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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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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.

Why You Should Build a Dedicated Home Office Space During Your Spring Cleaning

If you work from home, particularly if you’re starting out, you understand the numerous difficulties that come with that career lifestyle, such as balancing time between home and work, or getting rid of distractions. If you add a dedicated office space to your home, whether by remodeling an attic or basement, or as a home addition, you can improve your work output and even gain other advantages. Your spring cleaning is the perfect time to transform one of your empty spaces into a home office.

 

Why Spring?

Spring is when the weather turns warmer in most of the country, and while it may be rainy during the spring months it is still a great time for a home remodeling project because demand for builders and contractors usually spikes during the summer. You can also plan your remodeling project before the hot weather so you can work comfortably during the summer.

 

The Value of Dedicated Office Space

Some people who work from home may be perfectly comfortable with a laptop on the couch, but others may find the lack of dedicated work space to be a distraction. You may be one of those people who need much more than just a computer to do their jobs, and dedicated office space helps ensure productivity throughout the year.

Tips for a Home Office

Everyone who works from home will have unique issues when it comes to office space. First, determine where you want your office in your home. Next, think of structural changes you need to make the space more inviting and comfortable. You may need to install a door or reconfigure the heating and air system in your home for your new office.

 

Ask your contractor for recommendations to take advantage of the floor space and structure of your home. Consider going green and investing in eco-friendly appliances and building materials, if possible. This may not only lead to savings on your energy bills but potentially tax benefits as well.

3 Spring Remodeling and Addition Projects to Consider

Spring is on its way, and with it comes a rebirth of nature from the previous winter. You might have the urge to start anew with your home as well by planning a home remodeling or addition project. If spring cleaning inspires you to invest in some remodeling this spring, there are several additions and upgrades you can make for aesthetic, comfort, and practical reasons.

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Your Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart and gathering place of the home, so why not focus your attention on remodeling one of the most-used areas of your home? Virtually any kitchen offers vast potential for upgrades and remodeling. Take time to consult with a contractor you trust about functional improvements you can make to capitalize on your floor plan and available square footage. You can also invest in green appliances or install modern appliances for greater energy efficiency.

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Add New Rooms

An addition to your home can dramatically increase property value and increase the overall comfort of your home. Perhaps you want to add an extra bedroom or knock out a few walls for a more open floor plan. Whatever your ideas may be, an addition on your home is a major investment that can lead to significant rewards if you take time to consider your options and plan carefully.

Wine Cellars

Wine is more popular than ever in the U.S., and many homeowners are starting their own wine collections at home. Adding a small wine cellar to your home can be easier than you might expect. Some clever homeowners have made use of crawlspaces and existing pantries to create stunning wine cellars, and wine lovers should consider how much space their wine collection needs and plan their remodeling accordingly.

 

These are just a few ways you can make functional improvements to your home this spring. Remodeling not only breathes new life into your home, but also increases the home’s property value and can offer other practical benefits like savings on your energy bills with more eco-friendly appliances and greater comfort all year round. Contacts us if you want to improve your homes value!

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