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Bryan Slowick

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Behind-The-Scenes: Designing An Open Floor Plan

Open concept main levels may seem to be all the rage right now, but this trend isn't going anywhere. It suits the way we live our lives - shared across several rooms. Open floor plans just make sense, especially when it comes to furnishing and the natural flow of traffic.

But what does it take to create one if you don't have one yet?

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Behind-The-Scenes: Updating An Older Kenilworth Basement

 

Older homes always present a unique set of challenges during a home remodeling project. Remodeling an older home's basement can be particularly tricky if you're not sure what to do.

When it comes to older homes, much more goes into a remodeling project than a simple face lift.

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The Best Neighborhoods to Check Out Near Chicago’s North Shore

Chicago’s North Shore area is characterized by charming, historic streets lined with gorgeous homes. Bordering Lake Michigan, you can find the neighborhoods of Evanston, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Forest, and Lake Bluff. Just inland, you’ll find Glenview, Northbrook, Deerfield, Vernon Hills, and Northfield. Each of these neighborhoods has their own unique attractions. Today, we’ll highlight six of our favorites: Libertyville, Wilmette, Lake Forest, Winnetka, Highland Park, and Glenview.

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How Long Will My Home Remodel Take?

Asking how long a home remodel will take is a little bit like asking how long it will take to drive from one side of Chicago to the other. The answer, of course, is that it depends on a number of factors, such as the time of day, the traffic, and, of course, the exact locations where you begin and finish. In the same way, knowing how long a remodel takes depends on which room you’re remodeling, the scope of your project, and your contractor’s process. As contractors who have “driven the route” multiple times, however, we can give general guidelines for popular renovations, as well as a window into our design build process to help you estimate the timeline of your Chicago North Shore Area remodel.

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The Future of Remodeling - Trends that Could Take Off in 2019

If 2018 was the year that saw a surge in technology in the home, 2019 is the year that stylistically balances that trend. In saying this, we’re certainly not saying there’ll be a decrease in home tech in the coming year; rather, we’re saying that 2019’s trending materials, styles, colors, patterns, etc. all reintroduce biophilic elements that balance our increasingly tech-centric lifestyles. After consulting some of today’s leading home remodeling and decorating authorities like Elle Decor, Decor Aid, House Beautiful, and Realtor.com, here’s our synthesis of what’s trending in 2019.

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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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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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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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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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