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Contractors say homeowners with this trait are the most satisfied with home improvement projects.
Homeowners recycle and upcycle now more than ever. Reclaimed barn wood is being used for tables, chairs, pantries, cabinets, islands, flooring and more.
Consider your home's layout to decide if an existing space can be converted into a game room or if you'll need to add on.
You need a general contractor - prefereably one who specializes in additions, because you have excavation, waterproofing, concrete, concrete cutting, carpentry, door and window, etc trades to coordinate.
The cost will depend a great deal on your topography around the house - if the base of the window will be above ground level at least 6 inches, then could run about $500 for a legal egress window purchase and about $1000-2000 for installation, depending on how deep into the concrete you have to cut.
If the bottom of the window will be below ground level, then to call it a bedroom (which mandates legal sized second egress and usauully at least one window) then you will have two choices - bring it out into a solid watertight concrete storm cellar with collar to keep water out, stairs, and and weather and bug-tight cellar door that is inward-opening, which means a lot of space for stairs and landings top and bottom, or bring it out into an oversized window well at least 36 inches in diameter, and with steps to ground level, with adequate drainage and waterproofing to keep it dry. Either way, sometimes about as easy to put in an outside door as a window, and might raise property value more. Cost from $2-5,000 depending on how deep into concrete wall you have to dig, whether concrete wsall needs reinforcing with steel frame because of the depth of cut, how easy the digging is, and what your water conditions are near the foundation. The last thing you want to do is create an easy water or vermin ingress with your egress.
Dictated by Federal LAW , you will need a Licensed and EPA Certified HVAC Contractor
to make such repairs . In fact , by law , ONLY A licenesed HVAC contractor can buy or install
said eguipment , NOT A handyman nor general contractor !
YES , You should have an A.C. sleeve surrounding the through the wall unit . These sleeves will usually accompany NEW products , either as a package or an add on equipment purchase.
Contact a Licenesed PROFFESSIONAL at once !
It depends on what type of ramp you need. If it is built out of wood you could look for a carpenter or a deck company. If you are looking for a concrete ramp a mason would be what you are looking for. There are also metal ramps and I believe some medical supply companies may carry them or be able to steer you in the right direction. As for insurance coverage I am not sure. You may have coverage and would be best talking to your agent. Depending on why you need this ramp there may even be programs through your local government or even some of the local charities might help. It might be a project a local Scout Troop might help out on.
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The contractor also did a good job. His initial estimate was way too high, but after he itemized the work, I was able to
when I enquired about an estimate. He called back when promised and even came well out of his normal working area to help solve our issue.
Initial framing, trim, and installation of the door were fine. As were the two smaller projects.
However, the finish work demonstrated carelessness: ...More />
- He failed to use the template included with the doorknob to measure before cutting a knob opening in the one-of-a-kind solid wood door. So the turning mechanism couldn't fit. (I installed a ball latch, asked that the plug be replaced so that I can install a true dummy knob.)
- He did not sand the exposed
- He left a very noticeable scorch
- Plaster demolition is certainly a messy affair, but the mess could have been contained by closing doors and using a plastic sheet. I spent a lot of time cleaning plaster and sawdust that spread through the house.
He acknowledged the mistake with the doorknob and did consult with a locksmith on remedies. I chose my remedy as the more elegant solution.
He is a nice guy, but never apologized for scorching the floor when I brought it up. I think that is just bad manners and unprofessional.
He adjusted the price down $100, ultimately.
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