by Sue Tughan
Think gray, if you are looking for a change in color for your kitchen, bath or even bedroom. This popular trend can be a great alternative to traditional colored cabinets. It works well with modern, Old World, traditional, contemporary or modern spaces.
When choosing this versatile neutral color, be sure to consider the size of the space you are working with, sunlight, how it is influenced by surrounding colors and whether you prefer painted or stained cabinets.
If new cabinets are not in your budget, using accents with gray floating shelves, hardware, furniture, accessories or paint color are good options to give you that updated look.
The options are endless.
by Sue Tughan
Pets are members of our families. They no longer require just a doggie door, plain old dog bed or outside dog house. Over 73 million U.S. households have a dog as a pet, and 90 million have cats, so why shouldn’t your pets be considered when making home improvements? If you are looking for some creative ideas, here are a few ideas that can easily be incorporated into your remodeling project.
What was once “wasted” space under the stairs, housing seasonal storage, outdoor gear, etc. consider an out of the way cozy dog house, that will certainly give you style points from both your four legged friend and guests alike!
You might consider a room with a view. Floor-to-ceiling windows will not only let more natural light into the house, but they can also provide your pet with a way to see or maybe catch a breeze. As an added touch, you can install bird feeders near the window for extra visual interest.
Where to hide the litter box or dog bed? Many people settle for the laundry room, but the box is still there and in plan sight. This is an easy project. Just remove the door or cut a cat size hole in the door of your cabinet for your kitty to get in and out. That’s it. An out of the way litter box that is easy to access and change.
No matter what you decide, keep your furry loved-ones happy by giving them a home they’ll love!
by Sarah Steurer
|Is your master bath functional for your needs and has storage for all your “stuff” and maybe a great shower or soaking tub for a little self-indulgence? If not, it’s probably time to consider a remodel. Once you have made the decision to make your bath your personal retreat, consider some of these tips.
Be a Little Selfish
If you Plan to Sell
Tile is the number one surface used in bathrooms today. This is a semi- permanent choice for homeowners because of the durability. Because of this, it is important to make tile selections that would appeal to all types of potential buyers. This doesn’t mean you have to settle for a bland, beige colored bathroom. You can add personal style and color with your vanity, towels, rugs, window treatments, wall art and paint. Whether you choose a relaxing, jetted tub or an over-sized shower with multiple shower heads, make it your own tranquil retreat.
by Sarah Steurer
Winter in the northwest can mean high power bills for most of us. Here are a few easy tips to help avoid getting sticker shock when the heating bill arrives!
Close the damper on your fireplace, when you are not burning
Even if the doors are closed, the damper being open can suck warm air up and out of the chimney
Seal windows with painter’s plastic
If you have older windows in the home, some find it helpful to cover them tightly with painter’s plastic to prevent leaks and drafts. If you don’t want to block your view out of the main windows, even covering windows in the basement could help do the trick
Change furnace filters
Putting fresh filters in your furnace will ensure the heat can flow thoroughly throughout your home. Furnace filters should be changed once every 1-2 months, especially in the winter
Adjust the temperature
When you are away at work most of the day and while sleeping, it is a smart idea to drop the temp in the house. Most thermostats are digital these days and will allow for temp changes at different times of the day. Cutting your heat back by 10 degrees while you are not home can save up to 10% a year on that power bill
Close the vents
By closing the door and vents in that guest room or other rooms not being used could easily cut 100 – 200 square feet off of your energy footprint