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Deco Style Tile Applications

Deco Style Tile Applications

Deco Tile for RemodelingDeco style tile can be a super fun and exciting addition to your residential remodel. For those who love the idea but may find it hard to commit to, here are a few applications for each room of the home which aren’t too overwhelming but still add that pop of style.

Bathroom

In a bathroom remodel, deco style tile can be utilized as an accent tile baseboard. This can bring color into those bright white bathrooms, which everyone is after! Or how about the back wall of an open-faced built in cabinet? That’s an awesome way to bring some visual interest into a place that was once lackluster. For those who are locked into using a deco style tile on the floor of the bathroom, but are looking for something that is more subdued, try a tile with an interesting or unconventional shape (like a triangular tile) and use a dark colored grout.

Kitchen

For those who love the monochromatic kitchen, but don’t want the white and light gray color scheme, how about doing a dark blue cabinet, with a deco style floor? For kitchens with enough natural and general lighting, this is an awesome and out-of-the-box design, that is sure to impress. If blanketing the kitchen floor in deco style tile isn’t for you, maybe try working it into your overall kitchen floor design. Again, a great design element for your kitchen remodel, that is sure to get people talking.

Living Room

In a living room, a large format deco style tile, could be great as an accent wall! Some might think accent walls are outdated and a poor design choice, but when done right, an accent wall is stunning. Not to mention, it’s a great way to tie your newly remodeled living room together. An accent wall, or area, is especially beautiful around or on the wall of a fireplace.

Don’t be afraid of unconventional material selections for your residential remodel. When done right, almost every design choice can be breathtaking. Happy Remodeling!

How to Maximize Limited Living Space

How to Maximize Limited Living Space

Whether it’s a kitchen, bathroom or family room, transitioning a small space from frustrating to fantasy is absolutely achievable. No matter the part of the home, maximizing limited living space always starts with defining your goals for that particular area. Do you have a small kitchen, but you love to entertain? Have you found yourself with a lack of sitting space for those friends and family members who drop by? Or maybe you feel the walls closing in on you in the master bedroom? Before pulling your hair out, try picturing your limited living area from a new perspective.

Create Zones

Designating specific areas of your limited living space to the different activities helps to stop the chaos brought upon by small spaces. This does not necessarily mean creating zones though a residential remodel. The smallest changes can make a big difference!  Even adding a coat rack to the entry way in hopes that jackets won’t get tossed here, there and everywhere. Or even eliminating the kitchen table to allow for better flow for entertaining. While optimizing your small space, don’t be afraid to add or eliminate furnishings. Just be sure that in doing so, you’re adding value to your use within the space.

Let the Light in

If your limited space allows for natural light, embrace it! There is nothing like some Southern California sunshine to create the illusion of a bigger space. For those spaces with limited opportunity for natural light, brightness can be obtained through limiting dark furniture to accent pieces. Moreover, choosing a light paint color for the walls adds an element of freshness to the room.

Think Vertically

When done right, vertical storage can be a lifesaver! No matter how small or large, everyone has that one spot in their home that they just don’t know what to do with. Rather than adding a functionless table or chairs to that area, add vertical storage! It might take time to find the perfect storage piece for that awkward shaped space, but the work is worth the reward. What was once dead space in the home, is now the needed addition to store items that do not see everyday use.

Don’t Overdo It

Clean lines and minimalistic style furniture will shine in a limited living area. In confined spaces with design overload, the eye gets overwhelmed and doesn’t know where to look first! We may not even realize it, but design overload ads to the uneasy feeling of small spaces. Practical, and simple storage is especially essential when considering a bathroom remodel. Keep it simple and you’ll find your small space inviting and charming while entertaining friends or family.

 

Best of the Blog – Top Home Improvement Tips of 2016

Best of the Blog – Top Home Improvement Tips of 2016

We don’t have snow around here, but we can tell by the Christmas music that it’s time for our end-of-the-year wrap-up. Although it’s a compilation of some of the best tips of 2016, it is by no means a complete list of great home ideas. Be sure to check out our other blog posts to get more information about remodeling, design and DIY projects.

Without further ado, the best of 2016:

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Kitchen:

Lighting

Lighting is an area where a modern update can be a wise move aesthetically, and reduce your power bills. Whether you want to replace existing light fixtures with those featuring sleeker lines and more contemporary finishes or you want to install recessed lights to replace outdated overhead fixtures, LED options offer attractive illumination and considerable energy savings.

Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets often represent the single most costly item in a kitchen remodel. A custom cabinet design can help make the most of your kitchen, creating an efficient and attractive space for you enjoy as you cook and offering you nearly unlimited options as to style, material, and finish. This blog post tells you exactly what you should keep in mind as you pick out new cabinets.

Appliances

Your refrigerator doesn’t have to be avocado green to feel like a relic from the past. Replacing your aged appliances can offer benefits beyond sprucing up your kitchen with a modern look, however. Modern appliances are continually improving in energy efficiency and convenient features unavailable even a few years ago, so an upgrade here can lower your utility bills as well as enhance your enjoyment of your kitchen.

Bath:

Shower Design

The shower is one of the largest elements in your bathroom, so its design deserves some careful thought. You want a shower that both reflects your personal style and complements the overall bathroom design. Fortunately, there are many design options that can make your shower a beautiful feature instead of merely a convenient spot to get clean.

Whole House:

Flooring

Natural hardwood floors are an understandably popular option in both traditional and modern homes. With different finishes, plank widths and lengths, and other options to choose from, wood offers a nearly endless range of beautiful looks from classic to cutting-edge. But with advances in construction and design, homeowners desiring wood floors have also been able to choose from engineered wood products as well as wood-look ceramic tiles that look just as beautiful as natural hardwood. See which one is the best for you.

Energy Efficiency

With the cost of water and electricity rising year by year, many homeowners take energy efficiency into serious consideration when deciding how to remodel their homes. Whether you’re primarily concerned with lowering your utility bills or with reducing your environmental footprint, you’ll be happy to know that energy-saving home improvements can also increase your comfort and improve both the aesthetics and resale value of your home.

Preparing for a Remodel

When you’re planning your home remodeling project, don’t forget to put some thought into how construction is going to affect your daily life, the rest of your home, and your nearby neighbors. Thinking ahead can help minimize disruptions, protect your furniture and belongings from harm, and keep the peace in your neighborhood.

Home Resale

Conventional wisdom says that homeowners tend to live in their houses about 7 years before they sell and move. Whether you intend to stay in your own home a longer or shorter period than that, you may be considering how the improvements you make might affect the resale value of your home down the road. Not all home improvements will give you the same return on investment, so you need to choose wisely if you want to boost the value of your home without overspending.

We are looking forward to all of the home improvement projects planned for 2017. Happy holidays!

5 Bathroom Upgrades You Never Knew You Wanted

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.

UNDERSTANDING BATHROOM REMODELING COSTS

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.

 

DESIGNING A SAFE BATHROOM REMODEL

DESIGNING A SAFE BATHROOM REMODEL

ADA compliance is a term that refers to places in public areas. But perhaps it’s time to think about ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards as something you want in your own private home, especially if you want to continue to live independently in your senior years. With some thoughtful modifications to your home made by a local general contractor with a good reputation in Orange County, you can be assured that you made the right decision at the right time.

Universal Design Bathroom
Look for a residential contractor who specializes in not only home additions but who’s also a custom bathroom designer. You want a bathroom contractor that can adapt the room to ADA standards as well as custom design the bathroom cabinetry in a stylish manner. When caring for your family, you want the very best. And to reach that goal at the best value, you will need to do some homework.

A side benefit to modifying your home and making it accessible for your family’s needs is the increased value to your property. A home that’s ready-made for the mother-in-law to move in opens the market when you consider re-selling your property, whether in Newport Beach or Anaheim Hills. Potential buyers who’re helping their aging parents to stay at home will pay for the convenience of completed home renovations that specifically address their parents’ physical limitations.

Shower w-Ceiling

Some of the more popular considerations when designing your ADA compliant bathroom are that the room is large enough for a wheelchair to swing 360 degrees. It also needs to have a level floor and a door that swings outward. A doorway 32 wide and a door latch which can be unlocked from the outside is on that ADA compliance list as well. There are other modifications you can make in your customized bathroom such as bathroom cabinetry and properly situated sinks that will increase your house’s resale value as well as provide access to the mobility-challenged.

Most importantly, you want the home improvements to particularly answer the challenges found in your own family. A careful, thoughtful and friendly custom bathroom designer should be part of the team of the home remodeling contractor you hire. A good bathroom renovation at any budget level makes so much sense¦be sure that the plans and specifications are just what your family needs for the present as well as for the inevitable future when physical limitations limit your mobility. A reliable home renovation service in Orange County that understands those needs will be your answer.