Happy New Year 2017

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Home Improvement

When you hear the words “Home Improvement,” you might think of the 90’s sitcom if you are of a certain age. But here at Budget Construction Company, we just think of all the many ways your home can get better! There are so many ways to upgrade your home, and many reasons as well. We’ll explore some of these topics during today’s blog.

MAKE YOUR HOME A MORE COMFORTABLE PLACE TO LIVE!

You are in your house every day. Its where you raise your children and eat family meals. It’s also where you take care of more mundane tasks like folding laundry and showering in the morning. The point here is that you and your family are the primary ones to benefit any time you make improvements to your home! Increase daily comfort, convenience, or just freshen up old rooms with a new look. You won’t believe how much some of these changes can improve every minute that your family is at home.

WHERE TO START?

So you’ve decided to improve some aspect of your home, now what? Well, most people will have a room in the house that is not their favorite. For some the kitchen might be cramped. For others the bathroom gets crowded in the morning as several people need to shower at the same time. Maybe you want to add a mud room to your house’s entryway or expand the laundry area. Its great if you have some basic things in mind to help form a plan. Our consultants are experts in helping you come up with your first plan – we can offer suggestions or ideas and give you a trained ear to bounce your creative ideas off of. If you have a larger project in mind such as a big addition or a second floor, we help with structural planning as well.

INCREASE YOUR HOME VALUE

A nice side benefit of home improvement projects is that they can add value to your home! In some cases, the cost of additions, renovations, or other projects can be reflected right in your home’s value. When it comes time to sell your house, the improvements you made can become almost like an investment – your home is worth more because the kitchen was renovated, for example. Of course, every buyer is different, but very often people that view homes or attend open houses care a lot about the state of the kitchen. A modern kitchen, with high-efficiency, attractive new appliances and plenty of space to work are incredibly attractive! Even styles change over time, with well-lit open kitchens being more desirable nowadays. Having a “new” kitchen can go a long way towards helping your home to sell, and for a price that’s right for you!

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BUDGET CONSTRUCTION – SECOND FLOOR ADDITION

The ultimate in home renovation, adding a second floor addition is a big project. We have experience and expertise that can only come from correctly completing the project many times over. If you are thinking about adding a second level to your home, look no further than Budget Construction.

Engineering

The first thing we need to look at is the structural support for your new second level. Since your home was not originally built to support a level above the main one, it is likely that some additional support will be needed. This is not a problem as long as you have an experienced team like the one at Budget Construction on your side. We will analyze how best to provide long lasting solid support for your new home.

Systems

Think of all the different systems that all work together to make up your home! Electrical systems need to be expanded to the new level, Plumbing will need to connect everything together, and heating and air conditioning ducts will need to run from the furnace. Depending on how much square footage you are adding, you might even need to upgrade some of these, like your furnace for example. We have the expertise to make recommendations based on our many years of doing these types of projects.

Appearance

At the end of the day, you probably don’t want your new second floor addition to look like it was just slapped on top of your old house! You want it to look like it has always been there. This is where our awesome design team comes in – to help create a seamlessly integrated appearance both inside and out. We will take the look and character of your home and recreate it so that they both match. However, in some cases you actually might want to change the appearance or certain features of your home, and that is no problem too! Once you are embarking on a big project like this, it can be the ideal time to fix or update a few other areas of your home that perhaps you have always wanted to do and now you have the chance.

Square Footage

Well this is probably the main reason people will want to add a second level: it can almost double the square footage of your home! This of course adds lots of value to your property since the total square footage is one of the main thing that buyers tend to be concerned about – “how much space is there?” By consulting our plans we will be able to give you a great idea about how much space your new second floor will provide to your home and your family.
Conclusion

We love big projects at Budget Construction! And more importantly we have the expertise and skill to handle them. So if you are considering adding a second floor addition to your home in the Chicagoland area, give us a call today so we can get this exciting new project off to a great start!

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BUDGET CONSTRUCTION – ADDITIONS

So you are ready to add an addition to your home? Congratulations! This is a huge opportunity to completely transform the look, flow, feel, and value of what is probably one of the biggest investments in your life. We don’t want to make the process sound intimidating, but just underline how important it is to work with the right team to ensure the end result is perfect! We have built countless additions for many years and our long list of satisfied customers should be enough to convince anyone that BUDGET CONSTRUCTION is your perfect choice!

Different types of additions

Basically, an addition will add a room or rooms on to your existing house. That sounds pretty simple, but keep in mind that it will also need to be integrated to all of your current systems such as heating/cooling, electrical, and perhaps plumbing as well. The footprint of your house may change, and you will add square footage.

The smaller-scale end of home additions would be adding on a sun-porch or partially extending part of a roof to create a dormer. They can grow in complexity up through room additions and even adding a second floor.

If you are considering an addition for your home and are reading this page, you probably have some idea of what you are looking for. Great! Now you need a team of experts to help walk you through all the various options, guide the plan into the execution stage, and make sure everything comes out as expected at the end. We hope you will consider Budget Construction as your partner in this home addition project. Please scroll through the pictures we have provided on our website that document the many successful projects we have completed over the years. Our expert design team works with your goals and visions to develop an outline that our build team takes from the page/screen into the real world!

Oftentimes our customers will embark on a home addition as part of a kitchen or bathroom renovation. In past blogs we have talked about those subjects and we encourage you to take a look at them as well. In this case you are really creating a whole new room, to add space, light, and functionality – but you still need to seamlessly integrate the whole project into the existing home!

Another aspect to keep in mind with a home addition is you will want it to not only blend seamlessly into your existing home on the inside, but on the outside as well. When viewed from the street, ideally the addition will look like it has always been part of the house. This is an important part that our design team contributes as well – our experience over the years has helped us to make the addition a real part of the home.

We are always excited to discuss home additions with our customers and welcome your questions. The sky really is the limit when it comes to home additions, and the most importance call you can make is to the team who will help you out. Contact Budget Construction today!

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BUDGET CONSTRUCTION – BATHROOM REMODELING

When it comes to remodeling or updating rooms in your home, many people would think of doing the kitchen first. This makes good sense as we talked about in our last blog on kitchen remodeling. However, don’t overlook the bathroom! It is very likely one of the most used rooms in your whole house. Gone are the days when people viewed the bathroom as being “just” a utilitarian room. Now we know better, and people are putting more care into creating a great space. We will walk through some of your options and give you some things to think about during your bathroom remodel in this blog. Please reach out to our design consultants to explore even more.

Fixtures

From the sink to the shower and toilet – this room really is all about the fixtures. We can upgrade your bathroom in a huge way without doing a full-on remodel by just installing some new fixtures! There are endless different types of sinks out there – single bown, his and hers, floating glass bowls that seem to float on air, metal, stone, and more. The options are truly endless and our Design Consultants at Budget Constructions really enjoy getting to know you and your style, and making recommendations based on what you might like.

Toilets – well you might think that the standard American porcelain toilet hasn’t changed in decades, but you might be surprised. First of all, modern toilets are more efficient than ever, and take much less water per flush than the old models – which is good for your water bill as well as the environment. You also have more choices than ever when it comes to shape, color, and other features. We carry all the top brands and have one for every style and taste.

Again, you have options when it comes to the shower area. Often times this will depend on available space – if it is limited perhaps a glass-encased shower with an overhead rain showerhead will do nicely. If there is more space available a fully jetted Jacuzzi tub can work! At Budget Construction our design team really gets to know your bathroom and what you want it to look like. There are as many options as there are wonderful customers!

Storage

You want to have some good storage options in the bathroom as well – the medicine cabinet, place for towels and linens, cleaning products, etc. Our design consultants are expert in analyzing the space you have, and giving you the storage you need without making everything look too cluttered. You don’t want your bathroom to look like a locker room, after all! We have many attractive options with it comes to shelves, hutches, over-the-toilet cabinets, and more.

Conclusion

Everyone is always talking about kitchen renovation, and with good reason, but don’t neglect the bathroom! You have an opportunity to create a great space that is actually a joy to be in – whether is starts our your morning in the best possible note, or provides a sanctuary for you to unwind and relax in after a long day. Look at the bathroom as an opportunity, and give us a call so we can explore together how to bring the dream in to reality!

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BUDGET CONSTRUCTION – KITCHEN REMODELING

The kitchen really is the engine that drives the rest of your house! Its one of the first things that potential new buyers look for when shopping for a home as well, so its important that your kitchen be one of the stars of your home. We will talk about some of the elements of kitchen remodeling in this blog post – giving you some options to consider and discuss with our Design Team here at Budget Construction.

Countertops

Nothing says “modern luxury” like nice granite countertops. Not only do they look sharp – they are functional as well! Super easy to clean, and about the most durable material available. Set a hot pan down on granite with no fear of scorching or damage to the surface. At Budget Construction we source the highest quality granite so that your kitchen can really look its best. Custom shapes available for islands or any other configuration.

Walls/Layout

Sometimes the space for a kitchen is going to require that the appliances and layout overall be set in a certain way. However, at times it is also possible to knock out walls to really open up the kitchen with lots more space, light, and options as far as configuration and the placing of appliances goes. Our Kitchen Remodeling Experts are skilled in helping your to analyze the space you have available and how to maximize its use and function. We revel in the challenge and customizable features we can bring to any home and kitchen!

Cabinets

There are so many options when it comes to cabinets! Different materials, colors, doors vs. glass, hardware; the options are truly endless. Its great if you have a clear idea about what you want your finished cabinets to look like. However, if you are not quite sure what would look best in your particular home, Budget Construction comes to the rescue again! Our Consultants will take a look at your available space and get an idea of your style and desired endpoint and make recommendations based on that. We have many pictures to show you as well from our long list of past projects that have all come out superb.

Appliances

One of the more low-cost options out there for people looking to upgrade their kitchen but not go through a complete remodel, is to update their appliances. Modern ranges, refrigerators, and dishwashers are vastly superior to older models in their energy usage, efficiency, and of course appearance as well. Stainless steel appliances are highly desired these days – these sleek machines lend clean lines and an element of modernity to any kitchen. And their efficiency and low energy usage may even save you a few dollars on your electric bill!

Conclusion

Upgrading, updating, renovating – whatever you choose to call it, investing in your kitchen is one of the best decisions you can make as a homeowner. It will increase your home’s value overall, but the best part is – you get to use the sparkly new kitchen too! So enjoy your new kitchen, and lets get started by making your dreams a reality with a call to BUDGET CONSTRUCTION.

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Happy Thanksgiving to All from Budget Construction Company

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Thermal Replacement Windows,:

When deciding on what type of windows are best for my home considering the style and durability would be my top priorities. Budget Construction Company has made a commitment to secure the elegance to create a warm, light, and friendly environment for their homeowners. They are able to accomplish this goal by not only guaranteeing the utmost energy efficient construction, but with the maximum ventilation with their thermal replacement windows. For anyone who is OCD like me and obsesses over their home looking and feeling clean can rest easy, because these windows crank out to 90 degrees for easy cleaning from the inside of the house!

Thermal Casements:

Purchasing windows for your home is a long term commitment of a decision that should not be taken lightly. In most cases, with the way our economy is nowadays; people feel the need to make a choice between style and quality for cost efficiency windows. By making the right choice to come to Budget Construction Company, their friendly employees guided me and made it simple. By staying committed to guaranteeing that their customers will never have to sacrifice style for quality. The thermal casement windows have the advanced technology that allows you to be the one to decide when you want to let in the cold and  heat throughout your home. The worse thing any home-owner wants is for their guests to feel that their home is cold and drafty.

Double Hung Windows:

For those of you who prefer a more contemporary vitality for your home, I would inquire about the double hung windows. The clean lines and crisp corners is what highlights the elegance of these types of windows. However, the most important aspect is that they provide easy functionality capabilities to be able clean in hard to reach areas and for absolute optimum ventilation by being able to crank 90 degrees. I was absolutely sold when I was notified that these type of windows come in double weather stripping, a variety of glass packages for me to choose from, and are just absolutely beautiful inside and out. No matter what the season is: whether you are decorating your home for the holidays or just simply spring cleaning and getting ready to let a nice warm breeze fill your home, the double hung windows will provide all of the above.

Bay and Bow Thermal Windows:

I have a very specific style that reflects how I carry myself. So when I invite my guests over, I want them to feel my essence throughout my home. By choosing the Bay and Bow Thermal windows, they allowed me to do exactly that! I am a Yoga Instructor, so naturally my goal is to create a peaceful, bright, and calm home environment. Now, because the beautiful frames have seating built in, I was able to have more room to create the specific feng shui I wanted in my home. What got me even more excited about the Bay & Bow Thermal windows is that I am able to customize the size and since they use furniture-grade hardwood veneer, my windows dramatically became a piece of fine furniture in my home. I am absolutely through the roof satisfied with my choice of windows for my home.

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The Perfect Kitchen Remodel Begins with a Great Kitchen Design

You are ready to remodel that old, dated kitchen, and everything from the floors, cabinets, and countertops to the appliances, light fixtures, and the color on the walls has to go. A complete remodel is the only path to the kitchen of your dreams, and you have loose ideas of how you want the space to look and function. You like this refridgerator, and that stove, and are leaning towards hardwood floors instead of tile, but aren’t quite sure if hardwood is a good option for a kitchen. You think slate gray granite countertops will look great against the ocean blue paint you had in mind, but how will these colors play with the dark walnut cabinets you have always wanted? More, is this kitchen design going to compliment the other rooms in your home?

A great kitchen design is needed to bring all of your ideas and style preferences together. With over 35 years of experiencing designing and remodeling kitchens, we know the importance of planning and great design. Our kitchen design process and expertise can help bring the kitchen of your dreams to life, ensuring every last detail is in place and fits well within your existing home.

During our initial consultation, we’ll gather important details regarding your style preferences, functional requirements, and budget. A visit to your home will allow us to take measurements, and get a feel for the space, as well as the existing styles present in your home. All of this information gives us a strong foundation on which to build a plan, and a preliminary conceptual kitchen design that will loosely bring together the form, function, and style of your new dream kitchen. With concepts that work well in place, we begin fine tuning our kitchen design with the final selection of cabinetry, appliances, flooring, finishes and materials. A detailed final plan for your dream kitchen remodel is now in place, and will serve us well as we begin the construction and installation phases of your project.

The importance of planning and kitchen design can’t be understated when undertaking a project as large as a complete kitchen remodel. There are a lot of considerations to keep in mind. At Budget Construction Company, we have professional and experienced kitchen design staff ready to help you plan the perfect kitchen remodel.

Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation, and begin the design process that will produce the kitchen of your dreams.

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