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Tips on Hiring the Home Remodeling Contractor for You

Tips on Hiring the Home Remodeling Contractor for You

As you embark on your home renovation project, one of the first steps in the process is selecting a home remodeling contractor. This can be a somewhat overwhelming process, as there are so many to choose from and they can all seem so different.  Which is the right contractor for you and for your particular project?  How do you know which company to trust?  The reality is, even with the right contactor there can be surprises along the way that can lead to unexpected expenses.  Once floors are pulled up or walls are torn down, things like rotted subflooring or bad electrical are things that a contractor could not have known until then, and must be remedied.  Therefore, a good relationship with your contractor makes these surprises much easier to manage along the way. So how do you choose the right contractor for you? Here are a few tips to consider as you decide which contractor can best manage your remodeling project: Ask people you know for referrals – Friends, relatives and even people you work with can refer you to contractors who have completed remodeling projects in their homes. This is truly the best way to get a trustworthy referral. Start by doing some research on your project – Go into a meeting with a contractor by having a plan and some knowledge of what you want out of your remodel.  It can be helpful to have some knowledge of materials you would like to use going in, as you will then get a more accurate estimate. Assess a company in multiple ways – Review a company’s website....
Designing Your Luxurious Master Bathroom

Designing Your Luxurious Master Bathroom

Now that you have taken the step to convert your bedroom into a Master Bedroom Suite Oasis, an integral part of that space is remodeling your Master Bathroom into a luxurious bathroom space that will fit with the theme of the room. Consulting with a Professional Residential Remodeling Firm is important as you begin your Master Bathroom remodel, as you could be dealing with relocating plumbing, and are working with renovating what is often a small space. There are many aspects that you can incorporate into your remodel that will ensure that you are left with a lavish Master Bathroom at the end of your project. Some things to consider as you plan your new Master Bathroom include: The Vanity – As you plan out your vanity, make sure you leave ample counter space. You will want to leave plenty of room for things that you will lay out on your vanity, and room for grooming in your bathroom. Consider an appropriate surface for your vanity.  Granite and Quartz can be great countertop options and are very popular today.  They also come in a variety of looks and textures.  Additionally, cultured marble tops or Tere-stone are other options for your vanity countertop. The Shower – We find that today many people are foregoing the oversized bathtub in place of an extravagant shower, especially if there is already another bathroom in the house that has a bathtub. Large custom showers, when designed right, can create a similar feel of warmth and luxury as a soaking tub. There are multiple options for water flow, including multi-function showerheads, body sprays, rain head showers and...
Creating Your Master Bedroom Suite Oasis

Creating Your Master Bedroom Suite Oasis

A bedroom is a space where you go to relax and to sleep at night. However, renovating your Master Bedroom can create an oasis, a place where you can escape at the end of the day and relax, de-stress and decompress.  Additionally, rule of thumb is that the return on investment with a remodeled Master Bedroom Suite is anywhere between 40%-80%.  The first step to renovating your Master Bedroom is determining how you can go about expanding your space.  Do you have room to expand onto your existing lot and create a room addition to your home?  Will you knock down a wall inside your home and enlarge your bedroom into an existing room?  Or, will you go up, and add a second story addition, or possibly build over an existing garage?  Each of these options are extensive construction projects, and will require you to consult with a General Contractor before determining which option best meets your needs and budget. Once you’ve determined how you are going to enlarge your Master Bedroom, there are many ways that you can create an oasis within your space. The most popular way of expanding and creating a Master Bedroom Suite is by expanding or completely updating and remodeling your Master Bathroom.  Or, for those who do not already have a Master Bathroom in their bedroom, adding a Master Bathroom to their Master Bedroom Suite is a must.  A Master Bathroom update may include enlarging your shower and adding multiple shower heads and body sprays.  Additionally, updating cabinetry, countertops and fixtures, enhancing the lighting in your bathroom and adding a heated floor are...
Modern Kitchen Trends of 2016: Part Three of a Three Part Series

Modern Kitchen Trends of 2016: Part Three of a Three Part Series

Kitchen Trends of 2016 – A Three Part Series Part Three – Flooring and Backsplash Options for Your Kitchen There are many flooring options for you to choose from to compliment the unique cabinetry and countertops that you’ve already selected for your kitchen space.  Additionally, a unique backsplash can add colors and textures to your kitchen and allows you to bring added creativity and design into the room.  There are many materials available, both for kitchen flooring and backsplashes.  As you consider your home and your kitchen space, think about these trends of 2016: Options for kitchen floors are very broad, and so it can help to narrow down the choices a bit and at least determine the overall type of flooring that you would like to bring into your kitchen. Some popular flooring types include: Hardwood Flooring – Hardwood flooring has remained a popular flooring choice for centuries.  There are many benefits to hardwood floors.  Hardwood floors offer a wide range of choices with regard to styles and stains.  They will stand the test of time, as they can be refinished as they begin to look worn, rather than needing to be replaced.  Hardwood floors are also very easy to clean, and are extremely durable. Wood-Look Tile – Wood-look tile has become one of the most popular trends in tile flooring today. It is porcelain tile that is often nearly impossible to tell apart from actual hardwood flooring. The benefits of wood-look tile flooring are that it is very durable, and it is easy to clean and maintain. Ceramic Tile – Ceramic tile is a classic choice for your kitchen floor. There are...
Modern Kitchen Trends of 2016: Part Two of a Three Part Series

Modern Kitchen Trends of 2016: Part Two of a Three Part Series

Part Two – Counter and Cabinet Trends to Modernize Your Kitchen Space   A kitchen is often the most utilized space in your home, and a space that should feel very comfortable for everyone in your family. Countertops and cabinetry are two of the highlights of your kitchen space.  While there are some aspects of countertops, such as granite, and of cabinetry, such as white cabinets, that never seem to go out of style, there are some new trends taking shape. These trends in countertops will help to guide you as you think about your kitchen remodel: Quartz countertops are beginning to take the lead as the new and “fresh” countertop in style. They are also very durable and easy to care for. They also allow for a uniformed look in your kitchen space.  Quartz countertops are nonporous and resistant to heat, and are also resistant to spills and scratches. Wood countertops are a “fashion forward” choice in a counter. They offer a wistful and homey feeling to an otherwise modern kitchen space. While other trends are taking shape, granite remains one of the most sought after choices in kitchen countertops.  It is fairly low maintenance, durable and heat-resistant.  There are now many budget-friendly granite options, and it is also available with a 15 year seal warranty. Remarkable textures and patterns in your countertops are a great way to make your kitchen look grand and stand out. This can be accomplished through beautiful marble and granite finishes. Consider these cabinetry trends as you begin to imagine how your remodeled kitchen will look: Clean lines and simple design are increasing in...
Modern Kitchen Trends of 2016: A Three Part Series

Modern Kitchen Trends of 2016: A Three Part Series

Part One – Designing a Transitional Kitchen: Blending Traditional and Modern   As you begin to plan for your kitchen design, consider a transitional kitchen.  This unique design blends traditional and modern styles to create a distinctive design that will stand out and add a flare to your home.  Transitional kitchens mix natural and man-made materials, and often blend components from different eras including brackets, legs, molding and doors.  One primary benefit to a transitional kitchen is that it will fit into any home.  The design is very broad and can be left open to interpretation and to your own style and creativity.  As you design your kitchen, look for new materials and use them on old furniture or cabinetry to liven up your kitchen’s style.   There are some key elements that are incorporated into most transitional kitchens:   The first key element to a transitional kitchen is the blend of natural and manufactured materials. Materials such as wood, glass, stone and marble are used in the same space to craft a creative and attractive aesthetic in your kitchen space. Transitional kitchens generally highlight neutral colors of varying shades. For example, many neutral kitchens include classic black and white.  Gray and white is also becoming very popular.  Often varying shades of the same color will be featured in a transitional kitchen, such as different shades of brown in the floor, cabinetry and furnishings.  Neutral colors allow for eye-catching pops of color throughout your kitchen space as you continue to decorate. While transitional kitchens are subtle with regard to color, they are striking with regard to their texture. Tiles throughout...
Screen Porch Projects

Screen Porch Projects

Now that spring has finally arrived, it’s time to think about adding a porch onto the back of your house. There are so many benefits of a screened in porch and now is the perfect time to expand. It is best to start with a renovation of the back of the house. You can give yourself more practical space to use on a daily basis while staying private. If you have a large back yard, or are not concerned with space, you can really create a nice second living area. By pushing the porch out farther you will have more walking space and room for furniture. If you like plants and decorations this will give you the room to have a look and feel without being cramped or stuffed. Having chairs and patio styled sofas is a common desire for the backyard porch, but if you are limited on space you may end having to choose between pieces of furniture; or having to switch things out depending on what you want to do. In the summertime it is nice to be able to sit outside and eat without bugs flying and crawling all around you. With a decent sized porch you can have a dining area with a table and chairs. When you’re hosting a large number of people this will allow everyone to enjoy each other’s company outside in the beautiful weather. It is also nice to sit out and read or nap. Having a hammock or a bench swing in your porch is a much more soothing experience than being out in the woods. A porch doesn’t...
Outdoor Living Spaces

Outdoor Living Spaces

As April’s “showers” come to an end, it’s time to be thinking about the sunny days ahead. The light is up until 9 pm and there’s no longer that chilly breeze that sweeps by under a cloud or in the shade. This is the chef’s time to shine!! With all the back yard barbecues, neighborhood get togethers and kid’s sleepovers it is imperative that you have a place for everyone to gather… and still be outside. The outdoor kitchen is still an up-and-coming style because some think of it as a luxury; and of course you can get as fancy as you want with the design and equipment. But it doesn’t have to seem out of reach. It is a convenience and a necessary addition for many that can still be affordable. At Rendon we pride ourselves on knowing what is best for our clients and making sure that you get what you want. There are so many styles and choices to make when designing an outdoor kitchen; and we will walk you through picking out every piece to this amazing puzzle. Some outdoor kitchens are a long countertop surrounding a grill with cabinets, a smoker, a mini fridge and some other somewhat simple additions. These kinds of models can be put anywhere and made with wood, stone, bricks etc. They allow you to be open and still in the middle of the party while grilling and preparing. Adding an arbor above where you can hang things is also a very nice touch. There are so many great things you can do with this type of design! Other outdoor...
Remodeling Trends for 2014

Remodeling Trends for 2014

Is it Time for a Renovation? Most homeowners have at one point either thought about or actually made some sort of improvements on their home. In 2013 there was an increase in home remodeling  and we believe the trend will continue in 2014, and into the future. There are many different types of remodels and some will improve your home value better than others. Some good home improvements include remodeling a bathroom,  or kitchen, adding an addition or bedroom, finishing a basement, adding a deck, and making a home environmentally sustainable. Kitchen Improvements It is common now for people to want a modern kitchen with upgraded cabinets, eat-in space, upgraded appliances, and even a larger area. It used to be popular to have kitchens with a more rustic feel with wood cabinetry and warm colors. Now homeowners are choosing sleeker designs, with high-end countertops, back-splashes, flooring, lighting, and cabinetry. The kitchen has always been a central part of the house, where family and friends congregate, and the kitchen improvements we have done recently really create a warm and inviting space. Appliances used to be white, black, or stainless steel. Now there are many more choices that make the kitchen unique. For example, hidden appliances have become popular. This is where the appliances are designed with the same look as the cabinets, so they appear to blend in with everything around them. This gives the kitchen a smooth look with a great deal of synergy. Bathroom Improvements There are many different ways to update a bathroom. In 2014 we expect to see more walk-in showers, heated floors or towel racks,...

Qualifications Matter

  Rendon Remodeling & Design Key Employees Earn a Prestigious Certification The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) has a rigorous certification process that, once successfully completed, affords the qualified remodeler superior credentials. The certification goes far beyond the technical aspects of the trade and incorporates key elements such as ethics, business skills, and legal matters associated with the industry. A NARI Certified Remodeler has been blessed as a highly qualified professional by a well-regarded industry leader. According to the association – “NARI’s CR program measures skill and expertise valued not only by other professional remodelers, but by consumers as well. Highly respected by those who have achieved the designation, the CR program identifies professional remodelers who have undergone comprehensive review and testing in areas of business management, ethical conduct, and technical skills.  In addition, they must also adhere to NARI’s strict Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. The NARI certification program assess the knowledge and skills of the remodeler in over 20 remodeling task areas including business methods and practices, building codes and construction law, planning and building site layout, and all trades skills required in remodeling your home.  Attaining this certification requires the candidate to have been working full time in the remodeling field for at least 5 years and passing a comprehensive assessment exam.  Preparation for this exam takes up to 16 weeks of intensive study and self-examination.  In addition Certified Remodelers are bound to abide by the NARI Code of Ethics and the NARI Standards of Practice.” Why is hiring a qualified remodeler so important? Most states, including Virginia, require remodeling contractors to...
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