Turning Unused Space Into Beautiful Living Spaces

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When you have a growing family, it is natural to run out of space. Sometimes it can be frustrating to the point of considering moving just to gain more space. Moving isn’t always the answer. Sometimes, the answer is making a space, that already exists in your home, into a functional living space. Let’s explore some of the additional living space options you already have the space for.

Pool House
Some of you may have a pool house in your yard. Right now it is probably collecting dust and being used to store pool toys, yard tools and bikes. Don’t waste this great space on storage. It’s time for a remodel. Work with a trusted contractor, like Alan at Arlington, to help create a beautiful living space. This can be used as an entertaining space with a bar, flat screen TV and gaming furnishings. Which can be a great adult getaway. Or you can make this space into a guest house. The options are endless.


Detached Garage
Some models of homes have detached garages. If you are currently using this as storage space, and not the storage for your car, then it may be time for some spring cleaning. Clean out this space and remodel it to be a useful living space that is close to your home. These are great since they are closer to your home than a pool house. You can create a connecting structure so it is an extension of your home. Or you can design a beautiful stone pathway that visually connects this space to your home. It is amazing what furniture, paint and proper insulation can do to a space that was once only used for storage.


These are a couple of spaces that you can use to make your home a more functional living space. The added benefit of updating these spaces is the added value it adds to your home! These basic remodels make a world of difference and you can truly make them work to your lifestyle. Does this sound good but you aren’t sure where to start? Let us help you with a few ideas perfectly tailored to you! Call Alan today to get started.

Unique Room Additions


Do you have an empty nest? Or perhaps you have an extra room in your home that is currently being occupied by clutter. Time to dust off that extra space and make the most of your home. The possibilities are endless! Work with a general contractor like Alan to have a professional layout the options for your dream room.

The game room is always a winner with family and friends! If you have a larger space like a basement or loft, take advantage of the space by making it a hangout wonderland. You can add a stylish pool table and other games that join people together. If relaxing to a movie is more your style, try built in cabinets with theatre-like seating. What is great about a game room is it keeps all the fun and chaos contained in one space. This leaves the rest of your home clutter free!


Do you like to paint or do you have your own side business? Instead of working in the living room or another shared space, have a dedicated area where you can work on your hobby in peace! Have the freedom to layout the space that you can benefit the most from. The benefit of working with Arlington Custom Builders is we can help take your dreams and make them a reality!


As always, having an office or an extra space to do laundry are classic ways to utilize your extra room. Talk with your family to see what everyone would benefit most from. Then, when you are ready, reach out to a general contractor and designer to make sure you get the room you deserve!


Looking to make an improvement to your home this summer but not sure where to begin? Summer is the perfect time to dive into home projects we put off all year. Here are a few of our recommended easy summer remodels you can get started on today!

Let the sun shine in!

Skylights are the easiest way to let natural light in your room in a way that windows can’t. Letting the sun shine through the ceiling brightens up the room and makes each room feel more warm and natural. This is a remodel that can be done to multiple rooms like your kitchen, bathrooms and master. Or you can pick one and get started there. Working with a contractor like Alan, will make projects like this quick and painless!


Built-in BBQ

Jealous of all of your Facebook friend’s beautiful backyard party photos? How do their outdoor living spaces look like they are living the lifestyle of your favorite Hollywood celebrities? It’s because outdoor living space upgrades are more attainable than you think. Start with one element and build on that. We recommend starting with the built-in grilling area. Complete with the island, grill, stonework, refrigerator and wet bar. You will be so happy you upgraded your yard and before you know it you will be inviting over the whole neighborhood!


French Doors

This one is a quick and easy upgrade, with the longest lasting value. Imagine those double doors, custom designed, leading you and your guests out to your backyard! Or maybe you just have them opened up while you are cooking your summer meals to feel the breeze. Either way, this upgrade is a must. Talk to your contractor to see what style would work best in your home.

Summertime is here! Don’t wait on these remodel ideas. You will be so happy you made these upgrades this summer and each summer to come. Still not sure where to begin? Call Alan and he will give you a consultation to guide you in the right direction for your home!


The Art of the Master Bedroom Remodel

Oh, the master bedroom! It’s arguably the best place in your house. The space you go to for quiet, relaxation and overall comfort. It shouldn’t be overlooked! You rest your head here, organize your clothes, watch TV, read a book and unwind at the end of the day. Let this room reflect all of those things and your personality. Let’s talk about a few master bedroom remodel ideas to make your space truly reflect your lifestyle.

The Sitting Area

If your master has the space, or is being remodeled to allow the space, consider adding a quiet sitting area. This area can be used to read or watch TV, but it should be separate from where you sleep. We love the look of luxury sitting and even window benches! It’s truly up to your taste and style! Allowing a space in your master bedroom for this will create a nice flow and truly open up your favorite room in the house.


Organized Space is a Comforting Place

Master bedroom closets, is there anything better? Consider adding a ‘his’ and ‘hers’ closets. This not only keeps your space organized but keeps the relationship a happier one! Looking to only include one closet in your master remodel? We’ve got the perfect solution! The master dressing room. This is a space where you can organize all of your belongings and have an area to get ready in peace every morning. For families with young children, this is a luxury not to be overlooked!


The Luxury Bathroom

Your master bathroom should be a place you get to escape to! Think about what the ultimate luxury would be for you. Is it the double-headed rain shower? Maybe the deep, jacuzzi tub? Are you more of a heated tile kind of person? All of these luxury items can be yours in your next master bath remodel. Talk to your contractor and get their advice on which is one you can afford and will likely enjoy the most.

Remember, master bedroom remodels are an investment in your home and your everyday life. You spend more time in these rooms then you realize, so the area surrounding you should be one you cherish. Work with a contractor you trust, like Alan with Arlington Custom Builders. He will listen to what you are looking for and make it a reality!

Kid’s Room Redecorating Ideas

When home owners are getting ready for an all-house remodel, one of the rooms that always seems to get looked over is the kids’ room. What most home owners don’t realize is that this is a chance to have some fun during the remodel! While it’s important to take time with other areas of the home — places like the kitchen or bathroom — remodeling or redecorating a child’s room can be a fun and creative process.

To help with that process, we’ve come up with some of the coolest and most kid-friendly remodeling/redecorating ideas to help home owners make the most of their child’s rooms.


Any parent knows that children love to collect. From toys to crayons, electronics to musical instruments, kids love to have it all. One of the easiest ways to redecorate your child’s room or play area is by including additional storage space.

Whether you’re looking to purchase storage at a hobby store or add some through remodeling, shelving units or maybe a window seat with built-in drawers are great ideas for making the most of your child’s new room.

Loft beds

For parents with only one child, loft beds can be a great way to create additional space while still keeping a more mature feel. By putting a desk or work station under a loft bed, your child — or young adult — can have plenty of space for more activities. Loft beds can either be purchased or created within the home during a remodel.

Magnet/White Board Walls

Easy and practical, magnet walls and white board walls are great ways to allow your children to be creative without having to repaint your walls every week! One of the best parts about these walls is that you can install them yourself over the weekend.

What other ideas do you have for sprucing up your child’s room? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page! 

Remodeling Your Bedroom Closet

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At one point or another, everyone seems to make a mess of their bedroom closet. Even some of the biggest walk-in closets can get a little messy. Whether it’s too small or just completely unorganized, we’ve come up with some great ideas to help you make your bedroom closet perform the way it should.

Add a Mirror                             

Adding a mirror to the back of your closet will help create a sense of depth, making your closet feel bigger than it is. Adding a mirror to your bedroom closet also helps keep things organized easier as it makes items in your closet more visible.

Change the Door

Changing the door of your bedroom closet will help the overall appearance and will also serve as a new way to organize your clothes. With the right shape, you can actually start to hang items on the inside of the door on multiple levels. Changing the door of your bedroom closet can also help with the ventilation needed to help keep clothes safe from mold or mildew.

Add Custom Storage

One of the easiest and most productive ways to easily remodel your bedroom closet is by adding some custom storage units. Whether you install them yourself or hire a contractor, adding shelves items like shoes or hats and drawers for folded items to your bedroom closet will instantly improve the functionality and organization.

Add Lighting

Lights are an easy way to add depth and clarity to your potentially unorganized or bland bedroom closet. Installing a series of lights inside your closet will make a dramatic difference in the way you use your closet.

Whether you plan on remodeling your bedroom closet yourself or hiring a liscenesed contractor, Arlington Custom Builders can help! Give us a call today at (480) 998-9696 and see how we can make your bedroom closet remodeling dreams come true.