10 Ways to Ensure Your Remodel is Energy-Efficient

1. Install a Cool Roof

Not all energy-efficient remodeling improvements are in a home’s interior, and cool roofs are the perfect example. Ask your contractor about installing a cool roof, which is made with highly reflective shingles, tiles, sheet coverings, or paint. These materials absorb less heat and allow your home to stay relatively cool without overtaxing your AC.

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Avoiding Clutter in Your Newly Remodeled Home

We all want to avoid clutter, but few of us know where to begin. The beautiful reality of remodeling is that it provides you with a ready-made opportunity to make positive lifestyle changes, to start fresh, and to establish new routines.

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Popular Floor Plans for Multi-Generational Homes

With costs everywhere rising, multi-generational living has become a practical and popular solution for saving money. College graduates are moving back in with parents or other relatives while they pay off debt, middle-aged couples are moving in with parents and in-laws who want to age in place to provide care, and retirees are moving in with their children to receive care and be near grandchildren. Family friendly floorpans are not only economically sensible—they also foster closer familial friendships.

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The Coolest Gadgets for Home Automation

2018 is the year of home automation, and we at Sand County Contracting enjoy tracking the latest technology trends. From heating and cooling rooms remotely to cleaning without human aid, these latest tech gadgets have got you and your Madison, WI, home covered.

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8 Design Details to Include in Your Kitchen Remodel

Articles on the web often discuss big-picture remodeling elements like layout and flooring materials, but less time is devoted to discussing the details that make your Madison, WI, kitchen remodel come together. Today, let’s talk about our favorite details in your kitchen design that will make all the difference.

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Rustic Design Ideas for Your Madison Home

Chris Shanks | May 23, 2018 | Design

In America, the more progressive our technologies become, the more we yearn for simpler days. This is especially true in the home, where we want the convenience of modern technologies alongside rustic design ideas that hearken to a closer connection with the outdoor world. Here are some of our favorite ideas for incorporating nods to nature in your modern, Madison, WI, home remodel.

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5 Ways to Maximize Space in a Smaller Kitchen

We’ve been in and out of high-end Wisconsin homes for years, and we’ve gained some valuable experiences along the way that we’d like to share with you. Here are our five expert tips on how to maximize space in small kitchens.

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5 Kid-Friendly Design Ideas for Your New Home

Does having children automatically limit your style to thrift-store furniture and blank walls? We don’t think so. While having children will influence your home design as much as any other aspect of your life, that’s no reason not to celebrate the change and use your new boundaries as helpful guides to establish style directions. Here are our five kid-friendly design ideas for your Madison, WI, home remodel.

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7 Remodeling Projects that Add Value to Your Home

According to HGTV, “home improvement projects cost about 20 to 25 cents on the dollar. The other 75 to 80 cents spent go directly back into the home through increased value.” We all know that some remodeling projects, such as kitchens and bathrooms, have a higher ROI than others, but it can be hard to know which ones pay off.

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16 Questions to Ask Your Contractor During the Interview Process

Chris Shanks | May 02, 2018 | Planning a Remodel

So you’re pretty sure that you are ready to take the plunge and build that dream addition to your Madison home. You’ve collected ideas from websites and magazines and friends’ houses, taken measurements, sketched out your concept, and looked into your finances to see how much you could reasonably afford. Pretty soon, you’ll need to start talking to contractors, who will give you a better idea of what you can get for the money you have available. But how do you choose the right contractor? The answer: by asking lots of questions.

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