CalFinder has been in the business of contractor screening since 2005. And in that time, we’ve learned it’s a lot like online dating.
Allow me to explain. You, the homeowner, have searched everywhere for that special someone.... read full post →
As you may have heard, CalFinder’s all about saving you money. To that end, we’re happy to share a guest post from Herbert Norton of Roofery.com. The focus? Better-insulating roof + eco-friendly materials = money in the bank.... read full post →
Great news! CalFinder has been working out ways to save you big money on utility bills.
We know that remodeling can be costly, and after seeing what our contractors have done to cut utility bills across the country, we’re proud to... read full post →
Spring is here, and I know you’re excited that your home has begun to defrost. But don’t let that distract you from checking on maintenance issues before April rain wreaks havoc on your property. Here’s a checklist to... read full post →
Are contractors competing for your business? Are they going above and beyond, offering fast service and detailed estimates to win you over?
If not, you should probably learn the #1 homeowner’s secret to a successful remodel.
This... read full post →
…And remodel their homes the right way
I’ve heard it in all shapes and forms from our homeowners. “I regret ever using the phone book to find a contractor. Anyone can place an ad there.” Or even worse, “My... read full post →
We’re so excited we can hardly contain ourselves! Today marks the official launch of our new and improved Home Remodeling Library, a section of the site devoted to everything remodeling. You name it, and it’s there. Or if it... read full post →
Websites and blogs are filled with ideas and inspiration for DIY projects—but not always with prizes and a greater humanitarian goal in mind. Our friends at One Project Closer are holding their annual summer-long Before and After Contest,... read full post →
“Green design is not enough; a deeper connection between self and place is required to create truly sustainable spaces.” -Kevin Hackett
Design-builders love to talk about clients’ needshow theyll take your... read full post →
Surprise, surprise. World-famous design mogul Martha Stewart has landed herself in a media-circus controversy once again.
Kayla Albert with the CalFinder Report has the scoop:
... read full post →
Look at what Cobble Hill couple Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler did with second-hand items and artwork! Who says decorating on a small budget can’t create a look worth bragging (and blogging) about?
Granted, they have the... read full post →
Anytime we find a fun resource for remodeling information, we share it with our readers. So here we are with a new blog from the great folks at Wind-lock called “The Tool Box.” The blog is still young, having just begun in... read full post →
Apr. 1, 2010 (Reuters) Representatives from Martha Stewart Living confirmed this morning via satellite that domestic diva Martha Stewart has agreed to produce and starin CalFinder’s first feature-length movie.... read full post →
The National Association of Energy Service Companies has firmly established itself as the national voice of the ESCO industry through its national and regional advocacy efforts. NAESCO is an association devoted to promoting efficiency as... read full post →
November 20, 2009 in Flooring
Are you ready for the coolest rugs you’ve ever seen? These pieces transcend all modes of convention to make a bold, albeit wacky, statement in your living room. Think outside the box with us as we explore area rugs with a purpose.
#1 –... read full post →
For a guy who started out as a truck driver in Los Angeles, Architect Frank Gehry has continued to drive. But instead of trucks, its the deconstructivism bus he steers in new directions, redefining modern... read full post →
[digg-me]By Brittany Mauriss and Arron Goodin
Windows play a much larger role in our lives than we ever truly think about. They provide everything from natural light for our homes, to views of fantastic environments safe from the elements,... read full post →
Yes, this product is genius. And yes, it’s long overdue. Think of the future hassles you could prevent with a rotating U-shape drain pipe - no more toxic chemicals down the sink, no more fallen valuables lost forever, and best of... read full post →
Everywhere you look, you see tweeters who are interested in all sorts of things from hobbies and sports to celebrity gossip. Heck, even celebrities are in on Twitter, and some are the most followed twirps out there! In the remodeling... read full post →
Wanting more is an American tradition. We never seem to have enough, whether it’s clothing, money, nice things or space in our homes. So whats a body to do? Get more! All jokes aside, adding onto your home is really a very... read full post →
Meet LED, the god of all light bulbs. You’ve probably heard of LED lighting used in extravagant luxury mansions for such important things as light-up furniture, glow-in-the-dark floor tiles and neon shower heads (aka things that... read full post →
The most energy efficient windows are concrete walls. They make for terrible views and fire escapes though, unless you’re the Kool-Aid Guy. But seriously, energy efficient windows are really in right now. Every top window manufacturer... read full post →
...unless you’re licensed to replace them. The clever folks at SEHBAC Window & Doors really know their stuff. Their Top 5 Amazing Glass Structures post features some of the coolest glass architecture we’ve seen in a long... read full post →
6 Winning Designer Radiators
With winter right around the corner, its a good idea to start thinking about a heating solution. Radiators work well but theyve always been industrial-grade and made from aluminum or cast iron.... read full post →
More and more, Im getting the feeling that the movement in furniture design is leading us toward completely crazy shapes. Everything is out of control amorphous blobs are replacing drawers and shelves. Symmetry is a thing of... read full post →
You know that little blue pill you can take (or slip to your honey) that makes things larger? Well, it’s available not only in the bedroom, but for the bedroom itself. Prepare to be amazed - these quick tricks are guaranteed to make a... read full post →
They love us, they really love us! A&E TV called one of our very own CalFinder.com contractors to the set of “Flip This House” to rescue a nearly penniless couple from their home remodeling nightmare. In the episode, an... read full post →
Market conditions have changed the way we look at real estate. It’s no longer customary to call a Realtor, list your home, negotiate a fair deal, and leave a welcome mat for the new owners. What’s commonplace now are foreclosures and... read full post →
CalFinder is a remodeling service for homeowners to get free estimates.
If you read this blog often, which you should, you might not know that we provide a free service. We don’t push offers in our reader’s faces.... read full post →
See the changes before construction beginsSo you’ve got ideas to brighten up your home’s landscape and façade, but imagination only takes you so far. A custom-designed illustration of your future remodel is fun for brainstorming and... read full post →
It’s really quite funny, although my heart goes out to the owner of a Carrollton, Georgia home that was torn down to its foundation by an accident of modern technology. That’s right. A crew of workers, guided only by a global... read full post →
Homeowners appreciate the ease of narrowing their search for the ideal candidate to win their remodeling business. That’s why they turn to CalFinder for help. Every week, more contractors are coming on board as “CalFinder... read full post →
CalFinder is comprised of oh-so-many talented writers who work endlessly to bring such helpful and interesting information to our readers. We all work separately on our diverse lists of topics and yet there are just some websites that we... read full post →
In their endless tours through many a home, where most of us let it all hang out, contractors get a glimpse of every kind of personality out there, some of them more unusual than others. I get the privilege of talking to... read full post →
Pardon us while we break away from our normal remodeling program. A member of the CalFinder family recently lost a friend and asked that we pass on this short note.
You listened intently and offered sage advice; your encouragement was so... read full post →
Its not often that you come across the exceptional, and when you do, its something you want to pass on and share. Thats the idea behind our new sister site, Best of Remodeling (BOR), designed to showcase innovative,... read full post →
That’s right, we’re scrapping Green Wednesday. Not because we don’t believe in eco-friendly remodeling, quite the opposite. We try to be green every day and hope our articles reflect that, and not just on Wednesdays. In... read full post →
Heres a great way to add a burst of color in your yard during the bleak winter months or keep in your yard year round as eclectic funk: bottle trees. A great way to recycle your bottles use them as art. Or, at least use them... read full post →
I have so much fun telling friends and family about my blogging adventures with CalFinder, and so often this leads to creative conversations about their own dreams and ideas for remodeling their own homes. Invariably, since all these folks... read full post →
With winter’s cold and wind chilling many parts of the country, it’s not the time when homeowners open their windows and doors for any length of time. This can make for stuffy rooms and stale air. But before you reach for most of the... read full post →
Think of all the moments you wait in line for service: for take-out, for groceries, for a visit with the dentist, even for a telephone conversation with your banker. At CalFinder, we won’t make you wait. In fact, we come to you.
If... read full post →
Before the announcement, a reminder, so that we’re all on the same page. Back in June, we gave you some homework. In Help Us Find the Most Popular Remodeling Project, we asked readers which area of the home they were either planning... read full post →
Just about a month ago, the New York Times published an article titled, “What’s Lurking in Your Countertops?” Since then there has been a flurry of news reports, weblog rants, and rebuttals with links to this study and... read full post →
I believe it was Socrates who coined the phrase, “All things in moderation.” Only a statement so true could have lasted these long millennia, losing none of its vitality and permeating all aspects of our culture. Including our... read full post →
I have torn off my fair share of wallpaper: a laborious and often frustrating job, as I am sure many of you understand. I’ve come so close to grabbing the sledgehammer, the most persuasive tool in existence, and finishing the job... read full post →
Until recently, modern home designers and architects had largely ignored the usefulness of the sun in home building. It is a technique as old as home building itself and yet somehow we’d forgotten the importance of free heating and... read full post →
Dehumidifiers are handy for homes in humid climates, especially those with basements. I am from Michigan, which has fairly humid summers, and I remember quite well the days when I slept in the basement. And I remember quite well the feeling... read full post →
Flooding is a problem for many homeowners every year and in every part of the country. The harsh reality of falling rains and rising rivers has never been more evident than in the Midwest of late. Floods and flash floods occur in all 50... read full post →
Homeowners dive into do-it-yourself projects with the notion that it may take longer, but the huge savings will offset the extra time spent. Unfortunately, all too often these projects end up taking three times longer to complete AND three... read full post →
Generation “Y” is growing up, and growing up fast. At a rate faster and younger than their Baby Boomer and Gen-X predecessors, Generation Y’ers are buying homes. The average age of a home buyer now rests at 26…yet... read full post →
Thanks for tuning in to another great week with CalFinder Remodeling. We hope you enjoyed the Right Style, Right Remodel series on Ranch Style homes, as well as our Green Wednesday blog and articles related to the financial and business... read full post →
We’ve got one particular cover to show off, belonging to a prestigious voice in the remodeling industry: This Old House. Our CTO, Dean, is very familiar with the home that graces TOH’s March 2008 cover, along with an 8-page spread.... read full post →
It’s hard to believe we’re already gearing up for the third week of the Right Style, Right Remodel series. Victorians and Bungalows, two starkly different home types, made for a lively start. As you can already tell, the... read full post →
Our newest contributing blogger, Anna, moved to Grants Pass, Oregon from California. She grew up in a family of contractors and worked with her family’s company for years, so the topic of remodeling is nothing new to her. When she’s... read full post →
Our link post this week is going to be a little different. Rather than culling the gems from several home remodeling websites, we’ve only tapped into one: This Old House. That’s because This Old House came back from the 2008... read full post →
Each and every home is one of a kind. Likewise, every homeowner is unique. This dynamic is what makes remodeling such an engaging process. There’s a form of communication taking place, always, between the home and the homeowner. As... read full post →
Always alert for new green products, materials, and appliances that are useful to homeowners, CalFinder found the following 7 offerings from seven different websites. It’s good to know there are many ways to save on energy, costs, and... read full post →
Qualified Remodeler, a leading print and online resource on the latest news, products, and developments in the remodeling industry, released its annual list of “Top 500 Remodeling Contractors.” Companies listed for 2007 are... read full post →
This past weekend, San Franciscans and Bay Area visitors alike had the opportunity to attend the SF Spring Home Show, a three-day event designed for homeowners planning to remodel, landscape, or decorate their homes. Over 250 exhibitors... read full post →
As a certified Bay Area Green Business, CalFinder is quickly being recognized for promoting environmentally sustainable practices in the home remodeling industry. In addition to bridging the gap between homeowners and remodeling... read full post →
This past Wednesday, The San Francisco Chronicle published an article about CalFinder in their Home and Garden Section, titled “Need some work done in your home? Two Bay Area Web sites lend a hand.” Many homeowners have... read full post →
We all know that planting trees are good for the environment. They release clean oxygen and absorb carbon monoxide, which has increased in the atmosphere due to fossil fuel burning. Around the home, plants and trees can also help conserve... read full post →
You might be surprised how much one decision, the curtain or the door, can affect the look and feel of your entire bathroom. Whether you’ve recently tackled or plan to attempt a bathroom remodel, chances are you will confront this... read full post →
Welcome these great contractors, who just joined us!
All over the Bay Area, Owens Electric and Solar is getting rave reviews from customers, especially for its versatility and ability to handle all aspects of a solar installation project.... read full post →
CalFinder is constantly striving to help you not only find quality contractors, but to provide resources to make logical decisions when it comes to home improvement. In our ongoing efforts you might have noticed that there’s a new... read full post →
With talk about global warming becoming more common every day, we are all in a position to do our part to save energy. Apart from buying carbon credits to offset plane trips, there are many things we can do everyday to reduce our footprint.... read full post →
Whether you are a Web surfing enthusiast or not, you undoubtedly know that CalFinder is not the only online service matching consumers with contractors. There are many online entities claiming to provide contractors on a national basis for... read full post →
Some energy-saving projects - new windows, a new roof, new kitchen or bathroom fixtures - definitely require professional expertise, and when you plan one of those projects, we can help you find an excellent contractor.
Meanwhile,... read full post →
We’re often asked just exactly what we do as a contractor referral service, and how it might help your next home improvement project go more smoothly.
Years ago, when communities were more close-knit and the pace of life was less... read full post →
We decided that for 2007, we would upgrade our look and what we offer on the web. For starters, you can now see full listings of our contractors broken down into your local area.
How did we do?... read full post →
It can sometimes be a challenge to find out about energy-efficiency programs offered in your area, and to know whether those programs are right for you.
Next week, Alameda County residents in California can learn valuable information... read full post →
Window replacement is the first step to going green in the home, lowering energy bills and improving comfort & aesthetics. Brand, type and style are important decisions. To help you make this process as simple as... read full post →
Are you eager to install solar products on your property, but at the same time would like more shade in your yard? The two definitely contradict each other, but there is a solution. What if you can combine shade and solar into one? This... read full post →