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Light Up Your Life with New Kitchen Lighting

Looking to brighten up (see what we did there?) the lighting in the kitchen of your Carrollton home? 
Chipman Contracting can help you design a lighting plan that both meets your needs and looks beautiful. 

To create your new lighting plan, we suggest you: 

Think About Your Space. The first thing you should do when considering a new lighting plan is to consider what activities will be taking place in the space. You're going to need to see when cutting vegetables or straining spaghetti. Think about lights over your cooking surface and underneath your cabinetry to make food prep easier.

Other things to consider are an office space or command center that may need additional light, lighting in your pantry, and eat-in dining areas.

Tip: We suggest you start your lighting plan using a three-fold approach: basic lighting lights the space pace, task lighting illuminates work areas for food prep, and accent lighting creates focal points in your space.

Think About Your Style. Once you figure out the layers of lighting you need, you can then move on to think about what kind of lighting you want. The style and decor of your home are going to help dictate your lighting choices. Is your home farmhouse, modern, traditional, or something else?

Do you want decorative lighting fixtures like chandeliers or pendant lights? What about recessed can lighting or downlights in some areas? Find a funky lamp at Ikea that you love? During this phase, you will put to together the elements you like for your space.

Tip: Search on Pinterest or your favorite home decor sites to see what styles of light fixtures are trending now.

Think About Bulbs. It is also important to consider what kind of bulbs your new lighting will use. Incandescent bulbs give off a soft, warm, and yellowish light, best used in recessed cans or downlights. Halogen lights are bright and white and great for task areas such as counters or your center island. LED lighting is also great in the kitchen and can focus in on specific areas. LED lights use less energy than other kinds of lights.

Tip: Don't forget about fluorescent lights - although they are not always popular, they last a long time and use very little energy. They also come in different shades now - which may win you over. 

Want new lights in your kitchen? Let us know! Call Chipman Contracting today at 972-841-5082 for a consultation.

Laundry Room too Small? Learn to Maximize Space

Is your laundry room more like a laundry hall or closet? You’re not alone. Many homeowners in Carrollton have the same frustrations with their too small laundry space. Here are some great ways to maximize what you are working with:

1. Think About Your Storage. 

What does storage look like in your laundry room? Just have a shelf or two? Swap out build-grade shelving for nice cabinets that go to your ceiling to not only maximize your space, but to also store your things like detergent, dryer sheets and cleaning supplies out of sight.

2. Add a Counter. 

If you have front-loading machines, adding in a countertop over them will give you dedicated space to fold your clothes. Add some nice baskets to catch your things and prevent clutter!

3. Build in a Drying Rack. 

Add a collapsible drying rack to your space so you can easily dry things when necessary and store it when not in use.

4. If You Can, Add a Closet. 

If you can stack your washer and dryer, you may be able to squeeze in a closet with shelves and storage hold towels, paper goods, your mop and bucket, or a vacuum.


5. Buy or Build Your Own Pedestals. 

If you don't have them already, consider purchasing the pedestal drawers that match and go under your laundry machines. Another option is to build your own pedestal (or have us build them for you!) drawers or open shelving below your machines to hold laundry baskets.


6. Use All Your Space. 

Think about adding shelving above your door to hold seasonal items and other things you store in your laundry room. Consider the space between your machines and see if it's wide enough to add a laundry cart, too.


If you want to re-do your laundry room, Chipman Contracting would love from design to build out!

Call us today at 972-841-5082 for your consultation.

Storage Solutions for Your Small Space

Chipman Contracting - Storage Solutions for Your Small Space

Are you feeling cramped? Can’t find the things that you need? No place to put your stuff? Closets and cabinets full? If you’re running out of room or are short on space in your Frisco home, it is time to think about new ways to store your stuff. Chipman Contracting has compiled seven smart storage solutions for you. 

  1. Declutter. Take time to go through your drawers, closets, and cabinets and sort out the items you want to  donate or discard. 
  2. Organize. Organize the items you keep to maximize your space and find things quickly. Staying organized also will reduce stress and frustration when you look for things. 
  3. Use all available space. Think about the narrow nooks and crannies of your home and consider adding hooks or built-in shelving to hold things like books, DVDs, or other personal items. Install shelving or racks on the backs of closet or pantry doors to store shoes, canned goods, or cleaning items. 
  4. Buy double-functional furniture. Consider benches with storage, fold out tables and desks, or even Murphy beds to give you more space.
  5. Combine storage options. Mix it up with drawers, cabinets, shelves, and also open storage options like bins and baskets to keep your space clutter-free. 
  6. Get creative. Store items under beds or tables to make the most of your space. A dust ruffle or tablecloth can help keep your stuff out of sight. 
  7. Designate a drop zone. Consider creating a drop zone in your entryway or laundry room to hold backpacks, purses, and jackets. Fit the area with a rack for shoes to ensure you can always find what you need. 

Are you in need of more storage space? Chipman Contracting can build all the cabinets, shelves, and even closets that you need. 

Call Chipman today at 972-841-5082 to schedule an in-home consultation and assessment to design your new storage space.


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