Everything you need to know about converting your basement into a gym

Posted by in Basements | September 30, 2014
Everything you need to know about converting your basement into a gym

One of the biggest challenges that comes with staying in shape is simply getting yourself to the gym. But what if you had one in your very own home? A basement is an ideal space for gym equipment, as it has strong floors that can support the weight of the equipment. Converting this area of your home into a personal workout center is a great way to avoid excuses, make your workouts more convenient and get back on top of your fitness goals. You can customize your home gym, too, according to your specific needs. Best of all, you’ll dodge expensive ongoing gym fees, saving you a substantial amount of money in the long run.

Designing your dream home gym demands some important considerations, however. Greg Griffin, Alure Home Improvements’ basement design expert, offered some insight into the planning process.

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Extend the life of your roof

Posted by in Roofing | September 17, 2014
Extend the life of your roof

Replacing your roof isn’t something that you want to do regularly. Although sometimes time or extreme weather can ravage a roof, most people want to make sure that when they install a new one it won’t be going anywhere. New shingles should last, protecting your home from the elements day in and day out for decades. Alure Home Improvements’ exterior design expert Mike Serra told homeowners a few different ways to keep their replacement roofs working for them for as long as they need.

Use architectural shingles and a certified installer 
Serra advised homeowners to stay away from 3-tab shingles. This once-popular roofing material came in a single sheet that was cut before being put down. This allowed water to get between the sheets over time and cause structural damage. Instead, Serra recommended using 2-ply architectural shingles. 

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5 tips for renovating your basement when relatives are moving in

Posted by in Basements | September 2, 2014
5 aspects to include when renovating your basement for relatives to move in

It’s not uncommon for multiple generations to live under one roof. Alure Home Improvements’ design expert Greg Griffin explained that remodeling your basement to accommodate your parents or relatives isn’t just normal, but can actually end up being a positive in multiple ways.

When you turn your basement into an extra bedroom, apartment or living space, you’re able to bring your family closer and provide them space to live. Griffin also pointed out that it can add substantial value to your home without creating the tax-related costs that an exterior addition or other new construction may. For many homeowners, it also makes much more financial sense to invest in an extra living space in their own home rather than pay for a parent’s or relative’s apartment.

If you’re considering creating a finished basement for a relative, parent or other guest, Griffin outlined some of the most important tips to keep in mind to create a comfortable, safe and functional space. 

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A Labor Day Reflection

Posted by in In The Community | August 29, 2014

Summer is almost over, the kids are going back to school and football is back! This can only mean one thing, Labor Day weekend is here. Time for BBQ’s, beaches, enjoying family and friends and getting ready to say goodbye to summer vacation. Let’s add to that! Let’s actually celebrate Labor Day for what it is. A day to recognize and give tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our great country. We celebrate past presidents birthdays, great Americans and our country’s independence in honor of the role they played in our countries history and greatness. All well deserved!!

Where would our country be without the hard work, dedication, skill, drive, and overall contributions from its labor force? The answer is we would not be the great economic and industrial leader of the world. So let’s celebrate Labor Day for what it is this year and remember nothing gets done without the men and women day in and day out doing it! I’d like to recognize the employees and tradesman of Alure for all the contributions they make day in and day out.

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Top 3 reasons for bathroom renovations

Posted by in Bathrooms | August 28, 2014
Top 3 reasons for bathroom renovations

Bathroom renovations can have a significant impact on the way people use and view their homes. A clean, beautiful space can make homeowners’ daily routines that much more pleasant and potentially add value to the house. But, regardless of the numerous benefits a bathroom remodeling project holds, it’s a big job and should be thought about seriously.

Alure Home Improvements’ kitchen and bathroom design expert Rosemary Mikelinich explained that the reasons why people get bathroom renovations usually fall into three categories. People may either need a bathroom that functions differently, one that’s more modern and stylish, or a bathroom that’s clean and undamaged.

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Explore the benefits of modern siding

Posted by in Siding | August 21, 2014
Explore the benefits of modern siding

Siding is an important aspect of any home. It makes up the majority of the exterior and can help your home look beautiful to visitors, neighbors and passersby. But siding is also an important functional element to help protect your home’s interior structures from outdoor elements.

Alure Home Improvements’ exterior expert Mike Serra, who specializes in exterior design, explained how siding has changed over the years and why modern siding is far superior to previous options. 

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Experience the advantages of replacement windows

Posted by in Windows | August 18, 2014
Experience the advantages of replacement windows

Whether you’re tired of looking through old panes that are fogged on the inside or you’re sick of paying for heat and air conditioning that you’re losing through inefficient weather stripping, replacement windows can carry a number of advantages for homeowners. You can install new windows as part of a kitchen remodeling or larger renovation project, or just on their own as a way to refresh your home both inside and out.

Alure Home Improvements’ exterior design expert Vinnie Maddaloni discussed some of the benefits that installing new windows can have for people considering upgrading their homes. 

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Avoid these 4 common household hazards

Posted by in Educational Resources | August 15, 2014
Avoid these 4 common household hazards

When you put time and effort into your house with home renovation and customized decoration to create a beautiful and comfortable space, it’s important to look out for some of the most common causes of injury and house damage as well.

1. Carbon monoxide 

Carbon monoxide is the byproduct of using certain fuel sources. Odorless, scentless and soundless, carbon monoxide kills more than 400 people in the U.S. every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explained. Every home should have CO detectors that function well to warn homeowners of a possible leak. Many times, CO leaks occur during extreme storms or power failures when people are looking for alternate heating or power sources. The CDC warned against using a gas oven to heat a home, a generator indoors, a car in a closed garage, or any fuel or motor indoors.

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Is a larger bathroom right for you?

Posted by in Bathrooms | August 4, 2014
Is a larger bathroom right for you?

A bathroom renovation can impact how a home looks and functions. Updated fixtures and newer decor can improve the way a family uses their new bathroom, but one of the biggest things a homeowner can do as part of a remodeling project is to enlarge a bathroom. By expanding the square footage of a bathroom, families can create a more versatile space that can accommodate more people and their belongings. For many people who are redoing their bathrooms, considering expansion is a big part of the decision.

Alure Home Improvements’ custom bathroom and kitchen design expert Patricia Nicolini talked about how she helps homeowners decide whether or not to expand the size of the bathroom they’re renovating.

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5 reasons people choose to renovate their kitchens

Posted by in Kitchens | July 28, 2014
5 reasons people choose to renovate their kitchens

If you find yourself looking at your kitchen and wondering if it’s time for a renovation, it might be a good idea to think about the reasons why other people redo their kitchens. There are a number of things that can lead people to decide on a kitchen remodeling project, and these can help you get prospective on your own home and whether it’s time to tackle a full scale kitchen renovation project.

Custom kitchen and bathroom designer at Alure Home Improvements, Sherry Gossett talked about some of the most popular reasons that people decide to get a new kitchen. 

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