Saturday, August 16, 2014
Basement remodels are another great way to add more living space. Basements can be converted from chilly or muggy storage areas to a nice, cozy suite, perfect as a recreational room, a spare bedroom, a gym, or anything that suits your fancy. Just take your pick! In any remodel or build-out, consult licensed Wellington home builders. Contractors like Palm Beach County Contractor Corp. can assess your existing spaces and recommend on their suitability for your intended use, based on local building or zoning codes, and other construction concerns.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
lorida’s unemployment rate reached its most recent apex at 11.4 percent in December 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, a four-year string of economic recovery pulled the unemployment rate down to the present 5 to 6 percent. Compared with other states, this is still relatively high; but it’s a good start. This signs of rejuvenated confidence are making Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce executive director Julie Mathis bullish about the future. She tells Florida Weekly’s Roger Williams: “People are positive. New home permits are up. Construction permits are up. All that has a trickle-down effect. People are getting their hair and their nails done more.” If you have been putting off building a home through the recession, now may be a good time to call home builders in Palm Beach County and start construction of your dream house.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
More viewers tuned in to remodeling reality shows in January, 2014, than to the finale of Breaking Bad in September 2013, according to data gathered by Remodeling Magazine. Shows like Vanilla Ice Goes Amish, Holmes Makes It Right, and Rehab Addict have been experiencing increasing popularity and steady growth in viewership, as evidenced by the TV ratings in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Friday, August 8, 2014
If there’s one thing that the recent economic depression has taught banks, it’s to only take risks that they can handle. In light of the recession, banks implemented a lending freeze to reduce their risks, which went on for several years. The construction industry, where majority of businesses rely on lending, was among the industries that were worst hit. However, with the economic recovery in full swing, financing has returned to the real estate and construction industries, including the commercial building construction sector.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Working with reputable Palm Beach County home builders can also help make the cost of your brand new home comparable to that of an existing one. You can discuss options for customization with the builders to find those that will fit your budget while keeping within your design preferences. Also, keep in mind that your brand new home will require very little maintenance cost over the next several years. Furthermore, you can install the latest energy-saving fixtures and appliances to give you substantial savings in your utility bills.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
It takes months– even years– to draft your dream home’s plan and finalize it. In order to execute what you’ve deliberated on for a long time, you need to find a general contractor to oversee and manage the construction of your home. It’s possible to be your own contractor but it’s a difficult role to play, especially when you don’t have the time to be onsite for most of the time.
How demanding can the role be? Read on to find out the responsibilities of a general contractor:
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Similar to the master bedroom, the living room should be an extension of yourself. In other words, it should be able to capture your very essence. As such, you cannot really go wrong with the way you design your living room.
That said, there are still a few guidelines for designing living rooms that you should keep in mind. Here are some of them:
Monday, June 30, 2014
One of the most efficient ways to quickly push your home through the market and into a buyer’s hands is to spruce it up through remodeling. Make sure that you can easily recoup in the selling price what you’ll be shelling out to pay your home builders or remodelers for. Here are some tips:
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Plans are important when one aspires to have a house built. Home builders need an idea of what you want and a plan also limits your budget. When planning, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure you have a stable and lovely home.
Friday, June 20, 2014
Kitchen renovations are just one of the many jobs that reliable general contractors in Palm Beach County can perform very well. That said, such projects can still end up being costly, yet superfluous investments, unless certain factors are taken into account.
"Home sales are largely indicative of how confident Americans are about their job, income, and the overall stability of the economy. The current trend is expected to continue and more will be hitting the real property in search of the future site of their home. Incidentally, home sales result to more building jobs and homebuyers can get value from quality Wellington house builders’ services. Building a house is not an easy task and getting an experienced contractor is a good idea for any homebuyer. Home builders in Wellington have the knowledge, organization skills and drive to build a real-world representation of every person’s vision of a great home. Above all, they are the perfect guide to get buyers through strict government requirements like permits and building laws."
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
"Home improvement projects lead to houses that are more attractive, comfortable, cozy, and cleaner. Improvements such as those in the kitchen and bathroom can also add to the value of homes, and even make people eligible for tax credits. Meanwhile, there are those who will opt for projects to make their houses environment friendly and energy-efficient. To do any or all of these, homeowners will need the help of qualified West Palm Beach general contractors. General contractors are professionals that have years of industry knowledge and experience under their belt. Hiring one to execute personal home improvement projects would be advantageous as this gives assurance that the homeowners’ visions and the benefits that entail it will be realized. Plus, licensed contractors are knowledgeable of all local laws and regulations affecting building, construction, and zoning issues."
Monday, June 16, 2014
"That’s why respected general contractors in Palm Beach County say that investing in tourist-friendly commercial establishments can be a lucrative endeavor. Palm Beach County Contractor, Corp., for example, says that hotels, restaurants and bars are just some of the things that entrepreneurs can establish to cater to the area’s many tourists. Of course, starting a new business is a major undertaking, and nowhere is this more apparent than during the construction phase. Building projects involve many parties, such as construction workers, electricians, plumbers and suppliers. Construction also takes months or even years, and many issues may arise between the groundbreaking and opening of a building. Hence, entrepreneurs must hire only trusted Palm Beach County contractors to ensure that projects are finished on time and on budget."
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Nothing can be more thrilling than to see your dream home coming to reality piece by piece. If you want a home that’s custom-made to your preference, consider a new home construction. Besides getting all the amenities you want, you can also enjoy other benefits, such as those listed below:
Saturday, June 14, 2014
"When buying existing homes, it’s hard to find one that checks all of your tick boxes—it may have a spacious living room but a tiny backyard; or it may have a sizable yard but just one garage. By building a new house, all your wants and needs can be incorporated into the design, so the place is guaranteed to please you. Moving into a resale home is rarely as straight forward as it sounds. Chances are, you’ll still conduct repairs to make the place fully suitable. An aging water heater might need replacing, for example, while the HVAC system might need a tune up. If you build your home, everything will be new, so repairs and maintenance are a non-issue when you move in. Everything will also be covered by warranties; if something breaks down, you won’t have to spend money on repairs."
Thursday, June 12, 2014
"The trainings can potentially generate more jobs for local Palm Beach County contractors in joining bigger construction projects which can have positive economic effects in the region. Getting certified to handle local projects means that city officials don’t need to search for other workers out of the state to administer extensive projects. This only means that local workers, especially Wellington contractors, can be granted more opportunities in supervising and dealing with important residential and commercial construction, as well as renovation and remodeling. If this measure is mandated by law, homeowners can breathe easier and feel more at ease because they are assured that their contractors, provided that they comply, have wide-ranging expertise when it comes to construction. Several companies can also benefit from it because they are certified and endorsed by the county council for the work that they offer."
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
"In a bid to reduce carbon footprints and build a more sustainable future, the U.S. Government, through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is helping citizens establish measures to protect the environment through energy efficiency. With the Energy Star program, people can eliminate wasted energy and properly manage resources, all while improving their homes without paying for more, and actually getting tax incentives. As more and more people are becoming more aware of what they can do to help the planet, building contractors, like Palm Beach County home builders, are seeing the benefits of offering green building solutions. Not only can a green home lessen the ecological footprint caused by energy use, it also allows homeowners to have more cost savings than ever before because of tax rebates when purchasing and utilizing energy-efficient products. Furthermore, energy efficiency heightens each one’s quality of life, keeping homes cooler in the summer and warmer during the wi
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Building a house from scratch and refurbishing an old one will require a reliable general contractor. It doesn't matter if you are building a home in a simple town or in West Palm Beach; the bottom line is you need to find a contractor you can trust. Here are three things you should expect from a good one:
Monday, June 2, 2014
Building a new home from the ground up is no joke, considering all the money and planning involved. A huge chunk of its success will lie with the home builders you will hire, so you should pick the ones who can get the job done the way you want it. Here are some helpful tips to guide you:
Thursday, May 29, 2014
After the kitchen, bathrooms are the next most valuable rooms in your home. As such, you need to carefully design your bathrooms with both functionality and visual appeal in mind. Here are a few things you should consider before you meet with your general contractor:
The constant presence of water makes bathrooms a slipping hazard. If you plan to have young children or elderly people living with you, make safety your priority. Flooring should be pre-treated to be slip-resistant. You should also provide ample space for grab rails near toilets and bathtubs.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Who wouldn’t want to live in Florida? The sun is always shining, “winters” are warm, and the professional sports teams are pretty good. Add the fact that beaches are minutes away, and it’s easy to see why many people choose to have homes built in the area.
Living in Florida isn’t as care-free as it seems though. Homes in the area are subjected to a climate that is vastly different from the rest of the U.S. That in mind, here are a few things you need to consider when designing your new home:
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
A look at the social scene in Palm Beach, Florida will yield hits on various wine stores and fine dining restaurants. In some cases, the classy side of you will want to invest in a serious wine collection. However, wine storage at home has a science to go with it, which is something that an expert general contractor can help you with.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Every building owner aims to generate income for their place by leasing space to prospective tenants, whether they may be business owners or residents in the case of condo complexes. If you’re a business owner who just obtained a good space in a commercial property, it is time to seek an expert builder who can do a build-out according to your preferences. However, you need to account for certain factors in determining the final cost of the project.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Green building standards are enforced by federal regulations in order to promote energy efficiency across the board. For new constructions of commercial establishments like condos, malls, and corporate offices, asphalt pavement can contribute to green building objectives.
For its composition and manufacture, asphalt is considered as a sustainable material in itself. The asphalt mix comprises of recycled stones, sand, gravel, and other materials like used tires, glass, and roof shingles. Even old asphalt pavements can be reclaimed and reused to make new asphalt mixes, which lessens the demands for mining new materials. Producing and replacing asphalt also takes less energy and toxic emissions compared to alternatives like concrete.
The smooth roads produced by asphalt paving becomes advantageous to the fuel efficiency of travelers while still allowing strong traction with maximum tire contact and less noise pollution. Maintenance and repairs done on asphalt pavements are faster and less frequent, which reduces construction delays, traffic volume, and ultimately, fuel wastes.
A competent West Palm Beach general contractor and their trusted vendors can help in strategically designing and constructing asphalt-paved parking lots and roadways for your commercial property. Aside from asphalt paving, other cost-effective, sustainable materials and processes can be used and performed by such contractors in order to comply with green building standards.
The walls of a house are among its most important parts, simply because their primary function is to protect the structure’s residents. When it comes to wall protection, a large portion of the work comes from the siding material installed. Function aside, the exterior siding of a house can be a good opportunity for an owner's creativity to step in, making the house more unique in appearance. Here are some good options for siding to make your property stand out.
Vinyl siding is one of the best options. It is relatively cheap, durable, comes in a wide variety of colors, and requires little maintenance. All these characteristics make vinyl highly adaptable to many different visual styles.
Wood siding is also another good option for siding. Though it requires regular maintenance, wood siding materials are some of the more versatile when it comes to design. Wood siding can be painted on and easily be replaced. However, it is one of the more expensive siding choices in the market.
Another cost-effective option, aluminum siding is quite durable and highly recyclable; perfect for colder climates because of its resistance to water damage. Like wood, can easily be painted over when its color fades away. Although the material is prone to denting, maintenance required is very minute, and its inexpensiveness and resistance to rot pretty much makes up for its shortcomings.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Before hiring a general contractor to work on your home construction, it helps to have at least basic knowledge of the construction process. Besides buying materials and the actual construction, there are several other phases to consider, including designing and planning, securing the necessary permits, and job scheduling. Each plays a crucial role in the successful completion of the project in time.
Designing and planning refers to the drawing and analysis of the features of the building you specified. They may look plain and simple in your imagination but to an architect or engineer, it comes in complex details that have to be properly laid out on paper following existing building codes. This phase may take a while depending on the size of the project and features of the structure.
Since a construction project will likely involve massive tasks like excavation and material delivery, not to mention potential noise that can disturb your neighbors, you’ll have to obtain the necessary permits for it first. A building permit is normally issued by the engineering department of the city or town where the construction work will be done.
When all documents and preparations are done, it’s time for the actual construction to take place. Considering that the construction project may take several weeks or months to finish, the contractor will have to create a well-defined schedule of tasks. Workers are normally given specific tasks that they have to finish throughout the day in relation to a weekly goal.
One of the most common home improvement projects in the U.S. is kitchen remodeling. It is also lauded as one of the most lucrative home renovations in terms of increased home values. According to statistics, a minor renovation to the kitchen allows a homeowner to recoup as much as 72 percent of the initial value while major construction work can recover 66 percent of their costs.
Remodeling is also ideal if the family only wants to add some more aesthetic appeal or function to their kitchens. For example, installing a new countertop or a more-sophisticated ventilation system doesn’t require a full-blown makeover. The family also has more incentive to remodel their kitchen rather build a new one from scratch if they plan on selling their house in the future, as remodeling is much cheaper than a new construction.
However, there are some circumstances wherein building a new kitchen is more practical than remodeling the old one. For example, a kitchen that suffered extensive water damage is better off replaced with a new one because no amount of remodeling work can fix soggy tiles, faded countertops, and extensive mold infestation. A growing household size can also be a reason to build a brand-new kitchen since large families typically need larger kitchens.
So when should you choose one over the other? It mainly depends on your budget and intended purpose. It would help greatly if you have an experienced contractor take a look at what needs to be done.
Friday, May 9, 2014
Palm Beach County is one of Florida's wealthiest counties. It is home to 12 cities, 20 towns, and 6 villages. Around 1.32 million people live in this county. With that population, demand for residential houses and commercial buildings will not slow down any time soon, thereby making contractor services in the area quite essential. So how does one look for reliable general contractors in Palm Beach County? Thorough research can help you do that.
You can start by getting referrals from friends who've had houses built or remodeled recently and from people online. Try asking contractors who have been referred to you if they can show you jobs they did that are more or less close to what you require. You may also drive by the houses that they made, so you can somehow assess the quality of their work.
Look into a contractor’s business practices too. There might be underlying business problems that can take a toll on you. Majority of leading contractors can build a good house, but not all of them can run a good business. You can also ask them to show you their contracts with subcontractors (if any) and do inquire about their operations and processes.
Finally, try finding out how a contractor interacts with his clients and team. The one who is the smartest, most creative, and approachable is usually the right choice.
Whether it’s for repair, renovation, or general home improvement, homeowners expect the best services they can get out of the contractors they hire. That said, home improvement and its outcome is not entirely a contractors responsibility—homeowners play an important role as well. With the client and contractor working hand in hand, problems are avoided and the entire construction project becomes more manageable. As a homeowner, here are some ways you can make the contractor’s job more efficient.
Prepare the work area before the work starts. By moving furniture and important items out of the way, you help the workers start on their job early and avoid potential losses and breaks with your belongings during the renovation.
- Offer simple items and services to the contractors. For instance, you can give them food and drinks while they are taking a break. Allow them to use the bathroom if needed. This act of hospitality can really help them with their work, and their appreciation will likely reflect on the quality of their job.
- Pay them accordingly and promptly when the construction is finished. If you’re satisfied with their work, you can refer the contractor to other homeowners that may be in need of their services. A little goodwill goes a long way.