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2022 Orange County Home Remodel Cost Guide

2022 Orange County Home Remodel Cost Guide

Remodeling in Orange County? Regardless of the size of your home and the scope of your project, you’ll want to plan ahead for your budget. While there’s no one-size-fits-all formula for estimating home remodel costs, we can give you a rough idea of what to expect. ...

5 Tips for Living At Home While Renovating

5 Tips for Living At Home While Renovating

Choosing to live in your house while renovating is a big decision. Of course, you may not have a choice in the matter for budgetary reasons. Whether you’re looking to do a major remodeling project or a minor upgrade, your family will likely face dust, noise, and an...

Tips for Remodeling on a Budget

Tips for Remodeling on a Budget

Overdue for a change? You’re not alone. Remote work trends coupled with a red-hot housing market have many looking to update and upgrade their homes. On a budget? Again, you’re not alone. And the good news is that an affordable remodel is within easy reach with some...

Why Communication Is Key During Your Home Renovation

Why Communication Is Key During Your Home Renovation

There are many steps to the remodeling process, from planning to demolition. Along the way, homeowners and contractors must communicate effectively and honestly. A lack of communication may slow down the project and lead to unexpected challenges. Here are a few more...

Los Angeles Garage Conversion ADU in 2022 – Your Complete Guide

Los Angeles Garage Conversion ADU in 2022 – Your Complete Guide

(Updated April 15, 2022) What You Need To Know About a Garage Conversion Garage Conversion in Los Angeles   Credit: Pardee Properties I recently did a garage conversion with a detached garage behind my home.  The garage was 468 square feet with dimensions of 18’ x...

7 Best Money-Saving Tips for Remodeling a Kitchen

7 Best Money-Saving Tips for Remodeling a Kitchen

For many homeowners, the kitchen is the hub of the home. It’s more than just a place to prepare a meal. It’s a place to connect with friends and family. It’s a place to gear up for the day ahead or recharge in the evening. So it’s no surprise that one of the most...

Studio Garage Apartments: What To Know About Converting a Garage

Studio Garage Apartments: What To Know About Converting a Garage

According to a report by the American Housing Survey, about 80% of American homeowners have a garage or carport. Yet the majority don’t actually use them for parking their cars. For many, they’re simply cluttered storage spaces. Sound familiar? Now consider the fact...

7 Best Renovations to Spruce up Your Home for Spring

7 Best Renovations to Spruce up Your Home for Spring

Spring is a time when everything is fresh and new. The season often elicits the desire to spruce up your home and do a few renovations. Most homeowners have more potential projects than they have time to tackle. The list can seem overwhelming. Knowing what others are...

Tips & Guidance on Adding a Bathroom to Your Garage

Tips & Guidance on Adding a Bathroom to Your Garage

Since the start of the pandemic, homeowners have been looking for ways to get the most out of their spaces. For many, this means renovating the garage to eke out some extra square footage — and with good reason. Dreaming of a decked-out home office? Gym? Workshop?...

10 Best Return on Investment (ROI) Home Improvements in Los Angeles

10 Best Return on Investment (ROI) Home Improvements in Los Angeles

Regardless of whether you are interested in selling your house or are planning to stay put for a while, sprucing the place up is always something to consider. However, before you've gone through with it, it's important to note that not all renovations are worth the...

Reality Check: Your Renovation Won’t Be Perfect

Reality Check: Your Renovation Won’t Be Perfect

How To Set Realistic Expectations For Your Home Renovation Project Here at GreatBuildz, a free service that connects homeowners in Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura & San Diego with reliable general contractors, we talk to homeowners and contractors every day...

How to Spot a Dishonest Contractor Before It’s Too Late

How to Spot a Dishonest Contractor Before It’s Too Late

How to Spot a Dishonest Contractor Before It's Too Late There's no shortage of renovation contractors these days...but how do you know if they're any good? The number of dishonest contractors may surprise you. Here at GreatBuildz, a free service that connects...

10 Hidden Costs of Remodeling Your Home

10 Hidden Costs of Remodeling Your Home

Home renovations are usually quite exciting for homeowners. The thought of upgrading your living space for greater functionality and style is something to look forward to, especially if you've been saving up for your project for a long time. As incredible as it feels...

Will 4 New California ADU Laws Help First-Time Home Buyers?

Will 4 New California ADU Laws Help First-Time Home Buyers?

The Problem: Homes In LA Are Expensive, Especially For First-Time Buyers Anyone who’s been searching for a home in Los Angeles will tell you how expensive it is, even for an entry-level house.  It really is hard to find that perfect home for a reasonable price,...

Building an ADU Above Your Garage: Here’s the (Second) Story

Building an ADU Above Your Garage: Here’s the (Second) Story

Homeowners might know that the California state government has relaxed the rules and restrictions around building an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit or Additional Dwelling Unit) in Los Angeles & throughout Southern California. This is exciting, as you can now...

Why You Should Never Hire an Unlicensed Contractor

Why You Should Never Hire an Unlicensed Contractor

When in doubt, do not hire an unlicensed contractor. At some point in time, every homeowner has had (or will have) the “lovely” experience of requiring some sort of minor electrical or plumbing repair within his or her home. Often times, you ask your friends,...

How To Get an Accurate Construction Estimate on Your Renovation

How To Get an Accurate Construction Estimate on Your Renovation

In the world of home renovations, staying on budget and on schedule starts with getting an accurate construction estimate. Here at GreatBuildz, a free service that connects homeowners in Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura & San Diego with reliable general...

5 Benefits of Garage Remodeling in Los Angeles

5 Benefits of Garage Remodeling in Los Angeles

Personalize your home and expand your living area with a garage conversion by a professional garage remodeling company in Los Angeles. If you need an additional bedroom, home office, or accessory dwelling unit, then review these five benefits today. Here at...

Never Make These 3 Home Renovation Mistakes

Never Make These 3 Home Renovation Mistakes

I should have known better. No matter how much experience you have, it's still easy to make stupid home renovation mistakes. I’ve been in construction for over 15 years. My focus has been helping owners and clients avoid the common pitfalls of the industry. My job is...

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