Add Some Decor with an Interior Door

Traditional Kitchen by Hilton Head Island Architects & Designers Group 3

An interior door doesn’t just have to be a barrier between rooms. An interior door can be a elegant entryway or a stately addition to your home. Some of the best designed homes feature highly unique transition ways that give each room a wonderful first impression. Here are some of the options for your home.

French Doors provide a classic look to any room. The doors consist of a door with glass panels that extend the full length of the door. This allows light to stream through, making the room feel lighter and still giving some separation between spaces. These are especially good for transitions between breakfast rooms and custom closets.

Louvered (or Plantation) look like the often sought after windows, that are used for their casual look and ventilation. The horizontal slats allow for air and sound to flow through.

Pocket Doors are doors without hinges, knob, or a frame. It slides along tracks and is perfect for covering up a laundry room, a mud room, or any room that occasionally needs to be covered up.

Solid Wood Doors are most often seen in homes as they provide great sound insulation with a warm and natural look. The style is easy to coordinate with any interior design.

Double Doors are two doors hung side by side that meet in the middle. This design is best for grand entry ways or large storage spaces.

See more examples here.


A Fireplace for the Holidays

Mediterranean Landscape by Phoenix Landscape Architects & Designers Straight Line Landscape

With winter and the holidays quickly approaching, it may be a good time to consider a fireplace. A fireplace is a worthwhile investment, while being an additional aid to reducing yearly heating costs.

While adding a fireplace doesn’t add to your official home value assessment, most real estate agents consider it a hot selling point. In fact, the National Association of Realtors found that 46% of homebuyers would pay extra for a home with at least one fireplace. For an addition that costs an average of $2,000-$5,000, adding a fireplace can have an excellent return on investment.

When considering a fireplace, there are two main options to consider: wall-mounted and free-standing.

Wall-mounted is best in cold climates and is most common in homes. It is usually constructed with a mantel and can be built in a dividing wall between two rooms. Putting the fireplace in a dividing wall allows two different rooms to enjoy the fireplace.

A free-standing fireplace provides the pluses of a built-in fireplace without additional construction to your home. The free-standing nature makes the installation much easier and less expensive than wall-mounted fireplaces.

Either option provides warmth to your home and a perfect family gathering place for the holidays.


A Few Favorites…

We done a lot of projects in our decades of Dallas home remodeling. Here are a few favorites:

Remodel bathroom


Keys to a Strong Foundation

Texas weather keeps everyone on their toes. Whether it’s the constant switching back and forth from hot to cold or sporadic droughts, Texas weather is unpredictable.

This unpredictable nature can wreck havoc on your foundation, creating air pockets beneath or shifting the soil around. Problems are particularly prevalent during times of drought.

But no matter the season, it’s best to keep an eye on your foundation and walls. Here are the tell tale signs you may have foundation problems.

-Uneven floors that have sunk in or separated from the walls.

-Cracks in inside or outside bricks. The cracks can be in the mortar, the brick, or a cosmetic repair.

-Moldings that have been displaced, cracked, or separated at the corner.

-Split or cracked paneling.

-Cracks that run through or around the floor tiles, hardwood, or any flooring material.

-Doors and windows that don’t close easily, are separated from the frame, or have a horizontal drop across the frame.

-Windows and garage doors that are separated from the wall.

-Brick or paneled facades that have pulled away from the house.



Picking a Remodeler

It’s time for you to remodel. You’ve gathered your ideas and written down what you want  in your new room. Now it’s time to implement.

At this point, most people decide whether or not to hire a contract remodeler. If you are new to remodeling or redoing a kitchen or bath, this may be the best choice. Messing up  electrical wiring around water or violating building codes can be costly or even deadly.

When looking for a remodeling contractor, make sure they are certified with either the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) or with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). These two reputable organizations make sure the industry certifications are give only to those who are knowledgable, reputable, and trustworthy.

Here are a few of the certifications to look for:

Certified Remodeler (CR) 

This certification is through NARI and requires the holder to have worked in the industry for at least 5 consecutive years. The contractor then must apply and pass certification exams.

Master Certified Remodeler (MCR)

This certification is also through NARI and is a step above CR. The contractor must have held his or her CR title for at least 10 consecutive years while also holding another specialized NARI certification.

Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR)

CGR is managed by the NAHB and requires 5 consecutive years in the remodeling business. This certification places an emphasis on business management skills and related courses and tests.

Graduate Master Remodeler (GMR)

This is a step above the CGR and is also managed by the NAHB. It requires 15 consecutive years in remodeling with an active CGR certification for at least 9 years and the completion of additional courses and tests.


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