The Worst Remodeling Advice We’ve Ever Heard

Chris Shanks | January 12, 2018 | Home Remodeling

Save Money on Materials

In our history as a Madison, WI, remodeler, one of the worst pieces of remodeling advice we’ve heard is that materials are a good place to save a little extra cash.  Unfortunately, materials often visually and functionally reflect their price tags. For instance, veneer kitchen cabinets may admirably mimic hardwood online or at a distance, but day-to-day use will certainly reveal their cheap quality to you and your company.

Worse still, they are much more likely to warp or crack. So while you may think you’re saving money up front, you might be spending more in the long run because of the repair or second remodel costs you’ll incur.

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Which Home Improvements are Tax Deductible in Madison

Chris Shanks | January 10, 2018 | Finance

If you’re a new home owner or are looking for a way to make some upgrades to your house with a professional remodeler without breaking your budget, it’s time to figure out what Madison, WI, home improvements are tax deductible. There are lots of ins-and-outs which may affect your particular situation, but we’ve assembled some basic guidelines for you to consider in 2018.

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9 Things You Should Do for Bathroom Remodeling Success

Chris Shanks | January 03, 2018 | Bathroom Remodeling

1. Prepare Your Pocketbook

The first step toward a successful bathroom remodel in Madison, WI, is research. Begin by discovering how much bathroom remodels in your area typically cost. Then, adjust your own budget accordingly. Naturally, you’ll want to obtain a tailored quote later in the process, but preparing through market research first will enable you to confidently proceed with planning.

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4 Incredible Bathroom Designs in Madison Homes

Chris Shanks | December 29, 2017 | Bathroom Remodeling

Bathroom 1: Simply Elegant

Simplicity at its finest can be extraordinarily elegant, and this bathroom is the perfect example. The floor plan itself is completely open. The color scheme—black, white, grey, and silver—is incredibly uncomplicated and classy, yet all accent pieces are unique yet unified.

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5 Misconceptions about Bathroom Remodeling in Madison, WI

Chris Shanks | December 27, 2017 | Bathroom Remodeling

Bathrooms are often under-valued and therefore underestimated. This is particularly true when it comes to remodeling, because home owners often allot priority of time and budget to larger and more visible rooms like the kitchen. It’s true that bathroom remodels in Madison, WI, are smaller and typically faster projects.

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5 Things to Know About Remodeling Your Bathroom

Chris Shanks | December 20, 2017 | Bathroom Remodeling

If you’ve never remodeled before, it can be difficult to know what to expect on a day-to-day basis. But good contractors will always prepare you ahead of time. At Sand County Contracting, we believe in educating our clients to help them smoothly navigate the remodeling process. Today, we’ll discuss five things you should know about your bathroom remodel in Madison, WI.

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Remodeling Solutions for Your Small Bathroom

Chris Shanks | December 15, 2017 | Bathroom Remodeling

Everyone has experienced the awe of an optical illusion. Not everyone understands how they work, but they do understand that they work. Believe it or not, our minds process all of our physical surroundings with some degree of “illusion.”

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Preparing for a Kitchen Remodel in Madison

Chris Shanks | December 13, 2017 | Kitchen Remodeling

Last week we presented a comprehensive guide to setting yourself up for successful kitchen remodeling in Madison, WI. Today we’ll look at a couple of those components on a more granular level and discuss the financial obligations you should expect to undertake and how to choose the best financial plan for your situation. We’ll also discuss the practical ramifications of living in a home during renovation and how to minimize interruptions to your daily routine.

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The Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Remodeling in Madison

Chris Shanks | December 06, 2017 | Kitchen Remodeling

Know What You Want

The success of a project can be in large part determined by the specificity of its vision. If you begin your kitchen remodeling in Madison with clear objectives, you’ll likely attain them. Make a list of must-haves (e.g. more prep space, more storage space, marble countertops, shaker cabinets, etc.), preferences, and things you like about your current kitchen that you want to keep. Next, define your aesthetic vision by creating portfolios on Houzz and Pinterest that you can show your contractor. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words.

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What to Look for When Looking for High Quality Kitchen Cabinets

Quality kitchen cabinets depend on the careful consideration and selection of two elements: design and construction. Design decisions are a little easier to walk through on your own since success depends largely on personal taste. Construction, however, can be more difficult to navigate if you don’t know what to look for. Today, we’ll give you a straightforward tutorial on choosing the best materials, construction, and hardware.

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