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December 8, 2015

Want to Swim by June? Now is the Time to Start Planning Your 2016 Home Improvement Projects

As fall’s dipping temperatures settle into East Tennessee, many homeowners are already looking forward to the warmth of next spring and the possibilities the season holds when it comes to taking on new home improvements.

But some may not be aware that this fall/winter is actually the ideal time to start planning and laying the groundwork for 2016 projects. Specifically, those considering adding a swimming pool and outdoor entertaining to their property or remodeling a basement can benefit from knowing in advance what the process entails.

With a pool, for example, the planning phase alone can take as long as three months, especially if you want to comfortably accommodate everything from initial meetings to the full development of designs and drawings. Then the construction phase can last anywhere from three to six months, meaning that if you’re dreaming of doing that first cannonball in June, now is the time to get the process rolling.

Other factors to consider when planning a new pool: Do you want just a pool or a complete outdoor entertainment area? Does your vision for the project include a pool house, and if so, do you want it to include a kitchen and/or bathroom facilities?

Basement remodels are also good ones to get an early jump on this fall. Many homes are built with unfinished basements, which the owners might later decide to turn into a game room, family room, media room, guest suite or even utilize this space for your pool’s bathroom and cooking facility. Starting to plan now will give them plenty of time to work with an architect and interior designer. Please keep in mind the more information known on the front end, the more accurate your estimate will be and the more efficient the construction process will be.

A couple of tips to keep in mind for a basement transformation: Consider engineered hardwood flooring if you like the look of natural hardwood flooring, which can cup due to the nature of higher moisture and humidity levels from concrete. While many homeowners don’t prefer the look of acoustic ceiling tiles, sometimes wiring, plumbing and ductwork necessitate their use. If that’s the case, be aware that the tile options on the market today are substantially more appealing than what was available 20 years ago.

In either of the above scenarios, Hickory can add value to the process with accurate estimates, timely construction and a warranty that goes above and beyond the standard one-year guarantee.

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