Hi Everyone! I am Leo Bander and together with my wife Lena we run the RemodelingCalculator.org blog, and our YouTube DIY channel dedicated to EVERYTHING it takes to make your dream home a reality.
We like to tackle remodeling from a down to earth perspective.
Our goal is to provide you with user-friendly estimating tools, as well as accurate information on the most current prices for popular remodeling materials, products and installation work.
But, that is not all! RemodelCalc is also full of:
– expert remodeling cost guides: I am a contractor myself and work with many professionals in various trades
– renovation design tips and inspiration: I am lucky that my wife loves remodeling and design
– our own DIY projects around the house: that is how we have fun as a family 🙂 🙂 🙂
Professional Qualifications In Construction Fields
I’ve been a contractor since 2003, specializing in:
With roofing being my long-time specialty, I have experience with nearly all types of residential & commercial roofs.
I also have formal Solar PV installation training & hold an electrician’s training certificate, so technically I could work as Electrician apprentice in a master license track (but I don’t have time for that).
My wife Lena has been working as a consultant in residential construction and remodeling industry for the last 10 years. She holds a Bachelor Of Fine Arts from Brandeis University.
As of late, my primary focus has shifted from roofing to HVAC + Solar PV (combination of Ductless Heat Pumps + Solar to provide free heating and cooling).
I am just too passionate about green energy to “waste time climbing the ladder”. 🙂
Contractor / Homeowner
I am also a homeowner, and like most homeowners, I either cannot or prefer not to do the work myself (some projects – primarily drywall and plastering). So like you, I look for the best deals on home improvement, and research what is a “fair price” for remodeling projects.
To help the fellow homeowners, I do the research for you and publish Remodeling Cost Guides, Material and Manufacturer reviews, etc.
Our Vision For Remodeling And Construction
Since childhood both of us loved getting our hands dirty and making something fun from scratch. So we can’t resist doing cool DIY projects, and always look for ways to make something creative with our space.
Having grown up in the former Soviet Union, with very limited resources, we believe that LESS IS MORE and we value QUALITY over QUANTITY. We apply this philosophy to our own remodels and also choose to blog about top notch products and materials that deliver the best value.
We are into life hacks. We dig deep to find the most cost effective way to get what we want, and we love to share our discoveries with you.
Our Remodeling Cost Calculators
Based on my experience, professional connections and ongoing research, I have designed easy to use, online estimation tools, that help homeowners calculate the costs for most popular interior and exterior remodeling and repair projects.
Here are the calculators you can use to get instant price quotes for your remodels:
- HVAC Load / Sizing Calculator
- Central AC cost calculator
- Ductless Mini Split Calculator (size & cost)
- Bathroom Remodeling Calculator
- Kitchen Remodeling Calculator
- Kitchen Countertops Calculator
- Windows Calculator
- Flooring Calculator
- Roofing Calculator
- Siding Calculator
- Attic (Shed Dormer) Addition Calculator
- Concrete Calculator
- Rental Income Calculator
- Home Building Calculator
These tools will yield near 90% accuracy when you provide correct inputs. Some factors that affect pricing accuracy are:
– local economic conditions
– the contractor you are getting quotes from
– quality of materials
– job difficulty
I also publish an annual Remodeling Price List that includes pricing for the majority of construction and remodel projects.
Where We Get Our Pricing Data
By being actively involved in construction and remodeling industry for over 15 years, I’ve learned how contractors in most trades price their work. I am also in regular contact with my peers, thanks to online forums for contractors, such as Contractor Talk, Roofing.com, etc.
Moreover, staying up to date with multiple studies and surveys put out by the remodeling industry I am able to gather accurate data about regional differences in the cost of professional contractor labor.
The pricing used in our Remodeling Calculators is an aggregate of input from hundreds of pros across the US as well as rigorous pricing research that is regularly updated.
If you need to get in touch, email me leo @ remodelingcalculator.org or fill out our contact form.
The Family Approach
To us, building a dream home is a family affair, so we include our 5 kids (Sasha, Anya, Shimon, Ari, Benny), and even our white cat (Kisya) in all our remodeling escapades.
We always love to hear your own home improvement stories, questions and cool ideas, so please speak your mind!