Modern Deck Design Trends

Modern Deck Design
A deck is a valuable asset in your life.  Not only can a beautifully made deck create a focal point in your backyard and increase the return on investment down the road, but, it will give you a much-needed outlet to increase the value of your leisure time as well.  Decks have come a long way in recent years.  The decks of yesteryear were merely a small wooden platform surrounded by a railing where two webbed chairs, a patio table and a couple of tiki torches sufficed every evening for summertime outdoor living.  These days, decks are much more elaborate, come in a host of materials, as well as designs, and may or may not, even be attached to your home. Continue reading

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

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 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

Exterior Design Trends

Exterior Design Trends

Exterior Design Trends

“Rows of houses that are all the same, and no one seems to care.” That was a song back in the 1960s, and was it ever true! American houses sure have changed since then. By the 1970s, that old concept of neighborhoods with houses that all looked alike was tossed out for dramatic statements that showed off homeowners’ individuality. Today, exterior design trends are bolder than ever, with clean lines, movement that flows with natural surroundings, and huge windows that let the sunshine in. For the past few decades, homes have been getting progressively bigger, bolder, and brighter. And, though a recent trend may be taking homes in a smaller direction, indeed, homeowners inBaltimore and throughout the country are still opting for breathing room and living space that enhances their lives and expresses their uniqueness. Continue reading