On the Road in 2016

Y’all know I normally do a “Top 5 Posts” post at the beginning of each month, looking back at the previous month to see what was most popular around here! Well, I figured I’d stop and see what the top 5 posts were for all of 2016! Are you ready?!

February

1. The Top 10 Creative Ways to Use Concrete in Your House – This was a fantastic post on a variety of creative ways concrete can be used in home decor! 

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On the Road in January

Well, how did your first month of the new year go? I can’t hardly believe January is over! Ours was…different…than we had planned, but that’s for another post sometime in February. Let’s take a quick peek at the top 5 posts here on the blog for the past month!

February

1. Celebrating Loved Ones All Year Around! – It’s still a good time to be thinking about flowers, since Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching, but remember that any time of the year is a good time to celebrate your loved ones!

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Renovation ROI – What Makes Sense for YOUR Home?

If y’all don’t know by now that I like dreaming about renovations…then you haven’t been paying much attention around the blog! Especially this time of the year.

January is when the hubby and I start to talk about the things we’d like to do in the house in the upcoming year. So far, we’ve thrown out the following ideas: replacing a few windows, enclosing our back patio, adding a fireplace, and a few other small-ticket items.

happy smiling woman painting interior white wall in blue and green color of new house

So when Matt from Northshore Fireplace contacted me to see if I was interested in publishing an infographic on renovation ROI, well, YES, I wanted to see it! AND, since it’s full of brand new information for the new year, that was even better!

First of all, in case you’re wondering what ROI stands for…ROI = Return On Investment. Better? Okay, let’s see where our renovations could MOST pay off!

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Renovate Your Home Right: Top Tips for Improving Your House

I was standing in my kitchen the other day formulating an idea when my husband walked in.

Jerrod: Oh no. I know that face. What are you thinking about?
Me: This wall…
Jerrod: Oh dear Lord!
Me: What if we pushed this wall out to the edge of the porch? It would expand the kitchen and I could have a bay window and we could have a little breakfast nook!
Jerrod: I knew it was bad this time…
Me: Ooo! We might as well push out the dining room wall on the other side to match! Then THAT would be bigger, and I could have ANOTHER bay window, and then the front porch proportions would FINALLY match!!!

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Jerrod: NO. No no no no no. Did I mention…NO!
Me: Well, I just figured, since we’re painting – 
Jerrod: Since we’re PAINTING, you decided to do a MAJOR RENOVATION?! How do you move from painting to blowing out walls?!

Good question. I really have no idea how I do that…my brain just goes there! 

Owning a home really is the American dream, and if you’re lucky to have a place to call your own, you’re probably pretty happy with it, like me. However, there are surely days when you wish your house had a little something extra. Right?! (Come on, help a girl out! My husband is READING this!)

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How to Ensure an Amazing Basement Renovation – A Guest Post!

By now, most of you know that I live in Florida. Here in Florida, there are rarely any basements…anywhere. (Although I’m fairly convinced that I might have some neighbors who have installed an underground bunker in their backyard – that’s gotta count for something! HA!)

Even so, I’ve always loved the idea of a basement. A duplicate of your house that you can turn into whatever you want – amazing! And when I watch House Hunters (yes, I am quite an avid fan) my favorite parts is when they discover a cool basement. And when I watch almost any other show on HGTV, I just LOVE seeing what people DO to their basements!

Yes, it’s true. I WISH we had a basement! And if we ever go anywhere other than Florida, one of my must-have items in a home will definitely be a basement!

So when Shivani from Apex Waterproofing contacted me about publishing this post…I first hesitated. Because I don’t have first-hand basement experience. But then I thought of all you lovely readers…and I imagine that most of you probably DO have a basement. So…let’s see how you can make the most of yours!

Basements can be uncomfortable places, especially if they have not been used for a while. Dark, possibly damp, filled with junk and maybe even spiders – there is a reason why people avoid basements that are unfinished. But basements can also be extremely inviting. With the right renovations, you can often add considerable square footage to your home, creating a basement that draws people instead of repelling them.

Tips For Basement Renovations You Can Be Happy With

Know What You Want

The first and probably most important part of the basement renovation is the planning stage. Your basement is essentially an empty canvas, one you can turn into a number of different things. Home owners renovate basements to create bedrooms, play rooms, entertainment areas, media rooms, home gyms, home offices and more. Some people even choose to create separate housing in the basement, adding an entrance and a kitchen area.

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