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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

Kitchen Island Provides a Distinctive Touch to Kitchen Update

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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

Common Sense Ideas For Kitchen Cabinets

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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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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

Consider Radiant Floor Heating In Your Bathroom Remodel

As the cold north wind begins to blow, a great question to consider with your bathroom remodel project is whether radiant floor heating could be a logical addition.

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Radiant floor heating is a great addition to any bathroom remodel in cold weather areas like Madison WI

Building luxurious comfort into bathroom renovations is a growing trend. In northern climates as in Madison WI, radiant floor heating can be a significant component in any bathroom remodel. Bathroom floors often are cool because of hard-surface finishes. Radiant floor heating helps homeowners endure months of cold weather floors with welcoming warmth on their feet. As an added bonus with your bathroom remodel, radiant floor heating can often heat more efficiently than other types of traditional heating systems. When the entire floor is heated, you can avoid the problem of a layer of cold air near the floor with warm air rising to the ceiling.

Contemporary bathroom remodel trends emphasize transforming these onetime nondescript rooms into relaxing getaways, giving homeowners an escape from a frantically paced world. Bathroom renovations are now, more than ever before, incorporating elements to increase comfort, style and function. Radiant floor heating is a favorite addition to bathroom remodels. Continue reading

Deck Problems Needing Correction

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Using nails rather than bolts in a ledger board can lead to deck failure

Building a deck seems like very straight forward project. Everyone has used decks and in most cases, there are a limited number of building materials to choose from.

The truth is building a deck is not as simple as it seems because it still requires using proven building techniques and the knowledge to do them correctly.

The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) says new and replacement decks amount to about 2.5 million new structures annually in the United States. Unfortunately, many of these are done by inexperienced homeowners, friends or in some cases contractors not following the appropriate guidelines.

Your Deck Is An Accident Waiting To Happen

Poor construction can very easily result in property damage and even in injury to people on the deck at the time of failure or collapse. In fact, according to the NADRA, since 2000, there have been at least 30 reported deaths from collapse.

More than 75 percent of people involved in a collapse were injured. Most collapses occur on decks more than 20 years of age or older.  Performing an annual safety check is suggested If your deck is fifteen years old or older. Continue reading

Bathroom Remodeling – Converting Bathtubs To Showers

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Conversions to showers can result in a distinctive, unique room

Bathroom remodeling projects can take many forms and have varying degrees of impact on how you use your home. One trend in recent years homeowners have gravitated toward has been converting bathtub areas into spacious walk-in showers.

Traditionally, homeowners often shied away from conversions like these because older homes had one bath or a bath and a half and people wanted to maintain salability of their homes. Conventional wisdom dictated that if you wanted to sell your home at some point in the future, removing the only tub in the house would be a negative step. But, it seems all bets are off.

Bathroom remodeling often reflects what the popular thought is and the trend is for more conversions. Removing an old and little used tub and replacing it with a spacious, enjoyable walk-in shower with needed features and preferred luxuries is definitely a growing trend. Continue reading

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