http://simsremodeling.net Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:05:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Open Shelving – A Popular Option Among Kitchen Cabinet Choices http://simsremodeling.net/open-shelving-a-popular-option-among-kitchen-cabinet-choices/ Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:59:51 +0000 http://simsremodeling.net/?p=1187 Open Shelving | Kitchen Cabinet Choices | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

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.

Consider what open shelving offers:

  • Replacing cabinets with shelves gives a room a bigger “feel”
  • Shelving provides a way to display prized china and glassware
  • Frequently-used dishes, glasses and cookware are quickly accessible
  • The space becomes part of the decorating style not just storage
  • Open shelves can store just as much

Not everything is positive. Consider:

  • Having all the kitchen contents in full few all the time can contribute to a sense of clutter
  • Using just open shelves requires much more attention to how items are placed – they are being displayed, not just stored away
  • Kitchen items aren’t all attractive – above-counter cabinets usually serve as pantries for small items and visible open shelves can give a “grocery aisle” look
  • Dishes, glassware and other things left in the open require more dusting when not used on a daily basis

Kitchen Designer’s Tip –

Before you commit to replacing kitchen cabinets with open shelves, remove the doors from you existing cabinets and try living that way for a week or so. You’ll begin to see how opening up the space may or may not be a wise choice.

Open Shelving Plus Cabinets – Best of Both

There’s no rule that says every kitchen has to have upper cabinets spanning the entire countertop space. Or that all the cabinets have to fasten together. When making kitchen cabinet choices, creativity is the trend. When you’ve lived with a wall-full of kitchen cabinets – probably all your life – it’s a drastic change to replace any or all with no enclosure, just shelves. So why do it?

Consider these creative solutions:

  • “Floating” cabinets — Create sections above your workspace for fully enclosed cabinets and separate them with shelves. Storage for attractive items is open while less attractive and seldom used pieces are behind doors.
  • Glass doors — A quest for an open feel without giving up enclosed storage can be resolved by installing glass doors on kitchen cabinets. Prized china and stemware can be readily seen while everything is protected by an enclosure. Frosted glass can contribute to the open concept while covering up content.
  • Personalize your kitchen — Kitchen cabinet choices are yours to make and the space is a part of your home where you spend a huge amount of time. Decide what best fits your idea of a perfect kitchen and go for it – maybe that’s traditional cabinets on one wall, completely open shelving on another and a combination on a third. Balance storage, design and efficiency as you make your plan.

Kitchen Designer’s Tip

Work with a remodeling professional to evaluate all the other elements that go into your new kitchen. Creative use of tile behind open shelving is another design feature that brightens the new room.

A knowledgeable source of all remodeling trends, Sims Exteriors & Remodeling serves greater Dane County, including Middleton, Waunakee, Fitchburg, Oregon Verona, McFarland, Stoughton, Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie and Deforest.

Contact Sims Exteriors and Remodeling at 608-825-4500, or email us for assistance in developing your kitchen remodeling ideas from start to finish, including open shelving among the kitchen cabinet choices for your Madison WI home.

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Basement Remodeling Adds Bonus Rooms Increasing Home Value http://simsremodeling.net/basement-remodeling-adds-bonus-rooms-increasing-home-value/ Wed, 06 Sep 2017 20:00:25 +0000 http://simsremodeling.net/?p=1181 Basement Remodeling | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

Turn concrete gray walls into striking gray walls – basement remodeling means injecting your personality and style into an often overlooked and under-appreciated space.

A basement remodeling project not only adds bonus rooms and livable space, it increases a home’s value. A Madison WI home can expand usable space and a family can enjoy even more of its favorite activities in a finished basement without an expensive addition.

The basement is no longer just an out of the way space to store things. It’s becoming an extension of the overall living space. Décor and design elements are continued in the lower level of the home – or, because it can be completely separated there are bold new experiences in a basement remodeling plan.

When it comes to bonus rooms in the basement, almost anything goes, including:

  • A guest bedroom (remember a sleeping space requires egress windows)
  • A home library
  • A home movie theater
  • A craft room or workshop
  • A home gym/workout area
  • A family gathering space – a party room!
  • Your own personal brew house or pub

 

Basement Remodeling Adds Value Now, and When You Sell

Building bonus rooms in the basement increases the overall usable square footage of the existing building without expanding its footprint.

NOTE:  A 2,500 square foot ranch-style house may double in useable footage if it has a full basement that can be finished. A traditional two-story with a full basement can add one-third to its usable square footage by completing a basement remodeling.

When the time comes for a basement remodeling project, you must decide if the renovation is to extend the style of the living space downward or be a departure in fit and finish. As you plan to expand your living space into the basement, consider these popular trends and styles:

  1. The Open Concept — The open concept is the hot trend for modern home designs and is carried through to basement remodeling ideas. Traditionally, basements have been divided into separate rooms for various activities. Today’s styles dictate fewer walls and a blending of spaces. Basements are naturally wide open so they lend themselves to the concept. More open designs also make the most of lighting in spaces normally darker with fewer, smaller windows.

The open concept doesn’t provide privacy for personal activities or projects – no “Man Cave” or private office. Mixing activities can make a truly open basement less inviting so a blend of an open area with smaller alcoves or rooms often makes sense.

  1. In-Home Theaters — If you love movies, there’s nothing better than a great sound and video system in your own in-home theater. These installations have been the driving force behind many finished basements.

When designing a basement media room there are two obvious considerations: An enclosed theater room or an open TV space? Enclosed rooms are for the really serious enthusiast and are limited to one major use. They also require specialized furnishing and lighting. An open TV space is more like a traditional living room with theater-quality equipment. It provides a truly multi-purpose space. Most homeowners opt for the more conservative TV-equipped living space.

  1. Guest Rooms — Creating guest bedrooms is one of the most popular reasons for remodeling or finishing a basement. For homeowners with extended families that don’t live close by, the idea of a guest suite makes sense. The guest bedroom becomes a bedroom with closet and complete bathroom. Maybe even a small sitting or lounge area. Often referred to as “in-law suites” these areas are also perfect for teenagers and have proven a welcome place to return to for college students.
  2. The Sports Room — The old-fashioned rec room has become a multi-TV sports bar in the basement. While the open concept doesn’t lend itself to a “Man Cave,” it certainly fits a multiple TV layout. Basement bonus rooms that include enough TV sets to keep tabs on the whole league are perfect for the avid Badger or Packers fan. Of course, multiple TVs requires a better than average sound system and plenty of room for refreshments.
  3. The Pub or Brewery District — A basement remodeling project with enough space can accommodate really specialized interests. A secluded bonus room to brew craft beer or serve friends is an ideal complement to a TV room. A mini-kitchen is a nice touch.
  4. Home Gym/Workout Room — People often find getting away to a gym expensive and time consuming. The in-house workout room is the answer. Exercise equipment can be tucked into the corner of a large space or have a room all to themselves. The space required is dictated by the workout you hope to accommodate – one treadmill or a series of machines for serious weight training. If space and budget allows the addition bonus rooms can include a sauna and shower area.
  5. Just for Hanging Out — A truly multipurpose room for family and friends to just “hang out” is the most popular requirement for a basement remodeling program. This kind of lounge area brings together all the best of each specialized room.

Make the Most of the Space You Have

Even a small basement has great potential for bonus rooms and extended use. Where space is limited, the trend in design is toward multiple uses where you get a little bit of everything out of your basement remodeling dollars. Your finished basement can include play space for kids – with the addition of media gear that includes teens – an area for gym equipment, lounging room and space for a small home office. Stylish room-dividing furnishings replace walls to provide separation without enclosures.

A knowledgeable source of basement remodeling options, Sims Exteriors & Remodeling serves greater Dane County, including Middleton, Waunakee, Fitchburg, Oregon Verona, McFarland, Stoughton, Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie and Deforest.

Contact Sims Exteriors and Remodeling at 608-825-4500, or email us for assistance in developing your basement remodeling ideas from start to finish, including the most unique bonus rooms for your Madison WI home.

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Kitchen Tiles Provide Options for Custom Home Remodeling http://simsremodeling.net/kitchen-tiles-provide-options-for-custom-home-remodeling/ Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:52:56 +0000 http://simsremodeling.net/?p=1172 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:

  • Wood-look Tile — The hottest trend in flooring. Taking advantage of the latest techniques in 3D printing, wood-look tiles have become a staple for kitchens, bathrooms, mud rooms and anywhere that water on the floor is an issue. In a kitchen where a solid wood floor is the desired style, potential water damage is an issue. Not with wood-look tiles. These unique tiles come in board-like plank shapes and sizes. From traditional oak-look to rugged and rustic barn board creations wood-look tiles provide dozens of new options for a kitchen in transition.
  • Brick-look Tile — Versatile tiles for the kitchen, have been common for kitchen walls, but recently have been applied to the floor. For a European-look, brick-style tiles can be used as flooring or as wall accents. Not a common choice, its popularity is growing.
  • Marble-look Tile — Marble is considered timeless, elegant and classic. It’s also known as soft, porous and hard to maintain. Not so with marble-look tiles.
  • Cement-look Tile — Cement has become a hot kitchen design element. There are cement kitchen sinks and countertops so why not floors? Real cement floors aren’t practical but tiles that mimic the look are catching on in some home remodeling designs, especially for lofts or the “industrial” look.
  • Metal-look Tiles — Not likely to become a staple of most kitchens or overall home remodeling concepts, metallic tiles are popular for special applications and are found most often in bathrooms or as accent walls. But, in the industrial chic style they are ideal for a kitchen floor.

Patterns Say Good-bye to Boring Straight Lines

Kitchen Tiles | Home Remodeling | Madison WI | Kitchen Backsplashes

Combining the latest in tile options with kitchen facilities anchors exceptional home remodeling projects.

Old-fashioned square tiles led to boring applications in squares, rectangles and straight lines. Designers considered kitchen tiles as simple building blocks, not eye-catching additions to décor. Patterns and shapes are now the rule for walls, backsplashes and floors.

Geometric patterns combining unique colors and shapes are almost endless. Especially in demand by younger home owners, vibrant and eye-catching and unique geometric designs with custom tiles are near the top of the wish list. Fit your lifestyle with one of these:

  • Herringbone and Chevron Patterns — Adding impact by using the new long plank kitchen tiles to add interest and texture to both walls and floors.
  • Arabesque Patterns— Unique tiles that look like little lanterns. Once relegated to backsplash applications (where they’re still an excellent choice) they form exciting designs on walls and floors.
  • Subway Tiles—The mainstay of showers and backsplashes for decades, this stile can provide a special look on kitchen walls and floors. Available in many new colors.

The advances in patterns and custom designs with kitchen tiles can be traced to expanding available shapes. Square and rectangular has been enhanced by plank-sized versions – two to four feet long are not rare anymore. For really custom affects, there are hexagon and octagon shapes. There are truly custom-look designs coming into play more and more – looking for cloud-shaped tiles, they make them. Larger-format kitchen tile designs are expected to become more of a mainstay than smaller formats.

NOTE: longer, plank-style tiles can make a wall or floor area appear larger because there are fewer grout lines to distract the eye.

Home Remodeling With Tile – One Size Doesn’t Fit Everywhere

Another popular trend for kitchen tiles is designs combining sizes. Mixed-width applications combine individual tiles of different lengths and widths – exceptionally popular for country-style, farm kitchens. Kitchen tiles reflect a home’s style. A mirror finish on the wall provides a glossy surface shining in natural light. Reflecting surfaces on a backsplash installation makes the most available light.

The backsplash was once an afterthought in the design process. It was for protecting walls. Today’s backsplash tiles complement the kitchen counters, add color and excitement to walls and reflect the personality of the room. It still protects walls, but does it with panache.

Open concept living has extended the kitchen into the home. So the backsplash get more attention and custom treatment. In areas where fewer cabinets are installed, kitchen tiles for the backsplash are likely to go much higher – very often from countertop to the ceiling. Even traditional white subway tiles provide a new, lighter look when used in an expanded space.

Home Remodeling Makes a Statement With Kitchen Tiles

A knowledgeable source of remodeling options, Sims Exteriors & Remodeling serves greater Dane County, including Middleton, Waunakee, Fitchburg, Oregon Verona, McFarland, Stoughton, Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie and Deforest.

Contact Sims Exteriors and Remodeling at 608-825-4500, or email us for assistance in developing your kitchen remodeling plans and to review all the latest options in kitchen tiles in Madison WI.

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Basement Egress Windows Are Safe and Stylish and the Law http://simsremodeling.net/basement-egress-windows-are-safe-and-stylish-and-the-law/ Thu, 01 Jun 2017 16:52:46 +0000 http://simsremodeling.net/?p=1167 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.

A ‘Way Out” is Code

To have a legal bedroom in a basement – one that meets current building codes – an egress window is a must. If your basement finishing plan includes a bedroom or you think it might in the future, put in basement egress windows right away.

Realtors and appraisers look at basement remodeling projects and additional windows as truly valuable additions. While relatively inexpensive in the overall remodeling world, basement egress windows add more than their original cost –

  • They provide a safe escape route in case of fire (which can be taken into consideration in homeowners insurance)
  • They create usable family space that may have been underused or not used at all
  • Natural light can help to reduce your electric bill
  • These valuable additions are available in a range of styles and materials to match your design style and budget

Typical Basement Egress Windows Installation

Once you’ve decided your basement remodeling plan will include additional windows, the process is straightforward. The steps include:

  • Excavating dirt away from the foundation
  • Cutting an appropriately-sized hole in the foundation for each window
  • Installing a wooden window frame for each window
  • Installing each window
  • Adding the appropriate weather seal
  • Installing the lining of the escape well – this can be as simple as an over-sized metal window well structure or as complex as a stone paver wall with terraced garden space.
  • Soil is correctly backfilled around the new open space
  • The ground around the new installation is graded to make sure water is properly shunted away from the house and new opening
  • The area is landscaped or mulched
  • The interior area is then ready to the homeowners own design touch

Basement Finishing – A Transformation

Every home has unique characteristics that influence the final remodeling plan.  Before you go too far, consider:

  • In an older home, be sure the is foundation solid
  • Are there water issues – tiling or drainage may need revision
  • Older homes often have low ceilings that restrict lighting, ceiling designs and the ductwork it will accommodate
  • What walls can be changed or where should new ones be added as the basement project moves ahead

Before any work begins, details need to be on paper. Things like what kind of ceiling will we have, what kind of floor coverings will work – tile, carpet, laminates – and where will our new windows go?

A knowledgeable source of remodeling options, Sims Exteriors & Remodeling serves greater Dane County, including Middleton, Waunakee, Fitchburg, Oregon Verona, McFarland, Stoughton, Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie and Deforest.

Contact Sims Exteriors and Remodeling at 608-825-4500, or email us for assistance in developing the best basement finishing ideas and to review basement egress window options in Madison WI.

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Remodel Ideas Create a New Home through Renovation http://simsremodeling.net/remodel-ideas-create-a-new-home-through-renovation/ Mon, 08 May 2017 19:54:47 +0000 http://simsremodeling.net/?p=1154 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.

  • A bathroom makeover or a new bathroom
  • An expanded, updated kitchen
  • Finishing a basement
  • Additions to enhance a lifestyle, including sunrooms, screened porches and decks
  • Installing skylights or sun tunnels
  • Expanding the master bedroom suite
  • An addition to include additional living space – bedrooms, dining room, etc.
  • Updating a bathroom to make it accessible – remove an old tub and adding a step-in tub or a walk-in shower

When you are really attached to your home, neighborhood or community, the thought of moving is daunting. Consider the pros and cons of leaving or changing your existing home. How far away from your ideal are you? Are your expanded needs drastic or would a few refinements create the home you desire?

Families are constantly changing as people age. The demands they place on a home change as well – you need different accommodations for elementary school age children than for senior citizens, for example. Remodel ideas that impact today’s needs while looking forward to future requirements provide a top return on investment. An up-date and make-over of kitchens, bathrooms, basements and outdoor living spaces immediately increases the value of a Madison WI home. Garage additions also shape and transform a home.

Want Doesn’t Always Equal Need

Before committing to a remodeling plan, documenting goals and options provides a clear understanding of the process. The first step requires defining three concepts:

  1. What do we need?
  2. What do we want?
  3. How are these different?

A fourth could include “what do we wish we had if there were no limitations like time or budget?”

What Do We Need – Make a list of the issues that started your thinking about a new home. What is missing? What must be changed/added if a renovation is practical?

What Do We Want – Make a second list of all the things you want in a new home. These are the things you desire but may or may not be able to afford as part of the final process.

What Do You Wish You Could Have – A third list where you let your imagination loose. If money were no object, what would you include – a “man cave” or home theater, or perhaps a three-car garage?

Work together as a family to create these lists. When you’ve come up with your final document and your own remodel ideas, it’s time to sit down with a professional remodeling contractor. A professional will evaluate your ideas in the context of structural changes, mechanical systems, electrical demands, plumbing concerns and overall finishing.

Remodel Ideas Pose A Challenge

Deciding to take on a major remodeling project is not a simple choice. A renovation is a disruptive process. It challenges every member of the household so the complete vision should be outlined in the planning stage. Once the project begins, there will be dust, disruption and a lengthy period of “making do.”

Agreeing to a timeline for the project is a major first step. False starts and late changes not only frustrate everyone, they cost money.

When you complete the review of needs, wants and wishes, you can avoid falling into the trap of a “what if we…” halfway through the project. Adjustments midway through can have a domino-effect you aren’t aware of. What looks simple on the surface can impact a variety of costly elements in the long-run.

Living The Dream Right Now

You may be living in your dream home right now without realizing it. A series of remodel ideas brought to life by a professional contractor can transform today’s dreams to realities.

A reliable source of whole house remodeling, Sims Exteriors & Remodeling serves greater Dane County, including Middleton, Waunakee, Fitchburg, Oregon Verona, McFarland, Stoughton, Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie and Deforest.

Contact Sims Exteriors and Remodeling at 608-825-4500, or email us for assistance in developing the best remodel ideas and renovation plans in Madison WI.

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Deck Designs Merge Indoor and Outdoor Living http://simsremodeling.net/deck-designs-merge-indoor-and-outdoor-living/ Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:57:04 +0000 http://simsremodeling.net/?p=1147 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.

No matter if your building plans call for an all-new addition or updating an existing area, planning ahead is essential. Building a sturdy, reliable structure isn’t as easy as it may look. It requires professional building techniques, the right tools and the skill to use them. It’s best left to a pro.

Create a Long-term Plan for Your Deck

Before you sit down with your professional contractor to outline your goals for this home renovation, take a close look at the location and ponder just how a new or revamped outdoor space will fit your lifestyle. Think long-term, not just this season or the next. Which of these (or your own personal choices) might apply:

  • Will a simple up-to-code railing work, or do you want decorative railings
  • Somewhere in the future might you want to make this a screen porch or add a roof
  • Do you want built-in planters
  • Will you use furniture of want benches or a special seating area
  • Will you use a portable grill or a built-in grilling area
  • Do you require privacy screens
  • Will a new design require special landscaping
  • Is one level what you want or multiple levels for multiple uses
  • Does your plan include using treated lumber, cedar or composite materials – each has its own pros and cons.

These are “nuts and bolts” consideration for a new plan or remodeling effort. While they are critical, a close inspection of how your family interacts with the space is equally important. Answer these questions:

  • How will you use the space most often? Entertaining or just family relaxing?
  • How much furniture do you expect it to hold?
  • Do you want to include a water feature?
  • Do you need to include ramps or stairways?
  • Do you want special lighting?
  • Do you want to redo access from the house – replace sliding patio door with French doors, for example?

DIY or Go With a Home Renovation Pro?

While a simple plan looks like an easy weekend project, the North American Deck and Railing Assn. has facts that show it’s not. Building projects that don’t include a qualified contractor often result in mistakes, including:

  • Failure to obtain the appropriate building permits and pay the required fees.
  • Poor flashing that allows water to penetrate between the new structure and the house
  • Using the wrong fasteners – the formula for treating wood has changed in recent years so fasteners designed for the older style may corrode easily in the new lumber
  • Using the wrong size fasteners
  • Using fasteners and building materials that are not weather-proven
  • Weak footings – There’s a minimum depth footings need to reach in Madison thanks to the Wisconsin winters. Shallow or undersized footings lead to a sagging platform – with potential for total collapse
  • Improper railing size and design – building codes spell out clearly what’s required
  • Stairways with weak rails, narrow designs and open risers

A professional contractor plans building a deck the way he would building a home. There will be attention to all these details while applying training and experience. The real challenge is determining what you expect and how the finished project will fit into your life. That way, your outdoor living space becomes a successful, cost-effective addition.

A well-designed deck extends the family home beyond its outside walls, bringing a new dimension to every home. Whether you’re looking to upgrade an existing structure or start from scratch, Sims Exteriors and Remodeling can help. Call us at 608-825-4500 or email us for a complete deck building and home renovation experience in Madison WI.

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Kitchen Island Provides a Distinctive Touch to Kitchen Update http://simsremodeling.net/kitchen-island-provides-a-distinctive-touch-to-kitchen-update/ Mon, 13 Mar 2017 03:21:51 +0000 http://simsremodeling.net/?p=1139 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.

The fact that a central island can be accessed from all sides anchors its functionality.  Consider the possibilities:

  • Size Matters – The layout of the room can dictate the size of the island, but think “outside the box” — your new island needn’t be restricted to just a square or rectangle. Perhaps a unique geometric base shape works for you.
  • Versatile Storage – Beneath the new countertop you’ll have additional storage with drawers, cabinets and shelves. Take advantage of all the new space to include specialty storage units like knife drawers, over-sized shelves for cooking pots, serving trays or small appliances. Maybe take some of the overflow from the pantry for snack foods and the most popular choices in your home. A wine cooler can fit into the base quite nicely!
  • Not Just Prep Space – The first thing people want in a kitchen remodeling plan is more counter space. Resist the urge to add a kitchen island that’s just a bigger countertop. Incorporate useable features that may include an additional sink, several electrical outlets for small appliances— use of appliances that give off heat or steam (electric frypan or waffle iron, etc.) can damage the underside of cabinets when used repeatedly in standard, confined counter space beneath a cabinet — a charging station for mobile electronics is popular, too.
  • Food Service – The new work space will turn into a buffet line when you entertain and a spot for a quick snack or meal. Today’s hectic lifestyle often dictates a central spot for these basics is lacking so an island addition can fill a void.
  • Built-in Seating – The island counter has evolved from work area or bar to serving center and on to a diner-like seating area. Seating arrangements vary with size, shape and the overall layout. While the seating area traditionally uses only a part of the counter space, the trend is to expand its use as it becomes not only a spot for a quick meal, but the ideal place for homework and household business. An expanded island is quickly replacing the idea of a kitchen desk.

Kitchen Island Becomes A Two-room Feature

Kitchen Island | Kitchen cabinets | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

In a kitchen where space is at a premium, an island addition needn’t be the traditional square or rectangle.

In an attempt to give definition to living space, even within a true open concept design, this kitchen addition has slowly evolved. A contemporary island is often less kitchen and more family room as it blends colors, textures and styles. From this trend another design feature is growing: Two-faced Islands. One side of the island is pure kitchen while the other is more living space

The double-duty pieces provide unique looks and become elements of design that tie the whole home together. And, the island doesn’t have to be created from different materials. Focus on function is primary. The side facing the kitchen may include a small sink plus closed-door kitchen cabinets, while the side facing the living area may include open shelves for books, wine storage or decorating.

A Kitchen Island Is Landing Zone

Your kitchen is the landing zone family activity – where kids drop books after school, adults congregate to organize their day and most everything begins and ends. There’s no lack of styles and functional features to upgrade a traditional workspace with new kitchen cabinets and luxury features.

Kitchen remodeling is a mainstay of Sims Remodeling. Our custom kitchen cabinet line can provide strategic, creative additions and an island is a great place to start.

Call Sims Exteriors and Remodeling, 608-825-4500 or email to get started with a new kitchen island, kitchen cabinets or complete design in Madison WI.

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Preparing for a Kitchen Remodel Project http://simsremodeling.net/preparing-for-a-kitchen-remodel-project/ Wed, 28 Dec 2016 23:50:09 +0000 http://simsremodeling.net/?p=1128 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.

To best plan for your kitchen remodel – consider the following

For starters, get an experienced professional planner or designer involved on the front end. They will provide insights on layout, cabinetry, appliances, and lighting. This allows you to select products, fixtures and special installation needs defined early in the process. Be sure you have some budget set aside for this expertise. More often than not it will save you money in the long run by avoiding mistakes of inexperience and deliver a more polished finished product.

Secure Building Permits – Have your contractor pull the needed permits before starting the project. Be sure he shares with you the schedule for building inspections. Not having approvals by the inspectors can slow down or even stop a kitchen remodel in its tracks. For example, until electrical and plumbing gets approved, work must stop. It does not matter if your kitchen sits torn apart for an extra week or more.

Order Everything Early – When possible, purchase appliances, cabinetry, sinks, and other fitted items well in advance. If once piece is missing, it can affect the entire project. When new fixtures arrive, inspect them immediately – do not wait. Inspect their condition. Make sure they are the right items. By building a lot of lead time into the process, you will have to worry less about manufacturer delays, damage in shipping, incorrect sizes or other problems. If you don’t have a dry and secure garage or similar space to store these goods, try to arrange storage with your designer or contractor or rent a storage unit.

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Transforming you family room into a temporary kitchen during you kitchen remodel makes the entire process easier

Build A Temporary Kitchen For Your Kitchen Remodel

For a larger kitchen remodel project, it’s best to create a substitute kitchen for temporary use. Adjacent areas such as the dining room or family room are likely candidates for this role.

Create a makeshift table/countertop – lay down plastic sheeting (4 mil or thicker) on the floor, and place 1/2-inch plywood sheathing or oriented strand board (OSB) on the plastic. Two full sheets give you an 8×8-foot work area.

Appliance planning – even if you’re dumping your old appliances, keep the refrigerator and microwave oven at least. For added more versatility, check out a European tabletop cooking center (designed for dorm rooms and small apartments about the size of a large microwave oven). Some kitchen remodel contractors may loan these to their clients to use while their kitchen is unusable. Chances are you’ll use a laundry or utility sink for you water needs.

Adopt a simple menu – one involving as little preparation as possible. Frozen meals, canned soup, and microwave entrees offer is exactly what you need – ease of preparation and cleanup. Salads, sandwiches, and fresh fruit are also easy to prepare and keep cleanup easy. Using disposable dinnerware helps keep things simple. Pizza and takeout fast food is good for a couple of nights each week. If possible, a weekly restaurant meal as a reward to help keep things moving forward could be a good thing to plan. Something we have had clients do is work with local family and friends for an occasional dinner invite. While greatly appreciated by you – it is also something you can repay when your kitchen remodel is done.

Kitchen Remodel Experts In Madison WI

Sims Exteriors and Remodeling can help create the look you want with your kitchen remodel. Our remodeling pros can start with a unique kitchen remodel, but can build a distinctive flair into any room in your home. Sims Exteriors and Remodeling are kitchen remodel specialists serving Madison WI, Middleton, Waunakee, Sun Prairie, Cottage Grove, McFarland, Fitchburg, Verona, Oregon and all of Dane County.

Contact Sims Exteriors and Remodeling at 608-825-4500 or email us for assistance with your kitchen remodel in Madison WI.

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Common Sense Ideas For Kitchen Cabinets http://simsremodeling.net/common-sense-ideas-for-kitchen-cabinets/ Fri, 28 Oct 2016 20:07:44 +0000 http://simsremodeling.net/?p=1118 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

Change Has A Price Tag With Kitchen Cabinets   

Many of our customers begin the process with the notion of tearing out and replacing their kitchen. We have found with our customers, as we review the original reasons for remodeling, there are often alternatives that can save money and time.

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Unique drawers can be useful and help keep things orderly in your kitchen – click to enlarge

For example, many clients like the floor plan they have in their kitchens or they do not want to replace their countertop, but their cabinets have aged or the style is out-of-date. In those situations, refacing cabinets can create a whole new look for a fraction of the cost. Refacing requires keeping the kitchen cabinets you have, replacing the doors and adding veneers to the existing face frames and cabinet ends.

With this process, you will select new primary components, such as – 

  • Door styles
  • Stain color
  • Wood species
  • Hardware

Refacing eliminates the disruption created by removing and replacing existing kitchen cabinets. It is a simple, cost effective way to update your cabinets and create an entirely new feel after your kitchen remodel.

Additional change can be accomplished by replacing countertops and customizing the cabinet layout. With custom pieces added to your kitchen cabinets, not only can the look be updated, the functionality can be updated as well.

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All kitchen cabinets can be re-purposed for the changing needs in your Madison WI home – click to enlarge

We can completely replace kitchen cabinets. However, it’s just as satisfying to reface and create a new flow of activity. Often, those types of changes accomplish what the homeowner intended with their kitchen remodel and leaves budget available for other rooms or projects. Helping Madison WI customers find satisfying options is a role the staff at Sims Exteriors and remodeling enjoys.

Addition Ideas for Custom Kitchen Cabinets

  • Drawer replacement or soft close drawers
  • Upgrades such as tilt-out sink trays, lazy susans and roll-outs.
  • Islands
  • Desk areas
  • Adding valance, crown molding or light rail
  • Furniture vanities
  • Mantles
  • Bar areas
  • Custom cubbies and benches
  • Entertainment centers and bookshelves

Helping With A Unique Kitchen Remodel Is Our Specialty

At Sims Exteriors and Remodeling, our remodeling pros are kitchen remodel specialists serving Madison WI, Middleton, Waunakee, Sun Prairie, Cottage Grove, McFarland, Fitchburg, Verona, Oregon and all of Dane County.

Contact Sims Exteriors and Remodeling at 608-825-4500 or email us ideas on kitchen cabinets in Madison WI.

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9 Great Reasons To Plan Your Basement Remodel In Winter http://simsremodeling.net/9-great-reasons-to-plan-your-basement-remodel-in-winter/ Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:16:50 +0000 http://simsremodeling.net/?p=1107 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

Why Winter Can Work For Your Basement Remodel Plans

A Wisconsin winter can be long and cold. But, it is inherently a great time to update your home’s interior. Many homeowners we’ve worked with during winter told us winter was a perfect time for remodeling projects. A basement remodel will give you extra living space when you need it where it is most cost efficient. Below are a number of good reasons to consider a winter basement remodel –

  1. Convenient Project Scheduling – Remodeling projects requiring sub-contractors for drywall, painting, flooring, lighting and plumbing will likely be helped because there is less volume of work in the winter months in Madison WI.

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    Your basement remodel can increase the fun in Madison WI

  1. Contractor Availability – Because remodeling contractors have fewer projects, scheduling is less of an issue. It’s likely your contractor will have more time to work with you in planning and designing your basement remodel. As work picks up in the spring for remodeling contractors, this process may take longer.
  1. Avoid Manufacturer Spring Price Increases – Budget concerns are part of every remodeling project. Take advantage of reduced prices. Manufacturers do not want to carry excess inventory over the winter and you can benefit with favorable pricing. Often, price increases for lumber products, windows and cabinet lines occur in the spring.
  1. Clean-up – Many homeowners are concerned about dust, fumes and areas for staging the work, so they will wait until spring. However, Sims Exteriors and Remodeling uses technology to keep your home clean while your basement remodel is being done. We use fans with negative pressure, plastic zip doors, and seal off heat ducts with filters to contain dust, debris and fumes. Professional remodeling contractors will be equipped to protect your home.
  1. Permit Approvals & Inspections – Government agencies are usually less busy in winter. This makes getting permits and inspections easier and quicker for remodeling contractors in Madison WI.

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    Plan to expand your work area with your basement remodel

  1. Vacation Time – You can avoid a lot of the disruption of a remodeling project. If you are planning a vacation, most remodeling contractors will be happy to coordinate schedules to do work while you are away. You might arrive home with the project finished, ready for you and your family.
  1. Plants and Lawns Are Dormant – whether you bring materials in for a basement remodel or are  adding new siding or installing replacement windows, your plants and lawn are dormant and will be damaged little or not at all.
  1. No Summer Vacation Interruptions – by doing a remodeling project in the winter, your summer is wide open for your family’s plans and with a basement remodel, use throughout the summer.
  1. Better Overall Price Controls – In addition to better materials costs, remodeling contractors will often offer a discount in the winter months to keep their staff fully engaged all year. In fact, Sims Exteriors and Remodeling offers a 20% price incentive for any interior of exterior remodeling project done between December 1st and March 1st. It’s a great way to more value from your remodeling dollar.

Get The Best Basement Remodel Value In Madison WI

Sims Exteriors and Remodeling has a remodeling planning guide and contractor selection guide available to help you move forward confidently in your basement remodel project. Over the years we have designed and completed many basement remodel projects. We look forward to helping you create an exciting and fun basement living area for your family. We will make your basement remodel fit your family and its needs.

We provide basement remodel services to Madison WI, Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie, Deforest, Waunakee, Middleton, Verona, Fitchburg, McFarland, Stoughton and all other communities in south central Wisconsin.

Please call us a 608-825-4500 or email us and our skilled and knowledgeable staff help you with your basement remodel in Madison WI.

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Avoiding Mistakes In Your Bathroom Remodel http://simsremodeling.net/avoiding-mistakes-in-your-bathroom-remodel/ Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:39:54 +0000 http://simsremodeling.net/?p=1098 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.

Placing Your Toilet In a Very Visible Location Is A Bathroom Remodel No-No

There is no argument a toilet is the primary reason for a bathroom. However, most people do not want their toilet the focal point of the room – especially for gusts. Usually with a bathroom remodel there is an upgrade of the stool and while newer designs are more visually pleasing, cabinets, countertops, tubs or showers can all be visually pleasing components and help conceal your toilet. One idea many past customers have liked is having a water closet in the bathroom design if room allows. Along with making the room more functional (allowing one person to use the stool while the sink or shower is available to another), the room is visually more inviting.

Bathroom Designs With Mismatched Fixtures And Finishes

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Keeping color selections similar give every bath remodel a more cohesive look

Many homeowners are attracted to a wide array of fixtures and finishes. Ultimately most homeowners settle on a single style, color, or design motif. This produces a cleaner look in final bathroom remodel. Mismatched fixtures and finishes can make a room look and feel chaotic and make the room seem unfinished. And even if you do not choose to have your fixtures to look exactly the same (tub, toilet, and sink), using similar colors for a more together look is highly suggested. Faucets, taps and hardware should have the same feel as well.

Do Not Ignore Shutoff Valves In Tour Bathroom Remodel

Water shutoff valves are essential. When planning your remodel, install new shutoff valves. Avoid having older or worn shutoff valves detract from the look of your new bathroom remodel. In doing this you will also avoid the opportunity for old valves to fail when they are needed most.

Our intent is these basic bathroom design ideas will help you avoid headaches as you move forward with your bathroom remodel in Madison WI.

Sims Exteriors And Remodeling has a Remodeling Checklist designed to help organize remodeling projects. Because we have completed hundreds of projects, we can use our experience to help you avoid bath remodel train wrecks.

Sims Exteriors And Remodeling provides bath remodel services to Madison WI including Middleton, Waunakee, Fitchburg, Oregon, Verona, McFarland, Stoughton, Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie, Deforest and all of Dane County Wisconsin.

Contact Sims Exteriors and Remodeling, Inc. – 608-825-4500 or email  for bathroom design and bathroom remodel services and Madison WI.

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The Big Kitchen Renovation Questions http://simsremodeling.net/the-big-kitchen-renovation-questions/ Fri, 15 Jul 2016 17:08:44 +0000 http://simsremodeling.net/?p=1092 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.

Kitchen Renovation Piece By Piece

At Sims Exteriors and Remodeling we know every family has different needs and budget plays a role in every final decision. However, before there is a final decision on, there are a few general questions with a large impact to be asked about a planned kitchen renovation. Consider the following items before calling any remodeling contractor –

  • Will you be replacing the flooring? If so, with what?
  • Will you be updating cabinets? If so, new, refaced or refinished?
  • If you are adding new cabinets will you be upgrading with trash receptacles, slide-outs, adding a pantry or other custom cabinets?
  • Will you be updating countertops? If so, with what?
  • Will you be changing any of the mechanicals – plumbing, electric, heating/cooling vents?
  • Will you be changing wall coverings or adding a backsplash?
  • Will you be moving any walls or changing the footprint in any way?
  • Are you considering adding square footage by moving an exterior wall out?

Sizing up a Kitchen Remodel

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Don’t be afraid to let your imagination go wild when considering your kitchen remodel in Madison WI

By asking these very basic questions, you will quickly start qualifying the job at hand. Will your kitchen remodel be a minor one or a major one? And, what type of budget might you need? Below are a few of the defining elements of what are industry standards for a minor and major kitchen renovation.

Minor Kitchen Remodel Example In Madison WI

In a functional but dated 200-square-foot kitchen with 30 linear feet of cabinetry and counter tops –

  • Leave cabinet boxes in place
  • Replace cabinet fronts with new raised-panel wood doors and drawers, including new hardware.
  • Replace wall oven, cooktop, and slide-in refrigerator with new energy-efficient models.
  • Replace laminate countertops
  • Install mid-priced sink and faucet.
  • Repaint trim
  • Add wall covering
  • Remove and replace resilient flooring
  • Estimate investment – Midrange – $20,303

Major Kitchen Remodel Example

  • Update outmoded 200-square-foot kitchen with 30 linear feet of top-of-the-line custom cherry cabinets with built-in sliding shelves and other interior accessories.
  • Include stone countertops
  • Imported ceramic or glass-tile backsplash
  • Built-in refrigerator
  • Cooktop, and 36-inch commercial grade range and vent hood
  • Built-in warming drawer
  • Trash compactor
  • Built-in combination microwave and convection oven.
  • Install high-end undermount sink with designer faucets
  • Built-in water filtration system.
  • Add new general and task lighting
  • Low-voltage under cabinet lights
  • Install cork flooring
  • Cherry trim
  • Estimated Investment
    • Mid-range – $60,813
    • Upscale – $120,301

Where To Start Your Kitchen Renovation In Madison WI

Sims Exteriors and Remodeling, Inc. specializes in kitchen renovation and kitchen remodel projects. We serve the Madison WI area including Middleton, Waunakee, Fitchburg, Oregon, Verona, McFarland, Stoughton, Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie, Deforest and all of Dane County Wisconsin.

Contact Sims Exteriors and Remodeling, Inc. – 608-825-4500 or email  for kitchen design and kitchen renovation services and Madison WI.

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Bath Remodel Ideas for the Aging In Madison WI http://simsremodeling.net/bath-remodel-ideas-for-the-aging-in-madison-wi/ Wed, 01 Jun 2016 16:27:26 +0000 http://simsremodeling.net/?p=1079 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.

Bath Remodel Checklist For Aging Homeowners

Walk In Showers

In recent years, a bath remodel often included a bath tub conversion. The result is a spacious walk-in shower. Whether walking in or rolling in a wheelchair, a walk-in shower is very accessible. Walk-in showers lend themselves to hand rails, task lighting, hand held shower heads and special chairs and benches. All perfect for aging homeowners.

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Walk in tubs are a great option for many Seniors in Madison WI

 Walk In Bath Tub

Walk-in tubs are an excellent option for seniors. They are reliable and have multiple safety features such as safety railings, seating, and non-slip floors. Newer Walk-in bathtubs are designed lower to the floor, making it safer to get in and out.

Toilet Options

Increasingly, installing senior-friendly chair height toilets is important for seniors.

A significant part of an accessible bath remodel is making everyday activities most people take for granted available to the aging population in Madison WI.

Chair height toilets allow seniors to sit and stand with less effort. Specially designed lift chairs are also available for lifting and lowering individuals.

Flooring Considerations

To prevent slips, carpeted bath rugs or bath mats with non-skid features can help a great deal. For those watching their budget, they are a great option. Flooring choices in a bath remodel are nearly limitless. Ask your remodeling contractor about new products that might fit your needs.

Fixture Adjustments

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A universal bath remodel has added safety with hand grabs

Lowering a sink or adjusting the toilet height can have a huge impact. Small adjustments can make the entire room more comfortable for everyday use. In situations where a wheelchair is used, knee clearance for easy access to a sink is significant.

Hand Rails For Balance

A universal bathroom remodel makes the “easy” even easier.

A handrail next to the toilet, bathtub and shower greatly increases safety. Wherever a senior needs leverage to pull themselves up or steady themselves, a grab bar or hand rail should be installed.

Task Lighting

Task lighting can help seniors with impaired or failing vision. It will be easier to do tasks and more light will also add to safety. Consider increased lighting near a vanity mirror or adding a larger and brighter fixture in general.

A Bath Remodel Keeps You In Your Home Longer

When planning your bath remodel for future use, plan on hand grabs, walk-in showers and other easily accessible features with handles and other fixtures and hardware

For the answers to any questions you may have about your bath remodel, contact Sims Exteriors and Remodeling. We are remodeling specialist, including additions, bathroom remodeling, kitchen remodeling, basement remodeling serving Madison WI, Middleton, Waunakee, Sun Prairie, Cottage Grove, McFarland, Fitchburg, Verona, Oregon and all of Dane County.

Contact Sims Exteriors and Remodeling at 608-825-4500 or email for more information about bath remodel services in Madison WI.

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Tips To Help Survive A Kitchen Remodel http://simsremodeling.net/tips-to-help-survive-a-kitchen-remodel/ Wed, 27 Apr 2016 03:19:20 +0000 http://simsremodeling.net/?p=1062 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.

Assuming moving away from your home during all or part of your kitchen remodel is not a reasonable option, below are a few ideas to help minimize the stress of your remodel.

Meal Preparation During a Kitchen Remodel

Meal preparation during a kitchen remodel can be challenging. If appliances are unhooked, plumbing disconnected and counters and food prep areas removed, food preparation can be difficult if not impossible. Creating a temporary kitchen area in your home can help make your project more bearable. In doing so, you will be able to maintain your family routine. You’ll also save money by not eating out as often.

Food storage is an important part of your temporary kitchen. If your refrigerator is difficult to move, consider using a smaller, inexpensive dorm style fridge. Prior to starting your kitchen remodel, stock your temporary kitchen with non-perishable foods and snacks. Small appliances such as a slow cooker, electric skillet, microwave or toaster oven will be helpful in preparing warm meals. Prepared, frozen meals are also handy for heating. You can do it in single proportions allow for quick and easy microwave meals.

Washing Dishes During A Kitchen Remodel In Madison WI

Dirty dishes during a kitchen remodel is another challenge. The easiest option is to use disposable cups, utensils and plates so you can throw away or recycle your dishes.

There will still be some cookware needing to be cleaned. Bathrooms sinks and bathtubs can be used for dish washing for the short term. Filling a large cooler with warm, soapy water is another popular option for washing dishes or cookware, especially outside in warmer weather. Remember to scrape all of your dishes very thoroughly because you have no disposal.

Storage During Your Kitchen Remodel

Plan on clearing everything in your cupboards and drawers before your kitchen remodel begins. What you absolutely will not need, pack in boxes or bags and close completely to keep out dust and debris. When your kitchen remodel is complete, you will be able to quickly put your utensils and other equipment back in place.

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Negative air machines such as the one Sims Exteriors and Remodeling uses is effective for all types of Madison WI remodeling projects.

Housekeeping

Remodeling can create a lot of dust. Many remodeling contractors seal off rooms to contain dust by hanging plastic sheets over the doorways. Unfortunately, even this cannot fully contain the dust from the rest of your home. Expect to dust your living spaces frequently and use drop cloths to cover your belongings. Additionally, be prepared to change the filter on your HVAC system more frequently during you kitchen remodel.

Sims Exteriors and Remodeling uses a negative air machine to draw dust out of work areas during remodeling projects.

For the answers to any questions you may have about preparing for your kitchen remodel, contact Sims Exteriors and Remodeling. We are remodeling specialist, including additions, bathroom remodeling, kitchen remodeling, basement remodeling serving Madison WI, Middleton, Waunakee, Sun Prairie, Cottage Grove, McFarland, Fitchburg, Verona, Oregon and all of Dane County.

Contact Sims Exteriors and Remodeling at 608-825-4500 or email for more information about your kitchen remodel in Madison WI.

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Remodeling Made Easier – Cleaner – Safer In Madison WI http://simsremodeling.net/remodeling-made-easier-cleaner-safer-in-madison-wi/ Thu, 10 Mar 2016 20:29:12 +0000 http://simsremodeling.net/?p=1048 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.

Using A Negative Air Machine For Clean Remodeling Projects

In the simplest terms, an air scrubber is a portable filtration system. It draws in air from the surrounding environment and passes it through a series of filters. These filters efficiently remove particles from the air to help improve indoor air quality.

As a remodeling contractor committed to your satisfaction, we seal off the room we are working in and use the negative air machine to pull airborne particles from the inside air and expel it outdoors. The work area is cleaner for our staff and just as important, little if any dust makes it to the other rooms in your home. We feel there is no reason for homeowners to have to manage the disruption of a remodeling project AND dust in every other part of their home as well.

Remodeling Can Contribute To Poor Indoor Air Quality If Not Corrected

An air scrubber helps create a cleaner, safer indoor environment for occupants while remodeling is being done. It’s great for during the remodel project, but also afterwards. Think of it. Without the negative air pressure pulling airborne particulates out of the project area, dust will settle in other areas of the home. Unless it is cleaned completely, which is virtually impossible to do, dust will recirculate until it is removed by cleaning or being breathed in by family members and pets.

Just to give an idea of how effective negative air machines with air scrubbers can be when used during remodeling projects, just look at the list of particles found on in filter on renovation projects after water damage –

  • Debris
  • Fibers
  • Ascospore
  • Aspergillus ochraceus
  • Aspergillus versicolor
  • Bacillus sp. 1
  • Bacillus sp. 2
  • Bacillus sp. 3
  • Chactomium sp.
  • Cladosporium spp.
  • Epithelial cells
  • Hyphae
  • Pollen
  • Insect parts
  • Micrococcus sp.1
  • Micrococcus sp. 2
  • Nigrospora spp.
  • Paecilomyces sp.
  • Penicillium sp.1
  • Stachybotrys – like
  • Taeniolella spp.
  • Torula spp.
  • Trichoderma sp.
  • D. Pteronysisinus (Der p I) (dust mite)
  • D. Farinae (Der f I) (dust mite)
  • Cat allergen (Fel d I)

In The Air Before A Remodeling Project

You do not need a remodeling project to lessen air quality. Most commonly occurring air pollutants are the result of normal human and animal activity, plants, insects, cleaning products, and personal hygiene products. The normal introduction of dirt and certain soil and plant borne mold spores into the indoor environment occurs through open windows, doors, and foot traffic. These particulates comprise most of what is found in normal indoor dust, both on surfaces (such as carpets) and in the air.

A remodeling project can easily add a great deal of additional debris and airborne particulate. That is why Sims Exteriors and Remodeling uses a negative air and air scrubbing machine. The reality is we will probably leave your home after a remodeling project with less dust and debris than what was there when we started. Be sure to ask your remodeling contractor if they have any way of protecting your indoor air quality – or will they make it worse.

Providing A Clean Remodel In Madison WI

If you or anyone in your family has any allergies, it is a good idea to consider a remodeling contractor using a negative air machine that also scrubs the air.

For the answers to any questions you may have about clean air remodeling, contact Sims Exteriors and Remodeling. We are remodeling specialist, including additions, bathroom remodeling, kitchen remodeling, basement remodeling serving Madison WI, Middleton, Waunakee, Sun Prairie, Cottage Grove, McFarland, Fitchburg, Verona, Oregon and all of Dane County.

Contact Sims Exteriors and Remodeling at 608-825-4500 or email for more information about clean air remodeling in Madison WI.

Negative Air – Air Scrubbing Machine

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Remodeling Questions Homeowners Ask Themselves http://simsremodeling.net/remodeling-questions-to-yourself-to-find-peace-of-mind/ Wed, 18 Nov 2015 22:38:01 +0000 http://simsremodeling.net/?p=1032 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?

A Normal Reaction Prior To A Remodeling Project

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Remodeling contractors add a lot of value to most projects. Be sure you are comfortable with the process before you start.

It’s common for anyone to wonder if they can get the same results for less cost. The problem comes when you are assessing a process new to you and you deal with infrequently or possibly not at all. The context you have for making a remodeling contractor decision is incomplete.

Remodeling and many home improvement projects often fall into this group. When reviewing various quotes, consider the following elements making up every remodeling quote. They all can impact a remodeling quote (and the true value you receive).

Consider These Elements In Your Remodeling Quote n Madison WI

Materials – all materials used in every project have various levels of quality which can affect the final cost of a project to varying degrees. If the material is not visible, it’s an area where the less expensive choice, if used, can potentially lower quality.

Labor – plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling professionals can be used in many remodeling and updating projects. Licensed and certified professionals can help ensure equipment is correctly installed and in turn, will last longer and operate safely. This is another area where lesser experienced or non-licensed/certified individuals if used which may lower the price and open up problems in the future. (Simple question: would you rather have a carpenter with twenty years experience or two?)

Project Management – With many remodeling companies, a sales person will sell the project, and then turn it over to a project manager. Assuming the project manager is experienced, you have to hope there is no breakdown in communication between the two steps. If there are multiple crews, you can have even more opportunity for breakdowns in communication. And, you have to hope every person in the chain is experienced and skillful at what they do. The best scenario is to have the same individual presenting the quote actually managing the project so nothing slips through the cracks and to have an experienced, cohesive group executing the plan.

Pride – All company owners take great pride in their business. If all things work out as the business owner would like them to, their employees maintain that same sense of pride and execute their responsibilities. If it doesn’t happen, lack of pride or experience can affect the final outcome. A privately owned and operated company can offer a crew that will deliver a consistently higher quality of service. Will those less experienced or less prideful employees work on your project?

Workers Compensation Insurance – The remodeling contractors you choose should be insured to protect you against any injuries incurred on site. If workers are not insured, the home owner is liable for doctor bills, rehabilitation, etc. Or, if you have a “handy” relative or neighbor, keep in mind you are responsible for any injuries that occur in your home (assuming they have the knowledge and skill to complete your project to begin with).

When buying a service, there is always a temptation to try and trim costs. Every homeowner should be aware as the quotes decrease, at some point there is a decrease in quality.

Additionally, even if a quote is higher, it does not necessarily mean you are buying the highest quality craftsmen, materials or process.

The best way to assess the value of a quote is to review it on an item by item basis and compare, materials, fixtures, personnel and processes. This systematic approach will help you define the best value for your dollars spent and eliminate any artificially inflated quotes.

Sims Remodeling has a remodeling planning guide and contractor selection guide available to help you move forward confidently in your bathroom remodel project. We have dealt with many remodeling projects over the years and look forward to helping you create space to fit your family and its needs. Our goal is to deliver great value.

Sims Exteriors and Remodeling provides remodeling services to Madison WI, Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie, Deforest, Waunakee, Middleton, Verona, Fitchburg, McFarland, Stoughton and all other communities in south central Wisconsin.

Please call us a 608-825-4500 or email us and our remodeling contractors will help you with your remodeling project in Madison WI.

Bathroom Remodeling Checklist

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Pay Back – Recouping Bathroom Remodel Dollars http://simsremodeling.net/pay-back-recouping-bathroom-remodel-dollars/ Mon, 12 Oct 2015 16:29:18 +0000 http://simsremodeling.net/?p=1024 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

Bathroom Remodel Reality

Many homeowners are curious about what increase in the value of their home will result if they invest in a home improvement. Practically speaking, all home improvements increase the value of your home. But in nearly all cases, the cost of a home improvement will be more than the return you will receive when you sell your home.

A good illustration of this is an annual national study, segmented by region with representative cities within each region. Madison is one of the selected cities in the annual Cost vs. Value Report, published by Hanley Wood, LLC. The report includes an average bathroom remodel as well as an upscale bathroom remodel.

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Whether your bathroom remodel is a mid-range or upscale project, the return on resale will be similar

In addition to the bathroom remodel, the report reviews over thirty popular home improvement projects. It measures job cost, resale value and percent of cost recouped. Madison’s 2015 figures show the percentages of invested dollars recouped ranged from about 42% for a home office remodel to 92% for garage door replacement. In past years, when the housing market was skyrocketing, some home improvement investments actually had value above the actual installment costs upon resale. When this happens, it is a reflection of a temporary market condition. It is important to remember this data is from a survey and as a result represents only a snapshot in time.

However, the bottom line is the return on investment dollars will fluctuate with the home prices and there is no guarantee of your return on investment. According to the report, a mid range bathroom remodel will return 62.5% of your investment. An investment in an upscale bathroom remodel will return 53% according to the report. In other words, the upscale investments are for you, and you alone. Other people will pay for a bathroom remodel, but you pay for the “bells and whistles” you like personally.

Our advice when planning a bathroom remodel is focus on enjoying your home more and increasing the livability. While you will recover some of your investment, the real value is in day to day living.

Subjective Value With Bathroom Remodel Projects

Setting aside the dollars and cents, think about what you need – or want – in your bathroom remodel. Assuming the changes you are considering are affordable, the following issues are the primary motivation for nearly all bathroom remodel projects in which we are involved –

  • To improve utility of a portion of a home
  • To improve enjoyment of a home
  • Updating fixtures & floor plans
  • Upgrading fixtures & floor plans
  • Physical need – accessible design & fixture additions
  • You need a different home – but like where you live or have a lot of equity in your home

Sims Perspective On A Bathroom Remodel – What You Value Others Value

Whatever you choose to call it, remodeling, upgrading or updating, the overriding thought should be how can I improve our home? The result of any bathroom remodel should be immediate enjoyment of your home as a result of the change. In most cases, if you enjoy your home more, whoever purchases your home in the future will value what you added.

Sims Remodeling has a remodeling planning guide and contractor selection guide available to help you move forward confidently in your bathroom remodel project. We have dealt with many bathroom remodel projects over the years and look forward to helping you create a list of exciting bathroom design ideas. We can help your bathroom remodel fit your family and its needs. Our goal is to deliver great value.

Sims Remodeling provides bathroom remodel services to Madison WI, Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie, Deforest, Waunakee, Middleton, Verona, Fitchburg, McFarland, Stoughton and all other communities in south central Wisconsin.

Please call us a 608-825-4500 or email us and our professional team will help you with your bathroom remodel in Madison WI.

Cost Vs. Value In Madison WI

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This Bathroom Renovation Costs Too Much Compared To – http://simsremodeling.net/bathroom-renovation-costs-too-much-compared-to/ Thu, 10 Sep 2015 17:08:06 +0000 http://simsremodeling.net/?p=1015 Bathroom Renovation | Building Permits | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodleing

A remodeling project like a bathroom renovation requires a building permit. Whoever pulls a permit is liable for the welfare of the workers and any injuries in Madison WI

A bathroom renovation, no matter what the size, requires an investment. We sometimes hear a project will ‘cost too much’ and the plans of a homeowner are put on hold for further consideration.

The question we often ask at this time is to what are you comparing the cost of a bathroom renovation project?

Perspective On A Bathroom Renovation Quote

In reviewing a quote for a bathroom renovation, there are a number of things to consider. The first thing to consider is your frame of reference. Be sure you are not limiting great options for your bathroom renovation. Start by asking the following questions –

  • Is the price is unreasonably high? (the value is not equal to the price)
  • Is the quote is more than I budgeted?
  • Is the quote is more than I can afford?
  • I think I can get the same work done for less – even if your price is fair, I think I can do better

Often times with a bathroom renovation, if we can clarify your situation, we may be able to provide more information. Additional information may help you move forward with your bathroom renovation in Madison WI.

This Bathroom Renovation Is Too Much For My Budget

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From bathroom renovations to adding additions, the most important decision you will make is the contractor you choose. The Apples to Apples comparison is a great tool for picking your best option In Madison WI

Every homeowner has a point where the cost is more than is warranted for a particular project. Some bathroom renovations are more important while others may be more discretionary. However, there are strategies to help you work toward an acceptable budget. Consider the following –

  • Reasonable cost management strategies – for example, certain fixtures may have lower cost alternatives that are still fashionable and durable.
  • Seasoned professional crew – are some costs worth the investment no matter what. Licensed plumbers and electricians can save headaches and expensive corrections after the project is complete.
  • Fully licensed & insured – again, be sure decisions are not penny wise and pound foolish. Credible contractors are not only licensed, but they are insured. If there are any accidents on your property, the contractor is liable, not you.
  • Reliable process – successful companies are successful because their processes deliver superior work. Before you decide something is too much, be sure you research and understand exactly what you receive for your dollars invested. You may find you cannot afford to spend less!

This Bathroom Renovation Is Too Much Compared To My (brother, father, son, in-law, buddy, neighbor, friends-cousin’s-brother’s-pal, etc…)

There is nothing wrong with getting help with a bathroom renovation to create a more useful or stylish room in your home. More importantly, there is certainly no issue with saving money. However, with bathroom renovations, as well as kitchens, there are significant factors to consider when accepting a kind offer of assistance. Does your helper –

  • Fully understand the scope of your bathroom renovation project? Does your helper have a complete understanding or what activities are needed, mechanical systems altered and how to be sure everything occurs in the proper sequence?
  • Have the knowledge to manage a bathroom renovation project to ensure there are no costly mistakes or that the quality is what you expect for a major investment?
  • Have the skill to do parts of the project if need be?
  • Have Insurance so you or your homeowners policy are not at risk should there be any accidents?
  • Have the ability to be responsible for building inspections?

For A Bathroom Renovation – I Think Can Get The Same For Less

Every industry has suppliers ranging from superior to poor. It’s important for homeowners to have a process for understanding how to select the right contractor. Sims Exteriors and Remodeling created the ‘Apples To Apples” quote comparison process to assist homeowners in reviewing quotes by standardizing information, allowing objective consideration of every quote on an equal basis. Some of the areas reviewed in the ‘Apples To Apples’ process include:

  • Type of fixtures
  • Quality of fixtures
  • Materials used
  • Building practices
  • Staff experience
  • Licenses and certifications
  • Project management
  • Permit responsibility

Making a major investment a bathroom renovation can be costly. Value is always at a premium and often the most difficult part of the process is choosing where to commit your budget. Hopefully, this article has helped provide perspective on how to select the best options for your project. Be sure to ask your Sims Exteriors and Remodeling representative about the ‘Apples To Apples’ Review.

For bathroom renovations or other home remodeling needs, the pros at Sims Exteriors and Remodeling are ready to help. We design and build bathroom renovations as well kitchens, additions, basements, decks and garages throughout south central Wisconsin. In addition to serving Madison WI, we serve all of Dane County including Middleton, Waunakee, Fitchburg, Oregon, Verona, McFarland, Stoughton, Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie, and Deforest.

Call or email your Sims Exteriors and Remodeling pro for assistance with your bathroom renovation in Madison WI.

Apples To Apples Comparison Guide

Cost vs. Value 2015 Survey – Madison WI

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Try Kitchen Renovations Instead Of Moving To Your Next Home http://simsremodeling.net/try-kitchen-renovations-instead-of-moving-to-your-next-home/ Mon, 10 Aug 2015 20:13:46 +0000 http://simsremodeling.net/?p=1005 Kitchen Renovations | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

Kitchen renovations large or small can have an extra “something” with granite added to the kitchen design

Kitchen renovations can make your existing home the dream home you have always imagined.

The options available to you include complete kitchen renovations including new cabinets, floors and windows and more. Or, more modest kitchen renovations in Madison WI can be as simple as adding new granite countertops with appropriate sinks and hardware.

The past six years have been a wild ride economically. When the economic downswing came, high impact changes were limited to affordable granite countertops and backsplashes. With the economy recovering, modest updates have begun including more complete kitchen renovations in Madison WI that go beyond granite countertops including islands, altered or expanded cabinet footprints and wall changes. Whatever your choice may be, kitchen renovations of all sizes in Madison WI can use new granite countertops. Granite comes in a wide variety of colors and provides an elegant accent to moderate or ambitious kitchen renovations. And granite countertops are more affordable than ever.

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Granite and other natural stone adds a touch of class to any kitchen design

Granite adds a beautiful element to kitchen renovations. And, because people are living in their homes longer, you can enjoy granite’s beauty for a long time in Madison WI. In fact, many homeowners we talk to are staying in their homes and making long term changes adding universal design.

In addition, good neighbors and location are increasingly important reasons for people to spoil themselves in their own homes. Creative kitchen renovations are leading the kitchen design trend focused on longevity and beauty.

In other words, many people are living in their next home already. Sims Exteriors and Remodeling can help with a creative kitchen design in Madison WI.

Kitchen Renovations With Little Hassle

Our clients regularly tell us they want their kitchen renovations to be budget friendly. Since most families spend a lot of time in their kitchens, high visibility kitchen renovations often of include –

  • Replacements countertops like granite
  • Cabinetry refacing
  • Granite and tile back splashes for unique looks and durability

Our experienced kitchen design professionals can help give you the feel of a new home you’ll be thrilled to live in the next twenty years. And it can be done with a modest or mammoth kitchen renovation.

Unique Kitchen Renovations Are Our Specialty

Beyond the practical side of granite or natural stone additions, our remodeling pros can start with one of a kind kitchen renovations, but can create a distinctive flair in any room in your home. Sims Exteriors and Remodeling are kitchen renovations specialists serving Madison WI, Middleton, Waunakee, Sun Prairie, Cottage Grove, McFarland, Fitchburg, Verona, Oregon and all of Dane County.

Contact Sims Exteriors and Remodeling at 608-825-4500 or email us for kitchen design and kitchen renovations in Madison WI.

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Egress Window – Added Safety and Style http://simsremodeling.net/egress-window-added-safety-and-style/ Tue, 14 Jul 2015 05:05:45 +0000 http://simsremodeling.net/?p=990 Basement Egress Window | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

More than one egress window can change your entire basement layout

There is no doubt adding a basement egress window changes the dynamic of any home in which it’s installed.

Usually an egress window is retrofitted in existing homes. Homeowners are creating something from nothing. An egress window, when properly installed, increases livable square footage to the basement area. Options include bedrooms, bathrooms, rec rooms and more. It all becomes square footage Realtors and appraisers count as livable area.

In new construction, builders can create valuable square footage without increasing building expenses at all. Because the window is cut into an existing foundation, no additional building material will be needed to create this useable space.

An Egress Window Delivers Value To Homeowners

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A basement egress window can create a more livable home

The monetary value a basement egress window can add to a home is not the only value it has. Egress windows create an entirely new dimension in the livability of a home. The benefits for a small investment are many. Egress windows add –

• Safety – a new fire escape route
• Livable square footage
• Value to home
• Aesthetic improvements
• Natural light in the basement

Easy & Affordable Basement Egress Windows

The really exciting thing about adding an egress window is it can be done for such a reasonable price. For under $4 – $5,000, Sims Remodeling and Exteriors can plan, install and finish the basic landscaping around the area. When you consider the increased natural light, additional safety, aesthetic improvements along with the value it delivers in terms of immediate livable space and home value, it really is a smart home improvement. The steps of a retrofit project include –

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Egress windows can add styles when installed with interior design in mind

• Excavating the dirt
• Cutting the concrete in the foundation
• Installing a wood frame
• Installing the window
• Adding weather tight cedar
• Installing the escape well
• Back filling the dirt
• Grading to finish
• Adding cedar mulch (optional)

The one thing a homeowner may want to plan to do themselves is finishing the inside trim. Our experience is in most cases the interior look is something the homeowner prefers to control, which makes a great deal of sense given they want it to match the existing decor.

Sims Exteriors and Remodeling, Inc. specialize in egress window projects to improve the value and usability of your home. We serve the Madison WI area including Middleton, Waunakee, Fitchburg, Oregon, Verona, McFarland, Stoughton, Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie, Deforest and all of Dane County Wisconsin.

Contact Sims Exteriors and Remodeling, Inc. – 608-825-4500 or email for basement egress window and remodeling services and Madison WI.

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