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9 Surprising Considerations for a Bathroom Remodel

In a world of do-it-yourself projects, it is easy to dream of the perfect bathroom. However, these dreams can be halted by practical realities. It is important to consider a few things before setting your heart on a specific bathroom remodeling trend. Check out this great article that highlights a few things to consider before starting your bathroom remodel. Remember, 360 Construction and Design is experienced in bathroom remodeling and upgrading.

How Much Does Bathroom Remodeling in Alaska Cost?

How Much Does Bathroom Remodeling in Anchorage, Alaska Cost?

After the initial dreaming stage for your bathroom remodel, the same question always gets asked. How much does a bathroom remodel cost? Anchorage remodeling can be different than in other areas of the country. This article will give you a great idea of what goes into remodeling a bathroom in Anchorage.

Bathroom Workbook: How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost?

How to Stick to Your Remodeling Goals

It’s easy to get lost in the remodeling abyss, with the overwhelming questions and decisions, and the pressure to create a budget and stick to it. Here are some tips on how to avoid getting sucked into headache situations, therefore making you satisfied with your overall remodel results. Read More…

8 Lessons on Renovating a House from Someone Who’s Living It

Living in a construction site and sharing the role of the general contractor and work crew is going to give you a lot of extremes. The extremes of irritation. But also the extremes of appreciation for a part of your partner that you might not ever experience otherwise. These tips will help reduce stress while living in your house during a renovation. Read More…

The Free Standing Staircase Trend

As open floor plans continue to increase in popularity, so does the preference for free standing stairs. These stairs work well in both residential and commercial properties, maximizing square footage and adding much aesthetic appeal to any space. If you are building a new home or remodeling the one you already live in, you should definitely consider the advantages to be gained by incorporating free standing stairs into your design. Here’s a quick look at the top characteristics of these stairs as well as a few trends that are becoming increasingly popular.

What are Free Standing Stairs?

A set of free standing stairs will have no walls to either side of it or below. The staircase itself looks like it is floating in the air, attached only at the top of the staircase to the floor of the next floor and at the bottom to the floor where the staircase starts. The top benefit of these stairs is that they provide an unobstructed view, allowing any decor to speak for itself.

Top Characteristics of Free Standing Stairs

  • Enable more light to spread throughout a room
  • Provide smooth transition from one floor to the next
  • Seamless installation
  • Accentuate minimalist decor
  • Graceful design that exemplifies precision construction
  • Curved Sorority

Combining both elegance and tradition, the Curved Sorority free standing stairs feature a turned baluster and newels. If you prefer, you can have stained treads and painted grade risers added to enhance the elegance. When it comes to a classic free standing stair that illustrates refinement and sophistication at their finest, the Curved Sorority free standing stairs are an excellent choice.

Tuscan Curved

Another type of curved free standing staircase, the Tuscan Curved is much like the Sorority Staircase except that it has quite a bit of Tuscan flairs added to it. Curved wood stringers combined with beautiful Tuscan iron balusters provide extensive detail to what starts out as such a simple set of stairs.

Contemporary Glass

Even though the Contemporary Glass free standing stairs are often seen in commercial offices, they are great for residential properties as well. These stairs can be added with or without a curve, giving you the option to add them into just about any space. This type of simple staircase comes to life thanks to the glass added to the stairs and handrails, and with so many rail options available, you will find it simple to match your current decor or any of the new decor you are adding during a remodel.

Want to Add a Free Standing Staircase Into Your Home?

It is imperative that you choose an experienced contractor to add free standing staircase into your home. This type of contractor will have the craftsmanship and skills it takes to build your staircase not only correctly the first time around in regards to codes and regulations, but also build it according to your exact needs and preferences.

4 Great Kitchen Upgrades To Make Your Kitchen Pop

Modern Farmhouse Style Kitchen - Eagle River, AK

Each month over 6 million Americans tune in to watch professionals fix and renovate homes. They look at these shows for inspiration and ideas. However, in this renovation DIY craze, people are often left with so many ideas but a small construction skillset and an even smaller budget. Here are four great kitchen upgrades that will refresh and revive your kitchen!

1. Updating lighting

Lighting is such an important feature in a kitchen. Natural light is important, however, in dark Alaskan winters, a kitchen must have adequate lighting. Lights under and inside cabinets make a huge difference in making your kitchen look bigger than it is. It helps take away shadows that darken counter-tops and make it hard to see. Canned lighting also helps create an even light throughout the entire kitchen. This not only increases the visibility of food prep but also creates a warm and open atmosphere for anyone spending time in your kitchen. Never underestimate the power of lighting.

2. Update Countertops

While this project may cost more upfront, it does give your kitchen a huge face-lift. With these dark counters and cabinets, the entire kitchen absorbs light. Adding light counters transforms this small kitchen into a light room that looks larger than it is.

3. Update Flooring

In many older homes, the linoleum in the kitchen has never been updated. Often there is a stark contrast from beautiful hardwood or laminate flooring in the dining room, to heavily patterned boxy linoleum in the kitchen. Consider updating your flooring to create a beautiful transition from your dining area to the kitchen.

4. Add Backsplash

Not only does a backsplash protect your walls from spills and cooking grease, but it also is a beautiful accent to any kitchen. This is a very practical addition to your kitchen renovation. If you need to lighten up your kitchen, consider adding a light-colored backsplash. It is an inexpensive way to give your room a huge face-lift.