Don’t Disregard Your Garage

You’ve spent hours upon hours racking your brain (and Google) for inspiration and ideas on things you’d love to incorporate into your new kitchen, living room and bedroom. Totally understandable, we get it…but what about your garage? Your garage is essentially an extension of your home, so it would only make sense to start focusing on the details, design and functionality of your garage as well.

– Select a garage door that will make your home stand out. Make sure it’s of a higher quality since garage doors will inevitably take abuse from being opened and closed multiple times a day. Try to choose doors that have a similar design to your entryway doors, as it will help to make your home look and feel coordinated.

– “It’s the inside that counts.” Add lots of shelving and storage. This will help to keep your garage clean and organized. Think about what you will most likely be storing in your garage (tools, sports equipment, boxes of holiday decorations) and plan accordingly.

– Make it your own. In todays world, garages no longer have to function solely as a parking and storage area. Most people turn their garage into their mancave, home office or game room. Analyze your wants and needs, call us here at Snell Construction, and let’s design your garage.

How Interior Paint Colors Affect Your Mood

Blue This color will clear your mind and help you feel calm and relaxed. Be sure to stick to light, warm shades of blue as pastel blues can make the room feel cold. Best used in bedrooms, offices and bathrooms.

Purple The historical color of royalty. Deep purples are sophisticated, romantic and luxurious. Best used in bedrooms and dining rooms.

Green Green will reduce anxiety and is known to help clear your mind. Plus, it’s one of the easiest colors on the eyes. Best used in bedrooms, bathrooms, offices and living rooms.

Red Red is the most intense color and is known to help stir up conversation and excitement. Best used in dining rooms and living rooms.

White White will make your home feel more spacious and open and give a feeling of purity and cleanliness. Can be used in any room of your choice but is especially popular in the kitchen as it gives off a more modern feel.

These are just a few of many paint color options. Research some other colors and start to get acquainted with paint!

Six Home Improvements that add the Most Value

Have no fear, Snell Construction is here…to help you make the most out of your renovations! Here’s a list of six home improvements that can increase the value of your home.

1.) Kitchen Renovation

The kitchen is the central gathering place. Making even just simplest of updates such as the cabinetry, countertops and appliances can increase the value of your home.

2.) Paint & Flooring

Freshly painted rooms make for a clean and updated looking house and can give it new life. Adding paint will spruce up the home. Outdated carpets and flooring can easily decrease the value of your home. Opt instead for hardwood floors, as they tend to make your home look more sharp and sophisticated.

3.) Bathroom Renovation

Along with the kitchen, the bathroom is one of the most important rooms that you can update to benefit your home. Adding his and hers sinks, new tile and updating the cabinetry will add more appeal.

4.) Lighting

Recessed lighting can make your room feel bigger because it takes up less visual space in the room. You can choose between different trim, lights and reflectors and they can really upgrade your room. Dimmer switches are an upscale touch that will make your home more energy-efficient and broaden the appeal for your home.

5.) Finished Basement

Putting a living room, bedroom or bathroom in the basement may seem kind of plain and boring, but most people like having the extra space and basic rooms will allow potential future buyers to decide what they would like to use the basement for.

6.) Landscaping

Fresh cut green lawns and potted plants add curb appeal. Make sure to keep up with your landscaping, because it’s the first thing people notice when they drive by!

Work from home…in style!

Having a home office can be extremely convenient. Whether you work from home full time, commute to work all week and occasionally have to bring some paper work home with you to execute over the weekend or sit in the home office once a month just to pay bills, you’ll want to keep the space as organized and stimulating as possible. Snell Construction is here to help you with ways to create a happy and productive home work space!

Not only do you want your brain to stay energized, you want to keep your senses invigorated as well. Place some candles or essential oil diffusors around your office to help keep you motivated. Peppermint scents are extremely refreshing, citrus scents will uplift and destress and cinnamon scents are known to help improve your focus.

Optimizing your lighting will reduce eye strain that comes from trying to read in low light. If your home office isn’t in a well lit area, adding some bright white bulbs will make a huge difference.

Keeping your space organized is essential. Shelving and lots of storage will help keep everything in its place. No more stressing over where you put this paper or where that file went. Designate a shelf or a drawer for each particular item and you’ll be orderly and efficient.

During one home renovation, we added French doors to the home office. This is a great way to make the space feel open, yet private at the same time. You can close the doors to keep the noise out, but the windowed view will still allow you to keep an eye on what’s going on elsewhere.

Adding motivational artwork throughout your home office space can do just that…motivate you! Do some online shopping and find a piece of artwork with a message that speaks to you. Our personal favorite…”Remember why you started.” If you’re having a down day and are starting to feel discouraged, these motivational messages can help you get back on your feet and back to the grind.

Let Snell Construction buckle down and get to work on creating your home office so you can buckle down and get to work…from home!

Magical Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is the most personal space in your home, so it’s only right to create the master bedroom of your dreams…get it? Dreams? Sleep? You get the point. Let’s talk about how to create your ideal sleep sanctuary.

1.) Color Palette: The color scheme you choose for your bedroom can have a major mental and emotional impact. Calm, soothing colors are best for the bedroom. Greens, greys and pastels will put your mind at ease and help relax you before bedtime.

2.) Room Temperature: We all know that sleeping in a room that’s either too hot or too cold is near impossible. Add a thermostat unit into your bedroom and keep the temperature at a setting ideal for your personal sleeping conditions.

3.) Darkness: Keeping your bedroom dark means you’ll have a sound sleep. Light blocking curtains will assure that you sleep until your alarm goes off (and they will really help you sleep in on the weekends). Think about putting phones, computers and LED clocks in your night stand drawer to assure that you will not be disturbed.

4.) No Clutter Zone: Keeping clutter to a minimum is essential for your ideal master bedroom. This is the space where you can go to clear your mind and relax, and keeping it clutter free will help keep your mind clutter free as well.

5.) Quality Mattress: Memory foam, pillow top, waterbeds…with endless options, it’s easy to find a mattress that suits your needs. Having a good quality mattress is one of the top ways to ensure good quality sleep.

We’re here to help. Let Snell Construction work with you to make sure your master bedroom is a pleasure to step into every evening for years to come.

Open vs Closed Floor Plan: What’s the Right Choice for You?

Floor plans are one of the most important parts of any construction and renovation process, which means you really have to take your time weighing the options. An open floor plan makes use of large, open spaces and minimizes small, enclosed rooms. A closed floor plan will have each room separated from the others by hallways and doors. Snell Construction has put together some information on each of these floor plans to hopefully help make your decision a little bit easier.

An open floor plan will make spaces appear larger. They are great for smaller homes to make them feel more open and inviting, and will allow for plenty of natural light that will illuminate your home. Open floor plans create more room for guests and make it easy to entertain a large number of people. You can prepare appetizers in the kitchen while still being able to socialize with the guests that are sitting in the living room. With minimal walls, there is also room for plenty of additional seating.

Closed floor plans mean privacy, privacy and more privacy. Lots of walls and doors are good for when you need time for yourself. You will have more opportunity to create a specific, customized purpose for each room (office, small gym, kids’ playroom…). If you have children, it will be easier to keep your home looking clean because messy items can be contained in one room of the house behind a closed door. Closed floor plans can also help make your house feel more cozy and will definitely allow your house to be more quiet as closed floor plan homes have better sound control.

In the end, the final decision is up to you and what fits your needs. Most homes today actually contain a combination of both open and closed floor plans. Either way, your home will be comfortable, gorgeous and amazing when you work with us here at Snell Construction!