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FAQ: How Can I Warm Up My Home this Fall?

Fall is in full swing in the Kansas City metro, and that means chilly nights aren't far behind. While fall is a beautiful season full of color, bonfires, and haunted houses that make you scream like a child, this season is also notorious for teeth-chattering wind chills that can leave you shivering even inside of your own home.

With the threats of a Midwestern winter ahead, chances are, you are scrambling to warm up your home before the season hits in full effect. Luckily for you, warming up your home this autumn can be simple.

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Seal Your Siding
Before ice storms become the norm, take advantage of a nice fall weekend to repair or replace any damaged siding on your home. Not only will new siding give your home the welcoming warmth of polished style, but secured siding will help to physically keep the warm air your furnace makes from escaping, leaving your home warm and comfortable for the dipping degrees ahead.

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Put on a Coat (of Paint)
While it won't necessarily warm up your home by degrees, a new coat of paint in your living room or kitchen will help liven up your space for the chilly season to come. Opt for neutral tones like brown or cream to help incorporate rustic flair to your house that is both a current interior design trend, and an easy way to add much-needed metaphorical warmth to your home.

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Light a Fire

Nothing says fall quite like a crackling fireplace, so light it up and revel in its guaranteed warmth in the months to come. Whether gas or wood, your fireplace will not only give your living room heat to enjoy, but it will also set a comforting warm tone for when you have friends and loved ones over to gather at your house this autumn.

Just because temperatures are dropping doesn't mean that you need to settle for mittens and scarves. With just a few adjustments to your home, you can warm up your space in more ways than one all season long.

To learn more about warming up your home this fall, visit Total Home Remodeling.

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3 Tips for Making the Most of Your Remodel

The time has finally come. No, we're not talking about football season - we're talking about the time to take the plunge and start your remodeling project.

Big, small, indoor, or outdoor, starting a remodeling project can be a daunting task, but that doesn't mean it has to be difficult. In fact, here are three simple ways to make the most out of your home project:

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Choose the Right Project

The first step of any home project is to decide on what you will be doing. Easy enough, right? When choosing which project to tackle in your house, just remember to be mindful of what you really need done, versus what you simply want done. Planning on adding a cinema screen to your basement? That’s great – just make sure any essential projects like leaking windows or cracked siding are completed first. By choosing the right project, you'll be able to get your remodel off to a stellar start.

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Get Involved with the Vision
You're the one who will have to live in your home once the remodel is done, so get involved with the planning process to make sure you are getting out of it what you want. Do the shower dimensions look wrong? Is that paint color a little too purple for your tastes? Speak up and help lead the project every step of the way so that you can guarantee an end result you'll love.

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Partner with a Professional
One of the best ways to make the most of whatever home project you choose to tackle is to hire a professional. By partnering with an expert like Total Home Remodeling, you will not only get industry-leading advice, but you will also receive construction you can trust. Remodelers like Total Home Remodeling will make sure your project is completed with top-quality standards, and will help you tackle every design challenge you face from day one, giving you the freedom to rest easy knowing your project is in worthy hands.

Don't waste your time with half-tackled projects and instead make the most of your remodel with careful planning, execution, and professional help. When you make the effort now, your finished remodel with thank you for years to come.

To learn more about making the most of your remodel, visit Total Home Remodeling today.

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Design Choices Make the Bathroom

In the process of remodeling, design selections make for  a beautifully remodeled space. Unique choices of color, shape, and materials can take a builder grade space, and make it a home to remember.  

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This space isn't huge, but style wise, it makes a BIG statement. The subtle blue gray paint color of the cabinets really makes them the focal point of the bathroom. Keeping the wall color neutral, creates an over all feel of simplicity. Feeling clean and refreshed is the outcome we are looking for. 

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Tile selection is neutral as well. Keeping with the darkest color values being the sink counter, and the cabinets. The long cabinet pull draws your attention to the custom cabinets. Cean liner lines remind us of modern hotels. Luxurious details like those, up the style game! 

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Another little detail with a strong impact is the niche in the shower. The choice to have it done in contrasting tile, make for a rich custom look. 

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Keeping with the modern feel, the faucet and shower surround are brushed nickel. Even, the towel hook was carefully chosen to hang by the sink, and speak to a transitional modern style.  

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That marble choice really made the marble the show stopper. Brown is not used as frequently in remodels, but after seeing this combo, we can see that it should be. The warmth of the brown stone feels inviting. 

What a difference was made in this bathroom! Contact us today to discuss the remodel dreams we can make a reality. 

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Natural Appeal Bathroom Remodel Take 2

Not all remodel jobs call for a complete demolition of the space. Sometimes, all a customer really needs is some color changes, and strategic updates.  

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ThIs remodel, we foundly refer to as Natural Appeal, needed just that. A natural clean palette of color, and some fixture updates. We had already completed a master bathroom shower overhaul, so The homeowner opted to keep the second bathroom renovation simpler.  

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The original cabinetry remained, and was  given an updated painted finish. The decision was made to set the tone for the bathroom by using a soothing taupe color. We are always open to keeping items that still function well, and save the homeowners money. With this bathroom, that meant keeping the nice large mirror. 

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Of major importance in the style, and quality departments was the bathtub tile. The smaller retangular cuts of the tile really gave the tan color some interest. We were shooting for simple, yet interesting. 

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We chose to carry the tile up in to the window well, to add architectural interest. An added bonus is the water resistant ledge that is provided by tiling it. It makes for a nice niche to decorate.  

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Keeping with the natural look, we opted to keep the original wooden doors and trim. They meld well with the warmer tans and beige colors of the painted surfaces. 

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Very simple 12X12 light tan porcelain tiles make the space appear open and clean. The slightly pinker beige wallcolor is a subtle contrast to the more yellow beige cabinet color. In keeping with all neutral tans, the space feels more tranquil. The ivory white marble counters throw a slight tan color vein throughout the slab. Chosen for their visual appeal, and functionality, the faucets were upgraded to new bolder chrome fixtures. The contrast of the cool silver metal pops nicely against the warm tans in the  counter, and wall color. 

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Overall this space is now fresh, clean, and welcoming. A pleasant bathroom to prep for the homeowners busy day. We love it a when a renovation stays within a very responsible budget, and comes out looking like a much higher costing renovation. 

 

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FAQ: When Should I Replace My Windows

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FAQ: When Should I Replace My Windows

While you stare out of them every day watching the sunrise or trying to figure out what in the world your neighbors are doing, your home's windows are an often overlooked aspect of your house. In fact, many homeowners in the Kansas City area are living behind windows that desperately need replaced.

But how do you know when your windows should be replaced?

While timing varies depending on households and the damage severity of the structure, you should consider replacing your windows:

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 When You Want to Increase Energy Efficiency 

As windows age, they lose their ability to be energy efficient. Because of gaps in stripping and other flaws that form with time, windows start to lose air to the outside, causing your heating and cooling system to have to work harder to keep your home comfortable. When you notice an increase in your electrical bill because of this, you need to consider replacing your windows.

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 When the Window Leaks

Midwestern storms are crazy enough as they are without the frustration of leaking windows. Not only is a leaking window annoying, but the water can cause serious damage to walls, floors, and any other piece of your home that the leakage touches. To eliminate these threats, replace your leaking window as soon as possible.

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 Every 25 Years

Even if your windows appear to be in top shape after more than two decades, it is best practice to replace them every 25 years. Of course, this timeframe depends greatly on the placement of your windows (structures in the West side of your home will need replaced more often due to heavy sun exposure), this number is a good rule of thumb to ensure your home remains in peak condition.

While replacing the glass in your window or tending to the frame can help prolong the life of your structure, it is best to always replace your windows before damage gets too out of hand to ensure that no further problems are spread to other aspects of your home, and to help keep your home looking and functioning at its absolute best.

To learn more and to start replacing the windows on your home, visit Total Home Remodeling today.

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Benefits of Hiring a Remodeling Contractor

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Benefits of Hiring a Remodeling Contractor

Like many homeowners in the Kansas City area, you may think that Remodeling your home is the perfect DIY project to tackle this fall. Replacing your house's siding or retiling the master bathroom can't be that hard, can it?

Stop right there.

Diving into major home projects without the help of remodeling experts can have disastrous outcomes. At best, taking on a tricky project can end with your home in rougher shape than before, and even worse, gives your spouse the freedom to harp "I told you so" for the next decade.

Before you start demoing your home with grandpa's trusty old sledgehammer, consider these benefits of hiring a remodeling contractor to help with your home project:

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Expert Advice
Sure, you may think that shiplap looks good now, but an expert remodeler will be able to show you the difference between a flashy trend, and a design choice that will give your home the lasting, classic aesthetic it deserves. Remodeling contractors will be able to help you choose the best plan for your home, while giving you the freedom to pick and choose from a slew of proven designs and stylish patterns that will increase the overall value of your home.

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Professional Execution
Nothing is more frustrating than installing tile only to find that one is crooked, or getting splashes of red paint on your classic white crown molding. When you hire a professional to do your remodeling project, these amateur mistakes will instantly be eliminated, and your project will be completed with the kind of flawless execution that lasts for years to come.

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Quality Guarantee
When you hire a remodeling contractor, you are guaranteeing that your project gets done right the first time. Your siding will be insulated with the best possible technology, your bathroom faucets will be installed securely, and even the small things like the hardware on your kitchen cabinets will be fastened with optimal care. By working with a professional, your remodeling project will be completed with the upmost care that is often overlooked during a panicked DIY remodel.

Step away from your project, put down that sledgehammer, and call the experts at Total Home Remodeling. Our team of professionals is standing by and ready to help you design and execute your project in a way that is guaranteed to add style and value to your home.

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Unused Attic to Flexible Living Space

Sometimes you just need to look up to find your new living space. These homeowners did just that. When we got called in to take a look at this home, we saw beyond an unused attic space, and visualized their dreams of a comfortable gathering space. 

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Maximizing the feel of the space that they could truly live in was key in this remodel. Cost vs value was important to this family. We had to see if this additional living space would actually return the value of the remodel. That is really key to any remodel. When your home goes to sell, we hope you to get a return on your investment. 

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Sky lights were a essential part of this remodel. The support beams added architectural interest, as well as structural support. The choice to keep to keep the ceiling area light and bright white, excentuates the tall vault. 

It is a great perspective to look back at the thought, and care taken in devising the floor plan. With locating the stairs where we did, we assured that your first step into the room, sets you up to enjoy this well lit space. This is not a cramped additional space squeezed in to an attic. This is just as free and spacious as a vaulted main floor living space. 

It is a great perspective to look back at the thought, and care taken in devising the floor plan. With locating the stairs where we did, we assured that your first step into the room, sets you up to enjoy this well lit space. This is not a cramped additional space squeezed in to an attic. This is just as free and spacious as a vaulted main floor living space. 

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Warm tan brown walls feel soothing and inviting. We kept the layout linear to allow for furnishings to be oversized, and seat the most guests comfortably.  

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We were happy to deliver a space that the homeowners will be eager to invite friends over to share in. Let us know how we can help you transform underutilized space in your home! 

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Outside and Inside Living

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Outside and Inside Living

With this remodel we have a chance to create a home that opens up to living well indoors, and out. With these gorgeous wooded views, you are beckoned to make the most of natural loving spaces. 

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Already inviting, we are creating an interior living space that will match up with this exterior space.  The homeowners love sharing their home, but were deterred by the outdated spaces. We are working hard to bring their dreams to fruition. 

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Older custom built homes have so much character! Like, the unique brick floor that spans this area. We take great care in preserving existing features that homeowners desire to keep. 

Opening up the space to maximize ease of use, meanwhile, preserving the architectural details. 

Opening up the space to maximize ease of use, meanwhile, preserving the architectural details. 

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Underutilized basement space is about to get a facelift.   

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It is a delight to see progress. Out with the original staircase, in with the new. The new look is rustic, but not "old world" style. Updated for today's look. 

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Come back soon to see the newest updates!  

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FAQ: Kitchen Backsplash Options For Remodeling

FAQ: What are the Backsplash Options for My Kitchen?

Let's face it - between breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all of those midnight snacks you don't admit to - you spend a lot of time in your kitchen. Whether preparing, reheating or sneaking food, your kitchen space is vital to the overall flow and aesthetic of your home. However, between courses of mac and cheese, many people overlook the importance of one culinary staple - your kitchen backsplash.

Primarily featured on the wall area between the top ofyour counters and the bottom of your upper cabinets, backsplash helps add texture and personality to your cooking space. But with seemingly endless options to choose from, how do you know which type is right for your home?

Some of the most popular and proven backsplashes include:

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Classic
Most homes in the Kansas City area proudly feature classic backsplashes. These works of art are made up of square or rectangle tiles, often in neutral shades to help blend in with surrounding storage and hardware. The chic feel of this style is perfect for both traditional homes, as well contemporary abodes.

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Wooden

An up-and-coming trend, wooden backsplashes give your space a defined texture, as well as unique coloring that can only come from nature. Customizable and easy to install, this rustic touch is ideal for homes with warm, cabin tones.

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Geometric
Emerging in modern homes all over the Midwest, geometric backsplashes give contemporary kitchens a brilliant pop of accented detail, without overpowering the entire space. Choose from a pre-made pattern to give your kitchen a cutting-edge atmosphere, or even make your own to show off your personal style.

Your kitchen backsplash pulls together your entire culinary space. Whether you opt for a traditional set of tiles or go bold with wood, the materials, patterns, and colors you pick will help to create a space you will love, even while secretly eating icecream by the spoonful at 3am.

To learn more about your kitchen backsplash options, visit Total Home Remodeling today.

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