Have you ever wanted to help the environment while saving money at the same time? With a few simple renovations, you can start reducing your utilities right away. Here are our recommendations for going green at home: 



Replacing incandescent lights with compact fluorescents is the simplest way to reduce costs and start going green. Studies have shown that CFLs use up to 75% less electricity and last 8 times longer than incandescent lights of comparable brightness. In just a year, this can mean big savings in utility bills.

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With the cold weather out of the way, it’s finally the time of year Chicagoans have all been looking forward to: Spring! There’s lots of things to love about Spring in Chicago—baseball, bike rides, backyards…and other things that start with the letter B. But you know what’s even better than a backyard? A nice porch, deck, or patio where you can grill, entertain, or just relax in that refreshing spring breeze!

Customer review – Porch and masonry work in Chicago

Here are some patio remodeling ideas to get you thinking:

1) Screened-In Porch


With a full-glass enclosure that looks out into the greenery around you, this porch doubles as an extra room. Eating and entertaining out here is lovely even in less-than perfect weather. You can even enjoy a rainy day out here, and relax to the tapping of the raindrops on the windowpanes.

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Home additions, remodels and renovations come in all shapes and sizes, from a single bathroom redesign to a complete gut and level. For the Chicago homemaker looking for something in between, home additions can be a great way build on what you’ve already got. Here are some of the most common home additions we provide, along with their respective advantages:

“Bump Out” Home Addition

chicago-home-additionBump outs are a perfect example of taking the middle road. Rather than creating an entirely new room in your home, bump outs can give you that extra bit of space that you have always wanted. Whether you are trying to fit extra counter space in your kitchen, make room for that perfect segment couch in your living room, or make a breakfast nook, a bump out can maintain the integrity and feel of your living space while making it much more useful. Although they tend to cost more per square foot than full-on additions, the smaller size almost always makes it the cheaper option in the long run.
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Three Toilets That Will Inspire You to Remodel Your Bathroom

When most people are thinking about remodeling their bathroom, the toilet is probably the last thing on their mind. With flooring, paneling, tiles, wallpaper, vanities, mirrors, sinks, faucets, and lights to consider, the standard white toilet can seem unglamorous by comparison.

Example of our workSkokie Bathroom Remodel and Grayslake Bathroom Remodeling.

Doesn’t it seem unfortunate, though, that the primary function of the bathroom is so often overlooked? Whether we like it or not, all these details are just window dressing for your throne. If you start with the foundation, you will find all the rest falls into place. Besides, with toilets like these, who needs inspiration?
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Remodeling or renovating your home can be a huge undertaking, with very high stakes. After all, not only is remodeling an expensive, long process with many moving parts, but the project is your home itself. After all:

If you’re going to live in it, you have to love it.

room under renovation (painting)

At the same time, even if you’re completely rich, you can’t just throw money at a problem and expect it to turn out perfect. In fact, this is the easiest way to ruin your renovation. A proactive, intelligent homemaker is the key to a successful remodeling. And part of your job is to pick the right crew. Here’s how we would pick the best man for the job:
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Maya Construction crew is working hard on another project in Chicago – Home Addition. Here are a few shots of the work in progress. We will definitely share pictures of the completed addition with you.

Home remodeling and renovation can be very expensive. Especially when dealing with more ambitious projects like home additions, it’s natural as a homeowner to try to cut costs and reduce spending wherever you can. However, from a contractor’s perspective, we are also doing everything we can to accomplish the job in the most efficient way possible. When it comes to taking parts of the project into your own hands, you have to be careful that you don’t compromise the project you are trying to contribute to. Here are some do’s and don’ts from Maya Construction Group – a contractor in the know:
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For the renovation experts at Maya Construction, a raw, unfinished basement is like a slab of marble in the hands of Michelangelo. Sure, it might be useful for storage, laundry, or a haunted house, but we think some of these remodeling ideas might be just the inspiration you need to turn your basement into a true work of art.
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