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Q&A — How to remodel to protect children with allergies?

Question: My two daughters suffer from allergies and asthma. When we remodel next year, we need to end up with cleaner indoor air. What should we do? Answer: My first thought is that you should not live there during the remodel. Even with control measures, construction dust will infiltrate your house. Drywall dust is the [...]

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Will you choose the cheap contractor? Or the artist?

A few months ago, my friend (who I’ll call Clare for the sake of this true story) was in the position to choose a contractor for the small, charming century-old house she gutted and is bringing back to life. Clare got full bids from two contractors. Contractor Artisan’s bid was more expensive by 10s of [...]

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Hire a remodeling consultant? It’s something to consider

Sometimes the remodeling industry seems like the Wild, Wild West. It’s crazy out here! The cast of characters is huge! You’ve got your builders and general contractors and remodeling contractors and architects and designers and engineers and plumbers and roofers and tile setters and butchers and bakers and candlestick makers. Oh wait. Well, anyway, it [...]

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Build Like a Pro: Should I flash an exterior door under a covered porch?

If you want to remodel like a pro, I suggest you do what the pros do. For inspiration, many professional contractors hang out at the online forums of JLCOnline.  This is the website of the highly respected Journal of Light Construction. To participate in the forums, you have to be a professional contractor. However, DIYers [...]

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Ask a Contractor: Should we renovate all at once, or in steps?

Question: We want to do several upgrades to our house, including the kitchen, the master bathroom and a new deck. Should we have them all done at the same time, or would it be easier on my family to have them done one at a time? Answer: From Alon Toker, president of Mega Builders in [...]

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