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7 Tips for Remodeling Your Home to Create Spaces You Love

When a person buys a home, it is usually not their dream home and they most likely only love one or two things about the entire house. To be honest, no one ever buys a house and can honestly say that they love every space unless they design it themselves and have it custom built. Usually homeowners move into a new home and then they begin to remodel certain spaces, so that the space turns into a room that they truly love.

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Here are 7 remodeling tips that homeowners can use to create spaces that they love:

Sometimes certain rooms only need a new coat of paint and new flooring to suddenly look beautiful and this is an easy remodel for any homeowner.

  1. Replacing outdated light fixtures is a good way to change the style of any room.
  2. Kitchens can be completely gutted and redesigned so the new layout is more functional for the homeowner. New cabinets, countertops, appliances and fixtures are another way for homeowners to have the kitchen of their dreams.
  3. There is no reason why a laundry room has to be a dark and dingy place. Adding custom cabinets and counters for storing laundry products and sorting and folding is a wonderful way to spruce up this room and make laundry day exciting.
  4. Updating a fireplace can change the look of a room. Most of the times the fireplace blends in with the rest of the décor, so a few updates can turn it into the main focal point of the room.
  5. Removing built in cabinets from rooms can make the space look and feel larger. This will add usable square footage to any home.
  6. Redoing a bathroom is a lot of work, but the end result is amazing. Updating tile, flooring and fixtures can turn any bathroom into a relaxing sanctuary.

Every homeowner should be able to create the house of their dreams with the help of their local contractor. Qualified contractors should have the experience necessary to come up with options to completely remodel a house and turn it into a fully functional and beautiful space.

Renewal Design-Build is dedicated to helping homeowners remodel various parts of their home. We specialize in kitchen,bathroom and interior design to add style, flow and functionality to each area. Give us a call at 404-378-6962 if you would like to discuss your next remodeling project with us. You may also use our Contact Us link at the top of the website.

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Kitchen Storage Ideas that will Make You Reconsider Your Existing Kitchen Layout

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Kitchens are one of the most-used rooms and a hub for family activity. From breakfast time to family dinners, the kitchen sees use daily and often becomes a gathering space for residents and guests alike. These are just a few of the reasons that the kitchen needs custom storage to help you keep the room as neat and tidy as possible. Here are 8 kitchen storage ideas to consider.

  • Group Objects by Purpose – Organizing your kitchen by category can be a big time-saver. Designate specific areas for baking supplies, everyday use, and items for guest or party use creates a flow and sensibility in your space.
  • Store Items by Frequency of Use – Keep the most used items readily available and close to the area where they’re used. Dishes that are used for breakfast every morning should be easily accessible, while serving platters and gravy boats can be stored in high or out of the way cabinets.
  • Use Your Wall Space – Consider using the empty wall space in your kitchen for wall pegs. Larger pegs can hold aprons and small pegs can hold kitchen cloths, potholders, and towels.
  • Create a Cooking Zone – Use the space directly adjacent to the stove to store cooking items for easy access. Pots and pans are often stored in cabinets, but can also often be stored in drawers.
  • Divide Drawers and Cabinets – Customize your drawers and cabinets to maximize their function sometimes requires the use of dividers or wire racks. Use silverware dividers or office supply organizers to organize the insides of larger drawers and keep things tidy.
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  • Utilize Cabinet Undersides – The undersides of higher cabinets are often unused. With small kitchens in particular, using every available inch will maximize the room’s functionality. Consider mounted lighting, cookbook holders, or paper towel and dish rag hooks.
  • Create a Closet Pantry – Many kitchens have built in pantry space, but especially in smaller or older homes, this storage space may be missing. Why not use a nearby closet to store less-used bakery items and dry goods? If it’s not something you’re using every day, chances are you won’t miss having it in the kitchen.
  • Organize Shelves and Counters – Lazy Susans and installable racks and drawers are great ways to use every inch of space while keeping kitchen items easily accessible.

Renewal Design-Build is located in Decatur, GA, and we provide a variety of remodeling services for homeowners in the Atlanta area. Give us a call at 404-378-6962 or use our contact form to schedule an appointment to discuss your kitchen remodeling ideas.

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7 Ways to Fully Customize Your Mudroom

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Many homeowners we work with who require a whole home remodel request the addition of a mudroom. We feel that the mudroom should be just as incredible as the rest of your home, so no detail is left to chance. Mudrooms are often a catch all for everything, including coats, shoes, bags and sporting equipment. There is the potential for any mudroom to look cluttered and a mess, but there are ways that every mudroom can be designed so that it doesn’t look that way. Adding cushions, pillows and other decorative items can help make the room feel comfortable and cozy.
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Here are 7 ideas that everyone can use to customize their mudroom:

  1. Storage is a necessity in any mudroom, so built in cabinets are helpful. The cabinets can be built specifically for a family’s needs and the size of the space. A cheerful coat of paint on the cabinets can keep the room from looking dreary.
  2. Benches are nice to have in a mudroom, so people have a place to sit when they are taking of their shoes or putting them on. Many benches can be built to have storage inside or add baskets underneath the bench for additional storage options.
  3. Individual locker storage is a nice way to give each family member their own space. The lockers can either have doors or they can be open in the front. The ideal locker will have a shelf on top, a long middle shelf and another shelf on the bottom. The middle shelf is perfect for coats and backpacks, while the bottom shelf can store shoes and boots.
  4. Message boards are a good way for everyone in the family to know what is going on. A calendar can be hung on the wall that lists everyone’s activities for the week or month, plus important notices can be hung up. Everyone will be able to look at it as they are entering or leaving the house.
  5. Having a laundry room inside the mudroom is nice, because dirty clothing can be removed immediately and placed directly in the washing machine.
  6. A sink is another nice feature to have, because it means that hands can be washed off before going into the house. No more fingerprints and mud along all of the walls, creating a trail to the nearest bathroom. Add a shower or a dog bath for even more convenience.
  7. Using easy to clean flooring and materials is a good goal, when planning a mudroom. Keep the cleaning products that will be needed inside the mudroom, so that spills, mud and anything else can be cleaned up quickly.

With a little creativity and help from our expert design team, everyone should be able to create an amazing mudroom that is perfect for their family. We’re conveniently located in Decatur, just minutes from Atlanta and the surrounding areas. Call us at 404-378-6962 to schedule a design consultation with our designers and to discuss the details to customize your amazing mudroom.

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5 Reasons You Should Splurge on Custom Kitchen Cabinetry and High End Hardware

If you’re remodeling your house or your kitchen, choosing the perfect kitchen cabinets is one of the most important decisions you’ll need to make. The kitchen cabinets are the largest and most visible part of your kitchen; they will determine the look and the feel, and add to or take away from the functionality of the entire room. Kitchen cabinetry isn’t something you change every day so your choices will stick with you for quite a while.  In this post, we will try to reassure you that investing a few extra bucks on custom kitchen cabinetry and high-end hardware will be worth it in the long run.

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  1. Think Long Term – The thing you need to keep in mind is that the decisions you make now are the decisions you will have to live with for quite a while. If you go for an option you’re not very excited about just to save a few dollars, you might regret this choice further on. And your kitchen is the place you’ll be seeing every day.
  2. Consider the Details – The great thing about custom cabinetry is that you can pay attention to all the details, including the materials, dimensions, colors, functionality, number of doors, the handle styles, etc. This is the true customization every kitchen enthusiast dreams of.
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  3. Aim for Higher Quality – Another benefit of investing into remodeling your kitchen is that you’ll have the possibility to consider quality and unique hardware choices. Sometimes the little details make the world of difference.
  4. Value Over Time – The next thing to consider is the value you’ll be getting for your money, or cost vs. durability. If you choose the right materials and all the right features, you’ll be getting a beautiful kitchen that won’t be compromised for a long time. If you get lower quality hardware, it might get damaged by the moisture and steam in the kitchen, or you might damage it with a sharp or heavy object.
  5. Not Your Standard Kitchen Cabinets – If you need dimensions that are different from standard cabinet dimensions, including the length or the height, getting custom cabinets is the best and the most economic option. Getting regular sized cabinetry and then adapting it to your specific needs can get a lot more costly, time-consuming, and bottom line – ugly.

Custom kitchen cabinetry is one of the best ways to truly customize the overall design of your new kitchen. Take your time and create cabinets that you are sure you will love for many years to come. Give us a call at 404-378-6962 if you would like to discuss custom kitchen cabinets or potential designs for your new kitchen. We will schedule an appointment for a consultation to go into detail about your kitchen remodeling project.

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8 Great Ideas that Will Improve the Functionality of Your Kitchen

Are you tired of the same old boring kitchen that isn’t as functional as you would like? Are you planning a kitchen remodel and need help with ideas on how to get the most out of the space you have? These are some of the questions we get asked on a daily basis when people are trying to figure out how to remodel or update their kitchens. We have put together a list of the Top 8 kitchen design tips to help you with your questions and also assist in making choices when it comes to remodeling or updating your kitchen.

  1. Plan Ahead – Most people think about the accessories or decor of the kitchen they want rather than focusing on the function of the kitchen. The kitchen is one of those rooms in your home where you will spend a good deal of time between cooking, cleaning, and socializing you want to be your kitchen is not only welcoming but functional as well. When planning be sure to take into account the function of your kitchen and what will help you when you are working in that room.  Wildwood 7
  2. Storage Space – Recent surveys have shown that majority of people say they do not have enough storage, not only in their kitchen but throughout the house, so when you are planning your remodel or improvements to your kitchen be sure to plan to use every inch possible to take advantage of the storage. There are many options today when it comes to “hidden” storage which utilizes those small spaces you might never think to use as storage.
  3. Lights, Lights, Lights – Almost every kitchen uses overhead lighting as the main source of light for the room but many electricians will agree this type of lighting is insufficient in the kitchen, overhead lighting causes shadows on your workspace which is why you should use multiple types of lighting. You can do so many different options, including under the counter lights just as one suggestion.
  4. Power Sources – Be sure if you are remodeling that you know what type of power your appliances use, whether it be gas or electric each will need their own lines and sources. The other thing to think about is power outlets, you want to be sure there are enough outlets and they are in convenient places.
  5. Fresh Start – If you are planning to remodel your kitchen you should also plan to update your old appliances and items. You don’t want a new modern kitchen filled with appliances from the 1980’s they will end up sticking out like a sore thumb. Spend the extra and get some new appliances you will be happy you did. Wildwood 5
  6. Safety First – When planning your new kitchen you might want to take into consideration safety precautions such as being able to see the backyard easily from the kitchen, outlets that aren’t easily reached from the ground and even rounded counter tops are all things to consider.
  7. Clean Air – A range hood can help ventilate those offense cooking odors as well as help reduce the amount of smoke that could fill the room (like when you cook bacon). Poncey-Highland Traditional
  8. These Floors Were Made For Walking – when considering kitchen flooring a non-slip option might be best and safest. There are so many options like hard wood, vinyl, and natural stone just to name a few. It’s one of those things you will have to weigh the pros and cons to each type yourself before deciding.

Renewal Design-Build has been assisting homeowners with their kitchen remodeling needs for more than 15 years. We focus primarily on amazing kitchens, luxurious bathrooms, and interior remodeling projects. Our talented designers will help transform any part of your home into something you can truly be proud of.

Never compromise on quality when you remodel your kitchen. Let our designers show you how they can help make the most of your kitchen and improve the overall functionality of the room.

Give us a call at 404-378-6962 if you’re in Decatur or the surrounding areas, and would like to schedule a consultation for your new kitchen.

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2016 Home Design Trends That Can Influence Your Remodeling Decisions

When homeowners start to think about remodeling projects, one of the first things they will do is scour the Internet looking for ideas. That is where many home construction or remodeling starts, no matter how small the project is. Everything is determined based on the look you want, so it pays to know what the upcoming trends are likely to be. So we want to share some upcoming 2016 home design trends that may influence your remodeling decisions for the coming year.
Master Bathroom Design Trends
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More homeowners are expected to either add master bathrooms or improve their existing bedroom suite. A master bathroom may sound expensive, but it does not have to be. Getting a spa setting is one of the more costly options, but this is an investment that will increase the value of your home. One thing to remember is that most bathroom improvements will likely require an expansion of the space.


Some interesting changes are ahead for kitchens in the coming year and beyond. One of the most surprising is the continuing emergence of black and white or gray and white color schemes. Subtle designs and color schemes will gain more ground among homeowners as well. We expect to see more requests for metallics, reclaimed wood and mixed textures in the kitchen.

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Personalized Spaces
If there is one thing more people want when it comes to design, it is more control. Despite the prevailing trends, insiders expect homeowners to add touches that are unique to their tastes or needs. Many of these improvements will give a home improved functionality in addition to better aesthetics. Examples include personal work spaces or play areas for children.

With the boom in portable devices and entertainment options, contractors and electricians will be working overtime to make their clients happy. Homeowners will demand more of the options that allow them to take their entertainment to any room. They may also need additional electrical work to accommodate some of the latest technology available.

More Amenities
One big home design trend for 2016 will be an increased focus on amenities, especially for those living in older homes. These changes will be most apparent in bathrooms and kitchens with the additions of new appliances and fixtures. Even pets will not be left out, as more pet lovers will be making improvements such as doggie doors, feeders and designated spaces for their furry friends.

If you are thinking about remodeling it is wise to keep an eye on trends that catch your eye throughout the year. Even if you don’t follow them precisely they provide good starting points for your remodeling projects. We encourage the examination of trends even though many trends come and go; and some should simply go away and never return, but that’s a different topic altogether!

Are you planning to remodel your Decatur or Atlanta area home in 2016? Give us a call at 404-378-6962 if you’re interested in discussing home design trends or scheduling a free consultation with our renovation consultants.

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Increase the Curb Appeal of Your Older Ranch Style Home

Today we’re going to talk about several ways we can help you update the exterior of your older ranch style home and increase the curb appeal.

  • Front Porch – Everyone needs a great front porch! It adds so much character to the home and makes it feel so inviting. It also gives us an amazing starting point for a decorative entry door with surrounds.
  • Gables – Add character and a craftsman style appeal to your ranch home by slightly remodeling the attic to install gables. They don’t necessarily need to be in a useful area, although we can generally make the attic useful if we add gables to expand the wall height.
  • Gable Roof on the Front Porch – A gable roof on the front porch adds a lot of appeal to any style home. We love using angles that help add interest to the entryway of a home.
  • Wooden Safety Rail on the Front Porch – If your current safety rail is metal, opt for wood for a softer, more appealing appearance.
  • Decorative Entry Door with Surrounds – A new entry door can do wonders for the exterior of your home. Traditional entry doors for a ranch style home were solid panels of either wood or fiberglass and covered with a glass storm door with a screen at the bottom. Sound familiar? Let us show you some amazing door options that will truly make a big difference in the appearance of your home.
  • New Windows – Windows are one of the best things you can do for the appearance of your home. Not only can new windows make a dramatic visual difference, they can also increase the energy efficiency of your home saving you money on your power bills.

Ranch style homes are very popular throughout many Decatur and Atlanta area neighborhoods. We want to make it our mission to help as many homeowners realize their home’s full potential as possible. We truly see the diamond in the rough when we see a lot of local ranch style homes.

In addition to the great ideas listed above, we would like to mention the landscaping. We don’t do the landscaping, but we can offer some great ideas. If you’re ready to remodel the exterior of your ranch style home to improve the curb appeal, or if you would like to talk about a whole home remodeling project, give us a call at Renewal Design-Build at 404-378-6962 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.

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What Kitchen Design Style do You Prefer?

Kitchen design is not one sided and does not trap every homeowner into a generic style. As you look at designing your kitchen, make sure your voice is heard and your ideas are followed. Your unique kitchen design style will speak volumes and make a positive impression to others when they visit.

Tell us what you like in a kitchen. Do you prefer one style over another? Today we’re going to go over several different styles and discuss how they’re different.

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Modern – The modern kitchen has a lot of matching pieces. The kitchen isn’t just about cooking; it’s about giving people the ability to learn, share, and communicate as a family. You’ll see elements like flat-panel door styles, overlay cabinet designs, simple hardware on cabinets, and a lack of ornaments, fixture embellishments and more in a modern style kitchen. Think sleek, well lit, and clear when you think modern kitchen design.
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Craftsman – The Craftsman style is interesting in that it focuses on function and rustic elements. Wood grains that are clean, unpainted, and natural; cabin themes and deep oaks are what you may see in a Craftsman kitchen. Look for simple lighting styles; there are no visual stand outs that take away from function and style here, but rather simple with a light touch. Counters with natural stone, tiles that complement, and tile backdrops that blend seamlessly with counter tops all work well in the craftsman style kitchen.

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Traditional – “Traditional” elements can vary from area to area, but you’ll find some interesting elements here in Atlanta. Look for architectural finger prints along windows, range hoods, and molding around various components. Decorations can create interesting elements as well including cabinet doors, varnishes, and colored accents alongside backdrops, backsplashes and the like.

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Farmhouse –
Farmhouse design is definitely an interesting concept in terms of kitchen design. Look for white to be the color of choice for many cabinets, walls, and backsplashes. The sink will be a stand out here. Butcherblock countertops are an excellent option for farmhouse style kitchens because they offer a natural appeal with excellent functionality. Open shelves, and glass cabinet elements let you see dishes and pieces that otherwise would be hidden, giving this a more vibrant feel.

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Industrial – Here is a concept that can sometimes be mistaken for modern. Industrial kitchen design utilizes stainless steel for appliances, countertops, and other areas. Lighting fixtures may be described as steampunk. Look for open floor plans, high ceilings, multifunction countertops with seating, and large sinks in an industrial style kitchen. Think very expansive, as function is paramount, but not without large open space and concepts that look more at home in a restaurant than your average family home. This is a tough one to pull off at times, but can be done with the right attention to the minor details.

While you can change the cabinets and appliances, there’s so much more to a kitchen remodeling project than just throwing around a sledgehammer and coating new walls with paint. Your custom kitchen must be functional whether you want to entertain or you simply want to have something inspirational for when you cook. Your remodeled kitchen doesn’t have to fit into any specific mold. It has to fit your needs and your individual tastes.

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Ideas to Consider When Remodeling Your Ranch Home in Atlanta

A lot of homebuyers in Atlanta are looking at ranch style homes for the simplistic beauty and curb appeal they offer. They are trying to fit the idea of their dream home into a reality that is going to allow them to get very specific details. Often times, however, you will find that your dream home is not so simple to connect with the existing sales options. If you have settled into a home and over time grow to dislike certain aspects, you’re not alone.

Many people come to the realization that they’ve settled. Don’t panic, however, look at a few ideas that can completely change your home’s overall layout, use of square footage, and more. Focus on several ideas that are going to help you gain the upper hand. The following are some ideas that are going to pay off dividends when you consider how to use the set pieces to your advantage.

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Open Up the Floor Plan

The first major thing that you have to look at is the floor plan. Use the square footage that you have to the fullest by remodeling the most-used areas of the home. Break down non essential walls, allow for more foot traffic areas, and maximize your square footage by opening things up. Too often, living spaces in ranch style homes are closed in and compartmentalized to try and shoehorn more bedrooms or bathrooms, and that could proof stifling. Instead, open things up, have free flowing lighting and windows so that you can create natural spaces for entertaining, living, and more.

Expand the Kitchen

The kitchen in a ranch style home can feel claustrophobic at times because it is surrounded by four walls and maybe a couple of doorways. If you are dealing with a limited amount of space, consider changing the area by opening things up. Change the flooring, the cabinets, get new appliances, and even add accent pieces to the backdrops. Change the counter tops, the sink, and even build a bar or island if space allows. Reconsider the space so that you have more work areas, and easier access to storage and more.

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Paint That Changes Visual Design Flow

Another way that you can focus on remodeling without going overboard is to look at paint options. Step outside of the traditional, and focus on complementing your flooring design. If you are truly going to make changes, change the flooring as well. Go from carpet to hardwood or hardwood to a nicer carpet, and contrast the colors with your walls and accents. Look at precision paint that works with the window treatments, shade, and natural light that can be blended together.

Overall, you have a lot of choices to consider when remodeling a ranch home in Georgia. Don’t just settle for simple elements; focus on larger options within your budget. You’ll be surprised with what you can achieve if you look at the aforementioned elements, and get a helping hand in regards to design. Sometimes the changes you need to make your home more compelling, starts with remodeling the square footage you have.

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Is Your Attic Providing All of the Functionality it Can?

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Sometimes, when you realize that you need more living space, the basement is the first spot that comes to mind. Instead of working your way down, why not look upwards to provide the additional room you need. Your attic space is capable of so much more than humble storage. In fact, in design terms, your options are limited only by the square footage you have to work with. Aside from added space, there is the bonus of increased value of the home if you should decide to sell it at some point.

Before Getting Started

Like any other home renovation, a loft conversion requires realistic goals and some planning. Some loft conversion ideas are not workable due to the ceiling height. Plus, there might be a few structural obstacles that will cramp your style. An initial assessment will tell you just what you will be able to achieve. You may have to factor in a roof adjustment, provided it is within the reach of your budget. You can also consider lowering the ceiling in the room underneath the loft to give you the space you need.

Important Considerations

No matter what type of conversion you are going for, you will have to plan carefully.  First, the plans must be compliant with local building codes. Then you must think about the changes that will make the space comfortable. Insulation will be a key factor, as what is suitable for a storage area might not work as well for a bedroom or a comfortable room for personal space.Morningside Transitional Modern

The converted loft space must have adequate lighting and ventilation. While you will be installing lighting fixtures, some natural light is always a good idea. If possible, install a skylight so that the space will always have a warm, inviting feel. We also recommend dormers in some attics because they increase valuable, usable space as well as providing an excellent natural light source and a window for ventilation.

Installing stairs for loft makeovers can be challenging in some homes because of limited space, but with the right contractor, you will end up with a creative staircase that works in the available space. Let us show you some of the ways we can design your attic and the access point to it without resorting to an attic door and potentially-dangerous ladder.

Design Ideas

Ultimately, your changes depend on your needs, and the needs of your household. Bedrooms are probably the most common attic makeovers. If you have enough room, you can put in a bedroom with a small bath. You can also convert the space into an entertainment area, or a playroom for kids. You may simply need space to organize storage for items that you want to keep in a climate controlled storage area. Search the Internet for design ideas and color schemes that may work for you.

Give us a call if you unsure about your lofty goals. We can tell you what will work, and whether your ideas are too far outside your budget range. We are experts at home remodeling, and we will transform your attic into a beautiful space you can enjoy for many years.