1. Give the Gift of Sun!

      Have you ever had to buy a present for someone who seems to have everything? They are the most difficult to shop for! You rack your brain trying to do better than last year or try to bring them some surprise and excitement! I have the perfect solution…. The gift of the sun!!! I’m talking about giving the perfect gift of a Solatube Daylighting Device installed in that room in the house they …Read More

  2. Increase the Functionality of Your Solatube Daylighting Device

    If you own a Solatube Daylighting Device you already know what a difference it can make to your home.  That bathroom that you tried to make brighter for years with different pallets of paint colors is now brilliant with the natural light coming in.  You are likely in the habit of trying to turn off the light when you leave that room! Did you know that you can add a few features to your existing …Read More

  3. Home Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities – Part 2

    In my previous blog, we had touched on the fact that living and enjoying your home while disabled can be one of the most challenging aspects of daily life.  Common tasks like making a sandwich for lunch or going to the bathroom can not only be exhausting, but also straining on moral.  Last time, we spoke about ideas that could be implemented for the kitchen and bathroom that would make common ta…Read More

  4. Home Selling Season

    Down my street there are currently 3 houses for sale, all within a 1 block radius of each other.  Needless to say, that creates competition and somebody is going to end up sitting on their property a lot longer than they want to.  The problem is that 2 of the houses have done nothing to prepare their home for sale while the 3rd has been working diligently all spring to get his house ready to put…Read More

  5. Retro Decor: These Vintage Trends are Making a Comeback!

      Vintage Comeback Another big trend hitting 2016 is mixing vintage with modern/contemporary decor to create an eclectic, worldly and uniquely personal look.  Lots of clients are looking to add a touch of vintage to their newly remodeled project at Home Services Direct with furniture, finishes and/or color.  Design is always in the details and adding accent pieces to keep up with the trends is…Read More

  6. Save Your Attic and Roof: Attics are not just spaces to store stuff…..

    As I walk my neighborhood I start to take note at neighbor’s roofs and what the heck they have up on them.  I see many vents, a few skylights and even fewer attic fans.  Before getting into this business, and knowing very little about attic’s and roofs, I was the traditional consumer where my attic was just a place for storing a bunch of Christmas stuff and kids toys.  How wrong I was…. A…Read More

  7. Home Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities – Part 1

    Owning a home can be one of the more satisfying investments in a person’s life, but for seniors aging in place and/or individuals with disabilities, a standard home can be far from livable and enjoyable.  It’s important to make sure that the home environment for those with disabilities provides the support they need to lead a safe and happy life.  After all, a home is only really a home if i…Read More

  8. Declutter the clutter! KEEP CALM AND GET ORGANIZED!

    It’s official!  Summer must be here.  Why you ask, well let me tell you.  First thing to take note of is the date on the calendar but that is not the homeowner’s first clue.  You see, early Saturday morning while I was driving to the health club I noticed 3 of my neighbors busily emptying their garages out so that they could spend the day de-cluttering the mess that has gathered in their g…Read More

  9. Home Decor: The 90’s are making a comeback!

    Design trends just like fashion will come and go.  Trends will fluctuate in and out every 20 years or so which can be advantageous to those remodeling.  The current design trends coming back into style for 2016 are from the 1990’s.  We at HSD see a lot of 1990 homes being remodeled so if budget is a concern we can still utilize some of the trends below with a more modern look to create your n…Read More

  10. Paint Your Room Bright!

    Spring has finally arrived.  The sun is out it’s getting warmer and we feel our energy and motivation getting stronger.  We’ve made it through yet another Chicago winter and feel we’ve won the battle once again. Spring cleanup has begun with our yard and shrubs.  Flowers and bushes are in bloom, and all the signs of spring are here to stay! Home improvement projects get listed out as we p…Read More