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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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5 Things to Look For on an Insurance Restoration Contractor's Website

  
  
  
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Insurance restoration contractors need to have certain attributes that set them apart from ordinary contractors. "Regular" construction can often be (or seem like) a slow moving process.

Bathroom Remodeling RI: What's Hot in 2014

  
  
  
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In Rhode Island, life is just a little bit more relaxed. Maybe it is the fresh, ocean air. Whatever it is, bathroom remodeling in RI reflects this nature. If you are considering bathroom remodeling in the ocean state (or anyplace else, for that matter), take a look at these hot trends for bathroom design in 2014.

Kitchen Remodeling RI: What's Trending in 2014

  
  
  
kitchen remodeling riKitchen Remodeling RI: What's Trending in 2014

Kitchen remodeling is one of the most popular choices for homeowners who want to improve their day-to-day lives. The modern kitchen is the nerve center of the home. In the 60s, the basement was king. In the 70s, it was the rec room. Now, the kitchen has become the all-purpose space.

House Renovation Costs Part 2: Why You Need to Share Your Budget

  
  
  
figuring out home renovation budgets on your pc

In "House Renovation Costs Part 1," we talked about the importance of figuring out the money number. Now, we're going to talk about the importance of sharing that number with the firms you talk to.

House Renovation Costs Part 1: How to Come Up With a Budget

  
  
  
home renovation goals

You're excited. You've been thinking about it for a long time. You find yourself noticing colors more in your day-to-day life, and you often linger for a lot longer than planned on shows like House Beautiful and HGTV. You've got the itch. You're ready. You want a home renovation.

Insurance Restoration Services - Do This ONE Thing for Your Home

  
  
  
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Well, Mother Nature has had a lot of fun with us this month (so far), hasn't she? From blizzards to the Polar Vortex to some unseasonably warm temperatures tucked in between, we've seen it all...or, at least, it feels like we have.

An Example of Our Insurance Restoration Services

  
  
  
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Floods, fires, fierce storms...our homes often take a beating whenever disaster strikes. While the media does a decent job of covering the immediate aftermath when these disasters occur, what you seldom see is the intense work that needs to happen in order to rebuild and restore someone's home.

Home Design Trends: Pantone Names Color of the Year for 2014

  
  
  
Pantone names radiant orchid color of 2014

Pantone has named its color of the year for 2014. (Drum roll, please.) And the winner is Radiant Orchid (otherwise known as PANTONEĀ® 18-3224).

More Inspired Exterior House Designs

  
  
  
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In our last post, we talked about the importance of maintaining the exterior of your home, and we shared a deck renovation project we completed. Here's another exterior house design to inspire you.

Custom Designed Homes with Beautiful Exteriors

  
  
  
deck design

Sure, we spend the majority of our time inside our homes, but that doesn't mean our homes' exteriors aren't important. The outside of our homes should be welcoming, structurally sound, and able to withstand whatever Mother Nature throws at it. And the exteriors should reflect what people can expect to find inside the house. In other words, your design aesthetic doesn't end once you step out your front door.

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