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Upgrading YourUnused Garage

 

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If you own a garage that doesn’t get much use, consider a transformation! Upgrading your detached garage can be a fun and unique way to add some enjoyable living quarters to your home. This is typically easy and doesn’t cost too much of a home investment.

 

Entertaining Pavilion

 

If your garage is detached, this might be the perfect opportunity for you to transform it into apavilion geared for entertainment. Implementing doors that swing out are an easy way to transform this once dreary structure into the classic look of a carriage house. Large tables in the center of the space can offer plenty of room for family and guest entertainment.

Storage Space

If you’ve been longing for an extra room to organize your belongings, your unused garage is the perfect place to start. Everything from the floors the ceiling offers a unique unused space to store.

Home Business

Do you already own your own business? Are you thinking about starting one? Consider transforming your garage into a home office or business. You can even add on extensions if you need the extra storage space. If you have clients visiting you in your home, consider the installation of an exterior door so they don’t have to trek through your house.

Home Gym

Save money on the gym membership by constructing your own exercise room! Set up a weight-lighting station, stationary bike, treadmill, or a yoga mat in your garage. Just don’t forget to wall-mount a TV!

Studio

Do you have a budding rock star or Mozart in your family? Consider soundproofing the walls, doors, and ceiling, transforming your garage into the perfect music studio. Just remember to add seats for family performances!

Apartment

A garage is an easy way to add onto your home’s living space. Create a detached apartment for guests or a senior that might be living with you. You can even consider renting it out for an extra income!

 

If you’re not using your garage to park cars, you can transform your unused space into an additional asset and usable asset. If you renovate it into a really cool livable space or home addition, if may even attract the interest of homebuyers when you are ready to sell.

Comparing Apples to Apples in Your Home Improvement Project

 

Whether you’ve just begun your home renovation project, or you’re already taking on step 4 and 5 of your redevelopment plants, you’ve probably heard that you should get multiple bids. But how do you compare companies that bid completely different from each other? Getting more than one bid may sound simple, but inconsistency across estimating procedures can make it difficult for you to make an educated contractor decision.Home Improvement

 

So how do you compare home renovation companies apple to apples?

 

Your project is completely unique, and every company you speak with can bring various assets to the table. In order to compare them fairly, you have to be looking at the same specifications, materials, and project scope.

 

Consider these tips to compare companies applies to applies.

 

  1. Use the Same Spec Sheets

 

In order to compare companies equally, you’ll want them each to estimate your project in the same manner. If you like the way that the first contractor bids your project, request that all of the other contractors you speak with bids in the same way, on the same aspects.

 

  1. Avoid Low Bidders

 

Contrary to popular belief, the lowest bid that you receive is not necessarily the best. Often times this can be a red flag. Low bids can often give you an indication of inferior materials, cutting corners on quality, a misunderstanding of your project requests, or a lack of experience. In some cases, companies may rope you in with a lower bid only to surprise you later on with expensive upgrades.

 

  1. Make a Checklist

 

Keep in mind that some companies may be a better fit for you than others. In addition to price, it’s important to compare several other important points. What’s the point of discussing an estimate with a company that doesn’t hold property and liability insurance or valid state permits?

 

Before discussing a contract, make sure you that your contractor measures up in these key areas:

 

  • Valid State Licensing and Permits
  • Length of Business
  • Employees vs. Contracted Work
  • Holds Liability Insurance
  • Reasonable Payment Schedule
  • Work Guarantee

 

Remember, hiring a contractor for your home renovation job is an important decision. Consider these key steps before deciding on a contractor that is the right fit for your home!\

 

 

 

How Many Different Floor Types Are Too Many For The Main Floor?

You’ve decided that your house needs new floors, and you’ve found what you think are great fits in different rooms – but how many different floors is TOO many for the main floor in your house?

Using different floors in your home is an art form and often requires the assistance of a designer. Too much variety in flooring can make your home appear choppy, and from a resale point of view, can quickly turn off buyers.

So how many floor types are too many?

There are no hard fast rules on how many different types of flooring is too many, but there are some key principles you should follow. The most important to keep in mind is that you want your home to flow aesthetically. Entering a tiled foyer, a wooded living room, and a differently tiled kitchen is just too much.

The type of flooring that you choose should complement the size of your house. If you have a large foyer, 6,000 square foot house, you can easily use ceramic, cork and wood all together in the same home. If your house is on the smaller side or you live in a townhome, flooring that looks similar will help you open up and feel more spacious.

The goal with flooring is to have people’s eyes keep flowing, from your entryway to the rest of your house. Various and abrupt changes in textures and colors can prevent that and disrupt the eye.

This doesn’t mean that you have to use one flooring type in all rooms in your house. Floors can mix as long as transitions are gentle in texture and tone.

A general rule of thumb: Stick with only two types of flooring on the main level of your home – if one of these textures is carpet, stay with the same carpet throughout. Generally, hardwood and carpets work well together. More than three different types of flooring are definitely too many.

 

Light Fixture Trends

Light FixtureIf your perception of light trends is that lighting design tends to be short-lived or not worth looking into, you should leave room for reconsiderations. The fact is that light trends not only serve as an indicator of where the light industry is headed but also reflects the latest creative technological advancements in the design world.
As we move through 2017, here are some of the lighting trends you’ll want to pay close attention to in order to ensure that your design choices reflect the best of what’s available in the lighting market right now.
Wall Plate
If wall plates currently stand as an afterthought in your interior lighting plans, we strongly encourage you to re-evaluate. The right wall plate has the power the dramatically Bolden your design narrative, or subtly uplift any room. The trend leans toward modern or contemporary, minimal designs that add just a touch of sophistication.
Falling Back to Modern
If you’ve spent any time flipping through pages of recent home décor magazines, or even dined at a contemporary restaurant of late, then you are well aware that Mid-century Modern design is coming back to stay. This in-demand lighting style pairs smooth clean lines with appealing minimalistic shapes. One of the most sought after qualities of these historically inspired recreations is that the fixtures tend to hold timeliness, iconic quality that never seems to go out of trend
Steam Industrial
Commercial and industrial trends have long since strived to gain its place in interior lighting, gaining, even more, steam during 2017. Industrial type light fixtures are often designed to focus light downward and other directions. The best part? Industrial lights are available in a variety of modern and traditional styles and a variety of finishes.
Energy-Saving LED
If LED is your lighting aesthetic of choice, you’ll love the trend of this leading edge, energy-efficient technology. LED’s subtle design and clean, sharp patterns are a key indicator of where the future of lighting design lies.

 

How to Hire a Bathroom Remodel Contractor

While it is easy to do some home improvements yourself, others like extensive bathroom remodeling should be left for professionals due to the expertise needed. Most homeowners who try bathroom remodeling themselves end up with half-finished bathroom due to the lack of proper tools and skills. Besides having the right equipment to help finish the remodeling job quickly and efficiently, they also have the know-how of dealing with issues that may arise during the job. If the remodeling job is done wrongly, it will be costly to fix it. You need to get a reliable contractor for the job to be done right the first time. Here are tips to help you when choosing a remodeling contractor.

Ask for referrals

Ask your friend, neighbor, family member or coworker who has recently had a remodeling job and got satisfied. Get the contact of the contractor who did the job. You can also the company to provide you with a list of previous clients they have worked with whom you can contact and inquire about the company. Referrals are one of the best ways to help track a reputable remodeling contractor. Avoid hiring a new company you know nothing about in the market.

Licensing

Ensure the company you want to hire is licensed and verify that the licensing is up to date. This will give you a guarantee that the company in question is legitimate and qualified professionally. Don’t hire a company that is not licensed since it is likely to deliver substandard results.  

Insurance and bonding

Ask the remodeling company for an insurance proof. You should also verify the validity of the insurance cover. A reputable company will have no problem sharing with you this information. This will help you avoid liability should anything happen to the company workers or your household during the remodeling job. Moreover, it will also cover for any damages that could arise during remodeling.

Have a budget and payment guidelines

You should expect to pay a deposit of 10 percent or more of the total cost of the project. Don’t accept to pay more than 30 percent of the deposit for the job. You should also add about 15 percent of your remodeling budget to the budget to help sort the frequently found problems that could not be noticed upfront. Avoid making cash deposits.

Have a printed contract

Ensure you read the fine details of the contract without making any assumptions. Ensure all the necessary details are included in it. Understand how change orders will be handled as stipulated in the contract. Always be cautious when signing the contract.