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 But after a closer look, the scratches, cracks, old hinges and outdated style can be hard to miss.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 …