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The Horrible Mistakes of a Sloppy Bathroom Remodel

July 22nd, 2019

toilet-plumbing-concerned-womanRemodeling a bathroom is supposed to make life easier, increase the value of a house, and spruce up a room that often gets ignored in renovation efforts. Unfortunately, not all bathroom remodels are equal because not all bathroom remodeling contractors are equal. If you have plans to remodel one of your home’s bathrooms, make sure you work with our experienced team of designers and builders so you can avoid some of the big problems a less-skilled contractor might inflict on you.

We’ve seen some dreadful bathroom remodels during our years of work and had to fix quite a few big mistakes. Below we’ve listed some of the errors that happen when you have inferior remodeling work.

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Which Is a Better Investment: A Bathroom or Kitchen Remodel?

July 8th, 2019

rainfall-shower-hot-steamWhen you’re ready to make major renovations to your house interior, you might be torn between where to start work. With a limited budget, you may need to choose between remodeling one of the bathrooms or remodeling the kitchen. These are the most common room remodeling projects. Is one better than another? It depends on your situation—but we can put out a list of a few of the benefits of both to help you consider the question. 

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Remodeling Ideas for the Small Kitchen

June 24th, 2019

kitchen-new-remodelYou have a smaller kitchen than is common for most homes of its type. Maybe it was a deliberate design choice when the house was constructed, or it was a practical consideration. You might even like your small kitchen and not feel like expanding it to a larger one. But when it comes time to remodel your small kitchen, there are some excellent remodeling ideas that can help improve it and make it work better for you.

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Room Additions Gone Wrong! Why You Should Only Hire the Best

June 10th, 2019

man-looking-out-windowYou can find dozens of contractors willing to provide you with an estimate and quote when you’re looking to expand your home with a room addition. Room additions are an excellent way to increase your home’s square footage without the hassles and costs of moving to a new house. Properly done, a room addition gives you space to grow in your house.

Unfortunately, if you have a room addition done by a contractor without experience or one who subcontracts out parts of the job to less-than-reputable people, you can end up with a room addition that’s not only underwhelming, but which may ruin the overall look of your house!

We’re going to examine what can go wrong with a room addition if it’s left to an inadequate contractor.

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New Wood Flooring: Engineered, Laminated, Or the Real Deal?

May 26th, 2019

Kitchen-with-IslandChanging the flooring in your home, whether for the majority of the house or only a few rooms, is one of the top methods for brightening and modernizing your living space. In situations where homeowners have a tight budget and can’t arrange for a complete room remodel, just putting in a wood floor to replace worn-out carpet or vinyl can make a tremendous difference.

But when a homeowner starts out on their quest to have new flooring put in, this question immediately pops up: “What kind of wood flooring?” With more options available today than before, we’d like to look at two popular choices—engineered and laminated flooring—and what separates them.

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New Storage Concept for the Bathroom Remodel: Open Shelves

May 13th, 2019

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More homeowners are discovering how much a lift their home and their daily lives can receive from a full bathroom design “do-over.” If you live in a home that’s older than 20 years, you probably have a bathroom that’s functional but dull. If you’ve already been thinking about a remodel, then you flashed through various style websites and magazines and seen some of the current trendy and gorgeous bathroom design concepts. With the right remodeler and design ideas, you can change the tired master bathroom to something with the touch of a vacation spa.

We want to talk about one of the popular trends for new bathrooms: open shelving and “unconcealed” storage.

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A Second Story for Your House? Let’s Talk About It!

April 29th, 2019

father-and-son-outside-two-story-houseWhen it comes to creating more space in your home, there’s no project that can add more square footage than a second-story addition. You may have considered this possibility before, but dismissed it as either impossible or out of your reach.

Please don’t let go of the idea of a second story so fast! We’ve worked on many second story additions and other expansions to homes, such as a project for a Los Angeles family where we added an additional 2,200 square feet of living space to their house so their family could grow. Often this is a much better investment than purchasing a new home. If you love where you live, but there aren’t many options on for-sale homes in the area, a second story is a great alternative to attempting to move.

We’d love to talk to you about what we can do for your home with our remodeling and other construction services.

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The Conservatory: Things to Know About This Room Addition

April 15th, 2019

remodeling-chairs-and-sunny-windowsThe word conservatory carries an air of sophistication. We often think of a conservatory as a type of music school. But a conservatory is also a kind of room in a home, one that originally developed in the 19th century as a way to bring in additional light to a part of the house and offer a space to more effectively grow plants indoors. The conservatory is still a popular option for a room addition that can take a standard home and give it the feeling a luxury mansion.

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Remodel a Small Bathroom So It Feels Larger—Or Make It Larger!

April 1st, 2019

bathroom-green-tileOver the past few decades, a major design trend has changed the way residential bathrooms are constructed. Bathrooms were once designed as small spaces that could be easily tucked between the larger rooms in a house. The bathroom contained enough space to fit in a sink, toilet, and shower/tub combo, with only a small amount of floor space to move between them. Today, bathrooms are larger, more friendly and open spaces, often with double-sinks and larger, luxury showers.

What can you do for a bathroom remodel to create a greater sense of space? Or create actual space? Working with a skilled remodeling contractor will help you find the best methods for enlarging your bathroom.

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Shelving Options for Remodeling the Bathroom

March 18th, 2019

bathroom-lots-of-spaceIn our last post, we discussed one of the biggest trends in kitchen remodeling: open shelving. Shelving and storage are essential for any room remodel, and kitchens require special planning to find the ideal way to create a new storage space.

But storage and shelving are important in bathrooms as well. With much less space available, shelving in a bathroom can be tricky. How can you maximize storage in a bathroom remodel while also creating a pleasant appearance and convenience for household members?

Some shelving choices don’t fall under remodeling, such as an over-the-toilet ladder or nailing up a hanging basket on the wall. What we’re looking at are the major changes you can make to shelving when you have a contractor do a large-scale bathroom remodel. This is a great opportunity to create something new for the space.

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