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When is it Time to Remodel?

When is it Time to Remodel?

As life goes on, adaptation is not only inevitable, but necessary. Sometimes, certain life events call for changes to your home. You can take advantage of these situations, big or small, as they tend to be the right times to start a home remodeling project.

When a Baby is on the Way

Is your family going to grow? Perhaps you have a decent sized home, but have not felt the need to convert your cluttered spare bedroom into a living space. Once a baby is one the way, it’s time! Babies need their own nurseries, and timing for constructing one is important. Plan for the remodel in the early months of pregnancy, so you are not overwhelmed when it is crunch time later on.

When your Child is Going Off to College

If you have always wanted a guest bedroom, there is no better time to make this happen than when one of your own leaves the nest to flock off to college. Transform your child’s old room into a lovely guest room for grandparents, aunt/uncles, or friends to stay when they visit. If your master bedroom shares a wall with a soon-to-be-empty room, perhaps you want to knock it down and expand your space. Give yourself that bigger bathroom you have always imagined, or that massive walk in closet.

When you Plan on Selling your Home

A perfect time to remodel is when you are planning to sell your home. While changing things up right before you leave might seem counterintuitive, the benefits will be obvious once you get prospective buyers. Some projects can be timely, but a successful remodel adds value to your home. If you redo a bathroom or kitchen before placing your home on the market, you can expect more potential buyers, since they won’t be inheriting any fix-it projects.

When High DWP Bills are Breaking Your Bank

Are you spending too much on AC, heating, and energy bills? It is probably because home is not well insulated. This is the case with many homes built in the sixties. The more conducive your home is to saving energy, the cheaper it will be to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

When your Income or Savings Has Increased

“Sweetie, I just got a raise!” Any increase in income is a joyous time for homeowners, because owning and maintaining a home is so costly. Each year, homeowners should apply the 1% rule: this rule of thumb tells you to spend 1% of your purchased cost back into your home every year. Small things like painting the interior and exterior are often forgotten because it is not as immediately important as fixing something that is broken. When you save a little extra cash, you are afforded the luxury to make some home improvements.

If you find yourself at any of these points in life, you might consider starting a remodeling project of some kind. Whether it is a revamped kitchen, an addition, or simple home maintenance, Sea Pointe Construction can help you adapt to this new chapter of your life with a home remodel. Visit our showroom in Orange County for inspiration, or give us a call for an in-home consultation.

 

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5 Things You Will Find in a Luxury Bathroom

Everyone needs to treat themselves once in a while, some more than others. In recent years, more homeowners are looking to create their own oasis by sprucing up their bathrooms and adding high end amenities. A luxury bathroom will have you feeling like royalty, living among the rich and famous. Here are five things you’ll find in the most upscale bathrooms.

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1. Arched Bathtub Nook
This idea has become popular among bath junkies and Pinterest users alike. Having a sectioned alcove for your bathtub, perhaps with a large window overlooking a beautiful view, makes a soak in the tub feel extra special. It lets you tuck away even further into your relaxation oasis of a bathroom, and really escape from the outside world. Adding shelving or flat surface area around the tub is always a good idea, so that you can place scented candles, a stereo, or any other items to help enhance the calming ambiance.

2. Heated Floors
Stepping out of a warm tub onto cold tile? Not for the indulgent folk who appreciate a luxury bathroom! Heated floors will keep your zen mood afloat even after exiting the bath or shower… or even when you’re stepping into the bathroom first thing in the morning. Don’t be jolted awake by cold feet.

3. Rainfall Shower
It seems that the bigger the shower, the fancier it is. But of course, one small showerhead cannot cover the extra square feet in a true luxury shower. The new craze: rainfall showers. Installed into or just below the ceiling, rainfall showers deliver a vertical stream of water down onto you. They can cover more ground for larger, or shared, showers.

4. Sauna
If you have the extra room, a sauna is a must-have for anybody who appreciates a true spa-like feel to their bathroom. If you don’t have the room, then make some! A sauna is worth knocking down extra walls for. There will not be any need to run to your gym to break a sweat. Your own private sauna means no strangers (or their sweat), and complete privacy.

5. Fireplaces
Fireplaces are not just for the living room, anymore! Cozy up your bathroom by installing one right near your tub or vanity. Spruce your hearth up even further by adding a flat screen TV. Just imagine: a lighthearted movie paired with a glass of wine and a jet tub. Now that’s heaven.

Is splurging on a luxury bathroom worth it? If you lead a busy life and appreciate an indulgent night winding down, you will probably enjoy the investment. While it will take some work, the outcome will be rewarding.

Stop by the Sea Pointe Construction headquarters in Orange County for bathroom design ideas and to consult with our construction specialists. We can help you turn your home into your dream home… including a dream bathroom.

 

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Creating the Perfect Kid’s Room

We all want to give our little ones the world, but how about their own world? A child’s bedroom can become so many different places when left to their imagination—a faraway kingdom, a concert stadium, a pirate ship! Wouldn’t it be amazing if your kid’s room resembled their creativity and fun loving nature? Here are some ideas we have come across that will help you accomplish turning your child’s room into a place of excitement, while also catering to their basic bedroom needs.

Kids bedroom
1. Bunk or Loft Bed
If you’re tight on space, bunk and loft beds are the perfect way to maximize the room while adding visual interest. Plus, kids love climbing, don’t they? If you have more than one kid in the same room, stylish bunk beds can provide a fun place to drift away to dreamland. You have an only child? No problem! A loft bed with a desk underneath is a fantastic way to save space while creating a cool little nook for your little one to work on projects and browse the web.

2. Embedded Beds
Another great way to save space is embedding the bed into a storage unit. High shelves and cabinets that also encase a bed will free up a lot of floor area, and give your kid a place to store their belongings. Consider even further installing a trundle under the child’s bed frame with an extra mattress for sleepovers!

3. Display Shelves
Shelves are a great way to not only get organized but display toys, photos, books and trinkets. It is always a good idea to keep the shelves low in height, so your child can reach them and even help choose what they want to display. Some examples we’ve seen are shelves displaying the child’s favorite books, or figurines. Having a set place for such things will also help keep them off the floor.

4. Color Carpets
One of the easiest ways to add a bit of flare to a kid’s room is to lay down some bright carpeting. Choose a stain-resistant material for easy clean ups. Bright greens, blues or purples instantly add character and fun. Or, for ultimate convenience, lay down wood and add some colorful rugs.

Blue child bedroom
5. Add a Theme
The best way to create the ultimate kid’s room is to create a theme. Whether your child is obsessed with princesses, race cars, nature, or music, a continuous theme throughout the room can add a lot of character and “cool factor.” One of our favorite examples: let your child have adventures at sea from their own bedroom by adding a sailing theme. Some ideas would be to add portholes on the wall with a nautical color theme, and beachy rugs.  Your little sailor will have the coolest room throughout the seven seas!

The possibilities are endless in creating a fun, functional and creative room for your child that suits them perfectly.

 

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UNDERSTANDING BATHROOM REMODELING COSTS

We are all learning that becoming an educated buyer not only helps us get the right products, but get them at the right price.  Most consumers come to us not knowing what is involved in having a contractor remodel their bathroom, and because of that, they don’t have a realistic approach to how much it should cost. 

To begin, let’s discuss a common misconception that homeowners have when having a bathroom remodeled. You may think that you’re only paying for materials and the labor to get the job done, but the costs to a bathroom contractor when he signs a job is much more complex than you might think.

Seapointe_38First, the type of contractor that you want to work with will have some back-end overhead expenses: insurance, legal services, accounting, administration, project management, truck maintenance, office supplies, etc. People don’t tend to think about these costs when looking at the final price of a bathroom remodeling project, but it can add up.

Next, the contractor has to pay for the front end, like materials and the labor of employees. Labor cost is different for each specialty trade and varies based on the scope of work.

Then add the cost of the materials you have chosen.  As you set your budget for a bathroom remodel, keep in mind that the National Kitchen & Bath Association recommends spending 5 to 10 percent of your home’s value on a bathroom remodeling project. If you have a $700,000 house, this means you should plan to spend $35,000 to $70,000 on your master bathroom.

If you have a significantly higher-valued home, such as a $1.5 million, it doesn’t mean you should spend $150,000 on a single bathroom remodel, except in rare circumstances where you order rare products. Spending $75,000 to remodel a bath in a high-value home would still be appropriate, however, since larger homes generally have larger bathrooms where luxury fittings are more, well, fitting.

For homes that are valued at less than $200,000, you should spend about $10,000 for a quality bathroom remodel. In most circumstances, anything below that will include linoleum floors, a leaky bathtub, and other materials that you won’t be happy with. With a budget under $10,000, you’ll most likely end up spending more to get the job done right the second time.

Here are some tips to help you keep costs down:

– Don’t have the contractor relocate any fixtures, like toilets and vanities, unless you need to. Repositioning items in the bathroom takes a good deal of extra time and material. You can easily save a few thousand dollars in just by keeping things put.

– Opt for simple tile designs instead of inlays and other more complex layouts. Not only do simple designs take less time to install, but you’ll often spend considerably less on tile, as well. Keep in mind, however, that your bathroom should be a relaxing and pleasant environment with a little panache, not something that resembles a hospital commode.

– Do the painting yourself. Painting is very time consuming, and most people can do this themselves. This can save you a great deal in labor charges, and can also be fulfilling.

Just like other purchases, you get what you pay for in construction.  Remember that the bathroom is one of the most abused rooms in your home, exposed to heat, cold, constant use, steam, mildew, mold, and a variety of other causes for deterioration. Buying low quality materials won’t pay off in the long run. Watch for shortcuts such as exposed particle board and non-painted or sealed wood. Longer lasting materials will ultimately be more cost-effective.

We hope this information is useful to all of you who look to hire a contractor to remodel a bathroom. Just make sure to ask questions and do your homework and trust who you decide to work with.