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Clever Spring Renovation Ideas for Your Home

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A Guide to Spring Renovations for Your Home

Are you looking for some fresh ideas to spruce up your home this spring? After a long winter, spring renovations are the perfect way to help welcome back the sunshine and warmth into your home. Here are the best ideas to help inspire your next spring renovation.

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Inspiring Bathroom Trends For 2021

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7 New Bathroom Trends You’ll Want to Try

Bathrooms have become a place of relaxation and refuge for many people in their home. If you’re looking to change up your bathroom design from outdated pink sinks and worn-down linoleum flooring to a tranquil oasis, you’ve come to the right place! Here are 7 inspiring bathroom trends you’ll want to try for your next bathroom remodel or simple update.

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Hiring a General Contractor

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5 Things to Know Before Hiring a General Contractor

The most challenging part of beginning a new construction project is finding a professionally licensed, reliable general contractor. Remodeling and renovating a home can be a stressful and pricey undertaking. Choosing the right general contractor can make a world of difference between having a successful project and a failure. Find out how to hire the right general contractor for your project to keep both of you accountable and happy.

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Sliding Glass Door Installation 101

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Do you feel that your home is too dark or the air is too stuffy? Installing sliding glass doors may be the answer to solving these issues. By installing a sliding glass door, you’ll find yourself immediately reaping the benefits that come as a result of getting rid of your normal exterior doors. Let’s take a look at 5 reasons why you should have a sliding glass door installed in your home.

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Is it Time for a Subfloor Replacement?

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Today’s blog by Morgan Contractors wants to call attention to the adage, ‘do not judge a book by its cover,’ when viewing home flooring’s aesthetic beauty, as we discuss the underlying structure part of all houses, the subfloor.

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Types of Home Additions 101

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If feeling a bit squeezed within the present home quarters — consider enhancing the living conditions with a home addition. Additional rooms always bring a significant increase in resale value — if carefully thought out in terms of cost vs. value.

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Finding the Perfect Kitchen Island

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Kitchen Islands: From Rustic to Contemporary and Everything In Between

A kitchen island is beneficial to kitchen design in terms of form and function. The kitchen island form refers to providing the kitchen’s focal point that complements the cabinets, counters, flooring, and light fixtures. The kitchen island function is that of extra counter space for preparing the culinary delights, more storage space for the pots and pans, and increasing the seating for eating. The kitchen island can also be a step-saver between the work area and the fridge, stove, sink, and cabinets.

It is imperative to consider the kitchen space when considering the addition of a kitchen island. There should be adequate room for family members to walk around the island. Next, ponder the primary purpose of the island. If cooking and baking are the primary purposes, a scratch and dent-resistant counter material, such as Granite, is desirable. Be sure there are adequate electrical plugs built-in to allow for the use of appliances. If there is sufficient space, consider installing a dishwasher within the island. If the reason for the island is extra storage, do you want cupboards or open shelving? If planning to use the island for additional seating, ensure there is ample room, so diners are not cramped.

Another consideration for a center island is its shape. There are ‘L’ shapes, ‘U’ shapes, galley shape, the most common center island choice for kitchens, and circular islands. There are also double tiered island designs that allow cooking on the lower-tier and eating on a higher level. Island designs can also include a pull-out trash bin.

Some typical styles for a center island workspace

Rustic

For a ‘cozy’ kitchen ambiance, consider a rustic kitchen island with unpolished wood plank counters to complement the natural hardwood flooring, cabinets, and kitchen countertops. A rustic island can also be the focal point and contrast to a modern conventional kitchen motif with butcher-block, soapstone, polished dark Granite or marble, unpolished wood cabinetry, or open shelves storage. Another material used with rustic center islands is shiplap, with board planks overlapping each other in tongue-and-groove style. Such overlapping and interlocking planks keep water out, and a useful feature for a kitchen island. Shiplap is as a form of wainscoting.

Farmhouse

A country kitchen would be complemented by a farmhouse style island design composed of white painted cabinetry underneath to match the other white wall cabinets. A weathered wood plank counter showing the knots in the wood adds to the farmhouse flavor. Consider complementing this farmhouse style with copper light fixtures over the island and perhaps a wooden rack, painted black as a contrast to the white wood, to hang a country-style red-checkered dish towel.

Contemporary

If one has a modern, contemporary kitchen, consider an island design comprised of textured wood and Granite, Marble, or Quartz, pendant lighting, with stools for seating. A truly sophisticated, 21st Century center island design consists of polished stainless-steel panels, topped by a black Corian countertop, and a chrome-top kitchen table.

Whatever kitchen island style you choose, Morgan Contractors has the professional expertise to get it done with ease! Contact us and receive a free evaluation of your kitchen space to determine the best island design for your kitchen.

Summer Home Renovations 2020

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5 Home Renovations You’ll Want to Try This Summer

Are you contemplating your next home renovation project? There are several perks to renovating during the summer season. What’s more, there’s a lot you can do to make your home more aesthetically pleasing and functional. We’re seeing a rise in popularity with the following five ‘cooland safe renovation projects this summer. Are you looking to bring about envy-worthy curb appeal to your home? Keep reading.

Enhance your exterior with an updated deck

Let’s face it, outdoor living is coveted during the warmer months. Refreshing an outdated deck or installing one for the first time will have you extending your hours of enjoyment under the sun. You can add a simple, covered pergola to provide ample shade, low-voltage lighting for extra ambiance, built-in planter boxes around the perimeter to include more greenery and privacy, or add an extension to your existing deck to create two distinct living areas.

Get your home office in tip-top shape

Whether you’re working with a nook or an entire room, ensuring that you have a functional, clutter-free space to work without too many distractions is everything. As you may not be dealing with an area that’s perfectly square or rectangle, finding a layout that works may require some customized built-in storage or seating. A fresh coat of paint can also help to get those creative juices flowing.

Maximize your living space with an addition

Another great home renovation project for summer is an addition. If you’re looking to add a supplemental bedroom, den, office space, or screenedin porch, an addition can make this happen with ease.

Replace or paint your siding

Summer may be the best time to revamp your dated siding. Not only will the weather be more cooperative, but you will be amazed to see how updated siding can help you save on your energy bill. Newly installed siding is impactresistant, energyefficient, and won’t leave moisture trapped. What’s more, select materials are fully paintable should you ever want to give it a refreshing coat or change the color altogether. 

Install new windows and doors

The warm days of summer make this home renovation project ideal. Besides the apparent curb appeal and subsequent increase in the home resale value with new windows and doors, the installation of a modern Energy Star® window design provides ease of cleaning, higher energy efficiency, and impact resistance to cracking and breaking.

The above home renovation projects can be challenging and require an experienced home improvement contractor. Contact the NJ licensed professionals at Morgan Contractors to ensure the best results!

Navigating Your Kitchen Reno With Ease

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3 Tips to Help You Survive Your Kitchen Reno

If you read our recent blog, Home Renovation Ideas For Spring 2020, you’d know that updating the kitchen is one of the most popular renovation projects. It is nothing short of creating a ‘dream’ paradise, not to be taken for ‘granite’ countertops alone!

With the help of the many renovation ideas offered by home design magazines, a kitchen reno can run the gamut of installing newer cabinets, setting down modern hardwood, slate, or vinyl flooring, putting in a colorful tile backsplash over the sink, or the creation of a center island! Whether your kitchen remake encompasses one, or all of the above ideas, we want to prepare you for the reality of the renovation— before the dream comes to be!

 Keep serenity at peak during the kitchen ‘reno’ with the following three practical 
tips in navigating this period of transformation.

Adjust to the Dust

It is advisable to arrange other living arrangements for those who are most bothered by excessive dirt, dust, chemical fumes, and noise — infants, young children, the elderly, and the family dog and cat. Moreover, the innate curiosity of a two-year-old toddler, or young child, at the work area can bring safety issues. A barking dog can take from a contractor’s concentration.

Stay in the reality that the kitchen reno dust is one of those things that you cannot sweep under the rug. Put the dusting, sweeping, and vacuuming on hold. Cover chairs and sofa with washable slipcovers or a large sheet, and cover tables. Morgan Contractors will do its part in keeping dust from the rest of your home by hanging a plastic tarp in the general work area and using a commercial shop vac to keep dust at a minimum.

Rearrange the Meal Routine

Using your kitchen will require some adaptation during the kitchen-remodeling project.

The fridge and dishwasher will be off-limits, so opt for essentials only, such as milk, butter, eggs, and cold drinks in picnic coolers with bags of ice, or a small dorm-size fridge. It may be easier to skip formal dining and opt for paper cups and paper plates. Moving the refrigerator to another room may also be a good solution.

If spring is the season for remodeling, eating out can be as simple as firing up the barbecue grill and eating on the backyard patio or screened-in porch. For quicker meals, such as breakfast and lunch, consider a makeshift kitchen set up with the microwave, coffeemaker, toaster, or toaster oven in the family room, front or back porch, a spare bedroom, or home office.

Set the Boundaries

The kitchen reno will require establishing boundaries for those who must enter your home daily to do their work and for the inquisitive young children or teens. Provide contractors with use of door closest to the kitchen area, to enter and leave by, to avoid the tracking of dirt throughout the house. Advise children not to go near the kitchen work area, during the day or after the workers have left for the day.

Ensure that contractors are certified and licensed and carry liability insurance. Verify their business reputation with the Better Business Bureau and client testimonials, 
as found with Morgan Contractor testimonials. When you’re ready to start planning your dream kitchen reno project, we’re here to help. Contact Morgan Contractors today!

Home Renovation Ideas For Spring 2020

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6 Home Renovation Projects To Wake Up Your Home

SPRING IS HERE, and with it, there comes the arrival of warm sun, blue skies, green grass, and brighter days. As most of us have weathered these past few challenging months, finding ways to move forward has been a routine goal. Home renovation projects are a great way you can invest in your home and make your home that much more enjoyable.

Here are some of the popular home renovation projects that are sure to put your home in alignment with the inspiring warmth, natural light, nature’s proper order, and fresh, bold colors of springtime:

Deck Construction

The best way to enjoy the warmth of the sun’s spring and summer rays is to relax on a chaise lounge or Adirondack chair on a home deck! In a recent blog, Why Deck Material Selection Matters, we explained the many choices for deck flooring.  There are also many deck design options. There are raised decks attached to the lower level of the home, second-story decks, multi-level decks with lighted stairs, a ground-level detached deck of wood or stone, and decks built around an above ground pool, or atop the garage roof.

Reorganizing Closets

Spring is the best time to clean and eliminate closet clutter while updating wardrobes with the latest spring fashions. Feel lighter, as you open the closet and find there is a place for everything and everything in its special place! It starts with the popular home renovation project of closet reorganization. Consider adding adjustable shelves and rods, a built-in hamper, shoe shelves to eliminate floor clutter, differing rod heights, built-in drawers, and cubes.

Painting Interior Walls

The most straightforward home renovation is to modernize the rooms of a home to the trending 2020 colors, classic blue, blush pink, hunter green, and cavern clay. White-on-white-on-white, burnt orange and rust paint shades in limited areas, peacock blue, and off-black are also well-liked. Our recent blog, Do You Know The Different Sheen Levels In Paint, shares knowledge of when to use a matte, semi-gloss, high-gloss, satin, flat, or eggshell paint sheen. 

Updating Windows and Doors

Without a doubt, updating a home’s windows and doors is an open and shut case to retaining the value of the home investment — and an excellent home renovation project this spring!

A home’s windows and doors bring curb appeal as they highlight the home’s architecture. The initial expenditure of updating windows and doors, however, goes beyond the aesthetics of curb appeal; the initial spending of updating windows and doors returned in higher energy efficiency and cost-savings to the heating and cooling bills.

Updating Kitchen and Bath

Just a few simple updates can be a breath of fresh air to the kitchen. Consider keeping the old cabinets and re-face or repaint the doors, changing the light fixture over the table, and updating drawer and cabinet handles.  Create a colorful tile backsplash over the sink area. More elaborate updates include center islands, durable natural stone counters of quartz or granite, and hardwood flooring.

Consider the latest bathroom trends of 2020: vibrant and warm earth colors rather than neutral gray, painting a bold color on an accent wall, or add marble, mosaic tile, natural stone, or wood. Practical updates include dual sinks, a water-efficient toilet, and modern light fixtures with long-lasting energy-efficient bulbs. For a bit of luxury, consider the addition of a heated floor to take the chill off cold mornings.

Updating Home Siding

Always an excellent investment in curb appeal and home energy efficiency, update the exterior siding of your home from its outdated wood clapboard, wood shingles, and older aluminum siding. Popular options now include vinyl, stone, and fiber cement siding. Vinyl is the most budget-friendly choice. Logically, window and door updates should be first, so the siding is not disturbed by the installation of the windows.

Whether you’re interested in taking on a DIY project, you require the expertise of professionals, or you need to restore damage sustained from water or fire – Morgan Contractors is here. Contact us today for a free quote.

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