Home Improvements

International Destinations to Inspire Your SoCal Living Room Remodel

Southern California is renowned for Spanish influence on house designs, but also for incorporating eclectic international tastes with modern innovations. Even if our homes' exteriors display similar Spanish inspirations, there's really very few cookie cutters to be seen. When it comes to interiors, we really love...

Easy Remodeling to Give Your SoCal Home Some Hollywood Celebrity Style

large white wardrobe. 3d renderingSinger Mariah Carey is known for her lavish walk-in wardrobeWho doesn’t want to live like their favorite celebs? They seem to have the best of everything and the terms ‘off the rack’ or ‘out of the catalogue’ don’t ever seem to apply to them. Some have grand homes while others appear to live simply. What they all have in common is that they add special touches to their homes

For your home, remodeling like a Hollywood celebrity home doesn’t have to break the bank. You don’t need a mansion, just good ideas. Here are some simple home remodeling ideas to help you keep up not only with the Joneses, but also the Pitts, DiCaprios and Depps.

Read Between the Lines – Built-In Bookshelves

Whether you’re flipping through the pages of Architectural Digest or browsing online through the homes of your favorite stars, something present in almost every celebrity home is built-in

Top Ways to Give Your Home a High Tech Makeover

high tech home remodelLet’s immediately put a myth to rest: high tech homes are not just for the wealthy.

An efficient and automated home is far more affordable and achievable than ever before.

Isn’t it time to spoil yourself with a high tech home remodel? Especially when upgrades can save you money while making life so much more convenient.

For Starters… Integration

Smartphones, tablets, and touch panels that are either handheld or built in can be used to operate so many things: lighting, home security systems, heating and air conditioning, home theater,

Tips for Maintaining Your SoCal Short-Term Rental Investment Property

Maintain Investment PropertyJoining the short-term property rental market can be highly lucrative, especially in Southern California. People flock here year round for vacations and for business, and many are sick of the impersonal nature of hotels. Therefore, renting out a property through agencies like Airbnb is big, big business.

Your place will not look after itself. To maximize your tenancies and financial returns, follow these tips for maintaining an investment property. You may even be looking at remodeling or renovating in order to boost revenue potential.

Think Beyond Esthetics and Ambience

You can add all the special touches you like for your casual renters – flowers, chocolates, fancy linen, etc – but even more important is how well you maintain your investment place.  Even a slight “relaxation” in maintenance can

Ask the Experts: I Might Sell Soon – Is it a Good Time to Remodel?

remodel to sell your homeOwning a home is a wonderful thing. Selling it, however, can be stressful. Should you remodel to sell your home? Remodeling can either net you a decent return or it can mean cash out of your pocket.

This is your home and you want to get the most out of the sale, so the idea of remodeling is about earning a larger return. But is it a good time? Is it worth the cost?

What Are the Comps?

Before you remodel to sell your home, look into the comparative listings (sold and for sale) in your neighborhood. Compare homes of similar age and size. Study what each have in common and what’s different. From here, you’ll get your first idea of what specific home remodeling projects will produce return on investment (ROI).

Big Projects vs Small

When you remodel to sell your home, you need to think about a realistic return. At a time like this, a major remodeling

L.A. Home Improvement Rebates Through LADWP and SoCalGas

Home Improvement Rebates Los AngelesDo you own a home in Southern California? Are you aware of the excellent rebates out there for making your home more efficient with its energy and water consumption? Because these rebates spell savings for any homeowner thinking of doing some remodeling. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and SoCalGas can make your remodeling costs lower. Check out some of the home improvement rebates in Los Angeles and across SoCal.

ENERGY STAR Windows and Cool Roof Rebates

LADWP offers homeowners rebates on installing ENERGY STAR

Five Signs That It’s Time to Remodel Your Staircase

remodel staircaseStairs. We take them for granted every day. And when we do that, eventually they will wear out and need repairing, remodeling or replacing.While a staircase is rarely the first element most people think of for renovation plans, it is vital to your safety as well as your home’s style and functionality. Let’s look at five clear signs it’s time to remodel a staircase before it’s too late.

Creaking and Rattling

Loud creaks might be a common occurrence within older homes, but they’re also annoying. They could be due to something simple or they could be a sign that there’s a structural problem.

If you’re hearing creaks where you tread, the fix should be relatively simple.If you hear creaks and groans from the railings or balustrades, you need an immediate repair because safety could be compromised. The end result will be a quieter and safer home.

Loose Railings

This problem goes further than the creaks mentioned above. A loose railing is

Top 5 Features of an Energy Efficient Home

Eenergy efficiency concept with energy rating chartThe ever-rising cost of utilities has forced us to look at ways to save money by making our homes more energy efficient. It makes good sense to save 40% or more on your monthly energy bill.

While it might seem like one should build a new house in order to incorporate energy saving measures, it does not mean that you cannot make changes to an existing home.

Here are the top 5 ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency:

10 Home Improvements That Can Increase the Value of Your Home

Home ImprovementThere are many ways a home can be improved, upgraded or remodeled. There are the obvious ways, such as doing repairs, renovating the kitchen or bathroom, putting new flooring in, etc.

However, there are also many other ways to improve your home that might not come to mind right away.

Here are 10 home improvements that can help increase the value of your home:

Entertainment Room

Entertainment rooms are a great way to increase the value of your home as they are extremely useful and appealing spaces, especially for large families. With features like pool tables, arcade games and/or home theatres, families can have lots of fun spending time together. This room is also an attraction for potential home buyers as many of them have these rooms on their must-have list for buying

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