Thursday, November 27, 2014
According to estimates, Americans spent about $130 billion last year in home renovation costs—the biggest expenditure since 2007. While this figure suggests that people are once again optimistic about the prospects of the housing market, getting in touch with a reliable contractor remains a major concern for homeowners. Thankfully, companies like Contractors Express have made it easier to find qualified contractors in Long Island, NY through an innovative program. Dubbed “Express Connect”, this program seeks to pair trusted contractors to clients who need the best renovation specialists to help them undertake home improvements. That way, homeowners can rest assured that projects will be accomplished on time and on budget without sacrificing quality. Furthermore, Contractors Express serves as a middleman that sets up appointments between the parties involved so that estimates can be quoted.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Kitchen cabinets are an important part of your kitchen’s style. They could also easily be the biggest investment in your kitchen. You’re going to need a lot of them to remove the clutter and store your kitchen utensils, pots, pans, and plates. They have to look just right in your kitchen. Here are some questions to ask yourself when picking out your cabinets:
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Although kitchens are spaces designed to facilitate the easy preparation of food, it does not mean they do not have to look stylish. The Improvement Center website has a feature column published last October 24, 2014 that details how homeowners can remodel their kitchens to look more fabulous without breaking their budget. Some of the suggestions made by the column include:
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Hollow-core doors might be inexpensive and serviceable enough, but homeowners should reconsider choosing them if they want a door that will last them for life. Solid core doors will not suffer from the shortcomings outlined by the article above, and can even give a home a genuine and warm appearance. Homeowners and their contractors should consult with a reliable Long Island building supply company such as Contractor Express if they want sturdy doors in their houses. There are several types of solid core doors that homeowners can choose to outfit their homes with. Doors with particle cores have pressed wood fibers in their center, while those with stave lumber cores are composed of small wooden blocks. There are also doors that sport mineral-based cores that use materials such as gypsum in order to create a fire-resistant access.
Friday, November 21, 2014
With a 78% return on investment, building a deck is one of the most cost-efficient home renovation projects out there. Not surprisingly, Long Island decking contractors have seen an influx of clients wanting to turn their sparse backyards into usable extensions of their living spaces. Like fashion, though, home improvements also have their fair share of trends. According to DeckMagazine.com, composite material is fast becoming the go-to option for homeowners. An interview conducted by Andrew Wormer with prominent figures in the industry revealed as much:
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Proper planning is required when you talk about remodeling your kitchen. Just like any other room in your house, a kitchen serves a particular purpose; namely, a place where you prepare food for your friends and family. As such, your kitchen should be designed in such a way that it maximizes its function while giving users a smooth experience. With that in mind, here are a couple of tips to take note of:
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Almost everyone has envisioned as a child what his or her dream house would look like. Owning a house costs a lot; it’s one of the biggest investments you will ever make in your lifetime, if you decide at all that home ownership is for you. Add in the renovations or remodeling costs that will be made through the years of ownership, you’ll see why it’s important to plan your project even before the renovations begin.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
The doors inside your home are just as important as the doors outside it. You may think getting a hollow-core door should be enough, as it is expensive and fulfills its purpose well, but there’s something to be said about durability. That’s why you should consider solid core doors; aside from lasting a lifetime, they can also grant a home a warm and genuine appearance. Homeowners who want their houses to project this kind of atmosphere should consult a reliable Long Island building supply company such as Contractor Express to help them make it possible.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Today's modern kitchens usually feature stainless steel appliances, all-white interiors, and plain black, brown, or white cabinets. Simple, bright and airy—these are the main goals of modern kitchen design. Although these rooms do have aesthetic appeal, they can seem a bit dull. Oftentimes, an eye-catching cabinet color and design is all that's needed to liven up the kitchen a bit.
Fresh lighting choices, playing with pastel colors, and mixing up cabinet finishes, are a few of the many kitchen cabinet remodeling possibilities a homeowner can opt for. Check out the different ideas below and see what grabs your attention. Perhaps one of these might pique the interest of the next homeowner who needs your services.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
When it’s time to replace a kitchen countertop, there’s no single perfect answer. Above all else, a countertop needs to reflect the homeowner’s personal style, and there can be dozens of options for that. Laminate countertops are a very popular choice in U.S. homes, however there are plenty of durable and attractive countertop choices, each with its own set of advantages, quirks and design possibilities.
The most popular stone countertops are granite and marble. Granite, an exceptionally dense material, is arguably the most durable option for a stone countertop. Marbles are more porous and acids like juices or vinegar can etch the surface over time, but a lot of people actually like its etched look.
The use of sustainable building materials is one way to ensure that homes have little or zero negative effects to the environment. While some have doubts as to the reliability of these types of materials, people can be rest assured that most of the environment-friendly building materials available in the market are of high quality. In fact, many professional contractors in Long Island, NY use sustainable materials in their projects as such products are good long-term investments for homeowners.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Outdoor kitchens are useful investments which can give homes a higher property value, as well as provide owners with a chance to easily hold intimate gatherings within the vicinity of their homes. While some are still contemplating the idea of building the said home addition, many are now proud owners of outdoor kitchens and are currently thinking of remodeling theirs. In fact, homeowners are usually searching for good quality materials to incorporate in outdoor kitchen remodeling of Long Island homes.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Of course, not all crown moldings are made equal, according to Long Island building supply dealer Contractors Express. These days, this finishing product can be made from wood or PVC, but one material that has gained wide acceptance is medium density fiberboard (or MDF). Why its prevalence in the industry? To begin with, MDF has no grain patterns or knots, allowing it to easily assimilate into any room. Since the material is uniform from surface to core, it can be machined into highly intricate designs. Furthermore, it can be fashioned into custom lengths, thereby minimizing wasted trim-backs, and allowing contractors to create moldings perfectly suited for each home.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Make sure to use only the best materials Customers today have more choices than ever. As a contractor, if you can’t combine outstanding and up-to-date workmanship with the use of the best building materials, that’s a surefire way to send your clients scurrying toward the competition. That said, it bodes you well to purchase your materials only from trusted Long Island building materials suppliers like Contractor Express.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
These days, energy efficiency and cost cutting are the order of the day in just about any industry. Thus, it only stands to reason that the construction industry also follows suit and adopts certain methods that reduce the carbon footprints of its processes without sacrificing quality and profitability.
The use of sustainable building materials is one way to ensure that homes have little or zero negative effects to the environment. While some have doubts as to the reliability of these types of materials, people can rest assured that most of the environment-friendly building materials available in the market are of high quality. In fact, many professional contractors use sustainable materials in their projects, as such products are good long-term investments for homeowners.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
For many home contractors’ clients, paint color is essentially the only thing they have to think about when it comes to remodeling walls, with things like crown molding going over their head. Nonetheless, studies suggest that this often-overlooked component can have a significant effect on how a home turns out.
Of course, not all crown moldings are made equal. These days, this finishing product can be made from wood or PVC, but one material that has gained wide acceptance is medium density fiberboard or MDF.
Friday, September 26, 2014
A new cabinet can make a great addition to your kitchen. Choosing from the many kitchen cabinet designs can be tough, but the top consideration should always be quality. Here are some tips on how to find the perfect cabinet for your kitchen.
Friday, September 19, 2014
For those with a knack for creativity, a kitchen remodel presents a wonderful opportunity to try their hands in designing. Whether homeowners want a contemporary or a traditional look, they can create their dream kitchen by identifying different elements and blending them seamlessly with each other. Of course, everything has to start with a unifying theme.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Rooms can only be totally stunning if it looks beautiful and streamlined from top to bottom. If you’re planning a remodel, you have to envision the whole room’s transformation and make sure that every corner or surface doesn’t get left behind.
Friday, September 5, 2014
As technology evolves, it gets the minds of scientists working and searching for breakthroughs that could enrich our lives. Recently, researchers came up with innovative ideas for building materials which could not only help create bigger and stronger structures, but can interact with occupants as well.