Making the Most of Your Home’s Space

How to Optimize your Home’s Floor Plan for Maximum Living Space

Homeowners have a variety of choices when it comes to altering the interior of their homes or investing in a full-on addition. Before making the decision to increase your home’s footprint, consider how you’re already using your space. Adding on to your house is a big undertaking that could offer you major benefits in the long run but there are incremental changes you might be able to make in the meantime.

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Key Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering Building a Home Addition

4 Questions to Ask Yourself If You’re Considering a Home Addition

After much research, you’ve come to the conclusion that it’s time to start planning your home addition. When everything is said and done, adding onto your house will give you more space, improve your quality of life, and enhance the resale value of your property. Before moving forward with your home addition project, consider these key questions.

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3 Easy Ways to Add Value to your Kitchen

Add Lasting Value to Your Kitchen with Simple Upgrades

Kitchen remodels are one of the most exciting projects homeowners undertake. It’s your opportunity to tailor your space precisely to your needs and desires. From kitchen countertops to state-of-the-art appliances, there are changes both big and small that you can make to boost your home’s value. It’s true that a great kitchen sells a home, so consider these elements when planning your remodel or renovation.

Make Countertops Count

Walking into your kitchen, countertops are likely one of the first features that catch your eye. Your countertops offer you a lot in terms of functionality, but they are also a chance to highlight your artistic side. When upgrading your kitchen countertops, consider the value a wise investment offers you. Here are some of the most value-boosting countertops to consider:


Derived from naturally-occurring metamorphic rock, quartzite countertops make a beautiful statement when properly sealed, polished, and maintained. Offering vibrant white and grey hues, quartzite stone swims with movement and is among the most durable, heat-resistant countertop choices.


Bringing the outdoors in, granite is a striking stone available in hundreds of color combinations, hailing from all corners of the globe. A family-friendly countertop choice with several finishing options, granite countertops are an enduring and elegant way to increase your kitchen’s wow-factor.


Countertops crafted from concrete revolutionize the look and feel of your kitchen. A highly customizable option, concrete can be pigmented, dyed, textured, or left as is for a more industrial feel. If you want your modern concrete countertop to really shine, topical sealers like epoxy and urethane will produce a high-impact glossy finish.

Other countertop options include marble, tile, wood, soapstone, and stainless steel.

Think of Your Sink

Whether you’re embarking on a full kitchen remodel or looking to make minor upgrades, the kitchen sink is a smart place to start. Among the most used items in your kitchen, the sink is an opportunity to offer your space both beauty and practicality. Depending on your lifestyle and aesthetic taste, there are a variety of sink styles to choose from.

Undermount Sinks:

Seamless and sleek, undermount sinks are installed below your kitchen countertop. With no raised edge or lip, these sunken structures make cleaning debris a breeze.

Apron-Front Farmhouse Sinks:

Offering a charming, custom feel, apron-front farmhouse sinks are a favorite focal point among fans of the rustic, old-fashioned look.

Double Basin Sinks: Designed for multi-tasking, double basin sinks are popular among cooking connoisseurs as they offer separate spaces for rinsing and preparing without the need for sterilization.

In terms of material for your kitchen sink, consider stainless steel, granite composite, enameled cast iron or fireclay. An experienced interior designer will inform you of options that best fit your budget.

Upgrade Your Appliances

Great kitchens emphasize the beauty of details. If you’re looking for an easy way to increase the value of your home’s kitchen without spending your remodeling budget all at once, start by addressing your appliances. Upgrading to high-end appliances will make your kitchen feel more finished and expensive.

Involving next to no construction, kitchen appliance upgrades are relatively stress-free and can increase the functionality of your space exponentially. Start with the most used appliances like your refrigerator, stove, microwave, and (especially) dishwasher. With so many brands to choose from, keep these highly sought-after names at the top of your list:


An iconic name in cooking, Viking offers appliances in stainless steel and colored options including dishwashers, microwaves, ranges, refrigerators, and ventilation hoods.


More affordable than its competitors, Thermador offers generous rebate packages and is a brand name that will pique the interest of anyone who sets foot in your kitchen.


One of the most stylish names in kitchen appliances, German-engineered Gaggenau offers appliances for cooking, ventilation, refrigeration, baking, and even coffee.

Additional names you may want to consider when upgrading your kitchen appliances include Miele, Sub-Zero, La Cornue, and Jenn-Air.

Creating Value in Your Kitchen

A great deal of time, effort and sometimes money will go into any kitchen upgrade or remodel. Opportunities to add value to your kitchen are vast. Kitchen upgrades that will increase the resale value of your home are usually bigger investments, but if you want to start small, try a fresh coat of paint or a modern window fixture and see where your imagination takes you!



Remodeling Strategies

Communication and Managing Expectations

At Factor we believe that remodeling your home will improve your quality of life, and we strive to make the process just as positive as the outcomes. But hey, you’re remodeling for you, not us. We get that. Our focus is on your unique situation to create smart, beautiful designs that improve your daily life.

Creating inspired spaces starts with starting the conversation. Here are some tips for creating open communication and mastering your expectations.

Avoid Rushing the Process

Remodeling is a complicated process and despite careful planning unforeseen changes can come into the fray.  You will run into delays, you will find yourself behind schedule, you will make big decisions under pressure and you will become frustrated. This is an invasive process, and it might feel like a full-time job.  Take the time to think and talk about everything you want with your contractors before you begin anything. Also consider all the angles: understand what implications are included with the construction process.

Start Small

Ambition is admirable, but when it comes to your home it can take on a life of its own. So much so that soon you are completely re-doing your entire home instead of coming to the decision that you should look for a new home entirely. Adjust your expectations and focus on what you can change in you space so that it can enrich you and your family’s lives.

Talk About Your Budget

This can be a challenge, and talking about numbers can be a bit taboo and make you feel vulnerable. It helps to build up to the big “numbers” conversation if you are clear with the other decision makers in your house before discussing your remodeling budget with your contractor. Get clear about what you have to spend and where you can afford to splurge. A united front will make you feel supported and more confident in discussing something so personal. Once you understand your personal budget, you will be more comfortable discussing your fiscal expectations with  a “stranger”. Contractors use this figure to gauge product selections for your project, and to make sure their recommendations are what you can afford. Remember we work for you, and we want you to be proud of your home.

Provide Detail

Explain how you want to utilize each room, provide pictures, show your contractor your Pinterest page, explain what lights you up about this project and what terrifies you! Pictures are worth a thousand words and allows the team you are engaging in an idea of what your aesthetic and personality is.

Avoid Making Assumptions

As much as we or any other person might want to be at times, people are not mind readers. Never assume that someone else will know exactly what you are visualizing unless you explicitly explain it or lay it out. Transparency helps teams avoid mistakes, and will minimize disputes in the long run.


There are going to be aspects of your project that take precedent. (I need more workspace in my kitchen…The kids need more storage in their bathroom) Then there are areas to be considered on the “Wish List” ( Custom cabinetry would look great, a marble island would really pull the room together). . Take the time to consider what is an absolute for your home vs. what you could save for another day.

Build Rapport

Make sure you are a good fit with who you are working with. Do you like their communication style? Do you think they hear you? Do you think this particular contractor that can achieve what you are looking for? Do you respect their problem-solving approach? If you are hesitant about any of these questions it’s okay to take a step back and start from zero. It’s understandable that you are anxious to get underway with this huge undertaking, but your future self will thank you for appreciating who you are most compatible with. Get a feel for who you are working with, their process, and their employees.

Remember, the end goal should always be to fall in love with your home all over again.