A vast majority of homes in and around the Phoenix Metropolitan area have some sort of outdoor patio area. Although a covered patio area is a nice thing to have, having one with a reliable, effective cooling system is so much better. A properly installed, quality mist system can lower the ambient air temperature in your patio area by as much as 25-35 degrees… That is a huge difference when it’s 110-115 degrees outside!
Patio Cooling Systems
Patio cooling systems are gaining popularity as they are becoming more affordable. A quality patio cooling system, or mist system, will, on average, run you about $2000-$2500. Yes there are less expensive, basic systems/kits available, but they do not perform the same as a quality, high pressure mist system. The inexpensive DIY ‘Kits’ only cool an area by wetting it. The higher quality, high pressure systems provide a much finer mist that actually cools the air itself, not just wetting the area. There are also a number of ways to install a quality mist system. Our most popular installation is to ‘conceal’ the lines within the structure. By concealing the lines themselves, where only the nozzle itself is protruding through, it gives it a much cleaner look, almost invisible. If your structure does not allow for such installation, we can run the lines on the exterior of the structure and they then can be painted to mach and sort fo ‘blend in’ to the the patio structure.
If you are considering an affordable, effective way to cool your patio area or are looking to add a new patio area to your home, consider a quality, high pressure mist patio cooling system from FHR Construction. Next summer you and your friends and family can be enjoying your patio area on an entirely new level! Gatherings, BBQ’s, pool parties, games… Do it all in the comfort of a much cooler patio.
A bathroom remodel can be very beneficial to your comfort and piece of mind, as well as increasing the overall value of your home, however it is no small undertaking. Depending on the size of the bathroom and the desired end result, it can be quite stressful and expensive. You should have a realistic idea of what, exactly, you are trying to ultimately accomplish.
Are you just looking for a fresher, updated look or are you trying to completely change the overall appearance and layout of your bath space? What are you willing to spend to achieve this? We will try to cover some of the more simple changes that can greatly improve the overall appearance of your current bathroom and we will also cover some of the more extravagant was to remodel your bathroom.
Depending on your budget, something as simple as a fresh coat of paint an a new vanity can dramatically change the look of an existing bath space. However, many of our clients are looking for something a little more. Redoing the tile in bath or shower surround, new flooring, new cabinet(s) & countertops, sinks and plumbing fixtures are the most common. This can be done for as little as $5,000-$6,000 for a smaller bathroom space or go as high as $45,000-$60,000 for a larger bathroom, such as a large Master Bathroom. It all depends on the size of the project and the finish materials selection. Today, there are many, many tiles out there made of porcelain and ceramic that look just like natural stones, such as slate, marble and travertine.
If you are choosing to redo your shower walls, now would be a good time to consider replacing the shower fixture, if desired, as you will already have the walls exposed. We typically recommend this, especially if it is an older unit. We also recommend going with a quality brand that has replacement parts and multiple trim kits available. This way, if a valve wears out or starts to leak or if you decide to change the look again in the future, it won’t require tearing the wall apart again to do so.
When it comes to flooring, again, there are so many options out there that it can be a little overwhelming at times trying to choose the right material to achieve the desired look. To help limit this, try to determine what look your are trying for. Then you can limit your selection to those styles, whether it be a stone look or a wood look, plank porcelain tile, which is very popular today. Also, when redoing your flooring, we recommend that the flooring be ran under the cabinetry. We recommend this so that, if in the future, you decide to change the cabinetry, you don’t have to patch or replace the flooring all together.
FHR Construction Corp. offers full design services and can assist you with the design and finish of your bathroom space. If you are ready to see what can be done with your space, give us a call! We would be more than happy to meet with you and provide you with a free, no obligation estimate today!
The city of Phoenix, as all cities in the Valley, get very, very hot in the summer. Temperatures frequently reaching 110 degrees and higher. And many times it remains over 100 long into the night. This can make your outdoor spaces very uncomfortable. Because of this, mist systems have become very popular in Phoenix and surrounding cities. Continue Reading
Now that you have decided to remodel your home or build that new addition, there are several steps that you will need to take to do the work legally and to gain the additional square footage in your homes record. We will cover the most common steps that are done in most jurisdictions. Always check with your local governing body as to the required steps, documents and associated fees for your individual project. In some cases, you may not be required to obtain a permit, but always check first.
Once you’ve made the decision to remodel or add to your home, most often, you will need to get a plan drawn for the work to be done to your home. You will need this plan (typically 2 sets) to take to the City/County to be reviewed and approved by them. This review is to assure that your changes and/or additions meet the adopted Building Code for safety and, in some cases, that the structural design is sufficient and structurally sound. Now, depending on your local governing jurisdiction and upon the size and scope of the project, some reviews can be performed “Over the counter” and a Building Permit issued at that time. There are some jurisdictions that do not offer this service, but it never hurts to ask!
If your plan needs to be submitted for review, the City/County may review it, briefly, at the counter to assure that it meets a certain minimum standard, established by the individual jurisdiction, to be eligible for review. If the plan meets the minimum standard, it will be taken in for review and/or approval. There will typically be a fee involved with taking in the plans for review, but not in all cases. An average review will take anywhere from 2-4 weeks, depending on the jurisdiction. Once the review is complete, they will do one of two things, approve it and issue the permit, or mark up the plan, called “Red Lines”, and return to the owner or architect for corrections. Once the corrections are completed, the plans can be re-submitted for a 2nd review. If all is well with this 2nd review and all corrections have been addressed and made on the plan, then they will issue a Building Permits at that time. Most of the time, a ‘permit fee’ will be owed to the jurisdiction in order to obtain the permits to begin your project. This fee will vary, depending on the size and scope of your project. It is typically done on the valuation of the project or based on the square footage of the project or the finished square footage of the home, once completed.
Once the Building Permits is issued, you may begin work on your project! Your governing body will inform you on what to do with the permit and approved plans. Some will require that the permits be placed in a window, facing the front of the property. Plans will need to be kept on site at all times. We highly recommend that a COPY of the approved plans be made for the builder or contractor. This way, the stamped, approved set can be kept clean and undamaged, ready for the inspector to review during the inspection visits. We do this for every job. You can get another copy from the City/County, but it is a hassle and takes time and is also quite pricey, compared to just getting a copy done up front and preserving the original.
Phoenix, AZ is the sixth most populous city in the United States. With that being said, there is a lot of construction going on within the City of Phoenix. A very good portion of that construction is room additions. Have you been dreaming of a larger kitchen or dining room? How about a new Master Suite?
In this article, we’re going to review the steps necessary to properly do a room addition in Phoenix. This procedure is basically the same for most municipalities in the Valley of the Sun, but always check with your individual governing municipality on their requirements to obtain a building permit, the inspection process and all other related legalities.
The very first thing you need to do, once you have decided that you want to do a room addition to your home, is to make sure that you can. The City of Phoenix, as with almost all cities and counties, have certain limitations on how much of your property you can cover with structures. It is typically based on a certain percentage of lot coverage, base on the overall size of your particular lot. There are also certain setback requirements that must be maintained. A setback is how closely to your property line that you are allowed to place the structure. And in some properties, there are other ‘easements’ that may affect where you can build your structure.
Once you have determined that you are able to build your room addition, now you need to come up with a budget and a building plan. It is also a good idea to start looking for a Contractor to do the work for you. It is very important that you do your due diligence and check them out, completely. Check the ROC, ask for references… Do not be afraid to talk to as many different contractors as you feel necessary. A home remodel or addition is a fairly expensive financial commitment and you do not want to end up with a shady contractor, or one that will take your money, tear your home apart and then is never to be heard from again. We really dislike being negative about this, however, it is a fact and you hear about it on the news channels all of the time. Be cautious and do your homework.
There are Contractors out there that offer the ability to provide a set of building plans for your project, either in house, or they have an Architect or Designer that they work with. If they do not, there are Architects and Designers that you can contact for these documents. Costs for these will vary largely upon the size and complexity of your individual project. Contact the companies directly for a quote. Some will also offer to handle the permitting process for you as well. Check to see if this is something that they offer. If not, you will need to submit the plans to the City/County to obtain your building permit(s). However, unless it is specifically offered or stated in your agreement, the associated fees for plan reviews and building permits are the responsibility of the property owner(s). Your Architect/Designer or even your contractor, may offer to pay the fees, then have you reimburse them for it later. Make sure that this agreed upon from the beginning, as there could be additional fees for this service.
Now that you have contacted these companie/individuals, it is time to start getting quotes/estimates for your project from the contractors. Contact them, arrange a day and time for them to come meet with you to go over your project. If you have a preliminary set of plans for your project, excellent. Bring those to the meeting. It is also very helpful if you have a copy of the plans in digital format (i.e. PDF format) so that you can email them to the contractors for a more detailed proposal. These may take a little more time to get a number back, so please understand that ahead of time. Some contractors prefer to put together a more detailed proposal over a “ballpark” estimate based on size, square footage, etc.. Also, keep in mind that majority of contractors will reserve the right to modify their proposal once a FINAL, APPROVED set of plans are available from the City/County. This is only fair, as sometimes there are corrections on the plans that the City/County may require certain things that were not in the initial, preliminary plan.
Now that you have your plans and have collected several estimates, it’s time to choose which contractor you wish to hire to perform the work on your project. If you have already done your homework, this shouldn’t be too difficult. If you have a couple that you are having a hard time choosing between, Call them up and talk to them again. Get them over and go over the project in detail and see if anything has changed. This should help you decide on whom to choose. Once that is done, it’s just a matter of signing the contract and putting together the start date, the scope of work and project schedule.
Your project is now underway!
Many cabinet companies will tell you that there really is no difference between Custom or Semi-Custom cabinets and RTA or Pre-Fab cabinets. There is. In this post, we hope to help explain the primary differences between the two.
Custom Kitchen Cabinets
RTA (Ready to Assemble) cabinets are cabinets that are delivered to a customer or to a job site, broken down in a flat box. These must be built or assembled either by the customer or the builder/contractor the is doing the installation. Typically, they are made in a foreign country and then shipped across the ocean in large shipping containers to the U.S. where they are then sold to the customer. They are typically made of MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) or Particle Board which is less expensive than the much stronger and more stable Plywood, but is much more sensitive to moisture and damage. They are boxed and shipped flat in large containers to allow the companies to fit more into a container, but also to help minimize the effects of the moisture causing the wood (MDF) to swell and deteriorate. Yes, there are some that use plywood for their panels, however it is usually a very cheaply made plywood and on top of spending days, and in most cases, weeks on a ship traveling over the ocean, surrounded by water and very high humidity levels, the glue that is used to bind the layers of wood together in the plywood can become week and begin to separate. Some companies that offer these types of cabinets, also offer the ability to assemble the cabinets for you, at time of purchase, and then deliver to you a completely assembled cabinet, ready to install. If not, it is up to you, the buyer, to arrange assembly and installation, either by yourself or with your contractor, handyman or builder that you have hired to perform the work.
Bix Box RTA Cabinets Vs. Custom Cabinets
Pre-Fabricated cabinets are completely built, or assembled, by the company that makes them and are sold to the customer as such, a completely assembled, ready to install cabinet. You can see examples of this type of cabinetry in most of your local ‘Big Box’ home improvement stores. Again, these are typically made with MDF panels/boxes with a wood face frame and door/drawer front(s). Many cabinets are done this way and are also available with better quality, plywood construction. There are also, typically, a few more wood species and door styles available. Even many of the larger, top quality cabinets are done in this manner. One negative is that if you need a unique size cabinet, they are not available and the vast majority of these manufacturers do not offer any form of customization for their cabinets. They come in standard cabinet sizes of 3″ increments (i.e. B12, B15, B18, B21, etc…)
Then you have Semi-Custom cabinetry. Semi-Custom cabinets are very much like the Pre-Fabricated cabinets, however, the company offers the ability to custom size the cabinets or even build you a completely custom cabinet, in some cases, on a case by case basis. They will have to individually quote the cabinets in question. Sometimes they may not be able to make the desired cabinet, but they will let you know. Semi-Custom cabinets also tend to offer many more doors styles, wood species and finish options such as distressing, sand through, and more color & stain options, with and without glazes. More and more people are opting for this type of cabinetry as it allows them to “individualize” or “personalize” their kitchen, bath or office space to fit their taste and style. Yes it does come with an increase in cost, typically 25-35%, depending on the company and their available options, etc. To most people, the additional cost is well worth the investment in the quality and customizability.
Finally, you have CUSTOM cabinets. Full custom cabinets are built by a cabinetmaker to fit an exact specification, size, color, texture, design, etc. Each and every cabinet box, face frame, door panel and drawer front are made individually, then assembled into box form or brought to the project site and installed in place. With fully custom cabinets, you get exactly what you want, built to your specifications, one cabinet at a time. Custom cabinets also come at a premium cost and typically take much longer to have made, delivered and installed. But, for some people, nothing is better than a completely custom cabinet, or a kitchen full of them!
In recent years, home remodeling has become more and more popular within the City of Scottsdale. More and more people are purchasing older homes that fit the majority of their needs and remodeling them to fit the rest and to suite their personal design ideas.
Scottsdale Home Remodeling
The City of Scottsdale has been voted one of the best cities to live in the United States many times. It’s not hard to see why. On top of that, there are a lot more people trying to make a living by flipping houses. They buy the older, outdated and foreclosed properties and clean them up, fix them up, update them then sell them for a profit. Although many people try to do this themselves, there are some projects that may require a licensed contractor’s knowledge and experience. If you live in Scottsdale and are looking for a Scottsdale Home Remodeling company, for your kitchen remodel, bathroom remodeling project, pool repair and more – here are a few things to consider.
Finding a quality licensed general contractor is very important. Any Contractor that you are looking to hire for your Scottsdale home remodeling project, check them out, thouroughly. Make sure they have a valid AZ ROC number. Go to the Arizona Registrar of Contractors (AZROC) and check that their license is valid. Check to see if they have any listed and unresolved complaints against them. Check them with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Ask them for references and follow up with them. A reputable contractor will have absolutely no problem giving you a list of clients that they have done work for.
The best kind of advertisement is referrals from satisfied clients, hands down. 98% of our business comes from client referrals. We are A+ rated with the BBB and have zero (0) complaints with the AZROC. Contact FHR Construction today for all of your Scottsdale home remodeling and construction needs.
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Phoenix Kitchen Cabinetry
Kitchen cabinetry is one of the more visual and noticed items in any persons home. Kitchen cabinets are also one of the biggest selling points of a home. There are so many different types, styles and color options available in kitchen cabinetry today, that remodeling a kitchen can be quite overwhelming, to say the least. This is where a reputable, quality kitchen remodeling contractor becomes invaluable. Let’s go over the basics of a few of the different options.
Phoenix/ Scottsdale Kitchen cabinets, or any cabinets for that matter, come in a very large variety of door styles, finish & color choices and an almost unlimited amount of accessory options. There are several formats that you can buy cabinets.
- RTA (Ready-to-Assemble) Cabinets: These are purchased in large flat boxes and are then assembled by the purchaser. Limited sizes and finish options.
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Now that you know a little more about the different types of cabinets there are, you can start looking at a few of the different options for your kitchen remodel. We highly recommend contacting a reputable kitchen remodeling contractor, or several, and see what they have to offer.
Anyone that lives in the Phoenix Metropolitan area and its surrounding cities, or any temperate, desert climate for that matter, knows how hot it can be in the dog days of summer. A quality misting system, like one from FHR Construction Corp., can make your outdoor living and entertainment spaces much more bearable on those sultry summer afternoons. Mist System Scottsdale – What exactly is it?
In Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ Many of us have seen misting systems as we go about our day at shops, restaurants and other businesses. A quality misting system, designed and installed properly, can lower the the air temperature around your home or business by as much as 25 degrees! The majority of our clients install their misting systems around their covered patio areas and outdoor entertaining spaces (BBQ’s, outdoor kitchens, etc.) but the application options are virtually limitless.
Mist System – How do they work?
Misting systems are simply water that is forced, under great pressure via a high pressure pump, through a nozzle with a very tiny hole that creates an extremely fine mist, almost to the point of a vapor. As these microscopic droplets of water leave the nozzle, they immediately begin to absorb the heat of the surrounding air. As they do this, they evaporate and take the heat with them. This in turn cools the surrounding air.
Scottsdale’s Misting systems can be an invaluable addition to your outdoor space and your ability to ‘survive’ the extreme summer temperatures. However, mister systems are not just for cooling off patios… They can be used in restaurants, playgrounds and often used in greenhouses to increase humidity levels for the plants. They are also often used in workplaces such as warehouses and grocery stores.
FHR has been installing, and using, top quality misting systems for over 10 years. We have the experience, and knowledge, to design and install a top of the line misting system in your home or business today. We offer misting systems that are embedded into your stucco or ceilings to conceal the majority of the system. Only the nozzle protrudes from the stucco/ceiling. Many of our competitors simply screw or nail the lines to the surface of your walls or roof framing with clamps/brackets. Our systems are designed to ‘blend in’ with your home, not be an ugly eyesore. We also connect your mister system pump to a single switch that allows you to turn your system on and off with the “flip of a switch”. No more need to go out to the hose bib (where most competitor systems connect their water supply) and turn on a valve.
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Interested in learning more about these systems? Call us today and one of our friendly, knowledgeable associates will be more than happy to meet with you and help you determine what kind of system might be best for your individual application.
Let’s make that hot patio a relaxing, comfortable oasis for you and your family today!