Why it Makes Sense to Purchase Designs for Your Home Remodel Before Getting Bids

Just about every online guide you can find on “tips for remodeling your home” will tell you it’s important to get multiple bids for your project before hiring just any contractor. As it is with any big investment, you should carefully consider your options, have a clear understanding of the process, and establish confidence and a comfortable relationship with the individual or company you intend to hire. This is especially true in the remodeling industry, as projects tend to be very costly and can last for several months. It’s critical that you find a reliable, experienced contractor that you get along with. Of course, the main purpose of meeting multiple contractors and getting multiple bids isn’t only to determine if you can trust them, but also to compare pricing. Read more

Your Home’s Exterior Siding: When to Replace & How to Maintain

 
 


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Replacing your home’s siding probably isn’t the first of your priorities; unless there’s an urgent problem, most people don’t think about it too often. However, replacing worn-out, cracked, or leaking siding is very important in the prevention of more serious (and expensive!) future home repairs. If you haven’t checked your home’s exterior siding in a while, now is a good time!
 
 
Here are 7 warning signs it might be time to replace your siding:
 
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4 Ways to Make the Most of a Small Kitchen Remodel

 
 


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The term “full-gut kitchen remodel” tends to make people think of an expansive, high-end kitchen with all the bells and whistles – where surrounding walls have been knocked out to create an open floor plan, the luxury countertops are never-ending, and the shiny, new appliances are massive in size, all contributing to a show-stopping completed project. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the idea of an over-the-top large kitchen remodel, only a small fraction of our clients actually have this experience. Every project is different when it comes to the size of the kitchen, it’s starting condition, the client’s aspirations for the space, and of course, the budget. More often than not, the kitchen remodels we complete are done in small or medium-sized kitchens where the clients are trying to update the aesthetic, but also make the most of the existing space. Sometimes, due to the structure of the home and other limitations, it’s simply not realistic to remove walls or install large appliances. However, just because you have a small kitchen doesn’t mean it can’t be remodeled into the beautiful kitchen of your dreams! There are many kitchen design ideas and techniques that can help a small kitchen feel bigger and look just as impressive as a larger one.
 
 
Here are 4 ways to make the most of a small kitchen remodel:
 
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4 Home Remodeling Realities that HGTV Gets Wrong

 
 

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In the era of reality TV, house flipping, and the ever-growing realm of visual-based social media, home remodeling is becoming a more and more popular subject. Everyone wants to have an “Instagram worthy” interior, but even more, homeowners want to experience the complete design process they see on HGTV. The heartwarming backstory of the couple looking for a home, finding a “diamond in the rough”, and having it transformed into their breathtaking dream home: it’s an emotional journey that almost all of us can identify with. Seeing the impressive 3D renderings, the thrift store finds, the unexpected issues and the dramatic final reveal is enough to make you jump online and search for a local contractor on the next commercial break. It’s no wonder so many of our clients mention an HGTV show as the main source of inspiration for their remodel!
 
 
As magical and seamless as these shows make the remodeling process appear, it’s important to keep in mind that 90% of what we see on television is in a controlled environment. The storylines are built up, scenarios are scripted, and most importantly, the remodeling process as a whole is downplayed. As the saying goes, “you can’t believe everything you see on TV.”
 
 
If you are serious about remodeling your home, here are the realities to keep in mind while swooning over the dream homes on HGTV:
 
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5 Reasons to Remodel Your Bathroom

Bathroom remodels are one of the most popular projects we complete. Most homeowners understand that it’s a big investment that requires time, money, and patience. The journey from your initial consultation to the final walk-through of the completed project can be a long ride, but can certainly be worth it if your bathroom truly needs a renovation. Are you wondering if your bathroom needs to be remodeled? Here are some of the most common reasons people choose to remodel their bathroom: Read more

The Timeline of a Remodel: What to Expect

We recently had a client contact us about having his kitchen remodeled. Upon discussing our process of completion from designs to construction, he asked a common question we hear from almost all of our clients: “how long will the entire remodel take to complete?

This is a great question! Everyone wants to know exactly how long it will be until they are able to enjoy their new kitchen, bathroom, or other remodeled space. Unfortunately, there is not a “canned answer” we can offer to everyone because we don’t always know exactly how long certain steps of the process will take. For example, obtaining the required permits could take several weeks depending on the city and the project, which could push back the start date significantly. This definitely isn’t common (in most cases, we receive the permit within 10 business days), but it is a possibility, and we’re sure to educate our clients on the process and timeline prior beginning the work. Read more

3 Ways Regular Maintenance Improves Home Safety

 
 


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All homeowners know the high level of responsibility required to keep a house in working order. The grass continues to grow, the foundation shifts over time, things like roof shingles and windows need to be replaced, plumbing lines leak, HVAC must be serviced, and eventually, interiors need to be remodeled completely. The list of items that require consistent maintenance goes on and on. While these tasks feel like more of a nuisance than anything, some of them should be done regularly to keep your home safe. In fact, regular home maintenance is one of the best ways to ensure your home and family’s safety throughout the years. Not convinced? Here are 4 ways home maintenance come improve the safety of your home:
 
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Hello, Colleyville! Medford Design-Build Now has an Office Near You!

 
 

 
 
Medford Design-Build is happy to announce that we have officially opened our second location! The new office is in Colleyville: 1005 Glade Road, Ste #135, Colleyville, TX 76034.
 
 
We have been serving this area with home design and remodeling services for years, but wanted to offer a local office to our clients in Colleyville, Southlake, Grapevine, Bedford, and surrounding areas that would be closer than our Arlington office. It’s conveniently located on Glade Road and will be perfect for consultations and client review meetings. The office includes a front reception area and access to a large conference room with plenty of seating. The big screen TV will be a great benefit for clients to view their project designs, 3-D renderings and virtual walk-thru videos. We are thrilled to be able to provide a convenient location to our Colleyville & surrounding area clients.
 
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Home Repairs & Modification: Do I Need a Handyman or a Contractor?

 
 


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Any homeowner knows that maintaining a house requires a lot of work. It can feel overwhelming when you consider everything that needs to be regulated, from the up-keep of electrical and plumbing lines to managing the foundation, the heating system and the AC, the landscaping and exterior of the home, and so much more. In most cases, a licensed contractor (such as a plumber or electrician) can take care of these types of home repairs and maintenance issues. However, aside from keeping all of the mechanics of the house in proper and safe working order, most homes built even as recently as 10 years ago need some level of remodeling. This could be for functional or aesthetic purposes, and often times, both. Perhaps your kitchen cabinets need a fresh stain, or maybe you’d like the old bathtub in your master bathroom to be removed to make room for a walk-in shower. These projects might seem minor in comparison to a large-scale remodel, and leave you asking the question — does this project require a contractor or a handyman? It’s important to know the difference between the two before you hire.
 
 
Here are some tips to help you determine whether a handyman or a contractor will be the best choice for your specific project:
 
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Hardwood Flooring vs. Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

 
 


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Just about every major remodeling project we complete includes replacing the existing flooring, either in the remodeled area or throughout the entire home. Flooring selection is a big decision that can influence the overall cost, installation time, and lifespan of the remodel as a whole. A common question we receive from our clients is which is a better choice – classic hardwoods or luxury vinyl plank? The two are very comparable and make excellent options for hard surface flooring depending on what the individual homeowners prefer.
 
 
In order to best compare the two, we suggest taking into account 4 major qualities of hard surfacing flooring:
 
• Aesthetic Appeal
• Durability
• Installation
• Cost
 
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