The Key To Success Is Choosing The Right Basement Remodeler

Are you ready to tackle an outdated or unfinished basement? You don’t need a good remodeler, you need a good basement remodeler. Here’s how to find a pro with the experience to solve dampness, lack of light, low ceilings and other basement challenges to create fresh, healthy, family-friendly living space.
Lots of remodelers will tell you they’re basement remodelers. But do they really have the expertise to solve the structural, environmental and comfort challenges necessary to make a basement “all that it can be?” Here are tips for making sure they do!

Assess their basement remodeling “IQ.” A good basement remodeler will be able to suggest specialty products that can make all the difference in how well your remodeled space will look and feel. Heated floors, for example, can take away the cold, damp feel not only of basement floors but of the entire lower-level living space. So, as you interview a potential basement remodeler, ask tough questions about what they recommend for everything from sealing out moisture to dealing with any mold or mildew that may presently exist and what they will do to prevent moisture, mold and mildew problems in the future.

Look for extra creativity. Basements typically have tiny windows, low ceilings and lots of infrastructure — ductwork, beams, furnace, hot water heater, etc. Given these challenges, you want to look for a remodeler who can apply an extra level of functional innovation and design creativity to your basement. Experienced basement remodelers, for example, are pros at combining ambient, task and spot lighting to make dark spaces glow and ceilings seem higher. They can draw on experience with other basement remodeling projects, too, to share smart ideas such as ways to tuck in extra storage or even add extra windows and doors.

Ask to see completed basement projects. Remember, plenty of remodelers can show you beautiful photos of above-ground rooms filled with light, high ceilings and open spaces. But an experienced basement remodeler can also show you actual before-and-after photos of basements they’ve finished or remodeled. This way, you can make an apples-to-apples assessment of their skill in working with basements just like yours.

Of course you should check references! This is always important with any contractor, but with a basement remodeler it’s especially important because you want to know how the work holds up over time. Did the flooring eventually warp? Did a musty smell return? Is the space cold and damp in winter? Or did the finished basement become the homeowners’ coziest, most favorite room of the house?

Make sure everything is on the up-and-up. Basement remodeling can involve working around gas lines, electrical boxes and ductwork. You want to be confident that your remodeler (or his subcontractors) have the skills and licenses to work safely and to code. Ask how the remodeler will handle pulling permits (and if he says not to worry about permits or pull them yourself, run!). Also ask to see the home improvement license, general liability insurance, workers comp insurance and business registration. Check any prospective basement remodeler on search engines and social media.

Choosing Pool Builder for your Garden

Having a pool built on the property is a major undertaking. By taking the time now to make very deliberate tough decisions, the pool owner can avoid delays, disappointment and even financial loss.

You need:

– to decide how much you can afford to spend,

– to select a reputable pool builder you can work with,

– and to negotiate the contract that accurately describes what you want to build.

Of these three factors mentioned above, choosing a pool builder is the most difficult and the most important. A reputable builder will assure you of a quality swimming pool within your budget limitations. The pool builder you choose will negotiate a contract with you that adequately describes your future pool and the work to be done. And finally, the pool builder will see that the work is done to your satisfaction.

Obviously, you want a quality pool, one that meets most if not all of your needs, at a price you can afford. Your costs will depend on the area you live in, the time of the year, the quality of the materials and the workmanship, and the competitive market. The way you arrange to have a swimming pool built will also affect the costs.

These are the options:

A) You can let a landscape architect handle the whole project for you.

B) You can contract directly with the pool builder.

C) You can do part or all of the work yourself.

Landscape architect not only can provide you with an integrated pool landscape design, but also can handle all the details of having the work done – negotiating contracts for you with the pool builder and any other contractor involved and overseeing their work. Though you will pay more than if you dealt directly with the pool builder, the landscape architect gives you an original design and protects your interests.

Another possibility is to use the architect’s design and work directly with the pool builder and the other contractors yourself. But be prepared to spend considerable time and effort on the project.

Custom Pool Builders often can design not only the pool but also the surrounding landscaping. The pool builder then can do the entire job, or you can handle the landscaping yourself after the pool is completed. Either way will usually cost less than working with a landscape architect, but the design may lack some of the finer touches and the demand on your time will be much greater.

Other pool builders may contract only for a pool selected from their available designs. This approach, at least initially, is the least costly, but you may not be as satisfied with the results. And you will still be faced with the considerable effort and expense of landscaping the pool.

Building your own pool, usually vinyl-lined, from a packaged pool kit is a possibility, particularly if you are competent at do-it-yourself projects and have some willing friends. You will save money – but be prepared for a lot of hard work.

Some pool builders, if you convince them of your competence, may agree to your doing some of the pool building tasks and reduce the contract price accordingly. But you must be prepared to do the work when required or pay for delays on other parts of the project.

Stretching Your Dollars

Sometimes you can save money by contracting for a pool during a bargain season. Just when that is and how much you will save depend on your location and the local competition. The bargain season in Glasgow, the Scottish region, and the Midwest begins in July and runs through early fall. Winter may bring some price reduction on pool construction in the western and southern states, but the savings probably won’t be nearly as great as in the colder areas.

Around the Pool

When installing a Swimming Pool or fixing one you’re going to generally have a destroyed garden from all the work that has been completed! You’ll need to hire out a Glasgow Landscape Gardener or an Edinburgh Landscape Gardener to do this for you in order to get the results that you are looking for. You can check out the links provided to see M Squared in Glasgow and how they can help you with these services.

Do You Require An Architect For A Residential Remodel

After having dreams about all the changes you intend to undertake in your home, it’s now time to start the remodeling process. Obviously, you prefer to make the most of your budget. Many design build remodeling contractors have architects on staff or under contract. Some design build home remodeling contractors do not. Instead, plans are drafted by the remodeler’s in-house design team. With an experienced, professional remodeler, the design build process can work fine without involving an architect, especially on smaller remodeling projects that involve just one room and little structural change.

But often, even on smaller projects, an architect makes a crucial contribution to the design process. For example, the architect can frequently suggest very creative structural solutions or materials selection that the design team would possibly not think to consider. So, we are back at the original question: do you require an architect for a successful remodeling project? Here are several situations that you really do want to make an architect a part of your remodeling team.

1. Are you interested in “green” remodeling?

Architects have embraced the popularity toward using eco-friendly materials and designs and can be quite valuable in suggesting both practical and creative ways to lower your home improvement project’s carbon footprint and long-term energy and maintenance costs. Your most knowledgeable ally is definitely an architect who is LEED certified – credentials that reflect the architect’s mastery of today’s best sustainable designs, green building practices and alternative materials.

2. Are you going to remodel multiple rooms or make structural changes?

If you do, an architect’s professional eye can spot opportunities to add living and storage space, efficiency and “wow” to the plans. Often, an architect’s expertise might reward you with little changes in the location of a wall or the use of materials that will make a huge difference in how the spaces will flow and how well the new spaces integrate with the existing rooms and also exterior lines of your abode.

3. Is extremely creative design a top priority?

Some desire a “basic” remodeling job or they simply want to copy a room or layout they’ve seen somewhere else. But if you want superior design and functionality that is geared to your specific preferences and lifestyle, the creativity of an architect can reward you with a remodel that meets or exceeds your highest expectations.