Archive for February, 2016

What to Do Before Meeting with Your Remodeling Contractor

Monday, February 29th, 2016 by Nick Cohen

The first meeting with a contractor can be a little bit scary when you don’t know what to expect. But don’t worry; your contractor is used to a wide range of customers, from the over prepared to those who have no idea where to start. However, being prepared can make the job go more smoothly. We offer a few tips on what to do before meeting with a contractor here. (more…)

A Few Things to Note about Remodeling an Attic

Monday, February 22nd, 2016 by Nick Cohen

Remodeling an attic is one of the best ways to add space onto your home and to potentially increase its value. Your new attic room can be a space for you to escape to. It can be a guest bedroom, the kids’ playroom, a scenic drawing room, or an office. But no matter what you turn your attic into, there are a few things you should know before you start the remodel. (more…)

What to Know When You’re Remodeling and Reorganizing a Closet

Monday, February 15th, 2016 by Nick Cohen

One of the things that a lot of people want with a home remodel is more closet space. When you finally have the means to expand your closet and reorganize to make mornings more efficient, you might be in a hurry to get it done. But there are some things you should think about before you settle on a design. (more…)

Adding on a Room? Think about Placement

Monday, February 8th, 2016 by Nick Cohen

Maybe you’re expecting a child, or maybe you’ve always wanted a home office. You’ve got good reason to add a room onto your home, and as a bonus, it can help to increase the property value. However, if you don’t think about placement, you might end up with more problems, and a room that isn’t up to your standards. (more…)

Is an Open Floor Plan the Right Choice for Your Home?

Monday, February 1st, 2016 by Nick Cohen

Thinking of making a major change in your home? Having a big open space, like a great room, that combines the living and dining areas (and maybe more) might be the right change for you. If you’re looking for an area perfect for entertaining and family bonding, read on! We list a few of the advantages and disadvantages of an open floor plan below.

Advantages of Open Floor Plans

Open floor plans are, not surprisingly, becoming a lot more popular in recent years. An open floor plan gives a feeling of warmth and openness, especially when professional contractors help you with the design and complete the work.

  • Great for entertaining. You can have more places to sit in a big open room with seating around your kitchen island, couches, and chairs altogether in one living space. You can move around with ease to better serve your guests as well.
  • Spend more time with family. While you’re cooking or cleaning up in the kitchen, you can still have conversations with your family members in the living and dining areas.
  • Get lots of natural light. An open floor plan can let a lot of natural light into rooms that are usually more closed off.

Some Disadvantages to a Wide Open Living Space

Of course, no design is truly perfect, and there are some disadvantages to an open floor plan as well.

  • Your messes will show. If you want to contain your messes to a single room so that guests won’t see them upon entry, it’s a lot more difficult with an open floor plan.
  • The décor has to change. There’s a lot less space for artwork on the wall.
  • You lose some privacy. Of course, having a large open space means sacrificing some privacy, but only in the common areas.

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