Room Additions: Raising the Roof on your House to Add more Rooms

Adding Second Story Room Addition

Adding a vertical second-story addition to a single-story home is an efficient approach to managing your needs of increasing your living space.

You can potentially double the square footage of your home (based on home design) and acquire more space without relocating. Most people are content with their homes but want more space, and that’s what makes second story additions so popular. A vertical development won’t loom over the existing backyard. As such, you’ll have extra space without loosing valuable yard space.

You can design second story additions any way you please. Most people tend to move into a pre-designed house, making overhauls of the home pricey. HK Remodel’s skilled contractors will address their desires and needs. Our team of architects and building planners will develop the addition based on the homeowner’s concepts.

Once construction is completed, homeowners will have the chance to enjoy a specific section of their home more comfortably since it has been customized to their specifications. Modifications to the main floor will also be more affordable since the renovation process will also impact the current frame of the house. For instance, new ventilation, high ceilings, and different wiring can be supplemented.

Hiring the Best Contractor for the Job

When homeowners show interest in building a second story addition, they need to choose the right contractor for the job. Obtaining a competitively-priced contractor is the most vital factor when having renovations or construction performed on your house.

Several people mistakenly select an inexpensive or a contractor with the lowest bid which is usually the worst option because it ends up ultimately costing them more money in the long run. An inexperienced contractor may be more concerned with being paid than finishing the project on time and correctly.

The lowest bidding contractors can afford to offer low prices because they short cut work, go too fast, use inexperienced “day labor” and othe install sub-quality components and low grade materials. This can result in future household problems. You should also be weary of overpriced contractors too, as they might be rip-off artists looking to make a quick buck at your expense.

Always check references and reviews prior to hiring a contractor!

HK Construction & Remodel is a local San Diego contractor based in Poway, CA. We focus on offering value for our clients instead of competing on prices. HK Remodel concentrates on keeping clients completely abreast of any choices made throughout the whole renovation process. We are frequently not the lowest bidder, nor are we the highest in price either. We do however strive to provide the highest quality service using the best materials available for a fair price.

With highly-praised testimonials on video and in writing, it goes without saying that HK Remodel is one of the most experienced, skilled, trustworthy, and honest general contractors in the San Diego area. We are worth considering if you’re looking to develop a second story on your home. Call us today for a free pre-construction consultation and price quote. 858-748-6580

Deck Contractors

New Deck Construction for Backyards, Pools, Upstairs Bedrooms, Front Porch and More

Deck Contractors ConstructionVirtually all houses need a custom deck building project at some point. It could be for the backyard, second story bedroom, swimming pool deck, or some other area close to the house.

Even though there are probably a lot of DIY materials to construct your own deck, the smart choice is hiring professional deck contractors. Want to know why? Ok, first to start with, deck construction is not a simple chore that can be done overnight, or even over one weekend if you are new to deck construction and have never tried to build a back yard deck before.

Secondly, when a hired professional does the construction of the deck for you, you will be assured that your deck is properly installed and done to building codes. This is of paramount importance! Is this something anyone can do alone? Maybe, but maybe not.

The most important thing when it comes to custom deck construction is how well the new deck services the purpose for which the deck was constructed. This is the reason deck contractors are the surest bet. After all, it comes down to your needs and how your backyard deck is going to give you the best and most enjoyable service.

Is the aim of your deck to have a cozy outdoor reading place every morning? Or would it be used to entertain a few guests over a cup of coffee once in a while? Or do you desire the deck to be used as the most fitting spot for your children or pets to play and/or relax?

Whatever your needs are, a custom deck design and deck construction properly done by an experienced deck contractor is your best choice. This choice will also guarantee that you do not face any of the common problems resulting from DIY deck building that includes faulty constructions, potential injuries during construction, inappropriate use of deck materials or misuse of deck facilities.

Want a quote on custom deck construction? Let us know your wants and needs, we’ll work up a custom quote just for you for free; no obligation. We just want the best for you! See what we can do for you. It’s worth a quick phone call. Call 858-748-6580.

Plumbing Choices to Consider in Home Remodeling

Remodeling a home means having choices and making decisions. So if you’re planning to remodel your kitchen, bathroom or add a new room, be prepared to spend an endless number of hours looking at options and making final selections.

Plumbing Pipe ChoicesWhen it comes to cabinets, faucets, light fixtures and floor coverings, there are a lot of choices. Such as different styles, colors, finishes, price ranges, etc. Even windows come in different shapes, sizes and energy efficiency ratings. Yet, when it comes to something as important as the plumbing, it seems ‘out of sight, out of mind’ is the norm. Most people don’t ask any questions about the plumbing. They also assume they don’t have any choices to make.

For many decades, metal (in the form of galvanized steel or copper) was the only material available. Look in the walls (or maybe garage walls for exposed pipes) of any un-remodeled home built before the 1960s and you’ll probably see all metallic pipes.

Leading choice of plumbing materials over the last few centuries have been the following:

  • Lead
  • Concrete
  • Cast iron
  • Steel
  • Galvanized steel
  • Aluminum
  • Copper

There’s nothing wrong with the classic choices of copper and galvanized steel. They work well and have their advantages. But know that today there is a host of other alternative materials, many of which are varying forms of plastic, now available to choose from. We like to help guide our home remodeling clients on the best choice to fit the right application.

PVC and CPVC Plastic Pipe

CPVC Water Plumbing PipePlastic pipe also known as PVC and an enhanced version called CPVS are rapidly gaining popularity. Why has plastic gained such popularity? Metal has demonstrated a number of pitfalls through the years that have been documented by numerous studies and lawsuits. Pinhole leaks and premature system failures, caused by metal’s natural tendency to pit, corrode and scale, have opened the door for more reliable, virtually maintenance-free systems.

Not that PVC is without its unique characteristics, advantages and pitfalls too. PVC has a lower external strength than metal. Meaning that is has lower a PSI rating and is more susceptible to damage by crushing or puncturing with tools.

What is CPVC?

You can think of CPVC as PVC’s cousin. PVC is most commonly found in sprinkler pipes and drainage systems. They are similar in many ways, but they shouldn’t be used interchangeably. Both are made of the same basic elements with one distinguishing factor. CPVC is altered by a free radical chlorination reaction that effectively increases the chlorine content of the material. CPVC is also a thermoplastic that is molded into many of the same products as PVC.

This difference in makeup allows CPVC to withstand a wider range of temperatures. This is why many building codes require the use of CPVC as opposed to PVC for use in hot water applications. The ASTM standard allows PVC to be used in applications not exceeding 140 degrees F.

Temperatures over this can cause softening of the material and weakening of joints.  CPVC on the other hand can handle temperatures up to 200 degrees F. There are certain advantages of CPVC (post-chlorinated polyvinyl chloride) plumbing systems and pipe fittings over metallic systems.

Top 4 Advantages of CPVC over Metal Pipes

  1. Primarily, they never pit, scale or corrode, which eliminates the risk of premature failures and costly re-piping, in addition to possible property damage.
  2. CPVC systems are also highly energy efficient with natural insulating properties that keep hot water hotter and cold water colder than metallic systems. In addition, condensation, which is a common problem with metallic pipes that can cause drip damage to walls and foundation, is virtually eliminated.
  3. PVC piping has gained high marks for its ability to maintain water quality. There is no leaching or metal contamination into the water supply, so there are no related health concerns. And without pitting or corrosion, CPVC systems are able to maintain full water carrying capacity throughout their entire life. If you’ve ever looked inside a piece of old copper pipe, you’ve probably seen a thick layer of hard minerals.  These minerals can dramatically reduce the diameter of the pipe, which reduces water flow and water pressure, and can inhibit the efficiency of many water-using appliances. Eventually, homeowners with corroded pipes must completely re-pipe their home at an average cost of $6,000.
  4. No more noisy pipes due to ‘water hammer’ when you abruptly shut off flow, such as a shower, sink or washing machine running through its fill and drain cycles. Through the years, many homeowners have come to accept water hammer in their homes, which is typical of metallic systems. CPVC systems, on the other hand, resist water hammer. They also minimize water flow noise, which has been proven by independent testing laboratories to be four times louder in copper pipes.

Conclusion

CPVC systems are most often used in new construction. They are compatible with other plumbing systems used in kitchen remodeling projects, the addition of bathrooms, or the replacement of a failed copper or galvanized steel system. Using CPVC pipe for home water pipes eliminates toxic metal contamination caused by using all other types of new metal pipes. Additionally CPVC eliminates the certainty of contamination in your drinking water that comes from metal pipe corrosion.

Call us today about your plumbing concerns and various choices of piping materials. We are happy to help guide you towards the best plumbing for you and your home taking into account usage, health concerns, cost, and overall plumbing system longevity.

Adding Bedrooms to Current Home vs. Moving

Bedroom Additions HK Remodel San DiegoIn order to meet the growing demands of your family making alterations to your home could be a good idea. A growing family usually needs more bedrooms. If you still like your home but find it too small, investing in your current home by remodeling and adding bedrooms is most likely a better value than moving to a different home that might or might not have more rooms and all the desirable features you want. You need to consider the costs of remodeling your current home versus selling/shopping/buying/moving into a new home.

For context, home remodeling in this article is not about simple stuff a home owner can do himself like adding new drapes, paint or furniture. We’re talking about major home remodeling changes. Remodeling that people would need a contractor for. Such as:

  • Bedroom additions / new construction
  • Adding new windows
  • Adding or altering the position of doorways
  • Changing the sizes of the windows or convert them to big seated bay windows
  • Convert your existing window into a sliding glass door
  • Add built in shelves, cabinets or book cases
  • Replace flooring in your bedroom
  • Add walk in closets

If you want to do some of the items in the list above then you’ll need a remodeling contractor. Understand that each remodeling project you want to do to your home needs lot of planning and firm decisions. Therefore finding the best contractor for you is of paramount importance.

Your bedroom is an important part of your home and it should be remodeled in such a way that it gives a clear expression of your personality and must be able to give all the comforts and conveniences. Adding one wrong element in your bedroom at the wrong place can completely ruin the entire feel of your bedroom. So, proceed with caution and take the help, advice, knowledge and professionalism of a good bedroom remodeling contractor and bring that magic personal touch to your bedroom.

Before starting the process of your bedroom remodeling you have to do your homework and collect more information about San Diego contractors so you know what traits to look for in a reputable one.

Also learn about latest trends, styles, materials and the new technologies available in completing your remodeling project so you’ll have a clear vision of what you want. For this you can go online and collect as much information as possible or look around and collect the necessary information offline. This will help you visualize how the look and feel of your bedroom is going to change after the remodeling. Once you do this you will be able to have a clear vision in mind for you to convey to your remodeling contractor. This will save a lot of time and money and help him complete the project with best desired results.

Your bedroom is one of the places where you are spending nearly 1/3 of your life. So it must be soothing, pleasant and must give you peace of mind and body. Call HK Construction and speak to one of our customer service reps about your wants and needs. At your request we’ll send a home remodeling consultant over to your home at no charge to speak with you in person and see first hand what you want for your home. After we go over everything you have envisioned we quote you a price. No commitments at this point, just information for you to consider.

We’re very easy to work with and upfront about everything, including all the steps involved in a home remodeling project. After having met us, and armed with all the facts you need, you’ll be well informed to make a decision on whether you want to move into a larger home or make your current home bigger with room additions and/or making better use of available space.

Bedroom Additions: Choosing the Best San Diego Contractor for You

While there are plenty of reasons why homeowners might want to add a new bedroom to their property there’s always one thing in common: The need for a trained professional bedroom addition contractor. You’ll want to choose a trusted remodeling contractor who is very experienced in bedroom additions. One who has a good reputation and has all the equipment and personnel needed to get the job done properly with as little hassle as possible to you and your family.

Look for a general contractor that you feel is well equipped to do the entire job for you from start to finish, and do so in a timely manner. He needs to have all the right training, experience, workers, office staff, licensing, insurance and tools of the trade.

Going a step further, make sure your contractor has strong business acumen; meaning that he has the ability to make good judgments and quick decisions that benefit you, the customer. One who is honest and hard working. One that cares about building his business as much as he cares about building your bedroom addition. A contractor with good reviews and customer testimonials.

25 year Anniversary HK RemodelIf you live in San Diego or North County and are searching for a general contractor to add a bedroom to your home, then consider HK Construction as your ideal contractor to turn your dream bedroom into a reality. We’ve been in the business of constructing and remodeling buildings for many years now (since the early 1990’s), and we draw on that experience to provide the highest possible level of professionalism in every project.

Once you entrust your bedroom addition construction project to us, we will handle everything for you. We’ll ensure that the new bedroom fits in seamlessly with your existing property. Take care of codes and permits, all phases of construction and final walk through after the job is done to ensure your complete satisfaction. Due to our vast experience and know-how, we’ll give you a bedroom that perfectly captures the feel of your home, and use your ideas in the best possible way.

As one of the most popular construction companies in San Diego, we have made a name for ourselves as the best choice for home alterations and remodeling. We always observe the highest standards of professionalism, and go the extra mile to ensure your project is a success. We’ll build on your ideas to make your bedroom look the best it can be. With a high degree of professional knowledge about the latest trends in home construction, our contractors will be able to turn your ideas into a solid base for your bedroom addition project.

Remodeling Contractors HK Construction

Remodeling Contractors HK Construction

We have all the necessary personnel, equipment and materials needed to complete any type of home remodeling project you need. Our years of experience in the construction and remodeling industry have taught us to take care to understand the unique needs of each and every one of our clients. We know how stressful a remodel can be, which is why we take care to cause as little disturbance to your everyday life during the whole process- even during heavy construction work.

Before getting to work, we take the time to talk things through with you to understand just what you’re looking for and what your expectations are. This helps us to focus on even the smallest of details during the execution of the project. We’re well versed in all the necessary paperwork and legal proceedings needed to carry out a home remodeling bedroom addition, and will take care of everything for you.

As well established San Diego construction contractors, we have all the necessary skills, materials, tools and workers to complete your bedroom addition project on-time and within budget. We guarantee you a great price and absolute best overall value for your bedroom addition without sacrificing quality.  We are ready to use all our means to create your dream bedroom in no time at all, and take care of every aspect of the remodel. Maybe you’ll find us to be the perfect choice for bedroom additions and home remodeling for you and your family. Just get in touch today to find out more about how we can best serve you!

Decks and Patio Covers

Deck and Patio Addition HK Construction San DiegoDecks and patio covers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

Have you ever thought of adding a deck off your second story master bedroom or upstairs sitting space?  HK Construction can design a door system at the exterior wall and rework the structure to have access to your new fire resistant deck system.

With so many homes being built or are already built on hills and valleys the building and fire codes have been upgraded to prevent fires that come around hills and thru valleys from attacking your residence thru igniting a patio cover or deck system. 

HK Construction specializes in using structural lumber that is fire rated or dipped in fire retardant materials along with man made composite lumber that reduces the risk of this happening to you.  There are a variety of different products to choose from and we will work with you to provide the best possible solution for your individual situation.

 

2nd Story Additions over Garages

Over the years we have found that one way to add space at your existing residence is to put an addition over your existing garage.  This type of addition lessens the impact on your family during Over-Garage-Remodel-Conversion-HK-Construction-2the construction phase. 

Along with that, most times your plumbing, water, heating and cooling systems are located or are easily accessible in the existing garage. This allows you to add not only living space like bedrooms or game rooms, but to add additional bathrooms or laundry rooms to the upstairs living quarters.

Coastal homes enjoy the view of the Pacific Ocean.  Inland homes in the San Diego area who choose to add a 2nd story to their home often get to increase their range of view to include the ocean.  Garages offer a good option to build a second story upon when you work with an experienced contractor like HK Construction.

Our knowledge  and experience of building construction allows us to work with the integrity of your home and safely remove old roof and wall systems to create the necessary foundation to build the new addition upon.    There are many options for the types of rooms you can add on. For those who will be able to enjoy the view of the ocean or simply want to be out doors to watch the sunset, you can even enjoy such upstairs amenities as a second story sealed deck with covered trellis system, skylights to enjoy natural lighting during the day and the stars at night.

Contact HK Construction today to go over options that will allow for the perfect second story garage addition to your home.

Special Needs Home Remodel Additions

Walk In Tub HK ConstructionHK Construction also works with our special needs clients in developing bathrooms that need more room for walkers or wheel chairs.

Ramp systems

Railing sytems

installation of special walk in tubs/tub systems

wider bathrooms- room conversions

hand rails

lowered sinks/counters

wheel chair accessible designs

pocket doors

 

 

 

HK Construction can redesign showers to step or roll into without steps or damns.

We can also widen areas and supply support systems in showers and around water closets to be more user friendly.

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About Marc Gieselmann of HK Construction

Marc Gieselmann is the owner and founder of HK Construction, a popular and trusted San Diego home remodeling company.

Marc Gieselmann has been a contractor for most of his adult life. Always building things, he started by building a loving family with two children, now grown and successful on their own. He is active in his community with charity events, sponsors Little League baseball teams for kids and is an avid off road enthusiast.

Marc Gieselmann HK Construction San Diego

Marc Gieselmann

Marc has built his career from the ground up, having started in the 1980’s as a self-employed remodeling contractor working throughout California. After honing his craft for a number of years and developing a real rapport with his customers, Marc went on to found HK Construction in 1991, then later incorporated in 1997. Since then, the company has built up a reputation as the most reliable construction contractor service in San Diego and the surrounding area.

Working particularly in the design and build industry, HK Construction has gone from strength to strength on the back of its employees’ skills, as well as long-lasting relationships with the very finest subcontractors. This allows HK Construction to quickly get to work on any project you might need done, and complete the job to a standard that goes above and beyond your expectations.

Marc himself is heavily involved with each and every project, and will follow things through every step of the way. Thanks to his wealth of experience in construction and remodeling, Marc and his team can complete the job with minimal disruption to your daily life, and are keen to build up a long lasting relationship with each and every client.

From the first meeting, HK Construction aims to completely understand the client’s needs and meet them perfectly. This initial meeting also gives us the chance to outline how we will get to work in your home without getting in the way of your normal schedule. We pay attention to even the smallest of details, and use our expertise and experience to complete every project on time and to budget.

Customer satisfaction is our ultimate aim, and for that reason, we will assign you a dedicated project manager to oversee the whole process. Along with the expertise that our employees bring to the table, that makes HK Construction the number one choice throughout San Diego and the surrounding area.

Whether you need a loft conversion, an additional room, a kitchen or bathroom remodel, an entirely new construction, or any other job, big or small, we will be happy to help. Just get in touch to find out more about what HK Construction can do for you!

Contact Info:
Marc Gieselmann
858-748-6580
info@hkremodel.com

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