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4 Curb Appeal Makeover Tips Proven to Boost Home Values

August 31, 2015

High curb appeal can add thousands of dollars to the value of a home -- and if you are looking to sell your home, it can cut the amount of time it takes to find a buyer.

5 Inspiring Tips to a Fabulous Foyer

August 26, 2015

If there is any one space in a home that provides a glimpse of the tastes, passions and personality of a homeowner, it is the foyer.

Master Spas: Creating the Ultimate Oasis from the Comfort of Your Home

August 26, 2015

As each day passes, it seems ever more challenging to find the time and the space needed to reward yourself for a hard day’s work. 

Why Traditional Kitchen Styles Are So Beloved

August 12, 2015

The word “traditional” within the context of kitchen styles is a bit misleading.

It immediately conjures up notions of out-of-touch design and archaic tendencies of a distant past.

This not need be the case as traditional kitchen styles are quite the opposite.

Today’s traditional kitchen can seamlessly juxtapose Old World charm with modern convenience, to include high-tech appliances and modern or eco-friendly materials and finishes -- while layouts are updated to accommodate modern family dynamics and trends that redefine how households approach eating and cooking.

But what makes a traditional kitchen style, traditional?

5 Things You Need to Know Before Remodeling Your Kitchen

October 30, 2014

Remodeling a Kitchen? 5 Things to Keep in Mind

If you are thinking about giving your home a new look, starting in the kitchen is a great place to begin! In many households the kitchen is the center spot for gatherings. Everything from breakfast in the morning to dinner in the evening, you want your kitchen to be functional for all your needs.

Remodeling a kitchen can be very overwhelming, especially if you don’t have any ideas to leverage from. A kitchen remodel does not have to be extremely elaborate. Keeping your family’s needs in mind while being creative will allow you to execute your kitchen remodel easier than you realize! 

Must Knows Before Remodeling

October 20, 2014

What You Should Know Before Remodeling Your Home

Remodeling a home can be a long process when done incorrectly. There are many things you should not take lightly when beginning to think about a home remodel. It is very easy to slap a coat of paint onto a wall with very little thought, but when you are planning on remodeling your entire home there are many things that you should consider. Below are seven things that you should deeply contemplate before starting your project.

Kitchen Design Styles

October 10, 2014

Picking a design and style for your kitchen can be just as difficult as deciding what you are going to wear in the morning. Everyone has their own idea of what they want, like, and need. Deciding what will work best for you and your home on top of making you happy is important while choosing your new kitchen design style. It can be very confusing and overwhelming, but if you get a basic grasp of what you do and do not like, it can simplify the process.

Whole House Remodel Case Study

July 31, 2014

A Real-World Whole House Renovation

For nearly two decades, Chris and Jeff Merry were living in the past. Originally built in 1969, their Palos Verdes home was semi-updated in the 1980’s. Everything was white…unless it was mauve. Each window was outlined in plain ranch molding. A river-rock fireplace façade loomed over the living room. The kitchen and dining area were cramped.

A year before they expected to retire, the couple looked at each other and realized that they did not want to suddenly find themselves spending much more time in this particular house. They also didn’t want to move. With its shady, wide yard and cool peninsula location, their house was perfectly situated. They liked their neighbors and they were dedicated to their church.

They weren’t going to change. So the house would have to.

Local Manhattan Beach Resident Bill Simone Named Remodeling Entrepreneur of the Year

June 4, 2014

Manhattan Beach, CA – June 4, 2014. Three innovative ideas are what led to Bill Simone, President of Custom Design & Construction, being named the 2014 Fred Case Remodeling Entrepreneur of the Year. The award is one of the remodeling industry’s highest honor.

A panel of judges from Case Design/Remodeling, Inc., Hanley-Wood and Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies chose Simone as this year's winner. The judging was based on four principal criteria: business acumen, financial strength, community and industry involvement, and entrepreneurial spirit.