Are you happy with your current neighborhood? Your children are excelling in the local schools, you’ve become close friends with the lovely family across the street, and you have a short commute to work. Everything feels perfect, except for the space in your home. As your family grows and ages, they need more room for their everyday activities.
Are you expecting a new family member to arrive soon? Planning to move an aging parent in and you’d like to give them a space of their own? Or maybe your home lacks the luxury amenities and unique design aspects that you desire?
There are a variety of situations that may have brought you here! Many homeowners reach a point where they’re unsure if they should move to a brand new home in a new area – or stay in the place they love and opt for home renovations instead. Save yourself the stressful upheaval of moving into a new home and location by leveling up your current property!
When was the last time you upgraded your living space? Have you noticed problem areas, or things you wished looked differently? There are many reasons why it’s time for a custom home remodel or building an addition. The Tom Len Custom Homes team is known for unique home designs and breathtaking luxury renovations. We’re up to date with the latest home renovation trends that are sure to breathe new life into your property and turn it into the perfect living space that you’ve always wanted.
If you love your current neighborhood, treasure your home full of happy memories, and don’t want to relocate, a luxury home remodel or home addition may be the perfect solution for your family! Read more to learn how to get started and for the latest luxury home renovation trends…
What are the key benefits of renovating your home?
- Customize your home based on your family’s individual style and needs.
- Increase the value of your home in case you want to sell in the future.
- Stay in the neighborhood you love, close to friends and family.
What are the cons to moving?
- Uprooting your entire family, disrupting everyone’s schedule and routine.
- The stress of selling your current home while attempting to purchase a new one.
- The risk of not finding a neighborhood you feel comfortable in.
- Possibly creating new challenges for your family and work commute.
“If you already have a house that you love, doing a remodel is the simplest way to live in a house that fits your needs. Remodeling lets you customize your current home without the hassle and stress of a big move.” The Zebra
Where do I begin with planning our home renovations? Our experts are here to lead the way!
The first thing to do is take a look around and determine which spaces are ideal for remodeling. Have you noticed problem areas, or things you wished looked differently? When remodeling any room in your home, the thought that should be at the forefront of your mind is “How can I transform this space to increase comfort and function?” Every home is different, but the essential rooms that experience the highest traffic & heavy use are best for remodeling. Let us start with what some say is the heart of the house: the kitchen.
Does your kitchen feel too small and cluttered? Not enough space for storage and creating meals? Expanding a room is a very straightforward way to increase the efficiency and function of any room! The expansion is achieved by the removal of a wall(s). When expanding your kitchen, consider allowing guests in the dining room to be a part of the extraordinary culinary experience with an open concept floor plan. A spacious dining area adjacent to the open kitchen design will add a rich environment for more significant dining events and allow for more guests to attend and feel comfortable. Explore more ideas for kitchen renovations with our Pinterest boards!
Kitchen islands provide both functionality and a beautiful focal point for socializing! They serve as a beautiful workspace for food prep for caterers or even creating Sunday family meals together. Islands are a great way to include more seating and cabinetry at the same time! Maybe you’d like to add a range hood over your stove/grill or deep stainless steel stinks? Imagine how the large space would provide ample storage for cookware and an ambiance for memorable conversations. Read more about designing a luxury kitchen for entertaining!
Retractable Kitchen Walls
These walls are another way to add a noticable difference to your home dining experience. Walls that can come down and allow the beautiful outdoor elements to be a part of your eating experience are all the trend now! People no longer want to feel contained within a home, especially after 2020. A retractable wall is a fantastic way to create clean airflow within your home while amazing your guests with this astonishing architectural design. Get more indoor-outdoor flow inspiration from our Houzz ideabook!
The joy is in the details! Don’t neglect minor renovations that can have a significant impact on your everyday living! It may be time to gut your current kitchen design and remove dated or heavily used appliances. Updates such as adding a modern stove, fridge, and even dishwasher can brighten up this area and make kitchen tasks much easier. Give your kitchen a complete makeover with brand new countertops and innovative appliances!
Have you considered implementing smart appliances? House and Home recommends adding touchless faucets:“The demand for touchless faucets has gone through the roof.” These high-end faucets give users (with a handful) the added advantage of using their facet with sensors and not their hands! Another example is flooring. Never get tripped up again with floor sensors! These unique lights catch your movement and guide your way through the kitchen. These are especially helpful when elderly family members come to visit, or little ones are helping you in the kitchen!
Sun-drenched bright spaces are key to boosting productivity and staying positive, so it’s no wonder window installations are big in 2021. Lighting makes all the difference when creating levels of comfort and functionality. Bring more natural light into the home with bay windows. These windows design pushes out from the house to give you additional space for plants and or decorations.
“The first bay windows were purely ornamental. Over the centuries, architects found they could do so much more — fill a room with natural light, carve out additional space and improve the airflow in your home. With all those benefits, bay windows have made their way into homes across the world.” Pella
Bathroom renovations are a high-value area that sometimes get overlooked – but shouldn’t! A great example of this is how a simple bathroom remodel can reduce a family’s stress level by creating tranquil bathroom spaces for everyone to enjoy.
Why renovate the bathrooms?
- The children are multiplying! When the kids were smaller, it wasn’t an issue sharing the space with them. As they age, of course, they spend more time in the bathroom. This will affect the flow of everyone’s daily routines. Building an additional bathroom for the children will allow everyone to take care of their personal needs without affecting each other.
- Sharing a bathroom with your significant other may not be as romantic as you once thought! “His and Her” bathrooms used to be a big trend, but in more recent years, having separate bathrooms for married couples has become increasingly popular. By adding separate customized bathrooms, couples can have the luxury of each of their desired needs being met and a space for privacy. Perhaps you want a large bathtub for soaking stressful days away, and your partner prefers extensive shower heads that wash the body at every angle? Discover unique bathroom trends in our Pinterest bathroom board!
When renovating, it’s possible to create a spa-like experience in your own home! A bathroom doesn’t just have to be a bathroom. It’s time to rethink these spaces. You can create a space of delightful, relaxing experience without having to leave your home. Imagine having a dedicated room to replenishing your body after a long work day or an intense workout.
- Sauna or steam shower
- Massage table
- Rainfall shower or hot tub
- Open tile flooring or heated floors
- Skylight or dimming lights
“A renovated bathroom adds value to your home, updates its style, and makes it better adapted to your current needs. Renovations are the best time to introduce improvements that will serve you and your family for years to come.” The Spruce
Is your master bedroom an inviting, cozy place for you to seek as a retreat? Or does the door remain closed to hide it’s outdated, embarrassing features from guests? Redesigning your master bedroom to be aligned with your lifestyle needs and desires is just as important as planning your dream kitchen or spa-inspired bathroom!
Why renovate the bedroom?
When you think of your luxury home renovations, the master bedroom should be a priority as it’s where people spend a significant amount of time – between sleeping, getting ready for the day, reading at night. The master bedroom serves as a haven for privacy, romance, and rest. Adding tasteful touches to your bedroom like a new fireplace, custom windows, and room layout can improve your experience in the bedroom…
Does your room often feel messy, too small, or cluttered? Adding customized closets and storage space could be just the trick! Consider including a spacious walk-in closet large enough to accommodate your entire wardrobe, shoes, and accessories – it’s a perfect solution AND a time saver! Eliminate the daily hunt for clothes or your lucky socks. Is it frustrating having to share a closet with your partner? Imagine walking into one of these “His and Hers” closets! Say “Good-bye” to clutter and “Hello” to efficiency!
Natural Wood Floors
Carpeting attracts dust, triggers allergies, and can be an eyesore. Bring your room to the future with modern flooring! Natural wood floors are a classic interior design feature. Restore your previous floors to their beautiful glory by having the experts work on them. Lighter woods like oak wood and Japandi-inspired styles are the trend of 2021. If you’ve never had hardwood floors, check out some of these fascinating wood floor designs and see which one speaks to your style!
“Your bedroom should be comfortable. A fair few of us, however, do not have comfortable bedrooms – in fact, our bedrooms are quite the opposite. Renovating your bedroom and make it more comfortable can help you to relax in there – being that it is the main room you should be able to relax in. Comfort is key to your bedroom – never accept anything less – if it means renovating your bedroom to be comfortable then do it.” House Sumo
Renovate your backyard by creating a luxury oasis! The best backyards are designed with functionality, entertainment, and aesthetics in mind. A backyard can be used for more than lazy days by the pool. It can serve as the perfect environment for entertaining friends, celebrating special occasions, playing games with the kids, or finding peaceful solitude connecting with nature. Some of 2021’s backyard design trends include vibrant colors, eco-friendly materials, harmony between indoor and outdoor life, and statement lighting.
You may be wondering, why should we renovate our backyard?
There are many benefits to upgrading this space. Top reasons include:
- It will greatly increase your property value, especially important if you plan to sell in the future!
- Create a safe space for entertaining loved ones, despite what’s going on in the outside world.
- Make the most of the spacious property you own, redesigning it with family fun in mind!
You can cook excellent meals without having to be separated from your guests! These beautiful outdoor kitchens can bring your outdoor experience to the next level. Create the perfect outdoor kitchen with grills, flattops, smokers, and even an oven for baking. Don’t forget the wine chiller for sparkling summer wines! Sounds like a fantasy? Read more about how we can make this outdoor kitchen a reality!
Do you have a pool on your property that gets a lot of use in the summertime? Simplify the way your family and guests use the pool by updating the area around it. This space will require special flooring and seating that can withstand lots of water and direct sun. Having an experienced team of designers guide you through the process of creating a safe and fabulous pool area is key!
Would you like a waterslide, color changing lights in the water, or a swim up bar? Let us help you prevent slips and keep the good times rolling! Do you have friends or family visiting from out of town? Save them money from staying at a hotel and enjoy more time together by building a luxury carriage house (or pool house) in your backyard. This allows guests to change and shower after a long day of swimming, as well as have a private place to sleep.
“Whether you’re cooking, exercising, or just hanging out, plan to spend more time outside this year as backyards, decks, and patios evolve into comfortable, well-equipped extensions of the home. This year’s outdoor living trends are all about making your backyard, porch, or even balcony a regular part of everyday life.” Better Homes & Gardens
Are you ready to make your luxury home dreams a reality? You’ve come to the right place!
When choosing to renovate your home, it offers the exciting opportunity to create the dream home you and your family have always wanted! At Tom Len Custom Homes, it’s our goal to make sure you love your home from the ground up, inside and out.
Ready for more space? Tom Len can expand your current home by building a second story or widening it out if your property has the land for additional rooms. Projects may include working with our interior designers to renovate the inside – or completely tearing down the current structure and creating a brand new luxury home while staying in the location you love!
Remodeling is an extremely worthwhile long-term investment. Adding more square footage to a house increases its overall livability and comfort. Extra bedrooms or bathrooms provide more space for your family and have been proven to create better relations when individuals aren’t cramped together. Everyone has their own space. Luxury home renovations will also increase the value of your home and boost its future selling potential for when you want to relocate after the kids go away to college. Homeowners create a win-win for themselves when embarking on a luxury home remodel. Their living space improves dramatically and they get more money back when it’s time to sell. Everyone wins!
Tom Len will listen to your individual needs and desires to provide your family with the perfect solution to enhance the beauty and functionality of your home. Experienced architects, interior designers and craftsmen will take your project from design concept to reality. Our wide range of residential additions from rooms to complete second stories will add significant value to your current home. Let us take your home to the next level. View our gallery for design ideas!
Tom Len and his team would love to take a look at your home and create a plan for renovations!
Home is where the heart is, and sometimes the heart needs a little help. Don’t give up on the home you find dear! Let us update your property to fit your new needs or expanding family!
Remodeling your home is a very big, exciting life milestone and important financial investment. Making sure your work with a trustworthy, experienced professional is a MUST! Don’t let just anyone work on your family home. Tom Len has earned a reputable name in Chicago’s North Shore as a builder of luxury custom homes for 20+ years. We pride ourselves in being extremely professional, respectful of our clients homes, and transparent with you every step of the way.
When partnering with Tom Len Custom Homes, you are investing in personal involvement, an eye for the exquisite, and quality beyond compare! Need proof? Read these featured client testimonials to see for yourself…