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    6 Steps to Planning a Successful Building Project

    Put in time on the front end to ensure that your home will match your vision in the end

    Houzz.com published this wonderful article written by Anne Higuera on their site this week that we wanted to share, enjoy!

    There’s a strong temptation to dive straight into home remodeling projects.  The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll be done, right? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way if you haven’t done some essential planning up front.  Each design professional and contractor runs his or her business in a different way, but homeowners usually need to follow the same steps to get to the construction phase. 
    Here are six crucial steps to help you plan for a successful home renovation, and the reasons they're so important for any project.

     

    Specialty Spaces Go Beyond Rooms to Your Pets

     

    Wine cellars, patios, and custom decks often come to mind when talking about Specialty Spaces. While these are wonderful spaces to design and build, Specialty Spaces can also go beyond entire rooms to those nooks and crannies that your family members designate as their special space. The matriarch of the house might have a craft area to retreat to, the garage may be a sanctuary for the man of the house, or a certain corner chair may be that place one goes to unwind. At Sikora Creations, we know that every member of your family has that fixed spot in the house that they claim as their own, and we want to make those spots even better.

     

    Survive Your Home Remodel: 11 Must-Ask Questions

    Plan ahead to keep minor hassles from turning into major headaches during an extensive renovation 

    Enjoy the following article courtesy of Mitchell Paker published on Houzz.com.


    If buying a home is all about location, location, location, then remodeling one is all about planning, planning, planning. We’ve all heard the stories: friends and family doing dishes in their bathroom sinks, cooking meals on hot plates in the garage, grabbing food from the refrigerator that’s now in the laundry room. Such are the travails of remodeling a house. And there’s really nothing you can do but be prepared. “It’s a big inconvenience but a big payoff,” says architect Brian Lucas. 

    If you’re about to embark on an extensive remodel or renovation, here are 11 questions you’ll want to ask, plus what to do to keep everything moving along smoothly. 

    Create A Statement Wall In Your Favorite Room 

    Zillow follows trends in housing and Real Estate.  I thought I would share this great article on Creating a Statement Wall.  If you’re looking to add a bold look to your home, creating a statement wall in a room can be a simple and affordable option. Ranging from a wall painted in deep jewel tones to a space dominated by brick, how bold you go depends on the look you want for your room.

    A LIST OF MUDROOM MUST HAVES 

    I don’t know about you but all this snow and muck makes me realize how important a mudroom is as a transitional space from the garage to the rest of our home. So often, builders design in small inefficient mudrooms/laundry rooms with barely enough space for the washer, dryer, and the communal coat closet.

    How to Match Colors From Photos to Real Life

    Differences in lighting and device screens can drastically change how a color looks. Here's how to correct for it courtesy of Vanessa Brunner, Staff Writer at HOUZZ.com

    Homeowners and designers know what a difference color makes in a home. They can spend hours poring over print and online images in search of the perfect hue. But sometimes the color in the image doesn't end up looking the same on the wall. Why?

    PANTONE REVEALS COLOR FOR 2013

    Emerald Green

    Pantone Reveals Emerald (PANTONE 17-5641) a lively, radiant, lush green, as the Color of the Year for 2013. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity – no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.

    SELECTING THE RIGHT INTERIOR DESIGNER

    GETTING STARTED!

     

    You've seen all the design shows on HGTV and you're tired of your dated wallpaper and dark dining room.  You've flipped your favorite design magazine from cover to cover and decided it's finally time to do some much needed remodeling and redesign.  But before contacting an interior designer, we encourage you to take some time to think about what you want and what you need.

    HABITAT FOR HUMANITY AWARDS VOLUNTEER GROUP OF 2012

    The Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity recently awarded the 2012 Volunteer Group of the Year to our wonderful team of interior designers who donated their time, expertise, and creativity to the recent Habitat for Humanity Parade Homes in this year's Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs Parade of Homes.

     

    FALL ENTERTAINING AND DECOR

    Ready for fall - it's just around the corner? It's a stay inside kind of day that gets one thinking about how to transform your home for fall entertaining.

    Here are a few ideas on how to incorporate autumn's warm colors into your home's
    decor:

    COME ON IN - THE FRONT DOOR'S OPEN!

    Nothing welcomes guests to your home better than a bold, beautiful color on the front door. Many people have no trouble picking out a fun color to paint the door, but don't know what to do with the rest of the exterior. And what about the trim? 

    CREATING PICTURE PERFECT ROOMS

    After touring the Parade of Homes, I’ve heard a great deal of comments about how challenging it can be to select, group, and install hanging artwork. Here are my tips for a success and stunning way to display your fine artwork and treasured photographs!  

    THE 2012 PARADE OF HOMES

    AUGUST 3 - 19, 2012

    THE PARADE OF HOMES STARTS SOON and Speas Interior Design is delighted to have the opportunity to participate as a featured designer of the Pikes Peak for Habitat for Humanity Parade Home.  

     

    IT’S OUT!  THE TOP TEN TRENDS IN KITCHEN AND BATH DESIGNS ACCORDING TO THE DESIGN EXPERTS AT HGTV!

    Glossy Finishes and Fixtures
    Shimmering surfaces, shining fixtures, high-sheen finishes, and perfectly placed lighting accents are a prominent personality trait of current kitchens. Remodel your exiting kitchen to incorporate a  fine composition of stainless steel, walnut wood veneer, and light reflecting off a vast Calcutta gold marble island top. Incorporate lights dotting the floor at the base of a center island to create a soft glow along the recessed toe-kick. Include wood floors that will glow with the shine of timeworn care and polishing.

    CREATING THE PERFECT OUTDOOR LIVING ROOM

    Your deck or patio can serve multiple purposes -  living room, kitchen with dining room, playroom – the sky’s the limit! The key is to create a space that’s functional, stylish and livable - a space that beckons you and your guests out for an evening for conversation and relaxation.

    WHAT MAKES A HOUSE A HOME?

    As a Colorado Springs Interior Designer, I’m often asked what makes a house more stylish?  Or, a more comfortable living environment?  Or, what makes a house a place you want to call home?

    To answer these questions I thought back at over 30 years of experience to help explore design trends for today’s homeowners seeking comfort, livability, and style.





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