Home Renovation

Home Improvement Goals for the New Year

By Deb Williamson

New Year, New Projects

As a new year begins our focus turns away from the holidays and towards goals for the coming year… whether that is starting a new fitness routine, trying a new activity or starting a home improvement project. Often times, we start the year with good intentions that fade away into unfulfilled ambitions. I want to provide you with a few tips to make sure your home improvement ideas become a reality.

Don’t Get Sidetracked

Don’t let your project get sidetracked before it even gets started. Sometimes homeowners have so many improvements they would like to make, it’s hard to find a starting point. A few simple suggestions can keep you on task. First, make a list of all the things you would like to do to improve your home. Make sure to be thorough and specific. After you have come up with a list, number the items in order of importance. Have every member in your household make a list and then compare ideas to come up with an improvement that benefits everyone.

Financing

Another detour to accomplishing your goals are finances. Home improvement projects can be expensive and it’s important to do some financial planning ahead of time. Once you decide on a project, it’s time to come up with a budget. Many times, estimates come in higher than expected and projects run into unexpected expenses, so it’s important to know your limits going into the project and budget for the unexpected.

Gather Information

Get Informed. The more you know about the costs involved and people working for you, the better you will be able to manage your project. Estimates from contractors, plumbers, electricians and any other professionals needed to complete your project will help you stay in control of your finances and keep your project moving forward. Always make sure to do your due diligence in finding out more about the people you are hiring to work on your home. You can do this by asking for references, viewing their websites and Facebook pages or simply by asking around.

Contact a Professional

Get started. Contact a contractor, architect or designer and start the ball rolling. It takes time and planning to execute a successful home renovation. Hiring a professional to plan and manage your project can make the process less stressful and more enjoyable while accomplishing your desired results.

Don’t Give Up

Finally, don’t give up! If you start feeling overwhelmed or estimates come in higher than expected, think about breaking up your project into smaller pieces. Start with a single room or area of your home and once that space is renovated move to the next area. And always remember, professional design help is just an email, text or phone call away!

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Tile Trends

by Deb Williamson

There is one home design trend that seems to have had a huge impact in 2018 and is gaining momentum for the coming year…… and that trend is tile. From floors to backsplashes, walk-in showers to accent walls, floor to ceiling, top to bottom, tile is trending in so many versatile ways and can be found in nearly every room of the home.  

Subway Tile

One very classic tile that has resurfaced over the past few years is subway tile.  Subway tile makes a timeless statement in kitchens, bathrooms and mud rooms. Today’s subway tiles come in a large variety of sizes and are available in every color under the sun. This allows homeowners the opportunity to take a timeless element and customize it to their personality by choosing just the right color, size and finish. From traditional to transitional and modern to rustic there are subway tiles available to accent any style. Traditionally, subway tile has been installed in a horizontal, offset pattern but today, if you want a more modern look try stacking the tile, running it vertically or installing it in a herringbone pattern. No matter what your project, I’m sure there’s a subway tile that can enhance your design.

Hardwood Appearance

Another tile trend that has become popular recently is tile that looks like hardwood flooring. The wood plank tiles come in a variety of colors and wood species. Not only do these tiles look like wood grain but with high-definition inkjet technology they also have the grainy texture. These tiles are especially popular with heated slab foundations as finding a real wood flooring that will accommodate heated floors can be difficult and expensive. Tile is easier to maintain than real wood floors, more durable, costs less, and is moisture resistant which makes these tiles a great alternative to real wood floors and is why we will see this trend continue.

Tile Patterns

Finally, my favorite trend in tile is patterns. In 2018, pattern tiles started popping up on the shelves of every tile shop and home improvement retailer in the country. Statement tiles can transform a space or create a perfect focal point. With playful shapes and pops of color, pattern tile can provide decorative elements and personalize your space. Color, pattern and texture are all equally important elements that bring a designed space together. I highly recommend introducing a pattern tile into your next home improvement project.

No matter what your home improvement plans are for 2019, I’m certain you will find a tile that is perfect for your project. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colors, shapes, patterns and textures to personalize your space!

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2018 Trimont Area Women Tour of Homes—November 17th

by Deb Williamson

Dining Room

Last month, I talked about how much fun the Minneapolis Parade of Homes was and the new home trends that were on display. This month, I’m excited to tell you about an opportunity to take a look at some beautiful local homes and help support a great women’s non-profit organization raise money for educational and community projects.

The Trimont Area Women have been hosting a fall tour of homes since the mid 90’s. The tour started as a fun endeavor for women in the community to raise money for different projects and activities including back-to-school backpacks, roller skates for local schools, teacher’s wish lists, high school scholarships, post prom, Fun Fest, Easter egg hunts, and National Night Out.

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