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  • DStreet2 Bathroom Remodeling Trends for 2017 March 15, 2017 - Yes, bathrooms are functional spaces. That said, they neither need nor should be boring. After all, we start and end our days in our bathrooms, performing activities that are both earthy (you know…) and indulgent (long baths, makeup experiments). No other room serves such a variety of purposes! So, when you’re thinking about your bathroom renovation this year, remember: style and function definitely can—and should—coexist. Fortunately, many, many new products, from tile to fixtures to hardware, have hit the market recently. The result: you and your remodeling contractor can make your remodel truly yours and very up-to-the-minute—as well as enduringly beautiful and functional. Below are some trends for the 2017–2018 bathroom design season. 1) Bringing the Outdoors In Juxtaposing the inherently reflective nature of bathroom fixtures and (frequently) tile with the natural warmth and texture of wood and stone is on trend for bathroom remodels in 2017. For example, adding a teak bench in a glass-tile shower creates a pleasing contrast. Likewise, a stone countertop—especially slate or textured marble—adds a sense of age and depth to a bathroom vanity. Other organic materials are in, too—including wood floors (be careful to ensure a waterproof finish), faux wood tiles, sisal rugs, and so on. Your renovation contractor can help you select the best finishing options and contrasts in textures for your space. Plants are part of the trend for this season, as well. Don’t be fussy, though; choose strong sculptural shapes and large-scale greenery for the best effect. No one needs 40 Continue Reading...
  • Construction maison 09 Do You Already Have an Architect? February 13, 2017 - If you’re embarking on a home renovation project, you may already have an architect on board to help design your new and improved living space. Touchstone Remodelers is ready to help, whether or not you’ve retained a design or architecture professional. The earlier we enter your renovation process, the better: Our core staff and expert subcontractors can ensure that you get the most bang for your buck out of a home renovation—whether it’s a kitchen remodel, a bathroom update, a new basement, or an addition. Touchstone can work with you and your architect to make a smoothly executed, on-time, on-budget home renovation project possible by identifying cost-savings opportunities, assisting with selections, overseeing project scheduling and progress, and keeping you informed about your renovation’s progress. Enjoy a more pleasant, cost-effective, custom home remodeling project by adding Touchstone Remodelers, LLC to your renovation team. What We Offer Project-Management Expertise: Careful project organization and seamless execution are among Touchstone’s top priorities for every client: We take pride in keeping your renovation on schedule and within budget. Touchstone Remodelers teams up with your architect and/or other design professionals to plan and complete your project, enabling all participants to work productively for you. At the same time, we provide you with the experts you need in every area of home renovation—carpenters, electricians, tile installers, plumbers, and more. Touchstone Remodelers leverages online project-management tools and personal attention to each renovation initiative—guaranteeing transparency, scheduling clarity and efficiency, and access to photos and information about your remodeling process. Continue Reading...
  • Bath6 Ten Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes January 6, 2017 - As I’ve mentioned before, bathroom remodeling is among the most value-adding home renovation projects you can pursue. AND YET. (Yes, there’s a catch.) Bathrooms are among the most challenging spaces to remodel, not despite but because of their relatively small size (so many nooks and crannies!) and the fact that so many systems converge on one location. Electricity, heating, plumbing—pretty much every amenity in a house can exist cheek by jowl in a bathroom. Add to this utility density the fact that precision is everything in bathroom renovations, and it becomes clear that some definite pitfalls can derail a bathroom remodel big time. As always in home-renovation projects of any sizable scale, a good general or home-renovation contractor is your best friend along the way. Below are the top ten mistakes (both in the sense of the most significant and the most common) that can upend a bathroom renovation in a hurry. Don’t let this list scare you—forewarned is forearmed, so knowing these bathroom-remodel booboos exist can help you avoid them completely. 1) An Inadequate, Unrealistic, or Poorly Defined Budget When budgeting for your bathroom remodel, be realistic and define your needs clearly within the scope of your financial abilities. An extensive and luxurious bathroom remodel can differ from a more conservative renovation by tens of thousands of dollars. A good home-improvement contractor will work with you to understand your needs and dreams and offer a realistic quote for your specific project. Bathroom renovations can rank among the most expensive Continue Reading...
  • American Kitchens Remodels that Make the Best Resale Sense—and the Ones that Don’t December 9, 2016 - Most of us live on a budget. How large that budget is may vary, but few Americans live beneath their means. Rather, we tend to live at or even above our income level (thanks—or not—to the magic of credit cards). So when we start thinking about remodeling our homes, budget and return on investment usually matter. A lot. Americans are becoming more mobile, which means that “forever homes” are tending to come later in life for a lot of people—the family homestead may still exist, but homes passed through families are increasingly rare. The average American, depending on region, buys and sells between two and five homes throughout their lifetime. It’s quite possible that any renovation you do, unless you are reasonably certain you are there to stay, will be relevant to the sale of your home. Markets differ across the United States, but framed generally, the following five remodeling projects offer the best value for your money: 1) Kitchens: A kitchen remodel is among the smartest uses of your renovation budget. If you’re remodeling with resale in mind, you will want to prioritize return on investment over your own aesthetic. This is not to say that you should create a kitchen you don’t love or make changes that you don’t like and don’t improve your life. It simply means that a kitchen remodel for resale should not involve super-quirky or profoundly personal changes. It means choosing cabinets, fixtures, countertops, appliances, and finishes that will appeal to a variety of Continue Reading...
  • dstreet1 Bathroom Remodels and Additions: Potentially Complex—But So Worth It! November 14, 2016 - Here’s a home-buying reality: kitchens and bathroom sell houses. People most often buy the most expensive house they can afford. And they look closely at kitchens and baths when they’re deciding which house to commit to. At the same time, sometimes a bathroom remodel or addition is in order because a need arises for handicapped accessibility, greater storage, structural improvements, or simply aesthetic preference. The parameters for remodeling or adding a bathroom if you plan to stay in your current home for the foreseeable future are going to differ from the parameters for a remodel focused on home resale. Today’s blog focuses on bathroom remodels and additions, some of the reasons for doing them, and a few aspects to consider in the process. In any case, finding the right home remodeling contractor is crucial to your renovation or addition project. The reality is that, according to many experts, a midrange bathroom renovation involving gutting the room to the studs and building it back up will cost between $14,000 and $30,000, depending on the features you choose to put into the space. Adding a bathroom, especially if you are adding to your house’s footprint, will likely cost significantly more, depending on your contractor’s price point, plumbing issues, bathroom size, and so on. Your design taste and square footage will affect your bathroom remodeling budget—a smaller bathroom can be, but isn’t necessarily, less expensive than a larger one. A bathroom remodel or addition can add tremendous value to your home, but it’s Continue Reading...
  • carpenter2 A Good Residential Contractor: Your New BFF October 12, 2016 - A good friend once bought an 1895 farmhouse, a real “fixer-upper” with genuine potential, for her growing family. Very soon it became apparent that it needed a host of projects done: a bathroom addition, a total gut-job kitchen makeover, some exterior remodeling to return the house to its former charm, and general home improvement projects. (We’re talking removing hideous wallpaper, repainting, a small bathroom remodel, the removal of a sand pit created by a now-absent above-ground pool, new light fixtures, and assorted other house remodeling projects over the long term.) With a crawling baby on the premises, my friend swiftly decided that they needed to prioritize their front room, where she worked from home and where the baby spent most of his time with her. The room had great bones, but everything about it, except the arched front window, needed replacing. Her husband was handy, but this was clearly a job for a renovation contractor. She and her spouse found a local contractor with a solid reputation for residential construction, as well as custom remodeling and renovation—and then she and the baby left for three weeks to visit her parents while the contractor and his team did their work. They took that room down to the studs (lathe and plaster is no joke to rip down!). When they returned, the contractor had remodeled the room, and the study next to it, at quite a reasonable cost. It was glorious. The construction company had been honest, on schedule, on budget, and Continue Reading...