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How To Have a Screened Porch You’ll Never Want to Leave

Spring has arrived and with it longer days, bright sunshine, and beautiful flowers. Now is the time to dust off the grill, sweep the porch and get ready for lazy afternoons relaxing in the warm spring and summer weather.

There is no better place to relax then your own screened porch. They allow you to enjoy warm weather all day and all night by keeping the sun from directly shining on your face and keeping the bugs out at night. If you want to design the perfect indoor/outdoor space here are some tips for making your screened porch the best room in the house.

  • Beadboard on the Ceiling. Add charm and visual interest to your screened porch by installing beadboard on the ceiling. You can paint it bright white for a beachy feel or use natural oak for a more earthy, cabin look.
  • Fan. No screened porch is complete without a ceiling fan. Let cool air circulate and provide the perfect breeze during those hot summer nights. With new designs ceiling fans can be functional and decorative.
  • Hanging Bed. Why stick with a normal porch swing when you can have a hanging day bed installed. A contractor can give you a sturdy, comfortable sleeping space for those afternoon siestas.
  • Light. The best screened porches are open and airy. If you have one that feels closed off, open up the walls by installing more windows. Leave it open with the screens only during the spring and summer months.
  • Rugs. Put one or two large rugs down to create visual interest and a soft place for children to play.
  • Seating. Think about how you like to entertain and provide more than enough seating options for guests. You can use the standard outdoor furniture or use a traditional, comfortable couch. Since the porch is fully covered there is no need to use outdoor furniture only. Your porch can become an extension of your home.
  • Dining Table. Eating dinner outdoors is a summer favorite. Place a large table on your screened porch so that guest can dine outside without batting away pesky mosquitoes. Picnic benches are nice and can easily be dressed up with a table cloth.

If you currently have a deck, or want one, Cipriani Remodeling Solutions can convert a portion of it into a screened porch and extend your homes living space. You will end up with more room in your home and a place your family can enjoy year long. By installing heating and electrical you can close up your porch and use it during the fall and winter. This room can easily be your family’s favorite place to spend summer days. Give us a call to learn how we can give your family the perfect summer hangout spot.

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Ten Ways to Update Your Bathroom

Let’s face it – the bathroom gets a lot of use. Instead of getting ready every morning in a dark, cramped space, you could be in an open and airy room that you enjoy using. Remodeling your bathroom can be fun and easy. Since the space is small it can typically be remodeled quickly and without interfering with the functionality of the rest of your home. As an added bonus when you remodel the bathroom you are likely to get that expense back when you sell it in the future. This is an investment that will pay you back now in comfort and later in resale value.

Here are ten easy ways to update your bathroom:

  • Mirror. Remove the solid wall mirror and replace it with one, or two, framed mirrors. This is an opportunity to add character to your bathroom space and use a wood finish you like.
  • Lighting. Exposed bulbs are boring and dated. Have lighting installed that provides you with the proper amount you need for applying makeup while also looking gorgeous.
  • Fans. Too many homes were built without appropriate bathroom ventilation. A contractor can install a fan and window. This will keep the air circulating and help you avoid pesky mold.
  • Tile Shower. A custom tile shower can turn your bathroom from ordinary into spa like. You can select the color and size of your tiles and have custom ledges and storage installed.
  • Music. By installing a shower head that has speakers you can listen to music while getting ready.
  • Vanity. Most vanities are boxy and boring. You can have one installed that looks like a dresser, piece of art, or retro. Regardless of your personal taste, there is a vanity that is perfect for you.
  • Color. Bathrooms are a small, closed off space. This is your opportunity to take a risk and experiment with your favorite color. The powder room doesn’t have to be white. Try your favorite green, Tuscan finish, or wallpaper.
  • Hardware. If you like your existing vanity you can still upgrade your bathrooms look by having unique or custom hardware installed. This can include a new faucet and drawer pulls.
  • Flooring. Have wide-planked wood floors or gorgeous tile installed in your bathrooms floor. Since the space is small splurge on high end tile.
  • Décor. If you want to refresh your bathroom on a budget change the décor. You can buy a new shower curtain, rug, towels and accessories for a new look and feel.

At Cipriani Remodeling Solutions we can turn your ordinary bathroom into a gorgeous place that you like spending time in. Call us today to learn how we can take functional spaces and turn them into show stoppers. Your bathroom can be beautiful and functional.

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How to Add Cape Cod Charm to Your Home

Cape Cod charm is something that brings a smile to many faces and makes a home feel cozy and warm. If you are tired of your homes look and want to update it, a Cape Cod remodel is an easy way to give your home a facelift. With attention to detail and character touches you can turn the ordinary into fantastic.

Here is how you can add Cape Cod charm to your home:

  • Shutters. This is a simple and inexpensive way to add character to the front of your home. Install shutters around your front, exterior windows in a contrasting color. If your home is a dark blue, add white shutters. If your home is white, consider navy or black shutters. The contrast is what makes them pop.
  • Planter Boxes. Flowers add color and beauty to the front of any home and planter boxes are simply charming. Install them underneath your windows and fill them with large, beautiful plantings. If you want to have an Americana feel, plant bright red and white flowers.
  • Picket Fence. A white picket fence used to be synonymous with the dream of home ownership. While this trend has been widely abandoned they were popular for a reason. A white picket fence speaks of a quieter time and lazy days spent outside, playing as a family.
  • Bead board. Classic white tongue and groove paneling has graced the walls of many Cape Cod homes. It can be installed in hallways, bathrooms, and bedrooms to give your home a touch of comfortable elegance. You can even install it around a built in tub.
  • Builtin Cabinetry. Install built in cabinets and cubbies throughout your home for a clean and elegant way to store keepsakes and hide toys. Have them installed on the family room wall, in your bedroom, and hallway.
  • Window Seating. Make the most of dormer windows by have a bench window seat installed under each one. This is the perfect place to cozy up with a good book while enjoying the natural light that the window provides.
  • Wood Floors. Wide plank wood flooring feels open, clean, and airy. Combined with light colored walls it can open up your home.
  • Hardware. Throw out the standard hardware that came with your home and replace it with more rustic pieces. This attention to detail is what makes a home unique.
  • Bunk beds. Bring back memories of warm summer afternoons at the beach. Install built in bunk beds in one of your smaller guest rooms. Whether you have kids at home or weekend visitors, built in bunks add charm and bring back childhood memories.

Give your home a facelift without an expensive remodel. You can add Cape Cod charm to your home with mostly cosmetic upgrades that don’t involve plumbing and electrical – simply a good carpenter. We can turn your home into a cozy place that you never want to leave. Give us a call today and learn how Cipriani Remodeling Solutions can work for you!

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Window Ideas for Your Home – Let the Light In

Is your home dark and dreary? Is the weather outside gorgeous but you wouldn’t know it? Whether your home doesn’t have enough light or your windows are simply outdated and unattractive now is the perfect time to install new windows into your home and let the light in.

Spring has arrived and with it beautiful, warm weather that you and your family will want to enjoy. There are many new variations of windows that turn what used to be a boring component of your home, into a beautiful show stopper.

Installing new windows is not only a way to add beauty to your home but also a way to save on energy bills. Poorly insulated windows can make the house colder in winter and hotter is summer. The amount you spend replacing windows you will get back in utility savings over time. This worthwhile investment can make your home more comfortable to live in while making it more attractive.

Here are some window ideas you can use:

  1. Skylight. You can add light to rooms throughout your house by installing skylights. People typically think of them for the kitchen but using them in a bathroom, family room, and other living spaces can brighten up your home. They are especially useful if your home is shaded.
  2. Bay windows. Instead of having flat windows, have a bay window installed. It allows you to capture light from multiple directions, enhances views, and can provide the space for a built in window seat. You can add charm and light at the same time.
  3. Circular windows. You can add delightful circular windows to areas of your home that typically wouldn’t have one. This includes long hallways, staircases, pantries and more. They can be as large or small as you like and can be installed alone or in a grouping.
  4. Floor to Ceiling Windows. Whether a modern loft or a brick colonial you can install floor to ceiling windows in your living and family rooms for a dramatic effect.
  5. Curved Windows. Who said windows have to be angular? Install an arched window on top of pre-existing ones for more light and an elegant touch.
  6. Energy Star Certified. Look for this certification to ensure that the new windows you purchase will be energy efficient and save you the most money. The Energy Start certification covers items like U-Factor, Air Leakage, and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient rating. Compare ratings on windows when determining which ones you want to purchase.

New windows can transform the look and feel of your home. Hiring a professional contractor is essential for making sure they are installed properly. Energy efficient windows won’t help if they aren’t sealed correctly. At Cipriani Remodeling Solutions we can make sure that your new windows add elegance, light, and practicality to your home. We do the job right, the first time, so call us today to discuss your home remodeling ideas.

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Flooring Ideas to Add Character to Your Home

Updating the flooring in your home is a quick way to transform you entire house from something that feels outdated to modern and sleek, warm and cozy, or visually intriguing. As a contractor we can install a variety of flooring options into your home. Gone are the days of make a choice between wood floors and carpeting. With so many products on the market your home can have a customized look with flooring that is perfectly suited to your lifestyle and personal taste.

Here is some of our favorite flooring options:

  • Rustic Hardwood. Wide plank hard wood floors add natural character to any home while also adding a touch of history. If you live in a newer home but have an affinity for older things this is a fantastic solution for “aging” your home. If you are willing to pay more you can even find reclaimed flooring that has been used elsewhere.
  • Patterns. Whether tile flooring or painting on hardwood you can have a patterned floor that adds a level of intrigue to your home. This is best done in an area where you want to make a statement like the hallway, kitchen, or sun room. The fun thing about patterns is that you can do whatever you want and if using tile you can also select color patterns that match your personal style, while black and white is the most common.
  • Mosaic. Beautiful mosaic tiles can add glamour to any room. With a variety of gorgeous colors to pick from you can have a designer floor matching the color of your walls, furniture and accessories. This is also best done in a smaller space like the bathroom or a section of the entry way.
  • Tile. Using tile as a flooring option throughout your home is perfect for warm climates and in homes you want to keep cool. Tile is easy to clean, comes in a variety of neutral colors and sizes. Water doesn’t seep into the tile so it is ideal in rooms like the kitchen and bathroom while its durability works well for high traffic areas like the hallway. If you like tile but want warm feet consider installing in-floor heating.
  • Carpet. There are so many styles and patterns to choose from that carpeting can now be a way to express your personal style and taste. If you love the feel of soft carpet under foot don’t settle for boring beige. Instead look for patterns or textures that add interest to your floors.

When selecting new flooring for your home it is important to consider who lives there and how your home is used. For example if you are empty nesters it may be the perfect time to add mosaic tiles throughout the home for a touch of glamour. Families with young kids may want to add visual interest with more durable tile, patterns on wood floor, or patterned carpeting. Our clients are happy surprised at how easy it is to give their home a whole new look by simply replacing and updating their flooring choices. Call us today to see what Cipriani Remodeling Solutions can do for you.

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Designing Your Dream Closet

You can have a dream closet with everything in its place. If you are tired of having piles of clothes on the floor, never knowing where to find your new blouse, ties thrown over hangers, and shoes stacked in the corner – it may be time for a closet redesign. We can work with you to design your dream closet, one where everything has its place and a normally cluttered space and be light and organized. Whether your closet is a walk in or smaller with sliding doors, our clever organizational solutions can help make your life more organized.

Here are some tips for designing the perfect closet:

  • Cubbies. We can build cubbies that are the perfect size to hold sweaters, t-shirts, pants, undershirts and more. By building out these smaller sections your clothes will stay put keeping them wrinkle free and making it easier to find what you need, when you need it.
  • Shoes. Wire shoe racks are a think of the past. Built in shoe shelves are much more attractive and keep your shoes off of the floor. Since they are built in there is no risk of the rack breaking and making an even larger mess.
  • Separate Clothes Areas. Break up your hanging clothes by building walls in between certain sections. For example a built in wall can separate your suits from summer dresses. When getting dressed in the morning you can stand in front of the section to pick an outfit rather than looking at a single hanging bar.
  • His and Hers. We can build out sections for each of your clothes that are designed for the size of your clothes. A 6’5” man is going to need a longer space to hang his shirts than his 5’5” wife. By designing a closet for the height of the people using it, wasted space is reduced. This also makes sorting his and hers clothes even easier.
  • Top Shelves. Installing shelves above the hanging bar is a great way to store seasonal items like special purses, hats, and winter clothes.
  • Ties. A special bar can be installed for looping ties and scarves.
  • Purse Storage. Cubbies and shelves can be installed that are the perfect size for storing purses. Being able to easily see your favorite bags will make rotating them even easier.
  • Mirror. Installing a large wall mirror is essential for designing the perfect closet. You need to be able to see your new outfit and make sure that everything is just right.
  • Lighting. It is important to have flattering lighting in the closet. This is a place where you want to feel beautiful so remove the florescent bulb for something soft.
  • Flooring. A closet is the perfect space to have fun. Select a patterned rug or unique carpet to add whimsy to this small space.
  • Seating. Every closet should have seating. Relax as you undress for the day or get ready in a more leisurely fashion.

Cipriani Remodeling Solutions can help you redesign your closet to make it a place you enjoy spending time in. You can have a closet that makes getting ready enjoyable. Even small spaces can turn into perfectly organized areas of your home. Your dream closet is just a phone call away, so call us to get started today.

 

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How to Design the Best Kids Room Ever

Childhood is a time for whimsy and adventure. Children should have a fun room to match their imagination. You can have the perfect room to capture your child’s imagination while providing the storage solutions you need to keep their room tidy. By following these easy to use tips you can design the perfect kids room that your children will love spending time in.

Here is how you can have the best kids room ever:

  • Color. Don’t be afraid of color. This is one room where you can experiment and use full, bold hues to make a statement. Try bright orange for boys and purple for girls. Expand your color pallet beyond the typical baby blue and pale pinks.
  • Swing. Who says swings are for the outdoors only? We can install a swing in your child’s room. Whether a simple wooden swing or a luxury wicker model, your child can have playground fun indoors on rainy days.
  • Slides. Nothing is more fun than sliding out of bed in the morning. Install a slide on your child’s bunk bed and make waking up an adventure.
  • Built-in Storage. The best kids rooms have the best storage solutions. Use built in cubbies to hold special toys and keepsakes, built in toy chests to hold stuffed animals, and a sturdy built in bookcase to hold all of your favorite nighttime stories. Built-in storage is functional and beautiful.
  • Custom Beds. Children love small, cozy spaces. We can create beds that are built into the wall that make it seem like they are entering a warm and inviting cave, made perfectly for them.
  • Rugs. Provide a soft place to play using brightly colored or patterned rugs. The softer the better.
  • Tents. Pop a tent inside and let the magic begin. Spark your child’s creativity with a simple cotton camping tent or one fit for a circus clown.
  • Reading Bench. We can build a combination reading/playing nook and storage bench under your child’s window. This well lit, cozy spot is the perfect place to play a game, brush a dolls hair, or cozy up with a goodnight story.

When designing your child’s bedroom the most important thing to remember is to have fun. Their room should be a reflection of their personality and everything they love. Hiring a contractor to create built in storage, swings, beds, and benches provides the practical and whimsical elements that make an ordinary room extraordinary. At Cipriani Remodeling Solutions, we can spark your child’s imagination and create a space that they will never want to leave.

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Designing a Romantic Wine Cellar for Your Home

You don’t have to be a millionaire to have a fabulous wine cellar. With so many local wineries introducing fantastic varietals at entry level prices, good wine is accessible to everyone. All you have to do is visit your local wine shop or Whole Foods to try wine from all over the country and the world. Sharing a glass of wine is just as much fun as drinking one, and what better place to share a bottle of wine then in your very own wine cellar. You can have a romantic and cozy wine cellar in your home, regardless of how big or small of a space you have to work with.

Here are our ideas for designing the perfect home wine cellar:

  • Space. Determine the size of space you have to work with. Many home owners locate their wine cellar in the basement. The temperatures are cooler and ideal for wine storage plus the out of the way location makes it feel more like an adventure. If you don’t have a basement, consider turning a small room into a wine cellar or using a corner of the family room or end of the hallway.
  • Temperature. A wine cellar should be cool and the temperature fairly consistent. Avoid too many windows or a room that has direct sun exposure.
  • Storage. A wine cellar must have beautiful built-in storage to house and showcase your favorite varietals. Shelving can prominently display your most exclusive bottles while standard bottle storage in a crisscross pattern can house the majority of your collection. Consider locking cabinets for your most expensive and rare vintages.
  • Refrigeration. No wine cellar is complete without a wine refrigerator for your white wine and summer Rose.
  • Counter Space. A wine cellar should have a built-in counter for opening bottles of wine, laying out horderves, and pouring.
  • Glasses. Install places to hang wine glasses in a variety of sizes so that you can easily grab the correct glass for the type of wine you are pouring.
  • Lighting. The lighting in your wine cellar should be dim to enhance the romance of the space.
  • Seating. The best home wine cellars have a table and chairs or couches for sitting, and sipping, delightful wines. Make your wine cellar a room that guests want to linger in by providing a comfortable place to relax.
  • Flooring. Install tile with earthly textures and colors or use wide planked wood floors for a rustic look. Wine is influenced by the earth, by the soil it is grown in, sun that beats upon the grapes, and local growing conditions. The flooring in your wine cellar should be earthy and grounding.
  • Color. Use a subdued, earth tone, color pallet in your wine cellar for a room that is soothing and perfect for relaxing.
  • Music. Have an entertainment system installed with built-in speakers. This keeps beautiful music in, and house noise out.

At Cipriani Remodeling Solutions we turn your dreams into a reality. If you love wine and want a place to share it with friends – we can help. Regardless of how big or small your space is, we can design the perfect wine cellar for your home.