home renovations

Selecting a Contractor for Home Renovations

Selecting a contractor for home renovations can be stressful and tedious.  Home contractors with large showrooms and flashy advertising are not always what they seem.  It is important to dig deep and research anyone you are considering for your home renovations.  Here are some tips to help you get started:

Licenses and Insurance

You want to make sure all those working on your home renovations and/or kitchen remodeling project have proper licenses and insurance. There are numerous remodeling contractors that don’t even have a business license, let alone insurance.  This can result in significant issues should someone get hurt on the job or perform substandard work.  Houston Remodeling is owned and operated by Tim Lassiter, a second generation Master Trim Carpenter. The business is properly licensed and insured.

Longevity

How long have the remodeling contractors you are considering been in business?  There are numerous fly-by-night home contractors who are here today and gone tomorrow. Whether you are doing a kitchen remodel or full home renovations, you want to deal with home contractors that have a proven track record and longevity in the area.  Houston Remodeling has been providing home renovations for clients throughout Houston and surrounding areas for more than 20 years.

References/Better Business Bureau

Many remodeling contractors feature testimonials on their website. However, if you really want to know what their clients think of their work, you should ask for references and check with the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed against them. You should also check online reviews for any home contractors you are considering.

Attention to Detail

This may seem obvious, but you would be surprised at how many remodeling contractors do not take the small details into consideration.  For instance, when remodeling a kitchen, there needs to be enough space for the cabinet doors to open without the handles hitting a wall or appliance. You need to make sure any remodeling contractors you use pay attention to even the smallest of details.

Don’t gamble with your home renovations.  Be sure to do your homework and thoroughly investigate any remodeling contractors you are considering.  Houston Remodeling is proud of our longevity, proven track record and exemplary reputation.  We are happy to meet with you and answer any questions you may have.  Give us a call today!

kitchen remodel

Can Wood Flooring Be Installed in Kitchens?

Yes!  Wood flooring is beautiful in a kitchen space.  Although wood flooring is specified in many kitchen remodeling projects, some homeowners are apprehensive to put it in their kitchens.  Poor craftsmanship and inferior products can lead to serious problems.  However, when quality wood floors are installed by a seasoned kitchen remodeling contractor, the results are spectacular.

Here are some pitfalls to avoid when your kitchen remodel includes wood floors:

Cheap Flooring

Not all wood flooring is equal.  In fact, many big box stores pass laminate off as “wood”.  The kitchen is not only a high traffic area, but it is prone to spills and changes in temperature.  Using cheap wood flooring in your kitchen remodel could result in extensive cupping and buckling.

Substandard Installation

Substandard installation happens more often than you think. Often times, a homeowner does not realize that the wood floor installation was poor until a problem arises. When remodeling your kitchen, make sure your kitchen remodeling contractors are experienced, qualified, and pay attention to details.  Ask for references.  Read online reviews.  A lot happens in this space, and if the flooring portion of your kitchen remodel is not installed properly, you will be left with a mess.

Poor Quality Finish

If the finish on your wood floors is not suited for high traffic areas, then you could run into problems.  When discussing wood floors with remodeling contractors, make sure they use quality flooring AND finish products.

Houston Remodeling has been one of the areas premier remodeling contractors for more than two decades. Owner and operator, Tim Lassiter, is very particular about the craftsmanship and products he uses in home renovations.  Houston Remodeling proudly partners with Mirage Hardwood Floors to provide our clients with high quality wood flooring products.  Are you considering home renovations in the near future?  If so, give Houston Remodeling a call today.

Kitchen Remodeling: Getting Started

Kitchen Remodeling: Getting Started

(part two)

We are continuing our two part series on getting started with your kitchen remodeling project. Our previous article discussed the importance of breaking the process down into manageable stages.  The first step is writing down elements you like, dislike and may want to incorporate when remodeling your kitchen.

The next step in your kitchen remodeling planning process is to develop a rough budget.  Knowing a range of how much you want to spend will help your remodeling contractors make the best recommendations within your budget.

Once you have a budget and determined some of the features you would like incorporated into your kitchen remodel, the next step is to make an appointment with a qualified kitchen remodeling contractor.  It is important to note that not all home contractors are equal.  Ideally, you want to work with a company that is willing to come to your home, evaluate the proposed kitchen remodel space and bring samples for you to see, touch and feel.

Big box kitchen remodeling centers often conduct their consultations from their store or office.  Houston Remodeling is different.  Owner Tim Lassiter is a second generation Master Trim Carpenter whose commitment to excellence is evident in the thousands of home remodeling projects he has completed for both residential and commercial clients over the past two decades.  His approach to home renovations includes conducting an on-site design consultation with his clients.

Remember, home renovations are supposed to be exciting, not stressful.  Quality home contractors understand the anxieties homeowners may have when remodeling a kitchen or another part of their home.  Houston Remodeling takes the stress out of home renovations so you are able to relax and enjoy the process.  Are you planning on remodeling your kitchen in the near future?  If so, give Houston Remodeling a call today.