home remodeling

15 Questions to Ask Home Remodelers Before Hiring

Remodeling your home is an exciting time. There is so much to do and so many things to think about. But before you jump right into hiring remodeling professionals, make sure you’re working with the right ones.

Choosing the right remodeling professionals can be the difference between your dream home and a nightmare. You’ve probably heard horror stories about remodeling projects gone terribly wrong due to unqualified and unprofessional contractors. Don’t let this happen to you!

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What a Year!

As we begin 2017, we wanted to take a moment and reflect on the past year. 2016 had been a great year for all of us at Patrick A. Finn, Ltd.

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Another Win at the Home Builders Association Key Awards!

Since 2011 we have entered for the Key Awards from the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago. We are proud to say that we have come back with awards every year! This year put us at a total of 22 Key Awards in the last five years. 

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Guide to Aging in Place

What are your plans for the future? Where will you spend your golden years? People are living longer, healthier, more independent lives than ever before. That’s why many people are choosing to build their dream homes (or remodel their current homes) with an eye towards “aging in place.”

Aging in place refers to the philosophy that people are happier and even healthier when they continue to live independently rather than moving into an assisted living facility or nursing home. Of course, aging in place isn’t an option for everyone and at some point you may have to consider other living arrangements– but it can greatly increase the quality of your life and of your family’s life.

At Patrick A. Finn, Ltd., we’ve worked on some amazing aging in place construction and remodeling projects for homeowners in the northwest suburbs, including Arlington Heights, Barrington, and Palatine.

Today, we’re going to share what we’ve learned and help you plan to age in place in your dream home. Let’s get started!

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Looking Beyond the Bounds of Granite: 10 Alternatives to Granite That You May Want to Consider

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…

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Stainless Steel: An Everlasting Trend?

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?

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Basement Waterproofing: How to Prepare for The April Showers

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.

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Happy Anniversary!

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.
25th-anniversary-patrickafinnBack 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


Spring Remodeling Projects that will Add Value to your Home

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.

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Steps of Planning a Bathroom Remodel

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.

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