February 20, 2020

When designing spaces for our remodels, form weighs equally with function.  From a Design-Remodeler perspective, we think about the functionality of the space and if the movement of a wall is possible or within a client’s budget. However, we also consider how that space will look and feel. While many of our remodels add needed space to a family’s home, even those additions of space and function are most successful when they are aesthetically pleasing.  Whether working on our own or collaborating with an architect or interior designer, function, engineering, and design are always on our mind.

In this blog, we will walk through two design focal points we have created for our clients and the thought process around each of those focal points and how, as a result, the design transformed the space.

The Fireplace and Built-in as a Focal Point:

For this home, the original design of the living room, off the kitchen, was a sunken space with a fireplace and built-ins.  While fully functional, t...

July 23, 2019

There are so many great HGTV shows that can help inspire the remodel of your home.  From simple facelifts to complex tear-downs, there are shows that highlight every type of remodel.  While home improvement shows have been around for decades, HGTV has managed to make those niche shows mainstream.  They’ve done so by amping up the entertainment level and removing some of the less dramatic how-to aspects of those shows.  In fact, they have become so good at entertaining us, we can often forget that we are missing important pieces of the puzzle required for a great remodel.

It’s hard not to fall in love with the designs and various finishes on an HGTV show.  Gorgeous large windows shine sunlight into kitchens with islands that can seat eight people.  Charming lights dangle above the island perfectly coordinating with the sink faucet that looks like it can easily be in a restaurant kitchen.  It’s beautiful.  Anyone would want one just like it.  And you’ve found one just like...

December 26, 2018

A New Year means new opportunities to reinvent yourself through New Year’s resolutions.  As you look forward to 2019, why not consider some New Year’s resolutions for your home?  In this blog post, we’ve shared some of the most common New Year’s resolutions that people make for themselves and offered opportunities to apply those resolutions to your home.

Health & Wellness

Considering a diet, cleanse, or other health and wellness resolution?  Your home needs the same attention.  You can start by giving your home a check-up.  Go outside and take a long look at your home.  How does your roof look?  Do you see any sagging or missing shingles?  These could be signs that your roof requires repair or replacement.  Now, look at your gutters.  Are they clear enough to ensure that water is collected and then moving or draining away from your home?  How is your siding holding up?  Is there any vegetation touching your home that could cause water damage or encourage pests to enter?  Moving to t...

August 27, 2018

One of the most useful home trends of the last few years has been the rise of customized landing zones or drop zones in entryways and mudrooms.  If you search #Mudroom or #Entryway on any of the main social media channels, you’ll find and endless selection of beautifully well-organized spaces.

With so many families tripping over book bags, coats, and shoes not just throughout the school year, but year-round, we wanted to share some tips and tricks to make your entryway or mudroom Instagram ready.

1. Where to begin?

No two families are the same and each have different needs.  First, start with the existing space without any tidying.  Observe how the space is currently being used and what “lands” in that area of your home.  The point is not to move all that clutter to another space or convince your family and yourself not to put your boots there, but to understand your family’s needs and find a place where each item can live.  By counting the number of items of each type and for each family...

March 23, 2018

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Decisions, Decisions...

You know the scenario, but I’ll set the scene for you so we’re all on the same page.

You’ve decided to do a few home renovations, but there’s so many projects needing to get started, you’re just not sure where to begin.

You think the kitchen would be great because your cabinets are this horrible shade of dark brown from the late 1980’s, and the flooring is two shades of tan from sun exposure over the years.

You look around a little more and realize the wood paneling surrounding your den makes everything look so dull and dreary. That wood-grain pattern from floor to ceiling covering all four walls, really bothers you. Wanting to feel like you’re living in a more modern era, you consider having your den remodeled too.

Better yet, while looking out your windows (daydreaming about your upcoming home renovations) you realize the dinginess of the glass within the windows from all their years of use. You wonder how much money you're wasting on your monthly energy bill as yo...

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