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rec room remodel

Secret hideaway by Morgante Wilson Architects | Photo: Michael Robinson

Rec rooms may still be downstairs but have also found their way to upper floors and into separate buildings. Be prepared for more homeowners asking for help with this kind of space.

2015 Professional Remodeler Design Awards judges: Robi Kirsic, Vince Weber, Lana Galloway, Michael Anschel


The judges, from left to right: Robi Kirsic, TimeLine Renovations; Vince Weber, Normandy Design Build Remodeling; Lana Galloway, LaMantia Design & Construction; and Michael Anschel, Otogawa-Ansche Design+Build.

Meet the awards judges for 2015 and find out about our new format for presenting the Design Awards winners in the magazine    

2015 Project of the Year, Silent Rivers Design+Build kitchen remodel

This kitchen remodel, which won Project of the Year in Professional Remodeler's 2015 Design Awards, has some clever details

2015 Professional Remodeler Design Awards Project of the Year by Silent Rivers Design + Build

This deceptively simple kitchen remodel wows with its seamless integration of multiple updates and styles 

Outdated 1980s-style bathroom after remodel

Though The Breakfast Club and Footloose may be long gone, this outdated bathroom remained

Curious to learn more about energy-efficiency certification programs and related resources? Here's a sampling

Construction worker installing housewrap on a house

When certifying a remodeling project, it’s important to find the program that best suits your needs. Here's an overview of the options

New state-of-the-art manufacturing and printing techniques have resulted in much more intriguing and versatile tiles.

This awkwardly shaped kitchen is inefficient, with lots of wasted space and not enough storage. Plus, side-door traffic runs right through the work area.

The Energy Star label helps sell windows, but the criteria used to determine those ratings on that label have changed

Weatherization, Paul Sableman, Michigan, WAP

The federal Weatherization Assistance Program provides families with energy-saving products. One study claims the uprfront investments are about twice the actual savings. Many in the industry disagree. Photo: Paul Sableman

Remodeling experts respond to a study claiming that weatherizing a home costs more than it saves

Lake House Remodel by Bright Ideas by Martinec, rear of house

Rear of the home after the remodel. Photo by Nick Marx

In this remodel, a trusting client and a thoughtful remodeler come together to connect a lakeside house to its unique site

Building Science: Different Insulation Materials Perform the Same When Properly Installed

Photo: Brett & Sue Coulstock/Flickr

New findings from a multi-year test Building Science Corp. conducted in collaboration with manufacturers and other industry partners

Design: Does this Building Look Like Beyoncé?

Renderings courtesy of Elenberg Fraser.

The "bootylicious" façade was designed to redistribute the building's mass for optimal structural dispersion, frequency oscillation, and wind requirements

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The retrofitted homes researchers analyzed only saved less than half the price of the improvements

bathroom plan sketch by Bill Millholland

One bath used to be the rule, but these days one bath per bedroom is the trend. A second-floor addition is the answer, but it takes three tries to help clients work through the problem.

LED lights close up

With initial cost for bulbs coming down, there just aren’t any good reasons left for not making the switch to LEDs

Kitchen remodel by Risinger Homes, Austin, Texas

Photos: Whit Preston

Creating aesthetically relevant retro designs isn’t just a matter of slapping up a wall of beadboard and calling it a day 

Wanting to go off the grid may also mean an additional shopping trip to the local appliance store.

Design: What Exactly Makes a White Kitchen ‘Timeless?’

Photo: Christy Bright/Flickr

Real estate brokers report that many home buyers look for a kitchen washed in white

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