5 Home Safety Tips Every Homeowner Should Follow

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5 home safty tips from High Quality Contracting Inc

Protecting your family from home safety hazards is a top priority for any homeowner. According to the National Safety Council’s 2016 report, an estimated 161,374 people died from unintentional injury-related deaths in their homes. Adding an extra layer of safety to your house can help keep your family and friends safe year round. Below is our TOP 5 safety tips every homeowner should follow.

Stove Safety-

Three out of every five house fires start with the stove. To prevent home cooking fires, objects such as towels, curtains, etc. should stay at least 3 feet away from the heating surface of your stove. Furthermore, maintaining a clean stove and oven where grease has been removed can also prevent a fire. Don’t neglect the range hood. Maintaining the fan features in the hood and keeping it also free of grease is a priority. 

Clothes Dryer-

The National Safety Council further sites that home dryer fires happen at approximately 17,800 a year. These fires are preventable and usually start because of built-up lint. Remember to clean the lint trap after each use.  Moreover, scheduling the dryer vent for a good cleaning semi-annually is imperative. If you need a good HVAC person to come and help you clean these vents, contact the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau. They have a list of companies who provide this service.

Carbon Monoxide and Radon Detectors-

Over 400 Americans die each year from carbon monoxide inhalation each year, and the number of lung cancer deaths associated with high levels of radon in homes is over 21,000 a year. These numbers can significantly be reduced and so can your chances of experiencing symptoms or death related to carbon monoxide or radon by merely installing and maintaining the detectors. Be sure to check your detector’s batteries monthly. Because radon comes from the ground, be sure to install a radon detector in your basement.

Electrical Cord Fires

According to the EFSI, an estimated 51,000 fires each year, nearly than 500 deaths, more than 1,400 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage each year come from electrical fires. The majority of these are due to frayed cords, damaged cords, or products that were not in use but plugged in. Whenever an appliance is plugged in, it is live and able to catch fire. Unplugging things like curling irons, kitchen appliances, and charger cords can help prevent a fire. Be sure to check cords if you have pets regularly, as some pets tend to chew wires. 

Other Electrical Fires

Homeowners also need to be aware of what is going on in the walls of their home. Listen for strange buzzing sounds or watch for lights that flicker. Be sure to not overload outlets with too many cords, and if you decide to get any work done on your property such as installing outlets, be sure to use an expert. Keeping fire detectors working and a family evacuation plan on hand in the event of a fire. If you suspect your electrical system is old or may not be working correctly, contact an expert and licensed professional as soon as possible to have the issues inspected. 

Keeping your family safe is a priority for High Quality Contracting. This list of 5 home safety tips is not an end all list, however, it will help keep you from harm. If you would like more information, contact your High Quality Contracting team today.

From Not to Hot- A Garage Transformation

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Wisconsin Garage Rebuild Before Photo

When High Quality Contracting, Inc. first got the call regarding this garage, we were not sure what we were in for. The garage was in bad shape. It was ready to fall down with any good storm. However, all was not lost for our customers. They trusted us to repair, remodel, and stabilize the garage into a useful steady structure.

We first began by removing any existing parts that were rotted and damaged. We installed temporary systems to stabilize the garage until we finished the demolition part of the project.

Once that was finished, we moved on to jacking up the ceiling 5″ in the middle to make the roof level again. We installed new LVL headers. We strengthened the walls and rebuilt the soffits. Our crew also rebuilt the roof. The roof received new 2×4’s, plywood, and shingles. The crew replaced the old windows with new double-hung windows from Jeldwin Windows.

As the project took shape, we continued by adding a service door and siding. The amount of craftsmanship put into the project is evident by viewing the before photo and the after photos. 

The final photo is before we finished up with a new coat of paint.

However, you can see the beauty of this garage and how sound it is now compared to before. The new walls, roof, and doors have made this garage built to last for years to come. 

We left this project with happy customers and their garage is now strong and steady and ready for the Wisconsin elements.

Contact us today for your free quote. 

Planning Spring Construction Projects In Winter- Top Reasons Why You Should Start Now.

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It is hard to think about spring construction and landscaping projects when you are knee deep in Wisconsin’s winter snow and ice, but believe it or not; winter is the perfect time to start these projects. Experts in the construction industry have started planning spring projects in the winter for centuries. We have compiled a list of the top reasons why you should start your project planning now:

1) Contractor Availability-

Contractors in construction and landscaping tend to book rather quickly for the year. High Quality Contracting Inc is no exception. Once spring hits everyone decides they want their project done and each week only has so many hours. So, why wait? Before your contractor books for the spring and you end up with a subprime guy doing a lousy job, schedule an appointment for a consultation. In the winter, contractors with excellent ratings like High Quality Contracting, have the time to meet with you and help develop some great new ideas for your project.

2) Pulling Permits-

Permits are required to begin most construction and landscaping processes. It can take on average 4-6 weeks to have a township issue a permit to begin a construction project, but they imperative and we can not start without them! Applying for licenses during winter months, or nearing spring will most likely expedite the process because the township is not as busy with applications. The slower months also allow time to be sure that all appropriate paperwork has been approved and helps avoid last minute problems.

3) Scheduling Your Project –

The average contractor is already scheduled out eight weeks ahead when most people start deciding in the spring to get their home or office projects done. You can avoid weeks, if not months, of time by scheduling your project in the cold of winter rather than waiting for the spring bug to bite. With a completed home remodeling or landscaping project finished early in the season, you get to enjoy the fruits of our labor throughout the year. As the old saying goes, ” The early bird gets the worm.”

 

4) Availability of the Top Products-

Just like anything else, construction and landscaping products can also be in demand. Starting your spring home project in the winter will help you get the best prices. You will also find that the best products for your project are easily available. If a particular set of tiles in favorite that year, or a specific design of countertop, reserving your products weeks ahead can help you to avoid the possibility of using your second or third choice styles instead.

5) No Last Minute Rushing-

Rushing at the last minute can cause mistakes. You can forget to tell your contractor something, your project is pressed for time, and rain or other weather delays can really make life difficult. Increasing the stress that you already feel to get the project done. Well, don’t feel that rush, the pulsing through your veins as grandma is coming in two weeks and the bathroom is not done yet. Take your time, schedule ahead, and ease into your holiday or visit without stress.

 

 Planning spring construction projects can benefit you both financially and with time restraints.

For your quote home, today contact us. 

5 Deck Ideas that are Game Changers.

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Wisconsin upstairs deck remodeling by High Quality Contracting Inc

 A deck can change the entire look and feel as well as the function of the space in your yard. Modern decking materials allow for creative design option as well as durability. Here are six innovative deck ideas that are game changers: 

Deck Shapes- 

When most people think of decks, they think of a square wooden platform attached to your backyard. However, decks have come a long way in the past several years. They are now being designed in fun ways with great new shapes and designs.  Round decks are a hit for a fun look around a pond or a pool. A rectangular deck can pop by adding zing with angles, and alternating patterns. Go for a larger deck that offers several connected shapes, starting with a rectangular space then adding a circled pergola with bench seating. The shapes are limitless. 

Built-Ins-

Built-ins are the little extra fun spaces that are now being built into modern decks. Sick of hauling out a cooler every time you want to have refreshments on the deck? Have one built-in. Are you an avid reader and enjoy sitting on your deck reading? Consider a small built-in library space with a door that closes to keep the elements off of your books.  Nowadays you can build in just about anything into your deck, including fireplaces, firepits, outdoor kitchens, seating, storage and more. 

 

Railings that Roar- 

Don’t think that a deck railing has to be boring to work. Today’s decks have some pretty impressive railing ideas such as wrought iron, wood, composite, steel, and carved wood posts. Depending on your budget you can go as simple or as elaborate as you would like with the deck railings. Stairs also can have a great flare with products out by companies like SalterSpiralStair.  We can install some very creative ideas- galvanized steel, sunburst style, cable, and even wrought iron designs. 

Upstairs Deck Dependable Easy Care Materials-

Materials have changed in the last several years to become stronger, more dependable and easier to maintain. These scientific changes can make owning a deck a lot easier to keep up. No constant staining and repairs. Stylish composite decking products resist fading, staining, scratching and mold, and won’t rot, crack or warp. Wood decks are now pressure treated with special chemicals to help prevent decay and termite damage. Stains last longer and clean up easier than ever before. 

Overheads and Planters- 

Don’t forget to look up when you are building a new deck for your home. Overheads and custom planters are a great way to add texture and style to any yard experience. Retractable roofing, awnings, overhead lighting systems and more can be added to your deck to create a multifunctional space for both rain or shine. 

Decks do not need to be boring and are limited only by the creativity of the designers creating them. High Quality Contracting Inc has been building decks for decades and can help make your backyard oasis. 

 

 

Moving? How to Stay Organized While Packing.

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How to stay organized while packing is one of the hardest jobs ever.  Moving is daunting and exhausting. Although you are excited to get into your new home, the task of boxing and packing all of your belongings is stressful. By streamlining a system for moving, you can reduce this stress. You can get much more accomplished. To help you, we have compiled a list of ways to make the move easier for you.

Minimize 

Stay organized while packing through minimization. Minimization is key to any good move. Go through your belongings and get rid of items you don’t need. Get rid of items you won’t use as well.  Old clothing, glassware, decoration, even furniture that is not used can easily be donated. Consider selling items that are in good shape. By doing this you are now reducing, often by a lot, the number of items you not only have to pack and carry but that you have to unpack and put away. This also means fewer items to transport requiring less physical exertion and potentially even less cost and time. 

Packing Supplies

Often times we start packing with just what we have around the house. Soon we find ourselves out of supplies and running to the store and spending more than we should have for tape, packing materials and boxes. Instead, make a list of items you will need such as tape, boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, labels, markers, padding, rope, bins, and possibly a dolly to help easy the lifting and carrying. Next, go online and search for any sales or deals on the supplies you need. Spending 30 minutes to search for sales can end up saving you a hefty chunk of change.  Finally, go out and load up on all the supplies you need from the sales you found. Here is a thrifty tip: Many stores break down their boxes and must pay to have them hauled away. If you go to local stores in the morning before they toss the boxes, you may be able to get some really good boxes for no cost and save yourself some money. 

Categorize & label

This can not be stressed enough LABEL YOUR BOXES. Mark boxes that go into the kitchen, bath, bedroom, living room, etc as you pack them. Categorize items also such as a box with all the cups in it or a box with the silverware in it so putting items away is much easier and it is simple to find items while you are in the process of finding it all a place to go. Decide how you’ll want things to be grouped when unpacking and categorize and label them accordingly. This will save you a lot of time when unpacking. 

The Essentials box

This is a box that is often missed when packing. The essentials box is basically a box that contains things like toilet paper, napkins, a change of clothes, toothpaste and toothbrush and a towel. It is the most important box in your move.  It holds the items that you need right away when you get to your home . The items you can not live without such as medications. Be sure to include things for every member of the family.  Give each person their own essentials box for the move. If you have movers doing the moving for you, we would suggest that this box stays with you if possible so that you know where it is at all times and it is not located somewhere in the back of a moving van along route 94 heading to the storage unit. 

 

Stay organized while packing, it will make life easier. We hope these packing tips help to make your move a great one. For more great remodeling and home trends, continue to come back to the High Quality Contracting Inc website or contact us.

Building a New Home Makes Sense.

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Building a new home makes sense. The housing market is booming with available housing readily available. Why would you want to build your own house?  Today’s new homes offer more benefits than ever before. Some of the reasons you might choose to build rather than buy, may surprise you. 

Your Dream Home Your Way

We all have that perfect image in our head of what our dream home is. Perhaps it has wide open cathedral ceilings, unique built-in cabinetry systems, custom crown molding, and staircases, or that fantastic fireplace you have always wanted? Why can’t you have it all? You get more bang for your buck when you are building from the ground up to suit your desires rather than to purchase an existing home and then need to deal with the remodeling of the house. Put the money into your dream to start with and get the home you always wanted, including that She-Shed or Man-Cave. 

The Layout that Meets Your Needs

Finding the house with the existing house perfect layout to meet your families needs can be daunting. Consider designing your home from the start with a plan that makes sense for your family. Do you need bedrooms on the bottom floor? Maybe you would like a resort-style master bath or a balcony off of one of the bedrooms? You can have it all when you build your layout to your specifications. High Quality Contracting, Inc. has an established history of creating great floor layouts and designs which are functional and beautiful. Instead of spending your time searching for the layout you need, spend that time sitting down and talking with an expert from High Quality Contracting to design it for you. 

The Lastest in Technology

Existing homes on the market can be remodeled to have some of the latest technology features that you want such as a voice-activated kitchen or all new energy efficient windows. However, it is more cost efficient to have those things put into your home from the very start. When you are building and designing a new construction property, you can choose from the start what features you want. Want USB ports in every outlet of the home? Okay, it’s done. Want the entire house wired to voice-activated lighting and sound systems? You got it.  You choose how much technology you do, or do not want to be put into a custom home.

Low Maintenance

Homes today are designed and equipped to reflect the way we live today rather than what was built 20-30 years ago. Open concepts, energy efficiency, and cutting-edge building products lead to less maintenance and lower upkeep in your future. Spend your time enjoying living in your home and not fixing broken pipes and heating systems. Less time on maintenance means more time to do the things you enjoy with the people you love. 

Energy Savings

Homes are far more energy efficient today than homes built even just five years ago, and immensely better than homes built 20-30 years ago. Building product manufacturers have developed better products with energy efficiency in mind. Technologies have improved greatly, and the science behind the new products is mind-blowing. Tripple pained windows, better insulation products, and energy efficient heating, cooling, and air control systems are just a few of the ways that new homes are saving homeowners money. 

No Creepy Feelings 

As silly as this title sounds, the “feel” of a home can be a real problem and a turn off for many homeowners. Have you ever walked into a house that makes your skin crawl for no apparent reason? That is what we are talking about. That laying in your bed, wondering what they unsettling sound is ( ghosts? ) and having a fear that the previous owner left something inside the house that you do not want. This situation is completely avoided when you have a new home built. 

 

Building a new home makes sense. Whatever your reason for wanting a new home built, High Quality Contracting Inc is the choice for many of Southeastern Wisconsin’s homeowners. We make the home building experience as easy and enjoyable as possible.

Our team of highly skilled designers, builders, and craftsmen are available at your disposal day or night. Why not give High Quality Contracting Inc a call today and get your dream home built the way you want it. 

 

 

Common Winter Roofing Blues

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snow and ice dam roof problems in Wisconsin

Winter roof damage can get you down. Humans are not the only ones who become blue in the winter, your roof can too. The pressure of the hard, cold days and nights, piling up on top of it, as well as the wind blowing across every shingle. No wonder your roof responds poorly. Here are some of the signs that your roof has the winter blues, and could use a little love from the folks at High Quality Contracting Inc. 

Condensation

When the heat from your home reaches the cold service of the roof it results in condensation. The condensation moistens the existing insulation and wood causing mold and mildew to grow resulting in the interior structure of your home being damaged. To check for this you can go into. your attack space and look for moisture, wet marks, and mold. To prevent this from happening you must eliminate the amount of air leakage into your attic as well as improve the insulation & ventilation which will allow moist air to escape the roof. 

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Although those icicles are beautiful to look at, they are dangerous, furthermore, they are a sign that your roof may have a problem. Icicles are the result from heat melting the snow on your roof and then the water forming around the gutter system. The problem with icicles is that they are dangerous and can fall on someone or damage property, as well as, the weight from several well-formed icicles is daunting on the structure of your roof and existing gutter system. To prevent icicles from forming, clean out gutters during the fall, and sweep the snow off your roof and from your gutters.

 

Ice dams

The most dangerous of winter roof hazards are ic dams. These nasty structures form when the snow melts on the warm roof, resulting in the accumulation of ice and water on the roof and under the shingles. The fact is that an ice dam does not need to be thick to cause a problem. They can be as thin as one inch and severely damage the integrity of your roof. They can become very heavy and often result in roofing leaks and damage. Most often by the time you find the leak inside of your home, the damage has been there quite a while because often the water from the ice dam pushes into the home and travels around the wall and ceiling cavities until it finds an escape. 

So what do you do if you think you have an ice dam situation? Winter roof damage gets worse the longer the damage is not taken care of. We would strongly suggest contacting a licensed and insured roofing specialist like High Quality Contracting, Inc.  We will investigate the problem and develop a solution based on your specific home structure and needs. It is not always an insulation problem that needs to be addressed, sometimes, missing shingles, air leaks in gaps, or aging roofing is the cause.  

Remember as the winter cold hits your face, it is also hitting your home. Keep your home happy this winter and chase the winter blues away by keeping your roof strong and sound. 

 

Fabulous Basement Remodeling Ideas

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Wisconsin basement remodeling by High Quality Contracting Inc.

Are you looking for excellent basement remodeling ideas? If your basement could use a makeover and you are not sure where to start, we have compiled some impressive designs. Convert a gloomy storage space into a terrific family space. There is no limit to the ideas we can come up with to help your renovation to be it’s absolute best. First thing is first, what do you want to do with this space?  Here are a few ideas: 

Guest Suite

Are you the entertaining type that enjoys having friends and family over to visit? Do you have family that lives out of town or possibly the country and would love to give them a comfy place to stay when visiting? Consider a guest suite in your basement. Add new flooring, walls, lighting, door and paint with some bright or neutral colors to keep a welcoming look. The addition will create value to the home and give an overnight guest a private place to stay. 

Additional Bathroom

Adding a bathroom is always a good idea, especially if you currently only have one bathroom in the house. The basement is a great space for an additional bathroom as usually the access to pipes and the septic system is nearby. Enclose walls, add some warm and inviting tiles, vanity, and toilet. This would also be an excellent space to add those luxury bathroom features such as a hot tub, or a large walk-in shower with “rain like” shower fixtures. 

Gaming Area

If your family and friends are into games, be it pool or video games, a gaming area in the basement is the perfect use for space.   Framed in walls that are freshly painted to a neutral color, padded or even heated flooring, updated ceiling with bright light fixtures can turn the drab to fab. Add the pool table, fuse ball table, video gaming system, and more to the area to finish the look. Now your family is ready for long winters, and rainy days or even hot evenings in the summer when you don’t want to be outside. 

Work Out Area

Why spend money on a gym membership only to fight the traffic and the crowds once you get there. Work out in the privacy of your own home. A vast array of ideas exists for home gyms. For instance, a weight space to a dance/yoga area, the sky is the limit. Don’t forget to add in a first-rate sound system to get you motivated as well as heated flooring for your toes to stay warm if aerobics or yoga is your thing. 

Family Room 

Creating a family room for movies, cuddles and good times is always an excellent use for a basement space. Make the room special by adding some fun luxuries into the room.  Consider a  small refrigerator for drinks, built-in shelving for books, or padded cushy carpeting for tiny toes. The goal of this space is a getaway for the family.  Provides some extras that the rest of the house does not. Maybe a large theater wall with a giant screen and surround sound? 

Bar

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If you are the type that wants to entertain your friends for some adult fun, consider a home bar in your basement. Consider granite or wood countertops, beautiful wood exterior, and shelving with lights galore. Custom bars can be made to fit just about any size area from big to small and have an unlimited number of ideas to install. Tv, sink area, lights and more can be installed. Also don’t forget to upgrade the floor with custom tiles laid out in a pattern to finish off the look, making your home bar a place for fun for years to come. 

 

 

 

Creative basement remodeling ideas can change the fuction and look of your basement. Even better, combine two or three ideas and make the space amazing. Whatever your decision, when it is time to remodel your basement, contact High Quality Contracting Inc. We are the experts in basement remodels. 

 

 

Hot Ideas for 2019 Kitchen Remodels.

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Hot Ideas for 2019 kitchen remodels. The new trends for kitchens in 2019 is nothing short of spectacular with an array of ideas to love and make your life easier. Designers have developed some creative ways to incorporate voice-activated technology with functionality and style. Homeowners are focused on reducing stress in the kitchen and promoting health.  Here are High Quality Contracting Inc’s top picks for the 2019 Kitchen Trends: 

 

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Stress Relieving Color Pallets 

Families are feeling the pressure from the news, social media, work, school and more. Reducing stress in any way possible is key to a healthy lifestyle. Many top designers are now looking to incorporate that idea of stress-reducing color pallets into the hub of the home. According to Shape Magazine’s article “Paint Colors that Relieve Stress and Help you Relax” by Rebecca Soskin, some of the top stress relieving colors are blues, aqua, light shades of grey and greens mixed with natural tones.  These shades have been proven to help to change your feelings and calm your anxiety. 

 

Clean Lines for an Uncluttered Lookblue_kitchen_2019

Another way to keep the kitchen stress free is to offer a clean line to your design with ample kitchen storage and counter space. Because of this, designers are considering the importance of keeping it simple for the homeowner. Therefore reducing clutter, which can increase stress levels. Achieve a chaos-free workspace by using bottom cabinetry in islands, long clear countertops, and a variety of upper cabinets.

Relocate small appliances into space specific appliance cabinets.  Reduce the amount of countertop decor by only keeping the essentials out such as a cutting board or fruit bowl. Put cooking books up on a shelf neatly away. Many homeowners have a one in one out rule for clutter reduction as well. Meaning, if you bring something into the kitchen ( new small appliance for example) you take something out ( perhaps that old fondue set from Aunt Helen.) Keeping the clutter down and the visual look of our kitchen clutter free can improve moods by reducing stress. 

AJ Madison's Column Refrigeration, Freezer, and Wine cooler

AJ Madison’s Column Refrigeration, Freezer, and Wine cooler

Column Refrigerators and Freezers

The luxury world of column refrigerators and freezers is making a big splash in 2019 for many reasons. Primarily, health-conscious homeowners are looking for ways to store more fresh foods in convenient and beautiful ways. A “Column” unit can be a refrigerator, freezer, or even a wine or beverage cooling unit. As a result, companies such as AJ Madison offer a variety of column units. High Quality Contracting contractors install these fabulous units. Consider a neatly, stylish cabinet system that offers the cooling and freezing abilities that you crave for all of those fresh smoothy mixes, lean meats, and fresh vegetables.

 

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Welcome to the world of Alexa, Google, and a variety of other voice-activated systems that can now connect with everything from a smart tv or iPad in the kitchen, to the lights, speaker system, smart oven, or smart refrigerator. However, modern kitchen technology is now ready to make your life much simpler assisting in everything from making of shopping lists, and dimming lights. There is little that smart technology cannot do. 

 

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Change In Counter Tops

Recent years the rage has been to install marble, granite and stainless steel countertops. Although this is not gone yet, new design trends are looking for ways to make life a little more comfortable. Contractors install countertops made of quartz and black stainless steel. As a result, countertops are easier to clean and maintain. 

 

Customizing a Closet to Declutter Your Home

Wisconsin custom closet construction by High Quality Contracting Inc

Customizing a closet can help you declutter your home. Just because your closet doesn’t hold all of your stuff, does not mean it has to stay that way. An updated custom closet can make all the difference for any room. A closet remodel is a fast way to declutter your space and improve your life. It will add value, create a welcoming space that allows you to organize your day and your clothing, streamline your routine, and maximize your storage space. Here are some great custom closet remodeling ideas.

Consider increasing the closet space.

Many homes have hidden space or misused space in them. Consider having an expert help you reclaim this space by framing out a new closet with the increased square footage. 

Customize it to your wardrobe

By designing the closet space to meet your needs. Do you have a lot of shoes? Build in shoe shelves. If you have a lot of jewelry, decide on a special jewelry drawer which holds your pieces. Custom designed shelving, drawers, baskets, belt racks, hidden hampers, or even a fold-out ironing board or hat spaces.

Streamline your routine

By customizing racks and rods. Design with a flow in mind giving each item a place and where it will make sense while dressing each day. Giving everything their specific space, pants, shirts, dresses, coats, belts, hats, and more. Line up the items as they make the most sense according to how you dress. Be sure to include a nice full-length mirror as well.

Welcoming colors and hardware

Features can create a space that is enjoyable to be in while getting ready. Consider the colors, dark or light wood, polished chrome or matte nickel features. Be mindful of the handles on drawers and nobs so that they are not the type that catches clothing easily. Decide on dividers for your drawers that make sense for your wardrobe. Spend the money for quality hangers that will not make your shirts pucker or your pants hold unwanted seams.

Brighten and increase the lighting

So that you can easily find items. If your closet is a nice sized walk in, you can opt for some wonder stylish fixtures.

Customizing a closet can make a big difference in how your room functions. Let us help you design the perfect space for your wardrobe. Contact us today for your free custom quote.