If you’ve been considering a major home remodel, you have likely already done a bit of research about what the process entails — it can certainly feel overwhelming to realize all the moving parts that need to come together in order to achieve a flawless finish. The many professionals that are necessary include an architect, a designer, and an engineer to create a design, followed by a general contractor to build it (or the long list of subcontractors you’d have to seek out yourself if you choose that route!) That is a lot of relationships to develop, individuals to trust, and various schedules to coordinate, all while ensuring things are being done correctly. Needless to say, there is plenty of room for error!
It’s common for homeowners to come to us with the idea of a small remodel – “cosmetic” updates such as new paint, tile, or countertops. This is a great option if you’re not changing the layout or moving major components of the space. Sometimes, however, our clients find that these minor updates don’t quite get them what they want. In such scenarios, the project can shift from a small project to a large-scale, full-gut renovation. Our recent clients in Arlington, Texas, are a great example of how this can occur, and that it is totally doable with the help of our design-build team!
From early 2020 to the present, people have been encouraged to spend more time at home. Many are still working from home as a vast majority of companies have since made the shift to fully remote employment. Vacationing and virtually all traveling was brought to a halt. These lifestyle changes, coupled with the drop in interest rates and influx of home buyers that resulted, caused many homeowners to consider remodeling. Projects like converting a space to home office or adding on a game room so the family can spend more time together became realistic options.
Spring is well underway and summer will be here in a few short weeks! It’s a great time to check off your home projects to-do list and get your home looking its very best. Our small projects division, Mike’s Guys, is happy to help! Our team of professionals can assist with a variety of home improvement projects, including:
Interior & Exterior Door Installation
Siding Repairs & Replacement
Drywall Repairs & Retexturing
Attic Ladder Replacement
Interior & Exterior Painting
Roofing Repairs & Replacement
Demolition & Haul-off
Caulking Windows & Doors
Weather Stripping Installation
Popcorn Ceiling Removal
Masonry Repair, Tuck & Pointing
Stone Retaining Walls & Patios
…and Much More!
If you’ve got these or other small projects you’d like to get done, contact us today to set up an appointment. Spots are filling up quickly, so give us a call while it’s on your mind!
We recently shared a post on 3 options for getting rid of popcorn ceilings. There are a few different ways to approach it, including hiring a professional (like Mike’s Guys) or installing beadboard sheets over the popcorn for a cleaner look. Of course, if you have settled on the idea of tackling the project on your own, we thought it would be helpful to have a step-by-step guide explaining how to scrape and refinish your ceilings.
Before You Start…
As mentioned in our initial post, before you start scraping away, it’s important to test your ceiling for asbestos. Homes built prior to 1980 potentially contain this dangerous substance in the ceiling, which could be a hazard to your health if inhaled. You can easily scrape off a section and send the sample by mail to an asbestos testing lab for a small fee. If asbestos is present, it will be necessary to hire a company that specializes in removing materials containing the substance rather than trying to do it yourself!
One of the primary goals of our recent whole-house remodel in Fort Worth, Texas, was to create a brighter, more open floor plan throughout the entire home. A big contributor to achieving this goal was to renovate the dining room, which is in the direct line of sight upon entering the front door. The original room included a large window overlooking the backyard and providing plenty of natural light that our designers wanted to emphasize. Our clients loved the idea of streamlining the design and refreshing the dining room as a whole.
Whether the project is a room addition, a kitchen remodel, a master suite refresh, or another type of home renovation, it seems that nearly all our clients have at least one common goal: to increase storage space! Ample storage is a coveted feature for today’s homeowners. No matter how many cabinets, drawers, shelves, and closets there are, there is always a need for more. Our recent clients in Aledo, TX, initially came to us for cosmetic updates throughout their house: flooring, painting, trim, lighting, etc. Once these smaller updates were underway by our small projects division, Mike’s Guys, our clients mentioned to us that they were considering enclosing part of their unused attic space to create an additional storage closet with access from the upstairs hallway. Our Design-Build division was happy to assist with this project and drew up a custom design package for the new project.
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!
The fireplace has long been the focal point of the living room – the primary area in the home for friends and family to gather. Renovating such a major component can create a whole new look for the entire space. This was the goal of our recent clients in Keller, Texas. They came to us with the idea of updating their fireplace with Ledgestone and a rustic mantel to create a more modern aesthetic. Our designers met with them for a consultation and put together an overall concept for the design prior to beginning the plans and 3D renderings.
The first and most important question you should answer before starting any type of home remodel is how much it will realistically cost. Typically, there isn’t a straight-forward answer to that question without scheduling an on-site consultation and paying for a detailed estimate and design. Because no two projects and no two homeowners are the same, the total cost of your project will depend on multiple variables. This means that even if your neighbor a few houses down has the exact same floor plan as you, built in the same year, your total cost could come in more or less than theirs simply based on your unique scope of work. You also must consider the level of remodeling you intend to do – whether it is a full-gut project that involves moving walls and rearranging the original footprint, or if you just want to update the space you have with new paint, tile, counters, etc. The types of materials, finishes, hardware, and appliances you choose also impact the final price. For example, two homeowners with the same kitchen layout will have different totals if one chooses standard elements, such as a basic undermount sink and chrome faucet, and the other chooses high-end elements, such as a farmhouse-style sink with a brushed gold faucet. Of course, everyone wants the more expensive options often featured on HGTV renovation shows. Unfortunately, these shows tend to create unrealistic expectations regarding the actual costs, timelines, and processes involved in home remodeling.