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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!

Waving Goodbye to Walls

Waving Goodbye to Walls

We know, it’s like a broken record … Open floor plan, open floor plan, open floor plan! For those who aren’t totally convinced, let us help you see what mustering up the courage to knock down walls actually gets you.

 

Coziness vs Airiness

 

Most clients want to keep their walls because it makes the room feel “cozy” or “homey”, but what they may not realize is that having all those enclosed spaces is actually what can make your home feel cluttered and unorganized. Oftentimes small spaces get overstuffed with bulky furniture, interrupting the natural flow of the room. Knocking down the wall between two rooms and reworking the furniture will make the room not only more entertainment friendly, but it will seem larger without actually adding any square footage to your home!

 

An “Everything” Space

 

What purpose does having three different rooms for three different uses really serve? Combining those three rooms into one makes for more family time! It’s a space where your spouse can watch the game while the children play and you’re whipping up an old family recipe! If having everyone together and enjoying family time is something that you value, then an open floor plan is for you!


Luxury


Turning 3 small living areas into one, makes for a luxurious relaxing experience. Opening up an area of your home that was once closed in, will breathe new life into the space! No matter how small or large your home looks from the outside, if your interior is open, flowing and lively, the luxury is sure to follow.

Summertime Home Design Trends

Summertime Home Design Trends

While you’re gearing up for the summer BBQ’s and backyard picnics ahead, here are some of the home trends you can incorporate into your preparations.

 

Wall Details

 

Adding design elements to a large, open wall in the home can take your entertainment space over the top. Certain tiles and reclaimed wood accents are such a nice, fresh touch. Incorporating breathable and renewable materials, will draw the eye, bring light into the space and scream summer!

 

Green & Natural Color Schemes

 

It may sound crazy, but green is in! Adding a beautifully detailed green piece to a space of the home that may be lacking color, will bring visual interest and create excitement for the eye. Green is the color of renewal and is perfect for a space that needs livening up!

 

Small Spaces

 

Small space designing always seem to send homeowners into a tailspin. These awkward, and seemingly unusable spaces, can actually add value to your overall home design. This is not to say that you must overcrowd the area with furniture or pieces that may not fit the room. Remember to account for the natural flow of the room and maybe you’ll find that your small space is calling out for a bar-cart.

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!

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:

Best of the Blog - Top Tips of 2016 | Sea Pointe Construction

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!