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Choosing Your Granite Countertop Finish

Granite Counter TopsOnce you’ve decided on granite countertops in your kitchen, you will have to decide the exact type and finish you would like installed.  There are many textures, patterns and colors to choose from that will compliment any kitchen design.

There are two main types of granite to choose from: consistent and variegated.  Consistent granite comes with a solid pattern that is repeated throughout the entire stone slab.  Variegated granite comes with unique customization through a sporadic design that is not consistent throughout the stone surface.  Which one you choose will depend on what kitchen design you would like have and what looks best to you.

Granite countertops also come in two main kinds of finishes: flat and polished.  A flat finish will make the granite appear smooth, but it more prone to staining.  A polished finish will give the granite a glossy look and make it a more durable structure.  Granite countertops can be completely customized to meet you remodeling needs.  Choose granite today and get started on your kitchen remodel today.

How to Bring the Outdoors into Your Sunroom

Sunrooms are the ideal way to enjoy the outdoors without battling the weather conditions or pesky insects.  Sunrooms also provide the perfect opportunity to enjoy a semi-outdoor space with your friends family and friends for social gatherings or relaxation.

Here are some ways to bring the outdoors and nature into your sunroom…

  • Ground to ceiling windows

Large window let you enjoy an abundance of natural light which makes your space feel open and welcoming.  They also let you enjoy the scenery around your home without having to venture outside.

  • Glass roof

Having a glass roof in your sunroom allows you to experience the outdoors from inside your home without feeling confined.  There is no need for a high ceiling when you have a glass roof, where you can see beyond the clouds.

  • Wood beams for the ceiling

Incorporating timber beams into your sunroom’s architecture will create a rustic feeling in the room.  It also allows you to enjoy the natural beauty of wood and gives a more natural look to the room.

Remodeling Don’ts

Kitchen Remodeling DallasWhether you’re working on your own project or you’re hiring a contractor to do it for you, there are a lot of remodeling don’ts.

  •  Don’t delay decisions.

If you want your remodel to go smoothly, plan things out ahead of time and before the work actually starts.  Even when things seem small like, faucets or trim, don’t delay on picking out what you really want.  Materials may be back-ordered and can put your delay your schedule.

  • Don’t change your mind too much.

You’re always going to change your mind on something, but be careful how often you do it.  Every time you change your mind, it affects how much work may have to be done, restocking fees and other added costs.  Scheduling may also be affected too.

  • Don’t buy your own materials.

Although it may seem like an easy way to save money, buying your own materials may cost you more. A builder is going to mark up the cost of materials and then pass that added cost onto you.  But, the builder may get a better price to begin with, which means you’ll be paying the same price as before.

Bright and Beautiful Remodeled Bathrooms

BatDallas Bathroom Remodelhrooms and kitchens sell homes.  Numerous studies have shown that the bathroom and the kitchen have the largest impact on buyer’s decision than any other factor.  Bringing new life to an old, boring bathroom by brightening it up with better lighting or bright colors can help sell your home quicker.

The easiest way to brighten up a bathroom is to exploit its natural lighting.  Centering the design around a large window and allowing the light to frame the design of the bathroom at large can also make it look larger.  If exterior walls are unavailable, skylights also work well to bring in natural light. Not every bathroom remodel design can incorporate natural lighting and must be dependent on artificial light.

In cases like these, recessed lighting, mirrors and light wall colors can help it look larger and help make the most of the space.  Make your bathroom the place to be in your home and design your remodel today.

Corian Vs Granite : Who is the Winner?

Kitchen CountertopsCorian or granite counters, which is the best?  This is the battle that is a highly charged topic between promoters and detractors on both sides.

If corian and granite were put to the test, who would win?

  • Cost

Fabrication and installation costs both need to be factored into end cost because both corian and granite countertops are too difficult for the average person to handle.  That leaves material costs…  Corian wins this debate because you can buy a high grade corian material for the same cost as lower-end granite.

  • Resaleability

Granite has a high return on investment when it comes to selling your home.  Slab granite gives your back the highest amount.  Corian also has one of the greatest consumer name-brand recognition though.  The winner: granite.

  • Durability

Granite needs the occasional sealing.  If you didn’t seal it, chances are the factory sealed it before it got to you.  It also cracks more easily than Corian.  Corian needs no sealing.  Also, if Corian develops any minor dings, scratches or dents, they can be buffed right out.  The winner: Corian.

Elements of an Efficient Kitchen

Build an Efficient KitchenThe best kitchen design is a dangerous game to play.  Everyone’s interests, needs and space are different.  There are common themes though, that make a kitchen more efficient.

  • Workflow

The kitchen is the most functional environment in the home.  It is the gathering spot where you cook, the kids do homework, and your husband eats snacks.  The classic kitchen triangle design works best.  Also, keep your services as close together as you can, but giving yourself enough counter space to spread out.

  • Bigger isn’t always better

Large kitchens have become trendy in recent years, but they don’t always work as well as a smaller kitchen.  Smaller kitchens cost less, and they are easier to cook in.  Consider how much less room you’ll have for other rooms if your kitchen is too big.

  • Kitchen Islands

Kitchen islands aren’t always a necessity.  If your kitchen is not big enough to handle an island, it will make the room seem cramped and small.  If you do have enough room for an island, max it out to make it fully functional.  By adding a cooktop or a sink, you will have counter space and more room for other appliances.

Tips To Maximize Your Whole-House Remodel

Whole House RemodelingWhether you’re remodeling your whole house or adding a second story addition, there are several factors to consider maximizing your investment, increasing the functionality of your home and making future work easier.  Working with a contractor can help keep cost and stress lower.

  • Invest in quiet exhaust fans.

In many places, quiet exhaust fans are required by code where ever you have running water.  If you intend to use your fan on a regular basis, invest in quiet ones.  Consider how you will use your fans, if you should go with one with a timer, or maybe a one that includes a humidistat.

  • Plan ahead.

Plan ahead during your remodel.  If you think you might add solar in the future, plan for it now.  Make sure all engineering and mechanical systems are in place for future remodels when you’re already in the process.

  • Don’t be short sighted.

You’re investing a lot of money and time on a remodel, so make sure it will last longer than the current phase your family is going through.  For instance, don’t permanently install baby gates onto beautiful custom-built railings because the baby stage is short lived compared to the rest of your life.

Choosing New Cabinets

New Kitchen Cabinets With all the options available, choosing cabinets for your kitchen or bathroom can be an overwhelming experience, to say the least.  Aesthetics aside, there are lots of factors that might not be readily apparent that will impact the cabinet’s performance and price.  Understanding these factors will give you an advantage in making the right selection.

There are three basic structural components to a cabinet: the box, the shelves and the drawers.  Each one of these components can be constructed in a number of ways.  You cabinets can arrive to you in four different ways: boxed and ready to install, boxed and ready to assemble, semi-custom and custom.

  • The Box

The box is typically built in one of three ways: with plywood, particleboard or medium-density fiberboard.  There are pros and cons to each material, weigh each factor and make your choice of material for the box.

  • Drawers and Shelves

The drawers and shelves of your new cabinets are also made from particleboard, MDF or plywood.  The most common and least expensive way to construct the drawers and shelves is to either glue or staple them together.

Cabinet prices are wide ranging and directly correlate to materials and construction method.

Things To Ask Your Contractor Before You Start Your Project

Kitchen Remodeling Plano TXRemodeling a home is big financial and emotional investment.  Knowing exactly what to expect before the project gets started will help you better prepare for the process.  Here are some questions you should ask your contractor before starting your home remodeling project.

  • How will you communicate with me?

With every mode of electronic communication available at our fingertips, you should discuss with your contractor how they would like to be contacted.  Also, make sure you understand how you will be contacted and receive information.  Weekly meetings at a specific time are also an effective way to make sure you and your contractor are on the same page.

  • What is our schedule?

A schedule is more than just a start and end date.  Having a break down that outlines tasks that will be done and the timing can give you a big-picture view of sequencing.  Never start construction without a schedule.

  • When do I need to be available to meet?

Even with weekly meetings, you may still want to be available to do a walk through on the day the electrician sets boxes and can lights so you can see their placement before wires are run.  You may also want to be there when the tile-setter works on layout.


What To Expect When You’re Remodeling

Dallas RemodelingIf you’ve never remodeled before, you may be feeling a little nervous about it all.  You may be asking yourself, “how much will it cost” or “how long will it take?”  Knowing what to expect may help alleviate any fears and prepare you for what’s to come.

  1. Dust.  Even on the farthest corner of your home, away from all of the construction, you may find a fine layer of dust gathered.  There are some ways to control the dust, such as a compression-fit temporary wall, air filtering systems, and blocking off returns in the construction area.
  2. Noise.  Whining saws, thumping nail guns and scratching sanders will be an incessant noise you will hear continuously.  Don’t expect to be taking a nap or working from home during construction hours.
  3. Multiple Sighs.  It may be you just want your home back or you’re tired of answering so many questions and writing so many checks, but you are going to be sighing.  Remodeling fatigue is short-lived and you’ll be back into your newly remodeled space soon enough, so hang in there.
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