Monday, 23 September 2019

Does Your Home Get Enough Light?

No matter how large the living space is, if your home does not receive enough light, even the biggest of rooms would look small! With proper lighting, you will eliminate unnecessary shadows and accent the special features in your house! Here’s what you can do to get better lighting in your house:

1. Accenting Your Special Areas

Most modern kitchens at home have kitchen islands (if you haven’t updated your kitchen yet, click here to see the options you have!). Recessed lights provide ambient lighting for the entire kitchen. Hanging pendant lights in rows can specially accent your kitchen especially when you want to isolate your work to the island alone. Kitchen islands are also areas where people gather around, dine and have conversations, so it’s a very good idea to get isolated lights for that area.

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Accenting bathroom mirrors with dual parallel lighting provides a special elegance. Individual lights above and below mirrors also eliminate shadows. Bathrooms generally have many mirrors and strategically placing the lights will allow the light to reflect and eliminate the need for many lighting fixtures.

Some other areas where you can use accented lights are in the nightstand, on the reading table, dual lights overlooking your bed, paintings, etc.; your choices are limited only by you're artistic taste! As a homeowner with little experience in aesthetics, you will get better ideas when you talk to a professional remodeling contractor!

2. Lighting Your Living Room

The living room is where you and your family will spend the maximum time during the day. Flush mount, semi-flush mount and recessed lightings can be perfect for your living room. It is important to choose a proper trim color and reflector type. Very often, homeowners are unaware of the existence of the varied types of recessed lighting and in such cases, a professional contractor would be of great assistance

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3. Choosing Your Chandelier

The chandelier is the gold standard for setting the level of elegance in your house (Pro tip: Do not skimp on the elegance of your house!). Your chandelier should match the color tone of your floors and woodwork. Do not rely on the chandelier as the primary source of light because that will lead to a lot of shadows in your space. Supplement the chandelier with recessed lights and tower lights. Determine the correct height needed to regulate the lighting and prevent shadows.

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4. Task-Specific Lighting

Similar to accent lighting is task-specific lighting. Special reading lights or dual lamps for writers, study lamps, etc. are task-specific lights. In the lighting industry, there are varied choices that are available for very specific tasks. Homeowners might get overwhelmed by the choices available and that’s where professional contractors like Daniel Mackey would be of great help.

Lighting your house correctly will make it look like a model of elegance! Contact us today to make your dream home a reality!

You can take a look at some of our previous work over here and if you want to get some clarity on remodeling your house, you can always read our blogs right here!

Friday, 23 August 2019

Top 5 Remodeling Mistakes That Are Destroying Your Remodel!

Undertaking remodeling projects can be very exciting for homeowners! If you’re a homeowner embarking on a new remodeling project, being aware of certain dos and don’ts will certainly help you. Here are the top 5 remodeling mistakes that could possibly destroy your whole project!

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     1.       Hiring the Wrong Contractor

The contractor you hire is going to be the backbone of your project and hence hiring the wrong contractor would be disastrous. Here’s what you need to look for in a contractor:

·         Check out the contractor’s previous projects
·         Make sure the contractor is experienced
·         Most importantly, look for previous customer reviews.

If you need more details, we have two elaborate posts here talking about what to look for in a contractor!

Daniel Mackey has been remodeling homes and making dreams come true since 1986. Head over to our website and see what we can do for you.

     2.       Not Sticking to the Plan

Sticking to the plan will determine whether you finish your remodel or not! Constantly altering the plan will cost you a lot of money and will waste your time as well.  Minor changes will be easy to incorporate but major changes like changing the piping of a bathroom require prior planning!
Pro tip: Go through the entire plan in detail with your contractor before starting with the remodel.

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      3.       Emphasis on Aesthetics over Purpose

If it’s not useful, you probably don’t need it! You might like your remodel to look like it came out of a home design magazine, but if your remodel serves no purpose you might end up remodeling your house again real soon. Therefore take into account the utility of a new addition along with the aesthetic value it brings to your house.

      4.       Not Planning for Miscellaneous Expenses

A remodel can never fit perfectly into a budget. There might be material wastage, price fluctuations, etc. These are unanticipated so you should always have some leeway while setting your budget. It is always a good idea to have a discussion with your remodeling contractor about the budget before the remodel.  The contractor’s experience in such matters will definitely benefit the homeowner greatly.

      5.       Working Your Way Around the Work Permit

Before beginning any construction work, it is imperative that you get a permit. It would be an absolute waste if your project, as it is nearing completion, gets halted by the local authorities.
Another great benefit of Daniel Mackey is that we take care of all the permits as well as the paperwork!

So keep these checkpoints in mind before you go ahead with your remodel! If you are looking for a professional contractor to get your remodel done to perfection Contact us right away!
You can also take a look at some of our previous blogs right over here!

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Simple Home Renovations for the Summer

It is summer and soon you will have guests flooding your guesthouse or your distant relatives might drop in wanting to shack up for a few days at your place! At such short notice, apart from the usual cleaning and dusting, you may want to remodel a few areas of your house too! So here are a few simple remodeling jobs that take about a day to a week to complete!

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1. 
Pressure Washing the House


This is the fastest and most effective way to get a “quick” clean house. Pressure washes, apart from cleaning out dust and debris, also remove algae. Algae are the mould that might cause other complications in your house. Pressure washing is relatively simple and can be done with or without professional contractors. But a word of caution, pressure washers require some level of expertise as inexperienced washers could cause other damages to the house.


      2.  Simple Landscaping

Landscaping, apart from making your house look spectacular, will also add monetary value to the property! The aesthetic appeal that landscaping lends to a house is sure to captivate buyers and guests as soon as they enter the property. Landscaping can vary from simple garden applications to flooring patterns and erecting structures. Depending on your time frame, we will help you design an ideal landscape and get you started with the remodel.

      3.  Replacing Electric and Plumbing Appliances

      Replacing damaged or broken appliances like door lamps, taps, etc. or installing new fixtures can add to the beauty of your house. If you’ve always had issues with that one noisy fan or that leaky tap, now would be a great time to fix it! Give us a call and we’ll take care of all the fixtures that need replacement!


      4. Exterior Painting

      Painting is a great way to make your house look impressive and updated! It increases the curb appeal and value. Painting can be done in a relatively short span of time. It can even be completed in a day!

    Hiring a contractor for this job would be very wise due to numerous reasons!

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       ·  Contractors have more experience

       ·  Contractors have the necessary equipment to reach places that are high up. Their experience also ensures the safety of your family members and workers.
       
       ·  Large jobs can often be completed in a short period of time when handed over to contractors!

       5.  Pool Cleaning

      Pool cleaning is relatively simple and involves removing debris, analyzing the water content, installing or reinstalling filters, etc.  Once the pool is emptied out, you have the option of fixing broken tiles or adding electrical fixtures like lights to the pool! Depending on the time available and your requirements, a plan can be structured and realized in a short period.

These summer home improvements really improve the aesthetics of your house and can be done in a very short time!

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Contact us today to get your dream home!

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Monday, 24 June 2019

Top 5 Floor Design Trends for 2019

Floor designs have kept changing over the years, with each year offering homeowners new aesthetics and patterns. So, going with the “Top 5 series” here are the top picks for floor designs in 2019!

      1.  Patterned Wooden Flooring

Placing your wooden flooring in the same horizontal or vertical pattern is out of fashion! This year it’s all about placing them in simple yet artful patterns, be it the shape of an arrow or a zigzag pattern. More popular in the kitchen and bathrooms, the Chevron pattern is coming up in many homes! If you’re not interested in mainstream patterns and want to be unique, you MUST contact Daniel Mackey, because we bring you designer patterns that would make you the only homeowner to have that  particular design in the whole world!

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2. Bleached Wooden Flooring

      The classic brown or tinted wooden floors are not preferred by some homeowners and if you’re one of them, you’re in luck because the bleached wooden floors are in this year! The wooden floors are bleached via chemical treatment to give you a perfect off-white to grey tone. The natural wooden pattern will remain intact with a completely new color! You can get advice from your professional contractor on whether you should bleach your already existing wooden flooring or get new premade bleached wooden floor material.

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      3.  Smoked Wooden Flooring

      Everyone loves a finished piece of wood and this is mostly done by staining the piece  using chemical treatment. Smoked wooden floors are literally processed by keeping the wood in an ammonia rich furnace and subjecting the wood to“fuming”. This will change the color of the wood. The exact color depends on a lot of factors involved in processing, but you can purchase your desired color because everything is made under standardized conditions! Smoked wooden floors give your home the rustic look that many owners deem classy and elegant. Perfect for your wine cellar or basement, these floors are the ones to look out for this year!

      4. Antique Black and White Flooring

Bring  the 50’s back into your house with elegantly patterned black and white tiles! Graphic printed tiles with beautiful designs are very popular this year. Remodeling your bathroom floors with these tiles would give a picture perfect look that will give you a feeling of nostalgia.

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      5. Designer Tiles Inspired Patterns  

Patterns that once started off as designer tiles have become very popular in many homes due to their wide marketing! Big porcelain tiles with a customized pattern on them in the center of the living room are one of the most popular trends this year. Be it an old portrait or geometrical shapes, it can be printed on a large single piece of tile! So if you go ahead with this, share your own designer tile pattern on social media and maybe you’ll inspire another homeowner to get the same pattern!

Contact us today to get your dream home!

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Thursday, 23 May 2019

5 Tips for Remodeling Your House When You Have Kids

Letting your kids run about in an active construction or remodeling site is quite dangerous and would hardly be a “Baby’s Day Out” scenario! Very often homeowners would rent a motel and stay there with their families until the remodeling work is complete for the sake of safety of their kids! This ends up costing a lot and these unnecessary expenses can be avoided if you follow these 5 tips to keep your kids safe during a remodeling project!

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It’s gonna get loud

Remodeling work is often associated with the use of heavy machinery .It’s definitely going to get loud around the house and it gets more difficult with babies around! So here is what we at Daniel Mackey do! We would install temporary soundproofing in your baby’s room which is much more cost effective than renting a motel. This will definitely reduce the noise entering your baby’s room and he/she can have a sound sleep. We also provide mufflers for  children who are over the age of 5 to reduce the noise.

Strategize and execute

A good remodeling project should always have a solid plan and execution. Plan your remodel when your kids are off at school so that all the heavy work gets done when they’re not around. When they’re back by noon or eve, you can shift to other parts of the remodel that don’t involve much noise or the use of heavy machinery.

Dust free remodel

Dust is a major concern for all homeowners. At Daniel Mackey, we dust proof the remodeling area and prevent any dust or fine particles from escaping the site. So as long as you or your kids are not inside the remodeling area, you would not have to worry about dust. But, if your kids are interested in knowing what’s going on inside, we will provide them with dust proof masks so that they can watch and maybe learn a few tricks of the trade!

A bad workman blames his tools

Being professional contractors, we never leave our tools lying around during or after a day’s job. If you plan on doing your remodel by yourself, you should be careful with your tools too! Dangerous equipments like nail guns, saws etc. are quite risky when left unattended. Make sure that the tools are kept out of children’s reach and are disconnected from the electric sockets!

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Let your kids have a go at it

They say curiosity killed the cat! But in this case it’s better to satisfy the child’s curiosity before the remodel starts! So, let them have a go at the tools under proper guidance so that they get bored of it soon and allow the remodel to go on as planned!

So if you follow these 5 tips, not only would you save a lot of cash by not renting a motel, you would also get to monitor the remodeling work!

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Bathroom Remodeling Trends for 2019

Going along with the new  year and a new house idea, let us take a look at some of the new bathroom remodeling trends in 2019
     
          1. Taking it back to the 50’s

      Walking into your bathroom would now feel like walking into a 50’s movie. Black and white interiors are now making a comeback with bold new designs. A mixture of white tubs and toilets with black cabinets, mirror borders and vanities are gaining much popularity and are expected to make big statements this year.
       
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    2.  
Smart bathrooms

Smart bathrooms are getting smarter in 2019! Motion sensors that trigger and turn on the shower once you enter it, automatic temperature sensors to maintain optimal water temperature, Bluetooth speaker systems to start playing tunes when you are in the shower etc.  If you can imagine this in a bathroom, then it is probably there and we at Daniel Mackey can bring your imagination to life.



          3. Wooden accessories

Nature themed bathrooms are getting more attention this year and homeowners prefer to replace their metal cabinets and shelves with natural wood. The wooden accent goes well with the currently trending black and white styled bathrooms and it is not a surprise that the wooden finish is gaining popularity this year!


     
       4. Hidden storages

Taking inspiration from kitchen storages, hidden bathroom storages are also gaining a lot of popularity this year. The concept of “hiding in plain sight” is fashionable among professional remodelers, not to mention the aesthetic appearance of hidden cabinets! These compact storage spaces can prevent clutter and give a very organized look to the bathroom.

         5.  Lopsided mirrors

      Asymmetrical and amoeboid shaped mirrors and whole wall mirrors have gained more attention this year! When it comes to mirrors, we believe in “the bigger the better” and whole wall mirrors are the way to do that!


         6.  Vintage brass and gold themes

      Gold and brass accents are making a comeback this year that is bigger than ever! Starting from brass taps to golden toilets (believe it or not!) the possibilities are vast. With the right color tone and polishing, you will be taken back to the moments you spent with your grandparents as a child.


          7.  Nature and open themed bathrooms

The concept of open showers or bathrooms, in oneness with nature (in contrast to nature themed bathrooms) is gaining more popularity. Showers not confined within the spaces of a curtain or glass and bathrooms without walls in your master bedroom can be made with simple or intricate designs based on your taste. Bedrooms with open bathtubs or glass showers have gained a lot of popularity this year. Often found in honeymoon suites, this type of design is making its way into many homes.


A few notable trends this year are all pink bathrooms, floor heated bathrooms, patterned tiles on floors and walls etc. If you are interested to know more about other trends in home remodeling , head over to our other posts and go to danielmackeyconstruction.com to see some of our notable works.     

Saturday, 23 March 2019

DIY or a Contractor? – You Decide!

Do it yourself or DIY projects are becoming more popular day by day. Be it arts and crafts with recycled material or renovating your own house, these projects have hooked people on because they seem to be more fun and less expensive. Before you embark on your DIY project to remodel your house, here is what you need to take into consideration:

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1.
 
Safety first:

Your safety and that of your family’s, takes top priority. Undertaking large projects can be quite dangerous especially when it involves the use of heavy machinery. Skilled contractors are vital in this case because they are proficient with handling heavy and dangerous equipments (At Daniel Mackey, we are certified to handle heavy machinery).

Of course, if it involves a very small scale remodeling project like changing your carpet flooring, interior painting etc. you can DIY! But you can never be too careful.

      2. Remodel or destroy your home?

The classic “I don’t need anyone to help me with this” has left many homeowners destroying what they had earlier, and they end up calling a contractor to fix their mistakes and start from scratch. This may cost you more than what you would have initially spent, if you had called a professional contractor in the first place. It all comes down to what you deem, requires a contractor and what does not. But then again, you might be mistaken. So before you start your project, find out what level of skill it takes and how many people are required to complete the job.You can then make an informed decision about whether you need a contractor or not!

      3. Time is money:

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The unspoken truth is that, saving time costs a lot of money. If you have a lot of time at your disposal and if the remodel you want to do is relatively simple, you can take your own time and finish the remodel. However, if the project involves the replacement of a bathtub or complete bathroom remodeling, you need to finish the project as soon as possible and this requires the help of a contractor. Complex remodels take more than one person to finish and it is always wise to have experienced contractors taking care of them

      4. Getting permits:

The use of some heavy machinery requires permits, and different cities have different rules. The difficulty level of obtaining them and the costs may vary accordingly. Certain permits cannot be acquired unless you work with certified contractors. Fortunately for you, at Daniel Mackey we have permits for all the machinery you may need to use for your home remodel and we will take care of getting new permits if any. You will just have to sit back and relax while we get your house ready in no time.

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At Daniel Mackey we put the safety of our customers first and we make  imaginations into a reality. Do not hesitate to contact us to get your house remodeled today! Look at some of our earlier projects to get a taste of what we can do!

Friday, 22 February 2019

Hot Tub and Indoor Pool Remodeling Designs

Coming home after a long day’s  work can be exhausting and can definitely be made better when you have a really good hot tub or an indoor pool to cool yourself ! If you have some extra space in your house you can remodel your house and get a good indoor pool. Here are some new indoor pool and hot tub ideas for your home. 

1. Infinity pools 

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Infinity pools give you the sense of floating in a peaceful never ending ocean. They can also come with inbuilt currents that give you the effect of waves and give your home a very exquisite look.Often seen in resorts and classy hotels, these pools can make your home look like something out of a Martha Stewart Living issue. 

2. Glass Walled Pools


 
If you have a backyard that you do not use, an indoor pool with glass walls would give you the perfect balance between aesthetics and privacy.The glass walls give you the sense of being outside whilst still remaining indoors. Glass walls can be tinted and you can have a trellis for a door and pergolas for a roof. Our professional contractors can design your glass walled structure with skillful designs. 

3.Exercise Pools


 
These pools take cardiovascular health and metabolic conditioning to the next level. Perfect for anyone who is health conscious or those who want to develop their athletic skills, exercise pools come with jets that provide resistance to movement and will make swimming more challenging. Our remodeling contractors can give you the perfect design and jet control for your exercise pool. 

4.Hot Tubs in your Gym


 
A dip in a hot tub for half an hour can soothe your body and relieve muscle tension. After a hard workout in the gym, you can relieve stress, reduce muscle ache and improve blood circulation to your muscles. Hot tubs in your home gym will not take up a lot of space. With the perfect set up, you can look forward to a weekly stress buster.

5. Below the Ground Spa Tubs



 
Spa tubs below the ground level will blend in perfectly with the environment and with the right setup you can make it look like your very own pond. It takes up lesser space and adds a great aesthetic look to your house. The preliminary work maybe a bit of a hassle, to dig below the ground level and to provide proper water proofing, but the end result makes it worth the time and trouble.  

6. Classic Jacuzzi


 
A Jacuzzi is the epitome of relaxation. Picture water jets strategically placed in your tub with varying pressure and a glass of wine in your hand on a Friday evening with your favorite TV show or movie running in front of you!! Weekends cannot get better than this. The fastest way for you to stop picturing this and making it a reality is to contact us!

At Daniel Mackey, we put your needs first and make your remodeling dreams come true. 

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Kitchen Remodeling Trends in 2019

Everyone is very conscious about their “new year, new me” motto and you may be one of them too! In view of bringing about a new change to you this year, what better place to start afresh than a brand new, remodeled kitchen? Because, good food can soothe the soul and all you need is a beautiful kitchen to get started. Here are some of the new kitchen remodeling trends of 2019 to help you get going with the new year.


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1. Smart kitchens

Technological inventions are at their peak and new inventions are being made in various domains as you read this. The entry of tech into the kitchen domain has gifted all of us with marvelous inventions starting from smart refrigerators to motion sensing faucets.Thermal detection, Internet of things etc. has made a smart kitchen look like something out of a fantasy movie. Microwave ovens can be programmed to heat your food just as you enter your home or refrigerators can tell you when you are low on produce etc. and everything can be controlled  using simple apps on your phone. Smart kitchens are something to look at in 2019.

 2. Updated storage cabinets

Homeowners are looking at modern designs for cabinets that have more partitions that can reduce clutter. Latest cabinets can be completely hidden and will open out by just using a simple pushing mechanism, or can be pulled out with cut out handles. Cabinets on the walls are getting outdated and more homeowners prefer cabinets below their counters for the aesthetic appearance.


3. Color Palette

The all-white kitchen is slowly going out of fashion and more natural neutral shades are making their way into the market. Dark shaded cabinets and floors with light shaded tops are becoming very popular. Shades of green, black and navy are being used and the color palette gives the homeowners a feeling of luxury and sophistication. Dark colored themes are the one to look for this year.

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4. Tasteful appliances


The aesthetic looks of appliances have vastly improved with no loss in function. Dark and neutral colored appliances, to go with your kitchen theme are becoming more popular. Glass door refrigerators, touch sense stoves and microwaves, wall ovens, steam ovens etc. are a must have for a lot of homeowners.

      5. Going old-school
   
    Old-school is back in fashion. Bright colors, hardwood and ceramic flooring are getting more attention. Ceramic tiles, single block kitchen tops, designer wooden chairs etc. are making their way back into 2019. Quartz and hardwood flooring are being designed to mimic natural stone. Ceramic floors are also back into fashion and are preferred by homeowners who wish to have low maintenance type of floors. Old fashioned kitchen islands which have been tastefully redesigned by professional contractors  are popular in 2019.



These are some of the major trends this year. Contact us today and learn more about kitchen remodeling. Get 2019 on track and start your year with the perfect remodel!