Your Questions Answered – How Do I Get the Best Bid for My Remodeling Project?

The time has come, you are ready to get your much-needed remodeling job done! First things first, you need to find a contractor. While contacting contractors, how do you get the best bid for your remodeling project?

Watch Debby Allmon, a Schloegel Design Remodel designer, discuss how to go about getting the best bid or bids for your project.

Finger Jointed Trim

I had my doubts about finger jointed exterior trim when it became common some 20 years ago. I thought at the time that it would be troublesome. I called my millwork provider and expressed my concern. I could see the wood separating over time at the machined joints and moisture seeping in and causing the joint to fail.

Join SDR For Our Scariest Kitchen & Bath Contest

Do you have a kitchen or bath that’s absolutely scary? If so, be sure to enter your kitchen or bath into our Scariest Kitchen & Bath Contest taking place on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Schloegel Design Remodel showroom.

By entering your kitchen or bath into the contest you will get a chance to win a $250 VISA gift card! Submit your scariest kitchen or bath photo by October 25th by e-mail to [email protected]

Schloegel hosts Serbians

Schloegel Design Remodel recently participated in the Community Connections Program of the United States Agency for International Development and World Learning, in which we hosted 10 visitors from Serbia. The Community Connections Program is administered locally by the International Visitors Council of Greater Kansas City (KCIVC).

The goal of the KCIVC is to promote citizen diplomacy by person-to-person contacts to help shape United States foreign relations, which is why the ten participants stayed in the homes of local community citizens for 22 nights.

Ask Jake: Working Around Load Bearing Walls

 Jake,

I want to make a large opening between my kitchen & dining room. I do not want to tear down the whole wall. Does it matter if this is a load bearing wall? I'm also worried about electrical wires. My husband is a good handyman, but do you think he should tackle this job?

-Hilda

Hilda,

Yes, it does make a big difference if the wall is a load bearing wall.

Regretting your design? Consider remodeling.

There are a million different reasons to redesign a space. We recently read a blog that reminded us of one of the most common reasons: functionality. Does a wall in your home just not make sense to you? Or maybe a closet could be better placed somewhere else to open up a room.

What Are My Options for Removing Leveling Compound?

Jake,

We uncovered pine flooring in our 1859 built house it was covered with carpet and ply wood which we removed to find leveling compound. Is there any way to remove the compound short of just scraping with putty knife?

- Tom

Tom,

I don’t know of any other way of removing leveling compound other than with a chisel and a hammer.

NAHB’s 5 tips to a successful home remodel

The National Association of Home Builders released their 5 tips to a successful home remodel yesterday. It reminds us that Spring is a big time for remodeling, and planning is in full effect. You may even be contemplating a home or room redesign right now.

Create A Spa Environment in Your Bathroom

Are you considering a design-remodel for your home? Don't forget to show some love to one of the most-used rooms in your home- the bathroom. These days, homeowners want their house to be a welcoming haven where they can relax and unwind after a hectic day.