THE ADVANTAGES OF HIRING A DESIGN-BUILD CONTRACTOR by Keith Moehle

A homeowner has a higher chance of having a smooth remodel when they are doing business with a design-build contractor versus a general contractor.

KM BUILDERS is a Design-Build Contractor, but we are also a general contractor which means we can do any remodeling project that you need.

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Let’s list out some of the advantages of choosing a design-build firm like KM BUILDERS:

  1. LICENSED PROFESSIONALS

Design-Build Contractor: Our architects & designers obtained a formal education to get proper licensing to do their job.  

General Contractor: They will call themselves a designer, because of experience not because they are licensed. At the very least you are robbing your remodeling project its full potential, and at the worst, you will have significant design problems.  

     2. FULL RESPONSIBILITY

Design-Build Contractor: They are in charge of all elements of the project with in-house employees. So if anything goes wrong, you won’t have to chase down a subcontractor. You can talk to your contractor directly and get things straight

General Contractor: A general contractor won’t have in-house employees so they will have sub-contractors. Because he is the middle-man, he is limited on moving the project along any faster than his subcontractors can handle it. Plus if you run into trouble, it can be a headache chasing the right subcontractor down without them pointing a finger to someone else.

      3. BUDGETING & PRICING

Design-Build Contractor: When you choose a design-build contractor there is excellent communication throughout the entire process. So when you tell us your budget, our in-house staff can keep you to that price, but also give you options for upgrades in menu-based pricing to keep everything clear. We also have an in-house estimator, so we can give you an exact quote and stick to it.

General Contractor: A general contractor has to work with so many subcontractors that it is nearly impossible to stick with your budget. They don’t know how everyone is going to quote them so you could be forced to write extra checks.

These 3 points make the advantages to a design-build firm obvious. And these are just 3 points we are highlighting!

We still advise everyone to do your research and see what is going to work best for them, but hiring a design-build contractor is a sure way of getting a breathtaking remodel!

----KM Builders is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

GET AN EXPENSIVE LOOK ON A DIME by Keith Moehle

Everyone wants to get a brand new look for their home, but it can take a pretty penny to get everything done. That’s why we have put together a list of budget-friendly updates!

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Today we want to go over three different projects that are perfect to be done together! These projects are painting, flooring, & trim!

Paint: Painting can dramatically change the look in your home. Working with a designer can ensure you get the look you want whether it be bringing in light, getting a dramatic look, or get the appearance of a larger room!

Flooring: Flooring can be expensive. Fortunately, there are incredible products on the market that can save you up to a ⅓ of traditional flooring. These products are Luxury Vinyl Plank and Luxury Vinyl Tile. They look exactly like tile & hardwood floor and can be laid on top of your old flooring! These products are also waterproof, scratch proof, and very durable.

Baseboards: Once you have the paint & flooring done the last touch is to upgrade your baseboards. We recommend our clients choose the baseboards that are just a bit taller because they look high-end and are only a few cents more than the short ones.

Most homeowners are holding off on a much-needed update because of the cost. However, updating your color, floors, and baseboards brings a complete transformation to your home on a budget. Call today so we can give you an expensive look you want on a dime! You can reach us at 210-680-5626!


----KM Builders is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT IN A GENERAL CONTRACTOR? by Keith Moehle

A lot of San Antonio contractors will give themselves the title of “general contractor” when they don’t meet the criteria of what this actually entails.

A general contractor can mean a lot of things, but there are 4 essential things to have in order for someone to rightfully call themselves a “general contractor.”

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  1. They should be able to undertake any type of home remodeling project.
  2. They should have experience with those projects.

  3. They work with licensed architects.

  4. Be willing to do small & large projects, regardless of how complicated it might be.

A general contractor is an individual who should have experience in all areas of home remodeling and be comfortable working on each of them.

However, there are lots of “general contractors” who actually just specialize in certain aspects of the home. So when you present the project to these contractors they may be hesitant. If you are ever in the position where you are convincing a “general contractor” to take on your project, they probably aren't the right one.

As a homeowner, you should feel confident in your contractor and the work he is doing on your home whether it’s cabinets, kitchen, bathroom, addition, siding, roofing and the list goes on and on.  But, when individuals promise you more than they can handle it can become a big mess.

Be sure you know who you are hiring and that they are equipped for anything that may come up in your project. KM BUILDERS is a Design-Build Contractor, but we are also a general contractor which means we can do any remodeling project you could ever want in for your home. Give us a call at 210-680-5626 and let the experts who have been around since 1984 handle your remodel.

----KM Builders is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

Your Warning Checklist for Hiring a Contractor by Keith Moehle

Hiring a contractor can be daunting. That’s why we wanted to give you a checklist that provides details on what to look for so to avoid bad contractors and find someone that will transform your home into something you truly deserve!

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The Better Business Bureau is one of the key places to go to find out what type of contractor you will be hiring.

Here is a checklist with some things you should look out for:

Confirm Contact Info: When you find a potential contractor make sure their contact information is reliable. Call the office number, shoot them an email, and the best thing you can do is go to visit their office.

Avoid High-Pressure Sales: Some shady contractors will offer you a better price if you agree to a large or full upfront payment. Then they may never start your project!

Get Everything in Writing: If something goes wrong and you have to take your contractor to court, it will be your word against his/hers. Make sure you get everything in writing and read the paperwork before signing it!

Ask About Warranties: Ask your contractor about the warranties they have in place to protect yourself and your new remodeling project. Again make sure to read the paperwork and be sure the warranties are listed.

Although this isn’t an exhaustive list of steps to take when hiring a contractor, all of these are vital. We want every homeowner to trust the contractor you are working with whether it be KM BUILDERS or another company. Remember, always to take caution when looking for a contractor...because you could have anyone remodel your home, but then you’ll have to live in it.

----KM Builders is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!


 

Should I Build on a Pre-existing foundation by Keith Moehle

A lot of homeowners would like a quick fix to get more square-footage by building on a pre-existing foundation, but this can be a recipe for disaster.

We wish that it could be as easy as building on pre-existing foundations, but there are several hurdles we have to go over before we start the process (if it is even possible.)

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Here are a few of the issues that we typically run into:

  • The foundation may not be high enough to keep water out.

  • Your foundation may not be waterproof. This means there is not a moisture barrier to prevent water from coming up from the ground into the newly built room which will result in mold and other issues.

  • In most cases, it is not structurally sound so it may be sloped and have lousy drainage.  

  • If you live in the City of San Antonio, you will have to have an engineer sign off on a letter stating your pre-existing foundation will be able to withstand all of the materials that will be on it. It will be tough to get an engineer to sign off on a letter if there is no way of knowing how the foundation was built.

It is a lot cheaper to enclose a pre-existing foundation, but in the long-haul, you could be paying a hefty price for trying to get a quick fix to more square footage.

Get more square-footage the right way by calling Keith up at 210-680-5626 to see what path we have to take to start an addition!

 

 

----KM Builders is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

SMEG APPLIANCES: VINTAGE STYLE & COLOR by Keith Moehle

Trends are ever-changing, but some pieces have proved the test of time and continually give a classic look over the decades. Smeg appliances provide one of those few timeless styles that would make a great statement in your kitchen remodel.

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Smeg was founded in 1948 in the town of Guastalla, Reggio Emilia, Italy and is famous for their high-end vintage appliances. Having any vintage appliance piece in your home will make a stunning statement piece, especially in white kitchens that can become stark if there is not enough color.

Smeg offers an array of color options, from very colorful, to creams, whites, & darker colors. This can make it a difficult task to decide what you want! Luckily, the design consultants at KM BUILDERS will guide you to the right choices for your kitchen.

We suggest that our clients should mix and match with retro and modern appliances to get a unique look for their home!

If you aren’t entirely committed to vintage appliances, you can purchase small appliances from Smeg like toasters, juicers, and blenders! You can also buy these smaller appliances before your remodel to see if you like the vintage look in your home.

Are you getting excited for your kitchen remodel? We are too. Call us at 210-680-5626 to get your project rolling today.

----KM Builders is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!