Remodeling

There is a reason your home design and decor does not look like those found in home decor magazines. In fact, there are quite a lot of reasons. Consider:

  • You need a lot of money to acquire and maintain those houses
  • You might not be an interior decorator
  • You actually have to live in your house rather than just show it off

Another reason your home doesn’t look like something out of a magazine is that maybe you don’t want it to look that way. There is more than one right way to look. In fact, it is hard to say that there are any wrong ways to look.

Your home should be what you choose to make of it. Home decor is an expression of individuality. So part of what makes a design good is that it expresses something unique to you. Here are some ideas on how to infuse that uniqueness with items beyond what is traditionally considered art:

Maps

Companies such as Muir Way are committed to preserving wildernesses and other pristine spaces. One of the ways they do this is by selling artistic maps of places like national parks. When presented in this way, these maps make more sense on a wall than in a book.

If you are a history buff, a wall full of maps makes a lot of sense. The same is true if you are a traveler. Pictures of where you have been will gain a lot of context when paired with the maps of those places.

Beyond that, the art of cartography is beautiful in its own right. Mapping is a thing to be celebrated, never taken for granted. If you have a den for reading and quiet contemplation, fill it with maps to make it extra special and unique.

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Remodeling

Over time, every house will show signs of wear and tear. That’s the price for living a good life inside a well-loved home. Even an exquisitely designed home will show signs of being lived in and can look dated after a certain time. Though some homeowners deal with this reality by finding a newer home and moving, the fact is that moving can be expensive and problematic. It can be costly, and ultimately, you may have to make some tradeoffs that might not be worthwhile.

The Remodeling Solution

For many homeowners, planning a home makeover by remodeling can be a great way to make a house look sparkling and new, and to add details that have always been lacking, like a bathroom spa or gourmet kitchen. If a remodel is planned well, these details can be added on a budget, without the high cost of moving.

A good remodel will call on a lot of advance planning, as well as the expertise of an experienced general contractor. The contractor can help with the planning from the outset, so that everything stays on a workable budget. The key is in finding a contractor who can really work with you, so you can be an effective team.

Going Online to Find A Contractor

In the past, finding a good remodeling contractor could be difficult for those outside of the building industry. Today, however, the process is much easier, as there are now many good online sites that provide listings of local contractors. These listings can be reviewed easily, as they offer client reviews and portfolio samples. Once a good candidate has been found, a free phone meeting should be arranged, which will allow for an extensive conversation about the overall remodeling plan. After this, the contractor can draw up a budget, and … Read the rest