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Turning Your Basement Into a Home Theater

Looking to turn your basement into a home theater? Building a real home theater is more than just a great tv and sound system, it is about creating a true escape in your home! The place you can go to lean back and enjoy the newest release or that old classic that you have seen time and time again. It can be a room your kids escape to with their friends for a night at the movies, or a great date night with just you and your special one!

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Kitchen Countertops

Nothing tops off an incredible kitchen remodel like the perfect countertops. Not sure what the best countertop material is to fit your lifestyle? With so many decisions it can feel overwhelming to know where to begin. Our team at BDS have some details on the top materials used in the Chicago area.

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What to Consider When Remodeling for a Home Gym

Whether you love working out in a gym surrounded by people or the thought of exercising in front of an audience terrifies you, in today’s world getting to the gym can be a real challenge! It can be hard to fit time into our busy schedules to get to the gym, and even then they are often overcrowded or in the world of COVID - not even open! Home gyms are becoming increasingly more popular for today’s families. If you are ready to lose the gym membership, let our team at BDS help you create a functional home gym that you can use in the privacy of your own home! 

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Keeping renovations mess-free and on-track

Let’s face it, the thought of remodeling any area of your home can feel overwhelming. From the mess to coordinating contractors to picking out details, thinking about planning a remodel can exhaust you before you even start!

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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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4 Ways to Make Your Home Worthy of a Staycation

There’s no need to travel thousands of miles to enjoy a little rest and relaxation. Staycations offer all the benefits of a vacation without leaving home. Unfortunately, a vacation at home won’t feel like a holiday if your home is anything but luxurious. These four tips just may make your North Shore Chicago home feel more like your favorite resort or hotel.

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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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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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Should You Remodel Your Home in 2019?

Are You Ready to Remodel 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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