Today’s modern home renovations use the latest and greatest technologies to make life easy, accessible, and luxurious. While clean lines are often the hallmark of modern renovations, smart, integrated, and green are a big part of the new picture. According to respondents at the 2014 International Builder’s Show, the top components homeowners want in […]
With the success of home and garden shows, armchair do-it-yourselfers feel they can tackle anything, from simple redecorating to major home renovations. But how do you determine whether your kitchen remodel should be a do-it-yourself (DIY) project or left to the professionals?
Time Vs. Money
Conventional wisdom suggests that if you have more time than money, […]
While most renovations encounter unexpected complications, renovating old houses—those built prior to World War II—can be particularly challenging. Knowing some of the pitfalls in advance can help you prepare both financially and emotionally.
Many old homes have been remodeled before, and these older changes can present problems for new renovations, especially if done by a […]
One primary consideration when planning a home addition or remodeling project is how to finance it. The good news is that your home may have untapped equity you can use to secure financing. In the greater Chicago area (as well as around the country), lenders offer four primary funding vehicles for financing a home […]
The kitchen—even a small kitchen—is the heart of your home. Small kitchens must work at least as hard as their more generously-sized cousins, so efficiency and functionality are key. Remodeling a small kitchen presents interesting challenges, and a qualified design professional will bring creative ideas for maximizing every inch of space.
All good kitchen design […]
Ranch-style homes are ideal candidates for custom home additions. More flexible than split-level or two-story homes, the ranch offers many opportunities for increasing space, as well as transforming the look and functionality of the original structure.
Ranch houses can be small shoeboxes or large ramblers. They can be rectangular, L-shaped, or U-shaped, but they are, […]