When you think about your garage, you probably think of a place to park your cars. You might also think of a cluttered mess of storage, if your garage falls under that category. Some homeowners, however, don’t use their garages for any of those uses. If you would like to expand your living area and don’t really need to use the garage to store your vehicle then we are the company for you. (COMPANY NAME) specializes in Garage Conversions. Here are some conversions that you might consider:
This is an increasingly popular option as surround sound and home theater systems get bigger and louder. If you like to have friends over for drinks, snacks and video games or a big football game on the widescreen television, turning your garage into a man cave might be the perfect use for this area. Best of all, the garage is pretty insulated from the rest of the house, so while the guys get loud rooting for their favorite team, the ladies can talk in peace and quiet in the living room or dining room.
Has your family outgrown your house because you have more people than you have bedrooms? Whether your teens don’t want to share a room anymore or you are expecting another baby, turning your garage into a spare bedroom can expand your living area without forcing you to move. You will need to insulate the garage, run air conditioning and heating ducts, and put up a permanent wall in order to complete this project. You will probably also want to put down wood flooring or carpeting.
Even if you decide to turn your garage into a family room, man cave or guest bedroom, you don’t have to dedicate the entire space to its new use. Your garage, after all, is probably quite large! You can block off a section to function as storage space. Some homeowners decide to put up a wall several feet away from the garage door, and use the existing garage door as an access point for the storage area. This would allow easy access to lawn equipment, sporting goods and garden tools from the outdoors.
No matter what you choose to do with your garage, always remember that it does provide additional square footage, should you need it as living area now or at some point in the future. Talk to a real estate agent to find out how converting the garage into something else might affect resale value; in some cases, it will raise the value, and in others, it will lower it. Call ByNoah Construction and Remodeling, Inc. now for all of the Los Angeles Garage Conversion information before you make a final decision
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Posted on August 5 2013
When you’re investing in a home remodeling project, you want to make sure that the results not only please you but add value to your home and save you money on energy and water as well. These seven steps will help you take advantage of the latest design trends, technologies and products.
Budget for the unexpected
Hidden water damage is a common problem in bathrooms, whether from a leaky shower pan or running toilet. “If the floor feels spongy, that’s a sign of serious water damage,” says John Petrie, owner of Mother Hubbard’s Custom Cabinetry in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Other issues are truly hidden, for example a vent stack inside a wall that you thought you were going to knock down.
An experienced contractor will do exploratory work early in the project to sniff out as many issues as possible. “In the case of the vent stack, we’ll investigate above the bathroom to see the pipe coming up through the house,” says Petrie. But contractors can’t see through walls, so don’t expect them to catch every possible pitfall. That’s why it’s important to build a 10 to 15 percent cushion into your budget. If nothing goes wrong, you’ll have a nice little windfall.
Hide the toilet
A master bath that’s stylish and functional can also be discreet. That’s why it’s nice to hide this fixture away, either in its own “room-within-the-room” or behind a half wall. A piece of furniture—an armoire or dresser, say—can create the necessary barrier without the expense of a framed wall.
Do choose appropriate surfaces
Your master bathroom’s surfaces do more than just contribute to the overall aesthetic. They also take lots of abuse. Porcelain tile is a favorite among designers, for use on the floors and walls alike. “You can find some versions in the $5 per square foot range that look like natural stone,” says Petrie. He recommends larger tile sizes to minimize grout lines, easing the upkeep. That might mean 18-by-18-inch tile on the floors and 12-by-12-inch on some or all of the walls, perhaps transitioning to 6-by-6 tiles on the diagonal with a glass mosaic transition strip.
Porcelain is also a popular option for bathroom sinks, though it proved prone to chipping in our tests. Enamel-on-steel sinks were especially durable and stain-resistant, as were stainless steel sinks, which are becoming more popular for use in bathrooms. Solid-surface sinks are another durable option that allows the sink to be integrated with the vanity countertop and, if you like, the adjoining cove or backsplash.
When it comes to the countertop, granite and quartz have migrated from the kitchen into the bathroom, where they deliver the same durability and visual interest. Laminate and solid surface are still popular as well, and can be cost-effective options, though both scratch easily.
Posted on May 7 2013
Are you protected?
We all know that each construction company should and must have an insurance to protect your home.
It is time for you to remodel your home. Wether it is a bathroom remodeling in Los Angeles or kitchen remodeling in Los Angeles or room addition, renovation or any construction work that you would like to do.
What kind of insurances and what does it means?
Liability insurance will protect contractors, home builders and remodelers against injuries, accidents or property damage suffer on the job. While working on construction projects, workers can accidentally damage a property mishandling materials and tools, or while remodeling process is under way.
Common business standards require you to provide evidence of construction liability insurance before repairing or remodeling homes. Sub contractors also are required to present their evidence before entering or starting their participation in a construction job.
This insurance is essential on the home building business, because sometimes homeowners may want to sue contractors for damages occur during the construction process. Or in the event of injury, workers may want to file litigation against the homeowner or contractor. Having good construction liability insurance protects builders from lawsuits or when they suffer loss from unexpected conditions.
A surety bond is not an insurance policy.
A surety bond is a guarantee, in which the surety guarantees that the contractor, called the “principal” in the bond, will perform the “obligation” stated in the bond. For example, the “obligation” stated in a bid bond is that the principal will honor its bid; the “obligation” in a performance bond is that the principal will complete the project; and the “obligation” in a payment bond is that the principal will properly pay subcontractors and suppliers. Bonds frequently state, as a “condition,” that if the principal fully performs the stated obligation, then the bond is void; otherwise the bond remains in full force and effect.
If the principal fails to perform the obligation stated in the bond, both the principal and the surety are liable on the bond, and their liability is “joint and several.” That is, either the principal or surety or both may be sued on the bond, and the entire liability may be collected from either the principal or the surety.
The amount in which a bond is issued is the “penal sum,” or the “penalty amount,” of the bond. Except in a very limited set of circumstances, the penal sum or penalty amount is the upward limit of liability on the bond.
The person or firm to whom the principal and surety owe their obligation is called the “obligee.” On bid bonds, performance bonds, and payment bonds, the obligee is usually the owner. Where a subcontractor furnishes a bond, however, the obligee may be the owner or the general contractor or both.
The people or firms who are entitled to sue on a bond, sometimes called “beneficiaries” of the bond, are usually defined in the language of the bond or in those state and federal statutes that require bonds on public projects.
Workers’ compensation laws protect people who are injured on the job. They are designed to ensure that employees who are injured or disabled on the job are provided with fixed monetary awards, eliminating the need for litigation. These laws also provide benefits for dependents of those workers who are killed because of work-related accidents or illnesses.
Some laws also protect employers and fellow workers by limiting the amount an injured employee can recover from an employer and by eliminating the liability of co-workers in most accidents. State statutes establish this framework for most employment. Federal statutes are limited to federal employees or those workers employed in some significant aspect of interstate commerce.
The Federal Employment Compensation Act provides workers’ compensation for non-military, federal employees. Many of its provisions are typical of most workers’ compensation laws. Awards are limited to “disability or death” sustained while in the performance of the employee’s duties but not caused willfully by the employee or by intoxication. The act covers medical expenses due to the disability and may require the employee to undergo job retraining. A disabled employee receives two-thirds of his or her normal monthly salary during the disability and may receive more for permanent physical injuries or if he or she has dependents. The act provides compensation for survivors of employees who are killed. The act is administered by the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs.
Is it worth taking the risk?
We hope that this information will help you understand the risk of hiring an unlicensed contractor or hiring a license contractor who has no proper insurances.
Posted on April 8th 2013
I think that it is important for you, the home owner, to have a clear understanding of what is the a general contractor, his responsibilities in delivering the results you are looking for. I thought to write it for you with my own words but then I read in Wikipedia about the definition of the role of the general contractor in Los Angeles and I just loved what I read and I would like to share it with you.
Here we go:
In the case of renovations, a site visit is required to get a better understanding of the project. The contractor will then calculate a price, also called an estimate. The general contractor considers the cost of materials and equipment as well as the cost of labor to provide the owner with an approximate price for the project.
Contract documents include a budget, any general and special conditions, and blueprints and specifications prepared by a design professional such as an architect. In many instances the general contractor is the project engineer or project manager for construction projects.
A general contractor is responsible for providing all of the material, labor, equipment (such as engineering vehicles and tools) and services necessary for the construction of the project. The general contractor hires specialized subcontractors to perform all or portions of the construction work.
Responsibilities may include applying for building permits, securing the property, providing temporary utilities on site, managing personnel on site, providing site surveying and engineering, disposing or recycling of construction waste, monitoring schedules and cash flows, and maintaining accurate records.”
So you see, the role of the general contractor in Los Angeles is important and choosing the wrong one will results in paying higher price to fix it.
Posted on March 11th 2013
It all started with an email.
She contacted us via email, telling us that she wants to convert the existing back patio to a garage.
The house where we will to the conversion is in Los Angeles.
The existing patio had two stucco walls, flat roof with open ceiling, pavers on the floor and the front of the patio was a clear opening from side to side and the hight was all the way to the ceiling. In order to convert the patio to a garage we will need to do the following:
1. Dig for new footing foundation for the third missing wall and for the front of the garage. The front of the future garage will have a 16′ garage door so there will be no footing where the garage door is but from each side of it.
2. We will demo the pave’s floor and we will pour new concrete slab which we will do it during the pouring of the footing, if city inspector will allow us to pour it at the same time.
3. After that being done, we will build the missing walls, stucco the new walls, run new electrical for the new garage, installing the new garage and call the final inspection. There will be inspections prior to the final one such as framing, electrical, stucco paper, drywall nailing and final so make se that our contractor knows what he is doing.
Try not to waste time on unnecessary corrections.
Before any work begin, you will need to have plans and submitted to the city for approval so your new garage will be legal because if it os not then it does not exist and you can lose value. If you choose, you can add a nice 36” door with glass to bring light to it or paint the concrete floor to make it more personal and even insulate and drywall the walls to create a nice studio.
we decided to keep the open beam ceiling.
Posted February 18th 2013
The kitchen is definitely the heart of the house – playing host to family meals, casual conversations with friends and family, a quiet morning for a good coffee, art studio for the kids, you name it. In recent years and with the economic shift, many people have downsized and smaller kitchen areas are now a way of life. But it does not have to stop you remodeling your kitchen since there are many design ideas that we can create for small size kitchen.
Today people are spending valuable time at home and are making it a priority to create comfort spaces that truly suit their lives. Creating a welcome and efficient kitchen space paired with lifestyle comfort that maximizes the entire room is often a priority.
Look and Learn
One great tip to start with when embracing your kitchen space is to simply observe and understand how you and your family really use the space. Some families spend most of their dining and casual time in their kitchen while other families may just eat meals at the kitchen table and use the family room for social gatherings.
By evaluating your use of the space, you will get a better idea of how to plan the layout to make the most of the space. Write down your daily kitchen routine for a month. Seeing the day-to-day activities on paper will give you an honest snapshot of how the family uses the kitchen space and how you need it to function – what’s working and what’s not. And while you’re at it, make note of favorite design styles and what makes you feel good when it comes to color, texture and style. These design accents can ultimately add layers to your kitchen space.
Your Kitchen, Your Focal Point
Take a look around your home at the focal points in each room to see how it balances the space. A focal point is the center of the space, the key item that the room works around. For living rooms, it could be the fireplace, for bedrooms it could be a canopy bed. For small kitchens, it’s the typically the entire space.
So how do you deal with this – an entire space? Look at your kitchen as one solid unit. Use either a neutral palette or one color throughout your space to keep the eye moving and for the kitchen to feel like one complete unit.
One easy solution for creating this look is to make sure your backsplash pattern is uninterrupted and even the outlets fit into the design aesthetic. Make sure they are part of the pattern or color palette and that they fit in rather than stand out and fore the eye to stop on them. Take a look around and make sure the room fits together.
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Posted on January 13th 2013
No one can help you meet a goal, to reach your destination if you do not know what you want and where you are going. So, where am i going with that? I do not know yet so I will continue writing and hopefully will reach my destination.
Posted on January 14th 2013
I just came from a remodeling/renovation project that we started today In Sherman Oaks and i wanted to share with you some information about load bearing wall.
Posted January 7th 2013
Is it your first bathroom remodeling in Los Angeles???
You came to the right place for a solid information.
is it for your new house? is it for an existing house but the first time you want to remodele the bathroom?