The Build Up Blog

7 Things All Rhode Island Home Builders Wish You Knew

Building a custom home is a unique kind of construction. Designing and building a home that will be used by a small number of people is not like building a shopping center or an office building to meet the needs of large groups of people.

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Home Office Ideas & Home Office Renovation Pics

It's hard to believe we're halfway through the summer. Before you know it, the lazy, hazy days will be over and everyone will be heading back to work, school, and regular schedules.

Of course, that's assuming there's such a thing as a "regular schedule" anymore. Considering the 24/7, hyper-connected world in which we live, the days of 9 to 5 are long over. More and more people work nights and weekends, on the go and from least part of the time.

This is why having an at-home work space that's conducive to actual work is so important. Below you'll find some tips for creating that space along with a recent home office renovation we worked on.

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Tags: home improvement, design build

Kitchen Remodeling RI: The Trend towards Open Shelving

Shelves and cabinetry are an essential element of any kitchen design. When you're renovating a kitchen, the decisions you make about the shelves will set the tone for the rest of the room.

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Tags: kitchen design, kitchen remodeling, Remodeling RI

Our Latest Rhode Island Kitchen Renovation...

An effective kitchen renovation involves so much more than simply making cosmetic changes that are pleasing to the eye. It also involves remodeling the space so that it's functional and safe.

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Tags: kitchen renovations, kitchen trends, kithen design

Bathroom Ideas: 5 Tips for Choosing the Right Faucets

Choosing a bathroom faucet seems like a simple thing. After all, how many options could there really be? Of course, once you walk into a hardware store or kitchen and bath showroom, you discover that's not the case.

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Tags: bathroom renovations, bathroom designs

3 Questions to Ask Rhode Island Contractors

May is just about over, and June is up on deck, which means it's time to say hello to BBQs, beach days, summer vacation, and, yes, home and yard improvement.

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Tags: rhode island home builders, rhode island home improvement, home renovation tips

What's Trending in Kitchen Islands

For more than 50 years, kitchen islands have been a popular design trend. It is easy to see why. A well-designed kitchen island not only adds valuable prep and storage space, it offers extra seating and lets the cook feel like they are still engaged with the rest of the house, even when they are stuck in the kitchen.

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Tags: kitchen islands, kitchen design, kitchen remodeling

Home Renovation Link Roundup: Good Reads for Spring

Do you think it's safe to put away the snow shovels? Let's hope so (and let's hope we didn't just jinx everything!). It's been a looong winter, but that only means the spring and summer will be that much sweeter, right?

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Tags: home maintenance tips, home improvement, home renovation tips

Small Kitchen Design: 4 Products to Help Maximize Space

For a variety of reasons, many people find themselves forced to use small kitchens. Perhaps they live in an urban environment and cannot afford a bigger place. Maybe they want to reduce the size of their house to cut down on their carbon footprint. Maybe they simply enjoy challenging themselves to live differently. Whatever the reason behind it, small kitchen design can be quite challenging.

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Tags: kitchen design, kitchen remodeling

Rhode Island Kitchen Renovation: Where Charming & Modern Meet

Do you think it's impossible for a home from the 1700s to maintain all of its old-fashioned charm while embracing modern conveniences?

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Tags: kitchen design, kitchen remodeling, kitchen renovations