Take Your Kitchen from Blah to Amazing with These Ideas

 

So you’re feeling a little blah with your kitchen and you feel like it’s time for a change. We understand. In fact, the kitchen is generally remodeled about every 5-7 years. That may seem a little surprising, but it’s true. Let’s look at a few different things you can do to turn your blah kitchen into an amazing family hub of excitement and food.

  • Newly Designed Kitchen Island: Everyone loves a well-designed kitchen island. Many of the kitchen islands we’re replacing have limited functionality. They’re simple boxes with cabinets and a countertop. We’re replacing them with kitchen islands that improve the functionality and layout of the kitchen.
  • Monochromatic Color Scheme: In terms of color, many homeowners are choosing to go with the idea of less-is-more. They’re choosing to use a solid color like white for the entire kitchen, and it’s pretty amazing. Texture always adds to the color and decorative pops of color make all the difference in the world.
  • Simple Cabinets: Simple and sleek tends to be the cabinet design of choice these days. Simple cabinets with decorative pulls and knobs will help transform your kitchen. Sometimes it’s the small details that win.
  • New Countertops: Again, many homeowners are installing new countertops in the same base color they’ve chosen. White, for example, looks amazing in granite and marble and adds a bit of subtle color without taking away from the monochromatic color scheme. New countertops can match the new kitchen island or complement it.
  • Additional Lighting: Ambient lighting, task lighting, and pendulum lighting are extremely popular for today’s kitchen. Windows, skylights, and sun tunnels help a lot with natural lighting during the day. A sun tunnel allows you to enjoy skylight-style lighting even in a room that doesn’t have direct roof access.
  • New Fixtures: A new faucet, light switch plates, and electrical outlet plates really do a lot to dress up a kitchen. Choose decorative fixtures that add to the overall decor instead of plain, solid colors.
  • Make it Smarter: Choose appliances that will make life easier and turn your kitchen into a smart kitchen. Smart home technology is in full swing and many homeowners enjoy the ability to turn the lights on as they pull into the driveway, check the coffee pot to make sure it’s off, and change the thermostat remotely.

Kitchen Remodeling in Phoenix

We’re happy to help Phoenix-area homeowners with their kitchen remodeling tasks. Give us a call at 480-895-3442 to schedule an appointment with our kitchen designer. We’ll help you make the tough decisions and make sure that your project stays on track to turn your blah kitchen into an amazing hub of fun!

9 Whole Home Renovation Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs

We want to start by saying that this is your home we’re talking about. We want to help you maximize space and create an amazing before and after story with your whole home renovation. We’ve seen some pretty serious home renovation mistakes and stories online, so we want to help you avoid those. Let’s take a look at 9 whole home renovation mistakes to avoid.

  1. Not Thinking about the Future: This is a big one! Renovate your home with space to spare – think wide hallways and doorways, and a roomy kitchen and bathroom. Failure to think about the future could mean another remodel is required if you become reliant on a walker or wheelchair.
  2. Lack of Planning: Lack of proper planning or rushed planning means mistakes will be made. Planning is the most important first step of any project.
  3. Skipping Prep Work: We get it. Prep work takes time. But the problem comes down to the fact that experience can only take you so far in a project. Proper prep work can mean the difference between a successful project and complete failure.
  4. Cheap Materials: You aren’t really saving money if those cost-saving semi-custom cabinets wear out quickly or the cheaper flooring shows wear within a year. Avoid cheap materials, but look for good bargains and inexpensive prices on quality materials. The difference between cheap and inexpensive is astronomical.
  5. Inaccurate Measurements: You’ve probably heard a carpenter use the phrase, “measure twice, cut once.” That simply means that you have to be accurate in your measurements or the entire thing will be off.
  6. Early Demolition: A whole home remodeling project doesn’t mean everything has to be stripped out. This goes back to lack of proper planning and preparation.
  7. Small Bathrooms and Closets: It’s great if you can renovate your home to include another bathroom, half bath, or closet. But don’t build a 3×5 foot bathroom just for the sake of adding a half bath. You barely have the room to install a toilet and sink in a room that size and it hardly suffices for a relevant closet space.
  8. Overlooking Lighting: Properly lighting your home is extremely important. Modifying a wall creates new lines of sight and shadows as well. Make sure you’ve also modified the lighting to work with the new rooms.
  9. Following Too Many Trends: We understand wanting to go with the flow and use trendy items in your renovation. But choose trends that have some staying power or you’ll be ready to renovate again next year. Keep in mind that “trendy” often means short term.

We enjoy helping homeowners renovate and improve their home. It’s what we do and it’s what we’re good at. Give us a call at 480-895-3442 if you’re currently unpleased with your existing floor plan and would like to schedule an appointment for a consultation with our designers. We will help you choose the best route to take when renovating your home.

Add Elegance and Luxury to Your Home with New Smart Lighting

Technology is becoming quite important in this day and age, whether it is for work or the little luxuries in our home. Smart homes are the way of the future and soon everyone will be operating all their home appliances with the touch of a button on their phone.

It might seem like these smart lighting systems are difficult in the beginning, after all, they would need to be installed. However, installation and set-up is easier than you would think; especially if you have a professional do most of the work.

The 4 steps on smart home lighting:

  • Install Your New Lighting Hub: The hub is going to be what connects your devices and your lights. It is all done wirelessly through your home’s existing wireless network.
  • Install Your New Wi-Fi Ready Outlets, Switches, and Dimmers: There are a variety of these outlets, switches, and dimmers on the market, so you will not need to sacrifice style when you install them. While these items were designed to be used with a device, you can also turn lights on and off the old fashion way with a touch of your finger.
  • Download the App on Your Devices: Downloading an app and getting it set up is super easy, and if you are having difficulty, we recommend handing it over to your child for them to do. Once it is installed, you will immediately have access to all your lights with the touch of your finger.
  • Customize Everything for Your Needs: There is nothing better than having your lights turn on at the same time every night and turn off automatically after you have gone to bed. You can customize almost everything for your lights using your app, so you will never need to worry about walking into a dark house in the evening.

Smart Home Remodeling in Phoenix

That is it! Just four steps and you will be ready to turn your lights on and off from anywhere in the world. Once you install your new smart lights, you will wonder how you managed to turn all those lights on and off in the past. After all, you are busy and it is much easier with just a touch of a button. Give us a call at 480-895-3442 to talk about turning your Phoenix area home into a smart home with the technology you need to make life easier. We’re happy to help you make the tough decisions and design your new smart home system.

4 Features Every Custom Kitchen Must Have

A kitchen remodel is a great way to improve the inside of your home, yet you are going to want something that looks a little nicer than all the other cookie cutter kitchens out there. Thankfully, you can customize almost any aspect of your new kitchen, so that it does not look the same as any other kitchen.

Here are 4 features that every custom kitchen must have:

Access to the Outdoors

So many people are choosing to entertain outside, so we always recommend that you create easy access from your kitchen to your deck or outdoor space. By doing this, your kitchen will visually look and feel larger. You will also find that it is much easier to bring food and drinks out to your deck and the dirty dishes back in.

Skylights

Natural light will make a kitchen look bigger too, but it can be difficult to add multiple windows in this space. Therefore, we recommend that you install skylights, because they will not take away any necessary wall space. These skylights will keep your kitchen feeling bright and airy every day of the year.

Under-Cabinet Lighting

We recommend that you place lights underneath your cabinets, so that it is easier to see when you are prepping for a meal or cleaning up at night. These lights can also be placed on dimmer switches, which is perfect for creating ambient lighting late in the evening.

Island Sink

You may think that we are crazy for saying that you should have two sinks in your kitchen, but once you begin using each one, you will completely understand. Those two sinks will allow others to be in the kitchen with you as they help you prepare food or get their own snack. The island sink is also perfect for when you are working at the island and you don’t want to walk across the room to the other sink with your hands dripping with anything gross.

Kitchen Remodeling in Phoenix

These 4 features will help create a custom kitchen that can be unique from many others. Of course, there are going to be other features that you must have in your kitchen and you will want to talk to us to ensure that each one is in the design. Give us a call at 480-895-3442 to talk about remodeling your kitchen in the Phoenix area. We’re happy to help you make the tough decisions and design your custom kitchen with amazing functionality.

Improve Your Bathroom with a Completely New Layout

 

Does your bathroom feel small, cramped, and completely inefficient? If your answer was yes, then you can relate to the hundreds of thousands of other people in the world that dislike their current bathroom space.

Now, did you know that by simply changing the layout of your bathroom, you can create more space and make it more efficient? Yes, it’s true! It won’t be a quick and easy project, but the end results will be beautiful and rewarding.

As you sit down with your local contractor to determine the layout of your new bathroom, you will want to be prepared with some basic answers to questions.

These questions include:

  • How many people use this bathroom?
  • Do you want a combination shower and bathtub or separate?
  • If separate, do you really need a soaking tub?
  • What items do you want to store in your bathroom?
  • What dream features would you desire?

By having answers to these questions, you will save a lot of time during the planning process and fewer changes will need to be completed during the entire renovation.

Starting with a clean slate in your bathroom will mean tearing everything up and removing it all. Your plumbing will need to be redone as will some of your electric. These two items will need to be completed before anything else can go into the space, which is why it is critical to have a plan in place before the work begins.

Here are a few things that we recommend for your new layout:

  • A double vanity is nice for when multiple people are using the space, but if that is not possible, then we suggest a vanity with one sink, some countertop space, and storage underneath.
  • A soaking tub is wonderful at the end of a long day, but it may not work in your new space. We suggest possibly installing a shower/bathtub combination with a deeper tub for soaking in.
  • Storage is quite necessary in a bathroom and you will need twice as much as you think that you do. Therefore, pull-out storage cabinets that can fit into smaller space are a wonderful option. They look quite similar to pull-out spice racks or pantries from a kitchen and you can customize them to fit all of your bathroom items.

Moving a toilet from one side of the bathroom to the other, removing items like soaking tubs that are never used, reconfiguring the shower, and installing a more functional vanity are only a few layout changes that you can make in your bathroom. Your local contractor can help you design this space so that it can be a room that you will not dread walking into every day. Call us at 480-895-3442 to schedule an appointment with us to start making plans. Let us help you take those first steps toward your dream bathroom!

Design the Perfect Family Kitchen for Your Home

 

Kitchens are no longer used as a place to prepare meals and eat them. Instead, people like yourself are using them to sit and talk with family and friends, help their children with homework, pay their bills, and anything else that might come up while they’re in that space.

While some people might not agree with us, we do not think that it is a bad thing that kitchens are being used for more than just food. Time is precious and if we can all get some more family together time in the kitchen, it is a wonderful thing!

Here are 3 tips that we feel will help you design the perfect family kitchen for your home:

Keep it safe

Little ones can get themselves into anything and everything in no time at all, so we recommend taking the time to make sure that your kitchen is safe. You can choose to place locks on cabinets and drawers that are full of items that children should not touch or you can place those items in cabinets that are out of reach.

Save Space

There are numerous options available to you that will help you save space in your kitchen. A cutting board that pulls out from the counter right above a pull-out garbage can is one of the features that we love. Pull-out pantry cabinets, lazy Susans, and pull-out shelves are other options that we always recommend.

Personalize your kitchen

There are no rules that state that your kitchen needs to look exactly the same as everyone else’s. We recommend that you personalize it with an accent wall, a bold backsplash, family photos, or special mementos that you have collected during your travels. These personal touches will make you stop and smile every time you step into this space.

We know that your kitchen is always going to be busy, so there is one other thing that we would like to recommend. Children are always hungry, especially when you are in the middle of doing something. Therefore, we always recommend placing easy to grab snacks and drinks in an area that they can reach all by themselves. This will make your kitchen even more family friendly while you are staying sane at the same time. Call us at 480-895-3442 to schedule an appointment with us to start making plans. Let us help you take those first steps toward your dream kitchen!

Create the Perfect High-End Shower for Your Remodeled Bathroom

Walk-in showers are becoming the new norm, because people want to relax at the end of a long day and not worry about being cramped inside a tub/shower combo. These walk-in showers are large and luxurious, so they meet everyone’s expectations.

Here are 7 things that you should incorporate as you are creating the perfect high-end shower for your remodeled bathroom:

  1. Go Frameless: A frameless shower will not only give you more space while you are under the water, it will also make your bathroom seem larger than it is, because you are not closing off any space.
  2. His and Hers: His and her showerheads are perfect for high-end showers, because no one is fighting for the warm water that is flowing out. Of course, they make showers even better for one person too, because they will have even more room to move and still be under the water.
  3. Add Seating: Not many people think about adding seating to their shower, but it can be incorporated into any design and style. This seating can be used when you have had a rough day or when you are not feeling well and need to sit down while in the shower.
  4. Add Waterproof Speakers: Music is a necessity when showering and it is one of the best things for waking people up in the morning and soothing them at night. Adding waterproof speakers inside your shower ensures that you won’t have to blast your music and wake up your neighbors, because the water won’t be able to drown out the tunes as it would if they were coming from another room.
  5. Take Advantage of a View: If you are one of the lucky ones who has an amazing view from their bathroom, we recommend that you take advantage of it. You can place a glass enclosed shower in front of a large window, so that you can see the view whenever you are in the bathroom. Oh, and don’t worry, they make windows that you can see out of, but not into, if you are worried about people walking by.
  6. Add Steam: Water is a nice feature inside a shower, obviously, but steam will make the entire experience even better. Imagine walking into your shower at the end of a very long day and being greeted by steam and warmth.
  7. Use Unique Materials: Showers do not need to only be tiled, you can also line the floor and the walls with slate, marble, and even river rocks. The possibilities are endless and you can choose to be unique and create a beautiful dream space.

Adding these features to your high-end shower will make your remodeled bathroom look better than you ever imagined. We know that you will want to use this new shower much more in the future and we bet that if anyone is ever looking for you, they’ll find you inside your new luxurious bathroom space.

We recommend that you dream big while planning your bathroom remodel. Instead of only thinking of your current needs, we suggest that you think long-term and plan for the future as well. Our goal is to help all homeowners in the greater Phoenix area design and build their ideal bathroom. We’ll help you make the tough decisions regarding materials, colors, lighting, and flooring. Call us at 480-895-3442 to schedule an appointment with us to start making plans. Let us help you take those first steps toward your dream bathroom!

Add Pizzazz to Your Remodeled Kitchen with these Backsplash Material Ideas

Many people use tiles when they are installing the backsplash in their newly remodeled kitchen and while that is a great material to use, the end result does not always add as much visual appeal as some people desire.

Here are 6 types of backsplash that will add pizzazz to your remodeled kitchen:

  1. Bricks: Bricks can be used as backsplash and they add a rustic feel while also adding warmth to your space. While this material will not go with every style, it does work well with country, rustic, and industrial looking kitchens.
  2. Tin Tiles: Tin tiles are quite versatile and they are easy to install as well. They are available in numerous colors and designs, plus they are affordable too. Plus, many of the ornate designs will become conversation starters when you have company over.
  3. Chalkboard: Anyone who gets bored easily will want to try using chalkboard for the backsplash in their kitchen. With this material, you will be able to gather your family and friends and continuously create different designs in this space. You can also write the day’s menu on the wall, so that you are not continuously answering the infamous what’s for dinner question.
  4. Wood: Wood can be another inexpensive option for backsplash, especially if you just happen to find some reclaimed wood lying around. The wood will give your kitchen a warm and cozy feel without being overwhelming. The best part is that you can place the wood vertically, horizontally, diagonally, or any other way that you can think of to create a unique and special design.
  5. Buttons: If you are planning on a vintage style for your kitchen, you may want to consider adding buttons to your list of possible backsplash ideas. All that you need to do is glue buttons of all shapes and sizes onto your wall.
  6. Photographs: Adding photographs to your backsplash is a great way to guarantee that no one else will have the same exact walls as you do. You can choose from family photos, famous people, or people that you have always admired. These photos can be regular size or you can enlarge them to cover more space and make them easier to see.

These are only a few of the options that are available for you to use for backsplashes in your new kitchen. The possibilities are practically endless and with a little imagination and ingenuity, you will be able to design a one of a kind backsplash that fits your style and needs.

Our goal is to help all homeowners in the greater Phoenix area design and build their ideal kitchen. We’ll help you make the tough decisions regarding materials, colors, lighting, and flooring. Call us at 480-895-3442 to schedule an appointment with us to start making plans. Let us help you take those first steps toward your dream kitchen!

These 5 Items Will Transform Your Bathroom

It is possible to turn your basic bathroom into a spa-like sanctuary as long as you add the proper features during your bathroom remodel. Everyone has their own idea of what they want and need in their dream bathroom and your choices will be completely different than your friends, your neighbors, and your family.

Here are 5 items that will transform your bathroom:

Heated Floors

If you dislike waking up in the middle of the night and walking onto the cold floors in your bathroom, then we recommend that you install heated floors during the remodeling process. The radiant heating mats are placed underneath the flooring that you choose and will keep your feet warm even if you have the air conditioning on full blast.

Large Shower

Showers are becoming larger and if you have the space, we recommend that you install one that will fit two people. Dual rainforest showerheads allow everyone to be under the water at once and full-body jets will add a massage like experience during every shower. Plus, these showers can come in handy in the future if anyone in your family needs assistance while showering.

Chromatherapy

Ambiance lighting has always been necessary for long and relaxing soaks in the tub, but chromatherapy takes this a step further. The water in your shower or tub can be programmed to turn one of eight colors, depending on your mood for the day.

Heated Towel Drawer

Warm towels, warm robes, and warm pajamas can all be yours when you install a heated towel drawer in your bathroom. There is nothing better than stepping out of the shower or the tub and surrounding yourself with warmth as you are trying to forget about the long day you just survived.

Bar

Not every bathroom has a bar in it and yours can be one of the first to have this wonderful feature. You can use this space in many ways including a spot for your coffee maker, wine, or other beverages that you want to enjoy while you are relaxing in the tub, getting ready in the morning, or unwinding at the end of a long day.

Create the Bathroom You Deserve

We recommend that you dream big while planning your bathroom remodel. Instead of only thinking of your current needs, we suggest that you think long-term and plan for the future as well. Our goal is to help all homeowners in the greater Phoenix area design and build their ideal bathroom. We’ll help you make the tough decisions regarding materials, colors, lighting, and flooring. Call us at 480-895-3442 to schedule an appointment with us to start making plans. Let us help you take those first steps toward your dream bathroom!

High-End Countertops for Your Remodeled Kitchen

Gone are the days when you have to install a basic countertop in your kitchen. There are so many choices available now and many of them will give your kitchen the high-end look that you have always dreamed of. The only thing standing between you and your dream kitchen is that first step. Are you ready? Here are four ideas to keep in mind when choosing your ideal countertop.

Here are 4 high-end countertops for your remodeled kitchen:

Granite

Granite has been the number one choice for countertops for a while now, mainly because it is available in a large variety of colors. This material can be cut into longer pieces too, so there are fewer seams when it is installed. The sealant that is used on the counter makes it stain resistant, but needs to be replaced every so often to keep it in excellent condition.

Wood

Not too many people want to install wood countertops, because they need to reapply the oily finish every four to six weeks to keep it looking nice. However, these counters are perfect for food prep and baking and the natural beauty adds warmth and style to any kitchen.

Concrete

The newer concrete countertops are pre-poured and delivered completely finished, so there is no more waiting for the counters to dry during a remodel. The finished product is similar to a slab of natural stone and pigments can be added to the concrete to change the color of the finished countertop. You can even add shells or other objects to the concrete countertop to personalize it and make it more visually appealing. These countertops do not stain because of the sealant that is used.

Marble

Most people will not use marble counters throughout their entire kitchen, because the material is quite expensive. However, it does add an elegant and luxurious look to any kitchen space. We do recommend that if you do a lot of baking, that you consider installing a marble countertop in one area of your kitchen. The reason for that is the marble is the best material for rolling out dough for pies and cookies.

Match Your Countertop to Your Cooking Style

It is important to choose a countertop that will work with the way that you use your kitchen. If you continuously drop things, then a concrete countertop might not be the best choice, just like a marble countertop probably isn’t necessary if you do not do a lot of baking. However, the choice is yours and you need to choose the one that will turn your kitchen into the space of your dreams.

Our goal is to help all homeowners in the greater Phoenix area design and build their ideal kitchen. We’ll help you make the tough decisions regarding materials, colors, lighting, and flooring. Call us at 480-895-3442 to schedule an appointment with us to start making plans. Let us help you take those first steps toward your dream kitchen!

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