The Best Company to Design or Build Your Dream Home

Congratulations, you saved up enough money to design/build a new home; now the degree of your involvement with the construction phase is up to you. The time that you have, your interests, and abilities can help you decide how to transform your vision into reality. Building a house requires more than putting pieces together; whomever is in charge of the process must manage people as well as tools, materials and construction. The person in charge will have to:

  • Make a project schedule to plan and organize progress of work.
  • Establish a budget for each category of work.
  • Arrange for a source of construction financing.
  • Get a building permit and post it noticeably at the construction site.
  • Line up supply sources and order materials.
  • Find subcontractors and negotiate their contracts.
  • Coordinate the work so it runs smoothly, with few conflicts.
  • Notify inspectors at the appropriate milestones.
  • Make payments to suppliers and subcontractors.

You may decide to act as your own custom home designer, or to hire someone to handle the design and construction for you; clear, concise communication with your chosen contractor is a must to achieve your desired results. You will need to work closely with the contractor that you chose to ensure that the correct materials, dimensions, and deadlines will be met. A good builder or general contractor can manage every aspect of your construction process, allowing to sit back and relax while your dream home is being erected.

B&R Construction, Inc is a bonded, licensed, an insured contractor that has been designing and constructing homes since 1989; making them the best choice of home contractor in the Los Angeles Area. Contact us for more information.

Eco-Friendly Floors for Your Home Remodel

If sustainability is a priority in your home remodel, you’ll want to choose a flooring option that respects your environmental impact.  That’s why highly renewable materials like bamboo are such a hot commodity of late.  But there’s a whole host of eco-friendly flooring materials available for your remodel–here’s just a small selection.

  • Bamboo.  Because it grows very quickly, bamboo is an ultra-popular building material for eco-friendly remodels.  Even better, it’s now being woven into rugs that lend your room a warm, natural feel.
  • Ceramic Wood.  This floor may look like hardwood, but it’s actually made from porcelain tile.  The tile itself is composed of 85% recycled material, and unlike genuine hardwood flooring, it doesn’t require refinishing or shining.  This makes it a great, eco-friendly choice for your kitchen.
  • Cork.  Cork is another highly renewable material, and it also has excellent thermal qualities.  The fact that it’s hypoallergenic is just one more reason to consider it for your remodel.  New technology is making cork flooring more and more popular with homeowners, so you can expect to see a continued resurgence of this material.
  • Marmoleum.  If you’ve never heard of this product, it’s a compound of linseed oil, cork flour, rosins, limestone and wood flour that is then affixed to a jute backing for a non-toxic, all natural product.  It’s very easy to clean and actually becomes harder over time, so if you have kids in the house, it’s a great choice for lasting durability.

For more great remodeling ideas, contact us today!

Spa Shower Inspirations for Your Bath Remodel

bath remodel is a great investment for your home, as it brings a high return on investment no matter where you live.  Even better, it’s a room you use all the time, so you can constantly benefit from the improvements you make.

Of any item in your bathroom, the shower is the one you use the most that has the greatest number of customizable options.  In fact, with a bath remodel, you can turn your shower into an ultimate spa retreat.  Here are a few helpful tips from Home and Garden Television.

  • Think outside the box.  You use your shower every day, but it can make a design statement as well.  Consider installing a frameless glass shower door, which gives the illusion of the glass floating with no support.  This is a great option for maximizing space in a small bath.  If you have a larger room, consider losing the door completely and opting for a curved tile entrance wall, which will keep your space open but still contain the shower water.
  • Customize your jets.  No spa shower is complete without a high-end shower head or extra jets.  Wall-mounted and hand-held sprayers are wonderful extras that enhance your shower and allow you to easily tailor your shower to the pressure and range that’s most comfortable for you.
  • Let there be light.  One of the newest trends in spa showers is chromatherapy, which uses colorful LED and halogen lights to relax or energize you, based on the colors you program.  You can start your day with bold colors to wake you up, and end it with gentle blues and greens to wind down after work.

You can trust the experts at B & R Construction to build the spa bathroom of your dreams.  Contact us to view samples of our elegant bathroom transformations.

Ready to start renovating? Make sure you hire a licensed contractor.

Your plans are drafted, your budget’s been set, you’re ready to begin your renovation project. All that’s left now is to find a licensed contractor to install everything. But that’s the problem: you need to make sure the contractor you’ve hired is licensed. An unlicensed contractor can cost you much more in repairs on shoddy workmanship, can disappear with your money at any time without completing the job, and can hold you accountable for building code violations or injuries.

Here are some tips you should keep in mind to make sure you’re working with a licensed contractor:

Check the contractor’s license number: Some con artists will use fake license numbers to pass as a legitimate licensed contractor. All contractors licensed in California can be looked up by their license number at the California Contractors State License Board website.

Check the contractor’s workman’s comp insurance: A licensed contractor is required to have workman’s compensation insurance for their workers. If a worker is injured on the job and your contractor doesn’t have insurance, you can be held accountable for that worker’s injuries.

Be alert when making a downpayment: By law, downpayments cannot be more than $1000 or 10% of the project cost – whichever is less. If the contractor asks for more than this amount for a downpayment, they are likely a con artist who will disappear with your money.

It’s very important to make sure you hire a legitimate contractor. B&R Construction has been improving homes in the greater Los Angeles area since 1989, and is licensed, bonded, and insured. Contact us today for a free estimate on your renovation job.