Monday, August 31, 2015
Even if it’s currently cold concrete and stuffed with cartons of off-season effects, the lowest floor in your home is dripping with potential. If you would just treat it like any of the other rooms, it might become the most sought after spot in your house. For instance, if you are an avid music fan, the basement can be remodeled into your own private mini-concert hall. Or maybe your pool table is occupying too much space in your room; send it down. However, before embarking on any remodeling project in your Chicago home, you need to be clear as to what purpose it would be used for because the structural designs will vary depending on functionality. For example, if you are looking to create a suitable room for your Friday night poker games with your buddies, there might be a lot of woodwork involved.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
There’s no denying it: bathrooms are the most private enclosures in any home. Over the years, they have gradually evolved beyond their traditional functions to become peaceful, relaxing spots to just sit down, unwind, and escape from the ever-busy lifestyles of major cities such as Chicago. Today, with the abundance of truly inspiring designs and state-of-the-art home gadgets, a bathroom remodeling project should probably feature on your “to-do” list. Whether you’re still single or your home is teeming with young kids, an ingeniously designed bathroom is still your best location to retreat to after a long day. If you’re contemplating a makeover for your bathroom, take some time to sit down and carefully plot how you intend to go about it. For instance, discuss your ideas with the people you live with or your friends, as well as with the potential members of your design and build team.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Aside from the roof, the columns of your front porch endure perhaps one of the toughest jobs there is: keeping the porch up while being battered by the elements. Inspecting porch columns for damage is a good way to know if they need a simple repair, or you will require the help of local porch builders in Chicago such as DAL Builders, Inc. Note that it’s not compulsory to secure a building permit when retrofitting or replacing porch columns, which makes things a lot easier (unless you’re using a material different to the porch itself or modifying its structure in any way).
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Almost any room in the house can be turned into a wine cellar with the proper design plan, but among all of them, the basement seems to be an excellent candidate. Why? Here are a few reasons: basements have little to no contact with sunlight, hold great potential for ventilation modifications, and is spacious enough to virtually accommodate anything. Pair that with enough remodeling know-how and the expertise of a Chicago basement remodeling contractor like DAL Builders Inc., and you have a wine collector’s haven on your hands. Before getting down to business, though, you need to do your homework. First and foremost, the budget. How much are you willing to spend on the project? Setting a budget allows you to determine how large the cellar itself will be, whether you’ll only need a particular portion or will be remodeling the entire space.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Now that you’ve decided to remodel your home (or maybe parts of it), what comes next and where do you need to start before the actual remodeling process? You’d want your remodeling project to be a success and close to what you really have in mind, and the best way to achieve this is to plan ahead, ideally weeks or months before you call on a contractor for help. To see the best results, here are some tips that you have to remember before starting your remodeling project. You know your house already needs to be renovated, but what exactly is it in your home that you want to change and in what way do you want to change it? Every remodeling project begins with a vision, and you can draw out your vision, along with other ideas you may have, so you can have a clearer picture on what you want to see after the project is done.
Monday, August 10, 2015
Even for bathroom designs, there are certain trends that are making a splash among homeowners and are the envy of others. While you can follow the current trends for bathroom designs, you can opt to do otherwise: design an out-of-the-ordinary bathroom that best reflects your personality. If you’re planning an overhaul for your bathroom, you don’t need to play by the rules and choose the safest options all the time. Now is the perfect opportunity for you to experiment and create your own rules in your own bathroom when venturing on a bathroom renovation project. Here are some common bathroom design rules and the ways you can break them without seeing disastrous results.
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Chicago homeowners often have plans on how to improve the curb appeal of their homes. One of the obvious solutions is to landscape your yard, another one is to build a deck or porch. Inviting additions to a home, decks and porches give people a place to relax and have some fun times. However, prospective deck and porch builders need to be selective about the materials they will use for their project. There are three main choices for materials for your deck or porch. First, there’s the old standby, wood. Used for centuries, the wood used for decks and porches are mainly cedar, redwood, and pine. There are more durable choices, mainly hardwoods, but these can have a higher price tag. Second, you can get plastic materials to build your deck or porch. They may not look natural but plastics fare well against the elements—plus, they’re stain resistant.
Thursday, August 6, 2015
When you’re basement remodeling in Chicago, one of the best uses you can put it to is to transform it into a rec room. Imagine having a convenient place for all those poker nights or a place to play pool without someone else hogging the tables. If you think this is a good idea, here are a few tips on ensuring that rec room plans don’t end up becoming a disaster. Among the first things you have to consider are the important factors that can affect your set up in your basement: the lighting, the dampness, and the temperature. First of all, your basement isn’t going to receive a lot of natural light; this means you’ll want to consider how you’re going to light up the room. You’ll probably want a way to fine-tune the lighting—dimmer switches let you change up the lighting without limiting yourself to on and off.