In addition to provising quality kitchens & bathroom remodeling, we also offer full-service home remodeling services for additions, windows & doors, flooring, architectural trim work and everything in between. What ever the project, Element can provide all services with top professional workmanship.
Room Additions: Before You Start
- Financial and Time Costs: Work out a reasonable budget that will cover such things as permits, architectural designs, zoning, materials, labor and machinery. There are many things to consider when building an addition or other home remodeling project. We will guide you through these processes and make them as easy and stress-free as possible.
- Zoning: Making sure your property lines are adequate for an addition or remodel is the first step. Take several photos of your home and discuss it with the local zoning office. Using this information, zoning officials will be able guide us in how much affordable space is necessary to achieve your goals.
- Real Estate Values: Whether or not you plan to sell your home, ask reputable real estate agents what types of room additions achieve the best return on investment in your neighborhood. Also inquire about room additions that turn buyers away.
- Draw Floor Plans: Element Kicthen and Bath Design will determine exact dimensions of other rooms in your home and match your room addition plans accordingly. We also acquire architectural designs for all of the additions to effectively layout all possible options during the design process.
Exploring the Benefits of Vinyl Windows
If you still have the original aluminium windows most builders installed in the 1960s, you may already be experiencing drafts, mold issues, and rattling. Vinyl windows are known for their excellent energy-efficient, insulating qualities as well as their ability to muffle outdoor noise. Call ELEMENT to find out we can help you save money and improve the value of your home, we will guide you step by step and inform you on the best possible choices for your home remodel.
Before You Buy Vinyl Replacement Windows
All things being equal, the efficiency and durability of any window comes down to the quality of the installation. That's why you may not want to try it yourself! When you buy vinyl windows, it's a good idea to hire an installer who has certifications, training, and experience with the materials. This experience with, and dedication to, quality products and services will benefit you and your home's efficiency and value.
When shopping, consider buying vinyl replacement windows that qualify for a tax credit under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Windows with U-factors and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) equal to or less than .30 meet the government requirements for the credit. Under the provisions, you can recoup up to 30 percent or a maximum of $1,500 of the cost of your vinyl windows. Installation is not included.
Tax credits aside, you should consider replacement windows that are certified for high performance by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). The NFRC conducts an independent evaluation of windows. Its window label shows you the U-factor, the SHGC, and whether it has an ENERGY STAR rating.