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Renovation ROI – Getting the Best Return on Investment

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Sometimes our clients remodel for the passion of it, but more often than not, they make remodeling choices based on what will be most valuable when they decide to sell. While there are no guarantees, there are some remodeling projects that typically provide higher returns on the investment. Our friends at House Beautiful shared their list which got us thinking. Here are 3 of our favorite investment-savvy renovations.

Kitchen Smorgasbord

It seems that no matter how nice the other rooms in your house are, people congregate in the kitchen. Maybe it’s your queso dip or maybe it’s because the kitchen is the heart of your home. Remodeling a kitchen can mean more storage, better appliances, a larger island and a more comfortable place for food, fun and family. What is your biggest kitchen complaint (besides your family leaving dirty dishes in the sink)? We can help (maybe not with the dirty dishes part)!

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Best Basements Ever

Before you think about expanding the footprint of your house, consider enhancing your basement. Whether you want a man cave or an entertainment space that’s the envy of your neighbors, a basement is one of the most flexible spaces in your home. Extra bedrooms? And exercise space? If you can dream it, your basement can become it!

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Laundry & Utility Rooms

Have you considered adding a utility sink to your laundry room or a dog bath to your utility room? There are several ways to turn what maybe the most ‘boring’ room into one of the most functional and even beautiful. Beauty in utility!

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There are several other good ROI renovations. Give us a call and we can chat about your ideas!

3 Ways To Make Your Laundry Room Work Even Harder

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Did you think it was possible to make one of the hardest working parts of your home work even harder? It is! And here are three of our favorite ideas from an article posted by our friends from Houzz.

Add a Dog Washing Tub

If you’re tired of your four-footed friend lounging in your bath tub, consider adding a dog washing station to your laundry room remodel. It’s even better if your laundry opens to the outdoors or garage. Make sure you tile your floors and the washing station to make cleanup easy.
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Add Some Built-Ins

Looking for a better place for your ironing board? Or maybe you want some hampers that the family actually thinks are fun to use? You can put the ‘fun’ in functional by adding a variety of different built-ins.

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Install a Floor Drain

While you’re contemplating a tiled floor in your laundry, you should also think about having a floor drain installed as well. A floor drain is great if you have a drip dry rack and it’s even better if your washer has a little accident!

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The Making of A Man Cave

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June is the month of weddings and Father’s day! So it wouldn’t be complete without a look at some of the most interesting man cave renovations we’ve seen. Maybe one of these ideas will inspire your man cave make over!

Make an actual cave

If you have the space and depth, consider making your man cave and actual cave! And if you can’t dig a basement below your basement, consider using rich textures like stone, wood and interesting lighting to get that cave-like effect.

Create Your Own Sports Center

Theater seating, multiple HDTV options, a beautiful bar and sports memorabilia can make a fun man cave that the whole family (and neighborhood) can enjoy.

Make The Garage Your Home

Sometimes a man’s home is his garage. But why stop at just a place to park the car and store the mower? If you love cars or just ending up spending a lot of your time in the garage, consider adding a comfortable seating area and TV. This garage turned man-cave even has a fridge and microwave!

What’s Your Man Cave?

Some of these ideas may be a bit out of reach, but the spirit of these rooms can be translated into almost any man cave whether your entire basement or a room above the garage. If you’re considering a man cave make over, let us know!
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Getting the Best from your Contractor

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When you’re investing in a remodeling project, you want things to go as smoothly as possible. The relationship between you and your design and construction team is the cornerstone for a successful project. Here are some of our favorite tips for getting the best from your contractor.

  1. Pick a point person – There are many conversations and decisions as part of a remodeling project. Keep things simple and clear for your family and your contractor by designating a point person to work directly with your contractor.
  2. Communicate early and often – From a signed contract to an agreed upon timeline and budget, it’s important to communicate early and often. If you have questions, ask. If you have concerns, please tell your contractor earlier. It’s much easier to address concerns about the tile before it’s installed. And your contractor should be happy to engage in a discussion about your questions so you get the home of your dreams.
  3. Plan for ‘alone time’ – Depending on the size of your remodeling project, it is likely that your contractor will need to be in your home when you are not. Whether you decide to give your contractor a key or access with a garage code, make sure you’re clear about your preferences so that your contractor can work efficiently. But do only what you’re comfortable with.
  4. Keep your kids and pets in the safe zone – Remodeling projects can be messy but they can also be dangerous to kids and pets. Safety is important for all involved, so please keep your kids and pets out of the construction zone for everyone’s peace of mind.