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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.

 

HOME REMODELING FOR YOU VS RESALE

Many home renovation projects are started by seeing a dream project that strikes a chord with you. You may have gotten some helpful inspiration at a showroom, a recently remodeled friend’s house, or a local open house.

When deciding whether or not to bite the bullet and move forward with a home remodel consider the length of time you expect to occupy the house which should determine how much attention you need to pay to its resale value. Are you planning to stay in your home or are you considering selling it? If you’re going to move in a few years, then yes, you should renovate with an eye toward resale. The good news is that, according to Remodeling magazine’s annual “Cost vs. Value Report,” homeowners can typically expect to recoup more than 92% of the cost of an upscale bathroom remodel when they sell.

However, if you’re there to stay, then make it a home you love. Because if you plan on living in the house for 20 years, whatever remodeling you do will be for you.  So whatever home remodeling you’re considering today is for your own personal taste and that gives you the freedom to make your home your castle.

Whether you are remodeling for you or for resale, let’s face it, remodeling can be a disruption in your everyday routine and change is never easy to deal with.  The trick is to plan, plan, plan.  The goal of a design/build firm like Sea Pointe is to plan and design your entire project prior to any construction starting.  This allows us to create accurate schedules, pre-order materials, and stick to our clients budgets.  Be leery of contractors that give you allowances and feed you the line of “We can start on Monday!”  Starting on Monday will result in delays down the road when they wait for you to pick materials, order them, and have them delivered—and remember, all this time you are in your home without a kitchen or a working bathroom.  But, if you plan accordingly your family’s daily routine can be predictable.

Picking your construction company can be the hardest part of the process.  Meet with a few and make sure you trust your designer and the contractor.  You should be comfortable when meeting them to discuss a full kitchen renovation, bathroom remodel, or room addition and what will be required of you and your family during the process. However you decide which residential contractor or home remodeling company to hire, it’s important to trust your choice completely and to have the confidence that you’re in good hands in order to assure that the change to your household routine is acceptable.

CONVENIENT KITCHEN STORAGE

Each year the designers at Sea Pointe attend KBIZ, the national Kitchen and Bath Remodeling show in the spring.  One prominent trend that was emphasized once again is the demand for storage.  More clients are asking for increased storage space and are willing to sacrifice the design frills to get it. And with all the fun appliances and cooking tools like juicers, pizza stones and professional mixers finding space can be a challenge.  To solve this issue, there’s an easy choice to make when you’re remodeling your home and customizing your kitchen.

The first place to start is the determining what is going to be the best use of space in your kitchen layout.   We want to maximize the space with the most efficient use of cabinets and countertops.  It is important to talk to your designer about your specific needs and what you and your family use your kitchen for the most.  For example, if you like to bake and frequently use a Kitchen Aid stand mixer, there are cabinets made specifically for the use and storage of this item.  Within the cabinet, the mixer rests on a board that lift up to counter-height when you want to use it–that way you never have to even take it out.  You can also take advantage of the height you have in the ceiling and use cabinets and crown molding to create a polished look with added square footage.  These tall cabinets can be great for items you only seem to use a few times a year.  And the best part?  You don’t need custom cabinets to make this happen anymore.  All of the semi-custom cabinet manufacturers we carry at Sea Pointe can accommodate these height requests without hefty upcharges.

Lazy-Susan’s have been around for years–but now there are other creative cabinets that can help avoid dead corner cabinets.  Again, working with a kitchen designer is worth the investment to maximize the space you have.  By thinking outside the box and utilizing the cabinets such as tray bases, roll-outs, tray-pops and re-vamped Lazy-Susan’s we can create a kitchen that’s not only extremely functional but gorgeous as well.