Fall Trends in Outdoor Home Improvements

There is no escaping the fact that the pandemic has changed the way we approach living day to day and traveling for vacations.  We found this blog from ProRemodeler really telling for fall trends in outdoor home improvements. Below are some excerpts:

Because of the pandemic, fewer people are traveling for vacation: according to a recent Ally survey, 88% of respondents say they plan to make improvements to make their homes more staycation ready. Moreover, many Americans are moving to the suburbs, migrating to warmer states, and looking to make their own yards better places to spend time in every day.

Preparing for fall trends

When homeowners are thinking about creating a new outdoor living space, they are listing ways to bring indoor conveniences outdoors. Whether it be innovative technology, multipurpose add-ons, or structures that allow you to be outside longer and more often –you can turn your backyard into a paradise.

Creating outdoor living “rooms”

Overall outdoor living projects have increased by 65% since 2020 (NKBA  2021 Trends Report.) Outdoor kitchens are just one of those popular renovations. Fittingly, they were the top project, with 76% of respondents planning to use outdoor space to cook up some culinary delights for friends and family. And food remained a common theme with edible gardens. It’s a natural fit, with millions of people picking up gardening as a hobby during the pandemic to supplement pantries with homegrown vegetables, fruits, and herbs.

Semi-enclosed spaces and all-season upgrades are two more trends to watch. Covid encouraged homeowners to get more year-round usage from their outdoor living areas. There is a definite blending between the indoor and outdoor.

Many homeowners are now viewing their outdoor spaces as year-round living spaces. To make this work, think of fireplaces, fire pits, heaters, hot tubs, upgraded seating, and weather protection. It’s all about taking advantage of the space you already have; even as cooler temperatures arrive.

Giving the yard the VIP treatment

In the wake of Covid, two divergent trends emerged for the front and backyard. In the backyard, privacy became king. The disruption drove homeowners outside for an escape to exercise, meditate, rest, or recuperate. This trend includes larger, private backyard spaces, sheltered side yards, careful window placement, and covered patios. A mix of landscaping, hardscaping and furniture can deliver that protection. Drapery panels, plant walls, and umbrellas also add a level of privacy.

A recent feature in Better Homes & Gardens identifies front yards as the newest home “addition.” They were typically just for curb appeal; now, residents are looking to maximize the space. The pandemic changed social lives, and many people are looking to connect with their neighbors and communities. In 2020, front yards hosted drive-by parties and socially distanced gatherings; now, homeowners want to stay connected. A “social” front yard is much simpler than a backyard design. Home improvements from a cozy table and chairs, a tree swing, or a comfy bench can give life to an area previously empty or passed through.

Bringing technology outdoors

As homeowners are bringing the outdoors into everyday living, they’re also hoping to bring indoor convenience outdoors. More people are working from home than ever before, and streaming continues its rise, so they’re adding boosters to amplify Wi-Fi signals outdoors. Customers want to create entirely new mixed-use spaces with enhanced, multicolor exterior lighting, TVs, and outdoor speakers for outdoor home offices and theaters.

GREATER PHOENIX AWARD-WINNING HOME REMODELER

Have questions about finding the best remodeling and renovation professional for your outdoor living space?  We would love to help you love your home again!  Homework Remodels is an award-winning remodeler with years of experience.  We focus primarily on amazing outdoor living spaces, kitchens, luxurious bathrooms, and large whole-home remodeling projects.  Ready to start? Give us a call at (480) 895-3442 for a free consultation.  We look forward to making your dreams a reality!  You can see many of our award-winning projects here!

 

MAKE YOUR HOME OFFICE WORK FOR YOU

Last year saw a huge shift in employees working from home due to COVID.  As we launch into 2021, you may feel the temporary office at the kitchen table or couch where you have been working is not quite cutting it anymore. It was great as a quick and inexpensive solution, but now you are realizing it may not make you as effective in your job.  An office is more than a laptop and a cell phone. Having a dedicated home office will make working from home much more productive. The organized, clean space away from the distractions of daily life at home will make a difference in being able to do your job well. The following home office components will help keep you on task.

Home Office Components

There are four main parts of any home office:  lighting, flooring, desk or worktable, and some sort of organizational unit, like cabinetry and shelving. Below are a few thoughts about each.

Lighting

First, lighting. There are only about 12 trillion options for lighting, so do not get overwhelmed. Do a little homework ahead of time to know what type you need for your space. Full-spectrum lighting has been linked to improved productivity. You do not want to be straining to see your computer screen. Be aware of bright light shining into your office space and get light control through blinds and drapery to get rid of glare.

Flooring

Next, is the flooring for your space. Your choice of materials depends on how much you are going to be on your feet or sitting. If you are seated, no problem, use whatever you prefer. But, if you will be standing a lot, you may want to consider a more resilient material, like LVT cork or carpeting.

Furniture Choices

Worktables have gained in popularity lately. Most likely because it is easier to seat more people when working in conjunction with others. Whether you choose a traditional desk or a worktable, do not forget to provide space for storage. To keep yourself organized and productive, use open or closed shelving, bookcases, and cabinetry.

These four home office components will make your space convenient and conducive to working from home. Homework Remodels can show you how we can convert a bedroom to a home office or add on to your home.

Home Remodeling in the Greater Phoenix Area

Remodeling space to create a home office should reflect your taste and lifestyle. Tri-Lite Builders’ NARI Certified Designers will work hand in hand with you to create a space that not only adds value to your home, but also works within your space, taste, and budget. You can view our portfolio here.  Call us at (480) 895-3442 if you would like to discuss your remodeling project with our award-winning designers and builders.

 

 

 

 

 

Why You Should Choose High-Quality Materials for Your Remodel Project

After coming up with a plan and a budget to remodel your bathroom, discovering and choosing the various types of materials available become your next step. As a professional remodeler, we encourage you to choose high-quality materials for your remodel project. In this case, it makes sense to spend more to get the best you can afford.  If your budget only allows for a partial remodel, you will find it preferable to buying inferior materials that you may have to replace quickly.

Four Reasons Why You Should Choose High-Quality Materials for Your Remodel Project

Attractiveness. Selecting and spending more money on high-quality remodeling materials will help you get the luxurious look you want. While shopping, you will see that items like granite, natural stone, and hardwood can cause your budget to balloon. However, quality materials are still highly desirable despite the cost because they often defy trends and add classic beauty. They can make any bathroom look elegant.

Durability. When you invest in a bathroom remodel, simply put, you want it to last. A higher price is not the only notable feature of quality bathroom remodeling materials. The durability makes the expense worthwhile for many and spending a little more always pays off for years after the work is done.

Low maintenance. In the bathroom, you use a variety of hair/skincare products as well as having potential water stains. Some less expensive materials, like vinyl, can withstand staining, while porous materials like marble can become stained. Generally, however, high-quality materials offer the advantage of easy maintenance, so you can cut the amount of time you spend on cleaning. Also, because of their durability, you will have fewer repairs to deal with over the years.

Less strain on your budget. It is true that quality bathroom materials are more expensive initially, but it is an investment that pays off!  You will not have to deal with frequent repairs typical to replacements done with cheaper materials. Another point to consider is that a beautiful, well-designed bathroom will not need a quick update. So, you could keep the same look for longer, while others are changing features to keep up with the latest trends. When choosing your materials for your remodel, remember that the bathroom is a high traffic area and a lot of moisture to contend with.

Award-Winning Home Remodeling in the Greater Phoenix Area

You can always save money when remodeling a bathroom, but you should never try to cut corners when it comes to picking the best materials. Ultimately, this will cost you more and leave you unhappy with your renovation.  As an award-winning remodeler, Tri-lite Builders specializes in remodeling bathrooms, kitchens, and entire homes to increase the overall functionality and design of the home.  Check out our portfolio here! We have helped many Phoenix area homeowners remodel their homes to achieve their ultimate goal.

Free, no-obligation in-home or virtual consultations

Get your project off the ground by calling us at (480) 895-3442 or emailing steve@trilitebuilders.com to discuss remodeling your home, kitchen, or bathroom.  We offer a 60-minute no-obligation in-home or virtual consultations. Our award-winning designers and craftsman are eager to work with you to make your vision for your home a reality!

9 Simple Home Improvements That Can Increase Value

Recently, our sister company, Homework Remodels, was cited in this blog by with RedFin Real Estate. We are excited to get to share her blog here about 9 simple home improvements that can increase value.

Keeping up on your home maintenance is an important and crucial part of being a homeowner, especially if you are looking to increase the value of your home. In addition to keeping up on basic maintenance, there are many other projects you can do to help your home potentially sell for more. Whether you live in a city like Atlanta, GA, or a smaller town like Cheney, WA these simple home improvements can increase your home value.

1. Replace the garage door

A new front door or garage door is one of the best returns on investment. A new garage door can increase your home value, as well as improve the appearance of your home. Replacing or having an old garage door fixed is a simple home improvement that can increase your home value substantially.

“Everyone knows that first impressions are important when it comes to a home. Depending on the style, the garage can take up as much as 30% of the front of a home. That’s why when replacing an old garage door with a new, upscale garage door has significant impacts on first impressions and can help you sell quickly! In fact, nationally, in 2020 homeowners can expect up to a 94% return on investment for their garage door replacements on average. In some regions, this return on investment surpasses 100%.” Overhead Door

2. Remodel your kitchen and bathroom

The majority of buyers looking for a home that has an updated kitchen and bathrooms. Updating your cabinets and countertops is a great way to spruce up your kitchen, or even give it a whole new look. Additionally, hardwood floors are becoming increasingly popular among homebuyers and can improve the look of your kitchen dramatically. Buyers are also looking for a bathroom with new tiling and modern fixtures. By hiring a team of professionals to do these simple home improvements, and putting some money toward a kitchen and bathroom remodel, you can attract more millennial homebuyers to your property. Not only that, but you’ll probably recoup a lot of your costs in the selling price of your home.

“It is best to hire a company that not only restores your existing washroom, kitchen cabinets, and floors providing a range of products and options but a company that can also remodel according to your taste! As you are doing renovations, decisions may change due to unforeseeable factors, so it is best to work with a company like Bathtub Guru that can do both restoration and remodeling.” Bathtub Guru

“We believe a remodeled shower adds value to your home – which can be as easy as tiling your shower from floor to ceiling (up to 10 ft) for extra bling. If you are looking to add more of a high-end touch, use exotic granite for the countertops. Lastly, always add a shower door to retain heat and apply “red guard” to your mud set throughout the whole shower for extra seal protection that lasts longer.” –Arlington Custom Builders

“When trying to find the right home service provider for you, search for local companies. Be wary of companies pouring money into promoted ads on the top of your web searches and those sent via “Directories” promising to connect you with the best local home improvement professionals. These companies will end up having a much higher price. We’re a small local company who invest more in our people and processes than our marketing. We can provide a fair price because we aren’t spending an arm and a leg on web leads.” Center Point Renovations

4. Replace windows

It is advised that you replace any old single-pane windows and install dual pane windows instead. If you have the extra money for this, they are very attractive and people really find value in them. Replacing windows can give your home a new look, increase natural light, save your money on heating and cooling, and add value to the price of your home if you are considering selling.

“It is incredibly common that homeowners need to repair their windows to satisfy an inspector’s report, and they always want to do it as cheaply as possible. I would advise settling on a dollar amount to escrow so the new owners can make the decision on what quality level to pursue. That way they can do the cheap fix or maybe decide to replace all the windows or something in between. After all, the inspector has flagged 1 or more windows, and the reality is that all the windows are on a decreasing timeline to needing future repair or replacement.” –Brad AlexanderZen Windows 

 

9 simple home improvements

5. A fresh coat of paint

If you decide to freshen up your home with some new paint, opt for neutral colors on walls, trim, and baseboards. Colors such as light grey, cream, and other soft neutrals are preferred. If you have children and their rooms are all shades of bright green, blue, and pink consider painting those to match the rest of your home. This new paint can bring a more simple, sophisticated look to your home. A freshly painted front door and entryway also make a great welcoming statement for the home and can refresh any interior space.

“Paint your house as soon as you want to list it. Painting your house is the fastest and most affordable way to add notable curb appeal to your home. A painted house will start to generate buzz and put a coming soon sign on the front yard. Make sure to choose a company that gives you a value paint job, not just a cheap paint job.” Tulsa Christian Bros Painting

 

6. Update hardware and fixtures

Just as new fixtures can bring a home into the present, updated hardware can create a new look for a small investment. Updating hardware in your kitchen and bathrooms is a great way to modernize your home. You will want to keep your hardware consistent throughout your home and don’t forget to take looks and function into consideration.

“Look up, replacing old recessed fixtures, outdated ceiling fans and chandeliers can instantly refresh any home. Also consider replacing outdated almond-colored switches, outlets, and switch plates. These are great budget-friendly updates and can help you sell your home more quickly.” –Melissa Frederiksen, Atmosphere 360 Studio

7. Minimize and declutter

Decluttering, paring down, or purging is the first step to clearing away excess clutter so you can start organizing your space. You must declutter in order to open up room in your existing space. This is so critical if you are wanting your home to look better ion listing photos or sell for more. Decluttering is a simple home improvement that can make your home look much better.

“A clutter-free home will sell more quickly and for more money than one filled to the brim. Decluttering will not only enhance your sale but with less stuff, it will also make it easier to organize and maintain your next home. Whether you are downsizing, upsizing or right-sizing, the selling, and moving incentive works beautifully for getting you to evaluate your belongs and release excess clutter.” –Linda Samuels, Oh, So Organized! 

“Installing shelves, hooks, and racks in your garage and basement to store your tools and belongings will make it easy to quickly locate what you are looking for as well as making a huge visual improvement. Using clear bins makes it a snap to find what you are looking for when you need it.  Labeling all of your bins and hooks makes it easy to put things back where they belong. Our preference is metal shelving with wheels: sturdy and functional. It makes entering these spaces pleasant, it’s worth the effort.” –Anna Sicalides, Your Organizing Consultants

“Keep a seasonal maintenance list of everything in your home. For example, in the spring wash your deck and seal it if the manufacturer suggests it. Keep a list with dates of when you sealed it. You will be able to show possible home buyers how well you took care of your deck.” –Vickie Dellaquila, Organization Rules

8. Take care of the exterior of your home

“The best home maintenance tips are not over the top, they are simple ones that keep your home running and looking its best. Clean your gutters, make sure if you have a sprinkler system that the heads never spray on your home, wash your home every year and repaint every 4-5 years depending on your area of the country. Stay on top of these maintenance items so that when you get ready to sell your home, you don’t have to discount your price for all of the deferred maintenance.” –John Rogers, John Rogers Renovations 

9. Service all systems

It is best if you service all systems in the home. This is a great way to show any potential buyers that you’ve taken good care of your home. It can be a simple home improvement that can add value to your home. If you have any appliances or systems that are more than 10 years old consider replacing them with newer better functioning ones.

“Looking to reduce utility cost; maximize energy efficiency and improve the performance of your HVAC system, we encourage homeowners to increase their attic insulation. Depending on the age of your home the guidelines for maximum energy efficiency could change from what the builder provided and overtime blown insulation can compact. Additional attic insulation can range from a straightforward DIY project with Batt Insulation to professionally installed Spray Foam Insulation. ” – Sheila Lanier, Homework Remodels 

 

Award-Winning Greater Phoenix Remodeler

Tri-Lite Builders’ goal is to help all homeowners in the greater Phoenix area love their home again. We’ll help you make the tough decisions regarding materials, colors, lighting, and flooring. Call us at 480-895-3442 to schedule a free 60-minute consultation with us to start making plans. Let us help you take those first steps toward your dream home!

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