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Building Permit FAQ: When do you need a one?

Building Permit FAQ: When do you need a one?   IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The information published in here is for homeowner education purposes only. It is not particular towards any specific municipality. Contact your local town or city building department to find out about the exact laws and codes in your

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An American take on a traditional Japanese bathroom

An American take on a traditional Japanese bathroom On this master bathroom remodel in Mahopac, NY we were challenged with creating a space that squeezed a lot into a small layout. Combined with creating a bathroom that felt authentic to the homeowner’s Japanese roots, this project was a fun challenge

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PVC moldings used to create a traditional front door surround
Material & Products

Creating a Traditional Front Door Surround with Versatex PVC

Ever look at an older home and the front door and surrounding trim catches your eye? On this project in Brewster, NY we took advantage of the opportunity to replace some rotted trim to create a traditional front entry door surround using Versatex PVC. The front door was still in good

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Schluter DITRA-Heat WiFi Thermostat Review

The Schluter DITRA-Heat WiFi thermostat is an excellent complement to their floor warming system. It allows for you to operate and manage your heated tile floor with ease, all from your smartphone or tablet. The Schluter floor warming system can be purchased at your local tile supply store, or purchased

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Material & Products

Components of a Heated Tile Floor

Adding floor warming to your bathroom, kitchen, or other room you have tile in makes it feel a bit more inviting and comforting. It’s one of those things that you may not think you would need, but once you have it, you couldn’t imagine your life without it! Considering installing

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Porch with PVC trim column wraps and molding
Construction Process

Pros and Cons of PVC Trim

Cellular PVC trim is a wood replacement product most commonly used in exterior applications. The applications are similar to wood, except it won’t rot, crack, cup, split or warp like wood and its resistive to termites and wood boring insects. PVC trim is naturally white throughout, which makes it an

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Homeowner Education

10 Reasons to Hire a Contractor vs. DIY

Attempting to tackle a home remodel can sound enticing, but often homeowners are overwhelmed and find themselves biting off more than they can chew.   Here’s 10 reasons to consider hiring a contractor instead of doing the project yourself.   Forecasting Issues A quality contractor has years of experience in

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Construction Process

The Scope of Work

The Scope of Work (also referred to as the Work Scope) in a construction project is an item-by-item description outlining exactly the work that will be done, as well as any work excluded from the project. Communication is Key A clear scope of work is ultimately a communication tool between

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Be Cautious Choosing the Lowest Bidder

Choose your contractor based on VALUE, not just price. In the construction industry, it’s pretty common for homeowners to feel they should get three “bids” from their potential contractors and either choose the lowest bidder, or the one in the middle. Here’s why you should be cautious when doing that.

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Home Protection And Cleanliness

Treating your home like it’s ours Most homeowners fear the disruption associated with remodeling and renovating, so we’re committed to be the least intrusive to your home and routine as possible. Whether it’s a working or non-working day, extreme care should be taken throughout the process. We’ve invested heavily in

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Fixed Price Vs Time and Materials

In residential construction and remodeling, there are two basic types of contracts most often used by contractors. These are commonly referred to as “Fixed Price” and “Time and Materials.” Each has their pros and cons so it’s important to know the differences of each before starting your next project. FIXED

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Communicating Your Budget

A successful construction project is built on trust and good communication. As a builder, it’s our goal to provide our clients with a tailored experience because we understand that every project is unique, and so is every customer. In order for us to do this, we need to be on

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