Transform Your Basement Into A Rainy Day Escape

Summer is full of barbeques, backyard sprinklers, ice cream, and beaches. But what do you do when the weather is less than perfect? Here are some easy basement ideas that can transform your space and make it feel like you are outdoors, even when you aren’t!

Wood Textures
A simple pallet wall or wooden ceiling beams can completely transform the look and feel of a basement. Wood not only adds warmth to a space, but it also adds an element of the outdoors that you can easily (and affordably) bring inside. Throw in some cabin-themed decorations and some indoor plants and you’ll feel like you’re in your favorite lake view spot!

Tiki-bar
What is a finished basement without a bar area perfect for serving drinks? Consider adding this feature in your basement if you love entertaining guests! To get that outside feeling, decorate it for summer with tiki inspired adornments. You can use a natural raffia table skirt to decorate the front of your bar and create a tropical bar top display with coconut cups, colorful appetizer plates, and some pineapple décor! Hang decorative LED string lights such as lanterns behind and above the bar for a little festive lighting to really set the mood.

Indoor Picnic
Have a fun indoor picnic theme with family and friends on those rainy summer days! Pick up a large serving bowl and place various summer fruits, such as lemons, oranges, grapes, or watermelon slices, inside of it. Place the bowl alongside a mason jar style drink dispenser and put a classic red and white checkered tablecloth below the two. This will make for an easy and fun serving station or just a seasonal decoration (maybe use plastic fruit as a decoration)! Fill empty table space with fruity scented candles, a napkin display, or a cute picnic basket!

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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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Make Your Tiny Kitchen Look Enormous

1. Eliminate Counter Clutter
With the busy lives we live, it is hard to keep everything organized in kitchen cabinets at all time. However, one thing that will create more visual space in your kitchen is a clear counter. Remove all food products, mail, and cluttered decor from your counter surface and reserve it for useful items like sugar and spices. It will appear to be a larger space when the clutter is removed.

2. Lighting
If you have the benefit of big windows near your kitchen, the natural light will help to make this living space appear bigger. If you do not have an abundance of natural light, providing adequate lighting for your kitchen is beneficial for cooking but also for create space in the room.

3. Add Hidden Storage
There are typically unused spaces in kitchen cabinet that can utilized for organizing kitchenware. Creating extra cabinet space can help to eliminate clutter on countertops.

4. Reflective Surfaces
A new trend for smaller kitchens is to add mirror fronts to kitchen cabinets or buy all stainless steel appliances. These reflective surfaces can add depth and create the illusion that the space appears larger.

5. Light Colors
Along with natural light, painting walls and cabinets light colors will brighten up the room and essentially make it look bigger. Painting walls lighter colors can also allow creativity with decoration themes being bold colors that will really stand out on the walls and countertops.

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5 Deck Renovation Tips

Are you looking to add value to your home? Upgrading your front or back yard deck is a remodeling project you should consider. The return on your investment could yield up to 80% with the proper updates. Here are five tips to help your deck renovation:

  1. Research Building Codes

State and federal building codes can get specific when it comes to the stairs, railings, and general height and width of a deck. Building codes change depending on location, so make sure to research the codes for your area and your property. In addition, make sure your contractor is aware of these codes and complies with them.

  1. Choose Building Materials Wisely

Ho w much foot traffic will run across this deck? You need to choose a surface material that can withstand all kinds of wear and tear. The lifespan of your deck will also depend largely on the climate you live in.  Choose a material based on these considerations, as well as your needs and budget.

  1. Observe Your Neighbors

Look at other homes in your area and build accordingly. It isn’t necessary to use the same design, but you should reference their decks to get an idea of how you should build.

  1. Factor In All Costs

The cost of renovating your deck depends on your project goals and how much you are willing to spend on labor and materials. Begin careful planning by estimating project costs and researching how to handle large-scale renovations.

  1. Design With The Future In Mind

While you might be pushing for a quick completion to your deck renovation, you need to make sure the project is done correctly. Make sure your deck serves a useful purpose for years to come. This means using the durable materials and following building codes!

For more inspiration on your next home renovation, visit the galleries on our website.

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Master Bedroom Renovation

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we are taking some time to focus on the most private room in your home. The most intimate room in your home is likely the master bedroom, but if the space doesn’t have a fresh look, it might not feel so intimate. You and your partner plan to spend a romantic evening at home for the upcoming holiday, but also realize it’s time to give your bedroom a makeover. Whether the color scheme is off, you need to block interruptive noises, or you need more space, changes are necessary for you to regain positive feelings in your room.

Aesthetics

If you walk into your bedroom and realize the general design of it is making you unhappy, it’s time to renovate. Room color is proven to affect your mood and thoughts, so changing your color scheme needs to be done wisely. Green is a smart choice for bedroom color because not only is it believed to relieve stress, it is also believed to help with fertility.

In addition to color choice, the amount of space you allow yourself is also important to consider. When moving furniture around just isn’t enough, make the decision to tear down interior walls or conjoin two smaller rooms for extra space. This could turn out to be extensive construction, but worth it in the end.

ROI

Right now you want to renovate the master bedroom to create your own personal retreat, but eventually you’ll want this room looking great for potential buyers. Giving your master bedroom a fresh look can give you a return on your investment (ROI) between 40-80%. Experts say that focusing on expanding your closets and creating larger master bathrooms are the top features homeowners desire and that will yield a higher ROI for you.

As you dream about your new master bedroom, call our team for a consultation. We will prepare design sketches for the space, establish the budget with you, assist and the ordering of materials, and manage the project as a whole. Give us a call today, 937-567-0606.

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What To Do During A Roofing Installation

One of the top questions we get from customers is: “What should I do when the roofers are here?”

It’s a great question, because for the time period that we’re working, your home is actually a construction site.

Here’s some tips to help you prepare and prevent any damage or disturbances:

  1. Remove all vehicles, potted plants, decorations, patio furniture, wood piles, and other items from the perimeter of the building. We don’t want to risk any harm from equipment or falling debris!
  2. It’s helpful to make sure the work crew will have driveway access and workspace in the yard.
  3. Children and pets should be kept indoors or, preferably, off the job site. Besides safety concerns, they may be disturbed by the loud noises and disruptions.
  4. Protect any valuables in your attic or rooms directly below the roof from dust and debris: cover them with tarps and turn off roof attic fans.
  5. Nail guns, hammers, heavy boots and the ripping off of old roofing materials are LOUD. Be prepared for near constant noise throughout the project that may disrupt normal day-to-day activities.
  6. We may need you to move or remove satellite dishes and other delicate equipment during the project.
  7. Talk to the foreman or call us at our office any time throughout the day if you have a question or need access in or out of the building.
  8. Take your time going through the final inspection after work is done – we want to ensure all debris has been properly removed, your property restored to pristine condition, and that the project is complete to your satisfaction.
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