Convert The Attic Into a 2nd Story

Attic Conversion

Attic Conversion

Most homeowners bemoan the fact that there never seems to be enough storage space in their living quarters.  While the kids are still at home, you often scratch your head and say “where do I put all their stuff?”  First, there is baby or kids’ furniture to store, then it is their toys, hobbies or sports equipment, plus there is always YOUR stuff.  No matter whether it is a large or small family, in order to keep your home neat and tidy, sometimes you need a place to tuck it all away.  Unfortunately, the perfect space for storage is usually the basement or attic.  If you are that rare bird that abides by the rule that for every new item brought into the house, a similar old item must go out the door, then you don’t have worries about controlling your clutter.

If you have a large home, you probably have a large attic as well.  Are you using that attic for off-season storage of clothes or seasonal decorations, or does it go largely unused?  Are you planning to expand your family in the near future, because then that attic space, converted to living quarters, could come in handy.  Have you ever given any thought to creating a loft or some type of second-floor living quarters for your extended family, or, perhaps even for rental purposes? Continue reading

Porch Remodeling Trends

Porch Remodeling

Porch Remodeling

Nothing is nicer than visiting with family and friends in the cozy atmosphere of your own front porch.  Back when you were growing up, you probably remember your folks sitting on the front porch on their webbed, fold-up chairs almost every night in the Summertime right after dinner and dishes were done.  Friends and family often stopped by and a gab session ensued until the fireflies came out.  Somehow that nightly tradition fell by the wayside and people started connecting and catching up first by e-mail, and now through Facebook.  It seems sometimes we have forgotten how to connect face-to-face.

Suddenly the concept of porch sitting is trending as people are reaching out to their neighbors, more than just once a year at the annual block party.

Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to have a porch large enough to accommodate an old-fashioned swing, a few rattan chairs with plumped-up pillows, and a table or two on which to place pitchers of iced tea or lemonade.

Additionally, the style of your home may not be conducive to adding a nice, big porch. Continue reading

Tips for Renovating an Older Home

Renovating an Older Home

Renovating an Older Home

Renovating an older home need not be a challenge.  Older homes, as most people know, were more carefully built and made of better building materials than is true now.  Builders were craftsmen and proud of their trade, while many homes today are prefabricated or built using computer-generated models, as opposed to an architect creating a blueprint on his drawing board.  Whether you are renovating a home you’ve lived in for awhile, or one you’ve just purchased, a mere handful of renovations can create a remarkable change to your home.  Renovating, as opposed to remodeling, is just a minor change in finish or color to the interior or exterior of a structure in order to make it more visually appealing.  Sometimes this is accomplished with a coat or two or paint; even adding landscaping around the property constitutes renovation.

If your renovation plans are simple, you might end up doing them yourself, but, if they are on a grander scale, you might want to consider retaining an exterior remodeling expert in Decatur, Georgia area to consult, plan or design the proposed enhancement to your home. Continue reading

Sunroom Design Trends

“Let the Shine In” was not only the featured song in the 1967 musical “Hair” but it is also the mantra if you live in a warm-weather place like Mesa, Arizona.  You’d better like it hot, because the average temperatures in the warmest months of June through August, are 100 degrees plus!Sunroom Design

Though it might seem that Arizonians would spend the bulk of those warmest months hunkered down in air-conditioned places like their home, car or the shopping mall, they must like that dry heat or they wouldn’t live in such a hot climate.

Of course, there are plenty of days the rest of the year that are not scorchers, and enjoying a little warm air is tolerable, especially if you have a beautiful sunroom that is part of your living area.

There are two types of sunroom additions to consider, i.e. the most-popular method of just adding a built-on room, or the less-popular way of merely converting a large room to a sunroom with the addition of floor-to-ceiling windows.

But, let’s look at the options available if you are considering a total remodeling addition to your home.  Bear in mind, however, that such an extensive revision to your home’s existing structure, like the work that building a sunroom would entail, is best left to the professionals.  A home remodeling contractor in Mesa, Arizona, would be the ideal expert to contact if you’re interesting in getting a sunroom and to discuss what current designs are trending for sunrooms. Continue reading

Remodeling The Garage

Garage Structures

Garage Structures

In a warm-weather state it is preferable to have a garage to keep the car in at all times to avoid sun damage to the car’s interior and to prevent the car’s exterior paint color from fading.  Further, if you’ve ever stepped into a car on a hot day … well, you know the advantage of keeping your car parked in a cool garage, as opposed to having it sitting outside with the sun beating down on it.

Types of garage structures

There are two types of garage structures – attached and detached.   The latter is also referred to as a stand-alone garage.

Depending on the size and style of your home, an attached garage is not always necessarily accessible from the inside of the house, a fact that many people with attached garages without inside access will bemoan on a rainy day or in the late evening.

If you are considering any enhancements to the exterior of your garage, here are a few ideas for adding curb appeal to your home with your newly remodeled garage. Continue reading

How to Increase Home Value

Add a Sunroom

Add a Sunroom

If you want to increase your home’s value it is not always just about “keeping up with the Joneses” but enhancing the exterior of your home.  Sometimes, even though your home’s exterior is in perfect shape, and the landscaping is superb, there is always that something extra that can be added for improved curb appeal and increased value to your home.

A trending word these days is “repurposing” – taking what you already have and making it into something better.   Remodeling your home is akin to repurposing it, only you don’t turn it into another object, just a better version of the prior home … think of it as upgrading.

Few tweaks

Sometimes the smallest addition makes the biggest impact.  For example, a new, beautiful wood front door with an ornate stained glass inset could “make” the front of your home.  Likewise, plopping a porch pot with a bounty of seasonal flowers near a two-seater bench by that front door will most definitely lend ambiance to your home. A rocking chair on the porch adds a touch of hominess and says “welcome friends” that sometimes supersedes any type of remodeling efforts. Continue reading

Green Home Remodeling

This guest post was written by David Lionetti.

David Lionetti is the owner of Shoreline Pools and is an expert on remodeling the exterior of any home.  Shoreline Pools is a pool design and construction company in Greenwhich Ct.

Remodeling the exterior of your home … it’s both exciting and overwhelming at the same time. You’ve planned this for years, and now you’re finally ready to do it. You have some ideas about how you want the exterior of your house to look, and you’re ready to forge ahead … but you want to keep the costs down as much as possible, too. That’s where green home remodeling comes in. Believe it or not, there are quite a few actions you can take that will save both money and natural resources. And the maintenance required with green remodeling often pales in comparison to the upkeep of an ungreen house. Here are some tips and benefits to incorporating green into your next exterior home remodeling project.Green Home Remodeling

Paint

One of the simplest and most profitable ways to incorporate green into your home exterior remodeling design is with paint. And, as far as ‘green’ paint goes, healthy is the key word. It’s true, green paints are just plain healthier. They aren’t just better for the environment of the world … they’re better for your environment. Green paints don’t contain the toxic chemicals that so often adversely affect health. In fact, if you have children or pets, green is the only way to go. Not only do toxic paints contribute to indoor and outdoor pollution that, if breathed in, can cause health problems; they also get into the ground water, causing contamination to your drinking water supply. For instance, did you know that non-green paints often contain formaldehyde? Wait a minute … isn’t that what morticians use? Yes! And you certainly don’t want formaldehyde in your drinking water. If you use a ‘green’ paint for your exterior design project, you won’t have to worry about the toxic side effects of formaldehyde, or any of the other chemicals found in regular paints. Continue reading

How to Prepare for Winter

Prepare for Winter

Prepare for Winter

For many people living in Mid Coast Maine, as well as any other cold-weather state, they are already covering their ears with mittened hands after hearing all the dire predictions for another wicked Winter season.

When the Spring thaw finally occurred this year, did you go outside your home and find any consequences resulting from your poor preparation for the Winter weather after the brutal Winter of 2013-2014?  It would be no surprise, because even the well-prepared homeowner could never have fathomed what Mother Nature had up her sleeve last year. Continue reading

Remodeling An Older Home

Older Home

Older Home

The term “remodeling” is different from the term “renovating”, and, the most significant difference is that the former involves a change in the overall structure of a home, as opposed to the latter, which is merely adding enhancements, such as color, finish or landscaping.  In the case of older homes, you also should not confuse the word “renovation” with “restoration”.  The word “restoration” means the homeowner is seeking to restore areas of the home, which have begun to deteriorate, back to their original condition.  This is a costly venture, and involves duplicating to a “T” anything, from a lowly knob, to a whole area of the house.   This is an especially tedious task in the case of homes which are prized for their historical value.  As to remodeling an older house, most remodeling jobs involve the addition of a room, or area of the house, or changing the style of a rooftop, and, unlike a simple renovation, which may be a DIY project or involve one contractor, an extensive remodeling job usually involves an architect who must be retained to design and plan the project, then multiple contractors with various specialties whose presence may be needed at some point in the remodeling venture.

Remodeling an older home is much trickier because you must deal with the dilemma of old wiring, plumbing or sometimes an ancient heating or cooling system.  Thus, remodeling an older home, is best left to a person skilled in this subject such as a professional remodeling contractor in Mid Coast Maine. Continue reading

Trends in Roofing Materials

health benefits of poolsIs it unusual or frivolous to purchase a new roof for your home simply for aesthetic purposes rather than because your roof is aging, has deteriorated or is leaking?

Indeed, a leaking roof will send you scurrying to the internet or thumbing through the Yellow Pages to find the name of a good roofing contractor posthaste. You might be conflicted as to whether you need a new roof, a re-roof, or if you should consider a repair by a residential roofing contractor in Orange County to just fix the problem.

But, what if you are looking to replace your roof strictly to enhance the beauty of your home, i.e. merely for aesthetic reasons? Do you need a motive to justify the expense if your roof appears to be in relatively good shape, and, especially if you covet a costly roofing installation for expensive roofing materials such as slate, cedar shake or a metal roof, as opposed to the less-expensive, and perhaps more-practical, alternative of asphalt shingles? Well, even if you are fortunate enough to be unscathed from leaking or damage to your present roof, you might want to take into consideration the longevity of your roof and how many more years of life it has first. Continue reading