Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Kitchen Remodeling Trends in 2019

Everyone is very conscious about their “new year, new me” motto and you may be one of them too! In view of bringing about a new change to you this year, what better place to start afresh than a brand new, remodeled kitchen? Because, good food can soothe the soul and all you need is a beautiful kitchen to get started. Here are some of the new kitchen remodeling trends of 2019 to help you get going with the new year.


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1. Smart kitchens

Technological inventions are at their peak and new inventions are being made in various domains as you read this. The entry of tech into the kitchen domain has gifted all of us with marvelous inventions starting from smart refrigerators to motion sensing faucets.Thermal detection, Internet of things etc. has made a smart kitchen look like something out of a fantasy movie. Microwave ovens can be programmed to heat your food just as you enter your home or refrigerators can tell you when you are low on produce etc. and everything can be controlled  using simple apps on your phone. Smart kitchens are something to look at in 2019.

 2. Updated storage cabinets

Homeowners are looking at modern designs for cabinets that have more partitions that can reduce clutter. Latest cabinets can be completely hidden and will open out by just using a simple pushing mechanism, or can be pulled out with cut out handles. Cabinets on the walls are getting outdated and more homeowners prefer cabinets below their counters for the aesthetic appearance.


3. Color Palette

The all-white kitchen is slowly going out of fashion and more natural neutral shades are making their way into the market. Dark shaded cabinets and floors with light shaded tops are becoming very popular. Shades of green, black and navy are being used and the color palette gives the homeowners a feeling of luxury and sophistication. Dark colored themes are the one to look for this year.

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4. Tasteful appliances


The aesthetic looks of appliances have vastly improved with no loss in function. Dark and neutral colored appliances, to go with your kitchen theme are becoming more popular. Glass door refrigerators, touch sense stoves and microwaves, wall ovens, steam ovens etc. are a must have for a lot of homeowners.

      5. Going old-school
   
    Old-school is back in fashion. Bright colors, hardwood and ceramic flooring are getting more attention. Ceramic tiles, single block kitchen tops, designer wooden chairs etc. are making their way back into 2019. Quartz and hardwood flooring are being designed to mimic natural stone. Ceramic floors are also back into fashion and are preferred by homeowners who wish to have low maintenance type of floors. Old fashioned kitchen islands which have been tastefully redesigned by professional contractors  are popular in 2019.



These are some of the major trends this year. Contact us today and learn more about kitchen remodeling. Get 2019 on track and start your year with the perfect remodel!

Monday, 24 December 2018

You Love Your House….But It is Time You Change It…

The funniest thing about life is that you get too used to things around you too soon.  Did I hear “Familiarity Breeds Contempt”?  It looks like that.  Otherwise you cannot be bored with things you loved so much years ago, spending many days planning.

But things are what they are and the biggest problem with living is the need to satisfy one’s own mind, which demands change on a daily basis. But often change is nice and spices up your life.  

What happens when the house you built with so much borrowed money, time you stole from office work to liven up years back and when the children demanded all the time you had?  The same house now looks sad and so out of place for your needs.  This doesn't necessarily mean a change in taste. 

The pity with modern living is that you manage with a small apartment to start with, when your capacity to buy or build one with your scarce resources is very limited and that too with so many demands.  The house slowly gets a full makeover somewhere in the middle and you have almost fulfilled your dream for the extended family.


Children grow up, parents disappear, uncles and aunts stop visiting and neighbors are too bored to spend time with you.  The same house which entertained so many people and which had seen hundreds of parties that stretched deep in to the wee hours, stops being alive.  

It is but natural that at some point in your life you want a different house.  Pushed by the demands of changed circumstances or just by the compulsions of advancements in  house designs and inventions of latest gadgets, you find things, which no longer fit into your thirty-year-old house.

But the enthusiasm you had when you built the house has vanished.  Though time is not a big deal it is now the difficulty to be in touch with modern trends that is taxing.

 Now you slowly start thinking of remodeling your house taking so many factors into consideration. The house is both too old and too much out of date.  Now that the children have grown wings and moved into their own places, family gatherings have given way to more of meeting with friends. The demand on the host changes dramatically.

Anything is possible in the remodeling industry.  As the years roll by and your views on lifestyle changes, the demand on the house becomes more. The living room needs a completely different transformation. The gadgets in the kitchen are out of date and call for a total change over. The restrooms require an entirely redefined touch up.  It is time to start talking to a remodeling agency to find out how the house could be modified to suit your current needs.  

The remodeling industry plays a much bigger role in satisfying your needs than the builders who execute plans from scratch. You have the liberty to be choosy in the task of remodeling.  You can opt to do as you want, the places that you think which need improvement. This way you can always have an eye on the cost while asking for the alterations you want.

Remodeling changes the way we look at life and at ourselves.

Friday, 23 November 2018

Winter Remodeling for 2018

Halloween is over and it is almost time for thanksgiving and Christmas! And accompanying these two, are cold and chilly nights. The winter season might seem a bit dull to start working on renovations, but there is an advantage to it, like the availability of materials at a lower cost. We had already made a post on why remodeling your house during the winter could really be beneficial for many reasons; if you did not get a chance to read it, click here!

So now that you understand the value of winter remodeling, you need to prepare yourself and your house to face the winter and get ready to make all your guests jealous. Here are a few pointers to get started on your winter remodeling!

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Setting priorities:

Remodeling your house during winter would be a challenging task for both your family and the crew involved. So, you need to prioritize the important aspects and plan accordingly. For example, remodeling the exteriors like roofs and walls may have to be started before the snow sets in, to make the job easier for the crew. Remodeling the interiors can take place later and can be given the next priority. But it is always better if you get a head start, beat the snow and finish the remodeling before your guests arrive. If you feel that remodeling the exteriors can lead to too much pressure during the winter, you can always put it off for the summer time and focus on the interiors, unless the exterior needs immediate attention.

Allotting the budget and time:

Once you get your priorities right, you need to allot the budget and time for the renovation to take place. Talk to your remodeling contractor, draw up a time frame and set a realistic budget for the various changes that you have planned for. Make sure you purchase all the materials in advance to ensure continuous flow of work, because going out to get supplies during the winter may be a difficult task.

Commencing the remodeling:

While remodeling the house, ensure that all the equipments and supply of materials are protected  are  kept warm and dry. They need to be kept accessible and properly secured. You can always discuss the specifics with your contractor before commencing the project. Temporary spaces can also be constructed to store the materials and keep them safe. Remodeling the interiors may produce a lot of dust, fumes and fine grains. It is advisable to build a dust proof mesh or protective dust control system to provide a hassle free living space and working area.

The safety of the people at the remodeling site is very important and at Daniel Mackey we pay attention to every small detail and ensure the safety of everyone while giving you the best remodeling experience you can hope for. Customer satisfaction is our top priority and you can always count on us. So, don’t hesitate to contact us and make your remodeling project dream a reality!

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

A Guide to Select Your Remodeling Contractor

The success of a remodeling project greatly depends on the contractor you choose. A contractor can add value to a project and take your ideas to a whole new level.  There was a previous post which suggested, as to why one  needs to hire a professional remodeling contractor in the first place. If you did not get a chance to read about it earlier, click here. The next step is to choose the right contractor.

If you have doubts about choosing a skilled and trustworthy contractor, look no further. We are here to help you. Here is all that you need to know before choosing a good remodeling contractor:



A Relationship Built On Trust:

The first step you need to take,  is to talk to people, who have had remodeling contractors work on their homes. Get a feedback from the clients and know about the contractor. A good contractor will have good business ethics, integrity and a good relationship with the clients. Many remodeling contractors post feedback given by their past clients, on their websites. Some clients also write separate reviews about contractors in their personal blogs or social media. You can read through them and make an informed decision. Here at Daniel Mackey, we value our clients and always maintain a good relationship with them.

Credential Matter :

The next factor one needs to take into consideration is the qualification of the contractor. You need to look at some of the following aspects:

•  Credentials of the contractor

•  The size of the workforce

•  The range of equipments the contractor uses

•  The different departments the contractor has, namely the design team, architecture team,  aesthetics team etc.

See what the contractor specializes in. Some contractors specialize in garage remodeling, while others may be efficient in redoing bathrooms, and so on. They generally maintain a portfolio of their work and you can check on the level of expertise in their areas of specialization. Choose your contractor depending on the type of remodeling you want to be done in your house.

Face to Face Interaction:

You can truly assess a contractor once you have a face to face interaction. You can meet them in their ongoing project sites and see how the team works.

• Look for precision in their work.
Check on how well organized they are.

• Analyse as to how they plan and execute a project.

This way, you can really get to know them. Interact with more than one remodeling contractor and choose the one whom you feel comfortable with. At the end all that matters is, who according to you  will offer the best experience. You would much prefer a contractor who has a good reputation and interacts well with you, rather than the one who is very skilled but does not treat the clients well.

Here at Daniel Mackey, we give top priority to customer satisfaction. We adopt a unique set of skills and offer the best service. You can go through our website and see for yourself! Do not hesitate to contact us; we will make your remodeling project a reality.

Monday, 24 September 2018

Remodeling Mistakes You Should Never Commit

Remodeling your house can be very exciting for you! You might really be eager to start the work. But before you begin, you need to be aware of the major remodeling mistakes that most house owners commit and make sure that you do not repeat the same. Here are a few common mistakes that you can learn from:


      1. TOO MUCH ON YOUR PLATE:
         
      You might start off with an idea to remodel your bathroom, but then the idea of upgrading your  kitchen followed by the living room, might slowly creep into your mind. Within a span of two hours, you would have ended up  designing a whole new house in your mind. You need to STOP before it gets too late. Remember that you still live in your house, and your daily lifestyle should not be greatly affected by the remodeling work. Or else you will soon being to think of the project as a chore to be done, rather than a fun task to be enjoyed. Have a plan on paper and stick to it.

      2.  GOING WITH THE “TREND”:

      All of a sudden you might hear the neighborhood ranting about the latest “fad”. A house with a swimming pool! Soon the idea will get deep rooted in your mind and you would want a swimming pool. Before you imagine yourself inside a home pool, think for a moment whether you have the space and the budget for it. Going with the “trend” can be very dangerous and it may take a major toll on your budget.   

      3.  UNPREPARED FOR ARMAGEDDON:

Remodeling projects almost never go exactly as expected. You are bound to hit a few blocks along the way and you need to set aside a small budget for miscellaneous occurences and expenses. The last thing you might want is some unfortunate event to occur that may bring your remodeling dreams to a sudden halt. Always be prepared.

      4. DIY- NOT A GOOD IDEA:

Do It Yourself (DIY) projects have become very popular in the recent years and a lot of homeowners tend to remodel their houses on their own. A simple task like changing a carpet may be done successfully by you but major projects like bathroom remodeling, floor tiling , changing roofs etc. require the expertise of professional remodeling contractors. Our experienced crew can complete the task at lightning speed with 100% precision and accuracy.


      5.   SAVING MONEY ON CHEAP GOODS:

      The last and most common mistake that homeowners commit is buying cheap materials and hoping to save big on the remodeling project. Think about it! You might have bought inexpensive tiles for your bathroom and as soon you fill the bathtub with water, you might see huge cracks on the tiles. Nobody wants that! You will have to redo the work and spend more money. Do not  cut costs and compromise on material quality when you can  get good durable ones from the market.

If you feel overwhelmed after reading this article, do not worry! We are here to help you. Contact us today and we will walk you through the entire remodeling process, so that you can sit back and relax while we do all the hard work!


Thursday, 23 August 2018

These Remodels Will Get You Big Bucks When You Plan On Selling

Are you planning to shift to a new city, or perhaps even settle abroad, in a year’s time? And are you planning on selling your house before you leave? Well, if that’s the case, there are ways in which you can greatly increase the value of your house by making a few remodeling changes and reap the benefits of your remodel when you leave. Right below are a few points you can follow that will help you get a huge hike in your selling price.

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Sprucing Up the Kitchen and Bathroom:

The first thing all potential buyers look for is a magnificent kitchen and a stunning bathroom. Your job should be to spruce up the kitchen and the bathroom first. 

Steam Showers:
Steam showers can be your trump card. They tend to boost the value of a house as homeowners love the luxury of a steam shower in their home. On the plus side, you would get to use your shower till you sell it.

Outdoor Ovens:
Outdoor ovens make your house look tasteful! Powered by electricity or a classic furnace, these bad boys can help hike the price.



Professional appliances:
You can replace some of your old kitchen appliances with newer and more professional ones. Your kitchen would attract owners who are passionate about cooking. We all know that food is the way to a person’s heart! So, with your appliances even a person who cannot cook might want to become a chef! Nothing says “We are people of class” more than a wine refrigerator in your kitchen. New owners would be filled with pride to own a house with a wine refrigerator!



If you feel that these might be a bit over your budget, you needn’t worry; at Daniel Mackey we will find you the best appliances that match your taste at very reasonable prices.

Redo the Garden:
If you hadn’t paid much attention to your garden earlier, you should now! Thistles, Clarkias, Daisies, small shrubs etc. are low-priced but add beauty to your garden. If you do not have a garden, our professional designers will give you the best designs suited for your house. Homeowners will be awestruck the moment they walk into your driveway and form a really positive opinion about your house!



Solar Panels:
Solar panels are valued according to their energy efficiency. You can power up a small part of your house with lower priced solar panels or go big and go green! Solar panels increase a house’s worthwith their promise of big savings on electricity bills! 



The key point is to remember to stay above the competition and get an edge over other home sellers. When you come to Daniel Mackey, we will help you beat your competition miles ahead! We will help you keep up to date with the current trends in the market and we will tell you what potential home buyers are looking for!  Contact us today and get your house remodeled for your money’s worth or more!

Monday, 23 July 2018

The Ten Commandments of Home Remodeling

The 10 sacred commandments of home remodeling are as follows:

     1.       Thou shalt plan thy work

No remodeling project can be completed without a solid plan. Go through your plan step by step to anticipate all difficulties that you might encounter during your remodeling project.

     2.       Thou shalt not go over budget

Even when you set a budget, it is very easy to deviate from it. Set a budget that is fair, right from the beginning. You will definitely go over your budget if the budget limit is very low.



     
3.       Honor thy plan

You have made plans for your remodel. Now your job is to stick to the plan. Do not deviate from the plan. It will lead to excess spending and an incomplete work that may leave you unsatisfied in the end.

     4.       Thou shalt repair thy damages before extending thy house

Before you remodel your house, repair the damages. If you think that you would repair the damages while remodeling your house you will end up facing a lot of problems and the damages might get worse.
     
     5.       Thou shalt clean thy house before remodeling
   
Cleaning your house before remodeling may reveal unseen damages or defects that could have been missed by you earlier. Cleaning your house would also make the job of the contractor easier and would facilitate a better output from your remodel project.

     6.       Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s project

This is probably the second most important commandment. Do NOT steal your neighbor’s design. They would have put in a large amount of time in their design so that their house would stand out. You can be sure they would not have done it for some nosy neighbor to steal their idea. Besides, at Daniel Mackey we keep innovating and bringing in new designs suited to your taste, so at the end, let it be your neighbor who’s trying to copy you!

     7.       Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain

Keep your cool at all times and don’t get flustered if something does not go according to your plan. Scolding the workers and cursing them would only make things difficult for everyone.

     8.       Thou shalt respect ideas from contractors

Your ideas are our first priority. But as experienced contractors, we can give you valuable inputs that would increase the exquisiteness and individuality of your project. Some ideas that you put forth may not be feasible and it would be wise to respect the ideas from your contractor.

     9.       Thou shalt allocate a separate budget for miscellaneous expenses.

Detailed planning and budget allocation aside, it is very unlikely that the project would go 100% according to plan. It is advisable that you allocate a separate budget for miscellaneous expenses like extra cement, wood etc.

    10.       Thou shalt choose Daniel Mackey as your contractor.

That’s right. You should choose only us as your contractor as we are not only the best in the field but also have the right resources and tools to make your dream remodel project a reality!