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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4 Benefits of Completing a Room Addition

 
 

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Room additions are a common request we get from our clients. The main reason being that many homeowners would rather add on to their home than jump through the hoops of buying a new home, selling their current home, and go through everything that has to take place in between. Unfortunately, adding on to an existing structure tends to be much more expensive than most people expect. Along with the hefty price tag, completing a room addition also requires a good amount of time, planning, designing, and construction. Even a room without additional plumbing still requires a foundation, adequate structural support, electrical lines, and a tie-in to the roofline. It’s essential that each of these components be done correctly and to code. However, if a you do your research and hire a professional design build firm (like Medford Remodeling) to complete the project, a room addition can be well worth the investment for your forever home.
 
 
Here are the top benefits of a room addition:
 
 
1. Create Needed Space
 
Any home remodeling project is completed with three objectives in mind: to improve aesthetic appeal, to improve efficiency, and to create more usable space. When a room is added to the home, the number one benefit is the gaining extra space that the existing home is lacking. Whether your family is growing, you plan on hosting guests more often, you’re transitioning to a home office, or you just need more space for hobbies and leisure, a room addition can make an otherwise crowded home into the perfect size to meet your needs.
 
 
Increased storage space is another perk of completing a room addition. Extra closets can be included in the design, as well as features like built-in cabinetry or bookshelves. Acquiring needed space will not only make your home feel less crowded, but the added storage space will help it feel more organized.
 
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4 Things to Remember when Designing your Kitchen Work Triangle

 
 


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Kitchen remodels are one of the most common remodeling projects we complete. In many instances, our clients are interested in removing walls or changing the layout of the kitchen to better meet their needs. Because so much time is spent in the kitchen each day, it makes sense to have an efficient and functional layout. You wouldn’t want the fridge too far from the cooktop. Likewise, you wouldn’t want the sink to be on the other side of the island, away from the fridge. Keeping these three items – the sink, cooktop and refrigerator—within a space known as the “work triangle” creates the ideal efficient floor plan for any kitchen layout.
 
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6 Window Options to Consider for Your Bathroom Remodel

 
 


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One of the things we always try to upgrade in a bathroom remodel is the lighting. This usually involves replacing dated decorative lighting with strategically placed LED can lights and modern new fixtures. Another option to improve the lighting and atmosphere of a dim bathroom is to include a window into the design. Adding windows to a room is a great way to let in natural light and make the space feel larger.
 
 
Here are some of the most popular options for bathroom windows:
 
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3 Red Flags of “Affordable” Remodeling

 
 


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With all the beautiful interiors seen on TV shows, featured in home design magazines, and posted across Pinterest and other social media platforms, it’s no wonder home remodeling is such a hot topic among today’s homeowners. Honestly, who wouldn’t want their house to look like Chip and Joanna’s?!
 
 
Odds are, if you’re really committed to the idea of remodeling your home, you’ve probably already looked into the process and maybe have even met with a few contractors to for estimates. While it can be tempting to go all-in with the first contractor that offers you an affordable quote, the old cliché “you get what you pay for” is important to keep in mind. It’s a sad reality that many clients come to us after being ripped-off or left high-and-dry by another contractor who made them an offer they couldn’t refuse. Prices might vary somewhat between remodeling contractors, but if someone quotes you a price that is thousands of dollars less than the others, it’s likely too good to be true!
 
 
Heed the warnings of so-called “affordable” remodeling! It might seem like a good deal at first, but you’ll end up paying significantly more in the long run to have a quality contractor come in and fix what was done incorrectly by the “affordable” contractor. Double (or triple) the cost, time and headache. Ouch!
 
 
Here are the red flags to be aware of when it comes to “affordable” remodeling:
 
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4 Reasons You Should Choose Drawers instead of Lower Cabinets for Your Kitchen Remodel

 
 


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The main goal in each of our major kitchen remodeling projects is to improve the efficiency of the room. That could mean creating more counter top and storage space, adjusting the lighting for a safer, shadow-less environment, or reconfiguring the layout for a flowing, user-friendly floor plan. Though every home and kitchen is different, as are the clients and their unique needs, some, if not all, of these options are carefully considered during the design phase. After all, if your kitchen looks beautiful in the end, but it’s not functional, is it really worth the cost and time of a remodel?
 
 
One of the options we always suggest to our clients to improve the efficiency of their kitchen is converting existing lower cabinets into drawers. This might sound like minor detail, but in reality, having deep drawers under the counter instead of cabinets will make all the difference in how you use the space for storage. Because major kitchen remodels involve completely removing the existing cabinetry and installing new cabinets, why not design them in a way that will improve the functionality and convenience of your finished kitchen?
 
 
Here are 4 reasons why you should choose drawers instead of lower cabinets for your kitchen remodel:
 
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4 Things to Consider Before Including an Island in Your Kitchen Remodel

 
 

 
 
As the open-concept floor plan continues to dominate home remodeling trends, more and more of our kitchen renovations involve removing walls to create a larger, more flowing space. With this extra space comes the opportunity to include an island, providing extra storage space, work areas, and additional seating in the kitchen. Many of our islands are also designed with sinks, cooktops, dishwashers, or under-counter microwave drawers installed, along with convenient electrical outlets. With all of these perks, it’s no wonder kitchen islands are often at the top of our clients’ remodeling wish list!
 
 
While it’s tempting to commit to adding an island to your kitchen remodel, there are some realities to be aware of. Here are 4 things to consider:
 
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