Author Archives : Janet Senour

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?

Is a Pergola right for you?

Most of us, when we think of using our yards for barbecues and visiting with friends and relatives, probably think of patios and decks. But there is another option that may work for you, pergolas. read more...
Is a Pergola right for you?

Home additions

Whether its a small bump-out addition with a remodel, or a full blown addition project, house additions are investments. If you do not plan on moving from the home, you have more incentive to make it read more...
Home additions

Bathroom remodels – what is popular in 2022?

We all like that clean, luxury feel that is commonly called the 'spa' look. Top premium features in bath remodels are soaking tubs, space for two and rainfall showerheads , body sprayers and read more...
Bathroom remodels – what is popular in 2022?

Decks need more than just railings!

Decks and patios are one of the reasons most of us prefer to live in a house instead of a condo; we can enjoy the outdoors right off the kitchen or other rooms that open onto the deck. So, now that read more...

Do you need a glass shower wall or door?

There are several ways to enclose your shower or tub/shower. For the tub/shower combo, the old fashioned way was a shower curtain, and some still like that simplicity. For a shower, there are read more...
Do you need a glass shower wall or door?

Is designing for aging in place right for you?

When planning your next bath remodel project, what might you want to add into the design that is not strictly typical for a bathroom? Todays bathroom designs usually include some aging in place read more...
Is designing for aging in place right for you?

Kitchen islands – pro and con

Kitchen islands are popular, and for good reasons! Here are some of the advantages of a kitchen island: More counter space for food prep All that wonderful storage under the countertop. read more...
Kitchen islands – pro and con

Is it time to have an addition built onto your home?

Additions come in many forms; bump-outs, single rooms, large multi-room additions. Bump outs are built sometimes to increase the size of a kitchen or small bathroom, or even to add a walk-in read more...
Is it time to have an addition built onto your home?

Time for a bathroom makeover?

Looking for ideas for a bathroom refresh? Lots of homeowners are ditching the tub in favor of a shower that fits in the same footprint.  Some of the color schemes of the old bathroom fixtures just read more...
Time for a bathroom makeover?

Kitchen storage – how to improve it

The right storage strategies can create a more functional home. While the general usage of cabinets hasn't changed much over the years, the inside of cabinets has dramatically shifted. Pullouts read more...
Kitchen storage – how to improve it

Why add on to your home

It's not unusual for families to need an extra bedroom with bath to accommodate company or a growing family. And while you are at it, why not take over the brand-new bedroom and bath for read more...
Why add on to your home

How to enjoy your deck or patio in winter

Outdoor living spaces can be "winterized" with a little thought and a few additions. Outdoor propane heaters; these are amazing at raising the temperature near them. Fire pits; everyone loves read more...
How to enjoy your deck or patio in winter

Are you ready for some luxury?

The master bath is the perfect room to include some luxury items that you might have always wanted, but kept putting off. How about those towel warmers that you experienced at that nice hotel a read more...
Are you ready for some luxury?

What about those kitchen islands?

Homeowners still like kitchen islands, and for good reasons. You just can't have too much counter space, and in many kitchens, countertop area is at a premium. Having a kitchen island built will read more...
What about those kitchen islands?

Bathroom shower tiles

There's nothing like a new tiled shower to create that wow! factor for your newly upgraded bathroom. Tile surrounds look stylish and give it that luxurious appeal. You can take it a little farther read more...
Bathroom shower tiles

What makes a great powder room?

A powder room is a half-bath or guest bathroom that typically has a toilet, a vanity, a light but no shower or bathtub. Even the tiniest powder room can add a lot of comfort, enjoyment and relaxation read more...
What makes a great powder room?

Does your home need a sunroom?

We built an addition on the second floor of a home in the Blaine area; it had been a second floor deck, looking out to the  bay, but the owner wanted more enclosed space, and what could be read more...
Does your home need a sunroom?

Kitchen islands – pro and con

There's no doubt that kitchen islands add more storage and counterspace to your kitchen. They also provide a congenial seating/ eating area where family can talk while preparing meals, doing read more...
Kitchen islands – pro and con