January 2012

Make Your Space a Better Place!

January 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

We all know how bad the housing market is right now. It seems the only houses selling are going for way below market value. So I have comprised some tips on how to improve your existing home. Why move? Improve!
1) Open up the floor plan. Remove doors from rooms that don’t need them. Make a window pass through to view the next room. Or, if it isn’t a load bearing wall, just remove it for a more spacious look.
2) Build a bump-out. A trick to expand without the cost of a full blown room addition is to make a bump-out. Like a bay window that hangs off the side of the house. It can go the entire length of the house and add up to 3 feet depth, enough space for an eat-in kitchen or a walk-in closet for the master bedroom.
3) Use your dining room. If you have an eat-in kitchen your dining room is probably only used once or twice a year for special occasions. Why not install doors, shelves and cabinets and transform it into a home office? You can still use the dining room for those special occasions.
4) Transform your guest room into a media room. Chances are you only have out of town guest’s once in a while anyway. Add furniture and your guest room can double for a media room or home office. Use an air mattress or futon that can store away neatly.
5) Finish out the basement or garage by converting it into usable living space. You’ll need floor, ceiling and walls, but no structural work or roof, so it can be done cheaper than a room addition.
6) Use built-ins to replace a closet. To run a four to ten inch deep shelving along a wall takes almost no space away from a room and it can handle much more capacity than a closet.
7) Add a first floor powder room. Take that closet you eliminated and turn it into a first floor powder room. In addition to re using the space, it will add value to your home.
8) Bring the laundry upstairs. All you need is a closet, hallway or nook. Today’s full size washer and dryers are stack-able. All you need is about four square feet. Try to use a space near the bathroom to make it easy to run pipes and electric.
9) Build a home office closet. Every home needs a space to put a desk for paying bills. Anchor a wireless internet system in a closet or armoire and add some shelves. Keep the lowest shelf above 30″ so you can wheel your chair up to it.

I hope these tips have helped you make your home feel bigger. You can count on us to be there for any of these projects. Andy’s Home and Business Repair is the best handyman in St. Louis. We can also help you with your kitchen and bathroom remodeling, or any other St. Louis home repair work.

Don’t Move……IMPROVE!!!!

January 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Finishing Touches

January 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

  • It’s January. Have you started on those New Years resolutions yet? If not, here are a few pointers to get you started with your home design resolutions for 2012. Changes don’t have to be expensive to make an impact. Setting realistic goals that provide immediate gratification, such as painting an accent wall or clearing the clutter with home organization items can make a huge difference in your home immediately. Pushing a paintbrush can provide a dramatic improvement with a relatively small investment. Home owners are focusing on what needs to be done to update the home, instead of trying to move to a new home in this down economy. For instance tackling a new kitchen remodel, new cabinets and counter tops or updating¬† window treatments can transform your old house into a new showplace at a much more affordable price than getting into a new mortgage. Changing the recessed lighting to pendants over the sink area or kitchen island, changing out the cabinet hardware and installing a new tiled back splash are all swell ideas to update your kitchen. After all, it is the most used room in the house that everyone seems to gravitate to. Keep things simple and change things to keep designs current. Like a new area rug or throw pillows for the living room couch. People want their homes to reflect how they really live, so updates can make a world of difference without having to take a loss on selling your home. Repair/Replace/Restore