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Your New Fireplace and the Wow Factor of “Burning” Glass

home improvementA fireplace can raise your home’s cozy quotient just about anywhere, indoors or out, magically transforming the ambiance of an entire space. No matter how well maintained, wood-burning fireplaces can still emit smoky odors along with soot and ashes.

Sure, gas fireplaces have solved a lot of these problems overall, especially in terms convenience and eliminating mess. But if you’re planning for a home improvement project that involves either the replacement or installation of one or more fireplaces, why not bump things up a notch and “burn” glass rocks?

Let’s face it: ceramic fireplace “logs” have become pretty run-of-the-mill. The gorgeous glass rocks intended for fireplace use are easy to use, clean, and of course, don’t emit smoke or residue. Reflective fire glass also makes the flames look more intriguing and dramatic. Fire glass heats up easily, so you don’t have to wait long if you do need to warm things up, especially when you and your guests are enjoying some wine on the patio long after sunset. The glow of glass rocks really adds some panache to the atmosphere.

Home Improvement and Fireplaces: Let Experts Take Charge

If you already have a gas fireplace and are considering putting in conventional glass bricks or stones from a craft store, for example, here’s the best advice: don’tRead More »

Timeless Materials for Contemporary Kitchen and Bathroom Countertops

countertopsAre you thinking of renovating your kitchen, your bathroom, or maybe even both? Here’s some great info on countertop materials to help you narrow down your choices and make the right decisions for terrific looks and practicality that work in either of those all-important rooms.

Popular Countertops for Kitchens and Bathrooms

1. Quartz – Quartz has become one of the most popular materials for making countertops because it can stand up to the wear and tear of food preparation, along with its associated spills and variations in temperature. It works equally well in the bathroom, as it can tolerate a reasonable amount of scrubbing.

Quartz countertops are synthetic, made of 90-95% ground quartz and a 5-10% combination of polymers, resins and pigments. This combination formsRead More »

High-End Custom Cabinetry: Perfect Solutions for Discerning Homeowners

high end carpentry  You’ve looked everywhere: department and home furnishing stores, DIY-style hardware depots, office outfitters, specialty outlets, and even several antique shops, but you still can’t find just the right combination storage, display and shelving unit that you want for your home. Do you simply give up and settle for a second-rate alternative?

There is a solution, and it doesn’t mean compromising on good design or accepting sub-par quality for an item that doesn’t fit your exact needs or blend well into your existing décor. An experienced builder with a team of craftsmen skilled in the art of high-end carpentry can create the perfect custom cabinetry and built-in furniture —in any style, design or wood finish you want—to suit your precise needs and personal taste.

Examples of Custom Cabinetry Finishes:

  • Laminated
  • European cottage and Country-style
  • Faux finishes
  • Tea staining and Oiled
  • Distressed wood and Vintage
  • Wood veneer – an astounding array of veneer isRead More »

Want Your Very Own B&B? Inspired Home Renovations Can Make it Happen!

home renovationsWhat 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 »

Kitchen Remodeling & Tips for Terrific Task Lighting

kitchen lightingYour 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 »

Turn Your Empty Nest into a Fresh and Luxurious New Space

home remodelingYour 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 »

3 High-Tech Features for Luxury New Homes

custom home buildersThese 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 »

Home Renovations that Up the Value of Your Property

home renovationsIf 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 »

Concrete is an Eco-Friendly Building Material

concrete countertopsJust 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.

Concrete Plays up Your Personality

When planning for your dream kitchen or bathroom, seriously consider choosing concrete countertops instead of those made fromRead More »

Consider Concrete for Classy Commercial Projects

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

  • kitchen contractorCountertops 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 »

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