Budgeting for a commercial remodel can be a difficult task. Many business owners find that it's important to approach this process logically, taking the remodeling process step by step. It's our hope that having this information can help make the remodeling process simpler and easier. Kevin Ahern gives some tips on how to stay within your budget. Set Goals for Your Remodel Ask yourself, what do you hope to accomplish through your remodel? Asking yourself this question in advance can help you determine the scope of the remodel. Also will help you establish parameters for the changes that will take place in your commercial building. Get Quotes From Contractors Remember that different contractors will have different ideas for the execution of your plans, and some of these ideas will be more costly than others. To establish a budget, first you must meet with different contractors to find the right contractor at the right price. Ask questions of each contractor when they [...]
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First things first, remember that when your hire a contractor this person will be around you and your family for weeks, even months. This means that if you are questioning your contractor at all you should try to find a new one. Remember you both need to get along for the duration of the project! Here are some tips to look for when looking for a contractor. Experience: Hiring a contractor with experience is probably the most important tip we can give! You want your redesign to be just like you want it to make sure your contractor can deliver and is someone you can trust. A great contractor will provide a list of relevant, completed projects for your review. Ask Around: Has your neighbor used this contractor? Ask them about their problems or issues that came up. Ask references about the communication before during and after the project, as well as their satisfaction with staying on-time and on-budget. The [...]
2017 is a year of trends. From a more environmentally home, to a home filled with new technology, making sure your home fits the contemporary style is in! Let Decor Construction help build or remodel your home just the way you want it! Voice-activated assistants. There’s been a lot of talk about voice assistants in the home. Amazon’s Alexa, which is enabled in the Echo Dot shown on this side table, acts as a voice-activated interface for many smart home devices. These devices work through activation phrases like “Alexa” or “OK Google.” The devices, placed throughout your home, are always listening in somewhat of a dormant state. Say the activation phrase, and the device fires up and awaits your command. Ask it to give you the weather or play a song from Spotify or dim your lights or power up the hot tub. White with off-white. There’s just something refreshing about a room full of white. But when done in [...]
Building the home of your dreams with your spouse seems like it would be an exciting journey, but for some it causes problems that begin to tear each other apart. Here are a couple ways to stay together and continue to be happy without the drama. Have a Detailed Conversation BEFORE You Begin. Sit down and discuss the journey you are about to embark on. Strategize on what you both want and do not want in your home. Work together to pick out ideas, and be honest about you are not willing to settle on. Have your hard conversations up front. This will save you many arguments down the line. Remember that you are creating a shared vision, realize what you might have to compromise on before you do anything else. Discuss price limits on different options and supplies. Decide early on what you are going to splurge on and what you are willing to hold back. Learn to Laugh [...]
Construction risk management is a commitment that Decor Construction takes seriously. We mitigate a number of risks through on-going education and training. Capterra, a construction management software company, shared a great guide to help companies identify potential risk. 1: List the Potential Sources of Construction Risk To start managing your construction risks, you need to be able to list out what could jeopardize your projects. Take a deep breath, because the list can be long: Occupational risk: Injury, possibly fatal, to a worker because of behavior, methodologies or technologies used, weather or a third party. Financial risk: Such as unmanaged growth, lack of sales, rising interest rates, overtrading, problems with the economy, and increases in oil and building supply prices. Contractual risk: Penalties you may have to pay for not completing a job on time. Project risk: Lack of proper project management, inadequate company policies or lack of application of such policies, miscalculation of time and resources required, and more. [...]
Are you looking to upgrade your old shingle roof to something more durable? Looking for unique style with energy efficient benefits? Consider these benefits of metal roofing for your home! Highly Durable One of the greatest benefit of metal roofing is its durability. Resistant to water, wind, hail, fire, and more, metal roofs can last 50 years or longer with regular maintenance. If you’re tired of replacing shingles every time there are high winds, a metal roof can help make your life easier and home safer. They are also low maintenance and quiet, so you don’t have to worry about the sound of rain on your roof. Energy Efficient Another major advantage of a metal roof is its energy efficient properties. Metal is a naturally reflective surface, so your roof does not absorb as much heat from the sun like an asphalt shingle roof does. This helps keep your attic and home cooler during hot, sunny days, allowing you to [...]
Everyone wants to get the most for their money, and regular roof maintenance is an essential part of that plan. Caring for your roof is fairly simple and can really pay off down the road. Not looking forward to climbing the ladder? Here are some benefits of regular roof maintenance to keep you on track. Extends the Life of Your Roof Depending on your roofing material, the level of required maintenance will vary. Cedar shake and asphalt shingle roofs, for example, require more frequent maintenance than a metal roof. Its important to be familiar with your roofing material so you can provide the proper care. For example, walking on a tile roof should be left to professionals or you could easily break the tiles. Meanwhile, you should never use a pressure washer to clean your asphalt shingle roof or youll damage the shingles. Catches Problems Early Regular roof maintenance helps catch early signs of damage. Whether a hail storm knocked [...]
Just because you aren’t a roofing professional doesn’t mean that you aren’t able to spot problems that may be happening with your roof. Remaining proactive is the best thing that you can do for your roof. Taking care of any type of damage to your roof is a great way to ensure that your roof will last throughout its entire projected lifespan. Here are a few things to look out for. Curling shingles: Shingles that are curling, also referred to as clawing, can be easily damaged by high winds. They are normally the result of excessive heat or just the overall age of the roofing system itself. Damaged flashings: you can find flashing surrounding skylights, chimneys, or other areas within your roofing system that can be potentially affected by separation. The flashing can separate and lift due to general contraction and expansion creating an entryway for water. Missing shingles: Without shingles, your roof’s ability to shed water is taken away making it more vulnerable to leaks. A [...]
Christmas and other winter holidays may not be here yet but they’re on the way! And with the mild weather we’ve had this fall, many people are getting an early start to their holiday decorating. If you put up lights and decorations yourself, we have a few ways to inspect your roof as you decorate! Note the Gutters Since even the most basic lights tend to go around the edges of the roof, you might as well take a look at your gutters while you’re at it. If you notice excess leaves, now may be a perfect time to clean them out. Alternately, if you notice sagging or broken fasteners, it’s best to address these issues early in order to avoid costly repairs! Test the Siding If you have wooden exterior fixtures like siding and fascia and you’re already outdoors decorating, it makes sense to do a quick test! Simply apply pressure to the wood. If it’s soft or squishy, [...]
3 Ceiling Fixtures to Consider for Your Next Remodel Have you been thinking of remodeling your home? You may be focusing on the flooring, storage and paint, which are all important. But small changes in your Tulsa, OK ceiling fixtures can make a room really pop. And lucky for you, it doesn’t necessarily need to be a large investment. Light Fixtures An easy method of converting the style of a room is by updating the light fixtures. With the chandeliers, track lights, pendants and much more to choose from, the possibilities are endless. You can match these fixtures to whatever style you’re going for, from elegant to modern to rustic. It’s amazing what a new light fixture can do for a room! Plus, this doesn’t have to cost you much money! If budget is an issue, you can often buy inexpensive light covers that still update a room at an affordable cost. Exposed Beams One way to bring immediate character to [...]