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Basement Remodeling Tips

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When you require more living space or have a specific room need finishing the basement is a simple, cost-effective alternative to adding square footage to your house. And, since this is a uniquely quiet, private space that stays cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than above ground rooms it can be the best area for certain needs.

First, you must determine what the basement will be used for. Home office, guest room, media room, kids playroom, craft area, or in-law apartment, are some popular choices for your finished basement. Whatever your decision you should focus on a layout that adds convenience, organization, and function to your home.

The next step is planning and measuring. Having a reputable contractor, such as Advanced Property Contractors LLC, involved at this stage is important so measurements are accurate and the layout of can be designed with your plan in mind. Basements present challenges – small windows, low ceilings, structural columns, pipes, but with the right budget and contractor all can be overcome and transformed into assets.

Tips for Down Under:

  • Maximize window area for emergency escape and maximum daylight.
  • Use a lot of artificial lighting-a basement should be lit more heavily than above-grade areas.
  • Replace existing main floor door leading to the basement with a French door for more light and safety (no swinging doors when walking upstairs).
  • Add an emergency egress escape where no previous escape existed.
  • Slightly shorten doors and jambs or use smaller moldings to make the ceiling seem higher and walls seem taller.
  • Tile is the prime choice for low maintenance and durability. Also, unlike carpet, tile doesn’t hold moisture.
  • Add a new separate heating zone with its own thermostat.
  • An extra full bathroom is now considered a must.

Having a budget in mind and sticking to it is key, and your contractor can help you figure out how much everything will cost. Call Advanced Property Contractors LLC for your free basement remodel estimate today!

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Roof Installation & Replacement

tile_roofingThere’s more to building a roof than just style and color. A wide range of materials are readily available and a number of things will affect the cost of a new roof: Material, the condition of the existing roof, and shape of the roof, for starters. Also, a house with multiple chimneys, intersecting rooflines, turrets, skylights, or other elements will cost significantly more to roof.

Materials – Not every roofing material can be used on every roof, but here’s a list of possible options:

  • Asphalt Shingle is the most commonly used of all roof materials as it’s the least expensive.     The standard single-thickness costs roughly half as much as the thicker laminated shingles, but last roughly half as long (typically 15 years versus 25 years plus).
  • Wood was the main choice for centuries, and it’s still a good option, though in some areas fire codes forbid its use. They last as long as laminated shingles but cost twice as much.
  • Metal such as aluminum, steel, copper, copper-and-asphalt, and lead are all durable and expensive roofing surfaces.
  • Tile and Cement half cylinders are common on Spanish Colonial and Mission styles. All are expensive, very durable, and tend to be very heavy.
  • Slate is among the most durable of all roofing materials but is also expensive and very heavy.

Whatever your choice of roofing surface, you will probably need flashing. Good flashing work is essential to keeping a structure watertight, as the most likely place for leakage to occur is where different materials meet.

For most roofing, a synthetic underlayment paper is rolled on before the shingles are nailed in place. In snowy areas, a snow and ice shield membrane may also be laid.

Call the experts at Advanced Property Contractors LLC to help with your roofing project!


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Bathroom Ventilation – It’s a Healthy Decision

If your bathroom has mold, mildew, deteriorated plumbing fixtures, peeling paint, failing drywall/framing or cabinetry and doors that are warped you could benefit from the installation of a ventilation exhaust fan.ventilation_install

Exhaust fans that are connected to the duct work help the flow of air. Good air flow means less moisture and condensation. If your duct isn’t connected to an exhaust fan in the bathroom(s), the moisture in the air is sucked into the attic or crawl space and redistributed through your home causing mold to form.

A lot of condensation and moisture in the bathroom could be due to a damaged exhaust vent. Like, for example, when an exhaust fan is disconnected from the duct work or when there is no roof cap. If there is no roof cap to release the moisture in the air, then all of the moisture is being released in the attic. In other words, exhaust fans must be connected to a duct that is connected to a roof cap.

Benefits of an Exhaust Fan

  • Improved indoor air quality – fans provide an environmentally friendly space which will lessen the chance of family health problems and make a fresher smelling bathroom. Many factors create a bad air environment such as: pets, smoking, mildew, mold, dust mites, viruses and bacteria, cleaning materials and beauty spray products. If the air inside becomes stale due to infrequent circulation then it may become hazardous for human health; it may turn into a breeding ground for bacteria.
  • Reduce future maintenance and remodeling expenses – there can be a large cost to ignoring the harmful effects of too much humidity in a bathroom; mold, mildew and deterioration of walls, doors, ceilings, fixtures and cabinetry. Decreased longevity factors of bathroom components such as wooden doors and wall paintings and expanded wooden doors making it hard to properly close the bathroom door. That mold and mildew can also begin to degrade the structural integrity of your home.
  • Help to keep mirrors from fogging up –a vent fan will dramatically lessen this problem.
  • Improved decor: modern ventilation fans have been designed to look good and be good quality at reasonable prices.

To find out more about bathroom and whole-home exhaust fans, or to schedule your free estimate contact Advanced Property Contractors LLC.


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Benefits of new windows and doors

Few home improvements are as rewarding as replacing your windows and front door, which can yield a variety of benefits; lowered utility bills, better soundproofing and greater curb appeal.

Entry door replacements can recoup anywhere from 63-135% of the cost upon resale. Window replacement can recoup 73-77% of the cost when sold, according to Remodeling Magazine.

Replacement Windows

There are obvious reasons to replace windows such as rotting frames or broken /fogged glass. But there are other reasons for replacement that might not be as readily apparent; single-pane glass windows, which are present in most homes builReplacement windowst before the mid-90’s, are hugely energy inefficient and allow heating and cooling dollars to fly out the window and noise to cascade in.

Replacing standard windows with energy efficient windows and doors that meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Star program lowers energy bills by 7-15%, according to www.energystar.gov.

Several options are available to choose from when replacing windows. And, if money is a concern and your window frame is in good shape, just replacing single pane window sashes with double pane sashes can save a lot of money.

Front Doors

For those of you homeowners who are looking for a quick, inexpensive, dramatic home makeover we recommend changing your front door.Rayn Properties Architectural Images

A nice decorative glass front door or new hardware can go far. Wrought iron details can also make an enormous difference if you want your front entry to stand apart from the rest.

Replacing standard 36” wide doors with double doors is a current trend that lends grandeur to the front entry way. Solid wood and fiberglass doors that have the look of real wood are the most popular options. Steel doors are on the way out because of their industrial look and their tendency to dent and show imperfections.

Whether for cosmetic reasons or increased energy efficiency you can’t lose money when you replace or refresh your windows and doors. Call Advanced Property Contractors LLC today to schedule your window and door appointment!