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.


Choosing the right remodeling projects will not only help you personalize your home and update it for your needs, but it will also get you a great return on your investment.


Here are two remodeling projects that are popular and can often do a lot for your home:


Bathroom Remodeling


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 the Witchita Eagle

agrees and lists them:


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 the industry's business conditions have been on the rise since last spring. In addition, they've seen an upswing in inquiries and bid requests.


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!

Most families need more space for storage, but finding it can be a hassle. The last thing you want is clutter everywhere, but neither do you want to seal everything you own in a box. If that sounds familiar, you might want to consider more built-in storage.


When storage options are built into the home, they tend to be more sleek and are certainly less space-consuming. Where do you need the most space? If you're planning a remodel, built-in storage is a great option to discuss.


Shelves with Glass


Turn your kitchen remodeling into the perfect combination of storage and class with built in cabinets with clear doors.

Not only does this create a great area for you to store your favorite dishes, it also becomes a display cabinet for them. Color-coordinate your dishes and arrange them in the cabinet for professional-looking design and a handy place to keep important dishes close at hand.


Shelves with Baskets


If you have outdated, inconvenient cabinets in your laundry room, it might be time to consider changing to a different kind of storage—one that's creative, looks great, and also keeps everything within arm's reach.

When you add slightly lower shelves to your laundry room and then use baskets to organize your laundry tools, you can create a system while still looking decorative. Plus, by lowering the shelves, you can be sure you can easily reach each basket.


Bed Storage


Sometimes, the built-in storage isn't in the house itself, but in the furniture! For instance, a bed can actually be a huge source of storage with a couple of important additions


First, drawers underneath the bed can take room that is otherwise wasted and turn it into good storage space. Also, headboards with cabinets or shelves can be a great choice, especially if you can find one that is sleep and seamless so that the storage is essentially invisible.


If you need storage in one of your rooms, what do you think of built-in storage?

There has been a lot more focus in recent years on conserving our resources, and water is one of those natural resources. In addition to being a green choice, taking steps to reduce the amount of water usage in your home can lower your water bill significantly.


Not sure what things to look for? Here are three things recommended by HGTV for controlling water in your home:


Water-Efficient Fixtures. When planning your bathroom remodel, especially; ask about low-flow and water-efficient fixtures. Low-flow fixtures of today are vastly different from those introduced a decade ago, and they are now fully functional while still conserving water. You'll still love taking a shower and you'll be saving money!

We are thrilled to announce that the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) selected Kresge Contracting for regional Contractor of the Year in the Residential Interior for Under $100,000 category for this project:


NARI believes this award distinguishes a contractor as “a knowledgeable and credible remodeling professional,” and we are both humbled by the praise and proud of our accomplishments. Congratulations to our amazing team who work tirelessly to make sure each project comes out this beautifully and a heartfelt thank you to all of our wonderful customers.


To see more images from the winning project, click here.

In the past year, designers have noticed an increase in white appliances or a combination of white and stainless steel appliances. Which kind do you have, and which would you prefer?


As you take a look around your kitchen, especially if you are considering kitchen remodeling, what stands out? Having an idea of what you want to change most will give us an idea of how to design with your focus in mind.


If new appliances is at the top of your list, there are a few things to think about when choosing white or stainless steel:


  • How will one or the other fit in with the overall theme of your kitchen?
  • Do you have a real preference for one or the other?
  • Are you okay with the different types of cleaning necessary to make either kind of appliance look its best?


Answering these types of questions will give you a good idea of what kind of appliances you need in your kitchen. Design service consultants here will look at all of the options and suggest ideas and solutions that suit your ultimate needs and desires for your kitchen.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) took a look at some of the trends seen in the 2011 Contractor of the Year Award-Winners, and reuse or repurposing of items during remodeling received a bit of attention.


In addition to the environmental benefit from reusing some items rather than throwing them away, there is a move towards more classic design in all areas of remodeling and room additions that encourages the use of older or distressed items.


Many older items have already proven they can stand the test of time well. Elements that remain sturdy and in-tact after many years are good choices if you are looking to reuse furniture or materials already in your home for your kitchen or bathroom remodeling.

Radiant Panel Heating - Advantages of Infrared Heating

LAVA® heating panels is based on the principle of solar radiation. Just as the sun’s infrared rays absorb to heat the earth, infrared heating systems emit rays that are safely and gently absorbed in your home. Infrared heat is also friendly to the environment because it does not produce carbon combustion.


No industry goes untouched by changes in technology, but few have enjoyed the convenience and benefit of 3D visualization technology like remodeling industry.


Not only has it become an indispensable tool for contractors, it is also a great way for homeowners to actually see the projected results of their basement, bathroom, or kitchen remodeling. Seeing the finished product, like the image on the right, before completion improves the project for everyone.


How it Helps Contractors


In the past, remodeling and building designs were limited to blueprints and two-dimensional images. While great tools for determining how to construct elements, it took a keen eye to determine from a blueprint exactly how a room would look, and even with two-dimension pictures, one person’s view might differ from another’s.

Earlier in 2012, the National Association for the Remodeling Industry (NARI) reported that homeowners are more likely to remodel than sell their home. If you have been considering moving, what are your reasons, and would it be more cost effective to remodel?


We have taken a look at some of the reasons remodeling services are becoming more popular, and before you start looking for a new house, you might want to think about what you could gain from remodeling, as well.


The Benefits of Remodeling Over Moving


NARI quoted a poll in their report that suggests many homeowners are choosing to remodel in order to increase the time their home will fit their family. In a fluctuating real estate market, many feel more confident staying in the home they have than gambling on a new one.


Here are some other reasons why remodeling might be a consideration instead of moving:

Kresge Contracting is proud to announce they are the recipients of the NARI Central Ohio Contractor of the Year Award for Residential Kitchen $80,000- $120,000. We are so proud of our team including Mark Kresge, lead designer, Kelly Heitkamp, interior designer, Kevin Hittepole, production, and the rest of our staff for all the hard work they put into making this project shine. Also, a big thanks to our wonderful clients for allowing us to submit their project for consideration.


Follow the link for details on the project and to see photos of this designer kitchen.


Stunning Transformation

The open floor plan is becoming more than just a buzz word in the Kitchen and Bath Design Industry, it is a reflection of the way we live in our homes on a daily basis. Open spaces allow for greater connection of family in a casual setting. Making the decision to create a change like this in your own home will not only add to your own personal enjoyment, but also increase the value of your home. Realtors comment on the popular appeal to potential buyers. The open space also creates an opportunity to highlight the island as a focal point, and creates more space for clever storage alternatives such as built in pantries and furniture style hutches. When thinking about the connection of the kitchen to the rest of the home, using consistent elements that have a connection to the rest of the home will create a cohesive look.

Taking all of these points into consideration, making the change to an open floor plan is an option that we highly recommend! Follow this link for more detail on An Honest Look at the Open Floor Plan.



The NKBA is proud to announce that The Art Institutes have adopted the NKBA Kitchen & Bathroom Planning Guidelines in eBook format for courses at its system of over 45 schools throughout North America.


Choosing the right design professional is an important decision for your project’s success. By selecting an NKBA-certified designer, you will be working with a professional who:

  •  Has demonstrated comprehensive knowledge in kitchen and bath design, as well as construction, mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems.
  •  Adheres to a strict code of professional conduct.
  •  Is an expert in the NKBA Kitchen & Bath Planning Guidelines & Access Standards, which recognizes the importance of consumer health, safety, and welfare in kitchen and bath design.
  •  Is a member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), the kitchen and bath industry’s leading professional organization that provides them with the training and tools needed to succeed.
  •  Is skilled at assessing consumers’ individual needs and wants and creating designs that meet and exceed these requirements.
  •  Remains current on local building codes, safety and environmental regulations and the wealth of new products and equipment on the market.

When hiring a professional to work on your dream kitchen or bath, be sure to look for the NKBA certified or member logo

We are delighted to announce that Kresge Contracting is a recipient of the Angie's List Super Service Award in the category of Remodeling - Kitchen & Bathroom!


Angie's List says of the award: "The Super Service Award is the highest honor given annually to companies by Angie's List, and it goes only to those who have achieved and maintained a superior service rating on Angie's List throughout the past year."


We are proud of our team for striving to provide the most reliable, courteous service, and we are immensely grateful to all of our clients for allowing us the opportunity to work on your projects and keeping us so highly rated!

Many of our customers are choosing Shaker style cabinetry as a part of their kitchen or bathroom project. The simple construction of Shaker doors sets the stage nicely for a wide variety of styles, ranging from Craftsman to Contemporary. Read what this designer has to say about the popularity of Shaker door styles and the several ways that it can be used.


Shaker Style Still a Cabinetry Classic


Here’s one of our favorite uses of Shaker style cabinetry on an award winning contemporary project of our own.


Byars kitchen before and after


Kelly Heitkamp
Interior Designer


On Friday, December 2, 2011, Kresge Contracting was awarded the prestigious NARI Local Contractor of the Year awards in THREE categories!  We are so proud of our team and all the hard work they put into making each and every project shine.  And we are thankful to our wonderful clients for allowing us to submit their project for consideration.


See the online portfolio of the winning projects by clicking the links below:



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Kresge Contracting Kresge Contracting
5841 Emporium Sq., Columbus, OH 43231
Phone: 614-794-9222

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Remodeling and Home Design