Shutter Style: Total Design Source’s Guide to Plantation Shutters

Welcome to Total Design Source’s comprehensive guide to plantation shutters, where style meets functionality in window treatments. Plantation shutters are a timeless and elegant choice for any home, offering a perfect blend of aesthetics, privacy, and light control. Read on to learn more! 

What Makes Plantation Shutters Unique?

Plantation shutters are characterized by their wide louvers, which provide a classic and sophisticated look to any room. Unlike traditional blinds, these shutters offer a seamless and clean appearance, enhancing both modern and traditional interiors. Available in various materials such as wood, faux wood, and composite, plantation shutters can be customized to match any decor. Continue reading “Shutter Style: Total Design Source’s Guide to Plantation Shutters”

6 Best Floorings for Aesthetics and Durability

Is your home’s flooring looking a bit worse for wear? Or, perhaps it no longer suits your lifestyle and aesthetic preferences. In any case, the experienced team at Total Design Source in Tampa is here to help you find the perfect flooring fit. 

The following flooring types are among the best for aesthetics and durability. Read on to learn if they could be the right match for your Florida home! Continue reading “6 Best Floorings for Aesthetics and Durability”

Home Renovations to Leave to the Pros

With the rise of DIY, many homeowners are taking on renovation projects on their own. While DIY renovations can be fun, fulfilling, and budget-friendly, certain projects are better (and more safely) left to the pros, including:

Closet Installation

When they’re designed and installed professionally, closets can seamlessly organize your belongings and simplify your daily routines. But, creating and installing a functional closet isn’t a simple task. To get the most out of your closet (and avoid costly errors), it’s best to leave it to the pros – especially if you’re interested in a built-in design.  Continue reading “Home Renovations to Leave to the Pros”

Tips for a Successful Remodel

Remodeling your home is an investment in your future, whether you’re bringing your dream home to fruition or planning to sell the property for a profit. As such, ensuring the success of the remodel can secure your return on investment.

From a single-room remodel to a complete home transformation, we’re here to help streamline the process. Here are our top tips to make sure that your remodel goes off without a hitch: Continue reading “Tips for a Successful Remodel”

Common Issues To Look For When Buying a House That Needs Renovations

While shopping for a home, you’re faced with many options and dilemmas. One such option is to purchase a fixer-upper. A home that needs renovations requires more planning and forethought but can be an excellent investment in your future. 

If you’re considering buying a home that needs renovations, take a closer look at these common issues:

Outdated Fixtures and Paint Colors

Given that home design trends change, some home sellers don’t bother to update their interiors before putting the property up for sale. Thankfully, issues like outdated fixtures and paint colors can be addressed relatively cheaply and easily.  Continue reading “Common Issues To Look For When Buying a House That Needs Renovations”

Current Trends in Kitchen Remodels

Kitchen design trends are always fluctuating. Homeowners looking to remodel their space can consider these trends to create a modern space that suits their style and needs. 

Some of today’s most prevalent kitchen remodel trends include:

Exposed Shelving

Taking a hard turn from the minimalist approach, exposed shelving to show off your kitchen’s most attractive crockery is a clear trend in 2023. With open shelving, your kitchen items can become decorative features that are no longer hidden away in closed cabinets and drawers.  Continue reading “Current Trends in Kitchen Remodels”

Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Kitchen Remodel

Embarking on a kitchen remodel is an exciting (and fruitful!) process. But, it also involves many moving parts, making organization, coordination, and communication key. In this article, we’ve compiled some of the tips that homeowners wish they knew before getting started. 

Plan Carefully Before Construction Starts.

The further along you get in the kitchen remodeling process, the more difficult it will get to change your mind. For example, once the plumbing has been moved (if relocating plumbing is part of your plan), you typically can’t turn back. So, take all the time you need to settle on a floor plan before construction starts, and make sure you’re wholly confident in your choices before the contractors come.  Continue reading “Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Kitchen Remodel”

Budget-Friendly Bathroom Remodeling Tips

Remodeling your bathroom could have a larger impact than you think on your home. In addition to boosting your home’s value, a bathroom remodel can make your bathroom cleaner, safer, and more beautiful. 

Even on a tight budget, a remodeling project can transform your bathroom. Here are our top tips for bathroom remodel:

Upgrade Your Bathroom Cabinets

If your current bathroom has dingy dated cabinets, it is time for an upgrade.. You can find space-saving storage cabinets that suit your bathroom’s style, or even consider built-ins for complete space efficiency.   Continue reading “Budget-Friendly Bathroom Remodeling Tips”

Tips for Preparing for a Kitchen Renovation

Many people consider the kitchen to be the heart of a home. So, it’s no surprise that kitchen renovations are among the most popular home improvement projects. 

To prevent disruptions to your household’s daily routines, it’s important to prepare for a kitchen renovation. Here are our top tips:

1. Pack Up Loose Kitchen Items. 

Any items in your kitchen that aren’t secured in place need to be packed up to accommodate most kitchen renovations. These items may include: Continue reading “Tips for Preparing for a Kitchen Renovation”

Should I Remodel or Move?

If your home is no longer fulfilling your needs, you may be stuck with a crucial question: Should I remodel or move? While each of these options offers unique benefits, the right choice for you will come down to cost, location, and amenities. 

In this article, we’ll compare remodeling and moving to help you pick the best option for your family’s needs. 

When To Remodel

Remodeling may be the right choice for you if it’s more cost-effective than moving. There are many expenses associated with moving, including real estate commissions, repairs, title insurance, closing costs, overlapping mortgages, and even the cost of the move itself. After comparing these costs to the cost of your desired renovations, remodeling your home may be the obvious choice.  Continue reading “Should I Remodel or Move?”