Why Hire a Professional Home Remodeler?
If you are considering a home remodeling project, the most important decision you can make is selecting a professional home remodeler to do the job. Your home is too important to entrust to anyone but a professional home remodeler who can:
Save you money by doing your job right the first time.
Ensure that your dreams are accurately translated into reality by offering design services in-house or through an arrangement with a professional architect or designer.
Understand that your comfort during the project and its successful completion depend on effective communication and follow-through.
Maintain a safe and neat job site to prevent damage to your home or injury to household members and pets.
Provide the best possible materials within your budget and assist you in making selections through the vendors they work with.
Ensure that your job meets or exceeds applicable building codes and regulations such as the EPA Lead Paint rule for work on homes built before 1978.
Guarantee the quality of their work with a warranty.
Respond promptly to service calls and inquiries.
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Thinking About Home Remodeling? Start Here
Sooner or later you may join the millions of people who remodel their homes each year. Perhaps it's at that moment when you realize that avocado green and harvest gold are no longer the "in" colors for today's trendy kitchens. Or maybe you have an epiphany one day as you stand in line to use your own bathroom. Whatever the impetus, the thought crosses your mind: Maybe it's time to start a home remodel. The reasons for home remodeling are as varied as the projects we undertake.
Some of these include:
-Adding more space
-Upgrading cabinets, counters, appliances and fixtures
-Creating a floor plan that's customized for your lifestyle
-Improving energy efficiency with new windows, doors, insulation, and climate control systems
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Decoding Energy Efficiency Lingo
The terminology for energy-efficient homes can be very technical and confusing to home owners. Here are some simple definitions to help you understand popular energy-saving options for your home.
A home that uses less energy than a traditional home without compromising service to owners and occupants.
Energy efficiency can be achieved through things such as improved thermal envelopes, solar-oriented construction, low-e windows and efficient appliances. Note that energy efficiency and energy conservation are different in that conservation efforts reduce or eliminate services to save energy.
Learn how efficient your home is now and ways to improve your home's efficiency with ENERGY STAR's Home Energy Yardstick.
Net Zero-Energy Home
A home in which energy production and consumption are equivalent.
That means the energy produced by the home must meet the household's needs. Rooftop solar panels are perhaps the most common way for homes to produce energy. To help achieve net-zero energy, the home should be designed using a holistic, whole-house approach that strives for efficiency and reduces energy consumption without sacrificing service or comfort.
Net Zero-Energy-Ready Home
A home that is outfitted with the necessary structural and technological support to install energy-producing technologies.
Net zero energy-ready homes are appropriate for home owners who plan to install energy-producing technology in the future but do not have the means or desire to do so at the current time. When the home owner is ready to install such technology, it will be a much simpler process.
Net Positive-Energy Home
A home that produces more energy than the household needs.
A home owner could receive credit from their utility company for the excess energy returned to the grid that is produced by the energy technologies and saved by energy-efficiency measures.
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