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Green Home Remodeling: Transforming Your Space With Environmentally Friendly Updates

Sustainability is more than just a trend — it’s become a way of life and an important responsibility, prompting many homeowners in Montgomery County and beyond to seek ways to make their living spaces more eco-friendly.

Whether you’re motivated by a desire to reduce your carbon footprint, lower energy bills, or simply live in a healthier environment, there are numerous updates you can make to your home that are both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally responsible. As a forward-thinking home remodeling company, Custom Craft is here to guide you through some of the top environmentally-friendly updates you can consider for your next project, as well as practical advice to keep in mind on your journey to a greener home.

How to Build a Better Home

When we sat down with Custom Craft designer Grace Arndt to discuss Barbie Dreamhouse features available to those of us in the real world, she mentioned that sustainable design was at the top of her Dreamhouse wish list.  We loved this so much that for this month’s post, we asked for her take on what it means to build a green and healthy home. Here are some of her ideas:

Find the Right Fit

If sustainable remodeling is a priority, finding a home remodeler who shares your values is essential. When interviewing potential remodelers, ask about their eco-friendly efforts. These could be anything from the materials they have available to the ethical vendors they work with.

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At Custom Craft, one of our cabinet suppliers is Kahle’s Kitchens — a company that goes above and beyond to ensure they strictly follow environmental protocols and implement waste-eliminating and recycling initiatives. According to General Manager Scott Fair, one procedure that distinguishes Kahle’s Kitchens from other suppliers is the reuse of leftover materials. Any scraps of wood and debris they have on hand are collected, ground up, and compressed into BioBricks — two-pound pellets that can be used in wood-burning stoves, fireplaces, or campfires instead of traditional cordwood. These BioBricks are used to heat the Kahle’s facility and are available to the community.

Once you’ve found a remodeler who can help you achieve your green goals, Grace also suggests communicating these goals to your designer because they “will put the extra effort into helping you reach them. Your achievements will be their achievements. It will be a team effort.”

Remember to Reuse

Before throwing anything away, reuse what you can. For example, an old vanity could be relocated to the garage or basement for a unique storage area. If you can’t reuse an item, try to find someone else who can. If your cabinets, doors, or existing furniture are in good shape but not working with your design, donate or sell them so they’ll be reused elsewhere. You never know when your unwanted items could be someone else’s treasure.   

Celebrate the Small Changes

Remember that small victories are victories nonetheless, and most of the time, little steps lead to big changes. It might not be in your budget to install solar panels on your roof, but upgrading your thermostat or swapping out that leaky basement sink could be much more attainable. Any step in the right direction should be valued and celebrated.

Sustainable Living Upgrades

With those ideas in mind, let’s dive into specific upgrades you can make that will go a long way to building a more efficient home:

Energy-Efficient Windows and Doors

One of the most effective ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency is by upgrading your windows and doors. Replacing old, drafty windows with energy-efficient models can significantly reduce heat and air conditioning costs. Look for windows and doors with ENERGY STAR certification to ensure they meet strict energy efficiency standards.

Smart Home Technology

Invest in smart home technology that allows you to monitor and control your home’s systems remotely. This can help optimize energy use, reduce waste, and create a more comfortable living space. Smart thermostats, lighting, and shower systems are just a few examples of how you can make your home smarter and greener.

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Eco-Friendly Materials

To her earth-conscious clients, Grace suggests starting remodeling plans with environmentally-friendly materials and letting those items set the stage for the all-over look and style of the space. She also encourages her clients to invest in materials that are lasting and can be locally sourced, even if the price point is slightly higher. Some examples of eco-friendly materials include:

  • Bamboo, cork, reclaimed, or recycled flooring
  • Recycled glass, solid surface, or recycled quartz countertops
  • Low-VOC and zero-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints and finishes

Prioritizing sustainable materials like these in your home design sets the foundation for greener living and a healthier lifestyle overall.

Insulation Upgrades

Proper insulation is essential when maintaining a comfortable and energy-efficient home. Upgrading your insulation can reduce heat loss and gain, making your home more energy efficient. Living in an older home? The U.S. Department of Energy suggests getting an energy assessment that can tell you how well your house is insulated and where improvements can be made. If you need more insulation, look for materials made from recycled or renewable resources, like cellulose or spray foam. This improvement will likely pay for itself within a few years, even in newer homes.

LED Lighting

Switching to LED (light-emitting diode) lighting is a small change that can yield big results. LEDs are highly energy efficient and have a longer lifespan than traditional incandescent bulbs. They come in various styles and colors, allowing you to customize your lighting to match your home’s aesthetic.

Incorporating these environmentally-friendly updates into your home remodeling project will create a more sustainable and energy-efficient living space. Not only will you contribute to a greener future, but you’ll also enjoy the benefits of reduced energy bills, improved comfort, and increased property value.

Custom Craft is here to help you achieve your eco-friendly renovation goals. Contact us today to start your journey toward a greener, more environmentally responsible home. Together, we can make a positive impact on our planet, one remodel at a time.

Choosing A Remodeler

How to Choose a Home Remodeler: Setbacks & Solutions

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Thinking about upgrading your Montgomery County kitchen, bathroom, or basement? Your first step is to select a qualified remodeler to partner with you on your journey to a home you love. But how do you choose which remodeler is right for you?

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and this is especially true with hiring home-building professionals. In fact, some of our clients come to us for help after having bad experiences with other remodelers and wish they had taken steps to prevent their mishaps in the first place. Here are three of the most common setbacks our clients have experienced with previous remodelers and what you can do to ensure they don’t happen to you.

THE SETBACK:  

Steak Dreams, Hamburger Budget

Remodeling involves a series of moving parts and professionals that all need to come together seamlessly. You’ll need a designer to understand your needs and help you plan your new space and a team of tradespeople ready, willing, and able to turn those plans into reality. Some homeowners hire an architectural firm to develop designs for their new space, then find a separate team for the actual construction.

Working with a separate design and build team can make it very difficult to line your dreams up with your budget. An architectural firm can make you incredible plans that look exactly like your dreams, but when priced out by a build team, those plans often cost much more than anyone can afford.

THE SOLUTION:

Remember to Research

Taking some time to look into the background, reviews, and work samples of different design and/or build teams will give you a good idea of their scope of services. Beautiful designs are great, but what do the finished products look like? What have their past clients said about how well their project followed their wishes and budget?

We might be a little biased, but this is also where hiring a design-build team like Custom Craft is a huge advantage. Our designers don’t just understand great form and function, they know how one small selection can make a $10,000 difference — and can suggest cost-effective alternatives early in the game. Then, when all professionals are working together as one unit, keeping within a budget from the beginning becomes much more manageable.

Need some guidelines on where to go and who to talk to when researching potential remodelers? There’s a blog for that! Check it out here.

THE SETBACK:

Clashing Visions

We all have our own personal styles, likes, and dislikes when it comes to the look of our home. Sometimes our preferences match current trends, and sometimes they don’t. Unfortunately, some professionals let their own opinions, rather than the homeowners, influence their designs. We’ve had several homeowners come to us after feeling unheard by previous remodelers, stating their goals were unmet.

THE SOLUTION:

Ask the Right Questions

You want your home designer to be a good listener, to guide without being pushy, and to have the experience and expertise to translate your wishes into a home that’s uniquely you. To make sure you get this, you’ll need to ask the right questions.

Part of your homework when choosing a remodeler will be to interview a few different firms. By asking questions about their process, mission, and values, you’ll get a good feel for how important client input is. If references are available, their past clients can tell you whether their home project was everything they hoped for.

It’s also helpful to take a look at their portfolio. Are there lots of different styles on display, or is it clear that a designer has a very specific style? The level of variation is often a good indicator of how well they’re listening to their clients.

Click here to learn the most important questions to ask your potential home remodeler.

THE SETBACK:

Failing to Follow-Through

We hear this one a lot. Homeowners put out calls to contractors that never get returned. Questions are answered dismissively or not at all. Or worse, the professional they found starts a job and doesn’t finish it, leaving them with a mess.

We understand how busy contractors are, and Custom Craft is no exception. Projects may not be finished as soon as clients would like, especially since we often cannot get started for several months after contracts are signed.

Some firms overpromise and underdeliver timelines to get the gig or overextend themselves so much that they can’t be good communicators. A quality home remodeler, however, will be upfront about timelines and quickly respond to inquiries.

THE SOLUTION:

Recognize Red Flags

Fortunately, with online reviews, professional organizations and communities like NARI and HOUZZ, and by asking those important questions we discussed earlier, you can tell a lot about a home remodeler’s reputation before wasting time and money. Spotting certain red flags like lack of communication, too-good-to-be-true prices, and others is crucial to getting your project done right the first time.

Curious about other red flags to look out for when choosing a home remodeler? Click here to learn more.

We want you to find the home remodeler that’s right for you. Could it be Custom Craft? Contact us to find out!

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Our Top 6 Finds from KBIS 2023

It’s home show season, and this year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas was insightful and exciting. If you’re considering a custom kitchen remodel in your Montgomery County home, here are our favorite features from KBIS to inspire your design:

 Workstation Sinks

Workstation Sink

No counter space? No problem. One of our top finds from the KBIS show is workstation sinks. These space-savvy sinks are huge this year, even appearing in a recent Custom Craft remodel!

Workstation sinks are a simple but seriously clever solution for small kitchens with little counter space. Companies like Moen and Ruvati had their latest models on display at KBIS, featuring deep basins and a built-in ledge where you can rest a cutting board, drying rack, or strainer right in the sink, freeing up your coveted counter space.

Fluted Surfaces

From tile to countertops and even faucet handles, fluted surfaces dominated KBIS. Homeowners can add exciting texture and a unique look in the kitchen with a fluted backsplash, cabinets, or even on their kitchen island backing.

Dramatic Stone Countertops

Homeowners are beginning to take a bold step away from all-white or solid-color countertops, opting for surfaces with dramatic veining, interesting textures, and bold strokes of color. Along with adding a strong focal point, these countertops offer a touch of luxury and sophistication to any kitchen.

Color

Heritage Colors

A new and daring trend is here to replace the neutral era, bright, 70’s influenced shades like orange, yellow, blue, green, red, and purple take center stage in the world of design. At the KBIS showroom, colorful sinks and toilets were showcased, while numerous kitchen appliances were also adorned with these vibrant hues, evoking a sense of nostalgia and retro charm.

Industrial Style

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No-nonsense, organic, industrial styling is big in 2023, especially in kitchen sinks. From power-boosting spring faucets to the steam-punk-inspired Pfister Colfax faucet collection, these fixtures are both extremely functional and striking.

Sustainability

Unsurprisingly, sustainability was an overarching theme in KBIS this year. We love earth-friendly appliances like Samsung’s Bespoke collection — a line of (customizable!) refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers, and microwaves that prioritize sustainability from distribution to disposal. Even kitchen countertops are going green, like Consentino’s Pietra Kode collection. This stunning Italian stone-inspired countertop drew a large crowd and is sure to look amazing in any home.  

 

If you’re looking to upgrade or expand your kitchen, the ideas presented at the KBIS show are a foolproof way to get started. Need help figuring out how to make them work in your home? That’s what we’re here for. Contact us to set up a consultation!

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Trade Secret: Chief Architect

Ever struggle to visualize something based solely on an explanation or highly technical information?

Us too!

Luckily, we won’t ask you just to use your imagination — or to learn how to read blueprints. Our team uses Chief Architect‘s home architectural software to bring home plans to life through precise 3D renderings. This software has amazing advantages for both our team members and our clients. Here are the top three.

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First-Class Visualization

It’s a challenge to imagine how your remodeled home will look, feel, and work as our talented designers reconfigure layouts, plan additions, combine rooms, and more. With Chief Architect, you don’t have to imagine — you’ll have access to 3D renderings and walkthroughs to help you see how each room will look from any angle. After taking a virtual tour, you’ll know what your living room looks like when you’re standing in the kitchen, how your foyer will appear as you walk through your front door, or how much bigger your dining room will feel with those extra windows.

With this clear visualization, you’ll feel confident with your choices. Or, if your design isn’t quite right, you can work with your designer to make it a better fit. Remodeling is an investment, after all, and you want to make sure you’re making the right decisions every step of the way.

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Save Time — and Money

Blueprints are difficult to read, leading to miscommunications or confusion when sharing plans. When our clients look at a 3D rendering, the design is straightforward and clear. With fewer questions and less confusion, the design process goes smoother and faster. Furthermore, changes can be made instantly with just a few clicks of a mouse. For example, if you decide to swap your hardwood floors with vinyl tile, we can quickly show you what this will look like — without going back to the drawing board and well before it becomes a costly change order.

Just how close are the renderings to reality? See for yourself! Here’s a comparison of a Chief Architect rendering and a finished living room remodel.

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Communicate Clearly

Adjusting design plans over email conversations or phone calls can be risky, stressful, and time-consuming. Instead of trying to communicate these changes with words, Chief Architect’s visual tools allow homeowners to see how changes will actually look. Designers can even produce multiple looks for homeowners to choose from, allowing more influence on the design. The options layout below shows six versions of a bathroom our designers came up with for a recent client

Layout Options

In addition, designs created in Chief Architect can be quickly shared between family members and anyone else who may be involved in your project. You can take a family vote on drawer pulls, ask your artistic friend about paint colors, or get your mom’s stamp of approval on the layout of the new in-law suite. The design process doesn’t have to be something frustrating you trudge through – it can be an enjoyable experience you feel good about.

Chief Architect technology is just one advantage that sets us apart from other home designers. Want to learn more about the Custom Craft Difference? Contact us today!

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3 Steps to Selecting Your Home Remodeler – The Series

Choosing the right remodeler is a big decision. Whether you’re remodeling your Ambler kitchen, updating your Lansdale bathroom, or modernizing your North Wales master bedroom, picking who will do the work is the difference between getting your dream house and your worst nightmare. But how do you know you’re choosing the right team? We’re here to help. Our upcoming blog series dives into the three steps to ensuring your remodel will be everything you want and need and one big misstep to avoid.  

Over the next few months, you’ll learn decision-making tips on:
  • Research: Google can only get you so far. Discover what specifically to look for (online and offline) to know you’ve found a quality remodeler.
  • Interviewing: Be prepared for your initial consultation with the right questions — and answers.
  • Red Flags: Learn the warning signs that a remodeler isn’t the right fit for you.
  • The one mistake many homeowners make — but all should avoid.
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Get ready to discover all these ideas and more in our upcoming blog series. By the end, you’ll be a wiser consumer, feel more confident in your decisions, and have the tools you need to start transforming your house into your dream home. Stay tuned for step one coming soon!

Wondering if Custom Craft is the right remodeler for you? Let’s talk!

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Seasons Greetings!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Decorations are up, shopping is underway, and Christmas parties are in full swing. The team at Custom Craft had a great time celebrating at our holiday gathering recently — a fun evening of good company, delicious food, and holiday cheer.

Group Photo 2021

December is a great opportunity to pause and reflect on the passing year. 2021 has certainly had its ups and downs, but we’re fortunate to say that it’s been very successful for us. We have our homeowners, friends, and exceptional group of team members to thank! We’re coming up on our 40th anniversary, and we know that the people of Custom Craft are the reason for our growth and longevity — from a one-man operation in Lansdale to a premier design-build service spanning several counties.

As you celebrate with friends and family, we hope your hearts and homes are filled with joy, laughter, and love. Take an extra moment to gaze at the lights, grasp that warm mug of hot cocoa, and watch the snowflakes fall softly outside. When the New Year arrives, we’ll be anxious to hear what projects we can help you with next.

Happy holidays from Custom Craft!

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The Three Most Important Ideas for Your Next Remodel

Planning a remodel? Whether you’re getting started on a kitchen refresh, bathroom update, or even a whole-home remodel, the beginning stages can feel overwhelming. After all, a home remodel is a large investment in time and money, and you want it to be just right.

So do we.

That’s why we structure every phase of a home remodel against our three principles of design. Let’s take an in-depth look at these goals and how you can apply them in your Lansdale-area home remodeling plans:

  1. Strength & Solidity: Build to Last
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Any structure added to your house needs to be strong enough to stand the test of time — even through heavy use and exposure to the elements. This gorgeous deck, for example, was crafted using TimberTech® polymer decking — a beautiful and low-maintenance material that’s much more resilient than wood. Whether you’re building an in-law suite addition, crafting an inviting deck, or restructuring your entryway, you’ll want to make sure you:

  • Choose quality materials
  • Protect against changes in temperature, water or moisture build-up, and other environmental factors
  • Hire knowledgeable, experienced tradespeople who work with precision, attention to detail, and know just what it takes to make sure everything they construct is built with integrity
  1. Functionality: Build to Fit
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Many remodeling projects start with a problem. It may be that your kitchen feels dated, your dining room table isn’t cutting it as a home office, or there’s no place for your whole family to gather. This kitchen was feeling congested, and the homeowners wanted more room for entertaining. By removing the wall between the kitchen and dining room, their space is now much more open, with plenty of space for friends and family. Making your home function better and meet your needs could mean:

  • Rearranging for better flow
  • Repurposing rooms to make every space useful
  • Maximizing storage to stay organized
  • Expanding highly used rooms
  • Building an addition
  1. Appearance: Build for Beauty
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Form may follow function, but it’s equally important. You should love the way your new space looks, and it should reflect your personal style — a tailor-made retreat that you can’t wait to get back to at the end of the day. For example, these homeowners were looking to transform their master bathroom into a contemporary and clean spa-like getaway. We achieved this by installing an elegant soaking tub in front of a beautiful window and using a color scheme of warm white with grey undertones. Learning which design style or combination of styles suits you best will help you communicate with a knowledgeable designer. Some common design styles to consider include:

  • Traditional
  • Modern
  • Rustic
  • Transitional
  • Contemporary

No matter what kind of house you have, what your style is, or what type of project you’re planning, the principles of strength, function, and beauty will always be the heart of the design and structure of your remodel. With these ideas in mind, and a little help from a quality design-build firm like Custom Craft, you can construct your dream home. Ready to take the next step? Contact us today.  

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The Design-Build Advantage

What is Design-Build?

If you follow Custom Craft on social media or keep up with our blogs and newsletters, you know we’re referred to as a “design-build” firm. But what does this actually mean?

A design-build remodeling company provides a streamlined, one-stop experience for homeowners. They have established connections with designers, architects, tradespeople, materials providers, and all the other professionals needed to complete a project. In most cases, all homeowners have to do is communicate their wants and needs, and a design-build company will handle the organization and details.

With design-bid-build, on the other hand, the homeowner independently selects a designer and a contractor and coordinates the project, scheduling, and all communication between them. It’s certainly not an impossible task, but it is time-consuming — and often labor intensive.

As a design-build remodeling firm, we’re able to offer Lansdale homeowners:

More Accurate & Efficient Timelines

Our design team works closely with our trade teams to ensure everyone is available and prepared at the right stages of the remodeling process. Our calendars have to fit together like Tetris pieces to be most efficient — coordinating everyone’s schedules is vital to an on-time and on-budget project.

Talented Teams, At-the-Ready

Your home is your sanctuary; you want everyone working on it to be tried, tested, and trusted. Unfortunately, the whole remodeling industry is experiencing significant labor shortages as demand grows.

Thankfully, design-build firms can offer the kind of consistent work that the most talented and highly sought-after tradespeople are looking for. We’ve selected the best, most professional teams around Montgomery County and beyond, and we treat them right — they’re with us for the long haul.

Endless Options

COVID-related supply chain disruptions and material delays are still plaguing the industry. Sometimes, a homeowner settles on a fixture, appliance, or product only to learn it won’t be available for weeks — or even months. This could cause a ripple effect in scheduling that can throw a remodel into serious delays.

Luckily, our in-house designers make great use of our in-house showroom. If a first selection isn’t available, they can recommend an alternative that the homeowner can see, touch, and test right in the showroom without having to travel back to multiple suppliers.

Ready to experience the design-build difference for yourself? Whether you’re updating your mudroom or planning an extensive kitchen remodel, contact us (or stop by the showroom!) to get started as soon as possible!

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Tips for Creating a Houzz Ideabook to Share with Your Contractor

At Custom Craft Contractors, we are crazy about Houzz. If you haven’t discovered it yet, take some time to explore this online community dedicated to home improvement. Houzz has changed the way homeowners plan for a remodeling project. The Houzz website centers around a searchable database of project photos uploaded by remodeling professionals. To date, more than 5 million photos have been added. Similar to Pinterest, users of Houzz (also known as Houzzers) can search these photos for ideas and inspiration for their own homes. When they find images they like, they can add those photos to Ideabook folders in their account for future reference. Follow this link for some helpful tips from Houzz on how to create an Ideabook.

We like Ideabooks because they are a useful communication tool in the design process. For every room we work on, we ask our clients to prepare an Ideabook with specific types of images. Reviewing these photos together facilitates a productive dialogue about the styles and finishes our customers prefer.

If you are planning for a remodeling project in your home, here are some tips on the images you will want to include in your Ideabook:

  • Cabinetry style – For kitchens, this can include your primary cabinets and island.  For bathrooms, this would include the vanity and decorative storage cabinetry
  • Knobs & Pulls – The hardware on your cabinets can be more of an understated accent or a bold highlight. Be sure to include close-up shots with details of the style you prefer
  • Wall Tile – Whether it is the backsplash in a kitchen, or shower and tub surrounds for bathrooms, try to include photos that tie into the overall theme of the room
  • Flooring – There are many options for flooring. When adding photos to your Ideabook, try to be consistent with the material type and look, like natural wood tones, tile, or other material
  • Lighting – Lighting features can dress a room beautifully, so remember to include pictures of the type you would prefer, such as pendants, chandeliers, sconces, recessed, under cabinet, etc.
  • Plumbing fixtures – Faucets, sinks, tubs, and showers will play a role in the overall look and functionality you’re trying to achieve, so be sure to include images depicting the features you would like to see, from zero threshold shower stalls, to pot fillers over a cook top

By filling your Houzz Ideabooks with images of the features and finishes you would like in your home remodeling project, you will help your contractor develop the ideal design for your home. As always, if you have any questions about these tips, don’t hesitate to contact us at (610) 584-0665.

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Please Support Team Dancer Strong

The Custom Craft team is proud to support Team Dancer Strong in Alzheimer’s Association Run to Remember!

GailAlzheimer’s disease doesn’t just affect the elderly – it can rob people of the best years of their lives. My wife Kristen’s beloved stepmother Gail, pictured here, was diagnosed at the age of 53. The devastating effects of this disease on Gail and our family have been swift and unrelenting.

Team Dancer Strong – comprised of Mike Dancer, Katie Osley, and Kristen Foering – are running in the Alzheimer’s Association Run to Remember Philadelphia Half Marathon in support of this amazing woman. They hope to raise awareness and some research money in hopes of finding a cure for this devastating disease.

Please consider supporting Team Dancer Strong by making a donation at http://act.alz.org/phillyr2r2014 – click “donate”, then “search for a team” and type in “dancer strong”. Or come on out and help cheer for them on November 23rd.

Team Dancer Strong thanks you for your support!

A Day in the Life at Custom Craft Contractors

If you have ever wondered what it was like to work at an award-winning remodeling company, keep reading. To gain this insight, we posed a series of questions to Matt Hill, one of our lead carpenters. Here is what Matt had to share about working at Custom Craft Contractors.

1. Describe a day in the life at Custom Craft Contractors

At Custom Craft, when we are not planning we are busy creating. Each day, I arrive on a job site with a checklist of tasks to be completed that day. As the day goes by, I am checking off the tasks that have been completed to make sure we stay on schedule. At the end of each day, I am planning for the following day. I also take time to speak with homeowners, to keep them updated on our progress and respond to any questions or concerns.

2. What is your favorite aspect of working at Custom Craft Contractors?

Presenting the homeowners with a finished project that goes beyond their expectations is my favorite part of my job. It feels great to see how much they appreciate the end result, especially when it is something I have dedicated so much time to over the course of several weeks or months.

3. If Custom Craft Contractors was a car, what make/model would it be and why?

I think we’re most like a Toyota Camry. The Camry is a well built, functional car that meets just about everyone’s needs. They last a long time and they’re reliable. They also come in a wide variety of styles, colors and options to meet everyone’s tastes. Similarly, Custom Craft Contractors is versatile. We can build anything from a bathroom, to a custom home. We also have high customer satisfaction ratings.

4. Complete this sentence, “When it comes to _______________, Custom Craft Contractors does it better than any other remodeling company around.”

Customer satisfaction. It’s one of our main focuses as a company. Our people all go above and beyond to make sure that goal is met. Everyone takes personal ownership to make sure that the customer has a high level of satisfaction with our work.

5. Tell us a little about the Custom Craft team

We have a good team. Everyone has a different construction background which makes for a good blend of skills and talents. We can meet a wide variety of needs. Our team members are all ethical and professional, which is important when you are working in other people’s homes. It makes for a happier work environment when your team members all understand how to interact appropriately on the job site.

6. Share one fun fact about yourself

I enjoy backpacking. In fact, just this past weekend I went to the “Grand Canyon” of Pennsylvania, the Pine Creek Gorge. Over the course of three days and two nights, I hiked 31 miles with a group of friends.

 

Read the 2013 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report

Remodeling Magazine released the 26th annual Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report to the public this past January.  It contains localized data from the Philadelphia region and compares construction costs of 35 popular remodeling projects against the resale value that these projects could add to your home. The results of this report present the homeowner with an estimate of how much of their cost is recouped at resale.

Read the report by clicking on the image to the right:

In 2013, the top three remodeling projects with the highest return rate are projected to be 1) Entry Door Replacement (steel); 2) Garage Door Replacement; and 3) Deck Addition (wood).  As the cost of living continues to improve, the demand for housing will grow. The Remodeling Cost vs. Value report is a beneficial tool that can be utilized in your home-improvement decision-making to help you to determine the next best project for you and your home.

A Remodeling Cost vs. Value iPhone app is available for free download at the AppStore and has been updated with new data.  See what your home-improvement project could be worth!

Read the Spring Issues of The Craftsman

We recently introduced The Craftsman, a quarterly newsletter filled with helpful remodeling news and information. Download the latest issue. Our goal for this newsletter is to provide readers with remodeling ideas and inspiration, share details about products we love and to answer any questions they may have about home renovations.

The Craftsman is mailed quarterly to the homes of our clients, vendors and friends of the company. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please click here or email your name and address to: info@customcraftcontractors.com