Kitchen Remodeling: Where Do I Start?

Kitchen Remodeling: Where Do I Start?

(part one)

Kitchen remodeling is among the most requested home renovations. A survey conducted by Realtor.com revealed that 80% of respondents list the kitchen as the most important space in their home.  Remodeling a kitchen benefits you as a homeowner in many ways.  Since the kitchen is the central gathering place and focal point in many homes, a kitchen remodel can significantly update an outdated space, making it more inviting and comfortable.  A kitchen remodel can also be considered an investment to increase the value of your home.

The stumbling block with many home renovations is getting started.  We find many customers know that they want change but are unsure of their options and exactly where to start. They key is to break the project down into manageable stages vs. trying to tackle everything all at once.

The first step to remodeling a kitchen is to determine what elements you like and dislike.  During this stage, it is important to just make a list of your likes and dislikes and not worry about how they will be implemented, that is for your home contractors to address.  Some questions to ask yourself include:

  • Do I want to incorporate an island?
  • What style of kitchen cabinets do I prefer?
  • How much counter space and cabinet space do I need?
  • What type of backsplashes and countertops do I gravitate toward?
  • What kind of flooring catches my eye?
  • Do I need to update my lighting?
  • What kitchen elements have I seen that I do not like?
  • Have I seen anything else incorporated into a kitchen that catches my eye?

After making your list, rank each element in order of importance. Now that you’ve completed the first step, you are ready to move on to budgeting and meeting with home remodeling contractors, which we will discuss in our next article.

Houston Remodeling is one of the area’s premier and preferred remodeling contractors. Our goal is to make your home renovations stress-free and something to get excited about. Unlike some home contractors who are just out to make a sale, Houston Remodeling wants to earn your lifelong business.  Are you considering making home renovations in the near future?  If so, give Houston Remodeling a call to schedule your complimentary in-home consultation today!

 

 

Home Remodeling

Guide to Selecting Wood Flooring

Part Two

We are continuing our two part series on what to look for when selecting wood flooring.  At Houston Remodeling, our goal is to educate our clients on available options and help them make the best decision for their commercial or home remodeling project.  Our previous article discussed different types of wood flooring.  This article will touch on laminate and adhesive.

The “Laminate” Lie

Many big box stores and questionable remodeling contractors try to pass off laminate flooring as actual wood flooring.  Laminate is not real wood.  It is essentially a picture of wood on a layered backing that could be made of plastic, rubber or some other material. The beauty and durability of solid hardwood and engineered wood flooring is unmatched in comparison to laminate.  Additionally, laminate has such a thin wear layer that you are lucky if it lasts 4-5 years before needing replaced. As a reputable design build contractor, we do not recommend or install laminate flooring. As a replacement for Laminate, we offer several LVT – Luxury Vinyl Plank floorings.

Adhesive

It’s important to use a quality, safe adhesive when installing an engineered floor. Most home remodeling contractors choose to use the cheapest adhesive they can get. This can result in problems later on, and also may not be the safest product for you and your family. Houston Remodeling prides ourselves on sourcing the best suppliers for all of our commercial and home remodeling projects. We proudly use GreenForce® Advanced Tri-Linking™ Adhesive and Moisture Control Membrane. GreenForce has antimicrobial protection to inhibit the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew on the cured membrane and features superior bonding capabilities, moisture vapor control and protection, and zero VOC content.

Houston Remodeling is owned and operated by Tim Lassiter, a second generation Master Trim Carpenter whose keen eye and attention to detail will help ensure your home renovations are completed with the quality and care you deserve.  We are available to oversee your entire home remodeling project.  If you are interested in do-it-yourself (DIY) options, we will consult with you on the type of flooring that will best suit your needs and order the materials you need to make your DIY project a success!  This is a service many home remodeling contractors do not offer.  Give Houston Remodeling a call today!

Home Remodeling

What to Look for When Selecting Wood Flooring

Part One

There are many options when it comes to wood flooring and it is often difficult for the average consumer to decide what options are best for their needs.  A quality design build contractor like Houston Remodeling will sit down with you and discuss which options best suit your home remodeling project.

The first part of our series on selecting wood flooring will discuss the differences between the two most common types: solid and engineered.

Solid Hardwood vs. Engineered

Solid hardwood flooring is composed of real hardwood boards that are nailed or stapled over a wood subfloor or nailed to screed boards set in tar over concrete.  Solid wood flooring can be re-sanded usually 4-5 times in its average 100 plus year lifespan for a fresh new look.

Engineered wood flooring is composed of real hardwood over an engineered plywood base. This type of flooring can be glued down over concrete or a recommended wood subfloor. Engineered wood flooring is the same solid wood flooring of the same species but is less susceptible to warping and cupping. It has the same durability for high traffic commercial use (i.e. hotels, shopping centers, etc.) and perfect for residential applications as well.

Houston Remodeling offers both solid and engineered wood flooring through our trusted supplier, Mirage Floors.  Mirage also has a third option of wood flooring that they call “Lock”.  This is constructed with real hardwood boards and high density fiber core.  The boards essentially “lock” into place.  We offer this wood flooring option as well.

Unlike many remodeling contractors who conduct their consultations over the phone or at their office, Houston Remodeling will sit down with you and conduct a personal on-site consultation.  We bring flooring samples, discuss options and help you choose the best wood flooring for your home remodeling project.  Give us a call today!