Exterior Remodeling Projects

Just what projects do you want completed on the outside of your house? A yard isn’t just grass and trees; it’s your and your family’s connection with nature. Make it what you want it to be.

Living in the Las Vegas area can provide you and your family with many happy hours of sun and fun poolside. Once you decide on building a pool, there are many considerations to make.

Contracting for a Pool or Spa

Before you can begin enjoying your backyard oasis, you’ll need to think through several elements of the project. What size and depth are you looking for? Do you want a grotto effect with waterfalls and elaborate landscaping or an oasis with a lanai? You’ll have to select a pool filter and whether you want to use a combination of ozone and chlorine to keep your pool clean. Keep in mind utility costs and do your homework on how to conserve energy, including use of pool covers.

Next, you’ll need to be aware of what should be included in a contract between you and a pool contractor. You should make sure that you include all plans and specific details, anything dealing with excavation and grading, and all cost and payment details.

All pool contractors must be licensed by the state of Nevada. You can find more information online at www.nvcontractorsboard.com or by calling (702) 486-1100.

Building a Pool in Your Backyard

Nevada state law requires that anyone contracting to construct a residential swimming pool or spa be properly licensed by the Nevada State Contractors Board (NSCB). People who hire an unlicensed contractor to save money often end up spending more in the long run. The NSCB recommends that you do a few things to ensure that your backyard projects runs smoothly.

Make sure the contractor and any subcontractors are licensed with the Nevada State Contractors Board. Ask to see their license pocket card. Contact the Board to verify a license number.

Get at least three written bids. Be cautious of special deals or any bid that sounds too good to be true. Insist that you approve all completed plans prior to the start of work.

Negotiate a clear contract. Put everything in writing, and avoid verbal promises. Put all changes in writing. Never pay the full payment up-front. Set up a payment schedule and pay as work is completed.

Never sign off for completion until all work has been completed. Do a walk through with the contractor before signing off on the project.

Building a Deck

A great way to increase living space and add value to your home is to build a backyard deck. Many of the homeowners in the area have seen mighty returns.

You can do wonders to your backyard by renovating an existing deck with a fresh coat of paint or stain, according to the Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute. Not only will this step enhance this often-used exterior space, but it can also protect the actual wood surface allowing the deck to last longer.