Luxurious Kitchen Design: Check Out These Amazing Trends

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The kitchen holds a special place in many homes. Each homeowner has different tastes, so knowing the various trends in kitchen design is helpful.  Some cool luxury kitchen design items are discussed below.

Cupboard

The walk-in pantry trend is great for kitchens where you want to hide cupboards and even some appliances out of sight. Other popular cupboard designs include streamlined surfaces such as cupboards with pulls rather than handles. Hiding outlets so that they become a part of the design is also common. Streamlining kitchen designs make for a smooth look that is neat and simple. 

Smart Kitchen 

Make your kitchen tech friendly by using appliances that you can manipulate by using your cellphone or other electronic devices. You can install refrigerators that can adjust the temperature depending on the temperature outside. Motion sensor faucets are another nifty feature in modern kitchens. 

Kitchen Islands

Islands are no standard in almost any kitchen that has the space. A single level, all-purpose kitchen island can be the focal point in a kitchen. Newer designs for kitchen islands see them being larger, and with more storage added as cupboards underneath. In kitchens that are large, seats can also be added so that the island can be both a work area as well as  dining table.  

Flooring & Ceiling

Ceramic tiles and hardwood are popular choices for kitchen floors. These flooring materials are strong and can manage the foot traffic in a kitchen. These types of flooring can also withstand moisture and stains that will get on the floor in any kitchen. 

Lighting Magic

Like any other area of the home, special lighting in the kitchen can make the area magical. Modern kitchens are not confined to one type of lighting.  Some good lighting options for the kitchen include focus lights, pendant lights, skylights, under counter lights are just a few. The placement of the lighting fixtures should serve a purpose such as brighter lights in meal prep areas. 

Some homeowners go the extra mile by having two of everything such as two double sinks, two kitchen islands and even two ovens. This is especially useful for large households. 

Modern luxury kitchen designs are both beautiful and useful since one of the most important aspects of any kitchen is practicality. These trendy designs will give any kitchen a unique look.

Install a Steam Shower in Your Bathroom and Reap These Rewards

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Going to a spa can get really expensive, but the benefits can be really rewarding in terms of less stress, relaxation, and staying healthy.  Those benefits keep people like yourself shelling out the big bucks for a little time of pampering.  

However, did you know that you can get some of those same benefits when you install a steam shower in your bathroom?

It’s true!  Instead of spending money at a spa every week or every month, you can pocket that money.  Plus, since you can use your steam shower every day, you will see an increase in the results that you were seeing from the spa. 

Here are 6 rewards that you will see when you install a steam shower in your bathroom:

Allergy sufferers will rejoice every time that they step into their steam showers, as the steam has long been known to clear nasal passages.  This benefit will be noticed by many others during cold and flu season.  

Working out always makes a person feel healthy and strong, but you will notice a decrease in muscle soreness if you begin to step into a steam shower after your workouts.  The warmth will open your capillaries and keep the blood flowing, reducing the pain that you feel in your muscles afterwards. 

The increased blood flow that you experience will improve your circulation, as it widens blood vessels and essentially lowers your blood pressure.  

Steam will open your pores, so you will have less pimples popping out.  You skin will feel and look better than it ever has.  

Since you will be so relaxed from your steam showers every day, you will find that you are sleeping better than ever.  

Potential homeowners are always looking for high-end touches in the homes that they are considering purchasing.  Once you install a steam shower in your bathroom, the value of your home will increase, and multiple people will be putting in offers when you decide to sell.  

You may find many other benefits after you install a steam shower in your bathroom, but first you need to have the work completed.  Don’t delay any longer, because your first in-home steam shower is waiting for you!

How to Choose the Perfect Sink for Your Kitchen Remodel

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How many types of sinks do you think exist in stores at the moment? One? Three? A dozen? Multiply those numbers by at least ten and you may be getting closer to the actual number of options you have when choosing a new kitchen sink! This is not a decision that is going to be easy to make, but we can make it a little less stressful for you by listing out what you should be considering during the process.

Functionality Options

First, you are going to want to consider the function of the sink that you are looking at and decide if it matches your needs. Do you continuously wash large pots and pans? If so, you may want a deeper sink than you would if you throw everything into the dishwasher. Do you like having a double sink or do you prefer a single basin that fits piles of dishes until you are ready to wash them? 

How do You Use Your Sink?

As soon as you determine how you will be using your sink, and how it will function, you will want to determine if you want to install two sinks in your newly remodel kitchen. One can be your regular sink and the other one can be placed in another area, usually an island, for food prep and quick hand washes. A second sink is normally smaller, but you can choose to have two larger sinks if you want. After all, it is your kitchen and you’re the one that will be using everything! 

Choosing the Material

Long gone are the days of stainless steel sinks, as you have plenty more material options available to you. There are pros and cons to each material, but some of the more popular options include granite, natural stone, porcelain, and ceramic. We recommend looking at and touching the materials and determining which one will withstand all the work that you will be using it for. 

Keep Style in Mind

Thankfully many of the functions and materials that you are going to want, and need are available in numerous different styles. That means that you can finally choose between a self-rimming sink, undermount sink, or that farmhouse sink that you have wanted since you were a child. 

Only you will know what type of sink your newly remodeled kitchen needs, but we are always available to assist you by answering questions or giving guidance along the way.

10 Home Addition Ideas that Add Value and Functionality to Your Home

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It may be easy to decide to add to your home, but coming up with the right ideas can be a challenge. While you will no doubt want to make it more beautiful, functionality and value are also important. Here are some ideas that will help to inspire your home addition. 

  1. Home office. If you work from home, a designated work area will increase productivity and profits. Make allowances for additional electrical work and possibly wiring for communications. 
  2. An extra bathroom. If your family is growing, adding a bathroom is a good idea. You can create one that takes advantage of current trends, and it is ideal for busy families during the morning rush.
  3. Master bedroom. Now might be the time to get the bedroom of your dreams. Adding a master suite ensures your comfort and gives you the chance to get the amenities you always wanted. 
  4. Guest bedroom. Now you will always have an extra bedroom when friends or family members come for a visit. No one will have to be inconvenienced by being put out of their bedrooms for a while. 
  5. Sunroom. You can enjoy the outdoors while still benefiting from the amenities of the indoors. A sunroom is a perfect addition as it can be used for a variety of activities.
  6. Entertainment room. Create the ideal space for the family to gather. Provide storage to prevent clutter, and to keep toys and game items. A big screen TV and sound system will help to complete the atmosphere. 
  7. Hobby room. If you enjoy any type of hobby, make the most of it by creating a unique space. You can even accommodate other family members so they can have their own spaces for their hobbies. 
  8. Garage. Building a garage is a good idea as you can not only secure your vehicle, it can also be used as extra storage space.
  9. Apartment. If you want to earn extra income, consider adding an apartment to the home. When it is not being rented it can be used for another purpose, or it can serve as a guest room for extended family. 
  10. Kitchen. If the existing kitchen does not meet your family’s needs this can be the ideal home addition. You can have a modern kitchen with all the features and fixates you need for hassle free meal preparation. 

Making an addition to the home will increase its value, but this should add to your life in a meaningful way. Give us a call so we can schedule an appointment for a consultation so we can determine which options are available to you.

7 Creative Kitchen Remodeling Ideas You Need to See Now

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If you struggle to come up with the right ideas for remodeling your kitchen, you are not alone. The multitude of materials and design choices make this a challenging process. Luckily there is no shortage of ideas to help you find your footing. Here are a few that will help you to make a statement in your kitchen. 

  1. Refresh cabinets. If you have a tight budget but you want to brighten your kitchen, a fresh coat of paint on cabinets will do the trick. White is a popular choice for cabinets, but neutral tones like gray can have an even bigger impact. 
  2. The backsplash. Updating or adding a backsplash can give your kitchen a modern, clean look. This is not just an important design element, it serves a purpose as well. It makes keeping the space easier, freeing up more of your time. Adding a backsplash can give you a chance to show off your creative side. 
  3. Try a new countertop. A new countertop alone can make a big difference in the look of your kitchen. Luxury materials like marble are now cheaper, but you have lower priced options like solid surface that are just as attractive. As the kitchen’s center, the countertop deserves special attention, so spend a little more for quality that will last. 
  4. Jazz up what’s underfoot. Even if the floor s holding up well, a new floor is worth considering. This can give the space a visual lift and make it seem new. You can get the warmth and luxury of hardwood while spending less with one of the many quality laminates available. Other great options for the kitchen include ceramic tiles and vinyl. 
  5. Get new appliances. Give the space a shiny, sleek look by upgrading your appliances. Aside from a new look, you can also benefit from energy savings, and high tech features. 
  6. Don’t skip the details. With a kitchen remodel, simple steps can make a big difference. A few pieces of artwork can add color and beauty. Use attractive hardware for cabinets and drawers to make a statement. 
  7. Add a breakfast nook. If there is an unused corner in the kitchen it will make the ideal nook. This is a good spot to relax and read while you have coffee, or while food is on the stove. You can also decorate it to create a visually interesting space. 

These changes are inexpensive when compared to a full kitchen remodel. With a small kitchen, try to open up the space as much as possible. Make sure there is enough storage so you don’t have to worry about clutter.

5 Great Kitchen Remodeling Trends You Don’t Want to Miss in 2018

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We don’t always recommend following the latest trends when you are remodeling your kitchen or any other part of your home for that matter. However, there are a few trends that are popular this year that we think will be sticking around for a long time. 

Here are 5 great kitchen remodeling trends you don’t want to miss in 2018:

Black Fixtures

Black fixtures will match almost any color palette that you can come up with, along with just about any style. That means that you will not need to change out your fixtures every time you change the color of your kitchen. We do recommend placing other black objects in the room though, whether it is a couple of black bar stools or black cabinets, so that the fixtures do not look out of place. 

Built-in Sinks

We love seamless designs and the new built-in sinks that are trending this year take it to the next level. Instead of plopping a stainless-steel or ceramic sink down in the middle of a countertop, your sink would be made from the same material as your countertop. 

Add a Little Concrete

Concrete is not just for the floor anymore, and we love how some people are using it for their countertops or even a built-in sink. You can even choose to have a light concrete put on your walls to add texture and extra visual appeal. Create a Hidden Hood

Hoods have been around for many years now, and while they used to be one of the focal points of a kitchen, many people are tired of looking at them. We love how hoods are beginning to get hidden behind a façade, because it streamlines the look and allows us to create a focal point of our choosing. 

Banquette Seating

We thought that banquette seating went away after the 80s and would never return, but we know some homeowners that have created fantastic seating areas in little alcoves off their kitchen and we love them! The banquette seating arrangements these days are simpler with less details and covered in cushions and pillows for added comfort. 

We hope that you consider some of these trending kitchen options when you are remodeling, because we think that they will be around for a very long time. 

What Purpose Does Your Bonus Room Serve?

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The bonus room is often overlooked or simply used as a family room or media room. This little-used room can perform a variety of functions that some homeowners don't consider. Convertible furniture and built-in furniture offer a lot more functionality than most people realize. Let's take a look at how your bonus room could be used as a home office and easily transform into a study den, an extra bedroom, or a hobby room with just a few small changes.

Furniture Ideas for the Bonus Room

·       Murphy Bed: A Murphy bed folds up against the wall when it isn't in use as a bed. The underside of the bed can often transform into shelving, a table, or even a small bench sofa. Some have hidden storage under the bed, and every homeowner knows how useful hidden storage can be!

·       Desk: A desk has become a staple in student bedrooms and the family room as well. Nothing would look out of place to implement a desk in the bonus room, especially if it is primarily used as a bedroom, family room, den, study, library, or hobby room.

·       Folding Table: A folding card table or folding dinner tray can easily be stored in the closet, under the bed, or in under-bed storage. They're extremely useful for working on arts and crafts, playing games, or even eating a small meal.

·       Bench-Storage Bedside Tables: Nightstands and bedside tables usually serve one purpose - a spot for the alarm clock. Opt for a set of padded-top bench seats with storage underneath instead. You would still have the functionality of a nightstand, but the added storage gives the entire room more functionality.

·       Transformation Overview: Fold up the Murphy Bed and fold down the hidden table or shelves, move the bench storage to act as seats, and you have a nice craft area where the bed once was. You can just as quickly store all craft materials back in the benches and return them to their spots beside the bed. Then secure the shelving or table and pull the Murphy Bed back down into place. Talk about a quick transformation from bedroom to hobby room!

·       Two Twin Size Beds: Using two twin size beds instead of a Murphy Bed allows you to set the room up as a bedroom for two. But that's just the obvious choice. Consider putting the twin size beds against the wall in an L shape. Now you have a huge sectional with a nice, open floor area for other things. The room can quickly transform into a bedroom for two or an informal family room with plenty of seating for all.

Guest Room or Rented Space

The bonus room must have an attached bathroom for it to effectively be used as a bedroom suite. Guests don't generally want to trek through the house in their pajamas to visit the bathroom and take a shower. You can build a small bathroom in a relatively small amount of space if there isn't one.

Renting the room allows you to bring in some supplemental income while helping someone out. You can create the perfect dorm for a college student if you build a small kitchenette area with a microwave, small sink, and mini fridge.

Your Ideas?

What are your ideas for your bonus room? We would love to hear from you. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section and we'll help bounce some ideas around!

 

Keep These 7 Factors in Mind when Planning Your Kitchen Remodeling Project

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Planning a kitchen remodeling project requires a lot of time and consideration for a variety of factors. You need to deal with the budget, materials, and many other things. But today we’re going to focus on seven factors that will help you create the ideal kitchen.

It’s Not Just a Kitchen... It’s Your Kitchen

Don’t plan your kitchen to mimic one you’ve seen in a magazine or online publication just because it looks amazing. Take your time, talk with your designer, and design a kitchen that fits your needs, desires, and personality. The overall functionality of your kitchen needs to fit the way you use it. If you cook a lot, for example, you need a kitchen that will not hinder your creative process. On the other hand, if you don’t cook that often and you want a kitchen that’s ideal for entertaining and easy-to-make foods, take that into consideration as well.

Functionality Trumps Style. Always.

The primary role that the kitchen plays is one of functionality. Yes, you want it to make a stylistic statement, but functionality should always come first. Together, we can build a very stylish kitchen without sacrificing any functionality. We will even show you ways to enhance the functionality while keeping that stylish flare.

Make a Statement

This may sound like a contrast to the previous paragraph, but that isn’t our intention at all. We want you to consider one specific thing or area to use as a statement piece. It could be an impressive range and oven, the backsplash, or even a gorgeous sink and faucet. We just like to see that one area that you love beyond measure.

Countertop Considerations

Really take your time and think about this one. The countertop should add to the functionality of the kitchen as well as add a few points for style. Choose a material that will stand the test of time. Formica looks good for a while, but stains too easily for practical use. Granite is a bit on the expensive, but will last and look amazing for years with proper care. Let us know if you’d like to discuss other types of countertop materials.

Cabinets for Miles

We all know that the cabinets are one of the first, if not the first, things we see when we walk into someone’s kitchen. Cabinets seem to go on for miles if the kitchen is not properly designed. Okay, not miles, but you get the idea. The cabinets you choose may be the first thing people notice, and the thing that gives them their first impression of your kitchen.

Get Creative with Lighting

Don’t be left in the dark! We encourage several types of lighting in the kitchen based on zone and use. Homework or reading zone needs a good source of light. The range, oven, and sink should be equipped with task lighting for safer food prep. Ambient lighting can come from windows, skylights, sun tunnels, recessed lighting, or even under-cabinet lighting.

Down the Rabbit Hole of Flooring Options

Hardwood, softwood, a variety of tile options, and linoleum just touch the surface of flooring options for your kitchen. Many homeowners visit showrooms and leave feeling more confused than when they entered because of the plethora of choices available. We can help by offering our expertise where kitchen flooring is concerned.

Kitchen Remodeling in Cape Cod

Give us a call if you’re in Cape Cod or the surrounding areas and would like to schedule a kitchen remodeling consultation. We’ll schedule an appointment as soon as possible and get the ball rolling on your newly designed and remodeled kitchen.

Customize Your Kitchen in Your Next Remodel Project

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The big housing boom of the 1990s leading through to about 2010 saw a very large number of homes built very quickly. Neighborhoods seemed to rise up overnight due to the number of contractors who were building cookie cutter homes from the same materials used by the house next door. Drive around any neighborhood with multiple subdivisions and you'll see what I mean. Very few things distinguish one home from another, and this was pretty standard for the interior as well.

Steps to Remodeling Your Kitchen

I've put together a list of steps to follow for remodeling your kitchen. I hope they help make the decision, and the process, as painless as possible.

·       Don't Rush: You can't rush a true work of art. I understand that you don't want to have to deal with life without a fully functional kitchen for weeks, but unfortunately, that's the true price of designing and building the perfect custom kitchen.

·       Consult a Kitchen Remodeling Specialist: You need the advice and expertise of a full-service design build company in order to make the project go as smoothly as possible.

·       Make a Budget: Whatever your budget, plan for 16% to go toward the walls, ceiling, floor, doors, and windows; 9% for electrical and plumbing; 29% for cabinets and hardware; 22% for design and installation; 14% on appliances and ventilation; and 10% on countertops. These are, of course, rough estimates, but relatively accurate to most custom kitchen remodels.

·       Order Custom Woodwork in Advance: If you've chosen custom cabinets, order them weeks before the project begins. No one wants to be mid-project and the primary component isn't available.

Splurge on These Items

·       Second Sink: Many homeowners don't realize the convenience of a second sink until they have it installed. The second sink is most often installed in the kitchen island where the majority of food prep takes place.

·       Paneled Cabinet Ends: This is very important when you're installing custom cabinets. The bare ends of the cabinets that face open areas need to have a more finished and customized look.

·       Soft-Close Cabinet Hinges and Drawer Glides: Custom cabinets must be maintained and taken care of. Regular cabinet and drawer closing mechanisms (such as hinges) don't protect cabinet doors, allowing them to slam shut if care is not taken. Soft-close mechanisms prevent loud slams and protect the woodwork.

·       Cabinet and Drawer Hardware: Custom cabinets do not deserve cheap hardware. If you're going with all custom cabinets, spend the extra money to get really nice hardware.

·       Under-Cabinet Lighting: I cannot stress enough how important under-cabinet lighting is in a custom kitchen. You use countertop space to prepare food, and proper lighting helps tremendously. I put this particular item under the splurge on this list because it isn't really a big expense, but it makes a huge difference.

Design Your Custom Kitchen with Us

Call us to schedule a consultation at your home. We will help you design the perfect kitchen to suit your individual needs. We will use your ideas and our expertise to create a perfectly functional, absolutely amazing custom kitchen within your budget.

Choose the Layout that is Perfect for Your Remodeled Kitchen

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Designing the layout of your remodeled kitchen is not going to be easy, especially if you cannot get the current layout out of your mind. However, your contractor should be able to assist you with choosing the layout that will work best with the space that you have.

Here are the best layouts for you to choose from for your remodeled kitchen:

L-Shaped

An L-shaped kitchen is perfect if you have a smaller or medium sized kitchen, because it maximizes all your corners and you can arrange it accordingly. Two perpendicular walls will create the L shape and you can place items where they will fit the best. This is a great kitchen layout if your kitchen is normally busy, because you will not need to deal with traffic walking where you need to be all the time.

Galley

A galley kitchen is also called a walk-through kitchen and it is your best option if you have a small space. This design has two walls that are opposite each other with the walkway in between. You will find that galley kitchens offer limited space and are best for one person at a time, but the good news is that you will be able to reach everything easily!

U-Shaped

There are three walls that create a U shape for this kitchen design, which makes this the ultimate kitchen for multiple people at a time. While this kitchen layout has been popular for quite some time, in recent years, homeowners have been choosing an island for the third wall. The island will give you a little more versatility in your newly remodeled kitchen, especially if you want room for people to eat in there.

Island

As long as you have enough space in your kitchen, you can incorporate an island into the space. The island will give you additional work space and you can even put an extra sink or some of your appliances in that area. An island will also provide you with additional storage.

Changing the layout of your kitchen can create more room in that space and turn it into the kitchen of your dreams. If you have been thinking about remodeling your kitchen or currently dislike everything about your kitchen, we encourage you to see if a layout change will make a difference.

Beyond Trends: Enduring Home Remodel Designs

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Popular trends are great, but like all fads, they tend to fall to the wayside over time. Many builders believe that some trends are here to stay. Universal design, for example, allows homeowners to design remodeling projects for the future to fit their current lifestyle as well. Many are coming to realize that the minimalist approach allows a very clean, streamlined, futuristic appearance while getting rid of all of the clutter. Let's take a look at several other enduring home remodeling trends.

Flex Rooms

The flex room has been around for ages, but many people just didn't realize its full potential. I'm sure you've seen floor plans that include a family room/den or a library/media room. Those rooms are actually called flex rooms or bonus rooms and they're quickly regaining popularity.

Flex rooms, or bonus rooms, may be used as-needed to offer a quiet place to work, a secret video game cove, or a bedroom for that family member who is having problems. Many homeowners build a bathroom adjacent to the bonus room just in case it is needed as an extra bedroom in the future.

Minimalistic or Futuristic Kitchen?

Is there really a difference? Most people imagine a very clean, stainless steel room with doors covering major appliances when they imagine a futuristic kitchen. It's so easy to imagine such a clean and streamlined room. Many homeowners are designing kitchens with very little color so they can accessorize with different colors as they want to see change. The most common kitchen colors for 2018 have been white, black, and shades of gray.

Do a quick Google search for minimalistic kitchen and you'll see what I mean. Clean lines, built-in cabinets and appliances, and neutral colors are very popular design ideas for today's kitchen. This is the type of trend that will endure throughout the ages because it is a very sleek design. This type of design allows for the use of low cabinets, pull-down faucet designs, lower island areas with low countertops. This kitchen style would look amazing now and function extremely well later in life as well.

Elegant Bathroom that Adapts as You Age

A bathroom can be a dangerous place for children and elderly homeowners. Tub-shower combinations are difficult for little legs and elderly legs to climb in and out of, shower doors with metal thresholds are a tripping hazard, and many toilets are too short to be wheelchair or walker accessible for people with mobility issues. Some of the best enduring bathroom designs include a large tile shower with no threshold, a shower bench, a stand-alone tub, grab bars, and a comfort height toilet.

We Want to Share Our Other Remodeling Ideas

Call us any time to schedule a consultation for your remodeling project. We would love to discuss your ideas for remodeling your Cape Cod area home. We know you homeowners have great ideas where remodeling is concerned. We've done some pretty challenging things over the years. We'd love to hear your ideas and lend our expertise and generations of experience to make sure your ideas come to life.

What Are Your Thoughts?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments section or on Facebook. Do you like our ideas? Hate them? We'd love to hear what you have to say.

 

3 Factors to Consider for Your Whole Home Remodeling Project

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3 Tips to Remodeling

What you need to know...

 

There is a lot of work that goes into a whole home remodeling project and the only way that you are going to survive is if you plan and then plan some more. Once all that planning is completed, and you are ready for the work to begin, we recommend deep breaths and calming mantras until everything is finished.

Here are 3 factors to consider for your whole home remodeling project:

Know Your Goals

You may think that you want to remodel your kitchen, bathroom, and basement in your home, but are you sure that is all that you want to do? Knowing your goals for your home and how you are going to use each space now, and in the future, will save you a lot of work later on. For example, if you know that you want to expand one of your bedrooms or create a sunroom in the future, you may want to think about what you can do now to make the work easier later on. It may be running extra electrical wires or preparing pipes for additional plumbing fixtures for those items that will not be completed immediately.

Time

The worst time to do any whole home remodeling project is when you are the busiest. So, we recommend consulting your calendar and crossing off the dates that coincide with major holidays, certain vacations, weddings, and graduations. Although vacations are on this list, you may want to still consider having work done at that time, because you will be out of the way of your contractors. Of course, you will need to make sure that you trust your contractors completely and that you are available via phone to answer any questions or concerns.

Create a Budget

You should never start any type of remodeling project without having a clear budget in mind. Without a budget, you will not know when to scale back and when to splurge. If you begin to choose items without a care in the world, you may find that you are out of money long before your whole home remodeling project is complete.

These are only some of the things that you need to keep in mind when doing a whole home remodeling project. Your contractor will be able to help you out with many things, but you will need to be prepared to do some of it on your own as well.

Another Absolutely Thrilled Remodeling Client!

We recently just completed a kitchen remodel and whole house update in Mashpee for a second homeowner who was thrilled at the exprience and end results. Below is a review she posted on Yelp.com

 

 I wholeheartedly recommend John Clark and @designREMODEL. My experience with John and his team was nothing short of perfection. So here are my top reasons for giving @designREMODEL this stellar recommendation:

#1 John Clark himself! John is the consummate professional. A rare combination of design consultant, professional tradesman and project manager, John skillfully manages every aspect of the home remodel project himself. I never once dealt with anyone other than John. From his highly detailed contract to his written weekly updates to his incredible responsiveness to every inquiry, John has a combination of skills that is rare to see in this industry. He is a gentleman.

#2 The SUPERB quality of the workmanship. I am not a newbie to remodel projects. As a landlord with multiple investment properties, I have been around the block. Every floor seam was perfect, every cabinet box and door was properly shimmed and hung, every painted surface was properly prepped. The workspace was clean and organized at all times and everything was protected properly (furniture etc). Every single worker was polite and well mannered. Flawless execution is the hallmark of an @DESIGNremodel project.

#3 On time/On Budget. @designREMODEL delivered my project early and under budget. Yes-you heard that right! John actively looked for ways to help save cost on my project. He brought a few suggestions to me during the course of the project that saved on cost without compromising my vision for the space. In addition, at no extra cost, he included little fixes and tasks that were over and above what was in scope for my project but that he felt would add to my overall satisfaction and enhance the final result.

#4 Problems are Solved-During the course of any project there can be moments when a problem arises. John never once brought me a problem without a proposed course of action (or two). I always felt that the project was under control. An example of this was when the painter noticed that there was moisture behind one of my existing living room walls. John called me, described the problem and recommended that the painter work on other areas of the home while a professional chimney sweep could be called in to repair the leaky chimney flashing that caused the issue. 

#5 Incredible Attention to Detail-I don't know how he does it but John is on top of every little thing. A great example of this is that in the master bedroom I had an existing set of sliding closet doors. The painter did a great job painting them to look like new. However, I had always been missing the little plastic piece that kept the doors separated (which is why they looked so terrible to begin with). I was delighted to discover that, without it even being mentioned, John had procured the little plastic piece and installed it. This kind of thoughtful attention to detail is just one example of many in the course of my project! 

#6 Cutting Edge Knowledge and Flexibility- John is up on all of the latest trends, techniques, and options. My kitchen had limited space but John's suggestion to use wine pegs instead of a built-in wine rack and USB outlets and night light outlets made all the difference in the world to creating a beautiful, functional space. He knows what is being used in the industry today and what to recommend depending on your project. John is also incredibly flexible and listens closely to your described vision for your space and translates that into his execution plan.

#7 Trustworthy- John is a man of his word. He honors his agreements, keeps his appointments and honestly cares about the outcome of your project. I always felt like his only customer.

I'm already looking to book @designREMODEL for remodeling my bathrooms! I highly recommend John Clark and his team.

Low Cost Kitchen Tips for Homeowners Who are Reluctant to Remodel

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The kitchen is one area of the home with which we like to make a statement. Making your kitchen look amazing does not need to cost an arm and a leg. These days there are many options available for color scheme, design, and even the appliances in your kitchen. Revitalizing your kitchen without a full remodel may be the temporary answer you need before fully remodeling in a year or so.

The first step is to determine how much you can afford to spend on your kitchen. You don’t want to go overboard, especially if you know you’ll be remodeling soon. Next, start looking for ideas on what you need to do to give your kitchen that facelift you want. Create a budget and put your plan into action. Continue reading for some key ways that you can transform your kitchen without jumping into a remodeling project this year.

The cabinets

The cabinets take up a lot of space in your kitchen, so they are one of the first things that anyone sees. If they are old and unattractive, they will detract from the overall look. An easy way to jazz up kitchen cabinets is to repaint them. While white is a popular color, you can be bold with your color choices, just make sure that the colors in your kitchen complement each other. This is a less expensive option than putting in new cabinets. Replace the pulls and handles to make your cabinets pop.

Paint

Choose one wall or part of a wall to use as a statement or accent wall. This one wall can be a color that draws attention away from other drab areas of the room. Don’t paint the walls the same color as the cabinets or you’ll feel overwhelmed by that color. For example, if your cabinets are white, paint the walls a light gray or some other pale color. Leave the dramatic color for the accent wall.

Install a Backsplash

Install a backsplash in the space behind the faucet or behind the stove. If you have the wall space, you could even consider a backsplash that reaches to the ceiling. You can use real stone tiles, laminate, or any other material that is within budget. You can choose material with decorative finishes or mirrors and glazes for a unique look. The backsplash gives a fresh look to a kitchen and makes cleaning up a breeze.

Lighting

The right lighting fixtures will transform your kitchen. If you have a statement or accent wall, a focus light is a good idea. Placing some lighting under cabinets can make quite a statement at night. So if you like partying or having dinner guests over, this will be a conversation starter.

Of course you will also want to put in good task lighting, but again, you can find decorative lights that will do the job. Pendants lights also add class and pizzazz to any kitchen. Hang a large pendant light over the sink for both beauty and function.

DIY or Professional Installation

Most of these projects can be taken on as a DIY project, however if you’re pressed for time or worried that you will mess things up, call us. Contact us at 508-477-9003 if you would like to start planning your next remodeling project this year.

Go High Tech with Your Kitchen in 2018

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Smart homes and high tech kitchens are no longer the things from which dreams are made; they are a reality. Best of all, if you want to take your kitchen into the high tech world it does not have to cost you an arm and a leg. Here are some cool ways to make your kitchen smart.

Outlets

Gone are the days where regular electrical outlets were your only choices. Now you can include charging stations for phones, tablets and computers. In addition to regular electrical outlets, you can also put in UBS ports/receptacles for electronic devices.

The Ideal Appliances

Almost every appliance in the modern kitchen is now technology driven.  If you like a fresh cup of coffee in the morning, why not get a Bluetooth Espresso maker. Not only can you set this machine to brew your perfect cup while you grab a few more snoozes, it can monitor your stock of capsules so that you never run out.

Ovens are now able to calculate the temperature and time needed to cook food. There goes the guesswork of setting the right temperature and the risk of burning your meals.

How about a refrigerator that you can look inside while at the supermarket to confirm what items you need to buy? Well, some top brands such as LG now have refrigerators with cameras inside that you can view on your smart phone. Some even have the ability to play music.

Neat Apps and Devices

If you really want to make your kitchen high tech, consider using some apps and devices. One interesting device is the Days Ago Digital Counter which allows you to know when you first open a container. No longer will you have to try remembering how long ago a food container was opened. This nifty little counter is placed on the cover of a jar as soon as you open it and keeps count of the number days from that point.

High tech kitchens are energy smart so they save you money. In most cases, as kitchen equipment becomes more modern and efficient, they are also becoming safer to use.

High Tech Kitchen Design on Cape Cod

Homeowners who want to be trendy have options for converting their kitchen into a high tech zone. It’s not all about being tech savvy, but also about making your life easier and the kitchen more functional. Contact us at 508-477-9003 for ways to help you move into the future. We’ll schedule a design consultation and help you choose the best high tech gadgets and appliances for your new kitchen in 2018.

Consider These 5 Options to Save Money during Your Kitchen Renovation

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Kitchen renovations generally cost thousands of dollars when you use quality materials, but you can save quite a bit of money if you choose the right materials and do some careful planning. There are many ways that you can stretch your renovating dollars and still have the kitchen of your dreams. We can show you where to splurge, where to save, and a few shortcuts for saving money while remodeling and still getting what you want.

Here are 5 money saving options to consider during your kitchen renovation:

1.     Keep Your Appliances Where They Are: You may be tempted to move all your appliances to new spaces in your renovated kitchen, but keep in mind that this can cost a lot of money. You may need new outlets to switch these appliances around or you may need to move the gas lines. Plus, there is a chance that you would need to cut into walls and flooring, which will add time, and ultimately cost to the entire project.

2.     Repaint or Reface Your Cabinets: If your cabinets are still in excellent condition, we recommend painting or refacing them instead of replacing them completely. These two options will not take any longer than replacing them and in fact, you may save time by doing this since you will not need to wait for new cabinets to arrive.

3.     Consider Other Countertop Materials Besides Granite: We know that you love the look of granite, but the cost can put you over budget quickly. Butcher block is a great option, but to get a look that is similar to granite, we recommend going with quartz. This material looks just as nice, yet it is cheaper.

4.     Choose a Unique Island: An island full of cabinets is one of the most popular options, but it adds up when it comes to the budget. You can create a fabulous island for much less by using old dressers, bookshelves, or even an old table. The only requirement is that whatever you use needs to be thirty-six inches high. Add a quality countertop and you will have a unique island that will be the focal point of your newly renovated kitchen.

5.     Add a Backsplash: Another focal point in your kitchen can be the backsplash and you will find that there are so many different types of tiles that you can choose from.

There are so many ways that you can save money while renovating your kitchen. We recommend thinking outside the box and being creative whenever possible and feel free to ask us for ideas as well. Contact us at 508-477-9003 if you’re in the planning stages and have your remodeling budget in place.

6 Tips to Use When Remodeling Your Laundry Room

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Whether your laundry room is off your kitchen, in a closet in your upstairs hallway, or down in a corner of your basement, you know that you will be spending a lot of time in that space. There may not be too much that you can do with the size of the space that you have, but you can use that space to its fullest potential and make your laundry chores much easier.

Here are 6 tips to use when remodeling your laundry room:

1.     Raise Your Machines Up: Front loading washing machines and their matching dryers are much lower to the ground than other machines, which can wreak havoc on your back. They also leave you with a lot of wasted space between the machines and the cabinets above. We recommend raising your machines up by placing them on pedestals. Most pedestals have a built-in drawer, so you will have room to store items like detergent, fabric softener, and stain remover.

2.     Purchase Rolling Laundry Hampers: You will never need to lug an overflowing basket over to your machine again when you purchase rolling laundry hampers. You can simply roll the one that you need over to the machine and lift the dirty laundry out and into the machine.

3.     Install a Folding Table: A folding table will give you a place to fold and set your laundry until you are ready to take it to the room it belongs in. If you do not have room for a full-size table, you may want to consider a small shelf along the wall.

4.     Install Open Shelves: Open shelves make it easier to grab much needed items on laundry day, plus you will be able to see what you have on hand with a quick look. These shelves can go above your washing machine and dryer, or you can place some open shelves under a window.

5.     Install a Deep Sink: Removing stains and everything else your family has on their clothes can be a full-time job, which is why we recommend installing a sink in your laundry room. This sink should be deep, so you can soak items prior to washing them.

6.     Create an Ironing Center: You may be able to keep up with your ironing if you create an ironing center right in your laundry room. Instead of letting it all pile up on the back of a chair, you can flip your ironing board down and press the items that need to be done as soon as they come out of the dryer.

These tips might not make laundry day any more enjoyable in your house, but they should make it a little easier and more organized. So, make some changes, see how wonderful the space works, and then teach someone else to do the laundry!

Home Remodeling on Cape Cod

Remodeling your home isn’t something that anyone should do on a whim. Time and careful planning are required in order to efficiently remodel any part of your home. Contact us at 508-477-9003 if you’re planning to remodel your home in 2018. We’ll help you design the best home interior for your specific needs.

6 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Tile

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Tile has been a mainstay in homes for many years now, but the designs, size, and styles are continuously changing. With so many options available to you, you need to know the basics about tile and your options. This article is designed to give you a basic understanding of the shapes, sizes, and designs of tile available today.

Here are 6 things everyone needs to know about tile:

1.     Shape: You do not need to choose a boring square tile anymore, unless of course, that is the shape that you want in your home. We do recommend checking out some of the newest shapes though, as you may find yourself falling in love with the rhomboids, diamonds, hexagons, and round tiles that are now available.

2.     Grout: Grout used to be used to seal the areas between the tiles, but now you can use it to change the look of the tile as well. To bring out the pattern of tiles, we recommend going bold and using grout that has a contrasting color to the tiles. If you do not want your tiles to stand out too much, you will want to use a grout that matches the color of your tiles.

3.     Layout: Laying tiles out in a boring row is a thing of the past, as homeowners like yourself are choosing to add a little flair to a room with creative layouts. We recommend considering a zigzag, chevron, or herringbone layout to see how it looks in your space.

4.     Texture: Texturized tiles add depth to the room. Tiles that look and feel like stone are quite popular, but newer tiles that look and feel like lace or tweed are quickly gaining ground.

5.     Mix and Match: There is no reason why you need to choose one tile style for a specific room inside your home. Today’s tiles can easily be mixed and matched to create eclectic spaces.

6.     3D: The newest tiles are three dimensional and they add a lot of visual appeal to a room. The depth of these tiles is enhanced when light hits them from different angles. The flooring will offer a different appeal based on lighting and the angle from which it is viewed.

You have so many options today when it comes to tile, and you can easily spend hours choosing the one that will look the best in each room of your home. We recommend taking the time to check out the newest tiles, because the look that you create will keep you happy for many years. Contact us at 508-477-9003 if you would like more information about choosing tile for your home or to schedule an appointment for a design consultation if you’re ready to remodel your home.

5 Signs You Need to Update Your Bathroom Now Instead of Later

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You can make do in a bathroom that is a little short of being perfect, but at the same time, there are certain problems that you should update sooner rather than later. After all, you spend quite a bit of time in the bathroom each day, so you might as well love it as much as you can, right?

Here are 5 signs you need to update your bathroom now instead of later:

1.     It smells like a bathroom: There are many reasons why your bathroom will smell like, well, a bathroom. However, the most likely culprits include a sink leak, a faulty wax ring under the toilet, or not enough ventilation. Once you fix those items, you will have a bathroom that smells much more pleasant.

2.     Bad layout: When a bathroom has a bad layout, there is nothing that you can do to love the space until you remedy this issue. Your contractor can help you change the layout of your bathroom, so it meets your current needs better. This may mean moving the toilet to a more private spot or simply rearranging things so that the flow is better.

3.     Leaking fixtures: Any time you find brown water spots on the ceiling below your bathroom, you will know that you have a leak somewhere. If you do not repair this leak, you may end up with a crumbling ceiling. We recommend changing all your fixtures as you are fixing this leak, as it is the best time to make a few small updates.

4.     Bad lighting: There is no reason why you need to deal with only one light in your bathroom and if you still only have one light, it is time to add a few more. We recommend placing a couple of lights near your vanity, one over your shower and tub, and a few others that can be dimmed around the room.

5.     Minimal storage: Storage is always an issue in the bathroom, but if you have no place to put anything and items are piling up on your sink and the floor, you need to do something now. We recommend adding built-in storage spaces or bringing in items like an old dresser or armoire to serve as storage.

You can put off a complete remodel of your bathroom for as long as you want, but these five things will need to be taken care of sooner rather than later. After all, we know that you do not want to spend time in a smelly bathroom that has no storage and limited lighting for too long. Contact us at 508-477-9003 if you’re considering remodeling your bathroom this year.

3toFive Newsletter July 2017

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1. For Your Home: Drawer Essentials.

A client on a recent project wanted to step up her organization of her kitchen drawers beyond what most cabinet companies offer and so after searching on Google, I found a company called Drawer Essentials www.draweressentials.com Located in Longmont Colorado, they make customized and sized to fit perfect dividers and organizers for your kitchen drawers. I purchased a set of organizers for my client and they arrived impressively quickly and we were delighted with the fit and quality. They slipped right into the drawers ready to be used.

2. Foodie Alert:  KAROO

It’s pretty neat when we travel to the Outer Cape and discover unexpected foodie delights! One of which is Karoo located right on Route 6 in Eastham. www. karoorestaurants.com/  Here you can find Monkey Ribs(Fabulous!) and Bunny Chow (Sweet!) on the menu of this South African restaurant. Which is also a favorite of my food fussy teen. Oftentimes we have come late afternoon in the summer and the sun light and atmosphere radiates in a cool way that I’ve not seen in any other restaurant.  If you partial to spices and chutneys, this is the place to go!

3. Home Tip: Mulch

If you have mulch around the foundation of your home, be sure to keep it at least 4”-6” below any kind of wood or siding material.  I see every year, mulch piled up close or even higher than the bottom of the siding. This can trap moisture and invite insects and rot to start chewing on any wood that is covered by the mulch.  And if left too long, you can put the structure of your home at risk.

4. Cape Cod Fun!

During our Summer Staycation here on Cape Cod, we are planning to visit Heritage Gardens in Sandwich as we do every year for the museum and garden delights. We also plan to tackle the Adventure Ropes and Zip Lines at Heritage Gardens. I’ll let you know how it goes in next month’s 3toFive!

5. Did You Know?

Next time you are in your car, take a look at your gas gauge. Do you see the arrow? This indicates which side your gas filler is located.  Very helpful when you are using a rental or borrowed car or in those distracted moments!

Enjoy the rest of your Cape Cod Summer!