Remodeling DSM Monthly – May 2015

by Todd Razor - May 29th, 2015
Posted in: Building Materials, Energy Efficiency, Home Improvement, Remodeling, Remodeling Monthly

The Remodeling DSM Monthly features a collection of articles, images and blog posts geared toward the maintenance and beautification of homes and commercial businesses. Each publication is intended to instill confidence in local homeowners while reflecting the best practices and highest standards in our industry. We set out to inspire, build trust and provide credible sources of information to those who are in need of a home improvement or beginning their search for a professional remodeling contractor.

Celebrity Homestead
Celebrity, actor and investor Ashton Kutcher has fulfilled the “lifelong dream” of remodeling his childhood home in Homestead, Iowa. The “Two And A Half Men” star surprised his family by secretly remodeling their entire house before presenting it as a gift for Mother’s Day. Kutcher worked with to produce a four-part series showing off the remodeling process and his mother’s reaction a new master bedroom, bathroom and living room.
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Remodeling Desired
A desire for more space or better amenities, as well as the need to replace worn-out components, are among the top reasons owners choose to remodel their homes. The National Association of Home Builders shared the results of a recent survey that reveals how motivators such as increasing the value of a home as an investment; addressing energy efficiency or environmental concerns; and avoiding a move each stack up in relation to one another.
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Finding the Space
From selecting a vanity to removing the tub and finding “space in the walls,” The Washington Post considers how to make the most of an undersized master bathroom by adding new features while minimizing overall costs. The article offers design tips with information on contemporary lighting, tiles, doors and other amenities.
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Sound Decision
The decision to retain a design-build firm with “creative ideas, a perfectionist work ethic and a solution-oriented attitude” made the difference for a homeowner whose remodeling goal for the kitchen was to increase cabinet and countertop space. The Quad-City Times explores the builder’s suggestions, owner’s choices and her favorite features in the home.
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Little Help?
Are there any financial assistance programs or other resources available to help seniors with a home improvement project? The Daily Sun News’ Savvy Senior points to Medicaid waivers, veteran benefits, federal programs and local governments as good places to start looking for incentives aimed specifically at assisting seniors with home repairs, or projects geared toward aging-in-place.
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Future Proofed
Remodeling contractors can meet the future needs of their customers by “future proofing” homes during the construction process. reports on how preparing to accommodate for technologies such as energy efficient appliances and smart automation helps to keep costs down while potentially improving the market value of a home.
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Going Green
Josh Knittel, a designer and project consultant in Urbandale, touches on two facets of green remodeling – from an energy, efficiency and products point of view. The article focuses on opportunities to educate homeowners in regards to their choices, including eco-friendly and aesthetically pleasing building materials suitable for any budget or need.
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Todd Razor

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