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3 Reasons Why Commercial Remodeling Makes a Great Deal

Like homes, commercial spaces also need upgrades. That is why commercial remodeling is becoming a thing these days. However, some still shy away from it because of the costs that come with commercial remodeling.

Are you afraid to take the leap towards an all-improved office space? Yes, commercial remodeling comes with a cost but the benefits of having one far outweigh the financial burden. Here are a few reasons why you should pursue commercial remodeling.

  • Influence attitude in the workplace

A contemporary and professional office space suggests that a business is doing well. It helps your employees feel positive and work with efficiency. Clean and aesthetically appealing walls can surely keep your employees motivated and enthusiastic.

Customers who come in bright and fresh-looking buildings feel the same energy and tend to do more business. Commercial remodeling is a way to improve your business’ overall customer experience.

In relation to influencing attitude, you should choose the right lighting and colors when you choose commercial remodeling. Certain hues can be exciting, calming, and stimulating while others can bring gloom and make a room look boring. Choose fun colors and pair them with fantastic lighting. A dimly lit office space is not as engaging as a sunny bright one.

  • Increase your building’s value

Commercial remodeling not only adds value to your business but to your building as well. Bringing in contemporary materials, the latest energy-efficient pieces of technology, and water and lighting fixtures that bring overall operation costs down are surely a great investment. You can even lease or sell a remodeled office space at a higher price. Hence, when your buildings value increases, your business value and profit also increase.

  • Charge reasonably higher rates without objections

When you engage in commercial remodeling, it makes your office look more accommodating. Your employees also work better. Since your entire operation is going up the ladder, you can charge higher rates for your products and services. Your customers, on the other hand, will gladly pay that increase not because they are capable of doing so but because they know and experience that dealing with your business is truly worth it.

Commercial remodeling has many other cool benefits. These are just tips of the iceberg. Call your trusted contractor now and ask for a quotation. When you received the proposal and have seen the price for the project, remember, that commercial remodeling is a long-term investment. Make this decision for your business’ future.

Written by Kent Murdock, owner of Randy Adams Construction in Columbia, MO. Randy Adams Construction is one of the premiere companies for remodeling in Columbia, MO.


Decorative Tray Ceilings

Many homeowners don’t know what a tray ceiling is and only become interested in them when they see them. These ceilings offer immediate benefits to a room, including enlarging the height of the room without the cavernous feeling of vaulted ceilings. The real opportunities lie in decorative ceiling options. More and more, ceilings are becoming a focal point for rooms, especially bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms. In short, decorative ceilings are great where people may linger in the home and appreciate their beauty.

Get Creative with a Tray Ceiling
One of the easiest and most effective ways to create a decorative tray ceiling is simply with an accent color. Some people are afraid of painting any of their walls a dark color, but tray ceilings lend themselves to this move. The reason is simple. Dark colors make a room feel smaller, but with a recessed ceiling the net feeling is more of a cozy atmosphere. In bedrooms, especially, this can provide a wonderful effect. Matching the color to an element of your bedroom décor, such as bedding or a bedroom dresser, can make for a truly stunning effect.

For more public areas, like living or dining rooms, a faux scene can give your room a stately elegance at a reasonable price. If you have a creative bent and have always wanted to play Michelangelo, here’s your chance. Otherwise, you probably want to leave the execution to a professional artisan (even if the design is your idea). A professional should allow you to take as active or as passive a role as you want in the design of the faux scene. Regardless of what room you install your tray ceiling in, don’t feel you can’t have more traditional ceiling fixtures as well. Ceiling fans work just as well on decorative ceilings as on any other. You may need a longer extension on a suspended ceiling fan, but that should be no problem.

Tray Ceiling Lighting and Molding
More than surface decoration, these ceilings are great for recessed lighting and additional molding. With the lighting fixtures hidden beneath the molding, the light can spread gently across your tray ceiling for some truly stunning effects. Whether you’re lighting a specific decorative texture or simply trying to create a more relaxing ambiance for your rooms, recessed lighting almost always adds something to your ceilings. Moldings are great for creating a frame for your faux scene or producing a stately appearance in your living and dining rooms.

Building a Tray Ceiling
This may sound great, but if you have a home that doesn’t have tray ceilings, what good do these decorative tips do you? While tray ceilings do require additional framing for structural support, it may not be a terribly expensive project to build tray ceilings in second-story rooms where there’s some available attic space. In fact, if you have an attic that can’t be renovated, building tray ceilings can be a nice alternative to still get something from this space in your home.

Detroit Modular Home Builders

The Detroit housing market is, needless to say, far from thriving. As a buyer, you can look for some great steals and see little reason to consider building your home from scratch. The truth is if you plan on living in this home for the majority of your life, the return on your property value is probably nothing more than a footnote to your general and long-term happiness. On the other hand, it’s tough to swallow the cost of building a new home, knowing the value of the finished home may be only a fraction of building costs. One way to build your dream home and justify it financially is to look at the creative and cost-saving method of modular home building.

Detroit Modular Home Stigmas
Many people have a negative and prejudiced view of modular homes. One such prejudice comes from a simple confusion between modular homes and manufactured homes. Though both homes can be seen traveling the highways of the Motor City, they are different in kind, not just degree. Manufactured homes are constructed to be mobile (thus, they’re also called mobile homes), while modular homes are permanent structures that are built in factory controlled settings to maximize quality control and minimize material and labor costs. When done correctly, a modular home should actually be stronger and more durable than a traditionally built home.

More Benefits and Drawbacks of Modular Homes in Detroit, MI
You might be wondering if modular homes are stronger and cheaper, then why haven’t they taken over the home building industry? It’s a good question. Partly, the lingering trend of modular home building is due to the stigma and the fact that past modular home building techniques and practices were vastly inferior to what is possible today. The other, more tangible reason is that you won’t have the same number of design options as you do with a conventional home builder. This doesn’t mean you’ll have to choose from only half a dozen floor plans, far from it, but if you want to sit down with an architect to custom design every last inch of your new home, modular home building may not be able to accommodate your dream home. That said, when you consider the cost of each type of building method, making your dream a reality may be more important than putting off building your home for several years until you can make it a financially solvent undertaking.

Cost and Construction Times of Detroit Modular Home Builders
It’s ridiculous to quote the possible costs of building a new home without some specifications on the plot, size, and design of the home. A small, simplistically designed home may be done for less than $100,000. A large home, built on a more desired piece of real estate can exceed $1,000,000, even with modular home construction methods. The better measure as you begin to think about building a new home is the percentage you stand to save by choosing a modular home builder in Detroit. This number varies depending on who you talk to, and it’s a good idea to get estimates from multiple home builders. Some sources quote as little as 10 or 15% percent, while more optimistic projections say 35 percent. Of course, the likely truth is somewhere in the middle, depending, again, on the specifications of your construction. Still, even modest estimates can mean several tens of thousands of dollars in difference between the two types of home construction.

Hiring a Detroit Modular Home Builder
As with any residential construction, you’ll find a wide array of contractors and companies in the modular home building industry, some of whom are more reputable and professional than others. Some companies will take the benefits of cost-cutting and reduced construction times to the extreme and rely on their ability to underbid the competition to find their business. You should be wary of these companies, although you shouldn’t dismiss out-of-hand the lowest bid, either. Use HomeAdvisor’s customer ratings and reviews section to help ensure that you’re hiring a quality home builder that is committed to letting the process of modular home building reduce the cost of construction, while still maintaining the highest home building standards in the industry.

Energy Drinks and Energy Home Improvements: Jolt or Crash

Nowadays, everything seems to be about energy. Amongst all the doom and gloom of economic analysis and forecasts, some of the only sectors that remain optimistic have to do with energy. Energy drink sales shot up 39.6 percent in 2006 and another 29.7 percent in 2007, according to Convenience Store News. Even more significantly, despite the perception that energy drinks are reaching their own bubble, the same study has projected a 19.9 percent increase in 2008.

In recent years, HomeAdvisor, an online resource connecting homeowners with local contractors, has established energy-efficient home improvement tendencies by combining common projects such as new appliances, insulation, replacement windows, and solar panel installation. According to this statistic, “energy” home improvement saw a 76.4 percent jump in 2006, another 79.8 percent jump in 2007, and a projected jump of 107.2 percent this year. According to one U.N. study, the green economy at-large, dominated by energy-efficient technologies, is expected to double by 2020.

Here is a list of four of the biggest and best-selling names in both energy drinks and home improvements. Let’s call it a synergy of energy.

Red Bull: Insulation
The original energy drink is also the original energy-efficient material. After all, clothes and blankets are essentially nothing more than insulation for the body; insulated walls have been around long before double-paned windows. Interestingly, one of the oldest forms of insulation common in the 1800s, straw bales, are actually making a comeback. Dependability is another great feature of these energy phenomena. If you’re driving around in unfamiliar territory, you can trust that any gas station will at least have Red Bull available. If you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive way to increase your home’s energy efficiency, installing or upgrading insulation is a can’t-miss project.

Monster: Heating and Cooling
The Monster has become nearly iconic in the younger generation. With a name synonymous with size, the Monster points directly toward home heating and cooling, responsible for as much as half the total energy consumption of a home. Here lies the greatest upfront expense and the greatest potential for long-term savings. Generally speaking, energy is associated with raw passion, but in this arena, you should take some time to plan ahead. From the original Monster, Monster Assault, Monster M-80, Monster Khaos, and Monster Hitman to furnaces, boilers, solar panels, geothermal systems, heat pumps, air conditioners, and swamp coolers, the energy choices can quickly become overwhelming.

Rock Star: Replacement Windows
The first energy drink to go “big” (16 oz.), the marketing behind the brand Rock Star is fairly self-explanatory. With solid reviews in all three energy drink categories—energy boost, taste, and cost—it’s no surprise this Rock Star has shot up the alternative beverage charts. Likewise, it’s not too much of a stretch to say the hype surrounding replacement windows confers Rock Star status. That said, while replacement windows are unlikely to go out of fashion anytime soon, the long-term outlook is less certain. Already, there is speculation that the energy drink bubble is about to burst. With replacement windows, upgrading from old, single-pane windows is a no-brainer, but it remains to be seen whether homeowners with energy-efficient windows will take the same diligence inspecting and replacing these window installations in the upcoming years.

5-Hour Energy: Energy-Efficient Appliances
The marketing surrounding these new two ounce energy drinks focuses on avoiding the crash associated with energy-boosting beverages, but anybody who drinks this drink knows it ain’t your grandma’s morning cup of coffee. So, too, energy-efficient appliances tend to pack more energy-saving power than most people think. According to home improvement author David Johnston, energy-efficient appliances can reduce your home’s appliance-related energy consumption by 30 percent. In some homes, this can mean saving of up to $1,000 a year on your utility bills. Even if they’re not top-tier in terms of energy efficiency, most modern appliances will outperform those from 20 or even 10 years ago.

Green Home Improvements You Can Take to the Bank

With talk of energy shortages, endangered species, and global warming dominating national headlines, it’s easy to forget that going green with home remodeling is as good for your wallet as it is for the rainforest. Here’s a list of 5 green remodeling projects that are good for the earth and save you cash at the same time.

#1—Install High Efficiency Replacement Windows
If you still think of a window as a single pane of glass that gives you a good view of the neighborhood, it’s time to change your perspective. Modern energy efficient windows can reduce your home energy use by as much as 50% year round, and usually pay for themselves in just a few short years. If new windows are in your future, look for multiple paned windows, low e coatings, insulated frames, and gas fills. And don’t forget that proper installation is just as important as buying quality windows when it comes to achieving high energy efficiency.

#2—Install a High Efficiency Heating System
Depending on the climate, heating your home can account for over 35% of your overall home energy costs. New, high efficiency furnaces and boilers can reduce those costs by as much as half, depending on where you live and how old your current heating system is. Look for units with AFUE ratings of 90 or better, and remember that poor installation can sabotage even the highest efficiency furnace.

#3—Install a High Efficiency Air Conditioner
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, air conditioning accounts for 5% of the total energy use in the U.S., and costs American homeowners $11 billion annually. That said, upgrading to a high efficiency air conditioner can make a big difference when it comes to reducing your monthly utility bills. Energy Star rated units are required to have SEER ratings of 13 or higher, though the highest efficiency models on the market currently have SEER ratings of 20 and higher. As a rule, the higher the SEER rating, the more money you’ll save.

#4—New Kitchen Appliances
Kitchen appliances are a major consumer of energy in your home. Thanks to the federal government’s Energy Star program, however, they’re also one of the easiest ways to improve the overall energy efficiency of your home. An Energy Star dishwasher or refrigerator, for example, can reduce energy use at those appliances by 40% or more, while an Energy Star rated clothes washer can save you over $500 over the life of the appliance!

#5—Insulate, Insulate, Insulate
High efficiency furnaces, air conditioners, and windows are all excellent ways to cut energy costs and save you money, but even the best windows and heating and cooling systems won’t do much if your home’s insulation isn’t up to speed. Leaky windows and doors, and poorly insulated attic spaces, are some of the most common culprits of energy inefficient homes, so those are good places to start. For a more comprehensive evaluation of insulation levels in your home, however, consider bringing in a professional energy auditor to help you identify where you can reap the biggest returns when it comes to upgrading the insulation in your home, and sealing up areas where leaks are costing you money!

Remember, going green is a win-win proposition. Not only does it mean you’re doing everything you can to foster a better world for generations to come, but by making smart decisions on which projects you undertake, it can mean big monthly savings on your utility bills and a fuller bank account to boot.