Beautify Your Living Space with a Bay Window

As a Chicagoland homeowner, you are always looking for ways to get more value out of your residence. Of course, value means different things to different people. At Budget Construction Company, we have nearly 40 years of experience helping consumers beautify and add value to their homes in many different and affordable ways, such as new siding, doors, additions, roofing, kitchen and bath renovations, and new windows. One of the most popular types of windows homeowners inquire about are bay or bow windows.

Beautify Your Living Space with a Bay Window

Traditionally, a bay window – a window space that is constructed outward from the main walls of a home – was long a feature almost found exclusively in Victorian architecture. But that philosophy has changed the last 50 years as designers, builders, and homeowners have sought to integrate these adaptable window types into different kinds of homes. Today, it is not unusual for our design consultants to work with owners of newly built or existing homes of many styles, including Colonial, American Craftsman, Art Deco, Neoclassical, Georgian, Tudor, and countless others to help them decide if a bay window is a worthwhile investment.

Why Consider a Bay Window?

If your home is in desperate need of a splash of style or personality, perhaps no addition is more practical or versatile than a bay window. A bay window designed and installed by Budget Construction Company offers many benefits, including:

  • Creating more usable space.
  • Allows more natural light into your home.
  • Can be used for extra seating, or doubles as a casual dining area.
  • Creates three new angles, thereby broadening the visual perspective in a room and making it appear larger.
  • Makes it easier to enjoy beautiful landscapes.

Our professional and courteous design team works with each homeowner to ensure they select a bay window that meets their needs, makes their home aesthetically pleasing, and delivers the value and quality they expect at the best price in Chicago. For more information, call us today at 773-283-9200.

What to Know About Bay Windows

Like other home improvements, bay windows can be simple, elegant, or anywhere in between. They mostly come in two variants: A traditional bay or canted window type, with angled sides and a flat front, and bow style, which is curved along three sides. Here are some other worthwhile facts about bay windows:

  • Bay windows are available in different building materials, including wood, aluminum, vinyl, clad (wood on the inside, another material on the outside), steel, and many specialty materials based on manufacturer or homeowner specifications.
  • Bay windows are made of three windows joined to make a single unit: a large, center window, and two smaller side windows.
  • Widths range from three and a half to 10 and a half feet; bay windows can be anywhere from three and a half to six and a half feet tall.
  • Bay windows utilize different technology to help you save on energy costs, including double and triple low-E glazing, argon and krypton gas between glass panes, spacers between glass panes, and even photovoltaic materials that convert sunlight to electricity.

Finally, bay windows can be designed to match any architecture and home décor.

Why Choose Budget Construction Company?

At Budget Construction Company, we treat each homeowner as we would a member of our own family. This means delivering unrivaled quality and craftsmanship, attention to detail, an extended warranty period on all work we perform inside and outside the home, and value-focused home improvements to meet any financial constraints.

For more information on bay windows, or to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation, call us today at 773-283-9200.

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The Best Material for Your New Floor

Buying and furnishing a house and making it a home is not only expensive and time consuming, but also a very personal decision. From new doors and windows to kitchen and bath renovations, the number of improvements you can make are nearly endless. One of equal importance is the purchase of new flooring. At Budget Construction Company, we have been one of Chicagoland’s premier flooring installers for almost 40 years, and can help beauty your home with tile, hardwood, laminate, or any other flooring material that fits your style and budget.

The Best Material for Your New Floor

The kind of flooring you choose is a matter of personal choice – what you need and what you can afford. Our team of flooring specialists is here to offer advice on style and flooring materials best suited to your situation, and give you the tools necessary for making an informed decision.

Which rooms or areas need new flooring?

Before buying new flooring, there are many questions worth asking:

  • How large is your family?
  • How active is your household – in other words, how much foot traffic do you expect to have on any given day?
  • Do you have children?
  • Do you have pets?
  • Does any member of your household use a walker, cane, wheelchair, or other mobility-assist devices that wear on carpeting or other flooring?
  • Will the flooring in any room or area be subjected to water or other moisture?
  • How often do you expect to clean the carpeting, tile, or other flooring surface?
  • Finally, how long do you need the floor to last?

Flooring Options

There are many kinds of flooring materials to choose from, some more expensive and durable than others, while some are very stylish but not advisable depending on foot traffic. The most popular choices for flooring include:

  • Hardwood. Strong, durable, and stylish, wood flooring is easy to clean and maintain and can be refinished if necessary. Many top brands can be had for $3 – $4 per square foot, but some exotic species of wood cost $50 or more per square foot and take highly skilled professionals to cut and install it. The ideal area for installation is a living room or family room.
  • Tile has its own allure thanks to the hundreds of styles and textures to choose from. Perfect for a kitchen or bathroom, glazed ceramic tile is resistant to scratches and minor impacts, resists water, and is easy to clean. Top choices include slate, porcelain, marble, travertine, and granite.
  • Laminate re-invents itself year after year. Inexpensive and very durable, it has numerous styles and colors that can mimic the appearance and texture of wood or tile. Perfect for high-traffic areas because of its strength, laminate does have one weakness – standing water.
  • Carpeting. From shag to Berber to many other styles, carpeting lends itself to many rooms throughout your home, but is best in low-traffic rooms. Depending on the style and thickness, carpeting will attract its share of dirt and pet dander, and needs to be vacuumed regularly. With the right padding, carpeting is very soft and comforting on the feet.
  • Vinyl may be the least expensive flooring material to choose from, and while it comes in many styles and colors, it is not very durable and can scratch or tear easily. It is not recommended for truly high traffic areas or rooms where the floor is subjected to heavy objects.
  • Cork is the new celebrity among flooring materials because it is soft, warm, and acts as a sound insulator. Environmentally friendly, it is moisture resistant. The main drawbacks are it fades over time when exposed to sunlight, and may get damaged by heavy furniture or other sitting objects. Choose the room wisely, but cork may be ideal for a child’s bedroom.

For more information or to schedule and in-home consultation, call Budget Construction Company today at 773-283-9200 for the most affordable flooring options in Chicago.

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Top Remodeling Projects for 2016

Deciding what home improvements projects to work on any given year are based on many factors, such as cost, how long the work takes, disruption of daily activities, and cost to value ratio of the work performed. At Budget Construction Company, we have 40 years of experience helping Chicagoland homeowners get the most bang for their remodeling dollar, whether that means new doors, windows, stone veneer accents, attic insulation, or any other project on someone’s “wish list.”

Top Remodeling Projects for 2016

As a premier home remodeling specialist since 1976, we pride ourselves on building partnerships with homeowners based not only on mutual respect, but also educating consumers so they make informed decisions. The last thing we want to do is steer someone down the path of a project they may not see much value in, so our sales and design teams go to great lengths to understand someone’s goals and provide them with creative and affordable options to meet all their goals.

Remodeling Magazine offers in-depth analysis of cost to value ratios for home remodeling projects throughout Illinois and the Greater Chicago Area, paying special attention to those improvements that offer that most return on investment at time of resale. Of course, it is important to remember that many homeowners love their residence and have no plans on moving – but merely wish to upgrade what they already have.

We specialize in all home remodeling projects inside and out, but there are a few we see trending in 2016 that deserve special attention.

  • – A sure-fire way to save on utility bills and make your home comfortable all year long is new insulation, not only in attics and crawl spaces but between interior and exterior walls. At Budget, our remodeling teams work with homeowners to find the best insulation options available, including: Fiberglass batting with paper backing, Cotton Batts made from recycled cotton garments, Open Cell foam that is polyurethane-based, and Closed Cell foam.
  • – Stone veneer is an inexpensive way to upgrade your home’s exterior appearance, as well as add a splash of style not only to a fireplace but also walls for a more natural look. We offer hundreds of styles, colors, and dimensions to choose from, guaranteeing that new stone veneer will accentuate your home décor or architectural style.
  • – Fiberglass entry doors can be a bit more expensive than traditional wood or metal doors, but the long-term benefits can recoup the installation cost in a few short years. Fiberglass entry doors from Budget Construction Company will not rust or dent like a metal door, nor will they warp or twist like a wooden door. Other benefits: They are tougher than wood or steel, offer unlimited combinations in color, texture, and styles, and can be filled with foam that offers several times the insulating properties of wood.

At Budget Construction Company, we treat your home as if it were out own, and strive to offer creative, functional, and affordable solutions for all of your home improvement needs.

Go with the Best: Choose Budget Construction Company

Our goal is complete customer satisfaction, which we deliver through attention to detail, professionalism, high quality work, warranties on products and services, and matching or exceeding any reasonable competitor estimate. Here are other reasons to choose our company for all of your home improvement projects:

  • – Comprehensive financing, including zero-down loans for as little as 5 percent interest.
  • – Extensive product knowledge of the latest trends, products, and manufacturing techniques.
  • – A promise to communicate clearly and regularly about your project, from start to finish.
  • – Free written estimates. We strongly encourage homeowners to get written estimates from three to five competitors, then come us for the best price available.

Finally, we have thousands of satisfied customers who have benefited from working with our company since 1976. In fact, we post reviews from homeowners that are a testament to the affordability and quality of the work we perform.

For more information, please contact us online or call us today at 773-283-9200 to arrange for a free in-home consultation with one of our sales and design professionals.

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Basement Remodeling Tips to Get Your Project Started

If you are one of thousands of Chicagoland homeowners trying to squeeze more space out of your home and increase its re-sale value, you can achieve both in one fell swoop with a stylish, affordable basement renovation from the experts at Budget Construction Company. For nearly 40 years we have built our business and reputation on quality, value-based home improvements, including new doors, windows, additions, roofing, and kitchen and bath remodeling projects.

Basement Remodeling Tips to Get Your Project Started

As the real estate market improves, many homeowners instinctively believe the best way to accommodate a growing family is to pack up and move. Thus, the home gets a much needed de-cluttering, a fresh coat of paint, and the “For Sale” sign goes up – while a less expensive option is right below their feet. Make no mistake, a basement renovation – small or large – presents its own challenges that should not be ignored, but the benefits can easily outpace the expense of buying a new home.

If you are thinking of remodeling your basement, give one of our design experts a call at 773-283-9200 to schedule a free in-home consultation. We will help review design options, and come up with a plan that fits your budget and needs. In the meantime, here are a few tips to get you started in the planning process.

  • The first order of business is to make sure your basement is not wet or damp. During our in-home visit, signs of water damage is one of the first things we look for, inside and outside the home. Depending on the severity of the problem, we may recommend a complete basement waterproofing solution or something as simple as adding or replacing a sump pump. A dehumidifier may also lessen dampness issues.
  • For a truly finished basement, one considered “livable space,” there must be a means of exit in an emergency separate from the stairway. This means adding an egress window. Our team of design experts will help determine where it can be placed, and educate you about applicable building codes affecting design and cost.
  • Look for ways to save energy. Our team will review the best means to cut down on heating and cooling bills related to your basement renovation, including using specialized equipment to identify where air gets in and out.
  • Do you need a bathroom in your new basement? If you are thinking of adding a bedroom or kitchenette, we can discuss installing a toilet, shower, and sink. We encourage all clients to understand their goals, as not every homeowner needs a bathroom in the basement.
  • Finally, consider the monthly expense of having a remodeled basement. Additional livable space nearly always results in a higher tax bill, not to mention a potential bump in costs for heating, cooling, water, and electricity.

Call Budget Construction Company for a Free Consultation

We have renovated hundreds of residential basements over the years, and take pride in adding value and style to any project we work on. Whether you have a finished basement that needs renovation, or wish to start from scratch in a bare space, call us today at 773-283-9200 for more information.

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Choose the Best Backsplash for Your Kitchen

The outside of your home is defined by many features, like the windows, doors, roof, or landscaping. The same holds true for the interior, where each room is anchored by something that defines your personality. In the family room, it may be a flat screen television above the fireplace. In the master bathroom, it could be that claw bath tub you reclaimed from a Chicagoland salvage yard. The kitchen, however, has many anchor features – think stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, tile flooring – but one that gets overlooked is the backsplash behind the sink or stove.

At Budget Construction Company, we have specialized in affordable and stylish home renovations since 1975 and handle every project as if it were for our own family members. Our design and remodeling teams excel in helping homeowners get the most value from their home, and look forwarding to making your dreams come to life.

Choose the Best Backsplash for Your Kitchen

As you work with a designer from Budget Construction Company on your new kitchen, keep in mind the little details such as lighting, fixtures for the cabinetry, and wall coverings – and how they complement one another as part of the large remodeling project. Backsplashes are sometimes overlooked, but nonetheless add style to the rest of your kitchen.

Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a backsplash.

  • Select a backsplash that complements the overall look and feel of your kitchen.
  • Decide which material is best for your design and budget. Years ago, homeowners selected backsplashes minimalist in size, color, and design. Typically, some kind of four-inch tile was chosen. But today, we are seeing design trends leaning toward new and sometimes exotic materials – granite, marble, ceramic tile, copper, brass, glass, stainless steel, and even concrete.
  • Installing a backsplash properly, and ensuring it lasts several years, is something most homeowners should leave to the professionals because of the complexity involved. In addition to our expertise in kitchen remodeling, each project we work on includes a generous warranty on workmanship and materials.
  • Consider the benefits of function over form. Remember, the chief purpose of a backsplash is to protect kitchen walls from splashes and splatters. Expensive, custom or hand-made tiles look pretty, but often do not hold up to the wear and tear of a kitchen used day in and day out.
  • Choose a backsplash material that is easy to clean. A tile backsplash behind the sink will not take the same pounding as a splatter covering behind the stove – think grease and food build-up – so do yourself a favor. Ceramic, glass, and porcelain are the easiest materials to clean.

Why Budget Construction Company?

Budget Construction Company is committed to performing the highest quality home improvements to fit any budget or need. But why else work with owner Donald Schneider and his team?

  • A 40-year history of excellence.
  • We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois.
  • We offer fair pricing and convenient financing options.
  • All work includes a generous warranty on materials and workmanship.

For more information, contact us today at 773-283-9200 or chat with us live to arrange a free estimate.

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Underfloor Heating: The Luxury Upgrade for Any Bathroom

Chicagoland winters are notoriously cold and long, seemingly going on for half the year. Like many homeowners throughout Illinois, you are well aware of the discomfort from walking on floors that are cold to the touch. Stepping onto a cold surface first thing in the morning can send a chill through your body that lasts all day. But what if there were another option? At Budget Construction Company, we specialize in luxurious and affordable improvements for any home, and one of the most popular right now are underfloor heating systems to keep your feet warm and toasty when Mother Nature has other ideas.

Underfloor Heating: The Luxury Upgrade for Any Bathroom

From a design perspective, underfloor heating systems are about as simple as they sound. Most systems can be installed under a variety of flooring, including ceramic, stone, and other kinds of tile, as well as hardwood or laminate flooring – even carpeted floors can benefit from underfloor heating. The most attractive benefit is these systems give consistent warmth regardless of the one you choose. At Budget Construction Company, we will walk you through the technical details of heating your floor. Best of all, underfloor heating can be used throughout your home, and not just in the bathroom.

Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for an underfloor heating system:

  • – An underfloor heating system that is paired with whole-house heating gives off comfortable and evenly distributed to-the-touch temperature in any room – bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, or throughout your entire home.
  • – The system allows you to start the morning with warm feet, a great defense against Chicago winters.
  • – Underfloor heating systems require little or no maintenance, and are out view so you and your family forget it was ever installed. All you know is your feet are toasty first thing in the morning.
  • – Drafts around floor boards or the base walls and doors are a thing of the past.

Finally, the temperature can be regulated with a thermostat.

Types of Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating systems are nothing new. In fact, there is evidence of heated floors in China and Korea going back more than 5,000 years, but the days of building flooring on top of smoldering fire pits is long gone. Today, our design experts can clue you in on the latest advances in underfloor heating, but the two major systems to be aware of are hydronic and electric. Both have their advantages but are equally popular.

Hydronic systems use water or anti-freeze as the heat transfer fluid in a “closed loop” system of piping under the floor that is connected to your home’s hot water heater or heat pump. In this system, the water can be heated with natural gas, propane, coil, electricity, thermal energy, wood, bio-fuels, and other sources. Hydronic systems can also be used to cool a hot floor surface. Electric systems use non-corrosive flexible elements installed directly under the flooring and is used for either heating or cooling.

Some of the name brands we work with you may recognize including WarmlyYours, SunTouch, Schluter, ThermoSoft, and many others.

At Budget Construction Company, our design professionals will visit your home and review the underfloor heating options that best meet your needs and financial concerns. We offer design and installation, as well as convenient financing, superior craftsmanship, and a comprehensive warranty on all work we perform.

Choose Budget Construction Company for Your Home Improvement Needs

If underfloor heating sounds like the ultimate bathroom upgrade, call us today for more information or to schedule a free estimate at 773-283-9200. Keep your feet warm all year round with an affordable underfloor heating system from Budget Construction Company.

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Choose the Right Sink for Your Kitchen Redo

In many ways, you are a typical homeowner. The kitchen is the heart of your home. It is ground zero for all kinds of activities big and small: Quick snacks, casual meals, formal gatherings, a place to bake treats, or somewhere to do homework with the kids. When it comes time to clean up a mess, the sink is critical in getting things done. At Budget Construction Company, our renovation experts can help you select a kitchen sink that is affordable, functional, and accentuates your new cabinetry, flooring, lighting, and appliances.

Choose the Right Sink for Your Kitchen Redo

As with many kinds of home improvements – from doors to windows to additions or roofing – a new sink presents many choices for you to consider. Do you want a single bowl? Are you interested in ceramic, stainless steel, or something else? All good questions, and we excel at educating homeowners so they can make informed decisions. To begin with, there are primarily four build materials available for your sink: Composites, Enamel Coated Cast Iron, Solid Surfaces, and Stainless Steel.

Thanks to its strength and durability, Stainless Steel is a great option for an under-mount sink. It also resists stains, scratches, and impact damage and requires little ongoing maintenance.

Enamel Coated Stainless Steel offers a wide range of colors and styles, but the enamel coating can weaken over time and become susceptible to scratches and wear spots. Minor touch-ups are always a possibility, but even the most the tiniest spots that have been repaired draw attention from even a casual glance. The biggest advantage to enamel coated sinks is the steel under-coating, which makes this kind of sink durable year after year.

A Solid Surface sink is a close second behind stainless steel when it comes to cleanup but gets dinged for points because seemingly “minor” nicks and scratches are tough to repair. But like all countertop and sink materials, a solid surface earns a “food grade” rating from the NSF, meaning it is bacteria-resistant and allows for food preparation without using a cutting board.

At Budget Construction Company, we offer stylish and affordable options for all of your home improvement needs, which means we always recommend consumers think of using Composite materials when pricing a new sink. Made in a factory of polyester and acrylic, composite surfaces come in a wide range of styles and colors to blend in with any décor. This kind of sink is less expensive than other models, but can be less durable, too.

One Bowl or 2?

Depending on household size or how often the sink is used, you also should consider the number of bowls that are needed. Most designers prefer a kitchen sink of the two-bowl variety, where one is deeper than the other and designed for washing pants, pots, and other large items. The deeper bowl serves other purposes, too, as it normally is one set aside for food preparation and where small food refuse drains into the garbage disposal.

Select the Best: Budget Construction Company

Since 1975, Budget Construction Company has been a premier home improvement contractor servicing thousands of homeowners in the Greater Chicago Area. For the best price, selection, and quality services, there is only one choice to make. Call us today at 773-283-9200 to schedule a free in-home consultation.

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Brighten Your Days with a Skylight

Chicagoland winters are depressing, literally. The exact cause of seasonal affective disorder – also known as winter depression – is unknown, but it is a fact that depression may be caused by a lack of sunlight. Translation: You need more bright light to get through winter, especially if you are cooped up inside three or four months of the year. An inexpensive solution is adding one or more skylights to your home, particularly in areas lacking natural sunlight.

At Budget Construction Company, we have a 40-year history of beautifying houses in Chicago and throughout Illinois with affordable and stylish home renovations, including new doors, windows, dormers, in-law suites, and kitchen and bath remodeling projects. Let our friendly and experienced design staff show you the potential of your own home, starting with a few simple ways to add more natural light throughout your residence before Old Man Winter comes calling.

Brighten Your Days with a Skylight

If space is at a premium in your home and there are fewer windows than you prefer, adding a skylight can be a quick and inexpensive means of bringing natural light inside, while adding a touch of style to nearly any room. In many cases, our designers create plans to integrate a skylight into specific rooms, including the kitchen, bathroom, a walk-in closet, and even reclaimed attic space.

Here are some things to look out for when thinking of adding a skylight to your home:

  • – A skylight can provide up to 30 percent more natural light than a vertical window.
  • – Today’s skylights are high-tech, integrating special coatings on glass panes to reduce ultra-violet radiation and control heart transmission.
  • – Demand a skylight that is energy efficient, with glass that has high R- and U-values.
  • – Look for inexpensive, “nice to have” features, such as blinds, shades, and screens that will provide ventilation on warmer days – and keep bugs or other critters from making themselves at home in your home.

Types of Skylights

At Budget Construction Company, we design and install two types of skylights that complement any décor in your home. These include:

  • – Fixed skylights. As the name implies, fixed skylights provide illumination and little else. They are normally flat or dome shaped and are often installed in secondary bathrooms or walk-in closets. Fixed skylights are inexpensive, but do the job.
  • – Operable skylights can add a little more pizazz to your home. Many of these, also known as “venting” skylights, allow air to circulate thanks to hinges at the top which allow the skylight to be opened a few inches – if the weather cooperates. These types of skylights can be up to 40 percent more expensive, but the cost is sometimes mitigated in the warmer months by letting in cooler air or drawing warm air out when combined with an attic fan. A venting skylight can be used with air conditioning because cold air stays close to the floor.

Years ago, skylights were nothing more than ceiling-mounted pieces of glass wedged in a frame that did little more than bring in occasional light. Today, they are so much more – energy efficient, affordable, and stylish. If you are interested in learning how to add a skylight to your home, we would be happy to review design options and features, including blinds, shades, and tinting. Different combinations are available to meet your goals and budget.

For more information or to arrange a free in-home consultation, contact us today at 773-283-9200 or chat with us live online.

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