I Am Fixing This Place Up

This place was something of a mess when I found it, but that worked out for the better for me. The former owner had been quite old and like a lot of people who become very old they were not really capable of doing some of the stuff you need to do to maintain a house. There are lots of small things, like for example about half of the plantation shutters needed to be replaced and that is not so simple as it seems when you are paying something above a hundred and thirty dollars for each one of them. I needed six of them and so that really adds up.…

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Why Most Basement Finishing Projects Get an F For Fresh Air

Why Most Basement Finishing Projects Get an F For Fresh Air

How You Can Avoid the Same Problem

One challenge you will find in many basement finishing projects is the original builder placed mechanical systems without regard to any plans you may have. Chances are your furnace and water heater, as well as numerous pipes and ducts, are located in the basement.

Of course, it will be ideal if you might go back and redesign the mechanical systems together with your basement finishing project in mind, but that simply isn’t realistic. So, you’ll have to work with what you’ve been given.

You’ll no doubt must create a separate room that can keep the furnace and trouble heater outside of your project. However, don’t simply close the furnace and think you’re done.

Basement finishing creates some unique challenges on your furnace.

In previous articles within this series on basement finishing, we’ve discussed the have to develop a furnace analysis, and also make sure that your space has adequate heat registers AND returns.

One other important consideration provides your furnace and warm water heater with plenty of oxygen to work (combust) properly. This is done by 1 of 2 methods. In most situations, simply running a 4″ insulated duct from your exterior of the home on the new furnace room is adequate. In rare cases, an in-line fan may be needed inside of the duct to supply enough air.

The requirement for an oxygen duct is nearly always overlooked by unqualified contractors.

If your contractor is often a licensed pro, he’ll likely get a building permit out of your municipality before beginning work. Most plans examiners and building inspectors will point out any potential dependence on more oxygen within your specific project.

Based on experience and also the qualified advice from mechanical professionals, we’ve made the technique of providing for further fresh-air standards …

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Why It's Worth It to Finish Your Basement

Why It’s Worth It to Finish Your Basement

One of the big questions that you have to consider when building or buying a property is if they should finish your basement. Do you need the extra space? Is it worth spending the excess cash? Is it safer to wait and then finish it in the future?

These are typically common questions that lots of homeowners debate regularly. The truth is that the advantages greatly outweigh the cons with regards to finishing your basement. Just in case you usually are not totally in love with the theory, the following will outline several great reasons why you ought to finish your basement now:

– Flexible design:

Finishing your basement gives you’re the opportunity to control the look process. Since it is unfinished, there is a flexibility to play around while using a floor plan that will create something which is uniquely yours.

– More space:

One of the more obvious reasons to finish your basement is to increase the quantity of space you have at your residence. And, this can be space for virtually whatever you require it for. You could add a supplementary bathroom, build a home gym, or develop a bar area to entertain your friends and relations.

– Resale value:

When it comes time to offer your property, creating a finished basement will significantly raise the value of your home, beyond whatever you covered the renovation project.

– You may never go around to it: Let’s tell the truth; should you not finish your basement when you are considering it now, you may never circumvent it. Other things are certain to get in the way and will also be pushed sideways.

– It could increase your profits:

If you don’t need the space, why don’t you finish your basement and make a basement apartment? Once the project …

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Basement Finishing - The MOST Important Question

Basement Finishing – The MOST Important Question

What is the central question just before employing a contractor for your basement finishing project?

Believe it or otherwise, the key question may also are the least asked: Do you carry Worker’s Compensation Insurance?

Why on earth would that be the key question?

If you engage a contractor to function in your home, you will be legally liable to buy medical bills and a day off if he gets hurt. It doesn’t matter if he could be licensed, unlicensed, a sole proprietor, an official of your corporation, a bum over the street, or possibly a millionaire – YOU are “the boss.”

Regardless of who your basement finishing contractor is, in the event you pay someone to function at home, you are an “employer” under workers’ compensation law.

As the party providing “employment,” you happen to be also responsible for providing compensation if someone is hurt at your residence.

Who would you be answerable for?

First, your basement finishing contractor. Second, any of his employees. Next, anyone that he subcontracts to find your property to operate. Also, anyone that his subcontractor hires to function at your residence. Further, the18 wheeler driver that gives materials on your project to your home. Additionally, the guy who delivers the dumpster to your house for all your waste. The guy you offered a six-pack to if although help carries lumber in. Also… And… Him too…

Do you get the picture?

Anyone who works at your residence poses a threat to you. So how do you avoid this threat?

The quickest and easiest method… get proof worker’s compensation insurance plan out of your basement finishing contractor. NO EXCEPTIONS. He may show you he doesn’t require it because everyone who works for him has it.

Well yes, but imagine if some of those guys let the protection …

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Basement Finishing - The Cost of a Mistake

Basement Finishing – The Cost of a Mistake

If you’re considering a basement finishing project, one thing you might be questioning right this moment will be the important things about a professional basement plan. In any major construction project, this is regarded as an utter requirement. In fact, without professional plans stamped by way of a licensed architect and/or engineer, you’ll be also struggling to obtain a permit! But with a basement finishing project, many owners think the size and style and complexity in the project doesn’t warrant construction plans.

Well, consider this to be…

Your basement finishing project will probably involve the efforts of 50+ individuals: you, your basement finishing contractor, his employees, and subcontractors, designers, city officials, etc. Your vision for your finished project is paramount in importance towards the vision of the others. Yet without plans that can effectively communicate this vision, you take the potential risk of being disappointed.

Another consideration could be the cost of a mistake. Mistakes will occur in the course of a basement finishing project. A mistake obviously due to the error or inadequacy of a contractor could be his responsibility. But a blunder occurring as a result of ineffective communication will likely be the responsibility of the homeowner.

Finally (and you will love this), an experienced will have multiple tricks of the trade for hiding unsightly beams, pipes, posts, etc. which are always present in a basement. Making your basement look and feel as being a part of the house (instead of your basement), is worth every penny.

From the get-go, we decided that plans were an absolute must. A few homeowners didn’t want to buy them. We felt the finished product, as well as the, must reduce mistakes far outweighed the expense of professional plans, so we started including them for free. You need professional plans for the …

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The Building Process Roadmap

The Building Process Roadmap

The other day I was reading an article from your Builder lamenting about his Homeowner who refused to try out from the rules which are stated within the Building Contract. It was obvious in the tone of the piece how the Homeowner was ‘one of these clients’ – we have all seen them before. But suppose we’re able to ensure that the Homeowner did play through the rules and turn into section of our system and a part of we as opposed to an adversary? Maybe the Homeowner wasn’t following the principles because we never clearly defined those rules.

Looking back on this problem client, what could we now have done better? As a professional Homebuilder we all know the required steps to successfully make a home, but why do we assume the Homeowner understands? They are certainly not a Builder. Homes are not their business. That’s why they hired you.

Most Builders have clear procedures spelled out inside the Building Contract. They have probably added paragraphs and addendums as time passes to cope with specific conditions have arisen inside the past. But once that contract is signed, how many Homeowners (or Builders for that matter) have a very copy of the contract designed for quick reference? The contract is normally filed away and rarely described once the ink is dry. Under the best of circumstances, ‘quick reference’ might be an oxymoron because the contract is written inside the language of legalese.

So what’s the solution? As experienced professionals, we owe it to the Homeowners to define the actual PROCESS that is followed to get specifics of the house and execute a finished product. We usually just pull the minds and hopes for our clients out of their heads and help them articulate their wants the finished project. It is …

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