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Learn How a Home Remodel Adds Value, Functionality, and Style

The 2020 pandemic forced homeowners to use their homes in new ways: as a functional office, a school, and as a place to unwind after work. A design + build renovation can address all your family’s multiple needs. Imagine reinventing the Master Bedroom to include the addition of a private office for deep focus just steps away. Then unwind in your home spa by stepping into your Master Bathroom that’s been remodeled with a dry sauna and steam shower. The pandemic also shone a spotlight on the importance of multi-generational families, making stylish in-law suite additions more in demand than ever.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Remodeling Your Home

Once you’ve decided to remodel your home, getting started can feel cumbersome. Benefit from this easy step-by-step guide that will not only save you valuable time and money throughout the process, but it will act as an easy-to-use reference for checking important details off the to-do list. Whether you are tackling the tasks independently or you’re working with a design-build remodeling contractor, such as Gridley Company, these steps can help.  

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Ranch Home Additions That Modernize & Refresh Your Residence

Traditional single-floor ranch style homes are abundant in the state of California after their rise in popularity during the 1950s and 1960s. Whether you own one of the classics or a new build that mimics the signature open-concept layout and devoted patio space, you may be interested in additions that will modernize your home, improve its overall functionality for your growing family, and/or incorporate universal design features that support aging-in-place. Design-build firm Gridley Company, based in the San Jose area, specializes in ranch style home additions that are creative, innovative, and seamlessly integrate renovations into the existing structure, inside and out.  

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Start Planning Your 2021 Spring Remodel with These Inspiring Design-Builds

Utilize winter dormancy to start planning your spring home remodeling project with inspiration from with these innovative and customized design solutions. These recently completed projects by design-build Gridley Company will not only show you what is possible, but they can help you envision new ways to improve your home’s value. Whether curb appeal, luxury interiors, or universal design features are improvements you’ve been thinking about making, the following highlights will give you some noteworthy ideas. Begin the planning process so that once the days get a little longer and the sun shines a bit brighter, you’ll be ready to jump into construction.  

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5 Top Reasons Design-Build Firms Simplify the Process & Maximize Your Results

Remodeling your home can initially feel intimidating, daunting, and incredibly overwhelming when you look at everything that needs to be done, but it doesn’t have to be. Let go of trepidations and embrace the idea that the process can not only be pleasant, but it can be easy when you hire a design-build firm

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The Increasing Popularity of Custom Design and Multi-Generational Homes in the Bay Area

With an increasing need for affordable housing and multi-generational living options, homes that add ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units) that incorporate ADA or Aging-In-Place design modifications and Universal design are gaining popularity in the Bay Area. While keeping population density in mind, State regulations and local lawmakers are easing up on their permitting restrictions to accommodate families seeking more innovative housing solutions. Pre-pandemic, ADUs were built to offset the rising cost of living within the area, however their rising demand is now in response to the Baby Boomers’ desires to retire safely at home.

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Design/Build Method Advantages

The design/build method offers homeowners many advantages for most remodeling projects.

Before design/build, homeowners typically used the design/bid process. If you wanted to remodel your home, you had to find and hire an architect to design your project and then find and hire a builder to construct it. This can be a time consuming two-step process and if things go wrong you can find yourself uncomfortably in the middle between your architect and builder.

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Establishing Your Remodeling Priorities

In order to get the most out of your remodeling project, it is important that you and your remodeling firm know and understand the priority order of what is most important to you.

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Questions to Ask References

Here is a list of questions you might want to consider asking a prospective remodeler’s past clients. Ask them all or select the ones you feel are most important to you.

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Questions to Ask Remodelers

Here is a list of questions you might want to consider asking a prospective remodeler. Ask them all or select the ones you feel are most important to you.

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Selecting the Right Remodeler

Importance of Selecting the Right Remodeler

  • Not all remodelers are alike—some are highly qualified professionals, and some are not. Some are specialists and some are generalists.
  • Carefully selecting a remodeler now can save you time, money, and trouble. Asking the right questions now can prevent unpleasant surprises in the future.
  • Our remodeler will be in your home during workdays from early morning until late afternoon for an extended length of time. It is important that you trust and feel comfortable with them.
  • You should choose a design/build remodeling firm that can reflect your sense of style.
  • Remodeling your home is more than an investment. You will live in your home for some time, and selecting the right remodeler is an important part of making sure your remodeling project is done right.

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Priced For Problems

Unlike when purchasing mass–produced, brand-name products, which are identical to each other regardless of the price, comparing the prices of remodeling firms is rarely the best indicator of the value you will receive.
In fact, one industry observer has said many times that “remodeling horror stories often start with a great price.” Why is that?

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