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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 »

Home Renovations: Add Your Own Mondo Modern Wine Room

home renovationsAll true wine aficionados know the importance of caring and storing wine properly. If you put yourself in that category, adding a well-designed, personalized wine room is a high priority home renovations investment.

To enjoy and appreciate fine wine at its peak, it’s a given that it must be suitably kept and cared for. Additional benefits to creating an in-home wine room include the opportunity to invite discerning guests to that special place to appreciate your wide-ranging collection. What a bonus for entertaining! Specialized and exclusive home renovations of any kind only enhance the value of your home in the long run, so it’s a good property value investment, too.

Home Renovations and Your Above Ground Wine Room

What comes to mind when you hear “wine cellar”? Do you imagine a brick-walled room with antique furniture and arched entries? A space with wall tapestries and vintage decanters? Or is it a classy, sophisticated space withRead More »

The Ten Best Home Improvement Projects

home improvementThere are two categories that home improvement projects fall into: either you’re making some renovations for your own immediate and foreseeable enjoyment, or you’re thinking of additions or upgrades that will only help to improve the market value of your property when it comes time to sell. Often there will be overlap, but it’s definitely all for the good!

You’ve got the urge to revamp your living space. You also know that prospective buyers want more value for their money, and appreciate a house that’s ready for occupancy without a need for further renovations. Whatever is driving your desire to renovate, stop and think about what kinds of expertly-handled home improvement projects in particular would be most beneficial, both now and down the road. Here are ten popular choices to consider:

Home Improvement Projects that Work Both Ways

1.      Rekindle a love of the kitchen

Remodeling the kitchen should be one of the top considerations on your home improvement list. You’re probably tired of looking at outdated countertops and dealing with minimal cupboard space. A great new kitchen is often the deal clincher for prospective home buyers.

2.      Envision the entertainment

Many people dream of having their very own home theater or games room. Most likely your home’s existing rooms don’tRead More »

Creating Super Staircases for Small Spaces

home remodelingStaircases can be built in more shapes and sizes than you’d imagine, so there shouldn’t be a stumbling block in creating one for a small space when thinking through the design options for your home remodeling project.

Let’s say you’re adding a spacious second story or even a partial loft area to your home. There hasn’t been a need for second floor access before, but now you want to be able to reach the newly created upstairs rooms without sacrificing a lot of space on the main floor. When tight space is a factor, here are several terrific staircase styles you might consider.

Staircase Styles for Tighter Spaces

Always keep an open mind when about to begin home remodeling. Even if you’re convinced there is no way to accommodate a nifty new staircase where none exists, especially in close quarters, you’ll be amazed by the options. Here are some ideas to keep you from climbing the walls!

  • Spiral staircase – This design uses vertical space and has a small footprint (usually the size of the center support rail), which makes it perfect forRead More »

Smart Air Conditioning Savings Through Whole House Fans

Whole House Fan - Air ConditioningCombining a whole house fan with AC to do much of your cooling can save a lot on energy costs. It is an efficient and environmentally green strategy. In past times, we got used to throwing the previously cheap electrical energy at our cooling issues. However, times have changed and we need to explore and re-explore other options. Equipment like swamp coolers and fans have long been relegated to those who could not afford the luxury of refrigeration units such as air conditioning. However, now that energy costs have soared and the economy has tightened up, new applications and upgrades of old technologies have been brought forth. The whole house fan is such an application.

How a Whole House Fan Works

Essentially, it is a large fan unit usually placed somewhere in the ceiling in a strategic location, or a split unit with some ducting and venting that allows air to be pulled through the house, into the attic, and vented into the outside. It has two basic functions:Read More »

7 Design Build Tips to Make Your Home Sustainable and Eco-Friendly

Design Build Custom Home Builder FloridaWith the growing awareness of the need to care for Mother Earth, home builders are also taking extra steps to create great design build homes that are eco-friendly. Green homes are planned and built using processes that are environmentally responsible. All aspects of the house, from the inside to the exterior, are carefully planned with the aim of minimizing its environmental footprint.

What will set green homes apart are their aesthetic but carefully incorporated environment friendly designs. Most green homes are self-sustaining or partially self-sustaining, at least, while still being Read More »

Home Improvement Goes Green in Your Kitchen and Bathroom

Green BuildJoin the green revolution by doing your own part at home. If you’re planning for a home improvement project that includes kitchen and bathroom remodeling, be sure to consider going eco-friendly. There are endless ways to create a “green” home while staying in style, creating convenience and helping to preserve the earth.

Environmentally friendly kitchen and bathroom remodeling ideas are steadily becoming one of the biggest trends in homes, especially in cities in the Tampa Bay area, where home improvement centers highly encourage going green. After all, we owe it to the planet we live on.

Great Green Home Ideas for your Kitchen:

These green kitchen options will be available through experienced, professional contractors who are on the cutting edge:Read More »

Home Improvement Tips for Expecting Parents

You’ve got the exciting news: the patter of tiny feet isn’t too far off in your future, and you just can’t wait. Consider these home improvement  tips to create an environment truly fit for baby.

For eager parents-to-be, there are many preparations to undertake in order to make your home safe and completely ready for a little one. Is the nursery really ready? Or do you still need to create one from scratch? Nine months might seem like an eternity, but it zooms by pretty fast. If there’s some kind of home improvement to be done in the meantime, it’s better to get started sooner rather than later.

Home Improvement and a Baby: The Time is Right!

Your spare room may need more than a few cosmetic tweaks. You may wish to remodel the room entirely, or create even more nursery and play space by joining two smaller rooms together. If baby also has a sibling waiting for his or her arrival, you have a great opportunity to makeRead More »

Home Improvement Projects for the Weekend

Yes, you love your home. You’ve been in love with it for the past 10 years—but maybe it’s time to do a little makeover and some home improvement projects? Some painting, gardening or carpentry that can be accomplished over the weekend. Just a couple of simple projects can enhance your home and make it more comfortable for your family.

Home Improvement: Start Small, Think Big

Most renovations and remodeling projects are generally best left to a skilled home contractor. But if you’re thinking of taking that next big step, sometimes just moving things around a bit in the meantime can let you look at your space through fresh eyes.

Help yourself picture what’s possible on a bigger scale—say, getting rid of that rickety, rotting deck over the carport and adding on a more family-friendly computer room in its place. Or just a place for the kids to play the latest video games and hang out with their friends.

Start small, and let some fresh ideas take hold. Sometimes a few DIY projects can help you spend quality time with the family while deciding together what larger improvements would be best.

Home Improvement Projects on a Small Scale

If you’re worried about what to do in your home improvement project, watch some TV shows about interior design and general home improvement—there are entire channels devoted to this now, and sometimes it’s hard not to get hooked! Browse through the many magazines featuring improvement projects, sure to show ideas about what and how to add beauty and functionality to your home.

Here are some typical smaller scale things you can do to perk up your home:Read More »

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