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Tips for Designing Your Home Office

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Whether your home office is a remote workspace or a designated space for running a business, your office should be designed to be functional and comfortable. An efficient home office should have three activity areas: • Work Center – includes your workspace, computer, printer/scanner, and other frequently-used office products. • Reference Center - includes industry books, binders, manuals, and materials. • Supply Center -includes office and paper supplies, such as paper, stapler, paper clips, and more. When setting up hardware, be conscious of access to drives, trays, and cords. Don't block access to drawers or take up legroom with tangled cords. Don't forget to label the cords that connect different components to each other, as well as the cord to the electric supply. Bundle wires together to cut down on…
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Summer Safety Tips for Contractors

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Summer in the Midwest is a wonderful time of the year. The days are longer, and the weather is warmer — the busiest construction season of the year. It is also a time when general contractors and subcontractors need to add extra safety practices for their crew from the dangers of summer. Heat-related illnesses, such as sunburn, heatstroke, and dehydration, are major concerns for employees working outdoors. They can lead to fatigue and could cause human error and pose a safety risk. And a lack of hydration can cause heat exhaustion. Symptoms include excessive sweating, nausea, dizziness, clammy skin, and headaches. Without treatment, heat exhaustion will set in when the body’s core temperature reaches 104 degrees and can lead to death.   Keep Your Workers Hydrated Provide your workers with…
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Construction Materials, Jobs, and More

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The cost of construction materials and services accelerated again last month according to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Some contractor’s materials are delayed. Association officials urged the Biden administration to roll back tariffs and quotas on imported construction materials that are adding to costs and availability problems.   Prices for Construction Materials Surge Prices for materials used in construction have surged in the last year. Items with especially steep price increases over the past year ranged from lumber to metals to plastics. According to Associated General Contractors of America, lumber and plywood increased 85.7 percent from April 2020 to April 2021. But according to Business Insider, lumber prices rose by more than 250% in the last year. The National Association of Homebuilders said the increases added more than…
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Transform Your Backyard Into Outdoor Living Space

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Are you thinking of transforming your backyard into an outdoor living space? There are a lot of factors to consider when designing your outdoor living room—space, climate, and budget. There are plenty of ideas that can enhance almost every outdoor area. It’s easy to maximize outside living spaces with these design tips!   Create an Outdoor Living Room Comfy chairs and sofas, a place to set your drink, and an emphasis on family and friends gathering are really all it takes to create an outdoor living room. But when it comes to patio furniture setup ideas, having multiple areas for people to sit is one of the best. This can make your backyard seem bigger, and it helps create separate areas for entertaining. Plants and outdoor rugs can create more…
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What are the Advantages of Building a Home?

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Last month, fewer than 17,000 single-family homes were listed for sale in the Chicago area, the lowest number since 2008, according to Midwest Real Estate Data. A year ago, there were 32,600 homes listed for sale in February 2020. There are so many buyers and not as many homes for sale. Because of the lack of inventory, home sales and prices are surging. More than 7,000 homes were sold in the Chicagoland area in February, up 14.7% from February 2020. The median sales price rose 12.5%, according to the Illinois Association of Realtors. People are saying that there are not enough homes on the market that suits their needs. Buyers love variety, and there is not an assortment of homes to choose from. Some homebuyers are looking to have their…
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Interior Design Apps to Help you Budget and Plan

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These interior design apps help you brainstorm, budget, and plan your next renovation or room design for the home or office. Use technology to get creative with your next interior design project. Renovating your home, office, or even building a new addition, is best done with some planning. Fortunately, plenty of apps are available for your smartphone or tablet to help with the design, planning, professional consultation and even buying stages of freshening up space. Houzz has a great reputation for helping people plan for home remodeling and design, as well as providing access to a network of professionals and home decor products. The Houzz app offers access to your saved idea books and 3D virtual room staging. App users can also participate in discussions with other users and professionals…
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Redesigning Your Office Space

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Redesigning your office space is always an exciting project but starting something new isn’t always easy. Redesigning an office involves careful planning and a budget. Businesses often wonder just how often they should be thinking about redesigning their office. While many things in life should be done in very routine intervals, office redesigns don’t fall into the same category. Instead of thinking of it in terms of how long it has been since your last redesign, it’s more important to look for other signs that it might be time to reconsider the design of your office.   Does Your Office Space Reflect Your Brand? If a client visits your office for the first time, what kind of impression do they get from your office space? If companies design their office…
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Albrite Building: New Home Builder and Remodeling Company

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More residents are moving out of Chicago and looking to build a new home in the suburbs. Others are purchasing homes and remodeling the kitchen, basement, and office space. Albrite Building is a new home builder and remodeling company located in the western suburbs. As working remotely continues for many businesses, city folks are weighing the risks of being in densely populated areas. Spending extra time at home and wanting more indoor and outdoor space is certainly sparking interest among city folks. Data shows a trend of moving to the suburbs. According to Zillow, there is a current surge in the larger cities’ high-end listings in some larger metro areas. The increase in these homes going on the market indicates more homeowners may be ready to make a move out…
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The Latest Office Renovations for COVID-19

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During these trying times, many companies are making renovations to their offices to help keep employees safe and healthy. There are key features to consider for your office renovation during COVID-19. The coronavirus pandemic forced many businesses to shut down, some permanently. While some employees are working remotely from home, others are working in the office. Companies are considering office renovations in the time of COVID-19 to help mitigate the spread of the virus. They have a responsibility to protect their employees and comply with OSHA standards. When one employee tests positive for COVID-19, the entire office building is immediately put in jeopardy. Here is a list of the most essential features to consider for office renovations during COVID-19:   Temperature Check or Thermal Screening A handheld infrared thermometer and…
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Time to Winterize your Home

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As cold weather approaches, it is important to take a few preventative measures to protect and winterize your home for the chilly months ahead. Winterizing the inside and outside of your home can be done relatively inexpensively and could end up saving you money on energy bills, too.   Winterize the Outside of Your Home Here's a checklist for winterizing the outside of your home. Pick a weekend to winterize before it gets cold. Clean your gutters in the fall and check them before winter. Prepare your lawn for the winter. Drain the gas from your lawnmower before storing it. Gas up your snowblower. Put your outdoor furniture away for the season or cover it with tarps. Put your grill in the garage or cover it for the winter. Disconnect…
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