Although you have been mulling over your home improvement needs for awhile, and you feel ready to jump in with both feet and “git r done” it is important to take a step back and organize an overview in order to prioritize your tasks to make the work go smoothly and within your stated budget.
1.Will you need a building permit?
If you are doing work that requires structural demolition and rebuild, or adding to your building’s footprint, you will need a permit. You also need a permit to upgrade your electrical service, move plumbing fixtures around, interact with your natural gas plumbing, or add a new water heater or air conditioning system.
Concrete is easily the most trusted construction material for building almost any kind of structure. Due to the versatility and strength of concrete, it is the material of choice for freeways and parking lots. But can you use concrete for a residential building?
When they think of a concrete home, most people imagine a commercial looking building. But concrete is the most adaptable building material as it can be finished with the texture of wood, glass, or other materials. A concrete house is virtually indistinguishable from other houses.
Homeowners often choose the renovations they do to their home based on what will help them maximize the home’s visual appeal and the hottest trends in home design. However, while the beauty of your house will help you get more attention to the property, it is the condition of its major structures that will ultimately be the deal maker.
Potential buyers may get drawn to your home because of the brand new kitchen. However, the decision on whether to buy the home or not will depend on things like the building’s foundations. Your home’s foundation may not make it into the online pictures of the house, but it can derail all of your marketing efforts.
Renovations are a great way to improve your home’s functionality and give your house a much-needed makeover. However, if you’re planning on carrying out a renovation project, you need to put in a significant amount of effort and time to get the results you desire.
If you’re in the process of planning a renovation project for your home, it’s essential to have a plan so that you negate the chances of being surprised by last-minute delays or inflated costs. Unfortunately, having an excellent renovation plan is not a definitive solution to a fool-proof renovation. There are still plenty of things that can wrong if you’re not adequately prepared and if your plan is not executed to perfection. To help you steer clear of any errors that could prove to be costly, PB Construction has put together a list of the most common mistakes people make when renovating their homes and how to avoid them.
If you’re planning to build a beautiful new home, it’s vital to hire a custom builder that can utilize your space appropriately, and make sure every detail gets executed right. However, picking the right one from the slew of available options isn’t as easy as it sounds. To help you make the best choice while looking for a construction professional, here’s a list of the top five things to look for in a general contractor.
During a project to expand a kitchen for a customer, we made an unsettling discovery. A previous owner had added a two story wing to the back of the original house, which was sheathed with brick. Instead of removing the brick sheathing, they elected to encapsulate it within the new framing, even bolting a steel lintel to a header over the opening between kitchen and living room.
In the course of doing some remodeling for a customer who had kindly moved out of her home in order to enable us to redo paint, wood floors, etc. we discovered a badly cracked floor joist in the crawl space under the first floor, right by her fireplace. A previous remodeler had opened up the room and vaulted the ceiling and roof, but the framing was not supported by any foundation element. The combination of the concentrated load on a