Chase Away Winter Blues with these Home Remodeling Tips.

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increased natural lighting in home

Wisconsin’s long cold winter months can sometimes cause homeowners to get the winter blues and increase the symptoms of depression. But have no fear, help is near. Did you know that by making a few remodeling changes to your home you can help with these symptoms?

Since it is Mental Health Month, we thought to share tips for remodeling that will help. It is a scientific fact that increased natural lighting can help with feelings of Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder. By making some of these changes in your home, you can improve your homes natural light, air flow and a general sense of well being.

Full-length windows

If your home has small or very few windows consider larger windows or more of them to allow light in. Consider full-length windows that brighten a room or a large bay window. You can also add fun items like a window seat or a book nook to create that cozy feel and give you a space to relax in the sun.

Add skylights

Another great way to increase lighting is to add skylights. Skylights can bring in lots of light and improve your homes energy efficiency by allowing the sun to help heat your home. A skylight is like a window in the roof, but its frame is designed and flashed to withstand the rigors of rainfall that a shelter receives. It allows for daylight to fill the home with both warmth and light which in turn reduces your energy costs, the amount is dependant on the amount of sun that your area gets. The more sun, the more warmth, and light you receive.

Screened in porches

Screened in porches are great, but, what about changing that porch to fully enclosed space with large paned windows. This would provide plenty of space to sit and relax in the sun while still staying warm and indoors.

Change the hardware

Changing the hardware, you are using for the lights can also help. If you light switches are attached to poorly lit ceiling lights, opt to change those items out for newer energy efficient lighting systems.

Light bulbs can make a huge difference in the amount of light in a home. User a higher wattage if you are using only 60-watt bulbs. Consider fluorescent or natural exposure bulbs to brighten a dull and darkened room.

Open concept 

Opening up walls for an open concept look is not only a way to improve lighting but airflow and energy efficiency as well. The light can now resonate throughout the home more naturally as well as heat can be distributed efficiently.

Doors

Increase the brightness in your home with French glass doors rather than a solid interior door. You can still have privacy, but the glass allows the illumination to flow.

Don’t forget the front or back doors of your home as well. Install a newer energy efficient door with triple paned glass for security yet the ability to allow light to flow in from the space. Or consider a glass storm door which you can use to let light in during the day while still being able to close and lock the more massive solid door at night or when you are away.

Don’t let the winter months bring you down. There are so many ways to brighten your home. The best way to handle any home remodeling project is by contacting a High Quality Contracting, Inc design expert to help you devise a custom plan that fits your home and your budget.

Expressing yourself with exterior home siding.

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exterior home siding by High Quality Contracting Inc.

Your home is one of the biggest expressions of who you are. It shows your character and your style. Each corner, each curtain is part of a bigger picture of you. So why is it then that people tend to take so little time to think about the exterior siding of their home?  We look at our houses and think, “Well, it’s a grey house, so, it must stay that way.” or “It’s too big of a project to change that.”    

 

We can do better and as hard-working homeowners, we deserve better.

 

Changing the exterior of your home is easier than you would think with a trusted company like High Quality Contracting, Inc.  We take the struggle out of the work and follow your ideas to a tee to create a statement as soon as you pull into the driveway.

 

So, now the hard part, deciding how to express yourself.

 

We can assist there as well. Here are some great siding ideas to help put your personal style on your home:

 

  • Timeless- If you want to express a style of elegant simplicity consider siding flavored in timeless colors. Choose a palette of tones that reflect the ocean or emulate the earth. Water-inspired blues contrasted with earth tones of river rock and pearl can change the way your home looks creating a timeless look.  
  • Eclectic- Do you venture toward the bold and fun? Creating an eclectic exterior of your home can feel difficult at best. However, we can make it easy on you. Build in different textures of shake and shingles as well as colors to mix and match your look. Siding can be fun, so mix it up a bit.
  • Traditional- If observing more of a traditional look for your home, consider earth-toned hues or deeper colors such as “wrought iron” or “latte”. These colors work great on homes such as a cape-cods or colonials.
  • Modern- A modern home should have an eye-popping look by mixing deep trending colors with soothing neutral colors. Create a powerful effect with cool hues and bold bright colors offset with a warm neutral color palette.

 

There are many more ways to express your personal style in the exterior of your home besides siding. However, siding is a key factor in your look. It is an investment in your home that will benefit you for years to come.

Kitchen Remodeling Pays Off in 2018 with High ROI

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2018 kitchen remodeling ROI

The hub of every home is the kitchen. This is where the “magic” really happens with great lasagnas, roasts, taco Tuesdays, and family conversations. Investing in the central area of the home can be beneficial to your bottom line when considering resale as well as long-term use.
Kitchen remodeling in 2018 offers a range of excellent options to invest in that will bring a smile to everyone’s face.

Remodeling Magazine, a national magazine for remodeling experts, featured their 2017 Cost to Value Report for most remodeling projects and once again kitchen remodels showing a high ROI if 82% depending on the changes made, making it a great investment for your tax dollars this season.

Considering the significant return on investment along with the comforts it will bring, why wouldn’t you want to upgrade and improve your current kitchen? We have compiled a few exciting trends for the 2018 year to share with you for your home kitchen project.

kitchen cabinetsStorage Solution Cabinetry –

Cabinet manufacturers are changing the way they make cabinets look and function by including hydraulic, easy to close doors that close and fold up with a touch of a button. They also have engineered some pretty remarkable features into their cabinets including UBS sockets and charging stations, hidden dishwasher in a drawer, appliance garages, corner cabinets with a lazy Susan installed, tray storage cabinets, and warming drawers. The variety seems almost endless from the manufacturers and now is the time to try them out.

 

Two-Tone Cabinets-

For visual interest and contrast in your kitchen, you may want to contemplate two-toned kitchen cabinets. By using the two-tones cabinets, designers can create focal points on an island, create a cozy atmosphere with lower cabinets being darker, and contrast finishes as well as colors with stainless steel appliances.

 

Darker Floors-

Darker colored floors are in this year with lighter walls and cabinets. Products such as deep warm wood tones, slate flooring, dark tiles with accents and dark laminates are available.  Dark floors tend to work better in larger homes and homes with larger rooms and open floor plans. Although very beautiful, before jumping on the dark wood, we would not suggest there use in dwellings active with large dogs as they do show scratches more than the lighter shades. 

 

Samsung's Family Hub Smart Kitchens-

Technology has grown in every aspect of our world, and that includes the kitchen. New smart kitchens offer integrated technology that automates or makes life more manageable from faucets to appliances and lighting. The new products can be added to a new home as well as remodeling an older home.

  • Motion Sense-equipped kitchen faucets
  • Refrigerators that alert you when your grocery items are running low
  • Programmable coffee makers
  • Lights that can be controlled by your smartphone
  • A refrigerator that touts an HD touchscreen that can be used to search the internet, play music or shop for groceries (Samsung’s Family Hub ($3,300 approx. as of 2017).

 

Pet-Friendly Kitchen Spaces-

Keeping our pets’ safe as well as happy is always a concern, and in the kitchen, it can be a challenge. 2018 boasts some amazing kitchen renovations that will ensure the whole family is satisfied. where your pet’s bowls and food can be stored with ease and slid safely away un

The Feeding Station- Forget the random bowls forever being kicked over and making the kitchen an eyesore, introduced is the built-in feeding station until the next meal time.

  • Built-in Pet Beds – Pet beds can now be built into the underside of a kitchen island or side cabinet space to keep Fido’s bed tucked safely away.
  • Hidden Gate- If you are trying to keep your best friend safely away from the stove a kitchen gate is a perfect solution. Installing the gate so that it tucks easily away by sliding it into its place makes this a gate we can get behind.

Awe-Inspiring Home Addition and Home Gym Ideas

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home addition rec room

 

Consider some awe-inspiring home addition and home gym ideas. Whether you are trying to get your home in shape for the upcoming year or get your body in shape for spring, High Quality Contracting Inc. of southeastern Wisconsin has the fabulous design concepts for you.

Popular additions in 2018, include home theaters, game rooms, wet bars, in-law rooms, and home gyms. Entertain in whatever way you want with a variety of ideas and purposes for the extra space. Don’t forget to add storage for crafters, sporting equipment, or toys.
Here are a few fun ideas for your new space:

Home Theater-

Not just for the wealthy anymore, home theaters boast an array of options to meet every budget and create an excellent space for movie viewing. Consider taking out or adding walls which include soundproofing and installing surround sound system. Get the total experience. Embed the tv into a wall unit or use a projection screen television to fill the entire wall. Make the space warm and cozy with new flooring. Another great idea if the room is large enough is to consider adding platform flooring to the back of the room. This allows seating to rise giving each seat in the place ample viewing from all angles.

home addition, game roomGame Room-

Keep family and friends busy with a fun game room. Most people think of billiards when they think of a game room, but, in 2018 there are so many more options out there to make the space fun. Consider some of these options:

• Traditional Billiards Pool Table
• Ping Pong Table (folds easily for storage)
• Large Video Game room with a projection screen tv for optimum fun
• Darts
• Hobby area for sewing, woodworking, or scrapbooks
• Vegas Baby! Flare it up like Vegas with card tables and an authentic Vegas craps table.
• Foosball table

You can add comfort to the game room with overstuffed furniture, side tables and perhaps a wet bar.

home addition, wet bar Wet Bar-

If you are looking for a beautiful wet bar to add to your home addition, why not consider a fresh fun style and have the area custom made? Coming up with fun concepts is our specialty. Here are just a few fun bar ideas that can make you feel like you’re on vacation each time you step into your addition-

• LED adjustable backlighting behind a fully stocked bar shelving unit.
• A surf bar with fun oceanside décor, surfboard table, and bright colors.
• Add a glass-enclosed wine room that is visible from the seating area.
• Mountain retreat bar with large neutral tiles and stones, exposed beams, and rustic style.
• Unusual and exciting countertop options such as wood, quartz, marble, granite, tile, stone, or concrete.
• Classy design with open shelving, marble tops, and bright, modern lighting.

In-Law Room-

Out of town guests will love spending time in a cozy in-law suite which can be a welcome addition to any home. Bringing the whole family together is a great way to enrich your lives. The in-law room might be just the answer to keep grandma or grandpa near the kids and still give them their space. Think of all the fun you can have together. In-law rooms can be made with a private bath added, ample storage and beautiful window views.

home addition, home gym ideas Home Gym-

Home gyms are becoming ever more popular for the active family. Getting your work out in during gym hours when you are working, running errands, and juggling a family can be difficult. The solution is an addition with a beautifully functional home gym.
Making this space the perfect solution for you and your lifestyle will take some planning, but, we have some great suggestions for you to get started. Consider:

• Soundproofing the walls
• Concrete or wood floors with pads
• Indoor basketball court
• Climbing walls installed on the side of the room
• Large beautiful mirrors
• Open up space with vast window options
• Small indoor pool
• Bright full lighting
• Ballet bar
• Built-in weights shelving
• Extra storage area for equipment
• Surround Sound for music
• Built-in large screen tv

There are so many great options for your 2018 home addition that they hardly fit into one article. If you are interested in getting some ideas for your space, please contact us.

Move Over Man Cave, Welcome the She Shed

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She Sheds are the latest in construction projects, that are bringing about a buzz among homeowners.

The man of the house has longed for the Man Cave for many years. You know the place where you and your buddies go to watch the games, have a few drinks and kick back without the interruption of the family.  Men have pretty well mastered the idea turning dens, garages, and basements into the ultimate male hideaways that include billiard areas, bars, recliners, work out areas, and the ever favored Theater Screen TV. 

Women across the country have decided it is now time for the men to move over and create a She Shed for their personal retreats. 

These areas started out as a simple shed turned into a place to read or work on hobbies and have now become objects of great craftsmanship and elegant beauty.  

She Sheds now have items such as:

  • Heated Units
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fully Carpeted, Wood Floors or Tile
  • Wide Open Windows and Secure Doors
  • Built-in Beds, Sofas, and Storage
  • Hobby Areas
  • Charming Patios
  • Electrical Outlets including USB Ports
  • Gardens and Green Roofing
  • Moats ( Yes some have moats around them with fish swimming) 
  • Lofts 

This is not an all-inclusive list and is limited only by our imaginations. 

Why get a She Shed?   

Just like a man, a woman would like a place to call her own and sit in private now and then. The stress from family, work, and responsibilities can drift away for a few hours each week relaxing in a spot all to herself. 

High Quality Contracting, Inc can help you design an amazing She Shed with all the bells and whistles attached. Our craftsmen are skilled and have a multitude of great ideas to make even a small space into the best possible getaway for her.