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New York City remodeling and renovations are a special breed...

Jul 27, 2011

New York City remodeling and renovations are a special breed... much more complex than if you were doing the same work in a private house.

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Financial and Emotional Returns on your Investment

Jul 24, 2007 by Kitchen Magic Custom Refacing & Cabinetry

One of the big trends in remodeling, particularly among GenXers, is making a personal statement. Homeowners don’t want their kitchens to look like anyone else’s. While making a personal statement that is meaningful to you, be sure to make choices that will not date the kitchen quickly and alienate future buyers when you sell. You have to think how it’s going to translate for the next owner. Homeowners who care about resale should choose more neutral colors for floors, …

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Working Safely With Lead-Based Paint

Jul 18, 2011 by Eco-Strip LLC

Until recently, contractors, homeowners, and the general public in the U.S. had little knowledge of the dangers around them as they worked on older buildings. Many historic restorationists who focused on buildings from the 19th and early 20th century knew that the lead commonly used as a binder and colorant in old paint could poison them. In 1971, the U.S. Housing and Urban Development agency (HUD) enacted laws to reduce lead in house dust in federally-assisted housing. It wasn’t until 1978 that the US outlawed the manufacture and application of lead-based paint. Most European countries had done so decades before.

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Understanding Permits

Jun 23, 2011 by Level One Construction

As a homeowner, you are not legally permitted to perform your own renovation work, with the exception of the electrical, but it is strongly recommended amateurs not do this as disastrous results can occur.

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It's Important to Make the Right Choice

Apr 14, 2011 by AtlasCare

Always Trust a Fully-Licensed Professional for Your Home Comfort Installation

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Choosing a Power Drill

Jul 19, 2010 by Lowe's

Hand-held power tools have become an indispensable part of the modern handyman’s and contractors’ toolbox. Power drills are the most commonly purchased hand-held power tool. You can spend from $30 – $400 for a tool that meets your needs. With that dollar range in mind, you may want to ask yourself a few simple questions before you go shopping. These same questions will also apply to most power tool purchases.

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Venture Into the Darkness

Apr 01, 2008 by Owens Corning Canada

A home’s crawlspace is often used for storage and may be a place that homeowners rarely explore. With its low ceilings, minimal light and often cluttered space, venturing into this unchartered territory might be a little scary. Though you may not have any idea what you are storing in your crawlspace it is important to know that air flows in and out of there, and can affect the overall health of your home. Crawlspaces are built directly above the ground, which means that …

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Some Things To Make Your Home Easier To Maintain

Feb 12, 2010 by Citadel Renovations

There are many, many products, services and gadgets that can make the running and maintaining of your home easier. However, many of these are expensive, complicated, and may not live up to the billing. The best “stuff” is usually comparatively inexpensive and easy to install when your home is being built or renovated.

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Energy Efficiency

Nov 06, 2009 by Citadel Renovations

As the cost of running your home continues to go up, there are many ways and places to look for savings.

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What's a Green Consultant?

Sep 24, 2009

A Green Consultant sees through Greenwashing.

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Your Electrical System, Part 2

Aug 26, 2009 by Citadel Renovations

Your Electrical System, Part 2 With Help From Randy at CQS Electrical

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Air sealing for Deep Energy Savings!

Aug 19, 2009 by Feinmann Inc.

Green building in its current manifestation is primarily hype. The market, quick to jump on the bandwagon, has focused primarily on tangible products that may draw envy from neighbors, but do little to actually preserve precious resources and reduce your energy bills. The real decision to go ‘green’ should start with the decision to minimize the home energy footprint.

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Choosing a Renovator

Aug 07, 2009 by Pioneer Craftsmen Ltd.

Usually after the initial telephone call, followed by the first meeting you will know if you feel comfortable and trust the renovation contractor. However it is important not to make your choice on “feelings” alone.

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Building a Home From Scratch

Dec 16, 2008 by Decor By Jennifer Inc.

I can tell you with complete certainty – the stress involved in making 24-hour decisions about your new home and maintaining your existing home as well as raising your family, (and oh yes in my case also doing this for a living) even with a strong emphasis on planning – Building-From-Scratch is not for the faint of heart!

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