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The "build up" has many different connotations, which makes it an apt name for a design/build firm's blog.

We often build up one another with kind words. We build up future events in our minds, especially those milestones like weddings. And, of course, we literally "build up" when we're constructing a new home, starting with the foundation and working from there.

This blog serves as a place to build up your education arsenal and learn about different aspects of the design/build process, see examples of our work, and read additional articles on things relating to home renovation, such as interior decorating and design.

We welcome your comments and ideas for articles. Contact us any time.

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Home Renovation After Disaster Strikes

  
  
  
home renovation after flood

Mother Nature can be as cruel as she is magnificent. Just ask anyone who lived through the Rhode Island Flood of 2010, when Mother Nature dumped upwards of eight inches of rain during an April storm. Rivers and streams flooded roads and structures of all kinds. The president made an emergency declaration for the state, which allowed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to step in and assist with recovery and rebuilding efforts.

Hebert Design/Build is a Lead-Safe Certified Firm

  
  
  
lead-safe certified firm

In accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency's Lead Repair, Renovation, and Painting Rule (RRP), Hebert Design/Build is a lead-safe certified firm. 

Bathroom Remodeling RI: 6 Things to Think About Before You Move Forward

  
  
  
bathroom remodeling ri

For many people, the bathroom has become a special area in the house. It's a space that can offer so much more than just a place to bathe; it's a place to relax and unwind (away from everyone else).

Home Renovation Tips: Granite vs. Quartz vs. Solid Surface

  
  
  
pros and cons of granite vs quartz vs solid surface

One of the big items people need to consider as they plan their renovations is the materials they're going to use for things like countertops, cabinets, showers, backsplashes, and more.

Kitchen Ideas: Easy Upgrades You Can Do Yourself

  
  
  
kitchen ideas

Need some simple kitchen upgrade ideas? We've got you covered. These simple upgrades are all quick and easy. Most of them can be done in an afternoon by just about any handy homeowner.

Home Maintenance Tips: Do These 3 Things this Fall

  
  
  
checklist for fall cleanup

So it looks like the calendar wants us to face the facts: we need to let go of summer and embrace the fall ahead. (Sigh.)

Bathroom Designs: Let's Talk Showers

  
  
  
glass showers

There's nothing quite like a hot shower, is there? At its most basic, a shower is an efficient way to get clean. It uses just half the water as an average bath and has the added benefit of rinsing the dirty water away rather than keeping the bather immersed in it.

6 Things to Think About Before You Move Forward with a Kitchen Remodel

  
  
  
kitchen remodel

The kitchen remodel is one of the most popular home renovations. In the typical American home, the kitchen is the center of all family activity. It seems like everyone in the house gravitates to the kitchen, and not just for cooking, but to share meals, hang out, read, do homework…the list goes on and on.

Kitchen Ideas: Choosing Stoves - What to Keep in Mind

  
  
  
choosing stoves

In ancient times, the fire was the center of the home. It was the sole source of light, heat, and hot food. After dark, families would gather around the fireplace to eat, talk, and sleep. Perhaps this is why the words heart and hearth sound so similar.

Home Improvement RI: The Pros and Cons of DIY vs. Using a Pro

  
  
  
home renovations ri

If you are planning a home improvement project in Rhode Island (or anyplace else), you have many different options to consider. One of these options is the choice of do-it-yourself or hiring a pro. There are pros and cons to either option. These are four areas you should consider before making your decision.

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