Why is it that food seems to taste that much better when dining alfresco? Maybe it’s the fresh air that whets the appetite. Whatever the reason, one of the many advantages of the Florida lifestyle is being able to enjoy a beautifully designed, fully equipped outdoor kitchen, custom built to your every specification.
Home renovations of any kind require serious planning, and an outdoor kitchen is no exception. In essence, you’re creating a whole new room, basically adjacent or connected to your house, containing all the culinary amenities. Homeowners who want to go the outdoor kitchen route usually have plenty of questions about the process, so let’s look at a few of the FAQs.
Q: Should the outdoor kitchen be the same style as our indoor kitchen?
A: The choice is entirely yours. In some cases, outdoor kitchens are considered an extension of the indoor kitchen, so the materials and designs used are somewhat similar. Top-of-the-line grills, pizza ovens and even fireplaces can be built into outdoor kitchens, and some people prefer to keep these heat-generating features strictly outdoors. But having an opportunity toRead More »
What makes a successful bed and breakfast? A good B&B is like a cross between a quality hotel and a private home, with extra personal touches and service. Individual guest rooms might number anywhere from just one or two up to six or more. The proprietors live on site in their own private space and connect with their guests in a way that is “homier” than a typical anonymous hotel experience.
These days, having a home business can be a great way to earn income. Rather than simply working “out of your home,” make your house itself the draw that works for you. If you’re the type who enjoys making folks feel comfortable and welcome in top-notch surroundings, running your own bed and breakfast may be just the ticket.
Include Home Remodeling Professionals in your Plans
Whether you want to escape the rat race and be your own boss, supplement your existing income or simply cater to your enjoyment of being a host or hostess, sit down with your building contractor to brainstorm about how youRead More »
Your kitchen should definitely be well lit; otherwise, it’s a challenge to prepare food comfortably and enjoy your surroundings. Much time and energy is spent on appliances and snazzy amenities, but resources are often focused more on good looks than appropriate functionality.
A major part of kitchen remodeling should always include plans for good task lighting. With the right illumination, your kitchen space can be attractive, energy efficient, and 100% functional to boot.
What to Consider When Choosing Good Kitchen Lighting:
Don’t use just one ceiling-mounted light fixture – Don’t try to light your entire kitchen properly with just one light source. Rather than sticking to a single fixture, your remodeling contractor will help you choose different types of lighting and the very best spots to situate it.
Consider layered kitchen lighting – A kitchen that is well lit consists of task, decorative, accent, and ambient lighting. Having different types of light can dramatically change the look and feel of your kitchen. It can also instantly transform the ambiance forRead More »
Hiring a skilled commercial contractor to renovate your business premises goes a long way towards maximizing sales potential and creating a phenomenal new image. When properly done, it goes beyond simply getting some new flooring and a coat of paint. A truly high-end reno can inspire a whole new level of professionalism and inspiration in your staff and make customers see the value of your products and services through fresh eyes.
An experienced commercial contractor will consult with you about how you want to improve the appeal of your business, and will have specific ideas for interior remodeling that will help to maximize your goals. From fantastic custom built display shelving and cabinetry to ultra-modern concrete countertops, it’s out with the old look, and in with the new. Over and above the basic structural elements, here are a few more tips to help create just the right mood and atmosphere for a successful business environment:
Maximize lighting – You’d be surprised by the role that appropriate and effective lighting can play in upping appeal and drawing more clients to your store. People are naturally drawn to well-lit places that look festive and inviting. Make noRead More »
Your kids won’t stay with you forever, and for most couples, that’s a good thing! Time will come when one by one, they’ll move out of the house to embark on their own life journeys—either to attend college, begin a new career, get married, or a combination of these and other adventures. When this actually happens, parents are often left in an “empty nest” that may seem too large or poorly laid out for their needs. Look on the plus side: you have the luxury of more space to call your own, and some well-planned home remodeling can make it happen.
Sure, be sentimental for a little while about the kids’ abandoned rooms, but hey, you’ll get over it. Once you’ve boxed up those last few teddy bears, sports day ribbons and rock band posters, you’ll be ready to discover a whole new freedom.
Home Remodeling Ideas for the Empty Nest
Create your Own Master Suite
Ever since you got married, you’ve been making do with that small room you call the “master” bedroom. Well, now may be the best time to create a real master suite! Consider those empty rooms your kids once occupied; with tearing down a fewRead More »
These days, homeowners have a real array of must-haves when it comes to dreaming about their luxury new homes. And why not? With today’s sophisticated technology, having your custom home builders incorporate some well-chosen high-tech features into your home design is easier than ever. There may be some cool space-age controls out there that you haven’t even thought of!
Luxury new homes say that it’s time to treat and pamper yourself in elegant, top-quality surroundings. You want an ultra- attractive environment that practically runs itself, letting you enjoy touch-button, ultra-modern convenience.
Fun and Terrific High-Tech Features to Consider
Yes, fun! Because in addition to the appeal of practically effortless control over your custom-designed private surroundings, these great gadgets will make you feel futuristic and all-powerful.
1. Multi-Room Audio-Visual Control
An impressive item to opt for in any luxury dream home is a multi-room, audio-visual control system. This allows you toRead More »
If you’re thinking of selling your home, you might want to sit tight until the real estate market recovers to a greater degree. In the meantime, however, consider some savvy home renovations to make some appealing improvements that can only ramp up the saleability of your property when the time comes.
Bear in mind that not just any home renovations will add considerable value to your home, especially when the market’s in a slump. Some improvements, in fact, can even detract from the eventual asking price. So just which home improvement projects are the best ones to invest in?
Three Big Value Enhancing Home Renovations
Here are three of the top home improvement projects that can increase the value of your home.
Reasonable Kitchen Remodeling
When prospective buyers view your home, one of the first things they will look at is the so-called heart of the home. Well-chosen kitchen updatesRead More »
Just because you want attractive and functional features in your home or commercial space, doesn’t mean you have to take the environment for granted. There is already enough building and construction material around that isn’t super friendly to Mother Earth, so why add to the problem? When you embark on plans for your residential or commercial design build or renovation project, it’s a responsible move to keep eco-friendly practices in mind.
Ideal for countertops, backsplashes and sophisticated and elegantpolished floors, concrete won’t let you down in any setting. Most green-minded construction companies also utilize other eco-friendly methods and solutions with concrete, including water-based sealers and metal-free pigments, for example, to ensure that the entire process is safe.
Forget everything you ever thought about concrete being drab and institutional. If what immediately come to mind are grey and rough warehouse floors, let’s fast forward to the present. The use of this highly versatile and attractive material in building projects of all kinds is the in thing, especially for high-end commercial projects.
Concrete can now be transformed into a fantastic looking and more durable than ever material, making it the perfect choice for almost any kind of commercial use. Here are just a few great ideas.
Commercial Contractor Can Make Almost Anything out of Concrete
Countertops galore – Not just great for residential use in kitchens and bathrooms, concrete countertops also look tremendous in commercial establishments, from bars, restaurants and spas to haberdashers and hotels. Concrete countertops in the reception areas of medical and dental practices gleam with clean and simple elegance.
Fantastic flooring – No longer restricted to porous, oil-stained garage floors, today’s concrete flooring is a wonder toRead More »
Bathroom remodeling can be a fun and exciting project, but even with experienced home building specialists at the helm, be prepared to make firm decisions about your preferences for the basic elements of design, materials and the final trimmings, including a good-looking mirror that suits the dimensions of the space. Before you get overwhelmed, read on for a great method to help you narrow it down.
There are many mirror manufacturers out there and plenty of options to choose from. One of the most important aspects of selecting the right bathroom mirror, however, is size. With a few simple measurements, it’s easy to determine a mirror’s suitability for a given space.
Bathroom Remodeling: Picking a Marvelous Mirror
When browsing for mirrors, decide whether you prefer a smooth or more textured metal finish, such as polished or brushed chrome, nickel or brass. Maybe wood is your thing, or even no frame at all. Be sure to complement theRead More »
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