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Putting Your Bathroom Remodeling Budget in Perspective

Putting Your Bathroom Remodeling Budget in Perspective

Posted by on Nov 9, 2018 in Bathroom remodeling |

Bathroom remodeling and kitchen remodeling have a lot of similar elements. With either of these projects, you need new cabinetry, flooring and countertops, all of which make up part of your budget. What most people don’t realize about bathroom remodeling is how labor intensive it is.  Even though its a smaller space than your kitchen, you can’t necessarily assume it will be a fraction of the expense of a kitchen remodel.  If you’re in the beginning stages of a bathroom remodel, here are some things you should know about the budget so you can start planning appropriately. Budget Basics Depending upon which bathroom you’re remodeling and if you’re rearranging or adding elements, your budget can vary widely. A secondary bathroom might cost significantly less for a basic remodel as compared to a master bath with all the bells and whistles.   Remodeling magazine’s Cost Vs. Value Report shares some information regarding averages for remodeling projects, but even that report can’t give you any indication what might be involved with electrical and plumbing upgrades necessary just to get started on the project.  For instance, if you are replacing a tub/shower combo with a shower, you are likely going to have to upgrade the drain from 1 1/2″ to 2″ to meet current code for a shower.  Considering this would impact the floor framing, you can imagine how this would dramatically impact the budget for a bathroom remodel. Because of the labor-intensive nature of tile, the more tile you have in your bathroom, the costlier your remodel. Between labor and materials, tile can be the most expensive element of a bathroom remodel. The vanity is the next major element, followed by the countertop and sink. If you’re moving plumbing or adding or moving electrical, your budget will be higher than if you’re simply refreshing an outdated look. As you set your budget, use the 70/30 rule: keep 30% of your budget in reserve if you’re moving water and electric. Use the 80/20 rule if you’re simply duplicating the current floor plan. This will give you funds for the unexpected costs that invariably arise in home remodeling.  The other option would be to work with a qualified design build remodeling company, who would take the time to evaluate the necessary code upgrades in advance instead of just planning on hitting you with a bunch of change orders after the project starts. Tile As you begin to look at the tile you’d like in your bathroom, keep a few things in mind. First, there are two classifications of tile: porcelain and ceramic. Porcelain tile is less porous than ceramic and therefore more water-resistant, making it a great choice for bathroom flooring and shower walls. If you’re looking to save money on labor costs, the more variety of tile and the more intricate the pattern you want on the walls or floor, the more...

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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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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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Your Kitchen, Reinvented: The Ultimate Checklist – Part 1: 3 Top Reasons Why You Should Remodel Your Kitchen

Your Kitchen, Reinvented: The Ultimate Checklist – Part 1: 3 Top Reasons Why You Should Remodel Your Kitchen

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017 in kitchen remodeling |

Everybody wants the perfect kitchen, but not everyone has the will to make it happen. It’s easy to come up with one excuse after another to push back a remodeling project. It’s something, however, that must be done   Some of the top reasons why you should do a kitchen remodel include: 1. To Increase Your Home’s Resale Value You might not be thinking of selling your home anytime soon, but maintaining or increasing your property’s value will surely be on your mind. For a lot of people, their home is their most significant investment, held dearly for a variety of reasons. If the same goes for you, ensuring your home’s value doesn’t depreciate over time should be one of your top priorities. Fortunately, remodeling your kitchen is one of the best ways you can bump up property value. 2. To Breathe New Life into Your Kitchen Are you fond of inviting your friends over? Do you spend more time in your kitchen than you do in your living room? If the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in your home, then you’ll want to ensure that it looks more than just presentable. Deteriorating cabinets, old appliances and a discolored countertop are signs that you definitely need to remodel to breathe new life into your favorite room. 3. To Improve Energy Efficiency You may not realize it, but the kitchen is an energy hog, consuming lots of electricity through lighting and appliances. In fact, the amount of energy that stoves and refrigerators consume is close to half the energy consumption of an entire home. Therefore, if you’re looking to improve energy efficiency in your home, you should definitely put a kitchen remodel on your list. Decided on a kitchen remodel? Great! In the next post, we’ll help you ensure your home improvement project is a success by sharing the do’s and don’ts of kitchen remodeling. Stay...

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