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November Trade Secrets


Furnishing rooms in your home is not an easy task. Keep in mind the scale of the room, architectural details, and window placement. It’s important to measure your space and create a floor plan. Think of the room as a composition and not individual pieces.

Park Place Designs | www.parkplacedesigns.com


Think about the purpose each room serves when choosing lighting. The times of day you will use it and the activities you will be doing will aid you in deciding on the right fixture and output.

Diablo magazine | www.diablomag.com/home-design


Laminate floors should be delivered one to three days ahead of installation and allowed to sit in the home. Certain materials need to acclimate to the moisture and temperature of the environment for best results.

Diablo magazine | www.diablomag.com/home--design


Select and document the fixtures, finishes, and furnishings for your project well in advance of the due date to keep your project on schedule. Avoid making last-minute changes that create delays and inflate the budget.

McCutcheon Construction | www.mcbuild.com


Insist on a detailed, written scope of work before signing a contract. Also ask for a detailed, written schedule with a completion date. Ask past clients if the contractor completed projects on time, as per the schedule.

Gayler Design Build | www.gaylerdesignbuild.com


Replacing your windows? Be sure to work with a licensed contractor who will correctly measure and install your new windows. There are many window options and designs, so browse a showroom to find the ones that fit your home best.

Golden State Lumber | www.goldenstatelumber.com


Consider converting your old wood-burning fireplace to gas. On Spare the Air days it is illegal to burn wood, fire logs or pellets; gas can be a clean and convenient alternative.

Diablo magazine | www.diablomag.com/home-design


Take the time to research before starting your remodel to understand the time, convenience, and materials needed to make for a successful and timely project.

Cal York Construction | www.calyorkconstruction.com


Stick to one showstopper. There are so many beautiful tiles out there and a bathroom is a perfect place to show off some of your personality and take a risk with a fun color or pattern.

All Natural Stone | www.allnaturalstone.com


While planning a bathroom remodeling project, remember to balance 3 key aspects: aesthetics, functionality, and maintainability. You want your new bathroom to be pleasing to your senses but also provide additional features and be easy to maintain on a daily basis!

The Bath Studio | www.thebathstudio.com


When starting a remodeling project, don’t shy away from expressing as many aesthetic designs as you wish. An expert designer can cohesively pull together the interior for your dream home in a way that is functional, unique, and beautiful. This can be achieved no matter what style you lean toward—traditional, transitional, contemporary, or ultra-modern.

Douglah Designs  | www.douglahdesigns.com


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