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Incredible Renovations Wins BBB Awards of Excellence: Winner of Distinction Award

Adam Bakir - Friday, August 21, 2015

Better Business Bureau Recognizes Incredible Renovations with Awards of Excellence: Winner of Distinction Award

    In recognizing businesses and non-profits for their achievements and commitment to quality in the workplace, Incredible Renovations, LLC was one of 314 companies recognized at the annual Better Business Bureau Awards of Excellence on May 13, 2015.   Recognized as a Winner of Distinction this was the fifth time to be recognized by the Better Business Bureau for service excellence and in 2011, Incredible Renovations was a Pinnacle Award Winner.

When asked what it means to Incredible Renovations to receive this recognition, Adam Bakir, states "We work hard to provide top notch service to our customers and clients and it is an honor to be recognized for our efforts."

Incredible Renovations is not just a home renovations company, we are a "one-stop-shop," with all the in-house expertise required to complete the job from start to finish. We are the only builder in Texas with the in-house architectural, structural engineering, and interior design capability. We accept all liability and that is why we can give you our solemn promise that every job we undertake is "On Time and On Budget."

For More Information:  www.incrediblerenovations.com

Pros and Cons About 2nd Story Additions

Adam Bakir - Friday, August 21, 2015

By Judyth Piazza

“When it came to deciding whether or not to choose a 2nd story addition, the deciding factor was the ability to add the second story at a reasonable cost while retaining more yard space by not adding onto the ground floor,”  said Justin and Jennifer Hyland, Memorial Area.  

One of the most popular reasons to choose a 2nd story addition is to preserve outdoor recreational space.  An increasingly popular trend in home renovation is the creation of 2nd story additions on single floor dwellings.   

There are several pros, cons and myths about building up.  First of all, a few pros are you won’t lose any of your yard nor will you bump into zoning restrictions about setbacks or floor-area-ratio limits, which in turn increases the value of your home, however, the cons are you have to account for a stairwell, which can easily eat up around 80 to 120 square feet or more of living space. And your contractor will likely have to tear apart the walls and ceilings in the space below to beef up the structural supports and feed in the electrical, plumbing and heating lines. 

According to Structural Engineer, Adam Bakir from Incredible Renovations, Houston, TX, “It is a common myth that existing concrete slabs cannot handle the additional loads caused by adding a second story.  In actuality, additional loads are transferred through various structural members down to the foundations at certain point load locations.” 

In actuality, the replacement of existing foundations is not a necessity when adding a second floor. A majority of the time you can add selected spots on the foundation where the new loads from the second floor are concentrated. This often consists of the excavation under a small section of the foundation and adding concrete and rebar to create a new wider and stronger footing in that spot. 

 For that reason retaining the services of a professional structural engineer is extremely essential so he/she runs the analysis and prescribes the correct solutions every time before your contractor begins the work. 

Another pro for adding a 2nd story to your home is the extra living space that you will gain.  Some homeowners use the extra space for living areas such as a game room for your children or an indoor gym.  The 2nd story addition also adds extra value to your home so if you ever decide to sell it, you will get back what you put into it.  Any time you increase your square footage you stand to increase the value of your home simply because the price is often calculated based on factors such as the amount of livable space.

“To be honest, initially we were only looking to build an addition that went out, not up.  Architectural Designer, Mayrem from Incredible Renovations presented us with two options, one being, just building out for an in-law suite and the other was both out and up, redoing the first floor bedroom area, opening up the living areas,  and adding the second story. We loved the way she made incredible use of our existing space and the second floor design was perfect for our kids.” said Kevin Timmreck, Houston, TX. 

Kevin’s wife Louann Timmreck said, “We had two reasons for adding on to our house.  After my dad passed away, my mom was alone in her house.  We didn't want her to be alone and wanted her to come live with us.  We decided to add an addition downstairs for my mom.  However, we also wanted to do a second story addition so we could add room for our three children.  Prior to adding the second story, my girls shared a bedroom and all three kids shared one bathroom.  Adding the upstairs gave them their own room and additional bathrooms.  It also gave them the space to hang out with their friends.  We have a large backyard and building up, allowed us to continue to enjoy that space. Now everyone has their own space and we couldn't be happier!” 

Many homeowners engage in renovations every year. Some prefer to hire an architect to begin the process and some prefer to hire a construction company that can do everything for them from start to finish. After all, unless you build your home from scratch, chances are you’re not going to get everything you desire when purchasing your dream home.   

If you are trying to sell your home that has been on the market for a long time and for whatever reason it is not selling, at that point it may be a better decision to build up and reconfigure the house rather than selling it? What do you think?  For a lot of families the answer is yes! 

If you are interested in exploring 2nd story addition options, for a free estimate, contact Incredible Renovations at www.incrediblerenovations.com.


Summer Gun Safety Tips

Adam Bakir - Tuesday, July 07, 2015

With children out of school, and spending more time at home, there is more of an opportunity for something tragic to happen if someone owns a weapon and it is not properly secured.

Potential tragedies can be avoided by following these gun safety tips:

• Keep all firearms out of reach of children. They should be stored unloaded and under lock and key.
• Do not hide them under pillows or in bedside tables or nightstands.
• Talk to your children about the dangers of firearms and remind them these are NOT toys!
• Most importantly, childproof your gun with a trigger guard or some other safety device.
• One should always assume and treat a firearm as if it was loaded.

• Teach your children to Stop, Don't Touch, Run Away and Tell a Grown Up

Police Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr speaks on child gun safety, and proper use and installation of a child safety gun lock on the HPD YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/e6wyXbnJgUY



10 Tips to Follow For A Smooth Remodeling Project

Adam Bakir - Monday, July 06, 2015

Follow these 10 tips when you embark on an exciting home remodeling project.

  1. Establish effective two-way communication with the home remodeler. It’s essential to have good communication for a smooth home remodeling project. Does the remodeler listen? Does he or she answer questions clearly and candidly? Can you reach him when you need to? Does he return phone calls promptly? Does he let you know when problems arise and work with you on solving them?
  2. Make sure you are compatible with the contractor. You’ll spend a lot of time with your remodeler so it’s important to have a good rapport and trust in him or her. 
  3. Set a clear and mutual understanding about the schedule. You and your home remodeler should agree on the schedule up front to avoid conflict and problems later in the project.
  4. Request a written proposal. Often, two people remember the same conversation differently. Get the proposal in writing and work with the remodeler to ensure it reflects your wishes.
  5. Get a clear and mutual understanding on miscellaneous details up front. There are a lot of little details that need to be settled before work starts. What times of day will they be working? How will he or she access the property? How will cleanup be handled? How will they protect your property?
  6. Remember to be flexible. Remodeling is an interruption of your normal life. Remember to be flexible during the project so that you can handle the unexpected and go with the flow.
  7. Discuss and agree on how change orders will be handled. With home remodeling there is always the chance you may want to change materials or other project details during the job. Before work starts, make sure you agree with your remodeler about how these changes will be handled. Also understand that changes could affect the schedule and the budget, so it’s important you have all changes in writing.
  8. Agree on a well-written contract that covers all the bases. The contract should include these elements: a timetable for the project, price and payment schedule, detailed specifications for all products and materials, insurance information, permit information, procedures for handling change orders, lien releases, provisions for conflict resolution, notice of your right under the Federal Trade Commission’s Cooling Off Rule (your right to cancel the contract within three days if it was signed someplace other than the remodeler’s place of business), and details on the important issues (such as access to your home, care of the home, cleanup and trash removal).
  9. Ask for a written lien waiver from the home remodeler upon completion of the work. If the remodeler hires subcontractors for portions of the work, then it is their responsibility to see the subcontractors compensated. In order to ensure this has been done and to protect yourself, ask for a written lien waiver when the work is finished. This document will verify everyone has been paid.
  10. Establish a project plan, covering all phases and dependencies in the work. Plan your big picture goals with the remodeler and discuss your needs. Hire a remodeler who will plan with you, listen to concerns and answer questions.

-- From How to Hire Your Dream Remodeler by Tom Higgins, Superior Products Home Improvement, Littleton, Colo.

Houston Remodelers Council Ranks #1 in The US

Adam Bakir - Thursday, March 20, 2014

Houston RMC Still No. 1!

bandit signsAre you curious to see where your Houston Remodelers Council ranks against others across the country? Well guess what?! Houston is still the No. 1 Remodelers Council in the nation.

To see how we stack up, download the Local Remodeler Council Ranking (as of January 2014).

Want to get more involved in the local Remodelers Council? We are seeking volunteers for two important events.

Annual RMC Charity Project at The Sonrise Shelter – Saturday, April 12 and Saturday, May 3. In addition to having a great time, you'll make a huge impact on the Houston community and the life of every person that The Sonrise Shelter serves. You really CAN make a difference in just a day or two. Skilled labor only is needed on April 12; all volunteers welcome on May 3.

RMC Booth at the Texas Home & Garden Show – March 28-30 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Help raise awarness for the council AND for your company. Volunteer for two hour shifts Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

To learn more about how you can be involved in the GHBA Remodelers Council, email Lisa Pepitone.

2nd Story Addition by Incredible Renovations

Adam Bakir - Thursday, March 20, 2014

Incredible Renovations specializing in large projects such as 2nd story additions.  This house is located in the memorial area in Houston. 

The house was a single story home with a detached garage that was eating up the backyard.  This family needed more space because the kids are growing so they decided to add a 2nd story with 3 bedrooms, a bathroom and a game room and move the garage to the front of the house. 

This is the 1st video shot at the start of the project.  More videos to follow:  



For more information about Incredible Renovations visit, www.incrediblerenovations.com or call 713-532-2526.

How Do You Envision the Future of Memorial Park?

Adam Bakir - Friday, February 28, 2014

This is a message from Houston Mayor Annise Parker...

The Memorial Park Conservancy, TIRZ #16, and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department will soon begin long-term planning for the park. Prior to planning, the team is taking public input.

Memorial Park is going through a major planning process, and we want you to have your say. How do you envision the future of Memorial Park?

Take less than 10 minutes to visit http://memorialparkmasterplan.mindmixer.com/ and let the planning team know what you think. Take the Memorial Park Use Survey and the Demographic Survey by Tuesday, March 11. Thanks for your input, and please share the link!

For more information on the survey and on the Memorial Park Conservancy, visit www.memorialparkconservancy.org or contact Suzanne Landau at 713.863.8403 extension 2 or info@memorialparkconservancy.org.

For more information on Memorial Park and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, visit www.houstonparks.org or write to Askparks@houstontx.gov.

Vote for the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act

Adam Bakir - Thursday, February 27, 2014

Call to Action: Urge your Representatives to Vote for the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act

Call your Representative at (866) 924-NAHB (6242)

The House of Representatives will soon be considering the NAHB-supported H.R. 3370, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act. This bill addresses serious affordability concerns due to dramatic flood insurance premium increases, and if not corrected, will continue to severely impact the construction, remodeling, and sale of homes in many communities across the nation. This bill will provide certainty and financial stability to the National Flood Insurance Program.

H.R. 3370 provides a more affordable rate structure for policyholders, repeals the rate increases from the sale or transfer of homes, restores the substantial improvement threshold to the historic 50%, requires FEMA to create more accurate flood maps, and ensures that consumers can be reimbursed for successful map appeals.

CALL TO ACTION: Call your Representative at (866) 924-NAHB (6242)
YOUR ASK: Urge your Representative to vote YES on H.R. 3370, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act

Drive Out Homelessness by Sponsoring HomeAid 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Adam Bakir - Monday, February 03, 2014

The ever popular HomeAid Charity Golf Tournament returns to Tour 18 on April 22, 2014!

This venue was so popular in 2013 that all player spots and sponsorships were SOLD OUT weeks before the actual date!

Drive out homelessness with a sponsorship!

Various levels of sponsorship are available.
At a quick glance, here are the sponsorships remaining:

  • Towel - $1750 (1 remaining)
  • Cart - $750 (1 remaining)
  • Auction - $750 - (1 exclusive)
  • Beverage Cart - $750 (1 remaining)
  • Breakfast - $500 (1 exclusive)
  • Hole - $300 (10 remaining)
  • Driving Range - $250 (1 exclusive)
  • Goodie Bag - $250 (1 remaining)

Click here for more details on each sponsorship.

ALL levels of sponsorship will receive company name recognition in the Houston Builder Magazine and on HomeAid's website and priority player registration, as well as a proud sponsor card to proudly display at your office in addition to unique recognition at each level. AND if you commit by Tuesday, February 11th, your company name will be included in the March Builder Magazine!

Thank you for considering a partnership with HomeAid Houston to bring hope and homes to Houston's homeless. If you have any questions please contact Lea Pipitone at 713.705.4441 orlpipitone@homeaidhouston.org

Cutting Carbon Pollution and Increase Affordability of Multifamily Buildings

Adam Bakir - Sunday, February 02, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Energy Star program and Freddie Mac have signed an agreement that will help to cut carbon pollution while increasing the affordability of multifamily housing properties. The agreement outlines strategies to save water, energy and money for multifamily property owners and residents.

“Boosting energy and water efficiency not only saves money and makes these properties a better investment for owners and more affordable for families who live there -- it is also an important step in the President’s commitment to fighting climate change by cutting energy waste in our nation’s buildings,” said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “By making it easier to secure financing for energy efficiency investments and providing data about energy use and efficiency opportunities, these strategies will create lasting environmental and public health benefits while making multifamily buildings more efficient and valuable.”

"Freddie Mac is proud to partner with the EPA in this effort,” said Mitchell Resnick, Freddie Mac Multifamily vice president of loan pricing and securitization. “As one of the largest Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities (CMBS) issuers in the country, we are looking to guide the industry and the CMBS market towards a greater sensitivity to environmentally responsible lending and investing. This partnership is the first of what we hope are many steps in that direction. We are looking at how energy efficiency improves the financial viability of the apartments we finance, and most importantly its impact on the affordability of rental housing."

Roughly one-third of Americans live in apartments within multifamily buildings, spending approximately $22 billion on energy every year. Rising energy costs are contributing to the decline in affordability for many of these Americans. Housing industry studies have projected that multifamily properties can become 30 percent more efficient by 2020, unlocking $9 billion in energy savings and preventing more than 35 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

In support of the President’s Climate Action Plan, this memorandum of understanding outlines key strategies to make multifamily housing more affordable by encouraging building owners and tenants to benchmark their energy and water performance and take steps to improve efficiency. Among those strategies: 

- Freddie Mac will explore the collection of energy and water performance data from property owners during the loan underwriting and asset management processes.

- By demonstrating the financial value of energy and water efficiency to lenders and borrowers, Freddie Mac hopes to be able to influence lending practices in ways that encourage investments in energy efficiency and make multifamily housing units more affordable.

- EPA will assist Freddie Mac with these, and other, goals, by providing technical and educational support in the use of the Energy Star Portfolio Manager® energy management and tracking tool as well as other Energy Star resources.

The President’s Climate Action Plan calls for helping multifamily buildings cut waste and becoming at least 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020. While EPA has already been working with Fannie Mae and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, this latest agreement with Freddie Mac is another critical step forward in meeting the President’s goal. Together, these three organizations influence the largest sources of residential and multifamily lending in the country.

Products, homes and buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR label prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency requirements set by the U.S. EPA. In 2012 alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved $26 billion on their utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use from 35 million homes. From the first ENERGY STAR qualified computer in 1992, the ENERGY STAR label can now be found on products in more than 70 different categories, with more than 4.5 billion sold over the past 20 years. Over 1.4 million new homes and 20,000 office buildings, schools and hospitals have earned the ENERGY STAR label.

More information on EPA’s ENERGY STAR buildings program: www.energystar.gov/buildings

More Information on Freddie Mac: www.FreddieMac.com

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