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HOME REMODELING and RENOVATION
Outdoor Living: Transform Your Space Have more than just a patio, transform it to a multifunctional livable space for a fraction of the cost of an addition. When designing an outdoor living space here are some tips when considering climate, lighting, flooring, use….
How to Keep Your Outdoor Spaces Cool When it Gets Hot Its important to be strategic in keeping a space, even your home cooler. Patio cover options and products, or a stand alone pergola, arbor, or gazebo may provide a place to be cooler when outdoors….
Convert that Unused Space in your home. The most expensive room in a house can be the one that sits idle and unused. Do you have underutilized space that can become an exercise room or a media room? Here are a few helpful hints….
National Home Improvement Month If you don’t have a goal set (here’s help in setting goals), make the time to start planning your next home improvement and home remodeling project. Do you need a new kitchen design to facilitate your lifestyle? Or a bathroom remodel refresh? Do you need a partial or full room addition for a more functional floor plan? Remodeling is less daunting by using these steps….
Start Your Remodeling Plans Today! With Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday entertaining in recent memory, what home improvement project would make your life easier, your home cozy and more usable? Do your lifestyle needs call for a floor plan layout change? A new kitchen design? A half bathroom addition? A home office remodel to add a murphy bed? Read about some solutions and make a plan!
Curling Up with a Good Book Do you have a place and space at home where you can comfortably curl up with a good book any time of the day? A personal office or library room or den with great lighting, minimal traffic and noise, offering storage and showcasing your treasured collection? Its best to keep a bedroom for sleeping, and with the popularity of open floor plans, many want to remodel to create a secluded space to incorporate these considerations….
Aging in Place In 2011, 10,000 Baby Boomers began crossing over to the 65 and older category every day, and 70% of them want to live out the rest of their lives in the home where they celebrated this milestone. An Aging in Place Specialist can help design for long term safety and independence. It is easier and less expensive to incorporate these universal design strategies when you remodel, than try to retrofit later…
Is a Swimming Pool for You? A backyard swimming pool offers an easy means to exercise and get cool in hot weather. It is great for entertaining kids of all ages! Tips for designing a swimming pool that will fit your family’s needs include….
KITCHEN REMODELING and BATHROOM REMODELING
Celebrate National Kitchen and Bath Month by Remodeling Are you tired of an outdated or dysfunction kitchen? Does your bathroom still look like it did when you moved in? October is National Kitchen and Bath Month and its a great time for kitchen remodeling and bathroom remodeling. When contemplating a remodeling project be sure to consider….
Storage Solutions for Every Room, Cost effective remodeling projects to help get organized and find a place for all your treasures in your kitchen, bath, bedroom, garage….
Give Your Kitchen an Extra Splash No other room is more important than the kitchen when you are remodeling your home. An updated kitchen gives the greatest return on investment. A kitchen backsplash can be a focal point that enhances beauty and character to the space that gets more guest traffic than any other room in the home….
The Latest Kitchen Accessories Part of the enjoyment that goes along with being a proud homeowner is knowing the latest industry trends and making updates to our homes when innovative home products are available. There are more and more innovative home products being offered every day by those looking to make life in the kitchen easier, healthier and more fun for everyone…
HOME MAINTENANCE and CARE
Exterior Lighting as the Unsung Hero Exterior lighting not only accentuates the beauty of the home, it also helps to provide safety and protection….
Spring Home Maintenance Harsh weather is hard on your home’s exterior. Plan when the weather is cool to go through this list to protect your home….
Protect Your Home from the Dangers of a Storm The aftermath of a serious storm can be devastating. Recognize the power of Mother Nature, and more importantly, how to prepare your home to weather storms to help save you time and money before she strikes.
Keeping Your House Cool The largest utility expense will be from cooling the home. Here are a few options to consider when looking for ways to beat the heat….
End of Summer Home Maintenance Do you know how to check for needed home repairs and what to do to care for your home to prepare for winter? These recommendations will help keep out the cold, and unwelcome critters (such as termites) from your home….
Indoor Projects for Your Home Winter is a great time to make a list of those projects that have been waiting and need to get done. Let’s go room by room and take a peek at the possibilities for the family room…. kitchen…. bathroom…. laundry room….. guest room (see the article for the ideas!)
Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays Here are some tips to help ensure that your home is prepared for the parade of visitors and colder weather, so you can maintain the holiday spirit. A little preventative home maintenance and some prior planning can mean a more relaxing and enjoyable holiday season with family and friends….
What to Know about Mold in the home. Many people live in homes where mold is growing and aren’t even aware of it. If left untended, it can cause significant health problems to those sharing its space. How do you know if you have mold, and what can you do about it? A few signs of mold presence include…
REMODELING DESIGN TRENDS & HOME DECORATING
Hot Remodeling Trends in 2012 Homeowners are hiring professional designers who are experienced in “going green to save green” (money) especially for kitchen remodeling. Bathroom remodeling is going natural, and outdoor living spaces are a popular way to extend the home’s floorplan…..
Remodeling with Mom in Mind Mom’s are great about sacrificial love, and may not consider her needs when remodeling! What are some home design needs of mothers with infants, toddlers, Tweens, Teens, college students, even grandkids? Efficiency and organization are in order..
Manly Remodels What are some ideas to give husbands and fathers an inspiring domain that they will really enjoy?
Smart People, Smart Homes Do you know how much attic insulation you need? With sufficient house insulation, a programmable thermostat, choosing efficient appliances, and products that do not put harmful chemicals into the air, you can green your home and make a healthier environment for your family and reduce your carbon footprint!
Home Design and Decorating Trends for 2011 The value of a home is more about the healthy lifestyle that it offers, rather than financial worth alone. Current design trends is a back-to basics feel that merges vintage with modern and contemporary, with an emphasis on the home becoming a sanctuary for relaxing and cultivating personal relationships….
Choosing the Right Window Treatment Window treatments can change the mood of a room, maximize privacy, or provide an accent. Choosing the right window treatments can be overwhelming. Here are some points to consider….
How to Start Planning for Your Next Remodeling Project Upgrading an outdated kitchen or bath, or building an addition will be less daunting with a little advanced preparation. Try these steps…
“Greening” Your Home Here are some green, eco-friendly tips to lower your energy bills, have a healthier home, both of which are money savers!