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Prepare To Remodel – Advanced Planning Guides The Process

Prepare To Remodel | Madison WI | Westring Construction, LLC

Be prepared – your home life will be disrupted by noise, dust and people coming and going for weeks, maybe months. The results are worth it… if you can hang on.

So, you think it’s time to renovate your home. Do you know what it takes to remodel a single room much less an entire floor? When you prepare to remodel your Madison WI area home, be ready for a significant disruption in your daily routine. The first thing to understand is: Reality TV is NOT REAL. The wonderful remodeling programs compress weeks and months of intense work into 60-minute episodes. Don’t create a remodeling plan expecting a quick fix.

Homeowners planning for their new dream kitchen or bathroom have a short, but detailed list of expectations: Continue reading

An Open Floorplan Design Is Not For Everyone

Open Floorplan | Madison WI | Westring Construction, LLC

This older home has incorporated an open floorplan but is it making the best use of valuable space?

In all the popular places – TV, video and magazines – the concept of an open floorplan is a hot topic. Before you plan to knock down a wall in your Madison WI home, consider how – and if – it will really work in your daily routine.

Home buyers, especially first-time buyers, put the “open concept” high on their must have list. At the same time, owners of older homes consider opening up the floorplan a way to modernize. With the wide variety of architectural styles available throughout the Madison area there are plenty of options. Continue reading

Create Your Dream Home With A Home Addition

Home Addition | Madison WI | Westring Construction, LLC

An addition turned this traditional farm house into a larger more family-friendly home.

As families mature the definition of a “dream home” changes. Fortunately, you don’t always have to move to live the dream. A home addition offers a solution to a wide variety of challenges. There are as many renovation options as there are architectural styles in Madison WI – and that’s a lot.

When your family loves its community, the local schools and neighbors, an addition to your home can breathe new life into existing space. The decision to explore a new addition can be based on many factors, including: Continue reading

Using Texture Adds Visual Interest, Personality To Any Room

Home Remodel | Madison WI | Westring Construction, LLC

Different shades of brick on the walls, a massive wall clock, whicker tables and area rugs over wood-look tile all project different textures in this contemporary space.

There are dozens of ways to make a home renovation unique and personal. Using texture as a design element is increasingly popular. Textures add to the liveliness of any space and make you Madison WI home remodel stand out.

There are times when even the most complete renovation plan just doesn’t “pop.” All the creative components are there – color scheme, décor items, furnishings, cabinetry, lighting. Yet the combination feels “flat.” What can add the sizzle? Applying texture to the walls, ceiling of floor. Continue reading

Designing For Wellness – Your Home Impacts Your Health

Bathroom Remodel | Madison WI | Westring Construction, LLC

Multiple level shower heads, a comfortable seat and no lip to stumble on make this an excellent example of designing for wellness.

Your home has a huge influence on your well-being and designing for wellness makes sense. Everything from the materials you choose in your Madison WI home remodel to the layout of rooms, lighting and colors plays a role in family health and happiness.

Scientific study shows that spaces where we spend a lot of time – like our homes – have a big influence on our lives. Homeowners and remodelers are realizing how they change structures and space can either enhance or hinder healthy lifestyles.

There are two spaces in every home that deserve top priority – and get the most requests for renovations: the kitchen and the master bathroom. These rooms are centers of attention every day. Family activities focus on them and so should you. Continue reading

Home Renovation For The ‘Empty Nest’

Home Renovation | Madison WI | Westring Construction, LLC

Planning ahead includes taking into account special needs as you age.

As our population ages more and more families plan a home renovation project to redo their “empty nest.” The Madison WI area features dozens of attractive, mature neighborhoods. They are home to many life-long residents. A common suggestion is “downsize” when a family lifestyle changes. An option growing faster all the time is to “right size.” People take the homes they love and remake them to accommodate a new daily routine. They make the most of the space they are comfortable in.

When the time comes there are plenty of questions on what to do – move, remodel or expand? And, of course, there is no right answer. One size does not fit all. Continue reading

How Long For A Home Renovation – An Honest Appraisal

Home Renovation | Madison WI | Westring Construction, LLC

The more detailed and complex the project, the more time it takes … but this kitchen proves it’s worth it!

How long does a home renovation take? The immediate, honest answers are:

  • “That depends…” Installing hardwood floors and painting walls takes far less time than creating an open concept within a period home.
  • “Longer than you think…” TV shows and how-to videos make even elaborate projects look easier and quicker than they are. From planning to finishing takes time to insure a great result. Dozens of factors come into play from how soon your municipality issues permits to how long it takes to get custom-ordered materials.

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Create An Open Concept In An Older Home

Open Concept | Madison WI | Westring Construction, LLC

A classic bungle renovation opens up the space for an active family.

Two, three or four decades ago the “open concept” for home design was a radical idea. Walls and separate rooms for everything were the accepted style. The Madison WI area has a wealth of homes built in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, making it ideal for older home remodel plans to expand indoor horizons.

Modern design includes opening sightlines and taking down walls. Cape Cod, Craftsman and contemporary styles in local neighborhoods are ideal candidates to in interior makeover.

If your home has too many walls, too many nooks and hallways, consider the most popular alternative: 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

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

ding exactly what you want to do – define the project. Continue reading