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Ideas for remodeling your kitchen

Do you remember your first kitchen? Maybe you’d just moved to a new city and had finally got a place of your own. You probably had a dingy little kitchen with a small window that you tried to make as pretty as possible. How about when you moved into your first house with your partner? Maybe a small house, with a small kitchen, but can you forget the joy you felt in doing up the kitchen and making it as comfortable as possible. Cooking is a great way to de-stress, after a hard day’s work. It is where the family congregates whether it is for a rushed breakfast, a lazy lunch or a leisurely dinner. How long have you dreamed of a kitchen which has everything you want and is absolutely perfect? Maybe this New Year is the time to make that dream come true. Here are a few tips to ensure that you get the kitchen of your dreams. You need to plan well and get a good remodeling company who understands your needs and will be able to do exactly what you want, or if that is impossible in the s

Tips on getting your home ready for winter

Winter is here. Is your home ready to take the cold? There are quite a few things you need to do, to ensure that your home does not get damaged during the cold weather. You need to take steps to make sure that all your equipment is maintained and protected throughout the winter months. Here is a checklist of things to take care off for the cold season: Keep the cold out Make sure that your home is sealed well. A small crack or an unevenly fixed window could make a difference. If there is a crack or chip, you would already feel the draft and your home wouldn’t be getting as warm as it should. Get someone who has experience in the construction business to fix it. They will know what to look for.  If you find multiple cracks and your windows and doors are very old, you may need to consider doing a minor remodel to get your home in shape . Insulating your home Sometimes, just sealing all the cracks may not be enough. Especially in large, big mansions, it ca

Remodeling the home for a growing family

When you built your house, you would not have had any idea on how large your family would turn out to be. A couple of kids later, you would have to seriously start thinking on how and where to add those extra bedrooms and provide them with their own privacy. With remodeling design options available these days, you can be sure that you can find a number of ways of making your home bigger to accommodate your growing family. Apart from extra bedrooms, you may need a den, a bigger kitchen, more bathrooms and additional storage space. For some families, just moving to a bigger house is an option, but many can’t afford that and will have to remodel their current home in as aesthetically pleasing a manner as possible, and on a budget. Some remodeling ideas for extra space You could take an existing large bedroom and split it in two so that your kids can have their own space. If you have an attic, you are in luck. The attic can be used in different ways. They could be

Remodeling the Family Bathroom

Every home has a family bathroom. It may be called the hallway bathroom, the main bathroom or something else. But it is the one place that is put to the most use and so it is the one that sees the most wear and tear. That means that it ages faster than the other bathrooms. Bathrooms are places we take for granted and since we use them so often, the signs of wear and aging are often not noticed until one day the depressing nature of the room becomes inescapable. That’s when you realize that it’s time to remodel the bathroom. Bathroom remodeling is not cheap and because of the plumbing and electrical connections, any mistakes in the remodeling process will be hard and expensive to fix. To be sure of getting the best results from the remodel, you should plan it down to the last detail, keeping in mind the needs of all those who will be using it. Questions to Ask Yourself How many people will be using the bathroom? Are there any elderly folks with special needs?

Remodeling Precautions or Mistakes?

With all the remodeling horror stories going around, it’s natural that when you plan your remodel, taking precautions to protect yourself and your family from contractors who let you down and work that is substandard is probably the uppermost thing floating in your mind. Being careful and taking steps to protect your family, your home and your money makes a lot of sense. But there are times when the precautions you take could backfire on you and turn a smoothly progressing home remodel into a maze where you, the contractor and your money can get lost. What You Should Not Do What follows are the kind of things that magazines and online articles tell you are the things you “should” do to stay in control of the project. As the client, what you want should be what you get and ensuring that you are getting what you are paying for is the right thing to do. But often the unintended consequences of these actions can face far reaching negative implications. Here are some thi

Reclaim Space by Remodeling

Sooner or later most families find their homes are running out of space. The obvious solutions are to either add to the home or move to a bigger one. Both are expensive and moving can disrupt the lives of all those who live in the home. Before contemplating such extreme steps, why not look at making better use of the space that is already available? The three areas of a home where space is most often wasted are the basement, attic and garage. Remodeling them can be a convenient and cost effective way of getting the space you need. The Basement A typical basement is a dark gloomy place where things that are unwanted or rarely used are stored. Cleaning out all the junk that has accumulated there can be expected to reveal a significant amount of free space that can be used productively. A basement as some inherent limitations such as a lack of natural light. But creative thinking can often turn these limitations into advantages. For example, a dark space is ideal for a home

Questions to Ask a Remodeling Contractor

When interviewing potential home remodeling contractors, the first questions that spring to a homeowner’s mind are usually “When will you start? When will you finish the job? How much will it cost?” These are all important issues but they are far from being enough. As a homeowner you want to be sure that you are getting the best people for remodeling your home. Starting when you want, finishing on schedule and sticking to a budget are great, but they do not mean that the remodeling will be done properly or the way you want. As the client you have the right to know all that is relevant to your home remodel. That means that you are entitled to ask any questions and get all the information that you need to enable you to choose the contractor who you think is right for the job. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (the industry association of the remodeling industry) has a list of questions that a homeowner should ask a contractor before giving him the proj