Give Your Home A Facelift With These Remodeling Projects

Give Your Home A Facelift With These Remodeling Projects

There’s room for improvement in each room of your home. Here, we will take a look at a few remodeling projects that will have an impact both on your quality-of-life and your home’s value. We’ll also point out which projects you should tackle on your own and which to pass off to the professionals.

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Where to Begin with Decorating a Small Space

Where to Begin with Decorating a Small Space

I just ordered a new book for myself by my favorite author on design, Terence Conran. The book itself is maybe a decade old by now but Conran has never been out of date. The book, How To Live In Small Spaces, walks us through the des ign, furnishing, decoration and detail of living in small homes.

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Why you'll never choose colors without a consultant ever again!

Why you'll never choose colors without a consultant ever again!

I was talking to a fellow contractor friend of mine not too long ago and they told me, "man, our clients could have really used your services". He told me how the customer bought $800 worth of a single paint color and his team got the entire first coat of the project complete (around $2,000 in labor) when the client came in and burst into tears because she hated the color.

There is your reason. Need I say more?

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7 Necessary (but not evil) Exterior Spring Cleaning Projects - Checklist Included

7 Necessary (but not evil) Exterior Spring Cleaning Projects - Checklist Included

Something truly magical happens the day Spring arrives. Bloomington feels different. It's like breathing is fuller and my eyebrows feel lighter. It's finally time to get outside and become a real person again. Unfortunately, the winter has turned your house into the setting of the Walking Dead. It's time to get to work.

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How To Know If Your Exterior Needs Painting

How To Know If Your Exterior Needs Painting

Not all exterior paints are made the same. There are different quality levels that make a real difference in terms of how long a coating will last.  

As a rule of thumb we direct our customers to a higher quality paint that will last a long time and provide a fine finish.  

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Kitchen Design - What to do with your Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen Design - What to do with your Kitchen Cabinets

Coming up with a good kitchen design idea is equal parts fun and overwhelming. Here are a couple of things you can do with paint to overhaul your kitchen without ripping everything out.

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Much More Than a Sample: Paint Cards and Their Purpose

Much More Than a Sample: Paint Cards and Their Purpose

We often think of home decorating starting in a some airy interior design office. There's a mood board on the wall and books stacked neatly with a terrarium on top. Perhaps a display or two of personal artifacts acquired during world travels. An actual scene or not, one thing is for sure: a trip to the paint store is still a must. 

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Trim: Go Bold in Your Home

Trim: Go Bold in Your Home

When we imagine rooms in our mind's eye, wall color is quite often one of the first things we think of. To that end, as we plan updates to our homes, a change in wall color is at the top of the to-do list. Trim, meanwhile, is not infrequently painted a white semi-gloss. Doors, too, are typically painted the same color as the trim. And that white semi-gloss is tried-and-true for a reason: It's neutral, easy to clean, and makes just about any color look pretty darn good. 

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Maximizing Storage and Style in Your Mudroom

When you've got the space, a well organized mudroom is a must. Everyday we get home we kick off our shoes next to the door. Throw our coats and bags on a kitchen chair and leave ourselves a mess to clean up later. But it's later right? We take care of later stuff later! 

With mudrooms, you don't have to put anything away because its already there! Wouldn't it be nice to just walk in, take off your shoes and coat and be done? Just go relax now?

Here are a few ideas for built-ins that will do just the trick for you and your family. 

Baskets on shelves help you to contain the crazy. You know stuff gets out of hand. You know its impossible to sub-compartimentalize every last part of your life. Throw it in a cute basket, duh! Also, don't forget to switch out your throw pillows and rug for the season you're in.

Baskets on shelves help you to contain the crazy. You know stuff gets out of hand. You know its impossible to sub-compartimentalize every last part of your life. Throw it in a cute basket, duh! Also, don't forget to switch out your throw pillows and rug for the season you're in.

Try separating out a compartment for each person in the house. Give them the responsibility to maintain their own space. Reward them for organization and shut the door on them for being disorderly! Just kidding. Be nice.

Try separating out a compartment for each person in the house. Give them the responsibility to maintain their own space. Reward them for organization and shut the door on them for being disorderly! Just kidding. Be nice.

Whether your storage is overhead or down below, leave a little room for decoration to make the mud room inviting. The mudroom for you family is a "welcome home". We want it to set the tone for the rest of the evening. Now it's time to de-stress.

Whether your storage is overhead or down below, leave a little room for decoration to make the mud room inviting. The mudroom for you family is a "welcome home". We want it to set the tone for the rest of the evening. Now it's time to de-stress.

You might be asking yourself, "why is wainscoting so popular in mudrooms?". Good question, I'm glad you asked.

The reason I like wainscoting in mudrooms is two fold. First, wainscoting has a really nice interesting look, however, if it's over-used in a home it can look like it's trying to hard. Small areas like a mudroom or bathroom are great choices for a modest use of wainscoting. 

The second reason is durability and washability. Wainscoting is made from a particle board print that is much harder than gypsum board (drywall) so it doesn't damage easily. In addition to this, wainscoting looks best with a satin or semi-gloss finish which is very washable. Smooth walls don't do as well with higher sheens because they tend to show imperfections and roller marks.  The verticle pattern in the wainscoting doesn't show these same imperfections.

Do yourself a favor! 

This year make a plan to flesh out your mudroom. You'll be so glad you did. Your house will feel cleaner and more organized and you'll love walking home and not tripping over a pile of shoes you don't know where to put. 

 

If you're interested in getting a custom built-in ask us about our friends the Walnut Builders and lets come up with a plan!

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What to Expect at Your Color Consultation

What to Expect at Your Color Consultation

We know what it's like to stand in front of the wall of endless color at the paint store and feel overwhelmed by all of the choices! There are few things more disappointing than spending time picking paint colors only to discover - after painting - that the color you chose isn't quite right. With our color consultations, we aim to take all the hassle out of choosing the perfect colors for your home.     

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Facing Your Painting Fears

Facing Your Painting Fears

Taking the painting plunge can be daunting, but we have ways to make the process painless. Take note of colors and patterns that are already in the room, and pick paint colors that go well with the decor. If the room is unfurnished, or you are changing the furnishings, pick out the new items before choosing your paint colors. Remember that it is much easier to pick a paint color that fits with the decor, rather than decorating to fit the paint. 

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A Guide to Living Room Furniture & Decor

A Guide to Living Room Furniture & Decor

The living room is the place where you live. You spend a majority of your waking hours here (or at least it's a close race between here and the kitchen). You want this space to look great but you also want it to bring your family together and feel like you can relax. In this guide, we are going to address how to find the right balance through furniture placement and decor choices so that you can live the life you want to be living in your living room. 

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Successfully painting white.

Successfully painting white.

White is the supernal neutral. It is clean, elegant, and versatile. By itself, it gives no impression. It doesn’t detract from the colors it accentuates and yet there are SO many options.  When selecting the proper white for your home the most important consideration is lighting. Lighting changes not only from room to room but from wall to wall. And as such, what is the best option for one room may not be the best for another room. That's why it's imperative to take your color sample into other rooms to make sure it has the same qualities you loved in the previous room. Or you may need to adjust the color a little to suit the lighting effects of each room.

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How to Pick Colors for Your Home

You've been there, I've been there, staring at that wall of color trying to figure out where to begin and all of these colors have simply left you in the dark...(get it? It's because their silhouettes in the stock picture are dark...).  In all seriousness, it's hard, you don't know if it's going to all flow together in real life the same way it flows in together in your mind (not to mention the spouse isn't helping at all).  Trust me, I've had that same argument with my wife and picking colors is what I do for a living.  That's why color consultations are so important when deciding to paint your home. 

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