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At Elysian Home Improvements, we believe in designing innovative kitchens that stand the test of time. We know that the kitchen is the heart of most homes. It’s where you plan holiday meals and host your parties. It’s also where you enjoy a quiet breakfast with your family and loved ones, and occasionally sneak a late night snack. Your kitchen is important, and you need to be 100% certain that it will look great, and have all the features and functions that that you and your family need to enjoy it. When it comes to kitchen remodels, one size does not fit all. We have several programs that are custom catered to the specific needs and budget of the each home owner. One of our goals is to make sure that there is little to no disruption in your life when it comes to moving walls, windows, plumbing, and electrical components. Our kitchen remodelers will present a vast array of cabinetry, kitchen counter tops, and flooring options from leading brand manufacturers. We handle the entire kitchen remodel project from concept, design, planning, all the way through installation and service support. We even handle taking care of securing permits as well. If your kitchen is lacking in storage, light, space, or character, then you should give Elysian a call right now.


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Adding Value to a Home Improvement or Remodeling Project


If you’ve lived in a home for a sufficient length of time, you’ll often find the need to make improvements to it or find a need to remodel parts of it to better suit your present way of living, or maybe other reasons to suit the needs of your family.


Home improvements take come in different forms and levels. There are the DIY jobs you can attempt to do yourself with no need for a contractor or architect. These are typically things like putting new coats of paint on specific walls, refinishing wooden floors, changing out light fixtures, installing a new faucet, etc. If the work is more complex, then you can hire professionals to come in and work on projects that may be outside the scope of your abilities, knowledge or expertise.


Remodeling, on the other hand, requires changes to the structure of the home or parts of it, and will in most cases require you to bring in contractors and architects. In some cases, permits may also be needed from local homeowner associations and will need you to follow their rules and regulations. In all cases, the new work will require you to conform to building codes and regulations. Properties can benefit greatly from remodeling projects that can in turn add substantially value to a property.


A home can also be restored so that a structure is returned to its original condition, and this is common for homes and buildings that have some historical value. Restoration is often the most cost-effective choice as long as you are comfortable with the style and aesthetics of your old home.


Set priorities and a budget for your home remodeling project  

Home improvement projects can add value to a home and greatly improve your quality of life. Keeping the paint fresh, fixing leaking roofs, redoing the insulation, wiring, or plumbing can be home improvement projects that can be done over time and on weekends so that there a minimum amount of disruption to your life. Spreading out these projects over time can also allow you to finance them much easier. Before you undertake any small home improvement project, make a list of the things that you want to be changed or improved and make a realistic budget for it. Set priorities and then start the work gradually and oversee each phase of the project so that you can manage it better so it doesn’t become overwhelming or disruptive to your daily life.


Boosting storage in the kitchen or bedrooms is an improvement that can go a long way in making your home a better place to live in. Look at wall spaces or corners that do not serve any particular purpose. Even open shelves and wall fixtures to hang things can go a long way towards improving storage and make your home neater and look better organized. When you are repainting walls, or cupboards or other surfaces, see if you can use different colors from the ones that you have, as this will automatically give your home a much-improved look. Changing the entrance to a home can make it look more sophisticated by just adding some custom woodwork or new lights that match with the exterior. Repainting the exterior walls of your home can be a bigger home improvement project that might require a professional that’s familiar with the type of stain, sheen and chemical mixture of paint made specifically for exterior walls. Look to use paints and other finishes that will last you for a longer time, and ones that are easy to wash and clean. Your home will look fresh after it is washed.


Changing the hardware on doors, windows, and cupboards can also be a project that can completely transform the way that rooms look. This can also be achieved by changing switches and other electrical outlets. Bathrooms and kitchens can also be made more attractive and probably easier to use by changing faucets and other fittings. Look for things that can save water and make your home more environmentally friendly. Redoing or repolishing floors is another way of improving your home at a lower cost.


Assess your current space

Always look to reduce the clutter in your home, as this is one home improvement project that not only allows you to be more organized but leaves everything more accessible. See that your bookshelves are neat, and all artifacts and other display items are always cleaned and have definite places where they are located. Often, just changing the layout of all these items in a room can give it a new look that can come at almost no cost. Improve the lighting in a room by using task, ambient or accent lighting as this can greatly add to the sophistication of a room. Improving lighting in a kitchen or any other workplace can make it easier to work there as well. See if you can add or change appliances in your kitchen so that they add to the ease of working. Consider power usage and get devices that are not power guzzlers.


Make a determined effort to look at your home and how the space in it is being utilized before you plan any remodeling or major changes to the structure of your home. Here is where the advice of a good architect can come in handy. These are professionals who can advise about the latest trends and devices and will be able to redesign your existing space or add to it so that every area and space is more effectively used. See that your ideas are clear before you bring in the professionals so that they can see how the available space is best used for the activities and uses that you have in mind.


If you are remodeling only certain areas of the home, you must be careful that any changes you make will not look too incongruous to what already exists in other parts of your home. Structural changes or making changes to the existing areas of your home will often require you to get permissions or permits from your neighborhood associations and/or city planning offices. Any architect or contractor that you hire should be able to guide you through the process of getting these approvals and permits.


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How important are these home improvement changes to you?

Home remodeling projects are typically undertaken because you’re not happy with the way your home spaces and fixtures look in their present state. You might want to remodel because you want more comfort, ease of use or access into and outside your home, be able to entertain guests, create new spaces or rooms, etc. Other reasons could be that you have grown older or need to bring in your parents into a home and need to have one that is safe and easy to use in your changed circumstances. Remodeling can also be a result of your realizing that you cannot afford to buy a new home to suit your changed circumstances and are better off making changes to your present home to suit your changing needs. It can also be needed when your lifestyle has changed due to better financial circumstances, and you want to reflect that change in a more comfortable home that has more comfort features, space, and amenities that your last home didn’t have.


It is best to do your due diligence before you start a renovation project and ask yourself why you’re doing this project and then plan on how you intend to make the required changes. The areas in a home that are most often remodeled are kitchens and bathrooms, while the remodeling can also make changes to lofts, attics, basements, or even landscapes. Kitchens are increasingly becoming family rooms and this has led to remodeling them so that more space is available and attention is paid to the use that is made of the kitchen during where most of the cooking, cleaning and eating activities take place. Bathrooms are increasingly being seen as personal rooms that need to be well lit and ventilated for the relaxing space they are meant to provide.


Both these spaces need to be extremely functional and this aspect must be given the most importance, during any planned remodeling. Both these spaces also require a lot of attention to ventilation and lighting that must add to the comfort of being and working in them.


Get design ideas from several sources

When someone is planning a home improvement project, they typically get ideas from magazines, advertisements, and the internet as well as from home improvement professionals. Function and use must override any need for aesthetics. Do not start a project unless you have budgeted the total amount you can spend, as these projects can cost a lot of money. Believe it or not, once a project starts account for a 20% over-budget contingency because a lot of home owners tend to want to upgrade on some items once they compare what they budgeted for and how nice the upgraded item looks. Don’t fall into that trap. Research all the products and items, and stay on budget.


Both home improvement projects and remodeling projects can add to the value of a home, but it is more important that any changes that you make, big or small should always make your home and the rooms in it, more comfortable to live in and easier to maintain. Call in professionals to quote the work to make sure that the appliances, hardware, accessories, etc. are from brands that you can always rely on and those that are easy to service and maintain.

  • Carole Minnot

    I've worked with Elysian Home Improvement on several outdoor projects, and I would HIGHLY recommend them. Everyone on their team is courteous, professional, timely, neat, respectful and demonstrated exceptional craftsmanship in all of their work. Our first project was a new deck, patio, and outdoor kitchen. This was a complex project which included custom curves, and construction of overhead structure for the kitchen area. The finished result is beautiful, and we enjoy it year round. Our second project, was the replacement of all outdoor trim and siding, the installation of a new front entry way, and portico. All the trim work was done with Azek materials, as well as stone veneer below the first floor windows and chimney. The craftsmanship is evident in the fit and finish of the detailed moldings specified by our architect. The finished product is beautiful and has significantly improved the appearance and value of our home.

    Oct 23, 2017

    Carole Minnot

  • Gail Morgan

    Elysian finished our project 1 week ahead of schedule. Working with Elysian and their staff has been a true pleasure. They have been professional, courteous, and extremely responsive to our needs. Through our experience together, we would highly recommend Elysian Home Improvement to design your new home and or renovation. I can honestly say that the home is absolutely stunning!

    Jun 29, 2017

    Gail Morgan

  • Betty Kozak

    We were planning a complete kitchen renovations, and received a few recommendations from neighbors about the quality of work that Elysian did for them. They provided more than just kitchen design and beautifully crafted cabinets. They provided assistance on the numerous critical process decisions that needed to be made in order to successfully complete a kitchen renovation. Elysian has resources for tiles, handles, sinks, lights, countertops, paint color and so forth. They not only provided the right cabinets, but also accented the job with beautiful custom doors for the pantry and den. They respected our Tudor design but also added a modern flair. Elysian’s design team has a deep understanding of cooking, impeccable taste, a strong work ethic and a genuine concern for their clients. It was a true pleasure to working with Thomas and his team. We love our new kitchen!

    May 18, 2017

    Betty Kozak

  • Dan Petrowski

    My wife and I have only the highest praise for Elysian Home Improvement. We bought an older home in Birmingham, and were looking for a Home Improvement company that that had experience renovating homes of similar vintage. More than other home improvement companies we interviewed, Elysian quickly "got it" when we described ideas and concepts, making us comfortable that our vision would be executed properly. They flawlessly incorporated the contemporary design elements we desired while still honoring and preserving the legacy of the original home. Most importantly, the Elysian team was professional and a pleasure to work with.

    Feb 11, 2017

    Dan Petrowski

  • Anita Gorbitz

    It is a privilege to work with such a thorough and detail oriented home improvement company. Thomas and his team have impressed me greatly with regard to their aesthetic and dedication to the client's program and style. It is with great enthusiasm that I recommend and endorse their work. We would be delighted to collaborate with Thomas, Peter, Daniel, and the rest of the Elysian team in the future.

    Jul 09, 2016

    Anita Gorbitz

  • Rajesh Patel

    I would highly recommend Elysian Home Improvement to anyone looking for a great general contractor. The quality of the work was always on point. All of their workers were extremely friendly, trustworthy, and hard working. Thomas would always make himself available to answer a call or respond to my e-mails. Despite several changes made along the way (at my own request) they stayed true to their original budget which made my wife and I very happy. They were also very good about providing estimates for any additional services requested throughout the project and stuck to those numbers in the final bill. I would absolutely recommend them not only for the quality of their work but also for the caliber of their employees.

    May 15, 2016

    Rajesh Patel