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Selecting Stylish Doors With Simpson

Simpson Door CompanyOne of the most important decisions when redesigning your home is choosing your doors. The style you choose can affect the quality of the overall design, and many factors should go into deciding which door you will use. Before you make your decision, consider Simpson Door Company. Simpson doors are a reasonably priced, well-built product with plenty of flexibility in their design.

The best thing about the Simpson website is that it makes it incredibly easy to find they style of door you’re looking for. The website provides you with the option to search for doors by style, design number, door series, door performance, architectural group, and type. From a two-panel or pantry-etched door to a full glass French Door, Artist® Collection, or one-of-a-kind custom door, Simpson doors has all the options you could ever dream of. They’ve made creating a unique, signature door a smooth, simple process. It all begins with a few key selections you determine are best for your needs. (more…)

August 27, 2012

Home Security Systems Go High-Tech

Savant Alarm System App

Savant Alarm System App

We’ve talked about smart homes before, but did you know these technological upgrades aren’t limited to audio systems and appliances? Another feature for the modern home is high-tech, remotely controlled alarm systems.

This high-tech alarm system is one of Savant’s many features. Here are a few benefits that make installation during your home remodel worthwhile:

  • The alarm system can be controlled directly from a device you already own, such as an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. (more…)

July 19, 2012

Finding Design Inspiration For Your Remodel: Houzz

Looking for some design inspiration for your remodel? A fantastic resource to utilize is Houzz. Although we’ve shared this fun remodeling site before, we thought it was good enough to be worth another mention. What exactly do we love about Houzz?

Whether you plan to begin your remodel in 5 months or 5 years, it’s never too early to start getting ideas. Although you can find design inspiration anywhere, Houzz is an easy site to visit regularly. You can browse through photos by space, style or metro area. Their articles are helpful collections infused with advice, like doorless showers, using recycled tile for backsplashes and creating luxurious looks on a budget. (more…)

May 23, 2012

Turning Your House Into a Smart Home

As you think about your dream home wish list, what comes to mind? Although a gourmet kitchen and spa-like bathroom retreat are common, CBS 5 recently reported on another trend: state of the art smart homes.

As we shared back in August, control portals like those made by Savant have become much more affordable, making it a realistic upgrade to consider during your home remodel. In fact, it is one of the many upgrades completed during our Saratoga remodeling project. (more…)

March 19, 2012

The Air You Breathe: Home Filtration System

TraneIn addition to picking paint with low or zero VOCs, you can help keep the air quality of your home fresh and clean long after the remodeling project is finished. One product we always like to recommend to homeowners – especially those with allergies – is the eco-friendly Trane CleanEffects™ clean air system. Clients we’ve installed these for have said they make a world of difference, and CAGE Design Build’s own David Wampler even invested in one for his family, which he says they love! (more…)

November 17, 2011

Picking Paint: Low and Zero-VOCs

Planning to paint your remodeling project? For each client that chooses to add a splash of color to their house, we help them select the perfect hue for their home. Picking out paint is more than a specific shade, though. It’s important to look for low or zero-VOC products to use.

Out with The Old Kitchen traditional kitchen
Photo Credit: Nathanael Bennett and Interior Design by Suzie Parkinson SÜZA DESIGN

What are VOCs? Volatile organic compounds(VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids and include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. They are widely used as ingredients in household products like paint, which is why it’s important to look for brands and colors that will keep the VOCs in your home low. (more…)

November 3, 2011

Project Spotlight: Bohemian Countertops

Installing the custom countertopWhen most people think of countertops, they think of the kitchen. There’s another time to keep these versatile surfaces in mind, though: during a laundry room remodel!

A recent Saratoga remodeling project found us designing and building a laundry room in an area that was previously a bedroom. In addition to adding cabinets, inserting a sink and replacing the window, we worked with Bohemian Stoneworks to create a countertop that will fit with the room in both style and function.
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October 19, 2011

Home Redesign Option: Savant Control Portal

Savant Control Panel

Have you ever thought about how convenient it would be to control all your home’s electronics in one place? Or have you had that feeling in the pit of your stomach when you’ve left for vacation in a hurry and can’t remember if you set the alarm and turned down the thermostat? A system like Savant might be perfect for your home redesign!

Savant transforms your Apple® iPad®, iPhone®, iPod touch® and traditional HDTV into your very own personalized control portal for your home’s appliances, home theater, whole-house audio, lighting schemes, climate control, safety & security, energy management and more. (more…)

August 2, 2011

Water Filtration Systems Improve More Than Just Drinking Water

Do you have a water filtration system in your home? Here are a few things you may not know about water:

  • If you’re using city water, chances are it will travel as much as three miles underground after it is tested to get to your home.
  • Less than 1% of the world’s fresh water is readily accessible for direct human use.
  • The American Society of Civil Engineers gave the U.S. drinking water infrastructure a grade of D- in 2009.
  • A recent report from President Obama’s Cancer Panel recommends installing in-home water filtration to reduce exposure to environmental elements that increase the risk of cancer.
  • Nearly 45 million people in the United States have private wells. As the homeowner is responsible for the water’s quality, the EPA recommends yearly testing to detect contamination problems.
  • The earth does not create new drinking water. What you drink today has been recycled over and over.

Although many consumers choose to buy water or a simple filter, which ensures that which they drink is better quality, water is used for more than drinking; it’s used in cooking, bathing, cleaning and more. In fact, water touches practically every room in your home and therefore even affects how your appliances, fixtures and plumbing look and last. (more…)

July 19, 2011

Green Building: What Does It Actually Mean?

There are a lot of sustainable resources out there, but do you know what green building actually means? As it turns out, eco-friendly construction is about more than recycled products; it’s about quality materials and quality work.

C.A.G.E. Design Build is proud to be owned and operated by Certified Green Building Professionals. In addition to using sustainable materials whenever possible, we make sure our construction is eco-friendly, too. For example, when we install plumbing fixtures, we make sure it’s done correctly to prevent leaks; yes, this saves the homeowner money, but even more importantly it helps the environment. Another example is insulation: by making sure we seal all air gaps, we keep homeowner costs down, and help the environment. (more…)

June 21, 2011

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