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3 Easy Summer Decorating Ideas

Garden flowers over wooden backgroundSummer is nearly officially here, and it’s time to kick back, relax, and enjoy all the comforts of home. Get your home ready for the season with these quick and easy decorating tips for your interior and exterior. Decorating for the summer might be as simple adding a few new throw pillows here and there, or this might be the year you finally decide to build that new deck. For all of your Delaware home renovation needs, you can turn to Montchanin Builders.

Fresh décor ideas for your kitchen

Summer is the perfect opportunity to bring the outdoors inside. For a modern look, combine clean lines and neutral colors with startlingly bright pops of color. For instance, place a glass bowl of bright cherries or oranges on a white table or countertop. Add a shiny new pots and pans rack over the island or near the stove, and furnish it with some brightly polished copper pans. If you have some spare, open shelf space, arrange brightly colored candles in shades of orange, yellow, and beige. Finish the display with a vase or two.

You can also declutter your kitchen and decorate it with a charming, rustic look simultaneously. Purchase some mason jars with chalkboard labels and fill them with brown and red lentils, rice, quinoa, and similar pantry staples. Write in the appropriate label and line them up on a display shelf.

Creative ways to design an eye-catching dining room

The dining room often gets short shrift during home renovations and redesigns. However, this room offers a great opportunity to give your home that “pulled together” look that complements the rest of the house. If your budget allows room for a new table and chair set, consider choosing something that looks laid-back and relaxed for that perfect summer vibe. Top the table with a floral or fruit arrangement, along with elegant, matching candlesticks.

Add fresh, flowing curtains in refreshing colors, like sea foam green or baby blue. Skip the traditional dining room wall art of fruit and flower arrangements, and instead consider something three-dimensional. Hang a handful of empty picture frames on a wall and pin some faux sunflowers and herbs inside them.

Simple ways to transform your deck

Nothing says summer quite like outdoor living. If your home doesn’t yet have a deck, there’s still time to get one built before summer ends. Once it’s finished, decorate it with comfortable and natural-looking outdoor furniture. Add planter boxes with foliage, strings of outdoor lights, and an awning or several large beach umbrellas to give your guests some shade.

Montchanin Builders has developed a stellar reputation as an award-winning home designer and builder in the Wilmington, DE area. Our move-in ready homes combine the flexible living spaces families need with the luxurious touches they crave, but building homes and masterfully planned communities isn’t all we do. Our team of master craftsmen also performs picture perfect home renovations suitable for any creative preferences and budget. For new decks, garage renovations, home additions, and more, contact Montchanin Builders today!

More “summer decorating ideas” resources:

  1. Martha Stewart, 60 Summer Decorating Ideas, http://www.marthastewart.com/274784/60-summer-decorating-ideas
  2. SheKnows, Decorating Diva: Summer-ize your kitchen with fun home accents, http://www.sheknows.com/home-and-gardening/articles/829249/decorating-diva-summer-ize-your-kitchen-with-fun-and-fresh-home-accents

Sprucing Up for Spring? Check Out These Fresh Design Ideas

Spring is officially here. Is your home ready? Before you get busy planning to host large family reunions or neighborhood barbecues, consider taking advantage of this spring’s fresh design ideas. Whether you choose a quick coat of paint for your walls or a major home addition, you can look forward to showing off your beautiful home during the warmer months.

Explore the psychology of color

Vintage wooden swing in the garden of an old house in springFew features evoke a visceral response quite like color, but it’s often difficult to know which color palette would work best for your home. Light, airy hues are reminiscent of springtime, but they also work well all year-round. Try creamy yellows that escort the sunlight into every corner of your home. Light greens encourage an energetic, yet soothing ambience and light rose hues create inviting spaces.

If pastels aren’t to your taste, you could break the mold by using stronger colors for springtime. Instead of strong red hues, try a bold orange palette, which offers a contemporary feel.

Remember to match your walls to the main decorative features of each room. If you have bold, bright rugs and throw pillows, choose a neutral, earthy color for your walls. Or, choose one color that plays a supporting role in your décor features and carry over its visual presence to the walls.

Extend your outdoor living spaces

Spring and summer are excellent opportunities to get to know your neighbors better. Consider additions such as a custom deck, patio, or porch. Few things say “neighborly” quite like a large, wraparound porch or a stylistic deck to house your grill.

If your home does already feature a deck or a porch, it’s time to spruce it up for spring. Add vibrant cushions to your porch swing by the front door or invest in new chaise lounge chairs for the backyard. Choose colors and materials that are evocative of nature, like wooden Adirondack chairs, rope hammocks, or wicker chairs with floral-patterned cushions.

Update your kitchen design scheme

It isn’t always necessary to do a major renovation to get your kitchen ready for spring. If you’re still in love with your cabinets, countertops, and floors, you can update your look for spring by adding some energetic touches like glass canisters full of lemons and limes. Flowers are a must to invite nature indoors. Choose springtime favorites like daffodils, pansies, or tulips.

Why renovate when you can buy new?

Planning renovations can be exciting, but the process is often exhausting. If the idea of a move-in ready home in Delaware appeals to you, check out the fresh designs from Montchanin Builders. Our unique floorplans and well-appointed interiors seamlessly combine all the modern amenities you could want with the old-fashioned character that is so often missing from houses in typical developments. Explore the luxurious designs at carefully crafted communities like Darley Green, The Town of Whitehall, or Shipley’s Circle on our website. Or give us a call today to learn more!

Additional resources for spring home design ideas:

  1. House Beautiful, 60 Beautiful Spring Decorating Ideas, http://www.housebeautiful.com/room-decorating/colors/g1180/spring-decorating-ideas/
  2. Dering Hall, 4 Springtime Color Schemes to Try at Home, https://deringhall.com/daily-features/contributors/house-beautiful/4-springtime-color-schemes-to-try-at-home#

Top Home Renovations for Spring

overview of deck additionAs spring ushers in warmer weather, home owners invariably start considering home improvement projects they’ve been putting off all year. The snow and ice is finally gone, the temperatures are mild and it’s the perfect time to consider a makeover (or two!) that can really add value and personal enjoyment to your abode.

If you’re in need of some expert guidance on your fair-weather home improvement projects, look no further than Montchanin Builders – a respected Delaware home renovation contractor. Our team leverages a combined 60 years of experience serving the residents of Wilmington, Delaware County and neighboring Pennsylvania.

The following three projects are ideal for a spring home makeover, and many are improvements that will make your home much more appealing for future buyers.

Build a deck

Get ready for summertime BBQs and outdoor entertaining with a beautiful deck. Decks offer an inviting space for socializing and dining al fresco, and compared to other types of home renovations, deck additions can be very affordable. Besides being a cost-effective project, deck installations increase the amount of useable outdoor space. Choose between a wide selection of pressure treated woods, composite materials, tiles, and eco-friendly decking made from reclaimed and recycled materials. If you’re working within a tight budget, your contractor can suggest the best plan that will accommodate your wishes, without sacrificing on aesthetics or safety.

Upgrade your siding

Years of harsh winter weather can do serious damage to vinyl siding. If your current home has weathered or broken siding, an upgrade can work wonders for enhancing the overall appearance of your home. This is a relatively minor spring remodel, and can help if you’re planning on selling your property anytime soon. The first step is having your siding professionally inspected. If an upgrade is warranted, your best bet is some of the newer vinyl siding that is energy efficient and extremely weather-resistant.

Spruce up kitchen cabinets

While kitchen remodels are some of the most popular and rewarding projects for homeowners, some residents may not be ready for such a hefty investment. One of this year’s most trendy home improvements for spring is revamping your kitchen cabinetry. This can be done with brand new, custom-built cabinets made with your choice of wood and finish, or simply replacing knobs and pulls for a fresh look at a low cost. Changing out all hardware for decorative metal and ceramic cabinet pulls can have a nice effect until you’re ready to take the plunge.  If you’re interested in a total kitchen remodel, Montchanin’s skilled contractors can design and build your dream kitchen, complete with new cabinets, an island, and all of the luxurious details that will turn your kitchen into the focal point of your home.

Home renovation experts in Delaware

From garage renovations and kitchen remodels to custom deck building, Montchanin Builders is your source for quality craftsmanship and first rate customer service. Remodeling and renovation projects can be overwhelming when undertaken alone. Put your trust in veteran home improvement professionals who can ensure that your project turns out exactly as planned, and is delivered on-time and on-budget.

Call Montchanin Builders at 302-472-7213 to learn more about our construction management services in DE or contact us online!

Create Your Outdoor Space for Barbecue Season

gorgeus deckSpring is already underway in Delaware and Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner. With summer fast approaching, now is the time to start thinking about sprucing up your home’s exterior.

Outdoor living is one reason why Darley Green, Shipley Road, and The Cedars have become such popular communities in the Wilmington, DE area. These move-in ready homes already offer premier features, but for the discerning homeowner looking for a little something extra, Montchanin Builders is pleased to offer our deck design and creation services.

Exceptional construction for superior durability

When planning an outdoor living space, durability is just as important as aesthetics. Why spend time and money building your dream deck if it’ll start looking weathered within a few years? When you choose Montchanin Builders for your new deck, you can rest assured that you’ll be getting the best quality for exceptional longevity. Our focus is on building structures that are stronger than industry standards and typical practice. The end result is a superior structure to please generations.

Modern touches for luxurious outdoor living

With a little help from our designers, you’re free to think outside of the box. Why limit yourself to a simple square deck with a single level? We’ll bring your vision to life with our informed suggestions, while conforming to the budget you provide. You might prefer a multi-leveled deck that ties into surrounding features such as your pool, garden or landscaping. Choose from synthetic materials or gorgeous hardwoods, light or dark stains to complement the beauty of your home.

Another aspect to consider when planning your new deck is its functionality. Decks should be beautiful, but they should also be positioned appropriately for the convenience of the homeowner and guests. For instance, you might consider adding an outdoor kitchen to your deck. If so, you’ll want an access point convenient to your indoor kitchen for the ease of transporting your ingredients.

Your new outdoor cooking space could be as simple or as elegant as you wish: From a rustic fire pit to a modern space that features outdoor refrigeration, countertops, grills, and a bar.

Home renovation in Delaware

Your home is among your largest investments and it deserves the very best; but it isn’t always easy for homeowners to find remodeling contractors they can trust. Montchanin Builders has handpicked its team of seasoned deck builders for this very reason. It’s our mission to help homeowners enjoy the best in life, from our thoughtfully planned communities to our top-quality home improvement services.

When you choose Montchanin Builders for home renovations, you’ll interact with professional, courteous staff members who will walk you through every step of the process – from brainstorming design ideas to selecting premier materials.

Call our offices today at 302-472-7213 or email wwright@montchaninbuilders.net and discover for yourself why we’ve earned our stellar reputation among Delaware homeowners.

5 Tips For Open Air Kitchen Home Renovation

outdoor kitchen - montchaninTwo decades ago, homeowners started to feel as though they weren’t fully maximizing their outdoor space with a simple stand-alone grill set next to an outdoor table set. Beginning in warm locales like California and Arizona, homeowners with beautiful, private backyards began designing more robust outdoor working spaces where they could cook and entertain next to their scenic in-ground pools and gardens.

Today, the trend has spread to East Coast backyards in Pennsylvania and Delaware, where Montchanin Builders helps clients design the backyard space of their dreams.

Our Delaware home addition experts offer the following five tips for a functional and charming open air kitchen design, no matter your budget.

1. Look for low maintenance materials

Being subjected to the elements is what ultimately separates an outdoor kitchen from an indoor cooking space, so material selection should factor prominently in your design. The easier your kitchen is to clean and maintain, the more use you’ll get out of your space. Stainless steel is sanitary and corrosion-resistant. Poured concrete is a popular choice for counters and table tops, as it can withstand abuse from rain and sun. Some customers like the look of cultured granite with UV stabilizers as well. Sealed pavers, concrete, or natural stone blocks with low porosity work well for low-maintenance outdoor flooring. Avoid tile, which can crack in Delaware’s cold winters, and marble, which can be slippery when wet and easily sullied by grease stains.

2. Choose an architectural focal point

As with interior design, the best open air kitchen remodels have a focal point that draws the eyes of onlookers, with the rest of the area framed around that centerpiece. For some outdoor spaces, this anchor could be a fireplace, a wood-fired pizza oven, a weather-resistant flat-screen TV, or a pool-side bar. We always like spaces that are open and airy, but still private – with tall outdoor draperies, a pergola with chandelier lighting or outdoor sconces, or floral arbors. We can help you select similar design aesthetics from your interior to bring into your exterior kitchen space for a cohesive look and blend your entertainment area with other structures like ponds, pools, gardens or children’s playsets for seamless integration.

3. Keep the cook involved in the party

Like open concept kitchens that are so popular in modern homes these days, the ideal backyard kitchen makes it easy for cooks to interact with guests, without everyone tripping over each other. Some homeowners place a water tap or beer kegerator at the end of their bars to encourage people to stop by the kitchen. Others design their kitchens with a bar top connected to the cutting and prep area, which keeps guests close by and allows helpers to join in the cooking.

4. Build in storage space

As Better Homes and Gardens points out, storage space is crucial for designing an outdoor kitchen that satisfies. Stainless steel cabinets are a popular choice, although powder-coated metal cabinets are rising in popularity due to their durability and color choices that include a natural wood look. Rot-resistant redwood works if you’re bent on using truly natural materials.

You’ll want to consider tucked-away storage space for:

  • Trash and recycling bins
  • Napkins and cleaning supplies
  • Glasses
  • Grilling tools
  • Utensils
  • Plates
  • Serving platters
  • Smokers or charcoal grills
  • Woodpile for the pizza oven or fire pit
  • Charcoal and lighters

If you’re a green thumb, add a stand for storing herbs, tomatoes, peppers and fresh-grown produce.

5. Incorporate features that extend your outdoor entertaining season

Outdoor kitchen remodeling in Delaware is aimed at adding spaces you can use well into the night and for grilling steaks even on a chilly November evening. We often incorporate rain shelters, wind-blocking walls and task lighting into our designs. For added warmth, you can opt for a natural gas heater, portable propane heater, heat lamps, fire pit, fireplace, or radiant heat beneath the patio and countertops. To cool you down on those muggy summer days, consider an overhead fan, mist sprays, shade trees, and umbrellas. Mosquito netting or a mechanical mosquito repellant device are also something to consider. Look into outdoor lighting options for the countertops, walkways, staircases, grilling and dining areas.

Partner with Delaware home addition experts

The home addition experts from Montchanin Builders offer high-quality craftsmanship and professional design assistance of the top caliber. Whether you have pictures of your ideal kitchen and know precisely what you want or you only have a vague idea of an outdoor entertainment space, we can help you plan every detail from start to finish. Call 302-655-2600 to set up a free consultation regarding outdoor kitchen remodel in Delaware.

Deck Addition: Smart Return on Investment

beautiful new deckWith summer just around the corner, many homeowners are considering the pleasures of outdoor living spaces, whether covered patios, decks or gazebos. According to Remodeling magazine’s yearly “Cost vs. Value” report, a deck addition is a smart home addition, typically yielding an 80 to 90 percent return on the original investment. This is primarily because, compared to a garage or bedroom addition, a deck increases usable living area at a minimal cost per square foot.

Not only is a deck a clever way for property owners to maintain or enhance their home’s value, this addition provides countless ways to relax with family and friends. Imagine grilling burgers and hotdogs with friends in the summer, or hosting a New Year’s Eve champagne toast under the stars. For Halloween, a deck is the perfect spot for a jack-o-lantern carving contest with the kids.

In short, a deck provides an inviting space for entertaining, BBQ parties, or just getting back to nature.

Montchanin: experienced Delaware deck builders

Whether simple or extravagant, any home improvement project is not without its challenges. From design elements to materials to construction timelines and budget, homeowners must choose their deck builders carefully. For decades, residents in the greater Wilmington area have relied on Delaware home improvement contractors at Montchanin Builders. Locally owned and operated, Montchanin has a reputation for superior construction and deck building services at incredibly reasonable prices.

Our team works hand-in-hand with clients to ensure their vision of the perfect deck is finished on time and within the specified budget. Known for our professionalism and high quality craftsmanship, our team will assist you through every stage of the project, listening to your vision, and making suggestions whenever appropriate.

Recent deck building trends include structures with multiple levels. The main level nearest to the house generally serves as a large open-air dining area for grilling. The tier below can be adorned with a Jacuzzi, fire pit or comfortable seating area for intimate gatherings.

Whether you’re considering a simple platform deck, cantilevered deck or multi-tiered version, our skilled Delaware deck builders will develop a solid plan that meets your needs and adheres to local building codes.

We’ll discuss the pros and cons of the various available materials (pressure treated woods, composite decking, hardwoods, aluminum or bamboo) as well as design ideas to highlight the perimeter with railings or planters. Your ultimate choice in materials will likely be based on regular maintenance concerns, as well as durability through rough winters and heavy rains.

Build your dream deck with Montchanin

With our construction skill and years of experience we can help you get the “wow factor” in any home addition. Life is already hectic enough; let us help you create that outdoor space you’ve always wanted.

Serving the Wilmington and greater Delaware & Pennsylvania areas, Montchanin Builders can help you and your loved ones enjoy more time outdoors while enhancing the value of your home. To set up a consultation, please call us at 302-472-7213.