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 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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
SuCasa Feature Editorial of Tri-Lite Builders Gainey Ranch Remodel
To view the full article visit page 21 on SuCasa’s online magazine
8 Impressive and Unique Remodeling Ideas
As you may see by now, 2016 seems to be the year of bold new creations and unique possibilities regarding our homes. It’s the year to be free, experimental, and create new things and reinvent not only yourself, but your home. So many trends, some new and others coming back into style, for home renovations are being seen on a regular basis. Here are 8 impressive and unique remodeling ideas, the best part about most of these, they are relatively inexpensive to accomplish.
A backsplash can be defined as a panel behind a sink or stove that protects the wall from splashes. Although simply defined, here at Tri-Lite Builders backsplashes are far from plain and simple. A creatively designed backsplash can transform your kitchen – leaving all of your dinner guests in amazement. Take a look at some of our all time favorites!
Warm and Bold
Handmade Mosaic of Emperador Dark, Crema Marfil, and Rojo Alicante Marble come together to create this marvelous view. The warm colors of the backsplash, granite countertops, and Cherry Chocolate cabinets make a bold statement sure to leave guests in awe.
A Pop of Color Transitional
This Multi-color glass mosaic backsplash made of 1×2 subway tile complements the deep espresso color of the cabinets and the orange highlights of the Quartz counters.
Pure Wool Mix Glass Mosaic accents the look of this Mid-Century Modern Kitchen. The linear shape and long lines give this kitchen a bright, clean look.
A Touch of Sparkle
Silver Travertine with Amethyst and Silver glass jewels add just the right amount of sparkle to this Elegant Gray Transitional Kitchen.
Wow Worthy Quartzite
The vein was our inspiration. Two book matched slabs of Mardi Gras Quartzite create this breathtaking backsplash. We could stare at it for days!
Warm Gray Never Looked so Cool!
The Fleur-Gray Arabesque glass tile immediately draws attention to the stove top, inviting you to appreciate all of the details. Mixed-Stone and Glass Linear Mosaic backsplash along with a Quartz countertop made to resemble marble add brightness against the Cherry Bordeaux cabinets.
A backsplash adds color and personality to your kitchen. You can choose to use anything from traditional tile to rustic wood – the options are endless! Are you ready to take the next step in creating your dream kitchen? Our NARI Certified Designers want to help!
This historic home built in Phoenix’s Willo District has had many remodels over the years that have strayed from the original Spanish Colonial style. In a previous remodel the kitchen had been enlarged and outfitted with high-quality cabinets. The homeowners wanted to restore their homes historic Spanish Colonial style while keeping most of the original cabinetry.
The original tile was replaced with handmade Mexican tile to fit the Spanish Colonial style of the home. The historic style tile is one and a half inch thick, made of concrete and has a unique marble finish – creating the color and pattern.
The homeowners wanted to create a more practical space out of the existing peninsula cabinets. We lowered the new peninsula cabinet to table height and fit the mechanics of the downdraft cooktop without losing all of the space inside for storage.
The custom cabinet with a soapstone countertop replaced the peninsula cabinets. The new custom cabinet was designed to have a more appropriate look as well as offer a convenient seating area.
We replaced cabinets at the sink base, pull out trash, and peninsula. The previously remodeled kitchen had a non-functional trash compactor beside the sink. We replaced it with a waste basket cabinet.
Soapstone Farm Sink
We had the custom soapstone farm sink made out of the same material as the countertops. The new custom sink base was designed to add historic style and set off the new custom soapstone farm sink.
We replaced the original black tile backsplash with locally sourced Mexican tile throughout the entire space. A wall alcove was added to create the perfect home for the owner’s new mixer and open up space on the countertop.
Completed Kitchen Remodel
After extensive research of materials and colors that were appropriate to Spanish Colonial homes of the home’s age and location, we were able to transform a once plain and simple kitchen into a colorful work of art. With custom made marble finish tile, black Soapstone countertops, a custom Soapstone sink, custom wall texture, and bright cabinets, this kitchen remodel in Phoenix is guaranteed to wow any and all guests.
Basement remodeling is one of the best ways to remodel your basement if you have a mother-in-law or teenager that need their own space. If you’re interested in exploring the possibilities of basement remodeling read on. Here are a few great ideas and reasons for including a mother-in-law suite in your basement remodeling plans.
Basement Remodeling is No Joke
We’ve all heard the jokes about the pasty white geek still living in their parents’ basement playing video games and sporting a dungeon tan, but that isn’t where we’re going today. We want to talk about the actual functionality of the basement apartment. Many homeowners visualize a dark, dank existence for anyone living in the basement apartment when the truth is much different.
- Codes and Permits – All of the legal stuff has to be followed to the letter when transforming your home. We may need to get a few project-specific permits including electrical and plumbing, along with the normal building permits. We can handle all of the paperwork for you, because it can be a real headache.
- Windows – All basements have to have an escape route, and most basements are situated in such a way that they can have windows and doors. The windows may be egress windows with a nice window well, but they’re still a lovely way to add natural light to the basement. Add a nice set of French doors that open onto a patio, and you have a great start.
- Proper Use of Space – There’s absolutely no reason that you can’t maintain ownership of part of your basement for storage purposes or even a family room while still providing plenty of living space for your parent or other tenant. A studio apartment is extremely easy, and a one-bedroom apartment is just as simple to create.
- More than an In-Law Suite – We all know that our parents, unfortunately, will not be around forever and that the suite will become vacant at some point. This is when the apartment can become home to your own adult child or even rented to someone local to help supplement your income. You could also keep it vacant for the occasional visitor or overnight guest. Many homeowners are using online sites like AirBnB to rent small apartments or even guest rooms to guests who book through the website.
Tri-Lite Builders is home to some of the best builders in the greater Phoenix area. We truly enjoy helping homeowners transform their homes into something spectacular. Here are several examples of our work if you would like to view our handiwork before you give us a call at 480-895-3442 to get started on your basement remodeling project.
Kitchen lighting is one of the finishing touches that can be the most challenging. Remodeling the kitchen is never something we embark on lightly, and we always want to ensure that your new kitchen is better than the old in every way. Lighting is something not all homeowners take into consideration, so here are 8 things to keep in mind while choosing your kitchen lighting before we even finish the design process.
- No Set Rule – Please keep in mind that there is no set of rules to follow when lighting your kitchen. Most kitchens do have ambient lighting, task lighting, and a few other types. This doesn’t mean your kitchen has to have the same types or locations. You know how you use your kitchen – let that be the guide to choosing your custom lighting.
- Improve Functionality – Everything you add or change in your remodeled kitchen should add functionality to the room, and this includes the lighting. Add over-sink lighting if you need more light while washing dishes or preparing foods, add task lighting if you need more light on the countertops or over the stove, add over-cabinet lighting for a lovely room-brightening effect, and add under-cabinet lighting if you need it.
- Decorative Options – The cabinets you choose will make a huge impact on the overall appearance of your new kitchen. Choose cabinetry with functionality in mind, but don’t forego style entirely. Some cabinetry or floating shelving for decorative purposes is good, too. Backlight glass cabinet doors to showcase some of your nicest decor.
- Pendant Lighting for the Island or Bar – We agree that pendant lighting adds a lot to a room, but you have to be picky about where it goes. You can’t really use pendant lighting over the range or the kitchen sink, but it looks pretty amazing over the kitchen island or bar area.
- Ambient Lighting – There are several ways to improve ambient lighting in the kitchen. Add canister lighting, also known as recessed lighting, add a skylight or solar tubes, or add more windows. Transom windows are a lovely way to add a decorative appeal to your existing windows while bringing in more natural light.
- Track Lighting – Another beautiful and artistic way to add ambient lighting to the kitchen.
- Control Mechanisms – You don’t want to use a single point of control for every type of lighting in the kitchen so that a single flip of a switch turns everything This wastes energy and provides far too much light for practical use. Choose multiple on-off switches and place them in strategic areas. Consider also creating a smart lighting system that you can control with your smart phone or tablet.
- Fixtures and Faceplates – Choose decorative faceplates and fixtures that add to the overall decor of the kitchen. Really take your time when searching for the perfect fixtures and faceplates, because the more you customize them, the more unique they will be.
Tri-Lite Builders is home to some of the best builders in the greater Phoenix area. We truly enjoy helping homeowners transform their homes into something spectacular. Here are several examples of our work if you would like to view our handiwork before you give us a call at 480-895-3442 to get started on your kitchen remodeling project.
Technology and construction don’t always feel like they go hand-in-hand. One of the many changes that you may not know about is the use of 3D imaging and printing in construction. Some have even called this a revolutionary development that will change the face of the design build process. This is a fascinating push forward, and could very well change the way that you see construction for the future. The impressive thing about this is that it’s far less expensive than you may think.
3D Design and Imaging: We use computers to aid in the design of the homes we build and the rooms we remodel. They offer us the ability to print a picture perfect image of the final project so you can better see what your home will look like or what your new kitchen will look like before construction begins. These images are designed to allow you to make changes to the overall appearance of the home or room before we even draw up the blueprints. This ensures that we are all on the same page and we know what to expect.
A Full House Built: The ability to print the home in full detail is a pretty impressive idea when you consider the cost of custom home building. The way 3D printing is used, it allows builders to print individual pieces one by one and build a miniature model of the home. Once the pieces are put together, they have the structural strength that will be present in the full size home.
Saving the Planet: 3D printing offers an efficient process for construction. The construction process allows for less waste overall. The reduction of waste is just part of the overall premise. Faster production rates, less wasted raw materials, and efficiency creates a much “greener” building process.
Time Will Tell: All of this sounds fascinating, especially when it comes to cost and efficiency. However, it’s not here on a viable level just yet because 3D printers are relatively new and the materials used can get quite expensive for the average homeowner. One thing is for sure, though, it’s fascinating and definitely worth keeping an eye on for the future.
The Power of 3D Images
A 3D image of the completed remodeling or building project is priceless. It provides a way for you to compare the before (existing) and after before any work has been done. It allows you to make changes that affect the functionality and the appearance of the project before we even move past the design phase. Take a look at our design build process in more detail.
Tri-Lite Builders is located in Phoenix and we provide personalized design, building, and remodeling services to greater Phoenix area homeowners. We enjoy the looks on homeowners’ faces when we reveal the completed project and we’ve met every challenge with grace and beauty. Give us a call at 480-895-3442 if you would like to schedule an appointment for a consultation for your upcoming custom home build or remodeling project.