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Looking to Remodel Your Laundry Room? Here Are 4 Design Ideas

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Did you know that Americans spend more time in the laundry room than they do in the bathroom? Eight hours per week, to be exact. That’s a whole nine to five work shift of washing, drying, folding, and putting laundry away. What’s one thing that can make doing the laundry a little less, well, time-consuming? A laundry room remodel.

It sounds idyllic and maybe even a little over the top—certainly guests never see the inside of the laundry room; however, the home is about the people who live there. The good news is that homeowners are increasingly remodeling laundry rooms to be as effective and convenient as the kitchen and bathroom. Here are four ways to get the most out of your laundry room remodel.

  1. Incorporate plenty of storage.
    The laundry room can be used to store household goods, sports equipment, and even extra sheets and blankets. By adding cabinets, you can store your regular laundry items like laundry detergent, fabric softener and bleach, as well as other household items such as toilet paper, paper towels and cleaning supplies.
  2. Include ample counter space.
    Extra counter space isn’t just meant for bathrooms and kitchens. Increase the efficiency factor in your laundry room by adding sufficient counter space. Homeowners can use countertops to fold laundry or store must-haves, such as detergent and stain remover.
  3. Add a utility sink.
    Aside from washing your hands, a dedicated sink in the laundry room provides space for soaking delicate clothing or grass-stained sports gear. A sink can even act as an area to store potted plants.
  4. Choose a bright, vibrant color palette.
    Most likely, your laundry room will be a good place to retreat to for some quiet time. Why not spice up the style? Painted cabinets or textured backsplash can be coordinated to make the laundry room a cheerful and happy place.

The laundry room is quickly becoming one of the most remodeled rooms in the home. Modern homeowners have realized that including a bright, functional laundry room is a luxury they can’t live without.

Progressive Builders has years of experience with all types of home renovations—from laundry room remodels to bathroom, kitchen, or outdoor upgrades, we know how to get the process started. Contact us today to get started on your laundry room remodel.

 

5 Tips for Creating a Pet-Friendly Construction Zone

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There are many things to consider when preparing for a remodel. One thing that many homeowners neglect in their planning process is their pets. Home renovations can create stress for animals, especially with the influx of new people, loud noises and change in environment. A study showed that, while some pets are comfortable with high volume, more than 23 percent of dogs are fearful of loud noises.

Creating a safe environment for your pets will help them remain happy and stress-free. Take a look at some ways you can provide a pet-friendly construction zone for your furry friends.

  1. Provide identification.
    There are many ways to ensure a pet’s safety during a remodel, starting with making sure they have proper identification. With the constant traffic of workers coming in and out, doors and windows are sure to be left open and unattended. Tags and microchips can help a lost pet get home quickly in the event that he or she escapes.
  2. Warn the workers.
    Anybody coming into your house to complete part of the remodel should know that pets live there. Homeowners and contractors should agree on a plan to keep the pets safe and out of the way.
  3. Have a safe zone.
    Set aside an enclosed room or area where pets can rest and get away from all the chaos. Make sure their bed, food, water and favorite toys are with them. Additionally, on days where a lot of demolition, painting, or sawing is scheduled, consider sending pets to daycare since the loud noises and toxic fumes can frighten them.
  4. Check the house regularly.
    At the end of each day, make sure to check every room in the house for safety hazards. Pets might think supplies like spackle, insulation or grout look tasty and they could end up with a mouthful. Take the steps necessary to make sure everything is out of reach and safely put away.
  5. Remember their routine.
    The mayhem of construction can be very stressful for pets, so try to keep their daily activities, like walks and eating times, the same. Plus, providing plenty of exercise can help you and your pet destress together.

Progressive Builders has many years of experience with home remodels of all shapes and sizes. We understand that pets play an important role in the lives of homeowners and strive to accommodate the safety of your furry friends. If you’re looking to start a remodeling project, Progressive Builders can walk you through the steps for a more comfortable experience. Contact us today to get started!

 

3 Kitchen Upgrades to Consider for Your Home

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When designing your home, there’s a fine line between which upgrades you need and which upgrades you want. There are an infinite number of products available, and many of those tempting upgrades can be expensive. So when working within a budget, the first step is simple: decide what you can afford and what you cannot.

A good rule of thumb when thinking about upgrades is to put your money towards the kitchen and bathrooms in your home. These areas create more resale value when upgraded, giving you more bang for your buck.

Ready to make some upgrades to your kitchen? Take a look at these three kitchen upgrade ideas that will help jazz up your home.

  1. Paint the cabinets.
    Consider adding a pop of color to your cabinets, such as a periwinkle blue or pale yellow. This upgrade is not only inexpensive, but also adds uniqueness to your home. Make sure to keep the name of the paint color so that if you decide to add trim in the future, you can match the color easily.
  2. Provide task lighting.
    If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, it may be useful to add some under-the-cabinet lighting. The idea behind this is to illuminate the countertop to make food preparation easier on the eye. If you do want to add task lighting, consider installing the lights closer to the front of the cabinet. Doing so will ensure that the light is focused on the counter and not the tile backsplash.
  3. Install deep drawers.
    It can be a puzzle game trying to fit large pots into a cabinet with a height-constraint. Installing deeper drawers is useful for not only storing pots and pans, but also for ridding small appliances, such as toasters and blenders, from countertops.

Upgrading your home doesn’t need to include complicated projects. There are certain design elements you can incorporate that are trendy, budget-friendly and time-conscious. Whether you’re looking to add a minor installation or create a complete home make-over, Progressive Builders can help you make a statement! Contact us today for a free consultation.

Under Construction: Coping Through the Remodeling Blues

Embarking on your first home remodeling journey can include a whirlwind of feelings – from excitement to anxiety. Home remodels can be extensive projects, and very few homeowners consider the mental toll it can take on them. Take a look at these three typical maladies that can pop up when remodeling your home, along with suggestions on how to deal with them.

  1. The “Why Are We Here?” Symptom.
    Since you are seeing the progress, day in and day out, it can be really inspiring to see the work as it gets complete; however, when construction is at a standstill or a hiccup occurs, the disappointment, the frustration, and the second-guessing can feel ten-fold.There are two major ways to treat this: temporarily move out or hunker down. Moving out will cost extra money, but may help you keep your head clear to make the right decisions for you and your home. Hunkering down won’t cost you money, but it’s an option that requires more mental work. Reassure yourself that you are doing the right things and visualize the money you are saving while staying put. Plus, think of all the stories you can tell about the time that you lived in a living room pillow-fort while the master suite was under construction.
  2. Remodeling-Inspired Stomach Distress.
    Changing the structure of your home can come with a lot of decisions, and these decisions can feel very stressful. Specifically, renovating your kitchen can make it difficult to provide healthy meals for yourself and your family. An increase in greasy take-out can amplify any other stomach issues, as well.To calm your stomach and your mind, create a game plan before construction begins to ensure that you have access to small appliances, paper plates and napkins. In the midst of a remodel, your stomach will thank you for keeping it full of food.
  3. Post-Renovation Memory Loss.
    The end of a remodel is the most satisfying part of the journey. It’s no wonder why homeowners tend to forget all of the trials and tribulations that led to the finished product – it’s because they love the results so much. We wouldn’t necessarily call this a bad symptom, so enjoy it while it lasts!

Remodeling your home can come with some frustrations, but keep in mind that these are only temporary and the end-product is so worth it. If you’re looking to start a renovation project, Progressive Builders can help. We will guide you through all of your construction-related concerns to ensure a smooth-running process. Call us today to schedule a consultation!

3 Tips to Revamp Your Bedroom

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Have you ever stared at your bedroom wondering if there is something missing? We definitely have. In fact, most people who have lived in their home for a decade or two typically make a couple changes to the layout of their bedroom. After all, it’s hard to relax when the only room meant for sanctuary needs a major face-lift.

If you’re ready for a bedroom makeover, take a look at these three tips to help you get started.

1. Play with texture.

A great way to add depth and interest to your room is by designing through texture. Adding texture can stimulate many sensory forms, so consider the visual element of an item, as well as how it may feel to the touch. An easy way to start this is by having a neutral room as your canvas. Consider adding a shaggy rug, painting an accent wall or throwing on voluminous pillows to your bed. After you feel comfortable with creating a mix, you can progress to more complex combinations of material and color.

2. Have a place to sit.

If you have a master bedroom, consider adding a place for lounging. From a full futon to a small two-person table – there are many ways to play around with seating. Don’t have a big room? Consider adding a chaise or bench at the foot of your bed. You can even get creative with items that double as a storage unit, which leads us to our last tip below.

3. Incorporate bedside storage.

Drawers add a nice touch to many bedrooms, but they’re also great for hiding bedside necessities that can quickly clutter countertops. If you have your mind set on a few nightstands, consider ones that have a few shelves or drawers to create a balanced space. If you want to get more creative and have a cleaner look, check out your options for adding wall-mounted shelving.

Changing the look of a bedroom can sound overwhelming, but with these tips, you’ll be on your way to creating a more relaxing environment. Looking for a bigger bedroom revamp? Progressive Builders can help. Call us today to schedule a remodel consultation.

Thinking About Remodeling? Here’s Why You Should Leave it to the Pros.

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So the time has come – you’re ready to remodel your home! A renovation project can be time consuming and stressful, but with the right help, you can spend your days relaxing while the pros work on remodeling your home. As a professional in the industry for over 20 years, Progressive Builders is confident in guiding you through the remodeling process and making sure your home renovation dreams come true. Whether it be a small bathroom fix or a full-range kitchen remodel, here’s why you should consider leaving the remodeling to the pros.

  1. You’ll save a lot of time.
    There’s so much that goes into construction; for example, you may not know how your home’s current structure will impact certain installations, or how some technology can save you money. These are ideas that take more than just pondering – they take up time, and lots of it. Hiring a professional will ensure that you’re doing the right thing for your house, without having to take the time to learn how to do it yourself. It also gives you the chance to focus on other projects – like what color you’ll be painting the walls or how to decorate the new space.
  2. You’ll get expert advice.
    Having an expert in the field is crucial for guiding you through the construction project. In addition, extraordinary circumstances can pop up any time, so having advice from a reputable source will keep you from going into panic-mode.
  3. You’ll have a translator.
    In the construction world, certain terms and words can be gibberish to someone who doesn’t understand the field. In some cases, the design project will need to be translated from a two-dimensional drawing to a three-dimensional construction. Critical elements of a design can be overlooked without a professional.

Thinking about a renovation project can be enough work on its own, so consider these tips before getting started. Progressive Builders has the skills and knowledge to ensure that all aspects of remodeling go as smoothly as possible. If you’re looking to get started on a home remodel today, give us a call!

How to get Backyard-Ready for the 4th of July!

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The 4th of July is a time to celebrate our independence, of course, but it’s also one of the best parts of summer! It’s a time to be outside with family and friends, barbequing and enjoying a cold drink or two. With some work, your backyard can be a crowd pleaser. Here are some tips to help you get your backyard ready for the upcoming festivities.

1. Create a shady area.
Sitting outdoors in the blazing heat is not a comfortable experience for anyone. Add some shade to your yard using freestanding umbrellas or a cloth overhang. Want a more permanent fix? Progressive Builders can help you install a covered patio for your warm, summer days.

2. Have a playlist ready.
Background music can set the mood at any party, so have a playlist ready. If you don’t have outdoor outlets, consider using wireless speakers that connect to your phone or in-home sound system.

3. Use fun lighting.
It’s most likely that the party will continue through the night, so get creative with the lighting! Add some tiki torches throughout your yard, or if you want to go green, hang up solar string lights. Mason jars are great candle holders and can add a whimsical touch to each table.

4. Offer blankets.
Even though the summer days are warm, nights can get pretty chilly. Keep a pile of blankets handy – fringed throws and camp-style blankets work well. Plus, they’re great for when your guests want to stay outside.

Make the most out of the 4th of July weekend by organizing your backyard. Set up a dining spot with refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and festive décor and you’re all set to host!

Are you thinking of renovating your backyard this summer? Progressive Builders is here to help! Contact us today for a free consultation.

4 Simple Ways to Organize Your Home Before a Remodel

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With blockaded areas and parades of construction workers, remodeling your home can sometimes feel a bit chaotic. That’s why it’s a good idea to declutter your space and keep things organized before the renovation starts. Eliminate some of that commotion with these pre-construction organizational tips.

1. Keep items packed away.

Now is a great time to look over which items you use often and which pieces you can toss out. If you’re renovating a whole room, pack away frequently used items in transparent storage boxes. Label each box with the general contents or take a picture for you reference. This will make it easy to find what you need during the renovation.

2. Think ahead about daily activities.

Oftentimes, home remodeling projects involve some degree of disruption in your daily routine, so make sure you plan ahead. If you’re renovating your kitchen, consider having a separate work station – such as a table and mini fridge – somewhere else in the house. Also, gather together your everyday essentials, such as your keys, chargers and phone, and place them in an accessible area away from the construction.

3. Use moveable storage.

You may be asked to move items around to give construction workers access around the house. In this case, it will be handy to have plastic storage boxes that have wheels. This not only makes your things easy to move, but also keeps the dust off.

4. Be mindful of the outside of your home.

If you’re renovation project is external, make sure there’s a clean slate for when your builders arrive. Clear away gardening equipment, empty pots and any junk that you have been needing to toss out. This is also a good time to sell items that may not be needed for when your renovation is complete.

When your home feels organized, it makes the construction process much smoother. If you are thinking of venturing into a renovation project this summer, there’s no need to go through the process alone – Progressive Builders is here to help! Contact us today for a free consultation.

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.

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