Kitchen Remodeling: What to Keep and What to Replace

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Let’s say that you’re getting ready to remodel your kitchen, but your cabinets are still in great shape. Or maybe your backsplash is less than a year old, so you really don’t want to lose it. Whatever part of your existing kitchen that you still love can usually be kept, even if it needs to be moved as part of the remodeling process. Let’s look at some real advice from others who have remodeled their kitchen with great results.

  • Hardware: Hardware is one of those finishing touches that make a big visual impact on the finished kitchen. If you’ve recently replaced your hardware or if you have custom hardware that you just can’t let go of, please feel free to keep it. We’ll help you design your kitchen around this focal point. Otherwise, let’s find some amazing hardware to go with the new kitchen!

  • Cabinets: Your wood cabinets can be painted or sanded down and refinished. Painting them provides a nice, uniform appearance where sanding them to refinish gives you the opportunity to keep that wood grain you love. Cabinets are one of the items that may cost a good amount if they need to be replaced. So if you love your cabinets, refinish them, and allocate the funds to other areas. 

  • Appliances: Most remodeling projects include new appliances. It’s not a written rule of course, but it’s just the way things usually go. Choose appliances that work well with the way you use your kitchen. You may need that 6-burner, double-oven range if you do a lot of cooking or if you host a lot of parties. On the other hand, if you rarely cook because of your busy lifestyle, a simple 4-burner range with oven is an excellent addition. The bottom line is - don’t let yourself be pulled into the appliance war by all the pretty bells and whistles that you aren’t really going to make use of in the long run.

  • Countertop: This is where most homeowners want to put a good chunk of the budget. The cabinets and countertops are the primary things visitors see, and the most-used spaces in the kitchen. Take the opportunity to look at several types of countertop materials so you can make a well-informed decision when the time comes. 

  • Drawers: Change some of your base cabinets for drawers. Cabinets make storing pots and pans awkward. Deep drawers are absolutely the way to go with base cabinets, because you use the entire drawer, not just a portion of it like you would with the cabinet. 

  • Range Hood: Customize it. It really doesn’t cost much more to customize the range hood. You can create a range hood that looks like just another cabinet, or one that stands out from the rest of the kitchen, effectively creating a focal point. It’s entirely up to you, but don’t settle for a plain run-of-the-mill range hood.

How Can We Help You?

Give us a call if you’re in Cape Cod or the surrounding areas. We’ll help you make the tough decisions during your kitchen remodeling project. We will also work with you to design a kitchen that works well with that item you just don’t want to lose. 

How to Create a Successful Partnership with Your Kitchen Designer

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A kitchen designer can help take some of the stress out of planning your new kitchen. Problems most often occur when lines of communication are strained in some way or missing entirely. We can work with you to design your kitchen or we can simply build the kitchen after it has been designed by a professional kitchen designer. Here are a few tips for working with a designer.

Know Your Budget

We start here simply because budget is everything. We always recommend that you create a design build budget with at least a 15% contingency. This gives you plenty of room to splurge a little if things are cheaper than planned. But make sure your designer knows your budget before they begin. 

Understand what Currently Works and what Doesn’t

You use your kitchen on a daily basis. You know what works and what doesn’t. You need to let your designer know what works as well as why it works for you. Then discuss what does not work and why it doesn’t work for you. Make sure they understand that you want to keep specific aspects in place while remodeling. 

Research before Calling a Professional Kitchen Designer

The entire kitchen design and remodeling process will flow much more smoothly if you have a good idea of what you want. Collect images of kitchens that you love so you can show the designer. This helps create an understanding and shows the designer the style you prefer. 

Be Flexible and Open to Other Ideas

While we fully understand that you have specific ideas in mind, we recommend going into this project with an open mind. You may have your mind absolutely set on one specific thing, but the designer has another idea for that thing. Give him or her time to explain their idea before putting your foot down and closing your ears. You might just find their idea appealing after all.

Create a Timeline 

You don’t want to be looking at different design ideas 6 months after you’ve hired the designer. Create a timeline and stick to it. Don’t allow yourself to get swept up in just one more idea. A good designer won’t generally need to present more than a few designs before you choose one.

Remember to be Patient

The design process is only the beginning of the whole remodeling process. Designing and building the perfect kitchen takes time and careful consideration. Be patient with yourself, your designer, and your builder; and request that they extend the same patients to you.

Cape Cod Kitchen Remodeling

If you’re in Cape Cod or the surrounding area and would like to schedule a kitchen remodeling consultation with us, give us a call. We’re happy to discuss your remodeling ideas and help you through the process. 

Granite, Marble, Quartz, and 4 Additional Kitchen Countertop Materials

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The decision to remodel your kitchen isn’t one that comes easy to most homeowners. No one really likes the idea of having their home turned into a construction project. But the kitchen does need remodeling roughly every 7 to 10 years. You’ll need to consider moving things around to make it more efficient, and upgrading the appliances. 

The countertops are also something that needs a lot of attention because they’re so visible in the room. They can make or break kitchen design, and leave you wishing you’d made different decisions. That’s why today’s blog post is dedicated specifically to kitchen countertop material choices. We’re going to look at 7 different types of countertops and give a few pros and cons for each.

Granite

Granite starts at roughly $40 per square foot, which automatically raises eyebrows. It’s heat resistant and nonporous, making it an excellent material for countertops. Granite is a natural material, so no two pieces are going to be identical. 

Marble

Marble is also a natural material, which means each marble countertop will be unique. The price tag is often the reason homeowners choose granite or quartz over marble. But if you’re in the market to spend $120 or more per square foot, marble is a wonderful consideration. 

Quartz

Quartz often falls right in the middle of the price range of granite and marble at about $70 per square foot. Although a natural material itself, quartz countertops are a combination of 93% crushed natural quartz, color pigments, and plastic resin instead of solid slabs of stone like granite and marble.

Solid Surface

Solid surface countertops are exactly what the name implies; a solid surface. They are not porous, and they don’t have grains or even seams to worry about. They’re made of durable acrylic and available in a wide variety of colors and designs. They’re roughly mid-range in terms of price, coming in at $50 to $75 per square foot.

Wood

Wood gives every kitchen a homey feel. Many homeowners think of butcherblock countertops as soon as we mention wood, but you can also use cherry, maple, mahogany, or other types of wood. Wood countertops generally range from $30 to $100 per square foot depending on the type of wood, the shape, and the finish.

Soapstone

Soapstone is an extremely durable material for kitchen countertops because it is basically impervious to chemicals. It offers a unique appearance and it is resistant to temperatures, staining, and scorching. You can expect to pay about $50 a square foot for soapstone.

Ceramic Tile

Tile is very affordable and available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and options. This is the least expensive of the options listed here at only about $2 per square foot. Tile is a great DIY project if you’re into home improvement. The grout between the tiles must be sealed to help protect the countertop and ward off the buildup of bacteria.

Need Help Choosing a Kitchen Countertop Material?

If you’re in Cape Cod or the surrounding areas, call us and we’ll help you plan your kitchen remodeling project. Our designers will work with you to design the kitchen you’ll love before we even begin the demolition process on your existing kitchen. 

Bathroom Remodeling for First Time Remodelers

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Out of the many people why people take a while to get around to bathroom remodeling, one that stands out is that many are afraid to take a chance. With new appliances and technology being unveiled, updating the kitchen usually seems more worthwhile, and the bathroom is left neglected. However, your bathroom may be in need of a style upgrade, so use the hints offered below to help you get started. 

Examine the Options

If you have not addressed your bathroom’s style limitations before, you may be surprised at the vast number of products available. Your first step should be to acquaint yourself with the latest in bathroom design. Everything from flooring to lighting to fixtures should be looked at. The Internet makes it easy to quickly browse some of the top products available so you can start to get an idea of which ones will work in your bathroom. 

  • The Faucet. The main considerations for picking the right faucet include a finish that will match your décor, and one that will suit the configuration of the sink. Your budget will be a factor as they vary in price, but you can get quality faucets without stretching your budget. Keep in mind the plumbing requirements and durability when buying a bathroom faucet. 

  • The Vanity. With the vanity you have to think about the available space, the height and the color or finish. If you have already chosen the wall or tile colors, take a sample when shopping for a vanity. Do not be tempted to buy one for its look without first working out these important details. 

  • The Sink. With endless designs available, it is easy to find the right sink, or to have regrets about the one you choose. Regardless of its location, the sink is generally considered a focal point in the bathroom, and should seem like one unit when combined with the vanity. This means it should help to tie together other design choices such as tiles, vanity and the colors. 

  • Lighting. Proper lighting is essential and a poorly lit bathroom can appear gloomy. If putting a task light over the mirror will be a challenge, consider adding a lighted mirror to the space. Like the kitchen, the bathroom can also benefit from layered lighting, with general illumination, and lighting for the bath or shower area. 

Many of your decisions will depend on the size of your bathroom and your personal tastes. Features like heated floors and towel racks can add an extra sense of comfort, but make sure they fit with your budget. 

6 Tips for Discovering Your Personal Kitchen Style before You Remodel

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Understanding your personal style is one of the toughest parts of remodeling the kitchen. Many of our clients end up collecting dozens, or hundreds, of images, but they’re not quite sure where to go from there. So that’s what we’re going to focus on today. We’re going to show you how to narrow down your kitchen ideas image gallery so you can more effectively show us what you love.

Collect Lots of Images

We love it when you collect tons of images, but you don’t necessarily need to show us every single one of them. Your massive collection can get a bit confusing if you show us everything from the start. But it is a major boon to your creativity, because each one of those images had some aspect that you loved when you saved it. So, save away!

Don’t Edit as You Go

You’re going to want to start marking on the pictures and deleting this one to save that one. Sound familiar already? Stop. Keep all of them so you can narrow down your style later. You’ll start organizing in the next step. We’re still not up to editing yet!

Organize the Images

You probably won’t be able to organize every image at this point because it’s very likely that they’re a mess with little rhyme or reason. But that’s okay. Take your time and organize them as well as you can.

Categorize

One of the easiest ways to organize your kitchen design ideas is to see what they have in common. What do you like the most? Dark wood floors, natural tile flooring, kitchen island ideas, coffered ceilings, and custom range hoods may give you a few good starting places. 

Notice Commonalities

You may end up with 7 photos of the perfect kitchen island or 9 images with gorgeous hardwood floors. Look at the images as a whole and see if there are other aspects that you love just as much. 

Choose Your Favorites

Collecting tons of images, creating categories, and looking for commonalities will ultimately bring you to this point. You’re now ready to flip through and choose your favorite images. You should be able to narrow it down to 2 or three in each category. This will give us a much better idea of what you want from your kitchen.

Give Us a Call

Once you’ve taken at least a few months to create an album of kitchen ideas that you love, give us a call. We’ll help you implement as many of your ideas as possible in your kitchen remodeling project. 

4 Things to Do when Remodeling Your Bathroom and 4 Things to Avoid Doing

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A quarter of homeowners have indicated that they will remodel their bathroom within the next two years. Several of those homeowners will take on certain aspects of their project as DIY home improvement projects. Others will hire a design build company like us. Whichever category you fall into, you’re sure to get some value from the do’s and don’ts in this blog post. Let’s get started. 

These are the things You Do Want to Do

  1. Set a Budget: Your budget should be realistic and include at least 15% contingency. 

  2. Create a Plan: Never start a project without a plan. Contact us if you’re planning to hire us for the job or watch lots of videos and read articles if you plan to take on some of the projects as DIY projects.

  3. Use High Quality Materials: Don’t sacrifice quality for money; you’ll regret it.

  4. Consider the Future: Consider adding grab bars, a chair-height toilet, and other ADA compliant features. 

These are the things You Do Not Want to Do

  1. Move the Plumbing: Moving the plumbing costs more money, especially if you need to call in a plumber to install different lines. 

  2. Get Distracted by Trends: Trends come and go; pink tile anyone? This beautiful trend from the 1950s simply doesn’t cut it in today’s bathrooms. Keep your trendy features decorative so you can more easily update later.

  3. Overlook Lighting: Understand where lighting is most-needed and make sure it gets installed properly. A poorly-lit bathroom is not an enjoyable area to relax or prepare for work in the mornings. 

  4. Overlook Storage: Bathroom storage is definitely one area that you do not want to overlook. Make sure you have space for all toiletries, towels, and the necessary cleaners. A small closet, a few cabinets and drawers, and a medicine cabinet are wonderful storage options for the bathroom. 

The Very Basics

This is not a comprehensive list of do’s and don’ts when remodeling your bathroom. This is simply a short list of things off of the top of our head for today’s blog post. Give us a call if you’re in Cape Cod or the surrounding areas and would like to schedule an appointment for a bathroom design consultation. 

Home Improvement Myths and Misconceptions You Need to Know 

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When you purchase a home especially your first one you may hold some common misconceptions and old wives tales that need to be cleared up. With this knowledge, you can move forward and take the best possible care of your new investment possible.

Myth 1: Bleach Is the Best at Removing Mold and Keeping it Away

The truth is exactly the opposite. Bleach is not the best and there have been studies to prove it. EPA Research says that when diluted bleach was compared to twelve other household cleaners on painted and unpainted drywall it was not a contender. Full Strength Lysol All Purpose Cleaner Orange Breeze came in at number one.

Myth 2: Duct Cleaning Should Be Done On a Regular Schedule

The truth is unless you really only need to clean your ducts if you find mold, rodents, signs of rodents, or an insect nest. Most homes just never need this type of service. If you do however find one of those exceptions avoid services that charge less than $100 because they will likely just blow compressed air through your vents.

Myth 3: Setting Back the Thermostat Doesn’t Save Money

The truth is that even though it may use energy to set back your thermostat it still pays for itself plus some. During the winter set the temperature back ten degrees during the day when no one is home and five degrees at night. In the summer raise the temp by the same amount. Studies have proven you will save 20 percent on your bill.

Hopefully these ideas will help you either save money or become a more informed homeowner. We live in a world full of information these days with everything at our fingertips. Keep learning everything about how to take care of your home and it will take care of you.

13 Often Overlooked Costs Involved in Bathroom Remodeling

 

How many things do you think that you need to think about when you are planning your bathroom remodel? Fifty? One hundred? A few hundred? 

We don’t know the exact number, but there are a lot, and you may overlook a few of them, especially those that involve your budget. 

Here are 13 often overlooked costs involved in bathroom remodeling:

  1. Permits: You may think that since you have a plan in place and a contractor ready to do the work that you are all set. You may be wrong about that though, because many areas require you to have a permit in place and approved before you do any of the work. 
  2. Testing for Asbestos: Depending on when your house was constructed, you may need to have your bathroom tested for asbestos. The bad news is that the testing costs money, as does the removal if it happens to be there. The good news is that your home will be safer afterwards. 
  3. Dumpster: Not everyone factors in the cost of the dumpster, which is needed when any demolition work is being done. However, without this item, you will have nowhere to put all the debris. 
  4. Mold: You never know when and where mold is going to pop up, but you may want to be prepared if it is discovered during your bathroom remodel. 
  5. Old Plumbing: You may have thought that your old pipes had years of life left in them, but your contractor may discover something different once they get your bathroom torn apart. There is no point in doing all this work in your bathroom to get it looking nice without replacing the pipes, because you will need to tear everything apart to replace them eventually. 
  6. Bad Wiring: The wiring in older homes is not as sophisticated as newer wiring, which means that your contractor may discover that some or all your wiring needs to be replaced. It is better to know now, before an electrical fire starts or you discover that you can’t use something that you need to in your bathroom. 
  7. Bugs: Bugs can be found anywhere in your home, but especially in the bathroom where there is a lot of moisture. Opening a wall to find these little creatures can be a surprise that both you and your contractor don’t want. 
  8. Moving Fixtures: Most homeowners do not consider the fact that it is going to cost them more to move the fixtures in their bathroom, so they plan for it without thinking of the repercussions. 
  9. Exhaust Fans: Everyone knows that they need an exhaust fan in their bathroom to draw all the excess moisture out, but not many realize that the cost of installing one needs to be factored into their overall costs. 
  10. Hooks and Towel Bars: These items are always forgotten, because they are one of the last things installed during a bathroom remodel. Neither one costs a lot of money, but they still need to be added onto the budget. 
  11. Sealant for Tiles: The tiles on your bathroom floor will need to be sealed to prevent damage from water and moisture, but this is something that many people forget to factor into their budget. 
  12. Paint: You know that your walls are going to need to be covered with something, but that doesn’t mean that you are going to remember to put paint under your expenses in your budget. 
  13. Small Items: All those smaller items like soap dispensers, wastebaskets, artwork, and even a plunger should have their own expense lines for your budget. 

Costs both large and small need to be included in your budget for your bathroom remodel, even though you may be tempted to forget about some of them to make the numbers work. We do not recommend leaving anything out, simply because you may find that you will need to live without certain items until you can save up the rest of the money to pay for them.

3 Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid 

 

There are so many things to consider when you decide to remodel your kitchen. Mistakes are easily made. Here are some ways you can avoid making some of the mistakes and have the kitchen you always dreamed of. 

Forgetting the Extra Cabinet Storage 

Deciding to add on small additions such as pantry pull outs and drawer dividers might seem like it’s not a big deal but it can easily save you money in the long run. If you decided to add these on later it can cost you a good bit of money. Not only will you be saving money, you will have extra storage, and will also be more organized. You will be so happy you added on these features in the long run.

Forgetting the Busy Area

A lot of people don’t take into consideration the “busy area” of their kitchen. For most, these areas are the sink, stove, and refrigerator. You want to make sure these are all located close to one another to make your work time more productive. This area is actually referred to as the “work triangle”.

Forgetting to Put Together a Budget 

You should never start on any kind of renovation without having some kind of budget in place. Decide ahead of time what it is you really want to do and how much money you have to do it with. Once you are comfortable with the budget you have set, stick to it, and don’t go over. 

When remodeling your kitchen, you have to think about the big picture. You should consider the backsplash, wall color, flooring etc. and how well it will all go together. You should have this all figured out beforehand to keep from being overwhelmed with decisions in the end.

3 Home Remodeling Trends for 2018 and 2019 

 

There are many more trends you will see for the upcoming years. Many ideas are more modern, while some of the older, retro styles are coming back. You will need to decide what type of style you wish to have when remodeling your home.

Whether you are looking to update a room in your home or designing a new home, here are some trends to look for:

Accommodations for Multiple Generations

Families are choosing to live with extended family members more in recent years. This causes the need for multifunction for multiple generations. One thing to consider would be to add basement living complete with a second kitchen. Another option is to add a main-floor bedroom for parents that are aging and can’t maneuver stairs as well.

Open Shelving

One modern trend is to have open kitchen shelving. This lets you show off your dish collection rather than putting them in a china cabinet. It can also be a storage solution for bulkier items. This is a very popular solution for modern and rustic kitchen designs. Some will even have a combination of open and closed shelving.

Smart Lighting Controls

One of the biggest lighting trends is automatic lighting. Not only do smart light controls save energy, but they can also be customized. This is useful since lighting needs can vary depending on the time of year, time of day, and the individual user. Many of the smart light controls can be used via an app on your phone. This is a wonderful safety tool to turn on your lights if you’re going to be away from home. You can also turn on your porch light as you pull into your driveway and won’t have to walk in the dark.

2 Home Improvement Skills Every Homeowner Should Have 

 

Being a new homeowner can be a scary, scary thing, especially when it comes to home repairs that have been handled by your happy handyman for so long. Having these few skills cannot only empower you but keep more money in your wallet.

Painting! 

Painting a room yourself can save you upwards of $100. Painting is not as difficult as it may seem. It is a skill you can teach the whole family to do and will likely save you a good chunk of change. You want to start by prepping your wall, it helps the paint stick better to previously painted walls.

You will want to wear gloves and use a sponge and trisodium phosphate cleaner to scrub the walls. Taping the walls can be tricky because sometimes you may not get the precision or ease you are looking for. Try only taping horizontal borders, especially your baseboards and just cut into vertical borders slowly and carefully with a paint brush.

Even if you have just brought home your paint from the store and immediately use it you could still have dry chunks of paint or other debris inside. Straining the paint with a paint strainer or stocking will avoid all those bits and pieces getting on your wall. If you would like at this point you could add a paint extender or conditioner to prolong the life of the paint and prevent those ugly lap marks.

Painting your wall with a roller can be a breeze just take it one wall at a time and do not move to the next wall until you have completed the one you’re working on. You will want to roll your brush straight up then roll straight down. You will then roll up 3” to the right and roll down 6” to the left and there you have it, some key basics to painting a room in your own home.

Furnace Filters Need To Be Replaced Monthly

When you forget or neglect to change your filter you are literally killing your furnace slowly. The filter keeps dust and dirt away from the blower and prolongs the life of the furnace. You can choose a basic filter or an electrostatically charged fiber filter which is a little more expensive but it will remove even more particles.

When Installing make sure you replace it correctly. You will want to make sure that the arrows or the filters edge is facing toward the blower.

Learning how to take care of some of your own home repairs gives you a sense of pride in yourself and your home. Learning how to keep up your home slowly can help you to not feel overwhelmed. I recommend learning one skill and when you feel comfortable add a new skill.

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.