Whole House Remodel Part 2: Refreshing the Living Spaces

If you follow Medford Design-Build on Facebook or subscribe to our e-newsletter, you know that we recently completed a whole house remodel in a 1970’s home in Arlington, Texas. We posted the first blog in our 4-part series for this project last month, starting with the kitchen. This month, we’re excited to share the beautiful updates we completed in the living spaces!

In many of the homes we remodel today, an open-concept floor plan is the end goal. The kitchen is either already open to the living room, or it is in our remodeling plans to remove walls, resulting in one large, open space. In either instance, it’s important to have consistent flooring and paint colors to create a flowing, cohesive feel. For this particular home, the original floorplan of the kitchen and surrounding living spaces provided the most usable space in regard to countertops and cabinetry. The home had really good bones, so the decision was made to leave the existing walls where they were and just update the aesthetic of the living spaces instead, keeping in mind the concept of a consistent theme throughout. Read more

Rebuilding a Local “Treehouse” for Southlake Students

The Medford Team is beyond grateful to be a part of our local Tarrant County community. We’re always happy to provide assistance and support to those around us when we can. Recently, one of our clients from Southlake reached out to us for help rebuilding their child’s Elementary School “treehouse.” This treehouse consists of two large, circular decks with benches built around the base of two separate oak trees on the Carroll Elementary School grounds. It has been a cherished part of the school for over 18 years, as it has been used for outdoor education days, teddy bear picnics, and as a welcomed treat to both teachers and students, whenever they were able to enjoy the outdoors on a sunny day. Read more

Medford Design-Build Promotes Kourtney Davis to General Manager

The Medford Team is happy to announce that Kourtney Davis has been promoted to General Manager of Medford Design-Build! She replaces Mike Medford, Sr. who will continue working with the Design team as Corporate President and will continue to provide leadership and guidance to the management team.

Kourtney will be responsible for the day to day operations of the Design-Build part of Medford while providing leadership to the team to ensure best practices and processes are followed and that we continue to provide high-quality service to our clients. Read more

An Upstairs Bonus Room Transformed into a Useful Home Office & Loft

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! Read more

Hardwood Flooring vs. Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

 
 


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Just about every major remodeling project we complete includes replacing the existing flooring, either in the remodeled area or throughout the entire home. Flooring selection is a big decision that can influence the overall cost, installation time, and lifespan of the remodel as a whole. A common question we receive from our clients is which is a better choice – classic hardwoods or luxury vinyl plank? The two are very comparable and make excellent options for hard surface flooring depending on what the individual homeowners prefer.
 
 
In order to best compare the two, we suggest taking into account 4 major qualities of hard surfacing flooring:
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Medford Design-Build Awarded Best of Houzz 2019!

If you’ve worked with Medford Design-Build in the past or if you’re familiar with our process, you know that the design aspect of home remodeling is at the very core of what we do. It is one of the first things we discuss upon our initial meeting with you and it continues as the primary guideline throughout the entirety of your project. From our custom design packages to the interior design services we include in your remodel, we believe it is critical that the design portion of your project is thoroughly and successfully executed. The design is not only the foundation on which we base your project, but it is also what makes your remodel unique, custom, and truly one-of-a-kind! That being said, it’s important that we have a clear understanding of your wants and expectations regarding the outcome of your home remodel. Read more

5 Remodeling Projects that Will Most Always Lower the Value of Your Home


 
 
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One of the popular questions we get from homeowners that are considering a remodel is what options will give them the most return in the future, should they someday choose to sell their home. Although our ideal clients tend to be individuals that are not intending to move – those that have found their “forever home” and plan to live the rest of their life there—it is still a good idea to know what projects will provide the greatest ROI in the event that a move is necessary. Most contractors and realtors will probably tell you that a kitchen or bathroom remodel is going to be the best investment in regard to ROI. This is true, however, it’s important to know that this is only the case if you move a minimum of 10 years after your remodel. Moving within a 1 to 5 year timeframe is simply not a wise decision from a financial perspective, as the expense will be greater than the return within such a short time. For that reason, we typically are not the best fit for those that are working with investment properties or flip houses.
 
 
While it would seem that any update to your home would be good for your ROI, you should be aware that there are some projects that can actually lower the value of your home! Our owner, Mike Sr, will tell you that many times when he meets with a potential client to discuss a new project, he will spend the majority of the discussion trying to talk them out of it. If what they are thinking might serve an immediate need, but the long-term effect of the project on the value of the house will be a negative, he tries to get them to look at alternatives to serving their need. This might sound blunt, but our goal as a design-build firm is to provide our clients with honest facts and guidance when it comes to major home remodeling decisions. We want to educate you on the pros and cons of your potential project to help you choose the best option for the long-term!
 
 
Here are five home projects Mike Sr almost always tries to talk clients out of:
 
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4 Great Reasons To Start Your Home Remodel in the Winter

A Guest Post by Adrienne McGuire


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Now that the days are getting shorter and colder, you may be thinking about the home improvement project you just didn’t get to during the hustle and bustle of summer. Many homeowners feel like they can’t take on big building projects in the cold winter months. The good news is if you’re looking to do a home remodeling project, the winter may be the best time to do it! Here are a few reasons why:

1. Contractors Often Have More Availability

Although home remodeling is not a seasonal thing, the warmer months are typically a more popular time for homeowners to tackle big projects. During the summer, more people are active and tend to have more free time. As a result, many contractors have full schedules and long wait lists for services. Working on many projects simultaneously can also result in longer construction times.  While this isn’t always the case, contractor’s workloads tend to lighten when the weather gets cooler and people start thinking about the expenses of upcoming holidays and travel. Taking advantage of the slower winter months can potentially get your project done at a quicker pace. The less time your project takes, the less money you will spend on labor and planning services. Read more

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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Home Repairs & Modification: Do I Need a Handyman or a Contractor?

 
 


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Any homeowner knows that maintaining a house requires a lot of work. It can feel overwhelming when you consider everything that needs to be regulated, from the up-keep of electrical and plumbing lines to managing the foundation, the heating system and the AC, the landscaping and exterior of the home, and so much more. In most cases, a licensed contractor (such as a plumber or electrician) can take care of these types of home repairs and maintenance issues. However, aside from keeping all of the mechanics of the house in proper and safe working order, most homes built even as recently as 10 years ago need some level of remodeling. This could be for functional or aesthetic purposes, and often times, both. Perhaps your kitchen cabinets need a fresh stain, or maybe you’d like the old bathtub in your master bathroom to be removed to make room for a walk-in shower. These projects might seem minor in comparison to a large-scale remodel, and leave you asking the question — does this project require a contractor or a handyman? It’s important to know the difference between the two before you hire.
 
 
Here are some tips to help you determine whether a handyman or a contractor will be the best choice for your specific project:
 
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