Irvine Construction Blog

Renovate or Rebuild? How to Know Which Option to Choose

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When you own a home, whether it’s a new purchase or one you’ve owned for a while, the itch to change things up inevitably begins to show itself. And, if the space you’re in needs a lot of work, or if you’ve just got much grander plans than the bones of your space seem to allow, you may be deciding between renovating and rebuilding to start with a fresh canvas. To help you figure out which approach is right for you, here are 5 things to keep in mind: Your Budget For many people, this is probably the main deciding…

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7 Common Home Customization Requests

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Custom building a home is attractive for many people, as it allows them to have full freedom over what is and isn’t included in their space. While all homes need certain features – bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens, for starters – a lot of the rest of the details are left up to the person who designs the home.  With so much open to the imagination, we’ve seen homeowners plan all manner of customizations in their builds, leading to some truly unique homes.  Here are some common home customization requests by owners planning to build a new home: Bonus Room over…

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6 Options for Financing Your Home Renovation Project

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Home renovation can be expensive, especially if you’ve got big dreams or a lot of work that needs to be done. While paying cash for your renovations is always preferable, it isn’t feasible for everyone. If you’re considering a home renovation project of any scale, large or small, here are 6 options you have to finance the endeavor: Home Improvement Loans Home improvement loans are unsecured personal loans – meaning they don’t require you to put up your house or car as collateral – offered by banks, credit unions, and online lenders. The interest rate you receive depends on your…

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What to Expect During Your First Meeting with Your Builder

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Deciding to build a home is exciting, and the long process from decision to finished product begins by meeting with one or more potential builders. Since you may have a few of these meetings – and should if you’re hoping to find the right fit for your project – it’s important to know what to expect when going into that meeting. Here are 4 things you can likely expect from every first builder meeting when designing and constructing a home: Introductions Like any first meeting, your first meeting with a builder will begin with introductions. This portion may differ from…

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5 Tips for an Interior Historic Home Renovation

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Your historic home is more than just the gorgeous exterior features. You want the whole picture, from floor to ceiling, and you want it to shine the way it did when your home was first built. If you’ve got grand visions of renovating your home’s interior in an historically accurate manner, you’ve got some different considerations than if you’re renovating a modern home. Here are 5 tips to get you started with your interior historic renovation: Start with What You Have The best place to begin your interior renovation plans is with what’s already in your home. Does your home…

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6 Benefits of Choosing a Design-Build Firm

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When starting a big building project, one of the first questions you need to answer is whether you’re going to work with separate firms to design and build your project, or use a firm that can do it all. While there are pros and cons to both methods, working with a design-build firm certainly has its own unique set of pros.  Here are 6 benefits of choosing a design-build firm over using separate companies: Single Point of Contact & Responsibility Working with one firm for the entirety of a project creates a continuity for the owner that many people appreciate….

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3 Tips for Choosing the Right Window Style for Your Historic Home

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Your home’s windows play a huge part in its overall look and feel. And if you’ve got aging, unattractive windows in disrepair, it can make your home feel neglected. If you’re thinking about replacing the windows in your historic home, read on to learn more about choosing the right type of window for your home: When to Repair vs. When to Replace In many cases, the wooden-framed windows in older homes are designed to last for generations with proper care. Just because you see peeling paint or some broken panes on your older windows doesn’t mean it’s time to fully…

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How to Choose a Paint Color Palette for Your Historic Home

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Trends in residential construction and decorating come and go with each year. From the years of heavy built-in furniture to large crown molding, open floor plans to interior archways, many homeowners wonder how to make the historic features of their homes work in a modern remodel. One of the hardest decisions many homeowners face is choosing their palette of paint colors. They want to choose colors that reflect the historical character of their home while also speaking to their own tastes and personality. If you’re looking to repaint your historic home, we’ve got the best base palettes for 5 popular…

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5 Common Findings when Restoring Historic Homes

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Renovating historic homes has a lot of upsides. You get the quality of construction from years ago, along with the gorgeous built-ins, hardwood, and design features unique to your home’s style. Perhaps your home even has some sort of historic significance or great stories that have been passed down for years, making it even more attractive. But taking what’s old and making it new again isn’t always easy. Here are 5 things commonly found when restoring an historic home: Old Plumbing & Electrical Systems Your old home may have been cosmetically updated over the years, but many historic homes still…

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4 Important Things to Remember When Designing a New Home

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Making the decision to design a new home is as exciting as it can be scary. If you’ve never had any experience designing a home or planning a construction project before, you may be feeling overwhelmed at the sheer number of things you need to decide before construction can start. Basic decisions such as number of bedrooms and bathrooms, style, and how big to make the kitchen are typical things that don’t get easily overlooked in the planning process. However, there are some considerations that may not be as obvious to every homeowner getting ready to plan a new build….

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