Friday, 23 February 2018

Kitchen Remodeling Ideas for Cooks and Chefs

Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat.

                                                                                                               -       Guy Fieri 

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If you love spending time in your kitchen cooking and creating magic,then it is all the more important for you to spend a few extra dollars for a flawless one. Here are thespecial ingredients you need to create the perfect kitchen:

More Counter Space

You can never go wrong with more counter space. You need the extra space to ensure that there is sufficient space between appliances, and maintain a constant flow of traffic. When selecting the counter top, you may need to choose a material that does not stain easily and is easy to clean. The market is full of new and improved materials and our expert remodelers will give you the best available options. You could also customize your counter top and make it hybrid with different materials pertinent to your use, like a granite block for kneading dough. 

Efficacy in Movement

Ideally you need to design your kitchen in a way that does not obstruct your flow of movement in the presence of others in the kitchen. The old term “the bigger the better” may not be true in this case because it is the design that is essential, and not the size. Even a small kitchen can be made very effective with proper designing. It is essential that the cooking and the cleaning areas are connected because those areas are where you would move the most, and use utensils the most.

Optimized Storage Space

People say “If you follow your heart it will lead you to the refrigerator”. If you want to satisfy your heart fully, you need good storage spaces for your food and utensils.  You need to take into account all the utensils and appliances you will be using in your kitchen, and design a layout accordingly.

Closed cupboards hide the inner clutter and give a great visual appearance to the kitchen. Separate stands for ovens, coffee makers, oven top grills etc. can be included in the design. Your designer and remodeling contractor will make everything about planning your storage seem very easy and give you fabulous designs. Custom spaces even for the smallest tea cup or beer mug will enhance the exquisiteness of your kitchen.

Finishing Touches

Even if the major part of the designing is over, the small and intricate touches are very crucial to kitchen designing. The power outlets are an integral part of the designing. There is no harm in having two or three extra power outlets in the kitchen. Some appliances have a different type of pin, and the power outlets need to match those pins; of course an adaptor can be used, but then you need the perfect kitchen!  Therefore, leave the intricate part of designing to us and let the perfect kitchen soothe your soul!

Monday, 22 January 2018

Home Remodeling Ideas for Winter

Winter has come in not only Westeros, the fictional continent, but also right at your doorstep. Our last post described the many noteworthy advantages of remodeling your house during winter. If you’ve made up your mind to remodel your house, here are a few ideas for you to stay warm inside your house during fall.

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Insulating the gaps

Insulation of your house is a key part of your winter remodel project. You may suffer a loss up to 30% of heat energy due to lack of insulation. Shielding the corners and gaps can stop the energy loss. This may include caulking and weatherproofing the exteriors of your doors and windows. This simple yet effective step will lower your electricity bills, save loss of heat energy and keep you warm throughout winter.

Updating your hardware

Addition of a new fireplace or remodeling your old one will certainly keep you warmer throughout the winter. A fireplace is the center of most homes without which a relaxed life is rather challenging; furthermore, the ambiance is irresistibly enchanting.

Your experienced contractor can set up the fireplace with suitable insulation, and improve its overall energy efficiency. You can have a modern look or a chic rustic look depending upon your taste. With a direct venting system, you can eliminate the need of an intricate chimney system.'

If you have doors and windows that let the frosty air right into your bedroom or living room, then it is time you gave attention to them. You can try to restore the damaged doors and windows first, or go for more heat-efficient new ones. Modern energy-efficient doors are a good investment. A common type of door has a polyurethane-foam-insulated core and a steel skin with a magnetic strip for weather-stripping.

Your house becomes energy efficient with these steps! You can now direct your attention towards a few other areas.'

Using your basement

Winter might be unbearable with snow-laden roads. You might be forced to spend more time indoors whether you like it or not! You can use this as an opportunity and put your basement to good use. Here are a few suggestions:

           v  You could set up a gym at the basement; maybe have space even for a table tennis board. You won’t have to drive down to the gym in the icy weather.

            v  You could convert it to a studio, be it for recording music or snapping portraits of models. It could serve as a room to develop your hobbies.

          v  Another great idea is an entertainment center with a surround sound system; it may be a mini bar, cushions, or anything else that makes you feel relaxed! The opportunities are wide open!

As mentioned in the previous post, the cost of raw materials is generally lower in the market during winter. Your remodeling contractor will be available as well for undertaking projects and give you the best possible deals. You don’t need to think twice before remodeling your house during winter!

If you have any questions regarding your remodeling project, do not hesitate to contact an experienced remodeling contractor in your area.  You will get all the answers and further useful ideas.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Benefits of Winter Remodeling

Winter is here and everyone awaits the most joyous season of the year! Christmas is around the corner and everyone is busy cleaning the house. Winter is the best season for undertaking a home remodeling project too.

Maybe you have been planning for a while a remodeling of your own home. Listed below are reasons why winter is the best season for you to commence such a project.

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Contractor availability

A major advantage of winter remodeling is easier availability of the contractor. Your experienced design-build remodeling contractor will have more time to work with you, help refine your ideas and go about remodeling your home the way you would love.

During spring and summer, contractors are less inclined to undertake new projects; they are under greater pressure of time with projects in hand already committed.

Faster completion of the project

As a welcome consequence of contractor availability, the remodeling project is very likely to be completed a lot faster than the normal course. Your contractor can spend more time at the project site and the work would be done to perfection.

Best prices

During spring and summer, there is a typical hike in the price of cabinetry, lumber and window lines. In contrast, during winter, the prices of goods in the market in general, and building and furnishing materials in particular, go down with attractive discounts. If you’re planning a remodeling of your interiors during winter you’re in luck, because manufacturers announce usually major clearance sales of many interior products.

Faster approvals and permits

You may also get approvals and permits for remodeling a lot faster in winter than in warmer seasons; the agencies that sanction these projects are under less pressure of work.

Combining remodeling with major cleanups

Major cleanups are a seasonal routine in most homes during winter. In such a case, your house is going to be a mess anyway. If you schedule your design-build remodeling during winter, that will automatically take care of major winter cleaning as well.

You can thus save a lot of time, as it will be a two-in-one project. Your contractor will take care of the cleanup after completing the remodeling project, and you have nothing to worry about.

Exploiting vacation time for the remodeling project

Most homeowners would rather stay in their homes during summer and enjoy the good climate. During winter, they prefer to take a vacation to warmer countries or visit their relatives. It will be ideal to undertake your home remodeling project while you are away on vacation.

 Your contractor will be happy to begin such a project when all your family will be away with you. The house will be safe and secure in your trusted contractor’s hands. While you enjoy your vacation care free, the remodeling work will go on with no disruptions.

With all the above-mentioned benefits, it would be best to start your remodeling project during winter! Call your contractor now and do not wait until it’s the busiest time of the year!

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Most fashionable Remodeling Trends in 2017

You may have your own justifications for the ‘why’ of your house-remodeling project. Maybe you know 2017 has been a huge year for remodeling, with innovations made in the most unexpected areas. New design inspirations, abstract geometric patterns, automation and so much more have become known in the recent past. Here are the latest remodeling trends for you to consider because your remodeling project has become a reality now.

Home automation

Home automation has been a well-explored concept in recent times, but 2017 has seen innovations ranging from Wi-Fi enabled indoor cameras to complete home controllers. Automated smoke detectors, cameras and temperature control systems have become more sophisticated and more affordable. Home automation is also a major participant in energy saving. Automation of lights and thermostats lower energy bills too. 

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Vanity conversions

Remodeling with reclaimed materials, especially wood, can be very exciting, for example making perfect bathroom vanities for your house.  You can convert your reclaimed furniture – old file cabinets, chests, cupboards etc. – into unique vanities suited to your fancy.

It is important to measure the dimensions of each piece before re-purposing it for a vanity. It is best to consult a reputed remodeling contractor, who will describe clearly the pros and cons of converting furniture into vanity pieces, options, designs, costs, etc.

Fantastic laundry room

Homeowners in general never pay much attention to the laundry room. Not before 2017 at least, the laundry room was associated with awe-inspiring designs and colors. Homeowners, no doubt spend a lot of time doing laundry, but rarely do they think of making the laundry room appear fantastic? New lighting methods, smarter storage and imaginative use of the laundry room space are all well explored this year.

Counter-depth fridges

Refrigerators have become a lot bigger over the years. This is good for storing food but bad for space efficiency in the kitchen. Counter-depth fridges are a better alternative for kitchens that are short on space. They free up space and give a sleek look. These refrigerators, although not very energy efficient, are widely in use this year.

Most refrigerators are 28 inches deep. They may protrude a bit outside, but with proper remodeling, these refrigerators will look classy. There are several types of counter-depth refrigerators: the French door type, the bottom-freezer type and side-by-side type. Each type has its own benefits. Companies have improved their technology and made these refrigerators more user friendly and energy efficient.

Apart from these new trends, there are a few more, which missed the cut in being ‘the most explored remodeling trends’. They include innovations in mudrooms, color combinations, geometric patterns, garage makeover, entrance upgrades, indoor greenery, words on your walls, outdoor type showers and so on.

Now that you have a snapshot of hot remodeling trends in 2017, you can contact your experienced remodeling contractor for specifics and options that suit your house best. You can follow these trends or think of creating your own blend that people will be reading about soon as trendy!

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Closet Remodeling Ideas

Are you tired of rearranging your shelves over and over again? Do you wish that you had more space to keep all your growing volumes of stuff? Let there be no frustration! Here are a few remodeling solutions to all your clutter problems without necessarily increasing your storage space. All you need essentially are a few great ideas of tidiness and organization. Each closet in your home can be custom designed to suit all your pressing needs. Here you are! 

Walk-in closets

While it may seem that there is ample space in a walk-in closet, it is necessary to apply proper organization techniques to avoid clutter. You can convert an empty bedroom into a walk-in closet, making a choice of cupboard designs to match your storage need. Generally, the following are the three popular designs.

v  The U shape

v  The L shape

v  The straight walk-in

Depending upon your bedroom space you can plan your closet, and partition all the available room accordingly.

Your wardrobe

A well-reputed remodeling contractor will be able to give you exciting plans for whatever space is available to reconstruct a well-organized closet. If two people need to share the closet, then it is necessary to decide how the clothes and accessories will be stored. Wall-mounted closets are elegant and space saving with a sleek appearance.

You can fix hooks, rods, partitions etc., to organize your closet and say goodbye to clutter. You can set up separate cupboards for coats, shirts, jeans, towels etc. Your shoes can go into a rack at the bottom that can open out. The entire room being your closet, you will have ample space to walk around and navigate happily through your clothes.

Ultimately, what you need is room for all your clothes and accessories, earmarking specific spots for each and creating an elegant appearance at the same time. This will not only avoid the hassle of searching for what you need but will also be a welcoming room.

Closets for kids

Organizing your little ones’ toys and clothes would be easy indeed, when you have a separate closet for them. If you have some more space in your walk-in closet, you can utilize it for organizing you kids’ stuff.  However, having a colorful and fairy-tale closet in your kids’ room would be dazzling, brightening up the room.

An open closet with shelves at an appropriate height would help the kids handle the toys and books themselves. You can install clothing rods for them to hang the clothes in regular use. With this kind of set up, they can replace the toys, clothes etc. very quickly.

Closet remodeling cost may vary depending on your choice of style and material. Your experienced remodeling contractor will be able to give you an exact estimate, and remodel your closet to perfection.

Additional accessories like mirrors, jewelry displays, shoe displays, a vanity section etc. will make the closet space more user friendly and elegant. Call your contractor today to get your rooms free from clutter!

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Major Benefits of Green Remodeling

Are you interested in killing three birds with a single stone? Have you ever thought of the possibility of achieving three kinds of major saving with a single effort?  ‘A green remodeling project’ is the answer to these puzzling questions; yes, such a project helps you achieve three major savings –  on energy, materials and space!

Your Eco-friendly green living can save you big bucks as well. Green remodeling opens the window to three positive outcomes: energy economy, smart use of reclaimed materials and optimal exploitation of available space. Seize your opportunity of going green!

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Energy saving

Start off your green remodeling with three basic changes to your existing home decor.

v  Add more electrical insulation to those already installed in the walls, floor and vents and meet the standard requirements to improve energy efficiency.

v  Fix faulty radiators and refill coolant gases in air conditioning units, which consume more power.

v  Replace high power incandescent bulbs with LED/fluorescent bulbs.

These basic changes would go a long way in saving electricity. Your remodeling contractor will be able to do all such basic remodeling works and give you an estimate of the quantum of reduction of your energy bill after remodeling.

You may consider as well long-term benefits of harvesting solar energy. It can be a standalone system or grid tied (integrated with your electric circuits).

Use of reclaimed building materials

Durable wood with minor damages can be reclaimed for your green remodeling project. You will be saving considerable amount on buying new wooden flooring and incidentally you will not share the guilt of cutting down any new trees. Make sure that you use non-toxic paints and adhesive paste without any harmful VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds).

Eco-friendly Terrazzo tiles, which are costlier than granite, are made from chips of glass, quartz etc. Search your garage, storage and remodel debris for old broken glass and quartz; reclaim them for use as the bulk raw material for your Terrazzo tiles. The finished product will give a lustrous look to your kitchen counters.

Space Saving

This is an integral part of a green remodeling project. Your experienced remodeling contractor will be able to draw out plans for optimal utilization of built in space of your remodeled house; no clutter will be in sight in any room. For example, a family room can serve as an office room too.

A sliding door can hide the TV and speakers. A hollow box can conceal printers and file cabinets, and this can be used as a desk in the family room. These are a few of the many possibilities, which you can explore under the guidance of your contractor for the best use of your home space.

The overall cost of the green remodeling project on completion would be slightly more than a regular remodeling project, especially if you decide in favor of solar panels. However, you will be saving a lot of money in the longer run. The added advantage of green remodeling is that you will have the immense satisfaction having constructed an eco-friendly home! You need have no hesitation to go green!

Monday, 28 August 2017

Remodeling your Garage Flooring for Hassle-free Maintenance

Rarely, if ever, you pay much attention to your garage flooring and find time to clean the garage. It is important that you give some attention to the garage flooring because it is constantly exposed to damage due to oil spills, salt deposition, dirt and grime accumulation, etc.

Remodeling your garage floor will not only give it a nice look but also make it safe from further damage. The remodeling project may vary from simple floor coatings to changing your entire floor. Here are a few suggestions on how you can remodel your garage flooring.

Resolving existing issues

At the outset, you should empty your garage and look for cracks in the flooring, oil spills, etc. Your floor may be made of bricks or concrete or even wood! Replacing them completely for small repairs would be time consuming and may cost you a fortune.
Hiring a remodeling specialist would be a wise thing to do and the remodeled floor would last for years and save you a lot of money. Your contractor will take care of the entire remodeling process and make sure that the dry walls and the electrical outlets aren’t damaged while tending the floor.

Coating and covering after cleaning

Floor coatings provide extra stability and life to the floor. After cleaning the floor, coating them with sealers or paints or covering them with mats will go a long way in preserving your garage floor. Here are some options.

v  Concrete floor paints: They are the least expensive of coatings and very tough, saving your floor from chemical corrosion. You can use them to recoat the floor and touch up minor damages in the floor.

v  Sealers: They are a stronger version of the concrete floor paint and they too can be applied over the floor quite easily. In addition, they give a glossy look after they dry up. Latex sealers and acrylic sealers sell at a very nominal price. Your expert remodeling contractor will give you the best options available to match and make your floor look luxurious at a reasonable price.
Floor coverings are typically more expensive than coatings, but they have longer life and you can customize them, suitable to your tastes and likes!

v  Rubber mats: They are available in various sizes and patterns and they can cover an entire garage or just parts of it. You can install them in a short span of time and find them easy to clean too!
v  Interlocking plastic tiles: They come in great patterns allowing you to try out your own flooring ideas and make your garage look cool. The tiles are resistant to seepage and you can replace the damaged ones quickly.

These are just a few of the coatings and coverings available in the market. Both coatings and coverings have pros and cons and it is up to you to decide the type of protection for your flooring after consulting with your much-experienced remodeling contractor.

Floor remodeling is generally the costliest part of a garage-remodeling project and spending a few hundred extra dollars will surely will take off your shoulders the bother of maintenance for a long time.