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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.

Which Type of Storage is Right for You: Wall Cabinets or Open Shelves

Many of us like to think our methods of organization always work. But as our days become busier and our rooms face clutter, we often find ourselves searching for any extra space to house our belongings. A fix to this problem can be the installation of custom storage. Wall cabinets and open shelves are two popular options for freeing up the space in your room. Whether you are hoping to hide the mess from guests or eagerly show off your favorite displays, custom cabinetry or open shelving can be the ticket for managing all of your extra stuff.

As you consider the amount of protection and visual exposure you want for your custom storage, keep in mind a few of the other advantages when selecting which style is right for you:

Which Type of Storage is Right for You: Wall Cabinets or Open Shelves- Sea Pointe Construction

Wall Cabinets

An aesthetically pleasing and functional use of space can be found with the addition of wall cabinets. Take the opportunity to shield unattractive wires, bulky electronics, and excess items behind closed doors. For an added bonus, incorporate pull-out drawers to provide extra convenience for whatever you’re choosing to hide away. After you clean up the appearance of your newly organized room, compliment the design and customize the look of your cabinet with the selection of inset or overlay doors. To further personalize the cabinet’s structural features, consider the material options of solid wood, laminate, or natural veneers. If you’re not installing new cabinets, updating custom cabinetry is as easy as a quick coat of paint and new hardware.

Open Shelves

Open shelves invite a different way to store items. Whether you want to highlight eye-catching décor or showcase a holiday display, this type of custom storage can be useful all year-round. Open shelving is the perfect solution to providing easy access to possessions, while still keeping them safe and out of reach. Simple additions to the backsplash like bold paint color or patterned wallpaper can easily turn your custom storage into a focal point of the room. But don’t get too carried away with the new space, as limiting the amount of items in your display can help the room feel lighter and more open.

Having trouble deciding which option better fits your home? Get the best of both worlds by adding glass doors to your custom cabinetry. This trick still gives the appearance of open storage, but keeps the items safe behind closed doors. Whichever you choose, incorporating personal finishes and complimenting displays can accommodate the need for functionality and design in a completely custom addition to your room.

Are you ready to tackle the clutter? Let Sea Pointe give you an in-home consultation and show you how we can help your space reach its full potential.



Honey Beech? Maple? Dark Cherry? Expresso? White Oak? Ready-made? Custom? Solid wood face frames and doors or engineered MDF flat panel-style doors and frames? Dove-tailed drawers, soft-closing hardware…a seemingly infinite amount of details and decisions to think about.

And yet this undertaking doesn’t scare away the savvy homeowner because of all the good reasons to put yourself through a kitchen remodel. When planning renovations to your home there’s not much better to bring up your property value than a custom kitchen. It’s hard to argue with that. Whatever your budget, whatever your style, kitchen remodeling will improve your life since the kitchen has traditionally been considered the Heart-of-the-Home. If you upgrade your old kitchen cabinetry to a new customized kitchen, those other improvements you make to your home may pale to this one. It’s that important.

Cabinetry selection is one of the more overwhelming choices one makes when you take on the endeavor to remodel your kitchen. Getting some good advice from experts is a great start and will help you wade through the choices. You don’t want to frustrate yourself and run out of steam while planning the kitchen renovations and you sure don’t want to find yourself confused at the array of choices. To make it easy, rely upon the team of design professionals that work with your kitchen contractor. Doing this will make the renovation to your home as peaceful and reliable as possible. Stress-free design, selections, installation and finishing is an important process to go through.

A custom kitchen is the way to go if your budget can afford it. Otherwise there are short-cuts that can come close. And don’t forget that your home’s property value improves markedly when customized cabinetry is installed making it a logical step to get your money back upon the eventual sale of the property. A beautiful, new kitchen remodel will make you proud. Bringing your kitchen up to where it makes your life easier is one of the most fulfilling decisions you can make. When you customize your kitchen, you personalize your home to make it your own.



According to HGTV Remodels, you can expect to spend nearly a third of your kitchen remodel budget on cabinetry.  This being said, you want to make sure you make the right decision for you and your family when selecting custom cabinets.Before you start shopping, make sure you and your design consultant have put together a well thought-out plan. You will need to identify your objectives and priorities while keeping in mind the amount of money you are willing to invest into your project.

Seapointe-1-31-13-026Custom kitchen cabinetry is a significant component of the look and feel of your entire home while playing a substantial part in your home’s value.  Ask yourself a few simple questions in the planning process: How long do you plan to stay in your home?Why do you want this remodel?What type of layout will be most functional for you?What improvements are standard for similar homes in your area?Once you have gone through these questions you’ll need to determine the budget, style and material selection for your custom cabinets.  Custom cabinets are made-to-order and offer the most variety in door styles, finishes, wood species, and accessories.However, don’t forget about semi-custom cabinets which still allow flexibly while keeping costs down.

Kitchen cabinets also play the largest factor in determining your projects style whether it’s traditional, transitional or

013 webcontemporary.First off, you will need to decide what time of cabinetry frame you like frameless or face framed both will push you toward a different look.With hundreds of door style options it can be overwhelming.When meeting with your consultant, discuss what style you are looking for and bring some inspiration pieces you have found.Both Houzz.com and Pinterest.com are great websites that will spark your home remodeling creativeness.Once you determine your vision, a designer can also help suggest appropriate cabinet finishes and glazes.You’ll need to consider the additional style features you would like to customize your cabinets such as knobs, pulls, hinges and doors.Cabinet drawers and glides are also something to consider when determining what items will work best for your everyday needs.

Once you get a better custom cabinetry plan, the rest will come together.Designing and construction a remodeling project can be overwhelming, make sure you have a professional to help avoid mistakes and ensure a successful project.



We are very excited to share this gorgeous kitchen in Irvine on the blog today. These Sea Pointe clients love to cook and were ready to come home to their dream kitchen. Since they were willing to think outside the box , they decided on two cabinet door styles in their kitchen—one for the upper cabinets and one for the base cabinets. All cabinets are Bellmont 1900 series and for the base cabinets they decided on the Kahana door style in Sapele with French Roast. For the perimeter cabinets, as well as the uppers, they went with the Islands door style in Sapele Natural with a Caramelized Bamboo finish. On their large island they blended both kitchen cabinet styles to create synergy throughout the kitchen.  To check out more before and after pictures, see our facebook photo album: Sizzling Kitchen Remodel.

To bring interest to the island, our Sea Pointe designer helped our clients to pick out a slab of Silver Wave, a natural stone with tons of movement, while picking  a quartz product from Cambria for the perimeter countertops (style shown is Buckingham). You’ll also note that we added glass door panels on each end of the island to add another elegant design element to the kitchen.

The backsplash in this kitchen is a glass mosaic in Golden Gate with a 4 metal liner that is carried over from behind the hood.  The appliances chosen by the client include a Wolf dual fuel range, chimney hood, and drawer microwave oven.They also add a wine cooler for entertaining in addition to the Sub-Zero side-by-side refrigerator.

Once we began construction, this couple also decided to replace their front entry tile to tie into the new kitchen as well as giving the adjoining powder room a facelift.Sea Pointe also helped re-construct their fireplace and built-in entertainment center to round out the great room space.

We are thrilled to showcases how creative our designers and clients can get when they take a vision and craft a design.  If you have any questions about this kitchen or the products used, please don’t hesitate to email at clientservices@seapointe.com.