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5 Tips To Create The Ideal Outdoor Living Space

5 Tips To Create The Ideal Outdoor Living Space

Posted by on Feb 8, 2019 in Home Improvement |

Blog written by Anna Fox from Senor Mist It’s every homeowner’s dream to create a comfortable and chic outdoor living space. Many people across the country are taking an interest in improving the area beyond their patio doors, transforming them into a haven of fun and recreation. From elaborately designed pools and gazebos to plush furniture and the latest misting system, more and more families are taking landscape design and outdoor comfort to the next level. If you’re yet to turn your outdoor living space into an oasis of calm and the perfect hangout place, here are a few tips that might help make your dream a reality. 1. Sort Your Budget Designing your dream outdoor living area can get pretty expensive. To keep yourself from feeling guilty of the overhaul, you need to set a range of how much you can and are willing to spend. Setting a budget will prevent significant overspending on your part and eliminate the risk of having to halt the project due to funding issues. When planning your renovation expenses, take into account important factors such as the size of the space, key furniture pieces, and even the knick-knacks you wish to add to it. 2. Choose a Style and Stick to It Pick a style and work from there. Whether you prefer a casual, laid-back look, got a penchant for the contemporary vibe, or have your heart set on a more fairy-tale like ambiance, having a specific theme in mind will help planning and designing the space so much easier. When coming up with style ideas, think of something that will tie everything together. The existing design of your home should complement that of your outdoor living space to make the transition more natural and pleasing to the senses. 3. Bring the Indoors Out Do you want to turn your gazebo into a comfortable retreat without breaking too much sweat? Just add furniture. With a set of plush seats, a couple of bean bags, and a coffee table or two, your backyard can become your new favorite spot for morning coffee and afternoon tea. Throw in some cushy pillows and fuzzy carpets to the mix, and you may not want to go inside anymore! 4. Add heaters and coolers for comfort The air can get chilly at night or become too humid during the hot summer months. To ensure optimum comfort no matter the day of the year, why not invest in outdoor heaters and coolers? Outdoor fireplaces and infrared electric heaters can keep you warm during cold evenings. Conversely, misting systems can cool things up on hotter days and may even double as a plant watering system for a lusher and greener garden. 5. Put a Premium on Privacy There will always be days when you just want to be on your own. You may want to read a book without...

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Top Five Places that Let Pests Inside

Posted by on Jan 18, 2019 in Home Remodeling |

As temperatures drop and snow begins to fall, wildlife is on the lookout for food and shelter. While trees and brush protect pests like squirrels, rats, and raccoons for most of the year, these animals frequently seek out warmer locations for the winter. As a result, the chances you’ll discover them holing up in the garage, attic, or shed increase dramatically during cold weather. Poorly maintained areas of the home are the most common access points for pests. Everything from cracks in foundations to loose shingles and holes in the roof can provide an avenue for animals to move inside. If you’re considering a remodel to prevent wildlife infestations, focus on these five parts of the house: 1. Soffits/Fascia Because squirrels are excellent climbers, they often scale trees to get to the roof. From here, they can reach soffits and fascia, two important but easily damaged parts of a home. Soffits, the areas underneath overhangs, typically contain venting for the roof and attic. Gutters are frequently mounted onto fascia, the exposed siding on the front of an overhang. Once they enter through holes in soffits or fascia, pests can quickly spread to other places, like wall voids and attics. Animals moving around indoors create scratching and scurrying noises that unsettle homeowners. During a remodeling job, be sure to repair or replace any damaged soffits and fascia to prevent pest issues. 2. Chimneys Providing warmth and protection, chimneys are a popular nesting site for wildlife in the winter. Animals like raccoons and bats often gain access from the roof, where uncapped chimneys welcome them indoors. Since some pests carry diseases that can infect humans and pets, animals that fall or climb down chimneys into homes present a safety concern. A raccoon or bat may also become trapped and die in a chimney, requiring professional removal to avoid insect and odor problems. When doing roof or chimney work, remember to install a functioning cap to deter wildlife. 3. Vents Vents on your roof and the sides of your house are great for circulating air and managing moisture. Unfortunately, improperly installed fixtures may let in animals. Bats, rats, birds, and even raccoons can get in via these openings. Droppings that build up in ducts can create foul smells and health risks. Bird nests in dryer vents may present a fire hazard as well. Screening your vents keeps them functional and off-limits to pests. 4. Weather Stripping In the winter, weather stripping around windows and doors stops cold air from leaking into your home. However, rats and mice can gnaw through old rubber, vinyl, and foam strips to squeeze inside. Inspecting and replacing worn weather stripping is essential to keep you warm and repel nuisance wildlife. 5. Pipes Any area with pipes that lead to exterior walls may become an entrance for pests. Poor caulking around pipes provides holes small animals can easily...

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Utilizing Accent Lighting in Your Home Remodel

Utilizing Accent Lighting in Your Home Remodel

Posted by on Nov 16, 2018 in Home Remodeling |

With new offerings available on the market, decisions on what type, and where to use accent lighting has grown significantly more important over the last few years. Homeowners today are adding accent lighting to just about every phase of their home remodeling project with stunning results. Accent lighting when selected carefully can provide both functionality and beauty, whether it solves a safety issue on a staircase or lights up a work space on the countertop.  Learn about the three most common areas to add accent lights. Stairways If you want subtle lighting on your stairways to use when your normal lighting isn’t desirable, modern options can increase safety and create visual interest. The two most popular are LED strip lighting that goes just under the stair tread, and louvered lights mounted every few stairs. Both light types remain cool and are safe for homes with small kids and pets.  If you’re planning a large home remodeling project that will require an electrician and opening walls, consider the louvered option. They are subtle and come in many style options, with various features including motion sensors. LED strip lighting works well when you have an open stairway or when you’re not opening walls.  Halls If you have small children who wander at night, and don’t like the look of the plug in night lights, you can have just the right amount of light with accent lighting. There are three main options: louvered lights just like discussed above for stairs, wall sconces and LED strip lighting. For minimal light, the louvered option is the best. If you want more light and to show your personal style, consider a few well-placed wall sconces. A modern option is to add LED strip lighting above crown molding. Each option adds a distinct look and feel to your hall. Accent Lighting in Your Kitchen Remodel The most common accent lighting in a kitchen is under-cabinet lighting. Accent lighting in a kitchen remodel can provide a soft glow or provide work light on the countertop. It is critical to work with a Kitchen and Bath Designer who really understands the relationship between the type of lighting and the type of countertop.  Different light options reflect in different, sometimes undesirable (think- a row of spots along your countertop) ways, and a good designer will know this way before they are installed. Under-cabinet lighting isn’t just for upper cabinets. Adding an toe kick light on your lower cabinets provides a nice touch and can highlight a beautiful hardwood floor in your kitchen. If you’re considering adding accent lighting to your cabinets, a qualified Kitchen and Bath Designer working for a  design-build company will ensure the cabinets are configured properly to hide the mechanics of the electrical devices, have you ever sat down at the kitchen table and looked up and seen the underside of the upper cabinets?  You probably will...

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Controlling Kid Chaos with Home Remodeling

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Blog, Home Remodeling |

If you have kids, especially young ones, your home probably has a good supply of games and toys. If you’re planning on a home remodeling project and want to be more organized in your new space, here are a few ideas to talk to your designer about. Getting organized is not only good for your sanity but also for your kids!  Corraling Winter Gear Winter gear seems to multiply tenfold for each additional member of the household. If your closets are overrun with mismatched gloves, hats, and scarves, consider adding a stack of drawers to your laundry or mudroom. Assign each person a drawer for his or her winter gear. When it comes time to head outside, they’ll be able to find just what they need and when everything is dry, it has a place to go. Adding cubbies for boots and shoes is another way to organize the space just inside your door and comes in handy year-round. Many cabinet manufacturers offer lots of functionality options for mudroom applications, so be sure to work with a qualified cabinet designer to maximize space utilization. You may also want help selecting the most durable finish for this type of product as well. Organizing Play Space The play area is perhaps the hardest part of the home to keep neat and organized. If the goal of your basement remodeling project is for your kids to have their own space, be sure to look at the toys they have now and consider how they may change in the next three to five years. Built-in cabinets with removable bins are a great solution to help organize toys, especially those with many small pieces. Clear bins help non-readers know what is in each one without taking everything out. If their space is also your space, consider a built-in wall unit that can hold toys without making your entertaining space look like a playroom. Pull-out shelves give the best access to the most space. Adding a magnetic sheet to the inside of the cabinet doors creates a place to play with alphabet letters that isn’t in the kitchen. Another creative use for inside the doors is hanging removable baskets for markers and crayons. Easy Arts and Crafts For many parents, arts and crafts take place in the kitchen for easy clean-up. If you are constantly hauling supplies from another room, an easy DIY solution is to buy a rolling cart to store in your pantry or nearby closet. This makes clean-up easy and keeps everything organized. If your kids have taken over the house and there seems to be no way to get organized, consider basement remodeling when that is an available option, or repurpose exsting space with G.M. Roth. We love helping parents find solutions to their kid chaos with home remodeling. Call (603) 880-3761 today for your in-home...

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4 Characteristics of Great General Contracators

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Blog, Home Remodeling |

Interviewing general contractors for your home addition or other renovation project can be a long and stressful process. We all know to check a company’s licensing and insurance, but what else makes a great general contractor? Here are some things to look when interviewing for your home addition or remodeling project. Presentation When general contractors come to your home, consider all aspects of their presentation. This includes everything from how they are dressed to how they communicate their message, and the materials and information they offer to leave with you or send to you in the upcoming days. Their proposal should include a post-project follow-up process to ensure that all promised parts of the project are completed. Listening Skills Good communication skills are worth paying for. If the prospective contractor doesn’t actively listen to your thoughts, desires and ideas about your home addition or remodel, you should quickly eliminate that company. However, this doesn’t mean they must nod their head in agreement to every idea you have. They may offer alternative suggestions due to structural or financial constraints. Experience and Reputation General contractors have different specialties. You want to hire a general contractor who has experience performing the type of work you’re in need of. Ask to see photos of completed projects and learn about their overall experience. Great general contractors will be able to provide you with references and have a good online reputation. Some basic things to look for include the contractor having an actuall place of business, a showroom or some sort of legitamate commercial office space and facilities, a good rating with the Better Business Bureau, GuildQuality, Houzz and Google, and properly marked and maintained vehicles. Hiring the right general contractor for your home addition or remodeling project will have a tremendous impact on the success of your project. From the initial meeting to the time you sign the contract, make sure every question and concern is addressed. When you are looking at professional general contractors, be sure to include G.M. Roth among those you interview. From our initial meeting, you’ll find that we will listen to what you want, provide clear proposals and references, and offer experience that is second to none. Call to schedule your no-obligation consultation today at (603)...

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