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Should Your Foundation Contractor be EPA Lead-Safe Certified?

Posted on June 20, 2019 by James Florence

If your home needs foundation work, you’ll obviously want to hire a contractor with plenty of experience and relevant industry certifications. However, one certification you may not have considered is EPA lead-safe certification. After all, that’s just for painters, right? The reality is that foundation contractors are just as beholden to the EPA’s rules on lead-safe protocol—a lesson Mark Corrallo of All Seasons Construction learned the hard way. Read more

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Diamond Certified Experts: Garage Remodeling and Improvements

Posted on June 11, 2019 by James Florence

When it comes to home remodeling, one area that often gets overlooked is the garage. Perhaps this is because many homeowners regard their garage as separate from the rest of their home or simply fail to see its potential as a functional space. The reality is that improvements to a garage can significantly impact the aesthetic, practical and financial value of the entire home. To learn more, we talked to four Diamond Certified Expert Contributors about garage remodeling and improvements. Read more

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Specialty Spotlight: Stairs Remodeling

Posted on March 21, 2019 by James Florence

A staircase is essentially a practical fixture, but as the home’s central architectural element, it also has the ability to tie things together aesthetically. Perhaps that’s why many homeowners choose to remodel their staircases in conjunction with other home renovation projects. In this article, we’ll take a glimpse into the niche trade of stairs remodeling. Read more

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Video: Taking Measurements for a Kitchen Remodel

Posted on January 17, 2019 by James Florence

Earlier this week, we published an article containing expert tips about kitchen remodeling and the process involved. To learn more about kitchen remodeling, watch this related video featuring Ric Plummer of Ric’s Kitchen and Bath Showroom.

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Diamond Certified Experts: Insights for a Kitchen Remodeling Project

Posted on January 15, 2019 by James Florence

A kitchen remodeling project is an exciting venture, but as most homeowners soon discover, the actual process can be dauntingly complex. To ease your apprehension about starting your own kitchen remodel, we’ve asked our Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to break down the essential aspects of the process and provide some helpful insights. Read more

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Avoid Space Wasters in Your New Kitchen (And Replace Them With Space Savers)

Posted on January 10, 2019 by Jennifer Chan

Back in 2011, Chris Bjorklund, the Savvy Consumer, wrote the original version of this article. Kitchens have changed since then, but the sentiment is timeless: for those of us who live in the Bay Area, there simply isn’t room for space wasters in the kitchen. With that, read on to learn how to replace those space wasters with space savers.

Out: Kitchen desks

In her original post, Chris mentioned that the only family member to ever use her kitchen desk was the dog. Even in 2011, laptops and cellular devices were making traditional desks obsolete. Read more

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How to Make a Small Room Seem Larger

Posted on October 02, 2018 by Matt Solis

A common challenge remodeling contractors and interior designers face is how to make a small room seem larger without changing its structural layout. Fortunately, professionals can use several tricks to create the illusion of openness in a small space.

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Posted in: Painting, Home Remodeling, Interior Design, Home Tips