What’s not to love about the summertime? Enjoying family gatherings, backyard barbecues, days relaxing by the pool, and taking off for vacation are just a few of the highlights. It’s important to keep in mind that the hotter temperatures and outdoor summer activities we love can present safety concerns. We’ve gathered some tips to help ensure that these activities are a bit safer for you and your family.
After the children are grown and move out of the house, many homeowners find themselves with extra space. Suddenly, your four bedroom home may have a couple of bedrooms collecting dust, a formal dining area that is only used sparingly, or other spaces that used to be kid-friendly that could use an update. This is the perfect opportunity to re-evaluate how you want to use your home for the coming years.
Adding space isn’t always an option when you’re remodeling and in many cases it isn’t needed in order to improve the functionality and beauty of your home. That being said, one of the most common design challenges is how to make a space feel larger when it may not necessarily be large in terms of square footage. How can you make it happen when you have to work within an existing footprint without smoke and mirrors? You would be surprised at how much magic can happen when you integrate a few of these design elements into your space.
Basements used to be dark, dreary spaces reserved for storing holiday decor, your out-of-season wardrobe, and all sorts of other “stuff” you want to keep but need out of the way. Today, for many homeowners, it has become a place to entertain and hang out with the family, with beautiful finishes and spaces that feel like a natural extension of the rest of the home. If you are looking to create more usable space in your home, consider the generous square footage available in your basement and how you could customize it to suit your family’s needs.
One of the top benefits of remodeling any space in your home is the ability to make it suit your individual style preferences. When you purchase a resale property, there’s bound to be a room or two (and sometimes the whole house) that has finishes and fixtures that you just don’t like. Even when you’ve lived in a home for 5-10 years you may find that your personal tastes have shifted over time and you now have the urge to make some updates.
Looking for a place to add some pizzazz in your bathroom remodel? A vessel sink can be a great option for creating a beautiful focal point in your powder room or master bath. This type of sink is designed to sit above or partially below the countertop and the options are plentiful when it comes to style. You can find anything from an oversized rectangular trough-style sink to something more ornate in a decorative glass, or perhaps even something hand-painted.
Our clients were empty nesters who had decided to remodel their home instead of moving. We were happy to work with them to complete a whole house remodel, which included renovating the entire exterior, energy upgrades throughout, a new kitchen, updated fireplace, living room, dining room, and main entry. See this remodel story come to life through the series of before and after photos below.
GRAN FONDO - June 29, 2013 The Grand Rapids Gran Fondo is a community event designed to support skin cancer research in West Michigan by MSU . For those participating there are multiple distance options with designated rest areas along the route, tasty food and live entertainment.