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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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Adding Natural Light to Your Home Renovation

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Blog, Home Remodeling |

The desire for more natural light is often a primary motivation for home renovation.. Natural light makes a space feel larger and more inviting. Sunlight is a proven mood booster and lessens reliance on artificial light during daylight hours. There are a few ways to lighten your space. If you plan to remove interior walls, consider the natural lighting in the new space. Should you add a window to a windowless wall? Is a skylight or solar tube an option in your space? If you’re not removing a wall and have an area that is poorly lit, consider widening the opening so sufficient natural light can reach the darker area. If you’re also working with an interior designer, ask about window treatments, paint colors and wall decorations that create the illusion of a brighter space. Adding or Replacing Windows Many homebuilders neglected to put windows on the sides of houses for many years due to privacy concerns. A well-positioned window can let in light and preserve your privacy. A new window in the right place can change the entire feel of a room post-renovation. Another consideration is the type of window currently in your home. Many older homes have wood windows with thick frames and a heavy colonial grid pattern in the glass. The grid pattern actually obstructs the view and the light. Many replacement windows have narrower frames and more subtle grid patterns from which to choose, so your view remains unobstructed and more light comes in. Skylights and Solar Tubes Skylights are a great option for areas where a window isn’t feasible but you still want some natural light. Skylight manufacturers offer fixed skylights for light only, and skylights that can be operated with a remote. If you want to control when light comes in, look for a skylight with built-in blinds. Solar tubes are similar in that they let in light, but because they transfer the light indirectly, there is greater privacy. A new window strategically placed can drastically change the look and feel of your space. Switching out a smaller window for a bay window or larger one will also make your room feel larger and more inviting. As you begin your residential remodeling project, be sure to talk to your design build company about ways to add natural light. If you haven’t found a remodeling company yet, call G.M. Roth for your free consultation at (603)...

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Start Planning Your New Outdoor Living Space Today

Start Planning Your New Outdoor Living Space Today

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Blog, Home Remodeling |

Your home’s living space can include much more than what’s inside the walls. By adding a patio, screened porch or sunroom to your home, you increase usable living space. If you want to spend more time outside this spring and summer, now is the time to start planning a remodeling project! Patios Patios range from simple to elaborate. A simple patio might include a nicely landscaped concrete slab, whereas a more elaborate one might include slate or pavers, a fire pit, an outdoor kitchen and a pergola. As you work to design your new outdoor living space, keep in mind that some additional lighting may benefit the space – especially if you’re adding an outdoor kitchen. If you’re dealing with a sloped backyard, the patio may need a railing for safety. Screened Porches Screened porches offer the best of both worlds: outdoor space without the bugs. When you add a screened porch to your home, remember that this is not a cooking space, it is a living space. Outdoor grills should never be placed under a screened porch for safety reasons. Many homeowners add both a screened porch and nearby patio for their outdoor cooking needs. When considering a screened porch, you need to make sure that your easement allows for a covered space home addition. Sunrooms Also referred to as a three-season room in the Northeast, sunrooms are a great addition to any home. These rooms offer additional living space that is generally not heated or cooled, and can be completely closed off to the main living area. Sunrooms offer a great deal of flexibility. Designed to let in as much natural light as possible, sunrooms have only enough wall space to support the roof. The windows providing the light open to let in fresh air on mild days but can be closed when there is driving rain or it’s a bit too cool. A sunroom addition can open to a patio for true outdoor living space. As winter winds down, now is the time to get excited about a new outdoor living space. Whether your budget and property allow for a patio, screened porch, sunroom addition or some combination of the three, let G.M. Roth Design Remodeling help you plan the perfect space. Get started today by calling (603) 880-3761....

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