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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Love Where You Live | 12.27.19

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

Now is the perfect time to be thinking about how to make your home a happier and healthier place to live. New year’s resolutions are typically goals for improving your quality of life and if there’s one place where you can really make a difference, it’s at home. By focusing your attention and completing small projects and home improvements, you will be amazed at how much joy and comfort it will bring you. And since it’s the start of a new year, you can plan to cross these resolutions off one by one, throughout the year.

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Love Where You Live | 12.1.19

Fun Family Holiday Activities In Grand Rapids

The holidays are upon us! This is one of my favorite times of year. I love seeing the Christmas lights and checking out some of the holiday festivities around town with friends and family. If you are looking for something fun to do with the family, there’s a lot of great options in Grand Rapids. Here are some ideas to consider that will be fun for adults and kids of all ages.

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Thompson Tips | 11.26.19

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 | 11.1.19

Thompson's Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Happy November! Are you ready for fall? Ready or not, the leaves are falling, which means it's time for a bit of fall home maintenance.   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 | 06.26.19

Designing the Functional Family Bathroom

Families with children know how messy bathrooms can get. Towels on the floor, water everywhere, toothpaste on the walls.  Hey, let’s be honest, this can happen with just adults in the household too, but there are ways to tame the mess by making smart design decisions. And we know a thing or two about designing functional family bathrooms. 

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Featured | 05.1.19

Four Benefits of a Phased Remodel

Last week in our blog, we talked about how to set and stick to a remodeling budget. One of the tips was to consider phasing your remodel when you are considering large, multi-faceted projects such as a whole house remodel.  Today, we are going to discuss four of the benefits of a phased remodel and situations where it is a good choice.

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Thompson Tips | 03.31.19

Thompson Remodeling's Spring Home Maintenance Tips

Well, it's officially Spring. Finally, warmer weather is on the horizon and we couldn't be happier about that! During the winter our homes take a beating.  The freezing temperatures, ice and snow can cause damage so it’s important to perform seasonal maintenance to keep your home in tip-top shape.  To help you prepare, we’ve put together this list of spring home maintenance tips.

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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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