Rustic Modern Bathroom Ideas

Rustic modern bathroom designs (and transitional bathroom designs) are quite popular bathroom remodel styles selected by homeowners in San Diego.  So today we are going to feature a bathroom we built for a client in San Diego a little earlier this year (October 2016).  This homeowner, in our opinion, had a beautiful original bathroom.  However, she wanted to make use of some wasted space.  She had a soaker tub, but really wanted a jetted tub.  Additionally, she simply wanted to make the space a different design style to match the rest of her home.

In the “before” image above you can see a “make-up” counter which the homeowner felt was wasted space.  Additionallly, next to the soaker tub (which was awkwardly placed) there was an additional vanity.  To create more useable space, our client had us remove the “make-up counter”.  Removing that area combined with eliminating the soaker tub allowed us to install a jetted tub against the wall which opened up the bathroom space tremendously.

Fortunately we still had enough space to keep the second vanity in her bathroom.  To brighten up her space we removed the dark window covering and installed simple blinds.  The lighting above the mirrors was replaced with “lighted mirrors” and we added a beautiful chandelier.  The rustic stacked stone backsplash behind the vanities added to the rustic modern theme of the bathroom.  The pebblestone tile under the sleek jetted tub completed the look!

Our client took advantage of the remodel to add a modern niche with a glass insert into her newly tiled shower.  She also had us install a pebbled tile floor to compliment the pebbled tile flooring which was installed under her new jetted tub.  The shower was a perfect compliment to the rest of the bathroom remodel.

The difference in the before and after of this alcove are subtle but make a huge impact in the newly designed bathroom space.  Our client added a drawer in her new cabinet as well as a countertop which matched the rest of the vanities.  For a final touch, we installed floating vanities so she could add some simple accents to the space.

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Clients sometimes want to know what is appropriate for a specific design.  The truth is, you can create any space that you want.  Do not feel obligated to stay to a certain “design” because an eclectic design for your bathroom is also acceptable.  You are designing your bathroom for your personal comfort first and foremost.

If you are wondering how to pull together a rustic modern bathroom, we suggest using natural materials and colors that are found in nature for the rustic part of the design.  That is why this bathroom incorporates stone in behind the vanities.  The pebble tile reflects pebbles you would find in nature.  For this particular bathroom the smooth modern jetted tub, chandelier,  and the faucets reflect a modern design.

If you would like to speak with a designer to see what can be accomplished within your bathroom space, we are happy to provide you with a free in-home consultation to create your modern rustic bathroom (or any other design you may desire!).  We are available to come to your home Monday through Friday from 9am – 6pm and Saturdays from 9am – 2pm.  Just give us a call at 858-224-7373!

Now Complete – Transitional Bathroom Remodel – San Diego

If you are looking for inspiration for a Transitional bathroom remodel in San Diego, here is a great sample of some work we completed in the Fall of 2016.  Transitional bathrooms combine the best of two worlds design-wise.  As shown in this transitional bathroom, there are features of contemporary (otherwise known as “modern”) design as well as some more traditional design aspects.

This home, built in 1989, originally featured a soaker tub with a separated shower.  The homeowners wanted to keep both these features but lose the tile, which was very popular in the 80’s.  To keep in line with the modern feel of the bathroom, we installed a frameless shower door for the shower.  Our clients kept safety and comfort in mind when they selected a thermostatic hand held shower by Hansgrohe and installed a grab bar next to the shower seat.

Our clients were also looking to make some cabinetry changes in their home.  They no longer felt it was necessary to have a “make-up” space and wanted to add more storage space in the bathroom.  This is a common request in San Diego bathroom remodels, actually.  To create more space for them, we customized the bathroom by adding stacked cabinets on the countertop.  This change allowed us to add dual mirrors, which is also a popular modern bathroom feature.  This bathroom features Starmark Cabinetry’s Cosmopolitan doors in a white (“Dove”) finish.

You are not going to find tile countertops in a modern or transitional bathroom so we took those out as well.  The countertops were replaced with a sleek-looking quartz.  We complimented the countertops with the installation of a Mirabelle undermount lavatory.  The installation of the shutters completed this classic look.

As you can see in the above “before and after” of the recently completed master bathroom, we had a narrow space to work with. The clean lines and comfortable style used in this space makes this bathroom much more inviting and open-feeling.

Transitional Bathroom Remodel Trends

Many bathroom remodels are created in a transitional design.  Preparing a bath space that is both traditional and contemporary is easier than you may think.  Mid-century modern cabinetry is a great way to start your design.  Avoid overly bold colors.  Do not use over-stimulating ornamentation.   When designing your space think calm, classic, and simple.

Transitional spaces, such as the bathroom space above, commonly use tan, beige, white, or light grey colors.  These colors create a calming atmosphere but we encourage clients to add a pop of color when accessorizing the space.

Call Classic Home Improvements today to discuss your upcoming bathroom remodel and current trends.  Consultations are free and in the comfort of your own home!

Luxury Flooring Options for Your Kitchen Remodel in Carmel Valley

When thinking about cooking up a kitchen remodel, homeowners often forget the thing that can literally transform their kitchen – flooring. While it’s true that replacing the cabinets has an enormous impact on the kitchen’s makeover, homeowners wishing to do a kitchen remodel in Carmel Valley should also think about different flooring options.

But First…

Before we begin discussing the pros and cons of different flooring materials, let’s consider the essentials. Stripping your kitchen floor or replacing the flooring completely is a serious undertaking, so let’s consider how you can make the best of it.

First of all, if your kitchen is a room most used by all the family members (as mostly is), you would need a durable flooring material. What’s more, the ideal material would also be easy to clean and preferably comfortable for long standing while you cook.

Additionally, think about the overall style of your kitchen. Do you want the flooring to complement the style or do you want to revamp the whole kitchen? Either way, you have to think about how the flooring would go with the cabinets and countertops. Mind you, not all materials have to be the same type or color for your kitchen to have a well-balanced style.

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That in mind, let’s check some of the popular luxury kitchen flooring options, from hardwood and natural stone to tiles.

Hardwood

Hardwood is the absolute winner in the group! This regal material is durable and offers an unrivaled visual appeal. It gives off the sense of warmth and ever-lasting sophistication. It’s excellent if you have an open-floor plan, since it works well in kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms.

Perhaps most importantly, hardwood is unlikely to go out of style, so you can be sure your kitchen will have a long-lasting appeal. What’s more, you will ensure an excellent resale value for your home should you decide to move since your kitchen floor will remain in tip-top state for decades to come.

Choose from a variety of options such as exotic hardwood, reclaimed hardwood or hand-scraped hardwood flooring, and you are sure to make your kitchen stand out!

Natural Stone

A coveted flooring material, natural stone comes in a variety of styles. Therefore, it can blend with almost any kitchen design and style, adding to its timeless charm. It’s surprisingly easy to clean, although it’s admittedly colder than most other materials. Nevertheless, it looks impressive, especially if you go for larger pieces and fewer grout lines.

An important thing to remember about natural stone flooring is that it requires a strong subfloor, so make sure you account for that if you go for this imposing material.

Bamboo

Bamboo is an extremely attractive flooring option. It’s warm and reminiscent of hardwood, although it offers a slightly more modern look. It’s also highly durable, but perhaps most importantly – it’s insect and moisture-resistant, so it’s great for people with allergies. Additionally, bamboo is made of renewable materials, so it’s an exceptionally eco-friendly option.

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Ceramic Tiles

You can choose from a variety of hand-made designer ceramic tiles to give your kitchen a feel of class and style. For a truly unique feel, you can have custom-made ceramic tiles installed. Play with mosaic patterns to make your kitchen stand out with its bold sophistication.

Vinyl Tiles

Many homeowners feel that vinyl is simply a lower-end alternative to porcelain tiles, but that’s not the case with Luxury Vinyl Tiles. They can look as impressive as the porcelain ones, but they are more slip-resistant and a great deal quieter.

High-End Kitchen Remodel Carmel Valley

If you wish to give your kitchen a makeover, Classic Home Improvements can help you see the bigger picture and not leave anything out. We are an award-winning home remodel company in Carmel Valley, with as many as 100 years of combined professional experience. Our staff has the experience, know-how and passion required to make a remarkable difference in your home. Call us today at (858) 224-7373 and treat your kitchen to a royal makeover!

 

2017 Home Improvement Trends

As we enter in 2017, the remodeling and home improvement projects of 2016 have led to us to predict what we are going to see more of in the next year. These home improvement trends are on point and will dominate in 2017.

Bathroom home improvements are on the rise.

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  • Pebble Flooring: Pebbled tile can be found on the floors of shower remodels. It comes in a rough rock version or a sawed smooth version to give the illusion of rocks without the roughness.  Pebbled rock under tubs can give a unique spa look to your bathroom remodel.
  • Porcelain Tile: Porcelain wood tile is very popular lately. A soft grey color is usually chosen to give a shower a modern look. This tile can go in as is or liners can go in to give it a unique look. A popular flooring option is using pebble tile. You can choose a pebbled rough texture or a cut pebble texture for the flooring. This look is very much on the rise because of its neutral soft tones.
  • Textured tile:  You will find textured tile on shower walls is very popular in showers. These tiles can come in various colors, sizes and textures.  White tiles with wave textures are also very popular and gave your shower a very beautiful, almost serene look.  Adding a nice glass tile liner can also help add some color to your shower.
  • Lighted Mirrors: Mirrors can be a unique decorative aspect that go into bathroom design. Now mirrors are taking it up a notch by being lit. Light up mirrors are coming into the fold now coming in various shapes and sizes. Forget clunky sconces near your bathroom mirror, light up mirror give off enough light and once they are turned off they look like a regular mirror. Prefect for a nice clean design and the light is perfect for personal prepping and makeup application!
  • Pendant Lights: Pendant lights are not just for kitchens anymore; they are headed to the bathroom. Pendant lights look great above a vanity and come in numerous colors, shapes, colors, styles and textures. Bring your theme to life and add a unique flair to the design by adding these lights.

Kitchen remodels are very much in demand and still rising.

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You will continue to see open kitchens and additions in 2017. Open kitchens with islands are a big hit because they are so versatile in entertaining. Here are some of the trends in the kitchen you will see in 2017.

  • Functioning islands- The kitchen is the entertainment room now a days and having a kitchen island is where your company will flock to. So the decision you need to make is what are you using your island for? Is it for prep works, cooking, cleaning, eating or entertaining? If you want appliances or sinks then your kitchen will get bigger.  It is possible to have your island be a functioning one and allow seating.
  • Wine refrigerators: Love wine but not a wine connoisseur? No problem wine refrigerators are starting to pop up more and more in kitchen remodels. Wine refrigerators come with single or dual refrigeration. Consider the types of wine you want to store to determine the type of wine refrigerator you need to purchase.
  • Built in Microwaves: Microwaves are starting to look trendy in new kitchens. Some are built-in and some are countertop versions. Typically in remodels we tend to see more built in microwaves. Built-ins are microwaves that are installed in a cabinet and have custom fitting and kits. These can be located and placed in various parts of the kitchen. Some are over the stove or on top of a built-in oven. Others are built into the island with a microwave drawer installed instead of a typical microwave
  • Wet Bar: Wet bars are now being seen in living rooms just outside the kitchen and are being built with such 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 and can be kept below. This allows you to have more counter space and maybe even add a sink

Stacked Stone

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This is one material you will see all over the place, outside on your home, fireplace surround, bathroom backsplash, kitchen island accent or kitchen backsplash! The natural stone look is making its way to your home. You will see this a lot more in 2017!

Whatever your home improvement project may be for 2017, keep your eyes peeled for these trends. You may like what you see in your planning process!!!

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!

 

 

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.

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!