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In order to best serve our remodeling clients in Denver and the Front Range, Ridgeline Remodeling always keeps up with the latest trends and techniques. If you are thinking of remodeling your bathroom, basement or kitchen, look no further. Please check back often for current news, remodeling trends and tips on our Ridgeline Remodeling blog.

Build-How to Turn Your Denver Basement Refinishing Project into an Efficient Home Office


May 16, 2018

These days, more and more people are working from home. With the uptick in telecommuters and freelancers, home office space is becoming more and more important. If your home is already equipped with a den or a spare bedroom, the transition to a workspace can be fairly seamless. But if you are already bursting at the seams, it might be time for a Denver basement refinishing project to turn all that wasted space into the home office of your dreams. 
Here are some considerations when turning your unfinished basement into a great place for you to work from every day.
 

Get Help With the Design

When you call the professionals, they can help you not only design a space that works but that is quiet and well insulated. They will also be able to make sure the space is free of moisture, which could be disastrous to your computer and other electronic equipment. They will also help make sure the electricity and internet connection you need are available.
 

Create an Ergonomically Correct Space

Make sure you consider ergonomics when you are creating your work station. You want to avoid repetitive motion injuries, such as carpal tunnel, and you will want to make sure your chair is comfortable and the desk is at the right height.
This might be a great time to consider a standing desk, which can keep you from spending too much time in your desk chair.
 
This article from LifeHacker, How to Ergonomically Optimize Your Work Space, has plenty of good suggestions.
 

Pay Attention to Lighting

If your basement isn’t garden level or a walkout, this is especially important. Let’s face it: Basements can be dark and the windows can be small. Recessed lighting will be especially important.
Light versus dark paint colors should also be considered, given the size of the office. A light color will make a small space look a bit larger, but if you have a large space designated for your office, a darker paint color might add some much-needed warmth.
 

Consider Adding a Bathroom

Not only will this save you from having to go upstairs each time you need to use the facilities, but if you ever see clients, they won’t have to traipse through the main part of your house. 
 

Make the Space Multi-Use

If your home doesn’t already have a guest room, your basement home office can be the perfect spot to put a convertible sofa into. You can use the comfy spot as a place to read—and when guests need a place to stay, the sofa turns into a comfortable bed. (That bathroom mentioned previously will also come in handy for guests!)
It can be a bit of an undertaking to create your perfect home office but imagine the comfort of working from your own home. Plus, the commute from your bedroom is sure to be an easy one!

To get started on your basement refinishing project that will help you do your best work, contact Ridgeline Design & Build, and we can help you create an efficient home office you’ll love to work from every day. From kitchens and bathrooms to basements and home remodels, our team of creative professionals have you covered. Contact us at 303-346-6100.
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Denver Kitchen Remodeling: How to Maximize a Small Space


May 9, 2018

Most homeowners and homebuyers dream of a large, chef’s kitchen where they have plenty of space for food prep, baking, and entertaining. But the reality is that sometimes the space just isn’t available for a dream kitchen. That doesn’t mean, however, that your small kitchen can’t resemble one that you dreamed about. You just need to be a bit creative when it comes to your Denver kitchen remodeling project.

There are many options available to maximize the small space of any kitchen—even a galley style kitchen—so you have a space that is convenient to cook in. For more inspiration, check out these 17 Space-Saving Solutions for Small Kitchens from the folks at Houzz. You can also get some inspiration from our project gallery.

Light Colors Make Spaces Look Larger

This is probably one of the most common rules of decorating: Light colors usually make spaces look larger. So keep this in mind for your kitchen remodeling project when you are dealing with a small room.

It’s trendy these days to use two different colors for your cabinets. For small rooms, it’s best to keep the lighter-colored cabinets on the top, with the darker-colored cabinets on the bottom. White cabinets are always on trend, and they will make a room seem more spacious.

Keep light colors in mind when putting in a backsplash. A plain white subway tile—which comes in a multitude of patterns—is simple and clean and can keep the space feeling open and airy. This same rule holds true for paint colors. A cheerful pale yellow or off-white can make small spaces appear bigger and brighter.

Countertops Can Provide an Illusion of Space

You have many choices when it comes to finding the right countertops for your small kitchen but keep the colors light. Take into account the maintenance of some of the more popular stone, such as granite and quartz. Some stone counters will need to be resealed if they are to maintain their beauty and be protected against stains.

Adding a butcher block counter to your kitchen can actually create space because you can easily do food prep on this surface without using other tools, such as cutting boards.

Creative Storage Tucked Away for Convenience

Maximize corner spaces with lazy Susan shelving or corner drawers. Use pullouts for items such as trashcans, spices, or small appliances so these don’t need to take up valuable counter space. A cart on wheels can be added and used as a small island that is moveable when you don’t need it.
Did you know that the return on your investment for a kitchen remodel can be nearly 90 percent? This can be especially important when you are dealing with a small space; potential buyers will appreciate your attention to detail in maximizing that space. The professionals at Ridgeline Design and Build can work with you to transform your kitchen and improve the space and functionality. Our team will work with you to find cost-effective solutions for your upcoming remodel. Give us a call at 303-346-6100 or request a free quote. When you are ready for your Denver kitchen remodeling project, let the experts at Ridgeline Remodeling help. Contact us today!
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Don’t Make These Mistakes in Your Denver Kitchen Remodeling Project


May 2, 2018

You have finally made the decision: It’s time to start you Denver kitchen remodeling project. This is an exciting time, but it can also be a bit nerve-wracking. Not only is the kitchen the heart of the home, so you want to design a space that will be suitable for family and friends, but if you plan to sell your home someday, you want to get the best return on your investment.

With careful planning and consideration ahead of time, you can ensure that your project is successful and provides your family with a kitchen the is comfortable, functional, and beautiful. A kitchen remodeling project is complicated. Don’t start yours until you take a look at these suggestions from the folks at HGTV in How to Begin a Kitchen Remodel.

Read on to find out how to avoid some of the common mistakes people make when they undertake a kitchen remodeling project—and make sure you don’t fall pretty to the same.

Failing to Plan

As the saying goes, failing to plan means planning to fail. If you get started with your kitchen remodeling project without planning ahead of time, you’ll probably end up with extra expenses and construction delays. The better you plan ahead of time, the more smoothly your entire project will go. Think about when you might need your kitchen for an upcoming event—such as for the holidays—and make sure you allow enough time for the project so the room is completed when you need it. Most experts recommend allowing more time than you think you’ll need.

Ignoring the Experts

You might have a definite idea in mind for how you want your kitchen to be in the end, but it’s always a good idea to consult the experts when you are in the planning stages. An expert will point things out to you that you hadn’t considered, helping to ensure you don’t make costly mistakes or overlook something important. An expert will also ask questions about your lifestyle so your kitchen fits in with your needs.

Focusing Too Much on Looks

You want—and expect—your new kitchen to be beautiful, but a gorgeous kitchen that isn’t functional will end up being a waste of money. For instance, high cabinets look great, but they can be difficult to access. A paint color that looks great in the store might not look the same with the lighting in your kitchen. You might want a kitchen island to go along with the latest kitchen trends, but make sure it makes sense for the space.

Do you want to add some unique touches to your kitchen remodel? Read our recent blog post Unique Ways to Spice Up Your Kitchen Remodel in Denver.

If you are ready to get started on your kitchen remodel, or have other remodeling needs in your home, contact Ridgeline Design and Build today for more information. We are happy to help you find the best design plan that fits both your budget and your desired outcome.
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Basement Finishing in Denver—Why You Should Create That Second Living Space


April 25, 2018

Is your home’s basement unfinished? Is it just being used for storage? Why not consider a Denver basement refinishing project? Imagine all that wasted room that could be turned into a completely new living space!  

There are so many options: You could turn it into an apartment that you could rent out, adding to your income each month. You could turn it into a mother-in-law quarters where guests could stay comfortably. You could create a home theater where you, friends, and family could watch movies on a big screen. Or you could just make a rec room for your family to enjoy. The ideas are endless.

Check out these 13 Clever Basement Remodeling and Storage Ideas from Country Living for some inspiration in creating your own second living space. You can also take a look at our project gallery to see some of the beautiful basement spaces we have created.

Before you get started on your basement refinishing project, you will want to take the following considerations into account.

Take Care of Things That Need to Be Fixed First

If there is any kind of dampness in your basement, you’ll want to find the source of that before you add finishes there. You might want to have the space inspected in terms of safety as far as the electrical system and foundation of the basement. You’ll also want to find out how well insulated the area is.

Consider the Type of Basement You Have to Determine What Is Appropriate

Depending on the type of basement you have, you may or may not be able to create a legal apartment. You will need to consider safety, for example, if there were ever to be a fire. A walkout basement is probably the most conducive to creating an apartment that could generate income for your monthly budget.

Consider the Type of Living Space You Want to Create

What type of basement would you get the most use out of? Many people simply put in a spare bedroom and bathroom, but you could also create a living space. Often, a small kitchenette comes in handy so you won’t have to walk all the way upstairs for food and drinks. Or perhaps a recreation area with a wet bar would be most suitable to your lifestyle.

Talk to a Contractor About Your Ideas and Develop a Plan

Once you’ve come up with your own ideas for the unfinished space below your home it’s a good idea to get input from a contractor. You can determine a realistic budget as well as a timeline. Working with a professional is the best way to ensure your new living space is functional and manageable.
Whether you are looking for ideas, or if you already know what you want, contact the experts at Ridgeline Design and Build when you are ready to get started with your basement remodeling project. Learn the benefits of adding an extra room to your home and reach out to us for help! We serve the greater Denver metro area and can work with you on a free estimate to start your project. Give us a call at 303-346-6100.
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What to Know about Spring Projects from your Deck Builders in Denver


April 18, 2018

Spring is right around the corner, which means the days of lounging outside on your patio and deck are almost here. The feeling of relaxing outside in your own personal oasis away from the hustle and bustle of city life is a luxury worth having, and honestly it can be more of a necessity depending on how stressful your day was. If you are in the market for a new spring project, here are a few pieces of advice from your deck builders in Denver.

Think Functional Components

A deck serves many purposes. It is a place to unwind after a long day at the office. It’s a spot to grill out in the summertime. And it’s also a place to entertain your guests when the weather is right. With these factors in mind, it is a great idea to think about things that can make your deck more functional once the outdoor entertainment season begins.

One such piece to consider is a fire pit placed in the center of a deck. This can be done safely to minimize risk to your property and provide you with an excellent focal point for your deck’s layout. If your spring and summer nights get a little chilly, having a fireplace to keep things warm and toasty can be a fine addition to your outdoor environment. With a fireplace on your deck, you’ll have a hard time coming back inside after basking in the warmth of a well-lit fire.

Consider Environmental Factors

If you have a large tree next to where you intend to build a deck, consider how you can integrate this element into the design of your project. Hot days in the summer scream for shady respites from the heat, and having natural shade from your existing tree provide the necessary cooling component to save you from a sweaty mess. You can also integrate these constant companions into your overall design, as a deck can help accentuate your planted friend.

Deck Furniture Choices

Another thing to consider for your new or remodelled deck is the furniture that you will have on it. Quality patio and deck furniture can go a long way towards making your deck a much more comfortable place to reside. You can decide to go with traditional deck chairs, or opt for weatherproof outdoor sofas to really step up your comfort game. If you have the right setup, you can even consider making your deck feel more campy by having a well placed hammock to have you swinging the summer days away in style.

If you or your family are interested in upgrading your outdoor hangout spot for the upcoming season, Ridgeline Design is your preferred contractor. If you want to find out the best possible option for your individual situation, contact Ridgeline Design and Build today for more information. We are happy to help you find the best design plan that fits both your budget and your desired outcome, and will have your outdoor oasis living up to its potential.
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