Questions to Ask Your Contractor’s References

Our recent blogs have focused on topics that will help you choose the right home remodeling professional for your renovation project.  We’ve covered misconceptions, budgeting your costs for your remodel, things to watch out for when hiring your contractor, asking the right questions, and how to ensure a smooth project. (These blogs are full of great information if you haven’t read them yet, you can read them here).  In this blog, we help you with questions to ask your contractor’s references. We know it can seem a bit awkward to talk to a complete stranger about a contractor that has done work on their home but getting their take on how their remodel project went and how they felt about their contractor, will definitely give you confidence in choosing the right contractor for your home renovation! We have found that most people will want to share their experience with you and even show you their remodel!! Remember, too, when asking for references from a potential contractor, ask to see a current project they are working on.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CONTRACTOR’S REFERENCES

What type of project or projects has the contractor done for you?

Did they do a quality job?

Why did you choose this contractor?

Did you get prices or opinions from other contractors that you feel had comparable specifications and credentials, if not, Why? And if so, how did they compare?

What would you say about the crew members that did your work – were they respectable and clean? Did they seem to know what they were doing?

Was the contractor responsive to you your questions and/or concerns? Could you reach him quickly?

Did the contractor do what he said he would do?

Were there any additional charges and if so, were they handled in such a way that left you feeling satisfied?

On a scale of 1-10 (ten being highest), how would you rate your overall experience with this contractor?

Do you have any reservations about hiring him again?

May I come by to see the work firsthand?

 

FREE CONSUMER AWARENESS GUIDE

Learn more about how to choose the right home remodeling professional with our consumer awareness guide.  Our guide, “10 Things You Must Know Before Hiring a Remodeling Contractor” will help you know what to look for when finding the right contractor so that you can be completely satisfied with your remodeling project.  This booklet was written so that you will be empowered to make the best decision for your home improvement and remodel. You can have the experience you desire for your home improvement project with the right contractor for you by requesting this free e-Book here.

Home Remodeling in the Greater Phoenix Area

Begin your project by calling us at (480) 895-3442 or emailing Steve here to discuss remodeling your home, kitchen, or bathroom.  We offer no-obligation in-home consultations. Our award-winning designers and craftsman are eager to work with you to help you love your home again!

8 REMODELING DESIGN TRENDS FOR SMALLER KITCHENS IN 2021

Our kitchens were the unsung hero in 2020 as time was spent in the kitchen more than ever before.  People were going out less and the kitchen became the focal point for the family.  Unfortunately for some, that was in a small kitchen that quickly cramped their new lifestyle. However, spending so much time in their smaller kitchen has many dreaming of remodels to make it more functional and enjoyable.  New kitchen remodels are booming this year and along with all the renovations come new trends!  So, to help you with your remodel, we’ve got the top 8 remodeling design trends for smaller kitchens in 2021.

Design Trends for Smaller Kitchens in 2021

  1. L-Shaped Kitchens:  This is the most popular kitchen shape in 2021. It is designed to be efficient and flow seamlessly into the next room and thus, it is great for homes that lack square footage.
  2. Open the room:  In the past, the open concept kitchen was made popular because it opened the kitchen into the living room which made entertaining easier. After last year’s pandemic, the open concept is bringing the family in the living room into the kitchen while dinner is being prepared.  An open concept kitchen also adds style and creates the impression of a more expansive space.  You can minimize clutter in the kitchen with hidden storage areas built into your remodel plans.
  3. Color trends:  Neutral colors are in trend for kitchens.  Don’t worry about having them all match.  That is the beauty of neutral colors!  Colors like green and blue are like bringing nature inside and can be used in all different shades…muted, deep, dramatic, and bold. It pairs beautifully with many other colors and materials.
  4. Appliances: Choose appliances that will fit the space. For example, choose a flush mount cooktop instead of a range that takes up space. Weigh the pros and cons of using gas-powered appliances vs. electric appliances and the energy efficiency of each appliance you purchase.  Becoming more popular are induction cooktops because they are easier to clean and maintain and they are also more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. Another note to consider, appliances are moving towards matte and brushed finishes.  These finishes are easier to keep clean and show fewer smudges and fingerprints.  Embracing practicality is the recurring theme throughout the trends for kitchen designs.
  5. Countertops are trending darker, and cabinets are trending lighter and brighter. You’ll find a lot of darker stone options for countertops as well as darker wood countertops (instead of the super-pale butcher block style).  These darker colors are going to offer a beautiful contrast to cabinets.  Look for natural wood tones for cabinets. Wood tones will lend warmth to the whole room and look beautiful paired with the dark stone countertops that are trending.
  6. More on cabinetry: Forget even minimal hardware; the trend is to go without pulls and knobs altogether. Cabinetry with notches and touch latches will streamline the feel of any kitchen.  Utilize upper cabinets as well by extending them upward to the ceiling so that every inch of wall space is functional. If you are looking to create the illusion of space, use fluted or dimpled glass fronts on a few upper cabinets…just not on all of them.
  7. Statement Pieces:  Even in smaller kitchens, you can make a statement!  Whether it is through different tile shapes (think outside the standard rectangular subway tile), a statement sink, or a statement ventilation hood.  Any of these can become a work of art.  Displaying artwork, whether it is vintage print or painting, in a kitchen is increasing in popularity. Be sure to place these pieces away from the stove or places prone to spills and splatters.
  8. More Natural Light: In the past, pendant lighting and task lighting were the focus. However, the more sunlight you can get into your kitchen now is better. We are all craving more vitamin D!  Putting in more or bigger windows is an effort to bring the outdoors in. Natural light makes your kitchen more inviting and natural elements are instant mood boosters.

View more of our featured projects in our portfolio here.

Greater Phoenix Award-Winning Remodeler

If you are dealing with a smaller kitchen, we can help you get the most out of your kitchen by creating a greater sense of space while providing functionality and flow to your home.

Tri-Lite Builders is an award-winning remodeler with years of experience.  We focus primarily on amazing kitchens, luxurious bathrooms, and large whole-home remodeling projects. Our professional designers and craftsmen will help transform any part of your home into something you can truly be proud of.

Give us a call at (480) 895-3442 for a free consultation safely in-home or virtually and we’ll help you love your home again!

 

 

Looking For an Award-Winning Team for Your Remodel?

Looking for an award-winning team for your remodel? We know trusting your home and your remodel to us is a huge decision! You deserve the best!  Homework Remodels use only the most qualified experts and are led by an award-winning team backed by many years of experience in the field.  When it comes to interior design and remodels in the valley, we collaborate with you to bring your vision to reality.  We bring unparalleled attention to detail, skill, and experience to your remodel.

We Bring Your Vision to Life

As expert designers, we enjoy helping you bring to life your vision and completely transform your bathroom into your own European-style spa or an outdated kitchen into an upscale and functional dream kitchen that matches your personal style. Whether you are remodeling a single room, or completely renovating the entire home, we make the process as effortless and seamless as possible.

We Guarantee Outstanding Results

Through meticulous attention to detail, we’ll design and remodel your space creating stunning results. We’ll take the time to collaborate with you about your lifestyle, tastes, and project goals so that you get the remodel that you want.

You Can Trust Our Expertise and Depend on Our Experience!

Homework Remodels specializes in premier, upscale home renovations in Phoenix and the Greater Phoenix Area. Our team members include Nationally Certified Kitchen and Bath Designers and Universal Design Certified Professionals who can plan a brand-new kitchen, bathroom, master suite, or addition for your house – down to the last detail. Then our NARI Certified Remodelers bring that design to life so you and your loved ones can enjoy the new space for years to come.  You can count on Homework Remodels to bring expertise, quality, efficiency, and exceptional craftsmanship to every project.

For exceptional home remodeling, turn to the innovative renovation experts at Homework Remodels!

  • Concept to Completion Renovation
  • Home Design Consulting
  • Home Remodeling
  • Complete Kitchen Remodels and Bathroom Remodeling
  • Universal Design Bathrooms for accessibility and beauty
  • Master Suite Upgrades and Renovations
  • Room Additions, Garages, and Casitas
  • Historic Home Renovation Specialists

Ready to get started? We offer free consultations safely in-home or virtually.  Give us a call!

Click these links to learn more about us and view our portfolio?

Sheila Lanier, CKBR UDCP

Sheila Lanier, CKBR UDCP

Steve Shinn, CR, CKBR, UDCP, GCP

Steve Shinn, CR, CKBR, UDCP, GCP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have a lot of initials behind our names which really just means that we bring to you a lot of experience and knowledge with us. We want to give you our BEST!

What Those Initials Mean

CR        Certified Remodeler

CKBR  Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler

UDCP  Universal Design Certified Professional

GCP     Green Certified Professional

 

 

 

WHAT IS NARI AND WHY CHOOSE A CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL?

We believe remodeling your home should be done right which is why we have invested in extensive NARI professional education and testing to become nationally certified professionals in multiple remodeling specialties. As a NARI Certified Remodeler, we have dedicated ourselves to continuing education.  This keeps us on top of the new finishes, business practices, and construction techniques, ensuring you a successful remodel.

National remodeling certifications ensure that you, the homeowners, are working with trained professionals that are focused on the highest quality remodeling services. As NARI certified professionals, we will guide you through the remodeling process making it worry-free with spectacular results when completed. First, here is more information on exactly what is NARI and what it means to you.

What is NARI?

The acronym NARI stands for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. It is the only association solely dedicated to the remodeling industry. “NARI is an organization of high-quality remodeling professionals. Its members are committed to integrity, high-standards, professional education, ethics, and market recognition.” (www.nari.org)

How does NARI benefit me?

NARI can connect you, the homeowner, with a dedicated full-time local professional to ensure you have a positive remodeling experience. NARI certified remodelers will write contracts and warranties that comply with local, state, and federal laws. They always take appropriate action to ensure the health and safety of employees, trade contractors, and clients.

Does it really matter if my contractor is not a NARI certified professional?

Every member of NARI has agreed to conduct their business in accordance with the Standards of Practice for the Remodeling Industry. Also, every member has been actively involved with the remodeling industry for at least 2-5 years prior to earning a certificate. Without these certificates, how would you know if you were hiring a qualified remodeler? How can you measure a remodeler’s ethics, if they are not part of an organization that educates, monitors, and certifies its members? NARI has taken all the guesswork out of hiring a reliable and trustworthy professional contractor who is knowledgeable, informed, resourceful, and flexible.

What does that mean to me, the homeowner?

NARI members are pledged to observe high standards of honesty, integrity, and responsibility in the way they conduct business. They are experienced, trusted, qualified, ethical, and dependable business owners who will get your project done right. They obtain the proper permits, carry the required insurances, follow local codes, and design innovative solutions to renovate your home. By choosing a NARI certified professional, you are getting an expert in their field, a tried-and-true specialist who will turn your remodel into your dream home.

We have staff NARI certified as NARI Certified Remodeler, NARI Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler, NARI Universal Design Certified Professional, NARI Green Certified Professional. Learn more about our NARI certifications here.

Home Remodeling in the Greater Phoenix Area

Your remodeling project should reflect your taste and lifestyle. Tri-lite Builders’ NARI Certified Designers will work hand in hand with you to create a space that not only adds value to your home, but also works within your space, taste, and budget. You can view our award-winning portfolio here.  Call us at (480) 895-3442 if you would like to discuss your remodeling project with our award-winning designers and builders.

 

The Three Zones of a Kitchen

Did you know that your kitchen has zones? They do!!  Kitchens are often thought of as one large room that you and your family frequent throughout the day.  To squash that one-room concept, we are going to share that your kitchen has three zones.  To help you get the best kitchen remodel, you will want to focus on these three zones.  In fact, these zones are so important that contractors often refer to this as the golden triangle of the kitchen design.  The three zones of a kitchen work together to create a highly functional space.  Ready to identify them?

The Three Zones of the Kitchen

  1. The Refrigeration Zone

This area is where you will place all the food items that you bring into your kitchen, plus it is where you will begin to prepare all your food. Therefore, you will want to make sure that you have a countertop near this space, as well as storage for utensils, mixing bowls, and other food prep items. You may even want to place your pantry, small appliances, and cookbooks nearby so that it is all within reach when you need them.

  1. The Sink (Prep & Clean-Up) Zone

This zone should be somewhere between the refrigerator and the cooking area and should be centrally located. This area is always used for cleaning and cutting produce, and washing up after meals, so you will want to have recycling and trash containers placed nearby. Since this is where your dishwasher is also going to be located, you will want to install your cabinets and drawers here for your most used (place settings and silverware).

  1. The Cooking (and/or Bake) Zone

The cooking zone is where your stove and oven are in your kitchen. You will want countertops for placing items before and after they come out of the oven. We recommend installing cabinets here to hold items like platters, serving bowls, pots, pans, and other equipment that you will need while cooking. This is also a great area for your cooking utensils and spices.

Kitchen Design and Remodeling in the Greater Phoenix Area

Once you begin to think of your kitchen with three zones, it will be easier for you to design your new kitchen and to create a kitchen that will flow seamlessly as you are cooking and entertaining. Call us at (480) 895-3442 when you would like to discuss remodeling your kitchen with our award-winning designers and builders.

 

Why You Should Choose High-Quality Materials for Your Remodel Project

After coming up with a plan and a budget to remodel your bathroom, discovering and choosing the various types of materials available become your next step. As a professional remodeler, we encourage you to choose high-quality materials for your remodel project. In this case, it makes sense to spend more to get the best you can afford.  If your budget only allows for a partial remodel, you will find it preferable to buying inferior materials that you may have to replace quickly.

Four Reasons Why You Should Choose High-Quality Materials for Your Remodel Project

Attractiveness. Selecting and spending more money on high-quality remodeling materials will help you get the luxurious look you want. While shopping, you will see that items like granite, natural stone, and hardwood can cause your budget to balloon. However, quality materials are still highly desirable despite the cost because they often defy trends and add classic beauty. They can make any bathroom look elegant.

Durability. When you invest in a bathroom remodel, simply put, you want it to last. A higher price is not the only notable feature of quality bathroom remodeling materials. The durability makes the expense worthwhile for many and spending a little more always pays off for years after the work is done.

Low maintenance. In the bathroom, you use a variety of hair/skincare products as well as having potential water stains. Some less expensive materials, like vinyl, can withstand staining, while porous materials like marble can become stained. Generally, however, high-quality materials offer the advantage of easy maintenance, so you can cut the amount of time you spend on cleaning. Also, because of their durability, you will have fewer repairs to deal with over the years.

Less strain on your budget. It is true that quality bathroom materials are more expensive initially, but it is an investment that pays off!  You will not have to deal with frequent repairs typical to replacements done with cheaper materials. Another point to consider is that a beautiful, well-designed bathroom will not need a quick update. So, you could keep the same look for longer, while others are changing features to keep up with the latest trends. When choosing your materials for your remodel, remember that the bathroom is a high traffic area and a lot of moisture to contend with.

Award-Winning Home Remodeling in the Greater Phoenix Area

You can always save money when remodeling a bathroom, but you should never try to cut corners when it comes to picking the best materials. Ultimately, this will cost you more and leave you unhappy with your renovation.  As an award-winning remodeler, Tri-lite Builders specializes in remodeling bathrooms, kitchens, and entire homes to increase the overall functionality and design of the home.  Check out our portfolio here! We have helped many Phoenix area homeowners remodel their homes to achieve their ultimate goal.

Free, no-obligation in-home or virtual consultations

Get your project off the ground by calling us at (480) 895-3442 or emailing steve@trilitebuilders.com to discuss remodeling your home, kitchen, or bathroom.  We offer a 60-minute no-obligation in-home or virtual consultations. Our award-winning designers and craftsman are eager to work with you to make your vision for your home a reality!

Spotlight on our Lead Designer, Sheila Lanier

Our Lead Designer, Sheila Lanier, was featured on the Women at WIRC (Women in Residential Construction) podcast!  On the podcast, she shares the benefits of a business coach and how to revamp your hiring process.  Sheila also lays out a good strategy for professional women in the remodeling business. You can hear the podcast here!  Since being featured on the podcast, doors have opened for Sheila to speak at the annual Women In Residential Construction conference.  The conference will be held in San Diego, California during September 23-25, 2020.  We are so excited for her!

 

BIO:  Sheila Lanier, CKBR, UDCP Lead Designer at Homework Remodels and Tri-Lite Builders has been designing award-winning remodels since 2006.  A graduate of the NKBA Certified Design program at Johnson County Community College, in Overland Park within Johnson County, Kansas,  she learned the ropes in Kansas City’s impressive historic neighborhoods. Moving to Phoenix in 2011 she reached out to another NARI Certified award-winning Remodeler to get some perspective on the market.  One year later she was asked to join the team.  Seven years and multiple accomplishments later, she is in a succession plan to lead the company building a culture with humility and serve those who work alongside her to help homeowners love their home again.  

 

Recently, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named Homework Remodels in Phoenix, Arizona, 2020 South Central Regional CotY Winner in the Entire House $250,000 – $500,000 category in its’ annual awards competition. Sheila was Lead Designer on the award-winning project.

 

The CotY Awards celebrate NARI members who are committed to design, best practices, integrity, high standards, and professionalism. NARI will honor all Regional Winners and announce the National Winners at NARI’s Evening of Excellence on April 24, 2020, at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort in St. Pete Beach, FL.

Homework Remodels Named the NARI 2020 Regional CotY Winner!

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named Homework Remodels, our sister company, in Phoenix, Arizona, 2020 South Central Regional CotY Winner in the Entire House $250,000 – $500,000 category in its’ annual awards competition.

The Project

The award-winning project, aptly named Biltmore Beauty has a million-dollar view of the mountains and space for effortless entertaining. Through the worn finishes and underutilized spaces, the owners could see the potential to personalize the house. Dedicated to their goal for luxury living during their empty nest years meant getting all the projects out of the way to fully enjoy this resort-style setting.  See the project photos here.

“We are honored to have received the NARI South Central CotY Award in the Entire House $250,000-$500,00 category. Every area of this remodeling project received the necessary TLC to provide modern finish elements with functional space adjustments and current lifestyle enhancements. This special project will provide for these part-time Arizona residents a serene space to Winter in.  Remodeling is such a satisfying process for us, we truly enjoy helping our clients love their home,” said Sheila Lanier, Lead Designer, Homework Remodels.

Each year, NARI presents CotY awards to members who have demonstrated outstanding work through their remodeling projects. The CotY Awards are the highest form of recognition by industry leaders and peers. NARI received nearly 500 entries from across the United States representing over $138 million in remodeling projects.

“This year’s submissions were outstanding, making the job of our esteemed judges very difficult,” said Tracy Wright, Senior Director of Membership and Chapter Services at NARI.

The judging panel representing industry experts selected winners based on problem-solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, and degree of difficulty.

The CotY Awards allow us to celebrate our members who are committed to design, best practices, integrity, high standards, and professionalism. NARI will honor all Regional Winners and announce the National Winners at NARI’s Evening of Excellence on April 24, 2020, at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort in St. Pete Beach, FL.

About NARI

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry, or NARI, is the medium for business development, a platform for advocacy and the principal source for industry intelligence. NARI is an organization of high-quality remodeling professionals. Its members are committed to integrity, high standards, professional education, ethics, and market recognition. NARI connects homeowners with its professional members so consumers have a positive remodeling experience with a professional, qualified remodeler.

Greater Phoenix Area Remodelers

Call Tri-Lite Builders at (480) 895-3442 for a free 60-minute consultation to begin your remodel!  Peruse our featured projects to see some of our award-winning kitchens remodels.

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