The Master Bath You’ve Been Dreaming Of…

Imagine having a space in your home that helps wake up your mind and body in the morning and helps you to unwind after a long day.  Your master bath could be that space.  With the right features, your master bath can turn into an oasis that will also increase your home’s value!

Heated Floors
No one likes waking up and stepping barefoot onto cold tile floor.  Consider adding radiant heating when remodeling your bathroom!  Radiant heating also tends to be more energy efficient, which makes this investment the perfect mix of desirable and practical.
Update The Exhaust Fan
Did you know that an exhaust fan is one of the most requested bathroom features for home buyers?  Make sure yours is up to par in fighting mold and humidity with an upgrade!  There are humidity-controlled fans, fans with nightlights, and many other customizable features you can have in a new exhaust fan.
Dual Flush Toilet
Your water bill (and the environment) will thank you if you make the switch to an efficient dual-flushing toilet!  These toilets allow you to regulate the amount of water used when you flush the toilet. These are a must for new or remodeled bathrooms, and it will definitely add value to your home when selling.
Multi-Head Shower
Make your shower a customizable experience with a multi-head shower!  You can place a rain shower above your head for when you want to relax, or strong jets to soothe sore muscles.  There are all sorts of different heads you can have in your shower, and you can pair this with a separate soaking tub for a truly relaxing experience.
Warming Lamp or Heating Rack
Not many things that feel better than a warm towel after stepping out of the shower or washing your face.  Installation of a heating towel rack right by the shower is a simple feature that warms you up any time of the year.

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5 Things Every Home Office Needs

When working from home, you need your own space to minimize distractions and maximize the amount of work you are able to complete.  It also makes sense that this space should be as function and pleasant as possible, or you’ll never want to get any work done!  Make sure your home office has these essentials to help you get your work done, as peacefully as possible.

Privacy
This may seem obvious, but make sure your home office has doors or is in a secluded area of your home.  You don’t need any added distractions like pets, kids, or your partner’s TV watching to interrupt you; separate yourself from all of this to be productive!  If you live alone you may think you are exempt from this, but that means it’s more important than ever to have a private space used only for work to maximize your productivity.
Quality Furniture
If you spend a lot of time working from home, you should definitely invest in furniture that will serve you best.  Pick out an office chair that won’t hurt your back and choose a desk that is stylish as well as functional.
A View
When working, you don’t want to look up from your computer to a blank wall right in front of you.  Optimize your creativity by placing your desk near a window, or if your space is lacking in these, then paint your walls a color you love and hang up pictures or artwork to stimulate your mind.
Great Lighting
You will never get any work done if your lighting is bad and strains your eyes.  Avoid the headache by taking some time to think about what lighting you need in your space to work at your best.  Another thing to consider: make sure your lighting does not cause a glare on your computer screen.
Storage
Organizing your work space is necessary for maximum productivity.  Invest in a book shelf or file cabinet if you have lots of documents or other items that need a home.  Also, your pens, business cards, and sticky notes will probably be kept on your desk, so buy some baskets or holders to keep everything in its place. (Note: the items you choose can be a great way to personalize your office!)

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4 Quick Springtime Renovation Projects

As the weather warms up in Ohio, it’s a great time to take care of improvements in and around your home. Whether you are focusing on DIY projects, or calling professionals like us to give you a hand, there are a few home projects that you should prioritize in the springtime.

Driveway Repair

The frigid, winter temperatures may have created cracks and potholes in the pavement of your driveway. Sometimes this kind of breakage in the driveway can be repaired with a pavement filler, but other times the whole area must be resurfaced. The amount of splitting on the surface will guide your decision to refill or resurface.

Painting Walls

After the dreary, winter months, you may notice the colors on your walls are faded. Springtime calls for room colors to be more aesthetically vibrant. Repainting every room in the house is much too large of a project to undertake. Make sure to walk through your house and see which spaces are worth changing.

Carpet Restoration

As you take on your spring cleaning, you may notice that there is wear on your carpet due to the dirt and grime that people have tread into your house all winter. The fabric can be restored  with a carpet cleaning machine. It is recommended that you deep clean your carpets every 12-18 months. If the carpet is in similar condition to as it was before you deep-cleaned, you may need to consider replacing it entirely.

Deck Repair

If your deck is worn or cracked, similar to your driveway, it’s a good idea to make repairs as soon as you notice breakage in the surface. Inspect the deck for common problems that occur after your deck has been exposed to harsh weather conditions. The way you take care of your deck will depend on the kind of material it is made out of, as well as the amount of damage that has been done to it.

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How to Stay Sane During Home Renovations

Coming up with ways to improve your home is one of the great joys of homeownership.

Actually making those improvements? Not so much, when you have furniture to move, plastic sheeting to hang, family and pets to keep out of the work area, and can’t use your water or power for hours on end.

Here’s some tips to make realizing your dream less painful:

– Call in a team of professionals. This definitely speeds up the process. Their experience, resources, tools and connections make for fast work done right the first time.

– Use a good calendar program. Not only will you know exactly what to expect throughout the project, you can coordinate your family’s schedules and events around the work being done.

– Make it a vacation. Make sure to schedule time to rest and relax! That may include slipping away to grandma’s or a nice hotel during the most disruptive work.

– Don’t go it alone. Ask for advice from friends, family and colleagues who’ve been through this before. Neighbors might offer laundry or bathroom access until your space is back to normal. Your contractor may have great tips on how to balance your family’s needs with the ongoing house projects – after all, they’ve seen plenty of other homeowners tackle life + home improvement.

– Delegate. Even if you’ve hired a contractor to handle all the details, managing a project takes time and energy out of your day. Call in the troops to assist with tasks that make life easier and your home more livable until the work is done.

– Celebrate! When the dust is clear, take a moment before plunging into the next project to enjoy the benefits of your dream come true. That memory will help keep you motivated when you’re in the middle of a full-scale renovation later on.

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Going Green Brings In the Green

What’s the top priority on today’s homebuyer wish lists?

Green and energy-efficient features. That includes anything that conserves energy, water, and materials, while preserving both indoor and outdoor environmental quality.

For the first time, industry surveys show that the majority of both single-family and multi-family home developers are building at least 15 percent of their projects to green standards.

One in five single-family developers build more than 90 percent of their homes that way.

What does this mean for you?

If you have an older home, one of the best ways to build its resale value is to incorporate energy-efficient and green principles into any remodels or home improvements. That’s especially important around heating, cooling and appliances. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the age of a home has a major impact on how many BTUs (the amount of energy needed to heat one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit) are used each year:

Homes built in the 2000s – 37,100

Homes built in the 1980s and 1990s – 43,500

Homes built prior to 1940 – 51,600

If you’d like to find ways to make your home more efficient, environmentally friendly and attractive, call us for a free evaluation. (937) 469-2852

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