Nobody needs to tell you it’s a wise idea to start saving as much money as possible no matter what point in life you find yourself. One of the best investments you can make is in your home. Some remodeling projects are almost guaranteed to increase the resale value of your home, while others may only add to your enjoyment of your home. If you are trying to decide if a project is good for the future or ideal for right now enjoyment, these four remodeling projects are best to undertake if you don’t need to increase the resale value of your home. Read More
Like it or not, the bathroom is one of the rooms of the house where we spend the most time. Between showering, getting ready for the day, and other bathroom duties it can get pretty stale looking at the same wall patterns, floor colors, and general layout. For all these reasons, the bathroom is second only to the kitchen as the most popular room to remodel. Before you get started, consider these 8 bathroom remodeling design tips. Read More
There’s no doubt that ‘bigger is better’ whether we’re talking about your bank account or your kitchen. While it’s definitely important to be cozy and comfortable with your family, not even the tightest knit tribes want to spend every waking moment crowded on top of each other. Of course there are physical limitations of a space that can’t be changed without knocking out walls but take a look at these four design trends to make your small space look and feel bigger.
Expand Your Space With Lighter Colors
One of the best ways to improve the feeling of how big or small your space appears is with the use of reflection. Aside from adorning your living room walls with mirrors, the best way to achieve natural reflection is by using light colors. Lighter flooring and wall colors will bounce any of the natural light around the room and make it appear much larger. By contrast, darker colors will instead absorb that light and make it feel dim and closed in.
Get Creative With Storage to Add Space
The less clutter the better when trying to make a room look bigger than it is. The hard part with that is that you still need the stuff that makes the room look so disorganized. The best way to create the allure of space is by getting creative with storage. If possible stash items like DVD’s as high on the wall as possible to maintain liveable space. The best things about using as much of the walls as possible is that it not only frees up an area to move around, it also draws the eyes upwards and tricks the brain into thinking the room is bigger. Better yet, convert a footrest into a storage unit so it can serve a dual functionality.
Leave Windows Uncovered to Make Space Appear Light, Airy and Big
Depending on your view, leaving the windows open can create an optical sense of depth and perspective. Trees that vary in size or a road that fades away into nothing are a free resource to expand the looks of your room.
Use Stripes to Add Height to Low Ceilings
You can also use stripes to give your room perspective, specifically placed vertically from the main entrance of the room. A black and white stripe rug might not be the most appealing piece of décor, but it will help you feel less cramped in a smaller room.
Small living spaces are often the price we pay for living in paradise. Whether you’re a snowbird hoping to make the most out of a winter condo-space here in Naples, or you just relocated to a new (smaller) house, these tips to maximize your space will guarantee a home sweet home. Read More
Maybe you don’t plan on selling your home, but you should be aware of the return you can expect on the investments you make in your home renovations. Prepare to be surprised at the cost versus value ratio for these common home remodeling projects.
These are the renovations that bring the greatest percentage return on investment, according to Remodeling magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report for 2014. Read More
Do you dream of large living spaces, open floor plans and spa-quality bathrooms, but you live in an older, cramped home? The secret to living in your ideal space is to remodel your current or lower priced future home. We updated these living rooms, bedrooms and foyers into contemporary, more livable rooms. Read More