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Going Green: Eco-Friendly Home Improvement and Building Products

 

Want to go green on your next home improvement project? Take a look at Carter Oosterhouse’s favorite eco-friendly (and often economical) supplies and materials.

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingComposite Decking

Because it is made from a combination of a wood waste and recycled plastic, composite decking yields superior strength, longevity and dimensional stability. It won’t warp, crack, splinter or rot like wood. Read more

Tips to Avoid Design Disasters

 

Design Do’s & Don’ts

 

So maybe you still don’t know exactly what you should do to design the kitchen or bath of your dreams, but Moen offers you a few tips on some definite do’s and don’ts for your upcoming project.

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingLighting – always look at the lighting

 

Many kitchens and bathrooms have fluorescent lighting—which only belongs in the garage. Kitchens and baths are the worst places for fluorescent light, because it gives everything a blue tint, making your food and people unattractive, so change out that fluorescent fixture. If you have the ability, try adding halogen lighting to your space, since it gives the closest approximation to daylight and makes everything sharper, clearer and cleaner in your kitchen or bath. Read more

 

 

 

 

 

Before-and-After Inspiration: Remodeling Ideas From Rate My Space

 

Are you thinking of embarking on a home remodeling project? Get ideas and top tips from Rate My Space users, and see gorgeous pictures to get you inspired to start your own home remodel.

 

by Charity Curley Mathews

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingAll-Access

RMS user njhaus had more in mind for this modern kitchen remodel than fancy appliances. “The kitchen was designed with my husband in mind, who uses a wheelchair. We lowered the counters to make it easier for him to reach the cooktop. The lower counter at the island is table height so he can … Read more

 
 
 
 
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5 Home Remodeling Tips

 

The Home for Life tool integrates design principles that enable aging in place

 

by Rich Binsacca

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingThe vast majority of boomers — 84 percent — want to stay in their current house during retirement, but only 16 percent have taken any steps to adapt their home for retirement, a new survey by AARP finds. The Home for Life, an online virtual home produced by Remodelingmagazine, showcases subtle yet effective universal design principles that enhance convenience, comfort, safety and value while lowering monthly costs and maintenance chores. Here are the top five tips for aging in place in style and with confidence. Read more

 

 

 

 

 

14 Features That Homeowners Want

 

Learn about the top trends in homebuilding.

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingDuring a panel at the 2010 International Builders Show, Eliot Nusbaum, executive editor for home design for Better Homes and Gardens, explained that practicality and price are fueling decisions on how homes are designed and built. Read more

 

 

 

 

Ten Tips for Smart Home Design

 

by TopTenReviews Contributors

 

Once you’ve made the decision to build rather than buy your next home, the biggest step after finding the right building lot is to design your future abode. This can be tough; putting together a home design that reflects your taste, yet also fits your needs and budget is a balancing act that takes planning. The following are ten guidelines to help you on your way. Read more

 

 

 

 

 

What the Pros Know: Trade Secrets

 

Four architects share their favorite new trade secrets — from home technology advances to innovative building materials

 

by Ingrid Abramovitch

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingMICHAEL DAVIS

 

“For a Manhattan loft, we used wood from dilapidated farm structures. Elmwood Reclaimed Timber removes nails and bolts and pressure-washes the wood to reveal its natural patina. Instead of using chemicals or varnishes, Elmwood kiln-dries the planks to eliminate shrinkage and splitting.” Read more

 

 

 

 

 

What’s the Difference: Designs for Accessibility

 

Accessible design, universal design, and aging-in-place design

 

by Don Burgard

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingLife expectancy in the United States is nearing 80, and the number of Americans 65 and older now exceeds 40 million. These facts alone would suggest a need for rethinking home design. Add to that the large number of disabled people who don’t need to be institutionalized thanks to medical advances, and there’s a huge market for designing, building, and remodeling homes that can accommodate people of various sizes and ability levels. Read more

 

 

 

 

 

Home Decorating Tips

 

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San Antonio Design RemodelingLighting Design Tips

 

Nothing kills a romantic dinner faster than glaring lights. The soft flicker of a candle or a lantern plays to our moods, giving the scene just the right amount of intriguing glow. At the reverse end of the scale, a home office requires a good deal of light for reading documents and writing. Read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

101 Makeover Ideas from 101 Designers

 

So you want to do something different to your home right now? Here are 101 ideas from 101 designers, and there’s something for every room.

 

by Christine Pittel

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingTurn off the Switch

 

“De-electrify your dining room. Put candles on the sideboard and in the sconces and even in your chandelier—Marjorie Skouras makes one that’s dripping with coral. So romantic. Who cares what you serve!” -Suzanne Rheinstein Read more