Smithsonian Preps for $2 Billion Renovation

Smithsonian Preps for $2 Billion Renovation
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Talk about a major facelift.

The Smithsonian Institution unveiled a $2 billion plan last week to give the most prominent museums and gardens in D.C. a major renovation.

The goal is to create more welcoming entrances, improve connections between the many museum buildings and refurbish the administrative headquarters, affectionately known as the Smithsonian Castle.

Funds for the project, as reported by WTOP, would come from a mix of federal and private money. Construction could take as long as seven years to begin.

About $2.5 million already has been spent developing the plan over the past two years. The National Capital Planning Commission and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts still must review the plans.

All this probably makes your home remodeling projects seem like an inexpensive breeze by comparison.

Although you may not have a billion-dollar budget or a team of designers at your disposal, there are still things that can be done to get your house in top shape before the new year.

To start, talk to a highly rated remodeler in the D.C. area and check out this comprehensive guide to home improvements.

Every remodeling contract should include sections that describe the details of the five following items:

Project Description

This should include the scope of the work and description of all materials needed to complete the work. If specified, the listing should include what grade of material is to be used and specific brand names.

Copies of any blueprints or plans for a project should be included in the contract.

Permits, Licenses and Inspections

This information should be as specific as possible, including license numbers, as well as whose responsibility it is to obtain them.

In most cases, the contractor should obtain the necessary permits for the work.

Payment Amounts and Due Dates

Remember, for larger projects, it’s never a good idea to pay more than one-third of a project’s total cost upfront and no more than $10,000. State and municipal laws also may regulate how much money a contractor can require as a down payment.

If the project will be completed in phases, make the payment due dates contingent upon actual project phase completion.

Warranties or Guarantees

Guarantees that cover supplies and the final work will not only protect home owners, but assure them that the contractor stands behind the work.


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