July 20, 2012

The First Steps to Remodeling your Home

Home remodeling is something that has become as common as going on a vacation. Everywhere you look there are magazines, books, and websites; there are even television channels dedicated to the trade. The task of remodeling a home is one that can be either very complex or painstakingly simple, if the correct steps are taken. Below is a list of steps to take to insure your new home remodel goes off without a hitch. 

The first step to take when planning a remodel is to consider the basic layout of your current home. Making your home look better is the basic premise of a remodel. However, look and functionality is often a better way to look at it. Hiring a designer that is versed in every aspect of a build, and who gets as excited about the remodel as you do, is crucial. Given that you are paying the team of builders and designers, the job must be done to your liking, and it also must be done right. 

Second thing to consider while remodeling your home is project implementation. You may have an idea or design in mind, but ultimately you’re not an expert. Review your design and ideas with your team and be open to suggestions. There may be an idea that could fit better, or possibly one that you have may simply not work due to the design of the house. Also, while going over the plans with the building team, ask if there are ways to make the build less expensive. Either buy what you need up front or buy only what you need as the project goes along. This way of budgeting will make sure you don’t out-spend your bank account. 

Making sure that the construction is on schedule and going smoothly may require you to have meetings with various people involved in the build. Don’t be afraid to take the time to meet individually and discuss goals, visions, or any complaints you may have about the way things are coming along. Home remodeling is a huge investment and not one that should be taken lightly, so pay attention to the smallest of details. 

Lastly, making sure that your home is ready to be remodeled before the crew shows up will not only insure that the job will be done on time, but will also give you peace of mind that nothing in your home will be damaged. Supplying things such as a temporary bathroom and kitchen area for the crew to use and making trash bins easily accessible will make sure your property remains clean. Ample storage room and an area for supplies to be delivered will give you peace of mind that all your hard-earned money will not be wasted.

July 11, 2012

Where do you find your Inspiration for Denver Home Remodeling?

In a world that never stops changing, it would be crazy to think that our tastes in the way we decorate our homes would be any different. So what, if anything, gives you inspiration to remodel your home? Many people do what they can to keep up with current trends and latest developments; this alone can be stressful. However, how many of us truly find real inspiration that isn’t found within a trend, to spark imagination? Sure there are magazines, books and even websites that can give examples and endless amounts of information, but many lack true imagination. Below is a list of ways where you can find inspiration that will set your new Denver home-remodeling project apart from the rest. 

First on the list is traveling! Many people never get to experience life outside of the area they live in; greatly retarding the creativity that some far away land may spark. Old hotels, hostels and even ancient architecture can be different depending on the area of the world you visit. Visiting multiple areas can give you not only different ideas for a look, but can also give different feels! Different parts of the world, and even different areas of the country you’re living in, can provide something unique. Most, if not all, people have a favorite vacation spot that always brings back fond memories. Bringing the vacation to you is often a great way to relive this memory again and again 

Another helpful tip on gaining inspiration would be to attend open houses in an area that you find particularly attractive. Many times model homes are used for open houses, and they are generally outfitted with the latest and greatest gadgets, as well as decorated and finished to pristine quality. Going to one of these types of events will often give life to a two dimensional version of something similar that you had in mind. 

Like with any remodel, it is important to remember that this is your home and not belonging to the person doing the build. Have an idea in mind and incorporate things into it that make it special. Many times ideas start out one way and end completely different. Designing your home in a way that is meaningful and special will create warmth that could never be put there artificially. Ultimately, inspiration has to be sought out; it’s not something that generally falls into your lap. So go out and explore and bring what you find to life!

July 2, 2012

How to Strike Balance between Style and Function in your Basement Remodel

Remodeling the basement of your home can often times be a daunting task. More often than not questions like, “What type of flooring do I want” or “What do I actually want to do with this space” are questions that you will ask yourself. For this very reason, the following list of tips and ideas was made to hopefully make your basement remodel go a little easier!

• Transform your basement into a family room or game room!
o Many times when you have guests over, you end up in one of two places: the kitchen or the basement. For this reason it makes sense to turn your basement into a comfortable, inviting place for friends to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Incorporating additions like comfortable furniture, pool tables and possibly a big screen TV add style, and adding things like wireless internet connections, sound systems and good lighting bring it all together and make it functional.

• Add a bed and bathroom to your basement!
o This creates a great space for an older child or guest. Make sure the room you create has enough space to be functional and fit all the proper amenities a bedroom should have.

• Redesign your staircase!
o If you have a basement, there is a 99.9% chance you have stairs that help you get there. Turn an old boring staircase into one that has beauty and functionality. Take into consideration however who lives in the home and who will be using them most often. After all, you wouldn’t want an open staircase design if there are small children or pets that are a concern as they could fall through.

• Finish the walls!
o Many times basements are built by poured concrete or stack concrete blocks. If you spend enough time in the basement, this is something that isn’t necessarily appealing to the eye. Style your basement like you would any other main floor of the house by adding drywall, paneling and plywood or simply paint over the exposed concrete.

• Do something with the ceilings!
o There are really only a few options when it comes to finishing the ceilings of your basement. However, these changes that are available can turn a dark, cold basement into something that would be mistaken for the main floor. Something like concealing the joists, ductwork and exposed pipes along with adding wood paneling or even dropping the ceiling can do wonders to the look of a basement.

As you can see by the list above, there are many doable options when it comes to a basement remodel. Choosing a professional to assist you on these tasks is always recommended. Next time you’re in the market for a new basement, think Aspen builders, the premier choice for basement remodels.

What Colors are in your Next Home Remodel's Future?

Every year color trends change and some carry over from the previous years before. One thing that doesn’t change year to year however is the way certain colors make us feel. Taking these colors into consideration when remodeling or simply changing up your color scheme can be very important. Colors such as red, blue, green, peach and coral paired with certain shades of yellow can create a very energized space and are hot trendy colors for 2012. Neutral colors such as grey are also becoming popular and its neutral color in many ways grounds a room and leaves many options to add bright colors to really bring the room alive.

Below is a list of color options based on rooms that are sure to bring out the personality in your home for 2012!

• Kitchens - Colors such as tangerine yellow either as an accent to grey or all on its own will really make your kitchen bright and inviting. While traditional colors such as brown and white are in style, they will as always remain sophisticated and versatile.

• Bathrooms- Go for a calm relaxing color in 2012. Elegant and unpretentious colors such as purplish blues and gray blue are always great options. If plants and flowers are a theme within your space, try to work with natural colors to further continue the trend.

• Living rooms- The sophisticated elegance of the 30’s and 40’s are making a comeback in 2012. Vivid unexpected colors such as bright yellow greens and earthy natural tones are comforting as well as versatile and work well with most d├ęcor. Colors like apple greens and fuchsias can many times be uplifting and optimistic as well.

• Bedrooms- The whole spectrum of monochrome colors are found to not only be in style, but they are also found to be very romantic. Earthy greens and browns are said to bring an earthy natural calm to a room, often enhancing ones restfulness. If a more refreshing sense is what you are looking for, a bright blue and clean white scheme may be in order.

With all these ideas in mind, it is important to never stray too far from your own. The colors and themes that make you feel comfortable are ultimately what will make you the happiest. If you are making an attempt to mix your own styles with what is trendy, use your favorite color as an accent or add them in as decoration. Experiment with color combinations that evoke desirable feelings within you and above all have fun doing it.

There are many choices out there when choosing a qualified basement remodeling company. When you’re in the market for a basement remodel, look no further than Aspen builders, the premier choice in home renovations.