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Remodel Your Los Angeles Home and Bring the Outdoors In

Southern California is well known and envied for gorgeous year-round sunshine, ocean views, rugged hillsides and palm trees. So why not remodel your home to bring the outdoors in? The most sought-after Los Angeles homes are open, airy and have that feel of being one with the landscape and vistas outside.

There is much that homeowners can do with nature-inspired design and décor. Let’s look at four remodeling ideas to bring the outdoors in.

Install and Expand Windows

Spacious Family RoomThe most obvious remodel to bring the outdoors in is adding or expanding windows. If structurally possible, floor to ceiling windows will take perfect advantage of

Home Remodeling Ideas for Multi-generational Living

home renovation tips for multi-generational families

In this ever-changing economy, keeping the family together under one roof is a practical, mutually beneficial and adaptable solution. Many kids are leaving home at a later age as it takes them time to build up a deposit for their own home. Meanwhile, aging parents and grandparents prefer the comfort of home and family, combined with some level of independence, instead of care facilities.

There are many advantages to extended families living under one roof but some homes need a little help to be able to handle it. Don’t move. Remodel.

If there is a growing need for space and also some privacy, look at some home remodeling ideas for multi-generational living.

Finish the Basement

If your basement is currently an unfinished general space – or a “catch all” or “dumping ground” – remodel it to use it efficiently. Turn it into a suite with its own kitchen and bath, or make it a second den or even multiple

6 Tips to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

02 BeforeCurb appeal is the first thing that attracts homebuyers. First impressions are everything, especially when people usually remember the bad ones more than the good.

But where do you start when it comes to revitalizing your home’s exterior?

These effective curb appeal tips will help your home stand out and increase its value.

Tip #1: Custom Wood Doors

A custom front door has a big effect on your home’s curb appeal. Whether brand new with artistic touches or restored with added personality, a custom wood door is the perfect remodel to impress buyers and guests. Go bold with dramatic designs and

5 Home Remodeling “Better Late Than Never” Resolutions for 2015

Beautiful Curb AppealHave you already abandoned your New Year’s resolution about the gym or your eating habits? Then it’s never too late to make a new one that you can turn into reality. Invest in that long-overdue home remodeling.

Don’t let the following 5 home remodeling ideas go unfulfilled like other New Year’s resolutions. Use each one to improve your home’s functionality, aesthetics and long-term value.

1. Improve Your Curb Appeal

New and updated landscaping improves your home’s curb appeal and adds the “wow factor”. This is the kind of exterior remodel that makes a home stand out in

Bathroom Remodeling Ideas: How to have the Most Relaxing Bathroom

Spa BathWhat do you think of when you think of your bathroom? A functional space? A place where you rush? Too much clutter? Stress? Peace? Cleaning? A room needing remodeling?

Because we are in it so often, it makes sense that the bathroom should conjure calm, pleasant, even peaceful feelings. It should be a place where we not only wash, but where we remove the stresses of the day and find balance again.

One of the most influential teachers who ever lived, Buddha, said, “What we think, we become.” To think tranquil, grounded and peaceful thoughts, it helps to be surrounded by a Zen-like environment.

Follow these Zen bathroom remodeling ideas. A few moments each day in the bathroom could be your new key to relaxation.

Kitchen Layout and Design Ideas for Southern California Homes

Kitchen Layout DesignChoosing a new kitchen layout design can be very exciting when remodeling your home. Your kitchen’s layout can influence how your family cooks, socializes and spends time in one of the most used rooms in your house.

Southern California homeowners may often think of wood cabinets, marble countertops and terra cotta tiles for a kitchen remodel because these materials are so intrinsic to the look and feel of a SoCal kitchen.

While you’re choosing materials, also take time to consider some of the most popular kitchen layouts.

There are as many layout variations as there are home designs. Check out these kitchen layout designs to choose one that reflects your personality and style.

U-Shaped Kitchen

One of the most enduring kitchen layouts is the U-shape. Its design maximizes the functionality of three main walls and

Tips for Remodeling and Upgrading Your Home Recording Studio

Recording Studio StorageWhen you first had your home recording studio designed and constructed, it probably represented everything you needed to make crisp, true, professional audio recordings.

But now things have changed. The music and recording industries have evolved and your studio may not be providing everything you need. Maybe it is dated and not totally comfortable for clients.

Maybe you need more room for equipment. Or maybe you need the flexibility to accommodate many varieties of vocal groups, bands, instrumentalists and recording engineers.

It’s time for your home recording studio to be upgraded and remodeled.

Turn to a Specialist in Remodeling Recording Studios

While there are many construction companies that can remodel a home, few can provide a turnkey recording studio from design to equipment setup. Not only must the construction company understand the artistry in creating quality acoustics and the

Get Your Dream Kitchen Design and Spice Up Your Life

Modern Kitchen DesignIf you keep putting it off, it will never happen. It makes sense to design your dream kitchen and have it remodeled into reality.

Long gone are the days when the kitchen was merely a functional room for preparing food. Today, a home revolves around it. Memories are made there. Families, couples and roommates come together daily in the kitchen for meals, to discuss events, to laugh, to cry and to prepare for life’s activities.

So make that kitchen your dream kitchen, once and for all. Let it reflect your personality and taste so it can fulfill its purpose as the hub of your home. 

Updating Your Dated Kitchen

Probably the main reason homeowners want and design a dream kitchen is because they’re tired of their current one looking drab and dated. Of course, every homeowner’s idea of the “perfect” kitchen design is different, but there are

How to Choose the Right Home Remodeling Company in Burbank

Remodeling ContractorOver 100,000 families call Burbank home, partly because it is one of the safest areas in California. As the economy has rebounded from the 2008 crisis, and as the community thrives, more people are remodeling their homes. Finding a professional home remodeling company needn’t be a difficult or stressful task. Use some simple tips to hire the right remodeling contractor in Burbank that will finish your job on budget and on time.

Hire Based on Reputation

It can be tempting to hire based solely on the lowest price, but this can be a recipe for trouble. The cheapest ones often have no testimonials (or fake ones), shut down a company and start a new

Home Water Damage Repairs and Prevention

Water Leaking Damaged HomeIt’s easy to think your home won’t be affected by water damage and need repairs. After all, this is Southern California and we’re in a drought. Or maybe you live up a hill where flooding won’t occur.

The fact is that the drought could break any time. When it does… well, we’ve seen the results before.

Drainage in low-lying areas gets overwhelmed and causes flooding in homes, while water rushing down a hill can get into homes in its path. With the return of the rains, some homes will inevitably have problems with roof leaks, deck leaks, damaged eaves troughs, wood rot, damaged plywood, and so on.

Besides, without a drop of rain, a broken pipe or water main can cause serious water damage to any home, anywhere. Even a blocked toilet can wreak havoc.

Home water damage repairs are serious. So be sure you have a trusted restoration and remodeling company in mind, should the need arise.

Structural Water Damage Repairs

Should you need repairs due to water damage, you want to be sure your contractor will do these things:

  • Provide a free, no obligation water damage assessment that outlines action to

New Home Buyers: Get a Home Inspection Repair Estimate Before You Buy!

Why Do You Need a Home Inspection?

Home Inspection ReportBuying a home is one of the most important decisions you can make during your lifetime. Then, having picked out the home of your dreams, you need to be certain its construction is sound.

The best investment you can make is to call for a home inspection before finalizing the deal. For a small cost, you will receive a detailed report of any defects in the home. This report could save you tens of thousands of dollars.

The home inspection report is also an important tool – and “insurance policy” – to assist you when you negotiate a price or budget for remodeling. You take that report to a trusted remodeling contractor to advise you about construction issues, remodeling and budgeting.

What to Do Post-Inspection

Let’s say the inspector has completed the inspection of the home and given you the report. If the defects are not a deal-breaker and you are still interested in buying the house, this home inspection report needs to be

All-in-One: Home Solar Inspection, Installation, Repair and Maintenance

Solar Panel InspectionGetting a home solar inspection done doesn’t need to be difficult or complicated.

In fact, you can have everything taken care of easily and efficiently by a home remodeling company.

That is experienced in home solar inspection, servicing, installation and repair.

Professional Home Solar Inspection

Whether you’re buying a home that has a solar electrical system or selling one… whether you’re thinking of installing solar panels or

The Many Benefits of Building a Guest House

Guest House InteriorHomeowners in Southern California are always looking for ways to increase the value of their property. And one of the best options is to build a guest house.

Not only can it accommodate guests or tenants, your new guest house will bring so many benefits because it can be such a multifunctional space.

A Residence for Visiting Friends and Family

A guest house can bring lasting benefits to a family dynamic. Sometimes the modern home is too cramped to host family and friends for a prolonged period of time. Even the most loving relationships can be soured by spending too much time together.

Make Sound Choices for the Acoustic Treatment of Your Home Recording Studio

In recording studios, not all acoustic padding, panels, absorbers and diffusers are equal. There is so much more to an acoustic treatment than just padding the walls with foam. To produce a true and accurate sound in your home studio, follow some advice about the acoustic treatment that should be applied during the design and construction phase.

What is Acoustic Treatment?

Recording Studio Control RoomSoundproofing your home recording studio is not the same as an acoustic treatment. Soundproofing minimizes the amount of sound that leaks in or out of the room. It is often called sound isolation.

Acoustic treatment is about minimizing – or even balancing – the amount of echo and reverberation within the studio itself. Sometimes the sound and “interference” of the room that is picked up by microphones can make or break a recording.

Good acoustic treatment improves the quality of a recording so it most closely matches the sound of the performance.

In an untreated studio, or a poorly treated one, sound waves from instruments and voices bounce off surfaces in the room and then collide with fresh sound waves coming from the instruments and voices. This diminishes the nature and quality of the recording. No amount of computer filtering, EQ and mixing can get rid of it.

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