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

Trends in Residential Roof Design

health benefits of poolsIn keeping up with the current overall remodeling trend with an eye to green living and conserving energy, the roofing industry has certainly done its part. In an effort to appeal to younger homebuyers, the roofing industry has kept pace with up-and-coming green technology i.e. its emphasis is on earthy, nature-inspired roof shingles, but it also has created roofing styles which arches and curves to allow for different architectural finishing textures. Although these trending concepts in roof design are admirable, they are more than just a beautiful facade. Today’s roofs don’t just look more eco-friendly, they are comprised of materials including laminated asphalt, sustainable roofing like cedar shakes and shingles, or roofing tiles. Contemporary trends in roof colors will be on the light side, perfect for this warm-weather state. Even though buying a roof, solely for energy conversation and being kind to the environment is a driving force with current roofing trends, fashion now pays a bigger role as more homeowners seek stylish roofing that has character as well as architectural interest. Continue reading

Windows and Exterior Design

health benefits of poolsRenovating your home to improve energy efficiency, aesthetic appeal or just for resale value is never a waste of money. In fact, realtors will tell you that if you want to sell your home as quickly as possible and maximize your return on investment, potential buyers take note of curb appeal. So, before you go ahead with any plans for interior decorating prior to putting your home on the market, do consider enhancing with this trio of exterior decorating items guaranteed to appeal to potential buyers and garner a higher price for your home: Continue reading

Health Benefits of a Backyard Pool

health benefits of poolsIf the swimming-for-health benefits bug has bitten you, you probably have already considered installing a pool in your backyard living area. The close proximity and availability of a pool 24/7 entices you for sure, and as a health regimen, the benefits of swimming on a regular basis simply cannot be beat. But, what still niggles at your mind is the fact that you are unsure whether or not you should ruin a perfectly landscaped yard by installing an in-ground pool. There are several factors to take into consideration. Contemporary trends in waterscape features and fiberglass pools, now available in a variety of shapes and sizes, will allow you to preserve your softscape, like garden beds, beautiful trees, finely manicured lawn and landscaping, and still have a pool. Even a small, narrow lap pool can be installed into a yard with minimal detraction from your current landscaping. You should consult a pool construction contractor who specializes in landscape design in Monmouth County. Such a person or company can lend their expertise in choosing an in-ground pool that will mesh with your existing Hardscape or softscape features, or embed a pool into your background living space that will incorporate such beautiful new features into the setting as a waterfall or adjoining spa. The result would be in tune with your current rustic or naturalistic theme, or perhaps a new, more-tropical paradise setting could be achieved. There are many options to consider when factoring an in-ground pool into your backyard and keeping your prized landscaping intact while striving for the aesthetic look you desire. Even in states with four distinct seasons, the health benefits of having your own pool far outweigh any doubts about disturbing existing landscape or how many calendar days you might be able to enjoy that pool. Why not consult with an expert today to help you make the decision that’s right for you? Continue reading