Hide the Plugs and Lighting in Your Kitchen for More Space

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If you’re thinking about doing some kitchen remodeling in Atlanta, we’ve got some ideas on how to find new space by hiding the plugs and lighting fixtures.  Keeping down clutter is usually the most important point in kitchen design, and for this, it’s crucial to increase counter space.

To pick up some extra inches on your kitchen counter, power strips can be tucked under cabinets or under the lips of islands to provide power where it’s needed and eliminate tangled cords.  Keeping the power outlets under cabinets also won’t allow wall plates to break up the backsplash area; therefore, if you’ve found a glass or metal tile pattern you really like, it won’t be interrupted with an outlet and cords, and it will be easier to clean.

Another excellent choice for kitchen remodeling in Atlanta is adding LED lights beneath the front edge of cabinets.  There are a range of design choices, including linear lighting bars and individual pucks, and these lighting options are both discreet, functional, and stylish.  There are LED lighting systems that plug into other outlets, and some that can be hard-wired to your home’s electric system.

A third way to make space in a kitchen remodel is with a backsplash storage system; these offer individual storage components, hung from a bar mounted to the backsplash.  These can be moved and rearranged, and often come in sleek,  European designs, to match your cutlery and spice racks.

At Renewal Design Build, we’ve got many more ideas on how to make your kitchen remodel fit your home, budget, and aesthetic.  View our website for more information.

Important Considerations Before Adding on to Your Atlanta Home

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Adding on to your home is a great way to give yourself necessary space, whether it’s for a new bedroom, a home office, or a sunroom. Not only does it make your home bigger and more functional, it’s also a great way to add value to the house in the event that you ever want to sell. However, there are a few key considerations that you should keep in mind before making plans for building an addition.

  • Designing as an Entire House – A good way to design your addition is to pretend like you’re designing the entire house from the ground up. How would your ideal home look if you were designing from scratch? This is a great way to see past what you think your limitations are and to get creative when planning your addition.  It’s also a good way to ensure that your addition looks like it was part of the original house design and not an afterthought.
  • The Resale Value – Building an addition is one of the costliest remodeling projects that you can undertake. Because of this, remember that even though it will add value to your home, you probably won’t see a profit on your investment.  Only add on to your home if you truly need the extra space for your family, not if you’re simply hoping to increase your home’s value.  Different types of additions will net you larger returns than others, however. A two-story addition will give you the largest return, while master-suite bedrooms, bathrooms and sunroom typically result in a return of at least half of your investment back.
  • Assimilation – An addition that looks nothing like the rest of the house could actually hurt the chances of selling it later on. You’ll want some aesthetic elements that help tie the addition together with the house, such as the exterior materials or the windows.  You’ll also want the interior design to tie into the rest of the house, though it doesn’t need to look exactly like the original house.
  • Zoning Restrictions – Make sure your city doesn’t have any zoning restrictions that will prevent an addition from being built in the first place, and get all necessary permits.

Contact us at Renewal Design-Build for help with your renovation or addition in Atlanta.

Ideas for Incorporating Built-in Storage for Your Home

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If you’re looking for home improvement ideas, we highly recommend that you incorporate built-in storage into your home. Built-in storage is a great way to increase the amount of storage space in your home without having it take up space. The following are a few ideas that you can use when deciding what types of built-in storage spaces you want:

  • Seating – If you have any windows that provide a beautiful view, consider installing window seating. This could make for the perfect reading spot since you’ll not only have views of lovely scenery to help you relax, but also plenty of natural light. You can use this banquette style window seating as storage as well. Install drawers or cabinets below the seating to hold extra pillows, blankets, books or magazines.
  • Vertical Space – Are there any areas above the doorways throughout your home that you are not using?  Build a built-in bookshelf above the doorway to store some of your books or decorative items. Not only does this provide you with some out of the way storage space, it provides a unique visual element to the room. You can also choose to build a series of cubbies or cabinets in this space instead of shelves to help store seasonal belongings that you only need to access at certain times of the year.
  • Stairs – The stairway tends to take up a lot of room, so why not create a pull-out wine cubby right underneath the staircase landing? This is a great way to make use of space that often goes wasted. If you already have a storage space for your wine, consider installing shelves into the staircase landing instead.

Be sure to contact us online at Renewal Design-Build for all of your Atlanta home improvement needs.

Should Your Home Addition Go Up or Out?

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Are you and your family feeling cramped between the walls of your Atlanta home? Time to consider an addition! You can add that extra bedroom, home office, or playroom and finally have the space you dream of without having to deal with the hassle of moving.

When planning an addition, one of the first things you need to decide is if you are going to build up by adding a story to your home or build out by adding extra space on the ground floor.

Shared Changes for Up and Out

Adding square footage to your home, either upward or outward, increases the load on your heating and cooling, electrical systems, and sometimes plumbing. Electrical panels will need to be upgraded to handle the addition’s requirements. Heating and cooling systems can be either added on to or have new zones created. Plumbing updates are easily dealt with by a quality remodeling firm.

Taking that Upward Step

The construction of a second or third story addition involves several changes to your home. Additional stories require structural supports to handle a load that’s far greater than your previous roof. Plywood and steel connections are added at the walls on the main level and rooted down to the foundation. Stairs are needed to reach the second story and this cuts into the square footage on the lower level. You need to decide if you want the siding, windows and doors on the new level to match those below or choose new but complementary materials.

Branching Out

When you have room on your property for an outward home addition in Atlanta, you need to consider if the addition will complete the look of your home and solve your space issue. An outward addition is easiest on a flat piece of property because the original foundation can be expanded without being retrofitted. A main level addition needs to match or at least complement the existing exterior. Much of the groundwork and framing for the addition can be completed before any of the existing walls are disturbed.

If you want to build an addition to your Atlanta home, contact us at Renewal Design-Build and we can begin discussing your options.