2017 Color of the Year

 

  2017 Promises to be more Colorful than 2016!

 

At least, on our walls. Last year almost all of the colors of the year were pretty neutral. But, oh how things have changed! This year, Pantone looks to brighten our day with Greenery. As stated on the their website, Pantone believes their 2017 Color of the Year symbolizes “new beginnings, lushness, renewal and restoration”.  And, of course, they hope you will use Greenery, a “fresh and zesty yellow-green,  to rejuvenate and revitalize your spaces”. Referring to it as “nature’s neutral,” Pantone sees this shade as “life-affirming”. Now,  I’m not sure that I would ever refer to a paint color as “life-affirming”, but I will say this is a bright, cheerful shade of green that reminds me of spring foliage and Kermit the Frog!

Sherwin Williams:

The only real neutral on this years forecast list is Sherwin Williams’ Poised Taupe. It is a classic balance of cool and warm, bold and subtle. As Sherwin Williams likes to describe this shade, “It’s as though gray and brown had a baby.”  Poised Taupe is “weathered, woodsy, cozy and harmonious.” Consequently, it is a classic background that will work in rooms that have either gray or brown in the color palette. The aftereffect of this color depends on whether you choose warm or cool colors to pair with it.  So, for those of you who are not ready for the vividness of Greenery, Poised Taupe may be your answer.

Olympic Paint:

Next, is Olympic Paint. They decided to go with a soothing, soft shade of violet. Cloudberry is “refreshing, calming and serene.” As stated on their website, Olympic Paint intends Cloudberry to be a hue to help you “escape outside distractions and create balance in your surroundings.” I would definitely use Cloudberry to create a tranquil and mesmerizing master bedroom suite.

Benjamin Moore:

Because Benjamin Moore decided to go a little darker and more mysterious than Cloudberry, their Shadow is “allusive and enigmatic, a master of ambiance.” On their website, they refer to Shadow as a “rich, royal amethyst that is provocative, poetic and sophisticated.” This is quite a departure from last year’s color of the year,  Alabaster. Shadow is dark and intense, you may want to experiment with this shade in small doses. Therefore, it would positively make a eye-catching accent wall.

Dunn Edwards:

Honey Glow, which is Dunn Edwards’ color of the year, rivals Pantones’ Greenery in it’s brightness and energy. This “warm, golden yellow hue is cheerful, bold and lively.” Dunn Edwards has actually partnered with a nonprofit organization called HoneyLove to promote urban beekeeping and educate people about making their gardens bee friendly. Consequently, Dunn Edwards has agreed to donate 10% of the proceeds of Honey Glow to HoneyLove! This shade, too, may be one to start with in small doses, unless this happens to be your all-time favorite color.

Glidden Paint:

Byzantine Blue, from Glidden Paint, is meant to be considered “gender-neutral.” And, according to their website, Byzantine Blue, which is really a “playful, yet peaceful purple” is uniquely versatile. Because this really is an adaptable color, I could see it being beautifully used in a variety of spaces.

Pittsburgh Paint:

Finally, we have Pittsburgh Paint’s Violet Verbena. As you can see, many companies went with a blue-violet shade for their 2017 Colors of the Year. Probably not really surprising though, as blue is the most often quoted as being people’s favorite color. Violet Verbena has a grayish purple “chameleon-like hue that adds depth and luxury,” according to their website. In addition, it could be the “perfect backdrop” for a little “subtle and serene pampering.”  Violet Verbana is” bohemian, playful, moody and tranquil” in style.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Interior Remodeling – Converting a wood Fireplace

When you are ready for interior remodeling – converting a wood fireplace to now use an alternative fuel source is an easy and environmentally friendly interior project. Whether your home is Transitional, Southwestern or Mid Century Modern, we have the perfect solution for you. Interior Remodeling - Converting a FireplaceConverting a wood fireplace to a gas fireplace has many benefits, such as being more energy efficient than wood, without the mess and expense. Gas fireplaces can be used on “No Burn” days or when the electricity is out. No more cold nights! They are designed to produces real flames, like wood, without the hot embers that could potentially start a fire. Gas is reliable, easy to control and remodeling adds value to your home. Another environmentally friendly alternative to wood are electric fireplaces. No heat is lost up the chimney as electric fireplaces have a fan that blows the hot air out into the room. They too, can be used on “No Burn” days and are easy to clean and maintain. Interior Remodels Fireplace Conversion Installation is simple and to light it, just flip a switch! Since no venting or gas lines are needed, they are portable and there is no danger of a fire starting. They offer precise temperature control and are designed so they can be used without heat, if you only want the ambiance of flames. Alcohol gel fireplaces are designed to be vent free and portable also. These too can be used on “No Burn” days. Clean burning and smoke free, they do produce the sound of a wood burning fireplace, none of the others do, without the harmful fumes or hot popping embers. Alcohol burning fireplaces will produce more warmth for a longer period of time than wood will. Being environmentally conscience has become easier with the variety of alternate fuel sources available to homeowners today. Long gone are the days of chopping, hauling and stacking wood to dry, or having to pay someone else to do it for you! Interior remodeling – converting your existing wood burning fireplace is easy to accomplish, easy on your budget and easy on nature.

Upscale faux finishes and textures

As a local Phoenix remodeling company, we understand the numerous decisions homeowners are forced to make during such an endeavor. Ceiling finishes are rarely the main focus of a remodel, in fact they are often completely overlooked. Homeowners are missing a wonderful chance to show off their discriminating taste by not including a stunning faux finish on a newly textured ceiling. Upscale faux finishes for walls and ceilings will add to the value of your home. There is a multitude of choices, homeowners are not destined to a life with dust catching popcorn ceilings any longer! The following techniques can be used to create a captivating ceiling finish that will stimulate your new space. Upscale faux finishes and textures 1 A skim coat is a smooth, almost plaster-like finish that is sophisticated and classic. It can be rather plain and boring unless a faux finish is added. By introducing an intriguing color combination into an unexpected area, you are ensuring interest and excitement. A swirl texture, sometimes referred to as mud texture, generates the look of overlapping scallop-like half circles which can create an almost 3-D effect. Skip trowel textures like Santa Fe and Spanish knockdown lend themselves extremely well to Southwestern and Country style homes. An informal atmosphere is guaranteed by the hand worked, rustic lines integrated into the texture. Light catches and skips across the uneven, natural roughness illuminating the informality of the space. Raised stencils can be used to create many different looks for your ceiling. Formal, stylized designs incorporating a striking color palette can create an eclectic ambience. Muted hues of unrefined pigmentation will add character and visual stimulation to any home style. The overall mood of your space will be determined by your choice of texture, color and finish. A great service provided to homeowners are remodelers who utilize a knowledgeable design staff to assist their clients with the overwhelming variety of options. Intoxicating designs don’t happen by themselves, it takes an imaginative designer and a trusting homeowner to bring them to fruition. These before and after photos demonstrate how much more compelling and dramatic this dining room is after stenciling and faux finishing the ceiling with metallic paints and Venetian plaster. The rich, warm tones create a strikingly powerful, yet intimate dining experience.Upscale faux finishes and textures

Scottsdale Kitchen Remodel

Gainey Ranch Kitchen Remodel

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CROWN DETAIL

Hard to believe this beautiful Scottsdale kitchen remodel located in the Gainey Ranch subdivision once lacked the design prowess of its current stature. This kitchen remodel was a full scale overhaul from the new space plan with a large island for entertaining to the exquisite marble, limestone and granite finishes. The custom cherry cabinets have all the accessories of any high-end modern Traditional kitchen. Each component lends to the elements of a finely executed design: line, texture, shape, space, color.
Our discerning homeowner of this Gainey Ranch Kitchen Remodel appreciates architectural detail. The custom cabinet details include: multi-stacked crown molding with rope molding detail and stacked light rail with center beaded insert molding, acanthus leaf capitals with plinth blocks at the fluted columns and intricately carved corbels for the island overhang.

The SubZero refrigeration column and freezer column have custom made panels to resemble the cabinet doors. The warming drawer and refrigerator drawers have custom cabinet drawer fronts.Gainey Ranch Kitchen Remodel D

The interior accessories of this Gainey Ranch Kitchen Remodel abound. In the island we installed a trash compactor with a custom painted and glazed panel and a recycle center.

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ISLAND DETAILS

We included full extension roll-out trays, pull-out vertical storage, a pop-up mixer stand, utensil organizers and spice drawer organizers. Lighting at each work station was of great importance. We utilized LED tape lighting on remote dimmable switches, to illuminate the kitchen at the toe kick for ambient lighting and under wall cabinets for task lighting. To make it easy to see all that is stored, inside several of the cabinets we specified LED tape lights on door sensors. To maintain a clutter free backsplash, we utilized undercabinet plug strips for small appliances. The beauty of this remodeled Scottsdale kitchen is not lost on it’s function. Form and function work together to amaze us in this one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
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