Here’s a phrase we’d like to see more often: commitment to honesty, integrity, ethic, and trust.
Local builder Keith Dmytryck has incorporated that thinking into his business and personal dealings for over three decades, and now has achieved professional recognition for that pledge.
That’s worth considering as the best months for home construction unfold.
With the weather playing nice again, you might be thinking this is the year for that sunroom addition. If so, step one is the biggie: who’s going to build this beautiful, light-filled entertainment zone so it’s done right?
Keith has the expertise, is a referred Harvey window and sunroom contractor, and holds a record of established reliability – with client testimonials spanning the years, plus multiple certifications. He is especially proud of the latest certifications he has earned for his home improvement company, Innovation Construction Company Design & Build: professional recognition by the BBB for honesty, integrity, and customer satisfaction.
Since joining the Better Business Bureau in 2007, Innovation Const. Co. has been BBB A+ accredited, and now has earned a BBB Certificate of Achievement stating:
“BBB recognizes Innovation Construction Company Design & Build for 6 years of commitment to HONESTY, INTEGRITY, ETHICS and TRUST.”
Innovation Construction Co. earned an additional certification acknowledging the company’s track record of superb customer service, expert workmanship, and commitment to excellence. This BBB Certificate of No Complaints states:
“As of April 5, 2013, Innovation Const. has received NOT ONE SINGLE CUSTOMER COMPLAINT within BBB’s reporting period of 36 months.”
When reviewing for complaints, the BBB considers the areas of
- Advertising/Sales Issues
- Billing/Collection Issues
- Delivery Issues
- Guarantee/Warranty Issues
- Problems With Product or Service
and has recognized Innovation Construction Co. for having had zero complaints in all of them.
These certifications apply to all the services provided by Keith and his company: new construction and additions, kitchen and bath renovations, windows and siding, finished basements and garage transformations, decks, patios, and – of course – sunrooms.
Looking to get a loan to remodel your home? Hiring the right contractor might make a difference!
Lending institutions offer some loan programs to qualified contractors for their customers. By using a qualified, reputable contractor, the bank has more confidence that the work on your home will be done right, and will be completed, resulting in a lower loan risk.
For example, Innovation Construction is an approved contractor with Home Loan Investment Bank. Their rates go as low as 4% and they offer both secured and unsecured loans (determined solely by the size of the loan). All of their loans are simple interest loans with fixed interest rates and no pre-payment penalties. Their FHA Title I Home Improvement Loan gives homeowners the affordable funding they need.
Citizens Bank in Plymouth also has a program called the EZ Home Improvement Loan which offers competitive rates. Call Jim Luongo at 508-732-5413.
There may be a number of options for financing your renovation project. According to ThisOldHouse.com, there are many options available to homeowners these days. In fact, the biggest challenge might be narrowing it down to a few programs that meet all of your requirements. Programs range from home equity loans and home equity lines of credit to FHA mortgages, Energy-Efficient Mortgages and even personal loans.
All things being equal, choosing a loan through an institution with whom your contractor has approval may make your life easier.
Financing for home renovations can be stressful enough. Give yourself a bit of an edge by finding a contractor who has been approved as a referral contractor by at least one financial institution.
There are still federal tax credits available to consumers who purchase certain energy-efficient products. The Energy Star website has a list of the products that are available for tax credits, and the amounts. They also note that not all energy efficient products will necessarily qualify.
“ENERGY STAR distinguishes energy efficient products which, although they may cost more to purchase than standard models, will pay you back in lower energy bills within a reasonable amount of time, without a tax credit.”
Here are the categories of products.
The following applies to the 6 product categories below:
Tax Credit: 10% of cost up to $500 or a specific amount from $50–$300. Expires: December 31, 2013 Details:Must be an existing home & your principal residence. New construction and rentals do not qualify.
- Biomass Stoves
- Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning
- Roofs (metal and asphalt)
- Water Heaters (non solar)
- Windows & Doors
The following applies to the 3 product categories below:
Tax Credit: 30% of cost with no upper limit Expires: December 31, 2016 Details: Existing homes & new construction qualify. Both principal residences and second homes qualify. Rentals do not qualify.
- Geothermal Heat Pumps
- Small Wind Turbines (residential)
- Solar Energy Systems
The following applies to the single product category below:
Tax Credit: Credit Details: 30% of the cost, up to $500 per .5 kW of power capacity Expires:December 31, 2016 Details: Existing homes & new construction qualify. Must be your principal residence. Rentals and second homes do not qualify.
- Fuel Cells (residential fuel cell and microturbine system)
Although only a handful of people may be considering many of these options for their homes, it’s certainly worth looking into energy efficient windows and doors, both to save on energy costs and take advantage of the tax credit. These particular credits will expire at the end of 2013. Now is the time to consider making changes to your home in preparation for next winter.
For windowes and doors:
Tax Credit Amount: 10% of the cost, up to $500, but windows are capped at $200.
Requirements: Must be ENERGY STAR qualified. You do not have to replace all the windows/doors/skylights in your home to qualify. And it doesn’t need to be a replacement either – installing a new window where there wasn’t one previously (like in an addition) qualifies. Tax Credit does NOT include installation costs.
Innovation Construction is familiar with all of the requirements for receiving these energy efficiency tax credits. Please give us a call if you are considering replacing old windows, doors, insulation, roofing, etc. with new, energy-efficient products.
You’ve seen them. Those unsightly black streaks on the roof of an otherwise-beautiful home. They are not caused by soot from the chimney, as some may believe, but are actually algae that form on the shingles.
Algae grows most often on a roof that is shaded by trees, or on the North side of the home, which receives less sunlight.
Does this black algae shorten the life of a roof? Some say it really has no affect. Others disagree, arguing that the algae actually feeds off of the limestone filler that’s an ingredient in many asphalt shingles.
According to Dr. Victor H. Morgenroth, a semi-retired, adjunct professor of neurology at UM, this roof algae can be a health hazzard. ”While not all mold (fungi) and algae pose a health danger, some are harmful, especially for us older folks, younger children and people who suffer from asthma and respiratory problems. Their spores, which are on your roof, can get inside your home because they end up on the driveway and walkways from rain, and are easily tracked inside. They can even be drawn into our air conditioning systems and eventually populate our ducts.”
So what do you do if you have this algae growing on your roof? While not an easy task, it can be cleaned. Some recommend an oxygen bleach to remove the stains. Others say chlorine bleach is fine, but watch out: you might kill any plants or shrubs around your house if you don’t contain the bleach. It’s best to hire a professional who cleans roofs for a living, rather than attempt to do it yourself.
If you need a new roof, then the best route is to pick a roofing material that’s resistent to algae growth. Pinnacle® HP featuring Scotchgard™ Protector shingles now come optional with the power of Scotchgard™ to defend against algae streaks and help retain original color. If you’ve gone to the trouble of picking a nice color for your shingles, you really don’t want that color to change, darken or streak.
Give us a call if you’d like an expert opinion on whether your roof needs replacement, and if so, what are the best products for your home.
The building industry cannot escape the law of supply and demand.
Recently there was an article in an online roofing magazine (RoofingAuthority.com) reporting a double digit increase in the price of shingles. The increase is due to the increased demand for shingles in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy. Imagine the huge number of roofs needing to be replaced after the devastating hurricane. Manufacturers shipped large supply orders to the east coast, leaving less for the rest of the country.
Since then, the midwest and east coast have suffered several more winter storms that have caused roofs to collapse, trees to fall on homes, and homes to fall into the ocean. As insurance claims are paid, spring arrives, and repairs begin, imagine the increased demand for building material supplies.
Forget the fact that the cost of living increases prices almost every year anyway. Add a disaster or two on top of that, and you’re looking at a situation that’s going to drastically increase the cost of home remodeling. This is, no doubt, disappointing to a home owner. It’s also a situation that’s out of the control of the builder. Needless to say, as the cost of materials rises, so does the estimate for the project as a whole.
If you need a current estimate for home renovations in the South Coast and South Shore areas of Massachusetts, give Innovation Construction a call at 508-291-4907.
Keith is a Certified Green Building Professional already committed to using such cutting-edge green products as Mold Defense GREENGUARD, an interior gypsum that contains low-emission and recycled materials, and HEATLOK SOY, an energy-efficient polyurethane spray foam that uses recycled rigid plastic waste and soy.
In his search for equally green high quality exterior products for his home improvement services, he found AZEK more than filled the bill.
AZEK products have the durability and weather resistance that brought composites their popularity. But AZEK building products are more environmentally friendly than petroleum-based composites.
Made of energy-saving cellular PVC
The PVC resin used to manufacture AZEK cellular PVC trim is derived from natural gas and common, abundant, natural salt (57%). Most other plastics are 100% hydro-carbon based. Cellular PVC, however,
- requires 50% less petroleum than other common plastics
- consumes less energy to produce than many other plastics.
- cellular PVC is 100% recyclable, reducing landfill waste
- AZEK “Take Back” Program adds a pioneering effort in recycling initiatives.
Since AZEK products do not use wood, are highly durable, are low maintenance, and resist weathering, chemical rotting, corrosion, shock, and abrasion, they
- help prevent deforestation
- save time and energy of annual maintenance
- avoid use of VOC coating or toxic cleaners.
Innovation Construction Co. Design & Build is pleased to announce that owner/operator Keith Dmytryck is now an AZEK Building Products Referred Remodeler. Keith’s commitment to product excellence and environmental responsibility led him to affiliate with this leading manufacturer of Premium Cellular PVC Trim, Moulding, Deck, Porch, and Rail products.
Why AZEK? High quality and low maintenance sold themselves.
AZEKTrim has precise 4-side sealed edges. With traditional tools, it can be
- worked like wood
- heat-formed to create curves.
AZEK Moulding, with the same look and feel as AZEK Trim, has 21 moulding profiles and won’t rot, crack or split.
AZEK Deck – a new generation of low maintenance decking, offers a wide selection of colors. AZEK Deck Boards have been engineered to resist everything from wine and grease stains to marks from patio furniture or pets.
AZEK Porch – traditional look tongue and groove boards made from low maintenance Cellular PVC are available in five colors, cut and install with traditional tools. and can be used in covered or uncovered areas.
AZEK Rail – the beauty and feel of real wood, but with high durability and low maintenance, it comes in versatile styles and popular color selections.
Both AZEKTrim and AZEK Moulding are
- impervious to moisture and insects
- perfect for ground contact application
- easier to clean
- Do not require paint for protection.
AZEK Deck, Porch, and Rail are additionally
- stain resistant
- scratch resistant
- split resistant
- mold and mildew resistant.
All AZEK products are backed by substantial warranties: 20 years for AZEK Rail, 25 years for AZEK Trim and Moulding, and a Lifetime Limited Warranty for AZEK Deck and Porch products.
If both quality and reducing carbon footprint are important to you, consider calling Innovation Construction Co. for your next remodeling project.
Imagine relaxing in your living room on a drab afternoon or snug in bed on a cloudy Sunday morning. Now visualize as the scene becomes effortlessly brighter, bathed in natural light from a perfectly placed skylight. You invite a waft of fresh air and adjust the lighting without budging from your nest – a touch of the remote does the trick. You nod off just moments before a drizzle starts up. Your skylight, with its integrated rain sensor, closes automatically while you doze. No worries.
The Velux Solar Powered “Fresh Air” Skylight can enhance your home with these great features plus additional advantages. Innovation Const.Co, with years of positive experience with Velux, has expertise in both design and installation. Here’s why the time is right for this particular home improvement.
This no leak skylight meets ENERGY STAR® approval guidelines. And now, since the Velux Solar Powered “Fresh Air” Skylight is eligible for a 30% federal tax credit, homeowners will receive an average of $850 with federal tax credit eligibility — making this product very affordable. Consider these other advantages:
- captures any available daylight to recharge the battery powered system
- does not need direct sunlight to function
- works on cloudy days/with indirect light
- no electrical connections, for easy, cost-effective installation
- solar panel serves as system charging source
- open and close by remote control
- efficient, fully concealed battery powered operator and control system
- remote operated blinds available
- 30% tax credit on solar blinds
- ordered together with skylights, arrive pre-programmed to one remote
AUTOMATIC RAIN SENSOR
- integrated in system
- close automatically in inclement weather
- inner pane laminated for shatterproof safety
10 YEAR INSTALLATION WARRANTY
Local builder and remodeling expert Keith Dmytryck, owner and operator of the Wareham-based Innovation Construction Co. Design & Build, is pleased to announce his latest credential as a Certified InstallationMaster Installer for Residential and Light Commercial Windows and Exterior Glass. Already an expert window installer with over thirty years of experience, Keith continues to seek opportunities such as this in an ongoing effort to improve his expertise.
The InstallationMastersTM Certification Program, sponsored locally by Harvey Building Products, was developed by the AAMA (American Architectural Manufacturers Association) after prompting from the Building, Environment and Thermal Envelope Council (BETEC) through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). It is designed to teach installers cutting edge techniques for both new and replacement projects based on stringent industry standards.
To qualify as a certified InstallationMasters installer, Keith was required to complete three 8-hour days of training and then pass an extensive written exam. The course, based on the consensus of industry professionals and nationally recognized installation standards published by the American Society for Testing and Materials (SSTM), included
- Tested and accepted installation techniques
- Proper material selection, including the correct use of sealant and flashing
- Job site safety
- Protection of the homeowner’s property
- Quality control
- Product care, adjustment, cleaning
This latest InstallationMasters certification is one of many Keith has received in his quest for improving his skills and keeping up with the latest innovations.
In the next few blog posts, we will focus on green construction and building materials.
New methods and materials make energy efficiency more affordable. For an easy start, try
According to spray foam manufacturer Demilec LLC:
HEATLOK SOY®200 is a closed cell spray polyurethane foam insulation with a unique ecological benefit that incorporates renewable oils and recycled plastic bottles in the creation of a high performing insulation.
HEATLOK SOY®200 creates an aged R-value of 7.4 at one inch and provides an air barrier, vapor retarder, drain plane and water resistive barrier in a single application. The rigid nature of closed cell foam also adds to a building’s structural integrity.
HEATLOK SOY®200 provides multiple benefits in a single application, making it one of the most versatile spray foam insulations commercially available.
So why should you, the homeowner, care?
- Because it will save you money! You will be astonished by the reduction in your heating and cooling bills, allowing you to spend your money how you please.
- It will create an air barrier, keeping exterior moisture and unconditioned air outside!
- It will help create a comfortable indoor environment by reducing outside pollutants, allergens and noise!
- Spray polyurethane foam insulation is a proven technology that has been in use for over 25 years in commercial, industrial and residential buildings.
- Spray foam helps to seal all of the gaps, cracks and crevices in your walls and roof, unlike traditional insulation.
Innovation Construction is an authorized Demilec contractor.
New windows, especially vinyl clad with double or triple panes, are constructed with energy efficiency in mind. Innovation Construction understands how the right new or replacement windows can make a dramatic difference in the comfort level of your home.
Your home has unique design opportunities. Innovation Const.Co can make it happen.
Innovation Construction is Green Certified!