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Open Shelving – A Popular Option Among Kitchen Cabinet Choices

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Traditional kitchen cabinet choices have expanded to include cabinets with glass doors, cabinet and shelf combinations and just shelves for a wide open look.

The concept of open space, especially in kitchen remodeling plans, has expanded to include open shelving among kitchen cabinet choices. Replacing traditional kitchen cabinets with open shelves is gaining popularity in Madison WI and throughout the country. But it doesn’t fit every lifestyle. That’s one reason designers are offering combinations of above-counter cabinets and shelves as kitchen cabinet choices.

Traditional kitchen cabinets have been the norm for so long it’s hard to grasp the idea of going without them. They have proven their merit. At the same time, open shelving is proving to be a reliable option. An even more popular consideration is a combination of both.

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Remodel Ideas Create a New Home through Renovation

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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

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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

Preparing for a Kitchen Remodel Project

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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

Remodeling Made Easier – Cleaner – Safer In Madison WI

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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

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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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Bathroom Remodeling – Livability Tweaking

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Bathroom remodeling is a logical step as you family’s needs grow

Bathroom remodeling is often where a facelift for a home begins.

If you have lived in your home for many years you probably have, or are going through, different usage patterns for every room in your home. It’s a natural progression nearly every family experiences.

In some cases, a different or new home is an answer for new needs – especially when a new location is right for you and your family.

However, when our customers do a bathroom remodeling project, we have found in the course of conversation there are often many considerations motivating an updated bathroom design, such as – Continue reading

Kitchen Remodeling – Distinctive Islands

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Well designed islands can add flexibility to any kitchen

Kitchen remodeling has an infinite number of options to consider. From Flooring to cabinetry, changing your “footprint” to updating your present layout, kitchen remodeling always has an impact on how you live.

Your kitchen is ground zero for family activity and often the center of attention when entertaining – whether you like it not. As such, a good starting point for many kitchen remodeling projects in Madison Wisconsin and elsewhere is an island. Continue reading

Basement Remodeling Basics in Madison WI

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Basement Bathrooms can add function and class to any basement

Basement remodeling represents one of the best experiences Sims Remodeling has in terms of helping people to enjoy their homes because it is a great way to increase the number of ways a home is used. However, to get the most from the project you need to put a little thought into the planning stage.

Basement remodeling can include starting from scratch or finishing what is already started. Helping update and finish basements is an area we specialize in and enjoy very much. Continue reading

Home Remodeling – Improve Your Lifestyle

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After considering all the facts, a home remodeling project makes for a better lifestyle, updates your home and increases the home’s value

When home remodeling, the primary goal is to create changes benefiting and reflecting your daily activities.

If planned correctly, home remodeling also provides the opportunity for homeowners to to upgrade mechanical systems offering major operational cost savings and in the long term, increases your home’s value.

Adding a new addition, updating a kitchen or creating a renovated master bathroom often makes these spaces more livable. In fact, it is the primary reason most people undertake a home remodel; to add a new dimension to their home reflecting a changing lifestyle. The daily benefits of a remodeling project can take many forms. Continue reading

Remodeling Prep – Managing a Remodel or Addition

Remodeling a part of your home or adding and addition is only one of the first steps in the process. Once you’ve retained a reputable contractor (one who is insured and bonded and you trust), what you (and your contractor) do next about your working relationship will make the difference between a pleasant experience and an unhappy one.

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Bathroom Remodeling Checklist

Bathroom remodeling is always a very personal project. It’s where you start and end most every day. When a homeowner is planning to remodel their bathroom, usually much thought goes into how it is used and personal preferences making the bathroom theirs, and no one else’s. Continue reading

Remodeling Projects – 3 Steps To Recreate Your Home

Remodeling your home by making bathroom, kitchen, basement or other renovations is often the best way to have your dream home.

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List what you want in your home before you start the remodeling project will make your project successful and will save you money.

Very often, homeowners like where they live. They like their neighbors, like their location, they like the area in which they live in and often the like their home…in general.

Remodeling Your Home As You Remodel Your Family

Time changes everything. Families grow in size in Madison Wisconsin just as everywhere else. Members of the families grow older and the needs of a family changes.

Toddlers have different needs than those in grade school. Middle school age children’s needs are different from high school students. And, when the kids move out of the house, those left behind have their own ideas of what would be nice to have in their home.

All along the way, renovation of kitchens, bathrooms, basements, decks, garages and even additions can shape your home and how it works for your family. And, if you do sell your home, much of your investment will be recovered in the sale price, so you can enjoy the changes now without wasting valuable dollars. Almost like living in your piggy bank. Continue reading

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