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    7 Tips for Creating the Perfect Finished Basement or Basement Remodel

    Remodeling a finished or unfinished basement is a great way to add value, space and comfort to your home. Basements are ideal for casual social activities for the whole family, just for the kids or just for the guys. It’s the perfect spot for the big screen TV, pool table, and to stash board games and craft supplies. Here are 7 tips to ge... Read More

    by mdvremodeling on July 31, 2014Comments (0)
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    Green Building Tips for Home or Office

    It’s been a while since we’ve talked about it here on our blog, so for today’s blog post we wanted to offer up some tips on Green Building. Read on for our Top 5 Green Building Tips for Home or Office: 1. Although they are a great substitution for the interior lighting in your home, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) are unfort... Read More

    by mdvremodeling on July 31, 2014Comments (0)
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    Basement Options, Part 1: Flooring

    Welcome to the first part of a three-part blog series on basement options. As remodeling experts, we know that there are many decisions that go into refinishing or remodeling a basement. Some of those decisions will be based solely on the needs and wants of the homeowner; whereas other decisions may need to be made quickly based on an immediate ... Read More

    by mdvremodeling on July 31, 2014Comments (0)
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    Everything You Need to Know About Age-in-Place Remodeling

    If you’re like the majority of Americans over the age of 45, you want to continue living in a familiar environment throughout your maturing years. According to AARP, many older homeowners would prefer to age-in-place, which means to live in their home safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age or physical ability level. But ... Read More

    by mdvremodeling on July 31, 2014Comments (0)
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    Tips for Preventing Basement Mold When Refinishing Your Basement

    Mold infestation is a very common, but dangerous, problem to have in an unfinished basement. Basement mold can cause health problems for your family and destroy your home and possessions. However, it’s also a problem that is easily preventable — especially if you’re planning on finishing your basement. For today’s post, ... Read More

    by mdvremodeling on July 31, 2014Comments (0)
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    How to Maximize Your ROI with a Finished Basement

    Home improvements are usually done to increase your home satisfaction, but unless you plan on living in the same house forever, you should also consider how they affect your home’s overall value. Finishing your basement can yield up to a 70% return on your investment (ROI) at resale according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2013 Cost vs. Va... Read More

    by mdvremodeling on July 31, 2014Comments (0)
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    Will Green Keep You Out of the Red?

    There is an underserviced niche in my market area that has proven to be very lucrative to me. While I am very sure it is different from area to area and in different regions across the country, here in Western New York the whole push to the Green movement and environmental friendliness was slow to really catch on and while it has begun to get re... Read More

    by ReubenD on July 28, 2014Comments (0)
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    What To Do If (When) An Owner Doesn't Pay

    The past six months for me and my company have been the most difficult to date.  And this is including the first two or three years where we basically made just enough money to survive (that actually wasn't that bad, surprisingly, and actually kind of fun).  But this time around, we were expecting to get paid at the end of a job when, ... Read More

    by constructonomics on July 24, 2014Comments (0)
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    Making More on Windows and Doors

    My primary business is buying distressed homes through my Real Estate Business, doing any needed refurbing and upgrades to improve salability with my home remodeling and building business, then selling the homes at a profit.  Since the majority of the time in Western New York we are talking about 30-60 year old homes, one of the first place... Read More

    by ReubenD on July 24, 2014Comments (0)
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    A Strange Background for a Contractor/Builder

    Reading through the Contractor Talk forum has once again reminded me of the unique path that I followed to entering the Contractor / Builder professions. It is very different than the typical route taken by the other professionals on here and the difference in perspective becomes very obvious as I read through the posts. I think that is one of t... Read More

    by ReubenD on July 23, 2014Comments (0)
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