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What Can I Expect From the Design Plan Process?

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  When you’re planning to remodel or add an addition to a house, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Questions about budget, time, or even possibility can keep some people from moving forward. At Irvine Construction, we break down the process of designing a remodel or addition as seamless as possible.   Here’s what you can expect from the design plan process: The first steps involve a consultation over the phone with one of our specialists to talk over your desires for your remodel. Giving us a few ideas to work with will help us prepare for a face-to-face meeting, as…

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4 Qualities to Look for in a CAD Firm

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  You’re on the hunt for the perfect computer-aided design (CAD) firm to help you draw up the plans for your dream home. Lots of places say they’re great at CAD, but how can you separate the ones who are just talking and the firms that are truly good at what they do? Here are 4 key qualities of a great CAD firm: Technical Competence Just because a firm says they “use” a certain type of software doesn’t mean their designers know all the ins and outs of that software. You want to find a firm that knows the software…

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What is a Demolition Plan and Why Do I Need One?

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Demolition of structures on property may be necessary to build a more up-to-date and safer structure in its place. Demolition, though, can be a risky process no matter how necessary. Because of the risk associated with demolition, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established a set of guidelines to be followed when conducting a demolition project. These guidelines are designed to protect the safety of all workers on the property as well as the safety of the structure going forward. One of the guidelines is proper planning, and the first step of that should include an engineering survey,…

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3 Steps You Need to Take Before Designing Your Home

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Designing your future house is a thrilling experience – you get to have creative control over the place you and your family will turn into a home. But before you jump headfirst into sketches, materials, and everything that goes into the design process, you need to take 3 important preliminary steps before the real fun begins. Figure Out Your Needs Think about what kind of home you want build. You most likely have a location already picked, but if not, think about the long-term implications of where you want to live. If you are planning to have children, is the…

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13 Popular Architecture Styles for Homes

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One of the first steps in planning and designing your own home is selecting the floor plan and architectural style you want. Because each style of home has its own unique characteristics and floor plans, choosing your style first means many of your other decisions will be dictated by the style you choose. To help you make your decision, here are 13 popular home architectural styles: Cape Cod Though most Cape Cod-style homes in the United States were built after World War II, the style originated in the 1600s. This style is characterized by its two-story layout, with the master…

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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Historical Renovation Contractor

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You’ve decided to renovate your historic home; this is an exciting time that allows you to express some creativity and show off the beautiful, story-filled structure you own. While your mind may be filled with tons of ideas, you have to take the first step to making those a reality: Hiring a contractor. Picking your contractor can be a daunting task. You need to find someone who understands your vision, works with you, solves problems, and creates a result that you approve, all while staying in your budget. So how do you do it? Here are 5 tips for choosing…

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Everything You Need to Know About Built-Ins

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Built-in shelving units, also referred to as built-ins, can be major show-stopper for your next home remodel! They offer an element of architectural interest and aesthetic charm, but they serve a greater functional purpose: custom storage space savers. What are Built-Ins? Built-in storage units are fixed architectural elements in a home that serve the same function as standalone, mobile furniture. These elements can either be recessed in the wall or outwardly attached to a wall to save space. They come equipped with multiple shelves, drawers, or doors. Oftentimes, homeowners install built-ins between wall studs, saving external space. Built-ins are almost…

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Historic Designation: What It Means for Your Home

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If you’re looking to gain Historic Designation status, listen up: It’s tough. It can be a lengthy process. It can be restrictive. But with a solid foundation of how it works, it might be the greatest thing you could do for your home. How Can My Home Qualify For Historic Designation? Does your home have a story that dates back to a specific time in history? Historic Designation officially recognizes homes as historic and protects them under historical preservation laws to benefit the education of future generations. You can apply for your home to be denoted an individual landmark or…

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A Few Things to Consider Before Building a New Home

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Building a new home is exciting and daunting at the same time. People often jump into the process without fully comprehending the scale of the project and how to prepare for it properly. If you’re looking to start a home building or home remodeling project soon, here are a few 4 things to consider before you start: Research & Reputation Before choosing a home builder, take some time to research your options and find one that will fit best with the final look you want. You can find reputable home builders listed with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB),…

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5 Ways to Create Your Own Modern Farmhouse

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Modern farmhouses feature so much charm and character; it’s no wonder suburban and urban homeowners alike are trying to get a taste of rural, country designs. Here are 5 ways you can add the simple, yet elegant, farmhouse designs to your own home. Barn-Style Lighting Fixtures To get that authentic farmhouse feel, start with the right lighting and add some traditional barn lighting fixtures. These are typically characterized by their long arched necks, wide-domed brims, and one-light fixtures. In today’s country home design, you’ll find many of these fixtures have high contrast finishes in black or grey. They are sometimes…

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