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Laura Slowick

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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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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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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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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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BDS is Proud to Announce Two Chrysalis Award Wins in 2017

To receive one Chrysalis Award is quite an honor, but to snap up two of them is what BDS Design Build Remodel just did. We made a commitment to excellence when we first founded BDS Design Build Remodel in 2003. That commitment is reflected in every home project we take on, whether large or small, and it is a commitment that just earned us nation-wide public recognition.

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