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3 Ways To Make Your Laundry Room Work Even Harder

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Did you think it was possible to make one of the hardest working parts of your home work even harder? It is! And here are three of our favorite ideas from an article posted by our friends from Houzz.

Add a Dog Washing Tub

If you’re tired of your four-footed friend lounging in your bath tub, consider adding a dog washing station to your laundry room remodel. It’s even better if your laundry opens to the outdoors or garage. Make sure you tile your floors and the washing station to make cleanup easy.
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Add Some Built-Ins

Looking for a better place for your ironing board? Or maybe you want some hampers that the family actually thinks are fun to use? You can put the ‘fun’ in functional by adding a variety of different built-ins.

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See more pictures of this Corinthian project.

Install a Floor Drain

While you’re contemplating a tiled floor in your laundry, you should also think about having a floor drain installed as well. A floor drain is great if you have a drip dry rack and it’s even better if your washer has a little accident!

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Getting the Best from your Contractor

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When you’re investing in a remodeling project, you want things to go as smoothly as possible. The relationship between you and your design and construction team is the cornerstone for a successful project. Here are some of our favorite tips for getting the best from your contractor.

  1. Pick a point person – There are many conversations and decisions as part of a remodeling project. Keep things simple and clear for your family and your contractor by designating a point person to work directly with your contractor.
  2. Communicate early and often – From a signed contract to an agreed upon timeline and budget, it’s important to communicate early and often. If you have questions, ask. If you have concerns, please tell your contractor earlier. It’s much easier to address concerns about the tile before it’s installed. And your contractor should be happy to engage in a discussion about your questions so you get the home of your dreams.
  3. Plan for ‘alone time’ – Depending on the size of your remodeling project, it is likely that your contractor will need to be in your home when you are not. Whether you decide to give your contractor a key or access with a garage code, make sure you’re clear about your preferences so that your contractor can work efficiently. But do only what you’re comfortable with.
  4. Keep your kids and pets in the safe zone – Remodeling projects can be messy but they can also be dangerous to kids and pets. Safety is important for all involved, so please keep your kids and pets out of the construction zone for everyone’s peace of mind.

 

3 Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

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Planning to remodel your kitchen? Looking for a beautiful backsplash but tired of the tile approach? While tile won’t go out of style, here are a few other materials that make an amazing looking kitchen.

Brick

If you’re lucky enough to have exposed brick walls in your kitchen, keep them! But even if your home doesn’t already have brick, you can add them and create a rich backsplash like this one by Frances Avenue in Vancouver.

 

Wood

There are several options when it comes to a wood backsplash from color, placement and type of wood. The options are as endless as the parties you’ll host in your beautiful new kitchen like this one by Shift in Portland.

 

Glass and Fabric

Find a beautiful piece of fabric and cover it with a piece of glass to bring color and life to your kitchen. This beautiful backsplash was designed by Incorporated in New York.

 

And we couldn’t leave out tile after all!

Or if tile is your style, then consider the angle, placement and color to achieve a unique kitchen experience like this kitchen designed by San Diego based Signature Designs Kitchen and Bath.

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5 Decor Items To Splurge On

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We loved the article published by Architectural Digest earlier this month about home decor items to splurge on. We know our clients have a budget, but there are home accent items that are worth challenging that budget.

Of the five items listed, the two that stood out to us were:

  1. Ceilings – A beautifully designed ceiling adds to the dynamic feeling of a room. Whether you choose plaster, paneling, wall paper or other unique material, make a strong visual statement with your ceiling. Also give careful consideration to the beautiful light fixture that hangs from it.
  2. Wall Tiles – Think outside the box and consider including wall tiles in spaces other than your kitchen and bath. Tile is not only incredibly durable, but it adds a beautiful richness to any space.

The other three suggestions are an entryway table, bed linens and kitchen lighting. Read the whole article on Architectural Digest. Like the room above? See more pictures of this remodel.

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Outdoor kitchens and more! Top 3 Spring Exterior Remodeling Projects

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Who doesn’t love spring? Everything is blooming and people turn their sites to the outdoors. We love remodeling interior spaces, but enjoy bringing the comforts of indoors outside for all to enjoy. Here are a few of the most popular spring exterior remodeling projects.

1. Patios and Outdoor Living Spaces

Let your dream vacation inspire your patio whether it’s a sunny spot in the Caribbean or a stylish garden from Italy. Why not bring back fond memories all year round? And while you’re at it, make your outdoor space as cozy as your indoor spaces. Place bright, comfortable pillows in your outdoor seating area. If you have a table and chairs on your patio, consider adding potted plants or succulents (very popular right now) as a centerpiece. And take planting to all edges of your yard with hedges or bushes for added privacy.

2. BBQ-Master Outdoor Kitchen

An outdoor kitchen brings joy to the chef and family alike. From wood burning ovens to built-in gas grills, the sky really is the limit when it comes to architecting a functional and fun outdoor kitchen. Roof coverage, fans and ventilation are important considerations when designing this unique space keeping guests cool in the summer and warm on spring nights.

3. Create Structure and Flow

One of the hidden gems of a comfortable outdoor space is the use of a roof, wall or doorway that provides structure or flow through the space. For example, stone can make a beautiful backdrop behind a seating area or separate garden space. Pergolas, whether free standing or part of a deck structure, add dimension and character to any outdoor space. Combined with a trellis, you can add climbing vines and flowers to almost any area of your yard.

If you’re considering an outdoor remodel, we’d love to talk with you. Love where you live!

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Dust & Dust Control: Why During Your Remodel is as Important as After

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When you are looking to hire a remodeler, you’re usually drawn in by the before-and-after pictures and by the potential of your new space. While those photos are attractive and grab your attention, BEWARE — they don’t tell the whole story. What happens in the time between those before-and-after photos is just as important as the end result.

Your livability is our top concern during a remodeling project. We take pride in limiting the biggest threat to livability during a remodeling project: Dust

That’s why when you’re ready to hire a remodeler, make sure to discuss the during, specifically how the remodeler will take care of you while your house is being remodeled. Most homeowners want to stay in their homes during demolition and construction.We understand this, and that is why we discuss a livability plan with our clients before we start a project. This plan helps homeowners understand the timeline, logistics, dust control and safety precautions associated with the project.

That’s why we invest in the newest dust control technology to incorporate into our dust control plan and best practices. By using the groundbreaking BuildClean Dust Control System, we will capture and remove up to 90 percent of airborne dust that accumulates during your remodeling project.

Why is dust control important?

Because remodeling projects can stir up jobsite dust that can include dirt and debris, organic matter, drywall, cement, silica and sawdust. With the BuildClean Dust Control System, we collect dust at the point of generation and while it is still airborne, which is the most effective way to capture and virtually eliminate all types of worksite dust. You are not just investing in a job well done, you also would like to maintain a great home life during the project as well. To provide you and your family with the best remodeling experience, from start to finish, we use BuildClean every time.

If you want to know more about the ‘during’ our home owners experience when they remodel with us, drop us a note.

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Countertop Materials: Granite, Quartz and More

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We spend a lot of time with our home owners picking the right materials to make their remodeling project come to life. And we frequently get questions about which countertop materials are the best. The answer is…it depends! Really it comes down to analyzing the pros and cons of each surface based on the qualities of the material itself, your budget and where the countertop is going to be installed.

There are lots of good articles about various countertop materials, but here is a summary of couple of our favorites (note any pricing information you find in these links may vary for your area and based on the age of the article). You can read the full articles by following the links below.

In an article by Houzz, their research shows two out of five home owners choose granite or quartz for their countertops. Here’s a quick run down of the pros and cons of these two popular choices.

Granite Pros:

  • It has longevity – it is time-tested and has universal approval
  • It’s available in wide slabs – it’s common to find slabs more than 70″ wide
  • It costs less than most quartz options
  • It’s has natural beauty – because it’s a natural product it comes with one-of-a-kind beauty

Granite Cons:

  • It’s porous – it isn’t naturally resistant to moisture
  • It’s costs more to maintain than quartz because it should be resealed every two to five years
  • Not many simple styles – due to the natural source most granite has a busy pattern to it
  • It’s brittle

Quartz Pros:

  • It’s low maintenance
  • It’s stronger than natural stone
  • It’s in high demand – which can make it higher in price
  • It has consistent, clean styles

Quartz Cons:

  • It’s expensive
  • It’s not suitable for outdoor installations
  • Slabs look exactly the same – which can be a little cookie-cutter-like
  • It doesn’t look 100% natural

Read the full article on Houzz or check out their this other article for more detail on granite and quartz as well as solid surfacing, marble, tile, laminate and other countertop options.

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Greenery 2017 Pantone Color of the Year

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The turning of the year signals a time for new beginnings. A time to start again whether it’s revitalizing health, reconnecting with family or rejuvenating your physical environment. We always enjoy seeing what color Pantone picks as the color of the year. For 2017, the color is Greenery and was picked because it is “a life-affirming shade” and “is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.”

Greenery Pantone Color + Complementary Palettes

To read more about the color of the year, check out the full article on the pantone website. If part of your 2017 plan is an updated kitchen, refreshed master suite or perhaps finishing the basement, you should check out the greenery’s complementary color palettes on the pantone site as well. There are some great options like the subdued Forest Floor complements which would be great in a kitchen or the ocean inspired Fathomless palette that would set apart any bathroom redesign.

Picking A Color Palette For Your Redesign Project

Speaking of color palettes, here are five of our favorite tips when picking a color palette for your home. If you’re inspired by Greenery but it’s just not quite right, consider these ideas:

  1. Choose your colors from the largest pattern in the space. Maybe it’s your couch or a beautiful painting. If you love it, pick your colors from that pattern leaning heavily on the neutrals in the patter for your wall color.
  2. Use the color wheel. For a calming effect, pick colors next to each other on the color wheel – much like the Fathomless collection shown on the the Pantone site.
  3. Go gray. Is beige boring? Try gray as your neutral. It can look warm or cool and pairs well with calm pastels or colors as bright as hot pink.
  4. Dress your home like you dress yourself. Chances are you’ll love your home if it reminds you of your favorite fashion statements. If you like classic combinations like black and white, rely on those basics for your home. Or if you’re more into eclectic layers, consider spicing up your space with Moroccan pillows or Indian textiles.
  5. Make a monochromatic statement. Especially in small spaces like a bathroom or reading nook, pick a favorite color to pop against white floors and walls. If bright yellow makes you smile, consider bright cabinets with beautiful white marble counters and floors.

We’d be happy to talk with you about your remodeling needs and picking a stunning color palette that is perfect for your personality and home

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New Year Remodeling Resolutions

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Do you already have your resolutions for 2017? Maybe lose some weight or spend more time with family and friends? Well, let us offer some new year remodeling resolutions for your home that may also help you achieve your personal goals.

Invest in things you love

Spend some time decluttering. Before you put away your holiday decorations, take a little time to clean out the magazines that have accumulated on the catch-all and the already-worked-puzzles from the closets. Once you have some space, both physically and mentally, assess your spaces and make sure the things you love have a place of honor. If you have spaces left over, consider investing in a few special items like a family photo wall or a vintage rocking chair.

Overhaul the room that gets the most use

We often hear things like,”It doesn’t matter how comfortable our couches are, people just like to hang out in our kitchen.” If that’s the case in your house, consider remodeling your most used room (or rooms) with inviting gathering spaces, warm materials and custom features. As you begin to think about how you’d like to transform the space, use a site like Houzz or Pinterest to save ideas and begin to consider the budget you’d like to stick to. These things will give your design remodel team a good starting place for your project.

Overhaul the room that gets the least use

We also hear from our clients that they have a room in the house that doesn’t really get used. Whether a family whose children have outgrown the traditional playroom or empty-nesters who are ready for a formal living room update, maybe it’s time to remodel a little used room into a new social hub for the home.  Play rooms become offices. Walls between living rooms and kitchens come down. Basements get built out. The possibilities are endless when it comes to transforming a room into a useful, family-friendly space.

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Remodeling Tips for Holiday Lighting

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As the holiday season draws near, you may be dreaming of a new kitchen, bath or basement. While we don’t recommend starting any major renovations right before the holidays, we do recommend thinking about the holidays when you’re planning your remodeling project. Here are a few remodeling holiday lighting tips to make your future holidays brighter (and easier):

  1. Place an outlet in your mantel – a beautifully lit mantel adds warmth and style to any holiday. When refacing a fireplace, add an outlet to the top of your mantel and you’ll be able to easily plug in a strand of lights, a wreath or other decoration without needing to find a creative way to hide the cord.
  2. Place outlets in the floor – by adding outlets in the floor beneath the couch and side tables, not only are you setting yourself up for easy year-round lighting, but you’ve got options for additional holiday lighting including a floor plug for a Christmas tree.
  3. Don’t forget the outside – if you’re considering an exterior remodel make sure you add weather-proof outdoor outlets in areas of the house where you would like easy access for lighting. Also an exterior remodel is a great time to consider adding light clips or structures to cleanly hold your outdoor holiday lights.

But since you’re not likely to start a large remodel right before the holidays, here are a few ideas to freshen up your home until you’re ready to remodel:

  • Brush the dust off of outdoor light fixtures, the front walk, eves and doorways. Hang a fresh wreath on the door for a pop of color and that beautiful evergreen smell.
  • Get the squeaks out by lubricating door hinges and garage doors.
  • Make sure your home has that extra sparkle with new light bulbs inside and out, wipe down mirrors (because people like to look at themselves after all) and smile because sometimes that’s all someone needs to see to make their day.