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Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Posted by Kevin Dunn on Tue, Apr 10, 2018

Spring is an exciting time of the year when the weather begins to warm up and we look forward to enjoying more time outside. Now is the perfect time to do some quick and easy home maintenance to prevent larger, more expensive problems from occurring. Our list below is designed to give you a few ideas of things you can do to get your home ready for the harsh summer months. No need to tackle them all at once, just pick a few to accomplish each weekend, and you will be done before you know it.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Hiring a Contractor

Spring Seasonal Checklist

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Apr 11, 2017

Spring has now sprung, which means now is a good time to take care of the last-minute maintenance tasks that will help ensure that your home is prepared for what spring and summer have in store for it. The biggest priority for your home is to make sure that you don't find yourself needing to handle major repairs or problems when the weather is blisteringly hot, or stormy, or in the middle of a vacation. Keep reading for a spring seasonal checklist of what to look into.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Hiring a Contractor

8 Questions to Ask a Remodeling Contractor

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Nov 29, 2016

When it's time to move your remodeling plan from just a vague idea to a real project, one of the first steps is to locate a trustworthy general contractor, or a full-service design/build contractor such as Neal's. Not all contractors are the same, and not all are going to provide the same level of project management, quality, and planning, for a variety of reasons. To make sure that the contractor you select has your and your project's best interests in mind, it's a good idea to ask every contractor you are considering a standard set of vetting questions. Read on for the eight questions you don't want to leave out.

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Hiring a Contractor, National Kitchen and Bath Association, Design Trends and Ideas

What Exactly Is Design-Build Remodeling?

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Jan 26, 2016

If you’re thinking about a home remodeling project you may want to consider the advantages of using a design-build remodeling contractor.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Home Remodeling, Hiring a Contractor, Design-Build

5 Ways to Design Spaces for Entertaining

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Aug 11, 2015

The ability to host a group is a trait that many Americans look for in a house. Having family and friends over for gatherings large or small plays an important role in the dynamic of many families, so it makes sense to ensure that remodeling projects in your home account for the need to accommodate the types of parties you like to hold. More than just knowing where to put your furniture, or making sure you have a stocked fridge, truly functional entertaining spaces that help to create traditions in the home start in the design and planning process.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level, Home Remodeling, Hiring a Contractor, Design-Build, Additions

What Exactly Is Design-Build Remodeling?

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, May 28, 2013

If you’re thinking about a home remodeling project you may want to consider the advantages of using a design-build remodeling contractor.

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Topics: Hiring a Contractor, Design-Build

What to Expect When You First Meet with a Bath Design Professional

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Feb 19, 2013

If you’re thinking about remodeling a bathroom, what are the things that are motivating you? Could it be that you dislike cleaning a shower stall with sliding doors that sometimes get stuck on the tracks? Have you experienced mold on the ceilings and walls due to inadequate ventilation? Have you grown weary of the tile and flickering of fluorescent lights? Do you find the general layout of the room dysfunctional and perhaps even unsafe for users?

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Topics: Hiring a Contractor, Bathrooms

What to Expect When You First Meet with a Kitchen Design Professional

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Feb 5, 2013

You may have watched kitchen remodels on television that seem too good to be true. A show host comes up with a great design and “presto” surprises the homeowners with the finished project within a week. Or do-it-yourselfers take down walls with sledge hammers and build a beautiful kitchen over a weekend. The reality is that a kitchen remodeling project involves more than tearing out old appliances and cabinets and replacing them with new fixtures. There are many details to consider including building code, structural issues, mechanicals, aesthetics and a functional floor plan. It takes time and careful planning before construction can begin.

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Topics: Hiring a Contractor, National Kitchen and Bath Association, Kitchens

How Long Will My Home Remodeling Project Take?

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Oct 23, 2012

When planning home remodeling projects, homeowners often ask us “How long will it take?” While they are often referring to just the actual construction phase of a project, it’s also important to factor in the time it takes to plan the project. Planning is central to the success of every remodeling project. It’s where ideas are converted into designs and budgets are used to select the best materials for the job.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Home Remodeling, Hiring a Contractor

8 Questions to Ask a General Contractor

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Aug 7, 2012

1. Is your company insured?

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Hiring a Contractor, National Kitchen and Bath Association

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