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Top 5 Renovation Trends for 2022

As working remotely has become more popular, a place where you live and work needs to be one that you love! Lots of homeowners and buyers have begun to upgrade their living environment, and if you’re looking to do the same, here are some of the top trending renovation ideas for this year.

1. Large Primary Bedrooms 

One of the most popular renovation trends has been the ever-growing size and popularity of the primary bedroom. Things that were once considered a luxury such as walk-in showers, double vanities, and touchless faucets, have become more of a necessity. Personal hygiene has become more important than ever and that is reflected in the growing demand for larger primary bedrooms fit for royalty. 

2. Colored Cabinets 

While white cabinets might always be the safe way to go when choosing the right color for your kitchen, more and more people are choosing to spice things up. Spending more time at home has led many to reflect on the personality of their indoor environments, and adding a pop of color to traditionally bland spaces has been a major growing trend this year. Some especially popular colors have been greens, soft yellows and brownish-pinks.

3. Black Design Accents 

Though you can never go wrong with white cabinets, one trend that has become very popular is the implementation of black accents in several areas of the home. It is famous for adding depth and an edgy feel to a minimalistic/contemporary design.

4. Creating an Office Space 

During the pandemic, everyone got a taste of what it was like to work from home. As a result, the demand for home office spaces has skyrocketed. Many have already begun to turn spare rooms or unused garage space into work areas for when they don’t need to come into the office. For the homeowner working from home, this renovation remains essential. 

5. Outdoor Transformation. 

After some time away from crowds, people have realized the value of beautiful outdoor spaces as a way to rest and relax. Many will spend more time on their deck or patio while looking for ways to upgrade their “getaway” space. As a result, outdoor furniture and decorations are a huge trend for the summer of 2022. 

As we begin to work outside of the office more and more, it is important that our homes, and now work environments, look their best. With these trending 2022 renovations, you can keep your home looking modern and up to date.   

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Top 8 Home Remodeling Mistakes

Home Remodeling MistakesHome remodeling can be an exciting process to undertake! You’ve purchased a home and now you get to make it your own. Whether you’re in for a  total gut renovation or just trying to redecorate, there is a lot more work than you might think. While there is more than one way to approach a successful remodel, you’ll want to be armed with as much knowledge as possible before diving in head first. Avoiding these home remodeling mistakes will help you keep your budget and your sanity intact.

Starting Renovations Too Soon

Before jumping right in to any renovations, we suggest you live in your space awhile first. Learn the flow of the home and how you live in it. Get to know the choke points, how the sun shines in, and where the groceries land. All of this will help you make an informed decision on any overhauls you have in mind.

Not Thinking About the Big Picture

Another step you should take before getting started is to take stock. Think realistically about the renovations that your home will need and create a list. Think about the short-term (within a year), mid-term (within the next 5 years), and long term (5 years or more). Thinking about projects that are further down the road will help you determine what projects should happen beforehand. And you can create a timeline by working backward.

Expecting Everything to Go According to Plan

Whether you’re remodeling an old building or something a bit newer, the one thing you can count on is unforeseen events arising. With older buildings you can’t be sure what’s going to be behind that wall you’re opening, or underneath the carpet you’re tearing up. Newer construction will be a bit more controlled, but that doesn’t mean it will be smooth sailing. Be prepared for the unexpected and you will save yourself a lot of mental stress.

Hiring the First Contractor, Roofer, or Electrician You Find

Before hiring a professional, do your due diligence. You’ll want to get at least three or more estimates on the work you need to complete. Ask for references to confirm your potential hire does quality work and has completed projects like yours. These professionals are doing major work for you and the outcome of these projects will have a lasting effect on your home. So, don’t just hire the first professional that comes along.

Thinking You Need to DIY Each Step

Before deciding whether a certain project is DIY-able, consider the cost and evaluate your ability to complete every step of the project from hauling materials to clean up. Some projects just aren’t for light-weights. Many people try to save money on big projects like these by purchasing the materials through an online vendor and DIYing the entire thing. But, they may not have the necessary tools or skills to tackle the project. Even if you must hire a professional for portion of the job, you can DIY pieces of it and still save money.

Underestimating Costs

Most jobs take longer and cost more than you initially thought. As a rule of thumb, always add 20% to your total when budgeting for a project. This will help you know if you can realistically afford that project and you will be prepared for any surprises. And if you come in under budget, your surprises are the positive kind!

Underestimating Psychological Stressors

Remodeling your home comes with a certain psychological strain. Sure, it’s exciting, but you’re also putting a lot of time and money into the place that you call home. You want everything to turn out perfectly, which puts a lot of pressure on anyone involved. Any building project in your home is going to be charged with power dynamics, adding to the stress. You and your significant other may want to take on a smaller project before diving head first into a remodel. You will be surprised how different your styles, ideas, and approaches are.

Measuring Incorrectly

For DIYers, you will want to follow the adage “measure twice, cut once.” This can save you countless delays and most importantly, money. Even if your measurements are only off by a fraction of an inch, it can have big repercussions, causing poor fits, and requiring you to reorder materials. Don’t cut corners here, or it will cost you.

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12 Ways to Enhance Your Front Entry

Home Improvement | Front EntryYour front entry forms a prospective home buyer’s first impression. Be inspired to up your homes’ curb appeal with these easy-to-please entry enhancements.

Lead Them In

Buyers should be guided from the street or drive to the front door with a clearly marked and well-maintained path that is 3-4 feet wide so two people can walk side by side. Add interest and impress visitors with a custom walkway.

Make the Point of Entry Pop

A punch of bright, bold paint that contrasts with the siding and trim is an easy way to revamp a tired entry. Against a white façade, a spring-green door cheerfully leads buyers inside. Consider the style of your home and choose colors accordingly.

Keep it Clear

Cut back overgrown plantings that block views of the front door or spill over onto walkways. Flowers and plants in containers ae easy to maintain and can be rearranged at any time.

Add Personality

An entryway is a prime location to splurge on gorgeous features, such as a stylish, wooden front door or colorful step tiles. With these elements, you don’t need much more to achieve a polished look, and they will impress potential buyers in the future.

Elevate the Architecture

Research your home’s style and add appropriate architectural details such as decorative brackets, moldings, columns, and trim. If you already have those elements, bolster their appeal by giving them a fresh coat of paint or stain.

Repeat Elements

Connect the entry with the rest of your home’s exterior by repeating elements that create a cohesive look. A prominent design element, such as the arch in the window above the door, reappears in the awning overhead.

Create a Landing Spot

Give your front porch a sense of warmth and comfort by placing a piece or two of weather-resistant furniture near the entry. A bistro set is an easy addition for any porch size…and a perfect spot to relax outdoors with a cup of coffee or cool beverage. A welcoming wreath overhead rounds out your front door’s décor.

Open it Up

Open up your front entry with full-length windows on both sides of your door. They let light into your home, make your entry seem larger, and underscore your home’s architectural style.

Light the Way

Good lighting is a must for both convenience and safety. Consider motion-sensing lights near the front door. Use low-voltage to illuminate pathways, and put lanterns on posts for general yard lighting.
Upgrade Landscaping: Placing containers of flowers near the front entry is an easy and inexpensive way to add a dose of eye-catching color. Go bold with color to see the containers from the street.

Protect Buyers

Add a roof or awning over the front door to keep rain or sun off visitors while they ring the bell (and off you while you fish for your keys).

Coordinate Hardware and Lighting

Create a polished and sophisticated entry by choosing the same color or metal finish for exterior elements such as entrance hardware, door knockers, house numbers, mailboxes, and porch lights.