Creating Utility & Storage Space in the Basement to Free Up Room in Your Bathroom or Kitchen

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

3 Reasons to Consider Raised Level Flooring in Your Home Remodel

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

What Goes Into a His and Hers Master Bath Design?

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

Why Major Kitchen Remodels Need Professional Attention

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.

Kitchen Remodel Bexley, OH

Kitchen Remodel Bexley, OH

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.

Trust Your Design-Build Team to Choose the Best Design for Your Home


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.

Cost vs Value – The ROI of Kitchen Remodels in Columbus, Ohio


The Cost vs Value series on Hanley Wood Remodeling provides some interesting data on the potential return on investment on various popular home remodeling products. Their 2015 data gives homeowners the resale value of remodeling projects figured into the sale price at the time a house is sold. Back in 2014, we explored the data for ROI for kitchen remodels.  Today, we’ll be looking at the 2015 data for the Columbus, OH market and see how it compares.


The projects in the Cost vs Value report are separated into midrange homes and upscale homes. While the price range isn’t specified, from the cost of the projects, you can get a fair idea of what sort of homes they would be done inside. In mid-range homes, for major kitchen remodels, homeowners spent an average of $56,500 and recouped about $34,000 at resale. This comes out to a 60.5 percent ROI. With minor remodels, about $19,000 was spent, but as much as $12,500 was recouped later at resale, a 65 percent ROI. In upscale homes, there were only major kitchen remodels mentioned. On average, an upscale kitchen remodel cost upwards of $113,000, but only recouped about $54,000 for an ROI of about 48 percent. These ROI numbers are all much lower than the 2014 data showed.


So what did these remodels involve? A midrange major kitchen remodel typically remodeled an outdated kitchen of about 200 sq. feet. It also included a 3 x 5 island, laminate counters, and energy efficient appliances. The cost also included resilient flooring and finish such as paint, trim, and ceilings. Upscale major remodels were similar, but upgraded to high-end custom cherry cabinetry and stone countertops. They also included commercial grade appliances, and other luxury items such as built-in warming drawers, trash compactors, designer faucets and built-in water filtration systems.


A minor remodel would involve simply updating a functional kitchen by keeping the cabinet boxes in place. They would then replace the fronts with new raised-panel wood doors and drawers, plus new hardware. The wall oven and cooktop would be replaced with new energy-efficient models. Existing laminate countertops would be replaced with new ones, a new mid-range sink and faucet, a new coat of paint, wall coverings, and new similar flooring.


What can we take away from this data? It seems that people are generally happy with their kitchen’s functionally, but need an updated look and feel. The upscale remodels tend to be gut jobs and focus on installing high-end cabinets, counters, and gadgets. From a financial perspective, it seems that the midrange remodels recoup more ROI in home resale value, especially the minor remodels. But for upscale homes, the major remodels are likely worth the emotional value of creating a hub for family time and gatherings with company.


In any remodel, it’s important to consider the value that a remodeled space provides you and your family and friends. The financial benefits of a remodel should be always considered an extra benefit. The kitchen is such an important part of a home that the numbers may not fully reflect the actual value to a potential buyer down the road. The numbers definitely can’t portray the full value of your newly remodeled kitchen to you and your loved ones, either. No matter what your budget, an updated kitchen is definitely worth pursuing.