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Top 15 Home Design & Interior Decor Upgrades, Plus Costs

By | February 16th, 2018|Design, Home Designs, House Design, Remodeling Ideas|

Having a modern, cozy, comfortable, and beautifully-designed home is a dream of many Americans. If you are reading this, you are probably one of them! So, if you would like some ideas on how to transform your home in terms of interior design, decor, and exterior remodeling upgrades into something that you love seeing and enjoying every day, then this is your lucky day, because we’re going to present the top 15 home design, decor, and improvement ideas and remodeling upgrades, along with the expected costs of these home improvements, whether you hire a pro or choose to go the DIY route. Outdoor fabric used indoors Image via Dermavalife If you are feeling a bit nostalgic about the summer being over so fast, you can bring some of it into your own home by choosing outdoor fabric for your indoor furniture. The line between fabrics made for outdoors and those for indoors is slowly fading away as more and more people choose the so called indoor-outdoor fabric made of synthetic materials like acrylic and polyolefin. This year’s interior design trends allow you to display woven fabric and prints in your own living room. Colors are a matter of taste. You are free to choose bold colors like red and orange or more neutral shades like beige and light blue. Prints and patterns are quite popular for armchairs, sofas, pet beds and even sheers. Speaking of sheers, the conventional types made of polyester tend to become yellowish and break down after prolonged sun exposure. Outdoor fabric on the other hand is fade resistant and easy to clean. As for prices, a furniture set comprising a polyester sofa, a wooden coffee table and a lovely painting is sold for $600 on eBay. This is just an example of what you find through a simple Google search. […]

Top 10 Home Addition Ideas, Plus their Costs: PV Solar Power Systems, In-ground Swimming Pools, Dormers, Kitchen Extensions & More!

By | February 15th, 2018|Design, Going Solar, Home Additions, Remodeling Ideas|

Are you in the process of planning a home addition or major remodeling project for your home? If so, it’s imperative to know ahead of time just how much a new addition or a particular remodeling upgrade will cost and what value/property appreciation it will contribute to your home. By RNB Design Group Here is a list of the top 10 ideas/inspirations to make your home feel newer and more comfy by adding space and amenities that you and your family are sure to love! 🙂 […]

Top 20 Pergola Designs, Plus their Costs – DIY Home Improvement Ideas

By | May 1st, 2017|Landscape Architecture, Remodeling Ideas|

First and foremost, what is a pergola? Briefly, a pergola is an outdoor, open-frame structure commonly used as a stylish outdoor room providing privacy and elegant space for relaxation. A classy pergola can also add an extra spark of beauty, while integrating tastefully with the landscape architecture of your home. A pergola can stand on its own, as well as be a part of a deck or patio setup. via Cederberg Kitchens Most commonly made of wood, pergolas can also be built out of metal or a combination of two of the following materials: stone, wood, metal. The frame consists in posts that hold a roof or an arch. Vines can be grown on this frame. The pergola is meant to offer shade and privacy or to simply embellish an otherwise dull landscape design. Most pergola designs don’t require a building permit, but if you are planning on implementing a complex design that involves many changes to your property, you should contact the relevant authorities or your local city hall’s building board to find out if you are required to apply for one.  Now, let us present 20 of the most beautiful and interesting pergolas designed by talented minds. Via Home Improvement Pages This is an attached wooden pergola that offers both shade and a place to grow vines. The posts are very slim and are not meant to fully support the roof because this role is taken by the house wall. Pressure-treated pine and cedar are great choices for a pergola. They are treated with a copper based pesticide that prevents it from rotting and repels insects. Besides, it’s considerably cheaper than other types of wood. The only problem is that the treatment leaves little indentations in the wood that are visible upon painting or staining. You can find pressure treated lumber for as little as $5 per sq. ft. It all depends on the wood type you want to use. For example, ipe costs $23 per sq. ft. whereas redwood is a lot cheaper: only $8 per sq. ft. Via Home Improvement Pages It’s important to note that in many cases it may be necessary to provide a site plan to obtain various home building permits from your city hall or township. You can turn to 24h Plans to get a custom site plan drawing prepared for your dream home in less than 24h hours by our team of experienced architects and drafters. Use the promotion code: 24hplans-20off to get a 20% discount off any package. — Please note this is a limited time offer, exclusive to the readers of our blog. This offer is not being advertised anywhere else. […]

Top 9 Exterior Remodels that may Require a Site Plan to Get a Building Permit

By | March 25th, 2017|Building Permits, Home Additions, Home Improvement Costs, Plot Plans, Remodeling Ideas|

Major exterior remodeling upgrades such as building a new deck, adding a sun room or reshaping the landscape architecture on your property are exciting and fun, but these projects can go a lot smoother if you have a solid plan in place before any work is done. In many municipal districts i.e. local cities and towns, the local government will normally require a building permit to be “pulled” aka obtained prior to any major remodeling work commencing. Wait, What’s a Building Permit Anyways? A building permit provides a legal verification that the proposed project and its explicit plans meet the local building code requirements and state ordinances. Often times, many homeowners aren’t sure which projects require a permit and which don’t. Not surprisingly, most major projects do. It’s always prudent to contact your local zoning office to double check if your upcoming project(s) will require a permit. Doing this in advance can streamline the process, as approval can sometimes take weeks. When is the Building Permit Required? As a very general rule of thumb, most municipalities go with a figure of $5,000. If your project is priced at over $5,000, then plan on having to get a building permit. But, even if it costs less than that, you may still need one. Remodeling projects where building permits are almost always required include: yard fences over 3 feet tall, room additions, decks, garages, sheds, new windows and siding (to name a few). Upgrades that normally don’t require a permit are: installing hardwood floors or carpeting, minor electrical repairs, interior painting and/or wallpapering. What Happens If I Don’t Pull a Building Permit? Not having a building permit pulled for a project that actually needed one can have major repercussions for you later on. For instance, if you decide to sell your home at some point in the future, then any major upgrades for which the permit was not pulled, could open you up to a law suit, unless you disclose all the “unapproved” upgrades prior to the sale. If a home inspection or appraisal discovers an “unapproved” upgrade (especially, if on top of not having the permit pulled for, the upgrade in question is not in compliance with the local building code), then the buyer’s loan could be denied until or unless the project is remedied in such a way that a proper building permit is obtained. In other words, a time consuming process that could cost the seller a lot of money. There are also potential issues with your home insurance company denying a serious claim and nullifying your policy for non-compliance with the local building code requirements i.e. not pulling the permit and knowingly engaging in unauthorized improvements to your property. A Site Plan Can Help You “Hack” and Speed Up the Whole Building Permit Obtaining Process Part of what obtaining a building permit for some of the larger, outdoor home improvement projects may be significantly less painful — less costly — less time consuming, if you provide a site plan to accompany the proposed renovation. […]

Top 20 Big Ticket Home Improvement Ideas and Their Costs in 2017

By | February 23rd, 2017|Architecture, Decks and Porches, Design, Energy Efficient Homes, Going Solar, Green Living, Home Additions, Home Improvement Costs, Remodeling Ideas|

Spring is just around the corner, which means that now is the perfect time to start planning to tackle your next major home improvement project! 😉 With that being said, here the top 20 big ticket home improvement ideas, plus their costs including materials and professional installation. 1. Building a Garage: Detached vs. Attached There is one important consideration to take into the account: building an attached vs. a detached garage. All things being equal a detached garage will cost more to build vs. an attached one. If you opt for a detached garage, expect to pay between $25,000 and $40,000 for labor and materials. But, on top of that, you may also have to plan additional expenses for plumbing, electrical wiring, and heating, if you want to use the garage for more than just storage purposes. The average cost to build a detached garage is $40 per sq. ft. […]

Top 15 Deck Designs Ideas – DIY Outdoor Home Improvements and their Costs

By | November 2nd, 2016|Architecture, Decks and Porches, Design, Home Additions, Remodeling Ideas|

Building a deck expands your living space outdoors. Just think about all the parties you will throw and all the quiet nights you will spend hanging out with your friends and family on your beautifully-designed and well-built deck! 😉 Here are 15 great examples of deck styles to get your wheels turning. We will also present the costs associated with each deck design, whether you hire a pro or choose to go the DIY route, so you can keep your feet on the ground while your design thinking and imagination are going wild! 😉 Low Budget Deck Design for DIY Enthusiasts Image via If you have a small backyard and you don’t want to cut a lot of green space, this deck is the best choice. Building a deck is more convenient than a patio if you’re working on uneven terrain or rocks. You can build a deck as small as 16’x14′, so that you minimize material costs. The least expensive option is pressure treated pine. The materials would cost roughly $2,000. Another great option is redwood that adds about $300 to the material costs. This low elevation deck gives you the space to add a table and a few chairs where you will be free to enjoy a cold beer with your friends. Deck with octagon pergola Image via You need more space than earlier to build this deck considering that the smallest size available is 26’x18’6″. The small space on the left easily fits an averagely sized grill. The outdoors furniture goes under the 12’x12′ octagon pergola that not only looks great, but also shades you from the burning sun. It’s not necessary to put chairs and a table in there, you could opt for benches that surround 5 sides of the octagon or a small outdoor sofa with a coffee table in front of it. There are all sorts of options, all you need is imagination and of course, money. The materials required to build this 364 sq. ft. deck cost at least $4,000, if you use pressure treated pine and as much as $10,000 for exotic hardwood. […]

Top 15 Sunroom Design Ideas – DIY Cozy Sunrooms, Plus Remodeling Costs

By | November 2nd, 2016|Architecture, Design, Green Home Ideas, Home Additions, Remodeling Ideas|

Sunrooms, sun porches and sun lounges, they all mean the same thing. It doesn’t really matter how you call it, we are talking about a room with large windows, and sometimes even a glass roof called conservatory designed to allow plenty of natural light in. Sunrooms are normally additions built and adjoined to the side of a house that faces south, the more south-facing exposure you can get the more light and warmth will get inside the room. If this concept sounds good, we might have just given you an idea for your next home improvement or a fun DIY project! 🙂 Let us be your source of inspiration and share the following 15 sunroom designs to get you started. Sunroom with blinds Image via Homedit At a first sight, blinds may seem to be against the very concept of sunrooms but if you take a moment to think, you will realize it’s actually a brilliant idea. Maybe there are moments when you want some privacy. It’s obviously hard to get that when most of the walls are made of glass. Blinds solve this problem elegantly and also improve the looks of the room. You can’t say that they don’t go perfectly with the furniture in this photo. The cost of a 15×15 ft. sunroom starts at $15,000. Before we introduce the next design, let’s quickly mention some boring, yet absolutely necessary element to consider for your project. […]

Top 15 Home Energy Efficiency Upgrades and Their Costs

By | September 14th, 2016|Energy Efficient Homes, Green Home Ideas, Remodeling Ideas|

Energy efficiency is not just a trend that people with money follow because it’s cool to be green. No. It’s a real way to reduce your carbon footprint and your monthly costs in the long run. It’s true that big changes like switching to solar energy require significant investments but you will recover and even save money in the upcoming years. Enough talk, let’s see exactly what can be done to make your house more energy efficient. It’s recommended to start with little things and work your way up to the most expensive changes. Maximize the use of natural light Via In Your Kingdom The first thing to do to lower your energy bill is let the light in (obviously). For that purpose, install large windows.  Avoid light blocking treatments and use instead shades that can be opened at will. This way, you get darkness and light whenever you want. Place mirrors on the walls adjacent or opposite to windows. The idea is to have many reflective surfaces that create the illusion of light and spaciousness. Install energy efficient windows Via Clear View Vinyl Windows If you can’t afford buying new windows, you can choose the cheap option even though it’s not as good: make your existing windows more energy efficient. How? Tape a clear plastic sheet on the inside of the window frame to diminish drafts. You could also install insulating window shades that protect against cold drafts and heat waves. If you are more concerned with heat coming in than going out, you could try applying reflective films on south-facing windows. What if you did all these and you are not satisfied with the results? It’s time to replace the windows. It’s important to understand energy performance ratings before making a purchase. An effective south facing window that minimizes heat gain in warm climates should have a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) >0.6, a U-factor <0.35 and a high visible transmittance (VT) for proper transfer of visible light. In temperate climates, windows should have low U-factors and low SHGCs. It’s also important how windows operate because some types offer better air tightness than others. Awning, casement and hopper windows generally have low air leak rates. Fixed windows usually fall under this category as well but they are not suitable for places where ventilation is important. The lowest price for a 36″x72″ single-hung Energy Star rated window is $120, but it can reach as much as $1,200. You also have to consider labor costs that start at $270 per window and can go up to $800. According to Energy Star, the lowest ROI possible for an energy efficient window is 15%. It’s important to note that in many cases it may be necessary to provide a site plan to obtain various home building permits from your city hall or township. You can turn to 24h Plans to get a custom site plan drawing prepared for your dream home in less than 24 hours by our team of experienced architects and drafters. Use the promotion code: 24hplans-20off to get a 20% discount off any package. — Please note this is a limited time offer, exclusive to the readers of our blog. This offer is not being advertised anywhere else. Install energy efficient doors Via Silive – steel door with foam insulation core A significant amount of heat is lost because of poorly insulated doors. The most common energy efficient door has a steel frame with a foam insulation core. If the people who install it know what they’re doing, you don’t need any further weatherstripping. Besides, steel doors are cost effective and very secure. Another option is to choose an energy efficient fiberglass door. The trick is to look for Energy Star labels before making a purchase. Another parameter is the R-value that basically measures the resistance of a certain material to heat conductance. For example, steel and fiberglass-glad doors are rated between R-5 and R-6. Sliding glass doors have higher air leakage rates even though you apply weather stripping methods (they wear off over time anyway). In general, a hinging door is more energy efficient than a sliding one. However, if you must install sliding glass patio doors choose the type with metal frames and a thermal break (a plastic insulator between the exterior and interior parts of the frame). If you live in extreme climates, consider taking a look at models with several layers of glass, low conductivity gases and/or coatings with low emissivity. For an average cost of $3,000 you get a huge ROI of around 80%. Seal air leaks Via GreenWerks Pro There are 2 main directions to follow here: weatherstripping doors & windows and filling gaps in the attic floor. Look for wholes near wires that go through the ceiling below, around chimneys or recessed light fixtures. More importantly, fill in any cracks or gaps that communicate directly with the exterior. It is important to do the air sealing part before insulation because you will not be able to do this step afterward. […]

Top 15 Outdoor Kitchen Designs and Their Costs

By | June 4th, 2016|Landscape Architecture, Remodeling Ideas|

If you cook often at home, you probably dread the heat that’s coming because you know you will be on the verge of suffocating whenever you cook indoors (which probably is every couple of days). Windows won’t help you much because it’s so hot outside. So, what can you do about this problem? Well, you can cook outside. The steam will dissipate thus giving you the chance to breath some fresh air. But what if you don’t have an outdoor kitchen?  Let’s build one, then! 😉 Besides, summer is already here and it’s the perfect time to grill and spend time outside. You are about to delight your eyes with 15 beautiful and fully functional outdoor kitchen designs that should get your imagination going. We will also present the approximate costs that go into building these kitchens. Outdoor kitchens can cost anywhere from a couple of thousand dollars to $100,000. The main costs involved in building such projects revolve around the following: design work that starts at $400. shade structures appliances landscape lighting in and around the kitchen patio installation the framework of the kitchen utility requirements like drains, electrical lines and natural gas piping. Unless you have experience or incredible talent to design outdoor kitchens with surrounding landscape, you should definitely turn to a professional designer. You will most likely need a permit to make these changes to your property and in order to obtain it, you have to submit a site plan. If you want experienced men to draft your site plan, rest assured that the team at will get the job done in no time so that you can carry on with your home improvement project. They have affordable prices as well, but don’t take my word for it. Visit the site to see for yourself. […]

Top 20 Porch and Patio Designs to Improve your Home!

By | April 21st, 2016|Remodeling Ideas|

Summer is just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to start a home improvement project. If you didn’t have enough money to buy a house with porch and patio, it’s time to make some additions. Here are 20 porch and patio designs to choose from or to at least give you a place to start your search for the perfect porch/patio. Wraparound porch This porch is great for sunny areas because it gives you enough shade to chill. It also provides cover from the rain allowing you to read a book outside while watching the rain pour. Wraparound porches are usually see on Victorian, Colonial and Vintage style houses. They can also give some depth to tall and narrow homes. The plan costs around $150 and the building costs go as high as $25,000. This price includes only the materials you need to build the deck. If we add the contractor’s fee, the price goes over $45,000. This should not come as a surprise taking into account the size of the porch. Lots of materials go into its building and it takes longer to finish the job. Images via Builder House Plans It’s important to note that in many cases it may be necessary to provide a site plan to obtain various home building permits from your city hall or township. You can turn to 24h Plans to get a custom site plan drawing prepared for your dream home in less than 24h hours by our team of experienced architects and drafters. Use the promotion code: 24hplans-20off to get a 20% discount off any package. — Please note this is a limited time offer, exclusive to the readers of our blog. This offer is not being advertised anywhere else. Parallel front porch This is perhaps the most common type of porch and it’s seen all over the US. It costs less than $20,000 to build and it highly increases the curb appeal of the house. This is particularly important if you want to sell it in the future. If you want to fit some small chairs and a table, remember that the porch should be at least 8 feet wide. The plan costs $130. By mallgirl316 Image via Simply Additions Screened porch with a gable roof This plan costs $130 and the cost to build is $6500 provided that you do the work yourself. If you want to save a few hundreds of dollars you can use substituted treated decking instead of cedar. This design is spacious and the glass walls allow you to feel like you are outside. You can dine, read, and hang-out with your friends when the weather doesn’t allow you to go outside. Images via Family Handyman Screened Porch with a Shed Roof This design is more suitable for smaller houses. The nets make it an insect free zone which is live saving during hot summer nights. A 4/12 pitch roof is attached to the roof of your house. The plan costs $70 and the cost-to-build for a 12 ft. x 16 ft. screened porch with shed roof is $13,000. Images via Family Home Plans […]