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.

Request Advice

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.

Design Your Kitchen with a Healthier Lifestyle in Mind

The kitchen is the heart of every home and you should have it designed so that it fits your lifestyle. Many people in the Cape Cod area are striving to live healthier and eat healthier, and we believe that your kitchen can be set up in a way that helps you reach your goals. Sometimes creating a healthier lifestyle means making some pretty simple changes to your life and to your habits.

Here are 6 ways to design your kitchen so you can achieve a healthier lifestyle:

1.     The simplest way to change your kitchen and make it easier to eat healthier is to paint the kitchen a different color. The best colors for a kitchen are blue or an earthy green since these colors help curb cravings. The worst colors for a kitchen are red, yellow, and orange because these colors increase cravings and the desire to eat.

2.     In order to prepare healthy meals, you need proper tools and a proper workspace. A built-in cutting board located above a pull out garbage can is an easy way to chop up fruits and vegetables without any additional mess.

3.     Your countertops should be made from materials that are stain resistant, heat resistant, and very easy to clean. You will not want to use the kitchen if you are afraid of ruining the countertop or if you have to spend hours on cleanup.

4.     Incorporate some edible art decor into your kitchen with a cake stand, large bowl, or vase filled with fruits that are ready to eat. This is an easy way to eat healthy and change the decor in your kitchen all of the time. Wash and dry the fruits you keep on display so you can just grab and go.

5.     Design your kitchen space so that certain items are easily accessible. An appliance garage might be the best way to keep the blender within reach without it having to sit out in the middle of the counter all day long.

6.     Adding an herb garden is a great way to add some greenery to your kitchen as well as amazing smells. You will feel like cooking more than ordering out when you smell the fresh scents of basil, oregano, rosemary, and mint.

Eating healthy can be something that is easy to do when you have a proper kitchen design to prepare foods. Our designers at @Design Remodel will be able to help you design a perfect kitchen that will help you reach all of your goals quickly. We can’t guarantee that you will lose 30 pounds this year, but we can help you design a kitchen that will help promote healthier lifestyle choices. Give us a call at 508-477-9003 for more information about remodeling your kitchen in Cape Cod or the surrounding areas.

7 Reasons You Should Remodel Your Whole Home to Match Your Family’s Needs

If your current home isn’t meeting all of your family’s needs, it may be time to consider a whole house remodel. By remodeling your home, you will not have to worry about searching for a new house, packing, moving, and losing those fabulous neighbors that you absolutely love. The kids don’t have to make new friends or change schools just to live in a more functional and well-designed home. Here are 7 more reasons why you should remodel your home so that it matches your family’s changing needs:

1.     Keep what You Love: With a whole house remodel, you can keep the parts of your house that you love while changing the parts you don’t.

2.     Expand Living Space and Natural Lighting: You can open up your living area which will expand your living space, increase the natural light coming into the house and make it possible to see everyone when you have family and friends over.

3.     Recreate the Floor Plan: You can increase the functionality of your home by reconfiguring your floor plan and creating a plan that works best for your family.

4.     Upgrade the Basics: When you remodel the whole house, it is the perfect time to upgrade the electric, plumbing and heating and cooling systems. This will help keep your utility bills much lower.

5.     Update Windows: You can make changes to the exterior of your house as well. Siding, windows, and doors can be replaced, added, or moved while you are remodeling the interior as well. This will add value to your house and improve curb appeal, too.

6.     Add Functionality: If you are adding on to your home while remodeling, you could add an extra bathroom or two as well as a new bedroom, family room, office, or any other room that you might need.

7.     Add an Outdoor Living Space: It is becoming more common for people to spend a lot of time outside, so your remodel may include a beautiful deck, covered porch and pergola areas.

Many times people will spend months searching for the perfect house. Finding the perfect house doesn’t always mean that you’ve found your dream home. You may find a house with one specific thing that you love, so you buy it with plans to remodel later. We suggest that you begin by making a list of things you would like to change. Include pictures that you find online or sketch it yourself.

@Design Remodel is located in Mashpee and we provide all types of remodeling services to homeowners in the Cape Cod area. Give us a call at 508-477-9003 if you’re interested in remodeling with us.

6 Questions to Ask Yourself While You Prepare for Your Bathroom Remodeling Project

 

So you have made the decision to take your old nonfunctional or outdated bathroom and turn it into the oasis of your dreams however you have no idea what you want your new bathroom to look like. Sound familiar? There are many questions that you can ask yourself that will help you make the best decisions as you are creating the perfect bathroom. We’ve narrowed it down to six questions to get you started.

Here are 6 questions that you should ask yourself before remodeling your bathroom:

1.     Which bathroom is being remodeled? This first question may have more than one answer if you’re planning to remodel multiple bathrooms at once. This is an important question because a bathroom used by the entire family would need more storage space and room to move around. Your master bathroom would require more customized options to create a personal space just for you.

2.     How will you be using your bathroom? The answer to this question will allow you to figure out what is absolutely necessary in the bathroom design. The very first thing that comes to mind is personal hygiene. Everyone uses their bathroom for that particular purpose, right? Will you also be using it as a dressing room? Will you or a loved one be applying makeup in the new bathroom? Lighting options, seating, and other factors will come into play depending on how the bathroom will be used.

3.     Do you prefer showers, baths, or either depending on your mood? There is no point in installing a soaking tub if you are never going to use it, for example. It becomes an additional expense that you can avoid and use that space for something more useful.

4.     How much storage space do you need? There should be enough room for toiletries, cleaning supplies, linens, and first aid supplies obviously. Do you need additional storage? Will you want to hide some of the storage for a cleaner appearance?

5.     What type of lighting would you like in your new bathroom? You will most likely want lighting that is bright enough for applying makeup and shaving, but you might also like softer lighting for when you are soaking in the tub or relaxing in the steam shower.

6.     Will you need more than one sink or vanity area? Sometimes it is helpful to have more than one sink or extra counter space in the bathroom, so if you have the space for multiple sinks or extended countertops - go for it!

Bathroom remodels can be exciting to plan out once you ask yourself these questions, because you will start to realize that at the end of the remodel, you will have the bathroom space of your dreams. It is always best to spend a little more time working on the planning of the project, because it will save a lot of time during the actual remodeling. When you make all of these decisions before you start the remodel, you will not have to stop working when you can’t decide about a certain item.

Give us a call at 508-477-9003 if you’re interested in working with @Design Remodel to redesign your bathroom. We’re conveniently located in Mashpee and provide remodeling services throughout Cape Cod.

How to Choose the Best Fixtures and Faucets for Your New Bathroom or Kitchen

With the wide range of fixtures for the bathroom and kitchen on the market, it can be quite a challenge knowing what to select for your home. Quality is one of the most important points to bear in mind when selecting faucets, whether for your bathroom or kitchen. As such, when choosing, don’t spend most of your time focusing on brand names instead of the overall quality. All you will end up doing is spending more for a well-known brand name rather than on the quality of the faucet. Some things to keep in mind are discussed below.

The Type of Faucet

For the kitchen consider whether the design and size of your kitchen best suits a single or double faucet. You also have the option of a pull out faucet which is great for a small kitchen. When trying to decide on the type, find out the pros and cons of each one. For example, double faucets will cost more and take more effort to install, but overall they make it easier to control water temperature. You also have the option of a no-touch faucet, which can be great for people with arthritis or other issues that affect the use of their hands.

The Shape and Style of the Spout

Using the décor of your kitchen or bathroom as a guide, you can choose the design and shape that best suits your taste. Gooseneck and moveable spouts can be very convenient, but may cost more than a straight necked spout. Straight spouts tend to be less expensive, but they are not always convenient if you need to shift them.

Faucet Finishes

The finish is important especially if the faucet will be heavily used. In the kitchen where the faucet may more than likely be subjected to bangs from pots and pans, a tough finish is important. Chrome is still a popular finish for faucets for both the kitchen and bathroom. Stainless steel and bronze are also commonly used. When choosing finishes, look for those that are durable and will be able to resist scratching from scouring pads or chipping from regular use.

Apart from faucets other fixtures that you need for the bathroom or kitchen can be selected based on finishes and design. Do you want fixtures that are traditional or something modern? If you want something simple, go with clean lines and no frills. The best way to decide on the fixtures is to determine what the faucets, sinks and baths will be used.

Take your time to make the best selection. It will be worth it in the long run. Best of all, many companies are now offering lifetime warranties on different types of bathroom and kitchen faucets. Give us a call at 508-477-9003 to schedule an appointment for a consultation for your bathroom or kitchen remodeling project. We will assist you in choosing the best faucet for your newly designed kitchen or bathroom.

Amazing Bathroom Trends that You are Sure to Love

Bathrooms are moving away from being purely utilitarian spaces. This has opened them up to designers who want to create areas that are not only functional but also attractive. 

Smart Bathrooms

Like everything else in life, bathrooms are now wired. This means that you can have audio to make it possible to relax and enjoy surround sound music. On a more practical level consider installing a smart toilet that does not require you to manually flush when you are done using it. You can also have a toilet seat warmer making it comfortable to sit even if the room is cold.

Touchless faucets are perfect for people who are germaphobic and persons who have difficulty turning knobs. These types use sensors to turn on and off when hands are placed underneath. These faucets also use less water resulting in savings in water bills.

Free Standing Bathtubs

These tubs make a statement without even trying. They come in varying sizes, shapes and colors making it possible to find the ideal one based on individual tastes. These types of tubs help to give a bathroom a roomy and airy feel. Placing these baths in an area where there is a view serves a dual purpose that is both aesthetic and functional. For added effect, place this tub on a raised wooden or tiled base.

Wall Tiles

The colors and designs now available mean that your ideas are limited only by cost and your taste. Subway tiles are especially popular in the bathroom and have been for ages. You can use mosaic tiles or graphic tiles to create a particular look. You can also use tiles to create a focal point in your bathroom.

Statement Floor Tiles

This trend started in 2014 and still remains strong. You can find tiles with intricate designs that will work with your home’s décor. Even small bathrooms will benefit from using statement floor tiles.  Whether you go with faux material, or checkered design you will definitely make a statement with these on your floor.

Heated Floors

You will love the feel of heated flooring under your feet after coming out of the shower. This type of feature is no longer just for the rich, as costs are going down. Heated flooring also save energy costs as there is no need to keep the heating up during winter in an effort to avoid cold bathroom floors.

Use some of these ideas to help you design a bathroom that you will love. Talk to our designer to discuss your ideas for your bathroom. Together you will create one that you can be proud of. Give us a call at 508-477-9003 to schedule an appointment for a consultation to remodel your bathroom in Mashpee or the Cape Cod area.

10 Ideas to Transform Your Kitchen from Blah to Amazing!

If your kitchen is tired and in need of a facelift, you will be happy to know there are lots of ways to transform a blah kitchen into an amazing one.

1.     Black and White: The power of white and black together can create an eye-catching look in any kitchen. The use of these two colors together can be a mix such as black faucets and fixtures coupled with white cabinets or white walls. There is also the option of using graphic tiles in black and white to create a statement wall.

2.     Textures: Mix up the look of the items in the kitchen by including items with different textures and material. Wooden cabinets and stainless steel equipment is one way to create this contrast.

3.     Install an Island: If you have the space, an island can be one of the best investments in revitalizing our kitchen. It adds storage and serves as a work area as well.

4.     Change Out Countertops: Old, damaged countertops have to go if you want your kitchen to make a statement. If total replacement is not possible, consider covering existing countertops with tiles. Deepening on the material you can consider painting the countertop.

5.     Lighting: One of the easiest fixes for a kitchen is to change out the lighting.  Recessed lighting or fancy chandeliers can be perfect with carefully positioned task lights in areas where bright illumination is necessary.

6.     Change the Fixtures: Replacing faucets and other fixtures can almost instantly transform the look of your kitchen. Go with top quality replacements that will last for years and stand up to tough handling.

7.     Change Your Cabinets: Another way to instantly jazz up your kitchen is to either change or refurbish your cabinets. You could also change the knobs and pulls to give the cabinets a lift. When done properly these can make them look like new.

8.     Add Wire Shelves and Pull Out Drawers: Wire pull outs and under cabinet drawers add space, making it possible to better organize the kitchen for a cleaner look.

9.     Add a Rug: A rug in the kitchen can make a statement. However, be careful that the rug is placed in an area where it will not be safety hazard. Make sure to get one that will not skid.

10.  Be Bold: Set your wild side free by experimenting with bold colors. These colors can be on walls, cabinets, curtains and tablecloths and are perfect for adding flair to any kitchen.

The great thing about most of these changes is that they don’t have to be expensive. You can also do these changes over time if you have budgetary constraints. Give us a call at 508-477-9003 to schedule an appointment for a consultation to discuss transforming your blah kitchen into an amazing space to entertain your family and friends or practice those intricate gourmet recipes you’ve seen on television.

8 Mistakes to Avoid During Your Whole House Remodeling Project

Even before you start working on your whole house renovation; it is a good idea to know what kinds of problems can occur. To avoid mistakes, you need to be aware of the following:

1.     Contractual Agreement: Before even starting the actual planning, you need to prepare for the planned renovation. Discuss with your contractor your expectations and ensure that you have a contract highlighting exactly what you want and what the contractor should deliver.  This is one way to help prevent any major cost overruns and delays.

2.     Ignoring seemingly minor problems: No matter how trivial a problem that is found during renovation is, never ignore it. If there is a small crack in a wall, fix it. If you find a design element is not quite to your liking, discuss it with your designer and have it changed.

3.     The quality of material: Using poor quality material is one of major mistakes of home renovation. In an effort to control or cut costs, some contractors or even homeowners may mistakenly choose to buy poor quality material because of lower prices. However, this will be more costly as in time; fixtures and installations will need to be changed a lot quicker than normal. It is important to do some research before buying material.

4.     Shortchanging the preparatory work: While it may be tedious, preparatory work before any renovation project is important. Failing to properly prepare can cause delays. In some cases, having to make changes due to poor preparation can be expensive.

5.     Use of unlicensed tradesmen: A whole house renovation is no simple job. Based on this fact, it is important that only professional workmen who know what they are doing be employed.

6.     Trying to do too much yourself: You may want to do some of your work yourself, but this may not be a great idea. Major installations are best left to the experts.

7.     Not having a budget: A budget is a good way to control the expenditure on your whole house renovation. This is a good way to determine what you can afford or not afford. A budget will make it possible for you to know if you can make adjustments without busting your budget.

8.     Preordering Furniture and Equipment: Ordering furniture and equipment before the work is completed can be a big mistake. This can result in items that do not fit the space once the renovation is completed.

Careful planning is necessary for any successful whole house renovation project. You should prepare yourself and your family for the resulting disruption. In some cases it may be a good idea to vacate the house until the renovation is completed. Give us a call at 508-477-9003 to schedule an appointment for a consultation to discuss your upcoming whole house remodeling project. We will help you set up a game plan that will not fail.

When a Whole House Remodel Makes the Most Sense

Sometimes the perfect house doesn’t have the perfect layout. You may love the neighborhood, the architectural style of the home, the landscaping, the price, and everything… except the layout. That’s where we can help. Many new homeowners in the Cape Cod area have discovered the beauty of buying an old bungalow, or an old Victorian home, and simply remodeling the entire interior to create perfection. Let’s take a look at some of the ways we can help you improve your almost perfect home before you move in.

1.     Remodel the Kitchen: Let’s open up the floor plan and improve flow through the kitchen, dining room, and living room.

2.     Remodel the Bathrooms: Let’s update all of those old appliances and furnishings in secondary bathrooms, and create an amazing master suite that includes the master bedroom, closet, and bath.

3.     Replacement of Windows: Most old windows are single pane. If you’re purchasing a home that has been remodeled in the last 20 years, it may have double paned windows, but you may need to replace them anyway due to age or damage.

4.     Replacement of Doors: Old entry doors can be amazingly beautiful – or they can be amazingly drafty and horrible. New entry doors give you the opportunity to also add surrounds to the entryway and design something that’s uniquely you.

5.     Repair Flooring: Remove the old carpet and you may be surprised at the quality of hardwood underneath. Many remodelers in the 70s and 80s covered gorgeous hardwood flooring with carpet. This sounds like a horrible idea, but it may have netted you some incredible hardwood floors with a little sanding and refinishing.

6.     Repair Walls: We would repair all damage to the walls unless we’re removing the walls anyway to open the floor plan. All remaining walls will likely need to be repaired and painted.

7.     Closets: Remove plastic or metal closet systems and create new custom closet systems that meet your individual needs.

8.     Remove and Replace Trim: All trim should be removed to make sure the walls are properly taken care of. Inspect all trim to ensure that it is in good condition. Sand and refinish it before reinstalling it.

9.     Paint the Exterior: A lot of older homes have wood siding which will likely need to be painted. All trim should be painted to tie various aspects of the curb appeal together.

10.  Mechanical Systems: Most remodelers don’t take care of your mechanical systems, but we do. We will assess the hot water system, and the HVAC system to make sure they are in proper working order. We can replace them if they are not functional.

Give us a call at 508-477-9003 if you’re in the Cape Cod area and you’re considering purchasing a home that you love, but you aren’t in love with the existing floor plan. We will schedule an appointment for a consultation and get the ball rolling.

Important Information about Insulation: Why Does R-Value Matter?

You’ve seen it on television and DIY videos – contractors talking about insulation and the importance of the R-value. Maybe it makes sense, maybe it doesn’t. So that’s going to be our primary focus for today’s blog. We’ll explain the science behind how heat transfers and how insulation’s R-value helps keep your home energy efficient.

Three Heat Transfer Methods

Heat transfers, or moves, in one of three ways:

1.     Conduction: When heat is transferred through a material like the drywall and 2x4s that make up your home.

2.     Convection: When heat and moisture move as it does within the structure of the home when the siding, sheathing, and walls are not tight. Making the home airtight will help prevent convection heat transfer.

3.     Radiation: When heat flows from a hot material to a cooler one.

The R-value, according to www.cellulose.org, is a measure of resistance to heat flow through a given thickness of material. That is a quite simple way to explain it, but it does get the basic point across. Traditionally, the R-value of a wall would be 13 and the roof would be R-30. Today’s builders aim for R-19 walls and R-30 to R-40 in the roof. But why does that matter? Because the higher the R-value, the more energy efficient your home will be.

Higher standards in the construction sector mean higher standards in design, building, and R-value. The Passive House Institute even recommends as high as R-30 in the walls and R-60 in the roof. The better R-value in the walls, ceiling, and crawlspace, the more energy efficient your home will be.

A Quick Example

A flame held close to aluminum foil would make the foil very hot very quickly. The same flame held to one side of a piece of wood would eventually create warmth on the opposite side of the wood, but it would take some time. The piece of wood has a better R-value than a thin piece of aluminum foil that allowed the heat to pass through immediately.

Beyond Insulation

Other ways to keep your home warm include tightening it, or making it airtight. You can achieve this in a variety of ways including caulking around doors and windows, installing new weatherstripping, and other winterization tips that every Cape Cod area homeowners should know. You may also consider using a more secure siding to prevent convection and better roofing materials to prevent radiation.

The most important thing you can do is choose a trusted contractor on Cape Cod to remodel your home. We know the area. We know what to expect. We know how to handle the cold winter weather. Give us a call at 508-477-9003 to discuss your upcoming project, an existing project, or the possibility of working with us. We’ll schedule an appointment for a consultation and show you why we’re the best choice for your project!