Is it Time to Turn Your Home Inside Out? The best return to realize on your home investment is its enjoyment! Do you have a comfortable outdoor room to relax and entertain? It may be a hot time of year to think about being outside, but now is a perfect time to start the process to design and build an outdoor room that is Pinterest-worthy to enjoy the beautiful weather we have the majority of the year in time for Fall.
What does it mean to Age in Place? The term “aging in place” is a smart way to say that you want to live in your home for as long as possible. Most homes are not designed to help facilitate long-term independence when they were built. So when it is time to remodel, make sure you add features to help increase safety and comfort for all ages. It will be a wise investment.
Cabinets: Refinish or Replace? When It comes to a kitchen or bathroom remodel, when does it make sense to reuse cabinets by refinishing them instead of replacing them? If you want to keep the layout and storage the same, and you are working with quality cabinets that are in good shape, you may opt to refinish.
New Award-Winning Innovations The annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show selects products to award that are outstanding in innovation and design. Hundreds of companies submit entries, and here are some of the winning products that will greatly increase function and even fun!
Factors In Choosing A General Contractor It isn’t practical to be able to see before and finished projects for a sense if a particular General Contractor is the one that will do the job well. But one can get a better understanding of their ability to deliver by doing some checking into these six factors.
2018 Predicted Home Trends For home improvement and interior design, 2017 was the year of adding greenery indoors, more natural materials, patterned tiles, matte finishes and copper accents. The 2018 predictions are in, and home design trends are about to get a little more exciting.
From Our Family to Yours We wish everyone the blessings of the love shared at Christmas! Read about Home Office design, how to keep the chill out, cooking with kids, home equity loans and more!
Top 5 Trends in Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling October is National Kitchen & Bath Month, a popular time to redesign and update the two most used rooms in the home. Not only can one gain the greater enjoyment of their home by customizing it to fit a family’s lifestyle, a beautifully designed kitchen and bath increase the value of the home when it is time to sell. The current drivers for remodeling the kitchen tends to be desiring an open concept current design, with updated and sufficiently sized efficient appliances and more storage. People want to remodel their bathroom to make it more user-friendly and easier to maintain.
Now That’s Outdoor Living! When you were growing up, was there a “cool house” that everyone wanted to go to because there was always food, fun, and laughter? Set the stage of yours gaining that reputation by having beautiful outdoor living spaces that double as a great place to quietly retreat into your corner of nature, and a great place to entertain friends and family.
Man Made vs. Custom Home Improvements: When it comes time to choose materials for certain home improvement projects, it can be difficult to know whether it’s better to select ready-made, prefabricated and man-made options, or pay more for customized, natural materials that tend to be higher quality.
We Need Your Vote: It would really help get the word out if you took a moment to vote for Cook Remodeling and Custom Construction in Ranking Arizona’s Best Businesses
A Place To Unwind Just For Dad: Whether the dads in your life are retired or are part of the corporate world, they all need their own space to relax and unwind when they are home.
6 Home Improvement Projects To Reduce Your Bill? : Owning a home has always been considered the American dream, just remember that dream can evolve!
Do you have an inviting outdoor living space? : Having a well designed outdoor room is a smart way to increase the livable space for entertaining, dining, and relaxing.
Help Us Add a Bedroom For A Handicapped Child – Cook Remodeling has partnered with Boost a Foster Family on a project to enclose a patio for an additional bedroom required for a family to be built by the end of November.
The Latest Trend: A Multipurpose Laundry Room: We may not love doing laundry, but we can make it so we love our laundry room!
Trick Out The Father’s Garage Our newsletter offers a gift idea for Father’s Day! Check it out! Trick Out the Father’s Garage, Ten Day Shred to Shed Fat!, A Chef’s Favorite Nook, and The Amazing Race…Places That Challenge Your Senses
Did You Know There Is A Home Remodeling Joy Score? The cost of a home remodeling project and the estimated rate of the return can be known on a monetary scale, but what about measuring the emotional value gained for the homeowner for remodeling their home?
Make Your Home a Visitable Home Is your home as welcoming as it could be for all ages and stages of life? Sometimes people think, I am not old enough to concern myself with modifying my home. What about those recovering from an accident or surgery? What if you have a parent who needs care?
Indoor Projects For Your Home Whether you live where the winter is typically light-jacket weather, or where it feels like snow is at your doorstep every day, winter is generally a time of year when we spend more time indoors than any other season. Why not use this time to look around your home and make a list of the repairs or upgrades you’ve been putting off and get a professional in to help?
Eco-Friendly Home Products Gift Ideas! You can go really green this Christmas, by keeping a healthy home environment in mind. It’s even more important when our homes are closed up to keep out the elements and is not as well ventilated.
Top 10 Bathroom Design Elements in 2015 According to the 2015 bathroom design survey by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), homeowners are moving from a transitional design style with a furniture look, to a more contemporary style for a simple, clean, and spacious look.
10 DIY Projects Best Left to the Pros The do-it-yourself mantra has swept the nation, inspired by everything from television networks like HGTV, to magazine articles on how to re-floor your living room.
Remodeling for the Love of Mom Whether you want to remodel your Mom’s house, or better host your Mom at your house, or to celebrate and say thanks to the Mom of your children, here are some ideas of a gift she can enjoy every day.
Does the Father in Your Life Need a Man Cave? Everyone needs a place and space to call their own, and it is popular to remodel the garage to reflect the personal lifestyle of the owners.
Add Value to Your Home with These Upgrades When it comes to upgrades around the house, savvy homeowners look for ways that will provide the best value on their investment.
The Importance of Attic Insulation Heating and air conditioning systems work hard to keep the temperature within the home steady, no matter what is going on outside.
Patio Reboot: Quick and Easy Fixes We spend too much time indoors, so make the outdoors inviting, comfortable and fun!
Start Planning Your Big Remodeling Project Now Holidays are a great time to observe what isn’t working for you in your home. Do you need a kitchen makeover? A guest house? Here is a guide that tells you how long from design to competition, so you can plan.
Remodeling to Sell or to Stay? How do your kitchen and bathroom impact your quality of life? Those rooms are crucial in our daily routines…..
Home Office Storage Solutions When doing a home office remodeling project, here are some ideas to make the most of the space….
Make Your Home the Talk of the Block Tips for first impression curb appeal for outdoor remodeling Phoenix.
Choosing the Right Windows for Your Home Size, location, materials are all important factors when selecting energy efficient window for your home renovation.
Home Remodeling Upgrades Whether you’re doing a full-scale home remodeling project or a smaller home improvement project, here are some affordable upgrades that will give a good return your home remodeling budget investment.
How Windows Keep You Cool Energy efficient windows are a great green home remodeling investment. There are a variety of factors to consider for an Energy Star rated window: U-factor, R-value, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, low-Emissivity…..
Outdoor Living: Transform Your Space Have more than just a patio, transform it into 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…
Efficient Water Heaters Advances in hot water technology offer increased efficiency and savings on utilities. What are the options if you only have electric utilities, or what hot water system should one consider if you have gas to your home?
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….
Celebrate National Kitchen & Bath Month by Remodeling – Are you tired of having an outdated kitchen, old flooring, and faucets that drip relentlessly no matter what you do
Want A New Kitchen By Thanksgiving? It may seem early to think about preparing for Thanksgiving, but now is a great time to start the process of having a great kitchen in time for the holidays!
Smart Choices for Bathroom Flooring: Because of “slippery when wet,” the flooring you choose for the bathroom is important, especially if its users might spill shampoo or lotion which takes an effort to clean up.
Kitchen Remodeling & Bath Remodeling for the Most Important Rooms The main actors to consider when doing kitchen remodeling or bathroom remodeling include the length of time you will be in the home and lifestyle. How to prepare to plan for a kitchen remodeling or bathroom remodeling project.
Moisture Damage in the Bathroom Bathrooms is highly susceptible to mold growth…watch for these signs that it is time for a bathroom remodel…..
A Luxury Makeover for the Kitchen and Bath What bathroom remodeling and kitchen remodeling design details make the difference? Cabinet choice, appliances, creative storage, ambiance, warmth…
Outdoor Kitchen Decadence Extend the comforts of home by working with a remodeling professional for an outdoor kitchen remodeling project. Consider cooking, beverages, comfort, and the wow factor….
Want a New Kitchen by Thanksgiving? Start in August! Do not let another holiday go by in a kitchen that cramps your style. Define your wants via Pinterest, your needs, a budget for kitchen remodeling Phoenix.
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 Energy Saving Investments Not all energy saving projects need to be big ones. Here are some simple projects and smart habits to help you save money on utilities.
The Importance of Attic Insulation R-Values of insulation may deteriorate over time. Don’t think smashing another layer of batting over the old will double the insulation. Any compaction of insulation will cause it to lose effectiveness. Instead..
Steps to an Energy Efficient Home. You can stay comfortable and save money with these five tips.
Save Money with a Programmable Thermostat Here are some ideas on choosing the right programmable thermostat
Fall Home Maintenance Use this indoor and outdoor checklist to be ready for cooler weather, lower utility bills and enjoy a safer, healthier home environment.
Practical Kitchen Organization Tips You can make your kitchen seem larger and be more efficient by utilizing these six tips.
Termites Be Gone! Protect your home from a termite infestation by following these tips….
Reclaiming Your Garage Your garage is the first experience of your house, does it welcome you home? Or demand your attention? Tips on steel cabinetry, storage, and organization….
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…
Wise Investing in Your Home Here are some tips for professionals that can help elevate the experience of your home for yourself and your guests.
Paint: What the Hue Says About You. Colors can influence mood in ways you may not expect.
Top Five Remodeling Trends in 2013 These five most popular home improvement trends reflected simplicity and efficiency.
Ergonomics in the Home Office More and more people are working from home. Implement these tips to lessen fatigue and strain on your muscles, joints, and eyes…
Decorative Outdoor Lighting Five types of lighting to accentuate and provide safety for the exterior of your home.
Aging in Place: The Smart Choice 80% of homeowners want to live in their home as long and comfortably as possible. When doing a home remodeling project, use a certified remodeler who is trained in universal design.
Eco-Friendly Home Products With homes becoming more air tight, carefully consider what may add toxins to the indoor air when selecting cabinets, flooring, paint….
Solar Energy Basics Sun power is free, renewable, clean, and reliable…Some considerations when choosing and designing a solar system for your home remodeling Phoenix.
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!