Remodeling DSM Monthly – September 2015

by Todd Razor - September 12th, 2015
Posted in: Design, Energy Efficiency, Home Improvement, Interior Features, Remodeling, Remodeling Monthly, Tour of Remodeled Homes

Tour of Remodeled Homes
The 2015 Tour of Remodeled Homes is just around the bend, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 19-20, and 16 homeowners are opening their doors to display the recent works of Des Moines-area remodeling contractors. A map of all the projects, along with location and ticketTour of Remodeled Homes information, is available now at The People’s Choice Award is a brand new feature in 2015, and Tour attendees are invited to go online to cast a vote for their favorite home. Explore the Remodelers Council website for more information and the tour, including photo galleries with details on each company and the individual projects. Find us on Facebook for the latest news.
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Aging in Style
Aging-in-place is one of the most popular topics in remodeling today. The good news is that older Americans don’t have to sacrifice style or comfort when it comes to retaining their independence. In fact, remodelers are geared up to add creative new features, and with a focus on universal design that can benefit homeowners in every age group. Experts recommend good lighting and a contrast of colors to improve safety and aid in navigation of the home, along with an array of options that could include widening doorways, lowering thresholds, replacing tubs with showers, adding pullout cabinets, installing decorative grab bars, and making sinks or appliances easier to reach. Here are nine points to consider.
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Consumer Affairs
The Woodworking Network reports on the top complaints posted at the Consumer Affairs’ website in regards to home-improvement projects gone awry. From incorrect measurements to damage during installations or not honoring warranties, the article alludes to the reasons why researching and selecting the right remodeling contractor is essential to a job well done.
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Mantel Up
New styles and advances in fireplace technology are fueling a national trend with respect to maximizing energy and comfort on the homestead. The Daily Herald reports that 46 percent of single-family, new construction homes had at least one fireplace in 2014, compared with 39 percent in 1973. With dual-facing and see-through designs, as well as ethanol-fueled models and those that can be mounted on exterior walls, fireplaces have become highly-efficient and contemporary while serving multiple functions such as heating or entertaining in an outdoor living space year-round.
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Playful Additions
Some high-end owners have opted to squeeze a full-size slide into their homes and – though described as “brazenly impractical” – the Wall Street Journal points to examples of fun-loving people who say they would do it again. The article, in addition to jungle gyms and playgrounds, refers to indoor recreational amenities including a secret bookcase, zip line and treehouse.
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Design Feature
Some of the hottest updates in home improvement are covered in this Huffington Post article on design features for your remodel. Houzz contributor Adam Hobill digs into the choices owners are making to make their homes feel special and unique with upgrades such as designer lighting, frameless showers, free standing bathtubs, and integrated refrigerators.
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Hammer Out
Those in the market to avoid home-improvement rip-offs should consider staying clear of contractors who solicit their services at your door, or ask for a large sum of money prior to doing any work. U.S. News & World Report offers up a dozen tips in regards to investigating prospects and hammering out contracts with professionals you can trust.
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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.

Todd Razor

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