July 20, 2012
Dear Expert: When it comes to swimming pools, what’s better—vinyl or concrete?
A: We get asked this question quite often. Vinyl has improved immensely over the past five years to compete with the look and feel of concrete pools; but when you get down to it, it comes down to time frame, price point, and how customized you want your pool to be. Concrete pools take about three times as long to construct, but can be customized with sundecks, sunken/connected spas, unique tile, benches, curves and angles, and various textures. Vinyl pools also allow some customizing with liners, benches, and stair options.
July 3, 2012
Dear Expert: We are planning to remodel our upper level and create a master suite; this will require moving several walls and adding an additional bathroom. Later, we would like to finish the lower level, adding two bedrooms, a full bath, and recreation room. Should we plan things in two stages, or all at once?
A. Proper planning is the key to any successful remodeling project!! If you stay in your home during the remodeling, segmenting a project can both minimize the disruption of your routine and allow for a comfortable payment schedule. You might also elect to accomplish your remodeling in distinct phases because of the season, travel plans or special events. Depending on the details of your project, there may be several elements... Read more »