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5 Popular Sustainable Building Materials

Asking a green builder or designer what their favorite sustainable building material is will get you a bevy of different answers. However, there are a few old standby materials that have stood the test of time, along with some new kids on the block making a name for themselves. This list is a mix of … Continued

3 Tips for Springtime Exterior Painting

Spring is a great time protect your biggest investment and take a good look at your home’s exterior. Sealing and painting your exterior is inexpensive in most cases, but goes a long way  to maintain the integrity and visual appeal of your home. Depending on the age of your paint job, some simple caulking and … Continued

10 Big Signs it’s Time to Consider a Room Addition

Room additions vary in size, shape, and location. There are 2-wall, 3-wall, single-story, second-story, and two-story room additions. Room additions can include family rooms, great rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, dining rooms, living rooms, laundry rooms, guest rooms, home offices and garages, just to name a few. Is it time for you to consider a room addition … Continued

INFOGRAPHIC – To Remodel or Not to Remodel: Cost vs. Value in 2014

Are you ready for a home improvement project? Learn about the average costs of popular remodeling projects across the U.S. and their estimated resale value for 2014. Share This Infographic On Your Site <p>Please include attribution to <a href=’http://www.murraylampert.com’>http://www.murraylampert.com</a> with this graphic.</p><br /> <p><a href=’http://www.murraylampert.com/to-remodel-or-not-to-remodel-cost-vs-value-in-2014-infographic/’><img src=’http://www.murraylampert.com/wp-content/uploads/Remodeling_Trends_d52d18d03_Rev2_2-01.jpg’ alt=’o Remodel or Not to Remodel: Cost vs. Value … Continued

What Goes into a Home Remodel?

The home remodeling process can be both an exciting and a daunting task. The only way to stay stress-free, on schedule, and within budget is to know what to expect and make a plan. Keep reading to get some insight about the steps that are involved in a home remodel. Planning Plan for both the … Continued

5 Spring Spruce-Ups for Your Home

With March upon us, it’s a great time to brush off winter’s dust and take a renewed look at your outdoor living space. A good spring cleaning gives every homeowner a chance to learn about the important maintenance that keeps your home running efficiently and looking great, but it also gives you a chance to … Continued

The Meaning of Change Orders in Home Remodeling

Change order, agreement for changes, additional work authorization—whatever a home improvement contractor calls it, they are one of homeowners’ biggest fears when remodeling their homes. There are different types of change orders, some due to unforeseen circumstances and others due to owner requested changes or upgrades. Unforeseen circumstances can be something found hidden in a … Continued

How To Choose A Toilet

    Toilet, commode, pot, stool or throne. One piece, two piece or lowboy. Round front or elongated. Kohler, American Standard, Toto or Eljer. Gravity flow or power assisted.  Heated, remote control seats and spray features.  Toilets are very personal when it comes to style and functionality.  So how do you choose the right one for your bathroom? … Continued

What are Home Improvement Contract Allowances?

If you are undertaking home remodeling or construction, you must have a clear understanding of what contract allowances mean up front. An allowance in your home improvement contract is essentially a budget set aside for particular items or work. Most contractors use allowances for items that the homeowner needs to select, such as plumbing fixtures, … Continued

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