Residential Construction Contracts – 9 Things Every San Diego Resident Should Know

So you’ve decided to remodel a space in your home, but before worrying about the contract, you need to decide if you’re going to hire a contractor or a design build firm. What used to be two separate phases (design phase and construction phase), design build firms are now combining both phases into a one stop shop. In doing so,  a design build firm such as Lars Remodel & Design creates faster project finishes, cost savings, and streamlined communication, as well as overall quality control of the entire process.

Whether you …

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Your Guide to the Top Remodel Contractors in San Diego

There are many remodel contractors to choose from in San Diego with each one stating that they provide reliable, good quality service. Can you really take their word for it?

A home remodel project will directly impact your home’s value and lifestyle, and it’s important to choose a great remodel company that will deliver value for your dollars.

How will you distinguish a great contractor from an average one?

Before you pick up your phone and blindly call the first remodeling company on your contact list, you should be aware that there are ways to protect yourself from future heartache. It’s important to find a …

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Home Improvement Costs: What You Need to Know Before You Get Started

Are you wondering how much your home improvement project is going to cost you? Check out this guide to learn what you need to know before you get started.

At the moment, the average home price in San Diego is estimated to be near $575,000. That’s massively more than home prices were a decade ago.

Homes in San Diego have increased by over $75,000 during that time, but wages haven’t seen such progress.

Depending on where you live, this may not be the best time to move. So, what do you do if your home needs an update or you’ve outgrown it?

It …

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Big Remodel? Bigger Benefits. Here Are The Top Benefits of a Bathroom Remodel

Are you thinking about remodeling your bathroom, but aren’t sure if it’s a good idea?

With the DIY market about to hit the $14 billion mark soon, it’s clear that remodeling and home improvements are becoming more popular. However, there are some big projects that should be left to the professionals rather than taking the risk of doing more harm than good. A bathroom remodel is one of those things. A bathroom remodel by a real professional has many, many great benefits that are worth considering.

Here are five reasons to embark on a bathroom remodel.

1. Space To Move Around

If you’re like most …

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Adding Up the Benefits: The Top Benefits of Room Additions

A room addition may cost money, but it offers some serious benefits.

Are you considering adding on to your home?

Room additions have the potential of adding significant value to your home. There are a few things that you should consider before you get started, however.

The average cost of a home addition in the U.S. is over $150,000 dollars. And, a large addition might cost homeowners as much as $375,000 dollars or more depending on your remodel needs. 

But, don’t let the estimated costs scare you. Room additions have the potential of paying you back many times over the amount you might spend on the …

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Update Your Outdoor Living Space for Summer – 8 Tips to Get Started

Spring and summer are the best seasons in San Diego to enjoy your outdoor living space. Maybe you want to make a few tasteful upgrades to get your space ready. Or perhaps you want to redo the entire outdoor living area to be the best backyard on the block. Either way, there is a lot to think about. What do you want your outside living space to look and feel like this summer? Follow these eight tips to get your design started:

1. Set the Mood With Outdoor Lighting

After the sun goes down, you want your backyard living area to be bright enough to …

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The Top Kitchen Remodeling Tips for a Stellar Kitchen

Americans take on millions of home remodel projects every year. Of those, kitchen remodels come in second, falling just behind bathroom remodels.

Whether it’s because our kitchens see so much use or because new popular kitchen styles are coming out every year, we love to redo the heart of our homes.

If you’re thinking about redoing your kitchen this year, keep reading. We’re breaking down a few kitchen remodeling tips you need to know to ensure that your project is a success.

Set a Budget Before You Get Started

Like a home remodeling project, redoing your kitchen can quickly become a significant undertaking.

The average San Diego resident …

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How to Find a Design-Build Contractor You Can Trust in San Diego

Your home isn’t simply a house secured with a set of locks and keys, it’s a safe haven where you and your family get some space to relax, away from the outside world.

So when hiring a contractor, you need to find one who understands your needs and gives you space and privacy you need. The million dollar question is how to find a design-build contractor you can trust.

After all, this is a stranger you are inviting in your home and may be around for weeks or months. Quite stressful, isn’t it?

First, you need to define why exactly you need a contractor. Then do a …

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How to Decorate Your Home With Pantone’s Color of the Year: Coral

Styles come and go. Last year blues and purples were the hottest colors. This year Pantone, one of the world leading paint producers, has picked coral as the must-have color. And not just any coral – living coral.

This color might not be familiar now, but by the end of the year, you can expect to see it all over new and newly renovated spaces. Living coral is a warm tone that combines elements of red, orange, pink, and gold. It is bright without being bold and colorful without being cute.

Coral looks amazing in almost any space and as we turn the corner out …

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What Home Improvements Increase Property Taxes?

It’s called home improvement for a reason – because your home is objectively better after the work is done. However, it’s important to consider all the effects of a home improvement, including the impact your home upgrades may have on your property taxes.

Since property tax is assessed based on the value of your home, it’s possible for a home improvement project to raise your property tax bill. Some projects won’t have any effect at all, but some will. This quick guide is designed to show you exactly what type of home improvements increase property taxes.

What Causes Property Taxes to Increase?

Property taxes can …

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