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Tips for Building or Remodeling Your Home – How to Save and Where to Spend

Whether you are building a new home or remodeling, there are points to consider when establishing your financial investment and achieving your desired outcome.
Plan with the Future in Mind Determine your priorities and goals.Decide where you want to splurge and where you can save.Choose what is important to you and your lifestyle.Consider resale value. Next, do your homework so you can invest wisely. Look for a reputable and licensed builder who has experience constructing the style of home you want in the location you want, especially if it is near the coast. Check references, view previous projects and interview more than one builder. Also, any trade partners should be experienced, licensed, and insured. Respected tradespeople are well worth the investment.

Insulation – The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power. R-value is the metric used to measure the capacity of an insulating material to resist heat flow. Good – fiberglass batts; Better – cellulose insu…

A Splash of Style - Backsplashes

Whether a kitchen hosts guests or our own family members it is important that we are proud of this specific space. Aspects such as design, appliances, layout, functionality and style contribute to our overall satisfaction. We desire to focus on the elements we love - one's that may be unique to our homes. We desire small accents that give a big bang while capturing our style, but also adding character to the overall masterpiece. Kitchen backsplashes act as that bridge and artful accent. They do so by drawing together other kitchen components with the homeowner's overall style.

There are many ways to create an eye catching backsplash. Tile gives way to one of the most common surfaces used. Not only are tiles available in various multitudes of sizes, shapes and designs, but they are also easy to clean and maintain. When installing this kitchen accent, a homeowner must consider the function of the kitchen. Cooking is one of the greatest tasks accomplished here. For that reason, messes can occur - splattering for example. When splatter strikes, it's important it wipes clean from walls. Tile backsplashes allow easy cleanup.

With that said, though, designers recommend that finding the best material for a kitchen's backsplash relies on measurements. If you are looking to determine what size material should be used, measurements are the key for decision time. Other elements that play a role in the overall success of the look include appliances and countertop material. The goal is to establish a look that brings all aspects together as a whole, rather than create an awkward compilation. Where will your backsplash begin and where will it end? A designer can easily solve the riddle to this.

As far as patterns, do not use too many. If your countertop is a busy granite it is best to stay away from a busy backsplash. Determine how different aspects will enhance one another, whether you use complimenting colors, neutral colors or another technique.

If you are considering this project, the best timeframe would include either during or after a kitchen remodel. Why not before? Once you decide to rip out counters and cabinets you'd need to replace the backsplash from damage. Don't stress yourself out, though. Contact Connecticut Valley Homes for help with this project.


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