Along with improving the functionality of their home, the main reason homeowners choose to remodel is to refresh the appearance of a dated space. This is particularly true if the house is over 15 years old and has never been updated. Choosing paint colors, finishes, tile, countertops, and light fixtures might seem like a breeze, it’s often a bigger challenge than most homeowners realize! Even if it’s a relatively small project, hiring an interior designer will make the entire process easier and yield the best possible results. A professional designer can provide the newest ideas that will work for your home—things you may not know are available or products you may not know where to locate. They will think of details you’ll miss, and those details play a big role in the success of your project.
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!
Any complete kitchen remodel involves removing and replacing the cabinetry. Because cabinets make such an impact on the overall appearance of the kitchen, it’s important to consider what door style options are available to best suit your home and your personal taste. Cabinet installation is a custom job that is done onsite, so it’s a very involved process and certainly isn’t cheap. You want to make sure you are completely happy with your choice before you finalize the designs and give the green light to start construction!
Medford Design-Build is essentially two businesses in one. Yes, we are a general contractor, but we also go above and beyond construction alone by providing our clients with superior design services.
What does that mean for you? It means that instead of hiring an architect, a designer, and an engineer to create a design, and then searching for a contractor to build it, you can find everything you need in our ‘one-stop-shop.’
That’s right; we take the hassle and headache out of remodeling your home! Our goal is to work with clients who don’t have the vision or the expertise to bring their projects together on their own. We understand you’re busy with family, work or just living life; add in the time and stress involved in interviewing designers and getting bids from contractors and it might start to feel like your remodel will never get done! That is why we are here – to handle every aspect of your project for you: from creating your dream design to completing the quality construction and finishing the job.
Here’s a short summary of our design-build process:
Our talented Interior Designer, Stephanie Milford, has been decorating homes for 20+ years, and has an impressive list of clients that she has worked with. Her professional skills come from years of experience in the field, stemming from her degree in Interior Design from the University of North Texas.
From your initial design consultation, Stephanie will be involved with you throughout each step of your project, helping you make your product selections, such as flooring, countertops, paint and stain colors, appliances and fixtures. She is a great listener, and takes your color and style preferences into consideration while assisting with your selections. She and our team work to find just the right products to fit your wants, your needs, and your budget!
Remodeling any part of your home is an exciting process, but it also can be a bit overwhelming if you have tons of ideas and aren’t sure which direction to go. Our best advice is to collect your ideas in an organized manner to narrow down your options and provide some clarity. Here are seven great suggestions to help you get started; choose whichever one suits you best!
There are tons of books and magazines on inspiring interior design ideas. Though this may seem a bit “old school” with all of the technology we have today, tearing out pages of a magazine, sketching your ideas out on paper, or saving newspaper ads are still great ways to collect your ideas and establish your desired style.
When we help a client design a kitchen, there are many aspects to consider to be sure the kitchen functions efficiently, and safely. Here is a check list of things to think about:
- Is there enough counter space between appliances and sinks? Building codes require there to be a minimum of 12” of counter space between appliances.
- Will corner drawers and doors have enough room to fully open?
- Will the placement of cabinet pulls interfere with nearby appliances, doors, or drawer openings?
- Are the microwave and oven at the right height for pulling out hot items? Is the chosen placement safe for children?
- Is the lighting designed to create a shadow less environment? It takes properly placed overhead and under cabinet lighting to achieve. This makes the work areas much safer.
- Have you planned where the light controls will be? You don’t want to cross a dark room to turn on a light.
- Has the thickness of your flooring been calculated into the height of the toe-kick below the cabinets?
- Will the style and height of flooring in adjoining rooms match that of the new floor chosen for the kitchen? How will it be joined?
- Do you have enough electrical outlets for the size of the kitchen? Keep in mind that the island or a peninsula will need an outlet, too.
- Does the layout provide for an uninterrupted work flow?
- Is there ample storage space?
- Is there enough floor space to comfortably fit the number of people that will be using the kitchen at one time?
The time, money and work that is put into your kitchen design should be reflected in a space that is efficient and safe. So if you’re excited about your kitchen design, and you’ve done the planning yourself, get a professional kitchen designers opinion. There is a lot more to it, than just being pretty.
Most of us don’t have the budget to do all the remodeling projects on our homes we dream of at one time. So we pick and choose our remodeling projects as need, money and time allow. This can become a frustrating and arduous process, filled with pitfalls such as doing things out of sequence and causing unnecessary hurdles and costs, and ending up with a lack of cohesiveness throughout our home.
The key to having a successful long term whole-house remodeling project is a master remodeling plan that addresses your home as a whole, keeping the big picture in mind. By keeping your entire home in mind as you do individual projects, you can ensure the projects make sense in the process and the overall goal you are trying to achieve, whether the projects are completed together, or with years in between.
If the master bathroom is the new den, then the shower is the new recliner. I am finding more and more of our clients want a shower they can retreat to, and relax in steamy luxury. When designing a luxury shower there are no hard and fast rules. It’s all about you, and what type of oasis you want to create.
Size – In most bathrooms, the size is dictated by the available space. Sometimes the space can be expanded by taking in closet space, a bathtub, or adding a room. A luxury size shower is typically over 20 square feet in size, but 12 square feet (3’ x 4’) is really all the space you need to create a wonderfully personal space.
We often get requests to convert a standard 5’ bathtub into a shower without a door, which can be done in many ways. One of my favorites is what I call the “cave shower.” The photograph shows one such “cave shower” we did for a client.
The wall is 30” wide, leaving a 30” opening. Having the wall and tile go to the ceiling—and tiling the ceiling—helps keep the steam in and gives the cave-like feeling. Using a wide shower head mounted up high causes the water to fall straight down so there isn’t much splash to the outside of the shower. The can light keeps it from being dark, and the soap niche mounted at the correct height is really handy. The wall makes a nice separator between the shower and toilet.