Home Additions

 

Ever thought about a home addition? Are you living in a home you like, but you need more room? Maybe a home addition is the right choice for you.  But where do you start?

 

Naturally the first step is to identify what you need and to research the kind of addition that will fit your needs.  You can add to your home by going up or going out. Whether it is a small addition or a large addition there are many things you will need to know. Here are things that will be important to your project to make sure your addition can be done.

• Call your local city or town building inspector and zoning authority. What specific items are required by building code or zoning law.  (If you have hired a General Contractor, they can do this for you).

• Purchase a planning pad (graph paper) and draw up as detailed a floor plan for your addition as you are able to complete. Your plan should include all the features you want, the lighting, and exterior items such as electrical outlets, lighting fixtures, patios, and steps. Be sure to specify the dimensions for bathrooms, closets, walls, windows etc. The more detailed and accurate a drawing you can complete, the easier it will be for the contractor to prepare his estimate.

• You will in most cases need an architect to guide you in the directions you want to be in for your new addition.  Keep in mind, however, that most general contractors either have an architect on staff or have an architect that they work with regularly. It may be easier to allow your general contractor to handle

• Before you start any project make sure you have all the costs in place, so that there is no surprise in the end.  Before you sign that final contract, unless you’re paying cash, you’ll need to secure a loan.

• A large part of selecting your general contractor has as much to do with comfort level as it does with the price. If you get a good feel for one of the contractors, that is probably as important as anything else. How receptive is the contractor to your questions and wishes? How available is the contractor to your calls? If you have a hard time reaching him now, think about how hard it will be after he has finished the project?

Executive Craftsmen will be happy to answer any questions or come out to your home and guide you in the right direction. Give us a call at 203.324.6383.  We are fully licensed with over 30 years of experience.

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Walkways and Curb Appeal

 

A stone pathway can add charm and elegance to almost any yard or landscaping plan.

Stone walkways can add an entirely different appearance and curb appeal to your home. The walkway leading up to a home serves an important function. It is the first part of your home that your friends will see.

Not only do you want your walkway to be attractive you need to consider the materials that are used in constructing it. An important factor to keep in mind when choosing the best walkway material is exactly how it will function.

 

There are so many different types of walkways like: natural stone, concrete, asphalt, cobble, flagstone, these types of materials can stand the test of time, if taken care of.  The one downfall of these materials is that they are expensive to install.

 

Using soft paving materials like decomposed granite, oyster shell, pave stone and soil cement is not a good idea for high-traffic areas, especially families with children.

 

Executive Craftsmen will be happy to answer any questions or come out to your home and guide you in the right direction. Give us a call at 203.324.6383.  We are fully licensed with over 30 years of experience.

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