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.
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.
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:
In our past blog post – Permits & Remodeling: What You Need to Know – we explained what permits are, what is involved when applying for a permit, and when it is necessary to obtain one. As a design-build firm, obtaining the required permits from the city prior to remodeling a home is part of our standard procedure. However, there are many instances in which remodeling companies, general contractors, or the homeowners themselves decide to pursue a project without getting the necessary permits. This isn’t surprising, as the hassle of getting a permit can seem tedious and time-consuming, especially if you are not familiar with the process. The permit might be expensive, require additional work to be done, and can cause delays in construction. Many homeowners might also think it’s not a big deal not to have a permit and aren’t concerned with getting caught.
Is it worth it to risk not getting a permit for your home remodeling project? Here are 6 risks of remodeling without a permit:
In 1970’s homes, peninsulas were commonly used in kitchen layouts to provide counter space and cabinet storage. Fastforward to 2016, 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.
Increasing storage space is always a goal we have in mind when designing for a kitchen remodel, especially if we are removing walls to open up the space. Losing wall space can often mean sacrificing cabinetry as well. For most of our clients, this is a concern because there is so much that must be stored in the kitchen cabinets: dry foods, pots, pans, dishes, utensils, and cleaning supplies. Don’t forget the appliances: the blender, coffee maker, toaster, can opener, crock pot, waffle iron… the list goes on!
Committing to remodel your kitchen – or any part of your home, for that matter – is a big decision. It’s expensive, time consuming, and can be a big inconvenience throughout construction. Among these and other concerns, it’s no wonder homeowners hesitate or procrastinate remodeling! However, for many of our clients, a kitchen remodel isn’t just something they want, but something that the house really needs. It can add value, improve functionality, and allow the homeowners to really appreciate their space.
A common question we get from clients when remodeling their kitchen is what type of stove they should get – gas or electric. What is the difference? Which one is better? Here are the basic differences between the two, and some pros and cons to help you decide which would be a better fit for you.
The Difference between Gas Stoves & Electric Stoves
Gas stoves use propane, butane, natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas or other flammable gas as fuel to create a flame for cooking. The gas enters your stove from the main gas supply to your house and mixes with air. As that gas-air mixture is released through holes in the burner, the ignition system lights, creating a blue flame. As you turn the burner control knob, you control exactly how much gas reaches the burner. The higher you turn it, the more gas is released.
For most homeowners, kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects generally start from one of many different arenas; appliances, counter tops, cabinets, floor tile, lighting, painting, etc. Many times homeowners contemplate this item for a period of time and then start interviewing contractors to help them. They then discover that they need a complete remodeling job, not an item-specific one. So a seemingly easy, what-color-do-I-choose decision turns into dozens of decisions that have to be made for the project to be successful.