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Kitchen Tiles Provide Options for Custom Home Remodeling

Kitchen Tiles | Home Remodeling | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

A successful home remodeling project –unique tiles create a custom look.

The options in kitchen tiles have expanded in size, color and texture. With most home remodeling plans beginning in the kitchen, a custom kitchen upgrade often begins with the latest in tile. Tile applications in Madison WI have expanded from basic squares and rectangles as backsplash and floor to planks of wood-look tile and countertop-to-ceiling installations.

The Hottest Trend in Kitchen Tiles — Flooring That Looks Like Something It’s Not

The most dramatic changes in tile development have come on the floor. New manufacturing techniques and high-definition, 3D printing have made it possible to mimic many natural and man-made materials. For a contemporary kitchen renovation to anchor your home remodeling project, consider these floor tile options: Continue reading

Basement Egress Windows Are Safe and Stylish and the Law

Basement Egress Windows | Basement Finishing | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

Adding a room for guests or giving your teen some more space, including basement egress windows in a bedroom is a requirement.

Adding a basement egress window (a “way out” in simple English) changes the dynamic of any home. In new construction, it is often a basic element. In most cases, it is retrofit into an older home as part of a basement finishing project. While basement remodeling is often a winter project in Madison WI, spring and summer are better suited to installing basement egress windows. In Wisconsin’s climate you aren’t likely to enjoy having a hole in the basement wall in January or February.

When properly installed, basement egress windows increase the comfort and appeal of any room below normal grade. They’re ideal for family rooms, bathrooms and bedrooms. They transform basements from dark and dreary to open and bright. When it comes to resale value, they count there, too. Installation of these relatively simple structures increases useable living space without the expense of major remodeling. Continue reading

Remodel Ideas Create a New Home through Renovation

Remodel Ideas | Renovation | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

You can have your dream home without a major move. A remodeling plan can provide for your current and future needs.

Putting your family into a “new home” needn’t require a move. Creative remodel ideas can result in a truly new home though renovation on site. Remodeling your Madison WI home can provide major changes in your lifestyle as your existing residence adapts to your evolving needs.

A renovation can include simple changes or elaborate additions. Each, in its own way, has significant impact on the home and how it is used.

Where To Apply Remodel Ideas

Where do you want to make changes? Which aspect of your existing home needs changing? Ponder the impact of the following remodeling targets. Continue reading

Deck Designs Merge Indoor and Outdoor Living

Deck | Home Renovation | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

Adding an outdoor “room” extends living space and merges the indoor and outdoor lifestyle.

The modern deck is more than a raised platform connected to the house. It has become a priority item for home renovation as families merge their outdoor and indoor lifestyles. 

There are dozens of shapes, materials and enhancements available for a new deck – limited mostly by budget and imagination. Today’s designs often include a fire pit, seating areas and even a complete outdoor kitchen. This new creation increases the value of your total space.

Do you already have a deck? Does it need a facelift? If you already have a structure, you can enhance the outdoor experience by adding a new section, a new shape or revitalizing the surface. A new “skin” on the existing surface is possible with composite materials. Continue reading

Kitchen Island Provides a Distinctive Touch to Kitchen Update

Kitchen Island | Kitchen Cabinets | Madison WI | Sims Remodeling

Kitchen cabinets contrast the wood-look of the new island for a unique appeal

If you want to add a kitchen island to your Madison WI home, you’re not alone. Surveys of interior designers, builders and manufacturers reveal that islands and new kitchen cabinets are hot topics for kitchen remodeling again in 2017.

In addition to enhancing an island’s aesthetic appeal, designers are introducing new functionalities. The trend in “open” design is being expanded into the kitchen where an addition can become a central element and focal point. The kitchen island can smoothly link works space and eating area – incorporating preparation areas, room for cleanup and general purpose space to “spread out.” The central island will quickly become the main draw in a social setting, too. Continue reading

Preparing for a Kitchen Remodel Project

Kitchen Remodel | Remodeling | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

A temporary kitchen can help you cope with your kitchen remodel no matter how long it takes in Madison WI

A kitchen remodel is one of the most disruptive home renovations you can do.

It affects your daily routine at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Depending on how extensive the changes are, a kitchen remodel can last weeks, or even months. To help manage the process of a kitchen remodel, it is very important to have practical alternatives for cooking, cleanup and food storage.

Kitchen Remodel Survival Tips

Try to start your planning as soon as you can prior to the start of the renovation. Be sure your plans are intact before demolition. Once demolition begins, you will be involved with other planning and decision making – you do not want to be scrambling for food prep and cleanup.

Additionally, you also want to be sure all of the kitchen remodel plans are in place so no decisions have to be made on the fly. Continue reading

Common Sense Ideas For Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen Cabinets | Kitchen Remodel | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

Adding special custom cabinets can expand use and utility in your Madison WI kitchen remodel -click to enlarge

A change that re-sets the look, feel and function of your kitchen is updating or changing your kitchen cabinets.

Updating or doing a kitchen remodel is a lot of fun for most people. And that is for good reason when you consider the following – you can –

  • Get a “new,” just-moved-into look
  • Create an entirely new traffic flow, or “foot print” to the room
  • Introduce an entirely new style of kitchen cabinets to suit your changing needs
  • Add amenities to your kitchen cabinets and counters
  • Make certain areas more functional and/or accessible after your kitchen remodel
  • Replace dated, worn hardware

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9 Great Reasons To Plan Your Basement Remodel In Winter

Basement Remodel | Remodeling | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

A well planned basement remodel expands your living area

A basement remodel is a great idea anytime. However, most remodeling contractors will be very motivated to help you get yours done over the winter.

Assuming you have made sure your basement is dry, or at least waterproofed effectively, there are any number of reasons to do a basement remodel in Madison WI.

  • You get added living space for your family
  • You can finish space for much less money
  • You get the benefit of the space for use in inclement weather – whether hot or cold

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Avoiding Mistakes In Your Bathroom Remodel

Bathroom Remodel | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

Having the stool hidden by other fixtures or in a water closet will make for a clean design and better presentation

While you are designing a bathroom remodel, creating a comfortable and accessible space for your family is normally a priority. But with all of the options available to you with a bathroom remodel, often changes seeming like a good idea on paper may not look as good in the final product.

For this reason, reviewing your bathroom design often before starting your project is significant. It’s significant because in addition to including certain amenities added in your bathroom remodel, avoiding mistakes that will be torture to look at daily over time. Below are a couple of ideas to consider. Continue reading

The Big Kitchen Renovation Questions

Kitchen Renovation | Kitchen Remodel | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

Kitchen renovations start with identifying the changes you value most

Kitchen renovation in Madison WI can take on many forms. The scope of kitchen renovation projects varies from small changes to knocking out walls and actually expanding square footage.

Whether you have lived in your house for many years or have just moved into your home, chances are good that there are changes you would consider making to your home to make it more functional and enjoyable. A kitchen remodel focuses on one of the most used rooms in your home – if not the most used. So, making changes through a kitchen renovation will likely have a big impact on how much you enjoy your home. Continue reading

Bath Remodel Ideas for the Aging In Madison WI

Bath Remodel | Accesible Design | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

A universal bath remodel usually features easy to enter showers that can easily accommodate benches, chairs and even wheel chairs

A bath remodel is one of the first changes for aging homeowners to make when making their home more livable.

More seniors are choosing to remain in their homes longer than ever before. More accessibility is a primary need for individuals in this situation. For many, a bath remodel helps people maintain their independence.

The goal with many of the changes in this type of bath remodel focuses on freedom of movement by minimizing the risk of slips or falls. To accomplish this, options including walk-in bathtubs, walk-in showers, balance bars, and targeted lighting are components of the bathroom remodel plan.

Safety and accessibility are high priority for Seniors staying in their homes. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 235,000 people need medical attention bathroom-related injuries on an annual basis. Safety is the most important quality in an accessible bath remodel. Continue reading

Tips To Help Survive A Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen Remodel | Remodeling | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

A Kitchen Remodel project requires planning so you can maintain your daily routine in Madison WI

A kitchen remodel is an exciting time and stressful all at once.

Exciting because of the new look and feel your kitchen will have. Stressful because the room your entire family uses everyday will be unusable in part or entirely for an extended period of time. Face it, cooking is tough to do when your stove or oven is removed and your sink is unhooked and your preparation areas are missing in action.

We have had some customers leave town on vacation while we have done major parts of a kitchen remodel. But because a typical kitchen remodel can take from four to eight weeks, not everyone can leave town for the duration of the project. And some people don’t feel comfortable leaving their home completely in the hands of a kitchen remodeling crew – which is understandable. Continue reading

Remodeling Made Easier – Cleaner – Safer In Madison WI

Negative Air | Remodeling | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

Remodeling using a negative air machine helps protect indoor air quality, workers and family members.

At Sims Exteriors and Remodeling, we take pride in creating satisfied customers at all stages during a remodel.

Our commitment is to be sure the entire remodeling process is as easy as possible on the homeowners, who, after all, have to accommodate an entire work crew while a remodel or renovation takes place. What we want to avoid is adding insult to injury by having loads of dust from a project stay in the room we are working on or, worse, have that dust travel throughout the house. That is why we have added a NIKRO mini poly air scrubber. Continue reading

Remodeling Questions Homeowners Ask Themselves

Remodeling | Remodeling Contractors | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

Remodeling projects can be involved – be sure you ask yourself the right questions in the beginning of the process

You’ve researched your new remodeling project.

You have talked to a number of potential Madison WI remodeling contractors. All of which could do your remodeling project.

And, there is even one remodeling contractor who has impressed you with knowledge, perspective and you trust him.

However, even with all of the stars beginning to align, you wonder…

  • Can I get the work done cheaper?
  • Am I paying too much?

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Pay Back – Recouping Bathroom Remodel Dollars

Bathroom Remodel | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

A bathroom remodel will return much but not all of your investment upon resale

Homes are the biggest investment many of us make. So, when it comes to a bathroom remodel, it only stands to reason homeowners think in terms of what return will they get back on dollars invested in their home.

It’s a simple question with any bathroom remodel. However, the right answer can differ greatly depending on your perspective. The value of any bathroom remodel has both objective and subjective measures Continue reading

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