Dear Friends and Colleagues,
 
Spring is in the air! What I love about Spring is that it's all about positive Transformation. Not only do the trees and flowers start blooming, but this refreshing change can be seen in people's moods and expressions. The sunny weather, longer days, and Spring holidays just seem to have a positive effect on us. To add on to the theme of ' Transformation' everyone is also starting to transform their homes and start their Spring projects. 
 
In Remodeling's   2017 Cost VS Value Report,  research was done to show how much a particular project will increase a home's value if sold within a year of when the work was completed. What they found was that Curb Appeal Projects - changes to doors, windows, and siding - generated higher ROI than work done inside the home. However projects such as Bathroom Remodels, Upscale Master Suites, 2-Story Additions, Grand Entrances, and Family Rooms saw the highest year-over-year percentage increases in value , rising between 5.6-7.4%.
 
The housing data specialist Metrostudy says the Residential Remodeling Index forecasts for the third quarter of remodeling activity nationwide to increase 4.4% in 2017. With all the positive changes that are happening in nature, you become more motivated to change something in yourself and become a better person. It's time to be reborn and start something new and exciting. Let us know if we can help you with your Spring project this year!
 
 
Kawika Kamai, Owner
Innovation At Home



Research gathered from Remodeling.hw.net 
 
How to use Spring Fashion Trends in Your Home

  

Color Blocking: Opposites attract. Taking opposite colors and pairing them can actually create complementary color combos. Don't feel like repainting your whole home? You can achieve a similar look with throw pillows or rugs.
 
Texture: This spring is all about wicker furniture, painted brick, and grasscloth walls. If you can't commit an entire wall or sofa, a textured lampshade can do the trick!
 
Metallic: Something about accessorizing with a subtle, metallic accent can get people excited for spring.  You can't go wrong with a small metallic vase for your coffee table or metallic accent wall.
 
Fringe: This texture looks great on wall tapestries, curtain accents, or anything that needs a little something extra.
 
Vibrant Colors: If you want to freshen up your home for spring, consider adding a few pops of vibrant color for an instantly bright, cheery space.
 
Gingham: This is the easiest alternative. You can achieve this cottage-chic look by adding throw pillows, fun new curtains, or even a soft throw over the arm of a sofa.
 
Western Accents: There's no need to go full cowboy. We recommend pairing more modern, sleek pieces with a cowhide rug, Southwestern patterns, or a chic conversation piece above the mantel.

Citrus Hues: Citrues hues will help give you a head start on Summer Design Trends. Pops of bright yellows, oranges, and pinks will add that vibrancy in your home. 

These tips were provided by HGTV

 
St. Patrick's Day Mint Ice Cream Torte Recipe
  

Ingredients:
  • 20 Oreo Cookies Crushed
  • ¼ Cup Melted Butter
  • 10 Melted Mint Andes Candies
  • ½ Gallon Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
  • 11-12 ounces of hot fudge ice-cream topping
Directions:
  1. Mix oreo cookie crumbs with butter and press half of the mixture into a greased 9-inch springform pan.
  2. Spread melted candies over the crust and top with half of the icecream
  3. Place ¼ cup of hot fudge topping in a small bowl and cover and refrigerate until serving
  4. In another bowl combine remaining topping and crumb mixture and spread over ice cream. Cover and freeze for 2 hours until firm.
  5. Top with remaining ice cream. Cover and freeze for 8 hours. Remove from freezer 5 minutes before serving.
  6. Warm reserved fudge topping and use to garnish torte. 

    DIY project provided by: Simplykierste.com




Innovation At Home Remodeling And Construction owner Kawika Kamai was born in Oahu, Hawaii and raised in Orange County California. Kawika possesses 19 years of industry experience starting as an apprentice which has allowed him to fully understand the complexity of the construction industry in regards to codes, standards, business management, and trouble shooting.  

 
Innovation At Home Remodeling and Construction was  founded in 2005 by Kawika Kamai and is a full service construction management and general contracting firm. We are a referral based business and are happy to provide you with references from our many satisfied customers.

  

We believe our key ingredients to success are Honesty and a Quality  product.  We are a fully licensed, bonded, and insured company who works closely with Homeowners, Real Estate Agents, Architects, Interior Designers, Management companies, Property Inspectors and the like. 
 

5 Essential Spring Gardening Tips
Photo from livedan330.com
 
It's time for your garden to come back from the winter hibernation. Here are some essential tips for getting your spring garden green and beautiful!
  1. Clean Out the Garden: The first step is removing all the debris such as leaves and weeds. Make sure to grab the roots so they don't grow back. Also don't forget to sharpen your gardening tools.
  2. Revitalize the Soil: You soil is likely dried out after the winter. Moisturize it by adding compost or manure. Also check to see if you need to add more fertilizer to increase the health of the soil.
  3. Trim Old Plants: Plants that survived the winter need to be trimmed so they can grow. Blooming plants should be pruned right after they bloom to avoid cutting off future flowers.
  4. Add Mulch: Mulch helps to prevent weeds and diseases, as well as keeping moisture in the garden and maintaining temperature. Keep the mulch a few inches from the plant stems to prevent roots from rotting.
  5. Time to Plant New Flowers and Shrubs: our recommendations for good Spring plants include Pansies, Snapdragons, Lettuce, Peas, Argula, Redbuds, Tomatoes, Lilacs, and Tulips. 
Tips provided by Huffingtonpost.com
 

 

A New Room Addition is underway!  

Innovation at Home is working on an office/bedroom,
adding 200 sq feet to an existing property.

View our plans for a room addition project for a residence
in San Clemente... 

We love helping to increase our clients' property value.

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I nnovation At Home's Gadget Pick of the Month:
The Nutrismart
A Smart Device that Weighs and Gives You Info about its Nutritional Value
 
Debuting at CES 2017, the Nutrismart is a kitchen scale that can do a visual scan of your food and tell you the nutritional information such as calories or water content. Created by French manufacturer Terraillon, the Nutrismart's built in camera scans your food and sends the info to an app that can be viewed on your smart device. This product can be of great value for people who need to be careful and accurate about their diet. This device is set to be launched in the U.S. in 2018.

Source: www.cnet.com


Ocean Institute Jazz Festival

The Dana Point Ocean Institute turns 40 this year! With more than 60 STEM-focused educational programs, the Ocean Institute is uniquely poised to shape and inspire the next generation of change agents. Come celebrate with two nights of exciting musical entertainment, delicious food, wine, and auction. 
 
When: March 24th & 25th 

Where:  24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr

For more info click HERE