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Kitchens can be one of the most dated areas of a home. In fact, you can usually guess when a home was built, within a range of a few years, by looking at the original kitchen! Assuming you’re not into the 1985 aesthetic, you might be feeling completely fed up with an old kitchen. Here are five design tips for creating a more modern kitchen that will stand the test of time.
Upgrade your appliances. If you’re wanting a more modern...more
Ask around about a remodeling contractor, and you’ll hear two types of stories:
- “Use this guy! He’s my cousin’s best friend and he’s awesome”
- “Don’t use this guy! I heard a horror story about him!”
Occasionally, misunderstandings happen. But in general, the reputation of a remodeling contractor is based upon the quality of his work and his business practices.
Having said that, those misunderstandings do...more
According to the Energy Department, household utility bills have increased by at least 10 percent over the past year.
If you’re looking for some ways to lower your energy costs, consider the following four remodeling projects as you upgrade your home.
Focus on your largest energy drain. Heating and cooling systems account for the largest portion of most utility bills. If your unit is more than ten years old, upgrading to a newer,...more
Over the past year, many of us have changed the way we live and work. And with those changes we’ve seen the rapid development of new trends in home design. One new trend that is prompting quite a few remodeling projects is the concept of multi-functional spaces.
Perhaps you now work from home, homeschool, or spend more time pursuing indoor hobbies. Maybe your gym closed down or you prefer to work out at home now. And if the kids are...more
In the past, we tended to assume that we must stick to only one metal tone when remodeling the bathroom, kitchen, or other area of the home. But recent trends point toward mixing different metals, to create a look that is more interesting and eclectic.
Of course, as with any other design trend, there are right and wrong ways to include mixed metals in your decor. Do it right, and you achieve a stylish look that you will enjoy for years....more
A bonus room remodel can seem like the most obvious solution to your need for additional living space. But before you get started, consider these three aspects to determine whether this is the right choice for you, and to decide how you want to proceed.
Do you want or need outside access? If your bonus room is outside, consider your doorway options. Sliding glass doors, French doors, and “barnyard” doors can be a great addition and...more
We all have “dream home” ideas that we wish we could attain… But many of us can’t move to a pricey McMansion. Or perhaps you love your current home and location, and don’t want the hassle of a move. But you dream about a bigger walk-in closet in your master bedroom, perhaps even a luxurious dressing room. You might be interested to know that you can actually accomplish this with a relatively simple renovation!
First, do you have a spare...more
As you plan your kitchen remodeling project, you will encounter one common limitation on your plans. Your budget will determine whether you can install your dream kitchen, or force you to compromise a bit on the design. As you review your plans, you might find yourself wondering which elements are most important. Where should you concentrate your budget? And can you save a bit on other items?
When it comes to kitchen remodeling, it’s...more
If you’re remodeling your bathroom, you might have already encountered the Great Debate: Should you choose a bathtub or shower? You might be surprised at how passionately some people feel about this topic!
Your own lifestyle might initially influence your decision. If you never use the bathtub and you’re sick of cleaning it, it makes sense to lean toward a shower-only option.
Water usage is another common concern. Especially in...more