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The Switch to a Tankless Water Heater

After the Great Flood of 2014 left our basement filled with 2+ feet of water, our water heater no longer functioned.  We went over a week without hot water (I showered at friends and family’s houses, Grant braved the cold water) until finally the day came when my dad and uncle (Dave & Rob Kopke) had time to come over and install a new one.  Even though we knew the insurance wouldn’t cover the upgrade, we opted for a tankless water heater because of their many ben
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How to Compare Multiple Bids the Smart Way

You’ve surely heard the phrase “Comparing Apples with Oranges”. If you change your design every time you interview a contractor and ask them to bid, then comparing their bids will be a worthless exercise.  Each contractor will be bidding on a different thing. Avoiding this problem is obvious: have a clear detailed plan and give the same set of prints to each contractor you ask to bid. However, even if you give ten contractors the same plans, when you receive the bids you
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7 Steps to Prepare Your House for Winter

Winter will be here before we know it.  Is your house ready to handle the cold weather?  Listed below are seven things you can do to prepare. 1. Insulation inspection You should identify and fix air leaks and inadequate insulation in your home’s attic that can lead to ice dams.  Adding additional insulation can also help save money on your energy bills. 2. Caulking around windows and doors As a general rule, if the gaps between your sid
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Why You Deserve a Home Remodel from Kopke

You’re ready and it’s time.  You’ve imagined relaxing in a spacious Jet tub and stepping out onto your heated tile floors.  You’ve imagined spice racks in the kitchen, and an organized pantry large enough to accommodate your Costco/Sams Club purchases.  Maybe an integrated beverage cooler separate from the refrigerator for an adult beverage and soft drinks!  You can picture your new space, have decided that now is the time, and the search has begun for the r
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Basement Finishing: How Much Does it Cost?

Are you thinking about remodeling your basement space, but aren’t sure how much it will cost, how much value it will add to your home, and whether or not this is the right choice for you?  If so, I am writing this article just for you! In the real estate world, basements (even walk-out basements) are not techincally allowed to be factored into the square footage of your home. In the home pictured here, this is the case, even though the basement could be considered an entirely s
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Plan for the Unexpected Before Beginning Your Remodeling Project

If the unexpected did not happen, there would be no insurance industry.  Remodeling is like anything else – something unexpected will alwayshappen, often incurring extra cost.  Examples of the unexpected are: Perhaps the inspector will require an upgrade that was not in the original contract.  If the insulation rating in the walls goes up in July, and you got your permit in May, a field inspector may require you to make this change to meet current code.  Su
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