Budgeting for home improvement projects can be tricky! And expensive! We can all benefit from the experience of others when planning a home improvement project. This Old House shares 21 tips on how to save money while remodeling your home. Click on the link to see how: http://bit.ly/21waystosave
And then call a licensed, professional company like Split Rock Associates to help you implement your ideas successfully and cost effectively. Like my father always said, "The least expensive way to do something is the right way, the first time!!"
Doesn't this kitchen say it all? Home is where the kitchen is, proving it to be one of the most important rooms in a home. None of the trends in modern and minimalistic design say family, warmth and history like a Mediterranean esthetic. Click on this link to see the other 14 great concepts provided by Homedesignlover.com: http://homedesignlover.com/kitchen-designs/mediterranean-kitchen-designs/
Outdoor entertaining has come a long way! Gone are the days when your garden variety BBQ and picnic table completed the outdoor entertaining space. Today's backyards are more like living rooms and incorporate features such as shade systems, heaters, fire elements, music and lighting as well as awesome cooking centers. Take a look at Professional Remodeler's article on outdoor spaces: http://www.proremodeler.com/product-trends-one-yard-multiple-spaces. Call us to discuss how we can transform your exterior living space.
Housing is an important source of economic growth. As of the second quarter of 2013, housing’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) was 15.6%, with home building yielding 3.1 percentage points of that total. RFI is effectively the measure of the home building and remodeling contribution to GDP. Housing Services includes gross rents and utility payments. Historically, RFI has averaged roughly 5% of GDP while housing services have averaged between 12% and 13%, for a combined 17% to 18% of GDP. These shares tend to vary over the business cycle. Good to know!
So let's build more homes!
Every now and then we come across a simple but brilliant device that makes our jobs easier and provides a great solution for home owners. The Door Saver is one such device that we found at the recent Home Builders Show in Las Vegas. Its ultra-low-profile design replaces the hinge pin to create bumperless protection for doors and trim. It is simple to install, looks great, is made with strong carbon steel and comes in four finishes. So no more bumpers installed onto your beautiful floors and no more missing rubber caps. This is a very elegant way to control your door swing without damaging casing, floors and walls. http://www.doorsaver.com/doorsaver2.html.
These steps look and function great and allow for a more modern take on staircases. ThinkGlass has perfected its cutting-edge technology to eliminate lamination lines, allowing the polished edge of glass treads to showcase the beauty of pure glass—making glass staircases a real and popular option. Glass treads of 1.5-inch thickness are up to three times stronger than granite or stone, and can bear a load of up to 1,800 lbs. at the center of a 36-inch-wide tread. Click here for more information on this product.
If you are confused about what the Fiscal Cliff bill means to you as a homeowner, take a look at our friend Terry Herschberger's synopsis of the Fiscal Cliff bill signed into law on January 2, 2013. Terry is a seasoned and respected broker serving the Sarasota, FL area and often writes great articles on topics related to home ownership. Click here to read his take on things and consult your advisors on your homeownership and financial plans 2013.