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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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Choosing A New Tub For Your Bathroom Renovation

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Doing a full renovation of your bathroom is a large undertaking, and if you’re going to change a few things, you might as well change them all, and you’ll probably have to change them all in order for all of the elements of your new bathroom to mesh well.  Below, we want to suggest some potential tubs for your new bathroom.


If you have the room and the budget, a clawfoot tub is a beautiful and elegant addition to any bathroom.  Typically freestanding, that is, no one wall is attached to the tub, clawfoot tubs require a bit more room than other tub designs.  Clawfoot tubs were often used by royalty or the very rich.  Clawfoot tubs are featured in the famous Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.  The Biltmore, belonging to and built by members of the Vanderbilt family, is a mansion on an 8,000 acre estate.  Clawfoot tubs won’t exactly make your home the Biltmore but…it’s one step closer.


Go big or go home should be the slogan for a jacuzzi tub.  You’re already spending thousands on a renovation, why not spend the little extra to make your bathtub into a full-blown spa.  Jets, bubbles, even LED lights can transform your bathroom into something unrecognizable.  We usually recommend that those who wish to input a jacuzzi tub also opt for a standing shower, as once you get in a jacuzzi it is very hard to get out, and we don’t want to be responsible for any tardies at work!

3-Wall Alcove

The most common type of bathtub, a 3-wall alcove is a tub that typically found at one end of a bathroom, touching the 3 ends farthest from the means of entrance.  The most affordable and least obstructive bathtub style, it can still be quite elegant.  Tiling the sides, building out a ledge, and installing a premium shower head can make even the simplest of bathtub designs feel custom-made and gorgeous.

At Alliance, all we want is for you to end up with the dream home that you deserve.  A bathroom can often be a make or break in selling a house, so shouldn’t it be a make or break in living in one?  Treat you and your family right and renovate your bathroom and get a brand new bathtub to go in it today, with Alliance Home Design.

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Elements of a Great Kitchen Renovation

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Between cooking, eating, and just sitting around sharing stories, you can end up spending a tremendous amount of time in your kitchen.  A room that you spend so much time in should be pleasant to inhabit both from a design perspective and in a practical sense.  Pots and pans should be in the most convenient place possible, the cook should be able to talk to family and friends without being isolated, and people should be impressed by its design.


Coming together over a meal has been a human custom for millennia, and your kitchen should be conducive to facilitating conversation.  An island is a great addition to your kitchen if you have the space for it.  Acting as a large table/counter space that sits in the middle of the kitchen, an island totally opens up space and prevents the cook from being isolated in a corner facing the wall while cooking. When people have an island, they typically purchase bar stools to line it with and install the stove directly into it to easier facilitate conversation.  A chef being able to cook and talk to their guests while they do so is an invaluable amenity in any kitchen.


Whether you’re in the kitchen every day or always seem to be ordering take out, when you do cook you want your dishes, cookware, utensils, and appliances to be in easily accessible and practical places in your kitchen.  In kitchen design, people seem to get stuck in the same old routines as to what goes where, and what’s tradition isn’t always what’s best.  Pots and pans are often precariously stored in cabinets, which is not only unsightly, but dangerous as well.  Installing a row of hooks in your kitchen to hang your pots and pans from proves to be very aesthetically pleasing, provides easy access to cookware, and frees up cabinet space for other things that can be more easily stacked.


Rectangular cabinets aren’t your only option for kitchen storage, and too often people get stuck in a rut thinking inside the box, or in this case, inside the cabinet.  Consider custom cabinets with unusual shapes that are more suited to your needs.  For instance, cabinets that are tall, narrow, and slightly slanted to one side make for great baking sheet storage.  They stack nicely sideways as the slant forces them to stay upright by leaning on each other.

When redoing your kitchen, give it the love and attention it deserves.  Think outside the box, get the custom look you deserve, and do it with the best at Alliance Home Design.

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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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Installing Crown Molding: What is Your Contractor Doing?

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Installing crown molding is a simple and effective way to give your home class, elegance, and charm, without spending an exorbitant amount of money.  Because moldings are not typically installed at eye-level, they can seem to go unnoticed, but how unnoticed are they really?  Your brain is always taking in information, and though guests may not comment on your molding, they are subconsciously detecting the refinement of your home that the employment of beautiful crown moldings conveys.


The first step in installing crown molding is deciding which type of crown molding to use.  Different materials are better for different uses, and depending on what room of your home you’d like to install your crown molding in, it can determine what material you should use.  Wood makes for beautiful crown molding, but can be expensive.  A cheaper alternative is MDF, a combination of wood and various resins, which is also pre-primed and ready to paint.  One thing to look out for in using MDF in molding is the level of moisture and humidity in the room that you’re looking to install it in.  MDF will warp in great levels of humidity, meaning that it may not be the best choice for a bathroom, kitchen, or any room with excessive levels of moisture.


The next part is the hardest: cutting the corners of the molding.  This is a job best left to professionals, but it’s still helpful to know how they do it.  The easiest way to cut the corners of crown molding is using a coping saw.  A coping saw is also the most popular tool for beginners.  It is a saw with a narrow blade that stretches across a U-shaped frame and is used for cutting the curves of the wood.  Additional tools include power miter saws, which we typically think of as a power saw, which makes a quick, accurate cut in a piece at a selected angle.


Once you have the right type of molding and it’s cut to your liking, the next steps are all about precision in placement.  Be sure to begin by measuring and marking the wall as well as your molding.  The most important part of crown molding installation is ensuring that the pieces fit together and fit the wall you’re placing it on.  Once you’ve made certain that the pieces will fit well, you can secure them to the wall using a caulk gun.

Crown molding is a classic element of home design and can really tie a room together.  Be sure to ask your contractor about the crown molding that is right for your home!

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Kitchen Remodeling 101: What You Need to Know

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How many times have you walked into your kitchen and wanted to change something again? Kitchens are one of the most used rooms in the entire house, if not THE most used room in the home. After all, everybody in the house goes into the kitchen every morning for breakfast or that first cup of coffee to get their day started. The kitchen represents an important and integral part of the home, so it makes sense that you would want to maintain every aspect of it from the floors to the counter tops to the curtains to the windows to the pantry door. Kitchen remodeling can be an ongoing maintenance as you notice little glitches that need fixes over time.

Facts About Kitchen Remodeling

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How to Dress Up Your Guest Room

Expecting out of town guests? Then it’s time to freshen up that guest bedroom. From updating wall décor to bedside flowers to a new comforter and sheets, even the simplest of gestures can turn your spare bedroom into a five-star getaway. So before your overnight guests arrive, it’s time for a quick makeover to make them feel welcome in their temporary “home away from home.”

Design Your Guest Room

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Innovative Ways to Remodel Your Bathroom with Color, Texture, and Style

Completely remodeling your bathroom or simply going for a refreshed, updated look? Whichever one it may be, floors should be your first priority towards your new bathroom. Replacing those well-loved bathroom floors with new tiles will help to add color, texture and style. From master baths to powder baths, it’s all about choosing a design that will turn your bathroom from drab to fab.

How to Remodel Your Bathroom

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Home Improvement Projects to Give Your House A New Look

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There’s nothing quite like being home for the holidays. In fact, between those holiday parties, gift shopping and food preparation, the holiday season is the perfect time to do some smaller scale home improvement projects. So in between those holiday celebrations give your home a completely new look.

Home Improvement Projects

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4 Must-Know Home Remodeling Tips

With a New Year comes many opportunities to invest in different parts of the home. Home design is an exciting process, and there are many great aspects of being able to design a home. As a homeowner there are tips and tools to learn as a homeowner looking to remodel a house.

Especially for those entering their first attempt at remodeling a home, it can be a difficult process that poses unique challenges to a first timer. However, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Following some general guidelines for the home remodeling process can make everyone’s job much easier. Sometimes homeowners assume that remodeling a home will be the same as the initial selection and purchase of the home, and while they are definitely different processes, going about the initial design and choosing a home is experience that a homeowner can call on when the time to remodel comes.

Tips for Remodeling A Home

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