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Outdoor Living Spaces; Which Type is Right for You?

Was your last family gathering too crowded?  Do you long to spend more time in that beautiful backyard enjoying fresh air?  It may be time to finally extend your living space with an Outdoor Living Space.  Read More

Everything You Need For The Perfect Deck

Now is the perfect time to build that dream deck you have always wanted. As barbecue season ramps up, a deck is the perfect place for relaxing summer evenings with family and friends.   Read More

Extend Your Summer with Indoor/Outdoor Living Spaces

Outdoor Spaces in Schaumburg

Screened porches and 3-4-season rooms are the perfect way to enjoy your backyard without giving up the comforts of being indoors. Enjoy a quiet, peaceful retreat where you can relax, entertain, Read More

Most Valuable Renovation Project: 2016 Cost vs. Value

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When weighing the pros and cons of different home remodeling projects, it’s easy to get swept up in images of gleaming marble countertops, expansive outdoor patios and peaceful Read More

The Best Reasons to Remodel. 2015 Cost vs. Value Report

Remodeling Cost vs Value in Algonquin

The 2015 Remodeling magazine Cost vs. Value report released last week showed a national average resale value of 62% ROI (return on investment) averaging 36 typical remodeling Read More

Get a Big Pay Off with These 6 Low Cost Luxuries

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I’m a firm believer that details make the difference in every aspect of our lives. When it comes to beautifully designed homes, the same details that take a space from ho-hum to stunning are often Read More

And Lord, Please Send Me a Handy Man…Amen

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When you think about a good handyman, most people envision a retired carpenter or other type of ex-laborer driving around in an old van with the words Joe Handyman in sticky on letters Read More

Improving Lighting in Your Home

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It’s a fact of life that our eyesight weakens as we age, but most homeowners ignore the signs that it’s time to add lighting to their homes. Most homes remain poorly lighted, particularly in Read More

Top 6 Deck Project Myths

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The truth is that a properly built deck takes time. Even simple decks still require appropriate attention to design decisions, material selection, village permits and code inspections Read More

How To Optimize Your Home for Successful Ageing: Universal Design Trends for 2014

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Over the decades, baby boomers have driven trends in every market they have encountered. As they move into their golden years, they are looking for ways to stay active and remain in their Read More

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