The No Regrets Kitchen Remodel

No Regrets Kitchen Remodel

The No Regrets Kitchen Remodel

You have finally decided to bring all your great ideas for remodeling your kitchen and the prospect thrills you! You are determined to have a no regrets kitchen remodel. Now imagine looking at all the latest options for backsplashes, kitchen islands, and cabinets. And then, the question arises of how will you make all this work with the different types of counters, flooring and new lighting fixtures? The truth of it is, kitchen remodeling presents many opportunities for good and bad decisions along with technical challenges. Keep reading for our best advice to avoid costly mistakes and to have the ‘no regrets kitchen remodel’.

Know What Your Home Needs

First and foremost, you should acknowledge the style of your home. Then ascertain what is broke and actually needs replaced.  This will help to guide your remodeling decisions, plus it will pretty much guarantee that the project won’t go off the rails from a design standpoint. For example, a Modern clean line kitchen may not suit a Victorian style home interior.

Reuse Where Possible

Even a full remodel does not always mean making changes to every single aspect of the space. You don’t have to change appliances if they are still in good condition and functioning properly. A hardwood floor can be sanded and refinished, and the same applies to cabinets.

Work With Existing Installations

Changing plumbing and gas lines can be costly, so if there is no need to move them you can save money. You can plan your remodeling with these installations in mind, and this will make the entire process easier. You can put the new sink, stove, and other elements in the same position as the old ones and still get a new look for the kitchen.

Plan the Layout

Kitchen design is something you will live with for years. It will also influence your ability to use the kitchen comfortably and efficiently. Any mistakes in the floor plan may be too expensive to rectify right away. Start with a rough draft before you talk to a contractor. Mark the spots for the appliances and the fixtures, and the contractors’ Designer will advise you on the best use of the space.

Read Up On Trends

Trends can make the entire project a whole lot easier. Trends influence everything from the color scheme to the type of backsplash. Luckily, kitchen trends do not necessarily suggest buying the most expensive products. It may also help to be aware of trends and styles in your neighborhood. As your remodeler, we can also help you with the latest trends.

Keep Costs in Check

Any successful kitchen remodeling project rests on getting your budget lined up from the start. A good rule of thumb is to budget around 20% of the value of your home for a complete kitchen remodel.  Construction costs, like removing walls and relocating electrical circuits or increasing electrical capacity can run higher.  Adding in some DIY elements or reusing elements can help keep you within your budget.  After doing your research, you will be able to make a list of all the must-haves in your budget. You can work with your Contractor to find fixtures and materials you can afford. There is no need to go for the most expensive products when more cost-effective alternatives will do. If overspending on your remodel is not an option, let your contractor know so they can help you figure out what does fit in your budget.

Learn more about kitchen remodeling and all remodeling projects in our blogs!  You can find them here.

Home Remodeling in the Greater Phoenix Area

The designers and craftsmen here at Tri-Lite Builders enjoy the renovation challenges presented by their clients. We have worked diligently to create a proven process for successful outcomes so that you have the kitchen remodel you have envisioned. We will make sure you will have the no regrets kitchen remodel.  We’re very proud of the work we do and the awards we’ve earned. Give us a call at 480-895-3442 to schedule an appointment to work with us on your new kitchen design!

Outdoor Living Space Project Nearing Completion

Two story deck renovation and storage room addition nearing completion

We are excited to show you our outdoor living space project that is nearing completion!  If you haven’t caught our other blogs about this North Phoenix home renovation, you can catch up by reading the first blog here and the second one here.  Outdoor living space in Phoenix is almost as important as indoor living space and we’ve enjoyed working on this amazing deck and storage room two-story addition. The back of the house faces north with a stunning view of Lookout Mountain Preserve and the northeast valley. It has been exciting to create a new space where our clients can enjoy their scenic view from their new deck and outdoor kitchen!

What our goals have been

The goal for our client was to have a larger outdoor space to do the entertaining he enjoys. This beautiful stucco adobe style home’s first floor was built below grade level. The second story of the home is dedicated to the main living space with the kitchen, living room and dining room. By expanding the deck space, and integrating an outdoor kitchen, we will create a much larger outdoor living space for this home.

We are almost done!!

With all the details almost complete this deck renovation has made quite the change for our homeowner’s outdoor entertaining space.  So much so, he has already had multiple gatherings.  It is that time of year in the Valley of the Sun to get out and enjoy our outdoor living spaces.  Fall, football and stunning sunsets set the mood.  The deck has electrical for misting fans, lights, and TV mounts.  There is an area for cabinets to be installed including a sink base, storage shelves, and a built-in barbeque.

The interior of the storage space walls is sheeted with plywood and painted gray as the perfect backdrop to the wall storage solutions and racks that will be installed for the work areas.  The ceiling was painted black to maintain the desired focus of the homeowner.

Excited for the finish to come soon as the details fall into place.  It is going to be perfect for entertaining and enjoying the gorgeous view of the valley.

The Perfect Sink for Your New Kitchen

Are you remodeling the kitchen and having problems choosing the perfect kitchen sink? There are so many to choose from; so many materials, shapes, and sizes, colors and styles. It’s difficult to know where to start your search if you aren’t sure how each of them would look. If you’ve been putting off making a decision because you simply don’t know how to choose the right kitchen sink for your newly remodeled kitchen, allow us to help simplify the decision.

Choosing the right kitchen sink depends on your cooking style as well as the style and the size of your kitchen. A standard stainless steel sink with two basins is very practical and traditional. This doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for you. Take a look at all other options before you make up your mind. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

How Do You Cook?

Are you an avid cook and need a lot of space for prep and cleanup? A single basin sink that is deep and wide is a good option. A deep basin is versatile, because it has the space you need while cooking, and allows you to easily clean large pots and pans. Since you’ll be running the dishwasher most of the time, you probably won’t need that double basin sink.

How Big is the Kitchen?

If you have a small kitchen a large kitchen sink will overwhelm the space. Consider installing a smaller sink that’s the perfect fit for your small kitchen. The sink should flow well with the rest of the room, the sink can make a statement or not stand out and draw attention.  This is where form and function converge.  Your personal style combines with the size of the kitchen in consideration of the product selection.

What Materials are in Your New Kitchen?

When it comes to material, there are a multitude of options, stainless steel is potentially the most popular. The lower the gauge number, the thicker and more durable the stainless steel sink will be. High-gauge options are thinner, and therefore more likely to dent and scratch easily. Despite the benefits of stainless steel sinks, there are a range of materials to choose from. Copper, cast iron, fireclay, porcelain, silgranit, and natural stones are a few options.  It’s okay to go with something else, as long as it fits well into the surrounding materials.

What Shape Sink Do You Prefer?

Once you have those key issues decided you can play around with the other features, such as shape, e.g. curved vs. angular shaped. The traditional sink is rectangle or square. That doesn’t mean your new sink has to conform to that standard. Go out on a limb and choose something truly unique if it suits you.

Functionality and Durability Over Appearance

The kitchen sink is a big part of your daily life, so you want to make sure it’s functional and long-lasting. Choose a durable material that increases the overall functionality of your kitchen while looking amazing. But never sacrifice durability for appearance.

Home Remodeling in the Greater Phoenix Area

Start your project by calling us at (480) 895-3442 or emailing steve@trilitebuilders.com to discuss remodeling your home, kitchen, or bathroom.  We offer no-obligation in-home consultation. We have designed some of the most unique and amazing kitchens in the greater Phoenix area. Our work has been featured on HGTV, several magazines, and online publications, as well as, receiving the Contractor of the Year award multiple times.  Our award-winning designers and craftsman are eager to work with you to make your vision for your home a reality!

How to Avoid 6 Kitchen Remodel Mistakes

Creating a Kitchen Space for Family Gathering

In today’s hectic and digital world, the kitchen creates space that families can gather, cook and spend time together.  Making it one of the most comfortable rooms in your home is almost a necessity since this is the one room that everyone ends up in! We spend time in the kitchen eating our meals, having snacks, enjoying gathering as a family, and entertaining friends. Thus, if the kitchen doesn’t flow with the rest of the house – or the room itself – it becomes a space to avoid.  Remodeling your kitchen can transform your space so that it is warm and inviting, but also functional.  When planning your kitchen remodel, here is how to avoid 6 kitchen remodel mistakes.

Solutions to How to Avoid 6 Kitchen Remodel Mistakes

1. Open Shelving

While Open Shelving is often approached as making your kitchen space seem more open, it can also create an atmosphere of too much busyness.  Open shelving is a wonderful way to add character to the room and display your prized pieces, be cautious, however, too many knick-knacks or stacked baking pans and skillets can interrupt the flow of your kitchen and certainly take away from the rest of your design for your kitchen.  We suggest keeping the open shelves neatly adorned and choose wall or base cabinetry for the less decorative items.

2. Stainless Steel

A little stainless steel goes a long way towards making a kitchen look modern. Too much can make it look like an operating room or an industrial kitchen (not to be confused with Industrial Design Style). Make sure to break up the stainless steel with some complementing colors and textures from other areas in your home. One way to do this is to choose stainless appliances with a colorful countertop, or a stainless steel island countertop with colorful appliances and wood open shelves.

3. Poorly Placed Appliances

Nothing breaks up the flow of a room like making it difficult to use. Not being able to open your refrigerator and walk by it or your dishwasher and stove, at the same time not only hampers the use of your kitchen, but it also appears cramped and unfunctional. Creating the right flow for your space can make all the difference.  This should be one of the first things you’ll want to talk with your Kitchen Remodeler about.

4. Making it too Bland

The white kitchen is in high demand, ‘safe’ colors like beige, tan, and white flow together, but they can also make a kitchen boring. A monochromatic design scheme is beautiful when done well, but can fall flat. Add some flavor to your kitchen to give it character. Bring some of the colors from the adjoining rooms into the kitchen to add depth and carry the flow of colors from room to room.  You can also add texture with wood, shapes, and fabrics. Since you are wanting to create a space for gathering family and friends, make sure your family’s personality is reflected in your newly remodeled kitchen!

5. Trash Cans/Recycle Bins

Absolutely necessary, but what to do with them?   To create a beautiful space without also interrupting the flow of your kitchen, trashcans and recycle containers should be planned into your new kitchen remodel. There are many ways to keep these items functional, whether in a pantry, base cabinet, or other built-in space. They will be accessible but hidden.

6. Installing in the Incorrect Lighting

Nothing makes your kitchen more functional than effective lighting. Kitchens need an overhead light for general lighting and a spotlight to perform specific tasks such as preparing food. Of course, you don’t want your kitchen only to be functional; you want it to look good too. In order to highlight the style of your kitchen, add in accent lighting with pendant lights over the island/peninsula or above cabinets and toe kick lighting. This is another great way to add in your personality.

Avoid these 6 kitchen remodeling mistakes, schedule your appointment today!  Tri-Lite Builders has the solutions that will create the space in your kitchen where your family and friends will want to gather.   We have designed some of the most unique and amazing kitchens in the greater Phoenix area. Our work has been featured in several magazines and online publications, and we’ve received the Contractor of the Year award multiple times. We love the entire kitchen remodeling process and would be honored to help you realize your kitchen’s full potential.

Home Remodeling in the Greater Phoenix Area

Start your project by calling us at (480) 895-3442 or emailing steve@trilitebuilders.com to discuss remodeling your home, kitchen, or bathroom.  We offer no-obligation in-home consultation. Our award-winning designers and craftsman are eager to work with you to make your vision for your home a reality!

A Look Behind the Walls

All that blown insulation settled into its spaces. Drywall installed on the ceiling. Plywood acclimating so it can be ready to sheet the walls once the ceiling is complete.

We are excited to continue to share our progress on this amazing two-story deck and storage room addition for our latest North Phoenix home remodel by giving you a look behind the walls. The back of the house faces north with a stunning view of Lookout Mountain Preserve and the northeast valley.  You can read about the remodel of this outdoor living space and storage room addition in its beginning stages here.

Behind the Walls of the New Storage Addition

With our Monsoon season almost ending we are getting quite the storm this week.  So, we are giving you a look inside, behind the walls, of this two-story addition.  This first floor is going to be a secure, temperature-controlled storage room.  With a ceiling height just over 9’-0” and over 200 sq. ft, this room below the new deck addition is the perfect space for additional storage. Above this new room addition will be an outdoor kitchen and additional deck space.

Photos

Take a stroll through the photos to see where we are currently in this process. We’ve captioned each of them to give you a look behind the walls.  We are excited to show you how this unique outdoor living space and storage room addition turns out in a future blog!

Trending Kitchen Storage and Design Ideas

Trending Kitchen Storage and Design

Your dream kitchen is just around the corner! Categorically, the number one desire in remodeling a kitchen is to create more storage in the existing space. Obviously, this is a great way to give your kitchen the functionality it needs, but you can also infuse it with creativity along the way.  Whether you are doing it yourself or having Tri-Lite Builders plan your new kitchen, you can be inspired by these trending kitchen storage and design ideas.

Reclaim and Recycle

Using reclaimed material is still on-trend and is expected to continue.  Reclaimed wood is everywhere and easy to find cost-effectively or even free. Old shipping crates, used pallets, and old furniture are all sources for wood recycling.  Using these materials may require sanding and refinishing to make the pieces usable.  Some recycled wood will work for a more rustic look. It all comes down to the finished look you desire.

Kitchen Pantry

If organization and saving money are your goal, consider building a kitchen pantry. When building a pantry, think about the space in relation to having all the food items and small kitchen appliances you need for meal preparation within easy reach.  Pantries are a great addition to keeping your weekly budget for groceries in hand since you can easily see what foods you have stored.

Material Combinations

Today’s trends invite you to think out of the box!  Create striking visuals by mixing materials and tones for your kitchen cabinets. You can get this effect easily by using different materials and/or shades for upper and lower cabinets. For example, consider wooden lower cabinets, and upper cabinets with metal for an interesting contrast. Alternatively, you could consider a dark wood for the kitchen island, white cabinets for the base cabinetry. You can also use glass or open shelving for the upper cabinets. No longer are matching cabinets a necessity for an attractive looking kitchen.  Choose materials that you like above any other factors.

Since you are designing the kitchen of your dreams, explore the different material choices as well as storage solutions.  Kitchen storage possibilities aren’t limited to cabinets or a pantry. You can use the same creativity in your materials and design for kitchen islands. Check online to discover more kitchen storage options that will make your kitchen uniquely yours! You can also explore our award-winning kitchens in our portfolio here!

Home Remodeling in the Greater Phoenix Area

Kick start your project by calling us at (480) 895-3442 or emailing steve@trilitebuilders.com to discuss remodeling your home, kitchen, or bathroom.  We offer no-obligation in-home consultation. Our award-winning designers and craftsman are eager to work with you to make your vision for your home a reality!

Az Business Leaders 2019

Steve Shinn leads Tri-Lite Builders & Homework Remodels’ talented team of designers and remodeling experts in Phoenix, and it’s neighboring cities to the east. He is also a leader in the Greater Phoenix chapterof the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. The local NARI chapter is dedicated to education and ethics in the business of remodeling. Its members are some of the highest quality professionals in Arizona.

Phoenix Home and Garden 2017 Garden Tour

 

Phoenix Home and Garden 2017 Garden Tour is on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 10am to 4pm.

 

First of all, this exciting event hosted by the esteemed Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine, is not to be missed. Valley residents and visitors alike will have an exclusive opportunity to tour some of the amazing gardens here, in the Valley of the Sun. In addition to a self-guided tour, you may run into professionals in the industry of Landscape Design, Gardeners, Magazine Editors and even some plant lovers! The tour will take place, rain or shine, in and around Paradise Valley. Finally, come out and have your gardening interests piqued. As a result, you may become a philanthropist, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Desert Botanical Gardens.

 

Follow the link below to purchase tickets on-line.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/phoenix-home-and-garden-magazine-2017-garden-tour-tickets-31134821088

Come back and comment as to your favorite feature of the Garden Tour.

In conclusion, here are some pictures of Gardens in the Valley of Homework Remodels clients’.

Phoenix Home & Garden Feature of our Remodel in the Historic Willo Neighborhood.

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We are honored to announce that Phoenix Home & Garden magazine has just published their October issue featuring one of our favorite remodels in the  historic Willo Neighborhood of central Phoenix. The home’s Spanish Colonial style has been complemented by a number of remodeling projects that we have done over a period of years. This magazine is loaded with beautiful photos that they took just for their article. The following slideshow’s photos are some recent photos that we had taken by Alex Rentzis of Sparta Photo.

 

 

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SuCasa Feature Editorial of Tri-Lite Builders Gainey Ranch Remodel

Tri-Lite Builders is thrilled to announce that our Gainey Ranch whole house remodel project has been featured in this Summer issue of SuCasa.

Our maiden voyage as an editorial centerpiece highlights our remodeling expertise and design prowess.  This article goes into detail about our clients,  the work they have had completed in their home, and their perspective of the remodel process and outcome. SuCasa feature editorial of Tri-Lite Builders Gainey Ranch remodel in Scottsdale Arizona  

As a Design~Build Remodel firm we pride ourselves on our ability to create an end product that exceeds the hopes and dreams of our clients and their families.  Our team strives to maximize communication and minimize stress.  Our process does not leave the homeowner alone to make this myriad of decisions on their own.  We attempt to provide enough information for clients to make educated decisions and understand our process, from product selection, through construction and follow-up after completion.  We hope you enjoy the article and pictures as much as we do.

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To view the full article visit page 21 on SuCasa’s online magazine

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