Work for More Than A Dollar

There are things that are worth more than money.  Relationships, integrity, honesty and loyalty top my list.  There are few others that share this belief.  But, I have found some of those few.  Together, we have formed an alliance, the Marblehead Builder’s Consortium, to share our resources and do what we love – renovating homes to enrich the people’s lives who live in them.

We are not a general contracting firm.  We do not follow the traditional processes of managing home renovation projects.  The homeowner comes first.  Not our bottom line.

The MBC is a team of renovation professionals.  We pour our hearts into our craft.  Because, after all, if one’s heart is not in it, it is not worth doing.

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Well, of course like everything else, it requires a bit of effort on your part.

Houzz.com holds a monthly drawing for a free iPad to those who review their favorite home designer or building pro (hint-hint!).

So, whether you really, really like me or just want a chance to win a new iPad, give me a super duper review on Houzz.com!

Click the link on the left that says “See my Houzz profile” or click here for more details.

Choosing A Kitchen Countertop

Choosing A Kitchen Countertop

Very often I am asked for a recommendation on a kitchen counter material.  The materials, styles and prices vary widely, so it’s not a quick and easy thing to answer.  This article by HGTV.com offers some very helpful information on the subject with some lovely photos to boot!

Thinking About Resale Value

Do you have the future resale value of your home in the back of your mind?  Most real estate agents will have good input when it comes to discussing improvements that will or will not help make your home more attractive to buyers.  After all, they work with buyers and sellers every day of the week.  But, I have a few cents to put in, too.

Not too long ago I worked with a couple who wanted to renovate their bathroom.  We designed option after option after option only to come to the conclusion that we would keep everything in its place and simply replace the fixtures.  The hang up was that the owners were overly concerned about what the next buyers would want.  They had no plans to sell soon, but they just couldn’t get beyond that hump of wondering what the next people who lived there would want.

Another couple was convinced that they would not be able to sell their house unless they renovated the kitchen.  They spent loads of time in planning and about $50,000 to do the construction.  Then, the next owners came in and tore the whole thing apart again to make it their own.

So, here’s the deal.  You cannot interpret the tastes of the people who are going to buy your house.  If you are certain you are going to sell in a relatively short amount of time then you should be as conservative as possible with the money you spend and styles you choose when renovating and decorating.  (Check out this brief article on Home Renovations That Could Hurt Resale.)

However, if you do not have definite plans to move soon, I whole-heartedly recommend making your home a place in which you love to live.  After all, why not?  It’s yours!

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