Improve Your Home, Improve Your Life And Live Better

The way your home looks can affect how you feel from day to day.

You likely spend upwards of 12 hours per day in your home. If you plan your space so that it is personal and suits your individual style, it only makes sense that you will enjoy that space more. This article will give you valuable advice to improve your home and create a place of refuge and retreat.

Consider how comfortable your home is.

Although people can put up with minor imperfections, the most significant problems are ones that irritate us most. You should fix any things you don’t like about your home. For instance, rid yourself of an uncomfortable desk chair if it causes you back pain! You will be amazed how making things more attractive and accessible to you changes the way you feel. Even simple changes can have big results, such as replacing your rectangular coffee table with a round one to eliminate bumps and bruises.

You can utilize the space in a room by adding storage organizers or installing extra shelves. Keeping your home uncluttered and organized can make a huge difference.

Adding a hot tub or jacuzzi, or even a pool, can increase equity in your home as well as provide hours of enjoyment.

But there are other, smaller improvements that are less expensive, yet still very enjoyable, like a home gym or a basketball hoop. Fun areas in your home will bring you money in the long run.

Looking for ways to improve the appearance and functionality of your lighting arrangement can greatly enhance the quality of your living environment.

If your light fixtures are old, consider replacing them. You can handle this fast and simple fix yourself.

Make some improvements outside of your home.

This improvement may come from new paint or a new roof with coordinating colors. New windows can also create a fresh look. When these improvements are done, they will reward you with a satisfied feeling each time you return home–even before you reach the front door!

It’s time to break out your gardening gear and dig in.

If you take the time and effort to transform your yard into a beautiful garden, you will find yourself spending more and more time at home. You can hire a gardener if you lack a green thumb. Relaxing in your garden will reduce your stress levels and help make your home a luxurious retreat. Plants improve the air quality. Having a garden can give you the pleasure of having fresh produce to cook with in your kitchen and beautiful flowers to grace your table.

Because you spend a great deal of your time there, it is essential that you are pleased with your home. Home improvements are generally just seen as a financial investment, but they are an investment in your emotional well being as well.

Nate Berkus with Six Common Kitchen Design Dilemmas

Nate Berkus with tips and tricks for solving 6 common kitchen design dilemmas

Kitchen design is an art form, one where function and beauty harmoniously co-exist. Achieving that balance, however, isn’t always easy. When renovating a kitchen, homeowners can find themselves facing challenging design dilemmas. And they are not alone.
“When redesigning or refreshing a kitchen, the goal is to create a space that is hardworking, yet beautiful,” says Nate Berkus, renowned designer and artistic advisor to LG Studio. “Look for items that really represent who you are and your design personality, and you’ll create an area you and your family will love both now and 10 years from now.” Berkus points to six common kitchen design dilemmas and offers suggestions on how homeowners can create a space that is functional, and also beautiful.

1. Space challenges
When you don’t have enough room for the large table your family needs, get creative. Consider building an L-shaped bench around a farm table and adding extra chairs. It’s a clever use of space and will create a cozy nook where your family can gather for meals, or kids can do homework. Plus, the bench can double as storage space so it’s extra hardworking.

2. Last year’s — or last decade’s — cabinets
Cabinets are one of the first things you notice in any kitchen, and they’re also one of the most important in terms of functionality. If your cabinets provide ample space but look dated, Berkus suggests giving them a facelift. “I always appreciate a simple, clean style, but with cabinets I tell my clients they shouldn’t be afraid to mix it up,” he says. Use varying materials and finishes, like a wood or paint color that’s different from the rest of the kitchen. “I recommend sticking with a neutral palette for cabinets, whether you’re installing brand new ones or painting your existing cabinets,” Berkus says. “White, charcoal and gray will always be elegant, and you can’t go wrong with black — it’s absolutely one of my favorites. It makes a dramatic statement and looks fantastic paired with stainless steel appliances.”

3. Small budgets, big taste
When you long for that sleek, built-in look but don’t want to break the bank, counter-depth appliances are a great design choice. They seamlessly integrate with cabinetry no matter what the material, supporting that clean look you ultimately want your kitchen to reflect.
“I’m obsessed with LG Studio’s three-door counter-depth refrigerator,” Berkus says. “The door-in-door feature is one of my favorites.” The refrigerator also features a sophisticated, pro-style, flat-door design inspired by Berkus that gives it a premium look. LG Studio’s slide-in ranges, with designs also inspired by Berkus, are another great option to help homeowners achieve a custom, built-in aesthetic.

4. Unattractive, inefficient lighting
Lighting is one of the most important design elements in any room, and it’s the one thing people often overlook when re-designing their kitchens. “Lighting can instantly change the whole feel of a space,” Berkus says. “I believe it is one of the most important decisions you can make in any room, especially the kitchen, which, let’s be honest, is usually the hardest working room in your home.” To create lighting that is both useful and beautiful, remember to light the room in layers — from above, under cabinets to illuminate work areas and all-around accent lighting to create ambiance. It’s also such an easy way to add a whole lot of personality to your kitchen. Opt for vintage sconces and brass or metallic lighting fixtures. They will instantly up the design ante and make the space feel decidedly layered and interesting.

Nate Berkus5. Counter space confusion
Figuring out how much counter space you’ll need is always tricky. Start by considering all the ways you’ll be using your counters. You’ll need food prep areas, of course, but will you also want a breakfast bar where your family can sit for meals and snacks? Will you need extra room for countertop appliances? “My rule of thumb is, to always double the amount of counter space you think you’ll need,” Berkus says. “You can never have too much, especially if you like to cook and entertain.”

6. The slate is simply too clean
A large, open-concept kitchen can seem appealing, but it can also be daunting to design and decorate. “Don’t be afraid to do something unexpected in the kitchen to break up the space,” Berkus says. “I love the idea of creating an unexpected seating area in your kitchen. Shop your weekend flea markets or online stores for a vintage sofa, coffee table and rug to set up an area for your family to relax in.” Ultimately, Berkus says, keep in mind that the kitchen truly is the heart of the home. “Kitchen design is about creating a space in your home that brings the whole family together, and is the best place to reflect your sense of personal style.”– (BPT)

Getting The Most From Home Improvement Efforts

What if you could totally transform the look of your home with just a few little tricks that do not cost much?

Re-vamping your home can add some spice to your life and freshen up dated-looking rooms. This is especially useful around the holidays if you will be hosting guests. Follow these easy tips and add a little flair to your home today.

Baseboards

Replacing your baseboards – try to use stained wood because it is a lot more appealing than painted baseboards. The classic look of finished wood complements virtually any home decor style. The beauty of stained wood for baseboards is its ability to show fewer scuffs and scrapes. Touch-ups to the baseboards will also blend better. With the large selection of stains to choose from, you can match your baseboard to any color decor.

Lighting

An easy way to make the worn our furniture and scuffed up floors look like new is to add new lighting fixtures. There are many styles of lights that create a comforting aura of light. While you may think the adding of light to the room emphasizes the impurities, most guests will only notice the bright and cheery glow of the house.

Make the attractive elements on your lawn or walkway stand out with accent lighting that faces downward. This light can be nestled in trees to mimic dark, but natural, lighting. Try emphasizing garden structures like trellises, statues or seating arrangements.

Renovations

If you are improving your home to increase its sale value, focus on the important portions first. Trying to renovate the whole home will become overly expensive and provide a diminishing return on investment. Items such as exterior siding, plumbing fixtures, lighting, and kitchen appliances, however, will be universally appealing as you try to sell the home.

In just a few steps, you have discovered how to make the rooms of your home look new and inviting.

A few color changes here, new accessories there, and each room is transformed and ready for prime time. Revamp your rooms, over time, using these tips and you will be proud of your home improvement for many years to come.

Finding the Home Addition Expert

This is the next post in our Home Addition Guide series. We have introduced the guide and reviewed the first two steps. In this post, we will talk about steps three and four of the guide. So far, you should have been able to ask yourself some good questions to help determine what you are looking for in a home addition. You should also have explored some potential ideas for your home addition.

At this point you are probably starting to feel a bit overwhelmed. Never fear, the third step in the Cipriani Remodeling Solution’s Home Addition Guide will help you take the next step. Step three will assist you in finding the addition expert for your project.

In order to bring your wants and needs into clearer focus its best to reach out to an expert who can help move you ahead in the process with confidence and ease. With so many unknowns and unanswered questions running through your head, do your research to nail down a professional home remodeling service in your area that can provide the architect and design services needed to move forward on your project. Be diligent in your search – ask for referrals, check reviews, look at credentials, interview candidates, check references, get estimates. Implementing these steps will ensure you are collaborating with the prefect partner. Once you complete step three, step four will begin the fun part of your renovation project. Shopping for the finishing touches will be a breeze with an expert in tow.

Additions Gallery1
Step four is all about the design and shopping. Working hand-in-hand with your design/build team, you’ll now develop a fully workable plan down to the smallest of details. Together, you’ll go shopping for products, pick colors, find the best deals, tweak the design and layout and create the final written plan. From the roof to the floors, you’ll be guided in choosing the right materials that fit your home and your budget. Often times you’ll even come across solutions you had never thought were possible, making it a fun and educational process along the way!

Stay tuned to learn more about the Cipriani Remodeling Solution’s Home Addition Guide. For more information, info@ciprianibuidlers.com or visit our Home Addition Guide Page.

To learn more about the featured additions shown in this post, visit the Addition Showcase page.
SPECIAL FEATURE—FREE Design Clinic March 10th, 2016 6:30-8:00pm. Join us and learn ways to gain space in your home. For more information, visit the Design Clinic page.

Get Started with the Home Addition Guide

In our last blog we told you about our new Home Addition Guide and how it can be a useful tool to help guide you in your home renovation process. This blog will tell you how to get started with the Home Addition Guide This time we will give you an insight into the first two steps.

The first step in the Cipriani Remodeling Solution’s Home Addition Guide is about exploring the home addition options. When it comes to adding on to your home it’s always a good idea to put a lot of thought behind it because after all, an addition is the single biggest home remodeling purchase you will ever make. The reasons to do an addition are numerous, but assess your needs and explore all options. Is this the smartest way to add space to the house? Have you constrained to fit features and functions into your existing space? How important is this added living space to you? You need to ask yourself some of these things because just remember, keeping your needs in mind helps you to keep costs down, no matter what choice you end up making.

Collingswood, NJ Addition exterior image

Collingswood, NJ Home Addition by Cipriani Remodeling Solutions

Step two deals with dreaming up the addition ideas. Think of design ideas that will complement your current floor plan and stay true to the architectural style of your home. When adding on, it is important to ensure that the natural look and flow of the home is considered so that it becomes a natural extension of it. Additions not only add space, they also add character and style to a home. It’s about creating the perfect addition for YOU and the options are plentiful when it comes to designing your new dream space. Whether you’re looking to add a single-room addition, bump-out, sunroom, in-law suite, family room, second-story add-on or expansion of your home, a well-planned addition will solve all your living space challenges.

Collingswood, NJ Home Addition Interior view

Collingswood, NJ Home Addition by Cipriani Remodeling Solutions

Stay tuned to learn more about the Cipriani Remodeling Solution’s Home Addition Guide. For more information, info@ciprianibuidlers.com or visit our Home Addition Guide Page.

To learn more about the Collingswood, NJ home addition featured in this post, visit the Addition Showcase.
SPECIAL FEATURE—FREE Design Clinic March 10th, 2016 6:30-8:00pm. Join us and learn ways to gain space in your home. For more information, visit the Design Clinic page.