Benefits of A Home Addition

dobsonHome additions are a great way to transform your home and give your family the necessary amenities and space they always dreamed of. While many families across America look into remodeling plans, others are taking full advantage of the numerous benefits a home addition can provide such as added space, potential rental income or more natural light. There are many other advantages to investing in a home addition.

 

 

 

1. Home Additions Give You More Spacebrinley

One of the first wishes all homeowners bring up when they are updating their home is more space. Americans like to store photo albums, bikes, workout equipment and so much more. A home addition can greatly add to your usable square footage, whether it be in the form of a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or family room. Sometimes, even a very small addition can yield big results. Adding just three or four feet to a small kitchen or bathroom can open up a world of possibilities.

Whether you choose to add a living room, dining room or maybe even a bow window, a home addition will give you the extra space you know you want.

 

 

sena2. Home Additions Can House Extra Family Members

It is no secret that more kids are moving back home. In fact, according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, almost 40% of young adults live at home with their parents. In 2012, a record 21.6 million millennials (ages 18 to 31) did so. Furthermore, elders are choosing to move back in with their children. In 2011, 4.6 million elders moved back home.

If you have the space, home additions can include an entire bedroom. In fact, if the plumbing allows for it, you can even add a small bathroom or extra guest bathroom. The extra bedroom and bathroom would be perfect for out of town guests as well.

Home additions can get expensive, as we noted in our home addition cost estimator, but when it comes to family, you can’t attach a price tag.

 

3. You Can Rent It Out for Additional Income 

If you choose to build a full bedroom and bathroom, homeowners could also rent out the additional space. While the entire home may get cramped, some homeowners are choosing to rent their addition to make up for the building costs. It’s not the most common route to take for home additions, but certainly one that can’t be ignored given current times.

If you would like to talk about ideas for remodeling or renovating your home in Fairfax, Mclean, Springfield, Woodbridge, Alexandria, Arlington, and Falls Church VA, reach out to us at Foster Remodeling. Call now for a free consultation!

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It’s Remodeling Season. Vet Your Candidates Carefully

It’s Remodeling Season. Vet Your Candidates Carefully!

You’ve been dreaming of that new kitchen makeover, bathroom renovation, or addition for years, and now you’re ready to make it a reality. Selecting the right home remodeling company can be the difference between realizing your dream and ending up in a living nightmare. At first glance, all the candidates may look very similar and tell you what you want to hear. But what happens when you start asking the tough questions. The strong contenders won’t shy away, sweat under the spotlight, or try to redirect your attention to one of their talking points. They’ll welcome the scrutiny and answer your questions directly and thoroughly. Once properly vetted, only the strong will remain, the ones worthy of your vote and your hard earned investment dollars. Here are some key issues to raise as you evaluate the nominees.

What Kind of Track Record Do They Have?

How long have they been in business? What kind of references can they provide? Is it an extensive list where you can call and speak to whoever you want? Or do they just present a list of rather anonymous testimonials? “Steve in McLean, Mary in Alexandria… etc”. When you ask for references does it take days or weeks for them to get back to you? These are signs that they may have a hard time pleasing customers consistently or have something to hide.

Does their Rhetoric Pass Your Fact Check?

Don’t just take their word for it. Do your own investigating and independently verify their claims to be true. Reliable 3rd party sources, such as www.guildquality.com, the nation’s leader in customer satisfaction surveying for the building industry, provide hard data on how companies measure up, as well as reviews from previous clients. www.consumercheckbook.com is another vetting source. They provide not-for-profit ratings of local service companies. Angie’s List, Yelp and Google are also useful tools. Check them all. Some companies may have a few glowing reviews on one sight and a few scathing digs on another. Opinions vary, but listen for common themes. The reliable metric is a combination of quantity and quality.

Do They Have a Plan?

A renovation is a complex project that requires detailed preplanning and skillful execution. The more through and detailed the plan, the smoother the execution will go. That being said, unforeseen circumstances will occasionally arise. For the unprepared, a minor setback, such as a part damaged in shipping or a weather emergency, could create a bottleneck that delays the overall project. A reliable firm will have a comprehensive plan with built-in contingencies to stay on track.

Do they Have their House in Order?

Do the companies you are considering have a “bricks and mortar” office or showroom you can visit, or do they operate out of a truck with a website and 800-number. Be sure to get a copy of their business license and current certificate of insurance. What does their contract look like. Is it a professional document that is detailed yet easy for a layperson to understand, or is it a cryptic legalese that only a lawyer can decipher. Or worse, is it simplistic and vague. The home improvement industry has suffered many a black eye from shady contractors who disappear after a deposit has been given, or even worse, mid-project. If they do finish your project on time and on budget, what does their warranty cover. Remember, a warranty is only as good as the company providing it. If they go out of business, any warranty they’ve provided goes with them. Make sure the company’s foundation is as stable and secure as the one you’d have them pour for you.

Would You Trust Them to Hold Your Baby?

When you renovate your home, you are essentially inviting a stranger, or group of strangers into your house to tear it apart and put it back together again. Who are these people? How do you know you can trust them? A smart home owner will make sure everyone involved is properly trained, licensed, insured, drug tested and background checked. Taking these extra steps will result not only in peace of mind for the safety of your home and family, but also for the quality of the work being performed. If a problem should arise, those who go through the proper channels have recourse not available to those who gambled on a lower price, faster finish time, or some other carrot dangled to entice an easy victory.

When it comes to improving your home, vetting the candidates is a critical step. After all, once your vote has been cast, you’ll be living with the results for years to come. Choose carefully!

If you would like to talk about ideas for remodeling or renovating your home in Fairfax, Mclean, Springfield, Woodbridge, Alexandria, Arlington, and Falls Church VA, reach out to us at Foster Remodeling. Call now for a free consultation!

written by: Dory Clemens, Design Consultant – Foster Remodeling Solutions, Inc.


 

 

Roofing

There have been many changes in roofing industry over the past decade especially in how they warranty their products. Most manufacturers will only warranty their shingles if they have several components of the existing roofing system included in the installation. This will include drip edge around perimeter of the roof, ice and water shield, ridge and eave vents, appropriate felt or roof wrap and flashing. The more that you have of these components will sometimes determine not only if roof has a warranty but the length and strength of the warranty. This is why you can rest easy when purchasing a roof through Foster Remodeling Solutions that we will provide you with a complete  roofing system to guarantee you a roof that will be warrantied correctly from Foster and the roofing manufacturer.

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Another major consideration with a roof replacement is Algae protection, this prevents the ugly discoloration of the roof and I strongly recommend including this for your roofing replacement. Algae on the roof is prevented by the small amount of copper in the shingles to prevent Algae growth. I have personally used copper strips with good success at top of the roof to prevent the growth of the algae.

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Another aspect of proper roofing installation deals specifically with proper flashing of chimneys and skylights. Unfortunately I see many chimneys improperly flashed as well as skylights. To properly flash a chimney you need step and counter flashing, what I see most often with failures is that the counter flashing was simply caulked to the existing brick line. Here are some common flashing mistakes.

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To properly flash a chimney the counter flashing needs to be embedded into the mortar line as noted below, this applies to parapet walls and any place a roof line meets a masonry wall. This critical to prevent future leaks created by caulk or tar line failure. Another critical factor in insuring that a chimney doesn’t leak is to have a cricket behind it to divert the water from allowing the chimney to create a dam of water.

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Lastly a good gutter system is something that is critical to the roofing system. With gutters that are clogged water can back up and leak into the eaves as well as the roof if not properly protected. Foster Remodeling Solutions offers a seamless leaf guard gutter system Rain Pro that is a heavy gauge aluminum (18.5% thicker than regular gutters) and is unique in the fact that it is 5” gutter with 6” flow rate.   The gutters come with limited lifetime transferable warranty.

If you would like to talk about ideas for remodeling or renovating your home in Fairfax, Mclean, Springfield, Woodbridge, Alexandria, Arlington, and Falls Church VA, reach out to us at Foster Remodeling. Call now for a free consultation!

Written by Jeff Weeks – Home Improvement Specialist – Foster Remodeling Solutions, Inc.