Why You Should Consider a Mudroom

By General Renovations

Most Rhode Islanders obsessed with their mudroom are not farmers, but this old-school concept is now instrumental to their busy, modern lives. Picture unloading your weather-worn gear when you walk in the door. Imagine your kids’ shoes stowed neatly in bins beneath a built-in bench. Or your dog’s leash stashed in an overhead cabinet. Are mudrooms great for families with kids? Absolutely. But even if you don’t have little ones (or if you are not completely sold on what mudroom cabinets can do you for your sanity and your home), here’s what else they help you do:

Increase your home’s value

With the popularity and desirability of mudrooms skyrocketing, home buyers are either seeking them out, or at the very least, recognizing that they are a helpful addition that is worth a higher price. An inviting, organized entryway impresses anyone who walks into your home. If it comes time to open the door to prospective buyers, you will be happy to have an initial wow factor that will have them envisioning this as their own clean, modern home.

Up your modernity factor

In this age of Ikea and cube storage and book titles like The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, people truly believe that less is more. It’s not only important to overhaul the possessions that can rapidly collect, but to hide the things you do have.

The key to modern mudroom cabinets is creative design that best makes use of space. Be sure to pick a Rhode Island home remodeler who not only produces stunning work, but can consult on the initial design. Mudrooms cabinets provide more space for creativity than do many other areas of the home because they are designed around every facet of your life. Choose what to display, what to hide, and what to incorporate with the cabinets (think benches, shelves, and hooks) for a look that’s as eclectic or tidy as you want it.

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Keep the elements out of your home

A Massachusetts or Rhode Island mudroom contractor knows this better than anyone. Lived through mud season? You too understand the importance of a mudroom. Having a space for storing dirty shoes, wet coats, pool accessories, and other gear means that those items won’t migrate throughout your home. This preserves floors, baseboards, and even walls. Towels to wipe down a dirty dog, messy toddler, or adventurous spouse can be stashed right where you need them—in the entryway. Don’t forget that keeping your home clean and weather-free saves you money in the long run.

Mudroom cabinets can be helpful in the summer, too. Whether you have a pool, live close to the beach, or love to head out the backdoor for a six-mile run, summer matters just as much. Trying to get better at putting on sunscreen? You know where to put it.

Store medium-use items

You can probably think of dozens of items that you don’t want to keep in your home, and would rather not have to hunt for in the garage either. These can be cleaning supplies, certain craft supplies or tools, large kitchen items you only bring out for hosting, snow gloves, sun hats, and more. Store away anything that clutters up other areas of your home but that you know you can’t part with. Keeping these medium-use items in mudroom cabinets will allow the rest of your home to feel more light and airy.

Entertain with ease

Do you really want a heap of stuff in some random spot? Purses on the bed? Coats dangling from the stairway? Depending on how fierce your love for entertaining, you’ve already bemoaned your lack of a routine storage spot. Holidays and parties and other gatherings have a clear solution. You can choose tall mudroom cabinets with hanging rods or add hooks along the walls next to the cabinets.

Either way, the chances are that when you have entryway storage, you will fill it up with your own stuff. If you entertain often, try to keep it scant. Or you can simply move your own shoes and coats in your closet for the interim, making space for your guest’s outer layers.

So now you know what cabinets can do for a mudroom. Ready to go all out and construct a mudroom from scratch? In addition to cabinets, you will want flooring that can be easily cleaned.

For many Rhode Island and Massachusetts homeowners, this truly is a home improvement project that can improve the quality of your life.

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10 Kitchen Remodeling Tips to Save You Money

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There are so many options for kitchen remodels here in Rhode Island. With so many choices, a lot can go wrong, costing you quite a bit of money. Here are some essential tips to save you time and money on your kitchen renovation:

1. Don’t Overspend (or Underspend!)

Before you plan your kitchen remodel, consider the market in your area. Does a high-end renovation make the most sense or would a lower end job fit better with the rest of your home? Costs can run from $2,000 for a simple paint-and-hardware upgrade to $50,000 or more if you are installing premium countertops and luxury appliances. Knowing your neighborhood will help guide your decision. You may not get your investment back installing quartz in a starter home. On the other hand, nobody expects to see Formica in a high-end home in Providence’s east side either, and it could become a barrier when you go to sell in the future.

2. Keep Your Plumbing Where It Is

Moving water and gas lines to accommodate the reconfiguration of sinks, ovens, stoves, dishwashers, or baseboard heat is costly, much more so in older homes. If at all possible, keep pipe-connected elements where they are will save you quite a bit of money.

3. Your Existing Cabinets May Still Work

If your current cabinets are made from quality wood and still in good working order, hang onto them! It’s pretty easy to give working cabinets a face lift. Some common ways to repurpose old cabinets and save thousands on new ones include: adding new doors and drawer fronts, and re-laminating or repainting fronts and sides (have a pro do this! Trust me.). When it comes to painting, a professional spray job can make ugly cabinets look factory new.

4. Need  Free Advice? There’s Plenty of it

Besides consulting with an honest professional contractor here in RI, big box home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes offer free, computer-based design services for help laying out your kitchen. They are well-aware of today’s decorating trends, and besides public how-tos and seminars, they also offer one-on-one assistance in-store, usually with no obligation.

5. Don’t Forget Appliances, Sinks, and Fixtures

When buying new fridges, ranges, and dishwashers, there are usually financial promotions when sticking to the same brand that can save you $500 to as much as $2000 on the set. Be sure to consider Energy-Star appliances which may cost a bit more upfront but will save you hundreds over their lifetimes. With a little research and smart shopping, you can find affordable appliances that look high-end – and when they all match, you get a designer look for much less. When it comes to kitchen faucets, get the best possible faucet you can afford, one with a pull out spray attachment or a gooseneck with detachable head. It’s so handy you’ll never want to be without it again. Stick to one consistent fixture finish (white, stainless, nickel, etc.) since mixed finishes can look like sketchy.

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5 Recommended Home Renovations for 2016

By General Renovations

Remodeling based on what will be trendy in the future is a great way to improves the odds of getting good value out of your improvements to your Rhode Island or Massachusetts home. The following five remodeling recommendations have been popular over the last year and are expected to be for quite a while:

1. Replace Your Entry Door

The average cost to replace a front door ranges from $600 to $1000. It adds immediate curb appeal, freshens up the front of the home and provides an amazing ROI. Some studies show it adds 100% or more of what you paid for the new door to the value of the home. It’s hard to beat a return like that!

2. Remodel an Outdated Bathroom

A full bathroom remodel will always be an excellent way to value to your home and is one of our favorite projects to take on. Why the bathroom? It is commonly the most trafficked room in the home. Besides the kitchen, no other home renovation can improve the impression and value of your home at a cost as low as $10,000.

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3. Remodel an Outdated Kitchen

Many homeowners have been spending over $20,000 for kitchen remodeling projects, and for good reason. A great looking kitchen can sell a house by itself! But for those looking to stick around for a while, new countertops, cabinets, flooring, lighting, and the addition of an island can really brighten your home and your mood! Even something as inexpensive as new cabinet hardware can also refresh an otherwise outdated look.

Kitchen backsplashes no longer just protect walls from splatter. A wide array of eye-catching materials like glass, wood, metals and stone make the backsplash the focal point of today’s kitchens. Adding a new backsplash to your kitchen is a remarkably easy way to transform it.

Of course don’t forget that along with new cabinets and countertops, another way to update your kitchen is with new new energy-efficient appliances, such as a dual-fuel range with convection double ovens, a high-tech range hood, refrigerator, and dishwasher.

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4. Replace Exterior Siding

While vinyl siding has certainly dominated the last decade, believe it or not there are many different kinds of siding: wood, brick, and stone are becoming popular as well. Brick and stone masonry siding have a number of benefits. They give your home a luxurious, classic look. They are also relatively low maintenance and will last for many years. They keep your house warm during our cold Rhode Island winters and cool in the summer since they provide great insulation.

But vinyl is still king due to its affordable cost, its looks, and minimal maintenance. It requires no painting like metal or wood siding. To wash it, all you need is a garden hose or power washer. Vinyl siding has a long life with persistent beauty and low maintenance. It is a durable plastic that will not rot or flake, is available in several dozen colors, and can mimic architectural details that were once made from wood and stone. Consider vinyl siding especially if you don’t want to paint your home every 7 to 10 years.

5. Replace Your Windows

The window industry has changed dramatically over the years as energy efficiency became popular. Many homeowners here in Rhode Island and Massachusetts are replacing their old, beat-up heat-bleeding windows with energy-efficient windows that keep all that expensive warm air in the home where it belongs. The overall price to replace your windows will depend on the window style, efficiency rating, and number of windows you choose to update. But windows replacements can return 75% of their cost to the homeowner through energy efficiency and appeal. For more information on the efficiency ratings, visit Energy.gov’s windows page.