Accessory Apartments in Connecticut: What They are and How to Build One

Posted by Greg Kamens

Granny flats, in-law cottages, laneway houses, accessory apartments—there are dozens of different names by which multigenerational housing units are known. Although such structures may look a little different depending on the format of your property in Connecticut, they more or less refer to the same thing: a second small dwelling on your property that is either attached to the main house or built separately.

An accessory house can provide a living space for an aging parent, an older child, a live-in caregiver, or visitors. The dwelling generally contains the same type of utilities and accommodations as traditional housing, including a kitchen, bedroom, private bathroom, living room and entrance. There are numerous environmental, financial, and lifestyle benefits to building an in-law cottage. One is that the unit is private and can be personalized for the needs of its distinct inhabitants while keeping them in close proximity to your family.

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Tags: CT Home Building, Home Remodeling, Exterior Remodeling, Home Additions, Creating Space

A Guide to Finding the Best Remodeling Contractor in Connecticut

Posted by Bob Wiedenmann

Remodeling a home isn’t easy. Whether it’s something small like changing the floor and fixtures of a powder room or swapping the carpet and paint in a growing child’s bedroom or something major like a room addition or a kitchen remodel, there are large and small questions that every homeowner will—and must—both ask and answer.

Knowing these questions and being able to answer them correctly will simplify your project and improve the outcome dramatically. What are they? Let’s start with the obvious.

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Tags: Home Remodeling, Middletown, Choosing the Right Builder

4 Qualities of a Good Home Builder and Remodeler

Posted by Bob Wiedenmann

Your home is, by far, your most important and expensive investment and the best way to take care of it is to hire a good professional builder or remodeler.  Basically, the most important aspect of finding and hiring the best professional is their quality of service.  This will result in a high-quality finished product – one that you can be proud to own and live in.  But there are pitfalls in the process of locating a good and dependable builder and remodeler.  You have to know what to look for.  Here are three essential qualities to be aware of:

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Tags: CT Home Building, Home Remodeling, Choosing the Right Builder

Renovation Costs in Connecticut: What Will That Remodeling Project Cost You?

Posted by Bob Wiedenmann

Maybe you’ve been thinking about remodeling your home in Meridian, Middletown, or Wallingford because you need a little extra space—or because the space you have just doesn’t fit your lifestyle anymore. Or maybe you just want to update your home with a fresh new look. If you’re like most homeowners, however, you probably want to get some kind of idea of what that remodeling project is going to cost you before you get too far into specific plans.

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Tags: Home Remodeling, Finance & Budgeting, Remodeling Tips

4 Ways TV Home Remodeling Shows Set Unrealistic Expectations

Posted by Bob Wiedenmann

Television remodeling shows can be interesting, inspiring, exciting, and just plain fun. They can even be quite informative, but sometimes these shows raise expectations that just aren’t achievable. Here’s a look at four ways TV remodeling shows set unrealistic expectations.

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Tags: Home Remodeling

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