Qualified Remodeler Magazine

MAY 2018

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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that includes all the details because once the hardscape goes down, it becomes very expensive [to make changes.] If you've got to run water, gas or maybe electrical wiring, you want to anticipate all of that upfront, and that requires spending the time and money upfront developing the plan in terms of what you ultimately want the space to be." Because of the expense of real estate in the area, Tibbs explains that many are "house poor" when they first get into a house, so they may opt to undertake an outdoor project in phases. In such cases, it is still "good to try to anticipate what you ultimately will want," he says. is can also extend to consideration of any surrounding land - scaping when compiling plans. Because trees, for example, can mature and impact the hardscape over time, Tibbs says that specifying any trees and plants during the design patio projects. Although pools have become less common in light of the region's drought situation, Tibbs notes a pool company would be subcontracted to handle that installation and any surrounds to ensure everything works together. "For some reason people are much more comprehensive in their thinking when they're remodeling an interior space than when they do the outside," he says. "Even if you're going to phase the work, it's still good to have a plan Select something that is very neutral and complements the house because hardscape is expensive to do, [especially if you have] to do it over. Jim Tibbs, McCutcheon Construction McCutcheon Construction focuses on green building. Investing in high- quality, durable materials upfront will reduce the amount of debris from having to replace lower-quality items down the road. Utilizing a NanaWall BiFold Door, architectural designer Amy Wong Nunes worked with McCutcheon Construction on this indoor/outdoor residential space. Photo: Ilumus Photography Photo: Robert Vente Photography QR OUTDOORS: Patios 36 May 2018 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com

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