How to Set a Home Renovation Budget

 

It’s a truism that renovations are always delayed and over budget. In fact, homeowners may be more anxious about the budgeting aspect of a renovation than they are about living through the construction itself. Despite the inherent unpredictability of any type of construction, it’s possible to learn how to set a home renovation budget that will protect your savings account. Continue reading

Easy Updates to Quickly Sell Your Home

 

Major home renovations are often intended to benefit the homeowners directly. When it comes time to sell your home, however, the scale and intent of upgrades can be much different. The good news is, you don’t have to stretch your budget to the limit to create impactful changes. In this article, we’ll outline easy updates to quickly sell your home. Whether your home needs work on the interior or exterior, we’ve got the projects that will give you an excellent ROI. Continue reading

Best Ways to Boost Your Home’s Resale Value

 

Renovations. Weekend Warrior Projects. Pinterest Craft? Whether a big scale or small scale – home improvement can always feel daunting. That’s why we’re talking about projects that boost your home’s resale value. Improve your home for yourself, but also, do so in a smart way that directly contributes to a higher resale value. Not planning on selling your house soon? Think about making these improvements to enjoy your home before you sell. Don’t find yourself down the road wishing you had done it sooner! Continue reading

Low Cost Home Improvements to Consider Before Selling

 

When you’re planning to put your home on the market, you naturally want to get the best possible offer(s) from potential buyers. While having a spare $100,000 to spend on remodeling is probably out of the question, we’ve created a list of high-impact updates ranging from $100 to $1,500 that will add value to moderately priced homes in TN. Continue reading

The Fastest Ways to Fund Your Home Renovation

 

Whether you’re renovating for style or repair, making changes to your home is exciting –and daunting! Planning what to upgrade, where to purchase the supplies, who to trust to do the work are just some of the daunting tasks involved. Continue reading

3 Easy DIY Projects You Can Do This Weekend

 

Home improvement projects can feel daunting, and more than anything; time-consuming. However, setting aside even just one weekend can bring major improvements to your home. It’s amazing how much progress can be made in such a short period of time. Have an open weekend, or even just more free hours strung together than usual? Think about digging in and knocking off something on the “would be nice” list for your home! Continue reading

Things to Look for in a Home Inspection

Usually, by the time you schedule a home inspection, you’re at least halfway in love with a house. You’ve walked through it many times, and you’ve likely made note of any concerns you have regarding the home’s condition. The inspection is the last hurdle separating you from the house of your dreams, so it’s only natural for you to want it to go well.

Ultimately, though, you really don’t want a home that doesn’t pass the most rigorous inspection. Hire an impartial inspector who has no loyalties to anyone involved except you. The most qualified home inspectors do cost more than one you might find by happenstance, but when you compare this cost to the overall investment you’ll be making in this new home, it becomes clear that this is not the moment for penny-pinching. Continue reading

Top 5 Kitchen Appliance Trends

 

Home is where the heart is. But if we’re being honest, the kitchen is really where the heart is. The kitchen is where the family gathers, guests linger and delicious meals are created and enjoyed. Over the years kitchens have gone from a place hidden in the back of the house to a centerpiece of both function and style. While style is always a matter of personal preference, we’ve rounded up a few of the latest kitchen appliance trends for you to check out…juuuust in case there’s a little remodeling in your future. (Or of course, just want to stay up on the latest trends).   Continue reading

Summer is a Great Time for a Kid’s Room Re-Do

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Now that kids are home for the summer, getting their ideas – and help – with a bedroom remodel can be a great family activity. All it takes is a little elbow grease and a few hours to make any kid’s room look completely different, and better match their ever-evolving tastes. Read More

2017 Decor Trends

If you are looking for new ways to improve your home this year, take note of what is IN this year. The 2017 home design trends have a lot to do with color, texture, shapes, simplified living spaces, and taking traditional designs and putting a modern spin on them.
 

Textured Furniture

 

Textured furniture is different and unique and is making its way into 2017 because of the way designers want their customers to be more in touch with textures. Anything from pleats, foldings, cotton, velvet, and wool will be making it’s way in homes this year. This is coming from a larger macro trend of comfort according to Patti Carpenter, the Global Trend Ambassador and Creative Director from Carpenter Co. She adds “you will continue to see faux fur, mohair, and other luxuriously soft materials in 2017.”

 
 

Hanging Pendant Lights

 

 

Table lamps are out, and hanging lights are in! This trend is important for small spaces that do not have the space for a nightstand for lamps to still be able to bring light into a room. Recently, geometrical lighting shapes have made their appearance in homes and are here to stay. Hexagonal, cylindrical, and spherical shapes have been common in bedrooms, entryways and living rooms. You will also see large pendant lighting in kitchens making a comeback in 2017.
 
 

White and Wood Kitchens

 

 

If all of the bright colors and geometric shapes are not your cup of tea, then consider going simple with a modern twist on country chic with a white and wood kitchen. Butcher block countertops are the way to go. They are affordable, durable (if maintained properly), add warmth and natural coloring, and wood has natural antibacterial properties. Paired with white cabinets and accessories, a white and wood kitchen is IN this year.

 
 

Tech Nooks

 

 

This year, “docking stations” have become all the rage for homeowners. Now that Wi-Fi gives many people to have the luxury to work from anywhere in their home, there is less need for an office space. So now “tech nooks” have become the necessity for quick and easy access. As long as there are charging stations, and small equipment for drop-down or pull out desk surfaces, you can have ability to tackle quick projects.

 
 

Beige

 

As grey became the hottest neutral color in 2016, beige is making it’s comeback in 2017. Even though beige has a reputation of being boring, there are ways to incorporate this color to give it the pizazz it deserves. Try pairing it with bold color accessories, or even pastels to see how easily it can compliment other colors. Also try pairing it with textures (Also a 2017 design trend!) such as velvet, metallics and natural linens.

 
 

Mixed Patterns

 

If you love patterns, then this 2017 design trend is the one for you! As spotted in the Fall of 2016 New York Fashion Week, the use of mixed patterns were very common (It has been said that many decor trends stem from New York Fashion Week.) You will find anything from mixed pattern bedding, like the comforter above, to patterned tiles, to wallpaper patterns. “Expect geometric patterns, vintage feel patterns, colours, and random patterns that can be used in a variety of applications. A punch of patterned tile is the perfect way to add interest and depth to any new space or renovation!” said Jennifer Woch from House of J Interior Design.