Home Improvement Ideas for the Summer

If your To-Do List for this year includes buying a fixer-upper, updating your house to sell, or making upgrades to your home for your enjoyment, then you’ve come to the right place.  In this week’s post, we’ll take a look at some of our previous posts focused on bath remodels and outdoor living spaces.

You may just be inspired to create that spa-like bathroom you’ve been dreaming of or maybe you’re ready to create that outdoor oasis that’s as beautiful, comfortable, and functional as the inside of your home.


“2015 bathrooms should be three things: contemporary, spa-like, and accessible,” according to the National Kitchen & Bathroom Association.

“Expect built-in soaking tubs to be replaced by open or frameless, large walk-in showers, with multiple shower heads,” say the experts at DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen Remodeling. The fluid look and fewer lines of a frameless shower doors will finish off the room.


3 ‘Must Have’s’ for Planning Your Bathroom Renovation

We enjoy working on projects together.  So, for our 1st anniversary as Mr. & Mrs., we decided to opt out of a vacation to renovate our guest bathroom.  Though we were excited about our first bathroom renovation, it also brought us some anxiety.   We knew we would need some help.  So we decided to hire a general contractor. Read full post>>




12 Remodeling Tips for Your Master Bath Retreat

After our guest bath remodel project, our garage became a storage facility of tiles, grout, dry wall, and paint. With supplies readily available, we were anxious to design our master bath retreat.  We’ll take a look at the actual SmartDraw diagrams used from the brainstorming, planning, to execution stages of the remodel project.  Read full post>>




How to Enhance Your Bathroom Lighting

Bathroom lighting slowly eases you from sleep to awake, allows you to complete your daily grooming rituals, and can comfort you as you unwind after a long day.  But bathroom lighting can be neglected, and a poorly lit bathroom can be a dim way to start your day. Read full post>>




“2015 will be the year of outdoor living spaces,” says Jim Saxon, President of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty. “Home buyers are looking for large outdoor gathering spaces that have high-end features, such as stone fire pits and outdoor kitchens.”


Cut Through Landscape Planning Red Tape with SmartDraw

The Homeowners Association rules looked as complicated as the U.S. Tax Code.  In short, the HOA requires the submission of landscape planning diagrams prior to any changes made.  The next road block was having to create a packet that would include the design and other external structure documentation.  Read full post>>



Landscape DesignLandscape Design Basics: 3 Steps for First Time Homeowners

We have spent the last two years resloping the entire backyard which was initially sloping towards the house causing water damage to our wood floors inside. At last, we are to a point where we are ready to have sod laid.  I have created a series of diagrams that we plan to use to build the backyard of our dreams.  Read full post>>



Julie Backyard 1California Drought Prompts Landscape Redesign

California is now in its fourth year of a drought state- one so extreme that Governor Jerry Brown has recently declared a statewide drought emergency which asks all Californians to reduce their water usage by 20 percent. This drought is not solely limited to California, but is happening throughout the nation and worldwide. You know the importance of reduction, but still may be asking the question of how can I cut back?  Read full post>>



How do you use SmartDraw?  Did you use SmartDraw to one of your home improvement projects?  I’d love to hear your story.  I’m always intrigued to find out how other members of the SmartDraw community are using it.  Send me an email at rjbitner@smartdraw.com or comment below.