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 impacts 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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the most popular requests we receive by our handyman division, Mike’s Guys, is for exterior door replacement. Often times, exterior doors and trim need replacing due to years of wear and tear from the elements, usually including water damage. It might sound simple to take out an old door and pop in a new one, but it is actually one of the more complex handyman services we offer. There are a lot of variables when it comes to door replacements, such as the width of the jamb, the type of casing, the trim, and bore specifications. There is even more to take into consideration if the existing door is rotten because water is coming in where it shouldn’t – this requires us to determine the cause of the issue and fix it prior to installing the replacement door. Of course, there are companies out there that would install a new door without fixing any underlying issues first, but who wants to put a band-aid on something that will only cause the same problem a year or so down the road?!
Exterior door installation requests are not always in relation to damaged doors, however. We also get requests to install sliding patio doors or traditional French doors where there is not already an existing door. This request may be to install the door in place of a set of windows, or just in a desired location on an exterior wall.
Here is an example of a French door installation we did for a client that wanted to access the backyard from the master bedroom:
If you are interested in having new exterior doors installed, or if you need to replace some damaged ones, our team would be happy to help! The quickest option we offer for quoting this type of project is a virtual estimate: simply snap some photos of your existing problem doors or of the wall you’d like to install a door in and email them to us for a quote. We’ll need the approximate width and height of the doors, along with interior and exterior photos. If you’d like to proceed with the quote we provide, we’re happy to completely manage the project going forward. We’ll send one of our handymen out to take hard measurements, source and order the door, complete installation once it’s delivered, and finish out the door with painting. We’re happy to consider ourselves a ‘one-stop-shop’ for door installations, making it easier on you as the homeowner while allowing us to provide the highest level of quality workmanship!
We can also offer assistance with other types of door installations, such as interior doors, barn doors, and decorative iron doors. Contact us today for more information!
We recently completed a whole house remodel for our clients in Arlington, TX. This extensive project involved touching every room in the house: the kitchen, living areas, bedrooms, master bathroom, and secondary bathrooms. The completed renovations have completely transformed the dated home with a beautiful aesthetic and significantly improved functionality!
Our team is excited to share the details of this major project and intend to do so with a 4-part series of blogs, starting with the kitchen:
The clients wanted to update their 1970’s kitchen without changing the original footprint. This is a common request from clients that are happy with the existing floor plan, don’t want to lose the character of an older home, or have limited options when it comes to layout. For these particular clients, the existing floor plan worked well with the rest of the home while providing plenty of cabinet and counter top space. Instead of changing the floor plan, we opted to make smaller modifications in order to create an updated aesthetic and improved functionality within the existing space. This option saved time and money while still resulting in a gorgeous new kitchen for our clients!
Open-concept floor plans have become one of the most sought-after features among home buyers and homeowners alike. As a remodeling company, the majority of the projects we do involve some extent of removing or shortening walls to create a more open, airy overall feel. Among the many before and after transformations we share, the ones that include a wall removal are by far the most impressive. It’s amazing how different a space can look and how much better the area can be utilized once unnecessary walls have been removed!
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!
If there’s one thing that we all know, it’s that home remodeling is not a one-person job! As we have mentioned many times before, the Medford Team is beyond grateful for all of our fantastic trade professionals, vendors, and suppliers that work with us on a regular basis. It would not be possible to complete our high-quality projects without them! Many of these individuals have worked with us for over 20 years and have developed trusted relationships and meaningful friendships with each of us. As a luxury remodeler, we require those that work with us to maintain a high level of pride in what they do; we wholeheartedly believe that the qualities of our final products are directly related to the individuals we choose to work with, so when we say we have a GREAT team, we mean it!
In today’s tech-savvy society, just about everything is done online. You can order almost anything you can imagine, and have it delivered directly to you in as little as two days! You can order your groceries for the week, pay online, and have them dropped off at your doorstep without talking to anyone or changing from your bathrobe. Whether we realize it or not, the convenience of ordering products and services online is influencing the way we think and the way we shop. This generation has become shockingly accustomed to making rash decisions and receiving quick service. And, if you don’t like your purchase? Send it back and buy something else with just a few clicks on your phone or computer. The quicker the transaction and the least amount of human interaction, the better. This might sound like an incredible convenience when you’re browsing the web, but this mindset can be dangerous when you’re considering larger investments – like a home remodel.