Home Remodeling

Jim Kabel is president of Case Design/Remodeling, a Diamond Certified company since 2005. He can be reached at (408) 256-1949 or by email.

4 Ways to Augment Space in Your Home

Posted on April 10, 2019 by James Florence

SAN JOSE — As our life circumstances change, we sometimes find that our homes no longer meet our needs. Whether due to a growing family, kids moving out, senior parents moving in or planning for our own aging in place, the size and design of our homes may not provide the amount of space we need to accommodate these altered conditions. In such scenarios, rather than moving out, it often makes more sense to find new ways of augmenting space in our homes. Here are four ways this can be done:

  1. Improve organization. In many cases, a lack of space is merely a matter of poor organization. Fortunately, there are numerous products that can help you better organize your closets,
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Video: Avoiding Budget Oversights in Construction

Posted on April 09, 2019 by James Florence

CAMPBELL — Host, Sarah Rutan: The best way to avoid budget issues midway through a building project is to ensure accuracy with the initial proposal. Today we’re in Campbell with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Nate Missildine of Legacy Construction to learn more.

Nate Missildine: My biggest tip to anybody looking at doing a large-scale renovation of any type really begins at the process, or before the proposal process. There are two parts of a proposal. You have your specifications, which won’t change if you don’t change the scope of work. Plumbing, the framing, the HVAC, that basic work, that price is what the price is going to be.

The other part of the proposal is your allowances, Read more

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Video: A Designer’s Role in Remodeling

Posted on April 09, 2019 by James Florence

ALAMO — Host, Sarah Rutan: When preparing to remodel your home, don’t discount the important role a designer plays in the process. To learn more, we’re in Alamo with Roxanne Dumitrascuta of Benjamin Construction, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Benjamin Dumitrascuta.

Roxanne Dumitrascuta: One of the most common mistakes that homeowners make is actually not hiring a designer at the start of their project. Hiring a designer at the start of their project means less cost overrun and less delays on their project. Having materials that are picked on time for the contractor is very cost effective, and it ensures that the clients get exactly what they want. Read more

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Video: 4 Ways to Augment Space in Your Home

Posted on April 09, 2019 by James Florence

SAN JOSE — Host, Sarah Rutan: As life circumstances change, you may find your home is no longer large enough to accommodate your needs. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can augment your existing space. Today we’re in San Jose with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jim Kabel of Case Design/Remodeling to learn more.

Jim Kabel: As our lives change, quite often we find our homes no longer meet our needs. Quite often with growing families, kids moving out or back in, senior parents moving in, or just planning for our own aging in place, the way our home was designed may not have the space that we need to accommodate our lives going forward. Read more

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Avoiding Budget Oversights With Building Proposal Allowances

Posted on March 28, 2019 by James Florence

CAMPBELL — Any large-scale building or remodeling project starts with a written proposal, the thoroughness of which can greatly impact the final result. A building proposal generally consists of two aspects: 1) specifications or specific services needed to complete the job  (such as plumbing, framing and HVAC) and 2) allowances­ for materials, fixtures and products to be used/installed.

One of the big differences between specifications and allowances is the potential for price fluctuation. With specifications, the stated prices are more or less fixed, as long as the scope of work doesn’t change. With allowances, on the other hand, the pricing can vary substantially from what’s listed in the proposal. Why? Unlike services like plumbing or framing, Read more

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Video: Why Choose a Design & Build Contractor?

Posted on March 04, 2019 by James Florence

SAN FRANCISCO — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re preparing for a construction project, consider the benefits of hiring a design and build contractor. Today we’re in San Francisco with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Simon Spark of Build SF, Inc. to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Simon Spark: For those of you thinking of starting a new project here in the San Francisco Bay Area, I would strongly recommend that you speak to Design Build Contractors. They provide you with a simpler relationship, a more complete understanding of the entire process, a more streamlined process, and are likely to save you money.

Host, Sarah Rutan: To learn more from local, Read more

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Video: A Foresighted Approach to Remodeling

Posted on March 04, 2019 by James Florence

SAUSALITO — Host, Sarah Rutan: When planning for a home remodeling project, it’s good to consider any and all potential future needs. Today we’re in Sausalito with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Rory Moore of RM Construction to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Rory Moore: Some advice I’d like to give. While planning your project with your architect or your contractor, it’s good to go over what you may want in the project in the future. You don’t have to do it immediately, but you should do it before you insulate. So, that would include running wires for speakers, for TV, for air filtration systems. It’s a good idea to prep, Read more

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