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The Relentless Pursuit of Better

January 4, 2022
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Odd Fellows Contracting started in 1988 working on small projects and “odd jobs” but has developed into an award-winning Design Build remodeling contractor in the Greater Lansing area. It has taken over 30 years of growth and development to be where we are today and the journey continues. I asked the owner, Bret Oleksyn, to…

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How To Accomplish Your Remodeling Goals

November 11, 2021
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I have had the opportunity to talk to a lot of people about various remodeling projects and I have found that there is often confusion on what their options are to accomplish their goals.  Knowing your options early can save you time and get you pointed in the right direction for how to tackle your…

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How to Get the Best Experience While Interviewing Potential Contractors

August 11, 2020
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The right foot forward can help both you and the contractor establish a positive working relationship as you both move toward the perfect remodel in your home.  After being on numerous home design and remodel consultations for kitchen remodels, bathroom remodels, home additions, etc, the following is a list of a few tips to help…

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Remodeling, What Am I Paying For?

December 10, 2019
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Start With the End in Mind The following blogs will reference the majority (hundreds) of projects that we have performed over our 31 years of remodeling. The referenced projects require some form of design help, material selection, multiple trades, scheduling, oversight, and management.  If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, give it a read as…

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Remodeling, What Am I Paying For?

November 20, 2019
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Remodeling, What Am I Paying For? I recently had the opportunity to provide a proposal for a front entry door replacement.  After my initial visit to the customer’s home, I arranged for the customer to go to my door supplier.  As is customary, my customer was made aware of the price of the door by…

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Why Do Change Orders Cost So Much?

August 21, 2019
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If you have ever hired a building contractor to complete a building or remodeling project for you, you have likely heard the term “change order”.  If you have lived through a contract which had one or more “change orders”, then you are probably already aware of where I’m going with this topic. As a contractor…

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What Does Value Mean?

July 10, 2019
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Over time the word value has gone through some changes.  Due to the overuse of the word in advertising the word “value” has lost some of its…well…value.  I would daresay that the word “value” often has a connotation of something that is of a lesser quality so that you can save money.  Despite this connotation,…

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2019 Award Winner – Best Residential Remodeling Company!

June 27, 2019
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It is not generally in our nature to want to sound boastful.  It is almost a little hard to put something out there like this saying that we were voted as the “Best Residential Remodeling Co.” in the Lansing area.  At the same time, it is a great achievement and we want to celebrate the…

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Navigating the Contractor Minefield

June 11, 2019
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The journey of remodeling can be a tricky one.  There are a lot of decisions that need to be made along your remodeling path.  The first and possibly most important decision is your choice of a contractor.  The contractor will be a significant part of the entire experience.  The contractor’s involvement in design, scheduling, communication,…

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The Benefits of Multi-Generational Living

April 16, 2019
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Our society has always placed a debt of gratitude on our parents for all that they have sacrificed while raising us.  While growing up, I know my parents put up with more than their share of messes, inconveniences, and sleepless nights, not to mention some of the financial hardships that us kids occasionally brought home.…

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