Author Archives : Janet Senour

How to get more storage in your kitchen

There are some clever ways to add storage to a kitchen, and what methods are used to improve your kitchens' storage capacity depends on several things: Can a wall be removed to expand the read more...
How to get more storage in your kitchen

How to improve the lighting in your home

The amount and quality of light in your home will make a huge difference in the way it feels. This is an often neglected element of interior design, but it also happens to be one of the most read more...
How to improve the lighting in your home

Every home is unique

Every home is unique, just as every family is unique! Which means that what works for someone else may not work for you. Time to make those changes to turn your home into YOUR home? Color schemes read more...
Every home is unique

Spending too much time at home?

Studies are showing (and it just makes common sense) that since most of us have had to spend a lot more time at home, we are thinking about how to make the home work better for us. This means setting read more...
Spending too much time at home?

Are you a do-it-yourself type when it comes to your home?

It's always tempting to try to save money, and lets face it, home maintenance and upgrades can be expensive. That said, it is way to easy to assume we can "do that", by watching an online video or read more...

How to be happy in your home

If you find yourself one of the army of workers who now work from home, you may find the previously rarely-used-home-office could use an upgrade. Having a wall and door installed in the basement, for read more...
How to be happy in your home

Upgrading your home

Most articles about home upgrades focus primarily on the return on investment the remodel will get you when you sell. But is that what is most important to you? Many homeowners have found their read more...
Upgrading your home

Kitchen pantries

So many homes come with inadequate storage in the kitchen. Which is odd, considering our penchant for shopping at Costco, and we are all advised to keep supplies on hand for who-knows-what read more...
Kitchen pantries

How to love your tiny kitchen

While small apartments and homes offer plenty of charm, they tend to be lacking when it comes to kitchen space. Luckily, there are tons of small kitchen ideas that will maximize the available storage read more...
How to love your tiny kitchen

The problem with showers

Everyone loves a well designed shower; your favorite tile, several spray options, built in bench and shower niche. So what can go wrong? Showers are almost always built into a 3-walled portion of read more...
The problem with showers

There’s nothing like a deck on your home

Decks not only provide a pleasant place to spend the afternoon at home, but they are a proven improvement on the value of your home. In our part of Whatcom County, we appreciate a roof over part read more...
There’s nothing like a deck on your home

Updating those annoying kitchen cabinets

Many homeowners put up with elements of their kitchens that are not what they really want, as remodeling the kitchen is so disruptive. But the day comes when it cannot be put off any longer! After read more...
Updating those annoying kitchen cabinets

Make your next remodel an addition

There's nothing like staying home for a few months to make the house feel too small. Square footage can be added to a home by the standard method of building out into the yard; adding a second floor read more...
Make your next remodel an addition

Some thoughts on bathroom remodels

Before you hire a contractor and have them tear out the old bathroom, be very sure you and your contractor have a well thought out plan for the new bathroom, with optimization of the space in read more...
Some thoughts on bathroom remodels

How to make a home safe for all ages.

Do you find yourself contemplating possibly moving your aging parents into your home? And then wondering how they will negotiate the stairs, or the narrow door into the bathroom? There is a trend read more...
How to make a home safe for all ages.

Summer means backyard barbecues

Even if you are having your BBQ with just your immediate family, the time will come when you can have a large gathering. For now, prep for the immediate summer as well as the future with a new deck read more...
Summer means backyard barbecues

What do you need to know for that kitchen remodel?

Here is an outline of the tasks you need to prioritize for your kitchen remodel: Determine what your kitchen needs and what you want but can do without. This will allow you to create your basic read more...
What do you need to know for that kitchen remodel?

Kitchen lighting ideas

Here is something to get you excited! Kitchen lighting is not the old-fashioned-straight forward method of installing a couple of florescent tube lights in the ceiling. That is so 70's! To do it read more...
Kitchen lighting ideas

Let’s face it – you need a new laundry room

It's not the most glamorous room in the house, and some family members - you know who you are - have never even seen it. But the one who uses it knows what I'm talking about. Too often the laundry read more...
Let’s face it – you need a new laundry room

What happens during a home renovation?

What would be totally awesome is that the wild statements on some internet and TV shows were true; a complete kitchen or bathroom overhaul in 2 days! However, that simply cannot be done, not in read more...
What happens during a home renovation?

Home Offices

Since so many of us are working from home these days, it stands to reason that home offices are in high use. Sometimes it is harder to discipline oneself to work at home because we can't avoid seeing read more...

Smart kitchen remodeling ideas

Color is very important to the whole appearance of your kitchen. If you are drawn to dramatic colors, it would be wise to resist the urge to go all out with that fav color, but to use it as an accent read more...
Smart kitchen remodeling ideas

What to do with that tiny powder room

If you despair over the half-bath, and have concluded that there is nothing that can be done to make it desirable, think again! There is a lot that can be done with tile - use the small wall read more...
What to do with that tiny powder room

Summer is on it’s way!

Most Whatcom County residents get the itch to go outside when some sunshine pops through the winter grey skies! Is your backyard and deck ready for those barbecue gatherings? Our wet weather, read more...
Summer is on it’s way!

Who enjoys doing laundry?

The answer would be pretty close to zero. Part of the reason is probably that laundry rooms are mostly an afterthought. Washers and dryers sandwiched into a closet off the kitchen, or in that chilly read more...
Who enjoys doing laundry?