Kitchen Design: The Working Triangle

The working triangle, or golden triangle, are buzzwords in the remodeling community and for good reason. But what exactly does working triangle mean and why does it matter to you? The term working triangle refers to the ideal layout of your sink, refrigerator and cooktop in your kitchen. If the layout is done right, you’d be able to draw a triangle between each of these areas to have maximum functionality of your kitchen space. Why? How is that achieved? Let’s discuss the theory and how it has proven its’ superiority for decades. 

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8 Ideas for Integrating European Styling into Your Home

Given the beauty and history of the “old continent,” it’s no wonder homeowners here in Chicagoland want to replicate the elegance and richness of European home designs. Whether it’s Ireland, France, Italy, or England, European design styles come from interesting cultures with robust design heritages.

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Let’s Talk Tile Trends

Tile can easily be overlooked in a remodel, but if your space is properly designed your tile should pull your whole design together. With pressure like that, how do you choose the right tile for your space? We’ll review some popular tile trends, both materials and designs, to help you find your dream tile. 

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Adding Architectural Interest to Your Home’s Exterior

We previously wrote about how to add architectural interest to your home’s interior, so now we’d like to share some of our favorite tips on how to add architectural interest to your home’s exterior. Sometimes when one buys a home, it has a lot of great attributes, but feels like it is missing some curb appeal or visual interest. If you feel like your home looks more cookie cutter than one of kind, consider some of these tips to elevate the exterior design of your home as a part of your next remodel! Read More


Adding Architectural Interest to Your Home’s Interior

No one wants a ‘cookie cutter’ or ‘builder grade’ home. Our homes are something we work hard for and we want them to be a reflection of ourselves. However, this reflection doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time to make your house feel like home. Some of us are lucky to have homes with existing architectural interest. Others of us have to plan to add architectural details into our remodels. We’re here to help you navigate the best options for your home’s interior. Here are some of our clients favorites. 

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How to Make Your Dream Home a Reality

Everyone has a dream home. It could feature a farmhouse style kitchen with modern appliances, or a lounge with the latest television and beautiful hardwood floors. While everyone may have an idea in their head of how it should look and feel, how do you make your dream a reality?

At Patrick A. Finn, we love helping our clients achieve the home they’ve always dreamed of. We’d like to help everyone reach this life achievement, and so for this month’s blog post we’ll go over what you can do to live in the home of your dreams!

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5 Knockout Design Ideas for Ceiling Treatments

5 Knockout Design Ideas for Ceiling Treatments

Known as the fifth wall, a well-decorated ceiling has the power to elevate the design of any room. And while many people often overlook this blank canvas within their homes and offices, there are several different stunning effects you can create in this area.

If you’re looking for a way to dress up your ceilings, consider these five knockout design ideas for ceiling treatments.

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Things to consider when buying an older home

When buying an older home one needs to make sure that the electrical wiring has been updated to conduit and it’s not cloth wrapped wiring as this can and does break down over time and can lead to house fires. The other thing to watch out for is to make sure there’s no asbestos present in the house as this was a very common pipe insulator in the 1920’s through the 1940’s. The last thing to look out for is a leaky basement. It’s only in the last 25 to 30 years that it became common to install drain tile and sump pumps in basements. Houses older than this quiet often have minor seepage through the basement walls and up from the basement floor.

Other than the above buying and older home can be great as they have a lot more charm and character than the newer homes of today.

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How to use Houzz.com

Are you a follower on Houzz.com? You may be familiar with Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, but did you know that Houzz.com gives you direct access to pre-filtered design tools. Whether you are looking for ideas for a new house or for updating your current house, Houzz.com has great resources for you to use. In addition to providing you with idea resources, Houzz.com also keeps you organized with their Ideabooks.

For those unfamiliar with Houzz.com, I suggest you take a few minutes to check out the site and see it for yourself. You can browse the main site without signing up to see what it is all about. Houzz.com focuses on three major search options depending on what you are looking for.

Get Inspired

There are thousands of architects, designers, and builders on Houzz.com who have uploaded photos of their work to inspire you and show you the possibilities of designs. There are also bloggers who take these photos and put together How To’s or See What’s New ideas for you to look at.

See Products

All photos have a tagging option, like tagging a person in a Facebook picture, but on the products used to achieve a certain look. These products are usually named and described and often link to the manufacturer’s website or at least offer a product to search for. Various Ideabooks are also available for ideas on major overhaul projects down to do-it-yourself projects you can get at your local depot. Read More


American House Styles – What is Yours?

It is very common to hear people say they want to stay true to the historical character of their home or neighborhood, but with so many housing styles in America, where does yours fit?  Take a look at a few of these article slideshows from Houzz.com to help determine what style your house is, or what your true design style is (if you are looking to start from scratch). Read More