Home Remodeling

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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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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