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How to Remove Moisture From Your Bathroom

Large amounts of moisture in the bathroom are one of the biggest problems that the majority of homeowners find inside their bathroom. It is essential to realize what is causing it and also how to lessen the amount of moisture around the bathroom. Today we are talking about how to remove moisture from your bathroom.

 

How to Remove Moisture From Your Bathroom

The moisture problem might not be coming from the showerhead or tub spout. By locating where the issue is, then you can start removing the amount of moisture in the bathroom. If you keep covering up the problem then it will cause more trouble in the future like wood rot or mold and mildew. So by getting ahead of the problem and fixing it at the source. You are going to save yourself numerous headaches later on. Before you go looking for moisture problems in your bathroom. It is essential to know what they are so that you can go and adequately fix them.

  1. You have a worn-out exhaust fan.
  2. The bathroom isn’t vented correctly.
  3. It is poorly insulated.

Exhaust Fan Replacement

The exhaust fan is an essential step in getting all of the excess moisture out of your bathroom. But there is a chance that the fan is old and worn out or the wrong size. So it’s not doing the job right. It is essential to have a new exhaust fan and the right size for your space. So that it can adequately work to remove moisture from your bathroom.

An easy trick to tell if the exhaust fan isn’t working correctly is to look at the windows and mirrors to see how much condensation is collecting there. The amount of condensation should tell you if the fan is working correctly or not. Because too much condensation means that mildew and mold are starting to form. So it is better to be safe and shell out a few hundred dollars for a contractor to come and take care of the exhaust fan for you. Don’t be cheap and get a small or weak one. Get one that fits the space and will work properly for a long time. Primarily if you use your bathroom daily and if you have a family that uses the fan multiple times a day.

Properly Ventilate the Bathroom & Poor Insulation

Inadequate ventilation in the bathroom is another problem that causes excessive moisture in your bathroom. If the bathroom has proper ventilation than the hot moist air will rise straight out of the bathroom. But if it has lousy ventilation than it will stay in the room and not go anywhere. If your house was never adequately ventilated when it was built, get a contractor to come out to your home to check the ventilation. Also, have the contractor check the attic to make sure that all of the vents are working correctly and that nothing is plugged.

Insulation issues in your home can cause mold and mildew to grow where the ceiling and the wall meet. Since this typically occurs on an outside wall, make sure that you put your hand on the outer wall during the winter months to check the insulation. Make sure that you compare the temperature to the wall next to it. If the outside wall is colder than there is inadequate insulation in the wall. But if the walls are the same temperature than it is properly insulated. Because of the temperature difference, the cold weather can cause mold and mildew to grow. But the problem can be fixed by having the cavity filled with polyurethane foam. Or better yet, have a contractor come in and fix it for you.

Lotz of Logic

Knowing how to remove moisture from your bathroom is essential. So it is necessary to stay on top of having a working exhaust fan, proper insulation, and ventilation in your bathroom because it can be a very relaxing place after work. And if you are getting something fixed or replaced, make sure you plan it so that the contractor checks all three items on the list. This way, you only have to do it once and won’t have to worry about something happening down the road. And you will be able to save yourself many headaches in the future. 

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on how to remove moisture from your bathroom, give me a call. My team and I have been serving Hinsdale, Oak Brook, LaGrange, Darien, Western Springs, Burr Ridge, Hawthorn Woods, Lake Bluff, and all of the Chicago area for 30+ years.

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Home Remodeling Ideas for Empty Nesters

Have the kids moved out? Is the basement of your home sitting unused? Or is it storing boxes and junk? You have come to the right place because we are talking about home remodeling ideas for empty nesters.

 

Home Remodeling Ideas for Empty Nesters

When it comes to remodeling your basement, whether it has concrete floors or carpeting. It has a lot of possibilities. Although most people think about adding in an additional bedroom or perhaps an entertainment spot for the children in the basement. Take the time to think about being an empty nester and how to use the basement area for your interests and hobbies. 

When people first start to look into remodeling their basements, there are a few things that they look into to update and replace. Some of the things that people either add or update/return are:

  1. Lighting – which can often be dim and a little hard to see in.
  2. Outlets – either because there aren’t any or there are too few.
  3. A Seating Area – basements don’t often have seating
  4. Entertainment – like a sound system and or a TV.
  5. Functionality by adding counter space and a sink – this is an excellent feature if you enjoy collecting or crafting wine.

Along with adding in or updating the listed items another item that they often incorporate is repurposed wood to add character.

Additional Items to Add in Your Basement

Besides what is listed above, some other ideas and interests can be added to an empty-nesters basement. One of these ideas is incorporating an in-home workout space. What makes basements a great space to include workout spaces in is because not everyone’s fitness routines or goals are the same. Wood floors for yoga, carpeting for stretching and powerlifting, and rubber mats to protect the floor from heavy equipment. Those three items are great to have in a workout space. You can even add a sauna in the space as well. 

Another great feature to include is an entertainment area. Especially since hanging out on a deck during a hot summer day or evening isn’t fun. So take the time to turn your basement into a wet bar. Another great idea is putting in a home theater. Because people enjoy going to the movies and basements often have smaller windows that let in a little light. It doesn’t take much to invest in and set up, dim Lighting, a projector, and a screen. By having a home theater and a wet bar in the same space, you can either have a movie night or friends over to try some new wines that you either made yourself or got from the store to try. Because some basements are too small for a wet bar or an entertainment area, a great idea you can do is turn it into a wine cellar. 

Since basements have a lot of potential, you can add another bedroom or more living space down there. Having an additional living space in your home is an excellent idea because it is a space that you can go to relax and let the stress of the day melt away. Another great idea that people have done with their basements is turned them into apartments.

Lotz of Logic

Whether you are empty nesters now or will be in the future, take a look at your basement and decide on what you want to use the space as. So whether it is an entertainment area, a place to craft wine or beer, or to use as a train hobby space. By adding in a kitchenette with updated appliances and a small island and creating boundaries between living space and a bedroom/bathroom. You have a comfortable space for a guest to stay in. And if you wanted to, you could rent the space out as an Airbnb space.

No matter what you use the space for or when you start remodeling it, remember that a dreary basement today can be a place of excitement tomorrow.

 Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on home remodeling ideas for empty nesters, give me a call. My team and I have been serving Orland Park, Homer Glen, Mokena, Frankfort, Tinley Park, New Lenox, Lemont, Orland Hills, Palos Park, St John IN, and all of the Chicago area for 30+ years.

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Doctor Office Renovation Ideas

Doctor’s offices get a large amount of wear and tear on a daily basis. Especially with a lot of people coming in and out of them. As a doctor, you want your patients to feel relaxed and happy inside your practice. So why not take a look at these doctor office renovation ideas.

 

Doctor Office Renovation Ideas

When it comes to remodeling a doctors office there are five major areas that you may perform to update your office. Updating it will definitely make it more comfortable for your patients. Especially with following these simple remodeling ideas.

  1. Evening Renovations
  2. Updating the Entranceway
  3. Remodeling the Waiting Room
  4. Updating the Bathrooms
  5. Remodeling the Patient Rooms

Evening Renovations and Updating the Entranceway

One of the best and easiest situations to any office renovation is to accomplish it at night when the office is closed. This is a great way to do it so that no one has to deal with the noise, dust, smells, and clutter while they are working. The patients and employees will be thanking you for that. Because painting can take time, especially if you are a small practice. Make sure that you find a painting company that will come at night. They are out there. So take your time looking them up and doing the research. And doing this is a great idea so that your patients and staff aren’t having to work around the painters or moving their appointment.

Like with a lot of things you want to make a great first impression. Because your entryway is the first thing that your patients see when they come inside. So don’t overlook how important it is to keep the doors and windows cleaned and the walls freshly painted. And because this area is a high traffic area it is important to keep up with any drywall repairs from UPS or FedEx delivering packages and accidentally bumping the walls. Since wallpaper is starting to come back into style. Placing a commercial grade vinyl wallpaper in this area works with the heavy traffic.

Remodeling the Waiting Room

Since people spend a lot of time in the waiting room it is important to freshen it up. Because after 20 to 30 minutes of being on their phones they will be looking around the room. So you want to make sure that the waiting room is bright, light, and fresh so that it is a pleasant area to wait. The hallways see a large amount of traffic as well. Make sure that you have them looking just and light and bright as the waiting area. Having plexiglass installed on the bottom half of the walls cuts down on the area getting banged up. This is a must-have if there are medical carts and wheelchairs in the office and going through the area.

This may seem silly. But before you begin painting the waiting room. Take a seat in one of the chairs, after everyone has gone for the day or before they arrive. And pretend that you are a patient. Take a look at the walls. Make sure that you notice if there is torn wallpaper on the walls or seams coming loose. Are there dirty or stained tiles on the ceiling. Does the baseboard appear banged up or dirty? Is the paint on the wall a current color that fits with today’s style?

Updating the Bathrooms

Bathrooms are an essential part of any home or office. Because no one likes walking into an old and dirty bathroom. Believe it or not, the bathroom is another area that leaves a first impression on people. This is because people like to walk into a bathroom that is tidy, fresh, and clean.  While the bathroom isn’t a major remodeling project, it can do with a few updates. An easy update that you can do in the bathroom is placing porcelain tile on the floor and then extending it partway up the walls. These type of tiles can take a beating and are easy to clean.

Remodeling the Patient Rooms

Just like with the waiting room your patients will be spending a large amount of time in the exam rooms. So you want to make it as pleasant as possible for them. And just like in the waiting room make sure you check for stained ceiling tiles. It is also important to check to see if the room is clean and orderly. Because if it isn’t clean and orderly than consider getting a new cabinet with more drawers and overhead storage. Make sure that the rooms are painted at least twice a year with colors that are the most up-to-date. Check the floor to see what state it is in. If the carpeting or porcelain tile needs to be updated then make sure that it is slip-resistant. So make sure that you select the right flooring that fits the type of patients that you will be seeing in the area.

Lotz of Logic

Whether it is before people arrive or after they leave. It is important to go through your office and look at it through the perspective of the customer. As you walk through to make sure that you keep these simple and easy doctor office renovation ideas in mind for the future. It is important to do this because the waiting and exam rooms are the two rooms where the patients will be doing a lot of waiting. So being able to recognize what needs to be done and updated around the office will make the space more comforting and welcoming.

 Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on doctor office renovation ideas, give me a call. My team and I have been serving Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, River West, Near West Side, Printers Row, Dearborn Park, Gold Coast, Lake Shore East, New East Side, Streeterville, Near North, Loop, Old Town, River North, and all of the Chicago area for 30+ years.

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5 Areas to Use 100% Silicone Caulk in Your Home

There is a variety of caulks available on the market. Several are intended for interior tasks and various others are beneficial to the exterior. In the video, we talk about the 5 areas to use 100% silicone caulk in your home.

 

5 Areas to Use 100% Silicone Caulk in Your Home

The big rule of thumb is that anywhere you have water inside or outside your residence, you’ll want to make the most of 100% silicone caulk. And this is because silicone caulk is known for being sticky and bonding well to a variety of surfaces. It really is going to prevent moisture from getting behind areas which include bathtubs, showers, plumbing fixtures, sinks, backsplashes, entrances, and windows. So these 5 areas to use 100% silicone caulk in your home are important to remember so that you can either properly seal them yourself or have a professional come to seal them for you. Because it doesn’t dry out and it can last a long time if it is done properly. Baseboards are also a great place to use silicone caulk. Because it adds an extra layer of protection.

100% Silicone Caulk – Interior Application

Anywhere you have water, you will find 100% silicone caulk. Especially where water can sit or hit.  It really is going to prevent moisture from getting behind areas which include bathtubs, showers, plumbing fixtures, sinks, backsplashes, entrances, and windows. Because they have large amounts of water in them, kitchens and bathrooms benefit the most from using 100% silicone caulk.

In the kitchen, 100% silicone caulk works the best when it is used where the backsplash meets the quartz or granite countertops. Especially if it is by a sink or any other application that requires water. And in bathrooms silicone caulk creates a great barrier around the floor tiles and the tiles in the shower. Because of the barrier, it creates the caulk helps keep out mold and mildew that can gather behind the walls when small gaps open up. 

100% Silicone Caulk – Exterior Application

Besides being used inside your house for water problems. 100% silicone caulk can be used on the exterior of the house as well. It works great when you install a new window or door because it helps to keep out the draft. And it stops the elements like rain, snow, and sleet from coming inside the house. If you don’t use 100% silicone caulk than you could experience wood rot because water got into everything. It is also important to remember that you can’t paint over this type of caulk. This is because the paint won’t stick to the caulk and it will peel off and look terrible.  

Carpenters love working with 100% silicone caulk because a little bit of the caulk can fill in a gap if one appears. It also works great within between baseboards and moldings. Silicone caulk will also fix a corner of carpeting that might come up or if tile or piece of molding falls off. 

100% silicone caulk also helps with saving money on your energy costs over time. It can also be used to fill in small fissures in the foundation and along basement walls. The caulk seals them up and can prevent any insects, rodents as well as other creepy crawlies from entering your house. Because no one wants to deal with bugs and uninvited guests in their home. Especially if they are the eight-legged kind.

Lotz of Logic

Keeping the 5 areas to use 100% silicone caulk in your home in mind is important. Because you never know which of the areas of your home will need a little help. Caulk is great to have on hand for big projects like updating a bathroom or kitchen. Especially since it can keep water from getting behind surfaces like showers, tubs, sinks, plumbing fixtures, backsplashes, doors, and windows. It is also perfect for the small things that might need a little tweak. If you are looking to purchase 100% silicone caulk for a project now or in the future. Your local home improvement store will have an aisle that is dedicated to all of the different types of caulk to use. But the right caulk for the right job will definitely speed up the improvements. Professionals at your local hardware store are the best people to ask if you have questions or concerns. Or if you are just looking for suggestions on what brands to use. 

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on installing 100% silicone caulk, give me a call. My team and I have been serving Evanston, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Glenview, Northbrook, and all of the Chicago area for 30+ years. 

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7 Curb Appeal Ideas for Your Home’s Exterior

Great curb appeal is definitely one thing that every homeowner works tirelessly to have. And if you are looking to sell your house quickly on the real estate market. Then following these 7 Curb Appeal Ideas for Your Home’s Exterior will help you out.

 

7 Curb Appeal Ideas for Your Home’s Exterior

Installing curb appeal doesn’t happen in one weekend. It doesn’t work well. By having multiple to-do lists you can work on your curb appeal over several weekends. And by the end of fall, you will great looking curb appeal. While it might take you two years to create great curb appeal. But the end goal will be amazing and well worth it. Especially if you are looking to sell your home and want to sell it well. Since you only get one chance to make a great first impression here are 7 curb appeal ideas for your home’s exterior.

  1. Front Door & Sidelights
  2. Driveway
  3. Power Washing
  4. House Numbers
  5. Mail Boxes
  6. Exterior Lighting
  7. Exterior Painting or Staining

Front Door, Driveway & Power Washing

One of the most obvious places that you should start is with the front door. Because this is the place where your guests will enter your home. And you want it to look nice and inviting. Instead of looking beaten up from weather or use. Or just outdated. If the door is in good shape then a good coat of paint is all that is needed. It is also a very economical option to choose from. By replacing the front door and sidelight by yourself then you can save a lot of money. 

Pay attention to your driveway. Because it needs to be taken care of as well. Depending on what material was used to make your driveway will depend on how you take care of it. If you have a concrete driveway it might not need to be replaced each year. But it should be cleaned often so that it looks nice. Asphalt driveways need to be resealed every year. You can reseal it yourself. But the cracks should be filled by a professional.

Clean the exterior of your house. There are many areas that need a bath. Power washing the sidewalk to your front door is a must that should be done every year. If you have a concrete driveway than you should power wash it every year as well. You would be surprised at how much dirt and grim are hiding in the cracks of the driveway and sidewalk. And cleaning the exterior of your house every year helps keep the mold and dirt off of it. Just by power washing your house you are giving it a boost of energy as well as making it more inviting. It is also amazingly cost-effective to do yourself on a budget.

Mailbox, House Numbers, & Exterior Lighting

One thing that people sometimes forget about is mailboxes. These are often at the end of a driveway or hanging next to the front door. When they are at the end of the driveway people don’t really look at them because they can pull up in their car to get the mail. If it by the front door, most people enter the house through the garage. And don’t even look at the front of the house. But it doesn’t take much to update your mailbox. If it is made from wood than a simple stain will do the job. And a metal mailbox looks great with a fresh coat of paint. Getting a new mailbox is a great option as well and helps update your look. 

House numbers are often what is called ‘the builder’s special.’ Which is just boring house numbers. You can replace them with something larger and that reflects your personality. Hardware stores also have house numbers that have backlighting. So that you can see them more easily at night. And they are a great idea for guests. The new numbers will pop on a pressure washed exterior.

Located by your front door and over your garage, exterior lighting often attracts bugs. But it is easy to clean them 2-3 times a year. You also want to make sure that the lights are in a style that is appealing to potential buyers. When cleaning the lights all it takes is some window cleaner and a little elbow grease to get the job done. If you are shopping to replace the existing exterior lights. Make sure that you take a look at solar ground lights to light up the walkway to your front door. This will give your home’s exterior great curb appeal in the evening as well. And if your house also has side service doors or a back patio door. Don’t forget to replace or clean them just like the ones on the front of the house. If you are replacing the exterior lights it is a good rule of thumb to have them all match.

Exterior Painting or Staining

The last step in the 7 curb appeal ideas for your home’s exterior is painting or staining the exterior of the house. This is the most expensive item on the to-do list. And it is something that should be done every 7-10 years. Because it is a simple part of homeownership. The front door, shutters, downspouts, and gutters are a great place to add accent colors. If you are planning on selling than giving the exterior a simple freshen up is all it takes. Any first-time homeowner will appreciate it if the exterior is already has a fresh coat of paint because they might not have the time or money to do it themselves. So make sure that you take the extra time and money to do it yourself. Even if the exterior of the house just needs a good cleaning don’t go overboard with colors. Keep it simple. 

Lotz of Logic

Maintaining the presence of your home’s exterior curb appeal is a must. This is especially true if you are planning on selling or are going to stay there for 20-30 years. Adding in some greenery will make the exterior of your house stand out. Even if it is just planting some flowers around the mailbox. Or adding a flower box on the front porch railing. Greenery gives potential buyers an attractive exterior. And it makes them more likely to want to come inside. The exterior updates don’t have to be extensive or overly expensive. So just by following these 7 curb appeal ideas for your home’s exterior. You can create an amazing look. Curb appeal also helps commercial buildings like doctor’s offices.

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on curb appeal ideas, give me a call. My team and I have been serving South Barrington, Barrington, North Barrington, Inverness, Lake Zurich, Schaumburg, Elgin, Long Grove, South Elgin, Palatine, Wayne, Deerfield, and all of the Chicago area for 30+ years.

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