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4 Ways to Create a Smooth-Running Construction Project

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We can all agree that construction projects are very demanding. They require time and money, as well as your sanity, to ensure that the process runs smoothly. Granted, life happens and there are things that we can’t always plan for. However, understanding the construction process will make you more prepared for those unplanned occurrences. Take a look at these ways to ensure that you have a smooth-running construction project. 

  1. Establish your goals.
    Before beginning a project, create a list of idealistic goals. If you’re remodeling a kitchen, do you find more value with installing an island or changing the countertop material? Prioritize what you’d like completed in the scope of a project. Having a list will allow you to stay focused on the crucial jobs.
  2. Create a budget.
    Once you identify the key people and pieces of your project, create a budget. Construction can get complex, so set aside an additional 10 percent towards unforeseen issues. If the contingency money doesn’t get used, even better! Consider it as found-money that you saved.
  3. Stick to a realistic timeline.
    Typically, your team members will carefully plan and build your project as efficiently as possible. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Construction is complicated. Just like with a budget contingency, build in a time contingency to account for when the stars don’t align.
  4. Have open communication.
    Remember that you are part of a team, so it’s important for everyone to be on the same page. Having a weekly or bi-weekly status report can help identify areas of concern, keep costs low and assign accountability.

Most of us lead busy lives, so creating a layout for a construction project is not a convenient process. Regardless of the scope of the project, a design professional like Progressive Builders can provide guidance on who should be involved, budgeting and other project aspects. If you’re looking to create a smooth-running construction project, contact Progressive Builders today.

Your Home Checklist for June

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June 20 marks the first day of summer this year, but why wait until then to get your home ready for summer? Start prepping for the warm weather by sprucing up your home! Here’s what you can do now to enjoy the season to the fullest:

  1. Install screen doors.
    If you utilize screen doors, now is the time to ensure they are in great shape. Be sure to inspect your current screens for holes or patches. The warmer days attract those pesky mosquitos, so any small hole is an invitation for them to buzz in.
  2. Reorganize your kitchen.
    Summer is a good time to rethink how items are arranged throughout the kitchen. More BBQ days might call for a blender to make smoothies and spritzers. If you have children, consider stocking the pantry with healthier snacks for those in-between times at home. Reorganizing your appliances will make more room for what you’ll need to use in the warmer months.
  3. Lighten up décor.
    Embrace the summer months by incorporating light hues, rolling up thick rugs and covering the beds with cooling linen sheets. If the weather gets hot where you live, consider shading the windows with heavy drapes. Otherwise, hang up some sheer curtains and enjoy the summer breeze!
  4. Schedule outdoor projects.
    Whether you’re looking to replace a deck or build a new patio, it’s important to ensure that you have plenty of time devoted for your projects. If you’re in need of professional work, make sure to contact Progressive Builders for assistance.

There is so much to look forward to in summer, which is why it’s important to get organized with maintenance and room refreshes. Make the most out of this season by creating a to-do list and posting it where you can see it. Are you thinking of a major summer renovation? Progressive Builders is here to help! Contact us today for a free consultation.

4 Simple Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

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Whether you’re getting ready to sell your home or you’re interested in spiffing up your pad, there are many ways to create home appeal without emptying your wallet. If you’re looking for inexpensive additions to freshen up your space, take a look at these simple ways to increase the value of your home.

  1. Spruce up the kitchen.
    In most cases, the kitchen is considered the heart of the home. Potential buyers will often beeline it to this area of the house when they first enter a viewing, so it’s important to keep it looking fresh. Make sure that all minor repairs are taken care of, including leaky faucets, burn marks and loose light fixtures, just to name a few. Once those jobs are taken care of, consider making gentle changes. For a few hundred dollars, you can paint the walls, update the cabinet hardware and add new curtains to freshen up the room.
  2. Add a fresh coat of paint.
    Consider spending time on a good paint job for a few of the rooms in your house. The key here is to only focus on rooms that gain high traffic, such as the kitchen and bathrooms. Try sticking to neutral tones, especially if you’re looking to sell your home. Loud colors tend to be distracting from your home’s unique attributes, which may veer potential home-buyers away. Unless you’re looking to stay put in your home for a couple more years, play it safe with a neutral palette.
  3. Brighten the bathrooms.
    As with the kitchen, bathrooms are another huge selling point in a home. Buyers want to see a well-maintained bathroom, so simple improvements such as caulking the tub or deep cleaning the tile will go a long way. Installing new fixtures will also add appeal and make the space look brighter. If your home has hard water, consider replacing handles that have taken a beating from metal corrosion. If you’re not looking to sell right away, there are simple DIY projects you can do to update the flooring or add a new countertop that won’t cost you a fortune.
  4. Enhance the outside of your home.
    As the old saying goes, never judge a book by its cover. But in reality, this phrase is often overlooked, especially when it comes to buying a home. Make a positive first impression by enhancing the exterior of your home. Start off with basic maintenance: mowing the lawn, removing weeds and trimming shrubs. The front door is a huge selling point for potential home buyers, so if it’s within your budget, consider replacing your door with a sturdier, cleaner version.

It’s never a bad time to update your home, and there are simple and affordable ways to do it. Whether you’re looking to add a minor installation or create a complete home make-over, Progressive Builders can help you get started. Contact us today for a free consultation!

Jump into Spring with These Refreshing Home Ideas

Spring is a busy time of year, so it can be hard to make time for some traditional spring cleaning. Try a spring home refresh instead! A few simple changes can completely renew your space in a jiff. Here’s what you can do around the house to get you ready for the warmer days to come

  1. Freshen up the porch.
    Create a welcoming entrance by sweeping and mopping up the porch floor. Continue your refresh by shining up the exterior windows and washing the siding. If it’s been a while since you’ve last cleaned your home’s siding, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see how vibrant it turns out!
  2. Launder rugs and curtains.
    Give your whole place a lift by cleaning your soft furnishings. Anything from small rugs to slipcovers can often be laundered at home. Bonus: if its sunny outside, dry your white furnishings on a line. The bright sun will naturally whiten them and you can save energy from stuffing them in the drying machine.
  3. Spruce up the kitchen counter.
    Ah, the kitchen counter – it’s a magnet for clutter. De-swamp it by removing unused items, including things that just don’t belong there like car keys and the kids’ homework. How often do you use that blender or the toaster? If it’s not daily, then it’s time to store it away. You’ll feel better in no time.
  4. Clean light fixtures.
    We often ignore dusting lamps, sconces and pendant lights, which can all accumulate a decent amount of dust. If you’re finding that you aren’t getting as much illumination throughout the house, it might be time for a wipe-down. Make sure to clean every crevice of your light fixtures with a damp microfiber cloth. You’ll be on your way to a lighter, brighter home.
  5. Add fresh flowers around the house.
    Nothing screams spring more than a nice bouquet of colorful blooms! Clear a sunny spot on your kitchen table or your bedroom nightstand. And don’t feel like you have to break the bank to enjoy fresh florals! Check out local grocery stores or your community farmer’s market. If you have a garden full of flowers, get in touch with your creative side by snipping some off and arranging them on your own.

Focus your cleaning energies on these few key areas and your home will feel renewed and ready for the spring season! Need to spruce up your home? Contact Progressive Builders to schedule a home remodel consultation!

Living Large: How to Make the Most Out of a Small Space

Decorating a small room can be challenging – but don’t let that cramp your style! With the right design tips and techniques, you can create a nice retreat out of a snug space. Check out these tips on how to make the most out of a small space.

  1. Experiment with color.
    An all-white color pallet can make your room look fuller, but it’s not for everyone. Don’t be afraid to get bold! Focus on incorporating a primary color, or adding texture here and there. If you’re looking for subtlety, try incorporating soft neutrals for added warmth.
  2. Utilize mirrors.
    Mirrors have a unique ability of acting like additional windows when placed correctly in a room. Besides adding depth, decorative mirrors can create a focal point and visual interest. Consider adding multiple mirrors in a group, or a large mirror to create the illusion of more space.
  3. Think vertical.
    Take advantage of the vertical space in your room to keep things neat and organized. You can maximize storage by installing floating shelves to add books and baskets to. You can also give the illusion of a taller space by hanging your curtains higher.
  4. Maximize storage.
    When dealing with small areas, it’s important to focus on keeping surfaces clear for a less cluttered feel. Large baskets, rolling drawers, and bins are useful for extra storage and can be placed underneath your bed.
  5. Let the light shine in.
    If your room is blessed with many windows, then you’re already on your way to a larger-looking space. If you’re not so lucky – don’t fret! You can still create the look of more square footage. Add a soft overhead light with a frosted shade to create a more calming ambiance. The light will also bounce off the walls and blur the edges of your room, giving a larger feel.

While it may seem difficult, there are many ways to ensure that a bedroom is both stylish and functional. Whether you’re looking to add space to a bedroom or any other room in your home, Progressive Builders can help you make a statement! Contact us today for more information.

5 Reasons to Expand Your House

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So you’ve lived in your home for a comfortable amount of time and now you’re ready for an upgrade. Building another room can sound tedious, but it may be the right decision to ponder. Explore these reasons for why you should consider expanding your home.

  1. Extra space.
    Whether it be because your family is growing or you simply want more room for entertainment, it’s likely that you’re running out of space. Adding an extra bedroom or bathroom to your home can help make your home feel much more comfortable.
  2. Increased value.
    Adding extra square footage can sometimes be pricey, but rest assured that your investment won’t leave you empty handed. One of the perks to room additions is being able to ask for a higher price if you decide to sell your home down the road. Go ahead and add that master bedroom suite with a walk-in closet and Jacuzzi tub – it could pay for itself later on.
  3. You’ll save time and money.
    Cost is a big factor in deciding to go through with a room addition project. Some folks figure that forking over thousands of dollars may not be worth it in the long run. Lo and behold, a room addition is actually less expensive than putting your house on the market and buying a bigger home. You can expand your new space within a few months without the stress of moving – it’s a win-win!
  4. Emphasize notable areas in your home.
    When deciding on a room addition, you get to choose exactly how to design it. You’re most familiar with your home’s quirks to understand the best views of the yard and how the light changes throughout seasons. Room additions can add more character and bring out the unique focal points of your home.
  5. You’re looking for stability.
    If you’re planning to live in your current abode for plenty of years to come, a room addition may create a more livable environment. Relocating can be a drawback, especially if you live close to work or your children are already involved in school. Expanding your home can allow you to enjoy the other perks that come with your community.

A room addition is a smart way to personalize your home without the stress and extra costs of moving. Whether your family is expanding or you need extra space for storage, Progressive Builders will help you with your remodeling needs. Contact us today for a free consultation!

How to Design Your Kitchen to Look and Feel Better

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If you were asked to describe your dream kitchen, the word “tiny” probably wouldn’t be in your description. However, a small kitchen is a reality for most of us. Luckily, even the smallest and darkest kitchens can feel big and bright with a few design tweaks. While using light colors is a start, there are other ways to optimize your space to make it the best that it can be. Read further to learn some tips on how to make your kitchen look and feel better through design.

  1. Eliminate counter clutter.
    Kitchen counters tend to be places where items from all over the house congregate. When dealing with a small kitchen, every inch of counter space is crucial. Fight against the clutter by storing lightly used items in cabinets and drawers. Get in the routine of keeping likes with likes – this means filing away your mail and placing keys on a hook. These habits will help reinforce a cleaner kitchen and a bigger looking space!
  2. Use less hardware.
    Hardware on cabinets and drawers create the look and feel of clutter, but this kind of clutter cannot be put away. Try opting for cabinet doors with touch-activated latches or reach-in pulls. These additions can give your kitchen clean lines and subtly create a bigger look. Another bonus? Less nooks and crannies means fewer scrubbing and cleaning for you!
  3. Double think the double sink.
    Many homeowners feel that a double sink will be the most useful, especially when it comes to cooking and cleaning up afterwards. However, a double sink can take up a lot of precious counter space and make the kitchen appear even smaller. If you can work with a single sink, this can mean better storage options and more counter space.
  4. Choose compact appliances.
    Due to the same reasons for using a single sink, consider opting for smaller appliances. Dishwashers and refrigerators tend to take up most of the appliance space with their 24- and 36-inch wide frames, respectively. Try installing an 18-inch dishwasher and a 28-inch refrigerator instead. These saved inches can go towards storage solutions you would not have imagined before making the switch!
  5. Use ample lighting.
    Lighting is absolutely essential to making any space light and bright. Whether your kitchen has pale colors or dark ones, installing light fixtures can reduce shadows and give the illusion of a bigger space. Try plugging in LED strips inside, above or under your cabinets. Removing window shading can also add that extra brightness that your kitchen needs.

When dealing with a small kitchen space, there’s no need to feel cramped. Contact Progressive Builders today to help you with your next kitchen remodel!

4 Reasons to Install a Walk-In Shower

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Walk-in showers are a great feature in any type of home. Afterall, who doesn’t love a nice, long, hot shower in a beautifully remodeled space? If you are working on a bathroom remodel and are debating shower options, here are some reasons why a walk-in shower might be the best fit for you and your home.

  1. They save space.
    Bathrooms aren’t known for being very spacious, so whether or not you need the space or want it to appear as though the bathroom has more room, walk-in showers can help you with both. If you’re installing a frameless glass screen, there is no visual interruption through the space, which make the room appear larger, making it the perfect option for smaller bathrooms.
  1. They give a designer-look.
    Walk-in showers tend to be quite minimalistic in style, which gives them more of a luxurious, high-end look that can boost not only the style of the space but also your property value. Kitchens and bathrooms tend to be deal breakers for potential buyers, so having a walk-in shower can give you an edge when your house is on the market.
  1. They are practical.
    Hands down, walk-in showers are easier to use because they are door-less and step-free. This makes them ideal for people who have less mobility, such as young children or the elderly, who may struggle to get into a shower or to keep their balance while in the shower. Just make sure that you choose a flooring that is nonslip or has a slight texture that allows some grip, even when it’s wet.
  1. They are easy to maintain.
    Since there is less hardware such as door handles and hinges, there is less to clean. This means that you have more time to enjoy a relaxing shower. If you choose easily-tempered glass, you can spray down the door and it’s clean! Other simple solutions like daily shower sprays can help make your cleaning routine very simple.

    Walk-in showers are also very durable because of their simplicity of design. You won’t have to replace hinges or door seals, so a walk-in shower looks good for a really long time.

Ready to install a walk-in shower in your bathroom? Contact Progressive Builders today! We have an extensive portfolio of walk-in shower designs and remodels to review. To get started on a remodel today, give us a call.

6 Ways to Incorporate the Farmhouse Look in Your Remodel

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Farmhouses have a simple elegance that can feel both cozy and modern at the same time. You don’t have to live in a rural area to enjoy and incorporate farmhouse looks in your remodel. With a few small touches, you can create a beautiful, modernized farmhouse look for your home. To help you get started, we at Progressive Builders have compiled a list of 6 ways to incorporate the farmhouse look in your space.

  1. Rethink wall treatments.
    Farmhouses do not tend to use drywall as much as more urbanized homes do. When planning your walls, consider tongue-and-groove paneling, shiplap, or butt boards. These wall treatments create that homey and cozy texture that farmhouses are known for. Also, these wall treatments have strong lines that run through them, which can create a more modern look if painted white.
  1. Consider the cabinetry.
    Shaker-style cabinets are a classic farmhouse touch. They offer the simple elegance that stands for strength and durability, but they can still have a modern look to them as well.
  1. Plan for siding.
    Board-and-batten siding is the kind of paneling found on the exterior of farmhouses. Bring this look inside to create a modern twist on this classic.
  1. Wonder about the windows.
    Two-over-two windows or grille windows are a staple of the American farmhouse. They also lend themselves well into modern design because while they are simple and not overly-defined, they still add a sense of character without distracting from the overall look and feel of the room that they are in.
  1. Let there be light.
    Basic utilitarian barn lights are wonderfully stylish and provide ample light for any space. When thinking about lamps, consider Gooseneck lamps to help further establish this look in your home. The simple elegance of this design lights the way for you to continue with the farmhouse theme.
  1. Show off those beams.
    With a vaulted ceiling, beams really create the feel of being in a farmhouse. Reclaimed beams show even more character and age for a look that will wow both your family and guests because they give a sense of history and age that remodeled spaces do not always have.

For more tips on remodeling your home, contact Progressive Builders today! Whether your style is country chic or ultra-modern, our expert contractors will create a space you’ll love. Give us a call today!

 

Get Your Backyard Ready for Easter

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Easter is just around the corner, which means lots of families are getting ready to host a fun Easter egg hunt in their backyards. To help you get ready for all your Easter festivities, we’ve compiled some helpful egg hunt tips!

1. Get your supplies ready. 
Whether you do hard boiled eggs or plastic ones, it’s important to have enough eggs for everyone to participate. To make it easier on you, ask your guests to bring a dozen eggs with them, so all you have to do is hide the eggs.

2. Mix it up. 
To add some extra fun to the egg hunt, think about including a “golden egg” – one that has a special prize inside. Any way you can add some exciting surprises in the hunt is always a good idea!

3. Have ample seating for those who aren’t participating. 
For the adults who are just watching the festivities, it’s a good idea to have comfortable seating available so they can enjoy their surroundings. If your backyard is not set up for entertaining, contact Progressive Builders today! We can assist in a landscape remodel, so your outdoor space feels as welcoming as your indoor space.

To learn more about our landscape remodeling projects, contact us today!

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