Move-It-On-Up, The Laundry Room

I remember as a child going to visit my Aunt.  She had an old wringer-washer in the basement and every Thursday was laundry day.

wringer washer

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I helped, and was fascinated, by the old washer. And then came the time to hang everything outside on a clothes line to dry, which had to be propped up with a long pole.  The possibility of the washing machine overflowing happened a lot, which is probably why the laundry was originally located in the basement by a main floor drain.

Nowdays, the need for laundry to be near the main floor drain is almost non-existent with the state-of-the-art washing machines and dryers we now have. Over the years, laundry rooms have gone through several transitions. First, they moved out of the basement and onto the main floor. Still, they were often neglected and placed in the mud room or garage. More recently, they have been making a move to the second floor, or close to the bedrooms. Oftentimes, laundry rooms will be located nearest the master bedroom, or even part of the master closet. The biggest advantage in having the laundry room near the bedrooms, or as part of the closet, is because it is near where most of the dirty clothes, sheets, blankets, and other items are generated.

Upstairs laundry room

Photo from Connie Fitzgerald, RE/Max Closers, Pinterest

So, why then, do we still have our bedrooms on the second floor of our homes along with our clothes closets and laundry still being done in the basement?  Why not Move-It-On-Up near to where your clothes are stored?  Makes sense to me, especially as I get older and stairs can sometimes be a challenge.

While kitchens and bathrooms are still the most popular home renovation projects, the laundry room is beginning to become a sought after renovation area. We have been moving laundry rooms UP more and more.  Good bye to the days of having the laundry room hidden from the rest of the home! We can help you integrate a new laundry room into your home design, instead of being thrown into the floor plan as an afterthought.  Dreaming of that new laundry space, then give Adams Design Construction, Ltd a call 608-241-9009, we’d love to help your dreams come true!

Stairs – From Here to There (Part 2)

Adams Design Construction - Stair HandrailFor the most part, you can’t consider adding stairs to any project without railing or railings or banisters. Before you begin a project to add the flair of the stairs, here’s a bunch of stuff you should know about!

It’s deceptively simple, but not always known that that if there is to be a gate or door (even if it is a temporary set of stairs) it must be able to open on a platform landing with enough swing room for door to open. Yes it is funny until you’ve seen it actually constructed wrong!

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The Pros and Cons of An Open Layout

Adams Design Construction - Open LayoutOpen floor plans are becoming one of the most sought after features in new homes and major remodeling projects.

As the name suggests, a home with an open floor plan lets each room flow into the next creating a greater combined space. The open effect can be achieved in a number of different ways; from using half walls to removing walls completely. Continue reading

Choosing a New Color For Your Home

Adams Design Construction - Choosing a New Paint ColorWhether you’re remodeling your home or just looking to liven it up, giving it a new color scheme is a fun and exciting process. It allows you to create a unique statement for your home. You can make a big, bold statement or something more zen-like and tranquil. But when it comes to choosing a color there’s a lot more to than just picking “blue!” There are nearly an endless number of factors, and even more shades to consider. Continue reading

Home Remodeling Trends for 2014

2014 is well on its way, and it’s exciting to see what will happen in the world of home remodeling in the new year!

As we’ve mentioned before, high-tech homes have been gaining a lot of ground in the last few years and this year will be no different! Home automation used to be expensive and overly complicated to use, but that isn’t the case anymore. Smart thermostats like Nest are becoming more affordable every day, can be installed in less than an hour, and can save you big on energy spending. Even just a few years ago, something like a USB outlet might have sounded like a novelty. But with the ubiquity of smartphones, tablets, and other devices that charge with a USB cable, they can be a really handy way to save outlet space by keeping them free of clunky chargers. Continue reading

What To Expect When You’re Expecting a Home Remodel

Adams Design Construction - Home & Kitchen RemodelingRemodeling your home can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can have as a home owner.  There’s nothing quite like seeing the potential for a beautiful kitchen or bathroom, and then having that dream realized. But for all the rewards that come without it, a home remodel can be a nerve wracking process if you’ve never done it before.

Much of that nervousness comes from the fact that unless you’ve had a home remodel before, you won’t really know what to expect in the process. So to help ease some of the nerves, here are some things you can expect when you decide to take on a remodeling project. Continue reading

5 Tips to Get The Most Out of Your Small Bathroom!

Do you dream about a spacious master bathroom, with a whirlpool tub for two, a large show, double vanities, and lots of storage?  Hey!  Reality check!!  OK, although we don’t all have a lavish bath, we can and should have a comfortable, well organized, and stylish one.  Here are Five great tips to help make the most out of your bathroom, no matter what the size: Continue reading

Looking for More Space? The Answer’s in the Attic

Adams Design Construction - Finished Attic RemodelingThings are looking up, way up—Yes, all the way up to you ATTIC:   Are you’re looking for more comfort in your home while improving its value?  Did you know that remodeling your attic can be a great choice?  What would you say if I told you that attics usually cost less than a comparable room addition?   That’s right— your attic can create more livable space at a fraction of the cost.  Plus with an average of 70% of the cost recouped,   isn’t it nice to know that most of the money you invest is going straight back into the value of your home.

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Investing in Your Home – Which Remodeling Projects Pay Off?

When you are planning on remodeling your home, it’s always important to consider how much of what you put into the project will actually go into increasing its value. Every year, Remodeling Magazine releases a Cost vs. Value report for every sort of remodeling project. They gather data from all across the country on the cost of remodels and the value added to homes from them. Based on their report for this year, here are some of the projects with the highest return on investment:

Kitchen Remodeling
Adams Design Construction - Kitchen RemodelingThe kitchen is the heart of every home – and because of this, it makes one of the best places to invest in remodeling and upgrades. According to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report for 2013, kitchen remodels tend to recoup around 75% of the project’s cost into the home’s value.

Replacement Projects
Exterior replacement projects like siding, windows, entry, and garage doors are toward the top of Remodeling Magazine’s list nearly every year, with recoup values usually between 70- 80%. These generally tend to be much less expensive than major projects like kitchens though, so while replacing an entry door might be a quick and easy job, it may only add about $1000 to the value of your home. But not only do they add value to your home, they’ll also give it a great boost in curb appeal.

Finished Attics and Basements
Adams Design Construction - Attic RemodelingSpending the money to finish the basement or attic is a great way to invest in your home and increase to its value. The key to finished basements and attics is that they let you add to your home’s living space without the need for an extra addition. Fitting these spaces with heating and cooling, insulation, plumbing, and wiring can add about 70% of the cost back into the value of your home.

With the way a deck can become the focal point of a home in the summer, it’s no wonder that they are a great project for increasing its value. Wooden decks generally have a higher rate of return compared to composite decks, with an average recoup value of 77% (versus 67%), and are usually a bit less expensive to put in.

3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal This Summer

Adams Design Construction - Ways To Improve Curb AppealWhether you’re looking to make your house a hit with potential home buyers, or just make it feel fresh again, the key is in its curb appeal. Here are a few simple ways you can improve your home’s curb appeal:

  1. One of the easiest ways you can boost curb appeal is by giving your front door a bit of a facelift. The front door is the interface between the outside and inside of your home, so you want to be sure it makes the best impression possible. Liven it up with a fresh coat of paint in a bold color, and it’ll catch the eye of anyone on the block. And don’t forget about the hardware! Upgrading door knobs and house numbers can compliment your door’s new look and tie together your entryway.
  2. Flowers, shrubs, and other plants will go a long way to give a warm and inviting feel to your home’s exterior. You can build a beautiful garden quick and easy with container plants and window boxes, or with a little more time and energy, add in flower beds and shrubs along the front of your home. Even the smallest bit of greenery will help your home stand out from the rest.
  3. With a bit of cleaning up and maintenance, you can make the entire exterior of your home look brand new. Your porch, windows, siding, walkway and driveway have all probably gotten a bit dirty since we’ve changed seasons, so bring out the power wash and give everything a good clean up. Inspect the outside of your home for any broken siding or other damage and fix it up. Even a little bit of cracked siding can diminish an otherwise beautiful houses’ appeal. And make sure any new plants you add, and all of your existing vegetation, are regularly pruned and weeded, because they can do more harm than good to your home’s curb appeal if they get out of hand.

So with a weekend and a little bit of work, you can easily turn a “meh” exterior into a “wow” one. It’ll make you feel proud of your house, and it could even help seal the deal with a buyer if you’re trying to sell. And if you’re looking to make some long-term improvements to home’s curb appeal, consider going all out with a porch renovation or deck. Not only will they make your home more attractive from the curb, but they’ll also add real value to your home!