that really mean?  For anyone who doesn’t yet own, now is a great time to buy a home and make it [...]

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What is the typical cost for kitchen updates? If it’s time to remodel your kitchen and you want to know what the costs would be, you have come to the right place. In this article we will discuss the cost range for each option for your remodel.  For the purpose of comparison and to make [...]

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Whether you’re building a new kitchen from scratch or just freshening up an existing one, the install of granite slab countertops can provide a great new look.  Here are a few tips from a builder to install granite countertops in your new project. Pros of Granite:  Heat and scratch resistant, beautiful natural color, and custom [...]

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People are starting to realize the important role that kitchen lighting design plays in a successful project.  With the proper lighting, your kitchen can be transformed from a culinary production facility, to a soothing place to have a drink and relax with close friends…all with the touch of a button.  So what things are important [...]

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As a builder, I’m frequently asked…which remodeling projects increase home value most?  Now is a great time to update your home.  The best contractors are available.  Material prices are competitive as supply has overshadowed demand.  Mortgage rates are at historical lows.  So how do you determine which remodeling projects will increase home value most?  What [...]

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One of the easiest ways to give your kitchen a new, custom look is to install a glass tile backsplash.  But how do you install a glass tile backsplash?  For our new kitchen, we have decided to use a horizontal 3″x6″ glass subway tile to provide a clean, modern look.  Let’s take a look at [...]

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When hiring a tile subcontractor, certain items are a must to ensure a quality finished product that will last for years.  These are fresh in my mind as I just finished a kitchen renovation.  We installed a gorgeous 18″ square limestone with coral.  Here is my checklist for a quality installation… Underlayment – Make certain [...]

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