Take Your Bathroom From Drab to Fab

There’s no better time than winter to turn your boring bathroom into a spa retreat. Some jobs, like replacing a faucet, re-grouting tile, or repainting can be relatively easy for the average do-it-yourselfer,  but more ambitious jobs like replacing the tub or retiling the floor might be better left to a professional like the skilled artisans at Andy onCall.A complete remodel might be a bigger investment, it could be worth considering. Many older homes were not built using mold-resistant drywall, so if you’re going to investment in upgrading your bathroom, that’s one of…Read more …

Coat closet organization

Most coat closets are often a ridiculously small space, given the Chicago weather that we live in. But that doesn't excuse t it being cluttered. Even though we have to accommodate heavy winter coats, raincoats and indeterminate weather coats, by implementing a few simple changes can take our coat closet from cluttered to organized. As discussed in a previous blog, the quickest and cheapest way to double the size of your closet is to add a second rod to the existing clos et. To do this, simply raise the existing rod to accommodate…Read more …

Declutter, Organize and Recreate

When the dog days of summer arrive, you may decide it’s better to spend your time indoors rather than outdoors. This is a great time to get a jump start on decluttering and organizing your home for the coming months when you will be forced to stay inside due to the weather.  The next several blogs will be devoted to projects that can be done before the winter months lock us all indoors.Decluttering your home is something that can ongoing process. So it is best to schedule an allotted amount of time to…Read more …

Lighten and Brighten Up Your Rooms

What easier way to brighten and warm your rooms than with new lights, lamps or ceiling fans. Plus it’s an easy and affordable way to update the style of any room. New lights are a great way to accent new kitchen and bathroom renovations, as well as to save on your energy bill with ceiling fans which push heat and air back down into the room. LED-style lights, which come in contemporary and bold styles, also provide a money-saving options. Having dimmers installed in areas like the family room or dining room can…Read more …

Quick Kitchen Make-overs

For homeowners looking to spice up their kitchen without spending a pretty penny, adding a backsplash is a great solution, not to mention the perfect project for the weekend. You can completely change the look of your kitchen, and customize your backsplash to fit your personality relatively inexpensively. Just a few years ago, a consumer had only about 40 tiles to choose from. Today, you can choose from more than 400 different styles and sizes, ranging from classic subway tile to natural stone to metal and in a wide variety of colors. While…Read more …

Interior Projects

Summer is finally here and it is the perfect time to add some finishing touches. There are a lot of fun and easy projects that you can either do yourself or hire Andy onCall to help you execute to freshen up the interior of your home. Then when winter arrives, you can sit back and enjoy all your hard work. When deciding what projects to tackle first, focus on ones that will increase your property value, save money on your utility bills, and, add a smile to your face. Over the next couple of…Read more …

Is your Bathroom need of a Facelift? Part 2

Last week we discussed how you could give your bathroom a mini facelift, well, really a fresh make-up job.  This week I am going to describe what Andy onCall can do for your bathroom, what we call a bathroom facelift. First, let me define what I mean by what we are calling a “Bathroom Facelift”. This is a remodel that does not require moving or relocating any walls or fixtures. We usually can replace the tub/shower tile surround, vanity and toilet within a two week time period.  This is a perfect refresh that…Read more …

Is your Bathroom Need of a Facelift? Part 1

Does your bathroom needs a makeover but your budget is tight? There are somethings that you can do to stretch the life of that tired old bathroom.  Here are a few helpful hints to not give your bathroom a facelift, but certainly give it a fresh makeup job! Clean and De-Clutter Begin your bathroom project with a serious cleaning and de-cluttering, clean the things that you need and throw away the stuff that you don't use. Get yourself clear plastic boxes, bins, drawer dividers and clear cosmetic bags to hide your things out…Read more …

The House had a Uniqueness… Part 2

This week’s blog pick’s up where last week’s blog left off…identifying ways in which to make your house unique through architectural details.  Last week we covered doorways, nooks and crannies and fireplaces. This week we will begin with the fifth wall. The ceiling is often a forgotten space in a home.  But this is a place that is relative easy to add a little architectural flair in the form of ceiling plaster design, recessed lighting, crown molding, etc. When you add architectural detail to your ceiling the entire room takes on a more…Read more …

The House had a Uniqueness… Part 1

There are a lot of things that make a house unique: its location, its room sizes, its layout, its furnishings, its artwork, etc.  But there are other things too that make a house unique, I like to call those things the little things, the little attention to detail, the little differences that make this house more interesting than the house. The little nook here, the little arch of the doorway there, the elegant newel post, the classic built-in bookcase, the eye-catching mantle… these are the things that make a house unique to me.…Read more …