Monthly Archives: November 2016

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Dangers of Hiring Unlicensed Home Remodeling Contractors

Yesterday a potential client informed us they are going to take a risk and hire some “cheap desperate” workers for their upcoming home remodeling project.  Those were their words and our jaws dropped!  This home remodeling project is not small.  They intend on moving walls, adding plumbing, and relocating electrical wires in their home. We want to let you know that you can not afford “cheap” when you prepare to do a major home remodel.

Why would you trust your home, where you place all your valuables and your most prized possessions (your family) – to cheap and/or desperate workers?  You probably spent a small fortune on your home…. housing in California is not inexpensive.  So why, why would you want to risk having unskilled labor working on your home?  This conversation with this potential client prompted us to share with you the real dangers of hiring “cheap desperate” (unlicensed/unskilled) labor for your home remodeling project.

Personal Safety Dangers

Let’s face it.  The world is a dangerous place.  Everywhere you look there is a horror story about theft and fraud.  Finding someone that is standing on a corner looking to do some remodeling work in your home could be safe, but why take the risk?  Go ahead and hire that random guy who came knocking on your door to do your home remodeling project.  I am sure there are no real red flags there (insert sarcasm here!).  Is every handyman “out to get you”?  Of course not, We are saying that hiring an unlicensed and uninsured worker is probably not the best course of action.

Home Safety Dangers

You may not really think about the safety that is required when doing a home remodeling project.  Trust the professionals when we say there are hundreds of dangers with each home renovation.  If your home remodeling contractor does not know what he is doing, your bathroom remodel today could be the cause of your black mold in a year.  When your handyman that you hired because he is cheap is not trained on electrical work, you may encounter a house fire months or years later.

A handyman who does not alert you there is a live wire dangling on your countertop before he leaves for the day could cause you some undue heartache. If you or your loved ones get out of the shower and accidentally touch that live wire – you have a real problem on your hands!

Another scenario includes immediate damage to your home.  For example, what if your unskilled and unlicensed contractor uses a torch to do some plumbing and accidentally starts a fire?  An unlicensed contractor will not have liability insurance and most home insurance claims specifically exclude any damages to the home made by an unlicensed contractor.

Worker’s Dangers

As we mentioned, home remodeling is dangerous.  Accidents happen all the time and they are just that, accidents.  The problem is not the accident.  The problem is not having the proper insurance to cover yourselves when those accidents happen.

All it takes is one bad decision to create a situation that can cause great bodily hard when working with tools of the trades.  A defective tool can cause bodily injury.  A person could accidentally fall off a roof or a ladder.  If you hire an unlicensed and uninsured contractor to work on your home and they have an accident then guess whose insurance they are going after?  Yours.  However, when you work with a licensed contractor then they have worker’s compensation insurance which will cover them in the event of an accident.

Project Timelines and Completion

If you make the mistake of hiring an unlicensed contractor  there is very little legal recourse for you if the worker decides to skip out of town without completing your project.  Additionally, if the unlicensed contractor has “employees” working for him and he does not pay them for their hours, you may end up having people knocking on your door asking for money when you have already paid your unlicensed contractor.

Hire a Licensed and Insured Contractor!

We think we have given significant reasons for why you should spend the extra money to hire a licensed and insured contractor.  The potential costs associated with hiring an unlicensed contractor can include hiring an additional contractor to fix the unlicensed contractor’s work and the potential for significant damage to your home and/or bodily injury.

Why is home remodeling so expensive?

Home remodeling can be considered expensive when you are comparing the reality of remodeling prices to what you see on HGTV.  However, when you compare licensed contractors against other licensed contactors then chances are they are fairly close in price.  If there is one bid that is significantly lower or higher, that should be a red flag that something is included (or excluded) when it should not be.  Yes, remodeling is going to cost you several thousands of dollars but remodeling is a luxury expense.

Skilled labor is expensive.  They demand a higher wage because they have earned their education in the trade they are working on.  Insurance costs are on the rise for all the reasons listed above.  Quality materials are not cheap.  If you want a responsive company with responsive and skilled employees working on  your home, you will be paying a premium.

Working with a full service remodeling contractor ensures you do not have to do the heavy lifting of project management.  Construction materials are notorious for having defects, coming in wrong quantities, and having breaks during construction.  You will not need to manage and track materials which is a full time job all on its own.  A full service remodeling company takes care of all the hundreds of little problems that happen during the period of building the remodel.

One of the worse home remodeling mistakes you can make is hiring an unlicensed contractor to work on your home.  You can not afford free or cheap when working in construction!  When you are ready to start a major home renovation, reach out to licensed and insured contractors. There are plenty of places to find reputable remodeling companies for your upcoming home renovation.

 

 

Roof Replacement – Signs of a Deteriorating Roof

Your roof protects the interior of your home, it’s vital to keep you safe from the elements so give it more attention before something drastic happens.  Are you wondering if your roof needs to be replaced?   Here are some warning signs you can look for to determine if it is time to call a contractor to come give you a roof replacement estimate.

Age of roof

First things first, how old is your roof?  Experts have put their heads together and have agreed that a typical roof can last between 20 and 25 years.  It also depends if the roof has been removed in the past, how many layers of shingles it has and if it ventilated properly.

Check out your shingles

Another good indication is if your shingles are curling or buckling. Take a good look at your roof when you have direct sunlight. If you can see shingles curling it means your shingles are past their life span and it’s time to replace them.

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How are the valleys in your roof? If you have shingles that are falling apart or missing, it’s a major sign you need a new roof. The valley of your roof is the most important. When weather occurs whether it be rain or snow, that flows through the valley and into the gutters, if you are missing or have broken shingles, your roof is exposed and the elements can to the roof.

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Check your gutters

Another great way to check to see if your roof is failing is by checking your gutters. If your gutters are loaded with shingle granules, that is a sign your shingles are worn and breaking down. Your shingles are losing their integrity to hold up against the elements.

Take a walk

Have you walked on your roof to survey the area (do this carefully, or call a San Diego roofer)? Ever notice a trampoline like bounce when you walk on the roof or a sponge like feel when you walk. That means that your roof has been weakened by moisture. The best way to confirm this is by going to your attic and looking through the roof boards. If you can see sunlight coming through the roof boards, you will need a new roof.

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Look at your ceilings

A great way of spotting roof damage is from the inside of your home. Are you seeing stains on the ceiling or wall? This is an urgent warning sign that your roof is damaged. Act quickly if not you may also notice a sagging ceiling.

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Check out the surface of your roof

Is your entire roof all one color? Or are you seeing spots? Dark and dirty areas of your roof are signs of environmental pollutants, vegetation, fungus or algae growth.

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Loose or exposed nails are also a big indicator of roof failure. If nails are present it’s because water flow has pushed them up from the shingles and exposing the roof.

Monitor your electric bill

Have you noticed a change in your electric bill? Are heating and cooling costs more than usual? It could be an indication that a leak in the roof is forcing your heating costs to rise. A leaky roof can puncture the ventilation making the hot and cold air escape from the home.

Time to call a San Diego roofer?

Next time you are outside look at your roof, see if you notice any of these things happening to your home.  If you see a reason to be concerned, call Classic Home Improvements to come out and assess the damage.   Getting an estimate for roof replacement and roof repairs are free!

Fireplace Remodeling Options

The focal point of many home living room and family rooms is the fireplace.  Most homes in San Marcos CA were built in late 70’s and early 80’s.  Home style trends have changed significantly since then so it is no wonder the hot new trend in San Marcos CA is a fireplace remodel.  Here are some options for you if you are considering a fireplace renovation. to your outdated fireplace:

Faux Stacked Stone Fireplace

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Refaced Fireplace

If you like the look of stacked stone but want to save some cost, pre-fabbed stacked stone is a good option.  It takes less labor to install and is less expensive then stone found in nature, which is why it saves on cost.  The biggest differences in appearance when using real stacked stone versus pre-fabbed stacked stone are subtle.

Faux stacked stone mimics the look and feel of natural stone.  A few things you may notice if you install manufactured stone is the corner edges are a little too perfect for what you would find in nature.  Additionally, the grout lines tend to be pretty large in faux stone.

Real Stacked Stone

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A fireplace remodel that includes real stacked stone is stunning if you are someone who prefers pieces of nature in your home.  With real stacked stone you can control the grout lines, how tight the stone is installed, and how the stone pops out from the wall.  If you enjoy vintage looks, another popular look is adding reclaimed lumber to create a vintage fireplace.

Real stacked stone will have various colors so if you prefer to have perfect fluidity in your space, this may not be the best fit for you.  Also, real stacked stone is extremely heavy and must be installed piece by piece which means the cost of installation is much higher than a faux fireplace remodel.

Pop Out your Fireplace

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San Marcos homeowners have found that they can add some dimension to their living room if they “pop out” the fireplace.  This means framing out the wall prior to remodeling the fireplace.

Tile Surround Fireplace

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One stylish way to remodel your fireplace is to add a tile surround.  A tile surround can add a pop of color to your fireplace.  There are thousands of different tile mosaic options for you to choose from when updating your fireplace.

Tile Surround Fireplace with Mantel

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Your fireplace can include a tile surround with a wood mantel or a cast mantel with a surround.  Mantels with surrounds can finish your fireplace with a modern or classic look, depending on your home’s style.

A fireplace renovation will create a whole new feel in your home.  If you are ready to discuss a fireplace remodel with a reputable contractor, call Classic Home Improvements for a free in-home consultation!

 

 

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Why Cabinet Replacement is still better than Refinishing or Resurfacing

Kitchen Cabinets Brown - Kitchen Remodel Rancho BernardoIf you are considering doing a kitchen remodel in Rancho Bernardo this winter, you should definitely think about your kitchen cabinets. Since they are the most noticeable part of your kitchen, chances are it’s them you want to change.

There are various options for you to choose from, but the question is – which one is best for you?

You might have heard of cabinet refinishing, refacing and resurfacing, but what’s the difference? And how are they different from repainting or replacement? There’s been much talk about the alternatives to cabinet replacement and their supposed cost-effectiveness, so we set out to see if the hype is really justified.

Refacing/Resurfacing

These two terms can be used interchangeably because they mean the same thing. The concept of resurfacing/refacing entails changing the face (that is, the front) of the cabinets. What does this mean in practice? It means that you get to keep the existing cabinet structure, but replace the old cabinet doors and drawer fronts with new ones. If the cabinet boxes are in a solid operational mode, your cabinets are eligible for refacing.

Cabinet Refinishing

Like the name suggests, refinishing involves changing the finish (or the color) of the cabinets. Basically, you can change the finish in two ways: by hand sanding the finish on the existing cabinet doors and drawer fronts, or stripping it with chemicals before applying a new coat of finish. Put simply, it’s almost like you exfoliate the cabinets.

Refinish or Repaint?

There are some materials where refinishing is simply not possible precisely because of the sanding. These materials include laminate and thermofoil, among others; they can’t be sanded, so refinishing is not an option.

When it comes to repainting, bear in mind that the color you envisioned may not look exactly the same when applied, regardless of the type of material. If you want to give your kitchen a complete makeover, we suggest going for cabinet replacement – changing the paint finish alone will probably not do the trick.

Refinish, Resurface or Replace?

If your cabinet structure is worn out, you should definitely go for cabinet replacement. If you feel your cabinets are simply not fashionable anymore or you want to change the style of your kitchen completely, refinishing and resurfacing may not be enough. On the other hand, repainting is rarely advised, especially in the case of wooden cabinets.

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While it is true that refinishing and resurfacing are less expensive that replacing the cabinets altogether, you should ask yourself: is it really that much of a save? On average, customers are able to save up around $5k if they go for refinishing or resurfacing, which is not enough to overshadow the benefits of cabinet replacement.

You should also consider the fact that there are plenty of smart cabinetry options to purchase – these can make your whole kitchen more functional and save you time and energy. In the end, it’s up to you to determine what you need.

Cabinet Replacement for a Modern Kitchen Remodel in Rancho Bernardo

You don’t have to overhaul your kitchen to make it look more modern or make it more functional. Oftentimes, you simply have to replace the cabinets. After all, they are the most conspicuous part of any kitchen. For professional advice and custom designs, contact Classic Home Improvements – we can make sure you get the most out your Rancho Bernardo kitchen remodel by helping you choose the right cabinets and installing them for you. We boast award-winning remodelers and an outstanding customer service – call us today and request a Classic Quick Quote!

 

Flat Roof Material Options

Roofing is the last thing a homeowner thinks about when it comes to home improvement. The roof protects the rest of your home.  For your home to be healthy your roof needs to be healthy. All roofs are not made the same.  In this instance, flat roofs are an interesting concept. Flat roofs do give a home a very modern look however they must be specially maintained so that there are no leaks.  Here are your material options if it is time to replace your flat roof.

flat-roof-builtupBuilt-Up Roof (Tar and Gravel)

Built-Up roofs are made by using hot tar, gravel asphalt and modified bitumen and is layered three times with plies of waterproof material alternated with hot tar and ballasted by a layer of smooth river stone. Once made of tar paper, these types of roofs gradually are using more-advanced materials such as fiberglass membranes.
Gravel can be a great choice because it is an excellent fire retardant and It’s the cheapest of the four roof varieties. The down fall of a built-up roof is that it is very heavy and your joists would need to be strengthened before

Modified Bitumen (Torch-down roof)

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This is a single-ply roofing system that is rolled onto the roof surface. This system use to require that the this be heated with a blow torch which proved to be dangerous and now newer systems allow for this to be peeled and stuck to the roof surface. This is an environmental friendly option because it does cut back on energy costs however this material scuffs and tears easily.

Rubber Membrane

EPDM (short for ethylene propylene diene monomer) is a true rubber that is a very durable material that resembles an inner tube, but it’s engineered to resist damage from sunlight. EPDM can be mechanically anchored with fasteners, ballasted with stone, or glued. This roofing option is a homeowner-friendly because it’s light and its highly resistant to scuff.

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This roofing system is very reflective and very durable. PVC is easy to install and it can resist water ponding. When PVC is trolled out it must be taped or glued together. This is a great water resistant however it will not hold up for 10-15 years

Spray-Applied Roof Coating

Want to try a seamless application for your roof? Silicone roof coating systems can be applied by being sprayed on. It can resist pounding water and it’s great at reducing energy consumption. Silicone roofs are extremely sustainable and easy to maintain. No disruption to the inside of your home would happen because of its easy application. The downside of this application is the cost of it. Since this such a high-quality substance it is one of the top two most expensive roofing solutions.

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Make sure you select a roof option that works well for your home and your budget. The roof protects the rest of the home so select something that has the protection and longevity that you need.

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Home Remodeling Colors and Their Emotional Impact

Interior designers take many things into consideration when designing your space.  Each aspect of your home is considered from the exterior architecture down to your lifestyle.  One thing the interior designer will speak with you about is your color preferences.

When you speak with your kitchen and bathroom designer they will want to know what your favorite colors are as well as the colors you want to avoid.  You may have some colors in your space that can not be changed, as well.  Before you have that discussion, we would like to introduce you to remodeling colors and their emotional impact.

Yellow

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Yellow is a natural stimulate of your appetite and it elicits a feeling of happiness which is why it is always included in restaurant’s logos.  The color yellow comes in many tones, if you are short-tempered be sure to avoid bright yellows, as that can increase your irritability in large quantities.

Green

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Green is a color which does not require the eye to make any adjustments so it is seen as a natural color.  If you are trying to create a space of balance or refreshment, green is a good color to use.  Green is also used for spaces that are being used for reassurance or environmental awareness.

Blue

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Blue is considered a serenity color because it reminds us of the sky and water which is why it continues to be a popular color in bathrooms.  Blue is also a color associated with intelligence and logic so it makes a good shade for offices.  As a color often considered calming, many people will also use blues in their kitchen, living, and bedroom areas.

Grey

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Grey has become very popular in homes because they are psychologically neutral but the absence of color can become depressing if used in the wrong tone or without proper accent colors.  Heavy use of grey can cause lack of energy so be aware of the shade and how much you use grey in your home.

Violet

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Violet is often used for the consumer who is introvert and the color encourages deep contemplation.  It is often times associated with wealth and stature.    Use this spiritual color carefully though because excessive use of purple, especially in the wrong tone,  can be seen as cheap if used in too much abundance.

Reds and Pinks

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Red grabs our attention immediately.  It is a positive color which reflects strength, survival, and excitement if used in the right shades.  Using the wrong shades in your home can create feelings of aggravation.  Red is also used in restaurants, particularly fast food chains because the color red triggers the emotion of “fight or flight” which makes patrons eat faster. Interestingly, the color pink which is a version of red is a natural stress reducer.

Oranges and Browns

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Orange has sensuality and warmth as well as comfort and security.  In some shades of orange it brings out the emotion of fun and playful.  Browns are safe colors and nurturing, likely because it is a nature color.  Some find browns to be boring and dull but that can be changed by mixing with metallic shades or adding texture.  Brown tones are returning in popularity in kitchen and bathroom settings, although white is still by far the most popular at this time.

Home Remodeling and Designers

Your designer understands that not everyone reacts the same towards colors.  There are not only emotional considerations that your designer will consider but also perceptual considerations when selecting colors for your home.  For example warm colors and shades can make a room seem smaller or warmer.  Light colors can increase the perceived space in the total area.

Working Classic Home Improvements as your contractor ensures you will have the benefit of working with a design team that can help you not only design the space but build it as well.  If you need to speak with a kitchen designer or bathroom designer in San Diego or Temecula, give us a call at 858-224-7373!

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Pros and Cons to Building a Room Addition

Room additions in San Diego have been extremely popular over the last 12 months.  We get phone calls literally every day from homeowners asking questions about estimates and process of building a home addition.  So many calls in fact, that we felt it necessary to share with you some pros and cons of adding a room to your home.

The CONS of Building a Room Addition in San Diego

Time Frame:  Make no mistake about it, building an addition on your home is a long process.  From design to permit to actually building the added space, you will be married to the project home addition for months on end.

Room additions are messy:  If you are living in the home while building a room addition, the process of construction will test your nerves.  Room addition building is lengthy, noisy, and extremely messy.

So many decisions:  There are hundreds of decisions you will have to make.  You will need to have time to dedicate to making each decision because they can not be made on your behalf.  One of your first decisions is whether to hire an architect or a design build firm.

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The PROs of Building a Room Addition in San Diego

Saves you a ton of money:  Adding a room to your house is significantly less expensive than buying a new house that includes that extra bedroom or extra bathroom that you need to accommodate a growing family.

Familiarity:  You get to stay in the home you already love.  There is no need to find new neighbors, new grocery stores, place of worship, or schools for your children.

Return on Investment:  Maybe you are not looking to move now, but you may want to move in the future.  If you are adding a second floor addition you may find when you age that you want to move into a single floor home.  Regardless of what you build, you will get your money’s worth in the future if you decide to sell because you have added square footage on to the property.

When you are ready to start discussing the next steps to building your room addition, call Classic Home Improvements at 858-224-7373 to schedule a free in-home consultation!

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Are wet bars making a comeback?

home design We think it is shocking, really.  The Wet Bar is making a comeback to homes all over the United States!  Sometimes seen the basement of 70’s homes with a Tiki lamp nearby, wet bars have been re-revolutionized and are getting more and more modern.

Single Wall Wet Bars

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Wet bars are now being seen in living rooms and are being built with much more sophistication. Single-wall wet bars are a great way to put walls with views to work. You won’t have upper cabinets to deal with.  All your bottles and glasses can be stored can be kept below.  This allows you to have more counter space and maybe even add a sink.

Floor to Ceiling Wet Bars

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Floor-to-ceiling wet bars can give your room wonderful look. It looks as if that wet bar was always meant to be there. This concept will look great in various finishes and wood cabinets. You can have upper cabinets with glass doors to show off your beautiful crystal glasses.  Add a decorative backsplash add wefor color or sparkle.  Below you can have under cabinets and a wine fridge!  Keep all your wine bottles stored at the appropriate temperature and ready to serve at a moment’s notice.

Wet Bar (Floor to ceiling) with Floating Shelves

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If you want a more modern look, opt for floating shelves instead of cabinetry. Floating shelves is a great way to display decorative pieces in your bar area. You can do a lot with this modern space by mixing in metallic and textures.

 

Pass Through Wet Bars

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Pass through wet bars are bars that have a cut out through the wall allowing you to see into the other room. This is a great way to make drinks and still be engaged with your guests while they wait in the other room.

Wet Bar with Wine Cubbies

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Are you a wine connoisseur and maybe these types of wet bars aren’t appealing to you or your wine collection?  Fear not, wet bars have not forgotten about you.  Cabinetry has gotten better over the years by thinking of ways to make the everyday homeowners life easier.  Then they came up with wine storage.  Instead of having upper cabinets, get wine cubbies.  This is a great way to display and show off your wine collection.

L Shaped Wet Bar

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If you have a lot of dead space in your home and you want to fill it with something interesting, try an L-Shaped wet bar.  This layout lets you have more room to prep, perfect for holiday parties or small get togethers.  Add glass cabinets or wine racks for your uppers, include a sink or wine fridge below. The most deck out wet bar has the most potential when there is room to play with.

Remodeling San Diego

When you are ready to discuss your home remodeling project, take the time to learn the difference between a designer, an architect, a contractor, and a design-build firm so you can determine who to start working with on your next major home renovation.  Classic Home Improvements can help you no matter what your needs are!  Call us at 858-224-7373

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Kitchen Remodeling Options

If you are in San Marcos CA and you are looking to update your kitchen, you may or may not have a really good idea of what you want to accomplish.  There are several different types of kitchen remodeling options.  Your budget will really determine what you can accomplish in the space.  Generally speaking, here are your kitchen remodeling options…..

Kitchen Update

A simple kitchen remodel update means you are going to modernize your space without changing the floorplan.  This can include re-facing your kitchen cabinets or replacing them entirely.  Updating your kitchen may or may not include new flooring, countertops, appliances, and lighting.  Some homeowners freshen up their kitchen by simply re-painting the space.  If you are hoping to spend less than $15,000 a kitchen update is probably the best option.  In San Diego you are likely to spend over $25,000 if you intend on replacing your cabinetry.

Kitchen Remodel with Floorplan Changes

A kitchen remodel with floorplan changes is generally more costly.  Cabinetry is the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel.  Although, if you intend on relocating your sink, refrigerator with water line, and/or gas stovetop or oven your prices will definitely increase because of the labor costs involved.  Adding an island is a great way to increase countertop space but it will also increase the cost of your kitchen remodel.

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Kitchen Expansion

There are a few times of kitchen expansion options.  One includes knocking out an exterior wall to push out the space into a yard area.  This means your remodeling contractor will have to match the extended roof and exterior surround of the home to match the existing space.  Another way to expand your kitchen is to expand the cabinetry into an existing living space.

Create an Open Concept Kitchen

A popular San Marcos CA option is to take down a wall to change a galley kitchen to an open concept floorplan.  The first thing your contractor needs to determine is whether or not the wall is load-bearing.  There are two options for you if it is load bearing.  When you meet with a remodeling contractor, you will be given a few options for what you can do with the space if you do not want to deal with the expense of removing a load-bearing wall.

If you know you have an outdated kitchen space and want to modernize but do not have a clue where to start, your best option is to reach out to a local home remodeling contractor.  When you are ready to discuss some ideas about designing your kitchen remodel, need help figuring out the kitchen remodel process works, or would like to get some budgetary numbers so you can start planning your kitchen remodel – give us a call at 858-224-7373!

 

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Relocation or Home Remodel? Temecula Homeowners Ask

Traditionally, California has been a place where homeowners would buy a house, live in it for a few years and then resell it for a good price so that they could buy another house. This concept of moving up was widespread until the recent economic crisis, which led to the prices of housing plummeting. In turn, this meant that moving suddenly became a bad move.

Does that mean the game has completely changed?

Not really.

The thing is, homeowners can no longer count on their home increasing in value on its own. The tide has turned, and a somewhat different trend has emerged – home remodeling.

Sure, home remodeling is not news in Temecula. What’s relatively new, though, is that homeowners now mostly remodel with the aim of boosting their home’s resale value, in addition to making their life more comfortable.

Still, not all homeowners are convinced. Let’s consider this in little more detail.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

There are many reasons why you would like to move house. Perhaps you got a great job, but the commute from your current place of residence is too long. Or your family has grown and you need more space to accommodate all members comfortably. Or you simply dislike your neighborhood.

Let’s consider all of these arguments separately for a moment. In most cases, first comes the great job, and then the house, not the other way around. Similarly, people generally buy houses with a firm idea of how large they plan their family to be, so the family members-to-be are usually accounted for. And lastly, why would you buy a house in a bad neighborhood in the first place?

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Relocating would involve a great deal of change. If your children go to school, they might have to transfer to a new one and make new friends. Even though it’s fun and exciting in theory, practical experience has taught us otherwise.

Moreover, moving also means adjusting to the new neighborhood and new neighbors. This may take some time, depending on all the factors involved.

Stay Stay Stay

Besides the sentimental reasons, some homeowners simply cannot afford to buy a new house and move. More specifically, they cannot get a good price for their house to be able to purchase a new one. That is when they decide on a home remodeling project.

When It Comes to Money…

Has it ever occurred to you that home remodeling is generally cheaper than buying a new home?

How is that possible?

Well, imagine you want to move to a bigger house. Bigger houses come with higher bills; they have a higher carbon footprint and involve a raise in your property taxes. In California, the increases to your property tax are limited as long as you live in the house for which the tax rate is set. It means the taxes for your new property will probably be higher, especially if you wish to buy a larger house.

How Can Home Remodel in Temecula Help?

There are a few home remodeling projects that will boost the market value of your home almost by definition. Think in terms of space – if you feel you don’t have enough space, chances are other homeowners feel the same. That is why adding more space tops the list of the most lucrative home improvements.

Also, additional bathrooms and remodeled kitchens are an outstanding return on investment. You can even qualify for residential rebates available in San Diego County if you decide to renovate your home to improve its energy and water-efficiency. Nowadays, green building and remodeling practices go hand in hand with a trendy design.

Fall in Love with Your Home Again with Temecula Home Remodel

Classic Home Improvement is a full-service design-build contractor with a stellar reputation for innovative home remodeling in Temecula and all over San Diego County. Let us show you how we can make your home more attractive with creative designs and boost its resale value with fully-functional, cost-efficient remodels and additions. Contact us for a free quote today!