There are so many home designs out there, both traditional and contemporary, it can be overwhelming to choose exactly what style you’d like your building contractor to create for you. Fortunately, what you have on your side is the freedom to choose from any number of classics.
Go West: Three of the Most Popular Home Designs
Choosing from among some of the most popular and practical home styles for warm weather locales can be as easy as…1, 2, 3!
Mission Style (or Spanish Mission) – These homes feature stucco walls, exposed rafters, and rounded tile, gabled roofs with parapets. Look for the use of round arched doors, windows and porches, and heavy squared piers with slanted sides. (Square or rectangular masonry or wood piers support a building, carrying the weight of it down to the ground). Square towers and a full-width one-story porch are read more…
Anyone who’s made the mistake of winging it with respect to the design part of their home renovations probably won’t go that route again, or recommend it to anyone else. Sure, the quality of the actual construction is extremely important, as is the choice of good quality materials, but don’t forget that what will make or break the success of how all of that gets put together is paramount.
Make sure you hire a reliable builder who has a team with the creativity and ability to bring you professional home design services as part of what they offer.
Designer and Decorator: Which is Which?
A surprising number of people think that these two roles are pretty much the same or even identical, but that’s simply not the case. Though you’ll sometimes hear the terms “interior design” and “interior decorating” used interchangeably, they are in fact not the same profession. The fundamental differences are worth getting a handle on, especially if you’re in the market to use the skills of one or the other in the near future. Let’s compare the read more…
The laundry room is almost always one of those make-do with what’s there, afterthought areas in the house that doesn’t really get thought about in terms of fantastic form and function. But think of how much time you spend in there, week in and week out, load after load…
If your laundry room is cluttered, with inadequate storage and a frustrating and inefficient layout, why not pull in some experts who can make it right? Imagine sleek custom cabinets and shelving for your storage needs and concrete countertops to cap it all off.
Consider Built-In Cabinets and Concrete Countertops
Having a clear idea ahead of time of just what you want for your laundry room will go a long way. You’re likely busy researching what kind of brand new, energy-efficient washer and dryer you’d like, but thinking beyond the appliances to the room as a whole will work best in the long run.
While you’re at it, never underestimate the benefits of excellently placed and well-designed task lighting in each part of your laundry room. Have some fun choosing read more…
A fireplace can raise your home’s cozy quotient just about anywhere, indoors or out, magically transforming the ambiance of an entire space. No matter how well maintained, wood-burning fireplaces can still emit smoky odors along with soot and ashes.
Sure, gas fireplaces have solved a lot of these problems overall, especially in terms convenience and eliminating mess. But if you’re planning for a home improvement project that involves either the replacement or installation of one or more fireplaces, why not bump things up a notch and “burn” glass rocks?
Let’s face it: ceramic fireplace “logs” have become pretty run-of-the-mill. The gorgeous glass rocks intended for fireplace use are easy to use, clean, and of course, don’t emit smoke or residue. Reflective fire glass also makes the flames look more intriguing and dramatic. Fire glass heats up easily, so you don’t have to wait long if you do need to warm things up, especially when you and your guests are enjoying some wine on the patio long after sunset. The glow of glass rocks really adds some panache to the atmosphere.
Home Improvement and Fireplaces: Let Experts Take Charge
If you already have a gas fireplace and are considering putting in conventional glass bricks or stones from a craft store, for example, here’s the best advice: don’t read more…
Are you thinking of renovating your kitchen, your bathroom, or maybe even both? Here’s some great info on countertop materials to help you narrow down your choices and make the right decisions for terrific looks and practicality that work in either of those all-important rooms.
Popular Countertops for Kitchens and Bathrooms
1. Quartz – Quartz has become one of the most popular materials for making countertops because it can stand up to the wear and tear of food preparation, along with its associated spills and variations in temperature. It works equally well in the bathroom, as it can tolerate a reasonable amount of scrubbing.
Quartz countertops are synthetic, made of 90-95% ground quartz and a 5-10% combination of polymers, resins and pigments. This combination forms read more…
You’ve looked everywhere: department and home furnishing stores, DIY-style hardware depots, office outfitters, specialty outlets, and even several antique shops, but you still can’t find just the right combination storage, display and shelving unit that you want for your home. Do you simply give up and settle for a second-rate alternative?
There is a solution, and it doesn’t mean compromising on good design or accepting sub-par quality for an item that doesn’t fit your exact needs or blend well into your existing décor. An experienced builder with a team of craftsmen skilled in the art of high-end carpentry can create the perfect custom cabinetry and built-in furniture —in any style, design or wood finish you want—to suit your precise needs and personal taste.
Examples of Custom Cabinetry Finishes:
European cottage and Country-style
Tea staining and Oiled
Distressed wood and Vintage
Wood veneer – an astounding array of veneer is read more…
All true wine aficionados know the importance of caring and storing wine properly. If you put yourself in that category, adding a well-designed, personalized wine room is a high priority home renovations investment.
To enjoy and appreciate fine wine at its peak, it’s a given that it must be suitably kept and cared for. Additional benefits to creating an in-home wine room include the opportunity to invite discerning guests to that special place to appreciate your wide-ranging collection. What a bonus for entertaining! Specialized and exclusive home renovations of any kind only enhance the value of your home in the long run, so it’s a good property value investment, too.
Home Renovations and Your Above Ground Wine Room
What comes to mind when you hear “wine cellar”? Do you imagine a brick-walled room with antique furniture and arched entries? A space with wall tapestries and vintage decanters? Or is it a classy, sophisticated space with read more…
Rather than spending more time away on pricey vacations, many Americans are looking at some relatively simple home improvement projects to maximize the enjoyment of their at-home down time. Garden areas and back yards in general are being transformed into beautiful, private extensions of the interior space, literally opening up the possibilities for family and guests to relax.
With a gorgeous patio design in the hands of experienced concrete specialists, you’ll be amazed by the results that can now be achieved with this popular and versatile material. Whether your home improvement project involves a complete re-do of an existing patio or the creation of an entirely new outdoor feature, consider the practicality and great looks of modern concrete styles and finishes.
Increase your home’s resale value – Exterior improvements are just as important and eye-catching as home’s interior enhancements. Many potential homebuyers, particularly in Florida, immediately appreciate a property’s read more…
Why is it that food seems to taste that much better when dining alfresco? Maybe it’s the fresh air that whets the appetite. Whatever the reason, one of the many advantages of the Florida lifestyle is being able to enjoy a beautifully designed, fully equipped outdoor kitchen, custom built to your every specification.
Home renovations of any kind require serious planning, and an outdoor kitchen is no exception. In essence, you’re creating a whole new room, basically adjacent or connected to your house, containing all the culinary amenities. Homeowners who want to go the outdoor kitchen route usually have plenty of questions about the process, so let’s look at a few of the FAQs.
Q: Should the outdoor kitchen be the same style as our indoor kitchen?
A: The choice is entirely yours. In some cases, outdoor kitchens are considered an extension of the indoor kitchen, so the materials and designs used are somewhat similar. Top-of-the-line grills, pizza ovens and even fireplaces can be built into outdoor kitchens, and some people prefer to keep these heat-generating features strictly outdoors. But having an opportunity to read more…
What makes a successful bed and breakfast? A good B&B is like a cross between a quality hotel and a private home, with extra personal touches and service. Individual guest rooms might number anywhere from just one or two up to six or more. The proprietors live on site in their own private space and connect with their guests in a way that is “homier” than a typical anonymous hotel experience.
These days, having a home business can be a great way to earn income. Rather than simply working “out of your home,” make your house itself the draw that works for you. If you’re the type who enjoys making folks feel comfortable and welcome in top-notch surroundings, running your own bed and breakfast may be just the ticket.
Include Home Remodeling Professionals in your Plans
Whether you want to escape the rat race and be your own boss, supplement your existing income or simply cater to your enjoyment of being a host or hostess, sit down with your building contractor to brainstorm about how you read more…
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remodeling and renovation services to the Tampa Bay area of Florida: Clearwater, St Petersburg, Tampa and beyond.
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