Affordable Big Impact Home Winterization Tips

Affordable Big Impact Home Winterization Tips

Although you may prefer to forget, last winter’s subfreezing temperatures may not be an isolated occurrence. Weather experts are already discussing if El Nino and arctic air from a polar vortex will cause colder than normal winter weather throughout the country. Is your home ready to withstand the chill?

Smart homeowners are taking time now to prepare their homes for the harsh weather. Winterizing not only helps maintain comfortable temperatures inside, but also helps lower your energy bill. Fortunately, some of the improvements that have the biggest impact are also easy to do and surprisingly affordable.

1. Seal gaps and cracks

The average midsize U.S. home has a half mile of gaps and cracks according to www.energystar.gov. Cold air infiltrates through those spaces causing your furnace to work overtime. An easy way to combat the problem is to use Great Stuff(TM) Gaps & Cracks to fill openings around electrical outlets, plumbing pipes, doors, dryer vents and more. Sealing your home takes just a few hours whether you do it yourself or work with a contractor. Visit dowgreatstuff.com/winterize to learn more.

2. Reverse fan blades

Your ceiling fans aren’t just valuable during summer – they can help reduce energy costs by circulating warm air that rises to the top of rooms. To ensure your fan is circulating the air correctly, you need to reverse the blades. Most modern ceiling fans have a handy switch that controls the blade direction. During the winter, set the blades to spin clockwise to help warm rooms and set to counterclockwise during summer for cooling breezes.

3. Eliminate drafty windows

Have you ever felt a draft as you walked by your window? Gaps around windows are a major source of heat loss. Seal out those drafts with Great Stuff(TM) Window & Door Insulating Foam Sealant. This specially formulated low-pressure sealant is easy to apply and insulates the window without bending the frame when properly applied. Another great tip is to open the curtains during the daylight hours on south-facing windows so the sun can help heat your home naturally. Close curtains when the sun sets to reduce the chill.

4. Install an adjustable thermostat

An adjustable thermostat is an effective tool for maintaining a comfortably warm home and cutting heating costs. If you have one but don’t have it set, now is the time to learn how. By adjusting the temperature down while you’re sleeping or away, you can save plenty of money. In fact, by turning your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours, you can save 5 to 15 percent a year on your heating bill, according to energy.gov.

5. Tune up your furnace

If meteorologists’ predictions are correct, your furnace will be working hard this winter. Make sure it is working effectively and efficiently by scheduling a tune-up now. A qualified technician will check the coils and clean and lubricate important mechanical parts. Some utility companies offer free checkups to customers, so be sure to ask about your options. In addition to a tune-up, remember to change your furnace filter once a month during the heating season to maintain proper air flow.

For more great home winterization tips, visit CiprianiRemodelingSolutions.com. One of our award-winning designers would love to have a conversation about conservation. (BPT) 

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How to Select Roofing Shingles

The 3 C’s of choosing diamonds and shingles: Knowing more means paying less.

Shopping for an engagement ring can be confusing. But knowing the 4 C’s of picking a diamond – Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat – can help consumers get the best gem for their money. Shopping for roof shingles can be confusing, too. But knowing the 3 C’s of buying a new roof – Cut, Color and Coverage – can help consumers choose the best roof for their home and make the entire process easier and less expensive.

1. Cut

Cut refers to the shape of the shingle and can have a huge impact on a roof’s appearance. Depending on the cut, specialty laminated asphalt shingles, like shingle manufacturer TAMKO Building Products’ Heritage Woodgate line, can give the illusion of wood shake shingles. Other options can resemble stone, slate or tile. Shingle cut can also give a modern or vintage look to a home, so it’s important to choose a cut that fits the style of the rest of your house. The shingle cut can also affect the installation speed and the cost of your roof. The shingle application method shown here http://bit.ly/1dORpuC can help speed installation and reduce waste.

2. Color

When you think of shingle color, you probably think brown, gray and black. And while those traditional colors are still very popular, in recent years asphalt shingles have been introduced in a wide variety of colorful hues. Color trends include high-contrast options like Rustic Evergreen and Glacier White, as well as a popular move toward natural colors emulating the vibrant tones found in nature. “People are getting creative with their roofing – it’s not just utilitarian anymore,” says Stephen McNally, vice president of sales and marketing at TAMKO Building Products. “People are seeing it as a palette – one of the first things visitors notice about the house.”

When choosing a color, take into account the exterior color of your home, including siding, shutters, porch and front door. If the lots are close together, also consider the colors of the exteriors and roofs of the homes on either side of yours. Some options include contrasting colors, complementary colors or analogous color schemes.

3. Coverage

It’s important to understand the warranty on your roofing system. Coverage includes which items are under warranty, under what circumstances the roof is warranted and for what amount of time. Most roof warranties don’t guarantee your roof will last 30-50 years, but do provide options if you experience a manufacturing defect during the warranted time frame. Look for a warranty with longer “upfront” coverage, as these typically offer more time during which both materials AND labor to install replacement shingles would be covered (tear off, removal and disposal is typically not covered). Manufacturers’ warranties don’t cover regular wear and tear of your roof and weather damage is also not typically covered by manufacturers, which is where your home insurance comes into play.

Also, many times problems with a roof are the result of improper installation, so make sure to choose a reputable local roofing contractor, preferably a preferred installer who has received training from the company that manufactured the shingles. Also, ask whether your contractor offers a separate warranty for the installation of the product and for what period of time.

Understanding these three C’s of roofing can help you buy a “gem” of a roof and hopefully save time and money. For more tips on choosing the perfect roof for your home, visit www.TAMKO.com. (BPT)

To see more finished roofing projects and for more information about how to select roofing shingles, contact CiprianiRemodleingSolutions.com. One of our award-winning design consultants would be happy to have a roofing conversation with you.

SPACE MAKERS

The object of most home remodeling design is to get the most from the space you have. Unless we have the means to have custom cabinetry fabricated, we are left with basic sizes of cabinets and appliances which seldom add up to the exact dimensions you need. As a result, we can end up with filler pieces and wasted blind corner space that we wish could be useful. Those days are over. Today, there are accessories that render wasted space a relic of the past. We all know there never seems to be enough space for the stuff we accumulate.

Rev a Shelf, a company based in Jeffersontown, Kentucky, has tackled nearly every space-eating problem any kitchen ever had. From bind corner slide-outs to filler pull-outs, Rev a Shelf seems to have covered, not only how to make wasted space usable, but how to make access to the space you have functionally smoother and more organized. While their kitchen accessories are the answer to many storage issues, they offer similar products for bathrooms and closets as well.

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Sink bases, because of the plumbing, in both kitchens and baths often become a repository for everything that we either have nowhere else to put, or we want to hide. Rev a Shelf makes use of that normally shelf-less space. A normal pantry or linen cabinet always seems to be much larger than the things we can store in them, and then, 80% of the stuff we stuff in them is not accessible unless we take the front half of the stuff out. …So 4 years later, when we can’t stand it anymore and decide to clean it out, we discover those petrified marshmallows, the pirate balloons from our 6-year-old’s second birthday, or that holiday serving dish we re-bought last year

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From ironing boards that store in vanity drawers, to tall linen or pantry cabinet pull-outs that not only utilize every inch of space, but allow you to see and access everything, to blind corner storage that allows you to use space never before accessible, and a ton of like ideas that will make your home more comfortable and your space more usable. Rev a Shelf is available in many colors and finishes, and works with your existing cabinetry. Whether you are considering a home remodeling project, or want to retro-fit space saving accessories, think about these. Many cabinet manufacturers offer similar add-ons, but Rev-a-Shelf has it all.

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Look for yourself! Visit http://www.rev-a-shelf.com

Green Remodeling

You can be deluged with “green” building and remodeling tips if you do even some rudimentary research.

 

Although there is some overlap, there are 3 primary categories of “green.” These are energy, recycling, and health. All three of these are areas can be addressed during a home remodeling project, and the greenness of your home can be enhanced as part of the overall remodeling design.

 

The first, of course, is energy conservation. This has to do with leaving the smallest possible “carbon footprint.” The considerations reach farther than the energy used in your home after the remodeling project is complete. It also considers what kind of energy it took to; a. procure the raw materials, b. transport and process the raw materials. c. manufacture the product, d. package the product, and e. transport the product to your site. If you really care about being green, then you have to include the global carbon cost in your overall green project calculus. Over and above the energy savings you are apt to experience in your home, the number of years these savings will take to offset the global costs to get it into your home must also be considered. Some manufacturers are finally catching up to consumers in sophistication regarding this.

 

The recycling and repurposing of material that will otherwise end up in an already overburdened waste stream is another critical aspect of reducing your carbon output. Producing waste is something for which we Americans have become very proficient. In fact, we’re number 1! Recycling, repurposing, and energy conservation can work hand-in-hand to reduce the amounts of energy and water it takes for us to live. Reusing “gray” water is becoming a popular mode of conservation. Collecting, storing and using rain water is also a cost effective and common-sense approach. There are many roof gardens in action today—especially in cities where open soil is scarce. These not only use rain water in a productive way, but also can be beautiful while providing insulation benefits as well. Simply collecting rain water for use in our own gardens and lawns is an easy and beneficial way to be green.

 

While our planet and its sun provide us with much energy in nearly unlimited quantities, the solar, wind, nuclear, and geothermal options have their trade-offs. This trade-offs manifest themselves in prohibitive costs and perceived danger. Until the technology becomes economically attainable for the masses and can be proven to be safe, the best we can do as people, businesses, and communities, is the best we can do. The U.S. Federal Government has enacted several incentives for families to get greener. Some State Governments do still more. However, these incentives are erratic and dependent on the solvency of the respective institutions. Keep an eye on the available incentives if you are leaning this way.

 

The third class of “green” is concerned with how healthy the materials are that we are putting in our home. Again, this is not just about us, but also the human manufacturing cost. Many commonly used material in construction off-gas unhealthy toxins to which many of us unknowingly expose our families daily. Adhesives, binders, dyes, and coatings are all around us. Many of these can be harmful to people and animals. Beyond that, there are many materials whose hazards are most suffered by the people working in the manufacturing end.

 

Many are under the mistaken impression that you have to be building a home from the ground up in order to go green. There are many, many ways to lessen your carbon footprint in an existing home. From the materials being used to the methods in which they are employed have everything to do with reducing your carbon footprint. While you may not be addressing the whole of your home, the areas you are addressing can most certainly enhance your greenness.

 

A kitchen remodel, for example, usually entails the demolition of the existing kitchen. As the wallboard on the exterior walls is removed, the insulation material and method you choose to replace the existing can be your start to a greener life. If not otherwise specified, the common faced, batt insulation used by most contractors, while an effective insulator, contains formaldehyde. You can choose formaldehyde-free insulation, insulation made from recycled materials, or you can super-insulate with closed cell, spray foam. Care taken to seal off gaps in the exterior wall substructure can help a great deal with heat loss. If you are replacing or installing new windows and doors as part of your kitchen remodel, the careful selection of those units will also help with heat loss. From there, paperless drywall, zero VOC drywall and subfloor adhesives, cabinetry made from sustainable materials such as bamboo or cork, counter tops made from recycled glass, sustainable flooring, energy star appliances, water conserving fixtures, LED lighting, and zero VOC paint will considerably green up your act.

 

“Greenwashing” is the term used for a material that may have one “green” advantage, but then other elements that are not so green. For example: the aforementioned recycled glass countertops. While recycling glass is very green, the binders and adhesives used to produce the top can be extremely unhealthy. Do your homework. It can be difficult as so much marketing is at odds with the facts. One great website to begin sorting through the mire of factoids and truth is http://www.greenwashingindex.com  . There is a wealth of information there to help navigate the “green” forest.

If the Design Fits…

CHOOSING THE RIGHT DESIGN FOR YOU

While much home remodeling is need driven, a primary purpose of home improvements is to enhance the quality of life for you and your family. In order to gain this you must first address the design. The form, as well as the function, must be carefully considered before delving into your remodeling project. Advice and ideas on planning a remodel can come from many sources: your imagination, pictures in magazines, images and articles on the internet, a friend’s home, a remodeling contractor, an architect, or an interior designer. There are likely too many options for you than too few. When you distill the subject, however, it all boils down to you—to you and your family’s unique way of living. This is not to say, of course, that you’re weird, but that by virtue of being human, you are unique, and so are the people that live with you. Call it “exceptional” if you like.

The best design for you may not be the best design for your neighbor. In the most fundamental sense, a good design makes the best use of the space in question. “Best,” however, is a largely subjective term. Outside of a handful of rules, practices, principles, legalities, and ambiguous “rules of thumb,” ” best use” is little more than an opinion. You may be familiar with the “kitchen work triangle,” for example. This is a principle used in kitchen design since the 1940s. It involves the area between the sink, cook top, and refrigerator. With the advent of new appliances, such as microwaves, mixer lifts, pot fillers, dual fuel wall ovens, and multiple sinks, the kitchen work triangle has evolved into a polygon of ever-increasing complexity, with ever-expanding options. Likewise, not so long ago, a 3 piece bathroom was the norm. Now, it’s fast becoming extinct. A basement used to be where we kept our furnace, hot water heater, and stored our old paint. Now, the hot water heater can hang on a wall, the furnace can go in the attic, leaving the basement available for a home theater, bar, game room, master suite, or a combination of all of the above—and anything else you can dream-up. We used to have to go to a place of worship to see cathedral ceilings. Now, we may have one in our sun room, foyer, or any other room that doesn’t have a floor above it. We can have a fireplace and entertainment center in our bathroom if we choose. The emphasis on open space in homes has rendered the clearly-defined division between rooms obsolete in many cases. This is accomplished more today with furnishings and decorating accoutrements than with walls. The options are so endless, it’s hard to know where to begin.  This is not your grandfather’s home improvement project.

The evolution of residential remodeling design has progressed in leaps and bounds in the last few decades, and what formerly were details worked out between a home improvement contractor and a homeowner, (often while the project was in progress) are now refined by remodeling design professionals. A remodeling design professional can help in countless ways: advise you on alternatives, cost-effectiveness, and logistic reality, but it will be you making the final decisions, and it is you that has to live with those decisions. You need to be steering this process—especially early on. It could be a mistake to allow a relative stranger to make such personal judgments. Regardless of your experience (or lack thereof,) you are uniquely qualified to meld the design and your life together. No one can know more about what you need, want and prefer than you.

It’s unwise to put the cart before the horse. Before decisions regarding cabinetry style, flooring material, tile mosaics, paint colors, etc. are addressed, the fundamental spatial layout should be worked out. It’s crucial that the design works for you and your family. Approaching this yourself, beforehand, will save you time, money and much trial-and-error aggravation. Your best bet is to do whatever it takes to get your planning ideas as close as possible to what you envision–to communicate your ideas. Involve your family. Sketch your ideas out on graphing paper. If need be, make scaled, cardboard cutouts of furniture, cabinetry, islands, etc. Move them around until you achieve the desired effect. Clip, or print photos of things you like. Then call an architect, designer, or home remodeling professional for additional suggestions, costing advice, to finalize design, and produce the project, but do yourself a huge favor—start with you and the people that live with you. The best design is the one that best reflects you. 

*Below are the existing layout and 3 basic floor plan options for a bathroom: The object is to gain space in currently cramped area. The homeowners want to do away with the large whirlpool tub and half of a double entry door, replacing the large tub with a stylish claw foot tub that also leaves the option of an expanded shower with a frameless glass enclosure and possibly a second vanity bowl.

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Common, but Still Dangerous

Asbestos in the Home

 

The dangers of asbestos are common knowledge to most people. Once hailed as a “miracle” material for its insulating, strengthening, and most of all, its fire resistance properties, asbestos was used in nearly all building materials that it could possibly be put in. These include wire insulation, plaster, drywall, roof and siding shingles, flooring and ceiling tiles, and all types of insulation. It was even mixed in cement products for added strength. There is barely a manufactured building material that hasn’t at one time or another contained asbestos.

There’s evidence that American manufacturers knew about the inherent respiratory dangers in mining and working with the material long before the rest of us did. The UK began regulating ventilation and the protection of workers involved in the use of asbestos in the 1930s. In fact the very first medical diagnosis of asbestosis was in England in the 20s. It wasn’t until the 1980s that the U.S. began restricting its use, and the banning and general phasing-out of the material was began in 1989. You may be surprised to learn that there are still consumer products on the market today containing the mineral.

Should you be worried? Well, it depends. It depends largely of the form the asbestos is in, the concentration involved, and how prone it is to becoming airborne. Materials such as floor tiles and siding are the least dangerous, as the asbestos is mixed in with other materials to form a cohesive, solid piece. In order for the asbestos to become airborne in these materials, the pieces would have to be pulverized. As long as reasonable care is taken when removing siding, floor tiles, or roofing shingles, there is little danger. Even when the asbestos is in a form in which it can easily become airborne, in most cases, it poses little threat as long as it isn’t disturbed. The most common, dangerous, and easily identifiable use of the mineral is in duct and pipe insulation. It usually appears as a whitish, fibrous wrap, often encased in another material, such as sheet metal or fabric. As long as the material is intact and covered, there is no reason for concern. However, when you see suspect materials flaking and falling, it’s time to act.

When you decide to remodel, or add onto your home the risk of encountering asbestos issues will almost certainly arise. The altering, demolishing, and replacing of asbestos-containing materials nearly always becomes necessary during these operations. While most experienced contractors are aware of the potential presence of the mineral based on the age of your home, few are trained in the identification, containment, disposal, and remediation of these materials. A competent contractor should stop when he encounters a questionable component and consult with a specialist for testing and obtaining costs for removal or encapsulation if needed. The removal of asbestos can be expensive, requiring the services of licensed professionals, and its best to know the potential costs before they arise as a surprise. It’s wise to have your home tested prior to beginning a home improvement project if you suspect the presence of asbestos. This way a plan can be developed to deal with the problems and costs ahead of time, and possibly an alternative to avoid the problems altogether can be established. Don’t depend on your contractor to know how much, and where the asbestos is in your home. If your home was built in the late 19th century to the early 20th century there is probably asbestos everywhere. This is not most contractors’ area of expertise. They will, however, know what will and what will not need to be disturbed.

Take care to protect your home and family. Always do the homework before jumping in.

 

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Beware the Stucco

Masonry Exteriors

Stucco, stone, and stucco-like exterior finishes cover buildings and facades all over the world. And why not? It’s attractive, colorful, sometimes even spectacular—and relatively cost-effective to boot. Stucco’s bastard nephew, E.I.F.S. (Exterior Insulation and Finish System) has been a popular subject of litigation for decades. The most recognizable manufacturer of E.I.F.S.  is Drivit®. Like Kleenex® or Trex®, Drivit®, while a brand name, is often used as the catchall name of the system. While properly applied stucco and E.I.F.S. can enhance your curb appeal and last for decades, all too often, however, it is not applied according to manufacturer’s instructions or even according to common sense. The improper installation of these materials can prove disastrous to a building, especially on wood-framed buildings—like most homes. This is mostly because the problems may not become apparent for years. Thankfully, a slow moving change is taking place, wherein municipal building inspectors are requiring a separate inspection prior to the application of masonry finishes. This is a welcome change for consumers, as countless homes are slowly rotting beneath their beautiful facades.

Moisture is the primary enemy of all buildings. In fact, most construction operations on exteriors involve steps that are designed to keep water out of a building. Of these steps, nearly all are beneath what you can see on the finished product. It’s usually some level of negligence beneath the surface that’s at the root of a moisture issue. If there’s a way for water to get in—it will. Special attention has to be paid to openings in a building like windows, doors, and plumbing and exhaust vents, and also at transitions between roofs and walls, cornice and walls, or roofs and other roofs.

Because all masonry is permeable to some degree, a clue that moisture is making it through the masonry surface of your home is after a rain, when the house is drying, there are areas that take significantly longer to dry than the rest. These areas are often beneath windows or around pent roofs. An area remaining wet after the rest is dry is where moisture is trapped behind the surface. That’s if you’re lucky. Because of the permeability of masonry, the membrane behind the surface has to be what keeps the water out. When it fails to do so, these types of moisture infiltration issues often don’t manifest symptoms until there is a great deal of damage. Moisture on the wrong side of a wall or roof also can entice wood-munching insects to infest the home, as well as provide an optimum climate for molds and fungi galore.

If you are considering the purchase of a home with a masonry exterior, do some homework. If you don’t get an independent home inspection report, buy a moisture meter (you can get one at your local home center for less than $30), check the moisture content outside on the masonry, any exposed wood surfaces around doors or windows, and on exposed wood framing in the basement, closest to the masonry area as possible. If these readings show excessive moisture—keep looking. If you are considering buying a newly constructed home with this kind of exterior, ask questions—find out about the installation methodology, and see if you have any legal recourse if there is a moisture envelope failure in the future.

 

Photos: The damage shown below is from a home built 8 years prior. While the damage was mostly isolated to around windows and doors, the entire stucco facade had to be removed, as well as the windows, doors and quite a bit of sheathing. In this case, the client opted to replace the stucco with vinyl siding (bottom photo). The top photo shows the home before the work.

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The Best Kitchen Ideas Ever

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Have you ever noticed how much time you spend in the kitchen?  Cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner are a serious commitment.  The larger your family is – the more time you will spend in this area of the house.  After you’re done cooking there is clean up and the cycle continues.  Many people will spend over two hours in the kitchen every day!  On top of that kitchens are often a gathering place, homework spot, and conversational hub.  With so much activity being centered around your home kitchen, we have gathered our favorite ideas for making your kitchen more functional and comfortable.

 

Here are the best kitchen ideas ever:

 

  • Countertops.  Have countertops installed that allow you to prep food on top of them.  Consider installing a butcher blog or stainless steel so that you can avoid pulling out the cutting board.  This one extra step takes time, so go around it.
  • Pull out cabinets.  It can be hard to find things that are buried inside of your cabinets.  When making a new dinner dish that creates more time for you to hunt for spices or the right utensil.  Solve this problem with pull out cabinets that make it easy to see everything.
  • Island with two levels.  We can create a custom island for your family that is full of storage solutions, a prep sink, and two levels.  By creating a second, higher, level than the cooking area you can have a built in space for guests.  This lets kids do homework next to you without it getting wet from dishes or stained from dinner prep.  We can even install outlets so you can charge phones, laptops, and iPads.
  • Cathedral ceilings. Many people think cathedral ceilings are only for the formal living room or great room.  Having high ceilings in your kitchen is a fantastic way to open up the space, let light in, and creates an open airy feel.  If your home is small, and the lot won’t allow for expansion, opening the ceiling can create a sense of space without actually increasing it.
  • Commercial hood.  There are so many sleek designs available now for modern looking hoods.  By installing a commercial grade hood you can keep the house smelling fresh, rather than smelling like dinner.  This is important for kitchens that open onto a great room.
  • Glass cabinets.  By replacing wood front cabinets with glass you can always see what dishes are where.  This is great for families that want kids to help out.  Instead of hunting for the plates, they can be easily found.
  • Trash and recycling chutes.  We can install hidden garbage chutes that make throwing out the trash easier than ever.
  • Appliances.  Buy new appliances!  They make your life easier by cooking food faster and more evenly.  We can recommend a variety of appliances for how your family lives.

 

At Cipriani Remodeling Solutions we have been renovating kitchens for over 35 years.  We can turn your kitchen into a dream space that is highly functional for your family.

 

Making Room for Mom – Home Additions for When Parents Come Home

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Our population is aging and as mom and dad grow older it is becoming more common for baby boomers to invite them home.  You basically have two options: place parents in an assisted living facility or care for them inside of your home.   Inviting your parents to live with you creates its own set of challenges.  How do you preserve privacy for yourself and for them? Both of you are adults, set in your ways, and not likely to change.  The best solution is a home addition that allows for independent living.  You can be in the same house while maintaining privacy.

 

In addition to the standard mother-in-law cottage here are remodeling solutions you can use.

 

Garage Apartments

 

The space above your garage is often underutilized.  By installing a fully functional apartment above your garage, mom can have her own living quarters next to your main house.  We recommend installing a small kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room in addition to a living and dining space.  This can all be accomplished above the standard two car garage.

 

Some of the benefits of a garage apartment are:

 

  • The exterior can blend in with the existing house for a customized, beautiful look.
  • Your parents can have a separate entrance for additional privacy.
  • An elevator can be installed inside the garage for increased safety.
  • This is a completely separate living space that is adjacent to your home.

 

 

Basement Apartment

If you have an existing basement you can finish it off to become a comfortable apartment.  By adding a kitchen, laundry room, and full bathroom it can easily turn into a comfortable living space for elderly parents.  This is an easy transformation for families that had a basement playroom for kids that have since moved out of the house.

 

Benefits of a basement apartment:

 

  • Easy transformation that doesn’t disturb your main living space.
  • Privacy with separation from your main living quarters.
  • Easy to get to your parents if they need you for any reason.
  • You can have a separate entrance installed, if there isn’t one already.

 

Guest Suite within Your Home

 

We can review the existing footprint of your home and identify ways to create a private guest suite.  Your new guest suite can be a beautiful and private space.  We can extend the existing footprint of your home, or combine existing rooms to create a single space.  When designing a suite for your parents include a separate living area for the couch and television.  We can also install a stand up washer/dryer unit in the closet for added convenience and privacy. This is an ideal solution when your parents have medical needs that require additional attention.

 

Benefits of a guest suite:

 

  • You can stay in close proximity to your parents if they need additional assistance.
  • This is an ideal solution when your parents are living with you part of the time and with other siblings part of the time.

 

At Cipriani Remodeling Solutions, we can remodel your home to create spaces that are perfect for your family.  Whether it’s making space for mom or installing your dream kitchen – we can help.

 

 

 

Cool Design Ideas for Under the Stairs

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Houses with stairs often have wasted space.  At Cipriani Remodeling Solutions we identify ways for homeowners to maximize their space and get more out of their existing footprint.  There are a variety of ways you can use the space under your stairs to create comfortable and cozy spaces.

 

Here are cool design ideas for under your stairs:

 

  • Office Space. The nook under your stairs is a perfect spot for installing an L shaped desk.  We can design one that is customized for your exact space with built in file storage, electrical outlets, and lighting.  This can become a good homework spot, place to do bills, or a spot for the kids computer to go while being in eye sight of the grownups.
  • Reading Nook.  Curl up with a good book and relax a little.  We can create a reading nook that is warm and cozy with built in lounge type seating with book storage underneath it.  By installing reading lamp this can quickly become a favorite place to unwind.
  • Playhouse.  Create a magical space for your children to play with an under the stairs playhouse.  It can look like the entrance to a real home with a window, door, and shingles.  Let their imagination soar with this one of a kind play space.
  • Dog House.  Fido needs a cozy place too!  Install a warm, cozy space for your favorite pet to take naps and play.
  • Storage.  Everyone can use more storage and we can build in closets, drawers, cubbies and more – directly under your stairs.
  • Entertainment Center.  If your stairs lead directly into the living space where you watch television, consider installing your entertainment center directly under the stairs.  This takes the concepts of “built-ins” to a whole new level by not taking up any additional floor space.
  • Wine Cellar.  Create a gorgeous wine cellar to hold your favorite bottles.

 

We can help you to maximize each area of your home.  By using innovative ideas you can increase your living space without expanding the footprint of your home.  At Cipriani Remodeling Solutions, we have been renovating homes for over 35 years.  Call us to learn how we can transform your home into something amazing.