Over 3 million people now work from home at least one day a week. Whether you are telecommuter, self employed, or need an office to write correspondence and pay bills – a beautiful and organized home office can make your life easier.

Designing the perfect home office requires more than lovely furniture.  It takes an understanding of what you use your office for and how you organize your work day.  By building in spaces that house various papers and equipment your office can become a beautiful space within your home, rather than a room you hide from guests.

Here are our tips for designing the perfect home office:

  • Built in storage.  Rather than purchasing book shelves and file cabinets we can provide customized built-ins to house everything you need in its perfect space.
  • Printer cabinet.  We can design a cabinet to house your printer with an electrical outlet inside so you can avoid pesky chords.  Most printers are wifi enabled now so your laptop and desktop can reach the printer without being plugged into it.
  • Charging stations.  A cabinet, drawer or counter space can be designed to hold various electronics like iPhones, iPads, laptops, Bluetooth’s and any other electrical devices. By installing electrical outlets for all of your devices you can leave chargers plugged in and hook up your device as needed, no more fighting for charging space.
  • Music.  Entertainment systems are not just for the theater room.  Install speakers throughout your home office so that you can play soothing or upbeat music while you work.
  • Bar.  No home office is complete without a wet bar.  For people working from home it helps to have drinks and snacks at your fingertips without leaving the office for the kitchen.  Installing a wet bar in the office can provide you with refrigeration, a sink, and counter space for preparing lunch and other quick snacks.
  • Light.  Having proper lighting is essential for designing a productive work space.  Large windows and skylights let in natural lights while recessed lighting can provide a sense of calm when you need it.
  • Insulation.  It is important to have a quiet work space.  Hearing children playing or dinner being cooked can become a distraction for you and your clients.  Installing extra insulation can help create a sense of privacy in your home office space by reducing outside noise.
  • Separate entrance.  We can install an exterior entrance for your home office.  That way if clients or coworkers come to your home, the rest of your house can be kept as personal space.

Working from home provides a level of flexibility that going to the office every day cannot.  The challenge for many people is learning how to be as productive at home as they are in the office.  Cipriani Remodeling Solutions can help by designing and building the perfect home office space that includes everything you need and special features that make an office a positive and productive workspace.

Technology has advanced leaps and bounds from when your Grandma bought the green Kenmore stove top and refrigerator.  If you haven’t updated your kitchen appliances in the last few years – now is the time.  New technology can make cooking dinner easier while also helping your food to taste better.

 

Here are our favorite new appliances:

  • GE Café 30” Gas Range.  This range provides an excellent, even temperature.  It comes with three different burners and a grill for morning pancakes, bacon and quick sandwiches. The oven capacity has double what many similar models come with.  This means you can cook more, faster.  The gas convection heat cooks evenly and with the double oven you can have desert and dinner cooking at the same time.
  • Dishwasher Drawer.  Instead of a standard dishwasher try a dishwasher drawer.  It is easy to load and unload and you don’t have to worry about the front seal leaking, as often happens with standard dishwashers.  KitchenAid has one with two drawers so that you can run them separately or at the same time.
  • American Standard 3 Bowl Kitchen Sink.  You don’t have to juggle dirty dishes, soaking pans, and rinsing vegetables in the same sink any longer.  This three bowl sink from American Standard has a large, medium, and small bowl so you can do a variety of tasks all at once.  It is stainless steel for a beautiful finish so it is just as lovely as practical.
  • LG Internet Refrigerator.  This refrigerator by LG is more than for storing food at perfect temperatures, which it also does.  It has a food management system to make it easier for you to know what to buy and when.  That isn’t even the coolest part.  You can use the touch screen display to listen to music, watch TV, take and store pictures, make a video phone call, surf the internet, and use it as a message board.  This is an amazing combination of computerized technology and a standard household appliance. Talk about connected.
  • Range Hood.  Cooking dinner can create smells that overwhelm your home.  A hood can help by circulating the air.  The challenge is that they can be bulky, load, and unattractive.  Sorpresa makes a line of hoods that look more like a piece of art than a functioning part of your kitchen.  We can install one into your home for the “wow” factor.

Kitchen appliances have come a long way and there is no need to settle for what you currently have.  Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or simply looking to update your appliances we can help.  Many home owners will avoid updating appliances due to the need for adjusting existing cabinets and counters.  At Cipriani Remodeling Solutions we can install your new appliances and make sure they fit within your current space.  If they don’t we can make minor adjustments to ensure that you can benefit from improved technology without doing a complete kitchen re-design.

When remodeling a home, kitchen appliances can be the last thing that comes to mind. Working appliances may be “just good enough” until you realize the wide range of time and energy saving appliances that are available today. You can improve your home by scrapping archaic appliances for a new and improved version. This way you increase the value of your property and lower your operating cost.

Here are some ideas for appliance upgrades that can make spending time in the kitchen a little easier:

  • Electric Range.  They are easier to clean and more fuel efficient than their gas counterparts.  Electric ranges are capable of maintaining a level surface, heating up incredibly quickly and many home owners prefer them to gas.  Smooth top glass top surfaces with hidden heating elements require little effort in the way of cleaning, giving your more time to enjoy dinner with the family.
  • Microwave.  With modern technology, a microwave can evenly cook food, and can be built directly into your cabinetry to allow for more counter space.  There are plenty of styles to choose from that will match your other new appliances.
  • Dishwasher.  Old dishwasher appliances are loud, obnoxious and use excessive amounts of water. Some antiquated dishwashers don’t even leave the dishes sparkling as a little elbow grease and some Dial soap might do. Modern dish washing units are both significantly more water efficient and energy efficient, leaving your dishes both cleaner and drier with more internal rack room and much less exterior noise. Never watch TV with dishwasher background noise again!
  • Refrigerator.  A new refrigerator unit can lower your monthly electric bill. The fridge runs on its own all day long.  An energy efficient version can be good for your leftovers and the environment. Many new versions come with a slide-out bottom drawer to store the meats, breads and dinners you need to freeze. Digital temperature read-outs and ice dispensers make life much more convenient and offer greater user control. Door mounted ice dispensers serve ice exactly how and when you want it.

You can conserve energy, make your life easier, and increase your home’s value by upgrading your appliances today. To save money you can purchase in sets and keep your kitchen looking fresh with matching upgrades.  Work with a contractor when installing new appliances to make sure it is done correctly.  Plumbing and electric work are required and something as simple as over tightening a bolt can cause a water leak.  To make sure that your new appliances operate efficiently let a professional handle the installation.  New appliances are also different sizes and shapes than their predecessors, requiring adjustments to cabinetry.  A professional carpenter can make minor changes to accommodate new appliances, rather than requiring a complete cabinet overhaul. Whether completing a full kitchen remodel or simply replacing your appliances we can help.

The outside of your home is the first thing someone sees when driving up.  It can be full of character or boring and drab.  If you are tired of pulling up to a house that looks just like your neighbors consider giving your home a facelift by replacing your garage doors and the surrounding area.  These simple tips are easy updates that won’t break the bank or interfere with the flow of your home or daily activities.

Here is how you can upgrade the exterior of your home:

  • Hardware.  Most people think of hardware in the kitchen or bathroom but you can install it on your garage door for a customized look.  This is an inexpensive way for budget conscious homeowners to add character to the exterior of the home in one day.
  • Lighting.  We can install customize lighting on the sides of your garage door.  This adds character and is practical by helping guest to see at night while walking to your front door.  While installing lighting, electrical can also be ran for walkway lighting as an additional safety feature that also adds ambiance.
  • Windows.  You can have windows installed into your garage door.  This touch makes your garage look like part of the home exterior, rather than having a boring box take up a large portion of your home exterior.
  • Paint.  Try painting your garage door a fun color or painting a pattern on it for visual intrigue.
  • Stone.  Have stone, bricks, or faux rocks installed on the sides of your garage door halfway up the wall. Make sure the stone you select matches the rest of your homes exterior for a customized look.
  • Barn Doors.  You don’t have to use a standard, one piece garage door.  We can install doors that open in the center for old fashioned charm.  This is ideal for people that use their garage as an extension of the house, rather than simply a place to park the car.
  • Pavers.  You can give your home a high end look by replacing your cement driveway. The large section of cement leading up to your garage can give your home a customized look.  Replace the cement with pavers, stamp a pattern into the concrete, or natural stone.

At Cipriani Remodeling Solutions we can make the exterior of your home just as beautiful as the inside.  Call us today to learn how a simple garage makeover can transform the exterior of your home.

 

According to the Alliance to Save Energy, “It turns out that about half of the homes in the United States are under-insulated.”  Heating and cooling cost account for up to 70% of most energy bills.  If this winter has left you with high utility bills, and you want to save money going into the summer months, improving your homes insulation is a good place to start.

Whether your home is older or recently built, many builders don’t put enough insulation in your home.  At Cipriani Remodeling Solutions we can inspect your home and identify areas where installing more insulation or improving the existing insulation would help to make your home more energy efficient.

Here are some areas of your home that could benefit from additional insulation:

  • Attic.  Many homes have limited insulation in the attic.  As you pump heat into your home during the winter, the heat will rise and escape through your attic if not properly insulated.
  • Basement.  If you have an unfinished basement the heat from your home could be escaping through your floor boards.  Wood floors are not tightly sealed and with direct exposure to a basement the heat can easily seep through.  This can also make your floors a lot colder when you walk on them.  For toasty feet insulate your basement and consider installing heated floors.
  • Walls.  Walls without enough insulation can be bad for your energy bill and for privacy. There is nothing worse than sitting at the dining table and hearing the toilet flush in the hallway.  We can increase the privacy in your home by installing additional insulation. 
  • Garage. The interior garage wall needs to be insulated to help prevent the cold in the garage from seeping into your home. 

Go green by improving your homes energy efficiency.  Installing insulation into your home is an easy and quick way to start.  We can help reduce your energy bills through this quick remodeling project.  As winter draws to a close, summer will be here before you know it and so will the need for running an air conditioner.  Upgrading your homes insulation now will save you money throughout the year.