Our August 2018 Newsletter

 
 

 
 

Just glancing at this serene bathroom, you wouldn’t guess that handicap accessible features played a big role in it’s design. To best meet the needs of our clients, our designers included widened doorways, a doorless walk-in shower with a wheelchair ramp, and a handicap-accessible vanity. These features, along with the upgraded look and improved layout of the space, have created a beautiful, spa-like bathroom that the clients can comfortably use for years to come. Check out the blog for more details! 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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Our July 2018 Newsletter

 
 

 
 

For our featured blog this month, we’re taking a trip back in time to one of our absolute favorite kitchen remodels! This boxy kitchen felt crowded and dark and was closed off from the rest of the house. With some creative thinking by our designers and the helpful input of our clients, we were able to open up the room with a fresh design, providing the absolute best use of space. The final product is a bright, spacious kitchen that is perfect for entertaining! See the rest of the photos and re-live the magic of this remodel with our project blog post. Read more

Jaren’s Angels ‘Rock the Boat’ Party Fundraiser


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Our community event spotlight this month features an upcoming fundraiser for the Jaren’s Angels Foundation! The 501(c)(3) organization is hosting a boat party at Lake Grapevine coming up in September.

The Rock the Boat party and cruise will be a fun night on the water, including a live DJ, delicious catered cuisine, raffles, door prizes, and goodies for all guests. Come dressed in your nautical attire and be ready to dance the night away as you mingle and network with some of Dallas’s finest philanthropists and socialites! Read more

3 Reasons to Start Your Home Renovation Now (in the Summer!)


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It’s hard to believe we are already over half way through 2018! Time is flying by and this year will be ending before you know it. Our team is thrilled to have had such a great first and second quarter and is looking forward to closing the year out strong. If remodeling your home has been on your to-do list for a while, now is the best time to get started! Here are 3 reasons mid-summer is the perfect time to begin your home remodeling project:


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1. Finish in time for the holidays. Read more

Our June 2018 Newsletter

 
 

 
 

Our featured project blog this month is a master bathroom addition we completed on a 1950’s home. The existing master bath was only 35 square feet in size — smaller than most guest bathrooms you’d see today! We were able to give our clients more square footage and a modern look, along with important aging in place features. The beautiful wooded backyard was also incorporated into the design. With the help of our team, the client’s dream bathroom is now a reality! See the blog for all the details and final photos! Read more

Invest in Your Future Now: Prepare Your Home for Aging in Place

 
 


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For many, home remodeling might seem like an optional luxury. Sure, a modern, updated bathroom or kitchen sounds nice, but is it really necessary? You might be surprised to hear that in many cases the answer is yes. More and more homeowners are choosing to remodel; not only for aesthetic purposes, but for improved functionality as they age. According to AARP, 87 percent of adults age 65+ want to stay in their current home and community as they age. Among people, age 50 to 64, 71 percent of people want to age in place. It makes perfect sense that if you’re planning on living out the rest of your life in your current home, structural changes should be made to accommodate your transition into your golden years.
 
 
As much as we hate to think about it, aging is inevitable. Things that might seem easy for you today – tasks as simple as turning a round doorknob or stepping over the edge of the bathtub – might be challenging for you several years from now. The best time to do renovation projects that will help you age comfortably in your home is when you don’t yet need those features. Putting it off until something happens could end up costing you more and become a much bigger hurdle than if it were done ahead of time.
 
 
While some aging in place updates are structural, such as replacing a shower-tub combo with a curb-less shower or widening doorways to accommodate wheelchairs, there are many updates that can easily be done in one afternoon. Some of these potentially do-it-yourself projects include swapping out all round doorknobs for levers, installing sensor faucets, replacing the flooring with non-slip options, adding a pull-down seat in the shower, and installing a grab bars in the bathroom. These are small changes that might seem insignificant now, but you may appreciate having them later. Even an expensive project can be worth the investment if it prevents the need to relocate later on. This is especially true if you consider the high cost and emotional impact of moving into an assisted living center because your home is no longer suitable for your needs.
 
 
Another reason it’s better to remodel for aging in place now, if you anticipate a big-ticket renovation, is that qualifying for a home equity line of credit or home equity loan is typically easier when you are still working. If you wait until you only have retirement income, it may be harder to qualify for a loan. Also, if you are able to do so, financing a renovation now will allow you time to pay it off prior to retirement.
 
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A Luxurious Indoor-Outdoor Master Bathroom Addition

 
 

 
 
After years of sharing a tiny master bathroom, our recent clients in Fort Worth, Texas were more than ready to add on the custom-designed bathroom of their dreams! Along with adding more square footage and luxury features, they also wanted to incorporate their outdoor space into the remodel. The home sits on a large lot with beautiful, mature trees in their secluded backyard, so it was very important to them that we “bring the outside in” by including large windows and a skylight into the design. They also loved the idea of installing an exterior door, allowing them to easily step out to the patio on a beautiful morning.
 
 
During our discussion regarding the design, our clients noted that they planned to live the rest of their lives in this home. Any time we hear this from any of our clients – whether it be a kitchen, bathroom or whole house remodel– we always suggest including age-in-place features in the plans. Simple things like widened doorways, barrier-free showers, anti-slip flooring, and grab bars are all small modifications that can make the space safer and more comfortable for aging homeowners. This bathroom is proof that you can have age in place features and still have an extremely modern, trendy space!
 
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Our May 2018 Newsletter

 
 

 
 

Updating the doors throughout your home is a great way to add value and aesthetic, as well as improve safety and functionality. Whether it’s interior or exterior, standard or custom, our team would be happy to help! See our featured blog this week for some recent door installations we’ve completed.

 
 

 
 

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!
Door Installations by Medford Design-Build

Door installations can be tricky, but the end result is always worth it! Read more

Why it Makes Sense to Purchase Designs for Your Home Remodel Before Getting Bids

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. Read more