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Enhancing Functionality Through Design: Ensuring Your Remodel Not Only Looks Good But Works Well

Enhancing Functionality Through Design: Ensuring Your Remodel Not Only Looks Good But Works Well

  Designer Ray Eames, the wife of Charles Eames, believed, “What works good is better than what looks good, because what works good lasts.” When envisioning a partial or full home renovation, clients will often think in terms of how their new space will look upon completion. And while it’s certainly easy to get swept up in textures and

Planning a Kitchen Remodel in Washington DC

By Tamar King   The kitchen was the place to be. Countless birthday celebrations, the ‘review of our report cards’, talk of the weather, news, gossip, and planning the day’s activities, along with cooking and eating took place in the kitchen.   We were nine siblings, but in addition, our home was open to many

Kitchen Remodeling DC – One Step at a Time

Kitchen Remodeling DC – One Step at a Time

I recently got back into hands-on remodeling and carpentry work after spending a little over a year doing project management at Four Brothers LLC. As a project manager overseeing five simultaneous kitchen remodeling projects in DC, it was impossible to be on each job all of the time, so I got used to seeing the

What Permits does a Washington DC Bathroom Contractors Need for My Project?

  Recently, we wrote a blog post about what permits were needed to renovate a bathroom in Montgomery County:  http://fourbrothers.wpengine.com/what-permits-are-neewhat-permits-are-needed-for-montgomery-county-bathroom-remodeling-projects/.  Several of our readers asked us to do the same for a Washington DC Remodel.   Much like kitchens, even simple projects for DC bathroom contractors require a permit.  As a general rule, if you

Converting a Tub to a Walk-in Shower in Washington DC

One of the most common requests we get for Washington DC bathroom remodeling projects are converting a tub to a walk-in shower. Homeowners considering this renovation typically have two questions:    Is it possible to convert my bathtub into a walk-in shower?  In so doing, will the resale value of my home decrease?   The

What Costs the Most During Washington DC Bathroom Renovation Projects

  There are two basic kinds of bathroom remodeling projects: a pull and replace renovation, and a comprehensive bathroom remodel.  Since no two bathrooms are identical, there will always be variations, but the work scopes involved for bathrooms that fall within the same category are usually pretty standard.  These are two very different approaches however,

Our Process for a Washington DC Bathroom Remodeling Project

No two bathrooms are exactly alike.  Particularly when working in older homes common in the Washington, DC area there are many unique spaces.  Often areas that were not initially intended to be bathrooms have been converted to bathrooms, creating interesting and challenging spaces.  That being said, most bathrooms involve a combination of the same basic

Remodeling Change Orders Part 2

Change Orders: The C-Word, Part 2   Because many homeowners have become hip to the change-order hustle that many contractors run (see Change Orders: The C-Word, Part 1), there is often no better way to alienate a client than to start throwing the C-Word around during the course of a renovation.   The truth is