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4 Basement Family Room Upgrades

If you finish your basement, you can add up to double the amount of space you had to begin with. You might already have a finished basement, but perhaps it doesn’t fit your current needs. Either way, a basement is a good space for a family room. You can relax in a cozy space that doesn’t necessarily need to be picked up when company comes over.

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Remodeling? 3 Ways to Increase Natural Light

If you want to create a more efficient home in your upcoming remodel, you have all sorts of options, from choosing more energy-efficient appliances to adding new siding that prevents energy transfer. But don’t overlook one of the best ways to improve your home’s efficiency and boost your overall mood: natural light.

When you increase your home’s natural light, you both decrease the amount of money you spend on artificial light and on heating — though you do need to invest in good window treatments to keep the home from heating too much in the summer.

Not sure how to go about adding natural light to your space? Learn about three ways you can add natural light to your home when you remodel.

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Building an In-Law Apartment? 4 Problems to Avoid

Do you take care of a senior relative who has trouble living on their own? Do you wish that you could combine households to make caretaking easier? If so, you’re not alone. The number of multi-generational households has been on the rise for years, and now many homeowners live with their senior relatives.

 

The process of building an in-law apartment and combining households with a senior relative can come with problems if the apartment is not planned properly. If you’re a homeowner who would like to have a senior relative live in your home, here’s what you need to do to avoid issues that can arise when constructing an in-law apartment.

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Tips for Making Space in Small Kitchens

Today’s kitchens are the meeting hubs of homes; they’re dynamic spaces that tend to evolve with the needs and lifestyles of homeowners. If your kitchen space is small, it’s important to remember that it doesn’t have to be limiting. Plus, a good kitchen remodel could potentially increase the selling price of your home by as much as $50,000. Consider the following 3 tips on how to maximize space in your kitchen.

Create a Work Triangle That Works for You

Work triangles are formed between the three most important parts of the kitchen: the stove, the sink, and the refrigerator. According to classic theory, the legs of the triangle should be no less than four and no greater than nine feet each, and the total distance of the triangle should be between 13 and 26 feet. Moving between the legs of the triangle should feel natural to you. You may even consider more than one triangle if space permits.

Add Savvy Shelving and Storage

Opt for shelving that’s unique to your kitchen and makes the best use of natural lighting. Consider shelving that can be accessed from both sides or a creative unit that’s custom built into a wall or above your counter space. Create functional storage, such as high cabinets for rarely used gadgets or a crockery drawer for various sized dishes.

Choose the Right Cabinet Hardware

When working with limited space, be sure to choose the right cabinet hardware. Heavy knobs or pulls will negatively affect the visual feel of the space, as streamlined cabinets are crucial in smaller spaces where the wrong pulls will catch your clothes. Consider inset troughs or slim pulls that follow the line of your doors.

 

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4 Things to Consider When Doing an Attic Remodel

When you are summer cleaning, you may want to assess any unused space to renovate to improve your home’s value. Instead of the basement, as is usually the case, you may want to renovate the attic. Bringing new life to your attic presents its own unique set of challenges that you should keep in mind before and during the process.

 

Why Remodel an Attic?

An attic could potentially become a bedroom, a more functional storage room, or even a home office depending on the ceiling height and layout. There is vast potential when it comes to attic renovation, but ultimately you must work with the available space in your home and make the most of it.

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Issues to Consider With an Attic Renovation

Attic renovations are more complex than other home remodeling projects and you may face some unique and challenging problems.

 

  • You must ensure your attic still complies with all applicable safety codes in your area. Depending on local laws, you may face limitations in your options for an attic remodeling project.
  • Most home attics are not designed with regular use in mind, so you may need to quiet the floor of your attic if you intend to turn it into a functional space you will use on a consistent basis.
  • Some attics may have staircases while others are only accessible via pull-down staircases from the ceiling of the upper floor. Assess the current entryway to your attic and determine if you can reconfigure it for easier access to your new attic.
  • Your existing attic may have exposed insulation or other features that make it unsuitable for regular use. Consult with your contractor about how to make the space functional and safe for you and your family.

 

Attics provide unique opportunities for improving home functionality and a solid remodeling project can also boost property value. If you’re thinking about renovating your home this summer, consider the possibilities for your attic and work with an experienced contractor to get the job done right.

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