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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

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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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

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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

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

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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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