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Taking the First Step toward Building an Addition

April 16, 2014. Posted by Case Design to Home Remodeling
So you want to build a home addition but aren’t sure how to start the whole process. Run through our handy list below to get your addition process started off right.



Pop the Question

Ask yourself some essential questions: What are you looking to get out of an addition? How will the addition add value to your home? Where should this addition go? Funds weigh heavily into the decision to add on. This resource offers a handy chart to estimate the costs. You might not have plans to sell the home now, but consider the how much an addition might boost the ROI when you do decide to move. Our tip: maximize the amenities you include (i.e. LED lights, a princess-sized walk-in-closet, an outdoor shower)—focus on what will make your home different than the rest on the block.


Get in the Zone

Look up your zoning regulations and restrictions regarding where and what you can build. Check with your residential community and local laws to guarantee your construction plans are up to code.



Feed Your Creativity

Gather home decorating magazines to fuel your creativity and spark an idea of what and how to add on. Your amazing home additions can take any shape or size. Build up to give your one-story a two-story upgrade. Build the extra powder room you’ve been eyeing on Pinterest, or expand the master bedroom to create a spacious getaway you’ve always craved. Revamp and spice up current décor, play with the lighting, or color the walls. You’ve got a blank slate of a whole new addition to work with!



Let’s Plan

Like any project, it’s essential to set a timeframe… in pencil. A timeline will keep you on track and aware of your budget and responsibilities. Major renovation projects may naturally veer off path, but having a solid plan will make the process so much easier to manage. Here at Case Design, our Project Developers are excited to meet you and show you how to make your vision a reality. Once you decide that Case Design is right for you, our Designers will design and propose the ideal layout for your new space. We’re here to help every step of the way. It couldn’t be easier to build an addition that fits your budget and space, and also transforms your house into a dream home!

Are you ready to take the first step toward building an addition now?

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Apartment Living: How to Maximize Your Space

April 2, 2014. Posted by Case Design to Home Remodeling
There are many great things about living in a city, but tiny apartments and small rooms can be frustrating. The key to making the most of limited space: knowing how to best utilize every bit of space. Whether you have a studio apartment or small rooms within your home, Case Design wants to help you make the most of your living space.

Studio Apartments

It’s easy to feel cramped when you live in the tight quarters of a studio apartment. Because many studio apartments consist of one large space, it is critical to section off different living spaces. If you do not have built in barriers like walls or permanent fixtures to help you with this, position your furniture to create zones.


This homeowner built a clever privacy screen around the bed, separating the bed from the rest of the bedroom. This also creates a wall, behind which they placed a runner table that held decorations and lamps that livened up the space.


Apartment Kitchens

Small kitchens can be very challenging to manage, especially if you feel as though you don’t have enough storage or counter space to work with. Using walls as hanging storage space is both functional and attractive. Hang up nice pots and pans, cute aprons, and even serves culinary décor a unique line of sight in your kitchen without losing out on space you may have lost with cabinets.



Having a small, apartment kitchen also means you have to get creative when organizing your appliances. This compact kitchen is the perfect solution to contain everything you need in one area, all encased in pretty white cabinetry.


Apartment Living Rooms

Likely scenario: you want to have enough seating for guests, but don’t have much space to give up for extra chairs. One good solution is to build a built-in, cushion-topped bench that also functions as storage. That way you can have both seating and a space to stash odds and ends that often clutter a small space. Check out the space below that fits a chair, table, and bench in one corner of the room.


If you’re in need of a living room centerpiece that utilizes space effectively, consider a multi-level coffee table. For instance, this 2-in-1 coffee table is a great solution when you need to put out party platters and drinks, while also housing magazines and DVDs. You could also consider buying a small table that can be wheeled in and out of the room when you need extra tabletop space.



Do you have a small space of your own? How do you make the most of each square foot?

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Turn Your Porch into an Outdoor Retreat

March 28, 2014. Posted by Case Design to Home Remodeling
Porches add a lot of value to a home, offering a shady refuge, a spot to socialize, and curb appeal. For centuries, porches have exuded a feeling of tranquility and comfort, and somehow make time seem to move a little bit slower. Whether you are watching the sun set or leisurely reading your favorite book, you’ll be thankful to have a porch that serves as an outdoor retreat. Here at Case Design, we want to help you design and build the porch of your dreams.


Open Porches

If you live in a warm climate and often yearn to spend time outdoors, an open air porch is ideal for you. They allow you to escape direct sunlight but still enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Open porches are a perfect place to incorporate different textures and building materials. The short cobblestone walls look great paired with wooden base boards in the porch below. They also make for a modern looking porch.



The exposed brick gives this porch a rustic look, while the arched entryway above the white columns ties together this Southern porch. Choosing dark patio furniture contrasts with the light colors of the house. If you’re fortunate enough to have a long porch, consider dividing the area into zones so there doesn’t appear to be empty, wasted space. This concept is perfect for enclosed porches as well.


Enclosed Porches

Enclosed porches are a great way to enjoy the view while staying comfortably indoors. Below is another great example of a large area being separated into zones – one for privacy if you wanted to curl up with a good book, and another more social, circular area. Even though the porch is enclosed, natural light can still pour in from all angles because of the floor-to-ceiling windows. The vibrant furniture colors add life in contrast to the room’s crisp white walls. Plus, the plush chairs look like you can practically sink into them.


Some enclosed porches are more about dining. This screened-in porch has the perfect layout for socializing and dining, and still allows you to enjoy all of nature’s sights and sounds. The stone fireplace, log chairs, and wooden vaulted ceilings give this porch a natural vibe, and it makes for an idyllic mountain home escape.


Do you have a porch attached to your home? If not, have you ever considered adding one?


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Refresh Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

March 24, 2014. Posted by Case Design to Home Remodeling
April showers may well bring May’s flowers—but preparation for springtime’s glories begins well before the season changes. Ruffle the feathers of your duster and get to work sprucing up your home. There’s no room for winter’s residue when Mother Nature whisks in that time of the year we’ve all been waiting for.


Your spring cleaning pursuit begins with cleaning, combining, and organizing. Take to the closets and cabinets, shelves, and wardrobes. While you clean, you should also organize your odds and ends. Here’s a trick: prevent clutter by adding hooks around the home. The family chef will have no excuse for not hanging the apron and potholders precisely where they belong.


The books tossed under your coffee table could use some restacking—or better yet, repurposed as wall décor. Adding books to a dining room cabinet or onto your kitchen shelves gives the space a homey feel.



Touch up your walls before the sunny spring days arrive. Fix gashes, scrapes, and markings by dabbing a fresh coat of paint to cover wear and tear. Or, choose a bland room and spruce it up by painting an accent wall. Try a soothing green, a cheery yellow, or a polished powder blue.


Switch out the sofa covers and pillows to liven up your furniture. Stick to the springtime palette by swapping your lamp shades and curtains for sheerer fabric and pastel colors.


Let’s be honest, your carpet is probably overdue for vacuuming and wood furniture needs polishing. Thinking of something a bit more adventurous? Start fresh by pulling old flooring out and replacing it with the gleaming tiles or rustic stone you’ve always dreamed about.


There’s nothing better than homegrown vegetables and flowers. Find a pretty pot or area of your yard, sprinkle some seeds, add some water, and watch your garden grow. But your pretty plants don’t have to stay outside. Potted flowers make an ideal centerpiece in the kitchen, a pleasing sight in the foyer, or a fresh look for the powder room.



And perhaps for the sweetest perk: open the windows to let the springtime breeze circulate through the home. Thankfully, winter didn’t last forever, and now your home is ready to come alive for spring!



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His and Hers Spaces

March 19, 2014. Posted by Case Design to Bathroom Remodeling, Home Remodeling
Just because you love your significant other doesn’t mean you have to share every bit of your space with him or her. Let’s face it, sometimes you need an area that entirely belongs to you. Check out the ideas below that teach you how to create individual spaces while maintaining a cohesive room. You’ll find you can appreciate your significant other even more if you aren’t elbowing him or her away from the sink every morning.

His & Hers Bathrooms

There is no place where his and her areas are more essential than in the bathroom. Everyone’s morning routine is smoother if you both are not vying to use the same space. Picture him shaving and her brushing her teeth and applying mascara over one sink – it’s pretty much a recipe for disaster. Consider a few of the setups below that have separate his and her space, no matter the size of the bathroom.


The long countertop with individual sink basins allows for personal space while maintaining a shared feel. The large countertop leaves plenty of room to spread out and utilize your own space.


This option is great for making smaller spaces functional for two people. While counter space is a bit limited, each person has his or her own sink and mirror, allowing for a bit of privacy.

His & Hers Office Space

In an age where more and more people are working remotely, you need to be sure that your office space is set up to accommodate both you and your partner. Two separate desk spaces give each of you room to complete your tasks without encroaching on the other’s space. Just be sure you have enough drawer space and shelving so that you aren’t battling it out over the prime storage real estate.



His & Her Furnishings

We all have those little decorative touches that we love, but what happens when your significant other doesn’t love your animal print couch or you hate that neon beer sign leftover from his college days? It’s time to compromise. You can both have pieces of what you like incorporated into the home. Consider purchasing two similarly shaped lounge chairs, and having each of you choose a fabric or covering for one of them.


Giving yourself a little personal space while still respecting your partner’s design tastes is always a good idea.  Put these ideas into practice and you’ll probably start feeling positive vibes in your relationship and in your home.

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Amazing Home Additions

March 10, 2014. Posted by Case Design to Home Remodeling
Feeling a little cramped? If you’re eager to expand your home but aren’t ready to splurge on a whole new house, then a home addition is your best bet. You can bump up your one-story home, add a patio, or designate a part of your backyard to build a guest house. There are plenty of ways to add new rooms that fit perfectly with your existing home, and also gain that extra space you’re craving.

Addition

An Outdoor Addition

Do you often host friends and family? A separate, outdoor guest house provides overnight guests with comfortable lodging when they come to visit. A separate guest house maintains their privacy and personal space while still allowing guests to feel like they’re a part of your home. To minimize electric costs, consider installing large windows that allow bright sunlight to flood the space.



Alternatively, you could easily use this outdoor addition for a spacious home gym. Stock the space with your workout machines of choice, and don’t forget the electronics, like a wall-mounted TV and sound system. These details can be the perfect incentive to getting you back into the fitness routine. Here’s to that New Year’s resolution of getting back into shape!


Decorating Tips

When it comes to decorating the added space, most people match the décor with the home’s original style. Or, let this be an opportunity to unleash your creative, courageous interior decorator. Bright colors can add life to a small space. A wall mirror opens up the room and, if positioned in the right location, they can reflect your outside view.



Bumping It Up

If you’re feeling a bit strapped for space, you don’t have to simply move out. Rather, think about moving up! Upgrade your single story home by adding additional floors. Or add that balcony or rooftop patio you’ve always dreamed of.



The real fun lies in deciding the purpose of the new rooms on your new floor. The kids can get a play area with plenty of space for crafts and games. The adults can get… well, their own version of a play area. Give him the gift of a gaming room, or give her the royal dressing room. Consider creating a library or reading room with ample windows and a skylight. The possibilities of what you do with this new, empty space are limitless.




What kind of addition appeals most to you?

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Open Up Your Living Room

March 5, 2014. Posted by Case Design to Home Remodeling
Spring Fever is in the air. Come out of winter hibernation and open your home back up to family and friends. What better place to start your spring cleaning than in one of the best entertaining rooms in your home: the living room. We have some great tips for how to transform your living room from a quiet, cozy winter lodge to an open, vibrant space, just in time for spring social season.

Here are four key things to keep in mind when reworking your living room layout to be more guest-friendly:

1.  Maximize Space

Creating a multifunctional living room may seem challenging, but the right layout can make it a very useful area. Focus on an open concept space with limited wall interference. This will allow you and your guests to mingle in multiple areas, including the dining room and kitchen.


How you arrange your furniture will play a big role in how guests interact with the space. The best layout is an ‘L’ or ‘U’ shaped design. These two layouts create the ideal proportion and shape of open space, which ultimately inspires guests to chat and mingle comfortably.


2.  Electronic Entertainment

An open, social area often means taking a minimalist approach to decorating. However, you can still find a way to incorporate electronics into your living room. Speakers can easily be tucked into walls or shelves. Consider hanging the TV above a fireplace or on a mantle. Mounting the television higher up makes it easier for everyone to see the screen, and not have to crane their necks over other guests to see it.


3.   Storage

An open floor plan with ample storage is sometimes hard to come by. Find entertainment centers that provide plenty of shelving and hidden cabinets. Or, get creative and use pieces that can double as seating. Your guests may not know they’re sitting on top of a drawer of board games and blankets.



4.   Personal Touches

While you rearrange the rest of the room, don’t forget about the walls. Add a splash of color or hang large pictures of your favorite vacations to make the room feel like your own. In an open living room, you don’t have to have a single focal point. Display eye-catching pieces of art, plants, and memorabilia to encourage guests to inspect various corners of the room.


After months of staying bundled up at home, aren’t you ready to open up your living room and enjoy your friends’ company this spring?

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Hoops and Ladders: Bringing March Madness Home

February 25, 2014. Posted by Case Design to Home Remodeling
It’s about that time of year when even those who can’t stand basketball are bitten by March Madness. Heading into the NCAA Tournament is the best time of year to make sure your home reflects your fever. If you’re looking for some great ideas on how to watch the tournament, check out our Super Bowl blog, but if you have the itch to shoot some hoops, maybe it’s time to put in a court of your own.

Outdoor courts and hoops have been staples of suburban America for decades: providing enough open space to shoot threes and play small-sided games. While a hoop hanging over the garage will suffice for many, there’s so much room for innovation, like building a patio court with a beautiful, wooded backdrop.



An outdoor hoop probably isn’t in the cards for most people right now, though. Last time we had a winter this cold in many parts of the country was when Patrick Ewing lead the Georgetown Hoyas to the national title back in 1984. For many, an indoor hoop isn’t an obvious possibility, but it can be as attainable as a hoop in the garage.



The other quick fix is, of course, to incorporate a hoop into an existing bedroom without needing too many alterations.




If you’re willing to dedicate a bit more space, multipurpose rooms can be a great place to hang a hoop while not losing too much space when you aren’t playing. You’ll still be able to shoot free throws, without sacrificing the utility of the room for other activities.




Basketball fanatics will really want to make a fast break for hardwood flooring, though, as it provides the most authentic experience. You’ll be playing half-court and sinking threes from the comfort of your own house—not having to bear frigid temperatures outside during basketball season will be nice too.




Whichever option suits your fancy, incorporating basketball into your home is not only a healthy decision, but an accessible one. What could be better than having guests over for the game only to take a break and shoot hoops at halftime?

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Date Night at Home

February 11, 2014. Posted by Case Design to Home Remodeling
Valentine’s Day is coming up fast. Did you forget to make a dinner reservation? Not a problem – we’ll show you how to make the most of your own home and create a romantic night in.


Dinner for Two

Start your evening with a romantic dinner for two. A few simple tricks will turn an ordinary dinner table into an extraordinary dining space. Incorporate red hues, such as a deep red table cloth, throw pillows, or a high-end bottle of Malbec. Roses are the quintessential Valentine’s flower, so be sure to work them into your décor. Add a small memento or photograph from a special day the two of you shared to bring back memories.




Stargaze with your Sweetie

If you’re one of the lucky ones living in a warm climate, use your patio to your advantage. Watch your favorite chick-flick movie on your deck by setting up a projector, or enjoy your evening cozied up under the stars. Check out these backyards with perfect set-ups. Bonus points for a patio with a fire pit to keep you warm after the sun goes down.




Create Your Own Oasis

Few things are better than escaping the rest of the world and truly relaxing with your loved one. One easy way to do that? Turn your bathroom into an oasis for two. Surround the bathtub with candles and rose petals to create a romantic and soothing ambiance. Make sure you have the right lighting to truly set the mood. Use a variety of candles, lanterns, dim chandelier lighting, or soft track lights to achieve the look.



Make it a Movie Night

Nothing beats sharing a laugh while watching your favorite movies or TV shows together. Whether it’s a Netflix marathon or a beloved rom-com classic, end the evening curled up on comfy seating with plentiful pillows and cozy blankets. Aren’t you glad you didn’t have to venture out to a crowded restaurant?




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Kids’ Play Space

February 3, 2014. Posted by Case Design to Home Remodeling
Your kids are great, right? Why not give them a play space that’s just as wonderful as they are? Whether its revamping their bedroom to suit their personality, creating a work station for your budding artist (if only to keep the finger paint off the walls), or building an in-home sleep over station, check out these ideas to give your kids a space to let their creativity blossom. Besides, if they have a space of their own, it may keep their toys out of the “grown up” portions of the house.

Art spaces are great ways to keep your kids away from the TV and fuel their creative imaginations. Organization tubs filled with art supplies give them lots of options for crafting mini masterpieces while also teaching organization skills. As they begin creating works of art, use those pieces as decoration for the work space.


Themed bedrooms allow you to hone in on some of your child’s most imaginative interests. Creating a space that highlights his or her favorite areas allows your child to have a space that feels like its “all about them”. Let your child help choose the theme, colors, and concepts – this will give them a sense of accomplishment and pride once the project is complete.



Sleepover rooms are a fun way to host slumber parties for your children while still giving them some personal space. A large area for games and activities with built in bunk beds allows for plenty of activity space without having sleeping bags and tents taking over the party room. Also, this set up makes party planning much easier as each child doesn’t have to worry about brining over sleeping supplies.



Outdoor spaces provide the most room for creativity. Tree houses or tree villages allow children to have a separate world outdoors. Rope swings, stair cases, and bridges create a playground for endless fun.


No matter what the style or location, be sure to make some special places in your home for the kids. You’ll probably end up enjoying them just as much as they do.

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