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The importance of Project Planning When Remodeling

The importance of Project Planning When Remodeling

KEY POINTS TO CONSIDER

Sea Pointe ConstructionProject Planning for home remodel believes that attention to details and meticulous planning are essential to a successful design and residential remodel. Accounting for specific construction logistics before starting a project is something the Sea Pointe Construction team prides ourselves on. This extra effort is also what keeps a project on schedule and within budget. The same careful planning and consideration applies to homeowners thinking about a residential remodel. We find that prioritizing a remodel according to the following factors help homeowners though decisions that affect cost, lead time and aesthetic.

Needs vs. Wants

First, we advise homeowners to call out those areas of the home where they would like to see the most change versus those spaces that can do without a major modification. In other words, what spaces are fine with a “remove and replace” style remodel, and what spaces need a reworked space plan? Itemizing your remodel in such a way will help to keep you focused on results. It is easy to get caught up in all the “pretty & fun” elements of home remodeling, but a prioritized list will help to keep a project’s scope of work realistic.

Timeline

Everyone craves instant gratification but before ripping out your kitchen, be sure you have all plans and materials for your kitchen remodel ready to go! This is especially important when working with specialty design materials which may have longer lead times, such as tile or cabinets. Sea Pointe Construction schedules demolition days in accordance with material delivery dates.  Not planning accordingly will lead to unnecessary stress and an unexpectedly long project. Although you may be eager to get the job done in record time, do not start until all your ducks are in a row.

Design

The Sea Pointe Construction design team understands that clients are eager to jump into the design phase. After all, material selection and color renderings are arguably the most exciting part of any home remodel. However; before spending time with your designer in our showroom, we advise clients to research design styles and elements on websites such as Houzz and Pinterest. Being prepared with a broad design aesthetic helps your designer to understand your style. This can save time during design, moving your construction start date up on the calendar.

 

How to Design Small Spaces with Huge Impact

How to Design Small Spaces with Huge Impact

STUNNING DESIGN SOLUTIONS FOR SECONDARY SPACES

Design for Small SpacesWhen it comes to residential remodeling, homeowners tend to prioritize kitchens, living spaces and master suites above their homes smaller or secondary spaces. Seeing as the larger spaces are the most frequented by family, friends and houseguests; this remodeling mindset is not unwarranted. On the same hand, dream kitchens should never come at the expense of powder bathroom design. The Sea Pointe Construction team believes that spaces, both big and small, deserve the same attention to detail. Straight from our industry experts, here are a few tips and tricks for adding that wow-factor to those overlooked and under-designed small spaces.

POWDER BATHROOM

Powder bathroom designs can be tricky, we know. Larger spaces allow for multidimensional design, whereas a similar approach may feel overwhelming in a powder bathroom. While working with clients, Sea Pointe Construction design consultant Carolyn Hall shares “after guests admire your beautifully designed kitchen, blow them away with an equally excellent powder bathroom!” Rather than selecting a serious tile, Carolyn encourages homeowners to make a single daring and adventurous selection. Deco, Mediterranean or Malibu style tile statement walls, add both design interest and personality to the smallest of spaces. Even as a framing detail, an unexpected tile feature is exactly the pop of flair most powder bathrooms are lacking.

LAUNDRY ROOM

Traditionally tucked away in a drab, unfrequented area of the home, laundry rooms are in serious need of design attention. Best said by Sea Pointe Construction design consultant Georgia Clarke, “No one enjoys doing laundry, but there is no reason why that workspace can’t be a beautiful one!” Luckily for homeowners, laundry room updates don’t typically make a huge impact on budget. Incorporating custom cabinetry, for specific storage needs, keeps miscellaneous laundry items off surfaces, and adds a sense of organization. A countertop, however small, makes for a great folding or sorting station. Rounding out the room with a specialty design feature, such as a sliding barn door or a phenomenal backsplash, adds extra style.

GUEST BATHROOM

Guest bathroom remodeling budgets are often compromised by a homeowner’s master bathroom focused excitement. What many clients don’t realize is that, unlike a master bathroom, most guest bathroom remodels call for minimal cabinetry, fewer tiles and less surface material. In other words, stylish guest bathroom remodels are much more manageable and attainable than they’re perceived to be! The Sea Pointe Construction design team starts with statement cabinetry for an eye catching vanity. Such a commanding design element builds character, without the need for expensive, luxury tile. In place of a shower curtain or pony wall, frameless shower doors create the illusion of space, and hugely impact the charm of small guest bathrooms. As a finishing touch, interesting plumbing fixtures further ignite the sense of professional design.

All in all, small spaces can add lively design and excitement to your home. Have fun, and explore attention-grabbing design materials before glazing over a seemingly secondary space.

The Ultimate Tile Guide

The Ultimate Tile Guide

Surface Selection 101Sea Pointe Stand Out Tile

Tile allows for originality and creates that wow-factor in kitchens and bathrooms. With endless options and possibilities, clients oftentimes have a hard time making a decision. Courtesy of the Sea Pointe Construction Design Team, below are some of our favorite tile options, combinations and applications.

Sophisticated Stone

For a client seeking an elegant and understated tile that doesn’t compromise on design and style, we suggest employing a marble mosaic. When an ultra-stylish design feature, such as a mosaic, comes together with an elegant and timeless design material, such as marble, the results are stunning.

Vibrant Variety

“When it comes to mixing and matching tile, harmony is key” says Sea Pointe Designer, Georgia Clarke. Indecisiveness is inevitable when it comes to tile selection, and we always encourage our clients to think outside the box. Limiting a kitchen remodel or bathroom design to one or two simple tiles is ordinary. At Sea Pointe Construction, we believe every design can be unique!  With professional design guidance, featuring four different tiles in a shower can be stunningly seamless!

Retro Reinvented

Subway style tile has been a staple of design since its inception. That being said, there are so many ways to take this classic design element to the next level. Utilizing materials such as metal or glass, will bring a breath of fresh air into a subway tile feature. Consider alternative patterns, such as herringbone, when using glass tiles.

Percaline Perfection

Porcelain tile “wood” planks have been pushed to the front lines of flooring options. Available in various colors and sizes, this is a great option for homeowners who love the wood floor aesthetic, but have concerns about durability and longevity. Not to mention, porcelain tile wood planks keep perfectly cool in our Southern California climate. But why limit this versatile design material to flooring? Explore the option of porcelain tile wood planks on walls for a stylized design aesthetic. You won’t be disappointed!

Distinctive Design

Don’t shy away from unconventional designs!  Any type of home remodeling is a large investment of not only time, but also money. When it’s all said and done, a newly remodeled space should be a reflection of the homeowner. We encourage clients to select materials that excite them and bring life into a space. We want every client to feel like a “kid in a candy shop” during the design process and it’s our duty to translate that excitement into a beautiful design.

 

Bathroom Remodel Must Haves

Bathroom Remodel Must Haves

When it comes to bathroom remodels, most people hold steadfast to their utilitarian mind-set. Functionality should be absolutely top of mind while considering changes to a bathroom, but pairing that functionality with just the right amount of design is how you create a comfortable bathroom retreat.

We’re sharing with you our list of bathroom “must-haves” in hopes that you’ll find inspiration to design your perfect bathroom.

EVALUATION

The first step to planning your new bathroom is evaluating how you use your current bathroom. Consider things like: Do you absolutely need two sinks, or would you prefer more counter space? What about that oversized jet tub that never seems to be used? Can we exchange the tub space for a larger shower or storage area? Have you thought about adding privacy to the toilet area?

LIGHTING

People are always blocking out sources of natural light in a bathroom, but we say, let the light in! We understand privacy concerns, but have you considered a skylight? Skylights are great over a shower or vanity. We all can agree that natural light beats out fluorescents every time.

STORAGE

There really is nothing worse than an overcrowded bathroom countertop. Number three on our bathroom must-have list is the importance of designing storage into your space. You will need a place to tuck away all those pesky bathroom items in order to showcase your beautiful new countertops and sink faucets. When planning for storage, think beyond towels and toiletries. Combine open shelving storage with more functional, traditional cabinetry for an interesting bathroom design. Talk to your bathroom designer about what items you use on a daily basis, and what products you typically store in your bathroom, so they can design with these things in mind.

BATHTUBS

The number one comment we hear from clients is, “But I need to keep a tub for resale.” Guess what? If you don’t want a tub, why would the next homeowner? According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), deluxe showers are becoming far more popular than spa tubs. Moreover, forget the conventional shower in which you barely had enough elbow space. Building a luxurious open shower with a built-in bench and large glass paneling will change your morning routine to that of an Herbal Essence commercial! The idea of taking out the tub and using that space for a larger shower may bring on some initial apprehension, but after one week with your new shower, you’ll never look back. Oversized, luxurious showers are actually adding value to a future home sale while giving you morning perks in your daily routine.

COLORS & MATERIALS

In 2017, we’ll be seeing more natural elegances in the bathroom. This look is easily achieved by bringing light, neutral colors and tones into the space. There are countless new materials that are being perfectly crafted with bathrooms in mind. For example, porcelain tile is now being made to look like wood, and it’s awesome! These tiles come in almost as many options as real wood floors, but with no scratches, maintenance or waterproofing issues. Consider using these “wood” tiles throughout the master bedroom suite to create an open, seamless look. When it comes to shower and bathroom walls, rather than going with a classic white subway tile, why not spice it up? There are now oversized panels made to mimic natural stone, such as marble, that are quickly gaining popularity. This look creates a stylish, tranquil vibe with no grout lines to clean. Tile manufacturers are also offering fun, textured tiles, even some with 3D elements to incorporate into your design for an edgy flair.

Time Conscious & Budget Focused Remodeling

Time Conscious & Budget Focused Remodeling

Sea Pointe Budget Conscious RemodelingHome remodeling projects are typically a large investment of not only money, but time. The most important thing you can do when considering a remodel, is planning your project from start to finish. If a kitchen remodel is not planned upfront, you can easily become overloaded and stressed throughout the process. Consider reaching out to a professional to help take the load off. Below are some tips and tricks we share with our clients during the planning phase to help make their projects more manageable.

Needs versus Wants

Make a list of those areas which you want to see the most change, versus those where you can do without a major modification. Itemizing your remodel in such a way will help keep you focused on results. It is easy to get caught up in all the “pretty & fun” elements of home remodeling, but a priority list will keep your project on track and within budget.

Create a Timeline

Everyone craves instant gratification, but before you rip off your backsplash, be sure to know when the replacement will be arriving! Not planning for material selection, lead time and installation properly, is a common oversight when scheduling a remodel. Not planning accordingly, will lead to unnecessary stress, a lengthy job and costly expedited shipping fees. Although you may be eager to get the job done in record time, do not start until you’re confident in your game plan.

Update Hardware & Fixtures

So, you want to give your cabinets a new look without ripping everything out and starting fresh. How about replacing your fixtures and hardware to give your kitchen a brighter, more updated feel? For those kitchens with old-school oil rubbed bronze knobs & pulls, finding a replacement knob to match the design style of the space might be challenging. Consider changing the look of your kitchen by changing the hardware color to gold or brass. That color palette is beautiful for hardware and is coming back in a big way!

Remnant Stone

For those smaller areas of the home, like a secondary bathroom vanity, or bar top area where you’d love to have a natural stone detail, you can ask your slab yard if they have a remnant stone! These hidden gems are usually pieces of stone leftover from larger jobs, but can be used in smaller applications for a fraction of the price! And the best part is, no one would ever know the difference.

Remove & Replace

For those kitchen or bathroom remodels working within a tight budget, we recommend a “remove & replace” type remodel. This means that there are minimal or no alterations made to the plumbing within the home. Remove and replace is for those clients who need general updates to the space and is not for those clients who have a problem with the actual layout of the space. Remove and replace significantly cuts costs of the remodel, which may give a client the freedom to splurge on another area of the home like a fabulous backsplash or killer flooring.

Planning a Functional Outdoor Kitchen

Planning a Functional Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor Kitchen RemodelToday, outdoor entertainment means much more than barbecue grills and patio furniture. On average, Orange County residents are spoiled with more than 280 days of sunshine a year, which is why these outdoor spaces have taken on the name “California Rooms”.  California rooms have become an extension of our homes, and most include outdoor kitchens for entertaining. Custom outdoor kitchens can include pizza ovens, wet bars, refrigerators, cook top burners, smokers, and warming drawers.

Remodeling and designing your outdoor kitchen can be a dream come true. Not only does it add value to your home, but if you like to have people over and enjoy entertaining, odds are you will be using your outdoor kitchen for more than just the occasional barbeque. Your outdoor California room can include anything you can dream up – large family dining tables, comfy couches in front of a built-in fireplace, televisions, bars, you name it. The days of running back and forth from the backyard to the kitchen are over. You can now eat and relax with guests, all while enjoying our great weather.

While one can dream of their perfect outdoor entertaining area, it may be harder to put together a cohesive design and plan than you think. Work with a designer to discuss your kitchen remodel and your vision, and let them handle the design, structural plans, material details and execution.

Two design elements that are paramount to client satisfaction, is having enough counter space in order to prep and serve food, as well as making sure that you have functional storage to avoid the trip back to the kitchen indoors. Make sure your design does not isolate the cook from the rest of the party; there is nothing worse than getting stuck with grill duty while hearing everyone else having a blast!

Lastly, choosing the right furniture and layout for your outdoor space will keep your guests entertained, and your soiree running smoothly, so you can thoroughly enjoy the festivities, too.  Happy planning!