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Medium-Sized Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

March 30th, 2020

kitchen-remodel-classic-stainless-steelKitchens come in all sizes, and the size of the rest of the house doesn’t always dictate if the kitchen is large or small. Getting the most out of a small kitchen is a big test of design concepts. But what about the medium-sized kitchen? You have more options for remodeling a standard kitchen, and the increase in options can often be the problem. Where to invest? Enlarge or not enlarge?

You may already have goals in mind for a mid-sized kitchen remodel, such as to help people in your home with mobility issues or to conserve water. We’d like to show you some ideas for the medium-sized kitchen remodel to consider that can apply to many different goals—and they’ll probably help you mold your goals toward the ideal outcome you didn’t even realize was possible.

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The ADU: Potentially Untapped Income From Home

March 21st, 2020

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, an ADU is an abbreviation of the term Accessory Dwelling Unit. These are typically second (or third, as permitted in some areas) housing units on a residential property. So, what does this mean? Well … your garage, or your backyard could be a well of untapped income. Every city is going to have its own rules, and since we are located in Los Angeles County, we can only speak to what we see going on here. Always check with your local city housing department to see what the rules are where you live.

So, does that mean you have to live in the main house? Actually, many Angelinos are even renting out their main home and settling into the ADU for themselves. For those wading into the river of retirement, whose children are no longer in the home, or who just don’t need that much space (ADUs are typically between 400–1,200 sq. ft), living in the second or third unit suits their needs just fine. Plus, you get to enjoy the brand newness of it all.

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The Dormer Addition as a Home Expansion

March 16th, 2020

house-palm-treesYou have numerous options for room additions to expand out the living, working, and recreational space of your current house. But a problem many homeowners encounter is they don’t have the exterior space available for these additions. There are other choices that don’t increase the footprint of your house, however. One of them is the dormer addition.

A dormer, for people who don’t know this architectural term, is a window that projects from a sloping roof. The dormer has its own roof, which can be style in various way to either match the home or create an interesting counterpoint to it. Some homeowners add dormers almost strictly for the way they can enhance or change the style of the front of the house, or increase the house’s size, essentially giving the house another “eye.” (There’s also a false dormer, a window that doesn’t look in on anything. This isn’t a current popular trend and is often associated with poor design choices.)

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The Half Bathroom, Three-Quarter Bathroom, Or Full Bathroom Addition

March 2nd, 2020

glass-door-shower-bathroom-remodelOne of the more common room addition jobs for a house is the bathroom addition. Often this consists of converting part of a larger bedroom into the bathroom, or changing a closet area or other space into a bathroom. It’s a big job, but one that has many benefits for an expanding family.

A bathroom addition requires excellent building contractors, because the addition of plumbing is critical to the job. You can trust our team to handle all steps of the process, from design to construction to plumbing, so you end up with the exact type of bathroom you want.

And speaking of that, let’s look at the different possibilities for bathroom size. Are you looking for a quarter bathroom, a half bathroom, a three-quarter bathroom, or a full bathroom addition? If you aren’t sure what the difference is, we’ll help out below.

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Sunset Strip: An Enchanting 1.5-mile-Road Passing Through Hollywood Hills West

February 17th, 2020

With hundreds of bars and clubs and a concentration of young and beautiful party people, Sunset Strip is perhaps the most famous stretch of road in the world. This mile-and-half long section of Sunset Boulevard passes through the lively and vibrant city of West Hollywood. Rooftop bars like SkyBar in the Mandarin Hotel and Tower Bar in the Sunset Tower Hotel, and glamorous clubs like Whisky a-Go-Go and The Viper Room, are among the reasons for Sunset’s reputation as the nightlife hub of California.

In addition to nightclubs, Sunset Strip boasts high-quality restaurants, bars, and boutiques. Hollywood celebrities and major names in the entertainment industry frequent the area. Visitors often come across famous movie stars, musicians, and entertainers who hang out in the local nightclubs and bars.

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A Few Excellent Home Improvement Ideas

February 3rd, 2020

ktichen-planning-toolsYou like your current house and don’t want to go through the long process of purchasing a new home and moving. But you’re still interested in making your home better. If you already have an idea for what you want, such as a room addition, room conversion, or luxury bathroom remodel, then the next step is easy—call our office and get started.

However, you may be in a nebulous place with your ideas for improving your house. You’re considering factors about livability, family growth, return on investment, time, etc. It’s a lot to consider, and below we’ve listed some ideas for home improvement to think about. If anything on this list gives you that “ah ha!” feeling, then you know who to call to get started. You can schedule that home improvement in Beverly Hills, CA with a contractor who handles all stages of the process: Advanced Builders & Contractors. We’ll answer all your questions and find the right approach for the project.

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Hiring a General Contractor vs. Hiring Subcontractors

January 20th, 2020

carpenterIf you’re on this page, it’s because you know the home project you have in mind is not one you should attempt as a DIY project. That’s smart thinking at the start. Room additions, room expansions, converting the function of a space, major remodeling, and full house construction are all jobs where the complexity requires planning and the work of different experts, such as electricians, plumbers, architects, designers, etc.

But once you decide to hire professional contractors to handle the project, you have another choice to make. Do you hire a general contractor? Or should you hire subcontractors yourself? The second route may sound less expensive, but there is more to consider.

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Considering the Layout for a Bathroom Remodel

January 6th, 2020

bathroom-rubble-for-remodelWe’ve often touched on the big topics of bathroom remodeling in Malibu, CA, such as how to enlarge a cramped bathroom to give it more space as well as the feeling of greater space. What we’re focusing on today is the bathroom layout, and this applies to any bathroom remodel.

Creating a layout means making effective use of the space so nothing goes to waste. If you’ve ever thought that there’s no such thing as a bathroom that’s “too big,” you haven’t seen some of the layout failures that can affect a remodel. A bathroom with large empty zones is inconvenient, and it can’t be remedied by moving in furniture, as in other rooms. A great bathroom redesign creates proper configurations between showers, tubs, toilets, sinks, storage, etc.

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Focal Points in a Kitchen Remodel

December 23rd, 2019

kitchen-farmhouse-sinkRemodeling a kitchen is partially a construction job. It’s also an artistic endeavor, and the design of a kitchen uses many of the same principles used in art. One of these principals that’s essential to an excellent kitchen remodeling is the focal point. We’ll take a look at this concept and how it can be put to work for an excellent kitchen remodeling in Los Angeles, CA.

What Are Focal Points?

A focal point is anything that immediately draws the eye of the observer. In a painting, for example, the faces and large shapes draw the eye to them immediately, as do highlights and other bright points. For a room, focal points can be a large piece of art, anything that has accent lighting, a prominent wall-mounted screen, the fireplace, or an object on a table with bright colors.

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Understanding the “Work Triangle” in a Kitchen Remodel

December 9th, 2019

kitchen-remodel-classic-stainless-steelRemodeling a kitchen is one of the most common types of home upgrades. Kitchens are essential spaces for any house, and older kitchens are not only tired and drab-looking, they’re also impractical and often crowded. One of the secrets to creating a kitchen with a better workflow is something called the “work triangle.” You may have heard this term tossed around in articles about remodeling and not understood exactly what it meant. We’ll go into the definition and parameters of the kitchen work triangle and what you need to know about it.

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