Autoweek have published their first drive of the review of AEV’s 20th anniversary Jeep Wrangler along with my photographer of the vehicle. You can read the full article here.
Petrolicious has done a fantastic interview with John Bothwell about the Argentinian company Pur Sang and their lovely Bugatti Type 35 replicas, and I’m happy to see my photos paired with the story. You can read the full interview here.
Tips for a Successful Home Improvement Project
Starting a home improvement project can be exciting and somewhat challenging, especially if it is your first time to do it. It involves thorough preparation, time, effort, and also sufficient budgeting to make sure you can get the job done the way you want. Home improvement upgrades can be minor aesthetic upgrades all the way to full home renovations. The skies are the limit from kitchen remodeling, a brand new HVAC system, upgrading to big beautiful windows, or even installing solar panels to help save money down the road and be more energy efficient.
Here are ten useful tips for a successful home improvement project that can help guide you through the process.
1. Assess Your Home’s Current State
Look around your home and determine the areas that need attention or areas that you’ve always wished were more useful for you. For example, your kitchen tiles and sink could be misaligned or outdated completely, maybe the plumbing constantly has annoying leaks. In that case you may want to prioritize a kitchen remodel. However, home improvement projects go way deeper than just the surface and what you see daily. Have you recently noticed that it takes quite a long time to cool or heat your house more so than it did in the past? Maybe it’s time to get your HVAC system replaced. Does your living room seem small and dark, perhaps install a beautiful picture window to beautify your home and everyday life. It is best to grab a notepad and pen or your phone and go through each room with a keen eye thinking about visual improvements as well as documenting overall home improvements that could benefit your home.
2. Envision Your New Beautiful Space
One of the most important things to consider is what you envision for your home to look like or be improved upon. Let’s use kitchen renovation as an example. If you’ve always wanted a center island or a mirror backsplash on the counter, write it down. Get on pinterest or other popular websites and google kitchen design trends to get a feel for what you’re looking for. You’ll want to have a good idea of what exactly you want out of this home improvement project.
Let’s say your roof is currently falling apart and is an eye sore every time you pull into the driveway, start researching different roofing styles and decide what would look best with your home. If you have these idea types in place and examples of what you desire beforehand it will be much easier to discuss with a contractor. You’ll be able to get more accurate pricing and be able to see what dreams you can make a reality for your home. Get the best tools and ideas for your garden and backyard from New England Turf Store.
3. Calculate Your Project’s Budget
If you plan to remodel your home, another vital consideration is your budget and project funding. Your budget should include the design and construction cost, the materials cost, the labor costs, permits, and even a minimum and maximum amount you are willing to spend on each project. You may find that a few upgrades to your kitchen cabinets and living room windows may be more within budget rather than installing a new solar panel system. You’ll want to decide what to prioritize based on your financial capabilities and also what you think will give you the biggest return on investment for the time being.
For example, if you decided that getting a new heating and cooling system would be a top priority. You would need to think about the possible costs for duct replacement, wiring repairs, and if you are wanting to replace both your heating unit as well as your air conditioning system at the same time. Expenses might also come from additional labor and supplies that you wouldn’t know about till the installer was performing the job in-house. Information on most home improvement average costs can be found online. For example, HVAC installation costs can be found by using helpful online cost calculators or by simply requesting price quotes from multiple contractors in your area.
Having an idea of what you can comfortably spend on different home improvement projects will allow you to set manageable project constraints and goals.
4. Look for and Hire the Best Contractors
Choosing the right contractor for your home improvement project is one of the most important things you can do. You will want to fully trust that this person is capable of doing your renovation and doing it well. We suggest always getting quotes from at least four home contractors to make sure you are getting a fair price. If you’re wanting to renovate your living room and one contractor prices it out at a much higher price, you’ll want to understand why the quotes were so vastly different and gut check that you are getting an honest price from that contractor. Here are a few things you’ll want to determine about the contractors you request price quotes from:
- Can they provide background checks?
- How many years of experience with your project type?
- Are they properly licensed and insured?
- Do they have positive online references from past jobs?
- Do they have high ratings and reviews on popular home improvement sites?
- Do they have a good social media presence and are their responses on homeowner comments/reviews favorable and professional?
This person will be in your home regularly and also will be handling quite a big financial investment project. You want to leave no stone unturned in being sure you have the right person or team for the job at a fair price.
In 15 years of photographing cars and racing I had somehow never made my way out to Daytona Beach to visit the Speedway, so I was ecstatic to visit the track for the first time earlier this month for the very first Ferrari Finali Mondiali in the United States. The event didn’t disappoint, and the weekend was filled with former F1 race cars, Corse Clienti and the 458 Challenge. You can see the full gallery of photos over at Autoblog.com.