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    Steps to Remodeling Your Kitchen


    You don’t have to spend a fortune on remodeling your kitchen. Before you plan to jump in the kitchen with the hammer, plan for the remodeling.

    Visit the home stores and get an idea of how you want to design the kitchen, plan your kitchen matching with your house style.

    Hire a kitchen designer who can help you with drawing scale, Try Integrate the way your kitchen is used.

    A lot is involved in remolding the kitchen than it looks like for example, you’ll need the plumber electrician, drywaller, painter, tile installer etc.

    There are few steps that you can follow while remolding the kitchen-

    1. Start with a solid design – The fun part of remodeling the kitchen is that you get to exercise your creative mind while your house is in one piece. You can also take a help from a contractor with designs, they might a charge a little more but then your supervision isn’t required.

    2. Choose specific items – Once the design is finalized, that’s when is the right time to select your cabinets, countertops, appliances, and colors. Once you start making the selection, it is important to keep your priorities in check if the budget is limited.

    Related Post: Kitchen Styles – Names, Photos, Examples of Kitchen Remodeling Styles

    3. Preparing for the day of remodeling – Before you start working on modernizing your kitchen you need to prepare your kitchen, this means that you’ll need to clear all the decoration/foods from the walls and cabinets. You may also want to reconsider moving the furniture, so it not affected by the kitchen remolding.

    4. Remodel – There are few steps of remolding that the kitchen must go through. The first step is demolition where everything that needs to be removed is removed.

    5. Inspection – This is the important part of the remolding, inspection plays an important part since city inspection is typically required for such projects.

    6. Finished kitchen – After the remodeling done it is significant to check the design, carefully Review your list with your contractor so he may determine who is responsible for final adjustments. By this time, you should be able to start moving back into your kitchen and enjoying your new space


    Here at Slamans Construction and Remodeling, we can help add value to any aspect of your home. Give us a call today to find out more
    (630) 723-6152!
  • Deck and Patio Maintenance Do’s and Don’ts

    Patio Deck Maintenance Dos and Dont'sYour deck and patio need regular cleaning and maintenance to stay comfortable and safe. Here are a few tips to keep your deck or patio looking as good as new, as well as a few time-consuming mistakes you should avoid.


    Deep clean once a year

    Use deck cleaners to kill any mold or bacteria on your deck or patio. Then brush any dirty spots and use a regular garden hose with an attachment to clean any mildew covered areas.

    cover nearby shrubbery before you begin

    The chemicals in cleaners and sealers can harm or kill any plants nearby when they are being applied to your deck or patio. Use a tarp or plastic sheet before you start and keep it loose to allow air flow.

    Fix damages right away

    Wood expands and contracts as it ages allowing nails to come loose. Small problems tend to become big problems over time, so try to fix anything you see right away.

    Continue to clean routinely

    Sweep away any debris regularly. Trapped leaves and dirt will cause mold that can rot the wood away.

    Sand your deck before sealing

    Only sand your deck if you plan on staining the wood again before you start the sealing process. If the wood is already stained do not sand your deck, instead just use a pressure washer. Sanding stained or sealed wood will only remove the stain and make things worse.

    Related: Increase Your Property Value with these Simple Home Improvement Projects


    Go overboard with cleaning

    If you are pressure washing your deck you will need to be careful not to damage the wood. Keep the nozzle moving at all times while the trigger is pulled. The same goes for scrubbing, do not over-do it and never use wire brushes for tough spots.

    Use chlorine bleach

    Chlorine bleach can alter the color of your deck or patio. Oxygen bleach is an all-purpose alternative that won’t wash out colors or harm plants, but it still  should not be used on redwood.

    Use paint as a sealant

    Paint may look nice when it first goes on but before long it will start to look distressed.  Painted decks will create needed maintenance while stain simply fades over time and can be fixed with a new coat.

    Assume that pressure-treated wood is maintenance-free

    Even though pressure-treated wood is resistant to rot and insects it still needs to be cleaned and sealed.

    Related:  Top 10 Home Remodeling Don’ts


    Here at Slamans Construction and Remodeling, we can help add value to any aspect of your home. Give us a call today to find out more (630) 723-6152!

    Located in Aurora, IL and serving Naperville, Wheaton, Oswego, Geneva and the western suburbs with custom patio and deck construction.


  • Increase Your Property Value with these Simple Home Improvement Projects

    Is your home feeling a bit out of touch? Whether you’re planning to sell your home soon or years down the road, it’s important to keep your home up to date each year. Making regular updates will not only increase your property value, but you and your family will benefit by enjoying these home improvement projects as well.

    Even if you’re planning on staying in your home for a long time, it’s important to know which home improvement projects add value to your home.

    Revamp your kitchen!Naperville kitchen remodel

    Kitchens look best when they are fresh, clean and neat. Cracked tiles and sagging or stained counters are unappealing to you, your guests or potential home-buyers. If you’re selling your home, a potential homebuyer doesn’t want to move in and replace the kitchen right away.

    Related: 7 Tips for Planning your Kitchen Remodel

    They want to move in and feel at home immediately. An updated kitchen or bathroom is more important to the value of your home than any other room.

    You don’t need to go overboard, but replace or refresh anything that’s starting to look tired, dated or worn out. A kitchen should create a great first impression and will also improve your home’s overall appeal and value.

    Give your house some street appeal

    A relatively simple project, updating the landscape is a great way to improve your home’s appearance as well as the time you spend outside. A few basic improvements might include pulling weeds, planting a couple flower beds in your front or backyard and pruning trees or bushes.

    Updating your landscape will increase the overall curb appeal of your home. Work to make your landscaping look tidy and clean. When landscaping, it’s important to eliminate anything that looks messy from the street. And maybe sprucing up the outside means adding a new deck, pergola, or a gazebo, we at Slamans can help with that!

    Add a Fresh Coat of Paint

    A sloppy paint job can actually reduce the value of your home, so don’t take shortcuts. Prepare the surfaces properly, use multiple coats of paint if necessary and be careful to paint neatly.

    Everyone’s taste differs, so the more you personalize your color choices, the less your palette might appeal to the average home buyer. If you’re planning to sell your home soon, consider painting with more neutral colors. However, if you won’t be selling your home, personalize and choose the colors that work best for you.

    Don’t forget about window and door frames. If you paint the rest of your home but don’t refresh these, it could spoil the overall effect. Plus, depending on the color you choose, you might need to update them anyway.

    Related: Top 10 Home Remodeling Don’ts

    Add a Sunroom or Patio

    Extending your living space with a patio or sunroom is a great addition to any home. These spaces allow you and your family to enjoy the outdoors and can also extend y our living space. Deciding between a patio or sunroom depends both on your finances and how you plan to use the space.

    When making these updates, make sure to use quality materials that match the overall look of your home. If the patio looks like an afterthought, it won’t add value. Research materials and pricing, get samples when possible, and carefully consider how your new patio or sunroom will look in relation to the rest of the house. While a patio helps you enjoy time outside, adding a sunroom will allow you to enjoy the outdoors more comfortably throughout three or four seasons of the year.

    Here at Slamans Construction and Remodeling, we can help add value to any aspect of your home. Give us a call today to find out more (630) 723-6152!