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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

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

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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Share Kitchen Design Ideas with Your Kitchen Planner

Kitchen Design Ideas | Kitchen Planner | Madison WI

Your plan need not be elaborate – give your kitchen planner an idea of what there is to work with and what your kitchen design ideas include.

Before you move ahead with a remodeling project in Madison WI, a formal plan sharing your kitchen design ideas is the first step. Whether you’re remodeling or adding on, your professional kitchen planner needs to know what you like, what you want and what you think you need. Putting together a written “wish list” and an outline of your kitchen design ideas streamlines the process. Your professional remodeling contractor appreciates your advanced efforts and your insights, shared with the kitchen planner in the early going can save money, time and frustration. A French poet is credited with saying: “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Continue reading

4 Largest Expenditures in a Kitchen Renovation

Kitchen Renovation | Kitchen Update | Madison WI | Westring Construction

A total kitchen makeover can mean changing the footprint, adding plumbing, lighting and appliances

Detailing the cost of a kitchen renovation in Madison WI ultimately comes down to four significant expenditures. The first three are virtually interchangeable in terms of value and importance depending upon the choice of options. The fourth is the “wild card” in the overall kitchen remodel plan and accounts for the overall scope of the work. Because it accounts for a large number of contingencies and details, it can easily become the most costly segment of the process. Continue reading

Kitchen Cabinets Anchor the Busiest Room in Your Home

Kitchen Cabinets | Kitchen Remodeling | Madison WI | Westring Construction

Look for function, style and compatibility when selecting your kitchen cabinets.

Many things in your home are subject to the whims of fads and fashions, but your choice of kitchen cabinets sets the tone for your kitchen remodeling plan and anchors the busiest room in your house.

Trends in kitchen cabinets haven’t seen the drastic changes that many other aspects of a kitchen layout have experienced in recent years. That’s a good thing. Kitchen cabinets can project a more timeless, lasting quality to a room where the daily pace can be hectic. That’s not to say that in Madison WI there haven’t been exciting changes and updates. Continue reading

Estimates and Bids – Understanding How Much a Kitchen Makeover Costs

Kitchen Makeover | Remodeling | Madison WI | Westring Construction

Having a clear understanding of what you want can help you get more accurate proposals for your Kitchen Makeowver.

How much does a kitchen makeover cost? The question comes easily. The answer does not. There are many variables. Shooting from the hip on a kitchen update is unwise.

When you meet with a contractor to discuss a kitchen makeover you want to know how much money you’ll need for the kitchen update. In the beginning, you may be asking for an estimate, quote or possibly a bid – to most homeowners, these are interchangeable. To a construction professional, they are not. Knowing and understanding the differences makes reaching a decision easier.+++ Continue reading

Function Dictates 2017 Kitchen Designs

Kitchen Designs | Kitchen Remodel | Madison WI | Westring Construction

Kitchen designs focusing on function will be the most successful in 2017

Trends in kitchen designs and kitchen updates are spurred by a quest for more functional space, according to building industry leaders. One of these leaders in high-end appliances and kitchen designs headquartered in Madison WI recently completed its 11th annual kitchen designs poll and found that three out of four designers create projects more for function than form, providing aesthetically pleasing design that fits into clients’ living and cooking styles rather than designing a “show kitchen.” Continue reading

Budgeting Ideas For A Kitchen Remodel In Madison WI

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When planning your kitchen remodel, be sure budget for the “must have” changes

A kitchen remodel is a project with many moving parts.

It can be simple with relatively few changes or more involved with many, many components contributing to the final product. In addition, each of those components can have a range of quality levels affecting the cost of a kitchen remodel greatly.

To help you gain more perspective, review the annual Cost vs Value Survey published by Remodeling Magazine. They have documented a variety of kitchen remodel projects to help homeowners understand the cost various kitchen renovation projects represent. It helps people understand the size of investment they will be making in their homes and provides a bit of a head start in budgeting and managing the various expenses. Good budget examples are listed below – Continue reading