The TCB Tips Blog

The Design-Build Process Step by Step

design-build illustration for client

The design-build approach is a collaborative one. Instead of having a separate designer and a separate builder, one firm oversees the entire project from start to finish, contributing both to the initial vision of the construction project to the final…  
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Accounting for Construction Allowances


It’s obviously a good idea to carefully plan every aspect of a construction project beforehand. But sometimes, a job will be started while there are still decisions to be made. When that happens – how do homeowners and contractors plan…  
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Best Season to Remodel


Homeowners often ask, “What is the best season to remodel?” Honestly, any time is the right time, as long as you’re ready to do it. Remodeling is performed on a year-round basis with most work—which involves reconfiguration of the interior…  
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Attic Remodel: Turning Your Attic Into Livable Space

Fairfax, VA bedroom attic addition with fireplace office space

Everyone wants more room and attics are a prime opportunity for expansion, especially in areas that limit lot coverage by zoning regulations. It uses an already existing space, rather than adding an entirely new structure such as a pop-out addition…  
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Top 10 Kitchen Remodeling Trends for 2020

beautiful white kitchen trends 2020

Hard to believe but in the renovation world, it is time to start focusing our attention on 2020. While we do not promote designing your home around the latest fleeting trend, kitchens are a little different—as they guide homeowners to…  
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Choosing Cabinets for Your New Kitchen or Bath


Cabinets form the backbone of the kitchen or bath and usually make up the bulk of a budget. Because they are a major investment (and one that’s not likely to be made again anytime soon), you’ll need to sort through…  
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Getting Your Renovation Right the First Time

in-law suite additions

Getting your renovation wrong can be very expensive causing you to purchase materials, supplies, and fixtures all over again. It also extends the timeline and can be very stressful. With just a little planning and diligence on your end, it’s…  
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Steps to Take Before You Begin a Kitchen Remodel

Open kitchen-dining remodel

The kitchen is by far the most important space in the house. It’s where you cook, eat, gather and plan your day. A kitchen that’s cluttered, dated or dysfunctional can drag down an otherwise beautiful home. It can force your…  
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10 Tips for Living Through a Remodel


While good contractors genuinely work to keep your home clean, safe and comfortable during a remodel, you need to play an active role in the process. Talk with your contractor before work starts about things such as scheduling, dust control…  
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Creating an Inspiration Board for Your Next Remodeling Project

example of an inspiration board

Creating a well-designed space requires a deliberate and thoughtful plan to achieve the look you want. A great way to stay focused and streamline your choices is by creating an inspiration board. A powerful tool, an inspiration board (also called…  
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