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Easy DIY Tips for Remodeling Your House

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If you’re not quite ready to get into a new custom home built specifically for your needs and lifestyle, here are some simple DIY remodeling ideas that will help make your old home feel new again.

Make a Good First Impression

Sometimes we tend to overlook the obvious, such as the front entrance of our home, but a warm, inviting or eye-catching front door color can make a huge difference and is easy to re-paint whatever hue catches your fancy. You might also consider upgrading the door entirely, depending upon the overall aesthetic of your house. Outdoor lighting, some potted plants and new hardware can also help dramatically change the appearance of your home’s exterior.

Wood Pallets to Palaces

One of the biggest DIY trends right now is repurposing old wood pallets for just about anything, from furniture to artwork, outdoor patios to wood paneling. Wood medium produces low thermal conductivity, which means it’s perfect for insulating room interiors. By adding a fun, funky texture, you can transform any room in your house.

Indoor / Outdoor Day Bed

If you have some unused space on your patio or in a corner of your home, why not create a relaxing little nook to read or catnap on? You can easily build a frame of approximately 18 inches tall and then find a mattress to fit (or build your own with foam), and then cover with some pretty fabric and top with comfy pillows and voila – you have a daybed everyone will want to daydream on.

Elegant Storage

Make the most of your space and enhance the look of your home by using kits for bookcases and shelving to create built-in storage that you can easily assemble yourself. Use an open shelving/cabinet combination as a display space to showcase those special valuables you want to highlight. If you have a second story, consider building shelves, storage or even a whimsical custom wine rack under the staircase.

Bathroom Bliss

If you don’t have room to install a steam bath, you can instead install an S-shaped seat that transforms your walk-in shower into a steam room you can lie down in and relax while sweating out all those toxins!

If you’d rather start from scratch with a luxury custom home built by folks who know how to make dreams come true, call us at 210-494-5400 for a consultation. If you wish to be added to our private email list for our newsletter, please sign up here.


The Garage of Your Dreams

Garage projects can be a lot of fun. It’s often an under-utilized or cluttered space in many homes, but for some of us, the garage can be a haven. We recently completed a garage addition project for a client of ours in the Hill Country that included a professional auto lift so he could easily work on his truck at home.

Just like every other room in the house, when we’re building a custom home for our clients, the best way to maximize your space is to start with your interests and lifestyle. Depending on what you’re into, your garage can accommodate those needs and become one of your favorite rooms.

Here are some ideas on things you can do to your new or old garage:

The Ultimate Workshop

There are a few key elements to building your ultimate workshop. First, you’ll need to have plenty of electrical outlets installed, so you don’t have messy cords all over the floor. When it comes to a workshop space, you can never have too many outlets!

Who doesn’t want or need more storage? Especially when it comes to a workshop space, we suggest built-in open cabinets for all of your tool storage. You can also put lockable doors on some of the cabinets for any expensive tools.

Lighting is another important aspect of a garage workshop. Track lighting is an easy option to give you some directional lighting and overall room illumination. If you want to up the cool factor, consider installing a motion direction on/off switch for when your hands are full of hammers, nails, sawdust or whatever else you’ve got going on.

A serious workshop isn’t complete without a dust collection systemcentral vacuum and air ventilation system. All three of these systems will keep the dust, pollen and other heavy particulate matter off of you and your equipment.

Do yourself a favor and if you plan on spending any time in your garage at all, have it insulated to help it stay cool or warm, when needed. A few floor AC units or space heaters and your DIY projects are good to go!

Entertainment Room

Instead of being a throw-away space, how about transforming the garage into an entertainment space with a fun theme like an old fashioned soda fountain or an arcade? It could be a great space for the kids to play in without concern for spills or breaks.

You could even have foldable tables and chairs handy and enjoy happy hour inside or outside the garage. With the right décor and tasty craft cocktails, it might even be better than your backyard patio!

Finer Décor

As with everything we do at Stone Creek Custom Homes, the sky’s the limit. Whatever you envision can be made reality. Impress even the most jaded style critics with a garage fit for a king. Imagine a garage that’s outfitted with beautiful wood cabinetry and red brick flooring, a flat-screen HD TV on the wall and a built-in safe for valuables.

You can also go retro with open shelving, marine lighting and reclaimed wood. All you need is an antique car to complete the look! However, James Bond enthusiasts might appreciate a more sleek visage with floor-to-ceiling ebony cabinets that hide any mess, so all you see is your Aston Martin DB5. Hey, a guy can dream, right?!

When you’re ready to get started, we’re here! Call us anytime at 210-494-5400.