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How to turn your old house into your Dream Home

When it comes to buying a house, what room seals the deal?

It depends on the size of the house. The kitchen is perhaps the most important room in any house. The kitchen in a small house is perhaps the room people focus on the most when they are ready to buy. As you might have noticed, in every party the kitchen is the only room that is always full of people. I am a firm believer that the kitchen needs to be an open, spacious and bright room because you spend a lot of time there with your family.   new-112_opt1

The Master Suite in bigger houses is the room that most people feel should be the main focus when it comes to buying a house. People look for privacy and when there are kids, having a Master Suite helps a lot.

When you have an extra room that can be used as a Family Room, that gives the house some extra points, more so than having a den. A Family Room adds an area where the kids can watch movies or play away from the adults and where the husband with his friends can watch the game and be loud while the rest of the house can be left alone. Continue reading

To remodel or not to remodel? Part II

Home is where the heart is… in other words, the most important place for anybody. Remodeling your home to make it better for you and your family has become the thing to do. Of course, during construction you will feel out of place and a little disturbed if you stay in the house during construction but even then, in the long run, remodeling your house to fit your needs has proven to be a very good investment.

One thing to keep in mind is to remodel or add onto your house according to the neighborhood and the value of the properties around you. If you over build, you will never get back what you put into the project. So, always make sure you do some research on the neighbors’ properties, the size of the surrounding houses, their value, etc. before you prepare the home design plans, so at the time of resale, if you decide to sell, you do not lose money.

This is the best time to remodel because prices are down. Home design professionals are lowering their fees to attract new customers, contractors are bidding jobs very low to guarantee the work and material cost has gone drastically down. For opinions on that topic, check the page: “What the experts are saying.”

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Always hire professionals to prepare your plans

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It is always recommended that the construction work you plan on doing in your house is drawn by a professional such as a residential designer or an architect. There are no licenses required to prepare drawings for a home design project or any kind of project for that matter, specially if they are considered standard construction and the details for construction follow the general guidelines from the city or county. But sometimes depending on the job, even when the job seems simple, the city and county officials ask for the stamp and signature of a structural engineer. That is the only license anybody needs to officially submit plans at the city or county offices and to get them approved. If the designer follows the city standard details and notes, the project can be approved easily and sometimes even without a structural engineer’s stamp. It depends on the project.

Hiring someone who is not a residential designer or architect to prepare your plans is not advisable. There are construction companies called “design build” that offer design services along with their construction services and guess what? They do not emphasize on the design but the construction because that is where they make their money. So they really do not care about the look or the feel of the projects in terms of design. Do not hire contractors to prepare your home design layouts because contractors build and their specialty is not ‘design’. Get a residential design professional to design your addition or remodel and to prepare your home design plans and then hire a contractor to build the project.  sect-blu_opt1

In the state of California, as well as in many other states, there is no license required to prepare plans, to submit them at the city/county or to even get them approved for construction when it comes to single family residential projects. Continue reading