It’s that time of year again! The leaves are turning yellow, the nights are a little colder and preparing your home for the holidays is right around the corner. Whether you are contemplating that major kitchen or bathroom remodel or maybe just want to add a couple new features, copper is a fall home remodeling trend to keep your eye on for the upcoming season!
Copper is a fun, yet sophisticated accent that can be incorporated in most areas of the home. Adding copper gives a warm and inviting feel which makes you want to cozy up to the fireplace. You can bring copper into the kitchen with this look of copper clad ceramic subway tile backsplash or in more subtle forms like pendant lights, chairs, and door knobs. Notice how well it mixes with other metals like stainless steel.
Another popular trend right now is this copper single bowl undermount sink and Champagne Bronze pull down faucet with soap dispenser. The look really pops against white or dark countertops and cabinets.
A copper bathtub is a unique look and a type of metal that features a warm glow which can look both rustic and natural. Copper is a metal that does not require sanitizing and chemical cleaners. Copper bathtubs are commonly found in rustic and industrial designs, yet can look beautiful in many modern, traditional and Mediterranean homes as well. These unique bathtubs create a stunning focal point to any bathroom. This interesting feature can look good in bathrooms that feature wood, stone or tile. Mix it up by adding Venetian Bronze accessories like faucets, grab bars and shower heads. This bold option, of course, isn’t for everyone. Try using a few copper finishes in your kitchen first. It’s no wonder that popular bloggers, magazines and designers are embracing this trend. The look is lush, warm and classic all at once.
Sensor faucet technology is becoming increasingly popular in kitchen and bathroom remodeling. Once used almost exclusively in commercial applications, these faucets are available in an array of finishes and styles making them a hot commodity in today’s homes. Major fixture brands like Delta and Moen have all created faucets with these sought-after features that utilize advanced sensors to offer a hands-free faucet experience.
Less work and worry for Mom
As a mother with two small children – using this innovation in faucet technology has proven to be the best choice for my kid’s bathroom. These modern faucets have many benefits as well as heling to conserve water. While washing her hands or brushing her teeth (major accomplishment) my daughter finds them fun and easy to use. She loves “magically” waving her hand under the faucet to operate it. I like not having to worry about the faucet being left on all day when we leave the house. Most sensor faucets turn off automatically after a specific amount of time or when the user exits the sensor zone. I appreciate how shiny and clean the faucets stay as well as the lack of countertop hard-water spots from dripping-wet hands used to physically turn off our previous faucet. Hurray!
No more cross-contamination
I’ll also never again have a kitchen sink without a hands-free faucet. It’s a game changer! My grandmother was always fond of saying “the best cooks get their hands dirty.” So picture this… it’s almost dinner time – I’m making chicken meatballs (one of my family’s favorite meals). After portioning the raw meat mixture, shaping the meatballs and placing them on a baking sheet, I’m ready to wash the gunk off my hands. I no longer have to worry about contaminating the kitchen faucet handle with a salmonella-spreading greasy mess or awkwardly having to creatively use my elbows to operate it. The built-in sensors activate the water with a simple wave of my hand. So handy and so simple.
Faucet technology in your remodel
When planning your kitchen renovation or bathroom update and deciding what faucet features are best to incorporate, do yourself and your family a favor by taking advantage of the many benefits that innovative hands-free faucet technology offers.
When you are in the process of designing and remodeling your home, maybe you have heard the term Universal Design. Now becoming more widely recognized, this key element in designing homes and buildings will help consider everyone who uses these spaces; from infants, children, teenagers, adults to the elderly, who may have limitations on mobility, or may not. Universal Design is a way to make spaces accessible to the widest range of people possible and will benefit everyone!
Some might think about a restroom that is designed and equipped for a handicap person. Everyone knows of these stalls in public bathrooms that stand out from the rest. They are larger, have grab bars surrounding the commode, and don’t always reflect an attractive looking space. Maybe they seem cold and sterile, and may remind you of a hospital. Some people might have a misconception that Universal Design has to, or will just look like these unattractive rooms, which really doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, design and remodeling companies who are practicing and implementing Universal Design guidelines have made a great impact on spaces that reflect great Universal design with exquisite taste.
Universal design elements that will be considered when designing your home are, doorway widths, door handles, faucets & sinks, grab bars, lighting & light switches, flooring textures, thresholds, stairways, plus more… Designers at Morey Remodeling have also been certified through the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) to be Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS). This training teaches what it takes to make a home more accessible and easy to use for everyone. With this knowledge, your design team can guide you through decisions, planning and selecting products and materials that will help make your space a Universal Design.
Are you afraid to spend too much money remodeling your home? It is really pretty common for homeowners to go into a remodeling project hesitant and afraid of going over their budget. There are just so many choices and decisions on materials and products being used that could push you over the edge. This is why we recommend using a Design/Build remodeling firm to help you along the way.
The difference when using a Design/Build remodeling team, is that they will guide you through the remodeling process from beginning to end. When you first meet with your team, you will know what it takes financially to achieve your dream kitchen or bathroom, and they will work within your budget. With the budget in mind, they will guide and help you choose all the materials being used in your space. With so many differences in cost, from semi-custom to full-custom kitchen cabinets, solid surface to unique granite countertops, and midrange to chefs kitchen appliances, wouldn’t it be helpful to have the guidance of a knowledgeable designer who knows all of these price differences?
Here are some other things to consider before remodeling and deciding on how much you would like invest into your home. Does your home fit your needs with the current members of your family, or is your family growing? Will you be remodeling to stay in your home with no future plans on moving or relocating? Would your home eventually become a rental property? These answers might steer you in a certain direction for materials and products used in your home. Maybe your money will be best spent expanding your home, or maybe it is best to invest in more durable and functional materials. Let your remodeling team help you determine the budget and remodeling plan that will best fit your needs and wants.
Have you been planning on doing kitchen remodel or bathroom remodel? Or maybe you are looking at replacing your kitchen cabinets? In our last blog post, “Getting Started: Gathering Ideas”, we talked about the importance of gathering kitchen remodel ideas or bathroom ideas and collecting these in a inspiration folder. Going through the exciting phase of dreaming and envisioning what your space could be, the next part of the process is choosing a contractor and remodeling team to bring these dreams to reality. This might be a little overwhelming since there are so many interior contractors, interior designers, and trades people out there! Who should you choose?
A good way to start would be asking around. Talk with friends or relatives who have done a remodeling project. Who did they use and how was their experience? Also, maybe glance around your neighborhood and see what companies are remodeling houses in your area and have you seen these companies around more than once? The last option would be to do some online research. Look up home improvement companies on Houzz.com and read their reviews. The next step will be talking one on one with the companies that stand out to you and most. First ask if they have references available. Call a few people on the list and ask how their experience was. If you feel the feedback is good, then schedule a in-home consultation to discuss your specific project. They should show you similar projects in their portfolio and tell you their design and construction process.
One client who shared their experience of selecting a remodeling partner for her kitchen project, unfortunately had to go through a tough experience. After going through the process of interviewing a few contractors, she decided to use the company who was 25% lower in their contract price. Thinking she was getting a good deal, she was confident in her decision until the project started and she realized there was a huge breakdown in communication. Things were not being done correctly and to her satisfaction, materials were being installed that didn’t match up with what she had selected. She was also surprised with change orders that increased her cost to way above her budget. She then had to contact us to come in and fix the design and construction mistakes done to her project.
These events happen sometimes in the remodeling world. People choose to work with companies that may or may not do what they say they are going to do. This is why it is so important to do some research up front to get familiar with your contactor. Actually calling the references, before hiring your contractor, can save you a huge headache in the long run. Hiring a company like Morey Remodeling means you will have a team there and available throughout the entire project. They will guide you through their design and construction process, and you can have peace of mind that the room of your dreams will soon come true.
You might be thinking I really need to get started on this kitchen remodel or, this bathroom needs major updating. You also probably have a few ideas bouncing around your brain about how you want your completed space to look or feel. This is how you get started creating the renovated room of your dreams.
The first step to get started on your remodeling project is gathering ideas and inspiration. This is a great way to help clarify what it is you and your family want. Maybe you really like the cabinet finish your friends chose for their kitchen remodel or perhaps you’re enamored with a whirlpool-tub you saw on a home-makeover show. Now is the time to accumulate all these design ideas together.
Take an empty folder or binder and label it “Remodel Inspiration”. Collect all the images of rooms and items that have tickled your fancy and put them all together. Besides shelter magazines, online sources like Houzz and Pinterest are overflowing with inspirational photos. Print out the best ones and add them to your collection. Seeing them off-line and in the context of your other images is more convenient for accessibility and examination.
Get Started: Have fun, dream big and let your creative juices flow!
Don’t limit yourself to just pictures of the type of project you’re working on. If you see an image and just connect to the “feeling” the picture conveys, put it in your book! I’ve seen inspiration for a beautiful bath remodel pulled from a seemingly unrelated image of a cat. Really. The homeowner had a picture of a Seal Point Siamese cat that had matte beige/taupe fur with patches of off-white and rich cocoa-brown on its paws, ears and face offset with shiny, vibrant-blue eyes. This design inspiration translated into a sophisticated bathroom design with rich cocoa-brown cabinetry, beige/taupe plank-tile flooring and off-white fixtures. The matte finished off-white shower surround tile was accented with shiny vibrant-blue glass mosaic. It is gorgeous!
When you’ve collected all these random pieces of inspiration together, you will begin to notice (as will your design team) that some common threads run through your selected images. A picture does say a thousand words and excels at communicating concepts like “airy”, “stimulating” or “comfortable” that mean different things to different people.
Your gathered collection of ideas is essential. This “Remodel Inspiration” folder will be an invaluable aid in helping define and drive the aesthetic focus of your project as well as direct and influence the array of decisions that will need to be made during the remodeling design process. so what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!