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Home Remodeling: Current Trends You Need to Know

Trends can be useful. They tell you what other people are thinking and doing. They give you ideas which you can use in your own life. They are also dangerous – if you blindly follow what others say and do, you are in the soup.  Nowhere is this truer than in the matter of home remodeling. This is something that you do once or maybe twice in your lifetime. You want your home to be the best it can ever be, so you look for the best and brightest concepts and samples toadopt. But remember, the most popular ideas and features may not work for your home or family. With that in mind, here are a few fresh popular concepts that can be adapted to suit most homes. The Healthy Home It is so obvious that it may sound ridiculous even to mention these small things. But a healthy home is more than just one that does use zero-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint. Consider these other often overlooked issues: Are all the rooms well ventilated? If you live in an are

Remodeling For Your Retirement: 4 Essential Preparations You Need to Know

Are you an average American homeowner? If so, you are in your mid-30s and retirement is a long way off. It’s not something you think about when you plan to remodel your home. But remodeling is not something you can afford to do every few years. The sooner you start thinking about it the better. If you are approaching your 60s, the urgency is much greater. Observing Homes of Seniors to Get Ideas This doesn’t mean visiting a retirement home. Drop in and spend some time with the seniors you know. Talk to them about the challenges they face in their homes due to structural features which if available would make life much easier for them. Not everything may appeal to you nor may be right for you, but the more ideas you get the better prepared you will be. You don’t have to incorporate everything immediately. Making provision for it is enough. For example, remodeling a staircase with the option of installing a stair lift at a later date will make installation easier when it n

10 Remodeling Don’ts

When planning a home remodel most people spend a lot of time researching all the things they have to do before, during and after the project. Not being prepared or leaving out something important can ruin the remodel and destroy the plan for a dream home. However, it’s equally important to know what not to do – there are a lot of common mistakes that homeowners make. It’s your home and because you want the best for it, your intentions are good. But you know what they say about good intentions and where they lead. Here are a few things you should not do when remodeling your home.  Do not postpone making major decisions till after the work starts. A good contractor will walk you through all the possible scenarios so that when an issue arises, the plan for dealing with it is in place. Delays caused by the time taken to make decisions add to the time and cost of the project and can have unintended consequences. Finding out halfway through the remodel that some aspects of

Think Of Solar Energy When You Remodel

This steady increase in energy costs is making the use of solar energy in homes increasingly attractive. With everything in the home, from washing to cleaning, cooking, climate control, entertainment etc. all dependent on electricity, and new appliances becoming available every day, the demand for electricity will only increase. And while the demand increases, so do the costs. The price of electricity has been steadily increasing over the years and this trend will continue. Solar power for the home is the wave of the future to reduce utility costs, provide some degrees of insulation from grid power outages and to reduce a home's carbon footprint. The best time to add solar power to a home is during a remodel because the installation of the solar panels, wiring and other aspects of the conversion can be integrated into the remodel, saving of money and time. The Advantages Of A Solar Powered Home Solar energy is an excellent long term investment offeri

Creating a Family Friendly Kitchen

Having a kitchen that dishes out gourmet meals easily or facilitates entertaining is always a welcome feature in any home. But in most cases the kitchen is more of a family room than anything else. Remodeling your kitchen to give yourself the space and features you want does not mean that it cannot also be a room that everyone in the home can enjoy. Here are a few ideas that can help you create a truly family friendly kitchen. What is the Kitchen Used For? It’s not just for cooking. Make a list of who uses the kitchen and what they use it for. Do the kids do their homework there? Is this where you have a cup of coffee with friends? Does Dad create one of his “gourmet” meals on Sundays? Do the pets eat here? List out everything that is done in the kitchen and you will find that room is used by more people for more things than anywhere else in the home. The next step is to list out the special requirements of each activity. Do the kids need a large table for their homewor

Remodeling a nursery

Having a baby is an exciting time in a parent’s life. Bringing a life into the world is one of the most beautiful and miraculous wonders. Getting a nursery ready for your soon to be born baby is an exciting and creative venture. You can let loose all your ideas and make a beautiful nursery. But wait! Step back for a minute and look at the bigger picture. Many expectant parents get lost in the tiny details of the nursery, like the color and theme that they quite miss out on the more important points. This room could be the one that your child grows up in. So, think long term. What should you consider when designing a nursery? Whether you already have space that you are remodeling into a nursery, or you are making an addition to your home, there are some points to consider. 1.     Space A baby’s nursery doesn’t need much space. A corner for the crib, a closet and a changing table are the basic necessities and these can fit in easily into a small space.

What are the latest green remodeling techniques in construction?

The world is getting more concerned about global warming and climate change every day. The recent spate of storms and hurricanes has left people wary and certain that unless changes are made, there is a bleak future ahead of them. One area where eco awareness has been increasing steadily has been in construction. People have started making a shift towards using green material in their buildings as much as possible. These green materials vary from something simple as adding larger windows for lighting and ventilation to using wood or other bio degradable material in the construction. The green revolution in construction   Over the last few decades, the construction industry has seen the introduction of a variety of green building material. Now, green buildings abound as people choose to lessen their carbon footprint. The actual construction costs of a green building may be a bit higher, but it makes up for it in the long run, as green buildings use less ene