front entry | 12.11.17

Front Porch Remodel Spotlight: A New Entry with Nostalgic Roots

The owners of this beautiful historic farmhouse had been painstakingly restoring it bit by bit. One of the last items on their list was to create a wrap-around front porch to create a more distinct and obvious entrance to the front of their home. 

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Bathrooms | 12.11.17

5 Benefits of a No-Threshold Shower

Have you seen a no-threshold shower? It’s a shower that has no curb or surrounding edge to it, making it flush with the bathroom floor.  You may have also heard the terms barrier-free, curbless walk-in-shower or zero threshold, but they are all the same thing.  I know what you may be thinking.  Where is all the water going to go? Won’t I have a flood on my hands after every shower? No! The secret to containing the water is in the drainage system. This type of shower will have either a trench drain, which is a long and narrow drain placed where the shower door would be placed, or a center drain with the floor just slightly pitched towards it.

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Kitchens | 12.11.17

Kitchen Remodel Spotlight: Mission Accomplished!

This desperately dark kitchen was suffering from a lack of light, storage and a poor layout. The main source of light was provided by a decades old ceiling fan, the refrigerator blocked the main traffic path to and from the living room, and a sliding door was taking up prime real estate that could be used for storage.

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Featured | 03.12.19

When a Kitchen Island Isn’t an Option, Consider a Peninsula

One of the top requests we hear when designing a kitchen remodel is to include an island. They’ve become a coveted element of design due to the functionality they can add to your kitchen. If you are looking for more storage, another prep area, or a place to sit for casual meals, a kitchen island can offer you all that and more. In some cases, however, they aren’t feasible due to the size or shape of a room’s layout.  But don’t fret; if your kitchen can’t accommodate one, we have another solution, a peninsula!

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Featured | 02.18.19

Looking for a creative way to add a window? Consider a transom window.

Let’s start with the basics. What is a transom window? The term transom refers to the horizontal beam or wood positioned above a window or door. A transom window sits right above that beam and is typically a narrow rectangular or half moon shape. You will most commonly see these above the main entry door or the front windows of a home. They can be operable to not only let light in, but also fresh air, or they can be used purely for light and architectural interest.  

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Thompson Tips | 01.31.19

Bundle Up Grand Rapids & Stay Safe & Warm with Our Winter Weather Tips.

Grand Rapids has been experiencing bitter cold temperatures. In fact, yesterday it was the coldest day on record since 1994! With the continued treacherous weather conditions, school, and business closings, we hope that your family and pets are safe and warm inside your homes.  If you've got a case of cabin fever,  grab a mug of hot cocoa and read through our cold weather tips!

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Featured | 01.19.19

Seven Basement Remodeling Mistakes

When you are looking to gain more usable space in your home without adding an addition, a basement remodel can be the perfect solution.  Basements provide a blank canvas from which to design the exact areas that your family needs to support your lifestyle. You can create family rooms, kitchens, bar areas, bedrooms, theaters, music studios, or whatever you like really.  But, unlike renovations to the upper levels of your home, a basement remodel presents unique challenges that must be addressed in order to ensure a safe and dry space that you and your family can enjoy for years.

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Featured | 01.12.19

Design Tips for Functional Mudrooms

Every household can benefit from a mudroom.  Families with children and pets appreciate this room for supplying the all-important drop and go zone for daily comings and goings.  Even adult-only households recognize the benefits of having a place to store cold and wet weather necessities, shoes, cleaning supplies, and other items you want to have easy access to but keep out of the main areas of your home.   

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Featured | 12.9.18

Pantone Selects Bright & Cheerful Living Coral for 2019's Color of the Year

This year marks the 20thyear that global color authority, Pantone, has been selecting a color of the year.  Artists, designers, home decor enthusiasts, and fashion aficionados around the world anxiously await the annual announcement. For 2019, the experts have selected Living Coral, which I would describe as a pinky-orange, but the pros say it is a coral shade with a golden undertone.  If you’ve ever been snorkeling or diving you may have seen this living creature in its true bold hue.  

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Thompson Tips | 11.9.18

Five Ideas for a Fun & Stress-Free Thanksgiving

Turkey Day is coming and we are super excited! I’m sure all of you have your plans underway for visiting family or hosting a Thanksgiving feast at your own home. The gathering of multiple family generations and friends is great fun, but can also be a bit stressful for the hosts who have to plan and orchestrate the big event. We have a few great ideas to help make your Thanksgiving all fun and no stress!

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Care & Maintenance | 08.31.18

Thompson's Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Say it ain't so!  Summertime is nearly over, which means we have just a few months to get ready for winter. Saying goodbye to summer is hard, but fall brings cooler weather and that makes working outside a bit more bearable.  Prepping your home for cold weather not only helps you lower your utility bills, but can also prevent an unexpected disaster or costly repair.  We’ve put together a list of fall maintenance tasks that you can get started on this weekend.

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Featured | 08.28.18

Bump-out Additions - Small but Mighty

Many homeowners think the answer to getting more space in their homes is to add an addition. Sometimes that is a great solution, but there are times when a bump-out addition can provide just the right amount of space at a lower price point. Read our Q&A’s below to see if a bump-out addition might be right for your home.

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Featured | 06.19.18

Reading the Signs - Eight Top Reasons to Remodel Your Kitchen

Have you ever noticed that your kitchen seems to have some sort of gravitational pull for anyone who enters your home?  And it’s not only when you have guests, even your own family finds themselves drawn into the kitchen when it’s not time to eat. We’ve all come to accept the spell that it has on us and our guests, which is why homeowners choose to remodel this space more than any other in their homes.  Homeowners tend to be ultra critical of the kitchen when it’s not working or looking the best that it could.   Are you seeing signs in your own kitchen that it’s time to remodel?

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Featured | 04.24.18

Key Ingredients for a Farmhouse Style Kitchen

Farmhouse style kitchens have really gained popularity in the past several years. Surely if you've watched an episode of Fixer Upper or one of the other hit HGTV shows you’ve seen one and they always seem so light, inviting and super stylish. It’s for those reasons that homeowners have been requesting to incorporate farmhouse design elements into their kitchen remodels. Whether you decide to go “full farmhouse” or select just a few items that give a nod to the style, there are certain key ingredients that are foundations of this design aesthetic. 

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kitchen remodel | 12.9.17

Kitchen Remodel Spotlight: Mission Accomplished!

This desperately dark kitchen was suffering from a lack of light, storage and a poor layout. The main source of light was provided by a decades old ceiling fan, the refrigerator blocked the main traffic path to and from the living room, and a sliding door was taking up prime real estate that could be used for storage.

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