Laundry Room Remodeling & Addition

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Laundry Room Remodeling & Addition The ease and comfort of an in-house laundry room addition is becoming popular for the reason of having a convenient place to do laundry. Hauling laundry up and down stairs or across your house gets old after a while. If you need a laundry room closer to your bedrooms or you simply want a large space to fold and fluff – consider a family laundry room addition.

Budget

Family laundry room additions range from a few thousand up to $6,000 or $7,000, depending on the size and complexity of what you’re looking for. Because this is a small addition compared to bedrooms and bathrooms, you can certainly find a cost-effective solution to meet your needs. Gather all of your ideas and inspiration before talking to a Remodeling company.

Some things to consider are:

-       Do you need new appliances? Are your washer and dryer outdated?

-       Space and storage? Do you want a large area for dirty laundry to be stored and clean laundry to be folded? Shelves and cabinets are a must in a great laundry room addition.

-       Electrical and gas outlets and installation? Plumbing re-routing?

-       Will this laundry room addition be too loud next to bedrooms?

-       Choose durable flooring, this will be a high traffic area you will want a material up for the job.

Pros

A laundry room addition is incredibly convenient for all members of a household. This can provide extra organization and stress free laundry.

The laundry room can serve double-duty as a mudroom if located on the main level – less shoes and jackets lying around your home!

This addition can be custom-designed to fit your needs, from multifunctional storage to fold-out shelving and ironing boards, you name it you can do it with this space.

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Cons

Depending on where the laundry room is being added and what work needs to be done to the space; this can be a costly project. Plan this addition to fit in your budget.

Plan for proper venting when doing this laundry room addition.  You don’t want to add heat to your surrounding rooms when you are using your new laundry room.

Laundry room additions must be built with both plumbing and electrical in mind. This can get costly if you are planning a laundry room addition far from any existing plumbing lines. Consider designing a laundry room near a bathroom, there will be easy access to plumbing and electrical.

Contact Spazio LA today to help with your next project or remodel. 1-877-624-7772

Is there a Wood that is tougher than nails?

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Ipe is a hardwood from the Brazilian rainforests and it's as hard – or harder -- than nails. Ipe is so dense that must be pre-drilled before installation. Ipe is one of the densest hardwoods available, three times harder than cedar. You can find most people whom are used to Ipe comparing its strength to that of steel. It's nearly impossible to drill holes in the wood after placing it on the deck, which is why most builders will drill holes with specialized tools before placing the wood on the deck and securing it in place. Due to its amazing durability it is most often used in outdoor remodels, such as decks and patios. It can be used inside your home, but must be kiln dried to remove moisture before doing so. Ipe can make beautiful cabinets and flooring.

Ipe can last over 40 years in an outdoor setting, which is great news for those who want an Ipe deck or patio. This lumbar is pest, weather, scratch, and mold resistant. This hardwood is so great that you will not have to worry about moisture damage, and sealing your deck is a thing of the past. Ipe also has the same fire rating as concrete and steel, meaning it resists flames much longer than softer woods, and is so dense that it doesn't float in water. Don’t go setting your deck on fire to test this fire rating, but in the event of a fire on your deck, you are in the safe zone.

Ipe wood can cost anywhere from $3-$10 per square foot, so be prepared when you budget for your remodel. Though it does cost a little more than other types of hardwood, many people find that the benefits and look of Ipe outweigh any budget increase. Think of the savings you will have since you won’t be needing to seal and reseal your Ipe wood deck, or replace your deck!

Ipe tips:

-          Let Ipe rest in the area in which you will be installing it for 7 days prior to use, unless otherwise directed. This will allow the Ipe wood to get acclimated to the local temperature and humidity.

-          Don’t store Ipe directly on the ground during the acclimation period.

-          Do not cover with a tarp or plastic while the Ipe wood is adjusting to the temperature.

-        Expect the IPE Decking prices to fluctuate between various companies – each and every company has different operation expenses and over-head.

Ipe is a great choice for a beautiful deck or patio, built to last a life time.

Old kitchens are warned: Your days are done!

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Our Burbank kitchen remodel is warning to all old kitchens, your days are numbered! Spazio LA is coming for you.

Our client had grown tired of their outdated kitchen, and dreamt of nothing more than a space that complimented their style and a place to entertain.

Problem areas of the existing kitchen: The dark and dreary color scheme of their kitchen made the space seem more small and compact than it was already. Lacking cabinet & storage space floating shelves housed appliances and décor. These problem areas our client hoped to fix with the new space we were going to deliver.

Remodel must haves:

1. More space to entertain – build Custom Island with seating and built-in appliances.

2. More cabinet & storage space – replace floating shelves with cabinets and pantry.

3. Upgraded appliances- add built in appliances, energy saving appliances.

4. Eco friendly materials – environmentally friendly flooring, light color flooring.

Have you made your remodel must have list yet?

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Demo and construction gets under way as we plan to surprise our clients with a kitchen straight out of a magazine.

 

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We gutted everything! From the floating shelves, sink, counters tops, cabinets, and range – we emptied the entire kitchen space.

Framing for the new skylight is in the works! Skylights are a great way to lower your energy bills and impress your family. And this skylight will be a show stopper when we are finished.

It may not look like much while we are in the midst of a remodel, but that just makes the outcome even more satisfying.

Say hello to a brand new kitchen! Is this the same house? Oh yes, this is the same house you saw in the very first picture. It now has the Spazio LA touch.

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I bet you never would have thought that we could the dark and sad kitchen into something as spectacular as this! This magazine worthy kitchen has everything off the must have list plus more.

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White cabinets and light floors make this room feel large, but the dark counters and pop of backsplash give a modern edge. Ecofriendly hard wood floors installed parallel throughout the space elongate the floor plan.

Our specialty is custom kitchens, and custom islands come natural for us. This custom island is well equipped with a built in microwave – say goodbye to a counter space thief! Built in range that will make any professional chef jealous, and seating for 3. I forgot to mention the outlets on either side of the island, just in case you want to throw a table lamp up there for ambience or need to plug in a crockpot during a family gathering. You will want to throw gatherings with a kitchen like this. The remodel makes organizing and utilizing space easy with custom cabinets and pantry – no more awkward spaces or flimsy shelves.

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Every detail in this kitchen was done with special care, keeping one thing in mind: our clients dream. You give us your ideas and we make them become reality.

5 Benefits of Adding a Fire Pit to Your Backyard

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5 Benefits of Adding a Fire Pit to Your Backyard fire-pit-seat-wall-stamped-concrete-salzano-custom-concrete_74352 A backyard fire pit is something that can offer both many years of enjoyment for your family, and a lovely living space to your yard when entertaining. Enlisting a Los Angeles remodeling company to help you figure out the best placement, materials and style for your backyard fire pit can take a lot of the guesswork out of the process. Below are 5 benefits of adding a fire pit to your backyard. Enjoy the Warm Season Longer The combination of warmth and light from a backyard fire pit allows for outdoor enjoyment even when the air is a little chilly. In fact, outdoor gas fire pits produce even more heat than wood burning stoves. Enjoy the patio or yard later into the fall or earlier in the spring by bundling up around the fire and relaxing with family and friends. You may even be able to enjoy the outdoor warmth of this space well into winter, depending on where you live.

 

Conversation Starter Many of us have great memories of sitting around the fire while camping or at the beach, and telling stories, roasting s’mores and enjoying beverages. A backyard fire pit allows for these memorable experiences at home, serving as a focal point for social gatherings and parties. The ability to relax into the evening in comfort is a natural catalyst for enjoyable conversation.

 

Increase Your Property’s Market Value Stone outdoor fire pits enhance existing space by adding visual aesthetic to your property, as well as general appeal. They open an outdoor space for year-round use and are a consistently popular outdoor feature among buyers. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t get excited about the idea of their very own backyard fire pit. This is a wonderful way to increase your home’s market value.

 

Avoid Smoke The normal downfall to a campfire or beach bonfire? Smoke! It irritates eyes, nostrils and can cause health issues in airways. And while many people love the nostalgic scent, it tends to linger in hair, clothing, and other materials. Outdoor fire pits can easily use natural or propane gas, which doesn’t emit the same heavy smoke we’re all used to.

 

Low Maintenance Natural gas or propane fire pits offer style and heat with very little upkeep. As opposed to wood burning stoves or fire pits, natural gas or propane fire pits do not require you to chop or provide wood. They do not attract insects in the same way wood burning fire pits do, and do not require the same level of constant cleaning around the area. Natural gas fire pits never run out of gas as they rely on an installed gas line; talk to your Los Angeles remodeling contractor about whether your backyard offers an effortless way to install a natural gas line.

If you’re thinking of installing a backyard fire pit, be sure to call on professionals to help you sort out the options. There are plenty of styles to choose from to complement your home’s backyard and allow you to comfortably start enjoying the outdoors a little more.

Tricky ways to save on your kitchen remodel

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Tricky ways to save money on your kitchen remodel Kitchen design and planning is a daunting task. We often know the look we want, but many times our budgets aren't as large as our wish lists are long. But that doesn't mean we can't have a remarkable kitchen remodel— we just have to get smart. Reach into the designer inspired bag of tricks for savvy ways to get full-on style with a much smaller price tag. Get the kitchen you have always wanted without going broke.

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#1 Tile

Problem is you found the most amazing tile for your kitchen backsplash and its way over your budget. One tricky way to save money on your kitchen remodel is to use that amazing tile, as an accent to another complimentary, lower priced tile. This way you are getting to save money while still going with your desired style. Try using the expensive tile in a pattern above your range or as a trim to your backsplash. When is a backsplash not just a backsplash? With a little attention to detail, you can take your backsplash from a run-of-the-mill design feature to the focal point of the whole room.

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#2 Lighting

Illumination is key to adorning interior spaces. Proper kitchen design necessitates well-lit areas to allow you to conveniently work in the kitchen. As a result, ample natural light inside the kitchen space is indispensable. Designer lighting can be expensive, and sometimes the splurge is not feasible. Try looking for faux luxe lighting or resale shops; you can generally find affordable lighting that looks just like designer décor and no one will know. Looking for décor steals? Try World Market and Home Goods.

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#3 Flooring

That hardwood caught your eye in your home décor magazine? If hardwood is a must, but would bust your budget you must try Vinyl Plank Flooring. VPF looks like genuine hardwood although is over half the cost. A variety of desirable characteristics continue to make this versatile flooring material a popular option to this day. The colors and pattern options that are available with vinyl flooring are nearly endless, and the maintenance is simple.

 

Mistakes to avoid in your Bathroom Remodel

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Mistakes to avoid in your Bathroom Remodel Some things are meant for other rooms in your house, rather than your bathroom. Don’t waste your well earned money on your next bathroom remodel. Avoid bathroom remodel mistakes by avoiding these materials or colors.

1. Wall to Wall Carpet

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Carpet is majorly discouraged by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  Yes this is one comfy flooring to rest your toes on after a long bath, but this material harbors mold, mildew and bacteria. Ultimately carpet in your bathroom is a health concern, more so than a decorating fail. 30 years ago this was a big trend in the remodeling industry, now we are more aware of the risks imposed by carpet in bathrooms. Skip the carpet and opt for a few bathroom throw rugs that can be washed and dries regularly. Tile flooring in bathrooms is a great surface to choose when remodeling your bathroom floor. Tile is easy to clean and disinfect, durable, there are a millions design and color options and will last as long as your bathroom.

2. Wall Paper

We all see the fancy bathrooms in the magazines that display lavish wall paper; fact of the matter is that any high moisture will cause the wall paper to peel eventually. Think about this, why use wall paper in a steamy room, when people use steam to remove old wall paper? Your bathroom produces the most moisture and steam in the whole house. If you must, absolutely must, have your bathroom wall papered – use a high quality, Vinyl wall paper. DO NOT attempt to use a peel and stick wall paper, this will be a waste of time and money. Peel and stick wall paper will bubble and peel within weeks if not days. Wall paper will last the longest in half bathrooms or bathrooms used less frequently.

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3. Yellow paint

Avoid breaking out the Canary Yellow paint for your bathroom remodel, as this color is not a great choice for bathrooms. Yellow and yellow tones can make a bathroom look brash, and create a room that obscures your reflection. Ladies, note to self, don’t apply makeup in a yellow room. Choose colors that have a gray or blue tint to get that Spa like feel in your bathroom. Also consider the size of your room before picking a paint color. Darker colors are best suited for larger rooms, and light colors for small rooms.

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Budgeting Your Remodel: What You Need to Consider

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Budgeting Your Remodel: What You Need to Consider During the spring and summer months, many home owners decide it's time for a remodel. Starting a remodel is a big decision as it can shut down a portion of your home for several days, or weeks. There is much to consider when beginning a remodel, including budgeting. Knowing the proper way to budget will help you stay on task as well as not go overboard with the changes to your home. Read on for top tips on how to budget your remodel and how to stay on track, avoiding spending more than you bargained for.

Consider Every Element

To begin, you will need to consider every element of the remodel. Let’s say that you have decided to remodel your bathroom. You are going for a complete overhaul. So, you will need drywall, new toilet, bathtub, faucets, vanity, light fixtures, etc. You will need to make a list of every item that you will be replacing and then go price out these items. This will give you an idea of material cost.

You will also need to consider if you will be using the services of a Los Angeles remodeling company or if you will be doing the project yourself. Hiring a company will have an added cost but can be well worth the price as you do not have to do the work yourself, the timeline is much shorter and you know there will be no mistakes in the process of the remodel. Have a company come out and price the job so you can have an idea as to how much the project will cost.

Once you have an idea of how much the project will cost see if you can cover the price. If not, take a little more time to save money so you do not end up charging the project on credit cards or taking out a loan.

Contingency Plan

It is always smart to plan on a contingency plan. With remodels, you never know what might be hiding behind the walls or for this instance, behind the tub. Have a little money set aside in case an unexpected need arises. In bathroom remodels, sometimes there is water damage or the need for re-piping. By having a contingency plan, you have money set aside that can pay for such needs, helping you to stay on budget. It is good to have at least 10 to 20 percent of your overall budget set aside as a contingency plan. This gives you a nice cushion if problems arise during the project.

Overall, if you plan out your remodeling project, you will be able to stay on task and on budget. Without proper planning, you can end up spending more money than you bargained for which can lead to further problems. You will also be able to stay on time with the completion of the project, able to enjoy your new space in no time. Plan accordingly and you will have a completed new space in your home that was finished on time and maybe even under budget!

Bathroom Remodel: The Shower and Tub Debate

Bathroom Remodel: The Shower and Tub Debate When it comes to a bathroom remodel, many home owners often find they are debating whether or not to add in a shower and tub combo, a simple shower or just a tub. This is a debate that can cause problems in many homes due to differing opinions on the matter. Often times, it is best to leave the decision making up to the experts so that the work is completed and hopefully the home owners enjoy the new space, no matter which was added! Read on to see the pros and cons of each option to help you make the best decision for your bathroom remodel.

Shower/Tub Debate

Depending on your bathroom space, you probably already have a shower/tub combo. For most homes, this is the standard installation provided. For newer homes, some contractors opt to provide a shower only or a bathtub with no shower combo. This is a personal preference for the home owner and is something to consider. For resale value, it is better to have a shower/tub combo as that is what home owners are looking for in general.

However, if you are remodeling your master bathroom, you do have the option to go with a separate shower and no tub. Perhaps you do not take baths or could use the main bathroom as an area for enjoying a soak every now and then. It is also important to consider the size of the space. In larger bathrooms, a standalone shower can be added along with a bathtub, just separately. If the bathroom is small, then a shower may be your only option.

Narrowing Down Your Choices

When remodeling your bathroom, you will need to narrow down your choices by asking yourself a few questions. Think about how your bathroom is to begin with. Do you only have a shower? Could you make room for a tub? Do you like to take baths more than showers or do you want the option to do both? Consult with a Los Angeles remodeling contractor to see what you can do with the space you have. There may be enough room to add in a standalone shower with tile work and a tub in a separate area or you may just need to have a small standing shower and toilet area.

A contractor will be able to look at the space and configure the room so that it will work seamlessly. Ideas that you may have never thought of easily come to mind with a contractor. Take a look at plans provided to see how you can change up your bathroom and once work begins, you will soon have a brand new space to enjoy and relax in for years to come.

When considering a major remodel, always consult with a contractor. You want to work with individuals who have experience in bathroom remodels. Never try to tackle a project on your own or at least without consulting a professional first. You can easily get in over your head and end up spending more money, time and have a headache from the effort needed. Start the project off right by consulting with a professional to have a space you can enjoy and be proud of.

Affordable Bathroom Remodel Design Ideas for Your Home

Affordable Bathroom Remodel Design Ideas for Your Home When it comes to bathroom remodeling, there is so much that you can do that costs very little. With simple changes, you can make your bathroom into a brand new space, an oasis where you can relax and unwind at the end of the day. Take one or more of the suggestions below and put them to work in your bathroom to have a nice place to relax as you finish the work day.

Paint

Paint can go a long way and is something you can do to change the look of the room for very little money. By simply taking a new paint color and applying it to your walls, you have a fresh color scheme that can be relaxing or bold, whatever you like! Find a color that speaks to you and apply it to your bathroom walls. Add new accent pieces in a varying color for a unique look.

Decorative Touches

If your bathroom is painted in a neutral tone, you can simply purchase new decorative touches to change the look of the space. A new shower curtain, window treatments and other décor items are affordable to purchase and when you go with a completely new color scheme, the bathroom will take on an entirely new look for very little money. By making these simple changes, it will seem like you have spent a lot of money but you really only did a few minor changes to get the new look.

Lighting

Another great way to continue with bathroom remodeling is to change out the light fixtures of the space. Depending on how large your bathroom is or how many bathrooms you have in your home, you may need to change out several fixtures. Many older homes have outdate lighting that once replaced, breathes life back into the space. If you lack lighting experience, hire a Los Angeles remodeling contractor to do the job for you. After the new light fixtures have been added, you will be surprised at how different the space looks and feels.

Full Remodel

If you have the time and money, it can be worth the effort to consider a full bathroom remodel. By changing out old vanities and sinks, showers and tubs as well as lighting and décor, you can have a completely new bathroom with a new look and feel. This of course will be a great deal of work and you will need some help. Trying to tackle a full remodel with little to no experience can lead to trouble. By hiring a Los Angeles remodeling company, you will be able to have a team on hand who know just what to do and can bring new life to your bathroom space.

Overall, any change you do to the bathroom will help you to have a new space to enjoy in your home. Start with simple changes and work your way up to major remodeling projects in order to completely redo the space and enjoy a new bathroom in your home.

Tips and Tricks to Make Your Bedroom Look Bigger

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Tips and Tricks to Make Your Bedroom Look Bigger  

If you constantly find yourself battling against space in your bedroom, you clearly need to make some adjustments, as there is no way to physically increase the size of your room. There exist some pretty simple tricks that will not only make your bedroom appear much larger, but will also utilize the very valuable space available and make effective use of every inch of your bedroom. Here are some tips a Los Angeles remodeling company may use to make your bedroom look and feel larger:

 

Wall mount

Why scatter unnecessary items all over your limited space, when you can strategically arrange them in a nicely structured manner on a wall? Items like lamps, lights and shelving hooks can be wall mounted, leaving floor space to essential, bigger items such as tables and the bed.

 

Go for lighter colors

Darker colors make the room feel a lot cozier, but they absorb light instead of reflecting it, making the room feel a lot smaller than it already is. Similarly, going for brighter or pale colors makes the room appear light and airy. Your walls may be painted in a manner that incorporates one bright color in different shades. Leave your windows uncovered as this will trick the eye into thinking that the room has more depth.

 

The mirror effect

Regardless of how creative you may be with your room, it may still appear cramped one way or another. This is where mirrors come in. Mirrors create exemplary illusions. Once you have an arrangement for your room, you could incorporate mirrors on opposite walls such that they face each other. The mirrors will establish a statement, creating an illusion that is very effective as it gives the room a spacious look with its window-like effect.

 

Shift the focus upwards

A small room will appear much larger provided you adopt shelves and cupboards that run from the floor all the way up to the ceiling. The long vertical lines created by this furniture gives a great illusion of space.

 

Your furniture should fit the scale

Going for a King-sized bed is wonderful, but a small bedside table to match will give your room a confused demeanor. Opt for more streamlined furniture that are similar in scale, for the uniformity of the room.

 

Darkened ceilings

Sure, bright colors on walls are a great way to make the room feel larger and airy, but when it comes to the ceiling, you might want to go for a darker color, as this creates depth. Furthermore, adventurous fixtures are more likely to draw your eyes upward. The key here is, anything that can keep the eyes shifting up, is going to make the room seem larger.

 

Always keep walkways open

Doorways may look like a straight forward place to shift your furniture to, but it may not always work out in your favor.  Moving your furniture to doorways or walkways will disintegrate an otherwise perfect arrangement of the furniture. The bedroom is much more functional and bigger when all the furniture is clear of any paths leading to the bedroom door.

 

 

 

 

Practical Kitchen Remodeling Tips That Make the Space More Functional

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The kitchen is an important space in your house. It is more than just a cooking place with gorgeous cabinets. If you plan to remodel your kitchen, you want to make it spacious, adoring, and functional. A Los Angeles remodeling company may help you spruce up the look and feel of your kitchen while also making it functional and easy to live and work in. You may want to use the below tips when remodeling the kitchen:

 

Let the walkways be wide

The paths in the kitchen should allow easy movement and reach of appliances, working surfaces, and other items in the room. Having paths that are at least 36 inches in width ensures that you can move from one point to another. In case of the cooking zone, you can have the paths designed to be 42 inches or something close to that for a one-cook space. If the cooking zone needs to accommodate two cooks, then a 48-inch-wide path is more appropriate.

 

Minimize steps you take in kitchen

When working in the kitchen, you will need easy access of items. So, think about where and how you will use the items. You may want to store breakfast foods and utensils close to the breakfast table. The dishware and flatware should be located near the dishwashing machine to ensure ease of unloading. Again, you can have plastic containers and wraps kept in a suitable spot close to the work surface to make it easy when wrapping leftovers.

 

Keep the traffic in the right place

There are other people who will occasionally enter the kitchen, for example, children. When designing your kitchen, ensure it is kid-friendly. You may want to keep your cooktop away from traffic areas to prevent kids from catching handles, something that may result in unwanted spills over the surfaces. The refrigerator should also be accessible by those who cook and clean up the dishes as well as by other people.

 

Make room for landing space

In designing your kitchen, you may want to allow 15 inches of landing space on sides of refrigerator and cooktop. The same may apply for microwave because you need space to use when working with this appliance. This way, you don’t have to make too many steps trying to reach out for items you are using.

 

Keep away from the corners

You may think that the corners can make an additional storage space in your kitchen. However, when you plan the design of your kitchen, stay clear of the corners. You should allow sufficient door clearance and swinging. Don’t place appliances on the corners and ensure the doors aren’t banging into one another if they are opened at the same time.

 

The way you design your kitchen can make or break your experience when working in this space. Using the above kitchen design tips can make your space functional and minimize the amount of time and effort you make when working in the area. In your next kitchen remodeling project, you can incorporate these tips to make sure you and your family enjoy working in the kitchen.

Picking the Right Paint Colors for Your Home

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Picking the Right Paint Colors for Your Home  

Color can alter the perception of the space around us. Selecting the right shade of color for your home will create an energetic and fun feel in the place, making it more bearable to reside in. Picking the right color may not always be as straightforward as picking up ripe groceries at the store. Here are some steps you could take that will help you in finding the right color selection when undertaking a home remodeling project:

 

Sample a small area

When you are still indecisive on what color to go for, you could try your shortlisted colors on a small area in your room, probably the bathroom. You could select your favorite color from a line of items such as dishes, rugs, pieces of furniture, or artwork. This will help you determine, which color strikes you as the most appropriate.

 

Define the mood in each room

Before opting for a color, ask yourself, “What mood or theme am I going for in this particular space?” A paint color that could work in a kitchen setting will not always work in your bedroom or living room. For your bedroom, you would want a color that simply breathes calm and relaxation to the eye. Similarly, you may want a living room color that energizes guests and family.

 

For versatile areas like the dining room, you need to determine the tone you want to set. Do you want a color that exhibits a stimulating and sociable demeanor, or do you prefer a quieter, formal one? Warm contrasting colors go well for a social setting while deeper, green and blue colors are good for creating a formal atmosphere.

 

Remember, once you define the mood, it will lay the groundwork on your desired visual impact of the paint you select.

 

Lighting influences paint choices

The key reason paint stores offer light boxes is that you can see what the paint chips look like in different lighting. Natural daylight will bring out the true colors, literally. Fluorescent lighting, on the other hand, can cast a light blue tone. Incandescent lighting will bring out warmer tones and yellowy shades.

 

A stronger color will end up being too much when used next to a picture window, as there will be more light coming through the window. Those brighter colors will look much better on an accent wall instead of as the main color throughout.

 

Make use of the key elements in your home

There are several elements in your home you should look at before deciding on a color. The flooring, for example, is a great consideration in determining the color scheme since it anchors the room and will have an impact on the color of the walls due to reflections.

 

You should also consider the color of expensive items in your home, which are not easily replicable. Your house furnishing will play a crucial role in defining the perfect color scheme for a room. It would be ridiculous to discard an expensive dining table simply because it does not integrate well with your color choices. A Los Angeles remodeling contractor may help you decide, which paint colors to use in your home.

 

 

 

When is it Time to Replace Your Flooring?

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As many of us know, pretty much everything we use in our homes must be replaced at one time or another. Small appliances, for example, tend to last around 6-8 years, while larger ones can last upwards of 10 if we’re lucky. Many permanent fixtures in the home must be replaced over time as well, and flooring is no different. There are several reasons to do this and it’s helpful to know when the right time is for you.

 

When You Have Carpet

If there is carpet in your home, it’s a good idea to consider replacing it every 8-10 years. Age-related wear and tear is a common reason to replace carpet, as it accumulates stains from families and pets, and over time it can end up containing elevated levels of allergens such as pet dander, mold, mildew and pollen tracked in from outside. If your white carpet has turned yellow, it could be caused by off gassing of rubber padding beneath the carpet itself and need replacement. If considering selling your home, new carpet is something to consider as it will do wonders for the home’s overall aesthetic and make it more appealing to potential buyers.

 

Vinyl and Linoleum

Vinyl and linoleum floors are known for their durability and affordability. These are great options to consider as long as you know when to replace. Many people opt to replace this flooring when moving into a new home as it can appear outdated. Although durable, one downside to these types of flooring is that they can be punctured by pressure from everyday items like chairs or even high heels, and dropping objects on them by accident can cause areas of damage as well. It’s a good idea to consider replacing these floors every 10 years. Any type of water damage before then can demand replacement as well.

 

Tile Floors

Tile is a great option to consider when undergoing bathroom remodeling, for example, or when replacing flooring in your kitchen or hallway. Tile is extremely durable and long-lasting, which ensures that it will look good in your home for years to come. It is easy to clean and requires little upkeep, which is why it is a good option for bathrooms in particular. Countless styles and combination possibilities make tile useful for making a room appear more spacious or closed in, depending on what aesthetic you’re going for. This type of flooring can also up the property value of your home. Tile typically lasts a very long time depending on what type you choose. Some tile materials, such as glazed ceramic, porcelain or terra cotta can last up to 50 years.

 

Looking for something that will last as long as possible? There are a few flooring materials that can last a lifetime, according to the National Association of Home Builders. These include all wooden floors, such as bamboo, exotic wood, and other domestic wood. Contact a Los Angeles remodeling company to find out where and if these types of flooring will work best in your home.

 

5 Benefits of Adding a Fire Pit to Your Backyard

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5 Benefits of Adding a Fire Pit to Your Backyard fire-pit-seat-wall-stamped-concrete-salzano-custom-concrete_74352 A backyard fire pit is something that can offer both many years of enjoyment for your family, and a lovely living space to your yard when entertaining. Enlisting a Los Angeles remodeling company to help you figure out the best placement, materials and style for your backyard fire pit can take a lot of the guesswork out of the process. Below are 5 benefits of adding a fire pit to your backyard. Enjoy the Warm Season Longer The combination of warmth and light from a backyard fire pit allows for outdoor enjoyment even when the air is a little chilly. In fact, outdoor gas fire pits produce even more heat than wood burning stoves. Enjoy the patio or yard later into the fall or earlier in the spring by bundling up around the fire and relaxing with family and friends. You may even be able to enjoy the outdoor warmth of this space well into winter, depending on where you live.

 

Conversation Starter Many of us have great memories of sitting around the fire while camping or at the beach, and telling stories, roasting s’mores and enjoying beverages. A backyard fire pit allows for these memorable experiences at home, serving as a focal point for social gatherings and parties. The ability to relax into the evening in comfort is a natural catalyst for enjoyable conversation.

 

Increase Your Property’s Market Value Stone outdoor fire pits enhance existing space by adding visual aesthetic to your property, as well as general appeal. They open an outdoor space for year-round use and are a consistently popular outdoor feature among buyers. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t get excited about the idea of their very own backyard fire pit. This is a wonderful way to increase your home’s market value.

 

Avoid Smoke The normal downfall to a campfire or beach bonfire? Smoke! It irritates eyes, nostrils and can cause health issues in airways. And while many people love the nostalgic scent, it tends to linger in hair, clothing, and other materials. Outdoor fire pits can easily use natural or propane gas, which doesn’t emit the same heavy smoke we’re all used to.

 

Low Maintenance Natural gas or propane fire pits offer style and heat with very little upkeep. As opposed to wood burning stoves or fire pits, natural gas or propane fire pits do not require you to chop or provide wood. They do not attract insects in the same way wood burning fire pits do, and do not require the same level of constant cleaning around the area. Natural gas fire pits never run out of gas as they rely on an installed gas line; talk to your Los Angeles remodeling contractor about whether your backyard offers an effortless way to install a natural gas line.

If you’re thinking of installing a backyard fire pit, be sure to call on professionals to help you sort out the options. There are plenty of styles to choose from to complement your home’s backyard and allow you to comfortably start enjoying the outdoors a little more.

Decorating Your Home for Spring: What Are the Contemporary Trends?

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Decorating Your Home for Spring: What Are the Contemporary Trends?  

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If you’ve finished your spring cleaning this year and are ready for some interior revamping, here are some great ideas to consider when it comes to further freshening up your home. Whether you’re going for a total interior overhaul or just seeking to brighten up a space, look no further for this spring’s current trends.

 

Watercolor Florals

A new take on outdated floral patterns, watercolor florals incorporate fresh spring colors with larger scale designs. Add splashes of color to a room by giving this trend a try with throws, pillows, or new curtains for the windows. Go bold with bright colors, or employ romantic pastels like lavender, slate grey, soft green, and orchid pink for a gentler look and feel.

 

Indoor Vines

Sometimes a few new plants can breathe life into any room without having to make any other major changes. Climbing vines that naturally weave around shelving or hang becomingly from creative wall planters are surging in popularity this spring. An added benefit? These plants serve to purify indoor air, as well.

 

Metallics

Metallic accents, particularly when mixed with glass or ceramics, are showing up everywhere this spring - from plates and glasses to terrariums to bar carts. Copper in particular is a trend that’s going strong throughout the year. If you happen to be undertaking kitchen remodeling this spring, consider copper light fixtures for on-trend glimmer. Lower budget projects can embody this trend too with the DIY use of a little metallic spray paint.

 

Heated floors

This trend is popping up in spring but will serve you and your family year-round. Surprisingly, heated floors use less energy than other means of heating and are an efficient way to heat up the entire home. Enjoy them as the spring chill fades and again when autumn rolls around. Talk to your Los Angeles remodeling contractor about how to best implement this energy-saving trend in your home.

 

Marble

This classic aesthetic is known for its elegance and durability. Use marble as a lovely countertop material when remodeling your kitchen. Or, use marble print wallpaper to line your walls; a surprising trend that lends itself to a classically soft, clean look in any space.

 

Navy Blue

This deep hue may not seem like a spring color, but when paired with classic white it offers a fresh look that’s perfect for every season. Consider reupholstering a piece of furniture with navy fabric, or painting a well-lit wall for a modern twist.

 

Texture

From chunky knits to tassels, texture is a spring trend that doesn’t just apply to fashion. Mixing fabrics and textures indoors is a fantastic way to make a room look and feel more inviting and comfortable. Easy ways to implement this trend? Mix pillows of different fabrics when displaying them on your couch, or try draping a chunky knit throw over a smooth leather chair.

 

Implement all or a just a few of these spring looks to enjoy on-trend home accents, the rest of the year and beyond.

 

 

 

 

 

4 Things to Know Before Remodeling Your Bathroom

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When approaching bathroom remodeling head on, keep in mind that this is your personalized space. Most guests will be entertained with the family room, the living room, the kitchen and at length the bedroom, but the bathroom is for you. If you're remodeling it, it needs to be changed in a fashion that best fits your comforts, your needs, and your taste. You need to be prepared for it. Below are four things you need to know before remodeling your bathroom to make sure everything goes smoothly and according to plan. Bathrooms are sensitive areas; you don't want to go half-finished with a bathroom.

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Your Budget

 

Perhaps a bit taken for granted, but establishing a budget before undertaking such a large project is crucial. Consult your Los Angeles remodeling contractor first to get a grasp on how much your new bathroom will cost you, then see what can be done to adjust the price to fit your budget and your ideal bathroom setup. You may not get everything on your wish list, but having a clear goal is better than stepping off that financial cliff at the end.

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Your Design

 

This is the main course of the remodel! Establishing the styling, materials, and layout of your new bathroom is the best part of the process, but ironing out every kink takes time, dedication, and some creativity. From tiling to windows, what kind of tub or shower you'll have, the floor plan needs to be meticulously laid out at the start. You might be able to squeeze a tweak or two in during process, but wandering too far off script spells disaster if you're not careful. Make sure your bathroom is going to look just the way you want it before putting your Los Angeles remodeling contractor to work.

 

Your Unexpected Problems

 

Bathrooms have a funny way of having messes where you can't see them. Taking a thorough look around your bathroom before the remodel brings an enlightening view of how degraded some of the amenities really are. The problems may be innocuous, like a bit of water damage, but depending on your house they may be more extensive. Leaky plumbing, non-absorbent floors, faulty pipes, there's a whole slew of problems that might catch you by surprise. Checking for any faults in your bathroom beforehand will save you the heartache of being surprised by them later.

 

Your Ventilation

 

You might not have considered your vents when remodeling your bathroom, but good ventilation is a must have for the bathroom. It provides some of the taken for granted niceties of the bathroom experience: prevention of mold and mildew, stopping mirrors from fogging up from a hot shower, and  prevents wood decay and saturation; it means the difference between a miserable experience and a consistently great one. Make sure that the vent or fan in your bathroom is placed in the proper location to best work with the room.

 

Knowing all the answers to this list will make the bathroom remodeling process a breeze, and will cut out a lot of the work for your Los Angeles remodeling contractor. Be prepared, and enjoy your new bathroom!

Five Tips for a Fresh Look at Home

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Spring Has Arrived! Five Tips for a Fresh Look at Home Spring should be a time of rejuvenation. As roadside blossoms spring up and honeybees drift along, it may be time to consider freshening up your home in preparation for the coming year. The cold of winter is behind you, summer ahead, take springtime to liven your life up and bring a rosy blush to the household!

 

Spring Cleaning

 

It's hard to beat a classic. With the tough months behind, it's time to clear out the clutter that's been occupying your home for too long. A good old fashioned broom clears out the dust corners, under the rugs and mats, and in those hard to reach crannies. Consider purchasing a Roomba or similar robot to help with the cleaning upkeep. Wipe down any flat tops, counters, or shelves around the house and clear the dust there too.

 

Don't neglect the windows either! Spring means sunshine, and a dirty window does no good for the natural lighting. A quick spritz and cleaning brightens every room.

 

Organize Your Home

 

Once spring cleaning is out of the way, it's time to organize, categorize, and tidy up your house. Stow away your shoes in a compartment closet, find a rack to hold your coats and hats on. Finding a place to store all those pieces of home that tend to clutter brings a great uniformity to the household.

 

Time For a Remodel

 

Maybe it's about time your living space had a bit of an overhaul. Your kitchen, your living room, your family room, give them an update for the spring season.

 

Your living room should take priority. The first room in your house should leave an impression. If your couches and chairs are getting old, replace them with something new. Consider repainting the walls a brighter coat, make sure that there are no missing or dim lights around, and perhaps consider new curtains to frame the natural lighting just right.

 

Kitchen remodeling comes second only to the living room. It's the heart of the household, where all the food is made, and with a little help from your Los Angeles remodeling contractor it can reflect that home quality. Getting new countertops with less wear and tear brings new freshness to the kitchen. Update some of your appliances for something with a little more shine to them. Use this time to fix leaky pipes, or that sink that wouldn't work right a month ago.

 

Stylize Your Furniture

 

One of the best parts of the home remodel, stylizing your new spaces always brings new cheer. Take a second to think about what you like. Perhaps you want brighter rooms, so ensure your furniture reflects that with lighter greens, blues, reds, whatever you like. Some complementary cinnamon browns with reds for a campfire feel resonates a warm welcoming to your home. If using lots of color doesn't suit you, try going all white for your curtains, furniture, carpet, bring an almost angelic feel. Whatever themes suit you best, have your house reflect that in its furniture.

 

Gardening

 

Starting a gardening project is a great way to welcome spring. A mix of outdoor and indoor plants brings nature into your home, with tulips on the windowsill and a variety of flowers growing in your backyard.

 

There's plenty to be done to remodel, organize, and brighten up your day, and your Los Angeles remodeling contractor will be happy to help with whatever they can. Otherwise, it's time to freshen up for springtime!

Want to Install a Pool? What to Expect During the Process

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Pools are a wonderful luxury to have, but the installation process tends to be a bit complicated and time-consuming. However, a little bit of pain is worth the gain, so it helps to be prepared for what will happen while your pool is set up.

 

Initial Consultation

 

The first step is a preliminary design meeting with your Los Angeles remodeling contractor to flesh out your pool. This initial meeting meshes out a few things for you to know: how the pool will be constructed, how long it will take, how much it will cost. If you didn't already know, your contractor will be able to tell you what permits you will need to move forward with construction. After a final bid is decided on and a contract is signed, the pool is a go.

 

Excavation

 

Let's be honest, you knew this bit was coming. An in-ground pool is going to require a sizable hole to go into. Be prepared for a little bit of discomfort in the coming weeks as a pit is dug in your backyard. It'll be a bit ugly, it is a construction zone after all, but this part doesn't take as long as you might think.

 

Plumbing and Electrical

 

Once excavation is finished, your Los Angeles remodeling contractors will proceed with installing the pool's plumbing and electrical needs. The main line, skimmers, water filters, drainers, and other plumbing fixtures will be run through PVC pipes networked into the ground prior to gunite installation. Any electrical components, like lights or heating controls, will be connected to your service panel.

 

Steel and Gunite

 

Steel rebar frames will outline the pool, and will be installed either before, during, or after the plumbing and electrical process. Once everything else is secured and inspected, then your Los Angeles remodeling contractor will move forward with gunite installation. This will be the noisiest day of the whole process, but once it's finished your war zone of a backyard will start to resemble an actual pool. Gunite is the application of concrete for the pool interior, covering up the rebar structure and solidifying the infrastructure. Once gunite application is finished, it will be your job to water down the pool with a hose a couple times a day for the next week or so, curing the concrete.

 

Tile, Rocks, and Decking

 

The next step is putting the tile and rocks in place. Tile will form the waterline edge around your pool, should you want it, and rocks will add a natural swimming feel to your design. Whatever you go with will be your taste. Decking, however, is a necessity. After tile and rocks are in place, your Los Angeles remodeling company will send the contractors back to pour the concrete deck around your pool. The deck is for safety and cleanliness purposes.

 

Plaster and Filling

 

Finally, the last step. Once the gunite is cured, plaster is applied over it, providing a watertight seal for your pool. Then the pool is filled with water, and once it's full it will be safe to turn on the pool equipment.

 

There you have it, your finished pool! It takes a bit, will be noisy, and requires some effort on your part, but all of the work is for your Los Angeles remodeling company to provide you with the best possible product.

Upcoming Lighting Trends for Your Kitchen

Upcoming Lighting Trends for Your Kitchen Are you considering a kitchen remodel project this year? There are a variety of ideas you can use to help your kitchen look fresh and new without breaking the bank. Take a look at some of the upcoming lighting trend options you can discuss with your Los Angeles remodeling contractor. You can change a variety of things in the kitchen area without getting too expensive and still have a wonderfully fresh new look.

Pendant Chandelier

If you want the look of sophistication and the functionality at the same time, then a chandelier would work perfectly in your kitchen or dining area. You can choose a vintage look such as brushed bronze or you can go for a more elegant look in a formal dining room such as the crystal chandeliers.

Modern Centerpiece Lighting

You can even go for a more modern look with the very stylish centerpiece lighting fixtures. Not only do they light up the room, they also offer a beautiful decoration in the center of your area. There are many different designs and ideas to choose from and your Los Angeles remodeling company can assist you in finding just the right design for your kitchen setting.

Bright Lighting

One thing you want the light in your kitchen area to do is liven up the whole kitchen and make it easy to see what you’re doing. By installing the bright fixtures that offer plenty of light, you’re able to see what is going on in the kitchen without struggling. These fixtures can be placed inside the ceiling, sitting flush with the ceiling, or they can hang from the area offering decoration and lighting. The choice is up to you!

Zone Lighting Fixtures

When it comes to lighting up your kitchen, you may not always need bright lights throughout the whole area. Perhaps you’re trying to work over the stove and you’re wanting light brighter there than the rest of the room. Maybe you’re putting dishes together at your bar area and do not need the entire kitchen to look bright. By having zone lighting you can control what areas are brighter and what areas have less light on during the time you’re using the kitchen.

Feature Lighting

Another great idea is the newer feature lighting in your kitchen. Do you have a unique feature of your kitchen you want highlighted? If so this is a fantastic way to put the spotlight on! Feature lighting can go under the cabinet area and highlight your wet bar or other feature you want to see. It’s a wonderful way to have lighting in a concentrated area as well instead of lighting up the whole kitchen.

When you’re ready to remodel your kitchen, don’t forget to consider the lighting in your area. You can use specialized chandeliers, feature lighting, zone lighting, and so much more. Your options are truly endless and are only restricted by your imagination and the budget you set. Have fun and explore your options today to remodel your kitchen!

5 Bathroom Remodeling Ideas You Never Thought Of

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5 Bathroom Remodeling Ideas When it comes to bathroom remodeling, the possibilities are endless. A bathroom redone well can provide long term comfort, pleasure and durability in a vital area of your home. One small downside is that it can be difficult to know where to begin. Doing research to determine your preferences and then choosing the right Los Angeles remodeling company can be key to avoid feelings of overwhelm. To further help with that, here are five ideas to consider for your bathroom remodel.

 

Hide the Toilet

Creating a separate space for the toilet within the bathroom can function as a more discreet take on a necessary fixture. This can be accomplished in several ways, including a half-wall that hides the toilet or a small “room-within-a-room.”

 

Choose Surfaces that will Last

Bathroom surfaces add a great deal of aesthetic appeal to the space, but are also one of the most “used” areas of the home and should consist of a material that can take lots of abuse over time. Skimping on cost here may lead to replacement too soon down the road, so reserving this area for a bit of splurging is wise. If you choose tile for surfaces, ease the upkeep by using larger sizes to lessen grout lines. Porcelain is tried and true for both durability and visual appeal. Quartz and granite have become popular choices for bathroom countertops, and for sinks, several long lasting options are available, including porcelain, stainless steel, or enamel on steel.

 

Implement Timeless Trends

A remodel will hopefully last a lifetime, and as we all know, the latest trends don’t. Turning toward a timeless aesthetic will ensure the space’s appeal long after the initial excitement over finishing it fades away. What are some timeless trends for the bathroom? Think white cabinets, large floor tiles, crown molding around the windows and floor base, and simple door styles.

 

Focus on Lighting and Ventilation

Lighting performs several functions in the space: setting the mood, ensuring safety in wet areas and illuminating faces at the vanity. A combination of overhead and vertical fixtures such as wall sconces will provide the layers of lighting suitable for the bathroom. Proper ventilation is necessary to prevent mold and mildew, which can cause health problems as well as damage to finished surfaces. A ceiling fan is the best way to ensure ventilation, but well-placed windows can go a long way in providing both natural lighting and fresh air flow.

 

Put a Closet in the Bathroom

Or, any type of storage space that can hold essentials such as towels and toiletries. The convenience of being able to get what you need without having to run to the hall linen closet shouldn’t be underestimated. A stand alone storage space isn’t necessary, either - discussing options with your Los Angeles remodeling contractor can bring forth other creative ideas.

 

When going into a remodel, knowing what you want your space to ultimately feel like will help you stay focused on the outcome. Keep in touch with the professionals involved throughout the process to determine what will work best for you, in your home.