Time to push those old bar carts into the garage and reimagine something a bit more permanent, a wet bar. Whether you prefer to host, cook, or have your spirits on display, these integrated drink stations should symbolize your style and personality.
With the birth of the wet bar in the early 70s, some of you may remember those lackluster bars that were overthrown with dark tones, from the wood to the seating, and mirror to line the backwall. A modern wet bar installation or remodel will... CONTINUE READING
Finishing your basement is a perfect solution when you need extra space in your home. If you don't want to move to a new neighborhood, increasing your functional square footage with a finished basement will raise the comfort level and value of your home. Many homeowners use a basement for an extra bedroom or bathroom. Others might want extra space for storage, entertainment, or even for a home business. You don't always have to add a function to your basement that is ordinary or expected, however. For those interested in ad... CONTINUE READING
Are you thinking about selling your home?
As homeowners prepare their house and property for being put on the market, most understand that cleaning, polishing, arranging, and simplifying the contents of their dwelling are important first steps toward making the sale. But some forget that first impressions are critical and do not take the extra effort to make their front yard and entrance as handsome as possible.
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Although oak has long been recognized as one of the best types of hardwood flooring to buy, a number of factors should be considered to understand which wood is actually going to make the best choice for each room in your home. These factors include humidity levels, foot traffic, the intended use of the room, and type of pets.Humidity Levels
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One of the many perks of having a beautiful basement finish is added space for your guests.
Having a guest suite is essential for those holiday visits from the in-laws or out-of-town family. From friends visiting for the weekend to family staying for two weeks over the holidays, your loved ones will appreciate having everything they need right at their fingertips for a comfortable, relaxing stay. As you prepare your home for your next round of visitors, complete the following tasks for your guest bathroom.Cle... CONTINUE READING
Fabulous rooms begin with memorable floors. No one knows this better than interior designers, architects and dealers specializing in floor coverings. They are experts at blending and mixing materials for optimum visual appeal and functionality. Thanks to the wide array of natural and engineered materials available today, "blending" is a hot trend.
Imagine black polished porcelain surrounded by metal stainless steel. Or bamboo and slate. Marble and glass. But these looks are not for the do-i... CONTINUE READING
As homeowners, we often don't put a lot of thought into the stairs that come installed in our residence. We decorate around the staircase, instead of realizing that the stairs are an important part of the décor. In fact, the stairs in a home often set the tone for the whole house. A staircase can become invisible in your décor if it's unremarkable, an eyesore if it's not the right fit, or stairs can become dynamic when designed well. So if your basement finish includes an update to your staircase, make certain that you matc... CONTINUE READING
Budget, product, schedule; a homeowner’s apprehension can be sizable when it comes to a finishing or remodeling their basement.
A survey from Houzz has concluded that a homeowner’s three basic fears are as follows (with a renovation):
Will the contractor do the job I want them to do?
If you’re like most homeowners, your home is your greatest financial investment. Therefore, it is wise to take the steps necessary to choose the right contractor when it comes time to remodel your home or take on a major project such as finishing your basement. Focusing on finding the best professional for you and your project will save you time, money, and frustration.
Many people approach the process of choosing a home remodeling or basement-finish contractor with great anxiety; after al... CONTINUE READING
Whether you desire a beautiful new finished basement or a remodel of your existing finished space, there is one thing that both projects have in common: a good contractor. Unfortunately, there's a lot of misinformation out there regarding contractors.
Myth#1: All Contractors Are Equal
Despite the title of "general contractor"; not all contractors have the same skill sets. Just as there are different types of doctors and surgeons, there are different t... CONTINUE READING
Five Ways to Utilize Space in Your Home for Multiple Purposes
If you have a smaller home, it might be hard to designate rooms and space for all of your needs. If you are having trouble laying out your home so that all of your activities have a place, certain rooms may need to double up on uses. Here are five creative ways to get the most out of shared spaces in your home.
Design Trends for 2017 and Beyond
Spring is the perfect time to freshen up your home. With a little bit of creativity and your own imagination, you can transform your rooms, and your entire home, into a more beautiful place to be.
As 2017 gets underway, it is time to look at the emerging trends in home décor. Some of thes... CONTINUE READING
Basement Ideas for Families with Little Ones
Are you planning to finish your basement and need ideas of how to best utilize that extra space? Finishing your basement can [often] double your square footage. That’s a great deal of functional home to gain and, if you have a family, you’ll want to utilize the space as efficiently as possible to get the most from your investment.
Working from home is now a common requirement for many of us. Even people with full-time jobs often find the need to work from home, at least some of the time. Though working from home has many advantages, it has one serious disadvantage. Distractions at home can have an adverse impact on productivity.
Setting up a good home office is one way of overcoming this problem.
How to Choose the Perfect Mirror for Your Bathroom
Mirrors are an essential component of every bathroom. More than functional items, they serve as decorative accessories that can add style to a room. Whether you're remodeling your entire bathroom or updating certain pieces, it's important to choose the right mirror to bring more light to your private haven, harmonize your decor, or create an illus... CONTINUE READING
Spring is finally here, and that means only one thing: it is time to clean and organize your home for breezy summer living. After the long, cold days of winter, chances are that your home could use some sprucing up; and every room in your home deserves attention. Here are some smart spring cleaning tips for every part of your home, both inside and out.
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Porch and Patio
A smart house is one equipped with electronic devices, controlled either remotely or in the home by phone, computer, and voice commands. Many components such as security systems, video cameras, lighting, window shades, garage door openers - even crock-pots - can be connected via a central hub. They are controlled and automated by apps using smartphones, tablets, and computers.
Through a Wi-Fi connection, you can dim your lights from the office or across the room. You can see who is ringing your doorbell, and you can check to see if... CONTINUE READING
Modern farmhouse décor is all the rage right now. Many homeowners wish to carry over the farmhouse look they've designed for their main living area into a bedroom. A farmhouse aesthetic is cozy and inviting, which is perfect for a sleeping space. With a few key tips, it's possible to create the contemporary farmhouse feel you've always desired for your master or extra bedrooms without breaking the bank.
Choose a light, neutral color palette
One of the most affordable ways to fully transform a bedroom is a new coat of... CONTINUE READING
There's no need to spend money on expensive store-bought chemical cleaners, especially when it's so easy to keep your bathroom sparkling using natural ingredients you can find in your kitchen.
Green cleaning products are biodegradable, which means you're flushing fewer chemicals and toxins down the drain. You can save plenty of money by nixing all those commercial cleaning products, as you’ll always be able to make the items you need using ingredients from your kitchen.
Ingredients You'll Need
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Streaming our favorite show on Netflix or coming home to a live game on ESPN can be the perfect anecdote for a long and stressful work day. Netflix, Amazon Prime, Vimeo, and Hulu – most of us have at least one of these popular apps, they’re fun, convenient, and cheap; Webster didn’t add the term “binge watching” to the dictionary for nothing. Practically anything we want to watch is just one click away. Never has so much content been available to so many. In the world of smart phones, tablets, and laptops, we can watch any... CONTINUE READING
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