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8 Incredible Home Addition Ideas that Also Improve Curb Appeal Spring has sprung and we’re looking forward to the many ways we can help Greensboro area homeowners improve their home and their curb appeal. We have a few projects on the books that do both; so that’s where we wanted to take today’s blog post. The following 8 home additions will improve your home’s functionality and curb appeal in the process. The Three-Season Room: A screened porch, or a three-season room, is an excellent way to bring the outdoors inside. Use full windows in place of the screen and provide heat to the room and you’ve successfully created a four-season porch that you can enjoy all year. Upper Floor or Split Level Addition: Expand your home upward instead of outward. Building up is usually cheaper than building out, but keep in mind that your foundation has to be able to withstand the additional weight of the addition. Deck with Pergola or Gazebo for Entertaining: A deck is a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors and entertain friends and family. Add an outdoor kitchen, wet bar, and entertainment area for even more appeal. Expand the Kitchen and Add a Breakfast Nook: Who doesn’t want or need a larger kitchen? Get creative and add a breakfast nook to add a unique visual appeal. Add Dormers in Bedrooms or the Attic: Dormers don’t add a significant amount of space inside the home, but they do offer the ability to really get creative with curb appeal. Gather ideas from your favorite home and garden magazines and collect photos from online sources as well.... read more
5 Reasons Homeowners Remodel If you’re considering remodeling your home, you may be wondering if you’re doing it for the “right” reason. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) did some research into that topic to determine the 5 reasons homeowners remodel. Here is what they found in a recent Remodeling Market Index report in which remodelers across the country rated the reasons their customers said they wanted to remodel. Here are the top five reasons given: 1. Desire for better or new amenities 2. Need to repair or replace old components 3. Desire or need for more space 4. Want to avoid moving or buying another home 5. Desire to be able to age in place If any of those reasons match your thoughts about remodeling – you’re in good company! Form or Function? The concept of “form follows function” in design was coined by architect Louis Sullivan and popularized by the great Frank Lloyd Wright. When it comes to remodeling your home, the basic thrust of the thinking is that no matter how good a design looks, it needs to function in a way that provides comfort and convenience. What does that mean for you if you’re planning to remodel your kitchen? Does it mean that it doesn’t matter how your kitchen looks? Not at all! But it is a guideline for planning. Instead of starting the remodeling process with ideas about which countertops, flooring, cabinets, or appliances your want, begin by thinking about how you use your kitchen. Do you cook a lot? Is it a place you entertain? How much space do you need for those activities comfortably?... read more
Talk About a Long Construction Project! The Cologne Cathedral in Germany is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe. The towers for the church’s two huge spires give the cathedral the largest facade of any church in the world. The construction of the cathedral began in 1248 – 244 years before Columbus discovered America – and it took 632 years to complete! Interestingly, relatively few people have ever seen the cathedral without scaffolding, because by the time it was complete, repairs were required on what had been constructed. How Long Will Your Home Remodel Project Take? One of the questions we hear frequently is, “How long will this take?” It’s a fair enough question, but the answer, of course, will depend on the scope and complexity of your specific remodeling project. That’s something we can work out and discuss before your project begins. We’ve all heard horror stories about remodeling projects that drag on and on. Sometimes slight delays can happen when unforeseen difficulties pop up or severe weather delays construction or causes materials to be late. There are some things, however, that you can do as a homeowner to ensure that things stay on schedule. Timely Selection of Finishes: Once you’ve decided on the plan for your remodeling project, make sure that you make your decisions on all of the finishes for the project. For instance, if you’re remodeling your kitchen, make sure you have the cabinets (including the color and the hardware) picked out. The same goes for the material you’re using for your backsplash, fixtures, and for your flooring. It’s key that we have all of... read more