Build New or just Renew.

Should I build new or just renew an existing building or home?  That is a question that comes up a lot in business owners’ and homeowners’ minds.  By renew, we mean remodeling an existing building or home.  Remodeling might entail an addition for more space or just an update or face lift.  This blog will go over the pluses and minuses of building new versus remodeling. Land_for_sale,_Omagh_-_geograph_org_uk_-_869589 Building new has its advantages and disadvantages.  The advantages of building a new buildibusiness-locationng like an O’Reilly’s, Comfort Inn, etc. are; a new appearance, usually less maintenance, can be a better location, more efficient, and most people enjoy shopping or staying in a newer building.  Which could mean more revenue for your business.  The Disadvantages of a new building versus a remodeled building are; can be more expensive, higher costs do not guarantee a more profitable return.  The hassle of dealing with a city or county on zoning issues, stormwater drainage, and impact fees. If you know you want to build new and just need a property to look at, Murney & Associates or Plaza Realty can be a place to look.

IMG_0027    The advantages of a remodeled or addition on to an existing building are; usually cheaper than building new.  If you have a existing business running in that location, you can usually keep it open when the building is getting remodeled.  You usually do not have to get the city or county zoning involved, just the plan reviewers and inspectors.  The Disadvantages of remodeling are; Sometimes a city or county makes you upgrade the electrical, plumbing, or hvac to current codes.

Building a new home has a lot of advantages.  You can live where you want, build what you want.  Make it more efficient from the start.  Include new technologies in the structure, storm room, alarm system, vacuum  system, and home automation.  Everything will be new and updated.  There is of course a down side to new as well.  You have to buy the lot and it’s harder for financing.  Everything will have to meet current codes.    Remodeling is what a lot of homeowners choose to do, it’s advantages are; live in the same home where you are familiar with neighbors and the neighborhood.  Make your home how you want it.  Cheaper than building new, depending on what is being upgraded.  On the flipside, remodeling a home has its disadvantages.  You live in your home while its being remodeled.  Inconvenience of not being able to use the certain areas being remodeled.  It can cost more than you think, you would never believe how some homes were built years ago.

It all boils down to the individual and what he or she wants and can afford.  At Friga Construction Co., we build what our clients want.  If you want to remodel your home or business, we will try to make it less inconvenient as possible & give the clients ideas to make your dream a reality & the Meeks Design Center helps.  If you want to build new, we can direct you to an architect and work with you through the whole process.  Remember we are “where your visions become reality.”  Give us a call today.logoframe

Can You Start A Home Remodel In The Winter??

Since there are not a lot of people remodeling during the winter, it’s the slow season for contractors. Furthermore, when contractors have less to do, they have more time to work on your project, so your remodeling may get done quicker as well. During winter you may find that contractors may have more time to work with you in planning and designing your project. This would be a good time for refining the details before the actual work begins. Give Friga Construction a call and we can help make your visions become reality.

Many homeowners will wait until spring to remodel because they are concerned about dust, fumes, ventilation and areas for staging the work. Current technologies and clean up methods do effectively control these problems. Fans with negative air pressure, plastic zip doors, and sealing off heat ducts with a filter will contain dust, debris and fumes to the work area.

It is usually easier for contractors to schedule work in winter months because there is a lot less exterior work being done. This will free up a contractor’s schedule for kitchen, bathroom and basement remodeling  a shorter wait for work to begin. Contact Friga Construction today and we will set up a free consultation to check out what you want remodeled. We think outside of the box and can offer many ideas, as well as paying close attention to minor details. We look forward to hearing from you and making your visions become reality.

 

Convert the Garage into Practical Living Space

Is this what your garage looks like now?

Converting the Garage into Living Space

 

 

Convert the garage into living space?? Why would someone in the right mind get rid of their garage, where they house the car, in order to gain more living space? Well, there are many possible events where the space is needed. Some families need to accommodate their boomerang children or aging parents. I will straight up admit: I am a boomerang child. I moved out after high school only to return after getting a college degree. Why? Because now I am a broke college graduate drowning in student debt. Thanks mom, love ya!

So, what about the option of the basement or attic? There is the potential of converting the attic or basement into living space but some houses have neither. Or if there is an attic, it would be impossible to remodel because the rafters do not form the ‘A’ pitch and there would not be enough head room.

However, there are many houses with either attached or detached garages, and these garages can be turned to enjoyable living areas. The prospective for this new space is almost unlimited; extra bedroom, office, library (that would be the first thing on my list), music room, craft room, playroom, or another living area.

Need a home office? Done.

Need a home office? Done.

Turn the space into a man cave

Awesome indoor to outdoor living space

Awesome indoor to outdoor living space

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you decide what you would like to convert the old garage into, give us a call at Friga Construction. We will provide you with a free consultation and come look at the space. Need some ideas,  just don’t know where to start or know what could the garage be turned into? Contact us. You will want and need a qualified professional to help with this remodel given the local ordinances and building codes. Friga Construction will make sure the new converted space stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter. We are here to make your visions become reality. Call us today to get  your old garage turned into something that you need; either for yourself or your boomerang children.