LEARNING LINKS - Providing a Foundation of Information for Your Construction Projects

Determining Your Remodel Costs


You can determine the REAL costs of remodeling your home by clicking on this link http://www.houzz.com/remodeling-costs. Just click on the room you are interested in working on, add your zip code and the chart will do the rest. REMEMBER, finishes can make or break your budget so keep that in mind as you look at the costs.


Home Improvement Tips & Advice from Remodeling Experts

RemodelQA provides expert answers to your home improvement and remodeling questions. Get free advice from contractors and other experts specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, additions, outdoors, flooring, decor & interior design, new construction, and going green.



10 Tips for Hiring A Contractor (or Sub-Contractor) in California


The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) protects consumers by licensing and regulating California's construction industry. There are more than 310,000 licensed contractors in the state, in 43 different licensing classifications. In addition to educating consumers about contractors and construction law, CSLB activities include administering examinations to test prospective licensees, issuing licenses, investigating complaints against licensed and unlicensed contractors, issuing citations, suspending or revoking licenses, and seeking administrative, criminal, and civil sanctions against violators. In FY 2007/08 CSLB obtained more than $35.2 million in ordered restitution for consumers.


The CSLB's Statewide Investigative Fraud Team (SWIFT) works to eliminate unlicensed contractors working in California. Undercover sting and sweep operations are conducted weekly around the state.


On this web site you can find educational materials about hiring contractors and the construction process. You can also check the status of a contractor's license, find other important Contractors License Law information and file a complaint.


NOTE: any contractor performing a job in which the total cost of the project, including labor and materials, is $500 or more, must be licensed by the Contractors State License Board.



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Learn about Lighting


There are many types of lighting that can be used in various rooms of the home or office. Here are a few, along with the what and why of their makeup: