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Excel Builders, At the Center of the Venn Diagram of Home Remodelers

How do you know which team of experts to choose to bring your home remodeling dreams to life? We believe you need to find a team you can rely on to bring you superior results in all aspects of a remodeling project, from design, build and installation, and superb customer service. Unfortunately, not all home remodelers deliver on these fundamentals. Thankfully, we at Excel Builders do: Our Chaska-based team continues to grow and learn, thanks to our dedication to excellence at every step of the remodeling process. To learn more about our southwest metro team, we encourage you to call us at 952-361-8664 or to email our expert design-build team. Note: We’d like to thank Jody Brown for inspiring this post. She made some fantastically funny Venn Diagrams in a post on Houzz. If you haven’t seen it already, we encourage you to check it out.

10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Remodeling Contractor

It’s December, which means Christmas and New Years are right around the corner. We know many homeowners who choose to invest in a kitchen renovation or bathroom remodel as a gift to themselves at this time of year. Others set resolutions to complete those projects they’ve been putting off for some time, such as basement finishing. We want to help you get your project started off right—we want to help you find the best home remodeler for the job. Here are the top 10 questions we believe you should ask before hiring a remodeling contractor to work in your home: Are you properly licensed by the state of Minnesota? If the answer is “no,” walk away immediately. You do not want to get involved with someone who refuses to follow basic industry standards. Are you a member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry? This membership matters, as remodeling contractors who join this agree... Read More

The Truth Behind Remodeling Project Bids

Homeowners will often call a remodeling company and request a bid for a specific project over the phone. It should be that simple to throw out a general ballpark bid, right? Wrong. At least, this is not the process any reputable remodeling contractor will follow. Before a contractor will provide an accurate bid, he needs to know the following: The design for the new space: Without a design, a contractor doesn’t know how much demolition work is involved (are we tearing down walls), what type of electrical and plumbing work is involved, or which appliances or other features to take into consideration. An understanding of your timeline and budget: A contractor will know how to bid out your project once he knows how much time and money you have to offer. If you only have $10,000 for a bathroom remodel, for instance, there is no sense bringing in an $18,000 bid. A good connection with... Read More

A Recent Kitchen Remodel: Functional Design at its Finest!

Here at Excel Builders, we believe in not only making beautifully designed kitchens, but making beautiful kitchens that truly work. We tailor each space to the exact needs and desires of each client. The result: A well-designed kitchen that a homeowner will love for a lifetime. Here are pictures from a recent Minneapolis kitchen remodel that we completed for one of our clients. We believe this kitchen absolutely embraces our emphasis on great design and superb function. Our Favorite Functional Design Aspects of This Kitchen We love everything about this space, from the unique features in the floor to the great use of cabinet space. That said, here are our top five design favorites: The lighting. The two main light fixtures we incorporated into this space are great talking pieces, and they also shed a great deal of light throughout. The open island. This island is ideal for prep work and in-kitchen dining. The open... Read More

How to Get Started With Your Kitchen Remodel

There is a defined process that you should follow to ensure a successful kitchen remodel. So before you dive right in, first consider these items to get you started: Your style preferences: What is it you want to gain from your new space? What are your must haves? Do you want a new layout? Do you want custom cabinets? What types of flooring are you considering? Once you have an idea of what you want, you can move to the next step. Your design: You need to have a kitchen design in place before you can get a final estimate on your remodel. So work with a designer to accurately measure you space and help you find the right elements to pull everything together. You’ll want to determine whether you will work with one company that will handle both the design and build aspects for you, or if you will work with separate companies. Your... Read More

Good, Better, Best Bidding

Good – Better – Best – Bidding Interested in completing a kitchen or bathroom remodel?  If you are reading this blog, you are at least thinking about completing a home remodeling project.  When completing a home remodeling project, you have two choices; complete the remodel yourself or hire a remodeling company to complete the remodel project for you. Many people don’t have the time or the experience to complete a remodeling project on their own.  Your other option is to hire a remodeling company to complete your remodeling project.  Where to begin?  For starters, consider the following: Consider why you want to complete the remodel. Are you looking to sell your home in a few years and you looking to increase your home value?  Or, are you looking to upgrade and enjoy your remodeling project for years to come? What is your end goal for the remodeling project? A finished basement that functions as a... Read More
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