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Ideas to inspire home remodeling projects

(BPT) - With new home trends emerging, it's an ideal time to collect ideas to inspire your next home improvement plans. Nearly 60 percent of homeowners surveyed by real estate...

(BPT) - With new home trends emerging, it's an ideal time to collect ideas to inspire your next home improvement plans.

Nearly 60 percent of homeowners surveyed by real estate site Zillow plan to complete a home improvement project or room addition by the summer of 2014. Of those surveyed, nearly 40 percent will find inspiration for their project online. Repairs still top the list of reasons for home improvements, but 29 percent of those surveyed said they're modernizing their home for comfort and functionality.

Start by collecting inspiring ideas to turn your remodeling dreams into reality. Social photo-sharing sites offer easy ways to search for and save your favorite photos, ideas and products.

'When updating your home, start with a big idea or focal points like windows and doors, cabinetry or flooring you really like, and create a plan around it,' says Kathy Krafka Harkema, Pella Windows and Doors expert. 'See what a difference new windows and doors can make for your home using the handy configuration tool on pella.com.'

For example, add a Pella Designer Series wood patio door or new windows for the focal point of a kitchen remodeling project. With convenient optional blinds or shades between double or triple-pane glass to add privacy, control light and help reduce outdoor noise, the line is a natural choice for home improvement. The sleek, modern design and energy-saving benefits of Pella 350 Series vinyl awning windows may offer the remodeling solution for a dark, drab bathroom or bold basement renovation.

Incorporating natural light into a room can create a drastic and stunning transformation. The right windows and doors can help enhance and transform your home's comfort, view and energy efficiency.

Follow these design tips to get your remodeling project started:

1. Get inspired. Create a space uniquely your own. Draw inspiration from art, colors, styles, textures and other items you like. Collect them on a Pinterest board or in a Houzz Ideabook.

2. Choose a style. Do you like a classic look? Colonial or contemporary? Or does an eclectic approach appeal to you? Let your style preference drive your design choices.

3. Choose a color scheme that complements your style. Incorporate your favorite colors, or explore color options through online tools.

4. Select furnishings and accessories to enhance the transformation. A mix of old and new can reflect your personality.

Planning pays off

Well-planned home improvement projects can help increase your home's energy efficiency, trim annual maintenance, and improve overall style and comfort.

'Help save time, money and reduce potential stress by planning ahead,' Krafka Harkema says. 'Seek expert advice, research product options and schedule home improvement projects now, while you have time to plan them and get on contractor schedules.'

When remodeling or replacing items in your home, look for ENERGY STAR-qualified products to help lower energy consumption, and enhance your comfort.

Visit Pella on Houzz for design inspiration or Pella.com/news to connect with a Pella representative to discuss your replacement project plans.

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