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Think Outside the Room: Ignore Conventional Home Plans

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Whether you’re renovating an old home or starting from scratch, you may enlist the help of an architect or home designer.  Professionals can prove to be invaluable resources, and their opinions certainly mean a lot, but don’t make the mistake of hiring someone who has their business down to a science.  This may sound counterintuitive, but a home designer has a set formula for the layout of every home they design is going to produce a design that isn’t only unoriginal, but cookie-cutter.  Alliance Home Design thinks outside the box, and outside the room, every time, and one way we suggest starting your home plan?  Forget what rooms are “supposed” to be for.

A Bedroom-Sized Bathroom

A lot of homes nowadays have a guest bedroom or two, but you know what they say: house guests and fish both start to stink after three days.  Rather than keeping your spare rooms available for potential passersby, why not convert your extra space into something that you will definitely use every day?  That’s right.  A bathroom.  It seems crazy, and requires a little bit of extra plumbing and electrical work, but that spare bedroom can become a bathroom with more space than you can imagine.  No need to cram the toilet next to the bathtub next to the sink.  By turning your spare room into a bathroom, you open up the possibility of a jacuzzi-style bathtub, a large, chic farm sink, or even an armchair (Yes! We’ve seen it!).  People will applaud your creative use of space and leave with the question, “So what did they do with the room that was supposed to be the bathroom?”, which we also have the answer to…

A Bathroom-Sized Closet

Now “bathroom-sized” doesn’t exactly sound grand, but a closet the size of even a small, simple bathroom is huge in terms of closet space.  Many closets that are advertised as “walk-in” make that claim very ambitiously, and unless the space between your steps is about 6 inches, you’re not really going to be able to walk anywhere.  Same as with the converted bathroom, this room switch will require a little bit of plumbing work, but it is well worth the space.  A walk-in closet the size of a bathroom affords you the ability to not only having a better home for your clothes and accessories, but storage for the rest of your home as well. 

At Alliance Home Design, we want to create the home that’s right for you, not the home that’s right for just anyone.  A bedroom-sized kitchen?  A kitchen-sized living room?  Anything is possible with a creative mind and Alliance Home Design by your side.

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Customizing Your Kitchen

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Depending on what your lifestyle is like, you could be spending a lot of time in your kitchen.  It’s not just where you cook, but depending on your culture could also be where you eat, socialize, and spend quality time with friends and family.  Creating a kitchen that’s right for you is well worth the money, as your kitchen should be somewhere you feel at home.  Even if you’re not the type that adores their kitchen, or even spends very much time there, your kitchen is still a reflection of you.  Below are some ideas for exactly what parts of your kitchen you can customize to get the best results for you and your family.


Not all of us are as vertically gifted as others, and high kitchen cabinets can be just plain impractical for those of us who measure under 5’6’’.  Many kitchens feature a cabinet above the refrigerator, typically used to store things many adults don’t want youngsters to get ahold of, but what about adults that just happen to be the size of youngsters?  As we age, we get shorter, but it doesn’t mean we should go hungry!  Properly sizing the height of your cabinets as well as the height of your counter tops, bar stools, or appliances can make all the difference in your kitchen feeling comfortable and truly customized to fit your needs.


Kitchens tend to stick to the same old color palette: whites, blacks, browns, and maybe reds if one is feeling particularly adventurous, but it doesn’t have to be that way!  Customizing the color of your kitchen to fit with your whole house is completely possible with the right contractor.  Greens, blues, yellows, oranges, purples, and more are all possible if you just do your research.

Dining Space

Like we said before, not everyone spends the same amount of time in their kitchen.  If you’re the type that likes to eat and socialize where you cook, then you probably want some sort of dining and gathering space in your kitchen.  An island with bar stools gives your kitchen a very open and welcoming feel, and it allows the cook to interact with their guests while continuing to prepare a meal for them.  However if you’re the type that prefers to keep cooking and company separate and your current kitchen has some sort of dining space, don’t be afraid to get rid of it!  A custom kitchen is supposed to be designed for you, so there’s no shame in eliminating the parts of it that you know you won’t use. 

Being conventional shouldn’t limit you from having the kitchen you really want.  For a kitchen remodeling consultation contact Alliance today!

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Renovating Your Bathroom For Resale

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If you’re looking into the possibility of selling your home, starting to consider small scale renovations is a good idea.  By spending a little more money to start with you can end up raising the value of your home exponentially.  Bathrooms have been shown to be the most highly scrutinized room by potential buyers, so you want to make sure that yours is up to snuff before inviting people to take a look at it.  Bathroom renovations can be expensive, but by doing the proper research beforehand you can avoid costly mistakes and a drawn out renovation process.  The investment is well worth it, and small changes can result in big money.

Stereo System

A built in music system in your bathroom is an inexpensive luxury to install that immediately increases the value of your bathroom dramatically.  Though a small amenity, being able to toggle between the radio, your iPod, and CDs without getting out of the tub is a pretty sweet treat.  Great for relaxation, romance, and convenience, this cheap renovation is well worth the money.

Counter Space

In smaller bathrooms, it can be hard to install a lot of counter space, but it’s an element that a lot of buyers find extremely necessary.  If you’re able to accommodate it, you should definitely consider installing double sinks, as the counter space offered on either side and in between can be a major selling point in your home, not to mention the benefit of having two sinks in the first place. 

Shower Amenities

You may have noticed that in some hotels there are built-in shampoo and conditioner dispensers in the wall.  Instead of struggling to eke out liquid from the bottle, you can dispense it with the push of a button right in your own home.  It’s inexpensive and a whimsical little luxury that appeals to everyone.  An additional investment you could make in your bathroom is a large, whirlpool bath, such as a jacuzzi.  The word “jacuzzi” has certain luxurious connotations that will be the cherry on top of your bathroom remodeling.

If you can afford it, redoing your bathroom before selling your house can be a great way to increase its value.  Between new sinks, vanities, tubs, and anything in between, make sure you’re getting the best for your money and contact Alliance Home Design today for a consultation.

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What You Need To Know About Baseboards

When it comes to making a statement in a room, baseboards are a major highlight. These boards can add a different perception to a room that reflects the era you are going for. If you are tired of baseboards that are too worn or battered, then upgrading is a simple as calling in our trusted team.

Offers Protection To Majority Of Your Wall

Baseboards help prevent damage to wall coverings and the actual wall itself. It doesn’t take much of a protrusion to offer a lot of protection to the remainder of the wall. Over the years, baseboards can save a lot of money on repairs and refinish of walls. If chairs and furniture have caused damage to your walls in the past, a thicker baseboard may help.


When choosing your style of baseboard, there are many options that can help your home look great. Sculpted baseboards with custom trim add a lot of character to a room. For a more formal look, you can go with more elaborate baseboards while informal spaces you may want to choose a plainer trim that is less sculpted.

Baseboard Advice

The type of baseboard installed is matched to the central theme or style of the home or business in question. Alliance Home Design can help you by milling and installing custom baseboards that offer an authentic look for your living space.


Baseboard installation is an affordable way to change the appearance or upgrade your home. Since Alliance Home Design offers custom millwork, your project looks like it was made for your home because it is. Baseboards are usually installed fast.

Craftsmanship That Lasts

Quality baseboards are milled from the best lumber and sanded to perfection. Our team of craftsman can match specific wood finishes quickly, so your baseboards fit in perfectly with the rest of your home. Alliance Home Design takes pride in offering the best baseboards and service in Florida.

Baseboards are often necessary to replace if we are doing a kitchen remodeling project or other major home renovation. The good news is that you can choose a whole new look to match your remodel.

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Creating The Perfect Kitchen For Entertaining

If you enjoy cooking and having friends over then, your kitchen remodeling project needs to reflect this. Creating the ideal kitchen for entertaining is not so hard with a bit of planning and an experienced contractor that will listen to what you want. Here are some ideas for creating a kitchen that is set up for entertaining your guests.

Bar Or Island


A kitchen bar or island allows for extra serving space and an informal dining area for when you might not want to use your designated dining room. This also allows for a convenient extra space for serving a buffet or laying out snacks or drinks when you have a larger group of people over.

Custom Cabinets

Organization in a kitchen is very important. With custom cabinets, you can make the best use of your space and make sure that things are exactly where you want them. Cabinets allow you to adapt your kitchen to your own unique cooking style.

Appliance Location

The type of electrical outlets you have and where they are at influences where you are allowed to have your appliances. If you have an older home, your appliances may not be in the best place for you. Also if you are in a newer home that doesn’t mean the builder put a lot of thought into designing the kitchen space. Changing the wiring in your kitchen can allow for appliance placement in the spot you like the most.

Extra Serving Space

In many older homes, the sideboard was one of the most important places to keep special serving dishes and have a level space to put out a variety of snacks or beverages. A custom sideboard can solve a lot of space issues and can be made to fit a space precisely. A sideboard is a great home addition.

Glassware Racks

Overhead glassware storage can give your kitchen the feel of an old pub but also make better use of your space. Beautiful glassware can also help with lighting because it will sparkle and reflect whatever light you have in your kitchen area.

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Creating Your Bedroom Addition

There are many reasons why you might want to add a bedroom to your home. A parent moving in, a new child, or simply a larger and better-appointed room for you and your partner are all perfectly valid reasons for wanting to plan and addition. Here are some things to consider when planning your addition.


It can be easy to try to cram too many amenities in a smaller space. Alliance Home Builders can help determine how much space you add on while meeting your local building regulations and codes. If your lot size is not the issue, then you need to determine how much space you will be satisfied with.


Sharing a bath with everyone in your household may be something you don’t want to do in the future. A master bath as part of the bedroom can give you privacy and take some of the strain off of the main bathrooms of your home. Double sinks and separate tubs and showers are popular features in the modern bedroom addition.

Custom Cabinets and Built-Ins

Organization can make or break an addition. Custom cabinets can make the greatest use of the space of your bedroom addition. Built in closets and other features can help organize and help rooms appear tidier in general. Shelving adds space for items such as books and things you use regularly.

Don’t Underestimate Bed Size

When planning your addition be sure you realize how much space you are going to have after a bed is added. A king sized bed is going to take up more of your addition than a queen. If you are set on having a larger bed, then take it into account when planning home additions.

Planning Your Addition

Alliance Home Designs can help you plan an addition that fits your budget. We can assist with deciding what features are best for your goals. Our free estimates may make you realize just how much you can do with a small renovation budget. Contact us today for the best in home remodel design and construction in the industry.

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Tips For A Less Stressful Remodel

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  1. Be realistic about time frame

Of course in a perfect world, a remodel would be accomplished exactly on time or even early. In the real world, however, there are factors that are beyond the control of you or your contractor. In an older home, there can be surprises lurking once walls are opened up. Newer homes are not always without surprises either. Don’t plan your party for the day after a remodel is scheduled for completion.

  1. Make Careful Decisions

Changing your mind before construction or demolition starts is one thing, however after a remodel starts it can cost you time and money if you decide to change your mind. Talking with an experienced contractor like Alliance Home Design can help you be sure of your decisions and make sure you are satisfied with you remodel job.

  1. Where To Stay?

It is important to budget for accommodations and extras during a remodel that is extensive enough for you to have to leave your home for awhile. Air BnB or other booking services can help you find good accommodations if you need them during a remodel. Some people take vacations or trips to stay with family during kitchen remodels and similar.

  1. Consider How Much Value You Are Adding

If you are having sticker shock at how much remodels cost it is important to realize that you are adding a lot more in equity to your home. A $10,000 remodel could add many times that to the value of your home. If you are considering selling your home in the future, you could be making a very good investment in your future.

  1. Have Some Fun With It

Not all aspects of home renovations have to be serious. Plan some fun touches that are solely for your enjoyment and comfort regardless of the practicality of the larger project. A wall safe or some other touch you have always wanted might not cost a lot but add a lot to the level of your satisfaction with your entire remodel.

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Prioritizing Your Home Renovations

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You might have been pondering for quite some time about the repairs and home renovations you either would like to do or need to do in your home. Here are some of the reasons why you should take care of this sooner rather than later.

Damage Can Get Worse Over Time

Putting off home repairs and renovations can cost you money in the long run and even threaten the structural integrity of your home. If something is causing water damage, for example, you can quickly go from a fix that costs a few thousand to tens of thousands in additional damages.

You Deserve A Comfortable Space To Come Home To

Sometimes the small things are what counts at your home or business. Bathrooms get a lot of use and can make a big difference in the comfort level of your home. Custom cabinets and other features can make your bathroom feel larger right away.

First Things First

Of course, the renovations that are the most important should be the ones that are critical to maintaining your home. Older homes sometimes simply need upgrades. Older wiring is a perfect example of a critical renovation. Rewiring often involves replacing wall coverings as well because coverings are often too damaged to put back into place, especially if older or made from poor quality materials to start with.


When it comes to your renovation or home addition you and your spouse may have some slightly different opinions. Coming to a compromise is usually the best solution. For example, if one person wants a shower separate from the tub, perhaps just a better tub and shower combo would be easier to fit into space and cost less overall?

Honest Budget And Quotes

There is no doubt that home renovations can cost a bit of money, but you have to realize that they are a long-term investment in the equity of your home. Renovations can make your home much more comfortable and allow it to grow and change as your lifestyle and family size changes. Alliance Home Designs offers honest quotes, and we will work with your budget needs if at all possible

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Figuring Out The Details Of Custom Cabinets

The advantages of custom cabinets are numerous. For starters, you can get a lot more out of your space compared to buying cabinets that are just a standard size off the shelf at your local home improvement store.

Color And Finish

With custom cabinets, you can take advantage of being able to specify a specific color or finish for your cabinets. This allows for a one of a kind kitchen if you want it. Alliance can create any finish you desire.

Crown Molding

Some cabinets have a top shelf while others may go all the way to the ceiling and have crown molding. The addition of crown molding can add a decorative touch that is hard to beat. A creative crown molding design can add a lot of depth and character to even plain cabinets.

In Cabinet Organization

The inside of a cabinet is important. If you cannot get good access to what is within your cabinets, then you might have a frustrating kitchen to deal with. The addition of slide out drawers, Lazy Susan’s, wire baskets, and more can help you maximize your space. Wire baskets on the inside doors of cabinets give you a space to keep small cutting boards or aluminum foil and plastic wrap.

Type Of Wood

Hardwood cabinets are nice due to their durability and classic good looks. Softer woods such as Poplar are sometimes chose for cabinets that are going to be painted a particular color. Red Oak is one of the most popular choices out of the very tough hardwoods. Oak can always be stained a darker color if you want the look of Walnut or Cherry without the additional cost.

Kitchen Remodels

Even if you already have a kitchen, you may want to remodel it, so it has a more suitable floor plan for your lifestyle needs. Alliance Home Design can assist with any stage of your kitchen remodel and custom cabinets. Call us today to design the kitchen of your dreams. We look forward to helping you realize your vision and dream for a better kitchen

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Creating The Addition You Need



Adding on to an existing home is one of the most popular ways to increase the livability and value of a home. There are many reasons why an addition may be desirable to you and your family. A new baby or a parent moving in may mean you don’t have enough bedrooms. Perhaps you have a hobby and want some space to practice it in? Here are some things to consider if you want to expand your home.


Plumbing to an addition increases the cost. A bedroom that only needs outlets and light fixtures can cost less to add on. If you just want a very basic space to paint in or sew, then you may want a lot of windows to let in light. The design of your addition should be completely based on the purpose you have for it. Many people like to add an extra room on to their kitchen or a glassed in porch as well for lounging and entertaining.


The size of your addition is significant. Although you may desire a certain size, the space you have on your property may only allow for so much, and it can determine the shape of your addition if you want to maximize the size. City and county building rules can have an influence as well. Alliance Home Design can help you determine what size of home additions are feasible for you.


Addition is far more than just adding a room. There are details that can make all the difference. For example, custom cabinets can be added to increase the storage space and character of a space. Cabinets can be build to fit a space exactly so you get more out of your addition. The color of wood stain used can add the atmosphere that you desire.


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