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Utilizing Accent Lighting in Your Home Remodel

Utilizing Accent Lighting in Your Home Remodel

Posted by on Nov 16, 2018 in Home Remodeling |

With new offerings available on the market, decisions on what type, and where to use accent lighting has grown significantly more important over the last few years. Homeowners today are adding accent lighting to just about every phase of their home remodeling project with stunning results. Accent lighting when selected carefully can provide both functionality and beauty, whether it solves a safety issue on a staircase or lights up a work space on the countertop.  Learn about the three most common areas to add accent lights. Stairways If you want subtle lighting on your stairways to use when your normal lighting isn’t desirable, modern options can increase safety and create visual interest. The two most popular are LED strip lighting that goes just under the stair tread, and louvered lights mounted every few stairs. Both light types remain cool and are safe for homes with small kids and pets.  If you’re planning a large home remodeling project that will require an electrician and opening walls, consider the louvered option. They are subtle and come in many style options, with various features including motion sensors. LED strip lighting works well when you have an open stairway or when you’re not opening walls.  Halls If you have small children who wander at night, and don’t like the look of the plug in night lights, you can have just the right amount of light with accent lighting. There are three main options: louvered lights just like discussed above for stairs, wall sconces and LED strip lighting. For minimal light, the louvered option is the best. If you want more light and to show your personal style, consider a few well-placed wall sconces. A modern option is to add LED strip lighting above crown molding. Each option adds a distinct look and feel to your hall. Accent Lighting in Your Kitchen Remodel The most common accent lighting in a kitchen is under-cabinet lighting. Accent lighting in a kitchen remodel can provide a soft glow or provide work light on the countertop. It is critical to work with a Kitchen and Bath Designer who really understands the relationship between the type of lighting and the type of countertop.  Different light options reflect in different, sometimes undesirable (think- a row of spots along your countertop) ways, and a good designer will know this way before they are installed. Under-cabinet lighting isn’t just for upper cabinets. Adding an toe kick light on your lower cabinets provides a nice touch and can highlight a beautiful hardwood floor in your kitchen. If you’re considering adding accent lighting to your cabinets, a qualified Kitchen and Bath Designer working for a  design-build company will ensure the cabinets are configured properly to hide the mechanics of the electrical devices, have you ever sat down at the kitchen table and looked up and seen the underside of the upper cabinets?  You probably will...

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5 Ways to Improve Your Outdoor Living Space

5 Ways to Improve Your Outdoor Living Space

Posted by on Nov 6, 2018 in Home Remodeling |

Although it’s fall, and winter seems like it is rapidly approaching, now is a great time start planning your improved outdoor living space with your remodeling company. Whether it’s a major home remodeling project or you just want to spruce up your entertaining space, improving your porch, patio or deck is a wise home renovation. These types of projects take time to plan, design, and build, and getting started with the right design build company now can help you get that perfect outdoor space for you and your lifestyle in place for next summer.  Add an Outdoor Kitchen An outdoor kitchen can be as simple as a grill and work area, or can offer all of the elegance and functionality of a typical kitchen. Depending on how much you entertain and if you enjoy outdoor cooking, consider a grill with a burner or two for pots, a pizza oven, a refrigerator and an ice maker. Don’t forget about some storage space for tools and other necessities for your outdoor space. There are many natural stone products that are well-suited for being outside year-round, so adding a countertop with a bar area is a great way to have both prep space and space for entertaining.  Build a Deck or a Farmers Porch With today’s wide range of beautiful low or no maintenance decking materials, its more practical than ever to create amazing entertaining spaces outside of the home, without committing to a maintenance nightmare.  New technology enables you to create two outdoor spaces with a second story deck by using the deck frame to create a roof above the space below it, giving you a new space to use for rainy days. Screen in Your Porch If you have a porch you enjoy until the bugs come out, consider screening in the space. A screened-in porch allows for a more enjoyable dining experience. Because a screened-in porch requires a roof, you can add lighting and a ceiling fan to make the space more useable than ever before.  The first step of the process is to make sure the frame and foundation of the porch or deck is suitable to carry a roof load.  If you don’t get the frame designed properly before getting started you could end up having to tear it all down and start over again.  A qualified design build company could handle this for you. Build a Fire-pit During our cool early summer and fall nights, a firepit can make your backyard the place to be. You’ll enjoy gathering with neighbors and family around the warmth and beauty of your fire-pit. There are a wide variety of different types of fire-pits, ranging from a stone unit integrated with a patio to metal ones that can be designed to work safely on a deck with the proper clearances to combustibles. Be sure to have your fire-pit designed correctly...

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Drawers or Doors? Tips on Configuring Cabinets

Drawers or Doors? Tips on Configuring Cabinets

Posted by on Apr 9, 2018 in kitchen remodeling |

There are so many decisions when it comes to kitchen remodeling, it can be overwhelming! When you finally decide on a cabinet style, you’ll next have to choose a layout. Part of the layout decision is choosing if you’ll have lower cabinets or lots of drawers. Older kitchens typically have drawers only immediately under the countertop, with cabinets beneath. Today’s kitchen designs are limited only by the cabinet manufacturer’s customization abilities. A Case for Cabinets Of course, you’ll want some drawers in your kitchen, but a case can be made to include cabinets as well. Cabinets have some great advantages over drawers in that the base shelf can hold items of just about any weight. The height of items is limited only by the height of the cabinet itself. If you have a lot of kitchen appliances of various heights, cabinets might be your best solution. If you’re tired of having to empty out half of your cabinet to get to something in the back (and that’s you’re only reason for not wanting cabinets), most manufacturers offer pull-out shelves behind their cabinet doors. This gives you easy access to everything in the cabinet and allows you to use the space more completely. Keep in mind, some of the drawer glides have weight limits. If you have very heavy items to store, let your kitchen remodeling company know so they can determine if this is the best solution for your cabinets. Overall, you’ll find that cabinets are cheaper than drawers. This may be another reason to choose cabinets.  The Drawer Dilemma Drawers have become an increasingly popular choice instead of lower cabinets. Both semi-custom and custom cabinet manufacturers offer drawer organization options. These organization options range from pegs to hold plates and bowls in place, to dividers for storage containers and lids. Drawers offer the benefit of being able to see everything at a glance, and easy organization of your kitchen essentials.  If you look at a kitchen design that has all drawers on the bottom rather than cabinets, it may initially look unusual. You may also dislike the horizontal lines created by lots of drawers. However, the biggest benefit of those drawers over a cabinet with pull-out shelving is the ability to use the entire depth of the drawer for storage and organization. The pull-out shelves behind cabinet doors are usually only a few inches deep, meaning you can’t have lots of small loose items without adding larger containers to hold them. Drawers offer more organizing options than cabinets. Whether your kitchen remodel is going modern with lots of drawers, or you choose to stay with the more traditional option of cabinets and drawers, G.M. Roth can help. Our design-build team has helped countless homeowners with their kitchen remodeling designs and we can help you with yours. Call (603) 880-3761 to schedule your no-obligation consultation...

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Your Kitchen, Reinvented: The Ultimate Checklist – Part 3: Why Work With a Professional Remodeler

Posted by on Dec 8, 2017 in kitchen remodeling |

Everything great starts with one good idea. If you can picture your dream kitchen in your mind, then it’s the start of something good. However, turning that idea into reality requires skills that you might not have. Below are some of the reasons why working with a professional kitchen remodeler is in your best interests: 1. They can assist you with designs A professional kitchen remodeler should be able to offer you design services to help you visualize your dream kitchen,offering you a one-stop shop for all your kitchen remodeling needs. Designers usually have a lot of ideas of their own, but the real good ones will be able to translate to paper what you truly had in mind. 2. They can help you plan your kitchen area You may be thinking that it’s easy to move parts of the kitchen anywhere you want, but this isn’t actually true. In many cases, the kitchen needs to be redesigned and planned a certain way, accommodating what can’t be moved and taking out what you can do away with. Therefore, you’re going to need the help of an expert who can plan and lay out your kitchen so that perfectly addresses your wants and needs. 3. They can guarantee quality builds There may be a number of construction contractors in your area, but there’s a good chance that not all of them are reliable. Additionally, not all those who are reputable will specialize in kitchen remodeling. If you want to ensure best results, you’re going to want to work with an expert who is particularly skilled and knowledgeable handling tasks related to kitchen remodeling. Planning a kitchen remodel can be exciting, but make sure you don’t forget about the basics that will help you guarantee the success of your home improvement project. Should you wish to learn more about kitchen remodeling, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a reputable local remodeling professional in your area...

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Your Kitchen, Reinvented: The Ultimate Checklist – Part 2: Kitchen Remodeling Do’s and Don’ts

Your Kitchen, Reinvented: The Ultimate Checklist – Part 2: Kitchen Remodeling Do’s and Don’ts

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in kitchen remodeling |

As mentioned earlier, remodeling a kitchen requires careful planning. Therefore, you first need to know what you should and shouldn’t do throughout the entire project. Let the following do’s and don’ts guide you to keep your kitchen remodeling on track: 1. DO know what you want your dream kitchen to look like You may be able to picture your ideal kitchen in your mind, but if you can’t describe it to your contractor, there’s very little chance that your dream will become a reality. Your contractor needs to know exactly what you want to bring to life. To get you started, spend some time looking over different kitchen designs in magazines and the internet. If you see parts of a kitchen you like, cut them out, or take pictures of them then collate what you have to give your remodeler a better grasp of the end result for which you’re looking. 2. DON’T forget to plan the area To look good, your kitchen has to be properly planned out. This may sound like a concern related more to function, but it could very well affect your kitchen’s appearance as well. Proper planning, like accurately implementing the kitchen work triangle, will bring order to your kitchen, making sure everything has its place. 3. DO be prepared to exceed your budget If there’s one common thing in most remodeling projects, it’s that there’s a tendency for set budgets to be exceeded. As such, it’s best to be prepared with a contingency fund, but you should also know how to prioritize and compromise. If you can’t have everything you want, what’s the next best thing? Don’t hesitate to let your contractor know exactly what you want to achieve because, as experts, they know the lay of the land and will be more than capable of finding workarounds that you will be comfortable with. 4. DO find a reliable contractor. The surest way to bring your dream kitchen to life is to entrust your remodeling project to a reliable contractor. Take the time to talk to prospects after checking their credentials to get a feel of how communicating with them would go. You want to work with the best in the field, but you also want someone who cares about you. Anyone who puts your concerns first will be worth teaming up with for your kitchen remodel. In the next post, we’ll take a closer look at the reasons why kitchen remodeling is best left to the professionals. Stay tuned to learn...

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