Kitchen Remodeling Trends

Remodeling your home is a big undertaking, whether it’s replacing a door, a new kitchen or bathroom, or adding on a new living space.  Most people take several years to finally remodel, so you want everything to be just right.

A kitchen remodel can be a very overwhelming process, with so many areas to consider. All of us at Adams Design Construction will help to make the process as smooth as possible.  Nevertheless, gathering ideas before you get started is always a good idea.  Here are a few of the current kitchen remodeling trends:

White’s Brilliant:
One of the latest design trends with kitchen remodeling is using white. White cabinetry, white countertops and even having white walls can help to create a very crisp, calming space. Adding touches of black into the design adds a layer of drama. Even if you do not go with a great deal of white, use it to help build contrast. It is a good idea to have that brilliant white background and then to use pops of contrasting color throughout the space.

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Add Some Drama:
Another kitchen remodeling tip for those who want to be trendy is to use pieces within the space that create more drama and excitement. Place something unexpected into the room. For example, you may want to use oversized light fixtures that add color or sparkle to the room. Add fabric shades to windows that stand out. Use countertops with dimension, a unique cut or a lot of character in order to bring in an interesting element to the space.

Make It a Destination:
Rather than creating a space that is just useful, make it a place you want to be. For example, create a room that is welcoming and inviting. Pay attention to the details. Using cabinetry with ornate detailing is a good place to start. Invest in a higher quality tile for the flooring. Consider choosing an island that is the focal point with numerous drawers – so much so, that it looks more like a dresser than an island. If you stepped into a condominium in a tropical island, what would you want this room to look like? Kitchen remodeling to create a destination space at home makes the most sense. After all, you want to feel welcomed in your home.

Collect Pictures:
Ideas you like, a cabinet that would work, a faucet you must have….collect pictures or even use Pinterest on-line to gather you ideas.  It helps to sort out later which ideas are most important.

Kitchen remodeling can be as extravagant or as simple as you would like it to be. It can be an amazing opportunity for you truly to dive into style trends and sophistication. On the other hand, it still needs to be functional. The combination of both functional and trendy is possible. You will know you will have the ideal space when you work with a professional, so if you’re in Dane County Wisconsin, give Adams Design Construction a call – 608-241-9009 – we’d love to make your dreams come true.

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Day Beds: Change the Bedroom!

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Creating a custom made day bed is one of the creative and economical of ways to add instant character to boring, boxy rooms. It’s a terrific way to use other wise wasted space. It’s a simple, but very effective, focal point to spring board your imagination into action.

Having a structure that really serves you, as well as looking great, is the charm of great design.

Day Beds can be created to be flush with or just below a window with cleverly flanked shelves. A great parent spot to watch the kids outside while taking a coffee break; two friends can share a private visit; an industrious teenager, will find a handy space to hunker into to study, read, or use cyber ‘toys.’ When your sister comes to spend the night, a perfect place to sleep.

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Built in day beds can be constructed low with drawers for storage. Perfect for blankets, toys, rain/winter wear, sports gear, or holiday trimmings.

It can easily house yet another bed, to be trundled out for a sleep over or even a cozy place for loved pets to share nap time.

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For ingenuous style, a pentagon, hexagon or octagon shape could be cut into a wall to surround and contain the bed.

Stylized doors can be created to close off and cleverly conceal the bed. Day beds can easily be constructed to wrap around a corner…two snoozing spots in the sunshine.

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Outdoors, they can suspend from a porch ceiling or for more joy, built into a deck area and be furbished with wood or fabric over hangs to create a perfect cabana!

 

Need to update your bedroom? Give us a call, we love to help – 608-241-9009, or visit our web sites AdamsOfMadison.com !

Home Energy Audit

Home_Energy_AuditSave hundreds of dollars each year by making upgrades identified in an energy assessment. It sounds simple enough and it really is. There are many places in your home that you could be unnecessarily losing energy or, worse, the problem could create a safety risk. In a home energy audit, every part of your home is looked at from the basement to the 4 corners of the attic. Continue reading

Getting Ready For Aging In Place

As we get older and look around our homes, we may realize there are some items that are either becoming difficult or will become difficult as we age.  It is never too early to start planning or making small changes to start to accommodate aging in place.

Here are some ideas of items you can change to aid with aging in place, from small projects to more involved projects.

  1. Bathroom Grab Bars:
    One of the easiest things to do is to install some bathroom grab bars. Install in bath units and/or by toilets for safety.  Please note, grab bars are designed to take one’s weight and do need to be properly installed.  Just screwing into drywall would do no good.
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  2. Counter Height Seating (also known as Bar Height Tables):
    As we get older, getting in and out of chairs can start to become difficult. Consider replacing your traditional kitchen table with a counter top height table and chairs. If designing a new kitchen, then adding a counter top breakfast bar would also fit the bill.
  3. Separate Cook Top Range and Wall Oven:
    Do you have a slide in range-oven unit and is it hard on you when you bend to get items out of your oven? Then consider changing to a cook top range and wall oven units.  You can then place your wall oven at counter top height or any height that works best for you.
  4. Front Load Washer & Dryer Risers:
    The newer energy efficient front load washers and dryers can save you a lot on your energy bills. But just as with the oven, constant bending to load and unload them can become a problem.  Consider putting you front load washer and dryers on some risers.  Most pre-made risers are around 15″ tall, which will make loading and unloading  your front loaders easier on your back.
  5. Relocate Laundry Room:
    Is your washer and dryer in your basement? Tired of hauling laundry up and down flights of stairs?  Consider relocating your laundry room. Move it to the first floor, or if you have a two story home and can find the room, create your laundry room on the second floor near the bedrooms.
  6. Stair Chair Lifts:
    It’s not such a new idea, but more and more companies are making stair chair lifts. They easily attach to your existing stairs and most fold up for easy access. Stair lifts are a great way to keep being mobile regardless of where your stairs may be located in your home (basement, second floor or even outside).
  7. Wet Room Bathroom or Low Entry Shower:
    A wet room bathroom is where the shower is integrated in to the bathroom instead of being a boxed off space in the corner. The big difference of course is the level of the flooring. A wet room has no step or tray for the shower area. The floor being a suitable gradient so water drains away and doesn’t flow out right across the entire bathroom floor. Or as an alternative to redesigning your entire bath would be to replace your bathing area with a low entry shower.
  8. Area Rugs Beware:
    Rugs that slip can be a problem for anyone, regardless of age or ability. If you use area rugs, then be certain to use something to keep them in place.  You can use rug grippers, double stick tape, non slip mats underneath to name just a few, to keep them in place.The Center for Disease Control defines aging in place as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.”  for more information, see their web site: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyplaces/healthtopics/healthyaging.htm

Thinking about updating a portion of your home, then give us a call, Adams Design Construction, Ltd 608-241-9009, we’d love to help you make your dreams come true!

4 Tips for Designing the Perfect Kitchen

Whether you’re planning a full scale kitchen remodel, or building one from the ground up with a new home, a great design will help you make it the perfect kitchen. Here are four tips to keep in mind when working out designs for your new kitchen:

1) Create an Efficient Workspace – Above everything else, a kitchen is a workspace. And whether you’re preparing a meal for ten or two, it’ll be infinitely easier on you if your workspace is organized and efficient. Typically, while working in the kitchen, you’ll be moving back and forth between three areas: the refrigerator, the stove, and the sink; also known as the kitchen work triangle. Designing your kitchen to optimize this triangle will go a long way to make it a great place to work.

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2) Keep it Open  Every kitchen, especially smaller ones, can benefit from having an open layout. Keeping a kitchen open and flowing out into a dining or living room will make it feel way bigger than it actually is. This can be taken even further, by using open shelving instead of cabinets, smaller appliances, and sleeker furniture.

3) Light it Right – Too many kitchens try to rely on a single light in the ceiling to get the job done, when this usually isn’t the best way to do it. Often, a combination of different types of light fixtures, some providing softer, ambient light, and others more focused, is the most effective way to illuminate the kitchen.

4) Air it Out – Those onions tasted great in the dish you just made, but the lingering smell all around your house isn’t so great. Incorporating adequate ventilation into your kitchen design with windows and range hoods will help keep the rest of your home free from any odor, smoke, and moisture created from cooking.

Designing the perfect kitchen can be a daunting task, but you don’t need to do it alone! At Adams Design Construction, we’ve been designing kitchens that look and work great for more than 30 years – we know what makes a perfect kitchen. Contact us to make an appointment, and we’ll help you make your dream kitchen a reality.

How to choose siding color

Spring time can also be called Home Improvement time. Step outside and take a look at your home from the curb, or otherwise known as curb appeal.  What does you siding look like? Is it time for a siding replacement? Or is the paint on your siding starting to show fading or peeling? Choosing a siding color can be an overwhelming experience. After all, it is likely that you’ll be keeping the same siding color on your home for several years to come.

it is important to address a few key tips and tricks in selecting the right siding color. We have complied a few key factors to help you choose the right siding color:

The color of your roof.
Your roof color will play an important role in your siding color selection. After all, the lifespan of a shingle roof is around 20-30 years. It may not be a good idea to select a siding color too similar to the roof color. For example, a dark roof and a dark siding color can make the home look dreary and uninviting; on the other hand, a light roof and a light siding color can make the home look too bright and sterile.

The size of your home.
The size of your home is another factor to consider when choosing your siding color of choice. A larger home may look drab with darker siding since the dark color can be overbearing. However, a larger home shouldn’t have exclusively light colors. It is also important to create contrast. A good idea would be to contrast lighter siding with dark accents, such as the shutters. Plus, since dark colors grab your eye, we suggest including dark colors in accents or places where you want to catch the viewers’ attention.

The architectural style of your home.
What’s the architectural style of your home? Often, different home styles are known for different siding colors. For example, Colonial style homes often have white siding and Craftsman style homes are known to have darker siding colors, such as sage. However, don’t be afraid to bend the rules…well, to an extent. To give an example, a home style that is known for white siding might look attractive with light gray siding. The subtle shift of color is unexpected and fun, without looking to out of place.

Color Trends
In addition to these tips, it is also a wise decision to avoid a siding color that is too trendy. After all, the siding that you choose is a huge investment and cannot be easily changed – no matter the material you choose. If you want to include a trendy color, it is best to include it in accents that are easier to swap out. This can be in items such as entry mats, planters, and the like. That way, it is simple to swap pieces out when you grow tired of that color.

In conclusion, choosing a siding color for your home can be an exciting yet overwhelming experience. Don’t be afraid to try out some sample colors on your home first.  Need help, Adams Design Construction are always happy to help, so give us a call if you’re in Dane County, WI  608-241-9009, or visit our website Adamsofmadison.com.  We’d love to hear from you.

Springtime and Clean Windows

Have you ever wondered how those professional window washers move so fast with the squeegee, and the windows turn out perfect? Well, there really are some tricks to it that are simple to learn, and once you do, dare I say it, you may even enjoy washing windows? It is possible!

So, read on for our Washing Windows Tricks:

The first trick is to invest in a good squeegee. They aren’t expensive and they are worth every cent! Those $1.99 ones just will not do. A professional squeegee has a very soft, rubber blade with no imperfections in it.  You can also get extra rubber blades and simply replace that when it wears out. There are many sources to get one, and a professional squeegee usually runs around $10 and up.

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Secondly, do your windows on a cool, or cloudy day.  If you HAVE to do it in the sun, do it in the morning. What you want to avoid here is heat. Heat works against you.

Now to get cleaning. Get a bucket of lukewarm water (not hot), and add 2-3 tablespoons of plain ammonia. Use a sponge that has a white scrubber on the other side (don’t use the green ones, they are too course). Wet your window with the sponge side, then flip to the white scrub pad side, and scrub the window. You’ll be able to “feel” when it’s clean. You’ll feel rough patches, etc when it’s still not clean. This is a step most people fail at, if the window simply isn’t clean, it’s going to look cloudy when done. Scrub well.

You’ll also need lots of clean, white cotton rags or lint free towels/cleaning cloths. Diapers work great here. Dry by hand a 1 inch strip at the top of the window. The trick for no streaks with the squeegee, is placing the dry rubber blade on a dry window. Take the squeegee now and place it at the top of the window in that 1 inch dry strip. Pull down smoothly. Dry your squeegee blade with between each sweep.

To finish the window, if need be, do one last sweep left to right at the bottom of the window.

Finally, take a dry, clean cloth and run with your finger down each window side and across the bottom to clean and dry the edges. They should look perfect! And you’ll feel great having clean windows.

Think you need to replace those windows? Well give Adams Design Construction a call at 608-241-9009, we’re here to help!