Once it comes time for warm weather, most people want to spend their time outside enjoying the fresh air. One way to enjoy the summer weather is with a screened porch. With the protection of a roof and window screens you can avoid all of the drawbacks of the outdoors while enjoying the benefits of fresh air and beautiful scenery. You can also select for a wide range of styles and designs so that your screened porch addition seamlessly flows into your existing home.
Whether you’re moving into a new home or remodeling an old one, part of the fun is in the interior design. Home decorating lets you recreate a space to be more functional and more aesthetically pleasing. Of course, you have to make sure you don’t cause any of these design don’ts.
An outdoor entertainment space is a great addition to any home. You can use your outdoor living space to cook-out with family and friends, enjoy your backyard in comfort and watch over your pets and children as they play. A wood deck in particular is a great investment for your home and family.
As professional architects, we’re no strangers to the home building process. While many homeowners opt for a spring or summer home construction projects, winter builds are certainly not off the table. While it may seem an unlikely union, construction and winter weather can actually provide homeowners with many benefits.
Thinking about a kitchen renovation? Before you get started there are a few things you should do before calling in the professionals. By taking the right preparation steps now, you can ensure that your dream kitchen comes to life just the way you’ve envisioned. Here’s how you should begin to plan for a kitchen remodel:
With proper planning, converting garage space can be a good idea for those looking to add a little more square footage to a house. There are many factors to weigh before undertaking a garage remodel. Homeowners should consider cost, purpose and trade offs during the development stages of such a project.
Envisioning a luxurious, spacious bathroom is simple, but when you have a small space to work with bathroom remodeling requires a little more creativity to design that luxurious spa-like space within a smaller footprint. When taking on a bathroom renovation or a bathroom remodel, you’ll need to keep three simple principles in mind: space, functionality, and impact.
Energy efficient building materials and practices are more prevalent today than they ever were in the past. Homeowners understand that investing in energy efficient retrofits or new construction is one of the best ways to save money and help the environment. If you live in an old home you’re likely familiar with high energy bills and drafty windows and doors. As professional architects we like to make energy smart decisions by providing homeowners with a structure that has an efficient building envelope.
One existing area that is often overlooked by homeowners as potential living space is the space overhead. An attic can work well as added living area with proper planning and consideration. An attic remodel requires special contemplation to make it fit with and work for the existing home. Key factors include creating access, adherence to building codes, maximizing space and including modern design touches.
With all of today’s “do it yourself” shows on television, it is easy to get inspired to create a list of building and design projects for your next open weekend. However, what you often aren’t seeing is the slew of team members behind the scenes who are working on projects and smoothing out the kinks. Before you tackle a huge construction project on your own, take into consideration the benefits of bringing an architect into the fold.