Thompson Tips | 07.14.20

Thompson Remodeling’s Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

It’s summertime! We've put together a list of exterior and interior tasks to complete to keep your house in top shape. Pick a rainy weekend to tackle the interior jobs and a sunny day with milder temperatures for exterior items.   

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Thompson Tips | 03.4.20

Thompson Remodeling's Spring Home Maintenance Tips

With daylight savings time starting this Saturday, we've got Spring on our minds!  Even though we are still experiencing colder temperatures, it's a good idea to start thinking about getting your home ready for the Spring season. 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 | 02.16.20

Cool New Appliances Seen at KBIS 2020

fIn January, thousands of builders, remodelers, and designers attended the annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), a massive show of over 600 exhibitors, to see the latest products and innovations in the industry. We really look forward to hearing about the newest kitchen appliances seen at the show, and this year didn't disappoint! Here's a look at five new appliances that we are excited about, including one that isn't for the kitchen!

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Featured | 01.26.20

2020 Cost Vs. Value Report - Minor Kitchen Remodels & Universal Design Baths Rank High

Every year Remodeling Magazine releases its Cost Vs. Value Report, which provides data on how 22 popular remodeling projects, ranging from bathroom additions to siding replacement, are retaining their value throughout the country. The studies are broken down by geographic area and are based on professional remodelers completing the renovations. We study it annually to see which projects have the top recoup value in the Grand Rapids area.

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Featured | 01.13.20

Houzz Reveals Top Kitchen Design Trends for 2020

Every year, Houzz surveys homeowners who have completed a renovations on their home in the last 12 months or are planning to in the next few months, to learn about trends and preferences in a variety of project types. This year, their kitchen survey revealed many design elements are maintaining their popularity into the new decade.

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Featured | 12.31.19

Our Top 5 Kitchen Remodeling Blogs of 2019

Each year I like to take a look back to see which of our blogs were most popular with our readers. In 2019, we wrote about a variety of remodeling topics and found that those featuring kitchen updates were the most read. It’s no surprise considering a kitchen remodel is always at the top of most homeowner’s wish list.  If you’d like to learn more about kitchen remodeling, read about common kitchen design challenges, or get your creative juices flowing, check out our Top 5 Kitchen Blogs from 2019.

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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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Featured | 04.28.19

The Secrets to Setting & Sticking to A Realistic Remodeling Budget

Any large investment requires establishing a budget. Whether it’s purchasing a new car or remodeling your home, determining how much you want to spend is one of the steps you will take early in the process. Just as anyone who has shopped for a car will know, the price will vary widely based on all of the additional features or upgraded materials that you choose.  The same thing holds true with remodeling. This is why many remodelers will give you a range when providing their initial estimates for a particular project type and as you determine the project scope and make the specific material selections for your project, the actual cost can be determined.

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Featured | 04.10.19

Tips for Finding Inspiration for Your Remodeling Selections

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine your dream kitchen.  Take a virtual walk around and notice the cabinets, countertops, and the floor. What are the colors and textures that stand out to you? Do you see any special details such as a unique sink or range hood?

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Featured | 03.18.19

New Master Bathroom Products for Wellness & Relaxation

For years we’ve been designing master bathrooms that improve functionality and create a more relaxing atmosphere for homeowners.  Finishes and fixtures that suit our client’s color preferences are always incorporated, and many like to add showers or bathtubs that can transform their bath into a spa-like experience. We don’t anticipate any of that going away; in fact, wellness has come to the forefront of manufacturer’s like Kohler and Toto’s new product offerings for the bath.

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