With the interest in using renewable energy sources, such as solar panels and solar
energy, and the awareness in climate change, many potential homeowners are looking to
leave a smaller carbon footprint. Going green may not only save homeowners money over the lifetime of owning a home, but can also be an eco-friendly choice. Continue reading
By Kenneth W. Betz
Whether it is a kitchen, bathroom, living room or bedroom, each of these spaces needs lighting during non-daylight hours and dark days. Yet, lighting often is an afterthought. This is why a lighting assessment should be part of every remodeling plan, says Lino Carosella, CR, CKBR, GCP, of Carosella Design Build in Havertown, Pa. A lighting assessment can be simple or complex, but it can help determine the lighting needs for a particular space, for its particular use and for the client Carosella believes remodelers may want to call in a professional to do lighting assessments. “In our case, we use the showroom representative at our lighting distributor, where we usually send our clients to make lighting selections,” he says. Continue reading
Despite the weather outside, it’s actually the ideal time of year to undertake some smaller scale improvements inside your home – here are some good reasons to consider doing something now, plus some ideas about Perfect Winter Projects.
Winter Gets a Bad Rap
To begin, let’s all agree that winter in the Philadelphia area is a huge hassle. It’s cold outside and dealing with snow & ice on your car, driveway, walks, and roofs can be a miserable job. Then, of course, just getting around becomes a challenge – the roads are a mess, schools get cancelled, and driving essentially anywhere can become dangerous. Continue reading
Home automation is “The Internet of Things”…The way that all of our devices and appliances will be networked together to provide us with a seamless control over all aspects of our home and more. Home automation has been around from many decades in terms of lighting and simple appliance control, and only recently has technology caught up for the idea of the interconnected world, allowing full control of your home from anywhere, to become a reality. With home automation, you dictate how a device should react, when it should react, and why it should react. Continue reading
Have you heard rumors of that magical place where renovations run smooth? Your home could be that place. Renovations of an existing home have many challenges and require planning and expertise. By following the right plan your project could avoid many pitfalls. Continue reading
Remodeling allows you to customize your home to meet your needs and desires without building a new home or moving and giving up a familiar neighborhood and schools. More than ever, now is the time
- Interest rates are at historic lows, so now is the perfect time to invest in home remodeling before rates increase again.
- Homes need regular maintenance and repair to stay in top condition. Simple things such as repairing siding to eliminate drafts or repairing the roof to stop a leak can drastically improve your home’s performance. Continue reading
Did you know as much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling? As the warmer months approach, you can take these steps to help reduce your utility bill this summer:
1. Get your HVAC system tuned up now.
Just as your car needs regular maintenance to run smoothly, you can help ensure your HVAC unit is in peak condition by scheduling an inspection. Do it now, before you switch on the A/C on a warm day and find that it’s not working properly. Continue reading
From choosing a designer and selecting a style to establishing and sticking to a budget, the remodeling process can be daunting to any homeowner. The following are tips from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) to help simplify the process:
DO look closely at the space. The first step is to determine the main purpose of your remodel. Are you looking to add extra space, make changes for health reasons or just upgrade and improve your living space? Decide what you want to change most and what you can keep or update later.
Nothing dates a house more quickly than a bathroom that time has forgotten. Yet drab or outdated bathrooms can be dramatically revitalized. Bath products abound that can give you as lavish a bathroom as you could possibly want. Many homeowners want their bathrooms to be totally utilitarian, but others want rooms in which to pamper themselves. How about you?
Your answer, and your budget, will determine the best way to remodel. Do you want to work within the existing space of your current bathroom? Do you want to expand by taking room from somewhere else? Would you rather build an addition to accommodate your new bath? These are just a few options which vary greatly in cost. Continue reading