Thursday, May 31, 2018

I am going to remodel my_________.





Now what???


Well, that can be a sometimes daunting question, especially if you have not had much experience with remodels or renovations before.  There are a few options to get started.

  1. Do It Yourself- If you are the handy sort, and this specific task is in your wheelhouse, then gather your supplies and work your magic!
  2. Hire a contractor-  A contractor will bring his or her own subcontractors to the job and coordinate the timetable and the work, but all of this comes with a price.  Some contractors will charge a flat fee, while others charge a percentage of each component of the job. If you are in a position to do this, then it may help you save your sanity! Ha!
  3. Find a trade specific vendor to complete each component of the remodel- For example, if you are planning to remodel your kitchen, then you would find a vendor to do the tile and stonework and counter-tops, an electrician for any lighting, a carpenter or cabinet maker to handle the cabinets, and shop appliances at big box stores or appliance vendors, while you manage each of the vendors and the timeline of the project. If you are in a position to do this, then it may save you money. 
A few words to the wise...all vendors and contractors are not created equal.  
  • A wise woman (my mom, one half of THE PRZADA TEAM) once told me, use the rule of 3, meaning, get three estimates from vendors or contractors.  That way, you can get a feel for who is the most knowledgeable, whose rates are the most reasonable/outrageous, and whom you feel that you would work well with.  
  • Also, researching vendors and contractors online with the help of the Better Business Bureau, Angie's List, Google Reviews, Facebook Reviews are all good options to learn more about the potential person you hire.  
  • A remodel is an undertaking, even if you are hiring every single bit of it out.  Depending upon the scope of the work, there will be inconvenience at the very least, all the way up to completely changing your living arrangements during the job.  Timetables shift, as do budgets.  Be prepared for the job to take longer and cost more than the original estimate.  That is not always the case, but if you know it is a possibility, you are less likely to be shocked. 
  • Ask THE PRZADA TEAM for vendor suggestions.  YOU, of course, are under no obligation to use anyone we suggest.  It is up to you.  We do have a Vendor List that we curate routinely.  To make "the list," a vendor, contractor, or service provider must either come highly recommended to us from a very trusted source, or have personally worked with us and given us great service, and or a wonderful product. We revisit our list over time, so we certainly remove those that fall below our high standard, and we add new vendors that we discover.  
Happy Remodeling! 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Barn Door, Y'all!

Barn Doors are all the rage, aren't they... or are they? It seems like at this point, they are part and parcel of the modern American home renovation.  According to Realtor.com, this trend was on its way out in 2017, but alas, being one to buck the system, I opted to go ahead and add one to my home...even though we are well into 2018 and all! ;) To me, the point of trends is to be aware of them, and then decide for yourself, if this is something you like and want to commit to, long-term. So, on the barn door question, I committed whole-hearted y'all!

My reasoning for a barn door...we have a game room space upstairs that sits mid-way between a media room and a bedroom.

Two concerns:
1. Noise travels well in that area, and the occupant of said bedroom likes to come out of his room and hush his parents' TV watching habits. 2. During the inspection process, we lost a portion of drywall, sort of a hallway header in front of our attic access, due to a space/configuration goof.  Needless to say, I always felt that the hall needed "something..." that visually it was missing an element.  After mulling this over and over for quite a while, we finally took the plunge.  There are so many kits and DIY-How-Tos all over the internet, but we ultimately decided to hire a carpenter to create this for us.  We were NOT disappointed AT ALL.  It is truly a beautiful work of art...something that has made me fall even more in love with our upstairs now that it is a reality.  We hired Shannon & Joshua MacWilliams of Ingenious Wood by J-MAC.  They came highly recommended by many of our neighbors.  Why? Well, for starters, they can DO ANYTHING, and do it well, plus they are reasonably priced, and super-professional. Please see their Facebook page for a collection of the work they have done.  I am already thinking of the next project for Ingenious Wood by J-MAC!

Now on to the "eye candy"!!!

Before



After

My furry shadow wanted to get in on the action, I suppose...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

It's Definitely That Time of Year Again!!!

Spring Cleaning, Spring Cleaning, welp, it's that time of year, isn't it? I think I spent a good chunk of my day yesterday "arguing" with and sorting the massive amounts of paper one seems to accumulate these days!  Between mail, bills, schoolwork, flyers, agendas from volunteer meetings, receipts, magazines, junk mail...a gal could almost literally be carried away in a sea of paper!  No matter how many baskets, or inboxes, or filing procedures I may implement, it never seems to become an organized habit.

ENTER Donna Malone with Pretty Simple Organizing. She is THE organizing guru with so many fantastic tips.  You know those Pinterest-worthy pins and photos that make those of us want-to-be-organized-and-put-together-types aspire to create system after system to KEEP us from drowning in "stuff" again and again, well, I think Donna is THE ANSWER.  She is featured, in all of her cataloged and systematized wonder,  in an interview for THE PRZADA TEAM's newsletter this month.  Watch for it THIS week!  Until then, please enjoy browsing her site!  She has so much to offer!  From advice, to her professional organizing services, to a consultation.  If you desire a way to find what you are looking for fast and to keep clutter at bay, call Donna.

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