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Your Ultimate Kitchen Renovation Guide

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With the holidays coming up, we’re all bound to be spending more time in the kitchen than usual. Between the extra work and extra people who will be moving around your space, it can start feeling tired and cramped. This is usually when ideas of how to better make use of your space come to mind. Whether a kitchen renovation is your dream or your current reality, keep reading for some tips that will ensure success.

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Mudroom Renovations 101

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We’re all looking for ways to improve the layout of our homes. Beyond the beauty of it all, we want to ensure each space is functional and practical for our everyday needs. There are usually a few rooms in our homes that could benefit from an organizational overhaul. Besides a traditional kitchen or bathroom renovation, a mudroom renovation may just be the pick-me-up your home needs.

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Laundry Room Reno Ideas

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While laundry rooms have never been known to be glamorous spaces in the past, today, they are certainly climbing their way to the top of the home renovations list. Homeowners have slowly begun to place emphasis on the spaces in their homes that were once hidden from guests’ eyes.

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Your Backyard Deck Upgrade For The Summer

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5 Backyard Deck Upgrades You Need To Try

Having some backyard space of your own is probably one of the greatest assets of a home. It’s a spot where you can spend time outside and enjoy the elements, away from it all. Since most backyards usually need some structure, a common feature most homeowners usually add is a deck. But what if your typical, standard deck just isn’t cutting it anymore?

If you’re looking for some backyard deck upgrade inspiration, we have a few great options for you. To learn how to optimize your enjoyment and make the most out of this traditional backyard staple, keep reading.

Here are five great backyard deck upgrades:

  1. Addition, addition, addition
    If you have the space and your deck is in good condition, why not build an addition? This is a great way to maximize your outdoor space, giving your family and friends more room to roam. A gazebo could be a great addition, giving you some extra shelter and a comfy spot to sit when the rain rolls in.
  2. Grow something
    Enhance the flowers and vegetables in your backyard by building garden boxes onto your deck. You can easily maintain and grow your veggies and flowers, as you won’t have to venture far to reach them. A garden box also adds some interest and color to an often-understated wood deck.
  3. Add some seating
    Built-in benches around the perimeter of your deck can offer another dimension of appeal. Spruce up your benches with some weather-friendly cushions and pillows to add some color! Your friends and family will be happy to have the extra seating during a get together as well.
  4. Add a cover
    During the warmer months, extending your living space outdoors always seems to be the goal. If you have a deck, why not add a wooden pergola or a roof frame? If you’re covered, you’ll never have to worry about taking your meal or relaxing afternoon indoors if it rains. The real bonus is not having to worry about bringing outdoor furniture and accessories in before a storm.
  5. Add some storage
    You may want to consider adding on some storage. You’d be amazed how convenient it is to have storage boxes built onto your deck. You don’t have to worry about lugging your cushions, pool accessories, or anything else into the house or shed overnight. It makes the clean-up quick, and your job even easier.

Your deck can easily go from lackluster to luminous with any of these upgrades. Is your deck in tip-top shape? Morgan Contractors has the expertise required to give you the deck you’ve always dreamed of. Contact us today to make the most of your outdoor space!

How to Choose Floor Tiles 101

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The Best Practices On How To Choose Floor Tiles For Your Home

If you’re in the beginning stages of renovating your home, you may soon find yourself overwhelmed with a plethora of options to choose from. While some decisions are a matter of preference – others have everything to do with matching the right material with the right space. Tiles are no exception to this.

When selecting tiles for your home, beyond considering the material, design, texture, and color – you must acknowledge that not every tile works for every surface. If you’re wondering how to choose floor tiles, let’s take a look at some extra considerations to be mindful of during the selection.

Tile Absorption

If you are looking for floor tiles, perhaps an overly absorbent option may not be a suitable choice. Every tile has differing degrees of porosity. Areas that see a lot of moisture like a laundry room, bathroom, or kitchen should have tiles with minimal absorption. So, based on differing ratios of air holes to solid tile – what are the choices?

  • Non-Vitreous
    This tile format is not suggested for floor use of any kind. These tiles have an absorption rate of 7 percent.
  • Semi-Vitreous
    Moving in the right direction, this tile is less absorbent, but there are still more appropriate options on the market for high moisture areas. The water absorption rate for semi-vitreous tiles is 3 – 7 percent.
  • Vitreous
    With a water absorption rate of 0.5 – 3 percent, a tile with this porosity ratio would work best in a bedroom or living room.
  • Impervious
    This tile is highly recommended for floor use in mudrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens. You can rest assured that your tiles will withstand any moisture that comes its way. These tiles have a water absorption rate of less than 0.5 percent.

Tile Durability

Another consideration when selecting floor tiles is durability. Tiles vary on their degree of hardiness. Areas which see the most foot traffic in your home should use some of the most resilient materials on the market. A stone’s ability to withstand heavy usage and scratches is measured by something called the Moh’s scale. Using these ratings, homeowners are able to make the appropriate selection for each space.

  • Class I Rating
    As far as floor tiles go, this scale of hardiness will not be able to withstand traditional foot traffic in any room of your home. However, if you’re considering putting tiles on your walls, tiles with this class rating can be a great option.
  • Class II Rating
    For your walls or areas that seldom see any hard-soled shoes, this hardness rating works well. Use these tiles in your bedroom or bathroom.
  • Class III Rating
    These tiles could handle their fair share of moderate traffic. We still wouldn’t suggest trudging through these areas with debris on your shoes, but they could work well in rooms that see an average amount of traction. And of course, your walls and countertops could benefit as well.
  • Class IV Rating
    We’re well on our way into a hardiness rating that can withstand some serious traffic. When considering the areas of your home that really take a beating – this is the tile hardness you want to use. Your kitchen, hallways, and entrance are used on a regular basis and could really stand to have a tile that maintains its durability.
  • Class V Rating
    This rating is so durable we can take it to commercial or industrial areas. Any kind of shoe, any kind of debris, any frequency of traction is no problem for these tiles.

When it comes to renovating your home, you want to make sure you’ve done your homework. Renovations don’t have to be burdensome. Call Morgan Contractors and discover how using a seasoned contractor will help during every stage of the process. Contact us today for a consultation!

Should a Sunroom Be Your Next House Addition?

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Choosing the Right House Addition: The Perks of a Sunroom

If you’re seriously considering a house addition, we may have the perfect solution for you. A sunroom could potentially be the most beneficial addition for your home. Besides providing that extra space you’ve been craving – you will get to enjoy a room full of sun almost all year-round, even during those cooler months.

A sunroom is definitely the more cost-effective option when considering other house additions, as traditional additions require substantial installation, dealing with factors such as plumbing, removing existing walls, and heating etc. With a sunroom, you have the option to use pre-fabricated formats, allowing you to enjoy the benefits within a matter of days or weeks. So, what are the major perks?

All-season enjoyment

Depending on the materials you select, you can significantly extend your outdoor enjoyment year-round. The beauty of floor-to-ceiling windows or screens means you can allow an abundant amount of light in. It’s the perfect combination of shade and sun as the day progresses. This design even allows you to sit out and watch a thunderstorm or two.

Personalized touch

There really are no limits to your vision. Whether you’re envisioning a glass solarium or more of a rustic screened-in look – you’re covered. Keeping up with the existing materials of your exterior, you can use anything from aluminum to vinyl siding. In every shape and size, a sunroom can complement your home’s charm, even improving its curb appeal from the outside.

Multi-purpose

There’s certainly no shortage of things to do in a sunroom. Take advantage of the light and create a workout room, an additional living space, or greenroom. Finding the time or space to work out during the day can be tedious. By adding an exercise sunroom, you won’t clutter existing rooms with equipment for activities. Additionally, with the availability of ample natural light and protection from the wind and other harsh elements, a greenroom would allow plants, flowers, and produce to thrive.

Best of both worlds

While we love the outdoors, our love for outdoor pests – not so much. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a meal in the sun without the worry of a swarm of insects crashing the party? Eating outdoors is probably one of the most enjoyable activities there is, and a sunroom can make this possible through disagreeable weather and more.

Are you looking to add more space to your home? A sunroom addition can enhance your curb appeal, while creating a lively area to enjoy an unlimited amount of activities year-round. Maybe it’s time for a consultation? Contact the experts at Morgan Contractors today!

Attic Bedroom: Creating Purpose for Unused Space

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Renovation Ideas for An Attic Bedroom

Your home has potential and you may not even know it. If you have an attic – we have the perfect solution for your unused space. Attics are generally used for storage, they sit peacefully under a pitched roof waiting for someone to put a box or an old piece of furniture in. At least, this is what they used to be for. What if we told you an attic bedroom could be in your near future?

Creating an attic bedroom doesn’t have to be complicated. Accommodating your belongings, clothes, and bed placement may seem like large hurdles, but we’ve curated some great tips on how you can make the most out of your attic space. With a little TLC your attic will not only be a livable space, but an enjoyable one as well.

The Eaves

These are the angled portions of the roof that come together to create the pitched ceiling. It may seem awkward to navigate around the room as the ceiling slopes. The best way to utilize these slopes is by creating open shelving at the base of the ceiling. Your storage problem is solved, and the shelving prevents you from approaching the slope and banging your head.

The Window

If possible, replacing the existing window with a larger one could make all the difference in the world. A floor-to-ceiling window could give you an ample amount of natural light to make the space look larger and feel more open.

The Lighting

With lower ceilings, it’s probably best not to have a dramatic light fixture hanging down. Mounting a light flush to the ceiling makes the most sense. This way, it won’t take up any additional space.

The Bed

Move it away from the walls. We’re trying to avoid any situation where you arise suddenly in the middle of the night and smash your head. By placing your bed away from the walls, you can still access the shelving under the eaves, make your bed, and move around the space with ease.

Who knew we could get so much space out of an attic! If you aren’t using your attic space to its full potential – contact Morgan Contractors and discover how we can transform your attic into a well-designed bedroom.

Can Natural Light Transform Your Living Space?

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5 Reasons to Prioritize Natural Light In Your Next Renovation

Getting enough natural light seems to be a challenge for most people. We all love it, we all need it, and we are definitely not getting enough of it. For those of us who live in climates with four distinct seasons, the challenge becomes more pressing. This leaves us needing to prioritize natural light indoors. While we are limited at work, with most of us enduring the warmth of a fluorescent light bulb – our own living space is brimming with options.

The benefits of having natural light in your home are endless. If large windows, sunrooms, and solariums are limited in your living space – have no fear. Your next renovation could greatly improve your home’s natural light, leaving you not only with added health benefits, but with improvements in your overall energy consumption.

Energy consumption

Would you believe that the right amount of natural light could decrease your energy costs by upwards of 75%? Almost half of the energy used in our homes is dedicated to temperature control. With natural light streaming in, we are cutting down our usage of indoor artificial lighting and heating.

SAD no more

Anyone who lives in a climate that reaches below zero temperatures in the winter knows what Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is. With our daily sun exposure becoming limited or even non-existent – some of the population can be affected by decreased serotonin levels, melatonin levels, and upsets to the body’s internal clock. Natural light can improve productivity, make you calmer, and even happier.

Sleeping beauty

Our guiding light is, well, light. It is the major controller of our day-night cycle, which influences our body temperature, metabolism, and sleep. Getting in thirty minutes of some morning sunlight within the first hour after you’re awake could improve your sleep patterns, especially those with insomnia.

Healthier living space

If you have a dark living space, this usually means you’ll have various issues with dampness. Things tend to take a long time to dry out, especially during the colder months when all your windows are shut. Natural light can reduce overall dampness, decreasing the amount of mildew and mold growth. Mold can wreak havoc on your respiratory system, increase eye and skin irritation, and kickstart a bad allergy. Vitamin D is a big one – because without it we wouldn’t have sufficient immune system regulation. Natural light means healthier air.

It’s just pretty

Looking beyond its health benefits, natural light can bring beauty to even the smallest of spaces. Natural light has always been on the top of the list when looking for a home. It has this magical ability to make a room look larger, enhance your interior, and illuminate your housing features.

Your home should be your happy place. Natural light seems to be an element that has full benefits across the board. Your living space can be more aesthetically pleasing, healthier, and more cost-effective to run. Natural light is a triple threat. Let Morgan Contractors show you how your home can benefit. Contact us for a consultation – we’d love to shine some light on your natural light situation!

Utilize Wasted Storage Space Through Closet Re-designs

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How Specialized Closet Layouts Enhance Storage Space

In a bedroom, the closet is often the least organized area. In all honesty, it usually becomes a haphazard storage space, making it impossible to find what you’re looking for. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the disorganization occurring in your space, it might be time for a storage space remodel. Check out these neat closet redesigns that incorporate ample storage solutions.

Shelving

Throw out that dingy old dresser because with this remodel, your closet will have all the space you need. Remove a hanging bar from your closet to make way for shelving and drawers. When you can neatly keep socks and pants in the same closet at dresses and jackets, your room will immediately feel more organized.

Shoe Space

Shoes are one of the most difficult items to store properly. But with a well-organized closet, you’ll never have to worry again. Build a narrow shelf to keep shoes separate from your clothing. Try placing a hanging shoe rack over your closet door for better organization. For those boots and sandals you don’t wear all year long, building in a versatile chest will do wonders for your storage space.

Basket Storage

Tuck away those random knick-knacks you don’t typically use – like belts, scarves, and hats – in a basket. Storing baskets at the top of your closet space is a great, discrete storage solution. You can throw a ton of stuff into one bin without looking disorganized.

Double Hanging Racks

Refinish your closet to include a second layer of hanging space. Shorter items, like shirts and sweaters, can hang from the top, while pants and shirts hang on the bottom. Doubling up your hanging space will completely revamp your closet organization strategy.

Built-Ins

If you’re fortunate enough to have a walk-in closet, try remodeling the entire interior. Add in a space for your vanity, or insert a built-in jewelry case. These closet remodels will take the clutter from your bedroom and reorganize it into designated compartments in your closet. Now, everything you need to get ready is in one, compact space!

If you’re looking to redesign your closet interior, contact the professionals at Morgan Contractors. We’ll help your organization dreams come true with upgraded shelving, beautiful built-ins, and more.