We’ve been preaching this for some time, yet three quarters of our customers don’t put bathtubs in their master bathrooms. If resale is important to you, at least one bathtub, located in a secondary/hall location, is usually sufficient.
This recent Houzz posting has some great information about what bathroom features are popular — and the differences by age group. What do you think? Does your age reflect what the study found?
Its winter and we’re spending more time inside our homes. Friends and family gather for the holidays. And your kitchen is a focal point of these festive gatherings. If your kitchen needs a makeover, here are some things to consider:
YOUR ULTIMATE KITCHEN
Today’s kitchens are increasingly part of an open-floor plan and there is a move towards simplicity, energy efficiency, and natural materials. Check out the helpful Kitchen Planner by the National Kitchen and Bath Association www.NKBA.org which is available as a free download.
Here’s how you can get started:
- What is currently working and not working in your kitchen? How will you use the kitchen? Do you like to cook and entertain in your kitchen? Is there more than one cook in your house? Does your kitchen need to serve as a multi-purpose area –friends gather and relax, kids do homework, etc?
- Take inventory of everything you need to store and the efficiency of the kitchen layout. Cabinet makers are focused on organization and streamlining how you use your cabinetry so there are thousands of options to meet your requirements. You’ve probably heard of the Kitchen Triangle – stove, fridge and sink at the points of the triangle – we can help you with various layouts that can make the space organized and efficient to use, taking into consideration specialty appliances, islands, work stations and more.
- What’s your budget? NKBA says you can expect cabinetry and hardware to run about 29% of your investment, appliances and ventilation can be 14%, countertops typically run 10%, and installation is about 17% of the total project cost. Set aside 10% or 20% of your budget for contingencies.
Visit our new website to get inspired by looking at the kitchens we’ve created!
We see this all the time. Older homes in great neighborhoods with everything you want in a community – wonderful neighbors, convenient location, close to schools, shopping and more. But that amazing home with “great bones” is showing signs of wear and possibly costing you much more than it needs to in wasted monthly expenses.
As outdoor temperatures begin to cool, many homeowners in older residences are anticipating the escalation of their heating bills to compensate for chillier days and nights. Mounting energy costs are a key element in why many Timberlake Design/Build clients choose to renovate, making their homes not only more comfortable for their current lifestyle, but more energy efficient. Some of these homes may have had no change to their mechanical systems in over 20 years! Yikes!! That’s enough to put a chill in the air, just thinking about it! The fact is, older systems are significantly less efficient than units available today. And, let’s not forget the gaps and cracks in a foundation, walls, roof, doors, windows, and especially “holes” in the attic floor that can contribute to increased energy costs by allowing conditioned air to leak outside.
Need that sweater yet??
The reality is that newly-constructed homes tend to be more efficient than older homes with respect to energy use, particularly as measured on a per square foot basis. Upgrading your older existing home to include more energy-efficient features can save you money.
We’d be happy to come out and review how an energy efficient remodel can enhance your life, and your wallet! Give us a call – we’ll bring the hot chocolate!!
Changing seasons brings transitions of many kinds, not just in our natural environment, but in the way we shift how we spend our time both in and out of our homes. Certainly, as the weather gets colder, we’ll all be spending less free time outdoors. Your home is the heart of your life…what about it could be revised to bring you and those who share it with you more pleasure and comfort?
This time of year, with fewer daylight hours, you might start to notice those dark areas of your home that are uninviting and could benefit from some additional light. Maybe it’s that hallway in the middle of your home, or that small powder room off the foyer, or even your kitchen where a window over the sink would change your entire perspective!
Over the years, as we’ve completed projects and looked at before and after pictures with our clients, I’m always amazed at how the change of a home renovation can be such a positive influence on one’s life. If you’re thinking of changing your home environment, I hope you’ll consider Timberlake Design/Build. Our approach and process makes it easier on everyone involved. And our “on time, on budget, with care” pledge means you get the absolute best service and commitment to excellence in the market!
Change can be a wonderful thing. Timberlake Design/Build wants to help you embrace the many positive outcomes that can come from making changes to your home. Happy Fall and Happy Thanksgiving!
Timberlake added a full 2nd floor 1,000 square foot addition to this original single story Annapolis cottage built in 1949 effectively doubling the size of the house. Completing the overall architectural look and feel of the house the addition added 3 new bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, laundry room, and a 4×12 master bedroom cantilevered balcony. As always, Timberlake delivered this extensive renovation on time, on budget, with care. Working under tight time constraints with the owners move-in date set hard and fast, Timberlake was able to complete the work ahead of schedule despite challenging site constraints and a very rainy spring.
Timberlake previously completed an extensive kitchen renovation at the same house which received an Award of Excellence from the Home Builder’s Association of Maryland.