Three Outdoor Remodeling Trends to Look For This Spring

A great place to extend your living space is in your own backyard with an outdoor remodeling project. In recent years, homeowners have been using their backyard as a blank canvas to create great spaces to spend time with family and entertain guests. The latest trend in outdoor remodeling is designing outdoor versions of your favorite indoor spaces.

The Top Three Outdoor Remodeling Trends for Spring

  1. Outdoor Living Rooms – Think of a room without walls.  Typically they are covered and feature flagstone or porcelain tile floors.  Outfitted with all-weather furniture, televisions, sound systems, lighting, and ceiling fans they are perfect for spending warm weather evenings outside.
  2. Fireplaces – ranging from pre-fab to artfully designed brick or stone masonry.  An outdoor fireplace allows you to extend the use of your outdoor spaces into the chillier months.
  3. Outdoor Kitchens – from simple to elaborate with built-in gas grills, sinks, refrigerators, countertops, and bar seating.

If your thinking about an outdoor remodeling project call Thompson Remodeling to discuss your ideas. We love working with clients to extend their living spaces outdoors.  To view some of our outdoor remodeling projects click here.

Family Room Additions are a Top Trend for 2014

IMG_7537_8_9_tonemapped Does your home offer enough space for informal family activities?  Is your floor plan too closed in? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you are not alone.  Today’s families prefer open living spaces that flow from one room to the next, allowing for meal preparation and socialization in one central area.   That’s why family room additions are such a hot trend today.  A family room addition is the perfect solution to open up your home and provide an all-purpose space for all of your activities.

Here are some things to consider incorporating into your family room addition:

  • Position the new space adjacent to your kitchen to allow socialization and good flow
  • An informal dining area
  • A corner office space that can double has a homework station
  • Built in storage areas such as shelves or cabinets to house books, games, or family photos
  • Sturdy and easy to clean flooring to hold up to heavy traffic


If you are considering a family room addition, call Thompson Remodeling. We specialize in designing functional spaces for families. Since 1980, Thompson Remodeling has remodeled hundreds of homes to create spaces that help our clients “Love Where They Live”. Please view our photo galleries to view a sampling of our past projects.


Brass Bash February 2011

Take a quick glance down at your hands.  What color is your ring/watch/jewelry?  Do you like your jewelry?  If you were married before 1997 is it or was it at one time gold?  What color is the door hardware, cabinet pulls, plumbing fixtures, and light fixtures in your home?  Does it look current to you?  If it is brass and you love it then this post is not for you.  Live and let live, and Love Where You Live.  The color of your hardware may be a frivolous conversation but then again this may be the minor change that makes all the difference in selling [or being willing to stay in] your home.

We all know that trends change just like the tides.  I have talked about building trends in other blog posts.  In the 1980s & 1990s we designed, specified, and installed an amazing amount of brass door hardware, cabinet hardware, and brass light fixtures.  Last Friday my mom (Sandie) came by the office and dropped off some pictures of one of our Home Show booths.  Oak, brass, and Decora laminate cabinets are everywhere in the photo.

Currently in 2011 the rules are a little more open-ended.  But what’s entrenched pretty firmly in our designer’s & product suppliers  is anything goes but Brass…unless the client loves it.  This brings me to next month’s special offer.

In the month of February 2011 we will celebrate the Brass Bash.  If you hire us to trade out (provide and install) any of your current brass fixtures with anything other than brass I will provide the new fixtures to you at the price I pay.  We will pass the savings on to you as an incentive to update the jewelry of your home. I have never done any “negative” advertising, but even though your brass hardware doesn’t have feelings, I still feel bad.

Some of the real reasons behind this offer:

  1. If you plan to sell your home, current fixtures (in the eyes of the market) is one less stumbling block potential buyers have to overcome.  Cool sells easier than functional.  Current sells better than something that hearkens back to a time when your kids were cub scouts.
  2. Changing hardware is a much less expensive update than a whole new kitchen or bath.  Try this and see if it makes the remodel itch go away.
  3. Tarnished brass doesn’t look good to anyone’s fashion sense

Give me a call and let’s get to work on updating your home.  616-942-1866 or