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Before you start that Los Altos kitchen or bath renovation, take a minute to consider the advantages and disadvantages of do-it-yourself vs. hiring a contractor.
Living in a house that’s being remodeled is stressful, but if you’re prepared, you can make it easier on the whole family.
In today’s economy it’s possible to remodel a house and still get a good return on your investment (ROI).
Living in an older house can be a great experience. Older homes, as in Los Gatos, have more character and don’t look just like every other house in the neighborhood. At some point, though, you may think about making the rooms bigger, bringing in more light, or doing a bathroom or kitchen remodeling project.
If you want the ultimate in luxury, your home remodeling project can lead to a truly unique living experience.
If you’re doing a home renovation project on a house built before 1978, which is common in San Jose and Los Gatos, you need to watch out for lead paint on your walls, windows, or doors. Deteriorating lead paint can be hazardous to adults and children who swallow or inhale it, particularly for children under six. Home remodeling activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can disturb existing lead-based paint and create hazardous lead dust and chips.
When you’re planning a home remodeling project, you should have a color scheme in mind for every room. But, choosing the actual paint shade usually comes at the end of the home renovation process. Looking at all the choices in the paint store can be overwhelming.
When you’re undertaking a home remodeling project, you might be tempted to save ideas about color for the end of the renovation when you’re painting the walls, but decisions about colors will arise far sooner than that.
You want to start a kitchen remodeling project, but you can’t add many square feet to the kitchen’s size. Don’t despair. There are lots of ways to make the most of the available space, and ways to make the kitchen look and feel bigger than it is.
If you have an un-remodeled kitchen from the 50s or 60s, chances are it’s lit by one ceiling-mounted fixture. This, experts observe, is a good example of how not to light a kitchen.
Adding storage space is one of the main reasons homeowners embark on home remodeling projects, but it’s not enough to add square feet of floor space. When you’re planning your kitchen or bath renovation, be sure to make storage space part of the design.
Since one can spend so much time in the bathroom, you can improve your quality of life with a bathroom remodeling project. You will also improve your home’s resale value, but you don’t need to break the bank to acquire a brand-new bathroom.
You’re living in your house in 2010, but your San Jose bathroom is stuck in 1968. Sound familiar? View valuable tips for remodeling your bathroom for the 21st century.
Making eco-friendly remodeling choices are good for you, the environment, and even your wallet.
At one time, heated towel racks were the height of luxury, but today’s high-end bathroom manufacturers offer a wide range of far more luxurious features.
In today’s bathroom remodeling projects, there are several (sometimes competing) trends. Some homeowners see the bathroom as a mini-spa where they can relax and be pampered. Others are concerned about the practicalities of living in a house after retirement. Yet others see the design of the room as paramount and seek out fixtures to create a certain “look.”
If you’re planning for the future, think carefully about your home. How easy will it be to climb multiple staircases? Could you open doors and turn knobs? Will you be able to reach the necessary things in your kitchen?
It turns out that natural light is good for human beings. Natural light can reduce your electricity and heating bills, helping the environment and saving you money. It’s a win, win, win! So when you’re planning your home remodeling project, be sure to think about how to bring in natural light.
Need space for a custom home office in Palo Alto, a guest room in Willow Glen, a bathroom in Mountain View, a children’s play area in Cupertino, or even a master bedroom in Campbell? Look up…to the attic! An attic remodeling project can bring extra square feet of usable space to your house without a lot of added cost.
Homeowners who are looking for extra space in their house often look down…to the basement. Basements are the ideal place to add entertaining/game rooms, exercise rooms, playrooms, media rooms, or extra guest rooms.
When most people think of solar energy, they think of photovoltaic (PV) cells perched on a building’s roof. But passive solar does not involve the use of specialized equipment; it is the practice of designing a building to maximize the use of the sun’s heat. Passive solar design is highly energy efficient, reducing a building’s energy demands for artificial lighting and heating. Plus energy from the sun is free!
Whether you are remodeling your house or embarking on a campaign to green your life, chances are some of these tips will be helpful.
Whether you’re just looking to spruce up the front of your Saratoga house or you’re thinking of selling your Los Gatos cottage, there are many big and small remodeling projects that will improve your home’s curb appeal.
Your deck or patio should reflect your tastes and personality just like the décor inside your house. In the design process, you should plan to use the same materials and design elements as the house’s exterior to create a unified effect. Personalize your deck or patio design with interesting railings, posts, and lighting fixtures, which today can be solar or LED.