Kitchen Remodeling Cost: Minor, Major & Upscale Kitchen Remodel

Are you looking to remodel your kitchen this year? If so, then you need to know the following facts and figures for 2017-2018: Generally speaking, kitchen remodeling projects fall into the following three categories: minor, major, and upscale. Minor According to the Remodeling Magazine's cost vs. value report, a national average cost for a mid-range, minor kitchen remodel is around $20,000 and includes the following: In a functional but dated 200-square-foot kitchen with 30 linear feet of cabinetry and countertops, leave cabinet boxes in place, but replace fronts with new raised-panel wood doors and drawers, including new hardware. Replace wall oven and cooktop with new energy-efficient models. Replace laminate countertops; install mid-priced sink and faucet. Repaint trim, add wall covering, and remove and replace resilient flooring. Major A mid-range, major kitchen remodel national average cost is $50,000 to $60,000, which includes the following: …
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Top Kitchen Remodeling Ideas and Trends

Are you thinking about renovating your living space? Then, consider starting from your kitchen! The kitchen is the center of your home, where you spend most of your time eating, preparing meals, and interacting with your family. If you are looking for fresh some kitchen remodeling inspiration, consider these ideas and design trends: (more…)
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Top 50 DIY Bathroom Design and Decor Ideas – DIY Home Improvements

When focusing on design, bathrooms are often overlooked and neglected. Reclaiming your lavatory as a stylish space which fits well with the rest of the house not only increases the value of your home, it can also turn a functional room into a personal sanctuary. Read on to learn what to expect from bathroom design in the upcoming year! To help you navigate this list, it's broken into the following categories: Style Features Elements Colors Lighting Tiles Style: 1. Asian-Inspired Asian designs are minimalistic and serene. Its open, flowing design incorporates natural elements with indoor décor. Walls become curved, showers transform into waterfalls and stone motifs make you feel as if you’re in a garden. 2. Spa-Inspired Spa-inspired bathrooms bring the feel of being on vacation to your home. The design is modern, yet tranquil and luxurious. It turns the bathroom into a place of escape and rejuvenation. 3. French-Luxury French designs are l…
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Wood Siding Cost: Natural Wood Vs. Engineered Wood Siding – Materials & Labor Costs

Natural Wood - lap / bevel, shakes and shingle, board-and-batten, split logs Wood provides a rich, natural look that many prefer. Some of the other materials on this list (their manufacturers) do what they can to mimic the appearance of natural wood, as the appearance is that desirable. It is a versatile material and has many styles as noted above. Lap, also known as bevel, is arguably the most popular, with horizontal boards being the common appearance for wood. While wood shakes and shingles are also popular, or small rectangular shapes of wood covering the home (though other shapes are sometimes used, which just further demonstrates its versatility). Board-and-Batten is horizontal boards around a structure, or the traditional look for a barn. And split-log is the type of appearance one might think is a home in a forest or on a mountain, yet can really exist anywhere. Each of these styles have varying degrees of complexity for installing and may require expertise, w…
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Top Hardwood Flooring Ideas and Trends in 2015 – 2016

Flooring is one of the most important components of your home's interior design, and it can certainly help define the overall ambiance and atmosphere in your home. Today, many homeowners are looking for a lot more in their hardwood floors than just the good ol' aesthetic appeal. Growing concerns for better environment, coupled with the desire to live a more natural and greener life style, compels many people to look into hardwood floors that are Eco-friendly, with an authentic look and feel of real wood. While in 2016, authenticity and sustainability are the general trends for residential hardwood flooring, there is a plethora of interpretations and styles, ranging from rare exotic species to replicas of historical reclaimed wood. Any one of these trendy beautiful hardwood flooring styles will enable any homeowner to create a unique, deeply personal space that you can truly call home. Wide Plank Design One of the biggest new trends favored by both homeowners…
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Metal Roofing Installation DIY

Are you planning on re-roofing your home this Spring, or sometime soon? Have you ever considered installing a new metal shingles roofing system on your home or garage by yourself? If so, read on to learn more. Why go with Metal? Why waste your time and money on the installation of common roofing shingles, when you can install steel shingles metal roof, a sustainable roofing alternative that, unlike asphalt shingles, is energy efficient, long lasting, and environmentally responsible. In this guide, I am going to show you how to prepare your roof’s deck, and provide instructions on how to do a basic metal roofing installation for your home. Installation Instructions Difficulty Level: Moderately Challenging In order to complete metal roofing installation successfully you need to know how to use basic home improvement tools and a ladder safely, and that you have a certain level of experience with general home improvements. Tools You will Need Sheet Metal S…
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Top Basement Remodeling Ideas and Trends for 2014-2015

It's the beautiful Spring season again! In other words, it's time to start contemplating and planning for some new, important & exciting home remodeling upgrades for the upcoming year... And what better time is there to do it other than now!? If you are planning to remodel your basement and turn it into an comfortable and functional space that your family and guests can enjoy, there are some fundamental things you need to consider; Whether you are looking to splurge or do a basic renovation on a budget, transforming your basement into an inviting space should include working with the walls, ceiling, flooring and lighting. Additionally, there are many unique and cool ways you can decorate your basement space to make it look and feel like the rest of your home. Oh, wouldn't you agree that Fall and Winter seasons are by far some of the best times to enjoy your basement space with friends and family gathered around to enjoy a few good drinks and perhaps play a game of…
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Interview with New England Metal Roofing Company

Whether you are building a new house, or are looking to replace your old leaking roof, today you have many great roofing options to choose from. In fact, there are so many choices that it is not always clear which roofing material would make a worthwhile investment that will protect your home for many years to come. In recent years, metal roofs, which once used to be a highly specialized niche product have become increasingly popular among home owners across the US, for their exceptional durability, longevity and style. Our staff writer, Yelena Gulnik, sat down with the owner of New England Metal Roof, Leo Biyevetskiy to get the real scoop on purchasing and installing a metal roof. What is the number 1 reason that homeowners end up choosing a metal roof when there are many other cheaper roofing options available? Over the years of installing metal roofs I find that ultimately homeowners choose to go for the more expensive metal roof product vs something like as…
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