Home Remodeling

Video: 3 Popular Countertop Materials

Posted on February 01, 2019 by James Florence

SAN LEANDRO — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re in the market for new stone countertops, you’ll want to educate yourself about the different materials available. Today we’re in San Leandro with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jack Chan of Amazing Stone to learn about three popular choices.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Jack Chan: Many customers ask us about the difference of different stone products. For example, this is granite. When there’s a granite, they’re durable, stain-resistant and scratch-resistant, but then you do have to put sealant on it to protect it from color staining as well. As because granite is a volcano rock, because of the magma and all the collusion between different elements, Read more

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Understanding Your Countertop Options

Posted on January 31, 2019 by James Florence

SAN LEANDRO — When it comes to stone countertops, homeowners have three main options to choose from: granite, quartz and marble. There are other, less common materials available (including some high-end options), but nine times out of 10, homeowners choose one of these three. The question is, which option is right for you? To help you decide, let’s look at some key attributes of each:

Granite

Granite is a natural stone. It’s very tough—one of the toughest natural materials on the planet. However, like any natural stone, granite is porous, so it needs to be sealed to prevent stains. Fortunately, there are professionally applied sealers available that last up to 25 years, Read more

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Video: Consideration for Choosing a Window Contractor

Posted on November 27, 2018 by James Florence

PLEASANTON — Host, Sarah Rutan: When choosing a contractor to replace your home’s windows, there’s one aspect you don’t want to overlook. Today we’re in Pleasanton with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jeff Kendall of Custom Exteriors to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Jeff Kendall: A helpful tip for homeowners looking to replace their windows, siding or stucco is to choose a company that takes care of the daunting permit ordeal that most cities and counties can put a homeowner through. There are Title 24 questions, there are floor plan questions, there are material questions, and it’s very, very important to choose a company that has the experience to get through all the requirements that are needed to obtain a building permit for your home improvement project. Read more

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Permits: An Important Consideration When Hiring a Contractor

Posted on November 27, 2018 by James Florence

PLEASANTON — Before hiring a contractor to replace your home’s windows, siding or stucco, make sure they’re willing and able to handle building permits. The permitting process for exterior renovations can be quite daunting—there are Title 24 questions, floor plan questions, material questions, etc. That’s why it’s crucial to choose a company with the experience to fulfill all requirements needed to obtain a permit for your project.

One reason it’s important to hire a company that’s experienced with permits is the complexity of modern building code. For example, at least one window in any residential bedroom must qualify as an “egress window,” which means an occupant can easily climb out in the event of an emergency. Read more

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Video: Managing Costs With Home Remodeling

Posted on November 21, 2018 by James Florence

SAN FRANCISCO — Host, Sarah Rutan: When planning for a home remodeling project, it’s wise to be proactive about managing the costs involved. Today we’re in San Francisco with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jeff Kann of HOUSEworks to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Jeff Kann: You’re watching this video because you’re considering remodeling your home. Maybe this is your first remodel, or perhaps you’ve remodeled before and don’t want to repeat past mistakes. I’m going to share with you today lessons I’ve learned over the last 15 years running a remodeling company to help you take the confusion out of your renovation project.

First, let’s consider what causes this confusion. Read more

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How to Get Accurate Bids for Your Remodeling Project

Posted on November 20, 2018 by James Florence

SAN FRANCISCO — When planning for a remodeling project, homeowners are generally advised to get bids from at least three contractors so they can compare apples to apples. However, when the bids come in, homeowners are often confused and/or discouraged by what they read. For one thing, it’s common for bids to have substantial price variations, despite being for the same project. Furthermore, bids are often much higher than homeowners expect. In fact, the American Institute of Architects reports that over 60 percent of building plans never get built, in many cases due to the projected costs exceeding the amount homeowners are willing to spend.

Fortunately, your remodeling project doesn’t have to succumb to this fate. Read more

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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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