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Custom VS Direct Replacement Remodeling Part III

Welcome back Cincinnati, for our final installment

Now let’s talk about the custom remodeling option. I not a motorcycle guy, but I’m pretty sure that amazing machine you see above didn’t start off on any manufacturer’s assembly line. Custom remodeling is just that, your project is a “one off”. That means we need to dig a bit deeper. Typically, a custom renovation (if we are still talking about kitchens here), means that we may be removing walls, cutting new and/or bigger opening for doors and windows. When those types of alterations are in the scope it almost always calls for relocation of plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems in addition to work in adjacent spaces. We quite often see custom kitchen renovations affecting the entire level they are located on, so it’s gone way beyond a kitchen renovation at that point.
We hope that whatever you’re considering, you’ll give us a call. We’d be honored to serve you!

Custom VS Direct Replacement Remodeling Part II

Welcome back Cincinnati! So which type of renovation is best for you? There are exceptions to every rule but you probably guessed, direct replacement is where you are going to get the most bang for your buck. A kitchen renovation is one of the best examples of this. If your kitchen has a great layout, but just looks dated, you would simply remove all of the old cabinetry and fixtures and install new in the exact same place with little or no modifications to the mechanical systems of the home. This makes for a stunning new look and minimizes both the labor cost on the project, and the time to complete. There are exceptions to every rule, but this type of renovation typically makes the most sense to those of you reading this that may be in your home a limited number of years.

Let’s talk about the exception for a moment. Every now and then, when a house has a poor layout, feels dark, or closed in; going beyond direct replacement may benefit you upon the sale of your home. Chances are that if you feel that way, so will prospective buyers. Sometimes, by adding more space, opening up the floor plan, or getting in more natural light may very well add value to your home above what your home is currently worth, making it a great opportunity. We’d always suggest talking this over with your Realtor first. Stay tuned for part III!

Custom VS Direct Replacement Remodeling Part I

We talk with so many people a year and something that often drives the scope of a renovation is the value of the home in conjunction with how long people expect to stay in the home. 

Typically, this puts most of our clients in one of two camps.  The first are those folks that don’t intend on staying in the home more than 5-10 years. Typically in this situation, it makes good sense to keep a sharp eye on your equity position so you get the most bang for your buck when it’s time to sell.  Sometimes that comes in the form of making a little money on what you chose to invest in the home, and for many it means that the home will sell faster than what’s around it.

The second groups are those who plan on staying a lifetime.  Our grandma used to say “Honey, I’m never moving again, and so I’m making it what I want!”  (We quote her all the time and still miss her).  So, for those of you those share our grandma’s sentiment, go crazy!

These posts only hold 1500 words, so stay tuned for advice on which type of renovation is best for you!

Something to Consider…

When hiring a contractor, you want the job to go as smoothly as possible and you certainly don’t want anyone to get hurt.  We all know accidents happen, ask any contractor you interview for your project if they have a safety program in place.

Don’t Wait ’till you Move!

I took a call yesterday from a couple looking to downsize now that the kids are out of the home. We’ve had many calls like this over the years. One indelible memory I have is working for a wonderful gentleman in Sharonville, renovating a least a part of his entire home as he was listing to sell.

We completed the renovations and he was very complimentary of our work, but something seemed off. I pried a bit as I have a habit of doing, and he said something to me I’ll never forget. He said ” I love what you were able to do with my home, I just can’t believe I worked all these years just to give it away, never being able to enjoy it myself!”. That was a very bittersweet moment for Chase and I.

I guess the thought of the day is, always weigh your options and do what is fiscally responsible for your family. Just remember to factor in to your calculations that a home renovation that fits your life is a breath of fresh air, a reassuring and relaxing feeling, much needed at the end of your long day!

We are growing…Again!

Hey Cincinnati! We wanted to get the the word out that we are looking for more amazing men and women to join our team.

If you or someone you know drools over power tools, nerds out over building products, and wants to work around and for a great bunch of people, please go to the contact tab on our website or give us a call @ 513-252-6000.

We can’t wait to talk to you!

Do you offer financing?

Why yes we do! We get this question every now and again. Sometimes it make sense when money is cheap to borrow, that you keep your cash working for you within your investments. We have a few great options ranging from short term 0% interest to 10 and 20yr options at modest rates through several 3rd party vendors. So if you find yourself considering a renovation and the idea of losing time in the market makes you ill, one of these options may be right for you!

Excuse our Dust!

Excuse our Dust!

Have you ever noticed this sign as you go into a public building or a restaurant during renovation?  Well, dust is something to consider on your next home renovation.  We have talked on stage for years at the Cincinnati home shows that fine dust on your project is like sand at the beach, it gets everywhere!   

We have a number of ways we try to curb the dust on your renovation project.  The newest and most exciting by far is our BuildClean system with HEPA filtration!  The video above is what sold us on this system for sure.  We know we can’t capture everything, but we are fighting back to make sure you have one less worry on your next project!

Get the Best Reviews!

Whenever we talk at home shows about how to hire the right contractor, we talk about the different review sites. We have been a member of Guild Quality for more than 5 years now and boy do they get it right! Guild Quality only surveys the the construction industry and they do a terrific job. We had the privilege of getting to know Gavin MacDonald of Guild Quality at the Livingspace Dealer Summit we attended in Nashville. He asked if he could interview me. Even with a face made for radio, I felt it would be a good thing to continue to spread the word! So, I thought I might include it here. Enjoy!

Nearly Famous!

Ryan and I got to be famous on Tuesday! Because we are Silver Sponsors for the Dearborn County Home Builders Association Home And Garden Show next weekend, they put us on air! Travis “Double T” gave us seven minutes of fame. He asked us questions about our company and what we would be exhibiting at the show. It was such a fun experience. At one time I was going to go to school to be a DJ, so getting to be in a real studio where they play great country music for the community was pretty surreal. Thank you Eagle Country 99.3 WSCH!!

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