Phoenix Home and Garden 2017 Garden Tour

Outdoor MakeoverPhoenix Home and Garden 2017 Garden Tour is on Saturday, April 8, 2017

from 10am to 4pm.

This yearly event hosted by this distinguished Phoenix publication offer valley residents and visitors an exclusive opportunity to tour the amazing gardens here in the Valley of the Sun.  Along the self-guided tour you will meet professionals in the industry of Landscape Design, Gardeners, Magazine Editors and even some plant enthusiasts.  This rain or shine event in and around Paradise Valley promises to pique your gardening interest and satisfy your inner philanthropist with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Desert Botanical Gardens.  Follow the link below to purchase tickets on-line.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/phoenix-home-and-garden-magazine-2017-garden-tour-tickets-31134821088

Come back and comment as to your favorite feature of the Garden Tour.

Included here are some pictures of Gardens in the Valley of Homework Remodels clients’.

 

 

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Espresso Cabinetry & Two Different Looks

Rich, Dark Espresso Cabinetry

Do you love the look of rich, dark Espresso cabinetry in a kitchen? Are you having trouble choosing materials for a countertop or a backsplash? We have two totally different looks for kitchens that feature these gorgeous cabinets.

 

In the first example, our kitchen designer and client chose an active countertop and backsplash. The Alaska Granite has a multitude of colors and movement. Veins of chocolate, cream and white gently flow across a silvery gray background. The backsplash is composed of strips of glass tiles in the same shimmering hues. Due to the energy of the various colors and the movement of the granite, the door style of the Espresso cabinets and the flooring have to be on the calm, subtle side. This kitchen is warm, fun and inviting!

 

 

 

 

In this example, the backsplash is Calcata Oro Marble. This sophisticated marble is polished and has veining that pulls in the gold from the floor tile along with the taupe and beige that run through the River White Granite countertops. As you can see, the warm Espresso cabinetry is a wonderful contrast to the lighter, cooler colors in the backsplash and countertops. Also, notice the door style of the cabinets is more detailed than the previous example. This space has a more sedate, quiet ambiance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Choose Flooring for the Second Floor Bathroom

Flooring is obviously an important part of any house. There are considerations to keep in mind when choosing flooring for different rooms or levels in the house. A second floor bathroom needs special attention. Flooring types are plentiful, so making a choice is no easy matter. It really helps if you have a good contractor to work with.

So how do you go about choosing the right flooring for a second-floor bathroom? The type of flooring will primarily depend on the purpose of the room and of course your budget. So let’s look at how to decide.

Which room on what level?

If the bathroom is adjacent to a bedroom that is occupied by children, special accommodations should be made. Make sure that the flooring is sturdy, easy to clean and can absorb sounds. Children are active by nature and depending on their ages, they will likely enjoy playing in the tub and making loud noises – possibly even dropping bath toys on the bathroom floor. This will make very loud noises downstairs if the flooring doesn’t help absorb sound.

Young children also spill colored soaps, toothpaste, and other stuff onto the bathroom floor. As such you need flooring material that can take some beating such as vinyl and linoleum. Bear in mind that you can find these in colors and design that even look like wood.

We recommend avoiding laminate and hardwood flooring in the bathroom. They may become warped or laminate may begin to peel in a wet environment. Carpets are great in the bedroom for children and teenagers, especially as carpets can muffle sounds, but avoid carpeting the bathroom.

The flooring for second floor bathroom should help muffle the sound of footsteps. Since you never want to carpet the bathroom, look for tile or some other flooring that helps muffle footsteps.

The Type of Maintenance

Will you have a lot of time for regular cleaning and maintenance? If you are like most homeowners, you want to minimize the amount of time you spend cleaning. If this is the case, think vinyl or ceramic tile instead of flooring that requires more than sweeping and mopping on occasion.

Since floors take up so much visible space, you need to make sure it is also aesthetically pleasing when choosing the best flooring for your second floor bathroom. In addition, they can be expensive to purchase and install, so you should make sure you can live with it for a long time. The type of flooring will also play a role in the resale value if you plan to sell your house at some time.

Give us a call at 602-478-5102 to discuss new kitchen backsplash ideas with us or to schedule a consultation for your bathroom flooring project. We’ll help you choose the best material for the job and provide a great quote that won’t break your budget.

Five Reasons to Choose to Add a Kitchen Backsplash

A kitchen backsplash makes a big difference in the overall look of this room. There are many reasons to add a backsplash.

  • A backsplash makes cleaning up a breeze. Since the kitchen is one of the messiest rooms of your home, a backsplash is a timesaver.
  • A tile or glass backsplash behind the stove will help prevent the wall from absorbing food odors.
  • A backsplash protects your wall. For instance, a backsplash behind the sink is great for protecting the wall from water damage. Moisture and water can lead to mildew and even mold. You definitely do not want these in your kitchen.
  • The backsplash can also serve to cover or hide any defects or gaps in your wall. Sometimes, countertops do not go straight back to the wall so there is an obvious gap. A properly done backsplash will hide this gap. Also, if the wall is defective you can use a backsplash to cover the defects.
  • The visual effect can be breathtaking. With the right design and tiles, a kitchen backsplash can immediate transform your kitchen into a thing of beauty.

How to chose the right one for your space.

The next step after deciding to install a backsplash is to know how to choose the right one for your kitchen. Some steps in choosing the right backsplash for your kitchen call for following certain steps. Luckily, these are easy ways to get the type of backsplash that you will enjoy for years.

  • Decide on the color: Take into consideration the overall color scheme of the kitchen. You also have the option of going with neutrals. While a colorful design can be immediately eye-catching, neutral designs give you lots of leeway to play with other colors in the kitchen such accessories and wall paint.
  • The material: You also need to decide on the type of material you want to use. In addition to a choice of tiles such as porcelain and ceramic, you also have glass, stone or a mixture. For example, if your kitchen is rustic, brick veneer may be a great choice, however, for a more modern looking kitchen glass may be the perfect choice.
  • The height: How high do you want the backsplash? This will depend on personal taste as well as the design of the kitchen. When deciding take into consideration your cabinets or if you want a part of your wall to show.

To get the right type of backsplash and ensure a professional design and installation it makes sense to hire an experience contractor to get the job done. The designers and builders here at Homework Remodels take your design ideas, style, and specific needs into consideration when designing your project. We will help you choose the best materials for your kitchen backsplash and ensure that it meets your idea of perfection before we begin laying tile. Give us a call at 602-478-5102 to discuss new kitchen backsplash ideas with us or to schedule a consultation.

How to Plan Your Bathroom Remodeling Budget and Get What You Want

If you have been dreaming about remodeling your bathroom and creating a space where you can relax and unwind at the end of a long day for quite some time, then it might seem almost too good to be true when the remodeling is about to begin. The only thing that you need to do before the project starts is determine your budget.

The budget should be the total amount of money that you want to spend on everything in the space. You will want to determine how much everything you want in the bathroom is going to cost. You will need to include the cost for the floor, shower, toilet, vanity, sink, accessories and anything else you will need for the space plus the cost of labor. If the cost of everything added up is less than your budgeted amount, you are ready to start. We don’t recommend starting if the cost is equal to your budget, because you always want a little money set aside for any problems that you may find during the remodeling project.

If the total cost of the remodel is going to be more than your budget, you don’t have to give up yet. There may be a way to get the bathroom of your dreams without breaking the bank. Your contractor should be able to show you superior products that do not cost as much instead of the items that you have already chosen. For example, they make tiles that look just like marble, but they do not cost as much as the marble tiles do.

Once you have reconsidered the materials that you will be using, the budget should be a little more under control. If it is still a little too high, then you may want to cut out some of the little extras that you will not need immediately. A towel warmer is a nice luxury that can always be added later on as you have the money.

Keep your budget in mind as the remodeling project is being done, because you may need to make some important decisions at the last minute. It is really easy to agree to an expensive item when your new bathroom is almost finished, because you want it completed, but if you take the time to look at your budget, you will realize that the money might not be available and you can avoid a costly mistake.

Spending a little time preparing for your bathroom remodel can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars at the end. You will be prepared for many last minute questions and have the answers ready instead of wondering what you should do and delaying the work that is being done. At the end of the remodel, you will be able to enjoy your new bathroom without the worry of any additional costs.

Homework Remodels is a premier remodeling company in the Phoenix area. We specialize in kitchens, bathrooms, and whole home remodeling projects. Call us at 602-478-5102 to schedule a consultation for your bathroom remodel.

Here’s Why You Should Always Choose High Quality Materials for Your Remodeling Project

After coming up with a plan to remodel your bathroom, you will move on to checking out the various types of materials available. Any contractor will tell you that it makes sense to spend a little more to get the best. For some people, this might mean doing only a partial remodel. This is preferable to buying cheap materials that you will have to replace quickly.

Attractiveness. People spend more on remodeling materials that help them to get the luxurious look they want. When you are shopping around, you will see that items like granite, marble and hardwood can cause your budget to balloon. Quality materials are still highly desirable despite the cost, because they often defy trends, and they can make any bathroom look elegant.

Durability. When you spend money to remodel your bathroom, you want it to last. A higher price is not the only notable feature of quality bathroom remodeling materials. Durability makes the expense worthwhile for many, and spending a little more always pays off for years after the work is done.

Low maintenance. In the bathroom you use a variety of products, plus you have to be mindful of the possibility of water stains. Some cheaper materials, like vinyl can withstand staining, and porous materials like marble can become stained. Generally however, high quality materials offer the advantage of easy maintenance, so you can cut the amount of time you spend on cleaning. Also, because of their toughness, you will have fewer repairs to deal with over the years.

Less strain on your budget. It is true that quality bathroom materials are more expensive initially, but this is only in the beginning. You will not have to deal with frequent repairs typical to remodeling jobs done with cheaper materials. Another point to consider is that a beautiful, well designed bathroom will not need a quick update. So you could keep the same look for longer, while others are changing features to keep up with the latest trends.

The bathroom is usually a high traffic area, plus there is the additional concern of moisture. You can always save money when remodeling a bathroom, but you should never try to cut corners when it comes to picking the best materials. Ultimately, this will cost you more, and you might have a renovation that you are not completely happy with.

Homework Remodels specializes in remodeling bathrooms, kitchens, and entire homes to increase the overall functionality and design of the home. We have helped many Phoenix area homeowners remodel their homes to achieve their ultimate goal. Give us a call at 602-478-5102 to discuss remodeling your bathroom.

Historic Home Remodel Featured by Phoenix Home & Garden October 2016

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Historic Home Remodel

October’s issue of Phoenix Home & Garden is just out featuring one of our remodels in the historic Willo neighborhood of downtown Phoenix. The cover photo is of the kitchen. The feature has beautiful shots of numerous other rooms that we helped create over a period of years.

Alex Rentzis of Sparta Photo took the following slideshow’s photos. They were the photos that inspired Phoenix Home & Garden to do the feature in their magazine.

 

 

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Refinishing Existing Cabinets

With home remodeling trends lending their prowess not just to the dilapidated spaces but, also to those desiring an update, keeping quality kitchen cabinets has become more prevalent.  Recently, we have completed several kitchen remodel projects that include refinishing existing cabinets.  In our experience the quality construction of the cabinets, functional layout of the kitchen and hope to not add to the landfill has led more remodel clients down this path.

Throughout the Valley of the Sun, from Ahwatukee to Phoenix, Chandler to Tempe and Scottsdale to Mesa we have worked with home remodel clients that desire an update to their kitchen with out the larger scope of work to include all new cabinetry.  We have added design details like: light rail, wainscot panels and glass door panels.  We have increased storage capacity by adding custom cabinets.  Additionally, we have modified the space plan of the kitchen by adjusting the locations of several existing cabinets to increase functional counter space.  All are work expectations of our remodel design projects whether kitchen, office or bathroom.

For this Ahwatukee kitchen remodel project we had our custom cabinet maker craft wood wainscot

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panels and install them on a back panel to the pass through and around the exposed end of the peninsula.  The homeowners hoped the existing quartz counters and natural stone backsplash would still coordinate with the cabinet paint color.  As the designer on this project, I reassured our clients that the counters would look brand new once the cabinets were  painted.  The end result is spectacular.Refinishing Existing Cabinets in the Kitchen of this Ahwatukee home

 

The homeowner for this kitchen remodel project in Tempe hoped to have additional storage cabinets to fill Refinishing Existing Cabinets in this Tempe Kitchen Remodel some of the cavernous space above the existing, but also wanted some decorative elements added to give her kitchen the custom look she hoped for.  We even found/made a spot for wine bottle storage. Refinishing existing cabinets in this Tempe kitchen 1 She was hesitant, at first, to choose either white or espresso as the paint finish due to the amount of caRefinishing Existing Cabinets in this Tempe kitchen remodelbinetry. We procured a custom sample in a beautiful dry brush finish with a soft white background and grey accent.  While this color is beautiful, once it was in her space she could see how it could make the space feel even more cavernous with the monochromatic color pallet.  At the suggestion of our designer the homeowner agreed to refinishing existing cabinets on the espresso finish.  This combination complimented to the other finishes fabulously.  The end project is stunning.Refinishing existing cabinets in this Tempe Kitchen 2

 

The original space for this kitchen in Phoenix left the homeowner running into the refrigerator every time he opened the stove. Refinishing Existing Cabinets in this Phoenix Kitchen We relocated the cabinet above the refrigerator swapping it with the cabinets to the left of the refrigerator.  This move provides more functional counter space right where its’ needed, next to the stove.  Once the laminate counters were removed and we realized how much space was unused in the peninsula, we decided to add a corner open cabinet for more functional storage.  The finished space functions much better than before and looks amazing.Refinishing Existing Cabinets in this Phoenix Kitchen RemodelRefinishing Existing Cabinets in this Phoenix Kitchen Remodel2Refinishing Existing Cabinets for this Phoenix Kitchen Remodel 8

 

 

Tempe Home Remodel: Choose a NARI Certified Remodeler



When searching for the right home remodeler in the Tempe area, you may see the designation of being a NARI member and ask yourself, what is NARI and why is it important to hire a NARI professional? The acronym stands for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. It is the only association solely dedicated to the remodeling industry, today they encompass 58 chapters across the country. “NARI is an organization of high-quality remodeling professionals. Its’ members are committed to integrity, high-standards, professional education, ethics, and market recognition”, as stated on their website, www.nari.org. NARI is important to homeowners because it can connect them with a dedicated, local expert to ensure that they have a “positive remodeling experience”. Every member of NARI has agreed to conduct their business in accordance with the Standards of Practice for the Remodeling Industry. NARI Certified Remodelers will write contracts and warranties that comply with local, state and federal laws. They always take appropriate action to ensure the health and safety of clients, employees, and trade contractors. Also, every member has been actively involved with the remodeling industry for at least 2-5 years prior to earning a certificate. NARI has taken all the guesswork out of hiring a reliable, professional contractor who is knowledgeable, ethical and respectful. As stated on the NARI website, NARI certified contractors are pledged to observe high standards of honesty, integrity, and responsibility in the way they conduct their business. They are trusted, qualified business owners who will get your project done right by obtaining the proper permits, carrying the required insurances, following local codes and designing innovative solutions to renovate your home. By choosing a NARI certified professional, you are working with an expert in their field, a tried and true specialist who will turn your remodel into your dream home.

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Transitional Kitchen Remodel in Tempe

 

A ROOM WITH A NEW VIEW

Transitional Kitchen Remodel in Tempe

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Transitional Kitchen Remodel in Tempe

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This stylish Transitional kitchen remodel in Tempe maximized the use of the existing square footage.  We created a spacious kitchen for multiple people to work in and enjoy together.  The wall dividing the dining room from the kitchen had to be removed to set the tone for our open concept space plan.  Our homeowner wanted to relocate the dining table to the other side of the kitchen for easier access during parties.

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Working alongside our homeowner we designed a large island for five people to sit at comfortably.  A homeowner “must have”, as seen by the blue tape on the floor, this island had a predesignated location no Designer could move.  The kitchen sink, dishwasher and concealed pull-out trash can and recycle center are all in this island.  We were careful to design the countertop so that no seam would be necessary to detract from the marble like pattern of the quartz solid surface.  This large island with waterfall ends is a beautiful focal point that reflects our homeowners love of entertaining family and friends.

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This amazing vaulted kitchen ceiling called out for taller wall cabinets to maximize storage and minimize clutter.  We designed a stacked wall cabinet layout to include several glass door cabinets with LED tap lights.  Now those decorative pieces collected during travels abroad have a home.  The shaker style cherry cabinets really speak to the style of this Transitional kitchen remodel in Tempe.  Clean lines are created with the sleek crown molding, light rail and linear stone and glass mixed mosaic backsplash tile.  The stove hood is capped with a wood panel and crown molding bridge that continues the visual line around the top of the kitchen giving your eye something to settle on.  The creation of this break point helps the kitchen not seem as cavernous as the 12′-6″ tall ceilings are.   An amazing transformation . . .  check back in for more details in future blogs.  

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