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!

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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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Kitchen design and remodel by Adams Design Construction


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.

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.

Spring Safety Tips

As winter melts away, everyone’s thoughts soon turn to springtime with the feeling of rebirth in the air.  As you and your family head out into the warm spring air, be sure to discuss some spring safety topics to keep everyone safe.  Here are a few topics we fell are important:

Allergies:
Allergies are a problem for many people in springtime.  Get advice from your doctor on which allergy medicine to keep handy and have it ready for anyone in the family who needs it.

Fire Safety:
Warm days of spring are a great time to go over your fire escape plan with your family.  Start doing some practice drills and make certain everyone knows what to do and where to go.

Mower Safety:
Your lawn mower has been sitting all winter long and needs a few things done before it can be used safely.  Be certain to change out all of the fluids in the mower, top off all levels including oil and clean out any old grass that is still on the blade very carefully!  Blades should be sharp and not pitted, if it is you may want to consider having it serviced and sharpened.

Spring Cleaning:
We tend to think about major cleaning the the springtime.  Dangerous household chemicals such as paint thinners and cleaning chemicals can NOT just be put into the trash.  If you live in Dane County, Wisconsin – check out Dane County’s “Clean Sweep Program”.  It’s a great and safe way to get rid of those hazardous articles safely.  Visit their web site or call 608-243-0368.  Other counties or areas, visit your local garbage removal company for their policies.

As always, be safe.  Finished with your spring cleaning and dreaming of adding on a porch…give Adams Design Construction a call…608-241-9009, or visit our web site… http://www.adamsofmadison.com .  We make dreams a reality!

 

 

Common Problems Seen with Garage Door Openers

The garage door is often taken for granted, but it’s one of the most importantcomponents of your home. It’s not only essential for the security of your garage—and your home by extension—but it’s also vital to your convenience and safety. A garage door that doesn’t function properly makes it difficult to park your car in the garage and can make it less safe for anyone to pass under. It’s why if you are having any problems with your garage door that you should have it inspected right away. The following are some of the most common problems that garage door openers can experience:

  1. The Wall Switch Doesn’t Work:
    If the remote to the garage door opener works fine but your wall switch doesn’t, it means that there’s either an issue with the switch itself or the switch wires. You will need to call a garage door repair professional or electrician.
  2. The Garage Door Opener Remote Doesn’t Work:

    If the wall switch works fine but one of your remotes doesn’t, then it could be due to a number of issues. The most obvious thing to check first is the batteries. If you replaced the batteries and the opener still won’t respond to the remote, you may need to invest in a new one. If you can’t find a remote that matches your garage door opener model, you’ll either need to try a universal remote or you’ll need to have a new receiver installed.

  3. The Garage Door Sensors Don’t Work:
    Every modern garage door comes with sensors on the side. These sensors ensure that the garage door doesn’t close on anything or anyone that’s passing through. If your sensors aren’t working, then your garage door isn’t safe to use. The door could close on your vehicle as you drive through—or it could close on someone walking through, thereby causing an injury.
  4. The Trolley Carriage Is Broken:
    If your garage door won’t open at all, then it could be the result of a number of problems. If neither your remote nor your wall switch is the culprit, check the trolley carriage. If you notice that the trolley carriage moves even though the door isn’t opening, then it’s most likely because the trolley carriage is broken. Replacing the trolley carriage shouldn’t be done on your own unless you have experience with such repairs. A professional has the experience, expertise, and tools required to perform the task safely and effectively.
  5. The Main Drive Gear Is Broken:
    If it’s not your trolley carriage that’s causing your door to stop from opening, then it could be the main drive gear. If you hear a grinding noise as you attempt to open the door, then the main drive gear has probably failed and needs to be replaced.
  6. The Tracks Are Misaligned:
    If you hear a rubbing sound when the door reaches a certain point each time it opens or closes, it means the tracks are most likely misaligned. You can check the tracks for alignment issues on your own. If you see gaps between the rail and the rollers, there’s an issue. Misaligned tracks can make operating the garage door a dangerous task. If it’s especially bad, the garage door won’t move at all.
  7. The Garage Door Springs or Cables Are Broken:
    The springs and cables help to lower and raise the door safely, preventing it from falling too fast. If the springs or cables break, then the door will slam to the ground, which could damage your property or your door as well as injure anyone underneath. If the springs or cables have broken or are visibly damaged, don’t attempt to replace them yourself. Doing so can be incredibly dangerous due to how tightly they are wound.

Garage door on carriage house

These are some of the common problems that garage doors can experience. These problems not only make your garage door less convenient to use, they can also affect the safety and security of your home.  Need help with replacing a door then give us a call – 608-241-9009, we’d be happy to help you.

Should you shovel your deck?

Snow is back and it’s turned cold here this December in Wisconsin.  You’ve kept your driveway and sidewalks clear of the snow, but do you need to shovel the snow off your deck?  Actually, the answer is simple:  NO.

If you are worried about your deck collapsing from the weight of snow, don’t.  Building codes require that decks support more weight than your roof.   Basic rule of thumb: Don’t worry until the snow is above your rails.  Most deck rails are 36″ high and weight of snow should not cause a problem unless it is over three feet deep.  The best thing you can do with your deck is just leave it alone while the snow sits there, slowly melting and clearing itself.  The deck will still be there come April, no need to mess with it in the mean time.

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An exception to not shoveling would be if your deck is the second-emergency entrance into your home, or an entrance you use regularly.  Then you may choose to shovel it, but be careful.  Here are some basic rules to follow:

  • Before snow falls, make certain no nails are sticking out of the deck boards .
  • Try using a broom or leaf blower first. If too much snow, then get out the shovel.
  • Use a plastic shovel, not a metal one – so not to scratch the decking material.
  • Shovel in the direction/parallel to the boards, not across the boards.
  • Never chop ice off your deck, it’s too easy to damage deck boards. If you must get rid of ice, then use environmentally safe chemicals.

So, if you need to (or desire to) get that snow off your deck, just be careful not to scratch or damage the deck boards.  And be careful walking on your deck afterwards, ice has a way of creeping back for revenge.

What, you don’t have a deck? Are you considering having one built down the road? Well, give us a call for a free consultation…608-241-9009.  We’ll be happy to take a look — once all this snow melts that is …  Happy Winter!