Fireplace choices, gas and electric

Adams Design Construction - Gas FireplacesBecause gas itself is cleaner and with no wood, sparks, ash or municipal restrictions to follow, it is infinitely easier to design around. Compared to wood burning it is cost effective as well.

Converting a wood burning to gas claims the best of both those worlds. If you can run wiring, a gas line and a small metal chimney, we can build it for you!

From a small, faux ‘coal burner’ tucked under a kitchen counter to take the chill off of Victorian floors to a clear glass, four sided stand-alone with colorful glass rocks instead of a gas log, we are talking major designing fun here! You have the ultimate freedom of having your flat screen TV right above the fireplace to intimate flickering flames right beside your bath tub. It’s positively dreamy to be outdoors with a “warming spot” for winter sport enthusiasts.

Electric Fire Places: with no flue to deal with, it’s instant installment100% of the heat stays in the room, often blown in with fans & with no fumes. They often have filter systems that clean your inside air. Because they are portable, thermostat & timer controlled, and come with a remote, folks who own them love them! Here in Wisconsin we are no strangers to harsh weather. Electric fire places can be outdoors and work on batteries making them a source of light as well as heat. Safety features include shatter proof glass with stay cool surfaces and an auto turn off if it falls down. The one feature no other fire place can offer, is friendly flames with out heat.

Our design team can work with you to make your fireplace decision easier as well as make sure whatever you decide fits into the “look” of your home. As winter winds down soon, thinking ahead sounds like a pretty good idea!

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When everything Old becomes New Again

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There is an expected increase in home remodeling due to the number of older adults that are in need of updated amenities. More and more baby boomers are choosing to stay at home. Adjusting these older homes for the aging requires some retrofitting to ensure a safe and comfortable environment. The right kind of improvements can help maintain freedom and dignity.

It Doesn’t Have To Feel Like a Nursing Home

So many memories are made at home and you shouldn’t have to settle for a remodel that feels sterile. There are lots of ways to increase safety without changing the feel of the home. A great place to start when making a home more functional for aging-in-place is a first floor full bathroom. This may seem costly but adding a chair lift or elevator tends to cost much more. We also receive requests for a first floor laundry room, which makes a lot of sense – heading to the basement and carrying laundry baskets upstairs becomes much more difficult.

Cooking Up Convenience

Make sure you get comfortable flooring in the kitchen. Tile, while easy to clean, is tough to stand on for extended amounts of time. Wood cork flooring, vinyl, linoleum, these will be a lot nicer to your joints. Another great addition is seated work spaces, that way you can still prep all your food while sitting down.

One of the more obvious upgrades is a ramp leading to the entryway of the house. Eliminating stairs of any kind is always a good thing, allowing for groceries and other items to be wheeled right in. Keep the wheels rolling in the house; less carpeting is better, making for easy movement in the areas where it’s needed most.

WoodWheelChRamp-1These are just a few things that can be done to allow for the aging to continue making memories where they’ve already made so many. If you know someone who doesn’t want to leave home but needs to upgrade soon for safety and comfort, we can talk through the options, so give us a call – 608-241-9009, or visit our Website adamsofmadison.com for more ideas!

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 !

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!

 

Remodel the Basement for a Home Workout Room

The importance of fitness is more than ever! But most people end up skipping the gym or their morning run. The biggest challenge of maintaining an active lifestyle is to be consistent with your exercise. But, what if the gym came to your home? If you have idle place in the basement of your home, why not use it to meet your fitness goals?

There is a difference between having a couple of weight stacked in the closet and having a fully-functional home gym in the basement. It is not necessary to buy fancy gym equipment to create a workout space in the basement. You just have to work with a couple of elements that will enable you to exercise regularly.

Toss the Gym Membership: Make the Basement your Gym

Why spend money on gym memberships when your home can be your personal workout center? Learn how to design a gym that matches well with your fitness goals and allows you to be consistent.

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Work-out room added to remodeled basement by Adams Design Construction, Ltd.

• The Matters of Space

What is your workout style? Do you go for the treadmill? Or are you a fan of spinning? If your interest lies in weight-lifting along with a couple of Crossfit moves, you will require a large space in the basement. Remember that you can design the home gym according to your workout schedule. So, consider the different types of exercises that you do as well as the different kinds of machines that you will require. It will determine the basic layout of the gym.

• Injury-proof Flooring

The usual concrete floor cannot be used for exercising. It is because you may drop heavy weight on the floor and it will cause damage to it. Also, jumping on a hard floor means it will not absorb the shock and give you knee pain in the near future. It is essential that you consider your exercises and install flooring that absorbs shock and doesn’t let the heavy dumbbells damage the foundation of your home. When it comes to flooring for your home gym, you will find a plenty of options such as rubber flooring, carpet tiles, foam-based flooring and vinyl tiles.

• The Solution to Sweat

Workouts are supposed to make you sweaty. And, the basement is going to smell sweaty and musty because of the home gym. So, you have to take care of the air circulation. Keep the basement well-ventilated to avoid nasty odor. There are several ways to ensure proper ventilation. If there are multiple windows, it will ensure that the basement is airy. If not, consider box fans, floor fans, air conditioning units and dehumidifiers to keep the home gym ventilated. You can even install exhaust fans and humidity sensors to avoid growth of mold and mildew.

• More Tips to build a Motivated Workout Area

For building a motivated powerhouse, focus on the following things:

1. The Mirror – Install mirrors to ensure correct posture while exercising.

2. Lighting – Proper lighting fixtures create an energetic atmosphere in the basement.

3. Paint Colors – Choose bright bold colors to boost your energy level.

4. Posters – You can hang motivational posters and slogans to keep you motivated throughout your workout.

5. Music – Good music is essential for a home gym. Buy a good music system and consider installing soundproofing drywall.

“It is too far”, “it will be crowded” or “I will be stuck in traffic” – With a gym-work out room in the basement, you will be able avoid all the excuses and focus on achieving your fitness goals. So, if you are thinking of giving a new look to the basement, give Adams Design Construction a call – 608-241-9009, and take a step towards building good health.

Layered Lighting Inside Your Home

Illuminating a home is more than buying light fixtures. You have to consider several layers of lighting to create a beautiful living space. Know about layered lighting and get ready to brighten up your home.

We always think of choosing the perfect colors for our home. We spend time in finding the right furniture style. But, one often forgets about lighting. Lighting is one of the most neglected aspects of a home. The right kind of lighting can make any living space beautiful and comfortable. It has the power to add sophistication, warmth and style to your home. But, lighting a room is not just buying pretty light fixtures. Just as you make a room beautiful with different layers of colors and textures; you have to create a beautiful combination of different layers of lighting. Layered lighting not only illuminates your home but also provides practical lighting solution for your accessories.

There are three basics when it comes to Layers of Lighting. You have to combine ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting to create a beautiful amalgamation of lighting to accentuates your home.

  1. Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting is the first lighting layer. Every room must have at least one source of ambient lighting. You cannot avoid it because it keeps you from getting your toe stubbed against a piece of furniture. By having adequate lighting, you ensure that you do not trip and fall. An electrician can create ambient lighting with the help of recessed lights, flush-mount fixtures, panels, large chandeliers, fans with lights, etc.

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Ambient Lighting

  1. Task Lighting

The purpose of ambient lighting is general illumination. But, it is insufficient as a light source for purposes that require more light. For example, activities such as reading, sewing, cooking, applying make-up, etc. require additional lighting. Usually, fixtures used for track lighting are visible. So, it is essential that you choose fixtures that match the theme of the room. You can ensure adequate light source with the help of pendant lighting, low-hanging track lighting, under cabinet lighting, bed-side lamps, bathroom vanity lights and so on.

  1. Accent Lighting

To add drama to a living space, you require accent lighting. You can use it to draw attention towards houseplants, paintings, or any other unique accessory in the room. If you have a beautiful sculpture, accent lighting can help you to highlight it. According to a general rule, accent lighting should be three times brighter than the general light source to create a focal point. An electrician can install a variety of wall scones, track lights, pendant lights, LED tape lights, etc. to emphasize a specific area in the room.

When you are thinking of layered lighting for a room, make a planned decision. First begin with the purpose of the room. Also, finalize furniture. Once you are done with it, think of the focal point the room. After you are sure of the layout, consider ambient lighting, and then focus on task lighting and accent lighting. Remember that there is no need to buy separate fixture for all the different types of lighting. For example, you can use a large chandelier for ambient lighting as well as accent lighting. Make sure that the electrician makes adequate use of dimmer switch to provide you with versatile lighting. Remember proper planning and apt combination of lighting can illuminate your home beautifully. And, as always, give Adams Design Construction a call 608-241-9009, we’re here to help.

Prevent Dryer Fires

Cleaning out your dryer’s venting system is a quick weekend project and an important cleaning chore to help keep you and your family safe.

Every year, an average of 14,500 clothes dryers catch fire!  This isn’t due to a wiring issue–rather, it’s because lint collects in the dryers exhaust ducts.  Lint builds up very fast, is highly combustible and can spread a fire quickly.  Cleaning your dryer vent once a year can help prevent a fire.

The easiest way to clean the dryer vent fully is with a dryer vent cleaning brush.  Start from the outside of the house, where the vent is and work inward toward the dryer.  You will be amazed at what comes out of the dryer vent, so keep a trash bag or two nearby.

Also remember to turn off the dryer when you are not going to be at home.  Dryer fires spread so quickly, so it’s definitely better to be safe and not sorry!

After the vent has been thoroughly cleaned, you can take several steps to make sure that your dryer is operating safely year-round.  Always clean the dryer’s lint screen after every use. Vacuum behind the dryer as part of your regular housekeeping chores.  When you are behind the dryer, make sure the dryer vent duct hose is made from aluminum.  If you spot an older plastic dryer vent, be sure to replace it to reduce your risks of fires.

Need a new laundry room or update an old one?  Give Adams Design Construction a call – 608-241-9009 or visit our website http://www.adamsofmadison.com . We love making your home new again!