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What Makes A Good Contractor

Look for a contractor who has experience in the type of project you are planning. Calling Bobs Fence Repair, for your dream kitchen remodel probably is a bad idea. A contractor who is familiar with your type of project will be able to bring a lot of great ideas to the table.

How To Avoid A Negative Contractor Experience

The contractor's company cannot be verified. The contractor should have a listed phone number and preferable an ad in the yellow pages or at least a listing. He should have a professionally made business card.

Hiring A Home Improvement Contractor

For larger projects, such as a room addition or even a significant landscaping project, seriously consider hiring an architect or designer first. The architect or designer will help detail exactly what you want, and he can draw a set of plans and material specifications for your project. Most designers will also provide oversight and additional assistance during your project.

Don't Make These Ten Mistakes

1. Not knowing what you want. If you don't know what you want, you might not like what you get. Also, if you change your mind halfway thru the job, you are going to get hit for change orders (Hint: the job won't get any cheaper).

Why Build Green

There are many compelling reasons for changing the way we build and operate our homes. Although we cannot avoid affecting the environment when we build a house, green building can work toward minimizing that environmental impact. Some of the guiding principles of green building are;

High Prices Do Not Guarantee Good Work

When it comes to custom home building or remodeling, paying a high price will not insure that your project will turn out great or that you will have a pleasant experience.

Building Vs. Buying

Many people never consider building there home; these people have many misconceptions about the homebuilding process. Craftsman Construction can help clarify the process of building rather than buying.

Who We Are And What We Do

Craftsman Construction Specializes in Design Build Projects with an emphasis on energy conservation. Craftsman Construction builds environmentally friendly and energy efficient homes for the new millennium.

10 Tips For A Smooth Home Remodel

Establish effective two-way communication with the home remodeler. It’s essential to have good communication for a smooth home remodeling project. Does the remodeler listen? Does he or she answer questions clearly and candidly? Can you reach him when you need to? Does he return phone calls promptly? Does he let you know when problems arise and work with you on solving them?

5 Benefits of Hiring A Professional Remodeler

Home owners reap many benefits when hiring a professional remodeler for their home renovation. According to The National Association Of Home Builders, experienced remodelers bring a multitude of skills and qualities to successfully execute a home remodeling project.

56 Things To Consider

Here Is A List Of Items To Consider When Building Your New Custom Home

Consumer Guide To Solar

Are you thinking about buying a solar electric system for your home or business? If so, this booklet provides some basic information that can help you.

Contractor Check List

Be Sure to Ask the Right Questions

Deck Safety Check List

Check several different areas of the deck to be sure the wood is still sound. This includes the ledger board (where the deck attaches to the house and a common source of deck failure), support posts and joists under the deck (if you can reach them), deck boards, railings and stairs.

Home Builder Guide To Solar

As a homebuilder, chances are you’re already considering solar options for your upcoming projects. You know it’s the right thing to do for the planet. You know that solar options are readily available on today’s market. You know that the price of solar continues to drop as technology advances rapidly and rebates and incentives become commonplace. And because your customers tell you they want green features in their homes, it won’t surprise you to learn that homes with solar options sell as much as two times faster than homes without.

How Air Conditioners Work

Cooling is the transfer of heat energy via radiation, conduction or convection. But how does cooling really work in air conditioning systems.

Planning A Home Solar Electric System

To help evaluate whether a home solar electric system will work for you, you should consider the following:

Free E-Book – Up Front Remodeling by Stephen Gidus

Here’s the 60 page book that tells you everything you need to know before starting a home remodel.

This is a $15.99 book, but it’s our free gift to you.

Contractor Standards Guide

This is the guide that gives you objective standards you can use to judge any contractor. We spell out the fundamentals you need to know to find a quality contractor. You can also see how we measure up against these standards.
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Customer Guide To Custom Home Building

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How To Build A Quality Custom Home

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