There are home remodeling projects and then there are Home Remodeling Projects. Notice the difference there? It doesn’t have to be a huge difference, something more subtle than bold to really make your Northern Virginia home remodeling project stick out among the others. Here are some nifty, subtle ways to your home remodeling project the envy of the whole neighborhood.
Light it Up
Everybody hangs this on the walls, whether they’re pictures, posters or paintings. An artful way to illuminate framed paintings and prints is to use a wall mounted lamp shining specifically on your framed wall-candy. Go get a good idea about what I’m talking about, check out this Ralph Lauren Home’s picture lamp from their Anette line, and recalls classic library lighting. The lamp measures 2″ high x 16″ wide and extends up to 12″ off the wall. It comes in natural brass (seen in this picture) bronze and polished-nickel finishes.
Made from recycled nylon fiber, Flor’s Roadside Attraction carpet squares have the look of sisal or sea grass, with the advantage of being soft under your feet. The 20″-sq. tiles can be arranged so that the weave forms a variety of geometric patterns. Frost, shown, is one of five neutral colors. Each tile is $16; custom sizing is available.
Is it Junk or Is it Art?
Who says you need to find the world’s greatest Picasso or Rembrandt painting to hang in your formal living room? Go to your local flea market, starving artist festival or antique shop to find a painting that has the same color tones as your walls or your furniture and it will fit right in. Your guests don’t care who painted it, just so long as it fits with the room.
The Caumont architrave, left, is made from jesmonite and adds a playful frame to a window, door, or wall. The plaster Linear Structure architrave, middle, and crown, right, have an elegant pattern of crisscrossing angles. Both collections can be used outdoors and may be custom sized. Prices range from $45 to $60 per linear sq. ft.
And there you have it. Keep these useful tips handy on your next home remodeling project and you will be sure to find that these little improvements will make the biggest difference.
Every month, Elite Home Remodeling will highlight a past project to showcase some of the best home remodeling practices in the Northern Virginia area. This month, Elite will be highlighting some major renovations to a laundry/mud room in Oakton.
The picture above shows the renovations done to the laundry/mud room. The goal of this project was to create as much storage space as possible while creating a beautiful and designer space.
One of the best parts of the project was the new granite counter tops and backsplash added to the new cabinets.
These fantastic floor-to-ceiling pantry cabinets actually sit up on an 8″ riser.
Look at all of these cabinets and drawers!
The counter top actually extends beyond the cabinets. To support the counter top, a metal support bar had to be installed to hold up the counter top.
A laundry room wouldn’t be complete without a sink.
A few wall cabinets attached to a box-out steel column make use of all nooks and crannies.
Be sure to come back in September to check out the next project of the month!
Everyone talks about water efficiency and rebates, but not many home owners property managers realize the huge savings and environmental benefits associated with upgrading to more water efficient fixtures. Anyone can easily cash in on cutting water usage while helping their community become more environmentally friendly.
If you’re hesitant about the upfront cost of retrofitting, don’t fret! There are plenty of government rebates that allow you to receive financial assistance to implement water-efficient systems. Here are some of the best ideas available for even the biggest water hogs:
Toilets. Replace your old toilets with a dual flush or low-flow toilets. These dual flush toilets can reduce the typical 1.60 gallons per flush to a reduced 1.28 gpf. If you replace your toilet, you are eligible for a $75-$100 rebate. Just this simple fix will save you $1,000 in water and sewer charged over 10 years.
Laundry. Apartment communities can save 330% more water, or 8,216 gallons of water, per year per unit by using a common-area laundry room instead of an in-unit washing machine. Giving tenants the responsibility of using community laundry facilities make the tenants use the machines smarter and more efficiently.
Irrigation. Rain water is free, why not utilize it as much as possible? Install smart controllers that will turn off when its raining and only turn on when the grounds really need watering. Plus, be sure to install drip sprinkler heads to reduce the overall cost of irrigation.
Showers and Faucets. According to a recent study, approximately 73% of water used in a typical shower is hot water. Low flow shower heads and faucet aerators can reduce water consumption. Reducing water consumption not only reduces the amount of water used, which saves overall water usage, but it also reduces hot water usage. The hot water usage is especially important as this is the most costly water. Installing high-efficiency shower heads will save about 7,800 gallons of water per year in an average household! That is an absolutely amazing number.
Kitchens. Energy Star dishwasher models save both water and energy. There are cash incentives up to $3,000 for replacing inefficient kitchen equipment with water-efficient equipment.
Be sure to give Elite Home Remodeling a call today to find out how we can help you with your new renovations and remodeling projects as well as how we can help you save the environment while saving money!
We all know the economy hasn’t been doing well the past few years. Most notably, the housing and construction industries have suffered tremendous setbacks. However, after several lean years, the home remodeling industry is starting pick up not only in certain areas around the country but also nationwide as a whole. This is in part thanks to a slight rise in existing home sales and existing home sale prices and continued low interest rates.
According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) residential remodeling expenditures for owner-occupied improvements are growing nationally. Spending for 2011 topped $107.4 billion, up 3.5% from 2010. NAHB also tracks an index of remodeling contractors’ confidence and this index hit its highest level in five years in the last quarter of 2011.
Although overall spending has steadily increased, homeowners are spending more cautiously than they were before the economy crashed in 2008. This is causing homeowners to focus more on projects that most need renovating to keep up with modern trends and to keep up the overall value of the homes. Projects like kitchens and bathrooms are particular good investments in today’s remodeling market.
According to a Boston Globe report “between 2003 and 2008, there was a lot of upper-end activity. People were doing expensive kitchen projects. What we hear now is that they’re not gutting everything, but picking and choosing aspects to update.”
This particular trend is especially true for homeowners in the Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland markets. Homeowners want to make sure that they are getting the absolute best bang for their buck and are much more specific and demanding of where their dollars are being spent. This is a product of homeowners focusing most on what they need versus what they want.
Homeowners are also doing much more homework when it comes to selecting the type of fixtures and appliances they need to add to their remodeling projects. Homeowners aren’t looking so much at what they want to install but what is best for the overall value of their home and what is mostly likely to sell. Most homeowners are still a little timid about having their house stand out too much as the market is still tilted towards home buyers.
Fortunately, as the market and home owners evolve, so too does Elite Home Remodeling. We make sure to stay up to date with all of the latest trends and developments in the residential remodeling market and we make sure to give our award-winning service to every home owner we work with. Be sure to visit our website to see how Elite Home Remodeling can help you today!
You know that dark and spooky area under your home that you never like to go to? For most home owners, the basement is relegated to a lifetime of emptiness and clutter. Well now is the best time to make good use of your basement! Consider some of these great options for turning your unused space into a space that is perfect just for you.
- Home Office. More and more people are working from home these days, whether they set up their small businesses or just need a place to do the bills. Unfortunately, the dining room table just isn’t the right place to conduct business. Consider fitting out your basement with an office that uses built-in shelves and has plenty of room for a true office desk.
- Guest Quarters. Do you like having visitors over every weekend but always have to kick them out at the end of the evening? Make your home even more accommodating by adding an additional bedroom and bathroom in your basement to make sure your guests feel nice and welcomed.
- Play Area. If your main levels are dedicated for the adults of the home, make sure the basement is an excellent place for all the little kiddies to hang out. Offer a place for your kids to play with their friends while staying out of your hair. Add lots of little niches, crawling spaces, climbing walls and lots of colors! Don’t forget to use eggshell paint, its easiest to clean.
- Hobby Room. Maybe you are the little kid in the house with all of your model cars and trains scattered all over the living room. Or maybe the laundry room has been taken over by all of your fabric and sewing materials. Makeover your basement to add a room dedicated to your hobbies with plenty of organization strategies to keep all of the hobbies in order.
- Wine Cellar. Now here’s a great idea for the vino in all of us. Line the entire basement with open wine racks, add a small refrigerator for incidentals, and don’t forget a cabinet for the wine glasses. For those with a little more passion for the grapes, add an enclosed wine room for some extra flare. Then, add a sitting area with comfortable lounge sofas that invite guests to relax.
- Relaxation Station. Why bother to go to the spa when you have one in your very own home? Turn your basement into a steam room or sauna. Include all the elements of peaceful meditation and create a beautiful retreat that is just a few steps away (literally!)
- Theatre. The ultimate addition to any man cave has to be a large projection screen with a full 7.1 surround sound system. Don’t forget to add plenty of sound-proofing insulation in the walls to leave the rest of the house in peace and quiet when you decide to turn the volume all the way up.
- Arcade. For kids of all ages, make your basement the true neighborhood hang out spot by including a pool table, pinball machines, ping pong tables, air hockey tables and other fun games to excite the competitive nature in all of us.
With some basements reaching upwards of 2,000 square feet, don’t let that ample space go to waste! Make sure to give Elite Home Remodeling a call today to find out how we can remodel and finish the basement of your dreams.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need loads of cash to remodel or renovate your house. There are plenty of projects that Elite Home Remodeling can do for you without breaking the bank.
A great way to update a boring laundry room or mud room is to add a built-in bench, some new shelves or some beadboard paneling. These great additions will not only provide plenty of organizational and storage space, but you will get plenty of new design elements out of a once boring room.
In the kitchen, upper cabinets are a great way to increase the amount of storage space. Having taller upper cabinets allows you to not only store more things in your kitchen, but it will also make your room look taller which in turn gives your kitchen more value. Another great tip for your kitchen remodeling project is to refinish or reface your existing cabinets. This is a small fix that can make your kitchen look brand new. Plus, doing something as simple as changing the cabinet door hardware can give your kitchen a new style.
If you are looking to do some work in your dining room, a great and less expensive way to improve the look of the room is to add some chair railing and wainscoting. Keep the profiles of these trim features low and you will be surprised at just how affordable they really are.
Sometimes staying flexible is the secret to renovation success. No matter what room you are looking to remodel, always be on the lookout for discounted materials and fixtures at specialty stores. This is a great way to keep the overall cost of your projects down. Even ask your contractor if they have any leftover materials from previous jobs that they can use on your job.
Just because you are on a budget, does not mean you have to sacrifice style and elegance in your new renovations. Keep searching for unique and creative solutions and you can have a great looking home. Be sure to call Elite Home Remodeling to find out how we can serve you today!
Sustainability. Green. Environmentally friendly. Energy Star. LEED. These are all terms used to describe construction and remodeling practices and materials that allow us to provide a better world for future generations. Sound too mushy-mushy for you? Well, look at it this way, the more you know about these practices the more money you could be saving (and even making!)
The multifamily sector could save almost $3.4 billion annually, nationwide, on energy costs with a full expansion of efficient upgrades, according to a new report from the Washington, D.C.–based American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and Chicago-based think tank CNT Energy. The report details how energy expenditures increased by 10.6% from 2005 to 2009 but many property managers have been able to reduce their energy bills by 20% or more by implementing energy-saving measures.
In case you didn’t get that last paragraph, let me sum it up for you: using sustainable practices allowed for home owners and property managers to use more energy while spending less money. Yes, you should be buying into sustainable practices right now.
Both older and new homes can benefit from sustainable features. In fact, the older your house, the more you will benefit from update your fixtures and materials to sustainable ones. Some easy fixes on energy efficient include installing energy-efficient light bulbs, reducing hot-water consumption, replacing old refrigerator models and adding extra insulation to attics and basements to prevent energy loss.
Still think updating your fixtures and materials to sustainable ones isn’t worth your while? Think again. Local utility companies will actually pay you if your home produces more energy than it takes in. Yes, you read that correctly. You can effectively turn your monthly electric bill into a monthly electric income stream.
The great part about sustainability and energy efficiency is that everyone wins. The environment wins because you need to use less natural resources to perform the same tasks you normally would. Your children and grandchildren win because they will be able to live in a world that isn’t depleted of its natural resources. And mostly importantly, your wallet will win because you will be saving – and possibly even making – money in the long term.
Make sure to give Elite Home Remodeling a call today to find out how you can update your home into a better, more sustainable home.