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In our last post, we offered you some tips and referred you to an article encouraging practices to ultimately save energy and impact the environment less, while remodeling your home. In this post, we’ll be concentrating on your kitchen - a huge candidate for remodels and upgrades since it is usually an area of high traffic and use within homes.
 
One extremely simple way to reduce energy- get a water filter instead of buying bottled water. you won’t be sacrificing the taste or quality of the water your family drinks, but you’ll be saving money and reducing waste drastically.

For your counter tops, install a beautiful alternative to shiny granite: recycled-content glass counter tops.

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One of the vendors New Spaces often uses in remodels is Cambria - a company who deliberately manufactures their products with as little environmental impact as possible. Click here to see how.

While making overall design plans for your remodel, determine ways you can take advantage of natural light. Where is the best place for windows that will let in the most light? Would it be possible to add skylights or sun tunnels?

Another very simple tip when positioning appliances: keep the refrigerator out of the sunlight and away from the oven, where it gets hot and must work harder.

What else have you tried to reduce energy or environmental harm?

-The New Spaces Team

www.newspaces.com

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Being mindful of the environment as you choose to remodel and renovate your home is something more and more people are becoming aware of. What can you do to make less of a negative impact?
 

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Click here to read a fantastic article we found, offering several tips you can easily practice as you improve your home.
 
What stands out to us? Think about what you are going to do with the demolished materials. Obviously, the less you waste, the better. Almost anything can be re-purposed in some way.  Some great ideas listed in the article: turn the brick from a non-functioning fireplace and use it to create a path in the back yard. You can always make an effort to re-sell or re-furbish items into something others may be able to utilize. Contact local salvage yards, they may be happy to receive them. Save significant energy by choosing Energy Star rated appliances. Oftentimes, you won’t have to spend any more for these appliances. Check with your utility company, too: you may get a rebate on your purchase. And federal tax credits are sometimes made available, as also described on the Energy Star website List of rebates can be found here
Those are a few of the tips offered that may not cost you a dime more.
Do you have any ideas or tips of your own for other homeowners? Leave a comment and we might feature it in our next post!

-The New Spaces Team

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While more modern, contemporary designs certainly get their share of attention, we still have plenty of clients who seek to keep their home traditional and timeless. Are you updating your home, whether with a new set of furniture or a remodel, and aren’t sure which style you prefer?

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Take this quiz from Ethan Allen and see if the results help you determine your style: http://www.ethanallen.com/style_quiz
When you remodel, our designers deliberately get to know your personality as much as possible throughout the planning stages in order to help you make those decisions. Learning what type of decor you like the most will help you after your project is finished and you are left to decorate your space to match the new design.

How would you describe the style of your home? Has it changed over the years or stayed the same?

-The New Spaces Team

To learn more about New Space, please visit our website:

http://newspaces.com/

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It all started when a storm hit Minnesota one night and Chuck and Karen woke to find a tree had crashed straight through their screened-in porch.

Suddenly, “Is the coffee brewing?” was the last thing on their minds. Not knowing where exactly they would go to fix their unexpected problem, Chuck and Karen saw an ad in the Sun Current newspaper placed by a man offering his carpentry services. That man, Doug Nelson, spent nights and weekends working until their new screened-in porch was complete.

Since then, Chuck and Karen have relocated in Lakeville, Minnesota and have been considering a remodel of two of the bathrooms in their home. While trying to track down Doug again, they found the company he had founded and developed in the years after working on their home. That company was New Spaces. In the 30 years since they had first worked with Doug Nelson, Chuck and Karen were surprised and impressed to find a full scale design build remodeling company had sprung from the single-man production they had worked with that many years ago.

Chuck and Karen decided to sign on with New Spaces for their remodeling projects again because they realized the company, even after all of its growth, is still operating on the same values it had 30 years before.

To follow this project and see an original New Spaces client’s project process, check back for updates.

-The New Spaces Team

To learn more about us, please check out our website:

www.newspaces.com

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Welcome! The world of home improvement, design, and remodeling is massive and oftentimes overwhelming when you are in the midst of it.
New Spaces is a remodeling company located in Burnsville, Minn., and we’ve decided to start regularly blogging to answer any questions you might have, give you behind-the-scenes insight on projects, introduce you to our staff, and offer you advice and information about anything and everything remodeling related!



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New Spaces has been around since 1980, enhancing environments and designing spaces to fit the lifestyles of the people living in them. The pre-planning and design choices. Colors, shades, wood and tile samples galore! Having so many options in front of you is both exciting and, sometimes, just plain chaotic.
 

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Our team of designers stays with clients throughout their entire remodeling process. They are there to offer insight as every tough decision is made. The carpenters working on each project are also New Spaces employees, not contractors. That means our clients have nothing to worry about as their home is being transformed; they know they can trust our employees.
 
As we post every week, we’ll give you the inside scoop on different remodeling projects we are working with and offer advice for you as you consider re-designing your own home and increasing functionality.
 
Please feel free to leave comments and we’ll address them in our blog posts!
If you want more information about New Spaces as we bring you more posts, please check out our website: http://newspaces.com/
 
 
 
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