Taking the Mystery Out of Remodeling – by Reva Kussmaul

Is That Permitted????

I got a call from a woman who wanted to add a powder-room off the laundry near the patio and porch where she entertained. She wanted to add the room because whenever she had parties her guests had to walk through the entire house, including her son’s bedroom to use the bathroom. I called my architect to draw the plans so we could take them to the county to pull a permit. ┬áHe drew the plan for the new addition...

Too Late to Call Me on This One!

I met with some homeowners last month on their “remodel gone wrong” and they were already far enough into it (500K) that all I could do to help was go through their paperwork and the original contract as well as any change orders to see if monies matched work done and timeframe. What it came down to for them was calling the California State Licensing Board and filing a complaint. I told them to see if...

Reality Television – Not!

Altered Expectations Ever since the War of the Worlds radio broadcast sent panicked listeners into city streets clutching rifles, sociologists have argued over whether the media directly influences its audience. Though that debate continues today, remodelers have their own evidence that TV can play a role in warping reality. Craig Knott, owner of Houseworks Unlimited, in Washington, D.C., says that because of what...

Interviewing a Contractor?

I was talking with a networking colleague yesterday as she thanked me for talking about clarity in communication when it comes to the remodeling relationship, she relayed to me it took over 8 months to remodel her kitchen. The main reason was: the contractor kept leaving to take other jobs. Taking other jobs is fine as long as you have the “crew-power” to do them all. If not, it is not OK to leave...

What is a Remodeling Coach?

A person with expertise both as a homeowner and in the home improvement industry, who provides specialized teaching to homeowners and contractors in all aspects of the remodeling process. Homeowners: Assess your project and budget Hire the right contractor for you and your job Compare and analyze bids Communicate clearly and honestly with contractors Evaluate contract prior to signing Assist with design and...

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