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Build Up a Second Floor in Home with Ideal Architect and Design

Building an addition is always an ideal solution to fulfill the lack of space at home. Because of having the definite property lines, it is difficult for any owner to expand any space on ground floor and in that case, it’s the appropriate choice to construct a second-floor house. The addition to any constructed building requires an expert builder who is able to design their house in the same way or modify it if required, to give it the elegant appeal. Well, there are various Los Angeles construction companies available but one of them is Mega builders that assure you to provide the quality designed home within your budget. We understand that a custom living space should reflect the individual taste and lifestyle, so while construction we take particular interest in creating a personal choice of living space.

Whether you want to renovate or remodel your entire building or need to do second-floor additions Los Angeles, we are the best suitable choice for you. We have an efficient team of architects and designer, who sits with you to discuss each phase of building and figure out every possibility to create a quality house that you are looking for. We are well-known reliable construction service providers, who have finished their earlier projects with satisfactory services. If you have also some plan for your house or need some consultation or suggestion regarding the cost or any other details, then you may contact us. Just turn your dream home into reality with the assistance of our designers and constructors.

Design Build Contractor Los Angeles Can Create the Best Solutions

Buying a new place is not always possible as you have to take a look at the available services, and the amount to money to spend, noted for your use. Therefore, people are looking forward for the most promising remodeling companies, which can help them to enjoy a new design, in the same space. It is always advisable to get in touch with the right Design Build Contractor Los Angeles, who can help in designing the right solutions, as per the needs and demands of the customers.

Remodeling your place

There are so many remodeling structures, which you need to handle, while focusing towards the home remodel structure. If you are a newbie and want to get in touch with the right Los Angeles Home Remodel, wait no longer and get hold of the best online search for your use. In case, you are looking for the best in class service, focus towards the part by part solution. For that, you can start with the kitchen area first.Then proceed towards the bedroom zone and for the other parts of house.

Some of the other means

Apart from the remodeling structure, you need to pay heed to some of the other solutions, associated with remodeling structure. For that, wait no longer and get in touch with the Los Angeles Construction Company. These are some of the reliable solutions, which you are likely to avail, and there are more to come once you have the professionals to handle your project. These are some of the right solutions to follow.

Enhance Your Property’s Value By Employing Renowned Company

Home remodeling is the best way to increase the value of any property. By availing these services, you can easily sell your property at higher price and in the shortest possible time. With them, you can also increase the usability and comfort of your home. If you are considering renovating your home, you must hire a well reputed Los Angeles Construction Company that offers world-class services to all the clients. We, at Mega Builders, have vast experience to work with a large number of homeowners, builders, interior designers etc. Therefore, we can handle all types of projects along with attention-to-detail and personal touch.

 

Being a renowned Los Angeles Home Remodel company, we have received A+ rating from the BBB. Our team comprised of well experienced contractors who always use advanced equipments. Apart from this, our contractors are fully insured, licensed and bonded. Providing a 100% satisfaction to all the clients is our prime goal. Our Design Build Contractor Los Angeles always delivers the projects to the clients on the scheduled time. We specialize in whole house remodeling, custom homes, additions etc. Moreover, you can also approach us for home damage restoration, design & build unique modern kitchens and solar panel installation. Whether your project is small or big, we will offer you excellent services always! Moreover, we always pay attention on quality. That’s why, we have many happy and satisfied clients in the nationwide.

For more details on Home Construction and Remodeling Project, contact us :- http://www.megabuilders.com/ContactUs.html

 

Approach “MEGA BUILDERS” for the best home remodeling contractor

Living in a well furnished and stylish house is everyone’s dream, whether your already existing place is not in the proper condition or you are searching for a new house then you can approach us at “MEGA BUILDERS”. We are a team of professionals who vast knowledge and experience in from many years in remodeling your residents. We are situated in Los Angeles, and we maintain healthy relationship with all the clients by providing them excellent results and a better warranty on the services we render. Our  s service include custom interiors, whole house remodeling, additions, designing & building, unique modern kitchens, house damage restorations and solar panel installation service. These all are available for you at a very low price.

Being the best and reliable Los Angeles Construction Company we give the best constructive ideas to create your dream house. You can completely depend on us for Los Angeles Home Improvement service for improving your old home. We are the most dependable option to rely upon. We are famous among top 50 remodeling companies worldwide. We satisfy our customers my exceeding their expectation each time with our innovative ideas of remodeling and creative strategy.

We provide the professional team who will take your remodeling and constructing project as their own. If you want to renovate a particular area then also you can approach us as we avail the best service without any interruption in your normal routine.

Call us for any kind of construction in Los Angeles to receive excellent and on time service, whenever you want. We assure you of giving complete satisfaction by making your living area an amazing place to reside.

You can reach us on our website by exploring web and select the desired service.

Contact reputed Los Angeles Construction Company for remodeling needs

When seeking for the most experienced and authorized contractors in order to get the best construction in Los Angeles, then you are highly recommended to approach “Mega Builders”. Our company was founded with a mission to deliver outstanding home construction, design, improvement and remodeling services at competitive rates. We proud to be a reputed and respectful member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB). We have over 20 years of experience in the building industry.

Whether you are looking to hire our building contractors for new construction or want your existing home get remodeled, you can feel free to contact us now. We are available to serve you with excellent construction/ remodeling solutions along with professional advice. If you are searching for a prominent Los Angeles Home Improvement company, then we are the ideal option for you. Our prime goal is to provide a superior level of client service with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

As a reputable Los Angeles Construction Company, we specialize in offering a range of professional services that comprises house damage restoration, modern kitchen & bathroom renovation, solar panel installation, home remodeling and much more. We have also won several famous awards in the industry. To find more information, please call us now or visit our official website in your free time.

Get the First-Rate Home Renovation Service from “Mega Builders”

Does your home need repairs? Are you looking to bestow a brand new glance to your home? If so, then you must contact to the faithful and an award-winning company provides Los Angeles Home Remodeling services. “Mega Builders” is one of the prominent players in the industry that reckoned for delivering excellence in every work. We are a client centric company and committed to accomplish all the details stipulated by the clients regarding the modification of the residential area. Our company has an excellent track record since from our institution. We work with some of the experienced and reputed Los Angeles Home Construction experts in the market.

With support of them, we have delivered only best remodeling projects. At “Mega Builders”, clients have been provided only with the trendy remodeling designs and Los Angeles Room Additions. The latest interior designs and excellent architect provided by us help clients uplift the elegance of the premise easily. However, we won local as well as national media recognition due to our excellence in design and capability to provide the picture-perfect renovations and new custom home construction. In addition to this, our company is a well-established name in the market execute every size of project within the committed time without compromising with the quality. For more information, log on to www.megabuilders.com

Remodeling University: Getting Ready for winter

With summer behind us, winter is not far off. In addition to changes to our wardrobes, there are steps we need to take to make sure that our homes are ready for the coming rains. Here are some suggestions;
1. Roof: If your roof leaked before and you put off repairing it – fix it now. It is always cheaper (and safer) to repair a roof before it leaks as it would be after, because once water penetrates the home you have to contend with leak damage as well – and water damage repair can be very costly! If your roof looks like it is at the end of its ‘shelf life’, get a qualified roofer or a trusted Los Angeles remodeling contractor to evaluate it and make recommendations.
2. Gutters: Have the gutters cleaned from leaves and other debris. Clogged gutters will lead to water infiltration into the wall and the interior of the home. I recommend that you use trained and properly equipped workers for that task and not attempt it yourself as the risk of injury is real.
3. Doors and windows: Check (or have a qualified contractor check for you) the condition of all the weatherstripping, door sweeps, glazing and caulking at your doors and windows. If in poor state of repair, water might infiltrate during significant rainfall or wind-driven rains. Even if water does not penetrate, poorly weatherstripped doors and windows will significantly undermine the thermal barrier, running up your heating bill.
4. HVAC: You are likely to use your central heating this winter – even if you live in Southern California. Have an HVAC licensed contractor test run your furnace, check your ducts for leaks and check your thermostats. If possible, duct cleaning might be a good idea as well.
5. Insulation: Not a winter item per se, but as viable for winter home-comfort as it is for summer and as attractive for winter energy savings as it is for summer. Is your sub-floor area insulated? Is your attic?
6. Yard and Storm drains: It is imperative to have all rain water shed away from the structure. Make sure your storm drains are not clogged or damaged. Review grading around the home’s perimeter and make sure it slopes away from the structure everywhere. If you have sump-pump assisted system, test the pumps and the system – BEFORE it rains.
7. Water usage: Fall and winter are great times to save on irrigation. While you can certainly do that manually but shutting off your sprinklers every time it rains, you might want to consider investing in an automation of that function. Many systems and devices offer that functionality, from rain sensors to soil moisture sensing devices. With such devices installed, you savings are will be most readily realized in the fall and the spring.
8. Power usage: During the colder months, your pool can do with less circulation. You can save 2-3 hours of pool pump operation daily. Change your timer accordingly.

To paraphrase numerous books about ‘why structures fail’ in one word, the word most experts would agree on is ‘water’. Of that, there is plenty of – even in a Southern Californian winter. A little care will go a long way here and will prove to have great ROI.

Good luck and stay dry!

Mega Builders is a leading Los Angeles contractor, with specialized know how, certifications and experience in ‘green remodeling’, home damage restoration, solar PV, design and large scale remodeling projects.

Remodeling University: EPA Lead Paint Rules – An Update

Well, April 22, 2010 (the date the new EPA rule concerning lead-paint came into effect) is behind us…and there are already updates.

If you are a homeowner planning a remodeling project and your home was built prior to 1978- this concerns you. For a detailed post about the EPA rule please read this. If you are a contractor involved with renovation, repair and remodeling, I strongly recommend that you read the same. The fines for non compliance with this new rule are brutal – $37,500/violation/day!

Today’s post is about the changes just announced to this rule.

The most important of the changes is the elimination of the opt-out option. Till now, the homeowners on whose pre-1978 home work was to commence, could opt-out of the requirements of the lead-paint regulation (basically, so they could avoid the additional expenses involved). Pursuant to a law-suite filed against the EPA by some environmental groups, the EPA agreed to have this provision eliminated. And it was now announced that the rule has been re written to exclude the opt-out provision.

Other changes involve post-work testing and reporting issues.

The changes will go into effect 60 days after their posting in the Federal Register.

What should you do?
1. Educate yourself.
2. Hire an EPA certified company. They should be able to display a logo like the one shown above.
3. Make sure sub contractors and employees have been trained and/or are also certified.
4. See that proper procedures are observed during demolition and renovation operations.
5. Get clearance from post-remodel testing.

Aside from the costs involved (FAR, far exceeding the unrealistic $35 per project estimated by the government), this is all for the good. The elimination or reduction of lead exposure may go a long way enhancing the health of the public and of the workers and could do wonders to the health of the children that would have otherwise been exposed. A worth while cause indeed.

Happy remodeling!

Remodeling University: Dealing with Hazardous Materials

A couple of days ago I had a call from a gentleman, whose parents hired a Los Angeles contractor that removed acoustic ceiling material as part of the demolition work at their home. The problem was that no one bothered to test the material for asbestos beforehand and, after it was all removed, it turned out asbestos was present.

Why is this a problem? Asbestos, once air born (no longer encapsulated) remains suspended in the air, contaminates flooring, walls, furnishings, clothing, etc. It becomes extraordinarily expensive to abate such contamination and complete success is questionable.

And why is that a problem? Because studies have conclusively demonstrated that long term exposure to asbestos leads to many health issues, not the least of which is cancer!

And that gentleman’s parents? They are very elderly and are staying in their home, in spite of the asbestos. Guests and family though, cannot visit them due to fear for their health, as the house is massively contaminated. Both the state and federal governments are now investigating. And the contractor? Well, not surprisingly – no sign of them (and this was a license company, as best the owners could tell).

Of the possible hazardous materials at homes, asbestos and lead would be at the top of the list (there are others). Please read a previous post regarding new lead-paint regulations. Like asbestos, the adverse effects of lead exposure are well researched and documented. Lead is especially devastating to kids and to pregnant woman. Don’t put yourself in a situation where you, your family or the workers you hired are placed in harm’s way.

Here’s is what to do:
1. Age of home: Neither asbestos nor lead should be found in new construction. Asbestos wise, there might be a risk if the house (or ceiling material) is from 71′ or before. Lead paint wise, your ‘cut off year’ is 1978. If your home is newer, odds are good you should not worry about asbestos or lead.
2. Testing: do not let anyone scrape off your (71′ or older) acoustic ceiling until and unless it was tested for asbestos. Asbestos test is inexpensive. Not doing it is a fools’ bargain. With regards to lead paint, starting April 22, 2010 no one is allowed to disturbed more than 6 square feet of interior paint (or replace a single window) unless they either tested the paint for lead or assume lead is present and take the required precautions. Lead testing is more involved than asbestos (more sampling is required) but it might be cheaper than to spend money on precautions if lead is not there.
3. Contractor: make sure your contractor is an EPA certified firm to deal with lead paint. This is applicable to your general contractor, to your painter, to your window replacement company or to any person or company working on your home, as the replacement of even a single window, as mentioned above, falls under the EPA regulations. No exceptions.
4. Records: review the credentials of the testing company/lab. Ask for a copy of the results and keep all pertinent paperwork for your records. If any abatement work is done, keep those records as well. This paperwork may become handy when you are selling your home or when a CalOsha or an EPA inspector comes calling.
5. Educate yourself: Reading this blog is a very good start. There are many online resources and publications available (EPA and CalOsha have great publications available free of charge) that can help you get a sense of what the correct abatement or defensive procedures should be. Educate yourself so that you could intelligently review your contractor’s efforts and confirm that what is done at your home is in compliance with the ‘best practices’. Its your family’s health that’s at stake here.
6. Cut costs at your own peril: Abatement can be costly. There are endless stories about homeowners that opted to ‘save’ by not properly handling and disposing of hazardous substances. If you don’t get caught “all that’s at stake” are your family’s health (and that of the workers – a potential liability issue for you to consider). If you do get caught (neighbors complain, a worker complained, an inspector drove by, etc.) the costs could be enormous in fines and in remediation work that would be needed to undue the damage.

“Knowledge is power” if and when it is intelligently acted upon. You now started collecting the knowledge. Next you ‘simply’ need to take the needed action. Think of Hazardous Materials as just one more thing to consider when planning a remodeling project.

If your home falls within the ‘problematic’ age group, a little caution will go a long way.

Happy remodeling!

Remodeling University: Earthquakes and your home

With major earthquakes in Haiti and Chile causing such destruction (and unfortunately loss of life), many of us in California can’t help but think of the pending ‘big-one’. When would we be hit with the long anticipated and uniformly predicted next major earthquake? What can we do to prepare ourselves and to better protect our family ahead of such an event? And, what about earthquake insurance?

As for the ‘when’ – I think it is safe to say that no one knows. All the experts can tell us is that: 1. A significant earthquake in our area is not a question of ‘will it happen’, rather it is only a questions of ‘when will it happen’. As far as historical data goes, it would seem that we are now ‘overdue’ for a major seismic event.

So, what can you do to better prepare yourself for the inevitable:
1. Your water heater should be strapped to code.
2. While this may not be code mandated where you live, consider a gas shut-off valve.
3. Secure items in your home: place heavy items on lower shelves, install latches at cabinets with breakables, strap tall furniture pieces to the walls.
4. If you suspect a structural deficiency in your home (for example: in a past remodeling project a shear wall was significantly undermined), have a professional review it.
5. Have emergency supplies on hand: you can get a pre assembled kit or put one together on your own. Look online for what this kit should contain.
6. Develop an emergency communication plan: if a major earthquake where to hit at a time when your family members are not together, it might be very difficult to get a hold of one another. An out-of-state relative could be a great central contract.
7. Consider earthquake insurance: since the 94′ Northridge earthquake, insurance premiums for earthquake coverage have skyrocketed and the deductibles are now very high. Still, this is a great insurance to have if you can afford it. In the case of a catastrophic loss it can mean the difference between still having a home or not.

While the ‘official’ (FEMA) recommendation for personal protection during an earthquake is to seek cover under a heavy table, some experts with disaster rescue experience disagree; Rescue teams report most casualties are found under items that crushed them. Their recommendation is to lie down next to a sofa or other such large item. If heavy timber comes crushing down, a ‘safe triangle’ would be found between the lower edge of large furniture (such as a sofa) and the floor. This is where you are safest. Your best bet? outdoors, away from the building, power lines and the road.

There is not much we can do about the ‘when’ or the ‘if’ of an earthquake. We can, however, tilt the odds in our favor by recognizing the inevitability of such an event and by taking defensive measures ahead of it. As in ‘right now‘. Start today by evaluating your home for risks and by putting together an emergency kit and supplies. Get your family involved and informed…and be safe.

Good luck!