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Concrete Driveway Dos and Dont’s

Concrete driveway for the home

Without a doubt, concrete driveways provide a strong impression in the front portion of your home. More often than not, it is the first thing visitors’ notice as they approach the house. If you are looking to upgrade an existing one or planning to put a new one in your home, here are some helpful tips to guide you.

Curb Appeal

A upgrade of concrete driveway can increase the value of a home

The reason homeowners upgrade their driveway is to increase curb appeal thus increases the market value of the home. According to concrete driveway specialist, Staincrete, upgrading an existing concrete driveway can be as simple as placing a saw cutting in a decorative pattern using a masonry skill saw blade and then adding some nice decorative concrete stains. If you feel that your driveway has seen better days, consider giving it a facelift using stamped concrete or some interlocking pavers. It can come as a surprise how your home looks much nicer with just a simple driveway upgrade.

Concrete Driveway Sizing

Have an ample concrete driveway

Check with the local Building and Safety office to determine local codes prior to settling on a design. There are instances, where the local HOA or homeowner’s association seems to have an opinion on this aspect as well. Check also for fire truck access and turn around ability especially for lengthy driveways.

Standard Length

concrete driveway should have ample length and width

According concrete driveway experts, plan the driveway using 18-20 feet of length for each vehicle and allow at least 22-24 feet for full size pick up trucks that feature extended cabs and oversized mini-vans. There should be some walk around room at the bottom of the drive of at least three to five feet.

Standard Width

concrete driveway should have ample width

Design concrete driveways with a minimum of ten feet of width for each car. If there is still space left, use wider spacing for more convenient walk-about space between vehicles. Factor in the space in instances when kids remove their bikes from the garage and make sure there is enough space between cars to avoid denting or scratching.…

Guide To Choosing A Residential Plumber You Can Trust

When you found a great residential plumber, keep him for life

Choosing a residential plumber is easy. Choosing a residential plumber you can trust is another thing altogether. You probably have heard a lot of horror stories regarding people’s experiences hiring so-called “skilled professionals” but somehow ended up spending more money than what was required. Many homeowners often choose not to think about the how until they are faced with a plumbing emergency and then just hire who is available immediately without thinking about the consequences.

My Residential Plumber Story

Residential plumber making an assessment

My story began 4 years ago when we bought our first home. Naturally, worrying about the plumbing was the farthest thing in our minds until one sunny day about 3 2 years ago when my 6 year old shouted that there was water already in the hallway. I discovered that our water heater had gotten a leak. After panicking for a couple of seconds I immediately decided to ring the only residential plumber, Ramsey MN I knew, who was in another city about an hour away for some advice. It was a good thing that he was able to refer me to someone local and would get me in touch with him.

Luckily, the problem was solved quite painlessly, the plumber came and fixed the issue right away, with good skill and without burning a hole in my pocket. Once the repairs were done, I took his contact information. Knowing a local residential plumber was, obviously very important and the water heater leak did gave me my first rude awakening about emergency plumbing issue. Unfortunately, the same leak happened two more times and strangely in the same location.

Emergency plumbing issues can be avoided when you have a reliable residential plumberThis time I decided to call an established residential plumbing company located in town. At first, I was quite hesitant to do so as I was worried I would be paying more for their name and bran but not necessarily for the quality of service. However, I also knew I cannot suffer the same experience of having to undergo endless water heater leak repairs. While speaking with them I was able to learn that they had already worked at our home from the previous occupants. The rep was able to give me right away an estimate for what fees would be charged. Right then and there I knew the repair would be documented so if the same problem occurred once more everyone would have specific information as to what was done. I knew the basis where the fees for the repair would come from which gave me relief.

If I have to undergo the same process all over again I will not wait for an emergency in order to familiarize myself with my plumbing options. The best advice I can give you is to plan ahead and do some research before the emergency happens so that if and when it does you will have more confidence on whom to call and trust. Here are some quick pointers:

Ask for References

An experienced and trustworthy residential plumber service should easily be able to provide you with names of recent customers in your part of town.

Ask for Quotes

Get a couple of written quotes or estimates from different plumbers. Insist on documentation so if something goes wrong it is easy to track what went down.

Licensing & Insurance

A reliable residential plumber is a licensed and insured plumber

While it is true that not every state require their plumbers to be licensed, all plumbers should have updated insurance information should there be injuries that happen while on your property.


Inquire how long have they been providing services to their customers. Are they established in your area or just starting out? Perhaps you have already seen them around your neighborhood. This means they have a reputation to keep and will work to provide you with excellent service to keep customers happy.…

How To Interview A Custom Home Builder

Building a custom home is a quite daunting task due to the sheer number of decisions you are required to make. However, if you want to save yourself from the stress and later disappointment, it is advisable to hire a good custom home builder. If you have already approved the design plans with your architect and now are trying to choose the right builder, then there are some things you need to consider.

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Check their reputation first and foremost. The state Construction Contractors’ Licensing Board can be very helpful to enable you to find out if the contractor in question has been in any lawsuits. You can check their official website for this kind of information.

The reliable detail and decision tracking – The builder in question should have reliable communication routines designed to keep track of all the details discussed and all the decisions made.

Discuss with them the number of meetings you will have and what specific method they are using to keep track. This is necessary to create mutual understanding and prevent expensive miscommunication.

Without reliable tracking, you could be on a rough ride. Accountability documentation – how does the builder track the promised actions? Both your decisions and theirs should be tracked.

This is to ensure that the schedule of the building runs smoothly. This is because delays on your part to provide them with what they need can prove to be costly.

You can easily find good custom home builders online because most of them have their user-friendly websites which provide complete information about them and their services.

They also publish the pictures of the homes built by them earlier so that you get an idea about their skills and expertise.

Things To Keep In Mind Before Starting Custom Home Remodeling

It is necessary to take care of your home just as it takes care of you by providing you refuge from the outside world. It is necessary to make alterations and repairs from time to time and remodeling may also be necessary to enhance your standard of living and to increase the value of the home. Every custom home remodeling project requires pre-planning so that you get the desired results within your budget.

You should first start with all the renovation that is needed in your home and make a list of it. Instead of spending time, money and effort on small improvements, it is advisable to go for large scale remodeling. This will automatically include the smaller details along with, the bigger complex improvement issues.

Another thing you need to consider is whether this is something that you can do yourself or you need to hire professionals. If you are opting for large-scale remodeling, then it is always advisable to hire a remodeling contractor. Doing this will save you time and money and also effort.

Once you have decided this, it is time to prepare a budget. Consult a few contractors and get no-obligation quotes from them. This will give you an idea of how much you need to spend on the project. This should not be too much of a problem though because you easily get home improvement loans nowadays.

If the remodeling project requires physical changes or complicated reworking of plumbing or electrical systems or if you want to add some extra space to your home then you will need a building permit from the authorities.