17 7 / 2012
According to some experts, you could save up to 40% on your home remodel project if you became your own general contractor instead of spending the money to hire one. If this is the case, then why doesn’t everyone become their own general contractor? The answer is that everyone is not qualified to take on a home remodeling project themselves. Learn what types of qualities one needs to be their own general contractor and how you can go about doing this yourself.
There are many things that can go wrong in any home remodel situation, but when you are your own general contractor, there is the possibility for even more problems to occur. First of all you need to know that problems will happen. Then, you have to be prepared to find solutions for these unexpected complications. There is a certain type of person that is more suited for this job.. This person is usually detail-oriented and organized, knows what he or she wants, a problem solver or a doer, a multitasker, and someone who is easily accessible or available. Now this doesn’t mean that someone who doesn’t possess all of these qualities won’t be able to be his or her own general contractor, it just means that it will be simpler if you do have these qualities. Taking on the job of being your own general contractor is tough and one must be prepared for the toils and hardships.
In a previous blog, we discussed how you should go about hiring a general contractor. Here we will explain how to be your own general contractor. For a large job like building a new house or making an addition to your home, it might be best if you hire someone else to do the job. But if you are looking to complete a more simple project like adding new cabinets or countertops, adding tile or wood flooring, or finishing a basement, then being your own general contractor could be a good idea.
Now, where do you start? First, you need to know exactly the idea and plan for this remodel project. You should set a budget and outline a plan that you think everyone can stick to. Next, you need to hire your own subcontractors. A subcontractor is a person or company hired by the general contractor to do part of the construction job like the electrical or plumbing work. You should interview from three to five people for each trade that is needed, check their references, their previous projects, and get estimates and quotes, then compare. Also, you can call the Better Business Bureau for their qualifications. The more research you do, the better the end result will be. Then, once the subcontractors are hired, you should explain what the job is that you want done in as much detail as needed. Remember that as the general contractor, you are the boss and it’s your house. You need to be readily available for questions and concerns. You should check in on the project often. Remember, that getting off schedule, missing materials, and unmanaged subcontractors cost money. So, stay on task, be prepared for mishaps, don’t get too frustrated or flustered, and keep your eye on not only the end result of the project, but also on every detail of the project that is currently underway.
13 5 / 2012
Ok. So we broke all the molds on our latest in elevated supports, The Brickyard Countertop Support. Although southern born and bred, The Brickyard does not take its name from drag, stock or even kart racing (but it would be cool if it did). The south is where bricks are made and we are proud of our brick making! The Brickyard is made of steel and symbolizes the strength of brick - made from cinder, fire and ash. This mighty look surrounds the oval at the Indianapolis 500 and now you have this steel powerhouse for your granite and concrete bar applications. Our bracket will hold up against weather and is a durable and strong carrier of stone or granite.
When you hold this bracket in your hand you know you’re holding something strong. You need something strong to hold up your granite. You want something with a strong foundation. Well, look no further than this beast for your next kitchen, bar or office remodeling job. It looks great indoors and excellent outdoors. When you are ready to fire up your grill, this is a wonderful outdoor support. A perfect addition to any Floating Countertop, granite application or stone bar – it is a master addition to the Federal Brace line.
A hulk of a design, with three holes that give it a modern spacious look, in keeping with our Euro-modern designed brackets. Clearly American-made - you will not find a more beefy support anywhere in the market. Trust your instincts and put this in any construction or work area you may find. You will not be disappointed in this beautifully crafted, confident support.
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