Researching to Find the Right Contractor

While the thought of taking on any home renovation or remodeling project seems like a huge, daunting one, the thought of doing it without the help and guidance of a reputable and trustworthy contractor makes it all seem that much more intimidating and stressful — maybe even impossible.

One should never underestimate the many benefits of hiring the right contractor for their home renovation project. With all the countless contracting horror stories regarding incomplete jobs, budget overruns, and missed deadlines, it’s a potential minefield to wander into without the right contractor. So where can you begin to research your options?

Ask Around

A great way to start is by utilizing all available resources to get a good lead on reputable contractors in your area. One of the best and easiest ways is to simply ask your friends, family or trusted neighbors for recommendations. Perhaps someone within your circle of trust recently had similar work done or knows someone who did. Great contractors generally hold referrals in high regard because they understand the importance of word-of-mouth in their growth and success.

Public Records

First and foremost, a reputable contractor should be licensed to work in the state and/or municipality for which you’re inquiring. In addition, because each municipality offers a process with which to file complaints, records are kept and made available for public access to help you in your consideration. Make sure to check online with local disciplinary boards or even the Better Business Bureau regarding residential and general contractors to see if there is any history of complaints or litigation against the contractor.

Internet Reviews

While this should never be the sole source of your decision making, checking the contractor’s online reviews with various websites is another great way to peel back yet another layer of information on the contractor in question. In addition to the aforementioned Better Business Bureau, Yelp, Google, and Angie’s Listcan serve as additional sources of consumer experience with a particular contractor. While Angie’s List requires a subscription to access additional information, the price of a trial membership could be viewed as money well spent to find the right contractor for the job, saving you much money and hassle down the road.

Ask for References

Ask any prospective contractor for references from past clients to determine the level of satisfaction they received from working with the contractor. Did they adhere to timelines and budget? Did they communicate well throughout the entire process? Did the project live up to expectations? These and many other questions can be answered by asking the contractor for references from recent customers.

A Contractor You Can Trust

When you start looking for contractors, start by finding one with some stability and a track history for doing excellent work in the specialties you’re looking for. The professionals at Green Remodeling have been transforming spaces for over a decade now, with a long list of satisfied customers to show for it. Specializing in most every area in or out of the home, there’s no space too large or too small to transform into the visionyou have for it.

Call Laura Green and the Green Team today for your FREE consultation!

Custom Built-Ins for Convenient Storage in Any Room

Now that school is back in full swing and your family has probably already gotten sucked into the seemingly never ending routine of homework, school activities, sports, and all the other things our kids take part in, you’ve probably noticed a increasing amount of the associated clutter that seems to be piling up all around the house. Whether it’s sports equipment, clothing, books, papers, files, etc., it all has the ability to get away from us before we know it, leaving us feeling disorganized and stressed. While all the activity is pretty common for this time of year, the clutter and lack of storage that comes with it doesn’t need to be. If you know that you’re in need of some extra storage space, but don’t quite know how or where to come by it, you might be a perfect candidate for custom built-in storage, handcrafted by a professional carpenter.

Custom-Crafted Form & Function

Use your walls and the full height from floor to ceiling to add built-in shelving and cabinets to any room of the house. Use open shelving wherever it is you’re storing items that you’d like to display, while closed cabinets can help keep the other stuff hidden and out of the way. If it’s sports equipment you’re trying to keep at bay, consider a built-in wall unit in the garage to keep unnecessary items like sports equipment from even making it into the house. Create a space for every specific item you need to store to increase the chances of it making its way back to the same spot. Not all built-ins need to start at the floor, either; if you’re pressed for the extra floor space in the garage (or any other room), feel free to add hanging cabinets to the walls to keep the stuff up and off the ground. The beautiful form and function of a custom-crafted built-infixture is an instant upgrade that’s perfect for any room of the house.

Trust a Local Professional

While “getting organized” and “reducing clutter” sound like huge, daunting tasks, you don’t need to be intimidated by the thought of it. It’s actually quite easy when you contact a local professional like the experts at Green Remodeling. With a team of master carpenters and craftsmen available to help you plan, design, build and finish your built-in fixture (or anything else you desire), you’ll have all the help you’ll need to tackle your most troublesome areas of the house. With over a decade of experience in the remodeling and renovation business, you can be sure that if it can be built, Green Remodeling has either already built itor is certainly up to the task of building it for you in order to create the living space of your dreams.

The Luxury of Custom Built-In Cabinets and Shelving

Few things do as much for the aesthetics of a home’s interior than the look of custom built-in cabinets and shelves. You’ve probably seen them in magazines or million-dollar model homes and marveled at how much they truly add to a living space. Fashionable and incredibly functional, custom cabinets add detail, sophistication, elegance, and visual interest to any room. In addition to offering much needed storage in the form of shelves and/or cabinets, but they also help to draw the eye upward, giving the impression of a taller ceiling and thus, a larger room. Not just for the kitchen anymore, custom cabinetry and shelving can now be used in literally every room of the house to maximize available space.

Living Room

Since this is more than likely the room that the family uses most frequently, built-ins can be used to not only display the TV and all its accompanying components, but also DVDs, books, photos, and other familial keepsakes. Utilize cabinet doors to keep board games and other items stowed away conveniently, yet hidden from view.

Home Office

Install a custom built-in cabinet in the home office area for a convenient study nook where the kids can do homework and parents can sit down and catch up on bills or correspondence. In addition, you can utilize the available space above and around doorways to store frequently used items and books.

Bedroom

If you have a TV in the bedroom, consider a built-in entertainment center to house the TV and all the other electronic components. To keep it elegant and discreet, you can even incorporate folding doors that can be closed to hide the TV when not in use. You can also incorporate bookshelves to keep your favorite bedtime books nearby. In addition, since the bedroom requires a lot of additional storage space for clothing and bed linens, built-ins could also take the place of your traditional dresser and chest, if need be.

Laundry/Mud Room

As we get closer to winter, a mud room becomes a convenient feature that not only adds to the beauty of your living space, but adds functional, usable storage space for snow boots, rain gear, and other items you don’t want tracking mud and snow into the house. Install custom bench seating where users can sit down to remove boots and individual storage compartments in which to store them. Utilize wall space and create areas where you can hang keys, backpacks, umbrellas, and other frequently used items that you’ll need to grab again the next time you leave the house. Also, a well-appointed laundry room could include convenient features such as a folding area and storage space for detergents and other chemicals.

The Sky’s the Limit

You’re limited only by your own imagination when it comes to all the different ways and spaces in which you can use custom built-in cabinets and shelving. For professional service and craftsmanship, call on Green Remodeling for your custom carpentry needs. With top-notch service and the dedication necessary to making the most out of the space you have, you can trust the build pros at Green Remodeling to help you create the space of your dreams.

Be sure to visit our showroom or contact us for more information regarding our expertise in custom cabinetry or any other aspect of remodeling or renovating your home.