Home Remodeling

Video: Considerations for New Baseboards

Posted on August 30, 2018 by James Florence

ROHNERT PARK — Host, Sarah Rutan: Before installing new baseboards in your home, there are a couple of crucial details you’ll need to consider. Today we’re in Rohnert Park with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Chris Hampton of CDH Construction to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Chris Hampton: If you are considering doing new baseboard in your house, the things you should consider are the type of materials you want, the type of profile you want. You need to consider what kind of corners you have in your house. Are they square corners at 90 degrees? Or, are they bullnose, which is a rounded corner that works into a 90 degrees angle. Read more

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Considerations for New Baseboards

Posted on August 15, 2018 by James Florence

ROHNERT PARK — If you’re planning to install new baseboards in your home, there are a couple of things you’ll need to consider. One is the type of material to be used. You essentially have two choices: authentic wood or medium-density fiberboard (MDF).

MDF is the more affordable option, but it has a few drawbacks. For one, since the material is so dense, it “puckers” each time a nail is applied, which results in small imperfections throughout the baseboard. To ensure these don’t show in the finished product, each nail hole needs to be sanded down, primed and painted over. Another drawback of MDF is it produces very fine dust, which can pose an inhalation hazard. Read more

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Video: Checking for Mold During a Remodel

Posted on March 02, 2018 by James Florence

OAKLAND — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re remodeling an older home, be sure to look at what’s behind the walls. Today we’re in Oakland with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Michael Ghanivand of Advance Construction to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Michael Ghanivand: In any remodeling project, big or small, whether it is a bathroom or the entire house, like we are doing right now, the homeowner always needs to make sure that they need to think about what’s behind the wall, especially in the older house. Like, we are doing this remodeling and addition in the Berkeley area, and when we open up the wall from the inside, Read more

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Checking for Mold During a Remodel

Posted on February 26, 2018 by James Florence

OAKLAND — If you’re remodeling your home, one of the most important things you can do is check to see what’s behind your walls. Why? Because if there’s any hidden mold or mildew, it could jeopardize your entire project.

In most cases, it’s impossible to know whether mold or mildew is present behind the walls in a home, but it’s better to find out for sure than to make a wrong assumption. This is especially important if you live in an older home, where the combination of time and inferior building methods and materials increases the opportunity for mold or mildew issues to take root.

Consider a real-life example from a home addition project I recently did in Berkeley. Read more

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The Benefits of Epoxy Grout

Posted on February 23, 2018 by James Florence

WALNUT CREEK — If you’re having your bathroom re-tiled, you have two primary choices for grout: cement or epoxy. Cement is the traditional style of grout—it’s inexpensive and easy to work with. Epoxy grout, on the other hand, is very expensive and difficult to work with. In fact, it costs about three times as much as cement grout and takes three times as long to install. However, despite the substantial increase in price and labor, epoxy grout is well worth the extra investment.

While cement grout may be inexpensive and easy to work with, it has some key drawbacks. In particular, cement grout is porous, which makes it prone to staining and discoloration. Read more

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Video: Purchasing an Older Home

Posted on January 02, 2018 by James Florence

NAPA — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re thinking about buying an older home, you’ll want to look at a few key aspects before making an offer. Today we’re in Napa with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Voldi Chandler of Chandler Construction to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Voldi Chandler: Here’s a couple things to consider before purchasing an older home. First, you want to check and make sure that it has a quality roof on it. A bad roof can lead to lots of other issues that could be unforeseen. The other thing is you want to check and make sure you have a solid foundation. That, obviously, is what your whole house sits on. Read more

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3 Considerations for Buying an Antique Home

Posted on January 02, 2018 by James Florence

NAPA — The idea of living in an antique home may seem romantic, but it’s easy to overlook the potential practical drawbacks. To avoid making a poor decision, take a look at three key aspects before making an offer.

1. Roof

One of the first things you should check before buying an antique home is the condition of its roof. A bad roof can lead to a lot of issues, many of which can affect the entire home. For example, undetected roof leaks can lead to issues with dry rot, which, depending on their extent, can result in the need for expensive repairs.

2. Foundation

It’s also critical to check a home’s foundation prior to purchase. Read more

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