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Topic: Renovations

Oct 15, 2017

We are not a fan of wood behind the range or cooktop unless it is electric maybe even induction.

Mar 16, 2017
May 9, 2017

Always be sure to ask the contractor for current references from recently completed projects. This ensures that his current employees and subs are providing the quality workmanship that you deserve.

Mar 16, 2017

Any honest contractor will provide you with copies of their State Licenses and Insurance so you can verify them. If they don't ask - if they hesitate - RUN! 

Nov 15, 2016
Apr 8, 2017

Decide first if you are going to make choices for YOUR forever home or for something you plan to sell in a few years.  Don't go with 'trendy' choices or your ROI will certainly dwindle. If you plan to stay for a while- make choices based on what YOU like and can live with until you are ready to move on. Chances are the next owner may want something completely different anyways. Please yourself for the time you plan to stay there.

Mar 16, 2017
Mar 21, 2017

When having anyone working in your home verify that they are insured. Ask for a current copy of thier insurance information. Once you have that call thier insurance agent and verify that the coverage is current. We have general liability, commercial auto and worker's comp. 

Mar 16, 2017
Mar 17, 2017

Hi Elizabeth,

That's a great question and an important one.  We provide very helpful information about this on our website, which lists a few steps to take and questions to ask when planning a remodel.  http://www.drdcon.com/steps-for-remodeling.html.  

Hope this helps!

Jan 30, 2017
Feb 1, 2017

As a basement finishing company we're seeing a lot of granite for wet bars, lighter colors. Bathrooms and tile are often favoring gray. Brushed nickel and steel are the most common hardware and fixtures. Clean,simple, easy to mix up with rustic or modern decor.

Jan 30, 2017
Jan 30, 2017

We're still seeing a lot of demand for granite and/or quartz countertops.  With the quartz, people are doing more subtle patterns and a lot of marble looks (white with light veining or similar).  Cabinets seem to be following a gray/neutral/white color palette, with lots of clean lines.  We're still seeing stainless steel and brushed nickel for appliances and hardware, however we saw quite a bit of matte brass and gold tones at KBIS this year.  That seems to be making a comeback, but I think that might still depend on your area.  I think oil-rubbed bronze is probably on its way out, unless you're doing a rustic look.  Hope that helps!    

Nov 15, 2016
Nov 30, 2016

If you view the renovations from a Real Estate/Reselling standpoint, the kitchen is the best investment in my opinion. Followed by bathrooms. Kitchens have sold homes. If that is your goal, start there. Good Luck!

I would like to add that it doesn't always take a major renovation in a kitchen to make it more desirable. Sometimes things as simple as adding a backsplash and re-facing the cabinets or painting them can freshen it up just enough to add value and make it more desirable to potential buyers. 

Nov 15, 2016
Nov 29, 2016

The short answer is the percentage of ROI varies by region but, kitchen and bathroom upgrades including new cabinets and countertops always top the list. From there it depends a lot on the house, it's condition, and what you're wanting to do with it.

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