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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!

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.

 

How to Choose the Best Countertop Material

How to Choose the Best Countertop Material

When you’re choosing material for new countertops in your kitchen or bath, you may not know exactly where to start to find the best choice. Since countertops are a significant design element and a frequently used surface, you’ll want to choose well. The good news is that there are many types of materials, each with varying looks and characteristics, to fit a variety of tastes and budgets.

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The main factors you should consider are durability (is the material tough enough to stand up to the type of use it will see?), look (does the material fit with the overall design aesthetic of the room?), and cost (is it within budget, and does it fit with the overall quality of the rest of the construction or remodel?). With that in mind, you can better evaluate some of the more popular countertop options for your specific needs.

Granite: This natural stone is a popular choice in kitchens and baths for many reasons. You can find it in a huge assortment of colors and patterns, and it holds up well against heat, splashes, and nicks. It can be found in polished or matte finishes. Because you can obtain large slabs, a countertop can be fabricated with few or no seams. To avoid staining, though, you’ll want to wipe up spills (especially of oils or acidic liquids) quickly and make sure to have the countertop sealed periodically.

Marble: Marble has a high-end, classic look. However, it is not quite as durable as granite. Marble is porous, and thus more susceptible to staining. It can also be scratched or chipped. It is not often used as the primary countertop surface in kitchens for those reasons.

Solid surface: Made of acrylic and polyester, solid surface countertops are completely nonporous, which eliminates the need for sealing or special cleaners. These can be fabricated entirely without seams, and even with integrated sinks out of the same material. While solid surface countertops can be scratched or burned, marks can be sanded out of the surface. The look of this material is completely different from natural stone, but the cost is fairly similar.

Engineered Quartz: Engineered quartz combines a natural stone look with the easy maintenance of solid surface counters. It is made out of colored quartz chips and resin, so it can be manufactured in hues you wouldn’t be able to find in natural stone. Like solid surface counters, it can be made without seams, and it doesn’t need to be sealed. Its regular patterning (as opposed to the random patterns seen in natural stone) may give away the fact that it is a manufactured product, though, and it tends to be on the pricey side.

Laminate: As one of the most reasonably priced countertop options, laminate (think Formica) has been a popular choice for countertops for years. Made out of paper impregnated with resins over a particleboard core, laminate is remarkably durable and easy to clean. There are hundreds of different patterns to choose from. You do have to be careful not to scorch it, however, and it can be susceptible damage if water seeps in through the seams.

There are many more options to choose from, but the general principles remain the same. The best countertop choice for your kitchen or bath will be not only functional but also beautiful, giving you years of enjoyment. Contact the experts at Sea Pointe Construction today for help in finding the perfect solution.

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!

How to Get Ready for a Remodel

How to Get Ready for a Remodel

Now that warmer weather is gracing several parts of the country, many new remodeling projects are underway. From whole home makeovers to even the smallest closet expansion, it is always wise to prepare yourself for what is in store for the smoothest of transitions. Here are some ways to help get yourself and your family ready for your upcoming home remodeling project.

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