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 But after a closer look, the scratches, cracks, old hinges and outdated style can be hard to miss.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

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 …

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 …

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 …