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Should I stay or should I go when remodeling my home?

July 7th, 2014 by Stan Better
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                As an architect for over 37 years and a contractor for over 33 years, I have continually been asked this question.  My quick answer is that it is always desirable from the contractor end to have the Homeowners away from the house while the project is going [...]


What is an Architectural Feasibility Study for a residential remodeling project?

December 12th, 2013 by Stan Better
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Stan Better Architects is a part of the Stan Better Family of Companies which also includes Stan Better Construction.  As a Design Build firm our approach to the design build process is unique.  Many times I have been asked “What does an Architectural Feasibility Study include and not include?”  My hope is that this article [...]


Navigating your way through Social Media and Internet Marketing

July 2nd, 2013 by Stan Better
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When Stan Better Construction, a design build remodeling company, was born back in 1981 you, as a potential new client, most likely would have found me in the yellow pages of the phone book. These days your phone book probably sits on a shelf collecting dust or it may not have even made it that [...]


How to deal with your Insurance Company on a property loss to your home

January 31st, 2013 by Stan Better

This is a follow up on my blog on how to deal with your Insurance Company on a fire loss. (See May 25th 2011 Stan Better’s Blog). I received a huge response on my previous blog on how to deal with your Insurance Company, especially after hurricane Sandy.  I hope it was helpful and informative [...]


Navigating through the Design/Build Process

May 21st, 2012 by Stan Better
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As a Design/ Builder, frequently I am asked what is the difference between your approach and the traditional approach to projects?  I have been in the business for over 30 years and have lectured at two national remodeling conventions on the subject so I think I can speak with some authority.  When I became a [...]


LED Light Bulbs..What’s all the fuss!!!

February 14th, 2012 by Stan Better
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LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) have actually been around for quite a long time.  The first visible LED was invented in 1962 and was subsequently used as a “power on indicator light” for appliances like stereos.  So how far have we come in 50 years and where are we heading?  The biggest difference between what was around [...]


American-Made

October 14th, 2011 by Stan Better

I came across an ABC news article about a man in Bozeman, Montana that caught my eye.  The article is about a man who is an Economist turned builder.  Now this story doesn’t seem that unique, however, upon reading further, the man’s selection of materials is.  He is constructing his houses entirely from American- Made [...]


How to deal with your Insurance Co. on a fire damage loss

May 25th, 2011 by Stan Better

One of the most horrific things that can happen to a Homeowner is fire damage.   Equally horrific is after the fire, the ordeal that a Homeowner is put through to get their home and life back together.  Unfortunately, there are more horror stories on this subject than all other aspects of home ownership.  After over [...]


Basement Water Leakage Solutions

April 29th, 2011 by Stan Better

Now that we know what to look for to identify possible problem areas in our leaky basement, we will focus on what solutions are out there in the marketplace.  I have found that the solutions tend to be categorized into three divisions:  The exterior major surgery approach:  Some basement waterproofing companies feel that the best [...]


Basement Water Leakage Problems

April 28th, 2011 by Stan Better

  I am sure everyone has been experiencing our historic amounts of rain for this April.  As a consequence of all this water, we have been getting numerous inquiries about water in basements.  I thought I would dedicate my discussion in this newsletter about this topic. Most people see water in their basement and immediately [...]


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