Archive for May, 2014

Why Does Square Footage Matter with Kitchen Remodeling

Thursday, May 15th, 2014 by Nick Cohen

Homeowners choose to have kitchen remodeling done for a variety of reasons. Some want to add value to their home, others wish to freshen an area of their house that is central to family activity. Others want to create space with a more efficient flow of work.

Whatever the reason, one of the crucial factors to know before you start a remodel is the available square footage. How much space do you currently have, and how well is this space currently used?

To make the most of your kitchen’s square footage when you arrange for kitchen remodeling contact the experienced design and build team at Advanced Builders & Contractors.

How Square Footage Affects Kitchen Remodeling

When you start work with a remodeling contractor, one of the first things he or she will want to know is the square footage of your kitchen. If you don’t know your kitchen’s size, the contractor can take care of measuring it for you.

Square footage affects the baseline cost of a remodel. When you work with a contractor, the square footage will form a major part of the initial estimate. Remember, however, that an estimate is just that: the actual work involved may shift costs up and down. You can look online at many “estimates per square foot,” but none of these will give you an actual sense of what a skilled contractor can do for your kitchen or what it will eventually cost. Always work with your contractor to develop a plan that will fit your needs and your budget.

The simple square footage of a kitchen as a number won’t tell you everything. As with any space, size is tied to use: a large room can contain wasted space, while a small room can have great efficiency. Do you have a large kitchen that doesn’t take advantage of the space available? Do you have a small kitchen that you think could feel much larger and less cramped through renovations and redesign?

A part of kitchen size that a contractor will focus on is the “work triangle,” a hypothetical triangle that uses the stove, refrigerator, and sink as its three points. In many ways, the size of this space is more important than the total square footage of a kitchen, since it dictates how efficiently the space is used.

What About A Kitchen Addition?

There’s one place where you can break the limitations of square footage in a remodel: adding on space. A kitchen build-out can make up for a cramped room. Perhaps when you bought your house, you decided to settle initially for a smaller kitchen, but now it no longer fits with your lifestyle. Maybe your family has grown, or you find yourself entertaining more often, and the kitchen now lacks the space necessary to accommodate your new needs. With the right building contractor, you can make the ideal expansion of your current kitchen space to fit your requirements.

Call For an Experienced Contractor to Design and Build Your Remodel

Contact Advanced Builders & Contractors today to discuss your ideas for kitchen remodeling in Brentwood, CA. We will develop a free estimate based on the initial design so you will know if we are a good fit for your project. We trust you’ll love what we can do for your new kitchen.

Tips to Get the Most from Your Bathroom Remodeling

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 by Nick Cohen

Although bathrooms are not the centerpieces of most homes, they do receive a great deal of use every day. Modernizing a bathroom with a remodel can brighten up your daily routines and add a sparkle to your home without requiring a disruptive upgrade on a kitchen or living room. If you are thinking of doing extensive remodeling work on your home, the bathroom is an excellent place to start.

We have some advice on how to make the most of your bathroom remodeling in Beverly Hills. Call Advanced Builders & Contractors today to discuss what you want to achieve with your remodeling project. We can arrange for an appointment to discuss your options and offer you a free initial estimate. You can trust to our decades of award-winning design and construction work.

How to Get the Most from Your Bathroom Remodel

  • Hire a contractor who handles both design and construction: One of the great red-tape hassles of remodeling and new construction is dealing with multiple contractors. Poor communication between a designer, an engineer, and a builder can mean delays and unexpected (and unwelcome) results. Look for a contractor who places all the important services for a remodeling job—particularly design and construction—under one roof. You will save time and money and have a greater chance of getting the results you want.
  • Plan on plumbing replacement: During a bathroom remodel, the pipes of the plumbing will be exposed. There’s no better time to replace outdated and worn plumbing. This is a particularly good idea if you are having remodeling done for an older home, which could have galvanized steel pipes that are starting to corrode.
  • Add new cabinets: One solution to a bathroom that seems too crowded is to install new, spacious cabinets to remove the clutter from sink surfaces and window ledges. If you already have cabinets, you can enhance the look of a bathroom with a new coat of paint … but putting in new ones will do so much more, and you can position them in ways that will free up space.
  • Enhance your sink: There is an enormous amount of variety available in modern bathroom sinks. Instead of remaining with a standard top-mount or under-mount sink design, you can change your bathroom’s look with a pedestal sink, wall-mounted sink, vessel sink, or other options that can add more floor space or increase style.

When you hire Advanced Builders & Contractors for your bathroom remodel, you’ll have a company that houses design, construction, and engineering under one roof, a more cost-effective way to end up with the bathroom you want. We will help you explore all your options so you will get the most from your bathroom remodeling in Beverly Hills, CA.