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4 Basement Family Room Upgrades

If you finish your basement, you can add up to double the amount of space you had to begin with. You might already have a finished basement, but perhaps it doesn’t fit your current needs. Either way, a basement is a good space for a family room. You can relax in a cozy space that doesn’t necessarily need to be picked up when company comes over.

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Remodeling? 3 Ways to Increase Natural Light

If you want to create a more efficient home in your upcoming remodel, you have all sorts of options, from choosing more energy-efficient appliances to adding new siding that prevents energy transfer. But don’t overlook one of the best ways to improve your home’s efficiency and boost your overall mood: natural light.

When you increase your home’s natural light, you both decrease the amount of money you spend on artificial light and on heating — though you do need to invest in good window treatments to keep the home from heating too much in the summer.

Not sure how to go about adding natural light to your space? Learn about three ways you can add natural light to your home when you remodel.

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Tips for Making Space in Small Kitchens

Today’s kitchens are the meeting hubs of homes; they’re dynamic spaces that tend to evolve with the needs and lifestyles of homeowners. If your kitchen space is small, it’s important to remember that it doesn’t have to be limiting. Plus, a good kitchen remodel could potentially increase the selling price of your home by as much as $50,000. Consider the following 3 tips on how to maximize space in your kitchen.

Create a Work Triangle That Works for You

Work Triangle in remodeled Kitchen Work triangles are formed between the three most important parts of the kitchen: the stove, the sink, and the refrigerator. According to classic theory, the legs of the triangle should be no less than four and no greater than nine feet each, and the total distance of the triangle should be between 13 and 26 feet. Moving between the legs of the triangle should feel natural to you. You may even consider more than one triangle if space permits.

Add Savvy Shelving and Storage

Opt for shelving that’s unique to your kitchen and makes the best use of natural lighting. Consider shelving that can be accessed from both sides or a creative unit that’s custom-built into a wall or above your counter space. Create functional storage, such as high cabinets for rarely used gadgets or a crockery drawer for various sized dishes.

Choose the Right Cabinet Hardware

Remodeled Bathroom In Glen EllynWhen working with limited space, be sure to choose the right cabinet hardware. Heavy knobs or pulls will negatively affect the visual feel of the space, as streamlined cabinets are crucial in smaller spaces where the wrong pulls will catch your clothes. Consider inset troughs or slim pulls that follow the line of your doors.

 

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