About Paul Bilbro

Before I even knew how to spell “artisan,” I loved building things and the more I built, the more I discovered my natural talent for it. So when it came time for college it was easy for me to choose my major, and before I could say “granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances,” I was the proud recipient of a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management. After working for a few companies specializing in hospital and office-building construction, I felt a bit uneasy, as if I’d made a mistake. Then I realized why: I didn’t become a contractor to work in boring brick buildings. I became a contractor to improve the lives of homeowners, to turn their dreams into realities, to transform their houses into homes. So I got my general contractor’s license, started Artisan Remodeling and Repair, and the rest is history.

Renovation: Where to Start

getting the most from your home renovation projectYour renovation project may very well be guided by how much you can spend; however, even with a small budget your home will offer many areas where you can improve the feel, appearance, and value of the residence.

Homeowners with a large budget may choose the kitchen or bathrooms first, since those rooms offer a boost in usability for the average family who spends a lot of time gathered in the kitchen each day. A small budget might warrant a look at cosmetic improvements or replacing features like kitchen cabinet doors, hardware, and fixtures.

Getting a Return on Investment (ROI)

You might be motivated to conduct a renovation based upon the need to improve the home’s value in advance of selling or taking out a home equity line of credit. According to “U.S. News,” some renovations are classic investment projects while other projects are best suited for homeowners who don’t plan to move for several years.

Interestingly, […]

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Basement Remodeling Tips to Help You Avoid Mistakes and Pittfalls

Avoiding Basement Remodel Mistakes and Blunders

basic basement remodeling tips to help you avoid common mistakes and pitfallsTo add more square feet onto the average house, many homeowners today look down instead of up or out, and this means finishing a basement. The dark, scary, and cobweb-ridden basements of yesterday are nothing like today’s awesome entertainment spaces, extra bedrooms, and playrooms.

Basement Mistakes and Project Enthusiasm

However, if you get too excited about your remodeling and improvement project, you might fall victim to some common basement mistakes. Transforming your wet, dirty basement into a warm and inviting space requires planning and talks with your contractor about items like code, insulation, structural integrity, and the threat of water.

Seems complex and overwhelming, but a good plan will make any significant and complicated basement remodeling project run like clockwork.

Meeting the Challenges of a Basement Remodel

Canadian home improvement tipster Steve Maxwell suggests that many challenges of basement remodeling aren’t “obvious” when you first look at improving […]

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New Bathroom Trends in the Home

new bathroom trendsOver the past century, Americans started “hanging out” in the kitchen instead of formal living rooms, and a culture of standing around the center island was born. In the past decade, the allure of a spa-like bathroom filled with comfort and style has emerged as another popular area for relaxation and enjoyment.

Busy professionals and stay-at-home parents alike have started to look forward to time spent soaking in a tub after a hard day of work at the office – or in the home. Whether you’re interested in a completely new bathroom or just a few enhancements, the new world of bathroom remodeling offers several beautiful and enjoyable trends.

Let the Light Shine In

New Bathroom Trends Create Beautiful Bathrooms

While every bathroom doesn’t lend itself to massive windows and gorgeous skylights, significant remodeling of today’s bathrooms often includes discussions of enhancing natural light. Squinting into a mirror in the morning under the bright gaze of a fluorescent […]

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5 Reasons to Take on a Bathroom Remodeling Project

Fort Collins Bathroom RemodelingHave you been dreaming of remodeling your bathroom? The idea of taking on such a big project can be overwhelming and intimidating but that shouldn’t stop you from exploring your options. If you still haven’t called a Fort Collins bathroom remodeler about upgrading your Fort Collins home, here are 5 reason to pick up the phone!

1. Boost Your Home Value – A bathroom remodel can garner an 80% return on your investment and help your home sell faster. When potential buyers walk through your home and see a bathroom that is out of date they will see a high price tag added to the purchase price and try to negotiate accordingly. According to Zillow, Colorado home values are increasing, making it the perfect time to invest in your home and your happiness.

2. A Small Update May Be a Major Improvement – […]

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Get a Midwinter Jump-Start on Your Remodeling! (Remodeling Fort Collins)

winter remodeling fort collinsYes, it’s the middle of winter, and the colder weather has probably put a stop to your remodeling, Fort Collins—at least the ones that involve working outdoors. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be thinking ahead. Why not get a jump-start on spring? Take time now, to walk around the house, or look out your windows, and dream big….

  • Sure, you’ve got a lovely living room, with a fireplace keeping you warm on these cold evenings, but the linoleum on the floor has developed an unintended—and unattractive—pattern of burn marks over the years. Is it time to consider upgrading your living room…perhaps some beautiful distressed wood floors, with an elegant polished-stone apron in front of that nice warm fireplace?
  • Yes, you have your grill tucked away for the winter, but where does it live in warmer weather? Rather than have it taking over part of your well-manicured lawn, why not construct an outdoor cooking space, […]
By |January 30th, 2014|Basement Finishing / Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling, General Contractor, Home Improvement, Home Remodeling, Kitchen Remodeling|Comments Off on Get a Midwinter Jump-Start on Your Remodeling! (Remodeling Fort Collins)|