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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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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How To Renovate On A Tight Budget

Everybody’s budget is tight.

It doesn’t matter if we’re transforming the piano room of a high-end mansion or tweaking the layout in a downtown loft – every one of our clients wants to keep the costs as low as possible.

So over the past 20+ years in architecture and project management, we’ve learned a few tricks along the way to make sure every project comes in on time and under budget.

Here’s some of our best:

– Hire a professional. Obviously, we’re biased. But it’s true that bringing in someone with experience, connections and access to professional discounts will save you in many ways. Especially an independent local company that’s committed to your needs, not stockholders’ bottom lines. Think time, money, costly repairs, and headaches.

– Do it yourself. Not the whole project, of course. Still, most homeowners can contribute to design accents from the perfect-sized furniture to the just-right curtains, or come up with shelving and painting projects that help the renovation work shine.

– Research. Before bringing us in, search online and in magazines for ideas on what will make your home as comfortable and beautiful as  you dream. That helps narrow things down so we can spend less time designing and more time making it happen.

– Work with existing structural features. Interior brick walls, ceiling beams, and even exposed pipework can add to the beauty of a space. Plumbing, windows, and HVAC systems are expensive to move or relocate, so consider all your options before deciding to shift the sink three feet to the right.

– Fund it wisely. Avoid personal loans and save the home equity line of credit or second mortgage for the major projects.

When you’ve got a project you’re thinking of taking on, give us a call at 937-567-0606 to talk through the best way to make it happen for the least expense on your part.

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