Looking Beyond the Bounds of Granite: 10 Alternatives to Granite That You May Want to Consider
Granite countertops are great. They are the first counter type most of us think of when we consider a new kitchen. This is understandable due to the large price range, the varied patterns and the many places we can find granite. However, it is not the only material on the market that can add life to your kitchen. There are many alternatives to granite. Here are some other surfaces you should consider when you start your kitchen remodel…
Stainless steel has been the sought after appliance color for years. It has had a longer time in the spotlight than avocado green, black and white. When you think about it, it makes sense that stainless steel has lasted us all awhile. It pairs well with almost any cabinet and counter combination. It can blend right in or, stand out and look a bit more sleek. Why would anyone think that it would go out of style?
Winter seems to be coming to an end and the question on the back of most homeowners’ minds is, “How can I avoid the basement flooding this spring?” No one wants to go through what may seem to be the annual flooded basement clean-up process. We know flooded basements are a hassle, whether it’s just a little water or enough for your kids to think of the basement as a new pool, and making the effort to prevent basement flooding from here on out will give you some peace of mind.
Happy Anniversary to us! It is hard to believe it was 25 years ago that we opened our doors for business. In 1991, Patrick Finn took a leap of faith and started his own business, Patrick A. Finn, Ltd. His first job, a custom home in the southern suburbs, helped catapult Patrick into one of the premier home remodeling and kitchen & bath design and build firms in the northwest suburbs today.
Back in 1991, our first job, a custom home, was completed in the southern suburbs. Additional kitchen & bath remodeling projects, home additions, and more custom homes brought us to the Chicago neighborhoods of Hyde Park and Lincoln Park as well as the northern suburbs. We were lucky to work with architects who had wonderful kitchen and bath design ideas. One job in particular will always be a fond memory. Patrick was hired for a full historical renovation of a 100+ year old Victorian in the Hyde Park neighborhood.
By the mid 90’s, Patrick A. Finn, Ltd. had moved the remodeling business to the northwest suburbs. Here the business added to their portfolio with several spec homes and larger scale home additions and remodeling projects. We added to our staff both in the office and in the field. Read More
It may be hard to imagine but the spring season is just around the corner and many homeowners have been waiting to begin home remodeling projects that they have been thinking about all winter. The spring is the start of the busiest season for remodeling contractors because it is the perfect time to complete outdoor remodeling projects as well as indoor projects that have been on your to-do list. Many home remodeling projects that are most commonly done in the spring will increase the value of your home while also adding beauty and comfort that you can enjoy all season long.
The following are popular spring remodeling projects that will add value to your home.
Replacing the Siding
The siding has a major effect on the curb appeal of your home as well as its value and sometimes the brutal winters can really wear out your siding. If the siding on your home is looking dull or worn out, that alone could cause your home to lose up to 10 percent of its value. The spring season is the ideal time to replace the siding which will vastly improve the curb appeal of your home and impress your visitors and neighbors for the rest of the season. There are several types of siding available including fiber cement and vinyl siding, and new siding can yield a return on investment of up to 79 percent.
The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the home. Having one designed to fit your family’s needs makes mornings go smoother. When the morning is better, the whole day is better.
Bathroom Remodel: Step 1
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) says there are several steps in the bathroom remodeling process. Daydreaming is the most fun and the least expensive step. Start a Bathroom Remodel board on Pinterest and use it to organize photos of fixtures, paint colors, and other items.
Home remodeling projects are intensive endeavors that require a fair amount of planning, building, inspections, and the obtaining of the right building permits. Due to the intensity of these projects, many homeowners hire a contractor to help with the planning and handle the building process including getting the necessary building permits. Hiring a contractor should not be taken lightly however because home remodeling projects require so much work that is usually beyond the understanding of the homeowner, making it easy for a contractor to take advantage. It is wise to do some research into the price ranges of different home contractors before talking to anyone and when you do meet with remodeling contractors, you should ask questions to understand their procedure and quality of work.
The arrival of Labor Day means that the summer season is drawing to a close and it won’t be long until Palatine starts to experience cold fall weather. Labor Day weekend is the last good weekend to hold a summer celebration and the last bit of free time you will have to take care of some home improvement projects while the weather is still nice. Homeowners should take this last opportunity to take care of these five Labor Day home improvement projects to prepare their homes for the fall and winter. If you do not feel like you have the skill or equipment to do these projects, or you would rather relax over Labor Day, you can call a home repair or home renovation professional to complete these projects.
The kitchen is one of the most valued spaces in a home because people spend so much time socializing and preparing meals in this room. It is important to many homeowners to have their kitchens tailored to their specific needs which is why kitchen remodeling is one of the most common home projects. However, if you do not think the current floor plan of your kitchen is sufficient enough for your remodeling ideas, you can create an entirely new kitchen by building a kitchen addition onto your home. Kitchen additions allow you the freedom to design a completely personalized kitchen from scratch but the design and construction of a home addition is a complicated process. These tips will help you ease the process of designing a kitchen addition as well as come up with good kitchen ideas for your addition.
If you have been living in your home for ten years or more, chances are you are comfortable and happy in your home and have invested plenty of money in it by paying for the mortgage, maintenance, and improvements. It is common even for families and homeowners that love their current homes to eventually outgrow a certain area of their home or for an area, such as the bathroom or kitchen, to become impractical to the changing lifestyles of you and your family. Remodeling services present the perfect opportunity to upgrade an area of your home like the kitchen or bathroom without leaving the house where you have invested so much time and money. Kitchen remodeling and bathroom remodeling projects are among the most common remodeling projects done and they can each add significant value to your home. However, it is important to keep in mind that you get what you pay for and taking the cheapest route to a new kitchen or bathroom may not be the best idea.