Everybody dreams, including bulldogs…

Everybody dreams, including bulldogs….

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Remolded bathroom exceeds the customers expectations.

It’s really satisfying when a customer is blown away by your work, like this one was when she saw her new bathroom for the first time. Here’s a little video we did of the bathroom remodel, take a look, we think you might find what we did with the wood work interesting.

Until next time…The Crew at Aim Higher Construction

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Grading a backyard to get proper drainage is key to protecting the house.

los angeles general contractorHad this project in Malibu where the house had been suffering from some water damage over the years.

The way the house was built on the hill, when it rained water flowed to it from up the hill and from the backyard.

So what we had to do was a tricky grading job to get the water to flow around the house, not to it. Took some planning and a good man with a tractor, but in the end we solved this problem for good. In Los Angeles we don’t get much rain, but when we do it can do damage to the house that was not set up right.

The Crew at Aim Higher Construction

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Aim Higher Construction goes to the Dodger game.

Aim higher constructionJust goes to show you, when you do a good job customers will thank you. Sometimes even with Dodger tickets. Yep, one of our on going clients decided to show their appreciation by giving our company tickets to their suite at Dodger stadium.

Needless to say we had a great time. It was a bonding experience for all the team members and reminded us about our goal – and that is to exceed our customers expectations. Cause when you do that things come back around your way in many different forms, the latest of which was Dodger tickets.

Another memorable event that night was running into the famous Tommy Lasorda, former Manager of the Dodgers. He was kind enough to stop and say hello to some of our kids, ever took a picture with them.

It was a night to remember, just goes to show you when you aim higher every day what can happen. The Crew at Aim Higher Construction.

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During the demolition of the front yard, we discover that this dirt hill was created over a decade ago with debris from another demo project. This is a problem.

los angeles general contractor - front yard demoThis is a total home remodel in Malibu that includes the front yard. What happened was, when the guys started getting rid of all the hard scape in the front yard, which included a concrete patio near the entry, they discovered that the ground where the raised patio was, was very unstable.

When they continued to dig, they discovered that the elevated area where the patio was built was created with debris from another demolition job over a decade ago. Now here’s the problem with this. All the broken up concrete, bricks and other debris do not make for a stable land fill. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

All this debris never gets compacted and is always shifting. What this means is what ever is built on top of it will shift, sink, crack or fall over…eventually. No wonder the patio hard scape was cracking and shifting all over the place, and needed to be replaced. The ground it was built on was super unstable.

To fix this, we need to remove all the loose debris from this little hill and fill it in with clean dirt, then compact it. Compacting is a process that takes some time, but if done right, the ground will be solid and not shift again. This insures the new front yard landscape will have a solid base and last a long, long time.

Like we always say, when you start the demolition process in a home renovation, you never know what you will find.

Talk to you all again soon, the crew at Aim Higher Construction.

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Right in the middle of this home remodel when our client falls in love with a front door that totally blows the budget. Fortunately for them we have a master craftsman on our team that saves the day.

Things like this happen all the time in home remodels. A client falls in love with something, then when they find out how much it costs, they get a little depressed. I mean they want it, but they can not justify the cost, so they suck it up and start looking for something else that will fit the budget.

los angeles general contractor - front doorBut as luck may have it, we have a team member that is an excellent craftsmen who can do just about anything with wood. So we had him take a look at the original door the owners had fallen in love with. He did some drawings, got some input from the owners, revised them a bit more and came up with a design that the owners now like even more than the doors they had originally picked. And the kicker is we were able to deliver the new doors under the budget. Needless to say we had some very happy clients.

Just goes to show when you have some true craftsmen on your team you can make your clients dreams come true…and stay on budget.

The team at Aim Higher Construction. Los Angeles General Contractor.

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If you are doing a home remodel and looking for a new mailbox solution take a look at what we did.

We had been moving along on this Malibu home remodel when the client asked us about a better solution for their mailbox. They did not feel comfortable with the conventional mailbox set up on the street, even if it was a locked one, as they had many important documents being delivered on a regular basis.

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los angeles general contractor – mail box

So what we suggested was to build it into the garage. This was a very clean solution that not only complimented the house but provided the ultimate security they were looking for.

The key was a large box we built behind the wall in the garage that would hold all the delivered mail. It was easily accessible from inside the garage and the home owners could rest assured that all their mail was secure. And here’s another plus, if they were traveling the mail would be always hidden and never overflow out of the box, sending a message that the house was vacant. Can’t hurt to be careful.

The Crew at Aim Higher Construction. Los Angeles General Contractor.

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So you think a little water leak somewhere in your home is no big deal. This is just one of the things that can happen when you let it go too long.

So we’re getting towards the end of a major home renovation in Malibu. This was one of those jobs that every time we started renovating one part of the house, we discovered something else on a deeper level that needed to be repaired.

los angeles general contractor - bedroom balconyFor instance on this Malibu home remodel – as we did the demo in the upstairs bedroom, we discovered water damage on the small deck outside. Turns out when they built this little deck they didn’t allow for good drainage and when it rained some water always got into the wall. Not that much, so they just ignored it. Now you’d think this would all be solved when we renovated the bedroom, and normally that would be the case, but since the home owners let this little leak go for years, it had rotted all the supporting timber of the bedroom floor near the balcony. So now we had to rip out all the rotten wood in the floor near the balcony and replace it before we could even start the bedroom remodel.

This is just one example of what happens when home owners let their homes go and don’t keep them up. A little problem becomes a big one, and costs of repair go up. So if you’re a home owner, stay on top of your property, it may cost a couple of extra bucks along the way, but in the long run, it will save you a boat load.

The crew at Aim Higher Construction. Los Angeles General Contractors.

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One of the nightmares of doing any demolition on a construction project is that you demo something you most certainly did not want to demo.

los angeles general contractor - demoEvery construction project starts with some demo. Whether it’s a kitchen, bathroom or a full blown home renovation, your going to be knocking down, ripping out or reducing to rubble something on the project. Got to get rid of the old before you can start building the new, that’s just the way it is.

Here’s the rub though, in the course of getting rid of all the old, there are some old things you do not want to touch. Take this home renovation we’re doing in Malibu, to get ready to start building the new yard design we first needed to demo the old front yard. This meant getting out all the old dying trees and existing landscaping. But the danger here when removing large trees is that if you aren’t careful and dig too deep, you can hit underground pipes, which can be expensive to replace not to mention bring the whole project to a grinding halt.

los angeles general contractor - stump removalSo we are careful not to dig too deep around the big trees, and instead of trying to hook up a chain to the stumps and pull them out (along with any plumbing that may be near) what we do is pay a little extra and have someone with a stump grinder come in and just grind the stumps down below ground level.

This way we get rid of the trees we don’t want without taking any chances of destroying underground pipes. This takes a little bit more time to do, but in the long run, the peace of mind knowing we won’t be having to dig up the whole front yard repairing under ground pipes is worth the extra effort.

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During demolition of the patio we discovered some suspect construction, but nothing that slowed us down. Until we started removing the patio concrete slabs, talk about slamming on the brakes.

One thing so true about remodeling construction is, you never know what you are going to run into, until you run into it. So here is the deal, during a residential construction project in OC, we had been tearing into this patio, when during the demo we ran into some suspect construction, termites and wood rot, but none of it slowed us down a bit, it was all coming out anyhow, and it did so pretty easily.

build new patioWhere we got the big surprise was when our guys went in with sledge hammers and started to demo the existing patio concrete slabs. Within several bone jarring minutes we found out these concrete slabs were built to with stand a nuclear attack. Sheeeeeesh, what was this guy thinking ??? Well, if you’ve done much construction you know you run into things like this, and this job came to a screeching halt while we figured out what to do. We were burning a few brain cells weighing the merits of continuing, when a couple of the crew, who had been digging around the patio concrete, informed us the slabs were over 3 feet thick.

That did it. We ordered a Bobcat to come in the next day and make short work of this madman’s concrete work. We lost a day, but it was nothing compared to the time we would have blown if we had tried to hang in there and do it with sledge hammers.

build new patioAnd since we had the Bobcat there, we had the crew use it to help with the grade. What the previous owner had done was sloped the patio deck towards the house, so when it rained all the water moved towards the house, working its way through the foundation and under the house. Not a good thing. So we got the Bobcat in there and changed the slope, so when we pour the new concrete patio the water will no longer flow towards the house, but instead to a drain placed strategically in the middle of the new patio. The foundation of the house is now safe! Got to tell you, nothing like a Bobcat to get the job done…fast.

Onward and upward…the crew at Aim Higher Construction

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