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Home Remodeling Blog

3 Home Safety Tips This Holiday Season

The holidays are a joyful time spent with family and friends cherishing our shared time and memories. But they can also be dangerous if you're not managing your home safety seasonally or annually. We want you to enjoy your holidays without having to think twice about your home's safety.

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Should You Remodel Your Home in 2019?

Current Remodeling Market Report from NAHB

Based on 2018’s remodeling statistics, the remodeling market looks to remain steady going into 2019. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reports a remodeling market index of 58 for the third quarter of 2018. (Any number above 50 indicates a higher number of remodels than the previous quarter.) Each quarter’s index numbers have steadily risen/been above 50 ever since the second quarter of 2013.

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4 Tips for winterizing your Chicago Area home

Winter is just around the corner! In fact, it's already begun snowing in some parts of the Midwest. In Chicago's North Shore, we tend not to get snow quite yet, but it's still critically important to make sure your home is ready for that first deep freeze. We've put together four tips that you can do today to make sure your home is ready for a Chicago winter.

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The Best 2018 Winter Events Near Chicago

For those of you who are already pulling out your favorite recipes for holiday dinners and deciding where you’ll place your tree this year, we’ve got good news: Christmas fun in Chicago starts early and ends late. Here’s our favorite list of fun winter shows, date night ideas, family friendly events, and shopping!

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The Best Holiday/Black Friday Shopping Near Chicago

Laura Slowick | Nov 16, 2018 |

For most of us, the holiday season means four things: family, food, friends, and shopping. If you’re as excited about the changing of the seasons as we are, and if you’re looking for a way to communicate to your loved ones how much they mean to you, this 2018 Chicago area holiday shopping guide is for you.

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The Best Winter Getaways Near Chicago

Laura Slowick | Nov 14, 2018 |

In the Chicago area, it isn’t uncommon to feel confined indoors during the long, chilly winters. While it’s more traditional to travel in summer, you may be surprised to discover that some of these getaways are actually more picturesque in winter. And if you’ve hired contractors to transform your home over the holidays, what better way to escape the noise than to get out of the house and find cheer and refreshment in nature’s abundant tranquility!

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How to Protect Your Home From Dust During A Remodeling Project

One of the most common complaints during a home remodeling project is dust. It's easy for dust to spread throughout an entire home - no matter what room is being remodeled. At BDS, we actively take steps to prevent spreading dust throughout your whole home - and here are our top strategies for limiting dust.

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To Stay or To Go: Where You Should Live During a Whole Home Remodel

General Considerations

While there are a lot of nuanced considerations that affect your decision to go or stay while your contractor renovates your Chicago North Shore area home, we recommend starting with these basic questions:

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When Is the Best Time to Remodel in Chicago?

As summer turns to fall, homeowners are returning from vacations, settling into work routines and school schedules, and quite likely considering the projects they wish they’d had time to tackle during the summer. But there’s good news--it isn’t too late. While many people assume that summer is the ideal season to address house improvements, the truth is that each season has its own advantage when it comes to remodeling in the Chicago North Shore area. Today, we’ll take a look at the unique remodeling opportunities for spring, summer, fall, and winter.

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How to Blend Your Home with Surrounding Nature

Bryan Slowick | Sep 18, 2018 |

We recently wrote about products that benefit both your checkbook and the environment by saving energy, water, and money. But installing environmentally-friendly appliances, water fixtures, and materials is only the start to going green. The next step to going green relates to the aesthetic marriage of your home with its topographical environment. Let’s talk about some of the basic best practices for renovating your home to blend better with surrounding nature in the Chicago North Shore area. 

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