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Cost Vs. Value 2017

For the 30th year, Remodeling Magazine has released its Key Trends in the 2017 Cost vs. Value Report, working to give us unbiased 3rd party reporting on what it really costs to renovate the 29 most common projects across 99 markets nationwide.  Read More

6 Renovation Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress

We all love visiting family, creating memories and relaxing over the holidays.  But if you’re hosting a holiday event, relaxing might be the last thing on your mind!  Will there be enough food? Is there enough seating for all your guests?  Will the kitchen be too crowded (isn’t the kitchen always too crowded)?   Read More

Is Your Drinking Water Safe?

Purified vs. Filtered Water in Deerfield

So you’re remodeling your home, maybe doing a kitchen or master bath renovation…did you ever stop and think about your water? The very water you cook with, drink, and bathe in can have a major Read More

4 Major Benefits of Design and Build

Design and Build Remodeling in Woodstock

Turn on the TV to watch any of the current programs about home remodeling, and you’re bound to see a remodeling project gone bad.  Or, just talk to your neighbor or a friend, and I’ll bet you’re Read More

What’s Trending NOW in Cabinetry Design?

Kitchen & Bath Cabinetry in Barrington

The past few years have brought some pretty amazing shifts in kitchen and bath cabinetry design. Interior design has really embraced an earthy feel, outdoor materials like real wood, metals, and Read More

5 Signs Its Time to Renovate

Home Remodeling in Sycamore

If you’re wondering if now is the right time to renovate, here are five points to consider.  The short answer is if your home’s functionality isn’t what you wish and you have the funds to Read More

Is This a Cool NEW Type of Tile?

Cement Tiles in Lake Zurich

We are fresh off the 2016 Kitchen and Bath Show, the SEN Design Conference, and the Coverings show at McCormick place just last week.  It’s been a busy few weeks!  When attending industry Read More

Most Valuable Renovation Project: 2016 Cost vs. Value

Deck Addition in Palatine

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

Color of the Year 2016 Emphasizes Balance & Security

Color of Year in Arlington Heights

Every year fashion, beauty and design experts eagerly await the announcement of Pantone’s color of the year. The color selection is not only an important statement on what color will Read More

How To Budget for Your Home Improvement Project

Home Improvement in Crystal Lake

You’re not sure when it happened, but at some point you fell out of love with your house. Maybe it was when your newborn baby arrived, or when your mother-in-law moved in to Read More

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