Home Remodeling Ideas

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Finding the best ways to nurture and beautify a home can be a hard balance to strike, with so many options for floors, cabinets, lighting and outdoor seating.  With all of the possibilities it can be hard to make a plan that you will surely stick with and not change again and again.  Trust a Columbus, Ohio design and remodeling expert who has years of experience helping homeowners in the Columbus area make the plans for their home improvement and then carry them out to perfection.  With home remodeling interior designers on your side to help make everything run smoothly from start to finish, you can relax when you prepare for the Columbus home of your dreams.

 

Planning a home remodel must take into consideration many aspects of your home’s structure.  Not only purely aesthetic features are involved; as the wiring, support points and insulation also play a major role in the overall quality and safety of your home.  With a professional Columbus design and remodeling leader, all of these points are included in the planning of your home makeover, so that when the finished product is revealed you will not be worrying about unseen issues.  Get your home a thorough inspection to check for insulation improvement needs, and to ensure there are no water damage or pest concerns as well.   When your home is both healthy and beautiful, you will know the home improvement is a long-lasting success.

 

When the area of the home being remodeled is the kitchen, it can be a daunting thing to plan the materials used for the counters, floors and backdrops.  However, one thing that won’t be difficult with a Columbus design and remodeling specialist on your side is the planning of re-structure that goes into making the kitchen more open, have better entertaining capacity, adding better storage or more natural light.  The professional Columbus home remodeling designer you work with has the skill, practice and tools necessary to show you your projected changes before the work even gets started, so that you can be sure it will be the right fit for your family before committing.  And the remaining work of settling on the right stone, wood, cabinets and lighting is the part where your creativity and life’s passions come into the equation.  Model your kitchen or bath after your favorite vacation destination or with inspiration from other homes you love to visit.

Whatever changes come to your Columbus home, kitchen or bath this summer season, make sure they leave happy memories and a healthy home, with the right Columbus Ohio Design and Remodeling company.


From kitchen upgrades to total home remodeling, SemBro Designs and Remodeling knows how to do it right and we love to build the confidence of every Columbus client, year after year.

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There are SO many colours of oak in the world – virtually every colour in the rainbow it seems! And while some colours of oak can be quite timeless, there are also many versions that can be challenging (understatement) to modernize and update.

And why do I call them colours of oak not species of oak? Because oak is often stained a different colour than its roots (literally) suggest – so we’re going to base things on the overall ‘colour’ that you see – not the chronological history of the tree!

The Best Paint Colours to Update Oak Cabinets, Flooring, Trim, and More! This is going to be TREE-LY exciting, so let’s get started!

Before you get in to the nitty gritty, you need to decide whether you want to accent your oak or whether you want to blend or camouflage it a bit.

(The photo above shows a colour that lightly accents the oak cabinets)

To Accent Oak or Wood

Cool colours such as green, blue and neutrals with those undertones may accent your light oak, making it appear more colourful. If you love your oak and want to play it up then this is good. If you want to neutralize your wood, this is not
Paint colours that are a few tones lighter or darker than the wood tone can also help to accent. However, simply painting the walls a cooler colours regardless of depth will do a good job
To Blend or Camouflage Oak or Wood

Most warm colours and neutrals with warm undertones will blend a bit more with oak, lowering the contrast and reducing the overall effect of them. So if you aren’t loving your oak, then a warm toned colour might hit the spot!
Neutral paint colours with very subtle purple undertones can complement many oaks without accenting or blending
Keeping the paint colour a similar depth to that of your wood is a great way to keep things seamless, but can be a bit bland feeling if you choose a warm or neutral colour. It’s better to go just a bit lighter OR darker than the depth of your wood.

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Healthy Home is where the Heart is

Healthy Home is where the Heart is!

Your healthy home is a great indicator of your health and happiness. Make sure that guests and family see the healthiest and happiest you when you meet with a SemBro Designs and Remodeling designer who can share with you the amazing ways that your home can be improved. SemBro Designs and Remodeling is the Columbus Ohio Angie’s List four-time winner of awards in the categories of Best Local Construction Company, Best Contractor, and Best Kitchen and Bath Remodeler. If we get stuck doing the same old things in our home that don’t seem to be working for us anymore, SemBro Designs and Remodeling can offer a new perspective and many fresh ideas for giving our home more of all the things we love.

For a home to look and function at its best for every occasion of life, whether for the parties, the new business ventures or the harder times in life, there are some key elements that play a big role. A few important essentials are the layout and lighting of the home. If there are obstacles to an easy flow in the home it will impede everything from easy clean-up to sincere communication and often it is an unknown culprit in the unhappiness of homeowners. With the lighting in a room, it is essential for the illumination to be sufficient, well-placed and easy on the eyes, as well as befitting the general style of the interior of the home. SemBro Designs and Remodeling has an eye for making every space as inviting, cozy and unique as you hope it to be.

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The kitchen is another spot in the home where it is easy to become lost in the chaos, and with a reliable, experienced design and remodeler, you can get back to a gorgeous kitchen where you are able to grow best. SemBro Designs and Remodeling knows the transforming power that an updated kitchen has on the whole environment of a home. Whether you are having a picnic at the park on a beautiful Columbus day or grilling in the yard for friends and family, it is all accomplished so much easier in a kitchen that makes clean-up a breeze, features clean lines and drawers that work for you, not against. Discover the beauty of your kitchen with a SemBro Designs and Remodeling kitchen makeover!
Being happy with the home is often something homeowners think can’t be achieved, until they learn about all of the amazing options there are for improvement from Columbus Best Local Construction Company, SemBro Designs and Kitchen Remodeling.


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5 Columbus Home Remodeling Tips for Summer!

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We all know how amazing Central Ohio’s summers can be, especially after a long winter. Summer is a cherished time so prepare your home for the upcoming summer with simple home remodeling tips and advice.

1. Consider remodeling or renovating your outdoor deck or patio

When you plan your home’s outdoor living space it’s important to keep in mind the layout you will need to accommodate both large and small gatherings. Making the necessary home improvements will take away the stress of hosting and will allow you to relax and enjoy the gorgeous Columbus, Ohio weather with your guests.

 

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2. Avoid bathroom and kitchen disasters with a simple inspection

It’s always frustrating when kitchen appliances don’t perform with efficiency when you need them to, but during a party it can mean disaster. Tune up these sensitive areas with a home inspection by your local general contractor to ensure your high traffic areas run smoothly. Making home improvements to your kitchen and bathroom before you host will save you time and money.

 

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3. Room additions to add value and comfort

When hosting summer parties it may be necessary to let friends and family stay overnight. Having kids or needing a home office can drastically reduce your home’s storage and sleeping space. Prepare for the needed space with a room addition remodeling so you can be ready for anything.

 

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4. Increase home energy efficiency

With the longer and warmer summer days come the higher, unpredictable energy bills. Go green and take advantage of the Ohio’s winds with the latest in wind energy options. These types of upgrades can be subsidized in part by central Ohio’s energy providers to encourage more efficient homes.

 

5. Remodeling and renovation for a potential home sale

If you’ve been thinking about selling your central Ohio home, summer is a great time to do it and simple home, kitchen, or bathroom renovations can add significantly to the resale value of your home. Summer invites a rush of potential home-buyers who are looking for the best modern home designs. Give your home the updated feel and look that home-buyers are attracted to by improving your presentation for open-house season.


Get an early start on remodeling and renovating your Columbus, Ohio home for summer. With an award-winning home design and remodeling team from SemBro Designs, you too can add value to your home, decrease your energy bill, and party in comfort this summer season!

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10 Eco Friendly Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

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The kitchen is the heart of any home. It is the one place that handles it all – from the early morning madness to the relaxing late night dinners. The kitchen is a high-traffic area and thus need to have high volume. One of the trending way of giving this section of the home a modern touch is making it an eco-friendly place. If you are not a professional with redoing your kitchen, ask around for the modern kitchen designer or better yet, employ the service of a remodeling company. Here are several ideas that you might keep in mind for the next time you Remodel your Kitchen.

These days, we are all looking for ways every day to live in a more environmentally friendly way. To help you find that in the kitchen, here are 10 environmentally friendly kitchen remodeling ideas for you to consider:

Decreasing Energy

The kitchen is by far the room with the highest energy consumption; thus, reducing energy is a very good idea for having a “green” kitchen. You can make the room more energy efficient by finding ways to maximize the natural energy resources. For instance, you can improve the indoor air quality by having big enough windows as opposed to installing an AC. Another great idea is to opt to wash the dishes by hand rather than installing a dishwasher.

 

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One of today’s most popular kitchen design trends is the movement towards open shelving. It requires less materials and in some cases, reclaimed wood is used to give the kitchen a very unique and distinctive feel.

 

Recycle, Reuse

Nothing speaks of having an eco-friendly room better than recycling and reusing materials. It might be that you find no use of certain things in the kitchen and other sections of the house. So how about finding other things for the other sections of the house that can recycle or reuse in the kitchen. Do not just remodel and end up throwing out more things that you are actually putting in; recycle and reuse.

 

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Green Themed Décor

In as much as you will aim to use eco-friendly installations and appliances, you still have to contend with the décor. Hence, you need to extend the “green” theme to the kitchen décor. Consider getting décor accessories from environmentally conscious and friendly companies. From the tiles to the cabinets, shelves, and other installations that contribute to a “green” kitchen décor theme.

 

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Hands Free Faucets

Hands free faucets help you to use less water and do so in a more hygienic way. But not having to touch anything when preparing food you have less chance of passing on germs and the faucets sensors quickly respond when hands or other items have been removed.

 

Re-purpose old furniture

Finding a new way of using the old furniture from another room in the house is a great way of giving the kitchen a new look. Sometimes, even the old kitchen furniture might just be needing a new coat of paint and a few touch-ups to give them a new look.

 

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Recycling Center in your Cabinets

Paper, plastic, metal, glass…you should be recycling it! Whether you have room for 2 bins or 4, a pull out trash storage and recycling center cabinet allows you to easily separate recyclables and insure they don’t go somewhere to sit in a landfill for the next 50 years.

 

Indoor Herb Garden

Who doesn’t love fresh herbs year round? An indoor herb garden provides instant access to a natural food source, saves money, helps keep your indoor air quality healthier and can even provide subtle touches of aromatherapy and be a therapeutic resource as well as a food one.

 

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Wood Cutting Boards

Replace plastic cutting boards with wood ones, particular regenerating species such as bamboo. Not only are the better for the environment, but studies have shown that wood cutting boards are less likely to contaminate food when used.

 

Do not skimp on Quality

While the general outlook about going green is a minimalistic approach in the use of resources, this does not mean that you minimize on quality. It would make little sense to have to tear down one green kitchen set up to put in another every few years. Doing this would only be a waste of the same energy and resources that you are striving to preserve. You can always contact us for a free no obligation consultation to see which options are best for your home and kitchen remodel.


Even changes to the smallest of behaviors can help in the fight for a better environment. Don’t stop at a few kitchen ideas. Earth Day is every day! Look for little (and big) things you can do today and every day to help the environment and make every day a little better, brighter and greener.

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