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
Think of your deck or patio as an extension of your home. A comfortable outdoor space that acts like a magnet to pull you outside to read the morning paper, curl up with a favorite book or relax with the setting sun.
- An outdoor copper thermometer and clock or decorative wall sconces with candles that cast a warm, inviting atmosphere at night make good accessories for outdoor rooms. 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
Spring is around the corner and as the days get longer and weather gets warmer you’ll soon be thinking about outdoor projects. And perhaps you might have thought about adding a pond or water feature. There’s no doubt the primary driver for homeowners to add a pond to their landscape is to create a place of beauty and relaxation where they can escape this hectic world. Another benefit is increasing their home’s living space by adding an outdoor living room around the water garden.
By replacing some or all of your lawn with a pond or water feature, you can conserve energy, save money, support the environment and have a beautiful place to relax! Continue reading
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 Yet drab or outdated bathrooms can be dramatically revitalized.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
Looking for space to put an exercise room, entertainment center, or playroom? Go underground! If your home has an unfinished basement, remodeling might be a great way to transform this commonly under-used space.
When considering a basement remodel, start by making a floor plan. Be sure to mark the location of your furnace, washer and dryer, and any other large appliances. Take notes on:
- Access to the basement from upstairs and outside
- Location of existing plumbing if you want an additional bathroom
- Location of vertical support columns
- Location of windows and doors
- Floor/ceiling/wall materials. Continue reading
With the real estate market flooded with houses for sale and record low home prices, it’s a buyers-market. If you are planning to sell your home soon, it pays to know which renovations and additions will increase the value of your property. Knowing if the money that you spend to fix-up your current home will pay off when it comes time to put it on the real estate market can put you way ahead in the real-estate game.
When you are completing renovations on your home with the intention of selling it, make sure they are done properly and are clearly of good quality. Using a professional to do the work will not only give you the quality final product you want, but will also ensure that a building permit (if one is required) will be obtained and a warranty on the workmanship and materials will be in place. Real estate professionals agree that if you want to get the best resale value for your home, get renovations done by an expert. Continue reading
While many of us tend to make an effort to keep certain rooms in our homes looking attractive, like bedrooms, living room and kitchen, the bathroom can often be taken for granted. It is often the last room to be given some much-needed attention and get decorated. This is a shame as the bathroom is a great place to relax and unwind after a hectic day by taking a long soak, or to wake up with a refreshing shower. So it helps to have a bathroom that’s attractive and welcoming to spend time in.
Whatever the shape and size of your bathroom, you will find there are countless options to choose from to decorate a bathroom. Here are a few ideas to start with: Continue reading