5 Preliminary Steps for a Successful Home Remodel

 
 

 
 
Remodeling your home is a big undertaking – from deciding what you really want in your renovation, to hiring the right contractor, to managing your budget – it can quickly become overwhelming! It’s a big decision and should be treated as such. At Medford Design-Build, we understand your desire to feel confident in that decision, and we want to help you get there.
 
 
Our goal is not to ‘wow’ our clients with pretty pictures or unrealistic estimates, but rather, to arm them with the knowledge and facts they need to make the best decisions for their remodel. With an emphasis on client education and involvement, we have simplified the otherwise intimidating process of remodeling your home.
 
 
In order to have a successful remodel, there are some things that should be done on the homeowner’s end before the remodeling begins. This will make the entire process much easier on you and set you up for a smooth and successful experience. If you are planning a major remodel, here are 5 preliminary steps we strongly recommend:
 
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3 Reasons to Start Your Home Renovation Now (in the Summer!)


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It’s hard to believe we are already over half way through 2018! Time is flying by and this year will be ending before you know it. Our team is thrilled to have had such a great first and second quarter and is looking forward to closing the year out strong. If remodeling your home has been on your to-do list for a while, now is the best time to get started! Here are 3 reasons mid-summer is the perfect time to begin your home remodeling project:


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From Dark & Dingy to Bright & Airy: A 1970’s Kitchen Renovation

 
 

 
 
In 1970’s homes, peninsulas were commonly used in kitchen layouts to provide counter space and cabinet storage. Fast-forward to the present, and nearly every kitchen we redesign from that era involves removing the peninsula and reworking the layout. The result is a surprisingly larger space, a modern look, and improved storage solutions! Our recent kitchen remodel in Arlington, Texas, is the perfect example of this transformation.
 
 
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Invest in Your Future Now: Prepare Your Home for Aging in Place

 
 


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For many, home remodeling might seem like an optional luxury. Sure, a modern, updated bathroom or kitchen sounds nice, but is it really necessary? You might be surprised to hear that in many cases the answer is yes. More and more homeowners are choosing to remodel; not only for aesthetic purposes, but for improved functionality as they age. According to AARP, 87 percent of adults age 65+ want to stay in their current home and community as they age. Among people, age 50 to 64, 71 percent of people want to age in place. It makes perfect sense that if you’re planning on living out the rest of your life in your current home, structural changes should be made to accommodate your transition into your golden years.
 
 
As much as we hate to think about it, aging is inevitable. Things that might seem easy for you today – tasks as simple as turning a round doorknob or stepping over the edge of the bathtub – might be challenging for you several years from now. The best time to do renovation projects that will help you age comfortably in your home is when you don’t yet need those features. Putting it off until something happens could end up costing you more and become a much bigger hurdle than if it were done ahead of time.
 
 
While some aging in place updates are structural, such as replacing a shower-tub combo with a curb-less shower or widening doorways to accommodate wheelchairs, there are many updates that can easily be done in one afternoon. Some of these potentially do-it-yourself projects include swapping out all round doorknobs for levers, installing sensor faucets, replacing the flooring with non-slip options, adding a pull-down seat in the shower, and installing a grab bars in the bathroom. These are small changes that might seem insignificant now, but you may appreciate having them later. Even an expensive project can be worth the investment if it prevents the need to relocate later on. This is especially true if you consider the high cost and emotional impact of moving into an assisted living center because your home is no longer suitable for your needs.
 
 
Another reason it’s better to remodel for aging in place now, if you anticipate a big-ticket renovation, is that qualifying for a home equity line of credit or home equity loan is typically easier when you are still working. If you wait until you only have retirement income, it may be harder to qualify for a loan. Also, if you are able to do so, financing a renovation now will allow you time to pay it off prior to retirement.
 
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Indoor-Outdoor Master Bathroom Addition

After years of sharing a tiny master bathroom, our recent clients in Fort Worth, Texas were more than ready to add on the custom-designed bathroom of their dreams! Along with adding more square footage and luxury features, they also wanted to incorporate their outdoor space into the remodel.

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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Don’t Miss the 3rd Annual Crawfish Boil for the Grapevine Elks Lodge!

Calling all crawfish lovers! The Elks Lodge of Grapevine, Texas is hosting their 3rd annual crawfish boil, coming up in February!

On Saturday, February 24th, 2018, the Lodge at 909 Bushong Road, Grapevine, TX 76051, will open at 11:00 AM with crawfish and food being served beginning around 1 pm – 6 pm or as long as it takes to cook it all! Sides include corn on the cob, red potatoes, onions, sausage and chicken legs. If you like mushrooms, artichoke hearts or any other items boiled, please bring with you. Other food will also be available, including boiled shrimp, Jeff’s Famous Sausage and Chicken Jambalaya and Ed’s famous Smoked BBQ Brisket for those that do not want crawfish. Read more

Have You Seen Our Recent Kitchen Transformation? Our June 2017 Newsletter


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Hello, June! Can you believe this year is already halfway over?
It has been a busy 6 months for us at Medford Remodeling! We are so excited to continue sharing our recent project blogs with you each month through this newsletter and on our Facebook page.

This month, we’re featuring a gorgeous kitchen remodel we completed in Burleson, Texas. What a transformation! It’s always fun to look back at the project’s “before” photos, see the visual plans and renderings come together, and then compare the final, completed renovation to the before shots. It never fails to provide us with a sense of pride and satisfaction to see the weeks of hard work put in by our team showcased in the end results. Read more

Community Event: 2nd Annual “I AM” Pediatric Survivor Fashion Show

 

Once a month, we like to post a blog about an upcoming charity event benefitting local Tarrant County. Coming up in January, there is a great opportunity to help those battling pediatric cancer:
 
The 501 (3)(c) non-profit organization, Christ’s Angels Leaving Everlasting Blessings, Inc. (CALEB) of North Texas has devoted its energy to passionately advocating for local pediatric cancer patients and their families.
 
CALEB’s mission is to serve, inspire, and empower individuals and families who are affected by pediatric cancer. Their goal is to let each survivor know that they are not fighting alone, that CALEB, Inc. is there with them from diagnosis and beyond!
 
This great organization is hosting a remarkable fashion show, showcasing pediatric cancer patients, survivors and siblings of those who lost their battle. During this heartwarming event, love and encouragement are poured into these young, brave warriors.
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