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What You Should Know Before Starting a Home Addition

Adding a room onto your home is a large undertaking. It will be messy and intrude upon your daily life. If you hire a good contractor, though, it should be a fairly painless process. However, before you ever embark upon home additions in Lancaster, there are some things you should know about how this addition will affect you.

A new room will add square footage to your home, which means it will increase the value of your home. What you need to keep in mind about that, though, is that when the value of your home increases, your taxes do as well. Many people don’t even think about this aspect of things, so make sure you can afford the extra taxes you will pay when figuring your budget.

You will probably take care in choosing a contractor for your home additions in Lancaster, so you get one that will do an amazing job. You need to be aware, though, that the best contractor still will need time to get the job done. You will have strangers in your home. There will be messes. There will be noise. It can be a major change in a home that is usually calm and quiet. Be patient with your contractor and understand that this is a process that will take a while to complete.

You also need to work closely with your contractor on planning the room. You want it to look nice and be functional. At the same time, you need to be sure that you go over how it will change the layout and the exterior look of your home. This can be quite a shock once things are finished if you never planned ahead.

When you are considering home additions in Lancaster, there is so much more to think about than just what you want it to look like. Don’t forget the details, like tax increases, how long it will take and the overall change in the look of your home. If you keep these things in mind, the project should end up working perfectly for you.



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Contact a Deck Building & Remodeling Contractor to Create a Beautiful Exterior Living Space

In the summer, your deck becomes an extension of your home. With gorgeous sunny days and long warm nights, your deck is an added outdoor living space. It is likely a perfect space to read the latest summer book or enjoy a fresh grilled family meal. There are many benefits to building and maintaining a beautiful outdoor space, and there are several ways to creatively incorporate it into your home’s existing architecture. A deck building and remodeling contractor can help you craft the perfect deck for your home, needs and personality. There are a couple initial steps to take when designing the perfect space.

Appropriate Size

It may be tempting to automatically think bigger is better in this situation, especially as image after image of expansive and impressive spaces appear on the internet. However, you need to make sure that your deck is appropriate for the scale of your home. As a general rule, it should be 20% or less of the overall square footage of your home and it should not be bigger than the biggest interior room. In addition, you should consider the size of your yard and to what extent you want to utilize a lawn or other space. If you have children, you may want a smaller deck allowing for more grass space to play on.

Deck Materials

There are many choices when considering the material of your deck. There are several real wood options that can add natural elegance to your yard. However, you need to stain these regularly to maintain their appearance and prevent damage. If you are looking for low maintenance options, there are alternative materials including composite materials, PVC decking and aluminum. As you think through these options, you will also want to consider color. Different woods and materials will provide different appearances, and you can combine different colors and textures for interest.

Once you have selected the size and material of the deck, you can begin to add additional creative details like railing, lights, stairs and coverings. With a solid design and unique detail, your deck building and remodeling contractor will be able to create the perfect outdoor living space.

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Remodeling Small Bathrooms

Small bathrooms can be a challenge, especially when sharing between multiple people. However, just because you have limited space doesn’t mean you can’t have an amazing remodel that leaves your space feeling bigger than ever. Be prepared to get a little more creative than you normally would with bathroom remodeling. From the layout to shelving, all you need is a little inspiration and you will be on your way to a beautiful new room.

Remodeling Small Bathrooms

Use the Corners

Most individuals look at a corner and think they can put a little shelving unit in and be done. Of course, if you want to, you can do so much more. Try putting in a corner shower to take advantage of the space. If you didn’t really maximize the corner before the remodel, it will feel like you added square footage because you didn’t detract from other areas in the room.

Lose the Tub

Tubs can be relaxing, but they are not an effective use of room. In the same amount of space, you can put a shower that will feel and look bigger than that old tub. You could even stand to yield a few inches for vanity space without making the shower feel cluttered or overly small. Try using a glass door to help the overall flow of your bathroom.

Combine Spaces

If you want to keep your tub during your bathroom remodeling, that is completely fine. In this case, combine your tub and shower into one bathing space. This will help to really maximize the functionality of every square inch. Additionally, if you have two sinks, consider keeping only one to free up even more real estate.

When it comes to bathroom remodeling, having a smaller room does not mean you need to sacrifice creativity. In fact, you need even more imagination to really make the most of the area. Do not be afraid to try something new and consult with your contractor about the best way to go about reorganizing the space.

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MBC carpenter Tyler in recent LNP Sunday News article!

Our very own carpenter Tyler Dietrich was featured in a recent LNP Sunday News article titled: Increasing number of people with bachelor’s degrees are turning to tech training“!!

Tyler D. from MBC Remodeling, LLC

Tyler Dietrich from MBC Building & Remodeling, LLC in Millersville, PA. Photo by BLAINE SHAHAN | LNP Staff

Read the full article here.

We’re proud to have Tyler on our remodeling team!

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ICYMI: MBC President weighs in on LNP “Should you move or improve?” article!

Mike Blank, CGR CAPS, President of MBC Building & Remodeling, LLC in Millersville discusses ways to decide whether you should move or improve when it comes to your current home!

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