Author Archives: Tien Huynh

When should I hire Architect and Engineer ?

When should I hire an architect? Architects are necessary whenever a home remodeling calls for making an addition, altering room sizes and shapes, or making major changes to the plumbing, electrical or heating systems. Architects will explore a homeowner’s lifestyle … Continue reading

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A Beginner’s Guide to Managing a Remodel

How do you make your design dream a reality? Here’s some project management know-how to help you work with your designer Browsing photos and ideas  can be a fun part of creating your dream room. But making your designs a … Continue reading

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The Simpson House in 8 Popular Architectural Styles

  What better way to demonstrate America’s diverse architectural styles than through the country’s most infamous family — The Simpsons? The Simpson family residence is instantly familiar to all, yet their dwelling could have been completely different if they’d embraced … Continue reading

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Construction Contracts: What to Know About Estimates vs. Bids

When planning a home remodeling or new construction project, one of the first things homeowners usually want to know is how much the work will cost. Part of asking about cost is not just defining what the work will be … Continue reading

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Construction Contracts: What Are General Conditions?

Most people think payment to a general contractor for a remodeling project is broken down into four main categories: materials, installation labor, subcontractors and markup. But there’s a fifth category that may not immediately come to mind: general conditions. General … Continue reading

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Building Permits: The Inspection Process

The inspection process is not for the faint of heart. No matter how good your contractor is, or how well you manage your own DIY project, your inspector is likely to insist on corrections. That’s their job, and frankly, there … Continue reading

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What to Know About Budgeting for Your Home Remodel

The budget conversation — it’s sometimes awkward, often slightly uncomfortable and usually comes with a bit of anxiety. Because of the nature of construction, things often cost more than what homeowners think. There are endless debates on why that is, … Continue reading

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