The key to a successful remodel project involves starting with an excellent design — this goes for patios and decks as well. Don’t settle for a bland slab of wood or concrete when building an exceptional deck or patio can bring flavor and value to your yard and home. Enjoying Minnesota summers means getting the most out of outdoor dining and entertaining during the few months we have – so why not create a deck or patio area full of ambiance and relaxation! Here are a few tips with some great ways to make your deck or patio space amazing:
Layers - When we picture a deck or a patio, we often picture one open space, but adding layers to you deck or patio can go a long way in adding interest. Layers can come in many forms – stairs, benches, built-in canopies, or additional levels of your deck or patio.
Design Elements – Add some artistic interest through texture, design, and unique materials! Decks don’t have to be all one type of wood facing all one direction, and patios certainly don’t need to keep to one shade of concrete or brick.
Décor — Patio or deck design in place? Now’s the time to add pizazz. Even the simplest of patio or deck layouts can benefit from the right décor, whether you want the mood to be festive, relaxing, or classic. Pillows, patio umbrellas, plant stands, fountains, and furniture can all be used in creative and colorful (or monochromatic) ways to give your deck or patio the vibe you want. Click here to see some creative uses of color that can give your outdoor space a dramatic flair, or here to see some with a more sophisticated and relaxed palette.
Ready to add or update your Twin Cities deck or patio? At Homecare Inc Remodeling we provide free estimates, quick service, competitive pricing, and quality work. Serving Minneapolis, the Twin Cities, and the West and South suburbs including Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina, Apple Valley, Eagan, and more!read more
Ready to turn their empty, unfinished basement into a haven for grandkids and guests, these homeowners invited us into their space to make a welcoming transformation!
Basement Remodel Goals:
1) To create an open and durable rec room that could be used for grandkids during holidays and family gatherings
2) To add an additional bathroom to make life easier for guests and visiting relatives
See the photos below!
Ready to turn your unfinished basement into usable space for the whole family? Connect with us at Homecare Inc for Bloomington and Twin Cities, MN remodels backed by 50 years of experience and care!
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Focusing on Bloomington, Minneapolis, and the surrounding Twin Cities MN areas, Homecare Inc is a general contractor providing complete remodeling and construction services, big or small. We have been providing high quality, affordable remodeling services for 50 years!read more
Since the average individual spends a good amount of time in their bathroom, morning and night, we think it should be a room you enjoy – serene, organized, well-lit. As it turns out, most people feel the same way. Which is why 2013 bathroom style trends are leaning toward making your bathroom experience just that – relaxing. If 2013 is the year to remodel your bathroom, then here are five of the current bathroom remodel trends that you might want to consider as you design your new bathroom:
Glass tiles are especially trendy this year, known for their sleek style and extensive color availability. Cutting edge wood-print tile and stone-print porcelain tile are ways of bringing an earthy appearance to your spa-like room. Consider adding a mosaic backsplash behind your bathroom sinks as a way of adding a color and design punch to an otherwise simple room. Overall newer tile looks are bold, but still natural looking.
Natural & Spa-Like:
In addition to the wood and stone tile looks, wood-inspired wallpaper is catching on, adding a warm but still airy look to the room. Wood accents on bathroom fixtures and décor is a beautiful look, and a spa-inspired whirlpool tub can give your bathroom a luxury feel. Add a natural rain shower head and you have a relaxing bath and shower experience at your finger tips. And though color punches are still great ways to liven up a bathroom, the trends are leaning toward bright whites and light, airy colors.
While the standard used to be only over-the-mirror lighting, now bathrooms are making an art of light, and often include overhead chandeliers as well as statement making ambient light over the bath or shower. Lighting can make all the difference in a room feeling dim and cold to warm and inviting, day or night. Whenever possible, letting in natural light from larger windows is a special treat of its own.
Simple & Organized:
The one-size-fits-all vanity is not as preferred to the well-designed utilitarian vanity. Finding a vanity and other cabinetry that include drawers, dividers, internal shelves (or even better, internal shelves that pull out as drawers), is like gold to the tidy bathroom user. Streamline your bathroom experience by keeping the room less cluttered and more open.
Efficient & Water-Friendly:
Gaining strength each year, the green movement is more than a trend, it’s a new way of doing things, with eco-friendly products and fixtures now accessible to the average homeowner. Low flow and dual flush toilets are more than just water-friendly, they’re a good investment long-term, as you see the savings in your water bill. Many sink, tub, and toilet options are intelligently designed with features like new hygienic glazes make them not only efficient, but also easy to clean.
If you’re ready to discuss the possibilities of your own bathroom remodel, or just make a few bathroom updates, Homecare Inc is ready to listen. We have a long history of excellence and affordability in the in the Twin Cities area and would love to help make your bathroom remodel dreams come to life! Homecare Inc is located in Bloomington, MN and we serve Minneapolis, Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, and Eden Prairie, as well as the entire South West Metro area.read more
We are proud to announce that Steve Earl of Homecare Inc now has his Universal Design Certification. This will enable Steve and the Homecare Inc team to have a broader range of design and remodeling capabilities, improving Homecare Inc’s ability to design for all persons and all living situations!
The focus of the Universal Design Certification program is on being able to adapt mainstream products or environments to particular users, or add features that make that product or environment usable by as many people as possible. Being able to design with this process in mind benefits everyone from a person with disabilities, to an elderly individual wanting to stay in their home, to the average homeowner who wants to make their home more accessible and more valuable for future buyers.
The 7 Principles of Universal Design were developed in 1997 by a working group of architects, product designers, engineers, and environmental design researchers, led by the late Ronald Mace of North Carolina State University. According to the Center for Universal Design in NCSU, these principles “may be applied to evaluate existing designs, guide the design process and educate both designers and consumers about the characteristics of more usable products and environments.” These 7 principles include:
Congratualtions to Steve on this achievement! We are excited to connect with our Homecare Inc clients on how this new aspect of our service can create an outstanding remodeling and design experience with your home in mind. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions on how this concept can enhance your current or future remodeling project.read more
Christmas is just around the corner and we want to take this time to wish you and your family a very special holiday season! As you enjoy time with friends and family, relax in your home, and enjoy holiday activities in your community, we hope you will find time to reflect on the joy of the season and renew yourself for the year ahead.
We are so thankful for our own families and for the clients and friends that give us the opportunity to run a business we love in a community we care about.
From our family to yours…
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
-Steve and the Homecare Inc team
This week we’re excited to share the results of a recent bathroom remodel from a 1980s Bloomington home. The layout was usable, but the features and fixtures were tired and outdated. In about four weeks time, this bathroom went from stale and gloomy to refreshed and relaxing!
Features worth noting –
Shower: Not only is the new shower roomier and the proud owner of a convertible shower head, but check out the convenient footrest step built right into the shower tile work – a wonderful amenity perfect for women’s shaving needs!
Tub: No more stepping into warm water but leaving chilly! The owner wanted a new soaking tub, and what we ended up with was even two steps better – a bubble tub with a heater that is set to keep the bath water at a desirable temperature.
Vanity: This beautiful new vanity features a unique paint finish with glazing on the door edges to make it look custom – proof that one feature can enhance an entire bathroom.
Check out the before and after photos below to get a true appreciation for the end results of this bathroom remodel makeover – one of our favorite types of projects! If you have questions about a potential bathroom remodel or other home project, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
With the weather outside just beginning to get frightful, it is time to make sure the temperature in your home stays delightful. Accomplish just that by ensuring that your home is well weatherproofed with these easy steps:
Dodge Any Drafts: Take a careful walk around your home, lingering near windows and doors and making note of any drafty or cool areas. Once you have identified problem spots, break out your caulk gun or weather-stripping supplies to get any leaks squared away. Looking for a quick fix and feeling crafty? Whip up a draftstopper for placement at the bottom of a door or window.
Warm Up Your Water Heater: Water heating costs amount to nearly 25% of most home energy bills. With that in mind, every little bit of insulation helps! To keep your water heater cozy through the cold winter months invest in a water heater blanket. Particularly effective when used with older units, a water heater blanket can reduce your winter heating bill by 4 – 9%!
Occupy Your Outlets: Often forgotten, outlets can be a key source of home heat loss. Weatherproof your outlets with the installation of foam outlet gaskets. Easy to install and designed to be placed between your wall or outlet and the light switch cover, these foam tools can stop drafts in their tracks! Alternately, you can use insulation foam to fill in holes meant for television or cable or outside faucets.
Choke Your Chimney: Prevent warm air from escaping through your chimney with the use of a chimney balloon. This draft stopper is inserted and inflated and then fits snugly above or below your fireplace’s damper to help prevent cold air flowing into your home.
Ante Up Your Attic Installation: Attics can be one of the most significant areas of heat loss in the home. Make sure that your attic is not acting as an energy drain by evaluating your home’s insulation. Check out this Energy Star guide to help you determine if you have the appropriate amount of insulation in your home.
Don’t delay – most weatherproofing projects will quickly pay for themselves in the form of energy savings!read more
The impending holidays are a great excuse to spruce up your home as you prepare for seasonal guests! With Thanksgiving just a few short weeks away, a full renovation may be a bit out of reach, but here are a few home improvements that can make a big impact for your guests before the turkey hits the table:
However you spend Halloween we hope you enjoy it with families and friends!read more