Spring is right around the corner, the perfect time to start your next home renovation project. The weather is favorable enough to begin preliminary construction, and if you plan correctly, you may be able to make the most of your renovation by summer.
Home additions are a great way to create more space. There are countless creative ways to tackle a home addition project, ranging from dining rooms and great rooms to entire second-floor additions. You can build up or out on your existing building and create extra rooms where needed.
Home additions are among the largest home renovation goals for homeowners. If you’re considering adding an extra room, floor, or expansion to your home, it’s important to start your project the right way.
One of the biggest home design trends we’ve seen this year is the rise of contemporary rustic chic. Repurposed exposed wooden beams, refined mahogany decks, and post-beam style timber frame homes have become increasingly popular among homeowners.
Are you planning a home building or remodeling project? If you’re like many homeowners today, you might be looking for ways to not only build well, and with style, but also build responsibly. Awareness of the shortages that many natural materials and resources are facing has made “going green” appealing on multiple levels.
This growing, positive trend has opened the doors to numerous alternatives that maximize your home’s style while minimizing its impact on the environment. And, in many cases, these options will also minimize the impact on your wallet. Who doesn’t love that?
Let’s take a look at a few popular alternative building materials.
Alternative Flooring Materials for Your Home
Hardwood is a limited resource. And, while some manufacturers are dedicated to ethically sourcing materials, not everyone is.
What are your options?
Solid or engineered hardwood floors that are sustainably harvested and made with non-toxic adhesives and finishes
LED lights are a bright idea, offering decreased costs, efficient energy usage, and practical power
Talk To an Experienced Home Builder
The key to successfully building in a green way is to work with an experienced professional who shares your values. Ask what they suggest, what they have seen work in the past, and how you could think outside the box during your project. The results will be stunning, and one of a kind, adding a unique flavor to the colors and textures within your home.
On one hand, your house should be all about you. The textures, styles, colors, and materials you surround yourself with all are chosen simply because you enjoy them, and they work together to turn what was once a structure into a home. From bold wall colors to unique custom features, anything goes!
On the other hand, many homeowners like to keep an eye on the future by strategically picking home improvements and upgrades that will likely pay them back. If not a complete refund, they at least return most of the investment. In the real estate world, this is referred to as “ROI,” or return on investment.
In case you are looking for worthwhile project ideas for your property, we’ve put together a brief list of upgrades you will likely never regret.
Your kitchen is a genuinely unique place. On one hand, it’s designed to work, being carefully organized for efficiency and productivity. Ideally (not always, though), you know where each cup, ladle, measuring spoon, pot or pan is located, and meals can be created with relative ease.
On the other hand, your kitchen is also a place where you can showcase your own style, holding tremendous opportunity to customize, personalize, and create a truly breathtaking space.
In our last entry we asked you to join us as we explored a kitchen remodel and expansion project in Larchmont. Specifically, we shared a few exterior pictures and discussed just how much of a difference can be made by even a relatively small addition, debunking the misconception that a life-improving change in your home can only come from a massive project. There is a quiet, valuable power in strategic planning and quality work.
As promised, let’s zoom in even closer now, throw open those beautiful French doors, and take a stroll through this custom kitchen.
A Total Kitchen Transformation
Below you’ll find a picture of the finished interior. Quite a difference!
Custom Cabinetry, Wood Floors, and so Much More
Our mission was to completely transform this part of the home. With this goal in mind, we started by demolishing the original kitchen and building the addition to provide the precious square-footage that the client needed.
The scope of the project included:
Gorgeous wood floors
Window and skylight installation
French doors (to let in even more soft, natural light)
We also installed custom lighting to help create the perfect soft, warm ambience, as well as spotlights for specific work areas in the kitchen.
As an additional valuable feature, we installed radiant heat. This is an incredibly comfortable heating system which, in addition to being extremely efficient, also keeps your feet warm as you make the morning coffee. What could be better?
What do you think of how it all turned out?
Kitchen Features and Amenities
This kitchen obviously boasts some good looks and quality finishing touches. It isn’t just a pretty face, however, but still needs to function as the day-to-day activity hub for this home. To answer the call, we included:
A sub-zero refrigerator
A rugged, attractive, and timeless farm sink
Perhaps the best part of this project was the fact that not only did the addition and remodel turn out beautifully, but our client was absolutely thrilled with the result. After all, that’s what it’s all about! At Gerety Building and Restoration, we want to help you make your home everything that you dream it could be.
Do you have any questions about home building, construction, or remodeling? If so, we would love to hear from you and help however we can. Please feel free to contact us!
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