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DiFabion Wins National CotY!
March 28, 2014

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named DiFabion Remodeling, Inc. a 2014 National Contractor of the Year (CotY) winner at its annual awards competition in New Orleans on March 28, 2014. Contractors from seven different regions nationwide submitted entries in 25 different categories, where the judging focuses on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty, and entry presentation. DiFabion Remodeling, Inc. won the National Award for the Residential Interior Under $100k category with a high-end custom library.[/toggle_content]

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DiFabion Wins Another CotY!
December 9, 2011

For the 11th consecutive year, DiFabion Remodeling is proud to announce that it received a Contractor of the Year award through NARI Charlotte. DiFabion Remodeling won a CotY in the category of Residential Exterior over $100,000. The homeowners of this project were looking to create a beautiful new outdoor living space without closing off the peacefulness of the backyard. This project featured a brand new, two story covered porch, with custom cedar columns, a sitting area near a natural stone fireplace, and a grilling station that included a prep sink, ice machine, and mini fridge. We then built a free-standing pool house next to the new in-ground pool and hot tub. The pool house included a tongue and groove beadboard ceiling, exposed cedar beams, a fully functional kitchenette and concession area, and a bathroom/shower area. In the end, the existing, weathered deck area of this home was transformed into a beautifully illuminated back yard entertainment area that the homeowners now call their “Stay-cation” spot![/toggle_content]

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DiFabion Adds New Kitchen and Bath Designer
October 13, 2011

DiFabion Remodeling is proud to announce the hiring of Sara Almond, Kitchen and Bath Designer! After years of providing the best in residential remodeling, the DiFabion team decided it was time to bring in a fresh, new perspective and focus in the areas of kitchen and bath design. After graduating Magna Cum Laude at East Carolina University and receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design, Sara received her Associate Kitchen and Bath Design certification, representing an extensive knowledge of product selection and space planning. She then refined her craft by working for a high-end, kitchen and bath design firm in Durham, NC. While in the triangle area, Sara became proficient in the areas of creative cabinetry design, selection of countertops, tile, and appliances, and successful project implementation.

With an intense focus on customer satisfaction, Sara places a premium on the initial client consultation. Starting with an in-depth interview process, Sara then actualizes a client’s specific needs and desires by providing creative solutions to improve the efficiency and functionality of their kitchen or bath. Her technical knowledge of architectural and design programs such Auto CAD, Design Soft, and Softplan, brings these concepts to life through detailed floor plans, elevations, and 3D renderings. Finally, Sara guides you through the product and material selection process, offering a keen eye for color, texture, symmetry and balance, ultimately creating a project of seamless flow and

aesthetic beauty. Needless to say, the DiFabion Remodeling team is thrilled to have Sara on board, and will use this opportunity to continually strive for excellence in custom home remodeling![/toggle_content]

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Big 50 Induction
May 31, 2011

DiFabion Remodeling Inducted Into Remodeling Magazines 2011 Big50
DiFabion Remodeling, Inc. has been selected by Remodeling Magazine to join the Remodeling Big50.  The Big50 awards were presented at a gala dinner at the Remodeling Leadership Conference in Arlington, VA on May 13, 2011.  The 2011 Big50 winners are featured in the May issue of Remodeling, the leading publication in the home improvement industry.  Each year since 1986, the Remodeling Big50 inducts 50 owners of remodeling companies that have set exceptionally high standards for professionalism and integrity through exemplary business practices, craftsmanship, and impact in their community or the industry at large.  Big50 remodelers run successful, often growing, companies of various sizes that

have taken the lead in raising industry standards.  The Big50 has become firmly established as the remodeling industry’s Hall of Fame, where DiFabion Remodeling has been specifically recognized in the area of “Teamwork” that displays a company’s ability to work together effectively to achieve more than the sum of their individual work.[/toggle_content]

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Green Remodeling Tips (1)
April 18, 2011

As spring and summer approach, we all reluctantly think of the dreaded energy costs associated with the Carolina heat. Here are several cost-effective, “Green Remodeling” tips you can easily implement as we prepare for the heat.

(1) Attic Insulation – adding additional attic insulation will help stop heat transfer during the summer. A rule of thumb is if you can see the tops of your ceiling joists, you probably need more insulation.

(2) Installing Radiant Barriers in the Attic – radiant barriers reflect radiant heat energy transferred through infrared radiation from the sun. The sun’s rays travel through the roof and heat the air molecules trapped in the attic and house. This causes air conditioners to work harder to cool the air. Properly installed radiant barriers work with insulation and can block up to 97% of the sun’s rays. This can reduce monthly energy costs by 17%.[/toggle_content]

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Green Remodeling Tips (2)
April 19, 2011

As spring and summer approach, we all reluctantly think of the dreaded energy costs associated with the Carolina heat. Here are several cost-effective, “Green Remodeling” tips you can easily implement as we prepare for the heat.

(1) Windows – by installing double pane, low-E windows, you can significantly reduce the effects of heat conduction and convection in the home.

(2) Tankless Water Heaters – or “On Demand” water heaters can increase your monthly energy savings. Heating water accounts for 15-30% of an average home’s energy budget. Tankless water heaters provide hot water only as needed, as opposed to a traditional water heater that regularly heats large amounts of water that are then stored and ultimately lose heat and energy.

(3) Water Conservation – products like low-flow toilets and shower fixtures, rain barrels and high-efficiency drainage systems, can save an average of 15-30 gallons of water per day.[/toggle_content]

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A New Appreciation for Home Remodeling
February 17, 2011

As DiFabion Remodeling continues to hit the streets and regularly meet homeowners across the Charlotte region, we have noticed a common issue.  Coming out of the two year recession, many homeowners are experiencing extreme difficulty in the sell of their home.  Faced with the prospect of staying in their home for a bit longer than expected, homeowners are now finding a new appreciation for home remodeling.  Many homeowners are transitioning from the desire for a cheap, “quick fix” in order to sell their home to a desire for quality home remodeling so they may continue to live in their home comfortably and content.  The educated homeowner is now placing a high importance on quality craftsmanship and customer service, in order to receive the best possible finished product at the best value.  This, in turn, results in a higher quality of life and ultimately maximizes property values for when it is the right time to sell.[/toggle_content]

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DiFabion Remodeling Welcomes Two New Employees
February 9, 2011

DiFabion Remodeling is proud to announce the hiring of two new employees.  We would like to welcome lead carpenter, Mike Cole.  Mike has over 20 years of carpentry experience specializing in rough/finish carpentry and a versatile understanding of plumbing, electrical, drywall, tile and other various trades.  We would also like to welcome our new office manager, Susan Blouin.  Susan brings 15 years of experience in the design and construction industries.  These new additions greatly enhance the comprehensive wealth of knowledge DiFabion Remodeling values.  Welcome Aboard![/toggle_content]

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2011 NAHB International Builders Show
February 2, 2011

Mike DiFabion Sr. recently attended the 2011 NAHB International Builders Show in Orlando, FL.  Remodeling issues, strategies and trends unique to this growing market were among the numerous issues addressed at this event.  The show featured thousands of the most respected suppliers who introduced the latest products and best prices available in our industry.[/toggle_content]

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Michael DiFabion Jr. Appointed to the Executive Board of the Greater Charlotte Chapter of

NARI
January 26, 2011

Michael DiFabion Jr. has recently been appointed to the executive board of the Greater Charlotte Chapter of NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) for 2011.  Michael will also represent NARI as the Education Committee Chair.[/toggle_content]

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Contractor of the Year Awards
November 16, 2010

DiFabion Remodeling recently won its 33rd Contractor of the Year Award for excellence in remodeling in the Best Residential Bathroom Over $60,000 category at this year’s CotY Awards. We also kept our streak alive by winning at least one CotY for 10 consecutive years![/toggle_content]

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Master Certified Remodeler!
September 1, 2010

Mike DiFabion Sr. of DiFabion Remodeling has been honored by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) by receiving the Master Certified Remodeler (MCR) designation, which is the highest certification one can receive in the remodeling industry. He has become the first MCR in Charlotte and only the 15th in the nation. Qualifications for this prestigious designation include 10 consecutive years as a Certified Remodeler, 1 additional certification through NARI (Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler-CKBR), leadership involvement in the local chapter of NARI as an officer, leadership involvement in the local community as a church officer, and a letter of recommendation from the current president of the local NARI chapter. The Master Certified Remodeler identifies Certified Remodelers who have withstood the test of time and continue to be successful within the industry, while strictly adhering to the industry’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Mike DiFabion Sr. will be recognized at a ceremony at this month’s NARI meeting located in the Crowne Plaza.[/toggle_content]

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Great Job by DiFabion!
August 6, 2010

The DiFabion team did a great job! My husband and I knew DiFabion was the right choice for us after our first meeting with Mike DiFabion. DiFabion renovated our master bathroom, after another contractor left us with a bathroom full of issues. Mike literally “saved the day” and assured us that he would leave us with a finished bathroom that not only looked great, but had a strong foundation. From start to finish the entire DiFabion crew was professional and courtesy, and most importantly they communicated effectively and provided top-notch service. Our project manager was great and we loved working with the DiFabion team. We can’t say enough. These guys are great!!![/toggle_content]

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June 22, 2010

National Association of the Remodeling Industry Code of Ethics

Each member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry of Greater Charlotte is pledged to observe high standards of honesty, integrity and responsibility in the conduct of business:

1. By promoting only those products and services which are functionally and economically sound, and which are consistent with objective of health and safety.

2. By making all advertising and sales promotion factually accurate with respect to product description, performance specifications, and cost/benefit analysis, and by avoiding those practices which tend to mislead or deceive the customer with respect to competitive pricing, savings claims, or the nature and significance of contracts, warranties, finance agreements, completion certificates, lien waivers, or liability and workers’ compensation insurance.

3. By writing all contracts and warranties such that they are fair and mutually beneficial to all parties concerned, such that they are free of ambiguities or omissions which tend to obscure contractual obligations, and such that warranty terms and provisions are free of the capacity to mislead or deceive the customer as to the quality or longevity of the product or service.

4. By honoring all contractual obligations until and unless they are altered or dissolved by the mutual consent of all contractual parties concerned, and by fulfilling those obligations in a reasonably prompt manner that is fair to all parties concerned.

5. By promptly acknowledging and acting on all customer complaints and,, in situations where complaints appear unreasonable and persistent, by encouraging the customer to initiate an approved third party dispute settlement mechanism; and

6. By refraining from any act intended to restrain trade or suppress competition, and to thereby promote the private enterprise system and its guaranty of equal rights for all.[/toggle_content]

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May 21, 2010

Plan your Project
Think your project through from start to finish. Develop an idea of what is actually necessary versus what is wanted. Items that are wanted can often times be added at a later time and can substantially drive up the cost of a project. Go through the entire design process, and try to have as many of selections, such as appliances, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, paint colors countertops, etc., chosen before talking to a contractor. The more of these items that you have chosen the less gray areas there are in an estimate, and the better chance you have of being able to compare apples to apples when reviewing estimates from multiple contractors. Pay attention to what type of repairs might be necessary on your home. Many times these are not factored into the original estimate or budgetary planning, but they become “while you are here” items and can drive up the cost of a project.

Determine your Budget
Come up with a budget of what you would like to spend before talking to a contractor. You may need to talk to a lender to develop a definitive budget. Take into account that projects tend to increase, and not decrease in cost, so plan accordingly. A good rule of thumb is to save 10-20% of your budget for increases to the original scope of work. Be wary of entering into a project if it is right at the maximum of your budget because any changes could cause enormous heartache and stress. Do not be afraid to speak in plain terms about your budget to a contractor. More often than not with a simple phone call to a contractor can determine if your budget is appropriate for the work you want to perform or if you budget is unrealistic.

Contractor Selection
Look at contractors with established businesses in your area, and make sure they are properly licensed and insured. Ask to see a certificate of their insurance to verify coverage and to see that they have workers compensation, general liability and property damage coverage in the amount appropriate for your project. Ask for and check their references, even if they are have been recommended by a friend or associate. Ask if they have recently completed a project similar to yours.

Insist on a Contract
Be sure the contract includes the contractor’s name, address, phone and license number (if applicable). Detail what the contractor will and will not do. Your contractor should detail a list of materials for the project in your contract. This includes size, color, model, brand name and product. The contract should include the approximate start date and substantial completion dates. Study all required plans carefully. Insist that you approve them and that they are identified in your written contract before any work begins. Federal law requires a contractor to give you written notice of your right to cancel a contract, without penalty, within three business days of signing it, provided it was solicited at some place (for instance, your home) other than the contractor’s place of business or appropriate trade premises or has financing provision. Make sure financial terms are understood and spelled out in the contract. The total price, payment schedule, and any cancellation penalty should be clear.

A warranty covering materials and workmanship for a minimum of one year should be written into the contract. The warranty must be identified as either “full” or “limited.” The name and address of the party who will honor the warranty (contractor, distributor or manufacturer) must be identified. Make sure the time period for the warranty is specified.

A binding arbitration clause is also a good inclusion in the event a disagreement occurs. Arbitration may enable you to resolve disputes without costly litigation.

Thoroughly review the entire contract and be certain you understand it before signing it. Consider the scope of the project and make sure all items you’ve requested are included. If you do not see a specific item in the contract, consider it not included. Never sign an incomplete contract. Always keep a copy of the final document for your records.

Plan for Inconvenience
Be prepared for inconvenience. A remodeling project can and will disrupt your traditional daily routine. Most likely workers will be in your personal space at inopportune times so plan accordingly. Ask to be notified as to when services may be turned off, such as water or power. Move items of value off adjacent walls and out of the construction zone. Even items in nearby rooms, such as wall hangings, can be damaged by vibration. Prepare for dust and have extra HVAC filters for monthly replacement. Even regular filter changes and the best planning can not keep drywall dust out of your living spaces. Maintain a sense of humor, and realize that a remodeling project is an adventure. Remember every day brings a change for the better and an improvement to your home!

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May 15, 2010

Bring DiFabion Remodeling your plans or allow us to design the project for you. A good plan saves time, minimizes the need for changes and we design about three-fourths of what we do. Please check out our Awards & Certifications page to see more information on the awards we’ve won.[/toggle_content]

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February 25, 2010

DiFabion Remodeling recently received the Angie’s List Super Service Award for 2009, awarded to the top 5% of the companies on Angie’s List that maintain a superior service rating!

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February 10, 2010

DiFabion Wins 5 Awards at the 2009 Contractor of the Year Awards!

At the 2009 National Association of Remodeling Industries prestigious Contractor of the Year Awards (CotY’s).

The DiFabion Remodeling team was recognized for excellence in the remodeling industry in the Charlotte region. We are proud to announce we received 5 awards in the following areas:

  • Best Bath $60 – $100k
  • Best Kitchen $30 – $60k
  • Best Kitchen $ 60 – $100k
  • Best Deck/Porch/Patio
  • Best Entire House Under $250K

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