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Range Hood Styles Combines Form and Function

Kitchen Renovation | Madison WI | Westring Construction, LLC

This farmhouse-style kitchen features a range hood that blends perfectly with cabinetry and décor.

No matter what the goal for your new kitchen, there’s a modern range hood style to compliment it. Range hoods that blend into the background so you hardly know they’re there, or exhaust hoods that are a focal point in your kitchen renovation. There’s a wide array of sizes, shapes and materials to fit for your Madison WI remodel.

If you’re restoring one of the area’s classic older homes, the original kitchen probably didn’t come with a range hood. Adding, or upgrading is an important step. When you cook, especially if you fry food, smoke, odors and particles are released into the air. They hang around long after food preparation is complete. An efficient range hood literally clears the air. Depending upon the range hood style you choose, this vital appliance also: Continue reading

Industrial-look Kitchen Adds Contemporary Professional Appeal

Kitchen Remodel-Madison WI-Westring Construction

If your home doesn’t have brick walls you can recreate the feel with custom tile work.

Bold styling, natural materials and textures give an industrial-look kitchen a strong presence and plenty of character. Whether your home renovation includes a food preparation area fit for a professional or a room making the most of an older building’s style and character you have popular options.

The concept of a kitchen with an industrial look doesn’t mean recreating an institutional space. It relies more on rugged, robust materials and can be adapted to most any space. An industrial kitchen mixes wood, metal and glass while introducing textures and colors to create a more unpolished, hard-working look. Continue reading

Planning an Energy-efficient Remodeling Project

Home Renovation | Madison WI | Westring Construction LLC

A new roof, efficient replacement windows and insulated siding anchor an energy-efficient remodeling project for this older home.

Planning to remodel or up-grade your home – make it an energy-efficient remodel. When you decided to take apart your kitchen, build onto the garage, finish the basement or add a bathroom, the idea of increasing your home’s energy efficiency to reduce heating/cooling costs probably wasn’t the driving force. But it certainly should be a major factor in any home renovation in Madison WI.

The technology going into new home construction has advance tremendously in the last decade so even a home built at the turn of the century benefits from an up-grade. Continue reading

Basement Finishing – Economically Expand Living Space

Basement Finishing | Home Remodel | Madison WI | Westring Construction, LLC

Modern basements are multipurpose areas where the entire family enjoys the expanded space.

Living in an area where a full basement is the norm gives Madison WI residents an opportunity to expand their living space with a basement refinishing project. An aspect of a home remodeling plan that should get top priority is bringing a basement into the realm of everyday use. The basement needn’t be a catchall and storage overflow. With forethought and planning your basement will become an active participant in your family’s routine.

Beginning with a clean slate, what goes into a wise basement remodeling project? Here are six basic considerations to start with: Continue reading

Kitchen Island Anchors Kitchen Makeover Plans

Kitchen Island | Kitchen Makeover | Madison WI | Westring Construction, LLC

Long and narrow, square or round, a kitchen island is a workable space when it fits the needs and expectations of its owner – the “right” design is what works for you.

It’s rare in the days of open concept design to find a kitchen without a versatile kitchen island. And the kitchen island is the anchor of nearly every kitchen makeover from simply making room for the island to a total kitchen remodel. No matter the style, age or design of your Madison WI area home, there’s a unique island that will improve your workspace.

The only element of a kitchen makeover coming close to the importance of an island is the idea of completely new cabinets. Since “more space” is the most often cited reason for wanting a new kitchen, the additional of an island makes perfect sense – unlike cabinets, it adds storage where none existed before. A custom-built island incorporates storage in many configurations while contributing to work space, preparation and cleanup room as well as making a nice transition from kitchen to living space. ‘ Continue reading

Hire a Professional Painting Contractor – Don’t ‘Paint Yourself Into a Corner’

Painters | Madison WI | Westring Construction, LLC

Pro painters recommend plastic to cover furnishing and canvas on the floor.

If you don’t have enough stress in your life, take on a major painting project without a professional painting contractor. When you want to refresh your Madison WI area home inside, outside or both without adding stress and a sizeable time commitment, consider hiring skilled painters.

The best reason for skilled, experienced professionals – you get a quality finished job. Paint spills, drips, brush marks and uneven seams and surfaces reduce the appeal of even the brightest new paint. Professionals keep it clean and know how to deliver an even finish.

Painting a room or an entire house is harder than it looks. For amateurs, even a relatively small job can be stressful and time-consuming. Amateur painters often overlook the need for good preparation. Prepping for a paint job includes basicconsiderations like: Continue reading

Home Restoration Puts New Life In Vintage Homes

Home Renovation | Madison WI | Westring Construction, LLC

Throughout Southern Wisconsin classic farmhouses sit ready for a home restoration – bringing them back to their original appearance while including today’s energy-efficient and safe materials.

There’s a vast selection of classic architecture throughout Madison WI and Dane County and home restoration has taken on significance as people appreciate its value. Home owners, in efforts to bring back the traditional and respect its history are putting more thought into their overall home renovation and home remodeling plans.

Whether you’re a new owner of a vintage home or have lived in your 1950s – 1960s era house for decades, there’s a detailed process involved in making changes. Begin by understan

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Screened In Porch Extends Outdoor Enjoyment

Screened In Porch | Madison WI | Westring Construction, LLC

The décor of a screened in porch can be rustic, contemporary or anything your design style dictates as it brings your indoor living space outdoors in a protected, welcoming space.

The addition of a screened in porch expands a family’s enjoyment of its surroundings by extending the indoors out under a protective cover. Whether the addition of a porch includes covering an existing deck or patio or investing in new construction, there’s a porch design for nearly every Madison WI home.

Intense afternoon sun, periodic showers and the seasonal insects all contribute to limiting the use of even the finest backyard. Decks and patios provide positive elements, but there’s nothing like the protection and comfort of a screened in porch. Planning and foresight are the building blocks of an ideal porch design, beginning with a list of “must have” elements: Continue reading

Small Renovations for New Look and Major Impact

Small Renovations | Remodeling Projects | Madison WI | Westring Construction LLC

Among top popular remodeling projects, under cabinet lighting, custom backsplashes and new cabinets represent small renovations with huge impact.

If the thought of a major remodeling effort is overwhelming, consider the lineup of small renovations that have major impacts on your lifestyle and home’s value.  Simple remodeling projects deliver huge results and can rejuvenate your Madison WI home.

Consider the “big 5” when it comes to simple updates:

  • New Paint – A fresh coat of paint, including new colors, adds flair and interest to any room. Bright colors add depth. Light colors make small spaces appear larger. New paint opens avenues to bringing in new decorating styles and accessories, too.
  • Up-dated Lighting – New light fixtures can increase the overall comfort of a room by reducing shadows on workspaces, providing even brightness and even an inviting feeling of warmth. Using dimmer switches in a simple way to change the impact of lighting. So can adding lights to ceiling fans.

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Home Additions Are Viable Options to Moving

Home Additions | Whole House Remodel | Madison WI | Westring Construction

Adding a second story could be an option – here the project “builds up” and “builds out.”

Growing your home, whether through home additions or a whole house remodel, is an option that often proves better than finding a new house. When you really like your neighborhood in Madison WI and the surrounding communities, your property and the home you have, a major makeover might be the answer. Rather than a major move, consider:

  • Building up – can you add a second story to your existing ranch-style home?
  • Building out – is there room on your property to add a third garage, a new wing to the house or to “bump out” walls to expand usable space?
  • Expand from within – is your older home dated and in need of an up-date? Can you create the popular “open concept” by removing some interior walls to improve traffic patterns, sightlines and the overall efficiency of space?

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