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When Is It Time to Remodel?

When life changes, you need to adapt. Knowing the perfect moments for change can be challenging. You might have been putting off remodeling, but here are events that call for a revision to your home.

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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

Have you always wanted a guest room? 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. Sure, a remodel will cost you, 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 potential buyers to be willing to pay more, since they won’t be inheriting any fix-it projects.

When High Costs are Breaking your Bank

Are you spending too much on AC, heating, and energy bills? It is probably because your home built in the sixties is not as well insulated as newer homes are, (and not to mention, your unit is outdated). 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. Homes require maintenance. 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 a remodel of some kind. Whether it be a revamped kitchen, an addition, or simple home maintenance, call us to get your remodel started as soon as possible. We want to make your wants, needs, and desires for your perfect home, a reality.

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Ways to Add Wood to Your Home

When you walk into a hardware store, it is a sure fact that you will find aisles of wood. Wood comes in an array of cuts which make for perfect materials to use in our homes. Wood is a material in particular that deserves to be highlighted. We might not realize all the various ways wood can enhance our spaces. Whether your home’s theme is rustic, modern, vintage, or contemporary, wood can be used a number of ways to refurbish the look of your home. Here are some ways to utilize the earth’s gift of timber.

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Wooden Floors

Hardwood floors can offer your home a rustic look or a clean finish look, depending on the type of wood you plan to install. However, it is important to consider the presence of moisture when deciding which floors to lay and where to lay them. Moisture can create issues, causing your floor to gap or warp. While classic wood is still a common option for flooring, engineered wood works on plywood or concrete subfloors. Engineered wood comes already laminated in easy to assemble planks. Installation is simple because you can lay the wood using glue rather than nails. The way engineered wood is constructed means it should not expand or contract, alleviating the potential for moisture leakage and making this type of flooring perfect for hallways, living rooms, or kitchens.

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Accent a Wall

Turn one of your plain white walls into a wooden accent wall. There are many ways to design a great accent wall. One, you could align the same size planks in neat rows. Hanging pictures and décor can easily be done on a wooden wall. Plus, if you are someone who likes the outdoors, this look gives your home a nature- feel without needing to go outside. A second idea is you could use various pieces or shapes to create a more scattered and unplanned look on the wall. This look will allow for some pieces to stick out creating shelves or a 3D design. Doing this on a wall in your kitchen could make for a neat storage display of your spices or oils. The options for presentation are nearly endless.

Wood Furniture

Most furniture is made from wood, but then is primed, painted, and coated so much that you can hardly tell it was wood to begin with. The presence of natural wood is becoming a staple look for some homes. Let your furniture look natural by crafting a wooden table, coffee table, or end tables to use on a daily basis. Depending on your personal taste, you might craft a table with bench seating for a more communal and picnic feel or you can make individual chairs. Make an island for your kitchen using wood. Gather plywood planks, craft a cube, and then cut out spaces in the side to add cupboards and cabinets. Doing this gives you added space to store kitchen materials in the middle. http://www.dollarphotoclub.com/stock-photo/wooden+table+isolated/62875718

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Wall Art

For those who own smaller homes or live in tighter spaces, a whole wall might be too much accent, so you should consider hanging wooden art pieces. A number of shapes and signs can be made out of timber, plywood, regular wood, or laminated wood. Create a border on the wall using thin wood planks to frame a space; add interest to a certain focal point on the wall. Another great idea is to make your own art. Take long planks and nail them together side by side. Then cut the large created square in a circle, star, rectangle, or shape of your desire. Paint each plank a different color, or leave them in their natural wooden element. With these crafted art cut-outs, take it one step further by adding smaller pieces of letter or number cut outs. Create your own signs by posting words, phrase, or important dates to create personalized pieces of wall décor.

The look of wood can be universally standard or very unique depending on your personal style. Nevertheless, wood is perfect for enhancing the look of your home both on the floors and the walls. While some of these refurbishments are DIY (Do-It-Yourself) projects, the possibilities for using wood are endless. Sea Pointe Construction can help will all of your general carpentry needs. To see some of our wood work, visit our Design Showroom page.

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What Material Should I Use for My Kitchen Floors?

What Material Should I Use for My Kitchen Floors?

Ponder the question: what is the foundation of any great kitchen? Is it the custom cabinets, or perhaps the window treatments? Maybe even the countertop or backsplash? While those things are important, the material you choose for your kitchen floors is pivotal in creating just the right atmosphere. Additionally, your initial choice of flooring is key if you want your kitchen’s appearance to be kept up over a long period of time.

There are many flooring options available for kitchens that represent a range of styles, durability, and maintenance. When choosing which is best for your own kitchen, you will want to consider your household members, how often you are willing to refinish, and budget. Read on to learn about popular materials for kitchen floors so you can discover which would work best in your own home.

Tile

One common material you will find on many kitchen floors is tile. People choose tile because it is durable and low maintenance. Tile normally requires grouting, although contemporary styles call for thinner grout lines to create the appearance of a larger kitchen. It’s best to acquire professional help when it comes to installing tile, since improper sealing can lead to dirt getting caught between tiles and faster wear and tear. Remember that with tile, anything fragile will shatter when dropped and the material feels hard underfoot. Also consider when choosing what type of tile you prefer that certain texture can make it harder to clean.

Engineered Wood

Many people desire the warmth that hardwood floors bring to a kitchen. However, wood can be finicky in terms of the kitchen environment—spills, heat, and heavy foot traffic are all factors that make taking care of wood a little more high maintenance. Opt for engineered wood, which is made up of multiple layers of plywood and/or white wood with a veneer as the top layer. Engineered wood is more water resilient and normally comes pre-finished. Clean up is easy with occasional mopping and sweeping up dirt.

Vinyl

While vinyl might conjure up images of checkered and kitschy floors, that is no longer always the case. Vinyl can now mimic the look of other materials like stone or hardwood, but is a much more economical option as well as easier to clean or patch if damaged. The scratch, stain and fade resistant surface makes this a durable and low maintenance option that can be installed over most flat surfaces. A couple things to consider is that vinyl has the tendency to bubble or peel after a while.

Cork

The use of cork is a growing trend due to its sustainability, resilience, and soft feel when standing on it. Cork also has the power to reduce energy bills, as it naturally insulates a room. The material is resistant to water, heat and mold making it ideal for the kitchen environment. Just wipe up dirt or spills immediately, and reseal regularly for proper upkeep. Cork is another flooring that can be installed over most flat surfaces.

Concrete

In homes with a contemporary feel, concrete floors have been prevalent in creating an industrial chic vibe. Concrete is virtually indestructible, a cinch to clean, and great for high traffic areas like the kitchen. It can be left as is, or dyed to customize the look. It’s also a good foundation for any other surface if you choose to switch things up further down the road.

Laminate

Finally, laminate is another economical option that has the power to mimic more expensive materials like tile or wood. Because of the layered construction, it holds up against scratches well. Proper installation will help laminate last longer, since when the top layer wears away, it should be replaced.

Sea Pointe Construction can help you choose the right floor for your kitchen. Call about a free in-home consultation, or visit one our design showroom in Orange County.

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5 Bathroom Upgrades You Never Knew You Wanted

The bathroom might just be the most underrated room of the home. Many of them are designed to be functional– we do not particularly think of it as a place where we enjoy spending time. What if we told you that a few structural updates could drastically impact the way you think about and use your bathroom? A handful of design elements can make your time spent in the loo more convenient, relaxing, and worthwhile.


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1. Shower Niche
A cluttered shower means a cluttered mind. Bottles are prone to toppling into the tub when perched on the slippery, often curved edges. Trying to balance your products on precarious pole caddies can be annoying and unreliable. Building a niche, or a recessed shelving area, in your shower can save space while keeping all of your favorite products stored compactly. Tucked away from the water stream, they are less likely to get wet and slippery when placed inside a niche, as well. Break it up with shelves to store double the products.

2. Shower Seat
Some people are “bath people,” some people are “shower people,” but just because you prefer showers, does not mean you can’t take the time to have a seat and relax! Building a shower seat or bench inside the tub can turn your routine showers into spa like experience. Enjoy the water or turn the showerhead away to use the steam like a sauna.

3. Wide Bathtub Lips
Okay, so you are a bath person—there’s nothing wrong with that! What makes a bath more enjoyable than the lights turned down low, scented candles around the tub, and maybe even a good book? Wide tub lips will make perching items on the edge much easier and without risk of falling in and getting soaked.

4. Submerged Tub
Now this is just plain cool. Instead of your tub having walls that come up from the floor, submerge the tub into your floor for easy entry and less splashes. Stairs within the tub will help you get in and out smoothly, and without having to step over a tall bath wall.

5. Secluded Toilet
This is one of the most practical design elements you can implement into your bathroom. If you’re living with someone else, or perhaps you have a family, getting ready in the mornings can be difficult with everyone fighting for the bathroom. Secluding a toilet behind a door separately from the sink and shower area can let family members take care of their morning business simultaneously. You will be less rushed, and more likely to enjoy yourself while you leisurely prepare to take on the day.

To talk about adding these elements, or any other design ideas you have, to your own home, call Sea Pointe Construction for a free consultation or stop by our showroom to talk to one of our design experts.