We’re well on our descent into a New England winter -- and as the temperatures plummet, your energy bill is probably going up.
Often, older homes are designed around small rooms with doors and walls that keep each space separate and private. While this makes sense for rooms like bedrooms, guest rooms and bathrooms, modern homeowners often prefer open spaces in common areas like the living room and dining room. Open concept floor plans have become the preferred home layout for homeowners making their forever home.
See how you can get the best return on investment from your next home remodel by knowing exactly what to expect and how to prepare.
Kitchen islands have been a popular kitchen decoration for so many years that in some homes, islands have started to show their age. Kitchen islands are still a great feature that make cooking and entertaining easier, and even old ones have a lot of value to offer. What most older kitchen islands need is an upgrade, like a new countertop, new sink, or refinished cabinets. What's right for your kitchen cabinets depends a lot on your personal tastes and what about your kitchen cabinet bothers you the most.
Filing an insurance claim is one of the events that no homeowner ever wants to go through. Whether it's because of a wind storm that knocks over a tree, a house fire, or a similar disaster: nothing good ever leads to an insurance claim. Still, filing a claim with your insurance company can be productive and successful, if you know what to expect and how to navigate the process.
The millwork industry as a whole is moving towards customization and personalization. A growing number of customers are offering DIY design options for all ranges of millwork products.
Insulation building code requirements in Connecticut have tightened up a lot over the years. New homes are built as efficiently as homes have ever been. However, the average home in Connecticut is about 50 years old. Older homes lack modern insulation and are often drafty, leading to fluctuating indoor temperatures in winter. You can control your home's insulation by sealing cracks, weatherstripping and performing an energy assessment that can help you identify areas of weakness in your home's insulation.
Your backyard is the ideal destination to host friends and family as well as spend time outdoors. However, some backyards are better than others.
Before there were smart phones, we took home improvement projects from start to finish without the help of home remodeling apps. It worked, but it wasn't always fun - and sometimes the results were disastrous.
Many home improvements are seasonal. In late winter and early spring, homeowners plan landscaping upgrades, house painting and home additions. Mid-summer is a time for practical improvements like appliance and fixture replacement, window upgrades, HVAC upgrades, and electrical improvements. In late summer, homeowners start looking to fall and thinking about the toll that the harsh Connecticut winter will take on their home's exterior. They also start planning for the holidays, hoping to invite family and friends to visit at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Your home is your palace, your retreat from the world, your resting place after a long day. So why shouldn't it have a fun feature like a man cave? The basement is the perfect place for this center of entertainment and relaxation, but only if the basement is properly finished and protected from moisture and chill.