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Home Remodeling Blog

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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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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