Add a Gardening Room!

Now that the weather is getting a bit tricky outside it’s time to start thinking about taking activities inside.  One way to do this is by adding a Gardening room to your basement.  It can be an inexpensive way to extend your love of gardening to a year-round activity even in the wild and unpredictable Chicago climate!All you need at minimum is about an 8 by 8 foot wide space. First thing we do is lay an easy to clean tile floor, preferably with a drain, but it is but necessary.  Next up…Read more …

Turn Dull Doors into Classy Decor

Like most things in life, sometimes it’s the things that are used the most that are noticed the least. Like all the doors in your home — in and out of rooms, to closets and utility rooms. But after a closer look, the scratches, cracks, old hinges and outdated style can be hard to miss. And so we have arrived at our next home improvement project: Dull Doors.By replacing worn, tired interior doors you give your home an updated look for a relative affordable price versus an expensive remodel. There are actually a…Read more …

Mudroom Part 2

The most important thing when you have a mudroom is to keep it tidy.  Don't let your mudroom become a chaotic catchall for shoes, athletic gear and outerwear.Some things to think about when adding or re-designing a mudroom: If space permits, there is one element every mudroom should have: a bench. A bench is helpful when taking off boots or setting down a briefcase or shopping bags. Bench seating should be open to the floor, which allows someone to sit down and put their shoes underneath when they come inside. Be sure to…Read more …

Mudroom!

With the snowy season fast approaching and with snow comes slush and dirt which can make a huge mess…wouldn’t it be nice to contain all the wet and mess to just one room?  Mudrooms are a fabulous addition to any home.  If you don’t have one you need one. If you have one, you probably need to update or re-organize it.  Either way, today we are all about mudrooms!Every house has a rear entrance. It’s generally located off the kitchen or between the kitchen and the garage, and it’s the primary entrance the…Read more …

Pantry’s

Pantry's come in all shapes and sizes from a small over-stuffed cabinet to a large walk-in closet.  One thing is certain, if you have one you will fill it or more likely over fill it.  If you don’t have one, you desperately need one.  A pantry can fit into a surprising amount of spaces that you may not have thought possible. But once you have taken the step and added the pantry to your kitchen, or enlarged your existing one, you will wonder how you survived so long without it.A well-organized pantry brings…Read more …

Entry Way ReFresh

The first thing someone sees when they enter your home is your entry way or foyer.  Yet this is often one of the most neglected areas of a home.  It is set up once and forgotten.  This often overlooked area is most likely in need of a bit of a refresh.Since this is the area that quite literally welcomes guests into your home, you may want to take the time to take a critical look at this area and determine if it is in need of a little refresh.   First, go outside and…Read more …

Give your Guest Bath a Facelift!

With the holiday’s right around the corner, that usually means guests staying over.  As you prepare for the annual arrival of friends and family you come across the guest bath that you put off doing anything about last year.  It only looks older this year. You still have time to turn your tired old guest bath into an updated dream bath for a fraction of the cost and in a fraction of the time. Andy onCall® specializes in bathroom “facelifts” that will have both you and your guests all smiles for the holidays. …Read more …

Closet Make-Overs

When you make your New Year’s resolutions next year will getting organized be one of them?? If you want to get started on that resolution now, or you just plain want to get your home better organized, then one of the best places to start is your closets.  They are without a doubt one of the biggest culprits when it comes to clutter-creep, mostly because we can simply close the door and ignore it.  Once you have organized your closets, the rest of the house is a piece of cake. That’s why I…Read more …

Bedroom Closet Organization

Does your Bedroom closet need a little organization? Then it’s time to get started on organizing your bedroom closet by getting rid of the clutter and re-styling your closet with these organizer ideas. Cleaning out your closet doesn’t have to be difficult, but can be time-consuming depending upon how long it has been since you last cleaned out our closet.  Read the previous blog for tips on how to best clean out our closet.  Considering one of the first things you see in the morning is your bedroom closet, the idea of having…Read more …

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 …