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Home Remodeling Blog

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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HGTV and Unrealistic Expectations - What to Actually Expect from Your Remodel

If you love “Love It or List It,” if you’re fixated on “Fixer Upper,” if you’re pro “Property Brothers,” and if you’re getting ready for your own real-life remodel, this article is for you. Particularly if you’re coming to us as a first-time remodeler, part of our job as your Chicago North Shore area contractor is to help you set realistic expectations. Today, we’re talking about the differences between reality tv remodeling and real-life remodeling. These differences fall under two basic categories: process and pricing. 

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It's easy being green: Products that save Energy, Water, and Money

When some people think of the phrase “going green,” they think of a massive lifestyle change that mandates a shift toward complex routines and constant effort. In the world of green homes, however, nothing could be further from the truth. Installing these few products we talk about in this post will cost little effort up front and generate long-term monetary gains in the future without ongoing maintenance. Since renovating a home entails appliance replacement most of the time anyway, it’s the perfect time to invest in green products in your Chicago home. Here are the top ways we recommend saving energy, water, and money.

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What Is IoT (Internet of Things) and How is it Changing the Modern Home?

You may not be able to define the term “Internet of Things” for someone else, but you’ve certainly experienced and interacted with it in your daily life. To understand the concept of IoT and its effect on modern house improvements in the Chicago North Shore area, we’ll first give a bit of context to its evolution.

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How Much does a Kitchen Remodel Cost in Chicago?

The best way to obtain an accurate kitchen remodel quote, of course, is to contact your Chicago contractor for an in-home consultation. Before placing this call, however, many of our clients prefer to research ballpark figures of remodeling costs and plan their budgets accordingly. This post will provide you with area-specific information for 2018 kitchen remodel projects of different scopes and sizes in Chicago and the surrounding areas.

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How Finishes Affect the Cost of Your Kitchen Remodel

One of the reasons you’ll find such diverse price estimations for kitchen remodels when you search online is that there’s an immense variety of finishes. Costs vary drastically based on the square footage of your Chicago North Shore area kitchen, the quality and availability of each finish, and the surface areas they cover.

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Which Home Remodels Offer the Best ROI

Whether you want to ready your home for resale or you want to be sure that your personal projects add to its market value in the long term, it’s smart to research national and Chicago North Shore area ROIs for each home improvement project you’re considering. Today, we’ll synthesize statistics and advice from some of the largest and most reliable financial sources for home improvements: U.S. News and World Report, Bankrate, Remodeling’s Cost vs. Value, and Forbes.   

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Steaming News! What You Need to Know About Steam Ovens in 2018

Sometimes the newest trends have deep historical roots. The idea of using steam to cook food has been around for thousands of years, but it’s taken on quite a new look these days—and it’s growing in popularity.  Why are steam ovens so popular now; and is it the right choice for your North Shore kitchen remodel? Let’s look at what you need to know about steam ovens in 2018.

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