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Energy-efficient Garage Remodel Save Money

Garage Remodel | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

A timely garage remodel increases the usefulness of the space when new lights, flooring and custom storage is part of the package.

The garage has evolved into more than a parking spot for vehicles and a timely garage remodel ups its game. In a climate like Madison WI garage insulation is a high priority for homeowners looking to make better use of the space. Proper insulation also protects the adjoining home and benefits overall energy efficiency.

None of the many uses for a garage – woodworking, tinkering, hobbies, etc. – are pleasant during the extremes in Wisconsin weather. Adding insulation takes the chill out of winter and reduces the heat of mid-summer.

Garage Insulation Protects 

If the door from your home to the garage is insulated and has excellent weather stripping you’re a step ahead in keeping outside air where it belongs. If not, a new exterior door is a wise investment. Every time you go in and out the outside air is allowed in – along with extra summertime humidity. It’s a two-way street – heat and cooled air from the house escape, too. Continue reading

Remodeling In Winter Makes Perfect Sense

Home Renovation | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

Evaluating and replacing windows is a prime reason for remodeling in winter.

Planning on remodeling in winter may seem like poor timing, but it is a perfect time for many home renovation projects. Just because the Madison WI weather is blustery outside doesn’t dissuade professionals from doing exceptional remodeling work inside your home.

Why propose a major remodeling project for mid-winter? There are several attractive benefits, including: Continue reading

Deck Renovation Puts Life In Old Decks

Deck Renovation | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

Wood cracks with age and exposure to the elements. A simple refinishing job can give this deck new life – regular inspections make sure there are no structural concerns.

A well-built, well-maintained deck will last for decades and before you plan to replace it consider a deck renovation to bring it back to its former glory – or additions to make it even better! Basic deck repair can save you money and headaches while extending the useful life of your Madison WI deck.

Decks in southern Wisconsin are exposed to extreme weather – wind, rain, heat, cold, UV rays, you name it. Even the best decks can only take so much. But before you decide to tear down what you have and start over, consider how far a maintenance and repair plan can take you.

Deck Renovation Planning

Decks take a beating from the elements and get a lot of hard use all year around. They can be a favorite playground or an accident in waiting. Statistic show every year more than 30,000 people are hurt because a structure related to a deck – railings, stairs, etc. – fails. Identifying potential dangers is well worth a thorough inspection of your deck. After a series review you can determine whether to build a new deck, proceed with a deck renovation using a skilled professional crew or just make deck repairs. Continue reading

Decking Material – More Choices Than Ever For Deck Design

Deck Design | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

The warmth and feel of real wood is hard to beat when it comes to expanding your outdoor living space with a new deck.

Traditional wood remains a top choice for decking material but the use of composites and plastics have taken off, widening options for deck design. When the time comes, the choice between composites or natural wood is a matter of personal preference. Deciding which is best for your Madison WI home should be based on evaluating the pros and cons of all the options.

A deck built from untreated lumber may last anywhere from 10 to 20 years in the Wisconsin climate. The same structure built from specifically treated lumber or composite decking material can last up to 50 years. Because adding a deck is a long-term investment, understanding the options is important. Continue reading

Cabinet Hardware Options Expand Kitchen Design

Kitchen Design | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

Gold accents and simple designs provide a distinctive look to this neutral hue kitchen update.

A wide range of cabinet hardware style options plus dozens of finishes, sizes and shapes make functional components an integral part of modern kitchen design. Whether a drawer pull or cabinet door knob is necessary to the structure’s function or not, it is one of the final decorative details going into your Madison WI kitchen. Kitchen hardware for 2018 represents both form and function.

  • unctionF – design, materials and size all increase ease of use and efficiency. The right hardware moves a kitchen from an attractive room to a welcoming workspace.
  • Versatility – looks complement the overall design of the room and reflect the homeowner’s personal taste while size, shape and form blend the decorator’s touch with the cook’s requirements.
  • Coordination – the trend to open-concept kitchen and living spaces means cabinet hardware has to align with the overall style of the larger space, becoming an accessory to home décor.

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Detached Garage Provides Space for Expanding Lifestyle

Home Addition | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

The carriage house is back in the form of a versatile new garage – housing not only the horseless carriage but tools, hobbies and crafts.

When the first cars appeared the detached garage was the norm. It was the carriage house that so many architects are trying to revive in today’s home additions. While the majority of homes in the Madison WI area today have garages integrated into their design there’s a trend toward adding separate structures to accommodate expanding lifestyles. The common garage is stuffed beyond capacity with recreational gear, tools and assortments of valuables. If there’s room, there may be a vehicle or two as well.

Homeowners are once again discovering the advantages of a detached garage –whether as the primary vehicle housing unit or as an additional free-standing building. In suburban areas especially, a structure for tools, outdoor power tools, gardening necessities and recreational equipment is common – the old standby “garden shed.” That shed is being replaced by larger, more accommodating structures with garage doors for easy access and plenty of space for whatever its owner’s lifestyle dictates – a woodworking shop, home office or a place to “tinker.” Continue reading

Kitchen Design Trends for 2018 Emphasize Function

Kitchen Design Trends | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

Farmhouse-style kitchen décor is bringing back butcher’s block countertops to go with gray cabinetry and unique sink and faucet combinations.

The showplace, gourmet or commercial kitchen of the 1990s has been replaced in the kitchen design trends for 2018 by a strong emphasis on functionality. According to the latest reports, kitchen renovation in the 21st century reflects demand for open designs for better sightlines and traffic patterns plus environmentally-conscious materials. No longer just a room to prepare meals, the kitchen is the hub of daily activity in Madison WI and across the country.

Adoption of these kitchen design trends varies with the age of the people doing the planning. Older people in older homes may be looking to achieve different goals than younger families. “Millennials” – ages 25 to 34 – are likely to choose either a very modern style or at the other end of the scale a farmhouse style. Baby boomers – age 55 and older – usually stick with a more traditional style. No matter what the age group, today’s kitchen renovation is designed around easy access, efficient work spaces and low-maintenance materials. The kitchen of today must be user-friendly. Continue reading

Walk-in Showers Are the Hot Trend for Bathtub Replacement

Walk-in Showers| Bathtub Replacement | Madison WI | Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

A truly custom shower as a bathtub replacement with multiple showerheads, unique lighting and programmable controlscan become the most sought-after hideaway in your home. 

A spa-like shower experience is replacing the traditional bathtub and luxury walk-in showers are the number one choice as a bathtub replacement. In new construction and major bathroom remodels, the traditional high-step tub with its slipper surface and inconvenient curtains is being replaced. And the spa-type, jetted soaking tub so popular in the late 1990s has given way to multiple shower heads that massage, soak and steam. Today’s hot trend is away from big volume tubs to large, open walk-in showers.

Walk-in Showers Are The Luxury of Choice

Spacious showers with rain showerheads, multiple body jets, hand-wands, custom lighting and low-maintenance materials are in demand. When it comes time for a bathtub replacement, custom showers are where the remodeling money is going.

Here are the latest trends behind installing walk-in showers as a bathtub replacement: Continue reading

Open Shelving – A Popular Option Among Kitchen Cabinet Choices

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: Continue reading

Basement Remodeling Adds Bonus Rooms Increasing Home Value

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: Continue reading

Kitchen Tiles Provide Options for Custom Home Remodeling

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

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

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

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

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

Basement Egress Windows Are Safe and Stylish and the Law

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

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

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

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

Remodel Ideas Create a New Home through Renovation

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

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

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

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

Where To Apply Remodel Ideas

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

Deck Designs Merge Indoor and Outdoor Living

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

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

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

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

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

Kitchen Island Provides a Distinctive Touch to Kitchen Update

Kitchen Island | Kitchen Cabinets | Madison WI | Sims Remodeling

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

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

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