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Now is the perfect time to start planning home improvement updates in 2020. The kitchen is the perfect place to start. A new year also means new kitchen remodeling trends. Better use of space and functionality are common drivers behind a kitchen remodel. Once the important decisions are made for improving the flow of the room and its functionality, the fun part (and often most time-consuming part) begins – selecting finish materials. This is where looking at the latest kitchen trends can be helpful.
If you hired a home improvement contractor in the last couple of years you likely experienced some sticker shock and delays getting your job scheduled. Many things contribute to this all too common phenomenon. While we can’t control a lot of it, there are some things we can do to minimize scheduling delays and possibly save some money. Understanding what drives some of these delays and cost increases is helpful.
A bathroom remodel can be an ideal home improvement project. Depending on how modest or extravagant your plan, it can be one of the more affordable (relatively speaking) improvements when considering a room or home remodeling project. An updated or remodeled bathroom adds value to the home and perhaps most important, personal enjoyment or improved function. You might finally have an excuse to purchase that claw tub you’ve been dreaming about for ages!
The weather in the Pacific Northwest is wildly unpredictable. A sunny day in February might be 70 degrees, while April could bring snow flurries. That said, the three months out of the year of near-perfect weather make the other nine months worth the wait. If you like to maximize your time outdoors once the weather is conducive, now is the time to make sure your outdoor living space is ready.
Depending on how much space you have available to work with, the opportunities for elevating your outdoor experience are endless. Is dining alfresco something you enjoy? Consider carving out some underutilized space for an outdoor dining area. Perhaps add a patio or convert an existing patio into an outdoor kitchen. An outdoor fire pit is a cozy place to gather with friends and family after sunset. These are just a few ways to expand your living space and add value to your home.
In today’s world “go green” encompasses a more impactful meaning than it did even a few short years ago. As society moves toward a more eco-friendly mindset, you might think about how a more sustainable home can help your pocketbook and decrease your carbon footprint. Creating an energy efficient home is an investment. It involves a lot of initial planning and upfront costs. In the long run it should decrease overall energy consumption, improve your home’s comfort, and increase value and desirability at resale. Another benefit, some energy efficient upgrades also qualify for tax credits and reimbursement programs.
The fireplace is a natural focal point in your home. Left untouched it can make the entire room appear tired and dated.
These before and after photos from a fireplace renovation project in Snohomish, WA, is an example.
However, replacing a fireplace is no small undertaking and can be messy and expensive. A more cost-effective and efficient approach may be to reface the fireplace. A reface focuses on upgrading the visible surface of the fireplace, without changing its functionality or how it heats the room. Think of it as giving your fireplace a facelift. If the fireplace is otherwise sound and in proper working condition, refacing may be a good alternative for you.
Move over men, the female revolution has arrived. For every Man Cave, there should now be a She Shed. A She Shed, or Babe Cave, is the female equivalent of a Man Cave, and is a tranquil space to relax and rejuvenate from the many responsibilities women have.
Like the Man Cave, the She Shed should reflect what is most important to you, but in an environment separate from the chaos of everyday life. This can include an area for hobbies such as yoga, a personal library, horticulture, crafting, or even a place to escape for a much-needed nap.
A bedroom remodel or make-over can be a minor home improvement project with maximum results
You know those people who wake up looking refreshed and rejuvenated for the day? Waking up refreshed has a lot to do with your bedroom environment. With a bit of thoughtful planning, a bedroom space can have a positive effect on your mood and disposition.
Remodeling a bedroom can be a minor home improvement project with potentially maximum results. Even small alterations such as a fresh coat of paint or adding a functional piece of furniture can transform your bedroom into a peaceful sanctuary. Below are five ways to turn your bedroom from a functional room used only for sleep to a tranquil refuge of rejuvenation.
Pacific Northwest weather can take a toll on a home not properly protected. Selecting a quality siding product and ensuring it is properly installed is paramount in protecting your home from sun, wind, and moisture. In addition to protecting the home from outdoor elements, updating the exterior can also increase energy efficiency, raise the value of a home, and update its overall appearance.
Some common siding products are vinyl, fiber cement, and cedar or wood siding. When choosing which siding product will work best with your home consider the maintenance, cost, longevity of the product, and similar architectural styles in the neighborhood.