Open Floor Plan Beach House

Why An Open Floor Plan Saves Money and Is Energy Efficient


Designing a living space is a complicated process, with many factors to consider. Whether you are remodeling or building a new home from scratch there are a lot of options to consider, and design decisions to be made. One of the first decisions you will need to make is the floorplan. One recent trend in interior design is to promote an open floor plan. Aside from aesthetics, the major reason this trend exists is that open floor plans save energy during the winter and summer. If you are interested in learning more about how an open floor plan can make your home more energy efficient, take a look below:


One way that an open floor plan concept saves on energy is by providing more natural light to the entire home. During daylight hours the increased natural light in the home will be enough to keep the lights off. Even after sunset, an open floor plan continues to provide benefits to your electricity bill. The open floor concept means that lights in one room can light up other rooms. Overall, having an open floor plan requires less artificial lighting, saving you money on your energy bill.

Heat and Air Conditioning

Another way an open floor plan can lower your utility bill is by promoting better air circulation. Open floor plans allow air to circulate through the house, which can be very beneficial for temperature control. During the winter months, an open floor plan means that heat can travel from room to room. When paired with properly installed energy efficient windows and doors, as well as hardwood floors, an open floor plan will keep your home warmer with less heating necessary. Alternatively, during the summer an open floor plan means that a home can be cooled simply by opening windows and allowing the breeze to circulate.

Less Square Footage

Another benefit of an open floor plan is the fact that homes feel larger with open floors. When comparing two homes with the same square footage, the home with an open floor plan will always feel more spacious. For this reason, smaller homes with open floor plans can actually be more comfortable than larger homes with closed designs. Having a small home with an open floor plan greatly lowers the utility bill. Less square footage on your home means there will be less area to heat/cool or light.

If you are interested in remodeling your home to increase energy efficiency and save money on your utility bill, contact our team of professionals at Ryann Reed remodeling we can help design your home for maximum efficiency without sacrificing comfort. We can be reached over the phone at (215) 372-0040 or by filling out our online contact form. We look forward to helping you with your interior design needs!

Luxury Bathroom

Remodeling Your Bathroom on a Budget


Your bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home. It often sets the mood for the rest of your day. Therefore, it is essential to make sure your bathroom is a place you enjoy spending your time. However, if your bathroom needs an update, you likely know that it can be exceedingly expensive to remodel. If you are interested in updating your bathroom without breaking the bank, take a look at our guide!

Refinish Instead of Replacing

If you are trying to save money on your remodel, one of the best ways to do so is by refinishing your existing fixtures and materials instead of replacing everything. This goes for nearly everything in your bathroom, from your shower, to your tiling. For example, if your shower’s floor has yellowed or cracked, rather than replacing the entire shower, you could re-finish the showers floor for a fraction of the cost. The same goes for your tiles. If you have a couple of cracked tiles, don’t replace your entire bathroom floor, just the tiles that have failed, and you will save a considerable amount of money.

Don’t Move Any Major Plumbing

While your shower might fit perfectly on the other side of the bathroom, if you are trying to remodel on a budget, moving around your plumbing can be your worst enemy. There are few things that ratchet up a remodel’s price faster than moving around all of your plumbing. If possible, leaving your fixtures in their current locations will save a lot of money during the remodel. If it’s not possible, you can consider making minor adjustments yourself, but if you are moving your plumbing, it’s best to leave it to a professional.

Plan Ahead or Design It Yourself

One of the things that can quickly drive up the cost of a remodel is not planning ahead. If you don’t have your bathroom remodel properly planned, you can end up ordering materials you didn’t need or want, which will cost you time and money to fix. Furthermore, if you are trying to cut down on expenses, consider designing your remodel yourself. While a professional remodeling company will be able to assist you and make your project simple and easy, designing it yourself will save you a considerable amount of money. If you are considering moving any fixtures, you are better off contacting a remodeling professional, but if not, you can attempt to re-design your bathroom by yourself to save money and give yourself a sense of accomplishment!

If you have more questions about remodeling your bathroom, reach out to our team at Ryann Reed! We would be happy to assist you with any of your interior remodeling needs! Contact us at (215) 372-0040 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you!

Small Kitchen with breakfast bar

How To Make The Most Out Of Your Small Kitchen


Your kitchen is where laughs are had and memories are made. However sometimes you may wish you had just a bit more space to work with.  If your kitchen is a bit undersized, check out these tips to help your kitchen feel roomier than it is!

Creative Shelving

One thing you will want to do if you are trying to save space in your kitchen is get inventive with your shelves.  Install pull-out shelves, shelves that rotate within your cabinets, hooks underneath your shelves to hang your pots and pans, or remove cabinet doors to save money and make your space feel larger.  There are many different ways to creatively increase the space you have to work with, try to interject some of your own personal style.

Natural Lighting

Another thing you can do to help your small kitchen feel roomier is install as many windows as possible to maximize your natural lighting.  If it’s possible, you could consider a skylight, which will open the room up vertically in a way that nothing else can.  If you cannot install a skylight, you can still make sure your kitchen is well lit with a good mix of regular windows and artificial lighting. Ensuring your kitchen has a good amount of light will help it feel like a larger space than it is.

Breakfast Bar

If you don’t have enough room for a kitchen table, consider installing a small breakfast bar over a couple of your cabinets.  You may have to give up a bit of counter space to get it done, but it will ensure that you have a place to sit down and eat other than your living room couch.  It also adds a nice touch of ambiance, without taking up much space at all.

Wall Space

If you have any extra wall space, use it for storage.  Instead of wasting space in a drawer or cabinet on your pots and pans, hang them up on your walls.  You can also hang up any stirring utensils that have handles to save yourself some cabinet space and add a bit of style to your kitchen.

Interested in remodeling your small kitchen today? Reach out to our team at (215) 372-0040 or fill out our online contact form for more information!

Common Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid


While the kitchen may be the heart of your home, your bathroom is just as important.  It is likely one of the most used rooms in your home and, outside of your bedroom, the main room where you start and end your days.  If you are looking to remodel your bathroom, check out this guide to avoid some of the most common mistakes people make when remodeling their bathrooms

Cutting Cost on Labor or Materials

While it can certainly be tempting to try to save money by hiring a cheaper contractor or using lower-quality materials, it can often come back to bite you. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for.  In a room like a bathroom, which will be dealing with a lot of moisture and get a lot of use, it is important to make sure you use quality materials, and find someone who knows how to install those materials correctly to ensure your bathroom stands the test of time.

Moving Your Fixtures

While it may be due to your design choices and simply be an unavoidable cost, one thing that a lot of people neglect to consider is the cost of moving around your fixtures, like the shower and sink.  This causes you to have to re-rout your water lines which is where things get pricey.  This alone can add thousands of dollars to your bathroom remodel’s cost. To save money, be sure to at least plan your design around your existing water lines, even if you change decide to put the your new shower where the old sink was.

Not Deciding on a Theme

Your bathroom is a place that will be lived in. It will be messy and chaotic.  Therefore, it can often be beneficial from an aesthetic point of view to make sure your bathroom has some order to it.  Whether you want to go for a modern, minimalist design or something more artistic, adding a sense of continuity to your bathroom can help you start your morning off on the right note.

Not Having Proper Ventilation

It is important to install a ceiling fan in your bathroom to help clear out the condensation that forms in your bathroom during a hot shower. Poor ventilation can lead to both bubbling paint in your ceiling and walls, as well as mold growth, both of which are issues that need to be addressed promptly.  To help avoid these problems, be sure to install a quality ceiling fan.  Cutting costs on your fan can leave you with a fan that doesn’t actually help with your ventilation at all.

If you follow these tips, you will save yourself money and headaches on your bathroom remodeling project! For more help, reach out to Ryann Reed Design Build at (215) 372-0040 or fill out our online contact form today!

small remodeled bathroom

Various Ways To Make The Most Out Of Your Small Bathroom


Bathrooms should be extremely functional but at the same time they should be beautiful spaces that lighten your mood when entering them. Are you interested in different ways that you can improve your smaller bathroom? Check out this tips to do so!

1. Eye Trick: If your bathroom is smaller, making it seem larger can do wonders. One way to do this is by carrying the same flooring in the bathroom all the way into the shower.

2. Wall Storage: Look to your walls for storage! Having important toiletries on hand is important so instead of taking too much leg space up, add some shelves. If you have larger items that don’t fit on the wall, try looking outside of your bathroom in a closet for storage.

3. Lighting: Lighting in any room of your house can makes all the difference! Especially in a smaller bathroom, having a well-lit bathroom can make the area feel brighter, bigger and more inviting.

4. Clear / Glass Materials: Instead of a shower curtain or foggy glass, choose a clear glass shower door! This will allow your eye to travel throughout the whole room rather than stopping as soon as the shower starts.

5. Floating Space: If you don’t have a ton of storage needed, think about having a floating vanity/sink. Doing this puts more space in a room and makes it feel larger.

6. Length over shelves: If you don’t have enough room for extra storage, try adding a ledge above your sink and below your mirror. This is a great space to keep your toothbrush and other small items.

Like always, if you are looking to remodel your small bathroom, Ryann Reed Design Build will take all of these items into consideration and then plus some! From design to installation, your bathroom will be more functional and will look better than ever.

If you live in the Bucks or Montgomery County PA areas, and have further questions, please feel free to reach out. We can be contacted over the phone at 215-372-0040 or through our online contact form.


Successful 1st Annual Charity Golf Outing


Ryann Reed Design Build held its 1st Annual Charity Golf Outing on September 21, 2018 at The Bucks Club in Jamison, PA. Due to the avid participation and generous contributions of our attendees, sponsors and volunteers, this event turned out to be a great success. We had over 90 golfers and over 100 dinner guests at our golf outing. Altogether we raised over $13,000 for The Children’s Tumor Foundation, a charity committed to funding research for the development of clinical therapies that improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by Neurofibromatosis (NF).

We hope to make this an annual event so that we may continue to grow on this success for years to come. We invite you to join us at next year’s golf outing as we raise funds and spread awareness for this important cause that is near and dear to our hearts!


The Most Popular Styles For a Kitchen Remodel


For some folks, the centerpiece of their house is the kitchen. Having a kitchen that captures attention and personal flare, and provides the space needed to whip up amazing dishes is just what you may be dreaming of for the longest while. You don’t have to get an entirely new kitchen; instead, you can remodel your kitchen in some of the most popular styles. You have a vision of your perfect kitchen and here are some of the most popular kitchen styles that you can consider when taking on a kitchen remodeling project.

Rustic, Farmhouse Kitchens

A warm, inviting kitchen can be a place to make wonderful memories around great family moments, and a rustic farmhouse style can create that atmosphere for you. A rustic farmhouse kitchen style can come to life with a few key particulars when remodeling:

  • Shelving and storage are key features in farmhouse kitchens. In fact, remove the doors of some cabinets to maximize storage space, and in the process, you’ll produce open shelving and an airy atmosphere.
  • A large, deep, basin sink made of heavy-duty materials, featuring an apron-front adds flare to any rustic, farm kitchen. The practicality of these sinks makes them very homely and functional.
  • No farmhouse kitchen is complete without oversized features, such as islands, wooden tables and rustic fireplaces. The pieces elevate the rustic feel of the kitchen, along with the elegance.

Sleek Styling Modern Kitchen

If a cutting-edge kitchen is what you desire, something modern is the best choice for your home. Sleek styling, strong, horizontal lines and industrial elements are characteristic of a modern kitchen space. You can call it a 21st century kitchen. Here are some key features that can put your modern kitchen look together:

  • For a modern design, make your cabinet style overlay or full overlay, also referred to as Euro frameless, creating a sleek, consistent look.
  • When giving your kitchen a modern makeover, less is more. Small details keep things simple, focused and clean. There is no need for embellishments and overdesign. Go for solid counters, integrated hardware, and pieces with industrial elements.

Warm Traditional Kitchens

Traditional kitchen styles are popular designs for any kitchen remodeling project. These styles feature timeless elements:

  • The beautiful architectural details give the space an elegant appeal. Features can include sweeping arches, raised-panel cabinets and corbels.
  • A vintage touch in the form of classic stains (distressed and aged stains) are the ideal choice for traditional kitchens.
  • Stylish lighting, from chandeliers to lantern-style lighting can elevate the mood of a kitchen.

To get your beautiful, stylish kitchen, hire Ryann Reed Design Build for your remodeling job. We offer exceptional designs and service, bringing dreams to life and families together.

Perks of Working With a Custom Home Builder

Perks of Working With a Custom Home Builder


If you’ve decided to build a new home, you are probably on cloud nine! There are few things more exciting than the prospect of planning your dream house from the ground-up. Picking a reputable custom home builder to help you through the process, though, can make or break your experience. There are many reasons to work with a contractor who specializes in custom-built houses. You will learn more about some of these as you continue reading this guide.


  1. The design and build process will be smooth Generally, custom home builders work with their clients to both design and construct their ideal houses. This means that there won’t be miscommunications between a third-party designer or architect and the building team. Instead, since everyone is working together, the process should be smooth and free of serious problems.
  2. Pick the perfect lot for you If you are moving into a subdivision that is currently being built, there are probably quite a few empty lots still available. By choosing to work with a custom home builder, you stand the best possible chance of getting the lot you want. Maybe, for example, you’ve fallen in love with a corner lot by a water feature. Tell your builder that’s the spot you are hoping for and he or she will do everything in his or her power to help you snag it.
  3. Make changes quickly and easily Custom home builders are usually quite good at keeping their clients in the loop every step of the way as they plan their new houses. If you are worried about specific issues, such as your countertop finishes or the types of appliances that are going to be installed, all you have to do to clear things up is call your builder. You can easily make changes and upgrades without worrying that a middleman won’t deliver your message.
  4. You will ultimately save money Although hiring a custom home builder tends to cost more upfront than buying an existing home, you can actually expect to save money over time. Because all of the features you want will already be in your new house, you won’t have to do regular renovations or design alterations to make things suit your tastes. This is definitely a loss costly route over the course of even a few years!
  5. You will truly appreciate your home Working with a custom home builder is often an emotional, sentimental experience for families. As you make memories with your loved ones for years to come, you will always remember working with your custom home builder to select the perfect layout, features, and finishes for your house.


Remember, the process of building a home is worth it, even when it is tough. In the long run, every decision you make will help you and your family have a wonderful life for decades into the future!

Join Ryann Reed For Our 1st Annual Charity Golf Outing


Ryann Reed Gives Back

All Proceeds Will Benefit The Children’s Tumor Foundation


Friday, September 21, 2018

1 PM Shotgun Start    ·    6 PM Banquet

The Bucks Club

2600 York Road

Jamison, PA 18929


Please mail completed form with check payment to: Ryann Reed, 2568 W. Maple Ave. Langhorne, PA 19047

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Golfer Registration (Includes Golf, Lunch & Beer): q Individual – $135        q Foursome – $500 per team

Dinner: q Golfer – $25            q Non-Golfer – $40

Sponsorship: q Lunch Sponsor – $500           q Dinner Sponsor – $2000      q Beer Sponsor – $1000

Donation: $____________

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5 common mistakes to avoid when remodeling your kitchen

5 common mistakes to avoid when remodeling your kitchen


A kitchen is considered the heart of the house. It’s one of the main reasons why it is the highest demands when it comes to interior remodeling projects. With such significant investment, homeowners cannot simply afford to make any errors. Before you hire a contractor here are 5 common mistakes we always run into when remodeling a kitchen and how to avoid them.

1. Expect the unexpected

When it comes to remodeling any projects, always be prepared to overestimate the time that was initially set out to be. Materials arrived received cracks or missing pieces can add an extra week to the project. An experienced contractor should provide you a list of things you should be prepared for in case something happens.

2. Living without a kitchen

Get used to eating outside of the kitchen for several weeks as some of the kitchen utilities will be unavailable. We recommend building a temporary station outside of the kitchen and buy deposable plates and utensils to save you from washing up. Before leaving for the day, contractors like to leave things organized to help them get started in the morning. With homeowners continually coming in and out, moving things around could set back contractors from doing their job because they can’t find their tools. Don’t be that person!

3. Paying too early

Unfortunately, these issues still happen. No matter what the circumstances are, you should never pay for the entire project until the job is completed. We recommend you to do your research thoroughly to ensure you get the best contractor who is experienced and knowledgeable in your town. You should always feel comfortable with the contractor before you sign the paperwork.

4. Not being organized

As well as keeping your house maintained and easily accessible for contractors, ordering the materials ahead of time will allow the project to run smoothly. There’s nothing more frustrating for homeowners than seeing a half-empty kitchen! Also, make sure the measurements are accurate to avoid any misaligned disaster.

5. Being too cheap

We understand that budget is very important to homeowners, but buying cheap materials won’t last and could cost you more in the long run. If you are unsure about how to budget your kitchen project, give our design consultants a call, and we will provide you with the best solutions to get you prepared.

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