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You've planned every detail of your remodel from top to bottom, and you've partnered with an excellent contractor to ensure those details offer a beautiful and long-lasting result. One facet of your remodel that should be on your radar is the finishing touch required for the project to truly reach "done" status.
Perhaps you're getting a bathroom remodel, and you need to choose linens and rugs that will complement the new tile and fixtures. Maybe you're getting the exterior of your home renovated, and you need to choose a new door or some frames for your new windows.
An experienced contractor will help you choose all the finishing touches you need to complete the project, but it's helpful to have a list on hand of items you may want to research before the remodeling begins.
Choosing Hardware and Fixtures
Your contractor will likely point you in the direction of some water-saving devices for fixtures like the water faucets and shower, and there are many options available to you as far as style is concerned.
For example, if you're in the midst of an exterior remodel, have you chosen the type of hardware that will decorate your door? Have you chosen new lights or window sconces? Not only are there many styles available, but you will also have access to different materials in colors like bronze, black, gold, silver, and nickel.
Finishing touches are also an excellent way to influence the "feel" of a particular space. For example, if you're getting a patio renovated on the back of your home or you're getting a completely new outdoor space built, there are several finishing touches that can make your porch or outdoor space feel like an indoor/outdoor retreat.
"Rather than simply leaving the ceiling covered in basic building materials like pressure-treated plywood, consider cladding it with something more architectural, such as beadboard or V-groove wood plank."
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Getting the Lighting Right
A change or update to the lighting in a room can create a dramatic difference, and it's a detail impacted by style, function, and placement. You may want to update your driveway with new lights along the cement, but it's important to get the number, brightness and color right.
Similarly, you may want to install track lighting in your living room, but it's important to make sure that particular finishing touch looks appropriate for the architectural style of your home. It's a worthwhile investment of time to talk to your architect, contractor, or interior designer about these different types of lighting:
- Ambient lighting (general light for the whole space)
- Accent (lighting meant to improve the appearance of the area)
- Task lighting (lighting for specific tasks like reading or walking)
The American Lighting Association reveals:
"A good lighting plan combines all three types to light an area according to function and style."
Understanding the purpose of these lighting types can help you choose the right new lights for your home. The appearance of a room or exterior area around your home can even be impacted significantly by the bulbs you use for your lighting. There are quite a few types of fluorescent bulbs on the market, as well as a growing number of LED options.
Installing New Doors
Real estate agents often suggest a home's strongest asset is its front door, and standard advice regarding front doors usually features a recommendation of "replace" in virtually all circumstances.
Both the interior and exterior doors in your home are an essential part of your finished home remodel. Interior doors are often low-quality or very simple features of your home, and they do start to appear aged when your home is only 10 or 15 years old.
"But an interior door is a vital part of a house, and there should be a good amount of thought that goes into choosing one. If you're building, remodeling or just looking to change up the look of a room, picking a new interior door is an important step."
If you're replacing the exterior front door of your home, you might want to consider replacing the rear or side doors, too, as well as the interior doors.
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Is your home due for an exterior upgrade? Want to learn more about your siding project, new windows, or putting the finishing touches on your home renovation? Contact O'Sullivan Installs for a FREE Consultation and download our free guide: "Seven Questions to Ask When Hiring an Exterior Remodeling Contractor in Massachusetts" for valuable guidance on your home improvement project.
About the Author – Tim O'Sullivan
I started in the window and door business at 18 yrs old. My first job was for a local corner shop in Lowell, Ma that gave me a unique experience working with exterior remodeling products. I saw both the good and bad products and contractors and learned a lot about what distinguished one from the other. My goal in launching O’Sullivan Installs is to be the diamond in the rough. We don’t offer a buy-today discount to distract you from the remodel at hand and we don’t offer the cheapest products on the market that won’t last. We offer what we feel are the best quality products on the market with the highest quality install you can get, and we offer it all at the best value. We are so confident in our product and installation that they come with a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty.