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Home Improvement Projects for Spring 2022

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Most homes sustain a few problems during the winter months and spring is the perfect time to schedule your home improvement projects.  Albrite Building is a General Contractor company located in Westmont, Illinois. We specialize in specially selected residential projects. In addition to general contracting work, we also provide design and build services to meet our client’s specific needs.   Repair Winter Damage Don’t wait long to address a leaking roof or damp basement. Water damage can cause mold and rot. Roofs require regular inspections and maintenance to ensure that your home remains safe, stable, and comfortable. Look for trouble spots on the roof. You can also look in the attic with a flashlight to check for signs of moisture. If you need to repair or replace your roof or…
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Commercial Property Renovations

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Commercial property renovations can vary from minor redesigns for the building’s interior to major changes for the exterior (and sometimes both exterior and interior) of the structure. Even a small property renovation can be a major project. It is important to have an idea of the entire renovation process before diving into the project.   Renovation Logistics The first step in a commercial property renovation is to recognize why a building needs to be renovated. Some common reasons include: - New tenant - New build-out - Updating the space (carpet, paint, etc.) - Amenity upgrades and energy efficiency At this step, the building owner and sometimes a tenant are the only parties involved. It is critical to look at the zoning laws, certificate of occupancy, the state of the property,…
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Expand you Living Space with an Outdoor Deck

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Do you utilize your outdoor living space? Would you want a backyard where you can socialize, relax, and eat with friends and family on an outdoor deck? You'll need to hire a contractor to build it.   Hiring a Deck Contractor You need to set a budget so you know precisely how much you can afford. A few things you'll want to consider when planning a deck: Deck Size – Grab a tape measure and measure your space. It will also give the contractor a clear idea of the scope of the project from the start. Deck Materials – Pressure-treated wood used to be the only choice for an outdoor deck. But the variety of materials available today gives you more options. Pressure-treated wood is still a popular choice, but…
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Bathroom Remodel Tips

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Homeowners love to remodel their bathrooms more than kitchens. Bathrooms are smaller than kitchens, making the job easier and faster. Plus, it is less money to remodel. Bathrooms use less flooring and paint, cabinets, and countertop. Bathroom Flooring The most popular choice for bathroom flooring is tile. Specifically, ceramic and porcelain tiles are great options for bathrooms. Tile flooring is resilient, waterproof, available in a variety of colors and designs, and generally less expensive than other hard surface options. Water is so prevalent in bathrooms that it is an expectation, not an anomaly. Water is everywhere: on the walls, ceiling, and floor. Moisture will quickly ruin the wrong flooring. To make matters even more difficult, you eventually have to pull those other factors into the dialogue. If moisture were the…
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New Year’s Resolutions for Business in 2022

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The start of a new year is usually the time we think about how to improve our lives and business. It's important not only to set goals for yourself but also for your company. These New Year's resolutions can be anything from new marketing strategies to hiring practices: Set objectives for this year so you know what needs improving- Marketing goals include getting more clients, decreasing turnover rate, increasing sales volume, and staying on top of technological advances. Create a plan- Once you have set your New Year's resolutions objectives, create an action plan with deadlines that will help you meet those objectives by the end of the year. Prioritize tasks- Make sure that tasks are prioritized based on their importance.   Are you looking for ways to increase sales…
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Holiday Decorating Tips

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There’s no right or wrong way to decorate for the holidays, but having a few holiday decorating tips will bring you comfort and joy while you decorate your home or office. Discover how to deck their halls for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.   Set a Budget and Consider Your Time You can't do everything so make a plan that will suit your budget and time. You don’t want to feel overwhelmed or not prepared, while you decorate your winter wonderland. Inexpensive ornaments from a discount store can look festive when grouped together. Don't forget the cookies and music to get in the holiday spirit.   Decorate Throughout the Home or Office Decorate throughout the home or office. But if there are too many decorations it can distract from your special…
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Different Types of Flooring

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There are various types of flooring that can be installed in your home or office. This includes laminate, hardwood, carpet, tile, marble, and vinyl flooring. Let’s discuss the benefits of each option:   Carpeting Carpeting is losing its popularity with more versatile and affordable options available for homeowners. However, carpet flooring adds warmth to a house and is a good fit in bedrooms. Some carpeting is cheaper than wood or ceramic flooring, but it is known to trap dust, stain, and odor which might result in allergies and other diseases. Loop pile, cut-loop pile, level loop pile, Saxony, twist, frieze, and velvet are some of the types of carpet flooring. Carpeting for office use is the most practical flooring choice due to its ability to absorb and improve the sound…
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Fall Maintenance Checklist for Your Home

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Today is the first day of Fall. As the season begins to change, it's time to start preparing your home for the winter weather. Tackling a few fall maintenance tasks for your home now can help you later in the season, so you can enjoy the fall colors. Most of the tasks can be done by the homeowner or if you'd rather hire a professional to handle them, it is well worth the expense.   Outdoor Fall Maintenance for Your Home   Clean the Gutter and Spouts This is an ongoing fall chore that you shouldn't overlook — clean all those wet autumn leaves from gutter spouts before the blockages damage your gutters. Your plumber's snake is a great tool for pulling clumps of wet leaves out of clogged downspouts.…
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6 Stages of a Construction Project

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For every construction project, there is a process that needs to be followed to ensure a successful outcome. They vary based on size, budget, and completion date. Below are the 6 stages of a construction project and what you should know about them:   1. Concept Conception typically begins with the client. Depending on the project, the conception stage might vary. It can take anywhere from a few days to a few months or more.   2. Design Now it’s time to talk about the design. This is still a preliminary stage and designs can change. Once the design is approved, the bidding process begins. There are normally four different steps within the design stage. 1. Feasibility – All of the objectives of the project need to be outlined. Several…
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Tips for Designing Your Home Office

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Whether your home office is a remote workspace or a designated space for running a business, your office should be designed to be functional and comfortable. An efficient home office should have three activity areas: • Work Center – includes your workspace, computer, printer/scanner, and other frequently-used office products. • Reference Center - includes industry books, binders, manuals, and materials. • Supply Center -includes office and paper supplies, such as paper, stapler, paper clips, and more. When setting up hardware, be conscious of access to drives, trays, and cords. Don't block access to drawers or take up legroom with tangled cords. Don't forget to label the cords that connect different components to each other, as well as the cord to the electric supply. Bundle wires together to cut down on…
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