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Eco Friendly Countertops

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1. Recycled Glass Countertops

What is recycled glass: It is colorful recycled glass mixed into a cement, concrete, or resin base. Recycled glass kitchen counter tops can be colored or stained for more variation or to coordinate with cabinetry.

Why it’s eco friendly countertops: Diverts used glass from the waste stream. The cement in some counters is mixed with fly ash, a waste product that usually ends up in landfills; this also reduces greenhouse gas–producing cement manufacturing.

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Topics: kitchen countertops, countertops, bathroom countertops

How to Get Started on a Bathroom Remodel

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During a bathroom remodel, the goal is to achieve functionality. The key is to approach the project with

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Topics: bathroom remodel, storage, bathroom remodel ideas,, bathroom countertops

Kitchen Remodel: Popular Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

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A kitchen backsplash is what pulls your kitchen together. Because it doesn’t go on until the very end, this gives you time to choose just the right one. We know that with all the options of kitchen backsplashes to choose from, it can be a little overwhelming. So we’ve put together a collection of our favorite styles to help narrow down your decision.

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Topics: kitchen, kitchen countertops, backsplash, eco friendly, kitchen remodel, tile, kitchen cabinets, custom kitchen cabinets, countertops

2014 Home Renovation ROI in Los Angeles

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Home renovations are higher than they have been in years. Whether you are flipper or a home owner who eventually plans to sell, it is important that the renovations you make boost your property value. It can’t just be any kind of remodel.

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Topics: kitchen, kitchen countertops, home addition, wood deck, basement remodel, return on investment, ROI, 2014, home renovation, home remodel, costs, kitchen remodel, kitchen cabinets, countertops

Lousy Construction Results: Failed Home Remodel Construction Project

Posted by Lydia Solis

It is widely known that the home remodel industry is rife with unsavory characters. The common slick pushy sales man who wears way too much cologne.  One thing that truly chaps my hide is when people move forward and hire someone because they quoted them a “super deal.” The customer was also promised the world in expensive upgrades, etc., etc. This job only has two roads. One leads to the $1 Fare and the other to the magic show. The $1 is when a customer feels like they are on a rollercoaster that rattles and is a terrifying ride. Shoddy work and no return phone calls from the contractor. The magic show is when the contractor disappears with the customer’s money and abandons the project. For a while I thought that the great recession had killed off most of these degenerate self-proclaimed ‘contractors.’  As the economy continues to grow I have noticed that some of these scumbags are slithering their way back into the market. If you can sense my contempt for these sleazy people it because they cause an enormous amount of havoc in the construction industry. Bad contractors cause home owner major anxiety. When I first meet with people it takes about 15 minutes for them to get comfortable with me. I like to think that my ethics and reputation help set their mind at ease. In most cases this is true, but I do notice more often than not people have their defenses up.

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Topics: residential contractor, general contractor, contractor, remodeling contractor, dealing with contractors, residential construction, home remodel

The Anatomy of a Sexy Kitchen: Redondo Beach Kitchen Remodel

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Design Goal: Turn a dated 1950’s Kitchen into and entertainment center piece

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Topics: kitchen, kitchen countertops, kitchen remodel, kitchen cabinets

How to Spot a Shady Contractor

Posted by Lydia Solis

As a residential construction company, we were of course intrigued when Adam Corolla teamed up with Spike TV for Catch a Contractor. It’s about the nationwide epidemic of shady contractors giving the good ones a bad name. Innocent people who need work done on their home and end up being scammed by these “contractors”. The contractor vanishes like a ghost with the customers’ money and leave hack jobs behind.

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Topics: residential contractor, general contractor, remodeling contractor, dealing with contractors

Pros and Cons of Glass Tile

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Glass tile is a unique tile and a popular choice amongst designers because it makes everything

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Topics: bathroom remodel, bathroom, shower ideas, kitchen, backsplash, kitchen remodel, tile, countertops

How to Be a Considerate Neighbor During Home Remodel

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Home remodeling is on the rise. More homeowners are spending time and money making major changes to their homes. With that being said, those remolding their homes should also try to remain a pleasant relationship with their neighbors.

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Topics: home remodeling, home renovation, residential construction, home remodel

The Consequences of Poor Home Maintenance

Posted by Lydia Solis

The vast digital information space known as the internet contains countless articles providing overviews on quality home repair. They offer step-by-step comprehensive guides to ensure every aspect of your house – walls, floors, appliances, furniture, roofs, are properly maintained. Yet humanity is far from perfect, and more often than not, laziness and procrastination win out over proactivity and responsibility. This article is focusing on the negatives situations and consequences of abstaining from quality home maintenance.  Input a steady repair/inspection schedule into your home maintenance app, or else face the wrath of these varying household afflictions.

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Topics: home maintenance, property maintenance

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