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Kitchen Lighting Options

If your Thanksgiving feast is anything like ours, we’re guessing that you are going to be spending a lot of time in the kitchen in the weeks to come.  With that in mind, you may be thinking a bit more about kitchen remodeling projects and possible upgrades.  Before you get too far along in your mental room revisions, we’d like to take a few minutes to shed a little light on an often overlooked remodeling featuring – lighting!  More often than not, lighting is one of the last parts of a project to be considered and one of the first …Read More

Aging In Place: Kitchens

In our last post we discussed home modifications that can be made to help homeowners age in place, specifically in the bathroom.  This week we’ll turn our attention to another much frequented space in the house – the kitchen.  Consider a few of the following changes to help older adults live comfortably in their home as they age.   Cabinet Modifications: Make base cabinets more accessible by replacing standard shelves with roll-out trays.  Corner cabinets can also be outfitted with a lazy susan or other rotating component, making hard to reach areas accessible without wear and tear on your knees …Read More

Aging In Place: Bathrooms

As the American population ages, homeowners are increasingly interested in remodeling modifications that can help them stay in their homes longer – or age in place.  One of the first rooms to consider when remodeling your home for added age adaptability is the bathroom.  Some of these simple adaptations can increase a home’s safety and livability for older residents for years to come.   Add A Railing: According to the Center For Disease Control, falls are the leading cause of death for seniors ages 65 and older.  To help prevent bathroom stumbles, add grab bars to your shower stall, bath …Read More

Homes That Haunt

With Halloween just around the corner, we wanted to take a moment to discuss the things that haunt our houses.  While creaking floors and self-closing doors may give us the jitters, more often than not house haunting can be traced back to a fairly mundane source.  So before you call in the ghost hunters, we’ll try to get to the bottom of the things that go bump in the night…in your home! House Haunting One: Banging, Creaking, Skittering Or Scratching Noises Common Cause: Pipes: If you have an older home, fluctuations in water pressure within your radiator can result in …Read More

Brighten Your Bathroom

In our last post we discussed home remodeling projects that may have the added benefit of increasing your property’s resale value.  One such project included bathroom remodels or additions.  However, an often overlooked, but key element of any remodel is the lighting.  In no room in the house is this more important than in the bathroom – the one room in the house where lighting needs to be both practical and aesthetically pleasing.  When it comes time to refurbish your bathroom, brighten your space with one of these lighting tips.   Consider Your Angle: Before you begin lighting your space, you’ll …Read More

Home Improvements That May Increase Your Property Value

In this economy it is easy to rationalize putting off home improvements.  However, some home upgrades may actually increase your property value.  Take on one of these renovations as an investment in your home’s value. Bathroom Addition/Remodel: While revamping an existing bathroom or adding a new one altogether may seem like an expensive undertaking, it can actually be a smart venture.  According to CNN Money the return on your investment for a mid-range bath modernization or addition is 102% of the project cost.  And, as anyone who lived in a home with too few bathrooms can attest, additional bathrooms can …Read More

What is the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)?

Steve, the owner of our company, was one of the original members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry when it first started a Minnesota chapter in 1983. You might be asking, what is NARI? Well, simply put, NARI is the largest professional network of remodelers in the United States, with over 7,000 members and growing.   The goal of NARI is to provide both remodelers and homeowners with industry information and education. There are often special seminars or classes for remodeling professionals to learn about new technology or techniques, along with information about new and changing Minnesota and …Read More

Summit Place Senior Renovation

Recently, we renovated Summit Place Senior Campus’ commons area. The senior campus is a rental community located in Eden Prairie, Minn. Before, the commons area was a soda fountain room with a loft area that was used as a game and billiard room for the seniors to entertain. We ended up enclosing the loft space above to reduce noise in the main party room. By adding warmer colors and darker woods we gave this space a warm elegant feel for the seniors to entertain in. We added a new 60” television, along with some couches and round tables that complimented …Read More

Remodeling Holds the Keys to Happiness

According to an article by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) remodeling is the way to go for families that are looking to change their home. The article compares remodeling vs. moving for those families looking for a change. Remodeling your home is the best option according to NAHB because:   Remodeling allows you to customize your home to meet your needs and desires. The only similar, but much more costly alternative, is to have a brand new custom home designed and built. Remodeling means that you don’t have to give up a familiar neighborhood and schools. Remodeling is …Read More

Pantry Design Ideas

School’s out and summer’s officially started, but don’t let that fool you into thinking life has actually slowed down. As an adult, the daily nine-to-five grind continues no matter what the season. And though you don’t have to hustle to get the kids up and out to the bus stop every morning, as a parent you likely have to drive them to and from soccer practice, piano practice, and friend’s houses instead. In the midst of all the hubbub it can be easy to let some spaces in your home fall into disarray. Areas that are used frequently but aren’t …Read More