Every homeowner knows what a big impact small updates around the house can make. Sometimes a fresh coat of paint, a new piece of furniture, or even some small accessories can transform a drab room into a warm, inviting space for your family and friends. As simple as these décor updates might sound, knowing where to start can feel intimidating! If you’re considering making some interior changes to your home that don’t require remodeling, our talented interior designer, Stephanie, would be happy to help!
Our most recent remodeling project involved updating the master bathroom in a 1992 home in Grapevine, Texas. While the original bathroom was functional, it definitely lacked the aesthetic appeal of the rest of the home, which we recently helped the clients renovate. There was no need to change the layout of the space, aside from installing a smaller tub to allow for a larger shower. The idea was to simply upgrade the room with new flooring, tiles, vanities, counter tops, and lighting. It’s amazing what an impact these changes can make!
Summer is the time of year for relaxing, enjoying friends and family, and taking advantage of the warm weather. What better way to do all of those things than to enhance your backyard by creating the perfect outdoor escape? Here are 7 ways to enhance your backyard for summer:
1. Create a Comfortable Setting
One of the best ways to enjoy your outdoor space is to include a comfortable atmosphere with plenty of seating and lots of shade. If you don’t have a large patio area, you might consider having a concrete slab poured to allow for patio furniture and tables. While we don’t recommend having a pergola installed due to its fast rate of deterioration, a solid patio cover is a great addition to your backyard space. You can also include features like lighting, ceiling fans, and speakers to your patio cover to make your outdoor space more usable and add value to your home.
The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the house. When you consider how many times your family uses the kitchen throughout the week – how many meals are prepped, dishes are dirtied and washed, how often the trash needs to be taken out, groceries need to be put up and so on – it’s easy to see how it can quickly become jumbled and disorderly! Add the regular, frequent use of the kitchen to the occasional birthday celebration, holiday dinner, or Superbowl Sunday party and before you know it, your kitchen is in desperate need of some TLC and reorganizing.
One of the main reasons clients come to us for a kitchen remodel is because they want to improve the functionality and organization of the space. A kitchen that is equipped with the right features, adequate storage and a flowing floor plan not only provides for a pleasant experience when using the kitchen, but also creates a cleaner, sleeker look with less clutter. Trust us, these are two things you will appreciate all year ‘round!
Even if you aren’t ready to complete a full-scale renovation, there are a few storage solutions and features you can incorporate into your kitchen that really will make all the difference in it’s efficiency and organization:
1. Pull-out Pantries and Spice Racks
Many older homes include large walk-in pantries. While this might seem like a great feature to have in your kitchen, these bulky pantries often end up wasting more space than they provide. Not only do they take up potential counter space, but when you consider that there has to be enough room for you to stand inside, how much space is really being used efficiently? Pull-out pantries take up much less square footage while taking advantage of vertical space that would otherwise be wasted. Another neat benefit is that pull-out pantries can be seen from both sides, so you no longer have to worry about digging through your pantry shelves or finding an item that is expired because it was pushed to the back for too long!
Pull-out spice racks are another cool feature that optimize storage space and help with organization. Having this type of spice rack installed near your stove or cooktop makes for easy access during meal prep and provides for quick put-away when it’s time to clean up.
2. Cabinets Extended to the Ceiling
We love helping our clients create a beautiful, more functional home to meet their needs! Each time we complete a remodel, the homeowners are blown away with the improved layout, the amount of counter top and storage space they have gained, and how much bigger and brighter the room is. It truly is a complete transformation every time and the grand reveal is what makes the whole process worth it!
Looking back at original floor plans and layouts of our clients’ homes often makes us scratch our heads and think, “why would anyone design it that way in the first place?” Unfortunately, “cookie cutter” homes are not always designed in a way that optimizes usable space. Kitchens, in particular, are typically set up in a way that creates unwanted traffic and congestion in the work areas, isolates the cook from the neighboring rooms, and lacks the necessary features for optimal organization and efficiency. These are the most common complaints we get from our clients looking to renovate, and were definitely the case with our most recent kitchen remodel!
If you have an older home that needs a lot of work done, updating it can feel overwhelming. Even if you’re not ready to invest in a full-blown remodel, there are some minor things you can do throughout your home to create a more modern look. Taking on these smaller projects first makes the job as a while seem a little less intimidating, and can allow you to save up and think about what you really want in a major remodel.
Here are 5 easy ways to give your home a modern, updated look:
The fireplace often serves as a room’s focal point and is the first thing guests notice upon entering your home. It’s no surprise that fireplace remodels are becoming a more and more popular request among our clients. Not only does this kind of remodel allow you to refresh your home’s look and functionality, but the many styles and finishes available provide a great opportunity to customize your interior and create a one-of-a-kind design!
As a Design Build firm, Medford Remodeling offers complete turnkey service for full-scale remodeling projects. That means we draw new plans and designs, obtain permits from the city, assist you with product selections, order and track your materials, complete the construction, and finish with any required inspections to ensure everything is done correctly and to code. Just as we take care of all the necessary steps involved in a major remodel, we offer the same level of professionalism for smaller renovation projects, such as your fireplace remodel. From start to finish, you can be sure your project will be in good hands!
Choosing to remodel your home is a big decision, and shouldn’t be taken lightly. There is a lot involved – a lot of time, a lot of decisions, and of course, a lot of money! It’s critical that you hire the right remodeler to meet your needs and get the job done correctly. If you take this step for granted and hire the first contractor you meet (or the one the offers you the lowest price), you might be regretting it later on and have to live with the results for years to come. Before you commit completely, you should ask each contractor these important questions:
One common subject we always discuss with our clients during their home remodeling project is replacing the lighting… and by replacing, we mean upgrading! Light Emitting Diodes, or LEDs, are a popular choice among homeowners when compared to conventional lighting options.
Along with the perks of being energy efficient and eco-friendly, LED lighting makes a huge difference in the look and feel of a room! Clients are always surprised at how much brighter their space looks once LED lighting is installed. It really is the best choice if you want to showcase a remodeled area, like a kitchen or bathroom. Because there are different options available – can lights, tubes, and strip lights – LEDs are a great option for both primary and accent lighting. These different options can also be used together to create a no shadow environment.
Outdoor kitchens and living areas are becoming more and more popular among home owners in North Texas. They are a great way to improve your outdoor space for enjoyment when the weather is mild in the spring and fall, and also act as a great addition alongside a backyard pool when entertaining friends and family throughout the summer.
We have designed multiple outdoor kitchens and living areas and our clients are always satisfied! Here are 10 tips to designing the perfect outdoor kitchen and living area: