Create the Atmosphere
Breathe deep. Exhale….. repeat. A great component of relaxation techniques is a deep breath. Shouldn’t your home calm you with its air quality too? Yes.
One way a good designer helps you create the desired atmosphere in your home is through proper ventilation.
Cook surfaces vented to the outdoors eliminate excessive steam, hot oil residues and smoke, and strong odors that would otherwise linger. No one wants to start their day in the kitchen by smelling the fish they fried the night before.
Proper ventilation not only includes exhaust air, but heated and cooled air. Be sure to work with your designer to plan for comfort as well.
Our final point of consideration as you create your calm, peaceful home is color. This goes beyond the wall colors. Let your designer help you consider all the elements of your update to encompass the harmonious blending of colors and materials to soothe your mood.
Ahhhh. Little things make all the difference. They are the touches that warm the heart, creating that calming, comfortable environment that makes living in and using your home a pleasure.
You know, it’s more than just a room. Let us help make it uniquely, comfortably, calming, peace inducingly yours.
Welcome, new year!
Kresge Contracting Inc of Columbus Receives
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Columbus, OH, January 20, 2015 – Kresge Contracting, Inc. of Columbus, OH has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction by
The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.
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Quality organization calms your world.
Who likes kneeling on the floor and shining a light into the recesses of their base cabinets for the pizza peel or baking stone? Or pulling everything out of a cabinet to get to that one item… Homemade Gourmet Pizza Night is a lot more fun when the cabinets are organized and easy to access with roll-outs.
Pantries with fixed wire shelving don’t adapt to personal needs and can be difficult to organize and access. Consider adjustable shelving and full roll-outs to provide the customization and easy access that make food prep and shopping list creation a breeze.
Pull out drawers for commonly used spices are a great help for cooks of all ages and proficiencies. Large items, like trays, platters, and cookie sheets can be stored easily and efficiently in vertical spaces.
Incorporate storage into your planning. Reduce the frustration of and fight in finding items in your kitchen….put them where you need them.
As you plan your project this new year, plan for organization needs. Your designer is an invaluable asset in this area.
Start with Quality
Yes, they are a worthwhile investment. Home remodeling can be expensive, but it’s worth it to work with your designer to look for ways to always invest in high quality materials. An obvious area most impacted as one thinks of materials, is cabinetry.
Poorly made, low-quality materials don’t feel good to use. A common complaint is with pull-out drawers: the resistance when pulled, the dark recesses of the drawer where your needed utensil is hiding, and the sound of the drawer closing are all little annoyances. However, the sensation of pulling on a quality handle attached to a solid-wood drawer box that quietly glides with full extension, so you can see what you need and get it quickly, is a joyful alternative. Okay, maybe not joyful….but gratifying, yes!
Daily interaction with frustrating, poorly working materials increases frustration. If you are contemplating a renovating or remodeling project this year…go for the highest quality materials you can afford. You won’t regret it.
Calming Heart and Mind with Thoughtful Design
Our houses are starting to feel quieter after all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. The demands of the daily routine are returning to normal as we put away the seasonal décor for another year. Yet, just as the right décor creates the desired look in our homes, the atmosphere of our space is impacted by more than decorations. There are some often overlooked (and admittedly, unglamorous) details in our homes that can either heighten the peace and enjoyment of our homes or contribute to an undercurrent of stress.
As we begin this new year, we are going to look to those pesky little things that can rob our sense of peace. We are most impacted by….amazingly…Quality! Quality in the materials that inhabit our space, quality in the organizational options we have, quality in our air, and the sense of harmony we feel with our surroundings.
Make this the year to calm your world…..
Create Your Own Masterpiece
Your home is your own personal masterpiece. Whether you are an Entertainer, Comfort Seeker or Nature Lover!
Imagining the big picture, dreaming big about your whole home, can open up ideas you may not have considered.
The right designer and remodeling team can help you plan, evaluate, and then see your project through renderings before any work is performed, so you know it will be just right.
Your design and remodeling team will help you navigate the tough decisions, give expert advice and ideas for your personal needs. You deserve to have a home that isn’t just a house, but indulges that which is uniquely you.
The New Year is here! It’s the perfect time to create your masterpiece….we’re here, at Kresge Contracting, to help you make it uniquely you!
Being able to sit down and plan your dream kitchen can actually be far more stressful than you may realize. You see, once you get into the actual planning of it, you might find that all kinds of thoughts and ideas fly through your brain and before you know it you will have run out of space, as well as money. However, there are some steps that you can put into place that will make life easier and deserve some serious consideration.
Think About the Essentials
First, think carefully about all of the essentials and where they need to go in the kitchen. By making an attempt to work out where the sink is going to be situated as well as the main kitchen appliances, you will have a much better idea of the space that is left available for everything else. You should then think about working around these items when planning your dream kitchen.
Decide On the Style
You need to really nail down the look that you are going for with your kitchen from the outset, and the rest of your home can act as a guide. Do you want something traditional? How about something Quaker style? Perhaps modern and funky with colored tops and fronts with crazy lights on the kick boards would be better? Draw inspiration from anywhere you can as the last thing you want is to make the wrong decision and regret it instantly.
Get Some Professional Advice
Finally, you need to get some professional advice from a qualified contractor like someone from Kresge in Columbus, as they will make it so much easier with designing the layout, taking your ideas and turning them into a stunning reality. You will also receive some help to get you your
Build Your Plans around the Main Items
Choose the style of your kitchen carefully. Seek inspiration from a number of sources. Get professional advice. Budget appropriately and stick to it. Enjoy your dream kitchen once the work is complete.
For the Nature Lover
Ahh, nature lovers. A sweet home style personality that enjoys connecting with the outdoors even if they are indoors!
Nature lovers want to be connected to the outdoors. Touches the nature lover enjoys can include enclosing a porch or adding a three-season room. This allows the nature lover to create an outdoor living space to enjoy the summer sunsets, the brilliant changes of autumn, and the first cheerful chirpings of spring.
They enjoy incorporating natural elements into their home such as stone, wood, and windows with views of nature. Their homes tend to be warm, inviting, open and comfortable.
Does this describe you?
Undertaking a remodeling project, such as a kitchen or bathroom remodel, is one of the best ways to give your indoor living space a fresh look and enhance your daily life. By making smart changes and adding new fixtures, you can enliven your home’s interiors and make your house more efficient and easier to use. But, while at it, you’ll need to address one question that always pops up during remodeling: is it necessary to redo plumbing?
The answer for this question actually depends on a number of factors. These include:
The Type of Remodeling Project
Part of enhancing the look and efficiency of a drab bathroom or kitchen during a remodeling job is redoing or upgrading the plumbing. But other small or medium sized projects such as re-purposing spaces, finishing a room or basement, expanding a room by removing the separating wall or building an outdoor patio may not require redoing, upgrading or installing new plumbing fixtures.
The Extent of the Home Alteration or Remodeling
You may need to implement a larger remodeling project that will interfere with the existing plumbing. As a result, you'll have to redo the plumbing so you have the option to redesign the existing piping and have more choices for how to design the new room. The upgraded plumbing will be better equipped to handle your new luxury features, the layout of the room will be more fluid, and different fixtures can be put in your desired locations.
Age of the House
If you have an older home with outdated plumbing materials such as iron or galvanized steel, a remodeling project gives you the opportunity to redo and upgrade by fitting safer, modern materials that are damage- and corrosion-resistant. This will eliminate the risk of plumbing problems like corrosion or rust, water contamination and leaking.
Where there are Signs of Trouble
If your existing plumbing is showing signs of trouble such as stains, scratches, flaking, discoloration or badly exposed pipes, then you might want to consider replacing the plumbing.
Hire a Professional Plumber for Your Remodeling
In each of these instances where you may need to redo plumbing during a remodel, it’s important to seek the help of a professional plumber like the experts at Kresge Contracting in Columbus to help you
Last week we introduced the “Entertainer” home style personality! This week let’s peek at the “Comfort Seeker”.
Comfort seekers often have a lot of stress and need to indulge in making their home a haven.
So, the master suite is often the big priority, including large custom showers with space for two with multiple water ports and zero threshold entrances.
Other favorite indulgences are heated floors, high quality cosmetic storage at eye level, towel warmers, aromatherapy, and therapeutic bathtubs.
Stress reduction and pampering is king for comfort seekers to re-charge. Home is their refuge.
Every so often, homeowners renovate their residences by adding new facilities and removing old ones. When they do this, they also have to contend with the idea of moving out for a while once the repairs begin, or staying put to monitor the entire process. Well, this decision depends on a lot of factors such as those discussed below.
Do You Trust the Workmen?
One can decide to stay if they own precious properties at home and would like to keep a keen eye on them, lest somebody steals them. However, if the renovators have a good reputation, like Kresge Construction in Columbus, then you can leave rest assured that the possessions will remain intact until your return.
The Number of People Living in Your Home
If there are too many individuals staying at your place then it would be appropriate to find a rental, lest they distract the workers. Those who have young kids also don’t have another option but to leave, the noise and clamor produced during renovations can prove too much for them.
Scope of Work
If the repairs only affect one or two rooms, then it would not make sense to move out since the makeovers may not affect you in any way. On the other hand, jobs that encompass a greater portion of the house or affect key areas such as the kitchen and bathrooms rule out staying at home. Some families can cope without a place to cook, but without a bathroom there would be nowhere to clean up.
Welcome to the home style personality test! Just kidding…but, if you stay tuned in the coming weeks, you may walk away knowing a little more about why certain home touches are important to you.
This week let’s look to “The Entertainer”!
The entertainer loves to host gatherings and wants to make an impact. Looks are important!
For the entertainer, home appointments like the embellished features around a range hood, attention to detail with decorative millwork, and custom backsplash are desired. But, the entertainer is looking for more, like the warm wooden countertop on the island instead of cold granite, wet bar, large screen television, and comfortable seating.
They are about relationship and warmth and connection. Does this describe you?
Having an up-to-date bathroom can be very important. Regardless of how much you may love the vintage look and feel of your bathroom, it could be setting you back with its quaint and charming appeal. Check out the benefits that can come with transforming your bathroom and having it modern and up-to-date.
You Can Make it How You Want it
One of the advantages to redoing your bathroom and making it more up to date is that you can design it to be just the way you want it. No more having to accept that bathroom how it is! Now you can design everything about it, from the look of the floor to the types of fixtures you have installed. Hated that vintage old toilet? Get a new one. Some of the newest models even have heat warming seats and a bidet that comes with it. You can move out of the past and into the future, feeling good about your latest journey.
You Can Have an Open or Closed Shower with Better Pressure
If you're making your bathroom up to date, you can actually design your shower to be any type of way that you want it. Want an open door shower? That's fine. Want a fancy closed shower? That works too. The best part is, since you're replacing everything anyway, you can get a shower head that has better water pressure, giving you a more effective, calming, and quicker shower experience.
Your House Gets Some Fresh Energy
Every time you fix or remodel something in your home, your house gets infused with that fun, fresh energy. An up to date bathroom can be the wow factor your house has been wanting. Now it can reflect you instead of reflecting several decades earlier and a life completely out of sync with your own.
At the end of the day, an up-to-date bathroom is a rejuvenating experience. It's new, it's fun, and it expresses your taste and looks the way you want it to look. There's no reason why you shouldn't go for it! Pursue the experience and remember to make it uniquely you. Your bathroom will feel totally refreshed and up to date, and so will you.
The holidays are a time of indulgence: festive gatherings, delightful décor, decadent desserts, redolent aromas, and generous gifts for those we love. This is also a time to indulge in yourself; dreaming about how to make your home a place you really love, a place that inspires comfort and joy.
A helpful exercise is to look at your home as a whole and make a dream list of all the things you would like to do. Write everything down, from the practical replacement items, like upgrading the furnace, new doors, maintenance projects like roofs and driveways, to the indulgence projects like a luxurious master suite or the perfect entertainment-focused living space.
Record what is going to make this a home you really love. Then prioritize what projects will give you the most satisfaction to complete first.
Now is the time to contemplate your unique style and approach to life if your new year will include a home update!
In the coming weeks we will take a look at some home taste personalities…what’s yours?
A kitchen island has many practical uses, including the provision of extra storage space and more working surface. Most people can attest to the fact that you can never have too much space in the kitchen. In addition, a kitchen island can provide more seating to accommodate your family and friends.
There are many designs of kitchen islands you can choose from ranging from traditional to sleek and modern. Here are a few design options to consider.
1. A Bar-Style Island
This comes in a long curved shape. It looks like a semi circle with lots of storage space and a large working surface. This type of island provides a big space that can seat several people. It is ideal for those with large families and big kitchens.
The most common choice for many buyers is the two-level counter. The lower level is on the inside of the island and is used as a working surface. It usually includes a sink. The outer higher level is where people can place their food or drinks.
2. Small and Circular Kitchen Islands
For those who would prefer something smaller and more compact, this one will come in handy. It comes in an oval or circular shape. It lacks a lot of storage space but is ideal as an eating area for a two or three people. It can also be used as an extra surface to work on.
3. A Movable Kitchen Island
A mobile kitchen island is perfect for those with smaller sized kitchens who are concerned about space in the area. It is usually small with storage spaces and a working surface. It can be moved in place when needed and removed later on to create more space.
4. The Kitchen Island Table
What if you want a kitchen island that has a big working area but can still be used as a family dining table? This is where the kitchen island table comes in. It lacks many storage cabinets since the space underneath is used as leg space when people are seated. The top simply protrudes out from the side to fit seats and provide room to face forward.
Lastly, no matter design you choose; the most important thing is to ensure that it complements your existing kitchen space. If you are in need of a kitchen remodel, Kresge Contracting serves the Columbus Ohio area and surrounding cities and can provide several ideas to maximize your area space.
Can you believe it is here already? But you're ready, right? Your layout is efficient, work zones defined, pantry is stocked and ready, beverages and buffet all set to go. Now for the final consideration...comfort.
As a final touch before your guests arrive, plan gathering spaces which offer guests comfortable places to visit and relax. Upholstered seating, island perches, built-in nooks are all great options.
Set the mood with lighting. Lighting design is an important kitchen element. Go for well-lit, offering various lighting features which are controllable to achieve the desired look for any gathering or event.
Further the ambiance through multimedia available in the greater kitchen space. Set the mood with music! Or never miss a play in the big game!
This is your gathering and your home....let it be....YOU! Thanksgiving is here...embrace your guests and enjoy all the season has to offer.
Here at Kresge Contracting, we believe every home should be a reflection of the homeowner! If you're ready to make yours uniquely you, think about how to incorporate design elements that reflect your unique tastes and interests.
- focal points above the range with a decorative slab of granite, marble, or special tile design
- decorative glass in cabinetry doors
- shelving to display works of art
- special backsplash design or materials
- creative lighting such as decorative pendants and art highlighting
- furniture style cabinetry to achieve a custom built-in look
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Warm wishes to you for a Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Kresge Contracting!
As originally discussed in Part 1 of this topic on innovative bathroom ideas, lighting and color schemes play a huge role in the comfort, relaxation, body energy levels, room functionality, and area appeal. This content continues on that topic with focuses on bathroom flooring suggestions, shower curtain features, and fixture options. You want to keep those important benefits rolling to maintain a gorgeous room that guests will love, as well as ones that potential buyers will enjoy if you go that route in the future. Here are some informative thoughts to keep in mind in relation to those particular subjects.
Dependable Floor Options
The floor of the bathroom must be anti-slippery, good looking, durable and hard. In summary, a bathroom’s floor should be easy to clean while at the same time be spill and dump proof. Laminate floor planks and marble flooring are usually the most preferred since they preserve the home’s décor. They provide the benefit of having water tight seals between the gaps.
Less Dependable Options
Other less expensive floor options can include rolls of laminate flooring and vinyl tiles. Laminate floors simply roll out onto the floor and get installed by floor cement. They create a water barrier and are easy to clean, but do not last as long as previously mentioned flooring types. They tend to crack, peel, and chip over time. If you have an uneven floor, they will accent that drawback wherever there is a bump or a raise in the subfloor.
Vinyl tile flooring can be beautiful, but also is prone to cracking, chipping, and peeling. Water can seep into the cracks between tiles and develop mold if not properly cared for. These tiles also get applied with an adhesive, one by one.
Shower Curtains and Accessories
A shower curtain says a lot about your bathroom. It can make or break it with ease. There are hundreds of colors and color combinations, as well as designs and materials. Choose wisely and you will accent your bathroom well.
Shower curtain materials can include vinyl, standard plastic, cotton, polyester, etc. A lot of the fabric curtains can be washed in the machine to make life simpler. Some vinyl and plastic versions can also get thrown into the washing machine, but a lot of them don’t have that option.
Vinyl and plastic curtains tend to show creases easier than fabric types. However, the fabric options must be removed from the dryer right away to prevent wrinkles.
Shower Curtain Rods
A shower curtain rod attaches to the wall and holds the curtain of your choice. They often come in various designs, colors, and types. A cheap one will not last very long and usually just spins to tighten against both sides of the wall. They may very well tear up the wall as the curtain gets constantly pulled on a daily basis.
More dependable options will usually include mounts that fasten to the wall sides, followed by having the curtain resting inside them. Designs can include color choices, imprinted imagery, and thicker materials. Thin ones that fall on the cheaper side of things will often bend and break or will experience dings that take away from the beauty of the room.
If you get to the point to where you feel that you need a bathroom renovation, Kresge Contracting in Columbus Ohio has tons of options and can help get your ideal bathroom to become a reality. Minor touchups as previously discussed can make a huge difference, but the rust on a car destroys the hard work put into it like waxing it and shining the tires. Hope that makes sense to you. Your bathroom is no different than that rusted out car. But if a remodel is not in your budget, these suggestions will improve the room at the least.
View Part 1 on Innovative Bathroom Ideas Below:
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Week three….feeling inspired yet?
Last week we learned that layout is king when it comes to entertaining….not large spaces. With layout efficiency, traffic flow and work zones established…let’s look now to convenience!
When guests gather, keep it simple and self-serve as much as possible. As you consider entertaining, free yourself to enjoy your guests with attention to a few simple touches.
Keep needed items at the ready! Utilize your pantry as a great asset in the entertaining kitchen. It will allow you to keep items commonly used for entertaining in a central spot. Whether it’s a separate room or integrated into the kitchen with a cabinetry unit items will be ready when you are.
Establish a beverage station for wine storage, cocktails, coffee, and tea service. Don’t forget to place needed cups, spoons, ice etc. at the ready as well. Nice touches in this area can include a refrigerated beverage drawer or wine cooler. Use it all year for personal enjoyment of that morning coffee or evening cocktail.
And for the food….kitchen islands can be a fun easy place to create a buffet style side board. Include service items for your guests’ access to free yourself up to enjoy the company!
Almost there….next we’ll look to making it cozy and comfortable.
A good soakinginyourbath lifts your spirits and refreshes both your body and mind. But a good looking bathroom in general adds extra warmth when inhabiting the room. A well designed, decorated and nice looking bathroom serves the home with coolness, refreshment and even appeal. If you need any renovation work completed to help it along, Kresge Contracting in Columbus, OH can handle it for you in an affordable and efficient way.
It should be noted that a well decorated bathroom may also provide a better chance of closing a deal when selling your home. Therefore, if you want to get the most value for your home; you have to invest heavily on the creative and innovative part of your bathroom. Below are some of the best bathroom design elements to consider.
Light Placement and Features
A bathroom must be illuminated with a good lighting scheme to provide various illuminated purposes like using the mirror to fix your hair, shave, or brush your teeth and creating overall lighting in the room for easy maneuvering and usage. That way, you can productively get the job done and be able to see better to clean your face, put on facial cream, pluck your eyebrows, etc. In summary, good lighting provides better detail and will also increase energy levels more than dull lighting or misdirected lighting would. That certainly helps get the morning started well.
Lighting Styles and Types
You may decide to install vanity or mirror lights such as traditional or contemporary styles. Remember, bathroom lighting should not be placed at a height that does not form shadows. In fact, it’s recommended to install a lighting system which illuminates your face clearly.
To better explain the theory of lighting, you need to find the style and type you need to accent your bathroom well and also need to choose the right lamps, as each one has different color outputs or brightness levels.
Bathroom Color Scheme
A bathroom needs to have a color scheme that makes it look refreshing and cool at the same time. The theme you decide on should be coordinating the colors of the tiles, faucets, walls and accessories as well.
Blending a blue serene with a white scheme has been found to be very attractive and pleasant to the eye.
You can also experiment with tones of red, gray, tan, orange, yellow, and green. If you are a Buckeye fan, scarlet red with a touch of gray can make the perfect relaxing atmosphere you desire.
Brown has often been found to give a room a warm feeling, but does make the area feel smaller. If you have a larger sized bathroom, this is perfect for you with a mix of tan or maybe a deep green.
Blend with the Fixtures
Color ideas can go on forever, but you get the picture on where you can go with them for your bathroom. Regardless of your desires, remember to take the fixtures into consideration when planning your colorful environment.
View Part 2 on Innovative Bathroom Ideas Below:
Come on in…! You’re going to be “floor-ed”. A little humor there, but seriously, you might think entertaining is all about having A LOT of floor space to move in. But, you might be surprised to know that layout is king!
Open floor plans seem ideal for entertaining. The space feels larger, is easier to move about with fewer visual barriers. However, layout efficiency, traffic flow and work zones, are more important than an open floor plan.
Here are a couple of examples from some of our recent projects….
These photos feature some smaller footprint kitchens with separate zones for cooking, prepping, clean-up and hanging out. Small but mighty spaces!
For entertaining ease, try to establish separate cooking and clean up zones. Utilize raised countertops or visual displays to separate guests from your food prep. Keep in mind that great kitchens draw guests to the edge of the cook zone but not into it!
This holiday season don’t be intimidated by size or lack of it. Establish some defined areas, recruit some guests, and enjoy. That’s what this time of year is all about, gathering together!
A bathroom is one of the most popular rooms in the home and most people end up remodeling their bathroom at some point in their lives. Remodeling isn’t an easy task, but it is possible provided that you have a basic knowledge of the tools, products, methods, steps, and safety precautions. Kresge Contracting in Columbus, OH can provide the options and complete the project in no time should you decide to hire a remodeler.
Regardless, undertaking this work on your own will save you a lot of cash, as long as it is done correctly to prevent short term problems from arising and prevent malfunctioning products. Whether you need to repair, refinish, or change the entire plan of your bathroom, knowledge will take you a long way. In this article, we will list a few things to remember when it comes to bathroom remodeling.
The Theme of Your Bathroom
The first step involves choosing the kind of theme you would love to go for. It is advisable to stick with a single style throughout the entire home including your bathroom. Having multiple styles in your space may give the impression of being disorderly. If you intend to market your home in the future, you should stick to one theme as potential buyers will shop for one style and almost certainly will be turned away by many variations.
Next is the color. If you want to set the tone of your bathroom, use appropriate colors. Most home owners want to add a color to a monochromatic bathroom design scheme. Nonetheless, in small areas such as bathrooms, many different colors can overwhelm the space. Don’t pick any color that can make your space feel moresqueezed than it already is. Orange is good for the complexion, while green is not.
Bathroom Mirrors and Lights
Finally, add a mirror or two and some lighting. A mirror that comes with a gold or silver frame can do the trick. These mirrors will make great additions to your bathroom scheme since they give your space a feel that is bigger and can make excellent décor for dull walls. When it comes to lighting, pick appropriate lighting solutions based on the purpose and the type of light output desired. Use lights that mimic natural lighting or those that are somewhat soft since they work very well in smaller spaces. Bright white and daylight work great for vanity lighting while cool white adds a comforting touch to ceiling lights.
There are myriads of ways in which you can give your bathroom a new lease of life. Use the tips above and you will have a different atmosphere that causes functionality to meet well with comfort.
In the midst of the holiday season, kitchens tend to be the gathering place for guests. Great entertaining is enhanced with an efficient kitchen layout that seamlessly meets the needs of homeowner and guest. In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving we will look at how to Incorporate some simple ideas for getting the most out of your entertaining kitchen during the holiday season.
For a sneak peek…we will take a quick glimpse at making the most of your kitchen layout, how to set up for convenience to all, how to maximize your space for comfort and finally a look at customized touches!
You’ll be confidently ready for those guests in no time!
Welcome to the final part of our series on renovating vs remodeling….and the unveiling!
Note in this completed project all elements of the client’s desires were met and exceeded:
- Kitchen is transformed from boxy and closed to open with flow to rest of first floor. Wow!
- Improved layout and organization
- Efficient day-to-day use and entertaining
- Professional grade appliances
- Incorporated existing windows
- Incorporated natural elements
To this! Your turn! Whether you renovate or remodel, let Mark help you make your space uniquely you….
Did you enjoy the photos last week? Many times for homeowners it can feel an impossible task to visualize their familiar kitchen as a new space. This is where the design expertise of a designer like Mark can be invaluable. Through his careful consideration of the client needs and desires and his creative and expert knowledge, he was able to offer a winning design!
A good design is essential to plan out your project. In process photos highlight the many components your designer needs to consider to ensure a project is on task, on budget and on time….
For a remodel project such as this, the space is first taken down to its bare bones and then reconfigured.
The first step in a remodel, is the demo stage. This includes taking out all that needs to go! Effort to reduce mess and dust includes sealing off the work area.
Once the old is gone, work begins on framing, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC. These are elements that are unseen in the finished work but so very important to consider. After these elements are in place attention turns to flooring, wall finishes, cabinetry, lighting installation and other final finishes.
As you can imagine, the inconvenience during this stage of a project can be difficult to endure. As you’ll see next week….it is worth it!
Most homeowners can agree on one thing: the kitchen is the heart of the home. It is the one common area where the family can get together to cook healthy meals while they laugh and converse about their hectic days. With so much time spent in the kitchen, it makes sense to invest time and money to highlight this important space, and the perfect kitchen cabinets can make a world of difference.
While most modern kitchens today use glass and stainless steel materials, natural wood offers a unique and “homey” feeling while adding natural warmth to your kitchen. Here are the options you have when choosing wood for your cabinets.
Types of Wood
- Oak/Rift Oak
Alder is a hardwood that is significantly softer than cherry or maple. It is a high-quality wood that provides stable surfaces and accentuates stains and finishes. Alder’s beauty stems from its rustic nature, which can range from extremely rustic—enough to highlight open knots, pin holes, and streaks—to not-so-rustic, which isusually clear and unmarked.
Kitchen cabinets made of maple wood exude true character. This wood material is versatile enough to suit many different styles and elegant finishes. Maple wood cabinets have a color complexion that can range from pale, reddish brown, to a creamy, white shade. You can also find maple with a smooth and uniform appearance.
If you are looking for darker wooden cabinets, then cherry is your best bet. Hues of cherry wood usually range from golden red to deep yellow. These wooden cabinets are extremely versatile and give a truly classic and timeless appearance.
Oak is a perfect wood for making cabinets, whether they’re used for a rustic, traditional, or casual look. This material has a distinct, artistic look that makes it suitable for many cabinet design styles; it can also look very modern if accentuated correctly. Oak wood cabinets often have open-grain patterns, with hues ranging from a dark cinnamon color to salmon red.
Contact Kresge Contracting, located in Columbus, Ohio, to plan your next remodel. Their friendly and highly-trained staff is ready to help you build your perfect home.
KCI Blog Date:October 13, 2014 (Part 2 of 4 part series)
Renovate or Remodel?….that is the question.
Welcome to our dust free journey through a remodel project. This week we will review the project prior to start. Our clients had determined they were ready for a remodel of their kitchen and dining areas.
Their project goals included:
- Transform kitchen from boxy and closed to open with flow to rest of first floor
- Improve layout and organization
- Redesign for efficient day-to-day use and entertaining
- Install professional grade appliances
- Incorporate existing windows in design
- Incorporate natural elements in design
This remodel was going to involve soffit removal, brick chimney removal, wall removal, rework of wiring and HVAC.
Enjoy the before photos…stay tuned next week as we’ll look at the process…..
Because your kitchen is the most heavily used room in your home, it should be organized well so that it is simple to use and makes your life a lot easier. Below are 5 steps to an organized and orderly kitchen.
1. Empty Cabinets
Empty each cabinet and check it for least used items, duplicate items, broken or forgotten items that you had and either donated or discarded. This should be done for each cabinet and drawer. Since most kitchens do not have a lot of storage space, only keep things that you love or use.
2. Group “Like Items” Together
All your baking items need to be sorted and grouped together and this also applies to your cooking items. Put together the dishes that you eat from, holiday or the seasonal items used only rarely, glassware and those special serving or entertaining pieces that you use just occasionally.
3. Organize the Cabinets
At this moment, you have groups of items laid out on your floor. Make up your mind on where each of these items needs to be stored.
- • Keep baking and cooking utensils near to where food preparation is done.
- • Keep glassware near refrigerator or the sink.
- • Come up with a tea or coffee station and this includes mugs, filters and sugar and keep close to water source.
- • This ensures that you do not have to go back and forth the kitchen for items you require only to make your beverage for the morning.
4. Store Items in Clear Containers
Put together items such as gravy mixes, cocoa envelopes, hot cereal packets and sauce mixes packets in small plastic containers. This ensures that these do not get scattered all over your cabinet. For food in tiny boxes like pudding mix or gelatin, the best way to store them is to use clear plastic shoeboxes.
5. Keep Empty Storage Containers and Lids at the Same Place
All containers without lids have no use for you, which is why you should discard them. Then keep the containers with the lids on or put their lids together in another container. The same needs to be applied for the lids for the pans and pots.
If following these suggestions does not satisfy your space or appearance needs, it may be time for a kitchen remodel that will. Kresge Contracting in Columbus, OH can get your kitchen the way you want it and keep the home’s appeal going.
Fall is upon us and as the weather changes and holidays begin to descend we tend to spend a little more time indoors. This is the time when many homeowners begin to look at their home and consider making a change.
If that describes you, an initial goal could be to answer the question “Are you going to renovate or remodel?” For many homeowners these terms seem synonymous, but they are very different. Understanding the differences can help you define your home project and give you a realistic set of expectations for the process.
To renovate is to literally “make new again”. A renovation project would include utilizing your existing space and refreshing it. The key defining element here is to make the space new without changing its use or structural components. A kitchen is still a kitchen, a bath, still a bath. A typical approach is to update fixtures, cabinets, counters, wall colors, flooring, etc. to refresh the space.
To remodel is to change the way a home is designed. In contrast to a renovation, a remodel project would include redefining a space which includes changes in structural elements. For instance, a remodel could be the combination of a kitchen and dining room into one large eat-in kitchen. As you can imagine, such a change would involve changes in framing, plumbing, electrical, HVAC ducts, flooring and many other finishes.
The inherent differences in these projects impact the homeowner in many ways. Impacts can be seen in planning, budget, project length, homeowner disruption, and personalization.
Renovations involve less planning as they tend to be simpler in nature. With the simpler nature of a renovation, budgets are more modest, time frames shortened and disruptions reduced. These are real benefits to renovating. The drawback to this type of project is a more limited opportunity to personalize the space for unique needs.
Remodeling allows you to create the space that best serves your needs, tastes and passions through personal customizations. By definition, remodeling projects bring with them lengthier planning, greater investment, additional time to complete and increased disruptions to the homeowner. In the end you are rewarded with a home that is uniquely you.
No matter your project aspirations, selecting the right team is important to ensure creative and accurate planning, realistic budget considerations, and timely project completion. Undertaking home projects can seem daunting, but with the right professional team supporting you it can be fun with dramatic results!
So, as fall grips us, grab that cup of hot cider and define your desired project….start a renovation soon or plan a remodel for next spring?….hmmm
Join us over the next three weeks as we highlight a dramatic remodel project we undertook. You won’t believe the difference!
Whether you have an oven, a toaster, a bread machine, a coffeemaker or any other appliance that you regularly use to heat and cook food, maintaining these appliances can be tough. Proper and regular maintenance ensures that your heating, toasting and roasting appliances are safe and dependable. Here are some of the most crucial tips you can use to maintain these appliances.
Debris and food remnants take up extra energy, which would have been used elsewhere. Debris crusted on food such foils may restrict the unfettered flow of hot air within your appliance. This reduces the efficiency of your appliance and it may even compromise the manufacturer’s standard lifespan stipulated for your particular appliance. Cleaning it regularly to remove this debris will allow your oven, toaster or coffeemaker to work optimally and even beyond your expectation.
Checking the Gaskets
Most of these cooking appliances are often compromised by degraded or a faulty gasket seal. If the seal is not in good condition, there is no way that your appliance will reach or even maintain higher temperatures. By checking regularly these gaskets, you can replace them if faulty to make your appliance work, as it was when you bought it.
Calibrate the Temperature
When your oven or bread maker isn’t calibrated well, checking and regulating the temperatures may be tougher than you may think. Improper calibration means that you’ll certainly under-cook or over-cook your food. Whenever you experience such as a problem, don’t hesitate, just contact a professional or refer to the user manual on how you can fix it. Although, it may be costly, replacing the temperature device is worth it.
These cooking, roasting, toasting and heating appliances are essential items in your kitchen. Most of them are not that expensive but you wouldn’t want to purchase a new one each time one of them malfunctions. Consider replacing the worn out parts to get your appliance working again. If you need a kitchen renovation instead, Kresge Contracting in Columbus, OH can provide design estimates and get your project going. Your appliances may function well and look great, but the condition of your kitchen can hinder appeal too.
Over the past 4 weeks we’ve looked at four important activity centers for a kitchen. With a little planning and evaluation of your own home, you can make this active time of year more organized, less stressful and more enjoyable for you and your family. If you are undertaking a kitchen project to make the most of these needed spaces, good design is important.
For food prep centers, consider a long, uninterrupted counter placed near a sink and cooking surface or fridge.
For your pantry, tall storage cabinetry or closet type spaces offer great options for food and small appliance storage.
The home desk/planning center can be the heartbeat of the home, keeping everyone on task and time. Make it work for you. Utilize calendars, cookbooks, chalkboards, bins to help you keep it all together.
And finally, enjoy your space. Make it a place where it’s easy for you to live and to incorporate your family and friends. Offer seating for those that are coming along to chat and visit during culinary tasks. Plan for an outlet to catch up on shows or relax to music while moving about the kitchen.
While these areas are not all inclusive elements for your kitchen, they are areas of great importance. With an eye to design, make your space reflect your tastes and passions! We consider that our top priority…because it’s more than just a room…it’s uniquely you!
One of the biggest areas in your home is the floor, so the flooring you choose in each room makes a difference. If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, you’ll want to consider the types of flooring you want to use.
The first step to deciding what kind of kitchen flooring to use comes down to determining what you need from your floor. To decide what will suit you best, ask yourself these questions before considering your kitchen remodel:
- Do you have children? Pets?
- Do you spend all your time in the kitchen?
- Do you entertain in the kitchen?
Considering the impact these things have on what you need from your floor in terms of style and durability will help you choose.
There are 5 main types of floors to consider:
Hardwood is the most classic type of flooring and never loses its appeal. It’s durable, but it does require some maintenance and cleaning in order to keep it looking beautiful.
Laminate is tough when it comes to stains and scratches, is incredibly easy to clean, and comes in many different styles.
Bamboo/Cork are both natural materials; bamboo has a stylish, sophisticated look, and cork has a sponginess to it, making it more comfortable if you spend a lot of time on your feet in the kitchen. It’s important to note that these floors sometimes need special care because they expand and contract with temperature and humidity changes.
Vinyl is less expensive than many other options and comes in a variety of styles, even hardwood or stone, if you prefer, and it’s easy to clean.
Linoleum has less stylistic options than some of the other choices, although it does come in a variety of colors and patterns, but it is extremely durable and can stand up to the many feet that pass through your kitchen.
Once you have narrowed down your options, talk to a professional in kitchen remodeling like the team at Kresge Contracting in Columbus, OH, for some additional insight before making a decision.
A bathroom remodel can bring a fresh perspective to your home, but there are so many choices to make when you do a remodel. One of the things you’ll have to choose when you’re planning your bathroom design will be lighting.
The lighting you choose will depend on the mood you want in your bathroom and what fits your personal style. Here are a couple of options to consider:
Chandelier – These elegant lighting fixtures aren’t just for dining rooms anymore. You may not have considered putting a chandelier in your bathroom, but the right size and type for your style can bring a richness and luxury.
When looking at chandeliers for your bathroom, it’s important to consider both the style and how it fits into your overall design as well as the size. If your bathroom is smaller, a large chandelier could be imposing, so think of proportions as you look at your options.
Wall Sconces – Sconces are some of the most classic lighting fixtures, and certainly appropriate for any bathroom. Sconces are a great choice because they come in a huge variety of styles. You can most certainly find one that fits your design.
Take a look at your bathroom design to decide where you want to put the sconces so that they’ll provide the appropriate amount of light while also looking sophisticated and fitting into the scheme of your design.
Recessed Lighting – Want something more modern or just less obvious? Recessed lighting is an excellent lighting choice for bathrooms and has grown in popularity in the past ten years.
There are a lot of different opportunities and spaces in your bathroom for recessed lighting, but you’ll want to talk to your remodeling professional to make the best plan for fitting recessed lighting into your design.
Remember, as well, that you can certainly have more than one type of fixture filling your bathroom with light! To get the best plan for your bathroom remodel, check with the experts at Kresge Contracting in Columbus OH. Their experience can help pave the way for the perfect bathroom.
September’s arrival is here! It marks the time of year when leaves begin turning red and gold, the weather is mellowing, and families once again face the hectic schedule of school days, activities and homework. This is a great time to assess how your home can help create calm in the aftermath of summer vacations and the typical back-to-school chaos. . .
This month we will be looking at utilizing some kitchen “Centers of Activity” for maximum organization and efficiency. If you’re anything like us, your kitchen is often the center of the home’s activities. While there are many areas considered when designing a kitchen, we will focus on just four activity centers including: food prep, food storage, home calendar management and socializing. In the coming weeks we are going to break it down to focus on one of these areas each week.
The Food Prep Zone!
The food prep zone is the area carved out very simply for…um…food prep.
When designing a kitchen, your designer will consider and plan for a long, uninterrupted counter that is placed between the sink and cooking surface as an ideal location to consider. It can also be placed between the sink and the refrigerator. If your kitchen sports multiple cooks, there will be more than one preparation area. Often designs will include a secondary sink associated with the food preparation center.
This should be the perfect place to launch meals and lunch prep efforts. It is a good idea to keep utensils and supplies nearby for ease of access and to limit wasted search efforts. Store lunch packing materials, such as plastic baggies, twist ties, napkins, and storage containers close by. This can be accomplished by utilizing cute storage baskets on the counter, storing in drawers or in the cabinets under the counter. Have your students drop their lunch boxes here after school so everything stays central. For meal prep, keep needed items in close proximity such as knives, cutting boards, bowls, spices, measuring containers, and food wraps. It is helpful to have your prep zone near a sink for ease of cleaning any fruit or vegetables used. This is an area that is important to keep clean, especially if working with meats.
As you can image, your food prep zone will be unique to you and your family. Be creative and let this be a space where you are inspired!
Join us next week as we take a look at the pantry…..
In the past few weeks we have spent a little time looking at the design considerations for your dream kitchen. While it is fun to consider all the wonderful options for your space, undertaking such a remodeling project can feel overwhelming at times. So many style options, lifestyle considerations, price breaks, schedule needs….
Relax. When you start by engaging a certified kitchen designer to evaluate your personal needs and goals, the process becomes much easier and can be quite enjoyable! Here at Kresge Contracting, Inc. we specialize in turning homes into a unique reflection of the client’s needs, dreams and passions – because a remodeled space should be “more than just a room, it’s uniquely you.” In order to assist in your efforts to secure that dream kitchen, please take the time to request your complementary personal kitchen planning guide that walks you through all the steps of planning your own kitchen remodel. It is available via the Kresge Contracting website.
Have you been dreaming of your style and priorities as regards your kitchen? Well, this week we will look at two very important components to your project….budget and timelines. While these project topics are not as exciting as style and use, they sure get us excited if they are not dealt with up front. These are not areas we like surprises.
As you dream of your new kitchen, setting a budget range will help refine your focus. Your budget will help you determine realistically how far you can go with your project. Budget parameters help define whether you will undertake a simple remodel or a full redesign, which cabinetry line to consider, what countertop material is the best fit, and how much you can spend on organizational tools and other finishes and details. The key to staying within your budget surprisingly is starting with a certified kitchen designer in tandem with a reputable remodeling firm. This decision allows you to understand pricing up front as selections are made with a view to the entire project goals. They can help with wise decisions to ensure the end result is all you hoped for both stylistically and monetarily.
The scope of your project is a determining factor in the length of time to complete your project. Simple updates can take 4-6 weeks, while a full-scale custom remodel may take 3-5 months. This is the area of a project that can often present the greatest challenge…living in the project! It is important to plan for and anticipate the challenges that are to come. Key at this stage is working with a reputable remodeling firm with GREAT communication skills. You should reasonably expect to know what will be happening and when. You should know when the project will start and end. You should be able to plan according to the information provided. A good project manager should provide regular updates on your project, keep it moving on schedule and ensure the end result is all you expected it to be.
Join us next week as we pull this all together…
We will begin to dig into a couple of design considerations for your dream kitchen this week. Last week we offered some important questions to reflect upon to help bring your desires for you project into focus. Let’s refine the process now by considering two important elements….style and personal priorities.
Some homeowners feel it can be hard to define their style. We all have one, even if we don’t know what it is. Some little steps can help in that process. Collecting magazine photos and online ideas on Pinterest and Houzz, can help provide ideas of what you like and don’t like. Common styles include contemporary, rustic, chic, traditional, transitional, and country. Some homeowners understand their style, while others need help refining theirs. An experienced certified kitchen designer can assist in sorting out the many options you need to consider. Working with a remodeling company that has a good showroom is a tremendous asset. They can provide inspiration and great ideas as you view and handle product samples and understand how they contribute to specific stylistic influences. Samples can often be taken to see how they look and feel in your own home.
Many homeowners have personal priorities for their kitchens. Perhaps there are certain elements they particularly desire, such as an island, pantry, dining area, recycling, desk center, tv/entertainment area, wine storage, or special cooking zones. Other homeowners are most concerned about how to open their space up to join the kitchen with adjacent living areas. Your designer can help evaluate how you live in your space. They are prepared to offer solutions to ensure your project achieves your goals for function and uniquely reflects your interests and lifestyle.
Next week we will look at a two more design elements to ensure your project is a success: Budget and Timeline.
In the past few weeks we’ve look at the utility of the kitchen. Now, let’s get to the fun. Did you know that in a University of Minnesota survey, 69% of the time, someone was in the kitchen with the cook, but NOT necessarily cooking! With such a reality, let’s design for fun and company in the kitchen by incorporating socializing and media centers in the kitchen!
Many families find that creating a socializing center for family members to visit and talk while preparing meals helps them stay more connected and makes use of the precious moments between home, school, work, and activities. Planning for seating and socializing allows you to extend visits with your guests while finishing meal prep or undertaking clean-up. This can be achieved with a simple island bar or other additional seating. Space constraints and budget impact how best to incorporate seating considerations in the kitchen, but don’t be afraid to explore your options.
Consider as well a media center with sound bar or television. A television allows the cook to make the most of kitchen time by keeping up with news or weather reports or favorite shows. A sound bar allows the cook and guests to relax to or heat up with some music. By incorporating media options in the kitchen you can make the time spent more enjoyable.
Don’t be afraid to explore how to incorporate seating and media considerations with your designer to create a space that is functional and fun!
Next we’ll wrap up before we head into October!
Thanks for joining us again this week as we look to design in kitchen centers of activity. This week we are turning our attention to the home planning center. As you can imagine, the home planning center can be very elaborate or simple based upon your taste and budget considerations. No matter the size of your space, this is often the mail dropping, calendar keeping, paper posting, message alerting area of the home.
While this center of activity often includes a desk, a system of wall hangings can work as well to help with planning. The home planning center often includes cookbooks, a magnetic chalkboard or dry erase board, family calendar, menu plan, and bins for mail sorting. Take some time to think about how your family functions and design your space to conform to your unique needs.
This is a fun area to get creative! Use a chalkboard for family members to write down notes and pantry staples that need restocked. If magnetic, students can also attach important papers. A family calendar is helpful to include and serves as a great reminder of upcoming activities and important dates. If you use a digital calendar to record family commitments and schedules, print out a copy each month so everyone can view and update it as needed.
If the home does not have a separate office, incorporating a desk and cabinetry for storage would be an important consideration to keep you organized. Without an office, the kitchen planning center can be the area where important household records are kept, mail is sorted and financial needs are attended to in addition to keeping track of the calendar. Consider your needs for seating, lighting, electronic components such as phones or computers in this area and plan for the required outlets. It can be helpful to keep this area separate from your food prep zones to ensure important papers are not compromised with an unfortunate spill.
Whatever the configuration, make it uniquely you and enjoy your space! Next week we’ll look to having a little fun in the kitchen….
Welcome back! Last week we began our series on the design considerations for the different types of Centers of Activity in a kitchen.
Now that you’ve got your food prep zone organized, let’s turn our attention to the all-important pantry…
When designing a kitchen, most will incorporate a pantry. The pantry can be as elaborate as a large walk-in space with shelving or as simple as a pantry cabinet. Many pantry centers include floor-to-soffit or floor-to-ceiling storage for food which is located near the food preparation area. No matter is configuration, a pantry can provide a multitude of space to store your kitchen essentials.
A kitchen pantry is a great place for snacks and shelf-stable lunch items to be kept. If you have children, designate a shelf for healthy snacks that kids can grab quickly and easily. Keep snacks and lunch items organized in clear bins so you can quickly see what is available and what needs restocked. You can employ a similar strategy in the refrigerator with pre-cut veggies, fruit and other lunch items. Organized storage can help reduce clutter in the kitchen, and make lunch and meal prep a breeze with easy access to needed items.
So far we’ve looked at kitchen centers of activity for food prep and pantry storage. Next week join us as we look at ways to keep everyone on track in your family with the Home Planner Center!
Are you planning your dream kitchen? An important first step should be assessing YOUR needs. What do you love and hate about your existing kitchen? Is it too small, too sprawling, is it disorganized, is the style a good fit, does it function well for your lifestyle and family? What is most important for you to accomplish with the project? How are you hoping your dream kitchen will function?
Thinking through these and the following questions help to establish your project goals. The focus gained will guide the decision making process and help increase satisfaction with your remodel. Consider: Do you want more space or just a more organized space? Does your kitchen connect well with living areas? What family changes do you anticipate in the coming years, such as additional children, graduating children, or parents coming to stay? Are there any physical issues you should plan for, such as effects of aging? What are your entertaining needs?
The kitchen is easily one of the most utilized rooms in a home. With so much time spent there it should be a unique reflection of you and suit your needs. With so many elements to consider, a very wise first effort, should be finding an experienced certified kitchen designer. An experienced designer can help navigate the myriad of options related to your project.
Over the next month, we will be looking at some of the most important considerations in securing your dream kitchen! So, take the time now to dream a little of your space, and what your unique desires are for your space.
This week we will wrap up our series on Design Considerations for a Bathroom Remodel. If you’ve been reading along with us, you are aware of just how many different design elements there are to focus on in undertaking a project. The key to success in your project is PLANNING!
The planning phase is critical to avoiding many of the challenges and headaches common to remodeling projects. Your remodeling professional can help you define your style, guide you through the design process, and provide samples from their showroom. An experienced design team is able to envision the best possibilities for your space and offer computer design plans so that you can visualize the space before any physical work is started. The end result is a new bathroom that not only meets your needs, but is a unique reflection of your personality, interests, and style.
Join us next month as we turn our attention to the kitchen!
Welcome to the third part of our 4-part series on Design Considerations for a Bathroom Remodel!
Last week we took a quick peak at Vanities and Showers. This week we will turn our attention to the flooring and lighting. These components are so important to your project and yet are often taken for granted and not given adequate consideration. Speak with your designer to understand all the options available to ensure your bathroom reflects your style and enhances your enjoyment of the space.
It seems that bigger IS better, at least in regards to bathroom flooring. Large tile use in the bathroom is on the rise since it has a simpler, cleaner look and is easier to maintain. Many homeowners are also choosing heated bathroom floors with customized presets that adjust the temperature similar to modern central thermostats to keep floors cozy.
Never underestimate the value of lighting planning in a bathroom! Even simple lighting arrangements can make a big difference in the look and feel of the room. Current trends include dimming options, side lighting, shower lighting, and other light balancing effects. An experienced designer can help customize the space to maximize client considerations.
Welcome back to our series on Design Considerations a Bathroom Remodel! This week we are going to look at two of the most common elements that are updated in a typical bathroom project.
As with any project, a good designer can be invaluable in assisting the homeowner their specific project. Engaging a good designer can help ensure your project incorporates the elements desired and reflects your personal style to make your space uniquely you!
Bathroom cabinetry and vanities are moving from the simple to the complex. Vanities are being utilized not only for basic function but to reflect interesting design elements and to maximize storage capacity. The European style floating vanity is a growing trend. These units are wall-mounted and easy to clean under, but needs an experienced designer's expertise to be sure you get the best results.
Showers & Tubs
While many homeowners still opt for a pull-and-replace shower and/or bath, others are looking for personal luxury through custom designs and complex shower systems. Luxury is no longer limited to high-end designs! As you evaluate which option best suits your needs, the experience of a certified designer in the planning phase makes all the difference in the end result. The complexities of integrated walk-in showers, in particular, should be given adequate planning consideration with your designer.
Replacing the handles and knobs on your kitchen cabinets is akin to painting rooms in your house. What might look really great in the store may not look so hot in your actual home. So how can you be sure that the cabinet fixtures that look so good in the store will also look great in your kitchen? The answer is cabinet handle samples. Kresge Contracting in Columbus, OH knows this and has hundreds of samples that can be brought to your home to visually see what kitchen cabinet handles would fit your needs.
Is there such a thing as a cabinet handle sample? Yes, there is. Manufactures prefer to avoid returns, so they create samples of their products you can obtain directly from the manufacturer through their website as well as through large fixture stores such as Lowes and Home Depot.
The policy on samples will differ from manufacturer to manufacturer and store to store. Generally, you are going to be allowed to take one sample handle home to try in your kitchen for free if it is smaller than three inches or so. Larger handles or handles that are made from a unique [expensive] material may require the payment of a small deposit. Regardless, you should be able to get at least something you can try out in your actual kitchen.
When you get the sample home, go ahead and actually install it. Don't just try it on one cabinet. Do as many as you can and consider taking photos with your smart phone so you'll have a reference if you decide to consider other styles as well.
Importantly, don't just consider the visual appearance of the sample handle on your cabinets. Actually use the handle to open and close the cabinets. Depending on the height of your cabinets and the angle of your arm to the handle, you may find certain styles pinch your hand or are just uncomfortable to manipulate. On average, you are going to use the new handle for 10 years, so comfort and ease of use are legitimate topics you need to take into account.
Once you've tried out a few different samples, it should become fairly obvious which one is the best for your particular kitchen. Now you just need to order a sufficient number of the handles and install them.
How to Plan a Bathroom Remodel (Part 1 of Four Part Series)
A well planned bathroom layout and design helps you make the most of your space, reflects your personal style, and gives you the features and elements that make using the space a joy each day. There are many ways to undertake your bathroom remodel, from the complete DIY (do-it-yourself) approach to engaging a design-build firm. Apart from the decision of whether you are undertaking this project on your own or hiring a professional, it important to define the scope of your project before any work commences.
To define the scope of your project, it helps to contemplate a few details as you plan your remodel. For example, consider whether you want to update the current elements or create an entirely new layout. Some projects are simple renovations where outdated elements are simply replaced with updated items. Some projects may involve moving existing elements to a new location, enlarging the current space, removing or adding walls, moving plumbing, adding electrical. This is what is known as a remodel project. While some simple updates can be easily performed yourself, more complex updates and new layouts benefit greatly from a designer’s expertise. A designer's expertise at the front end of a project can help avoid a headache after the project has begun. They assist the homeowner in identifying key considerations from plumbing and electrical, wall placements, adequate clearance for new elements as well as movement around the space. Four major updates most often considered are vanities, showers/tubs, flooring and lighting. We will expand our discussion on these areas in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
The timeless, outstanding and gorgeous looks of wooden floors capture the beauty of nature besides enhancing the value and aesthetics of your home. Companies like Kresge Contracting in Columbus, OH offer the latest trends and carry wide selections to choose from if you need a floor installation. Elegant, rich tones in smooth lacquers and hand-scraped planks bring an undeniable appeal that is luxurious and rustic at the same time. If you don’t need new floors, cleaning and maintaining them is easy to do. To maintain a rustic and natural look in your wooden floor, pay attention to the wooden flooring care options below.
Wooden floors should be dusted daily to keep dirt and other particulate matter off the floor. This will not only prevent scratching but it will also extend the glamor and life of your floor. Frequent dust-mopping will ultimately reduce the allergens in your home. Other traditional methods of dusting wooden floors, such as electrostatic materials that attract particles and allergens,are ideal. These microfiber materials reach into pores to lift up debris with ease.
All wooden floors should be cleaned on a weekly basis. Too much liquid can damage wooden floors that are why keeping wooden floors dry is essential. When cleaning these floors, look for nontoxic, PH-neutral and biodegradable homemade detergents to safeguard yourself and your family from toxic substances. For example, when you use vinegar can eat away at finish even if you dilute it with water. You should use a washable microfiber pad, which will get rid of bacteria and keep waste out of the environment.
Polishing should be done on quarterly basis to restore the shiny luster. This should be done every three months. Use water-based polishes as they don’t leave residues or emit harmful substances. These cleaning agents are effective as they prevent stripping and over-cleaning your wooden floor. Urethane-based polishes are durable, no waxy buildup, fast dry times and provides a protective layer that fills micro-scratches and they assist in evening out the appearance of your floor.
Every other floor should be dusted, cleaned and polished for it to last longer. If you observe the above flooring care options, be sure that your floor will retain its original aesthetics for the longest time possible.
Your bathroom can be the hardest room to decorate in your home. This can be due to outdated colors, old fixtures, poor lighting, and other issues. Below are simple tips that you can consider to give your bathroom more style and elegance.
You can start by creating more space in your bathroom by adding functional décor. This could be a nice cabinet storage unit above your toilet or elegant storage shelves installed in your bathtub or shower. You can opt for modern pieces or more traditional ones depending on your taste and your bathroom’s current design. By doing this you can reduce clutter and hide everyday items from view, even if your bathroom is small.
You can incorporate light reflective materials in order to create contemporary and airy environment. The best materials are high-shine metallic light fixtures, towel racks, and faucets. These can have a ridged, sleek, modern design or an embossed, more traditional design.
Resurface Instead of Replacing Cabinets
Depending on your preferences, you can paint your cabinets in any color, or you can even strip them and stain them if they are wood. Make sure that the color you choose blends well with the other colors in the bathroom but that you avoid too much of one color. You don’t want the bathroom to be overwhelmed with color, or possibly too sterile with all pale neutrals.
Mirror Mirror on the Wall
Replacing a basic bathroom mirror design with a nice framed mirror can change the whole look of your bathroom. You can choose from large or standard size, and other options including color, finish, and frame design.
And if you decide that new décor isn’t enough, and you are in the Columbus, Ohio area, you can contact Kresge Contracting Inc. for a full bathroom remodel.
Many homes have basements that are cluttered with boxes, littered with cobwebs, or others may even have exposed plumbing and wiring. However, a basement has a potential to be a functioning living space in your home. You can renovate your area and turn it to a bedroom, family room, or an office, just to mention a few.Here are the top tips to help you get started:
Planning Your Space
Before you start any remodeling in your basement, you need to know how you want to utilize the space. Your construction design will depend on what the finished room will be. For example if you want a spare bedroom, you may want to include an extra bathroom also, which will require new plumbing and wiring. Or if you will be using the space as a family room or game room, you may want to include built-in storage shelves, or extra outlets for gaming and entertainment equipment.
Covering Your Home’s Exposed Underbelly
An important element of your basement remodeling project is covering the plumbing pipes and electrical wires that are usually exposed in unfinished basement areas. You can create access panels for plumbing and electrical systems by installing suspended ceiling, which is ideal if you run into problems later.
Lighting and Flooring
Lighting and flooring is other elements that need to be changed. It’s not likely for your basement to receive enough sunlight, so you will be required to light it. Finding the best lighting for your intended use of the space is important. On the same note, your basement flooring also needs to be suitable for your intended use for the room.
Renovating any part of your home can be fun an interesting experience. If you are in the Columbus, Ohio area Kresge Contracting Inc. can assist you in designing and remodeling your basement space, or any other space in your home.
Kitchen remodeling can be a beautiful and luxurious way to improve the space and functionality of one of the most important rooms in your home. Whether you like to spend time in front of the stove or around the dinner table, this home renovation project is a great way for your family to eat better and live better. There are a number of recent advances in technology and trends that you can take advantage of to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to your renovation budget. You can overhaul the entire look and feel of your cooking space by following a few simple kitchen remodeling tips.
First, be sure to utilize the free online tools available for kitchen remodeling tips. Upload photos of your current cooking space and alter the colors or cabinet layout with free online tools to get an idea of what the new space will look and feel like. During the planning stages, it is important to ensure that you have open and clear communication with your contractor in order to make sure that your ideas are clearly heard and understood. This helps with overall satisfaction during the process and once the project is complete, you will be happy with the results for years to come.
When you are contemplating plans for your kitchen remodeling project, it is often better to go bolder and brighter. Big, bright colors are becoming more popular and bold styles open up spaces with remarkable results. Long gone are the safe and tame cooking spaces of your grandmother in which apple pies were left to cool on the counter. Instead, make way for the busy lifestyle of your active family and make room for a kitchen design that keeps everyone well fed.
More than any other room in your home, upgrading appliances is perhaps one of the most important parts of kitchen remodeling projects. As such, it is important to keep these costs in mind when planning your overall budget and allocating space in the layout plans. Talk to a professional contractor like Kresge Contracting in
We are pleased to announce that Mark Kresge has acheived Master Certified Remodeler status! Congratulations to Mark.
The NARI Master Certified Remodeler designation recognizes Certified Remodelers that have demonstrated commitment to the remodeling industry through support of their local chapter, NARI National, and/or their local community. The MCR identifies Certified Remodelers that have withstood the test of time and continue to be succesful within the industry.
The MCR must be engaged in remodeling, must hold the Certified Remodeler designation for a minimum of 10 consecutive years and hold additional NARI Certifications (CRPM, CKBR, GCP, CLC or UDCP). They must adhere to the NARI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, must have been involved with their local NARI Chapter on a committee, as a board member or an officer or they must have involvement as a leader in their community.
Congratulations, again, to Mark. The achievement demonstrates his continued commitment to excellence in remodeling.
Exploring cabinets for your bathroom remodel before you decide on a given type of cabinet is very necessary. This is simply because after you take your time and explore different options available you will easily decide on the best. For instance, there are different styles of kitchen cabinets which you can have in your home but you need to consider factors such as the cost of the cabinets and the availability of experts who will help you in installing them. The best cabinets you consider should be readily available where you can access experts to help you in installing them easily. The following are factors you need to consider when exploring cabinets for your bathroom:
Consider the materials used in making the cabinets.
The best cabinets to have in your home should be made out of durable materials which will ensure you make use of them for a long period of time before you develop any need to look for repair services. If possible you should buy from manufacturers who are known to sale durable materials which will serve you well.
Consider the color of the cabinets.
If possible, you should go for cabinets which are made out of a color which you will appreciate having in your home. There are some colors which you love the most, so you should go for such colors when installing cabinets in your bathroom. In the bathroom there are high chances that water will spill onto the cabinets, so if possible you should go for cabinets that will resist spoilage by water. This will be possible after you take your time and consider buying the cabinets from stores that sale those that are resistant to water. In case you do not have a clue on the best cabinets for you to install, then it is better for you to ask the experts at Kresge Contracting in
The counter in your kitchen has a visual impact on the overall theme in the room, but it also gets used for various activities and many purposes. When you are looking at a kitchen countertop install, the first step is to decide on materials. Each type has different features/benefits and is used for different purposes. Here are some common materials to choose from.
Granite countertops are one of the most commonly desired types, mainly due to the beauty they provide from their unique marble design and because they hide dirt and imperfections well. No marble surface is alike and the design helps hide imperfections, scratches, dirt, and stains. Marble is available in several finishes, including brushed, sandblasted, flamed, or polished. It is more expensive, but it increases the home’s value and offers the durability level that many households need. Nevertheless, it is more difficult to maintain than other types and requires occasional sealing to protect from stains. The corners can get chipped and it is heavy and labor intensive to install, but well worth it because it works great as a multi-purpose kitchen surface.
Quartz countertops are a form of natural stone. They are one of the most durable choices for the kitchen because they resist heat and water, as well as knives and stains. Quartz counters are easier to maintain than Marble and they fight bacteria. They have a glossy, beautiful sheen to them and Quarts is naturally stain resistant so the gloss finish is an added bonus. Nevertheless, patterns may not be uniform and corners can break and need repaired by a professional.
Synthetic Countertops (Laminated Countertops)
Synthetic countertops are constructed of particle board or plywood and are lined with a sheeted surface, often made from acrylic materials. The advantage here is design, affordability, and versatility. They are also easiest to install.
These countertops are inexpensive, yet provide great durability and are quite dependable. Synthetic counters have higher stain resistance qualities to them and clean easy. However, they are more prone to scratches and heat than other types. All you need there is a cutting board and a heat pad or a trivet. Because of the acrylic surface, designs are plentiful.
Countertops in Other Materials
Aside from the 3 countertop materials described above, you can also choose concrete, soapstone, lava stone, marble, and stainless steel materials. Each one of these has its own pros and cons. Most of them require special treatment or routine maintenance in order to keep them looking good and prot
There are two different kinds of range hoods that you can use in your home as you consider kitchen remodeling options. First, you can opt for a vented option. A vented choice can work by allowing vapors and other components in the air in your home to move out of a space by re-circulating the air that comes into the spot with as much effort as possible.
Second, you can choose a ventless range hood. This filters out particles in the air and secures them in tight spots without putting you at risk of any problems that might affect you otherwise.
A ventless range hood will not require any vents, as the name suggests. As a result, it will be much easier for you to install such a hood in your home.
However, a vented range hood will have less maintenance required. That is, the filtration unit in a ventless range hood has to be cleaned off from time to time while a vented hood will not require you to do this as the air will move outside the home. This is used to help improve the quality of the air whatever you are, thus giving off a better feeling that you can enjoy having in your home.
Either option can come in the same shapes and sizes that you may have come to expect out of such units. These include options that feature curved or slanted bodies to help take in the air that gets into a room. If this is used the right way then you will have more than enough coverage to take care of any surface that you have to work with when getting your space covered the right way.
These two options should be considered when looking for solutions relating to keeping air under control in your home. These range hoods can really do well for your kitchen if used properly.
When comparing vented and ventless range hoods as part of your kitchen remodel, consulting a professional like Kresge Contracting in Columbus, Ohio, can give you the best plan for your space.
Wanting to remodel your home, however not certain how to go about discovering the best home contractors? Here are a couple of tips that will straightforwardness you through the procedure. Building another home is the most imperative choice in an individual's life and with such a great amount of in question, you would prefer not to take any risks.
Get Postings of Top Developers
Begin your hunt on the Internet. By essentially joining with the heading registries, you are certain to discover arranged postings of top positioning developers in your general vicinity. You could additionally approach companions and copartners for referrals. An alternate possible alternative is to contact your neighborhood homebuilder's affiliation and request dependable developers’ rundown in your general vicinity. When you have the schedule with you, examine and pick your manufacturer astutely.
Confirm the Builder
The most critical thing that you have to verify is that your builder is confirmed and authorized, with proper protection set up. A permit is all the verification that you could need to know the organization being referred to is skillful enough to handle your undertaking and convey great effects. Only on the grounds that an organization is authorized does not so much imply that the organization will be guaranteed as well. Protection is crucial to ensure you against unforeseen occasions. A guaranteed organization will repay you for any harm brought about throughout the fulfillment of the venture, because of the carelessness of the administration expert or staff.
Check Referrals and Testimonials
Here is the time-tried trap to confirm the soundness of the homebuilders. Check with close companions or cohorts who have former working knowledge with the organization. Few key inquiries that you have to ask is - their experience working with foreman, did they experience any obstructions along the way, whether the builder demonstrated correct to their dedication, and so on.
When you have concluded the builder that you need to work with, the last step is drafting the agreement. Whether you are making minor changes around the house or are looking to reconstruct your home sans preparation, it is paramount to have the right contracts set up. Verify the deeds given to you are intelligible and you see all the provisions given before you enter into an agreement. Each little detail that you concurred upon ought to be specified in the agreement.
Although you may feel like giving your whole house a complete makeover but where should you begin? Making some small changes to one room can often make a big difference in that area of your home. For example, your kitchen is often a big focal point in the home, and often a great place to start for remodeling. If your kitchen gets a facelift, it can bring a nice, new feel to your home.
Making Room foraKitchen Island
It's possible for you to add some class to your kitchen with the addition of a kitchen island. The truth is, if you assemble a kitchen island, it is an economical way to give your kitchen a modern appearance, and will also create a perfect focus of the whole room. There are a number of variables you should consider, when creating a kitchen island.
The Kitchen's Size
Wedging a kitchen island into a quite small space may clutter your kitchen and not be appealing despite a beautiful design. Adding a kitchen island into a more spacious kitchen, however, is a great way to make use of the extra square footage in your home.
Uses for the Kitchen Island
The extra permanent fixture in your kitchen creates a great addition, not only of counter space, but storage space, and even possibly eating space as well. Other options are appliances installed in the island, or even a sink.Your desired purpose for the kitchen island is a variable that is crucial, as it affects the design.
A kitchen island may be designed in an oblong contour, a curved shape, a square contour, a rectangular shape, or an L-shape. Basically, the contour and layout of the island will depend largely on the space you have available, and also on what you are using it for. There are even ways of designing the island in order for it to accommodate multiple uses.
Your layout for the brand new island in your kitchen should additionally contain having the ideal overhead lighting for your new surface. Ambient lighting, for example, might add drama to the kitchen, but it is not enough for cooking, stirring, or chopping.
It's essential to know about all the variables you should think about before you start the task of hiring a company to design and build a kitchen island for you. If you are ready to start this process, Kresge Contracting, Inc., of Columbus, Ohio, will be happy to assist you in all your construction needs.
When hiring a home contractor consult your family members and friends who have hired one before. When you consult, they will recommend a contractor whom satisfied them or satisfied their friends.
Consult a building or construction inspector who knows the contractors in your area who meet the code requirements. You can also visit the local lumberyard that sees contractors. You can also check out the listings of all the contractors and carry out phone interviews on them. Make quick calls and ask the following questions:
Do they take contracts of your project size?
Do they have a list of the previous clients?
Do they provide financial references from banks or suppliers?
How many projects are they working on?
How long have they worked in projects?
These questions will help you gauge the company’s capability, reliability, availability and effectiveness in carrying out projects.
Based on the interviews, you should pick three to four home contractors and meet them face to face for detailed discussions and estimates. A good contractor should answer your questions comprehensively although their personality should not fool you. It is important to research whether they have had bad history and disputes with subcontractors and client.
By this time, you should have a narrower list of the contractors. Investigate the facts they tell you by calling the former clients and seeing their finished projects. Visit an ongoing project site and see how they work; observe whether the site is safe and neat and whether the workers are responsible and careful with the home owner’s property.
After settling for potential contractors make plans and start to get bids. A good contractor should have an idea of what you want and what you are willing to spend. Set a payment schedule that will speak to contractor’s work ethic and financial status. Make sure you get the best out of your money and that the project is done professionally. Get a contractor whom whether expensive, you easily communicate and agree on matters.
Finally, put the contract into writing with every detail; insist on a clear contract. Some of the details include: materials and products for the project commence and completion dates of the project, proof of liability insurance and workers’ compensation payment. Also note that incase of changes and uncovering of problems, the project period extends and also the price increases.
Cabinets are the main focal point of any kitchen. They may seem like just boxes with doors, shelves, and drawers, but they are more than that. The cabinets in a home should be built with exceptional quality, and have a beautiful design; one which represents the owner’s personality.
The cabinets from the big box store may be cheaper, but they are not a better value than custom cabinets, which will be of better quality.
Built to last
The custom cabinets are perfectly made by some skilled cabinet makers. They are made by hand and not on the assembly lines. The cabinet makers use very quality materials thus the custom cabinets are built to last. Below is an overview of differences between stock and custom cabinetry construction, and why custom cabinetry is a better choice:
Components are plywood vs. particle board
Screwed or nailed vs. joints dowel or dovetail glued
Corner braces secured with wood glue vs. blocks stapled plastic corners
Drawer slides hidden vs. under mount side slide brackets
Elements you need
With custom cabinetry, one can select the elements that will work best for him or her. And it doesnot have to be standard cabinetry either. One can choose unique drawer and cabinet combinations that perfectly fit his or her baking and cooking style, thus creating an efficient kitchen. For example, the kitchen can perfectly incorporate a spice cabinet, trash drawer, knife cabinet, cookie sheet cabinet, wine rack, or even pullout cutting boards.
If homeowners are concerned about the wood’s origin used for their cabinets, then custom cabinetry should be the choice. With custom cabinetry, one has a broader choice of the wood for his or her project including use of domestic or local hardwoods.
Custom cabinets provide a homeowner with a completely personalselection of style, hardware, wood, and finish to address his or her needs and desires. Custom kitchen cabinetry is normally made per order using hand selected woods.
Built to fit
Custom kitchen cabinets can be made to any size according to the owner’s specifications which makes all the spaces usable thus taking good advantage of every inch in the kitchen. The custom cabinets give a fitted look that is not available with the stock cabinetry.
If you desire amazing custom cabinetry, hire Kresge Contracting for all your kitchen remodeling needs.
A bathroom is no longer a room where people go in, take a shower, and leave. Today, people are opting for designer bathrooms where they can spend a long time while taking shower or brushing their teeth. Therefore, you would want to make your bathroom very comfortable while carrying out your personal grooming. One of the best ways to liven up your bathroom design is to choose soothing color schemes. Some color schemes can energize, revitalize, and add a personal touch and freshness to your bathroom. Choosing colors for your bathroom? Well, here are a few color ideas that can transform the appearance of your bathroom.
Beautiful Bathroom Color Schemes
Fresh Turquoise and Green
A combination of a beautiful turquoise and a classy green can revamp your bathroom and turn it into a refreshing area. Using turquoise shower curtains, colored accessories, and glass tiles in either of these colors will enhance the nautical effect.
Plush Black and Dark Red
A black and dark red color combination can create an amazing space. Ensure everything is part of the scheme, including the walls, tiles, fixtures, sanitary ware and small accent pieces. You can spice it up with bronze colored accessories.
Tranquil White and Teal
This is a very pretty combination for a calming, fresh and soothing ambiance. Color your bathroom wall teal blue and add white accessories such as a mix of white and blue tiles, white or light-blue sanitary ware, and white accentuated bathroom vanity.
Funky White and Red
Adding a hot red color in maximum elements and then balancing it using white can add a lively touch to your bathing space. You can add dark red accessories or black accessories to further spruce up the area.
Classy Cream and Chocolate
Coloring your bathroom using the beautiful chocolate brown shade that blends perfectly with the natural finish of the bathroom’s wooden furniture will give your bathroom a classy look. You can use off-white floor tiles, brown wall paint, and a mix of brown and cream accessories.
Choosing any bathroom color scheme majorly depends upon your personal taste. You don’t have to consider the overall paint colors of the house, when choosing one for the bathroom.
If you’re having a hard time deciding how to handle your bathroom design and color choices, getting the input of an experienced contractor like Kresge Contracting in Columbus, Ohio, can go a long way in helping the finished product become exactly what you want.
Having a cold basement can be a bummer, especially if you have it finished and you plan on using it a lot. Understanding why you have a cold basement may not be too tough of an idea to grasp, but fixing the probably may turn out to be a bigger project than you want to take on.
First let's understand why your basement is cooler than the rest of the house no matter what the temperature is outside or upstairs. The basement is underground, blocked from sunlight and insulated by the cool earth. So no matter what you do, your basement is going to be the coolest room in the house and the hardest room to keep warm. In the summer time, it could be a plus, but in the winter time it could be brutal.
If you are trying to warm up your basement, here are a few things to look at:
- Do the walls of your basement have insulation?
- Is your carpet insulted?
- How many heat vents and where are they located at?
- Do you have a cold air return?
These are all important things you need in order to find out why your basement is cold. If your walls are not insulated, the warm air will simply seep right out. And basements have concrete floors, so if you don't have some type of insulation under the carpet, just the feel of the floor will be cold.
Heat rises and in most basements the heat vents are located on the ceiling, so if you don't have a strong enough push of air coming out of the vents and enough vents to really pump the basement with sufficient warm air, this just won't get the job done. But probably the most import thing of all is the cold air return. A cold air return takes the cold air from the basement and sends it through the furnace and back out. Without this process you may be fighting a losing battle.
If all of those seem like projects too big to tackle, you could always try to go with an extra heat source. A space heater or an electric fireplace can really help to take the chill out of the air. But nothing will work better than having a contractor come out and set you up correctly.
As the saying goes "Some people look for a beautiful place whereas some people make their place beautiful". The best way to make your house beautiful is utilization of basement space effectively. There was a time when basements were remodeled as a hobby room or were converted into an additional TV room but these days the basements have made a transition by becoming an extension of the upper living room.
The major reason for the usage of basement space is that the kids are growing up fast and demand a space for their own but the family cannot shift to a new home due to various factors. Basements-Extended Living Area offer innumerable benefits to the owner but a lot of thoughtful planning and prep work needs to be done in remodeling the space for proper usage. A structural excavation need not be done on the basement for a new footing or structural load issues.
The heating and cooling loads are also relatively less as compared to other parts of the house. Basic amenities like water, electricity is close at hand leading to a cost saving on the plumbing and electrical work. Choosing the right purpose for a basements-Expanded living area would give the owner a head start on making that portion of the house more living. The first thing that needs to be done is to detail out all the reasons for which the basement is going to be utilized.
The low lights and the coolness of the basement would give a more suitable ambiance to either a gym or a home theater. Lastly, do not be afraid to express your decorative personality and give your basement a personal and creative touch that provides a "wow factor" on entering the room. If the wetness and dampness can be effectively taken care of then the Basement-Extended Living is the one step solution to make your home larger yet beautiful.
Bathrooms forms one of the most essential rooms in everyone home. And therefore they should always be attractive, comfortable and well groomed for the user to enjoy the short time he or she spends inside. However when it comes to improving this equally precious room, a considerable number of people still perceive it as a financial draining exercise. Having a well written budget is the first step to go about the whole exercise. This article provides you the top 5 Tips to Remodel Your Bathroom on a budget.
Do a thorough clean up exercise: this is one of the cheapest way that you can ensure that your bathroom is a very good condition. Make it a frequent exercise. The exercise includes: dusting the ceilings, wipe the globe and generally the whole room.
Replacing the lights: You can easily do this without spending much as most of the bathrooms usually have one light! In as insignificant as the lighting of the bathrooms may seem, it can actually go a great mile in boosting the elegance of your bathroom.
Install a simple ventilation system: Why do I need this? Having a good ventilation system will help you fight one of the greatest enemies: moisture. Moisture formation in different parts of the bathroom enhances the growth of molds and other non-green plants which makes bathroom look old and worn-out.
Add hooks and bars: Towel bars and hooks make a bathroom to look organized. Therefore adding them on the back of doors and the side of cabinet will enhance the look. This hooks are important because the can as well be used to hold buckets, canvas pouches and laundry bags.
Refurnishing existing items: This is another great tip to remodel your bathroom and save a big chunk of money. Consider doing this often as it will help you from using lump sum cash on the whole replacement.
By following the above tips you will improve the appearance of your bathroom as well save a significant amount of your money.
Cabinets are the costliest part in the kitchen, so watchful consideration is essential earlier than buying them. If your kitchen cabinet design ideas are effective in terms of style and color, certainly you will get the correct cabinets for your kitchen. Here are some useful kitchen cabinet design ideas that may be quite useful before buying cabinets for your kitchen.
Cabinets accented with typical molding and furniture-fashion details provide an elegant kitchen with an eternal traditional style. A dark shiny finish coated over the smooth white primed cabinets communicates a sense of custom by enhancing the superior fluting, shapely legs, and elaborate crown molding of the cabinet.
You can boast the best of both contemporary and traditional styles with cabinets derived from Shaker-style structure. Buried panels in flat-face frames have contemporary and traditional features. If these cheerful white cabinets situated against channel tile backslashes with fluted glass doors, they would detain a vintage taste, at the same time as the brushed-nickel rod pulls and grips, would complement the stainless-steel devices, and drive the appearance toward the contemporary style.
Slab-frontage cabinets habitually denote industrial fashion, but a thoughtful choice of finishes and materials provides these with a softer appeal. Warm teak veneer stimulated by Danish teak furnishings builds a visual focus and a storage refuge in a wall of ground-to-ceiling cabinets. Laminate- frontage base cabinets in cool grey and vivacious lime green energize the workplace.
Traditional furniture-style cabinets and a farm table offer a kitchen a country attraction. The new, custom-constructed cabinets are greatly distressed to appear as though paint layers had been used over them for years. And purposely matchless colors of woodsy-browns and mossy-greens offer the look that a kitchen might have been changed or added over the years. Ledge accents and beveled moldings offer standard higher cabinets a vintage-cupboard appearance, supporting the farmhouse sense.
Warm ebony stained white oak cabinets bring warm texture in an eternal statement. Sandblasted glass doors and glossy chrome hardware add a restructured fashionable effect.
For a fashionable industrial-style look within the budget, shop for medium-density fiberboard or particle board cabinets covered with melamine or thermofoil. Thermofoil provides the paint a look with high-sheen lacquer effects.
As the technology keeps improving, new inventions are being done each day which enhances the way certain tasks are usually handled. For instance, the invention of the iPhone apps for construction has eased the way engineers and contractors handle different construction projects. These apps are essential for making the supervision of construction projects such as schools, roads, homes and field structures easier and more accurate. There are numerous benefits associated with using iPhone apps for construction.
iPhone construction apps allow constructors to fill out and deliver their daily progress reports accurately and on time. These apps are designed in such a way that, users can easily and conveniently fill each type of data on its correct location. It also allows users to monitor and send queries as quickly as they detect them in order for the appropriate measures to be taken. In addition, some apps contain all details concerning certain companies and their services. This reduces the hassle of trying to monitor the progress of certain projects manually besides the tasks of filling such reports manually. Therefore constructors using these apps are assured of accurate results and better performance since the tasks that could have been done manually are performed automatically.
With iPhone apps for construction, constructors are able to regulate their expenditures. This ensures constructors can track every single cent spend on the construction project and how it was used. Therefore, the chance of some money being squandered on the wrong expenses is reduced ensuring the constructor can meet his or her budgeted amount of expenditure for the whole construction project. It as well ensures the project owner is not posed to unexpected costs that may be more than their set budget. This is also essential since constructors handle millions of dollars that can be very difficult to manage manually.
iPhone apps also enable constructors to calculate the drainage on pipes and channels besides the flow of substances in certain pipes. In addition these apps can work to calculate the size of certain pipes besides the perimeter of wet surfaces in pipes when there is need. This gives plumbers the ability to monitor the continual performance of certain pipes besides determine which pipes are suitable for certain places. When installing pipes and wires on constructions, these apps can also enable constructors determine the best places to install them. As a result, using these apps guarantees users of accuracy and better results when handling construction projects.
It can be difficult for a homeowner to find cost effective and functional kitchen faucets that match his or her design aesthetic. There is likelihood that a kitchen faucet will be used the most in a home. Making the right decision when choosing a faucet is important. Although the final decision will be on the basis of whether they match the kitchen design or not, it is important to know the questions to be answered when selecting the right kitchen faucet.
When choosing kitchen faucets, the first determining factor is the size of sink. A small sink does not need more than one faucet. On the other hand, a larger or double sink will require a pull-out spray faucet or a center spout having a side spray in order to reach all parts of the sink. A spout’s reach is directly related to the sink size and should therefore be proportional. On a small sink, an oversized faucet becomes difficult to maneuver. For those who regularly wash wide dishes and bulky pots, they should go for a faucet having a high arch, as opposed to one with a standard arch as it is better for daily tableware. Another vital factor related to size is the number of holes on a kitchen sink, for it limits a homeowner’s selection of kitchen faucet choices. A majority of faucets have labels showing the number of holes needed for proper installation.
Sinks made of stainless steel call for faucets of the same material while porcelain sinks offer the homeowner flexibility of style. When initiating a kitchen remodel, choosing a kitchen faucet that matches the homeowner’s design means figuring out the finish and shape that complements the décor. For instance, a Tuscan design requires a faucet having an antiqued brass or brushed bronze finish.
Depending on someone’s needs, different handle options are available. Flow and temperature adjustments can be easily provided by single handle faucets, while only requiring a few holes and does not need two hands. Two-handle faucets have better flow and temperature adjustments but require at least three holes. A pull-out spray faucet can be functional and stylish, requiring only a single holes as well as holes for accessories. Faucets that are wall mounted do not need holes in the countertop. Instead, they are mounted to the kitchen wall and require water to be run above the countertop on the wall. Prep or bar faucets can come in handy for small sinks in entertainment spots.
Options are aplenty: If you go beyond the usual brand names, the likelihood of you finding the ideal countertop for your kitchen invariably comes down to a direct matchup between just a handful of materials. You may be overwhelmed by the choices but truth be told, hardly has there been a better time to dive into the market for the purchase of a new kitchen countertop. There was a time when people would consider themselves lucky if they could have a small prep area of faded laminate by their kitchen sink. Today, there are hundreds of textures, patterns and colors to choose from with the available materials ranging from stained concrete and quartz composites to acrylic sheets and natural stone.
Kitchen countertops, choosing the best: With such a dazzling array of choices at the disposal of homeowners, choosing the one countertop that fits in perfectly inside one's kitchen is no easy task. Since the choice of material for this surface eventually influences many kitchen palettes, it is important that it turns out to be something that has a price tag suitable for your budget, is capable of withstanding the rigors of your household activities in the kitchen and also one that you truly consider to be great. Here we take a look at the top five kitchen countertops that will help you change the ambience inside what may be regarded as the most important room in your house.
- Stainless steel countertops: If you are thinking of having a stylish kitchen with modern looks for its interiors, using stainless steel as your countertop material makes for a sensible choice. This material is capable of coordinating with any color and is also one of the easiest materials to clean as you can simply wipe it with a mild soap and cloth. What makes stainless steel the most appealing of all for use in kitchen countertops is its ability to prevent buildup of bacteria, thus making it the most hygienic countertop material for the kitchen.
- Glass countertops: Even when you look beyond the clean and sleek appearance of glass, you will be able to notice numerous benefits for use of this material as a countertop. It can not only be stained in any color but can also be cut into any texture and shape. Although slightly more expensive compared to most other materials, its modern look has hastened its growth in terms of popularity. One of the most hygienic materials to use in kitchen countertops, it can be kept clean easily while the non-porous surface also makes it resistant against the formation of stains. Glass that is tempered and has a minimum thickness of an inch has greater durability. Accommodate stainless steel appliances and lacquered cabinets inside your kitchen to enhance the modern looks
- Concrete countertops: A thick concrete countertop often serves as the focal point in the design of any modern kitchen. With this countertop material, you are allowed the freedom of customization as you can choose any texture or color to match the design. It also forms an excellent mix with many different materials such as marble, tile and glass that produces a one-of-a-kind look on the countertops. Apart from making for an eye-pleasing appearance, concrete countertops are also high on energy efficiency- it absorbs heat when the room temperature rises and then releases it when there is a fall in the surrounding temperatures.
- Wood countertops: Thick wood countertops offer a rich and warm look inside the kitchen and are available in both decorative and functional varieties. Most decorative ones offer a luxurious look when installed on the kitchen islands while for chopping food, the functional countertops are the ideal choice. Once they are sealed, wood countertops can be used as a sanitary option for chopping meat while its heat-resistant feature allows you to place hot pans and pots on its surface without any worry. You can choose to have either a small section of the countertop made of wood or replace it entirely, depending on your budget.
- Travertine countertops: Travertine countertops lend an immensely classic and charming Old World looks to any kitchen. They can be high on maintenance costs if you leave the pitted surface as it is without filling and sealing it as that may lead to absorption of liquids and entrapping of food and bacteria on the surface. Irrespective of such high costs of maintenance, travertine is one of the more aesthetically pleasing choices that bring a feeling of warmth and invitation to any design within the kitchen.
Bottom-line: Apart from these top five kitchen countertops, there are a whole host of other options to consider in this regard, plastics, laminates and solid surfaces, to name a few. The choice for a kitchen countertop material depends primarily on whether they are considered to be a long-term investment and whether the homeowner intends to compromise on maintenance and costs or not.
When seeking to remodel any aspect of your home, it is imperative that you have a legitimate plan already engraved in your mind. Have a clear idea of what it is that you would like to change in your home. Maybe you would like to modernize your house or improve the efficiency of your energy. There are infinite amounts of reasons why people seek to improve their homes. Once your goals are defined, now you must envision what the remodel will look like.
Be sure to do your research based upon your needs in order to ensure the perfect fixture. Many people tend to get distracted at this point. Try to maintain your focus. It is essential that you pinpoint the pros and cons of the reconstruction. Will it stifle your movement in the room? Will the addition of more space in one area crowd the useful space in another? Gratefully, there are software programs that you can download to help you visualize the perfect design you seek.
It may also be helpful to ask for advice from others who have undergone the remodeling of their home. Be sure to ask questions that will ensure you do not make similar mistakes. This is to be certain that you attain the happiness you desire as a result. There are various websites with forums that will render you the responses necessary to gain the knowledge you need. Make sure you plan ahead. Is the alteration suitable for years to come? Will it increase or decrease the property value of your residence? How much will you benefit from it?
Another important aspect of this endeavor is to sit down and create a budget because some of the more expensive materials could drain your bank account. In such cases, hard wood may be more considerable than marble. Remember to be as realistic as possible when considering what you can spend. Ask for professional opinions as well. You may find it very profitable to consult with an experienced contractor or architect before finalizing your thought process.
The next step is to seek, find, and hire those who will be helping you remodel. It is essential that you make sure your team has the appropriate credentials to fulfill the task as fluently and professionally as possible. Not only is it important to state your vision, but it is also important that your team understands exactly what you desire.
After you have completed these steps, you are ready for the remodeling of your home because you fully understand exactly what design you need.
One of the most important parts of a good-looking kitchen has to do with the right cabinet installation. Selecting the correct cabinets is crucial to an appealing, yet functional kitchen. Most of the older kitchens do not have enough cabinet space to store everything. Since the kitchen is an area of your home that is actively used every day, it should look attractive, inviting, and warm.
Choosing the right color of cabinetry, along with a style that enhances your home, can be a little challenging at first. If your kitchen is small, you probably do not want to choose a dark colored finish for your cabinets. This tends to make the room feel even smaller. For a small kitchen, choose either white or a lighter colored grain of wood, such as oak or maple. For larger kitchen, the choices are endless.
When considering how many cabinets your kitchen needs, a good rule is to fit as many as space will allow. The more cabinets and counter space that you have, the more likely you will be happy with the end results.
To help make a decision about your cabinets, it would be a good idea to browse around on the Internet to get an idea of the various styles and types of cabinets available to you. After you have an idea in mind of the style and color of cabinet installation that you desire, you will want to look further into countertops and flooring to match.
The amount of money that you have in your budget for your new kitchen will help determine to what extent your overall kitchen plan will be. Granite countertops are very popular today because of their durability, but are more costly than regular Formica. As for flooring, ceramic tile seems to be the choice these days, but a less costly vinyl floor may be more within your budget.
Regardless of what your needs and desires are, explore every avenue of your choices. Conduct research so you can discover what your preferences are. When you are ready, be sure to choose the right qualified professional to do your cabinet installation. They will be able to guide you best in your final decisions for your extreme kitchen makeover.
When you think of having a kitchen remodel or bathroom renovation done; one of the biggest factors to take into consideration is counter top options. There are a variety of different styles for either of the two most used rooms in the house so you should be aware of all your choices. In the kitchen, the type of countertop you choose should depend heavily on what you'll be doing. For someone who likes to dine out a lot, marble countertops are a very classy option. It can be the ideal choice for someone who won't be using the kitchen as often.
Hardwood countertops are a great idea for people who love to cook and plan on chopping a lot of meat and vegetables. Since the counter tops are impervious to blades, there's no need for a cutting board. However, every surface that comes in contact with animal blood--especially chicken blood--should be sterilized with a strong antiseptic. Stainless steel countertops are another great option if you frequently use your kitchen. As their name implies, they're a breeze to clean and they have the strength of steel. Unfortunately, their appearance is also very sterile and they aren't the most aesthetically pleasing counter tops.
Granite countertops are a great option when it comes to a kitchen or bathroom renovation. They have a very classy look at an affordable price. Granite is also a great option for day to day use as it is fairly easy to clean. This option has a wide variety of colors available to choose from.
A tile countertop gives a kitchen or bathroom personality. Unfortunately, the tiny squares require a lot of grout to lay them in place. When installed, the grout can become stained and it's difficult to clean between the tiles. Also, the tiles can become loose over time and may even become dislodged. Be sure to explore every available option for countertops before you decide because everyone's needs are different. After all, you don’t want to be unhappy with the finished project…or even change your mind after is it completed.
The kitchen is considered the heart of the home. It is the area where you prepare, and in many cases, eat your meals. Calendars, to-do lists and children's artwork all often find a home in the kitchen. Given the amount of time you spend in your kitchen, it is natural to want it to look and feel special.
An entire kitchen remodeling job is a major expense, but you can make a few updates and totally change the look of your kitchen. Replacement kitchen cabinets are a good place to start. Cabinets are often the first thing to date the kitchen. Woods and finishes that were popular even ten years ago can look dingy and outdated when compared to modern finishes.
New countertops are another way to update your kitchen. Countertop materials are one of those things that go through popularity peaks and valleys, so something like ceramic tile countertops, even if it is in excellent condition, can date the look of your home.
A coat of paint is another way to update the look of your kitchen without spending a lot of time or money. You can choose a neutral color to keep the look of your kitchen timeless, or invest in a trendy color, with the knowledge that painting is one of the cheaper remodeling tricks and one that can easily be redone if and when you are ready to switch things up again.
New appliances are another way to update the look of your kitchen. New appliances are an investment, so, as long as the ones you have are in good working order, you may want to make other cosmetic changes first. Regardless of how you choose to update your kitchen, whether with replacement kitchen cabinets, new countertops or new appliances, you may be able to get a little of your investment back by selling your existing materials that are still in good condition.
If you live in an older home, you may be somewhat jealous of the many modern appliances and efficient storage systems you find in the new homes of your friends. Modern designs provide noticeable efficiencies in these newer houses. If you love your neighborhood and home but are tempted to move for a more efficient kitchen and bath, you have some excellent options.
Instead of moving, you should take the time to visit one of the professional remodelers who bring older homes up to date. You can find showrooms that will inspire you with new ways to use your existing space by taking advantage of the latest in design software and concepts. There is a stunning range of options for you to evaluate, from floors to cabinets to baths. These professional remodeling firms also show how to use materials in creative and effective ways, including:
- Exotic woods
- Specialty metals and synthetics
You can also speak to a storage expert and professional cabinet installer at many of these showrooms to find great ideas for your existing spaces. Many of these professionals have advanced training and certifications in their specialties.
An Investment with a Great Return
Taking the time to redesign and upgrade your existing kitchen and baths provides a number of returns on your investment. First, you achieve more efficient and enjoyable living spaces. For example, if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you’ll find that the insights from of a qualified cabinet installer will provide substantially greater storage space and more efficient access.
Likewise, the latest appliances provide more energy-efficient options and a number of new conveniences. These can produce substantial and ongoing savings in your monthly power and water bills. Additionally, a certified kitchen designer will take the time with sophisticated design software to show you what your kitchen will look like. You can often get a 3D view of your prospective kitchen and bath without spending anything until you’re happy with the planned project.
Your final return comes from the increased value of your home. Realtors will tell you that the kitchens and baths are two of the first areas potential buyers evaluate. This means you can get current use and enjoyment from any remodeling job and also enjoy a higher valuation in the future if you do decide to move. Bring a little new to the old and enjoy. You will be glad you did.
For any café to do good business, it should have comfortable seating that also looks attractive. Café Solutions understands this fact and offers a comprehensive range of quality furniture for cafes all over Australia. Based in Brisbane, the company has been supplying the cafes of Australia with aesthetically appealing furniture for over 4 years. Cutting out on the wholesalers, café Solutions enables you to buy first class café furniture and equipment at affordable prices. From café chairs and table to bar tables and stools, Café Solutions has it all to add comfort and class to your premises. The best thing about the company is its online store through which you can purchase the products of your choice right from the comfort of your home. All the products are very well described on the website of the company with the help of pictures and details about its specifications. Be it the outdoor furniture that can withstand different climatic conditions or a set of classy indoor furniture, Café Solutions has a variety in all to suit the different styles and decors of cafes around Australia. Just place the order for the ones you like and they will be shipped to your desired address within the promised timeframe. Also, the company has a VIP program through which you further save money on the already reasonably priced products. To top it all, all the products come with warranty against faults from defective workmanship. You can confidently shop form the company with full surety about its quality. To purchase now, log on to
Each and every room in your home can look magnificent with dedicated housekeeping, room additions, or even remodels. However, a bad choice in curtains can really diminish that visual appeal. Curtains that are stiff, torn, or even wrinkled can inhibit the appeal, yet some of the negatives may not necessarily outweigh the advantages. Deciphering both fabrics and materials helps in understanding the pros and cons of each element and allows you to determine what you want and what disadvantages you are willing to accept.
Ever wonder what the difference is between materials and fabrics? Confusion is usually common, especially because various products get described in various ways by various manufacturers. The truth is that it is not as difficult to understand as it sounds. In actuality, you are looking at the results from spinning and weaving materials together. Your pillowcase started out as a fabric, whether it was just cotton or cotton and polyester. The type of materials used to form the fabric can vary and it still results in a fabric. Fabrics available can go on and on. When it comes to window curtains, some get described based on fabric while others get described based on materials.
Fabrics can be named from either the materials used or the design applied. This often cause confusion, but is easier to understand if you work with fabrics regularly. As an example, chenille fabric can be made from various materials, like olefin, cotton, and acrylic. In addition, satin fabric derives from silk, nylon, or both materials. As for design, damask is derived of cotton and named based on tiny, raised dots on one side of the fabric.
Bright colors in materials make a fabric look spectacular, but they are more prone to fading. A duller tone of material will extend the life of the appearance respectively. If you do not mind switching curtains more often, then brighter colors will suit you well.
So, you’ve decided to remodel and need to choose a floor tile for your flooring installation. There are many different items to consider when choosing floor tile like price, size, material, color, durability, and so forth. The task can seem overwhelming at first, but once you understand the different features of the various types of floor tile you can choose an appropriate floor tile for your needs. Upon choosing a type of tile, you will either need to learn how to complete a flooring installation or hire a contractor to perform the job for you.
Ceramic tile comes in porcelain and non-porcelain, with the porcelain being the more expensive option of the two. Both types are extremely durable and relatively inexpensive options. Terrazzo and marble are both expensive, but quite elegant. Marble requires a lot of maintenance however and terrazzo is slippery and can cause falls. Travertine is a type of limestone tile that is a bit less expensive than regular limestone. Nevertheless, both limestone and travertine can be stained so they should not be installed in high-traffic or messy areas, such as kitchens and bathrooms. Granite is an excellent choice for a flooring installation in kitchens as it does not stain easily nor is it easily scratched. It is moderately priced yet more expensive than ceramic or porcelain, but less expensive than marble.
Ultimately, choosing floor tile is a personal decision. Hopefully this information has helped you narrow down your choices. It’s time to make your flooring look beautiful and have it fit well with the rest of your home design.
The home is considered one of the top places for sickness and allergies to awaken. You strive to make your home comfortable and healthy, whether through house maintenance, kitchen renovations, bathroom remodels, or even room upgrades, but the air is not exactly something you can wipe off or vacuum. Air pollutants smother the air, activating allergies and sicknesses. Appearance isn't the only thing, but it is a big part though. Your home looks great, but can surely use a lift in the healthiness of the air.
When the sun hits an area of your home with direct sunlight, what do you see? Sure, household dust is normal, but what else in in there? Dust may be invisible within your home at all times, but carries a lot of contaminants. When windows need to stay closed, that is the time that those contaminants have nowhere to go. This leads to more sicknesses, less energy, and flared up allergies.
Using air purification units will cut back on unwanted allergens and pollutants. Choose from floor models and table models with many features like fan speed, oscillation, etc. The more expensive the model, the more filtration and cleaner air you usually get.
Aside from that, during nice weather days you can use window fans to blow the contaminants outside. Nevertheless, that only works for a limited time. Nevertheless, it can reduce the amount in your home for a while.
Vacuum cleaners play a big role in your home's health too. Most may pick up dirt and debris well, but throw the pollutants back into the air to settle down in your home and make it their own. Purchasing HEPA filtration vacuums can help, but some don't truly pass most of the air through the filter. Irritants and contaminants often escape from the vacuum before even hitting the HEPA filter! They find gaps, cracks, or improperly sealed containers to escape back into your home's air.
A home that is air contaminant free is basically nonexistent,
Looking into remodeling for the first time can leave you looking at a lot of options, starting with who to trust with your project and how it will be completed. Design-Build is a word you will see a lot while you’re looking for a contractor, but
Design-Build is, at its core, a way to combine every aspect of your remodel into one package: a design-build contractor like Kresge Contracting offers a start-to-finish process: designing and building all-in-one.
In the past, many contracting projects were design-bid-build; in this model, you hire a designer or an architect to design the space, then take bids before awarding a contractor with the job.
There are two huge benefits to going with a design-build model:
1. Designer & Project Manager work together, making your build more successful and cost efficient. When the designer or architect works separately from the project manager and construction crew, you can run into some serious issues with your build.
For instance, designers don’t often concern themselves with the cost of materials or the amount of work that will go into a design—they want to make the space look a certain way. Then, when you get a contractor, suddenly you discover that the design is going to cost more than you ever imagine!
In design-build, the designer can consult with the project manager to decide if a certain feature is going to be too difficult or too expensive, and they can work together on an alternative, saving your money and reducing the stress of the project.
If your current bathroom feels boring and you are ready for bathroom remodeling, it might be time to go for an idea that’s attention-grabbing, fresh, and never dull. There are plenty of amazing
1. Bright, bold wallpaper. Keep your walls from feeling cold and plain by throwing on a wallpaper in a strong color with a great pattern. Try a blue, pink, purple, or green geometric or large floral pattern. Don’t forget to offset it with neutral colors for balance, and you will get a look no one can ignore!
2. A variety of shades. If you want to throw some interesting dimension into the mix, try combining different shades of the same color. For instance, you might choose purple and opt for lavender, lilac, royal purple, and blue-violet. This works especially well in tile, where you can easily control the distribution of color.
3. Make it neon! If you’re ready for a real change, a neon paint job will definitely do the trick! To keep it from being overwhelming, use the neon as an accent wall, backsplash, or the upper half of the wall color, and balance with neutrals to keep it from feeling overpowering. Alternatively, keep the rest of the room relatively neutral and make the accessories stand out in a classic neon.
Bathrooms are actually a great place to explore with colors, textures, and ideas because of its size, so don’t be afraid to jump on something you really love!
The layout of your home can sometimes under utilize the space you have available to you. In a recent job we were able to give our client a open and highly functional dining and living area with a fully functional kitchen space.
Inspired by a recent design venture, opening up your certain areas of the house can have fantastic results. A choice such as remodeling your kitchen or dining areas should be thought out in its entirety. Consider what you want the end result to do for you and your family and how it can open up or close off parts of the house.
Tips and Ideas
- Take out walls to help open the connection between your kitchen and adjacent rooms. Allow some flow through the house to bring the house together
- Adding a counter top in the center of your kitchen just big enough for family and friends to congregate is a great way to bring people to one area.
Kitchen cabinets are a necessary place of storage for any kitchen, but shouldn’t they be more than just that? How about sprucing up your kitchen with a kitchen remodel, adding some fresh, trend-setting designs? Perhaps you need more space or room? Do you need more organization in your kitchen?
First thing you need to decide is what material you want for your cabinets. Oak is stronger and more durable, but offers a higher price range than other wood-style cabinets. Once you decide on material, consider your color options. You want something that will blend in well with your kitchen counters, tables, etc. You can even mix it up a little or spruce it up with a fancy design.
Another thing to consider involves measurements. You need to know the dimensions needed for the replacement cabinets, as well as the shelf spaces.
Companies, such as Kresge out of Columbus, Ohio, can set up a consultation and also do the measurements for you. All you need to do is to choose your cabinets, and of course prepare for the installation.
Once you have your material, color choices, and possibly the dimensions, you need to choose your design. Would you like solid doors, solid doors with crafted design, glass doors, partial glass doors, or something else? Your cabinet supplier/installer will consult with you and show you all the optional choices. Custom kitchen cabinets are usually also available.
Once you have chosen your personal kitchen cabinet design and have it installed, kick back and enjoy the added life you have brought to your kitchen!
Kitchen remodeling is a great choice for any house. Not only does it make the kitchen more functional for you and your family and suit your tastes better, it also increases the resale value of your home.
Of course, remodeling is a big step. How can you
Set the budget. This is going to require some thought, discussion with your contractor, and setting reasonable expectations. One thing you will want to do is leave space in your budget for something unexpected—it happens often enough with remodeling and building that failing to leave a cushion could leave you strapped!
Figure out what you need. Before you look at the things you want, narrow down the things you really need for functionality’s sake. For instance, perhaps the one thing you hate about your kitchen right now is the lighting—you need lighting over your workspace.
Green building and remodeling is becoming more and more frequent, and many homeowners know that this is the way they want to do their own remodel. There’s still concern sometimes, though; that your options will be limited when you’re trying to do green remodeling.
The good news is, because it has become so common, there are more options than ever. If you’re looking for a green bathroom remodel, you can
Low-flow and water-conserving plumbing and fixtures are available from several different sources now. Knowing that you want fixtures that suit your style as well as help control water usage, most of them are now designer, as well.
From sinks to bathtubs to toilets, you can have the flair you want while lowering your water bill and conserving more water than ever.
With most people’s schedules completely full, baths have become a luxury of the past; not many people have time to run a bath and soak in it. No one wants to loose luxury, though; so the newest trend is towards huge, amazing showers.
1. Walk-in Showers. Showers without doors are more and more popular. With walls made of clear, uninterrupted glass and a walk-through opening, showers are now part of open, extended bathrooms. This keeps the space looking larger despite the big shower because you can easily see through and step into the shower to the tile work inside.
2. Water Technology. Imagine turning on your shower and it automatically becoming the perfect temperature—no adjustments, no hopping in and out of the water while you try to get it just right—just perfection. With shower thermostats that control water temperature on a pre-determined setting, that can be more than imagination.
Kitchen islands are now nearly a necessity for many cooks, creating more counter space for working, more storage for keeping clutter off of counters, and turning into a place to serve food and spend time with friends and family.
Just like anywhere else in your house, though; it’s nice to have your kitchen island decorated. If you haven’t been really sure where to go with it,
Elements of a Simple, Natural Island
In order to keep the kitchen island looking fresh and organic, here are some of the things Andrea used:
- Plants. While Andrea used a topiary and a fern, you could use any smaller plants, including herbs, ferns, small vegetable plants, or even flowering plants. The idea is to keep it small, though; you don’t want a vine taking up half of your kitchen island space!
- Fruit. It’s familiar, so to mix it up, Andrea chose the aromatic lemon, which would be especially nice with herbs. Get creative if you’re going to go with fruit: add several different colors, add something more unique, and use a decorative bowl that draws attention.
- Details. When you’re putting together any kind of decorating, the details matter. Choose pots for your plants that draw simple interest with textures or weathering. Use containers and other elements that fill out the setting and add dimension. Look at it, then look at it again, then tweak it and look one more time, until you like what you see!
If you haven’t thought of decorating your kitchen island or haven’t gotten to it yet, will you try this? Or do you have something else in mind?
If you have ever been to a spa, you can understand the appeal of creating your own home oasis for relaxation to distress from our busy days. Most of us lead hectic lives, going from one thing to the next. Bringing a calming, spa-like experience into our homes is easier than you might think!
Simple tips for updating your existing bathroom:
- □ plush towels and rugs
- □ elegant accessories, especially with natural tones like wood and stone, orchids or other flowers
- □ calming scents from candles, bath salts, and essential oil rubs
- □ upgrade lighting fixtures to a style that feels more luxurious, such as a small chandelier for an over head light
Tips for your bathroom remodel:
- luxury fixtures like rain shower head
- □ furniture style vanity
- □ large walk-in shower
- □ soaking tub with water jets
- □ incorporate generous lighting with lighting controls to set the mood
- □ incorporate natural stone tile with heated floors
Are you ready to update your bathroom? Give us a call today at 614-794-9222 or complete our Project Inquiry to schedule your free, no obligation consultation!
If you’ve been in the market for kitchen cabinets lately, you might have noticed that there are an abundance of options. It can all be a little overwhelming, especially when you’re not exactly sure what all of the terms mean.
Do you want a tall cabinet? All base? What about specialty cabinets? If this has been your experience with kitchen cabinets,
There are four common cabinet sizes you have likely seen. Here’s a quick look at each of them:
- Base Cabinets are standard lower cabinets, commonly 24 inches deep and 36 inches tall, and usually with a “toe kick,” or a four inch riser set back further than the cabinet face.
- Wall Cabinets are standard upper cabinets. They’re usually around 12 inches deep, although they can be customized up to 17 inches deep.
- Tall Cabinets you typically see at the end of a row of cabinets. They are around 83.5 inches tall and are most often used for pantry or broom and mop storage.
- Specialty Cabinets are unique cabinets for the more unusual parts of your kitchen, including sink fronts, corner cabinets, hutches, and built in appliance spaces.
Usually, your cabinet system is going to combine several of these, so discuss with your contractor about which one is going to be best for your design and needs.
Thankfully, if you go step-by-step through the process, you can generally find exactly what you want in the long run. Communication is key; make sure you talk to those involved in choosing and installing your cabinets so you know you will get the finished project you expect.
When homeowners Chris and Kathy Parsons decided to remodel their kitchen, they new exactly what they wanted—and what they didn’t want: “We have a complete aversion to stainless steel,” Chris said.
They opted to go for a cottage kitchen with an elegant country feel. Warm colors, vintage accents, and a cohesive design make this design a work. If you want to incorporate some of these ideas in to your kitchen remodeling,
1. Dark wood. The dark wood in the cabinets gives an old-world feel that goes well with the rest of the space and immediately anchors the room and makes an impression. Their Shaker cabinets were an investment with which they have been happy, right down to the creamy, flecked countertops.
2. Color. They didn’t leave the room in the dark, though; instead they brought in the creamy, buttery yellow color you see on the floor and in the walls, then accented it with pops of red throughout the room.
From the checkerboard floor to the bright red island and accessories throughout the room, you’re given a complete look that keeps your eye moving across the space—a great way to add dimension and size.
Bringing nature indoors has been a growing theme the last few years. A nature-inspired bathroom theme is not only relaxing, but is also very flexible for a variety of design tastes.
Nature-inspired tones will continue to be in-style this season with light creams, whites, beiges, browns and greys. Connecting with nature is so much more than the color palette though! This style is about featuring nature-inspired textures along with tones in your bathroom. Earthy textures like wood, marble, and stone are great paired with shiny, high-gloss and glass finishes and crisp white elements like sinks, toilets, and shower basins.
- □ minimalist with sleek lines, neutral tones and bursts of color,
- □ curved lines, lots of color and a variety of textures
- □ the open organic feeling of the prairie with lots of glass, strong lines of wood or tile, and bright colors
- □ a subdued meadow with dark wood, splashes of green and lots of wood texture
Are you ready to update your bathroom? Give us a call today at 614-794-9222 or complete our Project Inquiry to schedule your free, no obligation consultation!
In 2012, monotone pallets were very popular. And though these are very calming, splashes of color can really refreseh and brighten a room. So, it's no surprise to find this is one of the hottest trends for 2013.
Incorporating splashes of color into your existing bathroom or your new bathroom design is easy. Select a bright tone that you love and incorporate it into feature that will make an impact.
Here are some idea to get you started.
- Accessories like towels, bath mats, tissue boxes
- Wall feature like a band of tile, special backsplash, or piece of art
- Window feature such as color coordinating blinds, shades, or other window covering - or go bold with some stained glass
Are you ready to update your bathroom? Give us a call today at 614-794-9222 or complete our Project Inquiry to schedule your free, no obligation consultation!
In an effort to try to figure out what’s popular in bathroom remodeling right now,
It seems that how people spend their time bathing or showering is a big issue when it comes to remodeling—what kinds of things are important to you in a remodel?
Large Showers. A lot of people don’t take baths anymore. There isn’t as much time to run a bath and spend a long time in it. Instead, many homeowners are opting to make their showers much more luxurious.
Big showers with more glass are especially common, and in fact, many homeowners are removing tubs completely to make more room for their showers!
Soaking Tubs. Of course, some families still want their bathtubs, they’re just choosing different tubs than a decade ago. Many homeowners are tired of noisy Jacuzzis and are instead going with deep, insulated, quiet bathtubs designed for soaking.
The tubs hold onto heat more effectively so that you can stay in the bath longer than in a standard tub. They also don’t require the kind of deck surround
that many Jacuzzis needed, making it easier to get in and out.
Light. One of the biggest trends has nothing to do with showers, fixtures, tiles, or tubs—it’s all about light. Many homeowners want more natural light in their homes, and especially the traditionally dark bathrooms.
The trend has caused there to be a much higher desire for windows and especially skylights in bathrooms.
When you’re considering remodeling, you might be excited and ready to jump in with both feet, but
Communicating with your contractor is a lot easier when you have taken some time to think about the remodel and you are ready to get down to brass tacks. Here are some ideas to prepare for your next bathroom or kitchen remodeling:
Collect Ideas. One of the problems homeowners often run into is meeting the contractor and not having any ideas of what they want. When a contractor asks, “So, what do you want in this space?” you want to be able to answer with some concrete ideas.
As soon as you start thinking about remodeling, start paying attention to features you see that you like. When you see something you think you’d love to have in your home, take a picture and create an idea portfolio.
You won’t likely be able to see all of your ideas turned into reality, but it will give your contractor something to work with and a feeling of your style and taste.
Most homeowners spend up to a year before starting a remodeling project just gathering ideas and trying to decide on whether or not remodeling is worth it. Once you’re ready to make that decision, though; there are a lot of things to consider.
Custom Design/Build in a room can make a huge difference in the practicality and usefulness for the room, but
1. What do I need?
When you’re remodeling, especially for personal use rather than selling, it’s important that the changes increase the space’s satisfaction for you. The best question you can ask yourself before starting anything else is “What do I need?”
Do you like to cook? Entertain? You’ll probably want kitchen appliances and counters that encourage and support this. Do you use your bathroom to unwind at the end of the day? You’ll want to look for a luxurious bathtub or shower that invites you in for relaxation.
The purpose of a room can go a long way in determining what needs to be remodeled.
Remodeling has been on the rise in the past decade, and it’s not a surprise. The right kind of remodel can improve a lot of things about your home, including its usefulness and enjoyment for you, its overall appeal, and its resale value.
Here are two remodeling projects that are popular and can often do a lot for your home:
Bathrooms actually have a huge impact on the value of the home and can make or break a buyer’s decision. Bathroom remodeling can reach up to a 65% return on the investment, a high number in terms of home improvements!
Also, because everyone in your family uses the bathroom, an improvement can make the space more useful, enjoyable, and personal if you plan to stay in the house for a long time to come.
In the past few years, there's been a shift in kitchen remodeling trends. For a while, stainless steel, commercial-driven appearance was what most homeowners wanted in their kitchen. However, that's becoming less popular as a warmer, more familiar design theme moves in.
Experts call it “modern cottage,” warm and inviting, but nothing fussy. There are a few features that are getting more attention, and
White cabinets are classic, and they're staging a major comeback. It's clean, crisp, and goes well with the modern but soft cottage style currently taking over in popularity.
Quartz counters. Quartz counters are becoming popular because they fit well into a kitchen, are incredibly easy to care for, and reasonably priced.
Gray Shades. Many different shades of gray have started making impact, in everything from furniture to accessories. Gray is a great choice because there are plenty of colors that build off of it. Yellow, creamy brown, teal, and pink all complement it well.
More and more often, homeowners are investing in remodeling, eager to make improvements they've been putting off while waiting for the economy to approve. Now that housing prices are going up, owners are ready to see their ideas realized.
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) noted that
Confidence in the Market
As the housing market stabilizes, there will be even more increase both in moving and remodeling, as thoughts turn towards investments and resale values.
Bathroom remodeling is still going to be a great return on the investment, but many remodeling projects are going to see good returns as well, especially since so many homeowners have been holding back on improvements. Custom design-build will see an increase since homeowners have had time to develop specific ideas about the things they want to see in their homes.
Kresge Contracting always seeks customer satisfaction—it is the ultimate indication that we are doing exactly what each customer deserves. After each completed remodeling, we ask our customers to rate our service. We are always humbled by the positive feedback, as in the case of a recent customer.
When Robert and Susan had their kitchen remodeled, they were thrilled with the results and gave a glowing review we want to share with you. We're proud of the effort and service our team provided on this project!
From Beginning to End
Every remodeling project begins with a consultation followed by a design presentation in which our team displays the plans for the remodel based on the customer's needs. Susan says, “We were bowled over by Mark's ideas for the kitchen space.”
On their evaluation, Robert and Susan also say that:
- --They felt informed before and during the remodel.
- --The workspace was kept clean and organized.
- --The sub-contractors did their work well.
In fact, they added that they were “super satisfied” and that “Every aspect of the work was well-done.”
With an excellent rating like that, we know to keep doing what we're doing and to also keep getting even better.
Kresge Contracting Administrative Manager Kathryn Hufford said this:
In working with Mark and the entire staff, I see how much they put into each project to get it right for our customers. They truly work hard to bring the best design elements to each project to make the space work as well as include each customer's unique imprint of individuality and taste.
The project managers execute the plans with reliability, integrity, and skill in partnership with the homeowner to provide a living space they are thrilled with. It is so gratifying when what I see every day in the team is experienced by our homeowners as well. While the awards we win are great, the satisfaction of each homeowner is what really drives this organization...and I think it shows with every response we receive.
We're proud of our staff for continuing to put customers first and grateful for every one of our customers—we're pleased to serve you!