Remodeling an odd or unusual space is one of the many things that makes our job fun and interesting. It’s actually surprising just how many homes include a kitchen or bathroom with a unique floor plan. Sometimes it works in our favor and other times it creates a frustrating challenge. Maintaining the specified budget while also optimizing storage space and improving functionality can be a difficult task, requiring both knowledge and creativity. Add in the client’s “must-haves” when it comes to features and aesthetics, and we’ve got quite the conundrum! More often than not, however, our talented designers are able to come up with the perfect solution to these issues. Such was the case for our recent master bathroom remodel in Keller, Texas. See the full story on our project blog post.
Remodeling an odd or unusual space is one of the many things that makes our job fun and interesting. It’s actually surprising just how many homes include a kitchen or bathroom with a unique floor plan. Sometimes it works in our favor and other times it creates a frustrating challenge. Maintaining the specified budget while also optimizing storage space and improving functionality can be a difficult task, requiring both knowledge and creativity. Add in the client’s “must-haves” when it comes to features and aesthetics, and we’ve got quite the conundrum! More often than not, however, our talented designers are able to come up with the perfect solution to these issues. Such was the case for our recent master bathroom remodel in Keller, Texas.
If you’ve been considering an extensive remodel, you are probably trying to mentally prepare for the weeks of construction that lie ahead for your home. Having a team of subcontractors and a project manager making visible changes to your kitchen or bathroom is a very exciting time; this is when your ideas truly come to life, as you can see the actual modifications taking place. What most homeowners don’t realize is that there is a lot of preliminary work that is done off-site prior to the demolition and construction. As anxious as many of our clients are to get started immediately after their consultation, there is a methodical process that must be followed beforehand in order to make the construction phase as smooth and seamless as possible.
Our recent clients in Keller, Texas, had a beautiful home built in 2005. Being newer than many of the homes we remodel, it was surprising to see how badly the master bathroom needed a renovation! Unfortunately, builders often use poor-quality materials when constructing a new house in order to save a buck (hints the negative term “builder-grade”), putting the homeowners in need of a remodel sooner rather than later. While this original bathroom was functional, the space was poorly utilized and lacked emphasis on the features that really mattered to our clients. A spacious shower, a tub they would actually use, ample storage space, and a modern aesthetic were all items that needed to be addressed. The clients came to us with their concerns, and our team got started on a custom design package for this unique project.
There are a lot of variables that come into play during a bathroom remodel. The size and state of the existing bathroom, the complexity of the project, the features and amenities to be included, the structural changes that need to be made, and of course, the intended use of the remodeled space by the homeowners – that is, determining what modifications will most effectively solve the homeowner’s current issues with the bathroom. These variables are different for every project: perhaps the existing bathroom is too small and lacks storage space, or maybe it is insufficient for an elderly parent that needs handicap-accessible features. Maybe a remodel was started with a contractor who did things incorrectly and failed to finish the job, leaving the bathroom completely unusable. Because each of these scenarios have different starting points and require different courses of action to meet the homeowner’s needs, they each require their own customized design plan.
If you’ve followed along with our blog posts for any length of time, you have probably noticed that nearly all of our major home remodeling projects are completed in homes that were built 20 or more years ago. Typically, after a home has been around that long, frequently used areas (like kitchens and bathrooms) need to be remodeled; not only because they’re out of style aesthetically, but also because they have become worn out and do not function as well as they once did. However, just because the homes we usually remodel are older doesn’t mean that new homes are not good candidates for remodeling. In fact, in some instances, remodeling a home that is less than 10 years old can be easier and sometimes cheaper. Working in older homes often entails correcting unforeseen issues, like plumbing that may be leaking or rotten, or electrical lines that are not to code. Fixing these things can add up, costing more in time and money. Newer homes, on the other hand, tend to be in much better condition and require less repair work. Most of the time, the remodeling of newer homes is for the primary purpose of meeting the client’s personal preferences, not for the sake of improving a design that is unusable. Such was the case for our recent master bathroom remodel in Fort Worth.
Once we begin the construction of a home remodeling project with our clients, the question is often brought up if we can include another “small project” on the side while the main remodel is being completed. There is nothing wrong with doing this, so long as the additional project is discussed ahead of time and included in the Scope of Work. Unfortunately, that is not typically the case. More often than not, these requests are made directly to our Project Managers on the jobsite — a point when the down payment has already been paid, the Scope of Work has been established, the proposal has been signed, and the primary construction is already underway. It may not seem like a big deal; the workers are already there, right? The reality is that add-on items can greatly disrupt the initial plan of the project as a whole. Clients fail to realize the impact that the add-on brings to the entire home renovation timeline, as well as to their carefully budgeted finances.
We have now reached the final blog of our 4-part series featuring our Arlington whole house remodel! It has been such a pleasure sharing the stunning transformation of the kitchen, living spaces, and master bathroom and closet. This major remodel comes to a close with the 2 guest bathrooms and one of the guest bedrooms we were able to renovate for our wonderful clients.
Because the two guest bathrooms were both relatively small to begin with, our team and the clients decided it was best to keep the original footprint and not change anything structural. The end goal for these rooms was primarily to update the aesthetic to match the rest of the newly remodeled house.
One of the top requests we get from our clients – whether they are remodeling their current home or have recently moved into an older house – is to have the popcorn ceilings removed.
These textured ceilings, also known as popcorn ceilings, acoustic ceilings or even cottage cheese ceilings, were very popular in the 1970s and ’80s as a quick and easy way to hide imperfections. Unfortunately, this texture can be very difficult to match if you have cracks or holes in need of patching. The uneven surface also catches more dust, allows for cobwebs, and really makes a home’s interior look stale and dated. These reasons alone are enough to make a homeowner opt for removing the texture! This is why we include popcorn ceiling removal in just about every home remodeling project we complete.
Our recent clients wanted to update their 1980’s Southlake home to better meet their needs. As it was, they used a small guest bedroom as their home office – a very crowded room that lacked the storage space and functionality needed for an individual that works from home. Unfortunately, this is often the case for homeowners that have a makeshift workspace. Luckily, these clients had a large upstairs bonus room that was not in use – the perfect area to be converted into a spacious home office!