Revealing Hidden Costs of Remodeling
We accounted for the big-ticket items, like countertops and subcontractors, but it also felt like we were always adding things to our rehab budget. Little changes can add up quickly!
Reuse As Much As Possible When Remodeling
To protect the environment & our budget, we reused many of the original materials in our first house even though we completely remodeled it.
Homebuyers, Look for These Clues to Potential Costly Repairs
Homebuyers, you don’t need any construction knowledge to spot these clues to potential, costly repairs.
What the Heck are Floating Floors?
Our flooring services are only for snap-together products that can be installed as a floating floor. We explain what that means and why we chose it for our first home.
What the Heck are Floating Walls?
Building codes in Colorado require floating basement walls, but you don’t need magic to make that happen.
Some Things Didn’t Go Smoothly
Even though we regularly work with other contractors on clients’ projects, we still had issues with some of the new-to-us contractors & vendors we used to remodel our first home.
The Best-Laid Plans…
If you expect your plans to change, you may be able to roll with the design changes without freaking out.
When a Wall Has Got to Go
You don’t have to live with a wall you hate! See what a HUGE improvement we made by removing walls in our main living area.
Moving the Stairs Maximized Our Space
We knew the first time we saw the house that we wanted to move the stairs, but it took longer to come up with the best new spot for them.
Digging into Egress Windows & Legal Basement Bedrooms
With “Basements” in our company name and window installation as an expertise, we are asked to add egress windows a lot. Let’s dig into what an egress window is and why it matters.
Silencing Squeaky Floors
We worked as a team of detectives to find and eliminate all the squeaky spots on our subfloors before the new engineered hardwood and tiles were installed.
First, the Money. Then, the Rest…
A great lender should go the extra mile to guide you through the mountains of documentation, complex regulations, and significant decisions for the beginning of your homebuying journey.
The Scoop on Sewer Scopes
A sewer scope can reveal blockages, damage to the pipes, and other problems with the line from your home to the main sewer connection for your city or development.
We Made Another Mess in the Basement!
We removed the existing basement bathroom and cut into the concrete floor so the plumber could install new pipes to combine the bathroom and laundry room.
Behind-the-Scenes: Basement Bathroom Project
With piles of dirt, a cut up basement floor, and beautiful, new pipes laid, licensed plumber Jake Jacoby of Progressive Mechanical and Beams to Basements owner, Mim, share a video about what you can expect with a basement bathroom project.
What Can We Tell Ya?
Help us pick the most interesting subjects to you. What questions do you have for Josh and the outstanding specialists we’re working with?
Tips for Hiring a Great Contractor
We have a unique perspective on this important relationship between contractor and owner. Here are some tips to help you hire the right contractors for your project.
Good Realtors Add Value
If you’re wondering if it’s worth it to work with a realtor, this story is for you!
We’re so glad that we didn’t wait to remove the dead trees in our backyard because we’re sure we prevented expensive property damage by being proactive.
The Diagnosis: What Our Home Inspection Revealed
Luckily, our home inspection confirmed Josh’s initial assessment that the house was in really good shape for its age. Here’s what we discovered and how we’re addressing some issues.
Before You Buy It, Give That House a Check-Up
As general contractors, we strongly recommend hiring a certified home inspector to determine a house’s condition before buying it. Here’s what you can expect as part of the inspection.
Show us some messy stuff!
Are you eager to see pictures of us tearing apart the house? We couldn’t wait to get rid of the paneling throughout the basement.
What Happens on the First Day?
As first-time homebuyers, we didn’t know what to expect on our closing day. Here are some highlights from our first day and what we brought with us to turn our first home into our first project as the contractors AND owners.
Meet Our House
Before we take you on our home renovation journey, look at these pictures of the good condition we bought this house and read our plans to completely remodel it.
We bought our first house!
We’re bringing you into our personal lives with stories from our first home as contractors and owners.