Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to remodel a kitchen?
That, of course, depends on how extensive a renovation you plan to undertake. A complete “tear out” replacement of floors, cabinets, and countertops with no drywall replacement but re-painting typically takes anywhere from 1-3 weeks depending on the materials selected and the size of the kitchen.
What is the latest trend in remodeling?
Open concept kitchen/family rooms are big right now, and of course granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, and hardwood floors in the kitchen are as popular as ever. “Brightening” rooms with lighter colored paint on the walls and painting brick fireplaces is a newer trend. Adding additional windows to rooms to let in more light is becoming more common these days as well. In the bath, the most prevalent trend is simple enough—bigger and better. The bath has become all about luxury; vessel sinks, double shower heads, two person showers, separate shower and tub enclosures, heated towel warmers, and radiant heat floors are high on the list of bathroom “wants”.
What energy efficient improvement should I make first to my home?
First, ensure your home’s insulation is adequate. The EPA “estimates that homeowners can save up to 20% of heating and cooling costs (or up to 10% of total energy costs) by air sealing their homes and adding insulation in walls, attics and floors. Second, replace old, drafty windows and doors with Energy Star rated ones.
If I want a deck added to my home do I need to get the permit or will you?
Either one is fine, but as a licensed contractor, I’m able to do it for you.
What can I do to turn my current home “green”?
Replace old, drafty windows and doors or old appliances with Energy Star rated ones, replace light fixtures with compact fluorescents, install a solar or geo-thermal heat pump, use low VOC paint for your next painting project, construct a compost bin, or do any number of other things that help conserve energy and preserve the environment.
Is there a tax incentive for turning "green"?
Yes. Click for more "turning green" information.
Do I have to meet with an architect first before meeting with a builder to custom build a home?
Although not required, it’s probably a good idea if you plan to custom build a home. Many builders have home plans available for you to choose from. So you might check with the builder first.
How can I tell if a contractor actually holds a license?
Anyone selling any type of home improvement in the state of Maryland is required to hold a Maryland Home Improvement License. You can ask the contractor you’re considering using for the license number or check with the Maryland Home Improvement Commission to see if the contractor you’re considering actually holds a license. Click for more "contractor licensing" information. The contractor should also carry Liability Insurance.
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