Choose the Perfect Tile for Any Room in Your Home

 

Tile is a wonderful material for flooring, because it is fairly easy to keep clean. We have plenty of natural-looking tile options to help any room feel open and airy. You can also use tile for walls, incredible backsplashes, showers, and tubs. Tile is so versatile it even makes a viable countertop material if you’re looking for something completely custom.

Here are 4 options that are perfect for any room in your home:

Travertine

Travertine can be smoothed out so that the natural pattern of the stone shines through without causing it to become too shiny. This type of tile is available in matte or satin finish and it does not get too slippery.

Terra Cotta

Terra cotta tiles can give any room a warm and cozy feeling, and make anyone want to curl up and stay put for a long time. These tiles are made from clay that has been fired at high temperatures, and they have a matte finish that is natural. That matte finish is preserved with a sealant that prevents staining. These tiles can be expensive, so you may want to consider the ceramic tiles that look like terra cotta.

Limestone

Limestone tiles are perfect for areas that have a lot of traffic, like kitchens. We recommend choosing the ones that have been tumbled with sand and grit, so that they look distressed and naturally aged. That process gives them a rustic look that we know you will love. The only downside to these tiles is that they have some pits and crevices that dirt can get trapped in and it is impossible to get it out while cleaning.

Honed Slate

Honed slate has been polished for a matte finish, but you can also choose a riven finish that has a more rugged and natural look. Slate is quite durable and should technically last a lifetime, but it will need to be sealed for extra protection. Slate can also be pricey, so we do recommend considering ceramic tiles that look like slate if your budget is going to be compromised.

Installing New Tile in the Phoenix Area?

These tiles will be perfect in almost any room in your home, but you will need to choose the one that matches not only your style, but your lifestyle and décor. If you have any concerns about the one that you want, give us a call at 480-895-3442 so we can help answer your questions. We’ll help you choose the best type and color tile for your application.

7 Things You Should Consider Now During a Kitchen Remodel to Stay in Your Home as You Get Older

 

None of us want to think about getting older, but let’s face it, it is going to happen eventually. The best thing we can do is plan for it, and be prepared for whatever comes our way. Thankfully, there are numerous things that we can do inside our current homes that will allow us to stay there forever, so that we never need to move or change our routines.

Here are 7 things that you should consider now during a kitchen remodel to stay in your home as you get older:

Pullout Pantry

Shelves in a pantry are wonderful, until you find that you need to climb up to get things or reach or bend down, and you can’t. Pullout pantries are much better, because they can be accessible whether you are still mobile, or if you are using a walker or a wheelchair. The pullout shelves or drawers can be easily manipulated with one hand and it is simple to place things in and take things out.

Rounded Countertop Edges

Actually, we recommend making sure that all the edges in your kitchen are rounded in addition to your countertops. As you age, you have a tendency to bump into things more often, and those sharper edges can cause bumps and bruises easily.

Move Your Sink Closer to the Stove

You may find that it is easy to carry large pots of water to the stove now, but as you get older, that pot is going to feel heavier. While moving the sink closer to the stove is a great option, you may even want to consider placing a faucet over your stove, so that you can fill your pots right there.

Move Your Microwave

If you have your microwave above your stove, now is the time to move it. The best spot for it in the future is going to be on the counter, or even underneath the counter. This will make it easier to reach, and put things in and take things out.

Replace Cabinets with Drawers

Cabinets can cause you to stack multiple items on top of each other, and oftentimes cabinets can reach the ceiling. Drawers, on the other hand, can be easier to load and unload, plus you won’t need to climb on a stool. The drawers can also be helpful for replacing your cabinets near the floor as you will not need to get down on your hands and knees to search through them.

Allow for Space

You never know when you will need a walker or a wheelchair in the future, so you will want to allow for extra clearance in your kitchen. The regular guidelines only suggest 36 inches of clearance, but the ADA guidelines recommend between 40 and 60 inches depending on the layout of your kitchen.

Choose Slip Resistant Flooring

No one wants to fall as they are walking through their kitchen, so we recommend installing slip resistant flooring. This type of flooring will not get as slippery even when something is spilled on it.

Kitchen Remodeling and Aging in Place in Phoenix

We recommend taking care of these items now, especially if you are already planning on tackling a kitchen remodel. That way, you will not need to make any changes in the future, and you will be ready if something unexpected happens. We can also make other recommendations that you will benefit from. Call us at 480-895-3442 if you’re in Phoenix or the surrounding area and would like to discuss remodeling your kitchen with us.

Design Ideas and Advice for Remodeling Your Bathroom

 

You have so many options available to you nowadays when you remodel your bathroom. You don’t have to stick with the usual vanities, showers, tubs, and even lighting fixtures. Instead, you can choose some newer versions that will add style and appeal to this space.

Here are 6 ideas for your bathroom remodel:

Floating Vanity

There is no rule that states that your vanity needs to touch the floor, which is why we recommend choosing a floating one. These types of vanities will make your bathroom look and feel larger, while also creating an appealing focal point.

Add Furniture

A chair or bench can be a great option for your bathroom, as it will give you a place to sit and relax. The chair should be cushioned and comfortable, and the bench should include lots of pillows and be placed under a window in possible.

Add Music

Music can add to the ambiance of your bathroom, which is why we recommend adding either surround sound or another music playing option like Amazon’s Echo.

Add Shower Features

There are many items that you can incorporate into your shower including a bench seat, multiple showerheads, and steam options. All these features will create a spa-like feeling in your bathroom, which we know you will enjoy tremendously.

Create Ample Storage

Storage doesn’t need to be boring and dull, but it is something that you will need plenty of in your bathroom. You can choose both open and closed storage options, and we recommend mixing it up a little with frosted glass doors for some of your closed storage options.

Create Multiple Spaces

Everyone seems to need to get ready at the same time in today’s world, which is why it is necessary for you to create multiple spaces in your bathroom. You will want to consider two sinks, two mirrors, and a larger shower. You may also want to consider separating your toilet from the rest of the bathroom space, to ensure privacy when it is being used.

Bathroom Remodeling in Phoenix

Your bathroom will be stylish and more appealing if you incorporate any of these design ideas during your remodel. Once it is completed, you will find that you will love your new space and that it will be exactly what you have dreamed of for so long. Call us at 480-895-3442 to start making plans for your upcoming bathroom remodeling project.

5 Items Every High-End Bathroom Needs

 

If you are planning a bathroom remodel, you might as well decide to go all out and make it fabulous! After all, you probably aren’t going to do a project like this again anytime soon, so why not do it right the first time?

Here are 5 items every high-end bathroom needs:

  1. Separate Bathtub: A separate bathtub is a luxury that most people love, so if you love soaking in the tub, you will want to consider this option. You can choose from a soaking tub, a jetted tub, or an old-fashioned clawfoot tub, whichever one matches the style of your new space.
  2. Spa-Like Shower: A shower is no longer just a place to get clean, and we recommend turning this into the ultimate space. You may want to consider enlarging your shower while also adding numerous jets, rain showerheads, steam, and seating. Add in some natural stone and you will have the perfect spa oasis.
  3. Warm Floors: We know that you really do not like stepping out onto cool or cold floors after your hot shower or bath, so we recommend installing heated floors. These are especially wonderful for those middle of the night bathroom trips. The best thing is that these floors can now be set on a timer, so it is only heated during the times of day that you are using it.
  4. Custom Cabinets: Storage is always an issue in bathrooms, so you will want to consider custom cabinets for this space. This will allow you to fit more in your bathroom without losing out on the appealing style that you are wanting.
  5. Add Stone, Glass, or Porcelain: Actually, add all three of these items for the most elegant and luxurious bathroom! All these items will help you bring nature indoors and it will create a calming and tranquil area that you will love to be in.

Everyone loves going to the spa, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that you want your bathroom to feel and look like one. Every spa has high-end features, and you can create that same look inside your own home. Your contractor can help you devise a plan, so that you have everything on your wish list when your bathroom is completed. Call us at 480-895-3442 to discuss bathroom remodeling ideas that will transform your existing bathroom into an amazing spa-like experience.

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!

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