BACK-TO-SCHOOL HOME REMODELING IN HINSDALE

SUMMER IS COMING TO AN END AND IT’S TIME TO SHIFT OUR FOCUS TO ANOTHER YEAR OF GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR OUR CHILDREN. BUT IT’S ALSO A GREAT TIME TO CONSIDER GROWING AND DEVELOPING YOUR HOME WITH THE HELP OF PROFESSIONAL REMODELING CONTRACTORS.

WITH VIRTUAL AND HYBRID SCHOOLING BECOMING THE NEW NORMAL, THESE BACK-TO-SCHOOL HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS CAN HELP ENHANCE THE FUNCTIONALITY OF YOUR HOME.

A STUDY SPACE

YOUR KIDS NEED A DEDICATED AREA IN THE HOME THAT ALLOWS THEM TO FOCUS ON THEIR SCHOOLWORK. BY DESIGNING AND BUILDING A STUDY SPACE, YOU’RE CREATING AN AREA IN THE HOME FREE FROM DISTRACTIONS. THE IDEAL AREA WOULD INCLUDE A DESKTOP, AMPLE STORAGE FOR SUPPLIES, AND KID-FRIENDLY ERGONOMIC SEATING.

THIS HOME RENOVATION OR ADDITION PROJECT CAN BE AN IMPORTANT EXTRA SPACE IN YOUR HOME AIDING IN THE EDUCATION OF YOUR CHILDREN. WHETHER YOU’RE RENOVATING AN EXISTING HOME OFFICE OR DESIGNING AN ENTIRELY NEW SPACE, BE SURE TO REINFORCE THE DESIGN AND STYLE OF THE REST OF YOUR HOME SO IT DOESN’T SEEM OUT OF PLACE.

A BACKPACK & SHOE DROP-OFF STATION

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING KIDS DO WHEN THEY GET HOME FROM SCHOOL? THEY TAKE OFF THEIR SHOES AND BACKPACK AND FLING THEM ONTO THE GROUND. HELP REDUCE THE STRESS OF THE MISSING SHOE IN THE MORNING OR SCHOOL PAPERS NOT WHERE THEY NEED TO BE BY DESIGNING A CUSTOM STORAGE LOCATION IN YOUR HOME.

IF YOU’RE LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE A MUDROOM OR EXTRA SPACE IN YOUR FOYER, CREATING AN ORGANIZED STORAGE SPACE COULD BE EASY. INDIVIDUAL CUBBIES WITH HOOKS AND CABINETS CAN HELP KEEP EACH CHILD’S SCHOOL MATERIALS ORGANIZED AND READY TO GRAB AND GO.

BEDROOM REDESIGN

STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT WHEN SCHOOLCHILDREN DO NOT GET ENOUGH SLEEP, THEY LACK FOCUS AND MOTIVATION. SLEEP IS A CRUCIAL EXERCISE IN A STUDENT’S ABILITY TO RETAIN THE INFORMATION THEY’RE LEARNING IN SCHOOL. BY CREATING A SPACE DESIGNED AROUND YOUR CHILD AND CONDUCIVE TO REST, YOUR CHILD WILL MAINTAIN A HEALTHY SLEEP SCHEDULE.

FROM A FRESH BATCH OF PAINT ON THE WALLS AND TRIM TO NEW LIGHTING FIXTURES TO MAXIMIZING STORAGE OPTIONS, THE DESIGN AND REMODEL OF THE ROOM DO NOT ALWAYS NEED TO BE EXTENSIVE. SMALL CHANGES CAN ELEVATE THE SPACE AND MAKE IT FEEL MORE LIKE THEIR OWN.

EMPTY NEST?

MAYBE THIS SCHOOL YEAR IS YOUR YOUNGEST CHILD’S LAST OR THEY’RE MOVING OUT OF STATE FOR COLLEGE. IF THAT IS THE CASE, YOU CAN TAKE ON SEVERAL DIFFERENT REMODEL PROJECTS. YOU CAN TURN A BEDROOM INTO A HOME OFFICE, YOGA STUDIO, CRAFTING ROOM, READING ROOM, OR GUEST BEDROOM.

BECOMING AN EMPTY NESTER CAN BE BITTERSWEET BUT THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS FOR CREATING A SPACE MORE INDICATIVE OF YOUR CURRENT LIFESTYLE.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN HOME ADDITIONS IN CHICAGO OR HINSDALE, IL? MK CONSTRUCTION CAN HELP YOU TURN YOUR HOME INTO A HUB FOR EDUCATIONAL SUCCESS AND BEYOND. FROM KITCHEN REMODELS TO MASTER BATHROOM REMODELS, TRUST OUR EXPERT BUILDERS TO DO A GREAT JOB.

SUMMER HOME RENOVATION PROJECTS

VACATION SEASON IS IN FULL SWING BUT WE’D LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT A FEW HOME REMODELING PROJECTS THAT WILL MAKE IT FEEL LIKE STAYCATION SEASON.

REPLACE YOUR SIDING

ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS IN SUMMER IS HOME SIDING REPLACEMENT. THE END RESULT WILL BE A HIGH-QUALITY HOME MAKEOVER MAKING YOU FEEL AS IF YOU’RE MOVING INTO A NEW HOME.

BEFORE CHOOSING TO REPLACE YOUR SIDING, WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND RESEARCHING REMODELING COMPANIES IN CHICAGO. THIS IS A PROJECT THAT REQUIRES HIGHLY PRECISE MEASUREMENTS AND INSTALLATION TO ENSURE PROPER PROTECTION FOR YOUR HOME.

STAIN YOUR DECK

GIVING YOUR BACKYARD A FRESH LOOK IS A SUMMERTIME STAPLE. WHEN THE WEATHER IS WARM IN THE CHICAGO AREA, WE SPEND MORE TIME OUTDOORS. ENHANCING THE BEAUTY OF YOUR BACKYARD IS A GREAT WAY TO INVITE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY TO SPEND QUALITY TIME AT HOME. STAINING YOUR DECK IS AN EASY AND QUICK WAY TO ADD BEAUTY TO YOUR BACKYARD.

RESEAL YOUR COUNTERTOPS

NOT ALL SUMMER PROJECTS NEED TO BE DONE OUTDOORS. IF YOU HAVE MARBLE OR GRANITE COUNTERTOPS IN YOUR HOME, YOU CAN HELP PREVENT STAINING BY SEALING THEM REGULARLY.

KITCHEN REMODELING IN CHICAGO DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A WINTERTIME EVENT. TAKE TIME THIS SUMMER TO FRESHEN UP YOUR KITCHEN, BATHROOM, AND WET BAR COUNTERTOPS.

INSTALL AN OUTDOOR KITCHEN

WANT TO SPEND MORE TIME OUTDOORS? MAKING MORE FOOD AND DRINKS ACCESSIBLE IS A GREAT WAY TO INVITE THIS OPTION. BY ADDING A BAR, NEW GRILL, SMOKER, KITCHEN ISLAND, AND SEATING, YOUR BACKYARD WILL BECOME THE DEFINITION OF STAYCATION MODE.

REPLACE YOUR WINDOWS

SUMMER IS THE PERFECT TIME TO REPLACE YOUR OLD, INEFFICIENT WINDOWS. OR, TO ADD A FRESH, MODERN LOOK TO YOUR CHICAGO HOME. WITH COLD WEATHER RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER, REMOVE THE WORRY OF A CHILLY, DRAFTY HOUSE AND HIGH ENERGY BILLS.

BUILD A SHED

WANT TO ADD MORE SPACE TO YOUR PLACE? IS YOUR GARAGE OVERFLOWING WITH TOYS, TOOLS, AND BOXES OF JUNK? LET’S CHANGE THAT THIS SUMMER BY BUILDING A SHED TO STORE SOME OF YOUR STUFF. THERE IS EVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONVERT YOUR SHED INTO A HOME OFFICE, GUESTHOUSE, GAME ROOM, OR (WO)MAN CAVE.

THERE ARE PLENTY OF WAYS TO ENHANCE THE BEAUTY OF YOUR HOME THIS SUMMER. ADD SOME FIREWORKS TO YOUR STAY-AT-HOME PLANS THIS SUMMER BY COMPLETING ANY (OR ALL) OF THESE OUTLINED PROJECTS.

UPGRADE YOUR BACKYARD SPACE THIS SUMMER

THE WEATHER IS STARTING TO TURN HERE IN CHICAGO, AND SUMMER IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER. ONCE IT GETS NICE ENOUGH TO SPEND TIME OUTDOORS WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY, YOU NEED A SPACE WORTHY OF YOUR TIME. HERE ARE SOME WAYS TO SUMMERIZE YOUR SPACE:

CREATE AN OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE

IF YOU DON’T HAVE A DECK OR PATIO IN YOUR BACKYARD, IT MAY BE TIME TO CONSIDER BUILDING ONE. IF YOU ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO ALREADY HAVE ONE, IT’S TIME TO BUILD UPON ITS FEATURES. START BY FURNISHING IT IN THE STYLE OF EVENTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO THROW.

IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO HAVE OUTDOOR DINNER PARTIES, CONSIDER CREATING AN OUTDOOR DINING AREA, COMPLETE WITH A FULL DINING TABLE AND COMFORTABLE SEATING. FINISH THE LOOK WITH EXQUISITE LIGHTING, TABLE COVERING, AND PLACE SETTINGS.

WHEN DEALING WITH A SMALLER AREA, CONSIDER A BISTRO TABLE AND BAR STOOLS. NO MATTER THE SPACE, CREATE A WELCOMING SPACE WHERE FRIENDS AND FAMILY CAN COME TOGETHER FOR A BITE TO EAT, A BEVERAGE OR TWO, DANCE TO MUSIC, OR HOWEVER YOU GET DOWN DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS.

STRING UP SOME LIGHTS

NOT EVERYONE WANTS A DECK OR PATIO, BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN’T CREATE AN AMBIANCE IN YOUR OWN YARD. BY SIMPLY STRINGING LIGHTS ON YOUR FENCE, PERGOLA, OR EVEN TREES, YOU’LL CREATE A CHIC LOOK YOUR FRIENDS WILL ENJOY AND YOUR NEIGHBORS WILL ADORE.

ADD SOME APPLIANCES

THAT CHARCOAL GRILL YOU’VE HAD FOR OVER A DECADE GETS THE JOB DONE, BUT IT MAY BE TIME FOR AN UPGRADE. INVESTING IN A FANCY BARBECUE STATION, EQUIPPED WITH A GRILL, GRIDDLE, AND/OR SMOKER WILL TURN YOUR BACKYARD DECK INTO A FIVE-STAR DINER.

IF GRILLING ISN’T YOUR THING, PERHAPS ADDING A WINE FRIDGE, PIZZA OVEN, OR JUST A FIRE PIT WILL SPICE UP YOUR NIGHT-IN.

PRIVACY PLEASE

TIRED OF NOSY NEIGHBORS ALWAYS BEING ABLE TO SEE WHAT YOU ARE UP TO IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD? IF YOU ARE DYING FOR SOME PRIVACY ON YOUR PROPERTY, CONSIDER PUTTING UP A PRIVACY WALL. WHETHER IT’S A SCREEN, SOME TALL SHRUBBERY, OR A PRIVACY FENCE, YOU CAN CUSTOMIZE YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE TO YOUR OWN PERSONAL NEEDS.

GONE SWIMMING

LASTLY, BUT SURELY NOT LEAST, IS A SWIMMING POOL. THERE IS NO BETTER WAY TO COOL OFF ON THOSE HOT SUMMER CHICAGO NIGHTS THAN BY TAKING A DIP IN A POOL. WHETHER YOU WANT TO GO ABOVE-GROUND, IN-GROUND, INFINITY POOL, OR KEEP IT WARM WITH A HOT TUB, YOU WON’T FIND A BETTER ADDITION TO YOUR BACKYARD. INSTANTLY BECOME THE PARTY HOUSE WITH THE ADDITION OF A SWIMMING POOL.

TIPS TO HELP GROW YOUR GARDEN

APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS… AND WEEDS HERE IN CHICAGO. IF YOU’RE PLANNING ON STARTING A GARDEN, WE HAVE SOME HELPFUL TIPS TO HELP EVERYTHING YOU GROW BLOSSOM AND BLOOM.

PLAN YOUR LAYOUT

BEFORE YOU PICK UP THE SHOVEL AND START THROWING SEEDS INTO THE GROUND, TAKE SOME TIME TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SPACE FOR YOUR GARDEN. FIND A PLACE IN YOUR YARD THAT GETS 6-8 HOURS OF SUNLIGHT EACH DAY AND ONE THAT IS CLOSE TO A WATER SOURCE AND EASILY ACCESSIBLE.

DECIDE WHETHER YOU WANT TO PLANT DIRECTLY INTO THE GROUND OR USE RAISED BEDS.

USE THE RIGHT SOIL

DON’T USE POTTING SOIL OR SOIL YOUR LANDSCAPER LEFT LYING AROUND. WE RECOMMEND STARTING WITH A GOOD ORGANIC VEGGIE MIX, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON STARTING A VEGETABLE GARDEN.

AS YOUR GARDEN GROWS EACH YEAR, FORTIFY YOUR SOIL WITH ORGANIC FERTILIZER, LEAF COMPOST, OR COMPOSTED MANURE. BY ADDING SEVERAL INCHES OF THESE LATE SPRING AND EARLY FALL, YOUR SOIL WILL BE ENRICHED AND THE GARDENING PROCESS WILL BE SUSTAINABLE.

TEND TO, BUT DON’T OVER-TEND TO YOUR GARDEN

MANY FIRST-TIME GARDENERS MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE. THEY WILL WATER THEIR GARDEN TOO OFTEN, PULL “WEEDS” THAT ARE ACTUALLY SEEDLINGS, AND OVERUSE FERTILIZER.

TO ENSURE A GREAT CROP, YOU’LL WANT TO WATER OFTEN–ABOUT THREE TIMES A WEEK. HOWEVER, IF THE PLANTS ARE SEEDLINGS, YOU’LL WANT TO WATER THEM TWICE A DAY TO HELP ENSURE PROPER GROWTH.

MAKE SURE THE SOIL STAYS MOIST AND FRESH, NEVER DRY. BUT, DON’T BE AFRAID TO SOMETIMES LEAVE YOUR GARDEN BE.

HAVE FUN

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER IS TO HAVE FUN WITH YOUR GARDEN. DON’T COMPARE IT TO YOUR NEIGHBORS’ GARDENS OR THINK OF IT AS A SPORT. SOME YEARS YOUR PLANTS WILL FLOURISH, OTHERS YOU’LL SEEM TO FAIL, BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO IS ENJOY THE TIME YOU SPEND CREATING, PLANTING, AND TENDING TO YOUR GARDEN.

HAPPY PLANTING, CHICAGO!

PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM WATER DAMAGE

‘APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS’… AND AMPLE OPPORTUNITIES FOR WATER TO LEAK INTO YOUR HOME. IN THE CHICAGOLAND AREA, IT’S IMPORTANT TO TAKE PREVENTATIVE STEPS TO ENSURE YOUR HOME IS SAFE FROM THE HEAVY SPRING RAINFALL.

HERE ARE FOUR WAYS TO HELP PREVENT FLOODING AND OTHER PROPERTY DAMAGE CAUSED BY SPRINGTIME SHOWERS:

CLEAR OUT YOUR GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS

DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL, YOUR GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS ARE PUT TO THE TEST, WORKING TO CATCH ALL THAT RAINWATER AND PUSH IT AWAY FROM YOUR HOME. IT’S IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE YOUR GUTTERS ARE CLEAR OF ANY DEBRIS AND ARE WELL-SECURED TO YOUR HOME.

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A PROJECT, ADDING GUTTER SHIELDS OR SCREENS CAN HELP KEEP DEBRIS FROM BUILDING UP INSIDE YOUR GUTTERS, PREVENTING OVERFLOW.

LASTLY, CHECK YOUR DOWNSPOUTS TO ENSURE WATER IS FLOWING CLEANLY INSIDE THE SPOUTS AND AWAY FROM YOUR HOME.

CHECK YOUR HOME FOR LEAKS

YOU SHOULD REGULARLY CHECK YOUR HOME FOR WATER DAMAGE AND LEAKS, ESPECIALLY AS YOU PREPARE FOR MONTHS KNOWN FOR HIGH RAINFALLS.

LOOK FOR WATER MARKS OR MOISTURE ON THE ROOF, UNDERNEATH WINDOWS, AND ON EXTERIOR WALLS. TAKE SOME TIME TO WALK AROUND YOUR HOME AND LOOK FOR CRACKS, HOLES, OR OTHER DAMAGE AROUND THE FOUNDATION OF YOUR HOME, WINDOWS OR SKYLIGHTS, AND THE ROOF.

AND DON’T FORGET TO CHECK UNDERNEATH SINKS AND AROUND APPLIANCES FOR LEAKS, AS WELL. IF YOU FIND ANY LEAKS IN OR AROUND YOUR HOME, YOU MAY WISH TO CALL A PROFESSIONAL TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE.

CHECK YOUR PUMPS

IF YOU LIVE IN THE CHICAGOLAND AREA, CHANCES ARE GOOD YOUR HOME HAS BEEN SAVED FROM THE RAIN BY A SUMP PUMP AND/OR EJECTOR PUMP.

BEFORE HEAVY RAIN SEASONS BEGIN, TEST YOUR PUMPS TO ENSURE THEY’RE WORKING PROPERLY AND EFFECTIVELY. IF THEY’RE OLDER MODELS, YOU MAY WANT TO HAVE THEM SERVICED BY A PROFESSIONAL, OR HAVE NEW ONES INSTALLED. BETTER TO CHECK NOW THAN WAKE UP TO A FLOODED BASEMENT.

SPRING CLEANING TIPS

THE WEATHER IS TURNING WARM HERE IN CHICAGO, WHICH MEANS IT’S TIME TO GET YOUR HOME OUT OF THE WINTER BLUES AND FRESHEN IT UP! STANDING BACK AND LOOKING AT THE SPRING CLEANING YOUR HOME NEEDS CAN SEEM DAUNTING. BUT, WITH THESE HELPFUL TIPS, IT WON’T BE DIFFICULT AT ALL.

DECLUTTER

MOST HOMES ARE FILLED WITH THINGS THE HOMEOWNER EITHER DOESN’T USE ANYMORE OR DOESN’T NEED. IT’S TIME TO GET RID OF THE CLUTTER.

TAKE SOME TIME TO IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM AREAS IN YOUR HOME, WHETHER IT BE THE JUNK DRAWER IN THE KITCHEN OR STUFFED-TO-THE-BRIM GARAGE CABINETS. ONCE YOU’VE FOUND ALL THE AREAS THAT NEED DECLUTTERING, SORT YOUR BELONGINGS INTO FOUR DIFFERENT CATEGORIES–GARBAGE, DONATIONS, STORAGE, AND KEEPING.

GET RID OF THE JUNK AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. DON’T LET IT SIT AROUND AND BECOME MORE CLUTTER. DONATE IT TO GOODWILL, HAVE A GARAGE SALE, OR THROW IT AWAY.

CLEAN ROOM BY ROOM

THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO APPROACH SPRING CLEANING IS TO CLEAN ONE ROOM AT A TIME. CREATE SPECIFIC CHECKLISTS FOR EACH ROOM TO KEEP THE PROCESS ORGANIZED AND TO REMIND YOU OF AREAS THAT NEED EXTRA ATTENTION.

FOCUS FIRST ON THE AREAS OF YOUR HOME THAT WERE MOST NEGLECTED DURING THE WINTER MONTHS.

PUT THE FAMILY TO WOR

GETTING THE ENTIRE HOUSEHOLD INVOLVED IN SPRING CLEANING CAN HELP MAKE THE CLEANING PROCESS FASTER, AND ALSO MORE FUN! ASSIGN AGE-APPROPRIATE TASKS TO THE KIDS AND MAKE THEM FEEL INCLUDED. THROW ON SOME MUSIC OR MAKE A GAME OUT OF IT, AND ESTABLISH A REWARD FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY AS AN INCENTIVE TO GET THE JOB DONE.

ESTABLISH NEW CLEANING HABITS

USE SPRING CLEANING AS A WAY TO ESTABLISH A NEW, ONGOING CLEANING ROUTINE. BY DOING SO, YOU’LL MAKE NEXT YEAR’S SPRING CLEANING EASIER.

DON’T TRY AND COMPLETE YOUR ENTIRE SPRING CLEANING IN ONE DAY OR EVEN ONE WEEKEND. TAKE 15 OR 30 MINUTES EACH DAY TO TACKLE ONE SPECIFIC TO-DO. THIS WILL GET YOU USED TO TIDYING THINGS UP FOR 15 MINUTES EACH DAY EVEN AFTER SPRING CLEANING HAS ENDED.

ONCE YOU’VE COMPLETED YOUR SPRING CLEANING, MAKE SURE TO TAKE SOME TIME TO ENJOY YOUR NEWLY REFRESHED HOME. IT’S IMPORTANT TO CELEBRATE YOUR HARD WORK AS IT CAN HELP THE CLEANING PROCESS SEEM LESS OF A CHORE.

SPEND VALENTINE’S DAY INSIDE THE HOME YOU LOVE

WITH THE PANDEMIC AND THE HIGH-PRESSURE SITUATION OF SCORING THAT COVETED RESERVATION, PERHAPS PLANNING A ROMANTIC VALENTINE’S DAY AT HOME IS A BETTER OPTION THIS YEAR.

HERE ARE SOME COZY DATE IDEAS FOR YOU TO PLAN FOR YOUR FAVORITE PERSON.

NETFLIX AND CHILL

THIS MIGHT BE THE MOST OBVIOUS CHOICE. BUT, THERE ARE EASY WAYS TO MAKE IT MORE SPECIAL THAN EVERY OTHER NIGHT YOU SPEND BINGING NETFLIX.

CREATE A SPECIAL LINEUP OF YOUR HONEY’S FAVORITE SHOWS OR REWATCH THE MOVIE YOU SAW ON YOUR FIRST DATE. BY ADDING SOMETHING SENTIMENTAL TO THE NIGHT, IT WILL MAKE IT A WORTHY VALENTINE’S DAY CELEBRATION.

AND, DON’T FORGET TO ORDER IN YOUR FAVORITE MEAL OR PUT TOGETHER A TASTY SMORGASBORD OF DESSERTS THAT YOU CAN BOTH ENJOY THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT.

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY

WHEN’S THE LAST TIME YOU AND YOUR LOVER SLOW-DANCED TOGETHER? IF IT’S BEEN A LONG WHILE, PLAN A DATE NIGHT CENTERED AROUND THE TWO OF YOU GETTING CLOSE ON THE DANCE FLOOR THAT IS YOUR KITCHEN, LIVING ROOM, OR BEDROOM.

IT MIGHT BE THE PERFECT TIME FOR THE TWO OF YOU TO GET DRESSED UP AND LEARN A NEW DANCE. FIND A TUTORIAL FOR THE CHA-CHA OR FOXTROT ON YOUTUBE AND LEARN IT TOGETHER. IT’S OK IF YOU BOTH HAVE TWO LEFT FEET – YOU CAN ENJOY LEARNING SOMETHING TOGETHER AND LAUGHING WITH EACH OTHER.

COOK A MEAL TOGETHER

THERE’S NOTHING MORE INTIMATE THAN COOKING WITH THE PERSON YOU LOVE THE MOST. SPEND SOME TIME CREATING A DISH YOU BOTH HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO TRY OR BAKING YOUR FAVORITE DESSERT.

MAKE IT A FIVE-COURSE MEAL TYPE OF NIGHT OR RETURN TO YOUR CHILDHOOD ROOTS WITH PB&J. THE WHOLE POINT IS TO SPEND TIME NEXT TO EACH OTHER BUILDING SOMETHING TOGETHER, AND SHOWING LOVE THROUGH EFFORT.

HOMEMADE SPA NIGHT

YOUR VALENTINE DESERVES SOME PAMPERING. GO ALL OUT WITH CANDLES, FACE MASKS, RELAXING MUSIC, AND MASSAGE OILS.

SURPRISE YOUR PARTNER WITH A NEW FOOT SPA OR SPECIAL BUBBLE BATH TO ENHANCE THE FEEL OF THE SPA EXPERIENCE.

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

WHATEVER YOU CHOOSE TO DO, WE HOPE YOU HAVE AN AMAZING TIME WITH THE ONES CLOSEST TO YOU THIS VALENTINE’S DAY.

NEW YEAR, NEW HOME RESOLUTIONS

AS A RESPECTED CUSTOM HOME BUILDER, WE UNDERSTAND NOT EVERYONE HAS THE ABILITY TO PLAN A MAJOR RENOVATION TO THEIR HOME. BECAUSE OF THIS, WE THOUGHT WE’D SHARE SOME SIMPLE IMPROVEMENTS YOU CAN MAKE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO MAKE YOUR HOME FEEL BRAND NEW.

NEW YEAR, NEW COLORS

THE EARLY MONTHS OF THE YEAR, WHEN IT’S COLD AND YOU’RE EXPERIENCING CABIN FEVER, ARE THE PERFECT MONTHS TO PAINT.

PICK ONE ROOM OR SEVERAL ROOMS IN YOUR HOME AND PAINT THE WALLS A DIFFERENT COLOR. YOU’LL FIND THAT CHANGING THE COLORS OF A ROOM MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE WITHOUT MAKING A BIG DENT IN YOUR BANK ACCOUNT.

IF YOU WANT TO GET CREATIVE, HAVE A CUSTOM-DESIGNED MURAL PAINTED OR HANG A FULL-SIZED PIECE OF ART ON ONE WALL IN YOUR HOME.

GIVE YOUR EXTERIOR A DEEP CLEAN

CLEANING YOUR WINDOWS IS A GREAT WAY TO INSTANTLY BRIGHTEN YOUR HOME, BOTH INSIDE AND OUT.

ALONG WITH THE WINDOWS, POWER WASHING YOUR SIDING, DECK, PATIO, AND DRIVEWAY WILL ALSO MAKE YOUR HOME LOOK AS IF IT’S BEEN FRESHLY PAINTED AND ADD A SPARKLE YOUR HOME IS CURRENTLY MISSING.

GET ORGANIZED

SPEND A DAY OR TWO DECLUTTERING CABINETS IN YOUR KITCHEN, BATHROOM, AND GARAGE AREAS. BY DOING THIS, YOU WILL PROVIDE YOURSELF WITH SOME EXTRA PEACE OF MIND AND ALSO GIVE YOUR HOME A CLEAN AND SLEEK APPEARANCE.

TAKE IT A STEP FURTHER BY CHANGING OUT YOUR CABINETS OR GIVING THEM A FRESH PAINT JOB. YOU’D BE SURPRISED HOW DIFFERENT YOUR HOME WILL LOOK BY CHANGING OUT CABINETS OR ADDING PEGBOARDS OR SHELVES IN YOUR GARAGE.

FLOORING IS THE FOUNDATION OF A BEAUTIFUL HOME

GIVE ROOMS AN UPGRADE BY INSTALLING NEW FLOORING. THERE ARE MANY HIGH-QUALITY FLOORING OPTIONS THESE DAYS, AND MANY ARE AFFORDABLE TO ALL.

IF NEW FLOORING ISN’T AN OPTION, GIVE YOUR CARPETS OR HARDWOOD A QUICK REFRESH BY HAVING THEM PROFESSIONALLY CLEANED. A DEEP CLEANING CAN DO WONDERS FOR THE APPEARANCE OF OLD FLOORS.

REVAMP YOUR HOME

WHETHER YOU’RE REMODELING A SPACE TO BECOME MORE FUNCTIONAL OR SIMPLY CHANGING THE AESTHETIC, THESE ARE A FEW SIMPLE IDEAS THAT CAN MAKE YOUR HOME FEEL BRAND NEW IN 2022.

TOP 5 WINTERTIME RENOVATIONS

YOU MAY NOT THINK IT, BUT THE WINTER MONTHS ARE AN EXCELLENT TIME TO BEGIN HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS. DURING COLDER WEATHER MONTHS, IT MAY BE EASIER TO SECURE POTENTIAL DISCOUNTS FROM PROFESSIONAL CONTRACTORS, AS WELL AS SHORTER COMPLETION TIMETABLES.

HERE ARE FIVE OF THE BEST WINTER HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS AND RENOVATIONS TO TAKE ON:

KITCHEN UPGRADE

THERE ARE SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS TO SPRUCE UP YOUR KITCHEN, FROM REPLACING THE COUNTERTOPS, SWITCHING OUT CABINETS, CHANGING LIGHT FIXTURES, OR ADDING A TRENDY BACKSPLASH.

ALL OF THESE PROJECTS CAN BE DONE WITH A MINIMAL AMOUNT OF TRIPS BACK AND FORTH OUTSIDE, THEREFORE, MAKING THESE PERFECT COLD-MONTH PROJECTS.

BYPASS SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER BY UPGRADING THE APPEARANCE OF YOUR KITCHEN THIS WINTER.

CHANGE THE WALLS

DON’T WAIT FOR SPRING CLEANING TO PAINT THE WALLS IN YOUR HOME. DURING THE LATE WINTER MONTHS, THE AIR INSIDE YOUR HOME IS DRY AND PROVIDES A QUICKER DRYING ENVIRONMENT FOR INTERIOR PAINTING PROJECTS.

YOU ARE ALSO LIKELY TO FIND GOOD DEALS ON PAINT AT THE LOCAL HARDWARE STORE. THIS WINTER, DROP ABOUT $30 ON A GALLON OF PAINT AND GIVE YOUR HOME A FRESH, NEW LOOK.

REFRESH YOUR HOME’S INSULATION

ONE OF YOUR HOME’S PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES IS PROTECTING YOU FROM THE ELEMENTS, ESPECIALLY THE COLD OF WINTER. ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO ENSURE THE INSIDE OF YOUR HOME STAYS WARM IS TO ADD INSULATION TO YOUR ATTIC, BASEMENT, AND/OR CRAWLSPACE.

ALONG WITH KEEPING YOU WARM WHILE INSIDE YOUR HOME, INSULATION CAN HELP LOWER YOUR ENERGY BILLS. ONE QUICK WAY TO TELL IF YOU NEED NEW INSULATION IS TO CHECK YOUR ATTIC AND SEE IF ANY FLOOR JOISTS ARE SHOWING. IF SO, IT’S TIME TO INVEST IN MORE INSULATION.

REPLACE DRAFTY WINDOWS & SEAL AIR LEAKS

SPEAKING OF LOWERING ENERGY BILLS, REPLACING WINDOWS THAT HAVE COLD DRAFTS BLOWING THROUGH THEM CAN CUT ENERGY LOSS.

ALONG WITH REPLACING THE WINDOWS, SEALING OPENINGS AND AIR LEAKS WITH CAULK, WEATHERSTRIPPING, OR WATERPROOF SEALANT. DOING THIS AROUND WINDOWS, DOORS, AND PIPES WILL ALSO IMPROVE YOUR ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND LOWER YOUR UTILITY COSTS AT THE SAME TIME.

REFURBISH OR REPLACE DOORS

THE INTERIOR DOORS OF YOUR HOME HAVE A VISUAL IMPACT ON THE AESTHETICS OF YOUR HOME. IF REPLACING THEM IS ABOVE YOUR BUDGET THIS WINTER, A SIMPLE REFURBISHING PROJECT CAN DO WONDERS.

YOU COULD PAINT YOUR DOORS TO LOOK MORE MODERN, EXCHANGE THE KNOBS WITH MORE DECORATIVE PIECES TO HELP ADD FLAIR, OR ADD MOLDING TO OTHERWISE FLAT DOORS TO CREATE DIMENSION.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM MK CONSTRUCTION

WE WISH YOU AN ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL 2021 HOLIDAY SEASON AND HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL START TO THE NEW YEAR IN 2022!

BUILDING A GREENER FUTURE

WE’RE CONTINUING OUR WORK WITH GREENLINE HOMES TO HELP CREATE MORE SUSTAINABLE AND AFFORDABLE HOMES IN CHICAGO COMMUNITIES.

CLIMATE CHANGE AND OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL SHIFTS HAVE CREATED A NEW DESIRE FOR CUSTOM-BUILT HOMES THAT ARE ENERGY-EFFICIENT, EASY TO MAINTAIN, AND SUSTAINABLE.

BUILDING A GREEN HOME

WITH THE HELP OF GREENLINE HOMES, WE’RE UTILIZING GREEN BUILDING TECHNOLOGY AND PROFESSIONAL TECHNIQUES TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE CONSUMER AND BUILD THESE HOMES.

BY USING SOLAR ENERGY, INCREASED LEVELS OF INSULATION, AIR SEALING, AND CAREFULLY SELECTED MECHANICALS AND APPLIANCES, WE’RE BUILDING NET-ZERO-ENERGY HOMES THAT END UP PRODUCING MORE ENERGY THAN THEY CONSUME.

THESE ECO-FRIENDLY HOMES ARE BUILT USING SUSTAINABLE BUILDING MATERIALS WITH AN EMPHASIS ON INDOOR AIR QUALITY AND WATER- AND ENERGY-EFFICIENT APPLIANCES.

FAMILIES WHO RESIDE IN THESE HOMES ARE CHOOSING TO LIVE A HEALTHIER, MORE AFFORDABLE LIFESTYLE.

BENEFITS TO OWNING A GREEN HOME

THERE ARE MANY BENEFITS ASSOCIATED WITH LIVING IN A GREEN HOME. THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF USING RENEWABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY SOURCES HELPS LESSEN THE RELIANCE ON FOSSIL FUELS AND OTHER DEPLETING SOURCES.

THERE ARE ALSO ECONOMIC BENEFITS TO THE HOMEOWNER. BY USING SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS, IT SAVES ON MAINTENANCE AND REPLACEMENT COSTS. THERE ARE TAX REBATES AND INCENTIVES, CHEAPER UTILITY BILLS, AND THE VALUE OF YOUR HOME INCREASES, AS WELL.

AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY, BENEFITS TO YOUR HEALTH. WHEN BUILDING A GREEN HOME, THE BUILDER IS USING NON-TOXIC MATERIALS AND AIR PURIFICATION VENTILATION SYSTEMS THAT CREATE A CLEANER INDOOR ENVIRONMENT.

INSTEAD OF RECYCLING STALE INDOOR AIR, FRESH OUTDOOR AIR IS CONTINUOUSLY BROUGHT INTO THE HOME, PROMOTING A HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENT.

GO GREEN WITH MK CONSTRUCTION

MK CONSTRUCTION AND GREENLINE HOMES ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO HELP FAMILIES LIVE A HEALTHIER LIFE WHILE BUILDING A BETTER CHICAGO ONE HOUSE AT A TIME.

IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN BUILDING A WELL-DESIGNED, ENERGY-EFFICIENT HOME IN THE CITY OR SUBURBS, GIVE US A CALL TODAY TO DISCUSS DETAILS.

DECORATING TIPS FOR HALLOWEEN

GET INTO THE SPIRIT OF THE SPOOKY THIS SEASON BY TURNING HAUNTING YOUR HOUSE WITH HALLOWEEN DECOR. WHETHER YOU WANT TO KEEP IT SOPHISTICATED OR GO DOWNRIGHT CREEPY, HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO HELP MAKE YOUR HOME THE TALK OF THE TOWN.

​ UNDECORATE

BEFORE YOU PUT UP ANY DECORATIONS, TAKE YOUR PICTURE FRAMES OFF THE WALLS AND STORE AWAY ALL DECOR ON TABLES AND SHELVES. DISPLAYING BATS AND WITCHES NEXT TO BEACH PHOTOS OF YOUR KIDS AND COUSINS WON’T EXACTLY SCREAM ‘HALLOWEEN THEME’.

AND, MAKE SURE TO FILL EMPTY SPOTS ON THE WALLS WITH SPOOKY DECORATIONS OR PHOTOS. DOING ALL OF THIS WILL PUT THE ENTIRE FOCUS ON YOUR HOCUS POCUS.

STICK TO ONE COLOR SCHEME

IF POSSIBLE, TRY AND KEEP ALL YOUR DECORATIONS WITHIN THE SAME COLOR PALETTE. YOU COULD GO WITH A CLASSIC ORANGE AND BLACK THEME, A CREEPY BLACK AND GREEN, OR PERHAPS A SOPHISTICATED SILVER AND BLACK.

IF YOU DO CHOOSE TO MIX COLORS TOGETHER, TRY AND KEEP IT TO A MAXIMUM OF THREE COLORS, AND NOT USING ONES THAT STAND OUT TOO MUCH FROM THE OTHERS.

FRONT PORCH DECOR

CREATE A WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT FOR TRICK-OR-TREATERS BY TURNING THE FRONT OF YOUR HOME INTO A HALLOWEENTOWN OF ITS OWN. FROM SCARY WELCOME MATS TO HANGING BATS, PLUMP GOURDS TO OUIJA BOARDS, THE OPTIONS ARE ENDLESS.

TAKE THINGS TO A HAIR-RAISING LEVEL BY DECORATING YOUR ENTRYWAY, AS WELL. LURE GUESTS INTO YOUR HOME WITH A SPOOKY ENTRANCE THAT DARES THEM TO STEP INSIDE.

​ HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM MK CONSTRUCTION

WE WANT EVERYONE TO HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME THIS HALLOWEEN SEASON, SO BE SAFE, BE KIND, AND HAND OUT FULL-SIZED CANDY BARS!

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

With fall upon us, it’s time to start thinking about preparing your home for the change in weather. Every year, the shift from warm to freezing temperatures causes damage to homes that could have been prevented by following some simple steps.

​Check Your Gutters

We all enjoy looking at the leaves as they change color, but if enough of them build up in your gutters, it can cause damage to your roof, insulation, ceilings, and walls. Clean out all the leaves, check that your gutters are straight and secured to the fascia, and don’t forget to check for clogs in your downspouts.

​Test Your Sump Pump

During the winter months, the ground is already frozen and it becomes difficult for rainwater to absorb into the earth as easily as it would during the warmer months. This makes it harder on your sump pump, having to work harder to pump out the water. It may be worthwhile to have a backup in case your current pump fails.

​Clean Your Window Wells

If you’ve never dealt with high water levels in your window well, you may not think to clean them. However, if this area is not kept clean, it could attract unwanted critters or in extreme conditions cause damage to your foundation. There have been cases where high levels of water have created enough pressure to break the basement windows and flood homes.

​Check Your Detectors

During the colder months, we tend to spend more time indoors, using the furnace, stove, and fireplace more often. Because of this, carbon monoxide can build up quicker and more opportunities for fires to start. Check the batteries and expiration dates on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Following these simple steps can help keep you and your home safe from the elements. It will also help prevent unnecessary damage to your home, costing you a mini fortune to repair and/or replace.

At MK Construction & Builders, we take pride in the homes we build and renovate, and want all of our homeowners to stay safe and keep their homes as beautiful as can be.

BENEFITS OF BUILDING A GREEN HOME

‘GREEN’ HOMES ARE DESIGNED AND BUILT WITH YOU AND THE ENVIRONMENT IN MIND. THEY’RE BUILT TO PROVIDE A SAFE, HEALTHY, AND SUSTAINABLE PLACE TO LIVE, CREATING HEALTHIER FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES.

AS WE BECOME MORE AWARE OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGES, THE DECISION TO BUILD MORE ENERGY-EFFICIENT HOMES HAS BECOME MORE POPULAR.

THERE ARE MANY BENEFITS TO GREEN HOMES, INCLUDING:

​SAVING MONEY

THE WAY THE HOME IS BUILT AND THE MATERIALS USED DURING CONSTRUCTION HELP LOWER ENERGY AND WATER BILLS, AS WELL AS REDUCE MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR COSTS OVER TIME.

ON AVERAGE, GREEN HOMES USE 20-30% LESS ENERGY AND WATER, HELPING TO DECREASE MONTHLY UTILITY BILLS.

EVERYTHING FROM THE LIGHT BULBS TO THE STYLE OF ROOF IS CONSIDERED IN THE DESIGN PROCESS IN ORDER TO CREATE THE MOST ADVANCED ENERGY-EFFICIENT HOME POSSIBLE.

THESE HOMES CAN ALSO QUALIFY FOR DISCOUNTED HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE, PROVIDE CERTAIN TAX BREAKS AND OTHER MONETARY INCENTIVES.

​HEALTHIER LIVING

GREEN HOMES ARE DESIGNED AND BUILT TO MAXIMIZE FRESH AIR INDOORS AND USE MATERIALS THAT MINIMIZE EXPOSURE TO AIRBORNE POLLUTANTS.

ADVANCED INSULATION TECHNIQUES AND EFFICIENT HVAC SYSTEMS ARE USED TO NOT ONLY LOWER ENERGY COSTS BUT TO KEEP YOU COMFORTABLE YEAR-ROUND.

AND, MOST MATERIALS USED TO BUILD YOUR HOME ARE ENGINEERED OR RECYCLED, CONSERVING OUR NATURAL RESOURCES.

​GREATER DURABILITY

UTILIZING GREEN BUILDING METHODS WILL HELP CREATE A HOME THAT IS BUILT TO LAST. THE HIGH-QUALITY MATERIALS USED DURING THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS REQUIRE LESS UPKEEP AND MAINTENANCE.

THE OVERALL STRUCTURE OF YOUR HOME WILL BE DESIGNED WITH SUSTAINABILITY AS A PRIORITY. YOUR ROOF WILL LAST LONGER WITHOUT NEEDING REPLACEMENT, ALSO HELPING REDUCE THE IMPACT ON LANDFILLS. YOUR FLOORING WILL BE MORE DURABLE, COMFORTABLE, AND HEALTHIER.

EVERYTHING IN YOUR HOME, DOWN TO THE SMALLEST FIXTURE, WILL BE PLACED WITH THE PURPOSE OF LONGEVITY.

​CONTACT MK CONSTRUCTION TODAY

IF YOU’RE THINKING OF ‘GOING GREEN,’ CONTACT MK CONSTRUCTION & BUILDERS TODAY TO GET STARTED ON DESIGNING YOUR DREAM HOME. WE WILL BUILD YOU A CUSTOM HOME THAT YOU’LL LOVE COMING HOME TO EVERY DAY.

SURVIVING A SUMMER HOME REMODEL

WITH THE WARM WEATHER OF SUMMER COMES THE GRAND IDEA OF RENOVATING YOUR HOME. THE NICE WEATHER AND INCREASED AMOUNT OF DAYLIGHT MAKE IT THE PERFECT TIME TO START THAT PROJECT YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED – A NEW KITCHEN OR BATHROOM!

THERE ARE MANY THINGS YOU MAY NOT CONSIDER WHEN PLANNING A REMODEL, SO WE’VE COME UP WITH SOME HELPFUL TIPS TO HELP YOU KEEP COOL DURING THE REMODEL.

PREP ADJACENT ROOMS

WHEN REMODELING ONE ROOM IN YOUR HOME, THERE’S NO DOUBT IT’S GOING TO AFFECT ROOMS SURROUNDING IT, AS WELL. IF THERE WILL BE DEMOLITION OR DRILLING, THE VIBRATIONS FROM THE WORK BEING DONE CAN WORK TO DISLODGE AND DAMAGE ITEMS IN NEARBY ROOMS.

WE RECOMMEND REMOVING ALL FRAGILE AND IRREPLACEABLE ITEMS FROM SURROUNDING ROOMS AND AREAS TO AVOID ACCIDENTAL DAMAGE.

CREATE SEPARATE ENTRYWAYS

DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF THE REMODEL BEING DONE, THERE COULD BE SEVERAL CONTRACTORS COMING IN AND OUT OF YOUR HOME AT ANY GIVEN TIME.

IT’S A GREAT IDEA TO HAVE ONE ENTRYWAY FOR YOUR FAMILY AND ANOTHER FOR THE WORKERS THAT IS CLEAR OF HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, EQUIPMENT, AND OTHER HAZARDS.

DOING THIS WILL HELP DECREASE INTERRUPTIONS AND DELAYS.

PLAN FOR A MAKESHIFT SPACE

IF YOU’RE PLANNING TO HAVE MK CONSTRUCTION & BUILDERS REMODEL YOUR KITCHEN OR BATHROOM, WE RECOMMEND YOU PLAN FOR A TEMPORARY SPACE IN YOUR HOME TO REPLACE THE ROOM BEING REDONE.

IF IT’S YOUR KITCHEN BEING REMODELED, TRY AND FIND A CONVENIENT SPACE TO SET UP COOKING EQUIPMENT AND STORAGE FOR PREP ITEMS.

IF YOUR BATHROOM IS BEING REMODELED, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE PLANS TO WORK AROUND NOT HAVING ACCESS TO THAT SHOWER AND TOILET.

MINIMIZE EXPOSURE TO DUST

DUST WILL SPREAD THROUGHOUT YOUR HOME DURING A REMODEL. THE CONTRACTOR WILL WORK TO CONTAIN THE DUST WITHIN THEIR WORK AREA, HOWEVER, IT FINDS ITS WAY THROUGHOUT THE HOME.

THE BEST WAY TO COMBAT THIS ISSUE IS TO ENSURE ALL INTERIOR DOORS REMAIN CLOSED, SEALING OPEN DOORWAYS WITH PLASTIC SHEETING, USE PLASTIC SHEETING ON THE CARPET AND STAIRS, AND REPLACE YOUR HVAC FILTER DURING AND AFTER THE RENOVATION.

GET OUT OF THE HOUSE

IF THE REMODEL IS EXTENSIVE, IT MAY BE BEST FOR YOU TO LEAVE THE HOUSE DURING THE PROJECT. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO LEAVE THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRETY OF THE PROJECT, WE RECOMMEND FINDING APPROPRIATE TIMES TO TAKE YOUR FAMILY OUTSIDE OF THE HOME FOR HOURS AT A TIME.

READY TO REMODEL?

IF YOU’RE READY TO INVEST IN A NEW KITCHEN, BATHROOM, OR AN ADDITION TO YOUR HOME, CONTACT MK CONSTRUCTION & BUILDERS TODAY. WE WILL DESIGN AND BUILD A SPACE TAILORED TO YOUR NEEDS WITH FEATURES THAT ENHANCE THE WAY YOU LIVE.

JUNE IS NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH

THE NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL (NSC) INTRODUCED NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH BACK IN 1996 TO PROMOTE SAFE BEHAVIORS TO HELP PREVENT INJURIES AND DEATHS AT WORK, ON THE ROADS, AND AT HOME.

BOTH FATAL WORK INJURIES AND ROADWAY DEATHS ARE ON THE RISE, WHICH MEANS PROMOTING SAFETY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT TIPS THE NSC HIGHLIGHTS IS THAT SAFETY IS A 24/7 SUBJECT. WE SHOULDN’T STOP PRACTICING SAFE BEHAVIORS ONCE THE CLOCK STRIKES 5 PM.

EVERY YEAR, THE NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL PROMOTES FOUR TOPICS THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF JUNE. HERE ARE THE SAFETY TIPS FOR 2021.

PREVENT INCIDENTS BEFORE THEY OCCUR

IN ORDER TO CREATE A SAFE WORKPLACE, IT’S IMPORTANT TO IDENTIFY RISKS AND TAKE PROACTIVE SAFETY MEASURES TO REDUCE HAZARD EXPOSURE ON IMPORTANT TOPICS FROM ERGONOMICS TO CHEMICAL MANAGEMENT.

ADDRESS ONGOING COVID-19 SAFETY CONCERNS

THE PANDEMIC IS STILL PRESENT IN OUR EVERYDAY LIVES. AS IT CONTINUES, EMPLOYERS HAVE AN IMPORTANT TASK AHEAD OF THEM, EXPANDING OPERATIONS AND RETURNING REMOTE WORKERS TO PHYSICAL WORKSPACES, BUILDING TRUST AROUND VACCINES, SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH, AND SO MUCH MORE.

FEELING SAFE ON THE JOB

PHYSICAL SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT, HOWEVER, THE IMPORTANCE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY IS BECOMING MORE CRITICAL. EVERY PERSON SHOULD FEEL SAFE WHILE THEY’RE AT WORK AND FEEL WELCOMED INTO AN INCLUSIVE CULTURE.

ADVANCE YOUR SAFETY JOURNEY

SAFETY IS ALL ABOUT CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT. THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING MORE YOU CAN BE DOING TO KEEP YOURSELF AND EVERYONE ELSE SAFE. WHETHER AS AN ORGANIZATION OR AN INDIVIDUAL, THE NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL CAN HELP PROVIDE GUIDANCE TO CREATING A SAFE ENVIRONMENT.

SAFETY AT MK CONSTRUCTION

AT MK CONSTRUCTION & BUILDERS, WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON OUR ATTENTION TO EVERY DETAIL ON EVERY JOB. BIG OR SMALL, WE TAKE OUR TIME TO PLAN EVERY STEP AND FOLLOW THROUGH ON THE PROJECT IN THE SAFEST MANNER POSSIBLE.

IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO BUILD A NEW HOME OR CONSIDERING REMODELING YOUR HOME, GIVE US A CALL TODAY.

From Economic Uncertainty to Record High Home Sales

The number of homes with “SOLD” signs in their front yard in the city of Chicago and surrounding suburbs started skyrocketing last summer and hasn’t cooled off since.

Chicagoland home prices are on the rise, as well. But, that isn’t preventing homes from being sold so quickly in such a competitive market. With the combination of a low supply of homes available and low mortgage rates, the trend of strong buyer activity is expected to continue.

If You Build It, They Will Come

With a limited number of homes available on the market in Chicago, new home construction has become very appealing. There’s nothing quite like the brand-new look and freshly painted feel of a new home, no matter if it’s a townhouse in River North, a condo in Bucktown, or a luxury single-family home in Evanston.

Recently, MK Construction & Builders purchased a vacant church site in Elmwood Park with plans to turn it into 12 three-bedroom townhouses equipped with an inviting courtyard, ample parking, and picturesque landscaping. The luxury townhouse developments are very popular in Chicagoland areas, in fact, they are now the fastest-growing segment of the single-family housing construction market.

More Affordable Than Ever

Even with the prices of homes increasing at record rates, they’ve become more affordable than ever. That may seem counteractive, but there’s a reason for it.

Along with the historically low interest rates, consumers have spent the pandemic saving more money than ever before. Armed with more money in the bank and easily accessible low mortgage interest rates, homebuyers can afford loftier asking prices.

Welcome Home

Our team at MK Construction & Builders, Inc. specializes in making your home look and feel like an extension of you. If you’re looking for custom home building services, wanting to add new rooms to your home, or thinking of remodeling your bathroom or kitchen, we want to hear about it.

To get started on the home of your dreams, please contact us today.

Tips to Spruce Up Your Outdoor Space this Spring

If you’re like most Chicago residents, now that the weather is turning warmer, you couldn’t be more thrilled about spending more time outside. Whether this is your first spring in your new home or you’re simply looking to spruce things up a bit, taking care of your outdoor space gives you a much-needed outdoor oasis.

Perfect your outdoor space with the following tips.

Choose Bold Colors

While you may avoid colorful furniture and decorative accents inside your home, outside is a completely different ball game. Don’t hesitate to choose a bold color for your outdoor furniture, rugs, flowers, etc. The brighter, the better! Adding in some color can help create a more vibrant outdoor space. Consider shades of orange, aqua, or even yellow to make a splash.

Create Some Privacy

If possible, consider adding a bit more privacy to your outdoor space to make it feel like it’s your own. Even if your outdoor space isn’t huge, making it private can make it significantly more usable. Add in some tall greenery or some long, flowy drapes to section off your patio. A little bit of effort goes a long way!

Add Plenty of Seating

This is especially true if you’re planning on hosting a lot this summer. Ensure your outdoor space has plenty of versatile and movable seating options when you are entertaining.

Don’t Forget the Greenery

As summer approaches, don’t forget to spruce up your backyard with some life! Add plants, flowers, and other greenery to breathe a new life into your outdoor space.

How are you planning on elevating your outdoor space this spring and summer?

Tips for Finishing Your Basement

A finished basement can be a highly functional space for you and your family to enjoy. If your current basement is in the process of being remodeled, or if you’re considering a basement remodel in the future, you’ll want to consider all options to ensure the room looks and functions exactly how you want it to. We know this can be an overwhelming process with endless possibilities, which is why our custom home builders in Chicago have provided some helpful insight below.

Utility is Most Important

Functionality should be at the forefront of your basement, as you’ll want to get as much use out of this area as possible. Consider creating separate rooms for laundry, working out, storage, or even a home office. Be sure to build walls in areas that you want additional privacy and make sure that your plumbing is factored in from the beginning stages of your remodel.

Consider an Open Concept

Many basements have an open concept layout. If you want to go this route, be sure to plan out the main television area with another area to situate your furniture. Some basement remodels include the addition of a dining area, so consider whether your family will get use of a dining space downstairs. Always remember to factor in enough space to walk from one area to another to help your space feel even larger.

Factor In Your Home’s Aesthetic

It’s tempting to use old, mismatched furniture or outdated decorations to finish your basement remodel, but putting in the extra effort to make your space beautiful will pay off in the long run. Cutting corners on cheap finishes or leaving your space too plain can take away from the work that was just completed.

How We Can Help

At MK Construction & Builders, Inc., we’re dedicated to helping you make the most of every square inch of your home. We’ll work with you on projects small and large to transform your space into something you genuinely love.

To get started, please contact us today.

Bathroom Remodels in Chicago: 2021 Trends

Now that 2020 is behind us, we’re excited to focus on what we do best: new construction in Chicago. Because most families spend the most time in their kitchen and bathroom, these are two focal points for remodels.

Maybe you’ve been thinking about updating your bathroom design for quite some time, or maybe you have a small bathroom that you’re not sure how to update. Consider some of the following power room trends for 2021.

Back-Lit Mirrors or Medicine Cabinets

Who doesn’t love a little bit of mood lighting in their master bathroom? Create an ambiance by investing in back-lit mirrors or a back-lit medicine cabinet. Not only does this create an inviting space and the illusion of a floating mirror, but it is also a great way to show off the tile in your existing space as well.

Grand Bathtubs

Our Chicago bathroom remodeling process typically includes a bathtub in some way, as they are both functional and beautiful. Plus, the pandemic has resulted in an increased interest in interior design and home remodeling, resulting in an uptick in bathtub installations.

Bathtubs, especially ones with simple silhouettes, will continue to be popular throughout the year.

Quartz Countertops

Your bathroom countertops will undoubtedly be a factor in your bathroom renovation. Quartz is an especially coveted countertop material to use because it is so durable. It is one of the naturally hardest materials and can withstand scratching and staining. Quartz is an ideal material for both your kitchen and bath renovations.

As one of the top bathroom remodeling contractors in the Chicago area, we’re excited about the year and trends ahead! For top-notch customer service on your remodeling project, get in touch with our skilled team at MK Construction & Builders, Inc.

Lessons We’ve Learned in 2020

This year has been one for the books. With so many momentous events and findings this year, our Chicago custom home builders wanted to take a moment to reflect. While everyone has different takeaways from this year, we wanted to share ours as we plan for a busy 2021 ahead.

Supporting Local Means Everything

The community has come together in a way that we didn’t know was possible, and it has been one of our highlights this year! “Supporting local” comes in a variety of forms. For us, it means trusting a small business to take care of a momentous task — building your home! For others in the area, it means stopping by for a burrito instead of cooking at home or getting your haircut a bit more often than normal.

This dedication and effort don’t go unnoticed, and we are so thankful to be in such a supportive community.

Your Own Space is Extremely Important

Many people are re-evaluating their priorities this year, and having a safe space to call your own is more important now than ever. If you’re not satisfied with your space, don’t hesitate to call us to make a change in 2021.

Make Changes as You See Fit

Speaking of feeling unhappy in your own space, this year has pushed many homeowners to make upgrades or changes that they may not have expected. Maybe that master bedroom could use a revamp or you need to redo your basement to have a space to unwind; regardless, it’s okay to make changes to make your space both functional and beautiful.

We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of you for supporting us for another year. Wishing you a happy holiday season from all of us at MK Construction & Builders, Inc.!

How COVID-19 Has Impacted the Real Estate Market

Like many other industries throughout the world, COVID-19 has undoubtedly taken its toll on the real estate market. Many Americans who were considering selling their homes 8 months ago are now reconsidering as the future of the virus is unknown.

Currently, there aren’t a ton of homes on the market, meaning that sellers have the advantage when it comes to asking for a particular price. Homes are selling fast because inventory is so low.

Record-Low Interest Rates

As a result of an economic downswing, the Federal Reserve has drastically cut interest rates to breaking lows. Now, the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage is below 3 percent. Even a quarter or half percentage can make a huge difference in how much families pay for their home.

For example, if you purchase a home that is $200,000 and your interest rate is 6%, you would pay $1,199 monthly. With the market’s current rate, your monthly payment would be $832 each month, saving a total of $131,990 in interest over a 30-year period.

What if I Can’t Find a Home?

We know that life is stressful enough as it is right now, and finding a home is an additional stressor to add to your plate. Instead of opting for finding your existing home, we are happy to build your dream home for you. In addition to custom home builds, we also build spec houses that are move-in ready. We’re happy to show you around some of our available properties.

Our Chicago custom home builders know quality work from the inside-out. Please get in touch with us to learn more about bringing your dream home to life.

Kitchen Remodeling Trends We’re Loving

Despite a crazy and challenging year for all, we are sticking to the one thing we know best: luxury homes. At MK Construction, we can handle everything from your kitchen remodel to building you a completely custom home.

If you’ve been considering a kitchen remodel in the upcoming months, here are some of the trends we are seeing a lot of:

All Black

Black kitchens are quickly becoming the new version of white kitchens, as we are seeing a surge in black countertops, finishes and even appliances. Black is an extremely strong color choice in your kitchen but it can pay off.

Glass

Another emerging trend that we continue to implement into our designs in glass. Different types of glass, whether it be colored, clear or frosted, are implemented into both furniture and design elements. In kitchens, glass looks beautiful as part of prominent cabinets.

Eco-Friendly Kitchens

More and more brands are implementing eco-friendly designs and practices into their business, and home remodels are no exception. Smart appliances can help save energy and lower environmental impact.

Handmade Materials

Perfect, cookie-cutter kitchens are becoming a thing of the past as tactile surfaces begin to emerge in popularity. This is beginning to lead to kitchens that are designed with all senses in mind, including touch. Unique, authentic slabs that feature imperfections are actually more sought-after than you’d expect.

Ready to Get Started?

Are you ready to improve your space and invest in a custom kitchen? Contact us at MK Construction & Builders, Inc. to see how we can help