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STRUCTURE “A comprehensive planning process is the


very best way for a consumer to gain the knowledge necessary to make informative decisions considerate of their desires, both aesthetically and budgetary,” says Matt Berry, President, General Contractor at Berry Built and Design, Inc. “Professional planning and design simplifies an otherwise complicated process and provides the very best value for your investment.” “I recommend stepping back, looking at


the overall property, and creating a ‘master plan’ for what you envision as the ideal finished reworking of it,” says Sam Rodell of Kirkwood Rodell Architects. “Consider meeting with an architect to talk about the big picture. Once that is done, you can break that vision down into bit sized pieces. That way, you know that whatever portion of your overall vision you take on, no matter how small, you are moving toward a coherent final product.” Do you need a general contractor or can


you do the project yourself? “If you are just doing an update, such as replacing a floor in a room, some molding or a countertop, you are right you do not need a general contractor or their services, and any artesian contractor who specializes only in that line of work would be fine to hire and manage yourself,” saya Dave Cavillo of Cavillo Construction. “But, if you are thinking of a full bath or kitchen remodel, whole house update, addition or a any larger scale project, hiring a general contractor should be a given.” For those tackling a DIY (do it yourself)


project, “One of the best pieces of advice that I can give for the homeowner that has their mind set and wants to tackle that big addition, kitchen remodel, bathroom remodel or whatever it may be, would be to contact a local construction company that gives consultations and acquires the knowledge within the residential construction world,” says Troy V. Peck of Allure Construction & Design, Inc. “A good contractor should know the current building practices and building codes, energy efficient building practices, regulations and rules, such as lead-based


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A stunning new kitchen is possible when you have a master plan and work with the right professionals to get a quality product that is structurally sound.


photo by Alan Bisson


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