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! 

5 Key Details For A Better Cape Cod Kitchen Remodel

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We're doing lots of kitchen remodeling here on Cape Cod. Especially on houses built in the 80's and 90's.  When it comes to kitchen remodels and makeovers, there are lots of details to consider and so in this post, I'm going to key in on 5 details that anyone looking to remodel their kitchen should consider.

1. Cabinets. Wood or Particleboard?  Some showrooms will tell you that you can save thousands and that particleboard has gotten so much better than in years past.  In my experience, the actual savings are quite small. In addition, I have found that installing the cabinets to be more difficult as you are fastening cabinets to the wall through sawdust embedded glue.  And to top it off, I have seen new cabinets that use particle board, swell particularly those located near the sink, or next to the dishwasher. 

2. Hardware.  Would you like to be able to open your drawers fully so you can see and access the contents?   Be sure to request full extension hardware on all of your drawers and roll-out trays.  In addition,  ask for the hardware that has a soft-close feature.  Also request the adjustable cabinet door hinges that feature the self/soft close option.  This hardware is included in all of the cabinets we sell and install.  Some cabinet dealers may not specify this hardware unless you ask for it.  A favorite brand of hardware we like to use is Blum (Made in USA) which can be identified by the bright orange clips on the underside of the drawer.

3. Lighting.  LED's are hot! In the last couple of years, LED's have taken over the lighting market in a big way.  Thanks to improvements in brightness and color rendering that is more  natural, LED's are here to stay.  In our kitchens, we specify and install LED bulbs in every lighting fixture.  Our under cabinet lighting consists of LED tape lights that light up every corner of your counters for great task lighting.  We're also shifting away from recessed lighting towards thin LED disks that provide superior lighting.  LED's reduce energy consumption and have less heat output which reduces loads on cooling systems.  

4. Drawers or Roll-Out Trays?   In most kitchens we design, we prefer to specify drawers rather than cabinets that have doors with roll-out trays behind.  Why?  The drawers provide more storage area as they are wider than the roll-out trays.  Plus you can open and view/access the contents of a drawer in one motion. With cabinets that have doors with roll-out trays behind, you will have to open one or two doors and then reach in to roll out the tray. That's 3 steps vs one.   For a number of reasons, having all drawers (vs doors/roll out trays) does come in at a higher price point. They are well worth the additional cost for the ease of use and added room.

5. Flooring.  Choices abound when it comes to flooring!   Tile is often an excellent choice for kitchens due to it's durability to stand up to years of daily use.   Pre-finished wood is also a great choice for kitchens especially if you have wood flooring in adjacent rooms to match or meet up against.    Another type of flooring that is fast becoming a favorite, is vinyl planks that snap together as you lay them.  What is amazing about this product is that it looks so realistic that even my experienced eye has been fooled into thinking it was real wood.  The better quality vinyl planks are backed with cork or a similar substrate.   This type of flooring needs to be laid as a floating floor rather than fastened to your existing floor. Because it is a floating floor, it should not be installed under cabinets.  This is actually a plus, because you can change out the flooring if you ever wish to do so in the future.

 

Old Is New Again

During a recent kitchen/whole remodel project in Mashpee, I suggested to the homeowners that they replace the poorly constructed mantle that was twisting off the wall and ugly with a beam from one of the many mills that used to dot the New England landscape.

 Ready for a new mantle....

Ready for a new mantle....

 But first a trip to Cataumet Sawmill...

But first a trip to Cataumet Sawmill...

 Wood shop at Cataumet Sawmill.

Wood shop at Cataumet Sawmill.

 One of the many piles of old beams in the yard that came from mills and factories all across New England. 

One of the many piles of old beams in the yard that came from mills and factories all across New England. 

 New  (old) Beam has arrived at its new home supervised by my Lab Assistant Sheba... 

New  (old) Beam has arrived at its new home supervised by my Lab Assistant Sheba... 

More to follow as we install this piece of history.

Create the Perfect Master Bathroom with these 7 Great Tips

Now is the perfect time to create the master bathroom of your dreams, so that you can enjoy using it during these cooler winter months. There is nothing better than relaxing in a soaking tub at the end of a cold, long day at work or stepping into a spa like bathroom first thing in the morning. Here are 7 tips for creating the perfect master bathroom:

Stick to the Budget

You will want to stick to your budget no matter what. It doesn’t matter how nice that marble tile will look on the walls and countertops if it will take all of the money from your budget to pay for it.

Have a Contingency Plan

Unexpected problems come up all of the time during remodels and you will want to plan for them. If you have contingency plans in place, then the remodel can continue as planned instead of being placed on hold.

Choose the Right Materials

It is important for you to choose materials that are appropriate for bathrooms. You might love hardwood floors, but they do not work in bathrooms at all. You will want to look into porcelain tiles instead. They are available in many different colors and patterns and they even have some that look like hardwood.

Plan for Storage

Storage is important in every bathroom, so you will not want to make a mistake and not plan for enough. You should always plan for more storage than you think you could use, because more times than not, you will use it. We don’t think anyone has ever said that they have too much storage in their bathroom, but we have heard many people say that they do not have enough.

Expect Delays

Delays are going to happen during any remodeling project and it is important that you do not let it get to you. Keep the lines of communication open with all of your workers and your contractor, so that you can keep the delays to a minimum as much as possible.

Don’t Make Unnecessary Changes

Once you have designed your new bathroom, it is important to not make any unnecessary changes. These changes can delay the start of the project or they can change the length of time the project can take.

Consider the Lighting

Lighting is necessary in a bathroom, but it is much more than just one light fixture. You might want to include bright lighting for when you are doing your hair and ambiance lighting for when you are relaxing in the bathtub. Nighttime lighting can also be an option and make those nighttime trips to the bathroom more enjoyable.

Stick to Your Guns

If you use these above tips, you should be able to create the bathroom of your dreams quite easily. Plus, when you work closely with us, we will be able to help you through the entire remodeling process as well. Give us a call at @Design Remodel at 508-477-9003 if you’re in the Cape Cod area and would like to start planning your master bathroom remodeling project.  

Avoid these 6 Major Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes

We’ve all heard the nightmarish stories of bad remodeling experiences. Some homeowners have really had a difficult time with something that should be a routine remodeling project. When you are remodeling your kitchen, you will want to make sure that you are not making any major mistakes that will cause you to not get the most out of your new kitchen. Here are 6 major kitchen remodeling mistakes that you will want to avoid:

1.     No one ever wants their kitchen to look boring or bland, so to avoid this you will want to add something fun or creative into the space. Just one item can change the personality of the room and turn it into a space that is warm, cozy and fun.

2.     Many people do not extend their cabinets all of the way up to the ceiling and that can cause problems. Most people use the reasoning that they cannot reach anything on the top shelves, but they do not realize that they will have to get up to the top of the cabinets once in a while anyway. The tops of the cabinets will collect dust and need to be cleaned and it is too easy to collect too many unnecessary accessories and other items and store them on top. The space can quickly become cluttered.

3.     It can be quite easy to overdesign a kitchen and it can be difficult to know when to scale back on the design. Your local contractor and designer can help you with this difficult task.

4.     Stainless steel appliances are appearing in every house, but it can cause a kitchen to look off balance. You now have some wonderful cabinetry covers that you can choose from and use to conceal some of your appliances, which will make the kitchen feel warmer and cozier.

5.     Bigger kitchens are not always better and a smaller kitchen that is designed properly can function better than the largest kitchen available.

6.     There might be a few items where you can skimp on the quality of the materials that you use, but cabinets should not be one of those items. You will be using your cabinets and drawers quite frequently and cheaper materials will fall apart and need replacing much sooner.

By avoiding major kitchen remodeling mistakes, you should be able to enjoy your new kitchen for many years. We can help you design the kitchen of your dreams as long as you tell us what you want and how you plan to use your kitchen. Just make sure that you plan for the future as well, so that you do not have to make any changes a couple of years from now. Give us a call at @Design Remodel at 508-477-9003 if you’re in the Cape Cod area to talk about your kitchen remodeling project.  

Avoid Remodeling Complication with these 7 Don’ts for Your Home Remodel or Renovation

If you are starting a home remodel or renovation project, then you will want to be prepared for many things. No remodel or renovation ever goes smoothly and the more that you are prepared for all of the issues that go along with these projects, the better off you will be.

Here are 7 don’ts when it comes to home remodels and renovations:

1.     You should never expect perfection when it comes to home remodels or renovations. It is never going to happen and something is always going to not work the way that you wanted it to. You also need to remember that people are working on your house and people make mistakes. They do not mean to, but it happens. No one is ever perfect.

2.     If you wait to decide on a budget until the work has started, you will have a problem. A budget should be determined before you even plan on what you want done.

3.     When you are looking at incoming bids for your project, you should remember that you shouldn’t always go with the lowest bid. That person may not do as good of a job as the person with a higher bid. On the flip side, it doesn’t mean that the person with the highest bid will do an excellent job either. It is a good idea to get references for everyone you are getting a bid from as well as look for feedback online, so that you can make a decision not only on price but reputation.

4.     It is important for you to never lose your temper during a project like this. It can affect all of the work that your contractor does as well as how you treat each other and communicate together.

5.     Not every contractor is going to be insured and some may say that they are even when they are not. It is always a good idea to ask for a copy of their insurance. Legally they have to provide it and if they are good at what they do, they will have a copy readily available for you.

6.     You should always assume that a project is going to take longer than you think it will. If you do not plan for this, then that will be an issue for you. Remember, mistakes happen and problems arise when it comes to remodeling.

7.     Verbal agreements might be easier, but they will not hold up in court if an issue occurs. Make sure that you get everything in writing, so that both you and your contractor know what is expected at the end of the project. The written agreement will hold you both accountable for everything.

As long as you are prepared for all of the complications of a remodel or renovation, you should be able to survive everything that happens during that time. If you keep the lines of communication open, treat the people working on your house well, and stay patient - you should still have your sense of humor intact when everything is finished. Call John at @Design Remodel at 508-477-9003 if you’re in the Cape Cod area and would like to start making plans for your 2017 remodeling project.  

5 Tips to Make the Most of Your Whole Home Remodeling Project

Planning a whole home remodeling project and can be a daunting task depending on the work being done. However, there are many things that you can do in order to prevent it from being a disaster a few months or even years from now. Here are 5 tips for making the most of your whole home remodel:

Look Ahead

The most important thing that you need to do when you are planning a whole home remodel is to look ahead to the future. Everything that is important to you now may not work ten or fifteen years from now. Here are a few examples:

·       The baby gates that you want permanently attached to your railing will probably not be needed after a few years. In order to remove them, you might need to replace the entire railing.

·       You might think that it is necessary for your children to share a room when they are younger, but it might not be the solution that they want when they are teenagers.

·       The extra expense of building a bathroom for each bedroom will be well worth it when your children are teenagers and even when they’re adults and come back to visit with their own families.

You will want to look into every possible scenario before you make any final decisions regarding remodeling your home.

Electricity and Plumbing Considerations

Additions always mean more electricity, more heating, and if a bathroom is involved, more plumbing and water. It may be necessary to update water lines, water tanks, gas meters, electrical panels, and furnaces. Plan for these changes before the work begins, so that you do not need to redo some of the work later.

Insulation Requirements

Adding the proper insulation can not only help with keeping the room temperature consistent, it can also keep the sound inside the room from traveling to other areas in the house. Sound insulation is especially important in bathrooms and in the basement with all of the pipes and other utilities.

Exterior Considerations

A whole home addition might mean that the siding, windows and doors might need to be replaced on the existing house. You will want to talk with us to see what is in the budget and what definitely needs to be replaced, so that everything matches. We might be able to find a solution that will save you some money.

Remodel in Phases

Sometimes home remodels cannot be done all at once. You might need to do everything in phases because of cost or time constraints. It is important to plan the entire remodel out before you do any of the work though. You should know what you want the final product to look like at the end.

For example, if you know that you will eventually want air conditioning or an additional family room and you are having your electricity worked on now, it is easier to have the electrician add the extra electric panel now instead of having them come back and redo some of the work later. Decisions like these can save you some money in the future too.

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Whole home remodels are generally fabulous once they are completed, but the time that it takes can seem endless. If you use the above tips as you are preparing for the project, you will find that you will be able to feel more successful at the end when everything is finished. Give us a call here at @Design Remodel at 508-477-9003 if you’re in the Cape Cod area and would like to start planning your whole house remodeling project for 2017. It’s never too early to get started planning!

Create an Impressive Bathroom with These 7 Easy Tips

A stylish bathroom really says a lot about a home. Most of us enjoy taking a few extra little steps to make sure that our bathroom is trendy and stylish. If your bathroom isn’t as stylish or up to date as you would like, it might be time to do a few upgrades. With a few easy steps, you can have the bathroom of your dreams. Here are 7 easy tips for creating an impressive bathroom:

Showerhead

One of the easiest fixes for your bathroom is installing a rainfall shower head. These shower heads are large and the amount of water than flows out will have you standing in the shower for a long time as you relax. There are even LED shower heads now, so that you can change your entire showering experience.

Towel Warmer

We always recommend installing a towel warming rack or a warming drawer, so that you can have a nice warm towel waiting for you after your shower. This will give you a spa-like moment without leaving your home.

Smart Toilet

If cleaning is not tops on your to-do list, then a smart toilet should be. These newer models have expanded from automatic lids and sensor flushes and now offer heated seats for your comfort. There are even models that are self-cleaning, so you never have to worry about that getting onto your to-do list nearly as often.

Stereo

To keep you entertained and informed while you’re in the bathroom, we recommend that you install a stereo with surround sound. This is perfect for getting you moving in the morning and helping you relax at the end of a long day.

New Vanity

Changing the vanity in your bathroom can give the space a whole new look and feel. There are many different options available for you to choose from too. Visit your local hardware or home improvement store for a good idea of what’s available, and check in with a local cabinet maker as well. You may be pleasantly surprised when you learn that you can have a fully custom bathroom vanity for nearly the same cost as the semi-custom at the home improvement store.

Fixtures and Lighting

Updating the fixtures and lighting in your bathroom will also make it look more elegant and stylish. Fixtures are relatively inexpensive, so feel free to splurge on this particular item if you find something you really love. Pair the new fixtures and lighting with a touchless soap dispenser to complete the look.

Go Smart

To experience the ultimate shower and bathroom, we recommend that you install digital controls for your shower along with other items that you can control via an app. You can have water at the perfect temperature in your shower and have it on and ready when you walk into the bathroom. That would be the perfect way to start your day.

Call Us to Update Your Bathroom

Bathrooms are now being designed so that you have the ultimate in comfort and convenience. Many of these changes are small, but the impact on your life will be much bigger. Give us a call at @Design Remodel if you’re in the mood to update your bathroom and make it a more comfortable and relaxing zone in your home. You can reach us at 508-477-9003 or contact us through our website.

Change Your Drab Kitchen into a Showcase Kitchen

Every kitchen can be absolutely fabulous with just a little work. The kitchen has to be as functional as it is stylish. If your kitchen isn’t functioning the way that you need it to or it is looking outdated, then you need to call the best kitchen remodeling company in the Cape Cod area. Give us a call at 508-477-9003 to schedule an appointment for a consultation to discuss the many ways you can turn your kitchen into a trendy masterpiece.

Everyone knows that the kitchen is the heart of the home and you don’t want yours to be the exception to that rule. There are many things that you can do that will easily and quickly turn that kitchen into a space of your dreams. Here are 6 ways that you can turn your drab kitchen into a showcase kitchen:

1.     The easiest way to update the look of a kitchen is to change the paint color. Soft soothing colors are best for a kitchen, so that people feel calm and relaxed when they are sitting in it.

2.     Installing new cabinets is the perfect way to update a kitchen. You can keep the same layout as you currently have or if they weren’t working right before, you have the option to move the cabinets to where they would work better.

3.     New countertops instantly make a kitchen look and feel new. You can choose from granite, quartz, butcher block, concrete and much more for your countertops. Each one has their own unique qualities and you can choose the one that will work best for you.

4.     Something as simple as changing the hardware in your kitchen can make a huge difference. If you have knobs on your cabinets and drawers now, you might want to change them to pulls. If you have a bronze finish on your hardware, it might be time for a different finish.

5.     If you have the space in your kitchen, we recommend that you install an island for extra storage and work space. This is a perfect spot to make a meal while talking to family and friends who are sitting on stools around the counter.

6.     Appliances have changed dramatically over the last few years and they definitely make a statement in a kitchen. As long as you are making other changes to your kitchen, it might be time to look into new appliances as well.

There are many ways that you can update your kitchen to make it look like a showcase kitchen. Anything that you do will add value to your home and you can enjoy the results for many years to come. Give us a call at @Design Remodel if you’re in the mood to update your kitchen and make it a more comfortable and convenient zone. You can reach us at 508-477-9003 or contact us through our website.

Add 6 Upscale Touches to Your Kitchen

You might think that you already have an upscale kitchen, but there are many other things that you can do to make your kitchen even more upscale than it is. These additional changes can make the difference of having an upscale kitchen and a magnificently upscale kitchen. Here are 6 upscale touches that you can add to your kitchen:

1.     Crown Molding: Many people skip the crown molding in the kitchen even if it is installed throughout the rest of the house. Crown molding can make it seem like the top of the cabinets and the ceiling fit together perfectly for a clean look. It also adds that finished and polished look that every upscale kitchen needs.

2.     Sandwich Appliances between Cabinets: If your appliances are not placed between cabinets, then you will want to place an end piece that matches your cabinets on the outside of the appliance. Ending the kitchen with an appliance is like ending a sentence with a comma; you just don’t do it.

3.     Get them Off the Floor: Cabinets and islands with legs make it look like you spent a lot more on custom furniture in the kitchen. This allows the space to feel more elegant like every other room in your house.

4.     Open it Up: Add a few glass door panels to the front of some of your cabinets as well as some cabinet lighting and you will be able to display some of your amazing dishware. This will add ambiance to the space in the evening hours too.

5.     Creative Storage: We always recommend that people are creative with their storage options in the kitchen. Adding custom built-ins is the perfect way to add more storage and appeal to the space. If you do not have space for a wine cooler, then a pull out wine rack drawer might be the perfect solution.

6.     Countertop Choices: Granite countertops are very popular, but you might want to change countertops for a more upscale look. Quartz is very similar to granite and marble looks very sleek. Concrete might not seem very upscale however it is difficult to achieve that wonderful look with any other material.

With a few additional changes, you can create an even more upscale look in your kitchen. Then you will be the envy of all of your friends when you are entertaining. Give us a call at @Design Remodel if you’re in the mood to update your kitchen and make it a more modern and attractive. You can reach us at 508-477-9003 or contact us through our website.

6 Tips for Choosing Flooring that Gets Rave Reviews

Flooring is the most used part of your house and it is something that usually needs to be replaced after a while. Sometimes a person thinks that they know what type of flooring they need or want until they find out that it will not work with their family and lifestyle. Here are 6 tips for choosing the perfect flooring:

1.     Hardwood floors are the ones that are chosen most often, because they are durable and easy to clean. They can also be refinished many times if they become damaged. However, all of these positive things have a negative side and that is the fact that hardwood floors can be expensive to purchase and install.

2.     Laminate wood floors are much cheaper to install than hardwood floors and they are just as easy to clean. They look like real wood and have a veneer finish on top.

3.     Bamboo is one of the newer flooring options that is available and this flooring is very tough and durable. The pattern of the bamboo flooring is determined by how the bamboo is formed together into each plank.

4.     The cork flooring is made from the bark of a tree and it has a natural and warm appearance. The pattern is quite unique with grain patterns that feature whirls and speckles.

5.     Ceramic tiles are available in many shapes, sizes and colors and they can be used to create customized patterns. Certain ceramic tiles can be slippery, so you will want to choose one that meets the slip resistance standards for safety.

6.     Carpeting has been popular for many years and it makes a room feel nice and cozy. There are many different types of carpeting available and you will want to choose the one that feels good under your feet. Just remember that carpet will trap dirt and dust, which will make it look worn after a short period of time. Also, if anyone has allergies, carpeting will not keep the allergens out of the house.

There is never a right or wrong flooring choice, because it is dependent on the person who is making the decision. You will need to choose the flooring that works best for you and your family and that will hold up the longest with your lifestyle. Give us a call at @Design Remodel if you’re in the mood to update the flooring throughout your home and make it more comfortable and attractive. You can reach us at 508-477-9003 or contact us through our website.

Trendy Bathrooms: Who Says Style Can’t be Functional and Comfortable?

You don’t have to worry about your bathroom not being stylish and trendy if you want to update it to make it more functional and comfortable. Functional definitely does not mean boring and dull anymore. There are so many options available to you, no matter what your style and decor choices are.

Here are 6 styles that are functional, comfortable, and trendy:

1.     Contemporary Modern Cabinetry: There are many cabinet designs available that have clean lines and overlay doors to add a contemporary feel to your bathroom. If you add some sleek hardware, you will complete this contemporary look.

2.     Countertop and Vanity: Sometimes the only remodeling that a bathroom needs is an updated vanity. The vanity can be painted to add a pop of color to the room which turns it into a focal point. Or you can go all out and buy or create a new, custom vanity.

3.     Floating Furnishings: There is no reason why a vanity needs to sit on the floor anymore. Designers have created beautiful floating vanities that make the bathroom look larger, while still offering plenty of storage space. Consider also adding floating shelving for even more stylish storage and use of vertical space.

4.     Seamless and Hidden Storage: There are plenty of storage options available for bathrooms now. Toiletry items scattered all over the vanity can be a thing of the past when you install pullout drawers, pullout shelves, pullout cabinets and tilt-ups. These storage options are available with seamless designs that give the bathroom a polished look.

5.     New Bathroom Door: The bathroom door can be a statement piece for the entire room. You can choose from traditional doors or if space is tight, you can choose a pocket door. The doors can be painted with an accent color in order to create more visual appeal.

6.     New Fixtures: Smaller showers can be turned into a spa like shower with the addition of a large rainfall shower head. These are available in many styles and designs and they turn any shower into the perfect relaxation spot. Remember to update the sink fixtures to match those in the shower.

Remember that every bathroom design is different because everyone has different needs and wants when it comes to their dream bathroom. This is why it is important to design your bathroom according to how you will use it and what you want in the space. Your bathroom needs to fit your needs and your lifestyle. It doesn’t matter if your friends or family don’t like it.

@Design Remodel is Mashpee’s number-one remodeling contractor. We provide whole house, kitchen, and bathroom remodeling services to homeowners in the Cape Cod area. Give us a call at 508-477-9003 to discuss your remodeling ideas or to schedule an appointment with us.