LEO-YELENA-AND-KIDSHi Everyone! I am Leo and together with my wife Lena we run the RemodelCalculator blog, 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 information on the most current prices for popular remodeling materials, products and installation work, from budget to high-end.

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:):):)

Here is what we and this blog are all about

Leo-on-the-roof-in-Andover,-CTI am a contractor (specialize in green roofing), and my wife has been working as a freelance consultant in residential 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 calculator

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’ve also been in 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 cost of professional labor.

Based on my experience, professional connections and ongoing research, I have designed easy to use online estimation tools, that will help you 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:

These tools will yield near 90% accuracy when you provide correct inputs. Some factors that affect pricing accuracy are:

– location
– 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.

The family approach

To us, building a dream home is a family affair, so we include our 4 kids (Sasha, Anya, Simon and Ari) 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!

About Yelena G

Yelena G. has been working in the remodeling and construction industry for over 15 years. Her focus is on construction planning and design as well as project cost estimating. Yelena also has a personal interest in interior design, as well as in unique DIY remodeling projects. Read more about Yelena

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10 comments on “ABOUT US

  1. Steve D

    I work for a local stone countertop and kitchen cabinet company and would love to be able to embed your countertop and kitchen remodeling calculator into our site. We definitely would reference you and your site if we could do this. Please shoot me an email!
    Nice site!

  2. Mike

    Hello Leo,
    I saw your simple desalination system. it is very nice and simple.
    I would like to introduce a similar system to show poor people in the middle east to make their own drinking water at home.
    Is there anything you could help me or teach me?
    Thank you in advance,

  3. Brian Jensen


    My name is Brian Jensen and I work for New Life Restoration in Santa Maria, CA. We provide water, fire and smoke damage restoration services which includes mold remediation, and hoarder cleanup services.

    I’m interested in writing for your website. Please let me know who I can contact to further discuss this.

    Thank You,


  4. Sharon MOORE

    Thank you for your blog. I certainly admire your efforts. You might add to your list if renewable products, cork. Please look into this great product from Portugal. Many colors and styles and very durable . Thank you, Sharon