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Decks, Patios and Outdoor Living Space in the Greater Lansing Area

It is only appropriate that I write a little about decks and outdoor living space in that we have had a barrage of inquiry’s this spring!  I’m always amazed when the flavor of the year reveals itself each spring.  Year after year there always seems to be a common project of interest in the minds of our community.  Some years it’s kitchens, some years it’s basements and other years it may be master additions; but this year it’s decks. Although

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The “Right” Contractor For The Job

As a remodeling contractor, I receive many phone calls from people who need various types of help with home improvement and remodeling help. Recently I received a call from a gentleman who indicated that he wanted to remodel his kitchen.  As would be typical for me, I asked him: “Are you planning a complete gut and remodel or just some updates?”  His first words were, “Well, I need a new stove.”  Then he said that he also needed a dishwasher

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Timing Is Everything

After being in business for nearly 28 years, it really shouldn’t surprise me when people call for an estimate appointment for a project that they wish to move on immediately – only to find themselves disappointed when they find out that our soonest available appointment may be two to three weeks away. We don’t like to disappoint, but (especially this time of year – the Mid-Spring) – we’re busy! Generally speaking, a good remodeling contractor that has been in business

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Before you start your remodel

April Showers and May Flowers  You know the old saying that “April showers bring May flowers.” The month of May brings a lot of other fun stuff, too, including: May Day, Star Wars Day (“May the Fourth be with you!”), Cinco de Mayo, and Mother’s Day – just to mention a few. On top of that, the whole month of May is National Home Improvement month! 10 Steps to Take Before You Start Your Remodeling Project Just because May is

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Three tips

April Fools pranks are not a uniquely American tradition – but in other countries they have their own character. In France, for instance, the victim of a prank on the first day of April is referred to as a “poisson d’avril,” or “April fish” (Referring to a young fish that is easily caught.) Many French pranks include a fish or at least a vague reference to one within the joke being played. As much as you may enjoy practical jokes,

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If only I had a Crystal Ball

  At one time or another, most everyone has wished that they could have a crystal ball to see the unknown.  Much like any uncertainty, hiring a remodeling contractor could be a good use for one. There are however, some visible signs that can help an unknowing homeowner see into the likelihood of a good or not-so-good remodeling experience. One such sign can be checking with the local building official(s) to see if they can suggest a couple of contractors

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Who’s On First and What’s On Second

Many people have come to believe that in getting a remodeling project completed they need to get bids (the what) before selecting a contractor (the who). Perhaps that may be part of the reason for great dissatisfaction for the majority of people when asked about their remodeling experience. Although it is true that an estimate is critical to a homeowners need to qualify their project and budget, it’s not really a qualifier for contractor selection. Contractor selection should be made

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Prepare for the hammers and saws

With March here, it may not quite be time to start planting your garden, but it’s a great time to “plant seeds” for a home remodeling project. That’s because a successful home remodeling project doesn’t happen overnight. It requires thought, planning, and preparation. Doing your homework now means that when it’s time to actually start your project, you’ll be better prepared when the hammers and saws actually come out. Where do you begin? It helps to prioritize your needs. A

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Every four years

Leap Year Traditions Every four years February presents us with an extra day—and this is one of those years. But in addition to giving us an extra day, Leap Year has also given us some rather interesting traditions. In 1288 the unmarried Queen Margaret of Scotland is rumored to have enacted a law that allowed women to propose to men on leap-year day. But—as a “fair warning” to the man—the woman had to wear a red petticoat. In fifth-century Ireland,

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Only 8 percent

New Years Resolutions for Your Home New Years Resolutions are still a big part of our post-holiday culture. Unfortunately, according to Forbes.com even though 40 percent of Americans make resolutions, only 8 percent keep them! Of course the most popular resolutions tend to focus on losing weight and getting fit. No wonder only 8 percent of the population keeps those kind of resolutions! Maybe it’s time for a resolution you’ll actually keep. The holidays aren’t just about eating—they’re about getting

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