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Al Heavens is a Haddonfield, N.J.- based, nationally syndicated, home-improvement writer and author whose newspaper columns, magazine articles and books have been the first word on remodeling for 50 million readers for more than three decades. He is the author...
I have made this point throughout most of my home-improvement career, which is to tackle projects that satisfy you and to leave the big stuff to the professionals.
These Mount Laurel homeowners had a big (actually, small) problem – a lack of space. They wanted a sunroom addition added to the back of the home where the family could hang out and enjoy each others’ company.
It is all in the details, and if you don’t cover all the bases when planning a project, completion dates will change. I don’t know when we became a nation of “it will be OK” people who assume that everything will go as planned. I think that the solution to delays may be to build additional time into the project to cover such contingencies.
I have always maintained that one should renovate to make homes more liveable and comfortable, rather than with an eye to making it hand over fist at sale time. Although cost versus value should always be at the back of your mind when you are deciding on a project, lifestyle improvement must be at the forefront.
We should consider how our houses can be even better places in which to live and work during what could be the “new normal” of the next several months.
Real estate agents will agree that having a dry, and, therefore, finish-able basement can sometimes be critical to a sale. So, in this blog post, we will focus on how moisture issues can affect basement renovation.
I have always believed in a whole-house approach to energy efficiency. What I mean is that you cannot make piecemeal changes and expect to increase your comfort level and reduce energy costs.
The solution to the problem of aging in place lies in flexible, or “universal,” design, which employs features that allow a house to grow and contract with changes in needs and lifestyles.
Cipriani Remodeling Solutions was recently featured in two articles for The Philadelphia Inquirer and Redfin.com.