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ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes in 2009

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Success 101

Q: What is a lien release?

A: A lien release is a document that confirms that a contractor or subcontractor (such as an electrician) has been paid in full for the work he was hired to do on your house. By providing a lien release to you or your remodeling contractor (who often collects releases from all subs and suppliers upon completion of the project or each phase of the job), the electrician gives up any legal rights to request more money; in return, it is agreed that his scope of work has been completed to your satisfaction and that you cannot request more work be done within the original contract agreement.

Preparing for a Room Addition
The kids are getting older (and bigger) and your house seems to be shrinking. You want to work at home, but there's no place to get enough privacy. You love to entertain, but your house just isn't laid out for it. You've decided to welcome an elderly parent to live with you, but all the bedrooms are upstairs ... and occupied.

These are just some of the realities of modern life that drive some of our clients to consider and eventually add space to their homes. To find out if you're destined for a room addition, even before you call a professional remodeler, consider these preliminary planning steps:

What do you need? A room addition is a big remodeling project, so it should have a purpose that truly solves a need that no other remodeling option can address. Figuring out that need (or needs) will go a long way toward determining the size, location, and overall scope of the addition.

For instance, the need for a home office -- driven by a telecommuting or self-employment opportunity -- generally means a smaller addition in an out-of-the-way location for privacy.

A family entertainment area, by contrast, will likely be a large, open space and easily accessible from the other main living areas of the house, such as the kitchen; it may also be best served by a half-bath and offer access to the outdoors.

What do you like? We recommend that our clients take time to create a "catalog" of photos and articles from magazines and newspapers that illustrate their tastes. For a professional remodeler, it is a valuable tool to creating and delivering a truly successful and satisfying addition.

Check with the neighbors. Your goal for a room addition should be to bring your current house up to or maybe just beyond the value and features of your immediate neighborhood. Take a two-block tour of the homes around your house to get a sense of the standard in terms of size and assumed interior spaces; if it looks like someone has added on recently, ask them a few questions about that experience.
It's also important to get educated about any codes, covenants, and restrictions (CC&Rs) imposed by your neighborhood or homeowner's association, if one exists. CC&Rs usually regulate allowable setbacks (the distance between homes and the street), building height, style, and color. They can limit the proportion of built structures to total lot size, define allowable landscape features and detail acceptable changes. CC&R rules may even trump codes enforced by the city.

Stay in character. As a professional remodeling contractor, our goal is to make room additions a seamless part of your existing house, as if it the new section was there all along. For any addition, we look for ways to extend or match your home's original roof forms, exterior materials and features (such as siding, windows, and trim accents), and proportion.

Money matters. Before you contact a remodeling contractor, decide how much you can afford for a room addition and where you'll get the money to build it.

We typically advise our clients to determine  and express a budget in monthly terms, like a mortgage or car payment, to get the clearest idea of how it will impact their daily lives and overall, on-going expenses.

Figuring out a budget also includes financing, either from savings, a loan, a gift, or some other source (or combination of funding sources). Once you have confidence that you can afford and fund a room addition, share your budget with your chosen contractor to make sure the project is designed and built within that dollar amount.

Warm Regards,

Kelly Arnold, President
Gemini Homes Inc.
1685 Pleasant Hill Rd.
Bowling Green, Ky 42103
(270) 782-8893 - Office
(270) 791-2742 - Cell
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Legacy Real Estate Group
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