Author Archives : Janet Senour

Home additions to make your house more enjoyable

If  you need more space in your home, consider an addition, rather than searching for a larger home. For many homeowners, it is a smart investment that increases livable square footage while read more...
Home additions to make your house more enjoyable

Update your bath vanity to improve the bath style

The tiniest remodel can do wonders for your home. When thinking of how to improve the bath vanity, don't get stuck in the traditional cabinet with sink that is so common. Not that there is anything read more...
Update your bath vanity to improve the bath style

Updating the master bath

If it is time to upgrade the bathroom, then you should consider some features that may not have been included in the original bath. Whether you are young, or at retirement age, adding some read more...
Updating the master bath

Why build a sun room?

Sunrooms are perfect additions to homes that are starved for sunlight. Typically less expensive than conventional additions, these built-ons offer more window space than wall space to bring in as read more...
Why build a sun room?

Why install skylights?

Operable skylight windows can open to let in the fresh air. This helps with cross ventilation in stuffy rooms, freshens up the air and cools down your living spaces without turning on an air read more...
Why install skylights?

What’s really the purpose of a kitchen backsplash?

The primary purpose of a kitchen backsplash is t protect the wall behind the sink from water damage, and the wall behind the stove from heavy grease and cooking stains. Backsplashes are designed to read more...
What’s really the purpose of a kitchen backsplash?

Happy cooks need great kitchen storage

What's the key to a happy cook? It starts with an organized pantry where it's easy to see and therefore use what is there. If it drives you crazy walking into a pantry space that is disorganized and read more...
Happy cooks need great kitchen storage

Should you add a roof over the deck?

So Whatcom county has had it's first scorcher of the summer this year; those days of hot weather may have some of you wishing there was a roof over the patio or deck. In our climate roofs over read more...
Should you add a roof over the deck?

Update your bathroom with a new shower

Showers do not age well, and when the time comes to replace a worn out shower, think of it not as a problem, but an opportunity. Whether you are replacing a tub/shower or an old shower, you can read more...
Update your bathroom with a new shower

Everything you need to know about kitchen sinks

Well, almost everything! Those utilitarian sinks of long ago have been replaced with a plethora of options. There are undermount, and top mount sinks; single or double bowl style; sinks with one side read more...
Everything you need to know about kitchen sinks

What is the best kitchen backsplash?

Backsplashes are the decorative focal point of your kitchen, adding visual flair, exuding personal style, and setting teh mood for the heart of your home. But backsplashes started out life as read more...
What is the best kitchen backsplash?

Every home can benefit from these accessories

Keeping older or physically challenged adults safe and independent in their own homes has become a top priority in recent years. Since the kitchen and the bathroom are the two places where a great read more...
Every home can benefit from these accessories

Why build a deck onto your home?

One of the great things about a deck is that it gives you outdoor living space. It becomes an extension of the indoors. Decks can be used for relaxing, reading, eating, and more. Homeowners read more...
Why build a deck onto your home?

Why have a curbless shower built?

A curbless shower is a great feature for giving your bathroom a sleek, streamlined look, but its benefits go beyond appearances. You've likely heard the term "aging in place." It means designing ways read more...
Why have a curbless shower built?

Why add a pantry to your kitchen

With so many of us running to Costco and buying in bulk, a pantry seems a no-brainer. There needs to be a place to store our kitchen purchases, and keeping them organized is a real help. A well read more...
Why add a pantry to your kitchen

Update your kitchen

New cabinets, countertops and backsplash will make you love your kitchen! Depending on how old and how worn your kitchen surfaces are, you may not need all of these options. Good quality cabinets read more...
Update your kitchen

Turn your tub-shower bath into your favorite bath!

If you've got a compact bathroom and want the freedom of being able to take a bath or a shower, you really have only one option; a shower/tub combo. It's an especially good solution for a secondary read more...
Turn your tub-shower bath into your favorite bath!

Bedroom closet too small?

Many homes have pretty small closets, makes one wonder what the designers were thinking. If you are craving a larger closet, it can be done. There are several ways to make that closet bigger; one read more...
Bedroom closet too small?

What remodeling adds the most value to your home?

This is an interesting collection of information; we often think of the bath and the kitchen as the primary remodeling projects for homes, but not all remodeling delivers the highest return on read more...
What remodeling adds the most value to your home?

Decks and railings for outdoor gatherings

Some deck floorings are more maintenance-free than others. Wood decks require regular maintenance, every 2 or 3 years to maintain their appearance. Composites, which blend ground up wood and plastic, read more...
Decks and railings for outdoor gatherings

Why are so many remodeling their homes?

The availability of new or previously owned homes is not keeping up with the number of people wishing to buy a home. If your sell your home for what seems like a huge profit, finding another home read more...
Why are so many remodeling their homes?

Thinking outside the box for kitchen cabinets

The traditional kitchen has upper and lower cabinets, and sometimes, if there is an island, more cabinets under the island. All of these are great, but there is a trend to replace some upper cabinets read more...
Thinking outside the box for kitchen cabinets

Updating your kitchen – ideas

It's not unusual for homeowners to be somewhat unsatisfied with their kitchen, but not sure how to make it better. After all, it's not cheap to upgrade and one wants to be sure they do all the right read more...
Updating your kitchen – ideas

Adding Universal Design features to your bath remodel

Universal Design refers to features that make a room or entire home accessible to all. Accessibility issues can refer to poor eyesight, arthritic hands, unstable walking (such as needing a walker), read more...
Adding Universal Design features to your bath remodel

Are your closets too small?

This depends on how many clothes and shoes you have, doesn't it? There are some of us who prefer keeping our supply of clothing minimal, but for the majority, we need clothes for specific activities, read more...
Are your closets too small?