Tips When Remodeling Your Home

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Encouragement Press, LLC, Jul 31, 2006 - House & Home - 214 pages
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Here in one book are all the tips and know-how you need to not only survive a remodeling project but to take charge and stay in control. 50 plus one Tips When Remodeling Your Home covers all the myths and realities of building and remodeling. The plus one tip, of course, is to not take on more than you are ready to do. Not everyone can handle the pressure, mess and inconvenience of remodeling, but you can help make the process run smoothly if you know what to expect. Author Bill Resch, a contractor and builder with 25 years experience, helps you with everything from choosing a contractor, dealing with problems and managing fraud, licenses, lawyers, bonding, budgeting, buying and event the kids and the pets in the mess. Simple, concise and very specific, this is the book for everyone thinking about or in the middle of a remodeling project.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Remodeling Should You Do It?
3
Controlling Your Project Copper Gutters and Creeping Elegance
7
Getting Your Finances in Shape
11
Getting the Financing You Need
15
The AllImportant Budget
19
Outpricing the Neighborhood
23
Remodeling Fraud
27
New Materials for a New Age
107
Using the Big Box Building Center to Your Best Advantage
111
Buying the Best Custom Materials or Will OfftheShelf Do?
115
Green Is Good
119
Windows and Lighting
123
What Is Hot in Basement Remodeling?
127
What Is Hot in Kitchen Remodeling?
131
What Is Hot in Attic Remodeling?
135

The Architect Is Your Best Friend
31
Finding a Contractor Better Than Doing It Yourself
35
Communication Is the Key
39
The Contract That Binds Most of the Time
43
Forms Sample Contractor Agreement
47
Warranties on Work and Materials
51
What If You Really Need to Make Changes?
55
Remodeling from the Contractors Point of View
59
Who Is the Building Inspector and Why Is He Here?
63
Do You Need a Lawyer?
67
Arbitration Beats a Lawsuit Every Time
71
General Health and Safety on the Job Site
75
Being Your Own General Contractor The Pros and Cons
79
Should You Do the Renovation Yourself?
83
Doing Part of the Work Yourself
87
Health and Safety for the DoItYourselfer
91
Should You Live In or Move Out During Construction?
95
Neighbors and Noise
99
DoItYourself Kitchen Remodeling
103
What Is Hot in Bathroom Remodeling?
139
What Is Hot in Backyard Remodeling?
143
What Is Hot in Garages?
147
What Is Hot in Home Office Remodeling?
151
What Is Hot in Master Bedroom Remodeling?
155
Remodeling for Ultimate Storage in Mind
159
Remodeling to Sell
163
Remodeling Lite
167
Feng Shui Your Space
171
Saving Energy Is the Key
175
Remodeling You Can Live With As You Age
179
Children and Remodeling Fun
183
Handling Stress During Remodeling
187
Taxes the IRS and Your Basis When Selling Your Remodeled Home
191
Putting On the Ritz
195
Final Remodeling Punch List
199
The Celebration
203
Index
207
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About the author (2006)

William Resch is Senior Project Manager and Chief Designer at Highland Park Millwork-an 80-year-old high-end architectural millwork company located in Highland Park, Illinois. He has been in the general contracting and millwork industries for more than 25 years, specializing in upper-tier residential renovation and millwork. Married with two children, he lives in Chicago.

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