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  • 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!

  • Bathroom remodeling Naperville 2017 Bathroom Trends

    Its spring time, which means all the new lines of product are starting to arrive. Thinking your bathroom needs a new look but not really sure where to start? Don’t worry we at Slaman’s have been asked that quite a bit lately, so we compiled a list of a few of the top trends that homeowners are looking for this spring.

    Smart Storage

    Storage space in our professional opinion will never go out of style, well because everybody is always looking for more space. Whenever possible, take advantage of vertical space and take your cabinetry up the wall. Have a small bathroom and built in storage not a good option, try incorporating an antique piece of furniture. As ever, open shelving is still a very popular trend that shows to be quite practical in the bathroom.

    Related: Contractor Tips: Top Ten 10 Home Remodeling Don’ts

    Stay Classic

    As a remodeling company we tend find that classic whites never go out of style, just like wearing sandals in the summer will always happen. We know your worrying about the dirt being seen, but the elegance and timeless look will have your guests aspiring to remodel their own bathroom.

    Related: Affordable Home Renovations To Use Your Tax Return On

    Three-Dimensional Tile

    These 3-D tiles are not only inviting to touch, but bringing a modernistic approach with a touch of some old school funk. You can combine them in a fun pattern to really make your bathroom pop.

    Three-dimensional tile come in a variety of styles from asymmetric to symmetric patterns.

    Deluxe Showers

    These just sound inviting. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), showers are becoming far more popular than tubs. With high-tech spa-like body sprays, water jets and shower-heads are becoming more ordinary. Remodeled master bathrooms are having fully enclosed steam showers with multiple shower-heads installed.

    Some homeowners are even going as far as having walk-in showers with portable benches for an added luxury!

    Need more ideas? Check out our bathroom portfolio here!

    Looking Ahead?

    The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NBKA) also reports that pet washing zones and built-in kitty litter boxes are on the increase in bathroom remodels. As a fellow pet owner, this sounds fantastic! These showers get built with an extra handheld, waist-high spray allows you to give your dog an easy wash!


  • Basement Remodeling: How much does it cost and how to save money?

    On average, finishing a basement will set you back $68,490. You may be thinking, “HOLY COW! There’s no way I can afford that!”, but let me put it this way for you: according to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value calculations, you’ll recoup an average of 70.4% of your costs when you sell, doesn’t seem overwhelming now, does it?

    There are five big factors that affect the cost of a basement remodel.

    1. How big is your basement? The finished square feet of your basement affects almost every cost related to basement finishing from framing to drywall. It’s probably the biggest factor in determining the cost of a basement.
    2. Cost of labor will vary depending on the location that you live. For example New York, is almost double the price of a remodel that takes place in Tennessee. You can always elect to do it yourself.
    3. Want an extra bathroom? An extra bathroom can help your family function just a little bit smoother. Add about 5k to your cost for a regular full bathroom. Add extra for the luxurious amenities.
    4. Have an extra exit? Is there another way out besides the stairs? If not you’ll have to build one and that means expensive guys with backhoes digging up your yard and breaking up part of your basement wall.
    5. Getting rid of the cement floor? Flooring options can add a grand or two depending on what you get.

    How to save on the cost of a basement remodel.

    • You do the painting – Grab your painting clothes, and get busy. Doing your own painting is not only cost saving, but you can also get the whole family involved.
    • Do your own trim-work – Installing your own trim or molding could save you about $500 toward the cost of your basement.
    • Be your own general contractor – You can save thousands just by doing most of the work yourself, and bribing the family for free labor won’t hurt either.
    • Remodel in the winter – There are so many benefits for completing this remodeling project in the winter, especially if you’re not doing the work. From good prices and contractor scheduling, winter is a great time for completing your basement.

    Need an extra hand in finishing? Contact us today!


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