Home Remodeling Trends We Love

There are so many ways to remodel your home. With new remodeling trends coming in and out of style every year, it can be hard to know which ones you want for your Chicago area home. How do you strike a balance between a home that’s modern and cutting edge, yet one that still has a classic and timeless look?

For this month’s blog post, we’re going to take a look at some of our favorite trends. In addition to being beautiful for modern homes, we also think these trends are here to stay.
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8 Reasons to Add On to Your Home

No matter how much you love your home, there are always ways to improve your space by adding onto your house. Even if your home was recently built, additions to your family, an unexpected need, or outdated appliances may force you to reconsider the limitations of your current space.

In this month’s post, we’ll go over 8 common reasons for adding onto your home to improve your life (and often the value of your home, too).

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How to Plan a Kitchen Remodel

Even if you love your home, you may not love your kitchen. That’s why kitchen remodels are among the most common remodeling projects undertaken by homeowners in the Northwest Suburbs. Many homes in the area feature outdated kitchens with antiquated appliances and layouts that don’t make efficient use of space. Additionally, kitchens in older homes aren’t designed with the needs of modern families in mind.

In today’s post, we’ll help you understand how to plan a kitchen remodel. We’ll share a few of the best practices we’ve learned over the years. We’ll also help you avoid common mistakes that homeowners make when undertaking a major home remodeling project.

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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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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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Spring Remodeling Projects that will Add Value to your Home

It may be hard to imagine but the spring season has begun 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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5 Questions to Ask When Looking for a Contractor

When a family in Arlington Heights decides to take on a home building or remodeling project, they’re going to interview contractors. In addition to asking for references and cost estimates/bids for the project, families should ask any contractor they interview the following five questions:

1. What kind of insurance do you have for liability, worker’s
compensation and property damage?

2. Who will research/handle any approvals that need to be issued by the city? Will I receive copies of those permits/permissions?

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3. Will subcontractors be used for my project? If so, who will they report to, and who will ensure they have full insurance? Read More


Modern kitchen remodeling advice for homes in Barrington

Remodeling Your Kitchen To Increase The Value Of Your Home

In Barrington, a kitchen remodel is always the first recommendation when it comes to improving your home,whether it’s for your family to enjoy or for increasing the resale value. But there are some kitchen updates that will give you a better return on investment than others. If you’re thinking about starting this type of project, consider the following:

* Technology – It’s impossible to predict how technology will change next year or 10 years down the road. What is for certain is that technology needs power. Be sure to modernize your kitchen with charging stations. You can install them in clever places like in a pull-out drawer under the countertop or on the island so family members can work on a laptop or charge their smartphone while sitting in the kitchen.

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Great Contractors Are Worth Their Weight In Gold

Good contractors can be worth their weight in gold. When it comes to finding and hiring the best general contractor for your project, you’ll want to avoid these three common mistakes:

1. Making cold calls from the phone book or a general online search – Ask friends for recommendations, check the Better Business Bureau or Guild Quality and carefully look at finished projects. Once you have a contractor on the phone, ask if the company is licensed, what kind of insurance is carried and if a guarantee can be provided in writing.
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Kitchen Sinks – More Options than You Thought!

When you start planning your kitchen remodel, you probably start thinking about your cabinets, appliances and counter top, but have you given much thought to your kitchen sink options.  The day of the stainless steel sink as your only option, though still the most popular, has started to be out-shined by many up and coming new products.

Houzz.com posted a great article with all your options and how they compare.  So take a look and become better informed about the choices you have.  Are you interested in the tride and true stainless steel, the nod to old world materials such as cast iron, copper and fire clay, or are you trending with the newest options such as composite granite, quartz and solid surface?  Find out here. Read More