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.
If you haven’t done much upkeep in your home for several years, it might feel overwhelming to know where to start. Aside from a major, full-gut remodel in a kitchen or bathroom, there are many smaller projects that can be completed to contribute to a more modern look overall.
Aesthetically speaking, minor upgrades here and there can really make a big impact in your home as a whole as time goes by. One way to go about this is to choose a handful of small projects to complete independently throughout the year, resulting in a beautifully updated home over time. For example, refreshing the interior paint in the spring and replacing dated carpet with a solid-surface flooring in the fall can provide for a modern, updated look come holiday season. It may not be realistic for you to do everything at once, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with tackling small projects individually to slowly transform your dated home!
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.
Our recent clients in Grand Prairie, Texas, had a lovely home built in 1999. The kitchen wasn’t in terrible shape, but the clients knew it was time to refresh the look and also make some modifications to improve functionality. Luckily, the size and layout were great, so not much needed to be done structurally to the existing footprint.
A very popular trend in kitchen design right now is two-tone cabinetry: when the upper cabinets and lower cabinets are different colors or stains. Our clients loved this idea and shared some inspiration photos showing a mixture of stained wood cabinets, white paint, and dark countertops. They also loved the high-end look of glass front accent cabinets, open shelving, and shaker-style cabinet doors.
Recently, we had some clients from Burleson, TX, contact us with a unique request: they wanted to convert an existing storage shed into a greenhouse-style potting shed. With retirement on the horizon, they hoped to pursue more of their favorite hobbies, which include gardening. They knew their existing 16×24 storage building had some great potential after seeing a garden shed our team designed for a friend of theirs several years ago. After discussing their hopes and ideas for the shed, our team was able to bring their project to life! See the full story on our blog post.
The Medford Team is excited to share that we were recently featured as a top Home Expert in Society Life Magazine’s Spring Home Issue! The publication features 6 Home Professionals that have established a notable reputation across Northern Tarrant County.
It’s an honor to be recognized by local homeowners as the leading expert in luxury home remodeling. The readers of Society Life have also voted us #1 Best in Industry: Renovations in their “Tops in Tarrant” Issue, for two consecutive years. Our team is beyond grateful for the love and support from all of our new and previous clients in the area!
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.
The term ‘design-build’ is slowly becoming more familiar in the world of home remodeling. In the past, if someone wanted to remodel their home, they would contact a general contractor and an architect. While contractors alone can do a lot of great work, they simply do not offer the many benefits that you would receive from working with a design-build firm, such as Medford Design-Build.
Here are 5 benefits of working with a design-build for your major home remodeling project:
Our recent clients had a beautiful 4,700 square-foot home in Keller, Texas. The spacious 1990’s house included a large kitchen, complete with an L-shaped bar for seating and a small center island. While the size of the kitchen itself was great, the layout was not ideal. The clients loved to cook as a family, so the existing footprint with the bar on the outside and the island in the middle made it difficult for multiple people to be in the kitchen at once. This resulted in a very congested, crowded workspace. The clients came to us not only wanting to resolve this issue, but also had hopes to modernize the kitchen’s dated appearance with an open-concept look. Read the whole story on our blog post about this project.