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Outdoor kitchens and more! Top 3 Spring Exterior Remodeling Projects

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Who doesn’t love spring? Everything is blooming and people turn their sites to the outdoors. We love remodeling interior spaces, but enjoy bringing the comforts of indoors outside for all to enjoy. Here are a few of the most popular spring exterior remodeling projects.

1. Patios and Outdoor Living Spaces

Let your dream vacation inspire your patio whether it’s a sunny spot in the Caribbean or a stylish garden from Italy. Why not bring back fond memories all year round? And while you’re at it, make your outdoor space as cozy as your indoor spaces. Place bright, comfortable pillows in your outdoor seating area. If you have a table and chairs on your patio, consider adding potted plants or succulents (very popular right now) as a centerpiece. And take planting to all edges of your yard with hedges or bushes for added privacy.

2. BBQ-Master Outdoor Kitchen

An outdoor kitchen brings joy to the chef and family alike. From wood burning ovens to built-in gas grills, the sky really is the limit when it comes to architecting a functional and fun outdoor kitchen. Roof coverage, fans and ventilation are important considerations when designing this unique space keeping guests cool in the summer and warm on spring nights.

3. Create Structure and Flow

One of the hidden gems of a comfortable outdoor space is the use of a roof, wall or doorway that provides structure or flow through the space. For example, stone can make a beautiful backdrop behind a seating area or separate garden space. Pergolas, whether free standing or part of a deck structure, add dimension and character to any outdoor space. Combined with a trellis, you can add climbing vines and flowers to almost any area of your yard.

If you’re considering an outdoor remodel, we’d love to talk with you. Love where you live!

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Dust & Dust Control: Why During Your Remodel is as Important as After

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When you are looking to hire a remodeler, you’re usually drawn in by the before-and-after pictures and by the potential of your new space. While those photos are attractive and grab your attention, BEWARE — they don’t tell the whole story. What happens in the time between those before-and-after photos is just as important as the end result.

Your livability is our top concern during a remodeling project. We take pride in limiting the biggest threat to livability during a remodeling project: Dust

That’s why when you’re ready to hire a remodeler, make sure to discuss the during, specifically how the remodeler will take care of you while your house is being remodeled. Most homeowners want to stay in their homes during demolition and construction.We understand this, and that is why we discuss a livability plan with our clients before we start a project. This plan helps homeowners understand the timeline, logistics, dust control and safety precautions associated with the project.

That’s why we invest in the newest dust control technology to incorporate into our dust control plan and best practices. By using the groundbreaking BuildClean Dust Control System, we will capture and remove up to 90 percent of airborne dust that accumulates during your remodeling project.

Why is dust control important?

Because remodeling projects can stir up jobsite dust that can include dirt and debris, organic matter, drywall, cement, silica and sawdust. With the BuildClean Dust Control System, we collect dust at the point of generation and while it is still airborne, which is the most effective way to capture and virtually eliminate all types of worksite dust. You are not just investing in a job well done, you also would like to maintain a great home life during the project as well. To provide you and your family with the best remodeling experience, from start to finish, we use BuildClean every time.

If you want to know more about the ‘during’ our home owners experience when they remodel with us, drop us a note.

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Countertop Materials: Granite, Quartz and More

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We spend a lot of time with our home owners picking the right materials to make their remodeling project come to life. And we frequently get questions about which countertop materials are the best. The answer is…it depends! Really it comes down to analyzing the pros and cons of each surface based on the qualities of the material itself, your budget and where the countertop is going to be installed.

There are lots of good articles about various countertop materials, but here is a summary of couple of our favorites (note any pricing information you find in these links may vary for your area and based on the age of the article). You can read the full articles by following the links below.

In an article by Houzz, their research shows two out of five home owners choose granite or quartz for their countertops. Here’s a quick run down of the pros and cons of these two popular choices.

Granite Pros:

  • It has longevity – it is time-tested and has universal approval
  • It’s available in wide slabs – it’s common to find slabs more than 70″ wide
  • It costs less than most quartz options
  • It’s has natural beauty – because it’s a natural product it comes with one-of-a-kind beauty

Granite Cons:

  • It’s porous – it isn’t naturally resistant to moisture
  • It’s costs more to maintain than quartz because it should be resealed every two to five years
  • Not many simple styles – due to the natural source most granite has a busy pattern to it
  • It’s brittle

Quartz Pros:

  • It’s low maintenance
  • It’s stronger than natural stone
  • It’s in high demand – which can make it higher in price
  • It has consistent, clean styles

Quartz Cons:

  • It’s expensive
  • It’s not suitable for outdoor installations
  • Slabs look exactly the same – which can be a little cookie-cutter-like
  • It doesn’t look 100% natural

Read the full article on Houzz or check out their this other article for more detail on granite and quartz as well as solid surfacing, marble, tile, laminate and other countertop options.

Corinthian Named Best of Houzz 2017 in Indianapolis

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Indianapolis, Country, January 17, 2017 – Corinthian Fine Homes of Indianapolis has won “2017 Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. This is the third time Corinthian Fine Homes has received this award. The design-build firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016.

“We are honored and delighted to have been voted by visitors of Houzz for our customer service,” said Rob Froehlich, President and owner of Corinthian Fine Homes. “We pride ourselves on collaborative, inspired design and superior service.”

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Corinthian Fine Homes,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

Follow Corinthian Fine Homes on Houzz.

About Corinthian Fine Homes

Great design is when your present home starts feeling like your forever home. It’s a collaborative effort between the design team, the contractor, and you. What makes Corinthian different from other builders is evident: increased communication and trustworthy relationships. We collaborate with each client to make sure the end result fits the lifestyle and vision they have for their home. Corinthian has proudly completed projects throughout the greater Indianapolis area and beyond, in many well-known areas of town. We have worked with homeowners in Meridian Kessler, Williams Creek, Butler Tarkington, Meridian Hills, Geist, Zionsville and Carmel. For more information, visit corinthianinc.com.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

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5 Indoor Winter Home Improvement Projects

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Instead of dreading the months of cold weather and snow, plan a small home improvement project to brighten up your winter. Here are 5 winter home improvement projects that will bring some life to your living space. These projects can be DIY or if you’re more of a ‘hire-it-done”, we’re happy to help with these and other remodeling projects.

#1 Install a feature wall

There are a variety of ways to accent a room. The simplest is to paint or wallpaper (yes, wallpaper is making a bit of a comeback) one wall in your living, family or bedroom to add color and create interest. If you’re up for a bit of installation, consider shiplap, reclaimed palette wood or even faux stone to give dimension and interest. Check out Pinterest and Houzz for inspiration by searching for accent wall, feature or focus wall.

#2 Re-caulk your tub or shower

Although not as sexy as a feature wall, re-caulking your tub or shower provides both an aesthetic improvement and a functional one. Remove mildew covered caulk and reseal your tub/shower to keep water from getting behind your tile or shower enclosures to prevent future mold, mildew and water damage.

#3 Lay down new flooring

If you’re carpets are threadbare or you’re ready to upgrade your laminates, winter is a great time to transform your home with hardwoods and tile. Whether pre-engineered hardwoods or beautiful dark walnut hardwoods with bright white trim, the looks you can get with new wood floors are endless. And if tile floors are more your style, you can choose from tile that looks like wood, cement or brick as well as more traditional tile options. If you’re considering new tile for your bathroom, you should also consider heating elements. Your toes will thank you on these chilly winter mornings.

#4 Replace or refinish your doors (and hardware)

Have you taken a close look at the doors in your house? Often times, your doors take the most wear and tear but get the least attention. Replacing or refinishing your interior doors can make your entire home look like new. And if you’re not ready to address the doors, consider changing the hinges and doorknobs for a fresh look. Dealing with doors may seem like a simple job, but may quickly turn into a bigger project especially in older homes. You might consider hiring a professional if you’re not comfortable cutting, shaping the doors to size and replacing the trim or molding.

#5 Add a new coat of paint

Even if you’re not interested in a bold new color, simply refreshing your neutrals will brighten any room. Whether you’re interested in painting a whole room or just one wall (see #1 above), here are some tips for picking a paint palette for your project.

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Greenery 2017 Pantone Color of the Year

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The turning of the year signals a time for new beginnings. A time to start again whether it’s revitalizing health, reconnecting with family or rejuvenating your physical environment. We always enjoy seeing what color Pantone picks as the color of the year. For 2017, the color is Greenery and was picked because it is “a life-affirming shade” and “is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.”

Greenery Pantone Color + Complementary Palettes

To read more about the color of the year, check out the full article on the pantone website. If part of your 2017 plan is an updated kitchen, refreshed master suite or perhaps finishing the basement, you should check out the greenery’s complementary color palettes on the pantone site as well. There are some great options like the subdued Forest Floor complements which would be great in a kitchen or the ocean inspired Fathomless palette that would set apart any bathroom redesign.

Picking A Color Palette For Your Redesign Project

Speaking of color palettes, here are five of our favorite tips when picking a color palette for your home. If you’re inspired by Greenery but it’s just not quite right, consider these ideas:

  1. Choose your colors from the largest pattern in the space. Maybe it’s your couch or a beautiful painting. If you love it, pick your colors from that pattern leaning heavily on the neutrals in the patter for your wall color.
  2. Use the color wheel. For a calming effect, pick colors next to each other on the color wheel – much like the Fathomless collection shown on the the Pantone site.
  3. Go gray. Is beige boring? Try gray as your neutral. It can look warm or cool and pairs well with calm pastels or colors as bright as hot pink.
  4. Dress your home like you dress yourself. Chances are you’ll love your home if it reminds you of your favorite fashion statements. If you like classic combinations like black and white, rely on those basics for your home. Or if you’re more into eclectic layers, consider spicing up your space with Moroccan pillows or Indian textiles.
  5. Make a monochromatic statement. Especially in small spaces like a bathroom or reading nook, pick a favorite color to pop against white floors and walls. If bright yellow makes you smile, consider bright cabinets with beautiful white marble counters and floors.

We’d be happy to talk with you about your remodeling needs and picking a stunning color palette that is perfect for your personality and home

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New Year Remodeling Resolutions

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Do you already have your resolutions for 2017? Maybe lose some weight or spend more time with family and friends? Well, let us offer some new year remodeling resolutions for your home that may also help you achieve your personal goals.

Invest in things you love

Spend some time decluttering. Before you put away your holiday decorations, take a little time to clean out the magazines that have accumulated on the catch-all and the already-worked-puzzles from the closets. Once you have some space, both physically and mentally, assess your spaces and make sure the things you love have a place of honor. If you have spaces left over, consider investing in a few special items like a family photo wall or a vintage rocking chair.

Overhaul the room that gets the most use

We often hear things like,”It doesn’t matter how comfortable our couches are, people just like to hang out in our kitchen.” If that’s the case in your house, consider remodeling your most used room (or rooms) with inviting gathering spaces, warm materials and custom features. As you begin to think about how you’d like to transform the space, use a site like Houzz or Pinterest to save ideas and begin to consider the budget you’d like to stick to. These things will give your design remodel team a good starting place for your project.

Overhaul the room that gets the least use

We also hear from our clients that they have a room in the house that doesn’t really get used. Whether a family whose children have outgrown the traditional playroom or empty-nesters who are ready for a formal living room update, maybe it’s time to remodel a little used room into a new social hub for the home.  Play rooms become offices. Walls between living rooms and kitchens come down. Basements get built out. The possibilities are endless when it comes to transforming a room into a useful, family-friendly space.

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Remodeling Tips for Holiday Lighting

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As the holiday season draws near, you may be dreaming of a new kitchen, bath or basement. While we don’t recommend starting any major renovations right before the holidays, we do recommend thinking about the holidays when you’re planning your remodeling project. Here are a few remodeling holiday lighting tips to make your future holidays brighter (and easier):

  1. Place an outlet in your mantel – a beautifully lit mantel adds warmth and style to any holiday. When refacing a fireplace, add an outlet to the top of your mantel and you’ll be able to easily plug in a strand of lights, a wreath or other decoration without needing to find a creative way to hide the cord.
  2. Place outlets in the floor – by adding outlets in the floor beneath the couch and side tables, not only are you setting yourself up for easy year-round lighting, but you’ve got options for additional holiday lighting including a floor plug for a Christmas tree.
  3. Don’t forget the outside – if you’re considering an exterior remodel make sure you add weather-proof outdoor outlets in areas of the house where you would like easy access for lighting. Also an exterior remodel is a great time to consider adding light clips or structures to cleanly hold your outdoor holiday lights.

But since you’re not likely to start a large remodel right before the holidays, here are a few ideas to freshen up your home until you’re ready to remodel:

  • Brush the dust off of outdoor light fixtures, the front walk, eves and doorways. Hang a fresh wreath on the door for a pop of color and that beautiful evergreen smell.
  • Get the squeaks out by lubricating door hinges and garage doors.
  • Make sure your home has that extra sparkle with new light bulbs inside and out, wipe down mirrors (because people like to look at themselves after all) and smile because sometimes that’s all someone needs to see to make their day.
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Popular Custom Home Features for Remodeling Projects

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When you’re building a custom home, you can get just about any feature you can imagine if  your budget will support it. But did you know that many popular custom home features can be planned into your remodeling project as well.

Take a look at some of the most requested features that can be planned into your remodel:

Kitchen Features

  • Commercial-style range – many home owners are installing commercial ranges. Whether cooking for your family or you enjoy hosting large parties, a commercial range offers many benefits.
  • Microwave drawer – gives you the convenience of a microwave at an easy-to-access height tucked into a drawer unit rather than mounted in a cabinet.
  • On-counter garage – eliminate countertop clutter with an appliance garage. Store anything from your coffee pot to that large mixer in a place that is easy to access but out of sight.

Efficiency Features

  • Double swinging doors – wish you could go in and out of your laundry room without stopping to open the door? Consider doors that swing both ways for kitchens, laundry rooms, patios and other rooms that you frequently go in and out.
  • Second washer/dryer – tired of your kids hauling soccer clothes across the house to the laundry room, consider adding a second washer and dryer to your laundry or kitchen remodel and put an end to muddy soccer tracks through the house.
  • Dog shower – speaking of muddy footprints, consider adding a shower base and handheld shower hose to your mud room, garage or patio remodel. It will give you an easy place to rinse off Fido

Technology Features

  • Whole House Sound System – if you’re a fan of music and movies, consider a whole house sound system where you can centralize the control of your media and play it back in any room that is connected to the system.
  • Mobile Accessibility – mobile devices aren’t just for angry birds and email. In fact, you can use smart devices in your home and access them from your mobile phone. Check security cameras, adjust lighting, control the temperature and even turn off the iron all from the convenience of your phone even if you’re not standing in your home.
  • Universal Control – ready to get rid of your pile of remote controls? A universal remote control can offer simplicity to you and your house guests from one simple interface that can control all sorts of technical equipment.
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French Country All House Renovation

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This all house renovation took about 10 months to complete and touched nearly every aspect of this already beautiful home. From the entry door was relocated to create symmetry to the master suite which was fully redesigned with modern fixtures, this home is truly a gem.

We remodeled the exterior, living/family spaces, kitchen, master suite and bathrooms to create this beautiful country french home.

Explore photos of this project