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GARAGE CONSTRUCTION

There are many things to take into consideration once you’ve decided to add a garage to your house. Do you go with an attached or a detached garage? Should you opt for an oversized garage to allow for extra storage, or stick to a more conventionally sized structure? The answer depends on your particular situation, and at McDonough Construction LLC in Lakeland, FL we’re happy to evaluate the best solution for you.

AT YOUR SERVICE

Our staff consists of trained professionals who are eager to work with you and cater to your needs. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction and will go the extra mile to build a garage that will benefit you most. We base your needs off of several criteria, including:

  • The shape of your parking lot or driveway
  • The primary use of your new garage
  • The layout of your home or building
  • Your timing and budget

At McDonough Construction LLC, we’re here to help you navigate your options for a new garage. Call today for more information or to schedule an estimate.

HOME CONTRACTOR

If you’ve decided it’s time to make some home improvements, McDonough Construction in Lakeland, FL, is the company to hire. Our skilled craftsmen have the tools and experience to remodel or renovate any area in your home. We can also provide assistance with any projects you’re planning so that you get the results you want.

CHANGE IS GOOD

Making home improvements or renovating a space that needs to be updated can make your home a special place for you. We can make that happen, and we’ll meet or exceed your expectations.

At McDonough Construction, we’re thoroughly committed to completing all projects at a competitive price for our customers in Lakeland, Polk County, and any of the surrounding areas. We take pride in our high level of service, and we want you to be completely satisfied with our work. Get in touch with us so that we can talk about all of your home improvement needs.

MASONRY CONTRACTOR

Specializing in stone and masonry, McDonough Construction LLC has built a reputation for excellence from the ground up. At McDonough Construction LLC, we combine modern construction technology with traditional methods to provide quality masonry work in Lakeland, FL. One of the oldest forms of construction, masonry has been hailed for the elegance and style it lends to a variety of projects, including:

  • Decks
  • Walkways
  • Fireplaces

YOUR SATISFACTION IS OUR OBJECTIVE

At McDonough Construction LLC, we work hard to exceed our customers’ expectations. No matter the scope of the job at hand, we promise to approach it with precision and care. And we pledge to make your upcoming project as cost-effective as possible, all the while giving you the attention to detail our Lakeland, FL customers have come to expect.

Whether you’re interested in having masonry work done to beautify your home, increase its resale value, or both, we can help. For more information or to schedule an estimate and design consultation, call McDonough Construction LLC today.

OUTDOOR KITCHENS

These days, more and more Lakeland, FL homeowners are retrofitting their properties with outdoor kitchens to take advantage of two wonderful things: good food and good weather. So if you’re looking to capitalize on this trend, call on McDonough Construction LLC. We can help you upgrade from a lonely grill to a more complete kitchen setting.

COOK UNDER THE STARS

Imagine having all of the appliances and tools you need right in your very own outdoor setting. With an outdoor kitchen from McDonough Construction LLC, you’ll be able to cook, fry, and sauté your way to a gourmet meal, all the while breathing fresh air and taking in your outdoor surroundings. Best of all, by adding an outdoor kitchen, you’ll be improving your home and increasing its value.

An outdoor kitchen from McDonough Construction LLC is a great way to add some extra fun to those times when you want to relax with your family and friends without being stuck inside. Give us a call today to learn more about your options or to schedule an estimate.

GARAGE CONSTRUCTION

There are many things to take into consideration once you’ve decided to add a garage to your house. Do you go with an attached or a detached garage? Should you opt for an oversized garage to allow for extra storage, or stick to a more conventionally sized structure? The answer depends on your particular situation, and at McDonough Construction LLC in Lakeland, FL we’re happy to evaluate the best solution for you.

AT YOUR SERVICE

Our staff consists of trained professionals who are eager to work with you and cater to your needs. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction and will go the extra mile to build a garage that will benefit you most. We base your needs off of several criteria, including:

  • The shape of your parking lot or driveway
  • The primary use of your new garage
  • The layout of your home or building
  • Your timing and budget

At McDonough Construction LLC, we’re here to help you navigate your options for a new garage. Call today for more information or to schedule an estimate.

HOME CONTRACTOR

If you’ve decided it’s time to make some home improvements, McDonough Construction in Lakeland, FL, is the company to hire. Our skilled craftsmen have the tools and experience to remodel or renovate any area in your home. We can also provide assistance with any projects you’re planning so that you get the results you want.

CHANGE IS GOOD

Making home improvements or renovating a space that needs to be updated can make your home a special place for you. We can make that happen, and we’ll meet or exceed your expectations.

At McDonough Construction, we’re thoroughly committed to completing all projects at a competitive price for our customers in Lakeland, Polk County, and any of the surrounding areas. We take pride in our high level of service, and we want you to be completely satisfied with our work. Get in touch with us so that we can talk about all of your home improvement needs.

MASONRY CONTRACTOR

Specializing in stone and masonry, McDonough Construction LLC has built a reputation for excellence from the ground up. At McDonough Construction LLC, we combine modern construction technology with traditional methods to provide quality masonry work in Lakeland, FL. One of the oldest forms of construction, masonry has been hailed for the elegance and style it lends to a variety of projects, including:

  • Decks
  • Walkways
  • Fireplaces

YOUR SATISFACTION IS OUR OBJECTIVE

At McDonough Construction LLC, we work hard to exceed our customers’ expectations. No matter the scope of the job at hand, we promise to approach it with precision and care. And we pledge to make your upcoming project as cost-effective as possible, all the while giving you the attention to detail our Lakeland, FL customers have come to expect.

Whether you’re interested in having masonry work done to beautify your home, increase its resale value, or both, we can help. For more information or to schedule an estimate and design consultation, call McDonough Construction LLC today.

OUTDOOR KITCHENS

These days, more and more Lakeland, FL homeowners are retrofitting their properties with outdoor kitchens to take advantage of two wonderful things: good food and good weather. So if you’re looking to capitalize on this trend, call on McDonough Construction LLC. We can help you upgrade from a lonely grill to a more complete kitchen setting.

COOK UNDER THE STARS

Imagine having all of the appliances and tools you need right in your very own outdoor setting. With an outdoor kitchen from McDonough Construction LLC, you’ll be able to cook, fry, and sauté your way to a gourmet meal, all the while breathing fresh air and taking in your outdoor surroundings. Best of all, by adding an outdoor kitchen, you’ll be improving your home and increasing its value.

An outdoor kitchen from McDonough Construction LLC is a great way to add some extra fun to those times when you want to relax with your family and friends without being stuck inside. Give us a call today to learn more about your options or to schedule an estimate.

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7 Timeless Kitchen Designs

Is the all-white kitchen on its way out? Numerous designers are forecasting that the sterile surgical room feel that an all-white kitchen gives off is what is killing this design trend. People are going with more warmth and color in their kitchens.

So if you are nervously looking over at your all-white kitchen, don’t worry. Some white is cool and classic. Just don’t overdo it.

Let it Flow

One of the best ways to make your white kitchen work is to choose complementary finishes that marry with the surrounding spaces. This will create a more cohesive look. For example, if you have a nearby fireplace with marble tile in the great room, choose that look for your kitchen countertops.

Darker Floors

The best way to tone down a bright white kitchen is to create contrast. If you have the funds, focus on your flooring and furniture. Dark wood looks great with white cabinetry, especially if you continue it to other areas of your home for a more pulled-together feel.

Blend Shades of White & Gray

There is no denying that white can brighten any kitchen, particularly small ones. However, gradations of white are important in this space, so it doesn’t end up looking like the surgical ward. Pair your light-colored cabinets and counters with shades of white such as cream and gray and then add a little black for dimension.

Add Texture

An animal-print rug, whitewashed brick, and a rustic table all add visual interest to an otherwise mostly white kitchen. You really need to incorporate texture into this room and you don’t have to spend a fortune to do it. Throw in some pops of color along with glass and ceramic accessories to add depth and show character. Don’t forget things like floral arrangements because these add color and texture without being dramatic.

Make Appliances Pop

After a lifetime of stainless-steel appliances, many homeowners are turning to colorful appliances and a white kitchen allows these hues to become accents or focal points. Manufactures are leaning into the demand for these coveted pops of color.

Brighten your Island

Along with flooring and appliances, kitchen islands can add some zing to a potentially dull white kitchen. Without a colorful island to draw the eye into the space, there would be nothing interesting to look at. Consider gray, brown, or dark blue for your island, with white cabinets on the perimeter.

Pump up the Backsplash & Counters

Another element that will hold your interest in a white kitchen is a lightly toned countertop. Grey-veined quartz services to break up the white monotony, and gives the homeowner a little grace on housekeeping because it won’t show every mark or fingerprint.

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Jewel Tones: Decorating Tips

After several years of grays and beige filling our homes more and more homeowners are allowing color back into their homes. 2018 has been predicted to be the year where jewel tones will reign supreme in home design. These bold hues like deep sapphire and regal purples can transform a room from a boring vanilla box to a lusciously rich space you never want to leave.

Designers and manufacturers are taking their cues from a shift in demand. For example, Sherwin-Williams named Oceanside SW 6496 as their 2018 color of the year. While you may be thinking that these intense colors may overpower your decor, however, jewel tone will work for just about anyone. When decorating with jewel tones, you are not limited to how you use them. They can be found in paint colors, upholstery, tile, area rugs, or accessories, it all depends on how bold you want to go.

In The Kitchen

You don’t have to gut your entire kitchen and install purple cabinetry and a teal island to get converted to the jewel-tone look. You can go bold with some easy touches by adding colorful tiles, a fresh coat of paint or a bold wallpaper to give your kitchen a nice dose of flair. The best thing about any of these methods is that you can control just how much color is being used. The entire kitchen backsplash can be a bold sapphire tile, or you can strategically use that tile for a small section behind the range, and the rest can be neutral.

In The Living Room

If you’re looking to brighten up your entire living room, a signature piece of furniture in a jewel should do the trick. Even though the jewel tones are often bold, they can work really well on an anchor piece in a living room. Specifically, an emerald green sofa in an otherwise muted space can be visually stunning.

In The Bathroom

Of all the spots in your home, the bathroom is the one where you can feel free to go crazy with color. You can incorporate jewel tones with paint or wallpaper and even vibrant floor tiles. Especially in powder rooms, where you can amp up the drama because of how small the space is. A fun floor tile is a great conversation piece and an unexpected use for a brightly colored floor tile. It looks fresh, unexpected, and gorgeous on cabinets when done correctly.

In The Bedroom

Beds, headboards, and even window treatments are great bedroom opportunities for bold jewel tones you might not use in other parts of the house. For a lot of people, the master bedroom is their sanctuary, so this will give a luxe feel to the space. Try an upholstered bed or headboard in a rich jewel-tone fabric. You could also try a jewel-tone bench or pair of vibrant lounge chairs. This will give that great pop of color without being too overwhelming.

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What is the ROI on Hardwood Floors

The beauty of hardwood floors is that they are durable, easy to clean and they look amazing. However, if you are planning on moving soon will they give you a good return on investment? Most Real Estate Professionals would agree that this type of flooring is highly coveted by buyers and that they almost expect hardwood floors. Buyers typically want things that are move-in ready so if the floors are done that is one less thing they have to do.

Good Return On Investment

Besides being an attractive amenity for potential home buyers, hardwood floors have proven to really pay off for the homeowners. On average a homeowner can expect a 70%-80% return on investment from hardwood floors. Which adds about 2.5% to the sales price. With the correct installation, proper maintenance, and refinishing, hardwood floors have the longest lifespan compared to other flooring materials.

What’s The Cost?

Installing hardwood floors is not an easy feat. The average cost for popular woods like oak, maple, walnut, or cherry is around $5 to $10 per square foot, plus installation costs. However, experts will tell you that this expense is well worth it. While this may seem a bit pricey for an initial investment, you have to take into consideration that these floors can outlive you. They will also increase the market value of your home quite a bit.

Less Expensive, Similar Payoff

Faux hardwood floors still give the look and feel of the real thing and they are much less expensive. Plus they are also engineered to withstand more wear and tear. The physical cost of faux versus real hardwood varies depending on the species of wood, but where you will really see a difference in price is installation. Faux hardwood is easier to install and can really be done by anyone, while real hardwood should be installed only by professionals.

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Home Features Proven to Pay Off

Renovating your home with the right features can not only recoup the cost, it can help you sell your home much faster. Which means a quick transition into your dream home. So in order to sell your home fast check out this list of features that new home buyers are looking for.

  • Smart home features like smart thermostats, refrigerators, and locks
  • Finished Basements
  • Patios
  • Walk-in Closets
  • Granite Countertops
  • Eat-in Kitchens
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Laundry Rooms
  • Open Kitchens
  • Front Porches
  • Dining Rooms
  • Energy Star Appliances
  • Two-Car Garage
  • Fireplaces
  • Security Systems

Electronics

Homes with smart home tech typically sold within 80 days on the market at an average listing price of $575,000 and after 2 years the property appreciated 82.6%. Energy star appliances and security system homes typically sold within 124 days at a listing price of $330,000. So as you can see people are willing to pay for these features because they promote easy-living and convenience.

Amenities

Granite countertops, hardwood floors, and fireplaces are all things home buyers swoon over and they all decrease the days your house will sit on the market. Just about everywhere in the county, you will find people updating their kitchen countertops and adding hardwood floors to increase the likability of their homes. Don’t forget the fireplaces! Not every home has a fireplace but for the ones that do resurface and updating your fireplace would be a great idea.

Exteriors

Florida is known for its spectacular outdoor living so putting money into your outdoor entertaining area is definitely a good idea. Buyers specifically are looking for patio areas, front porches, and two-car garages. More and more homeowners are building firepits making use of their outdoor areas for hosting parties. As for front porches, there has always been something incredibly charming about a front porch that buyers love. Lastly, most Americans own more than one car so naturally, they require at least a two car garage.

Interior Design

If you watch HGTV you have probably heard a few of these buzz words going around such as a walk-in closet, eat-in kitchen, and open kitchen or open concept. These buzz words have definitely earned their place because home buyers everywhere are in love with these design features. Going from a small apartment closet to a huge master suite walk-in closet is surely going to be something no one complains about. You have probably heard the say “the kitchen is the heart of the home,” well that statement could not be truer. More and more home buyers are looking for open concept kitchens to allow for easy entertaining and to keep on eye on the kids. Since everyone always ends up in the kitchen, why not make it bigger?

Rooms

Aside from the standard kitchen, living room, and master bedroom, there are actually some bonus rooms many homebuyers love. Those include finished basements, laundry rooms, and dining rooms. We here in Florida, unfortunately, don’t have the ability to have basements but we sure do love our laundry rooms and dining rooms. It is incredibly nice to have an entire room dedicated to laundry instead of having to go out to the garage. Plus if you have a dining room imagine all the dinner parties you could have!

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Questions To Ask Before a Kitchen Remodel

After putting up with your outdated cabinets and countertops for far too long, you may feel a kitchen remodel is in the near future. A remodel of any kind comes with its fair share of ups and down, so before you commit to several months of construction. From setting your budget to choosing the best time of the year to break ground, making decisions ahead of time can save you precious time and money on the road to the kitchen of your dreams.

How Much Can You Spend?

The amount you can spend on your remodel will let you know the scope of the renovation. Make a list of all the things in your kitchen that don’t work properly or at all, then decide what you need to fix and what you want to replace it with.

Contractor vs DIY

While thinking about your budget, you should also decide if you need to hire a contractor to handle the remodel or do it yourself. Labor is one of the biggest cost elements during a renovation, but some people are able to save money by not having to pay a contractor. Having the time and skills required to source materials and build on your own will mean big savings for you. However, most people do not have the skill set to take on an entire kitchen so it is probably best to seek out a trusted contractor such as McDonough Construction.

Save What You Can

The cost of a full kitchen remodel can range from $25,000 to $65,000. So before you gut your entire kitchen, try to save what you can. So if your cabinets are in decent shape, they are definitely worth keeping. You can simply paint and refinish them to make them look like new.

Purchasing Materials

If you have the help of an interior designer or contractor, the pro can source everything from cabinets to flooring. However, those who are looking to take on this project themselves should visit local warehouses and showrooms to see how materials like countertops look in real life and compare the costs.

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Artificial vs. Real Christmas Trees. Which is Right For You?

Picking out the perfect tree each Christmas has become a holiday tradition in many families. Whether you go each year to pick out a live tree or every few years to pick out an artificial one. Real trees have a pleasant evergreen smell and feel. They also require some preparation and care but this is a valuable part of the holidays. On the flipside, artificial trees also offer some unique bonuses like, being easy to set up, hypoallergenic, and they come in style and colors that don’t occur in regular trees. Let’s dive into what goes into each type of trees, so you can decide which one is right for your family.

Christmas Tree Shopping Tip

Before you head out with the family to pick out your tree, whether it be live or artificial, measure the area you want the tree to be displayed. Check the height of the ceiling and available space needed to accommodate the width of the tree. The last thing you want it to get the tree home and have a repeat of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Artificial Christmas Trees

There are several things to keep in mind when shopping for an artificial Christmas tree, size, style, and features.

Size

Typically, full-size artificial trees range in height from 6.5 to 12 ft, which will accommodate just about ceiling height. There are also slim trees and full girth trees to choose from. So depending on whether this tree is going to be the main feature of the home or placed in the corner as a small decoration, be sure to measure the space before buying.

Style

Artificial tree needles are created using extruded Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) or molded Poly-Ethylene (PE) or a combination of both. Either material expertly replicates the look of pine, fir, or other evergreen trees. Colors vary from a mix of greens to several other colors.

Features

Most artificial trees are pre-lit, meaning the lights are already installed. These lights may be incandescent or LED bulbs in multi-color, clear, color changing or random shimmering lights. There are also flocked trees to make it look snow-covered and self-shaping trees have wired in branches to make the tree expand to its original shape when removed from the box.

Real Christmas Trees

The most popular real Christmas trees come from the pin or fir species. Choosing the right type depends on your personal taste and regional availability.

Pine Trees- Pine trees have long, slender needles 1 inch to 6 inches long attached in clusters to branches. These trees vary in shades of yellow-green and blue-green.

Fir Trees- Fir trees have flat and waxy needles up to 1.5 inches long attached directly to branches in long, dense rows. Color varies from yellow-green to dark green, and some trees have touches of reddish-brown on the buds. Firs have a very noticeable fragrance. Firs also have more flexible branches than pines and spruces and will shed some needles. The best varieties are Grand, Fraser, Noble, Balsam, and Douglas.

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Stylish & Durable Home Decor for Pet Owners

It is no secret that pets can be tough on a home. However, that doesn’t mean that pet owners have to live with torn couches, stained rugs and scratched up floors. You just have to shop smart and buy things that can withstand the wear and tear a pet brings, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on style.

Durable Varieties of Flooring

Hardwood floors are the go-to for many homeowners nowadays. However, they typically don’t stand up well up against our four-legged friends. Light floors hold up the best and show the least. So you don’t have to worry about small scratches and pet hair. The best type of flooring is tile and laminate. You can even get these in wood-look styles!

Area Rugs

Carpet is very hard to keep clean over a long period of time especially with pets. So a good solution is instead of replacing carpet with more carpet, replace your floors with either tile or laminate. Then if you need something soft on your feet an area rug is the way to go! That way if your pets destroy the after a few years you can simply pick it up and have it cleaned or replaced.

Funiture w/ Stain Resistant Fabric

It is hard to say no to a pet who is begging to cuddle with you on the sofa. Needless to say, if you are trying to keep your pets off your furniture you will end up losing that battle. So be sure to get a sofa that uses Sunbrella, Crypton or another similar fabric that is stain-resistant and relatively durable.

Toys & Beds

Furniture can become a scratching post or a bed at any time and one way to reduce your pets use of your furniture it to get them their own. If your pet has a nice bed out in the living room along with several toys they can play with, they will be less likely to use your furniture for entertainment or a nap.

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November Maintenance Checklist

We are heading straight for the holiday season and many people are chomping at the bit to start cooking and shopping. However, before you buy the perfect turkey or break out the flannel pajamas check out these steps to ensure your home is ready for winter.

Block Out Small Pests

Thankfully in Florida, we don’t have to put up with snow and ice, however, it does get quite cold in Florida. So when the temperature starts to drop rodents and other creepy crawlies seek out a warm place to live. To ensure your home doesn’t take on unwelcome residences give your house a once over and seal up any holes you find. If you find a hole try using putty, flexible brick, or concrete caulking to patch holes.

Check Smoke Detectors

Thanksgiving is kind of infamous for being the holiday for most kitchen fires in the U.S. So going into this season it is a good idea to check your smoke detectors to ensure they work. This will help protect everyone in your house from your iffy cooking skills. To test your smoke detector just press the “test” button on your alarm, and ensure it sounds. Then change the batteries, which should be done every year.

Replace Your Weatherstripping

Check your windows and doors for any small gaps in weatherstripping and caulk. Turn the lights off, and run a light along your windows to illuminate cracks. Take your existing weatherstripping to the store to ensure you buy the right replacement.

Plumbing Check

Like I mentioned before a lot can go wrong in the kitchen on Thanksgiving, but don’t forget your bathroom. Now is a great time to check your plumbing and make sure your pipes are clear before the holidays come around. It is best to call in a professional for a preholiday inspection since drain cleaning during the holidays gets a little more expensive.

Get Ready For Visitors

If you are planning on entertaining this year for the holidays, this is a great time to start preparing. Launder the guest linens, stock up on toiletries, and give everything a good cleaning.

If you follow all these tips your home will be perfectly prepared for the winter and holiday season!

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What is the Best Floors for Pets?

If you own a dog, cat or another rambunctious house guest, the best type of flooring you can get is something durable. Although popular flooring like hardwood is pretty to look at and carpet is cheap, these types of flooring don’t stand up well against our four-legged friends. One of the biggest problems with pets is their nails, also muddy paws and pets that aren’t housebroken are also not good for your floors. Carpets especially can take a beating when it comes to these stains and smells that quite possibly are permanent. However, with all this negative you don’t have to sacrifice having great looking floors in your house. Here are some of the most durable and pet-friendly floors to have in your house.

Concrete

This type of flooring can stand up against just about anything. Plus, it is easy to clean and is incredibly stylish and growing in popularity. This is a great type of floor if you are going for a more industrial type of look in your home.

Tile

Tile is another great option for people with pets since it is both durable and easy to clean. Plus, there are tons of style options including the popular wood-look tile.

Luxury Vinyl

This type of flooring is another great option for pet owners who are keen on keeping their houses spotless. They are highly durable, long-lasting, resistant to moisture, scratches, and dents. They also reduce the clicking noise of pet nails on the tile or wood floors.

Laminate

Laminate flooring is incredibly popular hardwood look-alike. The sealant layer on the laminate makes it scratch and scuff proof. Plus, laminate flooring is less expensive than traditional hardwood floors. Since these floors are so durable they can last for several years without having to replace or repair them. Also, like the other types of flooring on this list, laminate floors are easy to clean.

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When Should I Remodel My House?

Homeowners often ask the question: “When should I remodel my house?” and to be honest any time is the right time as long as you are prepared. However, there are certain times of the year were doing certain jobs can save you a little money.

January Through Early March

Despite working outside in the cold, this is actually a good time to start an addition. Dry air is actually better for digging foundations and pouring concrete footers than muddy ground and humidity. If your foundation is completed and the room addition is framed before the rainy season, the space can be undercover during the unpredictable spring weather. Also, the winter months tend to not be as busy for builders, because everyone is waiting for the spring.

April Through June

This is normally the time when most builders are busy and therefore you can expect to pay a little more for time and materials. Projects like decks, patios, and outdoor rooms are good to plan for this time frame. Plus, the homeowner can enjoy their new outdoor space for the rest of the year.

July Through September

This is the best time to tackle all those indoor renovations you want to do like a bathroom remodel. Surprisingly this is also normally the time when people get a new roof put on their house since higher temps make roofing materials easier to seal. Also, if your family vacations in the summer it would be best to plan your renovation and your vacation at the same time. That way you can avoid all the inconveniences of having to live through a renovation.

October through December

This is normally the time homeowners want their projects finished since the holidays will quickly be approaching. So if you are willing to have crews in your home during the holiday season, this is a good time to schedule anything from an addition to a kitchen remodel. This is the time of year when business is slower and prices for materials and time won’t be as high.

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