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3 Tips for Choosing the Right Bathroom Vanity Faucet

Posted by on 2015-10-21 12:44 pm in Bathroom renovation, Interior Design

Are you looking to swap out your old bathroom vanity faucet for a more modern look? It doesn’t matter if you are making this one change or taking on an entire remodel, you don’t want to make a poor decision. Here are three tips for choosing the right bathroom vanity faucet: 1. Match the type of faucet to the vanity. Do you need a single-hole faucet? How about a widespread mount? What about a standard three hole setup? There are many different set-ups, so make sure you know what you are dealing with. 2. Finish. With so many finishes to choose from, it can be difficult to make a final decision. Ask yourself this question: which finish best matches the rest of your bathroom? Some of your options include oil-rubbed bronze, brushed bronze, stainless, and hammered nickel. 3. Style. Just the same as the finish, there are many styles to choose from. Some are modern, while others are more traditional. Some are big, others are small. The best thing you can do is review as many styles as possible. This will give you a clear idea of what best suits your personal taste and space. If you need help with your bathroom remodel, don’t hesitate to reach out. We can provide you with the assistance you need to ensure that you are happy with the end result. Contact us today to learn...

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Kitchen Remodel Question: What Type of Company is Right for My Project?

Posted by on 2015-10-12 1:01 pm in blog, Kitchen remodels, kitchens

How to Choose the Right Kitchen Remodeler? I start here because this question is great for understanding who to invite over to learn more about your remodel. First is what types of companies are out there, which type is best for my project? There are different types of companies whom can help guide you through your remodeling project and in the end create a fantastic experience in conjunction with amazing quality. Types of Companies: Architecture Firm: This type of company is all Design or Front end loaded. They will have licensed architects on staff who will work with Load bearing areas, do load calculations, spec beams (steel or wood) and lumber to move walls and change loads. They are great for putting plans together so you can visualize the space and see how the space will feel. The plans are very comprehensive and they need to be because when you are done you will have a beautiful set of plans, and plans only. You then take those plans and find a contractor or each specialized trade to complete the renovation. You will need to find your Own materials, chose your colors, textures, and coordinating accessories. A typical set of Architecture plans run roughly 10-12% of the guestimated cost of the project. So for every $100K the out of pocket cost to you is $10-12K, for plans only. If you have a design affinity this process can and does work for many, it is also a time consuming exercise. You can be your own Project Manager if you have the time and knowledge, most don’t but at least your plans are set into a bid process so you can chose who is going to actually construct your project and be in your home. You will be responsible for any materials that show up wrong, damaged, or just look off. You will be coordinating, shipping, and making all of the calls to make the changes needed to keep the project moving forward. Major remodeling projects require construction drawings for the purposes of defining a contract and procuring permits. In cases where your professional remodeler does not provide design services, you may wish to seek the assistance of a professionally trained architect. It is best to work with an architect experienced in remodeling — he or she will be more sensitive to the special challenges that remodeling presents. Architects are licensed by the state and have formal education and experience. They have overall knowledge of design; however, many architects do not accept smaller projects. Design Build Firm: If you prefer to hire only one company for design and construction services, your best bet may be to hire a design/build firm. Design/build is a concept developed to benefit the remodeling homeowner by providing both quality design and construction services within the same general contracting company. A design/build contractor will be able to see your project through from start to finish, keeping design, engineering and budget in mind. Some design/build firms have architects on staff, others use certified designers. This type of company is a blend of an architectural firm and a contractor all under one roof as well as a Designer to assist you with materials selections, design ideas, and best practices. Most have an Architect either on Staff or on retainer, all projects that...

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3 Fall Renovation Projects to Take On

Posted by on 2015-10-07 12:41 pm in Renovation

Now that cooler weather is upon us, it goes without saying that you won’t be spending nearly as much time outdoors. This is particularly true as more rain moves into the area (followed by snow). Although you may not be taking on any outdoor projects, this is a great time of the year to tackle those indoor renovations you have been dreaming of. Here are three fall renovation projects to consider: 1. Kitchen remodel. It doesn’t matter if you are in need of a “gut job” or simply require new cabinets, now is the time to give this project a second consideration. If you have any questions, here is a blog post that can help you out. 2. Finish your basement. Do you have an unfinished space in your basement that could serve you well? If so, don’t hesitate to take on this project. It is not nearly as daunting as it appears on the surface. 3. Upgrade a bathroom. Believe it or not, you probably spend a lot of time in the bathroom. Why not give yourself a space you can be proud of? This is one of the most exciting home remodeling projects, because it transforms a space that you use on a regular basis. These three fall renovation projects are well worth the time and money. If you require assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out. We can help you with every stage of your project to ensure you are happy with the final...

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10 Top Kitchen Remodeling Questions

Posted by on 2015-10-01 1:01 pm in blog

I am a third generation remodeler who has been in the Design Build realm for the past 14 years. I specialize in Kitchen Remodels, Bathroom Remodels, and creating a Master Suite type projects. The most popular questions I get asked are listed below, this info will hopefully help give you more knowledge to make better decisions for your family and property. I will take one question a week and give you my insight, experience, and best practices advice. Please refer to your local county code for any code related questions. Best of luck with your project! Top Questions I get asked: Kitchen Remodel: 1.     What type of company is the right kind for my project? 2.     How much should I budget for a kitchen Remodel? 3.     Can I take down walls to open my space up? 4.     Can I supply my own materials? 5.     What kind of countertop is right for this project? 6.     How long will this take? 7.     Can I live here during the Remodel? 8.     Are permits needed? 9.     Do I have to be home during the remodel? 10.  What do I do with my Pets? There are many more questions that get asked, these tend to be the most popular. If you have a project specific question please feel free to email me those questions...

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Downs Vinyl Flooring: Why it’s Such a Good Choice

Posted by on 2015-09-24 1:06 pm in blog, Flooring

Choosing the perfect flooring for your home is never simple. With so many options, making a final decision can be a challenge. While many people are attracted to hardwood and ceramic, others have come to realize that vinyl flooring is making a comeback. More specifically, Downs vinyl flooring is growing in popularity for a variety of reasons. Here are three reasons why this product is hot: 1. Luxury appearance. Let’s face it: this is what matters most when it comes to installing new floors. Downs vinyl flooring doesn’t take a backseat in terms of appearance, especially when you consider the many styles that are available. You may not fall in love with every style, but there is sure to be one that suits your needs. 2. Affordability. If money is on your mind, if you don’t want to overspend on new flooring, give Downs vinyl flooring a second look. When compared to the competition, when compared to other types of flooring, it is extremely affordable. 3. Durability. The last thing you want is to install new floors, regardless of the material, just to be faced with trouble in a few years. With Downs vinyl flooring, this is never a concern. These floors are extremely durable, ensuring that they will look good for many years to come. If you have any questions about Downs vinyl flooring, don’t hesitate to contact us. We have helped many homeowners realize that this is the perfect flooring for their...

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How to Choose a Mosaic Backsplash with Success

Posted by on 2015-09-09 2:13 pm in blog, Kitchen remodels

Did you know that mosaics have been a popular decoration for more than 5,000 years? While materials have come a long way, nothing has changed the popularity of this decision. In short, mosaics are nothing more than small pieces of tile, glass, or stone organized in a particular pattern or design. While glazed ceramic remains the top choice among homeowners, many other materials are gaining steam. Here are three tips for choosing the best mosaic backsplash for your home: 1. Size matters. While 1 x 1 tile is extremely common, there are other options to consider. For example, 2 x 2 patterns allow you to set your tile in the same design, but with larger pieces. 2. Consider the many types of material. Glazed ceramic is commonly used, but you should consider many other types. For example, limestone can give your kitchen a unique look and feel. 3. Add a design. Depending on your skill, you can add a design into your mosaic backsplash. This is may not be easy for you, but a professional can handle all of your needs. If a mosaic backsplash is what your kitchen needs, don’t hesitate to follow the three tips above. Soon enough, you will have a clear idea of which material, style, and design is best for your space. And of course, if you have any questions, we are here to...

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How to Dress up Kitchen Windows

Posted by on 2015-08-19 2:13 pm in blog, kitchens

The more you search the more you will find on how to dress up kitchen windows. It doesn’t matter if you have one window or many, it is an essential part of your space. If you are looking to make a change, here are three ideas to consider: 1. Window Treatments What type of window treatments do you have in other rooms of your home? Once you know the answer, you can consider which one would work best in your kitchen. For example, curtains may be just what you need. Or maybe a set of wood blinds could be the perfect addition. 2. Use the Window Sill It may not be your style, but it is an idea to consider. Do you have anything you can set on the window sill? This can be anything from figurines to small plants. As long as you avoid clutter, this is a great way to spice up your kitchen window(s). 3. Add Some Paint If you want to add dimension to your space, if you want to do something unique, consider painting the trim around your window. Before doing so, consider what would look best in your particular space. The color you choose should match the rest of your kitchen. Do you need help bringing new ideas to your kitchen? If so, you have come to the right place. We can help you with any size project. Be sure to reach out when you are ready for professional advice and guidance. We are always here to...

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Can you Expand your Small Bathroom?

Posted by on 2015-08-05 2:06 pm in Bathroom renovation

Regardless of the size of your bathroom, there are steps you can take to improve the space. However, there may come a time when you realize this to be true: you need a bigger bathroom to meet all your needs. If you find yourself in this position, if you are interested in expanding your small bathroom, there are several steps you must take: 1. Determine if this is possible. Do you have room to expand? For example, if your bathroom shares a wall with a closet, you may be able to eliminate the storage space. Consider every possibility before deciding for or against this project. 2. Make a list of what you want to accomplish. Why do you need a bigger bathroom? For example, maybe you want to add a double vanity. Or maybe you want to get rid of your shower stall and install a bathtub. As long as you know what you want to accomplish, you can make changes for the better. 3. Find help. There is nothing simple about expanding a bathroom. There are a lot of details to take into consideration, including those involving the structure, plumbing, and electricity. We have experience with many types of bathroom renovation projects. Regardless of how big you want your new space to be, we are available to provide assistance. Don’t overlook the possibility of expanding your small bathroom. By taking the steps above, it won’t be long before you decide if this is a...

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Cut Back in these Areas to Save on a Bathroom Remodel

Posted by on 2015-07-22 2:00 pm in Bathroom renovation

Are you looking for a way to add value to your home? If so, you may want to consider a bathroom remodel. Not only will this increase the value of your home, but it will make it a more enjoyable place to live. And that is the best of both worlds. Like many, you may find that a bathroom remodel project will cost you too much money. As frustrating as this may be, consider the following: there are changes you can make to save money on your project. Here are some points that deserve your attention: 1. Reuse some of your fixtures. For example, you may be able to use your current faucet on your new vanity. This alone can save you a few hundred dollars. 2. Opt for cheaper flooring. With so many types of flooring to consider, you may be able to find something that looks good but will save you money. For example, skip the ceramic tile and opt for laminate instead. 3. Skip the shower to tub conversion. This is something many people are interested in. It is also something that costs a lot of money. If you are looking for a way to save, this may be a good place to start. If the time comes to take on a bathroom remodel, don’t hesitate to experiment with a variety of layouts and ideas. Furthermore, use our estimator tool to get a better idea of what your project will...

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3 Mistakes to Watch for During a Bathroom Renovation

Posted by on 2015-07-07 2:14 pm in Bathroom renovation

Taking on a bathroom renovation project can be great fun. After all, there is nothing better than transforming this room for the better. It doesn’t matter if you are remodeling a small or large space, there are things you should and should not be doing. Here are three common mistakes to watch for during a bathroom renovation: 1. Choosing fixtures that are too big for the space. This includes the vanity, toilet, and shower/tub. Once you know how much square footage you are working with, you can then choose fixtures that fit. 2. Doing your own plumbing. Unless you absolutely know what you are doing, leave this part of the job to the pros. One plumbing mistake, such as a small leak, can cause you big trouble down the road. 3. Rushing through the design phase. This is when you can put your creativity to the test. This is when you can really think outside the box, ensuring that you get exactly what you want out of your space. There is no point in rushing through this stage. By avoiding these mistakes, among others, you can improve your chance of a bathroom renovation that suits your every want and need. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this type of project, contact us at your earliest convenience. We are more than happy to assist you every step of the...

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