If the kitchen is the heart of a home, then you expect kitchens in new construction houses to be brilliant. Richmond American’s model home kitchen is just that. The price tag for that kitchen is ridiculous. Here’s how I replaced cheap kitchen cabinets in my new home, with better cabinets that are beautiful and functional. … Read More
Building a new house is exciting and challenging. With a production builder like Richmond American, you have little control once the contract is signed. You can monitor progress and leverage the contract to get desired changes but you have virtually no control over the quality of the building materials or workmanship. After four months, Richmond … Read More
The emphasis on low cost products drives lower quality products. Poor quality means products have to be replaced more often. When you have to replace building materials frequently, they cost more when you include installation costs. Walmart focuses on consumable products, ones that aren’t expected to last a long time. They don’t sell cheap house … Read More
With a new house you’re likely to buy some new furniture. Living in a new place means finding new, reliable furniture companies. Here’s what I learned working with three different furniture companies in central Florida. Product quality and customer service differ significantly and there’s one company you definitely want to avoid. While I’m very comfortable … Read More
When you move into a brand new house you want to decorate, organize and protect your home so it sparkles forever. Furniture pads will let you move furniture around, knowing your floors are protected from scratches and gouges. The challenge is finding the best furniture pads for your floors and furniture. More homeowners worry about … Read More
When planning big remodeling projects, it pays to research how much the improvements should be worth when you sell your home. Here’s a quick index to the survey that can help you evaluate the “cost vs value” of the most common home renovations. Remodeling.com’s “cost vs value” surveys began in 2002 with 15 remodeling projects. … Read More
Electrical outlets are becoming more critical in our connected world. Home fixtures like lights are getting smarter and everyone in the family has a smart phone. So why aren’t we getting smarter about where we put our outlets?
Buying a new house is a huge investment. After moving into your new home, you’ll spend more on furniture, flooring, window treatments and maybe a remodeling project. While we spend most of our time at home indoors, you also need to look at the types of landscaping you need for curb appeal and a comfortable … Read More
Attic baffles play an important role keeping your home comfortable and safe. They keep space clear so fresh air can flow from the soffits under your roof eaves to the vents at or near the top of your roof, illustrated by the red arrow above.
Bathrooms are changing in lots of ways, from free-standing bathtubs to an incredible selection of bathroom hardware. If you’ve been thinking about remodeling a bathroom, take time to research what’s most important to you. That’s because you don’t have unlimited space and most of us don’t have an unlimited budget. You’ll spend most of your … Read More