The backsplash is definitely an element of kitchen and bath design that you shouldn’t overlook. It should be both an expression of your personal style and a way to tie the space together. Not only should it complement your flooring and countertops, but it should also fit the style of your home. Yet, even though it’s the design element that ties the whole room together, the backsplash is often the last design feature that’s chosen during the design. Read more
While remodeling your bathroom or kitchen, you may have found that you need to move certain items out to make room in the new design. So what can you do with these displaced items? Many people will just store them in an unused attic space or in the basement. If you’re going to store these things in the basement, though, why not create a dedicated utility & storage spot there to keep it organized? Read more
Have you ever considered having different level floors in your home? “Sunken” living rooms were popular in the 1960s and 1970s, and still show up from time to time today. While you may not be interested in that particular design feature for yourself, why not try it in reverse? If you’re looking to do something unique in your home remodel, why not consider raised level flooring for certain areas of your remodeled space? Read more
When a couple is looking to remodel their master bathroom, there are often differences in opinion with what is most important to put in the new space. The best solution is to create a his and hers master bath that includes elements of what both partners want. Fashion and function can be blended together seamlessly to create the perfect master bath design for you and your spouse. Read more
For some reason, it would seem that many homeowners who would never otherwise consider themselves Do-It-Yourselfers are greatly attracted to the idea of remodeling their own kitchen. Some big box stores with kitchen centers and even some design showrooms can often mislead homeowners. There seems to be a prevalent belief among homeowners that it is possible to just buy some cabinetry, find a free kitchen layout online, and have some fly-by-night contractor install it for them. Of course, anyone who is more interested in selling cabinetry than actually designing a space that works is not someone that you should be dealing with.
Being the central room of your home, the kitchen is the space that most needs professional attention. Bathrooms would be the next room on this list, as well, due to the plumbing involved. But kitchens in particular are one of the most costly renovations of all, which is why you need to be sure that everything is planned out well in advance. Also, there are many contingencies that need to be considered that a typical homeowner may not plan for. The idea of designing and building a DIY kitchen is that you will actually save money in the long-run. However, if something goes wrong, or designs are changed mid-stream, lots of labor costs and budget overruns can occur. This is the last thing you ever want to happen.
Now there are cases in which that you have people who are actually design professionals who undertake these projects on their own. But even for people that know what they’re doing, there are still unexpected delays with product arrivals, especially with cabinets and countertops. Major kitchen remodels, even done professionally, can take a very long time. So it’s important to understand how these timetables work and to have everything worked out efficiently so that unexpected delays don’t cause incredible pitfalls in your project.
The best way then you make sure that you’re only without your kitchen for the least possible amount of time is to hire a professional who uses scope development as part of a larger design-build process. Scope development allows you to plan out when everything should be available and all of the potential things that could go wrong with a project, but work everything in so that as much as possible can go smoothly. By building efficiency into the project, you are actually saving yourself a lot of money, especially in labor costs – which are, in fact, the most expensive part of kitchen remodeling outside of the cabinetry.
If you don’t live in the Columbus Metro area, we suggest finding a top-rated design build firm or specialized kitchen design studio with top-notch designers with impressive portfolios. Those are the sort of firms that you can trust to make sure your project is done right, professionally, and at the best possible price point.
However, if you do own a home in Worthington, Upper Arlington, Bexley, or any other Columbus OH metro city or town, Scott Hall Remodeling is your best bet to make sure your kitchen is designed and built just the way you want it efficiently and affordably. While DIY kitchen renovations can be quite the adventure, you will have to expect that you very likely may not stay in budget, or encounter extremely long delays during which you won’t have your kitchen available to you. If you want your kitchen remodel done well and as quickly as possible, give Scott Hall Remodeling a call.
With so many homeowners beginning their design journey on the Internet, it’s easy to become lost in the mountains of design ideas and advice available. There’s always some great design information to be found online, especially when it comes to things like choosing color schemes and coordinating different elements. Also, there are many online design tools available on the Internet today. Some of them are quite involved and offer a great many choices.
But as tempting as it is to use these tools, these should only be used as a starting point. The best thing to do is to trust a design-build contractor team to help you make the right design choices. Having an experienced design team will help you make good long term choices that will help prevent your space from becoming dated too quickly.
One issue with online design tools is that they tend to favor the latest design trends and may not necessarily reflect your own personal style. After all, these tools are going to be representing the products and designs that will help make that website and their affiliates money. Clinging too closely to what you may see online today could leave you with a space that ends up looking dated within a few years. Online research is important for gathering design ideas. But when it comes to putting the final design down on paper, it’s best to trust in a real life design team.. The experience of the designers will help you fit the various pieces together to create a design that will last a lifetime (and perhaps even longer!)
For example, coordinating colors and materials is probably the most important part of any design. While there are many tools that can help you with this, an interior designer will help you to consider palettes that you may not have thought about before. Also, when you are looking online, you’re not going to necessarily be exposed to all of the different products available to build your project. While online research is still good, you will find the input of a designer who does these product selections for a living will be extremely valuable.
It can be lots of fun to play around with online design tools. Still, real design expertise is always going to be the best option when it comes to finalizing your design plans. Choosing a design-build contractor will ensure that not only do you get a great design that you’ll love, but that it will be brought to reality, as well.