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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
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How to Take the Stress Out of Renovating

February 9, 2015 1:48 am

(BPT) - If you're ready to hire someone for your first-ever home renovation, you're likely focused more on the result of the project, not the process. Seasoned renovators will tell you that even a foolproof renovation plan will require some major lifestyle adjustments. For first-timers, it's important to be prepared - financially, logistically and mentally - for the project. Keep in mind:

Prior planning prevents poor performance. Some things in life can be over-planned, but renovation isn't one of them. Don't skimp on the planning process. You need to use patience and care when choosing a project that will increase your home's value and your enjoyment of the space. You'll also need to decide how you will finance the project, select a contractor and deal with potentially major issues.

Homeowners also need to define what they want to accomplish. For example, do you just need an updated look or do you want an entirely new living space? You can glean ideas from publications, websites and other resources and also seek out professional assistance, such as from an interior decorator.

Your contractor is going to become your new roommate. Most homeowners continue to live in their homes during a major renovation, so you'll be spending a lot of time with your contractor. Hire a professional contractor who is licensed, insured and certified. Look for a firm that is conscientious about everything it does, has an experienced team and is used to handling large projects.

To find an ideal firm, get referrals from friends and from the firm itself and look at company websites. During the interview process, talk to prospective firms about timeline, logistics, realistic expectations and budget management. It's important to understand the scope of the project and how your contractor proposes to handle any challenges that arise.

There will be dust. Dust will happen - guaranteed. Every phase of remodeling creates dust, and it's the top threat to livability during a renovation. In addition to the nuisance of dust settling throughout your home, it can cause difficulty for people with existing respiratory problems and damage your belongings. Before you sign a contract, make sure the remodeler has a dust control plan for your project.

The little things that will get to you. While your contractor is tearing down walls and re-creating your living space, life will still go on in your home. Piano lessons will continue, deliveries will take place, bedtimes will remain and meal prep will go on. Meanwhile, your contractor's crews need somewhere to park their work vehicles and might not remember to put every tool away (and out of reach of your kids) at the end of a day. It's important to communicate with your contractor about these logistics and how you can work together to make the renovation go smoothly with as little disruption to your lives as possible.

It will be worth it. A major kitchen remodeling project recoups more than 74 percent of its cost at the time of resale, and adding an attic bedroom returns more than 84 percent, according to Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs. Value Report. In addition to financial considerations, completed renovations can improve curb appeal and livability.

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Performing a Paint Color Consultation

February 9, 2015 1:48 am

The color of your walls not only impacts how you feel, but sets the overall tone of a room, according to experts at HouseBeautiful Magazine. Selecting the right paint color will help convey the mood you want in your home. So how do you choose which color is right for you? Perform your own color consultation by asking yourself these questions.

What’s my style?
The most common dilemma when deciding on a paint color is whether you want to stick to a classic look or make a bold statement. Think about how certain colors make you feel – neutrals lend themselves to a more traditional aesthetic and are usually the most calming. More saturated colors, on the other hand, tend to energize and inspire. Take time to explore your style before committing to a paint color.

Should I use more than one color?
Overall, the color scheme of your house should be limited. One or two colors throughout is perfectly acceptable; however, it is important to break up the general theme with a few accent walls in complimentary colors.

How will lighting affect my choice?
Once you’ve decided on a color, pick the right shade in that family by choosing three similar hues – one that’s exactly what you had in mind for the room, one that’s a shade lighter, and one that’s a shade darker. Test out these samples next to a window and in a darker corner, and at different times of the day and night, to determine how lighting will affect its presentation.

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