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Homeowners attempt many home remodeling projects every year. Some of them are simple, do-it-yourself type projects others require (or should require) hiring a contractor to complete them. There can be any number of improvements homeowners want to make to their house from building a backyard deck, laying tile in the bathroom, or completely renovating the kitchen or laundry room. There are many common blunders that NJ homeowners make when they are remodeling their homes. Here are the main mistakes that are unfortunately happening all too often.
Not Hiring a Contractor for Bigger Projects
There are certain remodeling projects that should not be attempted by the homeowner unless they have adequate experience. Things like remodeling the kitchen or bathroom, or building a new deck or an addition are better contracted out with an experienced professional. Otherwise you may get halfway into the project, and make an irreversible mistake which can end up costing you double in the end because you’ll have to hire the contractor to fix what you broke, then hire him to do the job right. Continue reading »
In today’s economic climate it can be less expensive to add room to an existing structure rather than buying a larger dwelling. While the real estate market is continuing its slow climb out of its slump, it can still be difficult to sell a home and buy another without getting in a financial bind. More homeowners are choosing to add more space to their house rather than moving. Home renovations that add square footage to a home can be a major investment but it can also add value to the home that will be evident at the next appraisal. There are several ways to add more room to your home.
Building on a Room
Adding an entire room to your house can be the best way to create more space. It will actually add to the square footage of the home as it is not just redistributing the available space but giving you some additional space to work with. One of the biggest pros about building on another room is that no part of the house has to be vacated while it is being constructed. It is also not hindered by existing structures. This will require that you hire a professional contractor in Atlanta who has construction experience. Continue reading »
Although there are not fast shifts in home décor, we do notice certain trends as they begin to occur. These are more of a slow move in one direction or another that happen over time, but not all at once. As last year came to a close we observed some aspects of home décor that were beginning to trend. Some decorating habits from last year will be long gone by the end of this year and many trends seem to hold on just a little while longer. Here are some of the main home design trends that we are likely to see continue throughout 2013. Continue reading »
Modern Bathroom Vanity
Bathroom cabinets have the practical function of providing storage in this very important room. When considering a bathroom remodeling project a homeowner must consider how to provide adequate storage for toiletries and other necessities. It’s important to find the best way to organize storage options while utilizing the available space. The final choice of the homeowner will depend largely on the size of the bathroom, personal preference and what will best accommodate the storage needs. When remodeling the bathroom, homeowners can choose cabinets that match the color scheme and existing décor. Cabinets can be inexpensive and installed by the homeowner or they can choose expensive models that require a professional contractor to install properly. There are many different design options available to meet the need but in general bathroom cabinets will come in three basic designs. Continue reading »
Bathroom remodeling can be a huge task even though it is typically the smallest room in the house. There are so many facets to consider such as storage, grooming and bathing. We usually spend a large amount of time gathering information pertaining to the latest trends in interior design. One of the latest trends is to “green” up the bathroom; this can mean including certain elements that will save the environment as well as the budget. There are several ways to accomplish savings in these two areas by incorporating greener options in the bathroom remodeling project.
The toilet is the most frequent culprit of excessive water usage. Installing a low volume toilet or one with a dual flush mechanism can save gallons of water over time. The design of the showerhead can help you save water as well. Nearly 20% of all the water in the home is used by the showerhead. Most showerheads allow water to flow at about 2.5 gallons per minute. This can be switched out with a low-flow head that only uses 1.5 to 2 gallons per minute. This will allow an adequate flow of water, while saving substantially on water usage. Continue reading »
Interior design trends change over the years and no room in the house is exempt, not even the bathroom. Over the last few years, the bathroom’s design has changed and on one hand we want to create a clean and crisp area that also provides great functionality for us and our guests. As with most parts of the house, trends are also trimming up this room and the modern bathroom design is focusing more on functionality and greener options. This means many of the typical colors and items that used to be used in the bathroom’s interior design have been replaced with modern colors and fixtures that are economically and environmentally responsible. Here are a few interior design concepts for today’s modern bathroom design. Continue reading »
When we think about house painting and choosing interior paint for the smallest room in the house, the bathroom; it somehow becomes a very big problem. The smaller size of the room poses a problem as some colors can become oppressive. But there are ways to incorporate any of the homeowner’s favorite colors into the interior design of the room’s décor. Colors can evoke emotions, support the interior design scheme, or help create function in this very important room. While the homeowner may choose any color for the bathroom, there are some colors that prove to be best for the bathroom.
Neutral colors work very well in this usually small room. Using varying shades can help add texture to the room without making it seem even smaller. Varying shades of beige, gray or tan are very good choices which can add some color as well as help to create a more tranquil mood. Sometimes neutral colors can give the illusion of more space and adding metal fixtures can be the perfect focal point for the room. Neutrals can also work very well when they are used along with light pastels. They are also an exceptional choice because they allow for many different options for adding some splashes of color. Neutrals are complimented by virtually any color. Continue reading »
Just as there are trends in clothing and fashion, there trends in interior design. This is true for every room of the house, but particularly in the bathroom. Over the last few years as the trends in overall home remodeling have changed, the bathroom has been following right along. These are some of the current trends that we see repeatedly in the interior design of bathrooms.
Colors of the Future
There was a day when nearly every bathroom was white or off-white with splashes of color interjected here and there. Today’s interior design for the bathroom includes earthy colors which use browns and grays accented with white. Some lean toward using brighter colors such as blues, oranges, and greens along with these neutral colors. This offers a natural feel to the bathroom and yet adds some personality into the design with splashes of color here and there. One modern trend is to add colors by using colored mosaic tiles for borders, backsplashes and shower floors. Other use a colorful glass shower screen or add colors to the room by incorporating colorful countertops in the design. Continue reading »
There are many similarities between residential and commercial remodeling projects. They both can be performed to improve the looks of the structure, or make the building more energy efficient. Some of the same types of tasks can be completed in both types of projects such as painting, replacing flooring, installing plumbing fixtures or bathroom remodeling. But there are also some key differences between commercial remodeling and residential remodeling. Continue reading »
Perhaps the most difficult room in the house to choose paint for is the bathroom. This area of the house has its own unique challenges. One reason it is challenging is that the room is generally one of the smallest rooms which can eliminate some choices for interior painting. Larger bathrooms, it may not matter as much; but the paint color is definitely influenced by the size of the bathroom. Another consideration that must be made when painting or doing any bathroom remodeling at all, is that you want a color scheme that works well, but the paint must also provide adequate protection against the high moisture that will occur. Here are a few bathroom painting tips to help you work through the process. Continue reading »