Smart Ideas to Start Your Next Remodel

There are times when rejuvenation means major change, like completely renovating a room in your home or even constructing a whole new addition. After all, your home is your castle and the best way to enjoy it is to make sure every room is set up in a way that makes you want to stay in it.

Perhaps the best place to begin is with a design and remodeling specialist who can oversee the work.

“The remodeling world can be a crazy place, and a lot of people have no idea where to start,” says Chris Low, a lead project designer with Advance Design Studio in Gilberts. “We try and cross out all the unknowns and put a process in place that’s the same, no matter what size the project is. We want to put the client first, answer their questions, and make sure that everything we do is clean and simple with no hidden surprises.”

If you’re thinking about embarking on a major renovation, talking with a qualified designer can help to suss out your needs and your vision. If you don’t have either at first, don’t worry. A qualified designer knows how to tease out your needs and wants.

One room where Low has seen an uptick in interest is the basement. As an area of the home that’s often underutilized, lower levels are often just a place for storage and laundry. Turning this area into a functional and stylish space adds to your home’s work, play and living spaces, but it also adds resale value.

Low has seen clients transform a vacant basement into fun family gathering spaces like personal gyms and home cinemas. One family converted a corner of their basement into a secret speakeasy.

A finished basement should add function but it should also provide personality, giving homeowners a place that’s specifically their own for hobbies – think sewing rooms and wood shops – or a place to hang out with a television or some gaming tables.

“With upstairs rooms, like kitchens and bathrooms, people tend to play it safe,” says Low, “but in the basement, they really make the room their own with different colors and flair.”

Advance Design Studio is located at 30 Railroad St., Gilberts, (847) 836-2600.