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Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel

Nov 15, 2016

Solar shingles are expensive and unproven.  I recommend Sun Power photo voltaic solar.  An average home is $20,000 to $30,000 and the return on investment is 4 to 6 years on a 25 plus year system.

John Ford asked:

Feb 17, 2014

1.  Add insulation in walls and roof.  2.  Air seal your home. 3.  Install Low E or better dual pane doors and windows.

Nov 15, 2016

Ask for references and speak to past clients to find out if the architect can design within budget.  Find out if the architect has experience doing residential remodeling.  Get a complete price for the entire design development and construction document package including consultants i.e. engineering, permit processing etc.  Don't pay a retainer until you check hiring an archictect against a design - build firm who will handle the entire process for one fee.

Mar 8, 2016

We usended sheathing that already has radiant barrier.  Definitely the best way to go.

Sean Cook asked:

Feb 17, 2014

Being too trendy especially if you are going to sell the home in a few years.  Also, if you are staying in your home, installing cheap cabinets like IKEA is a big mistake.

Joseph Crea asked:

Sep 30, 2015

I don't recommend painting Thremafoil.  You should just consider change out the doors and drawer fronts.

Feb 17, 2014

Complemenary paint with countertops scribed to the wall is a clean look.  If you use eggeshell paint, it is durable too.

Jan 13, 2015

When interviewing contractors, check online reviews and call references to make sure the company has a track record for being on budget.  After vetting the contractor, with detailed plans and specifications you don't have to worry about change orders unless you make changes.  I usually suggetst to homeowners to have a 5% - 10% contingencydepending on the size of the project, not for change orders, but for addtions or upgrades they may want.

Feb 17, 2014

I am assuming your home is ducted and has a forced air system.  If you you only have 1 furnace and 1 condenser, it my be more energy effecient to expend to two units.  I recommend Lennox.  You can also look at installing spilt units like these made by Fujitsu:

http://www.fujitsugeneral.com/products.htm

These are designed so that you can cool a room/rooms individually.  I suggest calling a few licensed HVAC contractors and get 3 quotes.

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