There are no signs of our drought condition being relieved any time soon. Actually, it’s expected to be around indefinitely. Current water rationing requirements are uncomfortable, especially as we see our once beautiful lawns and gardens begin to brown. More strict regulations are expected and it behooves us to start thinking about how we’ll accommodate with the least amount of discomfort. We already know to implement shorter showers, fewer and shorter wash and rinse cycles for laundry and for the […]
Sometimes even the most diligent of planners can reflect on a project only to think of things they should have done differently, in addition to, or instead of. In most cases, though, some key fore thoughts could have eliminated afterthoughts altogether. Scope of Work This is a very important section in the contract you and your contractor sign. It describes in detail the products and materials to be used and how the work will be done. The more detailed and […]
Hard as it may be to believe, there are some great advantages to this warm weather. It’s perfect, for example, to take care of these things which often get overlooked. And, with us at your side, it can be easy. This is an ideal time to clean and repair asphalt, concrete and fences. If hardscape cracks have appeared they can quickly be filled to arrest the spread. Give a little pull on the fence posts to confirm they’re secure. Look for signs of aging or weather-damaged […]
My fruit trees and flowers haven’t a clue it’s only mid-April and given our recent unusual weather, we may be having a barbecue get-together long before Memorial Day arrives. If you, too, are starting to spend more time in the yard, here are a few tips to help make it an even more pleasant place to be, with lighting. Take a minute to sit in your yard and picture all that a bit of good lighting there can do…aesthetically or […]
We thought removing the bathtub was risky. What will we do when we have grandchildren sleep over? Won’t we need to change it back when we sell the house? We’ve been vindicated. In a recent release from the National Kitchen and Bath Association it was reported that more and more, homeowners are foregoing having a bathtub in the master bathroom, in favor of having an enlarged shower stall. Good news for us. And…shower stalls are becoming more and more elaborate…..sophisticated […]
An architect or designer skillfully creates a plan or blueprint that represents your vision. A builder brings it to life, transforming it from paper to bricks and mortar, making real your homeowner’s dream. Which is better, hiring a design-build team or 2 separate specialists?