5 Tips For Your Home Resolutions [including budget suggestions!]

There is no better time than NOW

You have been wanting to remodel your home for so long, or recently bought a home that suits your budget but definitely not your style? Make it part of your new year’s resolution and start to plan your home renovation ahead. If you wondered what are typical steps for a home remodeling project, we created this article especially for you! Here are 5 things you need to think about before you start remodeling your house:

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#1: Planning is good. Wait, what should I do first?

First of all, let us tell you that if you have enough time, money, and energy to spend the possibilities are endless, and you can choose whoever you want. If you think your time is precious and you value your hard-earned money, you should really plan ahead.

Start with listing all the things you want to change in your home. We suggested going room-by-room, starting with your kitchen or bathroom and create a detailed list of things you wished to change. If your kitchen lack storage space, you should have it on your list. We even suggest counting your cabinets and storage spaces to have a better understanding of the design plan later on when working with your interior designer.

Everything you desire to change should be on that list. The more specific you’ll get, the more accurate your budget will be.

While working on that wishlist we suggested above,  ask yourself how long are you planning to live in the house?
There are alterations and designs we would steer away from, for the sake of resale purposes. For instance, we know European kitchen is remarkably popular right now (not everywhere, we’re still in Dallas, Tx Y’all) but if you intend to re-sale your home in the next 2-3 years, we’ll recommend a contemporary kitchen design as shown below.

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If you imagine this home as your forever home, fabulous! Now we can include all the latest technologies and updates you desired on that wishlist! (Yes, that TV mirror you always wanted or that man cave you have been dreaming of).

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#2: Let’s talk finance, shall we?

We all saw Fixer Upper in Waco and were given the impression we can have a fully renovated home with custom cabinets and a lavish master bathroom for $50K. Well, sorry to dissolve that dream… it can happen only on television. If you are to hire an interior designer and general contractor to manage all teams together, pull permits and buy quality materials you will spend a lot more.

Think about the amount of money you are willing to invest in your home. When you do so, make sure you are not exceeding the market around you, and you know Dallas’s home market has a large variety to work with.

Be realistic about your budget. If you want to refresh the whole house your starting budget should be around $150K. If you expect electrical work to be done, and possibly plumbing, you should be working with certified professionals to pull permits and go through inspection.
In that case, we will recommend to increase your budget an additional $70K and above to complete your home renovation. [Note: those numbers are relevant for home improvement and remodeling in Dallas, Tx and may vary for projects in other states].

Editor’s Note: When you interview your design build firm or contractor, make sure you have a payment plan that won’t stress you out. A contractor that requires full payment in advance should raise a red flag.

#3: Finding your soulmate (AKA your general contractor, design build or remodeler)

Your design-build firm/remodeling company will be at your house over a significant period of time moreover you should feel comfortable with their presence and rely on them to be respectful of your home, and your personal belongings. You should trust your contractor.

When beginning the process of interviewing potential home remodelers or design-build firms, you should learn about their liability and insurance, permit policy, learn about their labor warranty, and payment plans. Make sure to ask relevant questions about their design team and project managers. Furthermore, be assured that the chosen general contractor/design-build firm is capable to take on your home improvement project and they know how to handle your remodel scope of work. Review closely the contract you are required to sign on and make a note to yourself in case there is something that needs clarification.

#4: Design. Interior Design.

Since we have completed a bunch of multiple projects and have had the opportunity to meet numerous clients, we can tell you one thing. If it is NOT functional, it does not worth your efforts nor the investment you are intending to put towards that upgrade.

Real life example: You are begging for beautiful 24 X 24 white porcelain flooring tiles, you should be minded to the appearance of dirt that shown on sleek tiles so you have young kids or pets and you don’t own a cleaning company, then you’d better skip it.

Yes, we understand you like it clean and fresh.
Trust us, watermarks combined with muddy shoes and grass are anything but clean, nor fresh.

We recommend our clients to keep the floorplan in mind. When you plan your kitchen or bathroom remodel, acknowledge discomfort and pain points you have been experienced in your existing room layout and express it to your designer. They should be able to come up with a better flow for your floorplan and lighting plan.

When you meet up with your assigned designer, make sure to create the full picture for them (not that one you’ve been fantasizing on, the real deal!). Point out all the pain points, all the things that you think that can make your life easier, all the perfect kitchen photos you have been saving on Pinterest in the past 3 years… The designer should deliver a fresh layout and design that hopefully has all your needs & wants.
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Editor’s note: We strongly suggest you will keep a copy of your signed design and floor plans for your records. If you haven’t received a copy, then it’s time to ask for one.

#5: Your brand new home (or kitchen or bath…)

Number one myth on home improvement is it would be easy. Is that so? There are so many things that can turn bad so if you intend to perform any DIY, we strongly suggest to include an extra budget for unexpected circumstances, for instance, mold behind your shower walls.

Any home improvement project, especially an extensive home remodeling project is a stressing process for all parties involved, not just homeowner. Project managers want to ensure the quality of labor, the interior designer wants to see the exact design comes to life and the homeowner… well, the homeowner wants to have his home back with nothing but a perfect home to live in.
For example, remember the cabinets you approved but freaked out while you saw it inside your kitchen? Yes, those type of things can happen, and you want to have the right team by your side to provide customer service/client assistance that you need so much right now.

Take a deep breath.

We often find it difficult to keep things on track after reviewing so many door styles, hardware, paints, and tiles you are no longer confident about your final home design.
Relax, two weeks later, when you will settle down,  arrange your space and those details will come all together. Then you will fall in love again with every selection you made. Every tile you liked, every light fixture you now have to bright up your space. After all, it was designed for you, with YOU in mind.

Remodeling your home can be challenging and stressful. Make sure to have a professional team on your side.
Contact us today, your home remodelers in North Dallas,Tx to schedule your complimentary consultation for your home remodel 800-371-8970 or submit the contact form.

 

 

 

 

 

Choosing A Tub Faucet For A Master Bathroom Suite Remodel

Tub Faucet Buying Guide For a Master Suite Remodel

Often, it’s the smallest details that can make a home renovation go from good, to great. When it comes to your master bath, the choice of your tub faucet can add an interesting focal point that can enhance the aesthetic beauty of your space.

Tub faucets come in several different styles that offer different features and add-ons. Choosing the right tub faucet for your project can be challenging. Tub faucets offer different water flow rates, installation types and features like hand showers and thermostatic controls. They are also available in a number of finishes. When planning your bathroom, your designer can help you to choose the perfect tub faucet to match your other fixtures and finishes.

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Five Popular Types of Tub Faucets

While tub faucets offer a variety of styles and finishes, there are five basic mountings available. Often, your choice will be determined by the style of the tub you choose. If you’re unsure which type of mounting you need, consult with your interior designer or contractor.

The Freestanding Tub Faucet

Freestanding faucets are also referred to as floor mounted. This type is anchored to the floor and rises over the rim of the bathtub. Access to the water source is located below the finished floor and typically there are shut off valves a few inches above the floor. If your tub sits on a concrete slab, speak with your contractor to determine if a floor mount is possible, or is cost prohibitive. Freestanding tub faucets do not attach to the tub, making placement flexible.

Freestanding faucets come in a variety of finishes including chrome, brushed nickel, polished brass, polished nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, and even brushed or polished stainless steel.

Deck Mount

This style is mounted to the upper rim of the tub. Two holes are required for installation and the distance between the two can vary by manufacturer and tub style. You’ll need to have a “center measurement” in order to choose the correct tub faucet.

Deck mounted faucets require water lines to connect them to the water supply. Rigid supply tubes are most common and like the freestanding faucet, connect below the finished floor. It the tub is on a slab and no underfloor access is available, deck mounts can be plumbed through the bathroom wall.

Wall Mount

Wall mounted faucets are exactly that, mounted to the wall next to the tub. Because the tub needs no faucet holes because this type of faucet doesn’t connect to the tub in any way. The plumbing is run through the wall so it is a good option for slab construction. This also makes it an economical option since additional plumbing is typically not necessary.

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Tub Wall Mount

This type of mount requires holes on the tub wall that are typically closer than deck mounted faucets. The standard center-to-center measurement for a tub wall mount is 3 3/8.” Although this is a standard measurement, you still need to measure the distance between faucet holes to be certain, especially on older tubs. Faucet holes can vary from about 3 1/2” to 8 3/4” on center. Choose a faucet with a small downward spout, or a high gooseneck for a more elegant look.

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Like deck mounts, tub wall mounts source their water from below the finished floor. This means access will be necessary to use rigid water lines. If the water comes from behind the wall, flexible lines may be used.

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Roman Mount

Typically this type is paired with a drop-in tub or jacuzzi tub. Roman faucets are designed to be mounted to a platform or tub surround. This type needs three or more holes one for each handle and one for the spout. Most Roman faucets cannot be mounted to the tub so you will need a platform or surround if using this style with a stand-alone tub.

Installation is similar to sink faucet installation. Flexible hoses connect each faucet handle to the spout and are also used to connect to the water source. Because these faucets are installed in an enclosed surround, the plumbing is not visible.

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Extra Features and Add-Ons

Some tub faucets are available with added features. They add functionality and can be aesthetically interesting additions. Add-ons include:

Hand Showers

Most faucets designed for a freestanding tub will offer a hand shower connected to a 4 or 5-foot hose. This serves as an alternative to a traditional overhead shower and makes cleaning the kids, pets, and the tub easier.

Shower Conversion Kits

If you need more than a hand shower, conversion kits are available that can transform the handheld shower into an overhead. To install, the hand faucet is removed and a riser pipe with the shower head. Some shower conversion kits allow you to use both the handheld shower and an overhead by using a two-way diverter.

Thermostatic Temperature Control

Many newer tub faucets now feature a thermostatic mixing valve as opposed to individual hot and cold. A thermostatic valve works like an HVAC thermostat, you can set a temperature and the water exits the spout at temperature.

Choosing the perfect tub faucet for your master bathroom renovation starts with understanding your options. At Joseph & Berry, our design team can explain the choices available, and help you to pick the perfect look to match your style, with the functionality you need. If you’re considering a master bathroom renovation, give us a call at (800)-371-8970 or submit the form and let us help you create the spa-like master retreat of your dreams!

Home Renovations | Quartzite Countertops Kitchen & Bath

Home Renovations | Quartzite Countertops Kitchen & Bath Consider Quartzite for Your Kitchen and Bath

When it comes to natural stone countertops, one of the up and coming materials is natural quartzite. With veining reminiscent of the most expensive marble, quartzite is rapidly gaining in popularity with homeowners who are looking for the beauty of marble and the durability of granite. Today, it’s used for everything from kitchen and bath countertops to feature walls, Home Renovations | Quartzite Countertops Kitchen & Bath just call us now today:(800) 371-8970 

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Many homeowners, even some professionals use the terms quartz and quartzite interchangeably. The fact is, they’re entirely different materials. When speaking about countertops, quartzite is often shortened to quartz, and as a result, it can be confusing.

Quartz is an engineered stone product that is made using 93% natural stone and stone dust combined with 7% resin, which is then rolled into slabs. Quartzite is a natural stone that offers unsurpassed durability and refined elegance.

Let’s clear up the confusion! Here are some frequently asked questions about quartzite, answered for homeowners in the market for a beautiful, unique natural material as a statement piece for their homes!

WHAT IS QUARTZITE?

Quartzite is a metamorphic rock that is formed in two steps. It begins its life as sandstone. Over centuries of intense pressure and heat, this sandstone gradually fuses and crystallizes into a single rock. The end result gives us quartzite. It is ideal in the kitchen and bath of busy homes and it delivers the beauty of marble combined with the durability of granite.

IS IT AVAILABLE IN MANY DIFFERENT COLORS?

Like fine Italian marble, quartzite is predominantly white or gray with hints of black and brown veining. It does come in other colors with hints of pink, red, blue, green or yellow as a result of imperfections or minerals that were present during the fusing process when the stone was formed. For example, the iron oxide present in the sandstone can give quartzite red or pink highlights.

Every slab is a one-of-a-kind piece of natural beauty that gives your home’s kitchen and bath a unique and elegant look. The stones neutral color palette complements any design style or décor and the natural veining gives it a subtle sense of movement. It is luxurious and unlike any other natural stone.

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CAN QUARTZITE HOLD UP TO DAY-TO-DAY USE IN THE KITCHEN AND BATH?

Unlike soapstone or marble is a hard stone that resists scratching and etching if properly sealed. Most natural stone can handle some heat. Quartzite is in fact, harder than granite and is completely impervious to heat. While you can put hot pots and pans on quartzite with no danger, it’s always a good idea to use a pad or trivet for safety.

IS QUARTZITE DIFFICULT TO MAINTAIN?

Quartzite is a hard stone, but it will require occasional resealing. All natural stone, with the exception of soapstone, is porous and should be periodically sealed to avoid etching and staining. Quartzite should be resealed annually. When cleaning, always use cleaners specifically made for natural stone countertops. Even though it is tough to scratch, avoid using abrasive cleaners to keep your countertop looking new.

WHAT IS MORE DURABLE, GRANITE OR QUARTZITE?

Granite is an igneous stone and Quartzite is a metamorphic stone, so they each have their own unique qualities. Granite has years of data about its durability while quartzite is a relative newcomer. That being said, both offer outstanding durability. While granite is durable, quartzite provides the durability of granite combined with the veining, luxury, and elegance of marble. It’s the best of both worlds!

IS QUARTZITE EXPENSIVE?

This is the big question homeowners ask! Natural quartzite is at the higher end of the price scale when it comes to natural stone kitchen and bath countertops. It is comparably priced with other stone materials, but it offers an unparalleled look and offers tremendous quality for the cost. The size and configuration of your questions will influence the final price. Natural Quartzite is extremely hard and as a result, must be precisely cut using a diamond saw blade and needs experienced professional installation. This can increase the installation cost. Rare natural white quartzite which contains few impurities and is even harder than common quartzite. As a result, it is more expensive.

Quartzite is a newcomer to the world of kitchen and bath countertops. It rivals granite’s durability and offers the elegant look of fine Italian marble. If you’re looking to add a fabulous focal point to your kitchen or a unique design element for your bath, quartzite is an excellent choice!

The professionals at Joseph & Berry, are very familiar with quartzite and have installed it in many of our Dallas area clients homes. Speak with our designers to learn more and see samples of this incredibly beautiful stone!

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